Modern dentistry is technologically amazing and oral surgery has benefited greatly. New procedures mean less time in the dental chair and more possibilities for a beautiful smile.
Dental implants can replace one tooth or a customized solution for many. It is an affordable process to return your pearly whites to perfection. The process begins with a titanium dental implant stabilized into the jaw. This is the basis of a tooth root, then a crown replaces the missing tooth. Dental implants are far preferable to dentures which are only designed to last five to seven years. Dental implants will last a lifetime if cared for properly. The implants help prevent bone loss, act as real teeth and are completely natural looking. The procedure can be achieved in only a couple of appointments and you will never be without teeth. Schedule a consultation with Soft Touch Dental to see if dental implants are right for you.
Bone grafts can be done in the dentist’s office. If one needs a graft, a sterilized, processed bovine bone is typically used. It is a tried and efficient method preventing breakdown of surrounding tissue and bone where required. It works well and as it heals becomes part of the patient’s bone.
Tooth extractions are at times necessary if your mouth is too crowded for the teeth to align properly or your tooth is no longer healthy enough to be saved. If the tooth is decayed badly enough that it cannot be repaired or an infection has reached the point of causing health issues, it must be removed. Although dental professionals would prefer you keep you own teeth for a lifetime, it is not always possible. Periodontal gum disease, an infection of the tissue and bone causing teeth to come loose, is also a possible reason for extraction.
Your dentist will numb the area, providing a painless procedure for you. Afterward, she will pack gauze or place a few stitches at the extraction site to make certain it is closed. Share your medical history and current medications with your dentist before the extraction to keep her informed of pertinent information that could affect the procedure.
Wisdom teeth, a third set of molars in the back of the mouth often become impacted. They may push on the jawbone because of how far back they are located in the mouth. For simple procedures your dentist can take care of you right here in the Soft Touch Dental office. If it is a more complex case your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon.
The doctor will advise you to go home and rest after the surgery as well as walk you through how to care for yourself for the next few days.
Drink plenty of fluids and do not use a straw. Eat only soft foods and use a cold pack to reduce swelling. Rinse your mouth with warm water but do not brush against the blood clots. Call the doctor if you have a fever or the swelling does not go down. You will heal in no time if you follow the doctor’s instructions.