Possible Complications After Wisdom Teeth Removal

wisdom-toothThe removal of wisdom teeth is one of the most common procedures performed in dentistry on a daily basis. While most people will undergo this surgical procedure and do very well, a few people may suffer complications. Severe complications are rare. Following your oral surgeon’s post-operative instructions is the best way to prevent them.

Pain: Any surgical procedure comes with a certain degree of discomfort but pain is well managed with the use of analgesics. Your oral surgeon will prescribe the appropriate medications for your case to keep you comfortable. The first 72 hours after surgery are the most critical and pain needs to be controlled with medications. After that, pain will subside significantly and you will start to go back to your regular activities. It is important to start eating solid foods slowly and returning to physical activities gradually as well. Listen to your body. If pain and soreness are increasing after three days rather that diminishing, call your oral surgeon because that is a sign that you may be developing complications. Continue reading

Reclaim Your Smile with Implant Supported Dentures

implant-supported-denturesWhen a person is missing many teeth, it can have a major impact on his or her overall dental health and wellness. Tooth loss has an effect on the appearance of the smile, the function of the teeth, and even the structure of the jaw bone. While many dental restorations can address some of these areas of concern, only dental implants improve the health, esthetics, and function of the teeth while preventing the deterioration of healthy jaw bone. For patients who have experienced significant tooth loss, dental implants can even secure dentures, so that they become a retained fixture that looks and functions much more like natural teeth than a traditional denture.

What Are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are artificial tooth roots that are able to support different kinds of restorations. These artificial roots are surgically implanted into your jawbone, which provides a level of strength and stability that is just like natural tooth roots. Continue reading

Signs You May Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth

impacted-toothAn impacted tooth is a tooth that has not fully emerged from your gums or jaw. In some cases, a tooth may grow at the wrong angle. This can cause the alignment of surrounding teeth and cause other complications. Early detection gives you more options for addressing the issue, reduces discomfort, and averts other issues related to impaction.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Your general dentist will monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth. Not everyone develops all four wisdom teeth. Your dentist will check these areas of your mouth regularly starting around age 16 or 17.

Your dentist will take x-rays to confirm the bone structure underlying your gums. This will not only tell him or her if a tooth is impacted, but it will also reveal how the growth of that tooth can affect the rest of your smile. Continue reading

Advantages of Dental Implants Over Dentures

wisdom-teethIf you have lost one or more teeth because of decay, gum disease or injury, you not alone. It is a problem that millions of people deal with every day. Unfortunately, the situation can affect the way you speak, eat and smile, and even the way you feel about yourself.

For many years, removable dentures or permanent dental bridges were the only realistic solution for correcting missing teeth. But now, dental implants are another option, offering patients a stronger, more natural-feeling and natural-looking choice.

Dental Implants Give Better Stability Than Dentures
Because dental implants are permanently fixed in place, they will not move around like dentures can. Dentures lack stability because they sit on top of the gum line, slip and create spaces that cause clicking when talking or eating. Dentures also make chewing difficult, which can lead to nutritional deficiencies for some patients. Continue reading

Is There a Waiting Period for Dental Implants After an Extraction?

dental-implantsDental Implants After an Extraction
If you have a missing tooth, you have many choices for tooth replacement. Dental implants are the most stable and efficient of all the dental prosthetic options. Dental implants are a remarkable advancement in dental technology. Replacing missing teeth with dental implants depends on multiple factors.

Immediate Placement
If there is sufficient bone around the extraction site with no major infection and favorable anatomy present, it may be possible to place an implant immediately at the time of the extraction. The implant is usually ready for the prosthetic crown in 4 to 6 months.

Early Implant Placement
Early implant placement means that the implant can be placed 2 to 3 months after the extraction. During this period, the bone heals and the site becomes better suited to accept the dental implant. The dental implant is placed will be ready for a prosthetic crown in 3 to 4 additional months. Continue reading

Are Bone Grafts Safe?

postDental implants placed within the jawbone have become an increasingly popular and aesthetic way to replace missing teeth with strong, high quality artificial teeth that look, feel and function like your own teeth. Unfortunately, in some cases, the jawbone may not be strong or substantial enough to support dental implants. The bone grafting procedure is an excellent way to replace lost bone tissue and encourage natural bone growth.

What Is A Bone Graft?
The bone grafting procedure is required when the jawbone has deteriorated to the point where it can no longer support existing or replacement teeth. The jawbone holds the roots of teeth in place, your teeth depend on the integrity of the bone to keep from shifting when you bite or chew. When a tooth is lost, the bone, which no longer serves the function of holding the root, begins to erode until it creates a hollow cavity in your jawline. Continue reading

Recovery Process After Dental Implants

1910687As dental implants increase in popularity, the surgical procedures to place them are quite common. Still, many people are nervous about this procedure, perhaps not really knowing what to expect. Before the implant surgery you will undergo a complete dental exam. Everything is planned out in advance so that we know the exact location along the jaw to place the implants. The procedure itself is painless for most patients, requiring only a local anesthesia.

Following dental implant surgery, patients must take detailed care of the area surrounding their new implant. Avoid rinsing, spitting, and touching the mouth for 24 hours after surgery to avoid contaminating or irritating the surgical site. Continue reading

What is the best time to schedule the removal of wisdom teeth?

wisdomteethWhen considering the removal of wisdom teeth, one cannot help but wonder when would be the best time to schedule the surgery. Not only the date for the surgery needs to be taken into consideration but also the recovery time.

Firstly, a comprehensive dental examination should be performed to determine if a referral to an oral surgeon for further evaluation of the wisdom teeth is indicated. If so, the oral surgeon will evaluate the wisdom teeth and discuss what is needed to be done pre and post-surgery and also inform the patient about what to expect during recovery. Continue reading

Don’t Ignore Your Wisdom Teeth

painIt’s best to have wisdom teeth removed in early adulthood, if necessary. For those who wait until an older age, the risks and complications associated with wisdom tooth removal are more likely to increase.

Complications of Non Removed Wisdom Teeth
First we must explain the complications that can result if wisdom teeth are not removed. The problems include:

● Impacted teeth. If the wisdom tooth does not have enough room to grow, it can become impacted. Impacted teeth are painful and can cause problems like periodontal disease and damage to the surrounding teeth. Continue reading

Should You Keep or Remove Wisdom Teeth?

home-remedies-for-tooth-painThe most important thing a patient, between the ages of 15 and 25, should do for their teeth and overall oral health is to see their dentist regularly at least every six months.

At every care visit, the dentist will closely monitor the development of their patient’s wisdom teeth and determine if a referral to an oral surgeon would be advised at that point in time. Sometimes the wisdom teeth are not present at all, other times a person may have 1,2 3, 4 or even more wisdom teeth! Continue reading