What If My Tooth Gets Knocked Out?

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‘Knocked’ is a relatively benign word for a jolt so violent it dislodges a tooth. Ouch!

We hope this never happens to you.

But…

if it does, here is what you should do.

1. Find the Tooth

If you’re in panic mode, ask for help. When you find the tooth, handle it carefully. Keep it in the best condition possible.

Your dentist may be able to reinsert it.

2. Don’t Touch the Root!

Be sure to NOT handle the tooth by the root. Only touch the crown. It’s okay to gently rinse the tooth in water. But don’t scrub it or remove any tissue fragments from the tooth.

This is vital: don’t detach any tissue from the tooth. That bloody goo is valuable. It can help your tooth re-attach.

If possible, the optimal place for the tooth to be held is back where it came from—in the socket. If you decide to put it there, place it gently.

If it’s a young child that has the injury, it’s best not to put it back in the socket. Ditto for men and women who have a strong gag reflex.

3. Keep the Tooth Safe

Holding the tooth between the lip and gum or under the tongue is good too. But be wary you don’t swallow it. If neither of these is an option, place the tooth in a cup of milk.

4. Call Your Dentist ASAP!

Next, you’ll want to get to promptly. Many teeth that are reinserted by a dentist within an hour can be saved.

Having a tooth knocked out doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll need cosmetic dentistry to correct your smile. But if the tooth can’t be saved, we can replace it with a dental implant.

Call us at immediately if you have a tooth knocked out (wrenched violently from your jaw).

 

 

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Dental Implant Success: The Odds Are In Your Favor

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During consultations at , we are often asked about the success rate of dental implants.

In case you are unfamiliar with dental implant procedures, first let’s review what they are.

What is a Dental Implant?

A permanent dental implant is a permanent replacement tooth root. It is inserted into the jaw and eventually meshes with the jawbone. This provides a durable, sturdy base for a porcelain crown or denture.

Implants:

  • Are sturdy and unmovable
  • Blend perfectly with your natural teeth
  • Help you speak and eat normally
  • Prevent bone loss that can arise when a tooth is extracted
  • Prevent the issues associated with dentures

Evaluating Dental Implant Success Rates

Now let’s discuss success rates. 

Perhaps someone told you that dental implants have a high failure rate. Or maybe you read a success rate on the internet that seemed too good to be true.

We all know that a single number can’t portray a comprehensive picture of the success rate of any dental procedure.

Whenever you hear a finding, look at the following:

  • What is the source?
  • How was the rate determined?
  • What were the factors?

In the context of dental implant success rates, this is how you would apply the questions:

Does this statistic come from a reputable source, for example, a clinical trail? What were the conditions of the study? Did the study include general dentists? Or was it restricted to dental implant specialists? 

Dental Implants Are A Proven Tooth Replacement Option

The dental implant procedure studies under real-world conditions have found a five-year success rate of 98%.

If you are contemplating dental implant surgery, be aware that at , we only recommend surgery for individuals who are good candidates. This helps us maintain a nearly 100% success rate. (Which we are very proud of, by the way.)

is a dental implant specialist. At , we have carried out hundreds of dental implant procedures. 

Wouldn’t you rather have a dental implant specialist instead of a general dentist who only does an implant procedure periodically?

There are several things the patient can do to help ensure a successful procedure.

  1. Follow post-placement surgery directions.
  2. Practice proper oral hygiene—keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy.
  3. Don’t chew on hard foods or other items. If you grind your teeth, request treatment.
  4. Have a twice-yearly dental exam and cleaning.

If properly cared for, a tooth implant can last the rest of your life. (We hope you have a very long and happy ‘rest of your life.’)

Now denture wearers have a better option.

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The Final Step For A Tooth Implant: A Beautiful Crown

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When you receive a an implant, a dental crown is the final component.

Let’s discuss the complex process required to engineer a dental crown.

Dental crowns can be produced with metal, ceramic (porcelain), resins, or varying combinations of these.

Modern porcelain crowns are an engineering marvel. They make reconstructive and cosmetic dentistry possible.
 
This picture shows three crowns attached to two implant posts. While the most advanced dental lab techs and adept ceramists can’t make a tooth as strong as Mother Nature can, they are getting pretty darn close.

As far as beauty goes, today’s high-quality crowns are just as attractive and natural looking as genuine teeth. (A crown that looks like a white Chiclet and sticks out like a sore thumb is not a high-quality crown from .)

