It is our goal to keep your mouth healthy, your teeth fully functional, and your smile bright — and we are proud of all the services we offer to do exactly that. At the same time, we want you to understand all that modern dentistry in general has to offer you. To that end, we have assembled a first-rate dental library in which you can find a wealth of information on various dental topics, including:
Cosmetic & General Dentistry
From a thorough professional cleaning to a full smile makeover, there is an amazing array of services that cosmetic and general dentists offer to make sure your teeth stay healthy, function well and look great. If your smile is not all you want it to be, this is the place to start. Read more about Cosmetic & General Dentistry.
This is the branch of dentistry that focuses on the inside of the tooth — specifically the root canals and sensitive, inner pulp (nerve) tissue. When this tissue becomes inflamed or infected, a root canal procedure may become necessary. But contrary to the popular myth, a root canal doesn't cause pain, it relives it. Read more about Endodontics.
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants offer the comfort and security of a permanent replacement that looks and functions just like your natural teeth. Dental implants also help preserve the tooth-supporting bone in your jaw that naturally deteriorates when even one tooth is lost. Read more about Implant Dentistry.
Oral health is an essential component of general health and well-being. Good oral health means a mouth that's free of disease; a bite that functions well enough for you to eat without pain and get ample nutrition; and a smile that lets you express your happiest emotions with confidence. Read more about Oral Health.
A major goal of modern dentistry is to help you keep your teeth and gums healthy for a lifetime. By following a conscientious program of oral hygiene at home, and coming to the dental office for routine cleanings and exams, you have the best chance of making this goal a reality. Read more about Oral Hygiene.
The word “surgery” often brings to mind a stay in the hospital, general anesthesia, and perhaps a lengthy recovery period. However, the experience of having oral surgery is usually very different from that. Some common oral surgery procedures include: tooth extractions, dental implant placement, and biopsies of suspicious oral lesions. Read more about Oral Surgery.
Adults and kids alike can benefit from the boost in self-confidence that comes from having a great-looking smile with beautifully aligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment can even improve chewing, speaking and oral hygiene in certain cases. And with today's virtually invisible orthodontic appliances, it's possible to keep your treatment a private matter… until your new smile is unveiled, of course! Read more about Orthodontics.
It's never too early to get your child started on the path toward a lifetime of good oral health, and there are many services to do exactly that. Monitoring your child's dental growth and development, and preventing and intercepting dental diseases along the way, is the primary focus of pediatric dentistry. Read more about Pediatric Dentistry.
If you want to keep your teeth for life — a completely reasonable goal in this day and age — you need to make sure the tissues that surround them are also healthy. Should gum problems arise, you may need periodontal therapy to restore diseased tissues to health. Read more about Periodontal Therapy.
In the field of dentistry, new technology is constantly changing the way diseases are diagnosed, routine procedures are performed, and illnesses are prevented. Although they may seem unfamiliar at first, new and improved dental technologies offer plenty of real benefits for patients. Read more about Technology.
Preserving natural teeth is a major goal of modern dentistry. But when a tooth is not salvageable and needs to be removed, it is now possible in many cases to replace it immediately with a dental implant. A dental implant is a small titanium post that substitutes for the root part of a natural tooth. A dental crown is attached to the implant, making the whole tooth-replacement system look and feel just like your own. Implants are used in a variety of situations: to replace a single tooth, multiple missing teeth, or even an entire set of teeth.
It used to be that if you were having failing teeth removed, there would be a wait of months between the extraction procedure and the placement of dental implants. This allowed time for the bone that formerly supported your teeth to heal before the implant procedure. These days, however, implants can sometimes be placed immediately into the tooth sockets after tooth removal. In the right circumstances, this has some definite advantages — the major one being that you will need just one surgical procedure rather than two.
How It Works
Preplanning is the key to success with immediate implants. The first step is taking x-rays to determine the quality (volume and density) of the bone that surrounds your failing teeth. Bone quality is a crucial consideration because it determines how well the implant will fuse in place as the surgical site heals in the months following the surgery. If you do not have enough bone there, placing an implant could compromise the healing of the implant-bone interface, and create possible aesthetic or functional problems.
If radiographic (x-ray) examination reveals that there is not enough bone to support the implant initially, it doesn't mean you can't have a dental implant; it just means that you will probably need to have a routine bone grafting procedure as the tooth is removed, and then allow the area to heal for several months before having a second procedure to place the implant.
Of course, even if your x-ray images look good, it is possible to extract the tooth and then find that placing the implant immediately is not in your best interests due to poor bone quality, inadequate bone quantity or the presence of infection. If that's the case, the implants will be placed after the bone graft heals and enough healthy bone have been generated in that area. After all, implants done right have a higher than 95% success rate, and that is our goal.
What to Expect
On the day of your surgery, the area of the tooth or teeth with be numbed with a local anesthetic. If you would like, you can also receive a sedative in pill form or intravenously (through a vein) for a deeper level of relaxation. Tooth extractions rarely require general anesthesia; we will discuss all of these options with you in advance.
Once the affected tooth is removed, the implant will be placed. A small amount of grafting material may be added to prevent shrinkage of the gum and bone. After the procedure, you may have some minor discomfort and/or swelling in the area, but this should subside in a day or two. If necessary, an antibiotic or pain medication will be prescribed.
After the implant is placed, a crucial healing phase begins. Your body will make new bone that actually fuses to the implant, holding it solidly in place. This process, known as osseointegration, usually takes about two to six months. During this time it's important that your implant is not subjected to too much stress. That means you will need to eat a softer diet and keep food away from the surgical site.
Depending on how many implants you received and where they are in your mouth, you may be able to receive a temporary dental crown or a set of temporary teeth to wear during this healing phase. That way, you will not only walk out of the dental office with new implants, but possibly new teeth as well! It all depends on your unique situation. As in every circumstance where your health is a concerned, we will do whatever is best to ensure the success of your treatment.
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