Getting the Care You Need Comfortably

As dentists, we know that oral surgery is a source of anxiety that patients would love to avoid. However, it’s not something we’d recommend if it weren’t necessary, and we do our best to make it as comfortable and smooth a process as possible. We will walk you through everything you need to know pre- and post-op, and there is no such thing as too many questions or silly concerns – it’s all important to us as your oral health care providers, and we will address each one for you.

Extractions

The most commonly extracted teeth are third molars, and the main reason they require removal is because the average mouth doesn’t have room for them. The typical healthy mouth works well with 28 teeth, so when 4 more try to erupt, it can cause problems. The lack of space can prevent these “wisdom teeth” from emerging properly. This may mean that they grow sideways (impacted), only partially erupt from the gum, or remain trapped beneath the gum and bone.

When the teeth only erupt partially, the surrounding opening becomes susceptible to infection. You may experience swelling, pain, and illness. The pressure may also cause other teeth to shift. To avoid these problems and decrease the surgical risk involved, early removal is recommended.

Most wisdom teeth extraction procedures are performed under local anesthesia, laughing gas (nitrous oxide/oxygen analgesia), or general anesthesia. Dr. Lerner will discuss your options with you at length.

The other reasons we may perform extractions include:

  • Deep decay or broken tooth
  • Severe or recurring infection
  • Loosening tooth due to gum disease
  • Excessive crowding

Extractions are a last resort, as our main goal is to keep all of your natural teeth in your mouth. This is why we stress prevention. However, when it can’t be negated, we’re here to treat you compassionately and ensure as speedy a recovery as possible. We’ll provide you with directions for homecare, but don’t hesitate to contact us if you have concerns or questions following your extraction.

Dental Implants

The process of placing dental implants has varying degrees of complexity that are based on each individual case. For example, if bone grafting is necessary before placement, there will be more time involved in the process.

We need your jawbone to be thick and sturdy not just to support the implant, but to ensure that once it’s placed, you’ll have no trouble with chewing or speaking. After all, one of the reasons dental implants are the #1 recommended tooth replacement solution by doctors and patients is because of how natural they feel and look.

Once we’ve determined your mouth is in optimal condition for placement, your customized treatment plan can proceed. First, a small hole will be created in your gum to expose the bone, which will also have a hole opened – this will become the home of a titanium post. After the post is placed, your gum tissue will be sutured and covered so that the implant can fuse with the bone and the site can heal.

Once your jawbone and gums have healed, an abutment will be attached to the implant, which will then hold the crown. As you can see, this is an extensive procedure. Rest assured knowing the following about dental implants:

  • They will protect your speech patterns (or improve them if you previously had trouble speaking because of missing teeth).
  • They will improve not just your smile, but your facial structure. A healthy jawbone prevents the sunken-in facial appearance that occurs when teeth are missing.
  • They will be more comfortable than traditional dentures, because they fuse with your jawbone instead of sitting atop your gums.
  • You can eat confidently knowing nothing will slip or fall out.
  • Oral hygiene is a cinch, since you can brush and floss the same way you would with your natural teeth.
  • Implants are durable and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.

A common question that comes up in the dental implants conversation is: “Will I have to go without teeth?” The answer is no. You may be leaving with a permanent on the same day, but if that’s not the case, you’ll have temporaries to get you through the waiting period.

There are so many questions that can come up regarding dental implants, and we’d love to answer them for you. Feel free to give us a call, or schedule a consultation today!

The Center For Holistic Dentistry

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