You’ve made the choice to permanently replace your missing teeth with dental implants, which was an excellent investment in your quality of life and your oral health. Unfortunately, you’ve recently developed dental implant pain. Although it’s tempting to wait to see if it goes away, this is never a good idea. Some discomfort is normal after your posts have been placed into your jawbone, but it should not linger. If it doesn’t go away or it suddenly occurs after you’ve already healed, it’s best to contact your dentist right away to get to the root cause of the problem.
Is Your Dental Implant Pain Normal?
August 19, 2019
What Services Should I Expect from an Oral Surgeon?
July 26, 2018
When it comes to basic preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry services, a general dentist is likely your best bet. If you need more complex treatments, it may be time to call a specialist. Dentists who specialize in specific areas of the field have advanced training to perform specific procedures safely and effectively. A specialist usually invests in a wider range of advanced technologies to ensure the comfort, efficacy, and speed of the treatments they offer. Oral surgeons are dental specialists who offer patients complex procedures. Many oral surgeons are both dentists and medical doctors. This allows them to provide an even greater range of oral surgery services.
Do I Need to Keep Visiting the Dentist if I Have Implant Dentures?
Many patients falsely believe that their dental implant supported denture doesn’t need to be cared for like real teeth. However, it’s important that you continue your daily at home hygiene routine and visit our office every six months for dental checkups and teeth cleanings. Even though your implant supported prosthetic teeth aren’t the natural ones you were born with, they are teeth you may be able to keep for the rest of your life. That’s why you need to continue caring for your implant retained denture. In this post, we’ll talk about how best to care for your denture supported by dental implants to ensure that you can keep your implant retained tooth replacement prosthetic as long as possible.
Does Smoking Increase Risk for Implant Failure?
March 30, 2018
If you’ve just invested thousands of dollars in your smile, the last thing you should do is smoke, but we understand for some people stopping is easier said than done. For patients who replace one or more missing teeth with a dental implant supported restoration, we highly recommend doing your utmost to stop using tobacco. Studies show that people who use tobacco are significantly more likely to experience dental implant failure, and we all know by now that tobacco use puts you at greater risk for oral cancer, other forms of cancer, and serious systemic illnesses. If you’re investing in a whole, healthy smile, it may be time to kick your tobacco habit.
Warning Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth
March 23, 2018
Wisdom teeth, third molars, are often extracted due to the many adverse effects they can have on a patient’s overall oral health. Impaction is one of the most common reasons patients need to have their wisdom teeth extracted. A tooth is said to be impacted if it is unable to fully erupt from the smile, it partially erupts at the wrong angle, or it partially erupts and is recovered by soft tissue one or more times. When wisdom tooth impaction occurs, there are numerous adverse effects it can have on your oral and overall health. Your surrounding teeth may be shifted out of alignment, you may be at greater risk for decay in these impacted teeth, and your entire bite may no longer work properly, leading to strained TMJ and other concerns. If you have impacted wisdom teeth, an oral surgeon may recommend extraction to ensure you maintain a healthy, properly functioning smile.
Do I Need Emergency Tooth Extraction?
January 8, 2018
Your dentist will work hard to help you maintain your healthy, natural tooth structure, but there are some situations when tooth extraction is the best option for your oral health. In many cases, these tooth extractions are performed during a dental emergency. If you experience facial trauma or injury that may require the removal of one or more teeth to restore oral health, you may be able to contact an oral surgeon to get the tooth removal services you need immediately. In this post, we’ll walk you through some of the dental emergency situations where you should contact an oral surgeon for assistance.
The Importance of Following Pre & Post-Operative Care Instructions
October 21, 2017
When it comes to oral surgery, many people worry about what’s going to happen to them during their procedure. However, an oral surgeon will tell you, what you do before and after your surgery is just as important as anything that happens during treatment to ensure a safe, successful outcome. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of following pre and post-operative care instructions.
Assessing Your Smile for Dry Socket Following Tooth Extraction
October 17, 2017
When you have one or more third molars or other teeth removed, you will likely believe your days of discomfort or pain are done. However, a small number of patients develop a painful condition called dry socket following tooth extraction. Actually, dry socket may occur for a surprising reason – excessive cleaning! Keep reading to learn more about dry socket, how to prevent it, and how you can care for your smile when dry socket occurs.
4 Ways to Avoid Implant Failure
September 14, 2017
In 2014, Sharon Osbourne showed off her failed implant supported dental crown on live television exclaiming she had paid a fortune for the replacement tooth. That just goes to show that even the rich and the famous can’t always ensure the best outcome of their dental procedures. However, there are some steps you can take to avoid implant failure and keep your smile whole and healthy following advanced dental implant procedures.