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Sep
12

Oral Surgery for Wisdom Teeth

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Oral surgery is generally needed to remove wisdom teeth. There are a few lucky people whose mouths have room for their “third molars,” but for the rest of us our wisdom teeth must be taken out. When there is not enough room in the jaw line for wisdom teeth to emerge in proper alignment they become impacted between the jawbone and the gum line. Impacted teeth can cause swelling, infection, and severe oral pain. Impacted wisdom teeth can also cause damage to nearby teeth as well as overall jaw deformation. Therefore, dentists recommend that people with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.

Wisdom teeth removal is one of the most common forms of oral surgery. It is generally an out patient procedure that will allow the patient to recover at home. The surgery is typically performed while the patient is under a general anesthetic that will prevent any pain and allow the patient to sleep through the entire procedure. To remove the impacted wisdom teeth, an Atlanta oral surgeon will open up the gum tissue, take out any bone covering the teeth, separate connecting tissue, and then remove the impacted teeth. After removal, the dentist will stitch up the hole left behind in the gum and place gauze in the mouth to help stop the bleeding.

In most cases, the recovery time of wisdom teeth removal is only a few days. The patient can expect moderate discomfort (alleviated with a prescription for pain medication) and swelling. Your dentist will give you specific tips to help with your recovery, but generally you will change your gauze pads periodically, eat soft foods, apply an ice pack, rinse your mouth, and avoid drinking from a straw.

While no one wants to undergo a surgical process, having your wisdom teeth removed is one of the most common and easily recovered from procedures. Your oral health can be maintained by wisdom teeth removal. Talk to your dentist at your next appointment.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Aug
9

When are Dental Implants the Best Option?

Posted in Dental Implants

Lots of people are curious about dental implants and the benefits that they have to offer for the modern dental patient. Implants have become the treatment method of choice and new standard of care for tooth replacement. One of the most common questions asked is, “How do I know that dental implants are the best option for my oral health needs?”

Implants are appropriate in dental patients who need to have one or several teeth replaced. The titanium steel roots are very biocompatible and allow your bone to fuse to them, securing them in the place of missing tooth roots. These integrated roots can support one crown, bridges, or even dentures. Each implant is designed to last several years and function exactly like a natural tooth, blending in with the teeth that surround it.

To determine if you’re a candidate for dental implants, your dentist will perform a simple exam and take a few dental x-rays to examine the health and quantity of the bone levels in your mouth. A healthy amount of bone is needed for optimal implant placement and predictable results. For some people with a history of bone loss or gum disease, a bone graft may be needed first so that bone can re-grow enough for an implant to be placed.

Once your implant is placed, a few months are allowed for the surgical site to heal and build up enough bone support. At this point the implant will be exposed and an abutment placed into the implant. A porcelain crown that is similar to other types of restorations is then permanently affixed to the abutment and you have a functional tooth!

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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