Dental Implants: What You Need to Know

Dental implants are a great way of replacing missing teeth. If you are considering a dental implant, you may have some questions about the procedure. Take a look at this blog post to learn the basics of dental implants.

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are small screw-like posts made out of titanium. They act as an artificial tooth root for the crown. Dental implants are placed where your tooth root use to be and replace the root of the missing tooth.

Implants are made of titanium because its properties are known to fuse well to human bone. Once the dental implant is placed, it will be allowed to heal for 3-6 months. After the implants have been placed and allowed to heal, they can be used to support a crown, denture, or even a dental bridge, in some cases.

What are the Benefits of Dental Implants?

Dental implants have several benefits that might make them right for you.

  • Natural look and feel — Because implants replace the root of your tooth; they are securely anchored in your jaw. This means implant crowns look and feel completely natural when you are smiling, eating and speaking.
  • Permanent, Long-Lasting Restoration — Dental implants typically have a life span of 30 years, and could last the rest of your life with proper care and treatment. This makes them a great long- term investment.
  • Minimal Maintenance Required — Dental implants do not require any special maintenance. Simply brush and floss regularly and go to your oral exam and teeth cleaning appointments.

Can Dental Implants Be Used to Replace More Than One Tooth?

Yes! It’s common for a single dental implant to be used to treat a single missing tooth. However, dental implants can be used for several other prosthetics. Multiple dental implants can be used to replace an entire arch of teeth.

Come in For A Dental Implant Consultation Now!

One of Dental Implant Treatment Coordinator would be happy to meet with you and answer any questions you may have about dental implant treatment. Call us in North Oaks at North Oaks Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 651-482-0065 or Roseville at Roseville Office Phone Number 651-636-2420.

Tips for a Speedy Recovery After Wisdom Teeth Removal

Wisdom teeth removal can be uncomfortable to some degree; however, the amount of pain varies from person to person. Below are a few things to keep in mind after wisdom teeth removal for a successful recovery.

  • Rest. Plan on taking it easy the first 24-48 hours after surgery. Keeping your head and shoulders elevated during this time can also reduce swelling. Avoid any strenuous activity for at least a week.
  • Diet. Eating and drinking after surgery to help your body heal is essential. However, it is best to eat soft after surgery. Foods like, soup, Jell-O, pudding, apple sauce, and ice cream are best to start with. Once you begin to feel more comfortable foods like pasta, scrambled eggs, and fish are good to have.
  • Cold Compress. Applying a cold compress to your face for the first 24-48 will help minimize swelling, bruising, and discomfort. We will send you home with a cold compress to help with these things.
  • Take Pain Medication. Take pain medication as prescribed by your oral surgeon.

Recovery from wisdom teeth removal can take time and is different for everyone. Following these tips and your oral surgeon’s postoperative instructions can improve your chance of making a fast and full recovery.

If you’re looking to get your wisdom teeth out, contact us at Momenta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery. Our professional surgeons and team will help you through the process and make it as painless as possible. We’d be happy to discuss options for surgery and how to speed you through the recovery process.

5 Reasons to Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

So, your dentist has recommended having your wisdom teeth removed? It may be tempting to avoid the hassle of having your wisdom teeth removed, but skipping over this procedure could lead to other complications in the future. When it comes to your wisdom teeth, it is better to take preventative action to avoid all of the other potential complications that come along with keeping the third molars.

  1. Inflammation and Infection. Due to a combination of limited space and impaction, wisdom teeth often lead to gum inflammation. When the wisdom tooth becomes partially visible, a separation between the tooth and the gums becomes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, which increases the risk for infection.
  2. Overcrowding. Wisdom teeth often erupt into an already crowded area and can move teeth around. The result can be misaligned teeth. Weather your beautiful smile is thanks to braces or genetics, your straight smiles could be undone over time as wisdom teeth enter.
  3. Damage to Nearby Teeth. When overcrowding occurs, wisdom teeth can do more than invade their neighbors. They can damage the adjacent second molars by contributing to bone loss and cavities.
  4. Cysts or Tumors. An impacted wisdom tooth can lead to cysts and tumors in the jawbone. This can lead to joint pain and nerve damage that may need to be treated by a TMJ Specialist.
  5. Overall Pain. Not everyone with wisdom teeth will experience pain, but it is a common sign; it is time for them to come out. Wisdom teeth can cause pressure in your mouth, in your jaw, in your sinuses, and can cause headaches.

If your dentist is recommending you have your wisdom teeth removed, don’t delay. Putting it off can often make the process much more difficult. Overall, it is better to take preventative action.

Reach out to Momenta Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery today to schedule an appointment to have your wisdom teeth removed. Use our online Appointment Request form or call one of our convenient offices in North Oaks at North Oaks Oral Surgery Office Phone Number 651-482-0065 or Roseville at Roseville Office Phone Number 651-636-2420.