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Extracting Teeth – Bad Teeth Out, Summer Smiles In

The temperatures are finally staying warm here in Cleveland! At Ocoee Oral Surgery we want you looking and feeling your best when you’re out having fun in the sun. Sometimes getting a tooth pulled is the only option available to maintain the mouth’s overall health. If you are feeling any of the following pain points, let us help you get summer-ready with a tooth extraction.

Extracting Broken Teeth

When one of your teeth breaks, especially near the gum line, it may need to be extracted. A dental professional could cap the broken tooth with a crown if addressed quickly enough, but in many instances extraction is necessary. When a broken tooth needs to be pulled, Ocoee is here to help.

Extracting Teeth with Tooth Decay

One of the many purposes of those annual dental exams is to detect early signs of tooth decay. When bacteria enter the flesh of a tooth, that tooth sometimes must be removed to stop the spread. When this occurs, the tooth must be extracted to make sure that no other teeth are affected by the decay and that the gums and jaw do not become compromised.

Extracting Teeth Due to Gum Disease

Gum disease, if left untreated, can destroy ligaments, tissue, and bone that support your healthy teeth. When these structures weaken they loosen their hold on your teeth. That can lead to the extraction of one or multiple teeth before they eventually fall out on their own (a situation that you want to avoid if possible).

Extracting Impacted or Overcrowded Teeth

When the teeth are severely overcrowded, one or more may be removed to create more space and promote the proper alignment of the remaining teeth. Similarly, an impacted tooth that grows only partially beyond the gum line or is tilted at an abnormal angle may need to be pulled. Many people have their wisdom teeth removed for this very reason, to allow more room for the remainder of the patient’s teeth.

Trust Ocoee Oral with Your Tooth Removal

When teeth are extremely decayed, damaged from trauma, or causing secondary dental problems due to location – a tooth extraction may be the best choice. If you need an extraction, or you are worried that one of your teeth may be on the verge of extraction, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. Please give us a call at 423.479.8544 or schedule an appointment via our contact page to get your smile summer-ready!

Wisdom Teeth Removal After College

Many individuals have their wisdom teeth removed as teens or young adults, it’s true. It’s recommended to have wisdom teeth removed before the age of 18. Having wisdom teeth removed after you’re 18 years old greatly increases the risk of permanent complications, such as numbness of the lip and chin. If you’re past that age where many have their wisdom teeth removed, you might be asking, “Is there any point now?” Yes, even if you don’t consider yourself a “young” adult anymore, there are still benefits to wisdom tooth removal after college.

Wisdom Teeth Removal for Pain Relief

If your wisdom teeth are causing you any pain, it might be time to consider removing them. Wisdom teeth are often susceptible to cavities, and because they are difficult to clean they can cause gum disease on the surrounding gum tissue. When wisdom teeth are impacted, they can result in pain and swelling that is mitigated with extraction.

Wisdom Teeth Removal to Alleviate Crowding

Wisdom teeth can cause crowding and affect tooth alignment, dismantling the hard work of any braces, bridges, crowns or other prior dental work. Not only can this result in shifted teeth, but also can create more pockets for food and bacteria. This results in decay, cavities, and more dental work. Wisdom teeth removal can help prevent this crowding and other issues that often follow.

Wisdom Teeth Removal to Prevent Cheek-Biting

Patients who have small mouths or lack adequate room to accommodate more molars can have biting issues when these extra teeth arrive. Sometimes when wisdom teeth begin to come in, their positioning can cause pain and difficulty chewing in dental patients. They can cause damage to soft tissues in the mouth, which results in pain and hindered jaw function. When wisdom teeth cause pain and difficulty chewing, extraction by oral surgery is necessary.

Oral surgeons agree that it’s best to have wisdom teeth removed before the age of 18. When you’re younger, you tend to heal faster and have fewer complications with surgeries. Also, when you’re young, the roots and bones of your teeth are softer and not fully formed. This makes extractions easier. But even though it is preferred to have wisdom teeth removed before the age of 18, the process can still be beneficial no matter your age. Our staff at Ocoee Oral Surgery is always here to answer any questions you might have pertaining to wisdom teeth removal or any other oral surgery. We are here to help all ages!

A New Year and a New You with Dental Implants

Here at Ocoee Oral Surgery we believe that dental implants can be life-changing for patients who suffer day-to-day difficulties with their dentures or bone loss. To start 2022 right, why not consider a permanent tooth replacement solution?

