Dental Implant

Patients that choose to move forward with the dental implant process wonder how painful the procedure will be. Dental implants look and feel natural in the mouth, and are a great restorative solution for those that have missing, cracked, or broken teeth. Our customized treatment plans work for each patient’s needs, and we work closely with our patients every step of the way.

Overall, the implant process is not painful. Many patients say that the dental implant process is less painful than having a tooth pulled. To keep patients comfortable we use local anesthesia and numb the gums around the implant area. Our team also checks to make sure each patient has enough bone present in their jaw to support their new implants. If necessary, bone grafting can be done to give patients the bone required in their jaw. This is an extra step in the process and does require additional healing.

How Is the Implant Healing Process?

The healing process for dental implants takes between 4-6 months. Antibiotics may be recommended to patients, as well as pain relievers to help with the healing process.

After Your Implant Procedure You May Have the Following

  • Minor bleeding that should subside after a day or two.
  • Minor swelling or bruising around the face and implant area.
  • Some pain or sensitivity around the implant area.

If patients notice any pain, swelling, or bleeding that does not subside, or gets progressively worse we encourage you to contact our office immediately. You will need to be seen in our office as soon as possible. During the healing process soft foods are recommended, and patients should stay away from foods or drinks that may stain your teeth.

Dental implants can last up to 25 years or a lifetime if they are cared for properly. The pain associated with the dental implant process can be kept at a minimum by following the at home care instructions. Implants are a great choice for patients seeking a beautiful smile that is permanent and will last for years.

Interested in Finding Out More?

To find out more, scheduling your implant consultation is the first step towards a beautiful smile. Our team is available to answer any questions, and our detailed consultation process allows our team to take a close look at your mouth and teeth. We will build a customized treatment plan and get you on the road to a beautiful smile.

To schedule your implant consultation contact our office, and our friendly staff will be happy to assist you!

Dry Socket Identification, Treatment, And Prevention

If you recently have your tooth pulled or extracted, then you are at risk of developing a dry socket. A condition that prevents your gums and nerves from formulating blood clots properly. Without these blood clots, your hollowed gum stays exposed. If left unaddressed, the exposed gum may develop severe complications and infection.

Here we have comprehensively discussed dry sockets. Read on to learn more about how to identify the dry socket, when to seek treatment and how to keep your gum protected from dry gum.

IDENTIFICATION OF DRY SOCKET

The most apparent sign of dry socket is the throbbing jaw pain. The pain is typically felt on the same side of extraction. It starts from the extraction side and spreads up to your ears, eyes and temple. Another sign of dry socket development is the surfacing of a bone. If you can see a bone appearing in the hole of your extracted tooth, then you possibly have developed a dry socket. The pain usually develops within three days of your tooth extraction, but may happen anytime. Other tell-tale signs of dry socket are a lingering bad taste and persistent bad breath. If you experience or observe any of these signs, visit your dentist for an immediate follow-up.

Rotten Teeth

TREATMENT OF DRY SOCKET

If you are diagnosed with a dry socket, your dentist will foremost clean your socket to ensure its free of debris and other food particles. It helps in alleviating any pain and preventing the development of infection. Your dentist may also apply a numbing gel and pack it with a gauze. Dentists will also instruct you on how to remove the gauze and tell further preventive measures to take properly. in most cases, dentists recommend regular rinsing with salt water. If the condition is severe, dentists will give you clear instructions on how to apply another dressing. You may also be prescribed some over-the-counter medications to comfort your pains. Also, you will have follow-up appointments to keep a check on your affected area.

PREVENTION OF DRY SOCKET

Dry socket is not an untreatable or a debilitating condition; it can easily be encountered and reversed. Below, we have listed a few preventive measures that will help you in reducing the risk of dry socket.

  • Avoid using tobacco

Tobacco increases your risk of developing a dry socket after tooth extraction. In fact, smoking in all forms is harmful to your teeth. Inhaling smoke quickly dislodges your blood clot and prevents it from forming firmly.

  • Avoid using straw

Avoid using straws for at least one week after your tooth extraction. The suction through a straw will prevent the blood clot from holding firmly at its place

  • Foods to avoid

Avoid foods that can get stuck in your food, like nuts, seeds, and candies. Prefer eating soft foods like yogurt and mashed potatoes. These foods won’t get lodged between your teeth.

  • Maintain your oral hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean prevents germs and infection from breaking down the clot. Ask your dentist for some useful tips on brushing your teeth and maintaining your oral hygiene.