Dental implants

  • Dental implants

A dental implant is a titanium post, almost like a tooth root, that is surgically placed into the bone beneath the gum line that allows us to replace teeth or a bridge. An implant doesn't come loose like a denture can it is fixed and acts like a natural tooth. Dental implants also benefit general oral health because they do not have to be anchored to other teeth, like bridges.

Sinus Augmentation: Sinus augmentation or sinus lift is surgery that adds bone to your upper jaw in the area of your molars and premolars. The bone is added between your jaw and the sinuses to allow enough bone to place an implant.

Cleanings:

During a dental cleaning, one of our hygienists will remove the plaque,tartar, and calculus from your teeth. During your cleanings we may take x-rays and do an exam. A great at-home oral hygiene routine, plus visits to see your dentist for regular checkups and dental cleanings every 6 months is an unbeatable combination of prevention.

Scaling and root planing:

This is a nonsurgical, deep cleaning procedure to remove plaque, tarter, and calculus from your teeth below your gum line used to treat gum disease. In this procedure, we sometimes use a local anesthetic, to comfortably allow for tartar and plaque removed from above and below the gum.

a) Why do I have to do Scaling and Root Planing

Gum disease is caused by bacteria within the plaque which can cause gums to become inflamed. When this happens, your gums will pull away from your teeth and form pockets. These pockets in turn will trap more plaquethat cannot be removed with regular brushing. If this inflammation from gum disease is not treated it could lead to bone loss which can lead to tooth loss.

b) What happens during Scaling and root planing:

This deep cleaning has two parts. Scaling is when your dentist removes all the plaque, tartar and calculus above and below the gumline. We will then begin root planing, smoothing out your teeth roots to help your gums reattach to your teeth. Scaling and root planingwill take more than one visit to complete and may require a local anesthetic.

c) Post-op care after scaling and root planing

After a deep cleaning, you may have pain for a day or two and teeth sensitivity for up to a week. Your gums also may be swollen, feel tender and bleed. To prevent infection and control pain and help you heal, your dentist may prescribe mouth rinses or antibiotics. We will schedule another visit to see how your gums have healed and measure the depth of your pockets. If they have gotten deeper, more treatment may be needed.

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