Here are some reasons why denture wearers should consider dental implants. 

Get Your Bite Back

You probably noticed a major change in your diet and eating habits after getting dentures. Dentures can make it challenging to chew food thoroughly, and some hard or chewy foods are completely off-limits.

However with dental implants your dentures are firmly held in place. This sturdiness helps expand your diet. Eat what you like without stopping to adjust your teeth!

Be More Confident

Have you ever felt your dentures slide or shift positions in your mouth while you were smiling, talking to someone, or eating with a friend? Tooth loss isn’t something to be embarrassed about, but it’s hard not to feel embarrassed when your teeth are visibly moving.

Again, the adherence provided by dental implants will save the day. Smile with confidence and talk without covering your mouth. Your dental implants will stay in place and free you from worrying about whether or not your teeth are moving.

Have a Permanent Solution

It’s easy to drop slippery dentures while cleaning them, and they can shatter in your sink or on your bathroom floor. Even if you manage to avoid this kind of damage, dentures wear with time and need to be relined or replaced.

Dental implants don’t need to be taken out to be cleaned, you clean them just as you would natural teeth. With good care, they should last the rest of your life!

Patients who have dentures may think that they aren’t candidates for dental implants, but dental implants are appropriate for many. To find out whether or not you’re a candidate for dental implants, read more about our dental implant procedures at Ocoee Oral Surgery here, and schedule a consultation or call us today at 423.479.8544!

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants look like natural teeth and restore full functionality.

Dental implants look like natural teeth and restore full functionality.

Of course we all hope we never need dental implants, but if you find yourself in a situation where you do, our team is here to explain the process, as well as the benefits of going with dental implants. Some reasons you may end up needing one include having lackluster dental hygiene and limited preventative care, or other reasons like lifestyle, smoking or unhealthy diet, or a traumatic event. All that said, if tooth loss is affecting your quality of life, dental implants are a great treatment choice, and their benefits are as follows.

Natural Look

One great thing about dental implants is they are aesthetically pleasing. This is a great option cosmetically, because dental implants are expertly fashioned to look just like natural teeth. Having a healthy smile is paramount, but we think loving your smile is extremely important too. We want you to enjoy a tooth loss solution that, in addition to being pragmatic, also enhances your smile and the way you feel about yourself.

Restore Chewing Power

On top of looking like natural teeth, dental implants also behave like them. This means that when you opt for an implant, your oral surgeon will help restore full chewing power. After getting your dental implant, you’ll be able to eat normally, and brush and floss your teeth normally as well.

Prevent Bone Loss

Dental implants also serve patients in the area of preventing bone loss. The jaw bone begins to deteriorate more quickly in areas where no tooth is present as a result of the lack of stimulation. If no implant is placed where a patient has suffered tooth loss, that bone area loses approximately 25% of its volume within the first year, and that bone loss only continues with time. But the dental implant not only restores chewing and functionality, but also provides necessary stimulation necessary for bone growth.

Dental implants are also an aesthetically pleasing fix for tooth loss.

Prevent Premature Facial Aging

As we grow older, the lower third of the face begins to collapse, gradually shortening the distance between the tip of the nose and the chin. This facial sagging that accompanies aging can be accelerated by tooth loss and consequently bone loss. These changes include excess and premature formation of wrinkles around the mouth, thinning lips, and a more pointed appearance of the chin. This process can make a patient with bone loss look a lot older than he or she really is, but dental implants can help mitigate these issues.

If you have any questions about tooth loss treatments or dental implant procedures, our team would love to help answer them. Contact us anytime with questions or to schedule a consultation with one of our oral surgeons. We’re here here to preserve your smile!

An Overview of Dental Implants Cleveland TN

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Learn More about Dental Implants Cleveland TN

Could you be a good case for dental implants from Ocoee Oral Surgery in Cleveland TN? In this month’s blog, we cover different aspects of the procedure, which has been performed on more than 3 million people in the US, with another 500,000 surgeries performed each year.

More than 35 million Americans are missing all their teeth in one or both jaws, according to prosthodontists. Implants are the preferred method for treating tooth loss because they help preserve the jaw structure by preventing atrophy from bone loss.

Implants are a solution for replacing missing teeth, concealing large fillings, restoring the ability to bite and chew, improving speech, protecting weakened teeth from further damage, and preventing any drifting of remaining teeth out of position.<!–more→

Your Dental Implant Questions Answered

dental implants Cleveland TNWhat are dental implants? What are they made of?

