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Wednesday, September 25, 2013 @ 05:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Having a tooth knocked out is a common injury associated with sports, automobile accidents, bicycling accidents, skateboarding accidents and other traumas. It is also every parent or individual’s worst nightmare. So what should you do if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation? There are a number of things you can do to increase the chances of saving the tooth.

First of all, if one of your teeth or your children’s teeth is knocked out, you should save the tooth and get it to your dentist or oral surgeon for reimplantation as soon as possible! The longer it is out of the mouth, the less likely it is that it will be able to be successfully reimplanted. There are a variety of options for transporting the tooth to the dentist or oral surgeon’s office. The best-case scenario is to place the tooth back into your mouth. If possible, place the tooth back into your mouth so that it is level with your other teeth. You can gently bite down on gauze or a tea bag to help keep it into place. However, you should be very careful not to accidentally swallow the tooth. If this is not possible, you can place the tooth into a small container and cover it with saliva or milk. Please note that when handling the tooth, you should always pick it up by the crown. Another option is to carry the tooth between your gum and lower lip or under your tongue. Again, you must be very careful not to accidentally swallow the tooth. There are also a variety of tooth-saving kits that can be purchased ahead of time and placed in your family’s emergency kit. These kits contain a storage device as well as a fluid to place over the tooth.

Hopefully, your tooth can be saved and successfully reimplanted into your mouth. If not, there are a variety of tooth replacement options that can be used to replace a missing tooth. A dental implant-supported crown is a very good option for replacing a single tooth. This permanent tooth replacement option looks, feels and functions like a natural tooth so you may be the only one who knows that you ever lost one! If you have lost a tooth due to a trauma or injury and it was not able to be saved, talk to your dentist or oral surgeon today to find out if you are a candidate for a dental-implanted supported crown.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ 06:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

If you are getting ready to undergo oral surgery for the placement of dental implants, you may be wondering what to expect after dental implant surgery. While the recovery will vary from individual to individual, most people experience a rapid and uneventful recovery after undergoing this type of procedure. You can expect to experience some discomfort. The degree and severity will depend on a number of factors including the length of your procedure. Most people experience only minor discomfort after the placement of dental implants and are able to get relief from NSAIDS or Tylenol alone. In some cases, narcotics may also be needed. In most cases, this discomfort goes away within five days or less.

You can also expect to experience some minor swelling and/or bruising. This is usually minimal and will peak at 48 hours and then be negligible by the 5th day. Mild discoloration (bruising) of the facial skin is also possible but rarely happens in individuals under the age of 50. If it does occur, it will usually clear within three to five days after your surgery.

You may experience some minor bleeding after the placement of dental implants, although it is rare. If it does occur, it will usually appear within the first twenty-four hours after surgery and then quickly subside.

As with all surgical procedures, it is important to keep track of any changes you experience and to keep your doctor informed about any problems or complications. It is important to keep in mind the fact that you have an important role to play in your own recovery. Your nutrition and oral hygiene play a major part in how quickly you recover from oral surgery. Getting the appropriate amount of rest is also extremely important.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Monday, September 2, 2013 @ 06:09 PM
posted by Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD

Today, there is a lot of information about cosmetic dentures in magazines, advertisements and online. So what is the difference between cosmetic dentures and traditional dentures? And, how do they compare to dental implants?

Cosmetic dentures are prosthetic replacements for missing teeth, just like traditional dentures. However, unlike traditional dentures, they are custom-fitted and hand-fabricated and can be made especially to match your gender, ethnic original, personality and style. For some, cosmetic dentures offer a more natural and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional dentures.

However, when compared to dental implants, even cosmetic dentures cannot compete with the form, comfort, functionality and appearance of this revolutionary tooth replacement option. This is because dentures, whether they are cosmetic or traditional dentures, are not anchored into your jaw like dental implant supported replacement teeth. So, there is a need for the use of denture adhesive creams to keep dentures in place, and there is always a chance of dentures slipping, clicking or falling out. In addition, dentures do not allow for the same chewing strength as dental implant supported replacement teeth. This makes it difficult for many people with dentures to enjoy foods that are rich in fiber and harder to chew. This has a multitude of health implications as the high fiber foods are usually rich in nutrients and lower in calories than other types of food. And, cosmetic dentures simply cannot compete with the natural appearance of dental implant supported replacement teeth.

The bottom line is that although cosmetic dentures do offer some advantages over traditional dentures, they still do not provide the advantages you get with dental implants. If you are in the process of considering different tooth replacement alternatives, talk to an oral surgeon about the benefits of dental implants and see if this advanced tooth replacement option is right for you.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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