Extractions and Implants
When damage to a tooth is too great it needs to be removed. Other reasons for a tooth removal are because of overcrowding of teeth, extreme periodontal disease, or a severely cracked tooth.
A tooth extraction is thought of as a serious procedure so your dentist will will look at every option before proceeding. After the extraction, you will get detailed instructions to treat the extraction area. A cold compress is used to treat swelling and minor pain. Avoiding sticky hard foods is also necessary.
Wisdom teeth are often a source of concern when they fail to grow in like they are supposed to overtop the gumline like other teeth. Wisdom teeth are at the very back of the mouth and sometimes grow sideways, impacting other teeth, below the gumline. This sideways growing wisdom tooth can cause discomfort, pain, infection, cysts, and overcrowding. Your dentist will x-ray your jaw area in order to decide if a wisdom tooth needs extraction.
Dental implants are the most comfortable, effective, and stable means of replacing missing teeth. They are composed of titanium steel. A tiny metal screw is placed in your jawbone exactly where the root of the missing tooth was. After the gum tissues heal and the bone fuses with the implant it remains solidly in place. A crown can now be screwed into the implant to make your smile look great again. When compared to other replacement choices, implants produce the most natural looking results. They are durable and can last a lifetime.
You will have to have a special 3d x-ray done to make sure you have enough bone density for an implant. Sometimes a bone will have to be grafted onto the jaw bone to increase density. Once everything is okay and the implant is placed, you’ll get specific instructions to take care of your mouth.