Generally, dentistry implants are surgically implanted metal posts positioned directly into the jawbone beneath the gums, essentially “man-made artificial tooth roots” made from medical-grade titanium. Why titanium? Because the implants, over time, fuse naturally with bone, a process known as “osseointegration.” Following healing of surrounding gum tissue, the posts are connected to an artificial tooth (or teeth), either individually or grouped on a bridge or denture.

At Ocoee Oral Surgery, we perform:

Why go to the extent of surgery? By being infused to the jawbone, implants provide stable support not always found with alternatives. Implants function the same as natural teeth and maintain proper chewing function and exert appropriate, natural forces on the jawbone to keep it functional and healthy.

We cover what dental implants are in greater depth on the dedicated procedure page and encourage anyone interested in this to read further.

How do dental implants work?

The result is a secure fit that feels more natural than conventional bridges or dentures, which aren’t always possible or practical if a patient lacks adjacent teeth to attach a bridge to or suffers from a gag reflex that makes removable prostheses unpleasant. Bridgework and dentures address the cosmetic problem of missing teeth but also do not prevent bone loss.

Not everyone is a good fit for dental implants. For one thing, healthy gums and adequate bone are needed for support of the implant. In some cases, a bone graft can grow the bone needed to properly anchor the implant. The American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports the overall success rate of dental implant therapy as high as 98 percent.

Who does Dental Implants in Cleveland TN?

Looking for a Cleveland TN dentist that do dental implants? Our Board-Certified Oral Surgeons are Paul T. McCord, DDS, and Hunter T. McCord, DDS. Their extensive training and experience give them the skills needed to perform Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. They work to put patients at ease and achieve the desired results. You definitely want to choose a dental implant expert like our oral surgeons to minimize complications and lessen the risk of implant failure.

How much do dental implants cost? How much do dental implants cost per tooth? How much are dental implants for the whole mouth? Does Medicare pay for dental implants?

For your convenience, we accept cash, checks and credit cards, including CareCredit to finance restorative and cosmetic dentistry such as dental implants.

Implants are a long-term purchase with the potential to result in decades of return on investment. The average cost of single tooth dental implants is between $1,000-$3,000, while full mouth reconstructive implants average between $24,000-$100,000. The exact cost of any procedure depends on what a patient’s particular situation is and the depth of solutions needed to fully address it. No two patients or their customized dental implants treatments are exactly alike.

If you want to get Medicare dental coverage for dental implants, look into Medicare Advantage coverage. Also known as Medicare Part C, the Medicare Advantage program offers you a different way to get your Medicare Part A and Part B benefits. Medicare Advantage plans are available from private insurance companies that contract with Medicare.

How long does a dental implant procedure take?

Total treatment time depends on a patient’s needs, medical and dental history, jawbone condition, and the technique and materials used. It can be as short as a few months for simple conditions.

Are dental implants safe? Does the procedure hurt?

For half a century, implants have proven to be safe and effective. No medical procedure is 100% free of complications, which is why it is important to choose the right oral surgeon. And when it comes to an individual patient’s health, the doctor’s need to review medical history and habits that could affect the recommended treatment, such as smoking. Every patient should go into a procedure fully informed about benefits and risks. Sedation techniques available at the time of treatment include a full range of anesthesia services, including IV Anesthesia.

What are some tips for making implants last longer?

Regular dental visits and dedicated oral hygiene are vital to the long-term success of dental implants. Smoking, uncontrolled diabetes or low bone density are conditions that can put implants at risk of long-term failure. What periodontal disease is to teeth, something called “peri-implantitis” is to implants, as both result in the loss of the supporting structure (bone).

Do tooth implants last forever?

Well-placed and cared for dental implants have the potential to last for decades. Well-cared for dental implants are ones regularly brushed and flossed with scheduled cleanings and check-ups – just like natural teeth!

Make Your Own Cleveland TN Dental Implants a Reality

The Consultation

The first step is to speak with the doctors about your particular situation, map the patient’s map, identify potential problems, and plan the implant procedure in advance. The entire process can take several months, so you should do it as soon as possible if you want to restore chewing function and regain a more confident smile sooner rather than later. Remember to bring your medical and dental insurance cards. If you have recent x-rays, feel free to bring them so we can determine the root structure of the teeth in question.

Taking the First Step

Contact our office at 2222 Chambliss Avenue NW in Cleveland TN by calling (423) 479-8544 or emailing [email protected].

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.


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