Questions to Ask Before Getting Dental Implants

Dental implants are one of the best choices for replacing missing teeth. If you have scheduled an implant procedure or are considering dental implant surgery, you should consult with your oral surgeon prior to treatment.

The following is a list of questions to help you gather the information you need before your dental implants are placed:

  • Am I a good candidate for dental implant therapy? Ideal patients will have a sufficient amount of bone to allow the implant to fuse properly with the jawbone.
  • Will I need any pre-operative procedures? If you do not have sufficient bone to successfully place the implant, a bone graft may be suggested to provide supplemental bone.
  • What type of dental implants will be placed? Depending on your specific case, there are several different types of implants your surgeon will consider.
  • How long with the implant placement procedure take to complete? Most implants can be placed in just a few hours.
  • What complications or risks could I possibly expect? The most common complication associated with dental implant surgery is the risk of infection, which would impact recovery time.
  • Can you describe the healing process from dental implant surgery? Your doctor should be able to explain the length of time you will need to heal, as well as provide surgery aftercare instructions for you to follow.

With proper placement and care, dental implants can last a lifetime. Making certain you understand the procedure and recovery process are important steps to ensuring your dental implant procedure is successful. Consult with the Shreveport  implant dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental for answers to these and any other questions you have specific to your situation.

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Family Dentistry: Protecting Your Dental Health

Maintaining good oral health is crucial to every member of your family. Studies have shown a direct link between dental health and overall general health.

Your family dentist offers a wide array of preventative care options to aid in the prevention of decay, disease and damage including:

  • Supplemental fluoride treatments that are easily applied in a flavored rinse form. Fluoride offers an additional layer of protection to teeth and helps them to stay healthy and strong.
  • Dental sealants that are painted onto teeth to fill the cracks and small areas that are difficult to clean thoroughly.
  • Custom-fit protective mouth guards for use when playing sports to protect the teeth, lips and tongue from trauma.
  • Computer monitoring of gum disease to identify and prevent the onset and progression of gum disease.
  • Night guards that can be custom made to protect teeth of patients who are prone to grinding their teeth at night.
  • Dental appliances that are designed to reposition the tongue and jaw to help reduce sleep apnea caused by obstructed airflow when sleeping.
  • X-rays and screenings to detect potential problems like cavities, gum disease, and even oral cancer.
  • Orthodontics to repair misaligned teeth that can be difficult to clean, making them prone to decay.
  • Professional cleaning to keep your teeth free from plaque that causes a host of dental problems.

Poor dental health interferes with your quality of life. A healthy smile not only improves your appearance but also improves your confidence. Preventive dentistry options provided by your family dentist can save you time and money by helping you avoid more extensive restorative dental treatments. Schedule a visit to the family dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport, LA to determine which preventive dental care treatments would best help your family improve their dental health and ensure them a lifetime of healthy smiles.

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Root Canal Therapy: What’s Next?

Once you have undergone root canal therapy, your tooth will require permanent dental restoration to allow it to return safely to full function. During a root canal treatment your dentist creates an access cavity in the tooth, which further weakens an already compromised tooth. Depending on the condition of your tooth, there are a several options to consider for restoring an endodontically treated tooth.

For a tooth that is relatively intact, with little damage to the overall structure of the tooth, your dentist may recommend a tooth-colored filling.  Teeth that did not require the creation of a large access cavity or were not excessively damaged prior to treatment would be candidates for restoration with a filling. This type of restoration is probably best suited to small cavities in front teeth that are not utilized for heavy chewing.

The most common type of permanent restoration for root canal treated teeth are dental crowns. Because the tooth may have been severely damaged by either trauma or decay, root canal therapy further weakens the structure. Dental crowns provide stability and protect the tooth from future damage. Crowns also effectively protect against bacteria entering and contaminating the treated tooth. Studies have shown the highest success rate for the life of a tooth restored with a dental crown.

Your dentist will place a temporary restoration at the time of your root canal therapy. A permanent restoration, either filling or crown, should be placed as soon as reasonably possible to protect the tooth from additional fracture or decay. Consult with Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport for additional information about which type of restoration would be best suited to seal and protect your tooth after root canal therapy.

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FAQS about Wisdom Teeth

The average adult will eventually have 32 teeth, but the human mouth is ideally designed to hold only 28. Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, are the final four teeth to erupt. Often, wisdom teeth grow in sideways, cause crowding, or only partially erupt through the gums. The following questions and answers will provide more information about wisdom teeth.

Does everyone have their wisdom teeth removed?
When these teeth come in properly, you don’t need to have your wisdom teeth remove, but that rarely occurs.

What does it mean when wisdom teeth are impacted?
The term impacted is used when the third molars are caught behind bone, tooth structure, or soft tissues. To extract these teeth, the dentist or oral surgeon will need to cut away the bone or tissue and gain access to the teeth.

Do all people have four wisdom teeth?
Because of dietary and evolutionary changes over the centuries, people have between one and four wisdom teeth. With dental X-rays, your dentist can determine how many third molars you have and if they need to be removed.

Is removal of wisdom teeth painful?
Thanks to modern anesthesia options, dentists can keep their patients relaxed and comfortable during the procedure.

What happened after the extraction process?
Most patients experience mild swelling and some mild discomfort. Your dentist will give you directives on how to control the pain. Follow your doctor’s instructions to promote healing and avoid complications such as dry sockets.

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When Emergency Dental Care is Needed

As much as you hope it doesn’t happen, dental emergencies can sneak up on you. Some clinics offer emergency dental care to provide quick, effective, and safe treatment. It’s important to know what kinds of dental problems require urgent care, as opposed to those that can wait until you can get a regular appointment with your dentist. Here are some common types of emergencies that warrant immediate treatment.

Severe toothache
A painful toothache that won’t go away should not be ignored. These can occur suddenly, be confined to a single area, cause pain when eating, and also involve your gums. Symptoms like these may indicate an abscess, which can also lead to facial swelling. Sometimes your airway can even become blocked. A severe toothache requires immediate relief, and therefore is considered a dental emergency.

Excessive bleeding
If you have oral bleeding from something like losing a tooth and you can’t get it under control, you need to see an emergency dentist. Normally when a tooth falls out, the bleeding will stop after a few minutes. If the blood won’t clot for some reason, or if there was severe trauma, excessive bleeding can occur. A dentist can help stop the bleeding by applying pressure, using a hemostatic agent, or even using stitches.

Fractured teeth
Infection may occur when a tooth is fractured, especially if the break goes deep into a permanent tooth, so immediate care is necessary. An emergency dentist will apply dentine padding to the affected area, so that you can visit your own dentist the next day for further treatment.

Surgery complications

If you have had oral surgery and the pain is more severe or lingering than your dentist anticipated, you should seek treatment immediately to make sure complications like a dry socket or jaw fracture hasn’t occurred.

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