Dental implants are quite impressive in that their placement is incredibly intricate, while also being a routine (and comfortingly predictable) surgical procedure. Your dentist will make an incision in your gingival tissues to access the part of your jaw (the alveolar ridge) where the implant will be placed. Considering that a foreign object (the titanium alloy implant) has been placed in your body, some healing is to be expected. This healing is actually how the implant stabilises itself, allowing it to function as an artificial tooth root for the prosthetic tooth that will be attached to it. [Read More]
When a Knocked Out Tooth Can't Be Found
What do you need to do when an accident has knocked out one of your teeth? You need to hurry. Avulsed teeth (which is the formal term for teeth that have detached from their dental sockets) can be re-implanted and splinted to their neighbours until they heal—but only if you rush, as every minute counts. And of course, this method is only possible if you can find the tooth. What do you need to do when a tooth has been knocked out, but cannot be located? [Read More]
Has Your Dentist Recommended A Root Canal? What You Risk By Postponing The Treatment
If you're dreading the thought of scheduling your root canal, you might be doing more harm than good. Root canals are needed when teeth are injured, or when there's a deep cavity. Unfortunately, many people try to avoid root canals. If that's what you're doing, it's time to schedule your appointment. If you're not sure why you need to stop procrastinating, read the list provided below. You'll find four problems you'll face if you don't have your root canal done as soon as possible. [Read More]
Do Your Teeth Move After Wisdom Teeth Extraction?
You might not have even realised how troublesome your wisdom teeth were until your dentist extracted them. Without truly knowing it, your unwelcome wisdom teeth had been responsible for a recurring selection of dental problems, ranging from pericoronitis (inflamed and swollen gum tissues) to the discomfort associated with overcrowding (too many teeth in a jaw that's too small for them). Your overall bite will be improved now that your wisdom teeth have been safely extracted, but it's surprisingly easy to mistake some of these improvements for potential problems. [Read More]