Do I have to remove my wisdom teeth?
In some cases, wisdom teeth can grow in without issue. However, complications are common. Impaction, pain and swelling, plaque build-up leading to tooth decay, gum disease, cysts, abscesses, and shifting teeth can all occur.
How much will it hurt?
The first three or four days following treatment can be painful, but we provide prescription medication to ease symptoms. As the pain diminishes, you can switch to an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory as your doctor recommends. Most patients feel like they are back to normal after 10 days.
When can I go back to work or school?
You can resume light activity after about two days.
My tooth is broken, but it doesn’t hurt. Do I still have to remove it?
Broken teeth harbor bacteria that can cause chronic infection, pain, and other serious complications. Removing them is always recommended.
Will removing my wisdom teeth or other crooked teeth fix my misalignment and crowding issues?
No. While removing teeth may prevent further issues, your teeth will need orthodontic work to fix crowding and misalignment.
Do I really need dental implants?
Implants will restore a natural look to your smile, preserve the integrity of underlying bone and make eating much more comfortable. They are easier to care than other prostheses and give you confidence in your smile.
Do they really look natural?
The latest dental implants look and feel virtually indistinguishable from regular teeth. For both form and function, they are a superior choice.
How long do they last?
When properly cared for, dental implants can last 50 years or more! Implants have a 98% success rate with predictable, incredible results.
What if I don’t have enough bone?
If you have been missing a tooth for a while, it is possible the underlying bone has atrophied. In these cases, we can perform bone grafting to grow new bone to support both your jaw and dental implants. The grafts can be bovine, synthetic or made from your own bone.
What types of anesthesia are available?
Anesthesia can be done locally, through breathing in a gas or intravenously. Local anesthetics can be applied topically or through small injections. Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is breathed in. The patient is still awake and aware, but it can greatly reduce anxiety. We also perform IV anesthesia. Administered intravenously, IV anesthesia results in a deep sleep. It is deep enough to prevent pain but light enough that it does not require intubation.
Is it safe?
Anesthesia is only administered by a trained professional, and you are monitored closely until it wears off. The methods we used have been trusted by medical professionals for many years. Emergency equipment is always on-hand just in case. Please be sure to give us an accurate medical history. Patients with cardiovascular and respiratory illnesses require special precautions while under anesthesia.
What if I wake up?
Most patients will stay in a state of deep sleep while under IV anesthesia. On the rare chance you wake up, additional medication is administered, and you will fall right back to sleep. There is no pain, and you may not even remember waking. Some patients with a high tolerance for anesthesia may not fall asleep. However, they will remain in a state of deep relaxation and experience little to no discomfort.
What are the potential side effects?
Nausea is the most common side effect of anesthesia. If you are prone to nausea, let us know, and we will administer anti-nausea medication before you wake up. Very rare, serious complications include respiratory depression, blood pressure fluctuations and cardiovascular problems. Our trained staff monitors you carefully and undertakes every precaution to prevent these complications.