To create a model for the crown, a dental assistant makes an impression of all the teeth. The impression is sent to a lab where the plaster teeth are separated. The individual tooth mold in need of restoration is scanned into a computer to have the specific dimensions to send to the lab.

The state-of-the-art lab has a computerized machine that pours plaster into cylindrical molds, making blanks. Once hardened, the process of making the tooth from the plaster blanks begins.

The machine takes the scanned data from the impression and begins sculpting out the contours found in the scan. The finished tooth is not to scale, being 20% to 30% larger than needed. This enlargement is to allow for material shrinkage that will later occur.

The machine then dips the plastered tooth into liquid ceramic. The ceramic hardens and gives the tooth a lustrous, natural finish that is indistinguishable from a genuine tooth. The machine then starts a new process of orienting the tooth with others. This time, ceramic powder is poured into new molds over the plaster tooth. The molds are put on a rod and then plunged into a water-filled chamber. Once the chamber lid is closed, water pressure increases, solidifying each ceramic tooth.

The restoration is then chiseled to perfectly match the plastered tooth that is inside. This tooth becomes the ceramic shell of the crown and is easily lifted off the plastered tooth.

This shell, or coping, is then exposed to a high temperature for increased stability. It also shrinks to the proper size. Once finished, a plastic replica of the original tooth is created from the computer scan. The new shell is then tested for precise fitting over the tooth.

The next step is the application of layers of colored porcelain. A skilled ceramist—an artist in every sense of the word—may apply up to 15 layers of porcelain to perfectly match the variations in the surrounding teeth. This labor-intensive job accounts for much of the cost of a high-quality crown.

The crown is then fired to making the porcelain more impenetrable throughout. More hand contouring follows, as needed. The final step is the application of a clear, ceramic gloss.

This intensive process results in a terrific crown for one of our patients!

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Why Is An Implant Better For Oral Health?

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What Is A Dental Implant?

A complete dental implant restoration incorporates three components:

  • Post
  • Abutment
  • Crown

A permanent dental implant is a permanent anchor (post) that is inserted into the jawbone at the site of an extracted tooth. In the months after implantation, it integrates with the jawbone. This is called osseointegration.

The post becomes a strong and stable base for the visible restoration (abutment) above the gumline. The beautiful crown is attached to the post and abutment.

Your jawbone and blood circulation treat the post as if it’s a natural tooth root.

Why Is It Better Than Dentures Or A Dental Bridge?

With a dental bridge, your dentist removes tooth structure from the adjoining teeth to attach the bridge (false tooth). It compromises the two teeth on either side of the missing tooth.

A tooth implant doesn’t cause any damage to the adjacent teeth. In fact, it helps the adjacent teeth. 

The post prevents the bone loss and diminished blood circulation that almost always occurs after a tooth is extracted. An implant is better for your oral health than an extraction followed by no restoration.

Dentures make it hard to eat, taste, and talk. It’s harder to consume a nutritious diet with dentures.

Dentures don’t prevent bone recession. And they can irritate the soft tissues of the mouth. Plus they reduce self-confidence and quality of life.

How Long Does A Tooth Implant Last?

If your mouth is otherwise healthy and you take proper care of a dental implant, it can last a lifetime.

A traditional dental bridge lasts from 7-10 years. Dentures last from 5-7 years. 

Today, dental patients with missing teeth are fortunate to have a tooth replacement choice that is far better than both traditional dentures and dental bridges.

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Dental Implants Change Lives

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Many men and women have experienced a rise in self-confidence by restoring missing teeth at in .

Nothing gives us more satisfaction than helping individuals dramatically improve their quality of life. With a new smile, they feel better about themselves. They feel more comfortable in public. They socialize more often.

If you have missing teeth or an unattractive smile, come talk to us. We perform personalized smile transformations. 

We Are a Full-Service Cosmetic Dental Practice

Dental implants are our specialty. But we perform all procedures necessary to create total mouth reconstructions.

The treatment program may include tooth bonding, porcelain veneers, or teeth whitening in addition dental implants.

For men and women with old or damaged crowns, we can provide beautiful new crowns. Tooth-colored dental fillings are popular for our patients who are happy to be free of unsightly old silver fillings. 

Restorative Dentistry Solves Oral Problems

Restorative dentistry isn’t just about flashing an attractive smile. It can relieve pain, correct bite problems, and prevent gum disease. 

