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Dental Implants

Dental Implant Procedure

Dental Implant Procedure

Do dental implants hurt?

Dental implants can be an excellent alternative to dentures, bridges, or root canals. Seeing as dental implants are placed surgically, sometimes our Ocoee Oral Surgery patients wonder, “Will the dental implant be painful?” To answer this question it helps to understand the steps of the procedure.

We will use IV sedation for single and full-mouth dental implants.

First off, we are happy to share that, out of all the surgical procedures at Ocoee Oral Surgery, implants cause the least amount of discomfort. Regardless of whether you are receiving single or full-mouth dental implants, you will receive IV (“twilight”) sedation. Because of this, the gum incision and the drilling of the implant into the jawbone that can make some patients nervous aren’t felt. Jawbones have no nerves that would send pain signals, so the only feelings patient experience is mild tingling and a bit of pressure. We find that IV sedation is very helpful for numbing tension, but also if you are anxious about dental surgery.

After the dental implant procedure, discomfort is manageable.

After you leave our office, you will experience some tenderness those first couple of days. Any pain, however, can be easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. By comparison, post-operative pain with the dental implant procedure is much less intense than, say, a tooth extraction. The implant will heal for four to five months before its final restoration, but within 48 hours you’ll be able to resume normal activity, and within 72 hours you’ll be able to resume your normal diet. Of course, if you experience significant pain following a dental implant procedure please give us a call so we can schedule a follow-up. There should be no discomfort after a week.

Ocoee Oral Surgery is where Tennessee gets its dental implants!

At Ocoee Oral Surgery our dental implants are a team effort between an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon (us) and a Restorative Dentist (your dentist). While we perform the actual dental implant surgery here in Cleveland, and initial tooth extractions or bone grafting when necessary, your dentist will fit and make the permanent prosthesis. Multiple options are available for temporary teeth to fill vacant spaces. To get started you can read more about the process, call us at 423.479.8544 or fill in our contact form here.

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!

Recovering from Oral Surgery–Do’s and Don’ts

Do eat soft foods while recovering from oral surgery

While recovering from oral surgery, there are some simple things you can do to minimize discomfort and help your mouth heal more quickly. Avoid infection, and speed up your recovery with these do’s and don’ts in mind!

Let’s Start with the Do’s

Do eat soft foods while recovering from oral surgery

DO Get Plenty of Rest– Be sure to block off some time to take it easy at home after having your oral surgery. Your body can heal faster when you give it the best footing to do so! Also, keep your head propped up as much as you can to help reduce swelling and bleeding post surgery.

DO Take Prescribed Antibiotics– The last thing you want to deal with after your oral surgery is an infection. If your oral surgeon prescribed an antibiotic, be sure you take it as directed and finish the medication.

DO Use Ice Packs– Minimize swelling by applying ice packs to your face. Usually on 15 minutes, off 15 minutes does the trick.

DO Eat Soft Foods– You’ll want to adhere to a liquid or soft food diet for several days after your oral surgery. Think soup, smoothies (though you’ll want to skip the straw), mashed potatoes, and yogurt.

DO Take Cleanliness Seriously– About 24 hours after your oral surgery, rinse your mouth gently with warm salt water at least four times daily, and after each meal and snack. Make sure to wash away all bits of food around the surgery area. Your Ocoee Oral Surgery team will give you advice on how to do this properly.

DO Brush Your Teeth Gently– Don’t brush or floss teeth in the surgical area, but you will want to continue brushing and flossing the rest of your teeth. Just take an extra gentle approach to this as you’re healing.

DO Eat Healthy Foods– Vitamins A and C are important for the healing process. Be sure to eat foods like eggs, carrots, and sweet potatoes to help boost your body’s natural healing powers.

Gargling warm salt water helps heal the gums when recovering from oral surgery.

Now for the Don’ts

DON’T Over Do It!– Just to reiterate, rest is critical after any surgery, and oral surgery is no exception. Be sure you don’t overexert yourself post op. You’ll also want to avoid exercise for a few days after your surgery, as increased blood flow can cause blood clots in the mouth to become dislodged, inhibiting healing.

DON’T Eat Hot Foods– In the time directly after your oral surgery, your mouth will be numb. This numbness wears off at different rates for everyone, but the last thing you want to do is burn your mouth that’s already been through a great deal.

DON’T Smoke or Drink Alcohol– Just don’t do it, okay? Smoking and drinking alcoholic beverages can interrupt the healing process. Let your body do its thing without roadblocks.

DON’T Eat Hard/Crunchy Foods– For about 6 weeks post oral surgery, you’ll want to avoid overly hard or crunchy foods. Give your mouth adequate time to fully heal before reintroducing these foods into your diet.

If you follow these do’s and don’ts after your oral surgery, you should have a smooth and speedy recovery. Of course, don’t hesitate to reach out to our office staff at Ocoee with any questions or concerns, and be sure to contact us if you have a fever that lasts more than 24 hours post surgery, experience throbbing pain that doesn’t subside with medication, or have excessive bleeding. We’ll take great care of you!

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!