Implants and Sedation
Crowns and conventional bridges or dentures may not be your only options when replacing missing teeth. The most natural-looking and attractive way to replace missing teeth is with a dental implant. When properly placed a dental implant can have the look of a natural tooth.
Candidates for dental implants need to have healthy gums and adequate bone to support the implant. A thorough evaluation by our doctors will help determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants.
Dentures can also be held in place by dental implants. When dentures are kept in place by dental implants you can talk, eat and smile with more confidence that your denture will not loosen or slip off.
An extraction means to have a tooth removed, usually because of disease, trauma or crowding.
For the first few days, if you must rinse, rinse your mouth gently. If you experience swelling, apply a cold cloth or an ice bag and call our office immediately. You can brush and floss the other teeth as usual. But don't clean the teeth next to where the tooth was removed.
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
Your third molars, commonly known as your wisdom teeth, are typically the last teeth to erupt in your mouth. If healthy and functional your wisdom teeth can be useful. However, there are also reasons behind why you may need to consider removing your wisdom teeth. In some cases your wisdom teeth are in fact healthy, but because of orthodontic treatment they need to be removed.
In other cases, your wisdom teeth can become impacted or only partially erupt through the gum in a misalignment. When impacted or partially impacted, your wisdom teeth can cause swelling, pain and even infection of the surrounding gum. They can also put pressure on the adjacent teeth, which can result in permanent damage to these otherwise healthy teeth and their surrounding bone.
Sleep Dentistry (IV sedation)
In our office, Dr. Grande routinely sedates patients during their procedure to help ease anxiety. Below are the different types of sedation that we offer:
Nitrous oxide, or “laughing gas,” is used as a mild sedative. It is delivered through a nose hood, and is administered throughout the entire procedure. Nitrous oxide elevates the general mood and can evoke a general sense of well-being. Most importantly, it relieves anxiety and reduces pain during the procedure. In addition, some tingling and numbness may be felt. There are few side effects associated with nitrous oxide, and it has been safely used in dentistry for many years.
Intravenous sedation is a moderate type of sedation. Patients who have previously experienced IV sedation often report feeling like they slept through the entire procedure. Generally, IV sedation is used for shorter treatments. It is administered via direct injection into the bloodstream, which means the effects are immediate. Sometimes patients feel groggy and sleepy when the IV sedatives are withdrawn. This is why it is important to bring a designated driver for the drive home.