Oral problems are health problems. Not just cosmetic problems.

Invest In Quality Of Life

A cosmetic dental smile makeover is an investment in yourself. It’s also an investment in a better quality of life. What can industry-leading dental implants can do for you?

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We Solve Problems To Restore Smiles

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Have you ever been told that your smile is beyond repair? That may not be true. At we perform dental miracles every day. Here are some tough dental problems we routinely solve:

Tough Problem 1: Insufficient Bone for Dental Implant
Solution: Bone Grafting

As a replacement for a missing tooth, a dental implant has many merits as compared to a dental bridge. However, there must be enough bone to support the titanium post (screw) that is surgically implanted.

Many implant patients depend on some level of bone grafting and the procedure has a high success rate. Disinfected, processed donor bone is placed at the implant location where the bone needs structural strengthening. The grafting material is in granular form that can be packed into the contours. It stimulates growth, and eventually the patient’s newly-produced bone replaces the donor bone material.

If you have had another dentist tell you that you don’t have enough bone to place an implant post, talk to . The team at has completed many bone grafting procedures for dental implant placement.

Tough Problem 2: Severe Tooth Loss
Solution: Full Mouth Restoration

If it feels like your dental issues are beyond repair because you have few or no teeth left, take heart. Regardless of the cause—chemotherapy, recreational drug use, eating disorder, extreme mouth injury, disability, inadequate oral hygiene, or simply poor overall health—there is hope.

Full mouth reconstruction can restore your previously healthy, beautiful smile or give you the sensational smile you never had. Patients who receive full mouth restoration regain their confidence to smile, eat, and speak normally.

Full mouth restoration is comprised of a combination of dental procedures as needed according to the patient’s particular situation. These can include dental implants, implant-supported bridges, orthodontia, crowns, inlays/onlays, dental bonding, gum contouring, soft tissue grafts, and teeth whitening.

By listening carefully, asking the right questions, communicating clearly, and counseling with you, can fully analyze your seemingly impossible dental dilemma and provide a solution. Call us today at .

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Should You Worry About Dental X-rays?

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Providing first rate dental care is much easier for dentists when they have extensive, comprehensive information about their patients’ oral health.

Pictures are more reliable than written notes. To go a step further: pictures that show what’s going on below the visible surface of your teeth are worth even more than a thousand words. So, along with a thorough visual oral exam, most dentists want complete and up-to-date X-rays.

The frequency of X-rays is largely determined by your age as well as the state of your oral health. Because children are growing and they experience more changes to their teeth, they usually need X-rays more often.

X-rays also help dentists find cavities, evaluate gum health, and identify any major changes to your teeth and mouth.

Safety is an important issue   considers when ordering X-rays, because low levels of radiation are used to obtain the images. Many essential precautions are taken to limit exposure, such as putting leaded aprons and collars on our patients.

It is crucial that women inform their dentist if they are pregnant because special considerations should be taken.

Along with basic dental health issues, we are happy to discuss the many cosmetic dentistry procedures available, such as dental implants and full smile makeovers.

Should you worry about dental X-rays? Absolutely not!

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Change Your Life In 4 Steps

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Healthy teeth that work as nature intended are indispensable for a high quality of life and overall health. folks who cope with dentures know what I’m talking about.

There is no question that dentures are preferable to a completely toothless mouth, but they are not problem free. Your mouth delivers numerous basic functions, each of which can be impaired by the headaches of dentures.

Dentures can make it difficult to chew and taste food. It’s embarrassing to talk when they are slipping around in your mouth and laughing can dislodge them entirely. They can even make it hard to breathe—and it doesn’t get more basic than that.

Even if you have had dentures for many years, you may be a candidate for dental implants. Dental implants are an exremely versatile alternative to dentures. 

Dental implants can be used to replace several teeth and/or anchor over dentures.

Here is the process:

1. Examination and Assessment
During your first visit, your dentist will take X-rays and assess your mouth and the condition of your teeth, gums, and jawbone. Your dentist will evaluate options with you and together you will create a treatment plan.

2. Implant Placement
A complete tooth implant and restoration consists of the actual implant or root replacement, an abutment, and final restoration. The first step is to insert the titanium alloy implant into your jawbone. This is not as difficult or painful as it sounds. Most patients are surprised at how rapid and easy the procedure is.

