Posts for: December, 2020
Dental implants offered by your Kissimmee, FL, dentist, Dr. Vincent Grosso, provide a long-term way to replace missing teeth. Here's what you can expect after you receive implants.
What happens after a dental implant procedure?
During a minor oral surgical procedure, your dentist places titanium posts in your jawbone. The posts, known as implants, bond to your bone, and become the new roots for your teeth. You'll probably need a few stitches to close the gum tissue surrounding the implants after your surgery. The stitches will dissolve on their own in three to five days.
You may notice some pain or discomfort for a few days after the procedure. Over- the counter pain relievers are usually helpful in easing pain, although your dentist may prescribe prescription medication if needed.
Some bleeding or oozing is normal during the first two or three days after your procedure. It's important to continue to use the gauze pads provided by your dentist during this time. If bleeding doesn't slow or worsens, call the Kissimmee dental office.
Facial swelling and bruising may also occur during the third or fourth day after you received your implants. The swelling should subside in just a few days.
Your dentist may recommend rinsing your mouth with a saltwater rinse during the day. You should be able to resume brushing your teeth after 24 hours, although you'll need to avoid the surgical site until it heals.
The length of time you'll need to stick to a soft diet will depend on the extent of your surgery. You may be able to resume eating harder foods in a week or two or might need to adhere to the soft diet for five or six weeks.
Completing the restoration of your teeth
Crowns are added to the tops of dental implants to create new teeth. In some cases, you may receive crowns on the same day as your surgery. In others, crowns will be added after your implants fully bond to your jawbone, a process that may take three to six months.
After bonding occurs, your dentist will add abutments to the tops of your implants. These small connectors will securely attach your implants to your crowns. During this visit, your dentist will also make an impression of your mouth that will be used to create your crowns. Several weeks later, you'll return to the office for the placement of the crowns.
Are you interested in replacing your lost teeth with dental implants? Call your dentist in Kissimmee, FL, Dr. Vincent Grosso, at (407) 350-5969 to schedule your appointment.
Kids get pretty inventive pulling a loose primary (baby) tooth. After all, there's a profit motive involved (aka the Tooth Fairy). But a young Kansas City Chiefs fan may have topped his peers with his method, revealed in a recent Twitter video that went viral.
Inspired by all-star KC quarterback Patrick Mahomes (and sporting his #15 jersey), 7-year-old Jensen Palmer tied his loose tooth to a football with a line of string. Then, announcing “This is how an MVP gets their tooth out,” the next-gen QB sent the ball flying, with the tooth tailing close behind.
It appears young Palmer was no worse for wear with his tooth removal technique. But if you're thinking there might be a less risky, and less dramatic, way to remove a loose tooth, you're right. The first thing you should know, though: Primary teeth come out when they're good and ready, and that's important. Primary teeth play an important role in a child's current dental and speech function and their future dental development. For the latter, they serve as placeholders for permanent teeth developing within the gums. If one is lost prematurely, the corresponding permanent tooth might erupt out of position and cause bite problems.
In normal development, though, a primary tooth coming out coincides closely with the linked permanent tooth coming in. When it's time, the primary tooth lets you know by becoming quite loose in the socket.
If you think one of your children's primary teeth is ready, clean your hands first with soap and water. Then using a clean tissue, you should be able to easily wiggle the tooth with little tension. Grasp the tooth with the tissue and give it a little horizontal twist to pop it out. If that doesn't work, wait a day or two before trying again. If it does come out, be sure you have some clean gauze handy in case of bleeding from the empty socket.
Normally, nature takes its course from this point. But be on the lookout for abnormal signs like fragments of the tooth left behind in the socket (not to be mistaken for the top of the permanent tooth coming in). You should also look for redness, swelling or complaints of pain the following day—signs of possible infection. If you see anything like this, make a prompt appointment so we can take a look. Losing a primary tooth is a signpost pointing the way from childhood to adulthood (not to mention a windfall for kids under their pillows). You can help make it a smooth transition—no forward pass required.
If you would like more information about caring for primary teeth, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Importance of Baby Teeth” and “Losing a Baby Tooth.”
You know you should see the dentist about that nagging tooth or gum problem, but you keep putting it off. Truth be told, you're a little nervous that your treatment visit might be unpleasant.
In one sense, your concern isn't unreasonable: The teeth and gums abound in nerves that are more than effective in signaling pain. Even minor dental procedures can trigger discomfort. In another sense, though, there's no need to worry, thanks to pain-numbing techniques using local anesthesia.
The term “local” is used because the applied anesthetic only affects the area and surrounding tissues needing treatment. The anesthetic drugs temporarily block nerve electrical impulses from transmitting pain signals to the brain. Unlike general anesthesia, which requires placing a patient in an unconscious state, a patient can be awake, yet feel no sensation around the anesthetized tissue.
Dentists typically use a two-step method to prevent patients from feeling any pain during a procedure. First, they apply a topical local anesthetic to the surface of the gums. Once these top layers have been numbed, they numb the underlying tissues by injecting the anesthetic with a needle. The goal of a topical application is to ensure the patient doesn't feel the prick of the needle used for deep tissue anesthesia.
Dentists follow strict protocols using anesthesia that have been developed over several decades. As a result, local anesthesia has revolutionized dental care and greatly reduced patient discomfort safely and effectively. Its effectiveness has in fact led to a common complaint that the numbness may linger long afterwards. But that also has been addressed with better combinations of anesthetic drugs to reduce the duration of the numbing effect.
And not only does local anesthesia make for a more relaxing and pleasant experience, it also benefits the dental provider. Dentists tend to work more efficiently when they know their patients aren't in discomfort, which can result in better treatment outcomes.
If you've been putting off a trip to the dentist because you think it might be painful or uncomfortable, put those concerns to rest. With the help of local anesthesia, dental treatment can be relaxing and pain-free.
If you would like more information on having a pain-free experience at the dentist, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Local Anesthesia for Pain-Free Dentistry.”