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Dental implants have become more predictable, enduring and cost effective than other dental solutions and are now stronger, more permanent and possible for virtually almost any patient.

Dental Implants And Their Construction
The anatomy of dental implants consists of two important features, a titanium post and an artificial crown. The titanium post is incredibly durable and will eventually function like a tooth’s natural root. Placed directly into the jawbone, the bone will fuse to the post over time through a natural process known as osseointegration. Continue reading

Easing Your Child’s Fear of Oral Surgery

The thought of undergoing oral surgery usually elicits feelings of anxiety and fear for patients. If it is your child that needs surgery, the emotions are intensified even more. We know firsthand the many worries, concerns, and questions that parents face in this situation and we are here to walk you through every step of the process.

Consultation
Every procedure entails an initial exam consultation. Here, we provide a thorough explanation of a patient’s diagnosis and our surgery plan. This part of the process can be difficult for your child to understand, so as a parent, it is helpful for you to do some research and explain the procedure to your child in a non-threatening and easy to understand way. Doing so is essential, because it is critical that your child knows what to expect before heading into their procedure. Continue reading

When Young Adults Should Have Wisdom Teeth Evaluation?

Our bodies continue to grow through our teenage years as we approach adulthood. Most adult jaws can comfortably support 28 teeth. When our third molars begin to appear they often cannot fit comfortably and may be forced to grow in unhealthy positions, impacting other healthy teeth. The American Dental Association recommends that you consult with an Oral Surgeon about whether your wisdom teeth are likely to be problematic.

When Young Adults Should Have An Evaluation
Recovery from wisdom teeth removal takes time. You will probably need to take a couple of days off from school to rest after the teeth are taken out. For this reason, many parents of young adults choose to schedule wisdom teeth removal during summer vacation or winter school break. This long break from school or college is the perfect time to take it easy during recovery from wisdom teeth removal. Continue reading

Best Time to Schedule Removal of Wisdom Tooth

wisdom-toothWhen 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.

Patients need to be closely monitored by their general dentist in order for the dentist to be able to determine if, at some point, a referral to an oral surgeon is advised. The dentist will be able to foresee eminent problems and refer to a qualified oral surgeon in case the early removal of wisdom teeth may prevent serious pain and infection or even damage to nearby molars in the future. Continue reading

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

What is an Abscessed Wisdom Tooth?

abscess-wisdom-toothIf you are experiencing continuous throbbing or severe pain from any tooth, that is a sign of an abscess. Wisdom teeth are particularly susceptible to abscesses because of their location. It is very difficult to keep the rearmost portion of the jaw clear of bacteria, especially when the wisdom teeth are partially erupted.

Patients faced with an infection of one of their permanent teeth would require a root canal to save the tooth. But since the wisdom tooth is considered nonessential, treating it with an antibiotic to heal the infection is an option. But once the infection has subsided, removing the wisdom tooth may be the best option for avoiding future problems. Continue reading

Do Dental Implants Have An Expiration Date?

dental-implantThere are a few options in dentistry when it comes to replacing missing teeth: dentures, bridges or implants. In certain cases when several teeth are missing, a combination of implants and dentures or implants and bridges are a good option. But how long do implants last?

Some patients who are frustrated with their teeth may decide that the best solution would be to remove all of their teeth and get dentures but dentures are high maintenance, they require daily soaking and cleaning for good oral hygiene. They tend to cause pain because they are not secure in place and they move and slip while talking and chewing. They decrease the chewing ability tremendously and dentures require constant relining which can be costly overtime. Dentures also lead to more bone loss overtime. Continue reading

Do Certain Health Conditions Reduce Dental Implants Success Rate?

dental-implants-successDental implants are considered the standard for replacing missing teeth. If you are missing one or more teeth, you may be a candidate for the procedure, which replaces the root of the missing tooth for a sturdy, permanent restoration.

Most patients who are healthy enough to undergo a routine extraction will also be healthy enough for dental implants. Several factors will be considered when determining if you are healthy enough for dental implants.

General Health Conditions – Certain health problems, including diabetes and high blood pressure, will not affect your candidacy for dental implants as long as they are well-controlled. If you are struggling to maintain a healthy blood pressure or blood sugar levels, we may recommend regaining control of your symptoms to reduce the risks of complications. Continue reading

Why Replacing Back Teeth is Important to Your Health

back-teethMillions of people in America have experienced the loss of one or more of their permanent teeth. Whether caused by poor oral care, injury, old age or professional extraction, tooth loss can change every aspect of your daily life in a number of negative ways. While missing back teeth may not be the first thing people see when you smile, they are key to maintaining good oral and physical health.

Why Replacing Back Teeth Is Vital
If you do not replace your back teeth, you will lose the bone that supports them. You run the risk of bite collapse as well as a decrease in your chewing efficiency thus impacting your dietary choices. Losing back teeth causes your face, cheeks, and lips to sag. This slack appearance serves to make the individual seem years, if not decades, older than their biological age. You can also experience excessive wear or erosion of remaining front teeth because they are receiving more stress as fewer teeth are handling the workload. Continue reading

Managing Gum Disease

gum-diseaseGum disease management needs a rigorous program of evaluation and disease control in order to minimize its effect on the mouth and body. The biggest reason for tooth loss in the modern world is periodontal disease and not tooth decay.

Gum Disease Risk Factors
If you are 35-40, you are at the age where gum disease can become severe. Here are some of the strongest indicators that you could develop gum disease. Continue reading