CARING FOR YOUR IMPLANT
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Implant surgery is usually preformed as outpatient surgery. The process is done in stages and can take many months.
The dentist will first remove the damaged tooth and prepare your jawbone for surgery.Sometimes this can involve bone grafting. After your jawbone heals, your Dentist or Oral Surgeon places the metal post in your jawbone. Again, you wait for the jawbone and gums to heal. This healing period may last for several months. Once healed, your Dentist will make molds of your teeth and then place the final tooth mold onto the implant.
CARING FOR YOUR NEW CROWN/BRIDGE
With the proper care, crowns and bridges can last a lifetime. The most important thing you can do to increase the longevity of your crown is to practice good oral hygiene.
Brushing twice a day and flossing daily
Stay up to date with routine Dental checkups and cleanings
Avoid chewing hard foods, ice or other hard candies to avoid damaging your crown.
Crowns and Bridges can be used to strengthen damaged teeth or improve the appearance of the teeth. Crowns are used to entirely cover a damaged tooth or cover an implant. Bridges are used to cover a space when one or more teeth are missing. They are cemented to natural teeth or implants surrounding the space where the tooth is missing.
CROWN AND BRIDGE
A root canal is a treatment to repair and save an infected tooth. The procedure involves removing the damaged area of the tooth (the pulp), cleaning and disinfecting it and then filling and sealing it.
Your tooth may continue to feel slightly different from your other teeth for some time after your root canal treatment has been completed. It is normal to have tenderness in your mouth and jaw for a few days after the procedure. Your body is healing and symptoms should be temporary and easily managed with over-the-counter pain medications. It is important to follow the instructions for medications advised by the Dentist. Call our office with any questions or if your symptoms worsen or persist longer than 5 days.
WHAT IS INVISALIGN?
Invisalign straighteners are comfortable, clear and removable. They reposition your teeth by using a series of clear, removable aligners which your Dentist custom-makes to fit your teeth. Your teeth will slowly move as you replace the aligners every 2 weeks to create your perfect smile.
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE?
Treatment time varies from person to person, depending on the complexity of each individuals straightening issue.
Porcelain veneers are thin pieces of porcelain used to recreate the natural look of teeth. Veneers can be a good option for fractured teeth, gaps between teeth, severe discoloration and in some situations where the tooth position is compromised. They can create an even more beautiful appearance than the original tooth. Your Dentist can help evaluate whether Veneers are a good option for you.
The procedure will take 2 or 3 appointments. You will first be given local anesthesia to the area and the Dentist will remove a very thin amount of the original tooth enamel to make room for the veneer. The Dentist will then make an impression of your tooth. It typically takes 2 to 4 weeks for the veneers to be made. At your second appointment the Dentist will repeatedly remove and trim the veneer to achieve the best fit. The veneer will then be bonded to your teeth. You may be asked to schedule a follow up appointment to check on the veneers placement.
WHAT ARE VENEERS?
A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed beneath the gum line where a tooth is missing. The post allows a Dentist to mount a replacement tooth. Dental implants benefit general oral health because they do not have to be supported by other teeth.
Most dental implants are successful, but there are a few things to do to help ensure your implant lasts a lifetime.
- Maintain good oral hygiene.
Quit smoking – smoking can weaken the bone structure and can contribute to implant failure.
Regular Dental visits – cleanings and exams every six months can help ensure your implant is in good condition.
Avoid chewing on hard foods