3. Integration
Implant surgery would not be successful if your jawbone did not welcome an artificial and non-biological tooth root. Amazingly, in the vast majority of cases, the jawbone tightly fuses with the implant to establish an extremely durable foundation for the final restoration. Titanium readily integrates with bone. The official term for this quality is ‘osteophilic’. For most patients, it takes from three to six months for your jawbone to work its incredible magic.

4. Final Restoration
Whether your concluding step is a crown, bridge, or denture, your dentist will work with the lab to create a beautiful and functional restoration. A connecting piece called an abutment attaches the restoration to the artificial root(s). The crown, bridge, or denture is all that is visible at the end of the process. Dental implant restorations are essentially indistinguishable from previous teeth.

Dental implant patients of all ages are thrilled with the improved quality of life implants furnish.

Are breathing, speaking, eating, tasting, and laughing important to you? Call us to schedule a consultation.

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Think A Missing Back Tooth Is No Big Deal?

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Most individuals are uncomfortable with a missing tooth in the front of their mouth. You can argue that it’s not fair, but a gaping hole in a smile has negative connotations for adults in most social circles. (And a gap-toothed smile doesn’t look as cute as it did when you were in kindergarten.)

A person who loses a front tooth usually makes a plan for a dental restoration ASAP. And few dental patients forego a temporary denture while awaiting a permanent restoration.

When a man or woman loses a back tooth, on the other hand, they are more likely to leave the gap. “You can’t really see it when I smile, right?” “I have another molar back there, I can chew with that one.” If the tooth had been hurting, sometimes they are so relieved that the pain is gone, they consider the extraction the final answer.

This attitude is unfortunate. The intent of this post is to dispel the myth that a missing back tooth has no consequences.

Bone Recession

Since we can’t see the bone that anchors our tooth roots, we don’t often consider its condition. The health of our jawbone plays an essential role in overall oral health. When a tooth is extracted, the bone at the extraction site shrinks and recedes over time. Since a dental implant replaces the tooth root (as well as the visible part), it maintains the health of the bone. In so doing, it also protects the bone for the adjacent teeth.

The jawbone is the foundation of the lower face. If it shrinks and recedes, everything that sits on top of it will follow suit. An individual with bone recession will eventually get that “sunken in” look that can make them look a lot older than they really are. A tooth implant, unlike a dental bridge, preserves the foundation of the face.

Shifting Teeth

Another vulnerability is shifting teeth. If teeth adjacent to the extraction site start moving, it can trigger a domino effect. The unopposed tooth on the opposite arch can also move, though it typically moves outward from the bone (over-eruption).

In addition to esthetic implications, teeth that are displaced in danger of periodontal disease, decay, TMJ pain, or bite troubles. There will also be additional stress on the teeth that take over the chewing functions—compromising their strength as well.

A Smart Investment In Oral Health (And You’ll Look Better, Too!)

Investing in a dental implant could be far less pricey than treating the dental problems mentioned previously. If you have a missing posterior tooth and want to learn about dental implants, call at to request an appointment. Our friendly staff and comfortable facility put our patients at ease.

 

 

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Should I Get An Implant Immediately After A Tooth Extraction?

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Do you have a tooth that is beyond saving? Considering a a permanent tooth implant? There are advantages to combining the extraction and implant placement in one procedure. Let’s talk about the benefits of same-day extraction and tooth implant placement.

1. You preserve healthy bone

As soon as a tooth is taken out, the bone begins to recede. A dental implant is the only tooth replacement procedure that prevents or (greatly reduces) bone deterioration. A bridge doesn’t avoid it. Dentures don’t prevent it. The post that is inserted into your jawbone makes all the difference. It quickly meshes with your existing bone. This is called osseointegration.

2. You have the natural tooth as a model for the crown

There is nothing like the real thing when taking an impression for a crown. If the tooth you are extracting is broken or misshapen, we will fix all those troubles with your new crown. But we’ll start with an impression or 3-D model of the original. This helps the lab techs create a perfect restoration.

3. One surgery vs. two

One incision. One healing period. One dental appointment. Need I say more?

Not everyone is a candidate for immediate placement. But if you are planning to get a permanent dental implant after you have a tooth extracted, follow your implant dentist’s guidance about the timing. It may make sense to do both treatments together.

Thanks for visiting the blog. We appreciate your interest in our dental practice.

 

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