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Tooth Extractions 101

extracted toothSometimes a tooth is just too diseased, chipped, or damaged to be saved. This is a difficult decision for any dentist to make and they will not make it lightly, and when they do they will talk you through the extraction process. In many cases, you will see a dramatic improvement in the health of your mouth and your overall health once the damaged tooth is removed. It may sound a little scary, having a tooth out, but actually the whole process is very quick and almost completely pain free – something that not every dental treatment can boast!

Firstly, your dentist will take an x-ray of your mouth to fully understand the complete damage and any potential consequences to other teeth that taking that one out will create. They will choose an extraction method that best fits you, and then they will apply an anaesthetic to completely remove any feeling or pain. In fact, all you will feel is pressure. No matter how long it takes to get the tooth out – and in the majority of cases, it takes less than a few minutes – you will not be in any pain. When the tooth is out, your dentist will give you a piece of gauze to bite down on, and that will help to stop the bleeding and start the healing process. If the socket where the tooth was is a very large one, then the dentist may put in a few sutures to help to aid the healing.

And before you know it, the whole thing is over! You will probably be surprised at how quickly the entire process goes by, and you will quickly be able to feel the benefits. It will take a little getting used to, having a gap where a tooth used to be, but soon you will not even notice it.

There are of course, may wonderful options to replace the extracted tooth.. to explore those, please give us a call at (619) 359-6569.

What Is A Bone Graft Procedure?

jaw bone graftingWhen your teeth need a particular dental restoration treatment such as an implant or a bridge, there needs to be a certain amount of bone required for this to be successful. In cases where that amount of bone simply does not exist, your dentist will discuss with you the possibility of a bone graft procedure, which will help the restoration treatment to be successful. Although there are many reasons why a person may not have sufficient bone – gum disease, a previous tooth extraction, a sports injury, an infection – there is only one treatment option, and that is a bone graft. This is often a very successful treatment, and it will naturally lead to the success of the primary treatment plan. So what are the side effects of a successful bone graft?

Firstly, you will experience greater jaw stabilization. This means that your jaw will be stronger, and better supported in the areas where it was previously weak, helping you to do basic things like chew meat and bite down on an apple much easier. Secondly, you will experience greater preservation. With more bone in the jaw you are much less likely to lose teeth in the future, and it will help to keep the teeth that are healthy in place.

Your dentist will examine you to see whether you are a good fit for receiving a bone graft, and any nearby problems such as infection or gum disease will need to be treated and healed before you take the bone graft any further. Once the bone graft treatment is over, you will be given special medicine that you will need to take to reduce the swelling and discomfort, and it will also fight infection too. Before you know it, you can have your dental restoration treatment and leave your dentist with a perfectly healthy and beautiful looking set of teeth.

More Customized Sleep Apnea Devices

sleep apnea deviceAnyone diagnosed with sleep apnea will want to do something about it, but sadly there is currently no cure – although there are appliances and devices that have been designed to help you sleep better and more safely. Unfortunately, the Continuous Positive Airway Pressure device, also known as CPAP, is not a very comfortable thing to have to use, especially when you are trying to sleep, and it means that many people who have sleep apnea are putting themselves at risk because they decide not to use it! What they do not realize is that dentists are just as able to treat sleep apnea and prescribe devices to help you sleep as doctors are – so what can they offer that is different?

Well, for a start, they can offer you a fitting for an oral appliance. It may sound a little weird, but put simply, this is like a mouth guard or a retainer that sits happily in your mouth – and is made custom for you so it fits perfectly – and it helps to keep your tongue in one place, ensuring that your airways can remain open while you sleep. It does all of the hard work of a CPAP without any of the inconvenience or hassle. Dentists even recommend the oral appliance for people who have not been diagnosed with sleep apnea, but have difficulties with snoring or breathing at night.

Of course, these oral appliances only work so well as they do because they have been uniquely made to fit that particular patient. Just like a friend’s mouth guard or retainer won’t fit you that well, neither will an over the counter oral appliance. Getting a custom made one from a certified sleep specialist dentist will make all the difference to the way that you are able to sleep – and your partner may even thank you for snoring less!

Relaxing At The Dentist With Oral Conscious Sedation

sedated patientIf you are afraid of the dentist, then you are not alone. It is one of the most frequently experienced phobias, and many people never learn to overcome this fear of someone having such intimate access and control to our mouths. However, just because you are afraid of the dentist does not mean that you will not need to go and visit one at some point or another, and when that time comes around and you really need some dental care to keep you healthy, it can be a challenging time. Of course you want to get some medical help, but at the same time, the last thing that you want to do is go to the dentist! This can lead to dental problems getting worse, and then the dental treatments will take longer – it is a vicious cycle!

Thankfully, there is a way that a dentist can help a nervous patient to relax, and it isn’t by humming or chanting or visualising: it actually involves a little medication that helps them to relax and reduce their stress. In higher levels it would actually make someone go to sleep, but dentists always ensure that the dose is much smaller, so that the patient stays awake and able to make conscious decisions, but their panic and anxiety have disappeared. This is called oral conscious sedation, and it has completely transformed many people’s lives – before they tried it, they had not been able to go to the dentist for years. With oral conscious sedation, they were relaxed enough to sit through the diagnosis and the treatment without any stress.

If you get very anxious when you think about going to the dentist, why not ring them up and ask them whether they offer oral conscious sedation? It could just be the perfect thing for you.