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Implants are tiny titanium posts that are placed into the jawbone to replace missing teeth. The bone bonds with the titanium to form a strong foundation for the artificial teeth. Eventually, small abutments or posts are attached to the implant and will protrude through the gums. Later, a prosthesis that resembles a natural tooth is fabricated by your general dentist and attached to the abutment.
The average adult has 32 teeth but the average mouth can only accommodate 28 teeth. Wisdom teeth, also called third molars, usually need to be removed because of overcrowding in the mouth. It is often painful when these four wisdom teeth attempt to erupt in the mouth.
Early detection is best for removal of the third molars, which typically takes place in the teenage years. Your dentist or orthodontist will do an oral examination and x-ray of your mouth to best determine if the teeth are present and need to be removed.
There are several types of anesthesia that can be given depending on your level of comfort. The first is local anesthesia, which will numb the area. The second form is nitrous oxide sedation. The nitrous oxide is a gas that you breathe through your nose. It gives a floating in space feeling. The third is IV sedation. This is administered through an intravenous injection into your arm. With the IV sedation you will be partially conscious and somewhat aware of your surroundings. The fourth type of anesthesia is general anesthesia. General anesthesia is also administered through an intravenous injection into your arm. With general anesthesia the patient will be unconscious and, in most cases, will not remember the surgical procedure.
If you desire IV sedation or general anesthesia, you cannot have anything to eat or drink (not even water) for eight hours prior to your appointment. Your surgery will be canceled if you eat or drink. If it is necessary for you to take medication prior to surgery please contact the office for instructions.
You should wear comfortable clothing. This should include sleeves that can be rolled up the arm past the elbow. Tennis shoes or loafers are recommended.
NO. The intravenous medication stays in your system for up to 24 hours. Your motor skills are greatly affected. It is not safe to drive or operate machinery until 24 hours after surgery. Note: We will require that a responsible person come with you on your surgery day and stay at the office while you are here.
Yes, appropriate prescriptions are written after your surgery and will be sent home with you. You may have them filled at any pharmacy you choose.
Laser stands for light amplification by the stimulated emission of radiation. The laser, which emits bursts of radiation, vaporizes skin cells, which in turn are absorbed by water in these cells. Biopsy, lesion removal, and skin resurfacing procedures involve no blood loss and are treated under local anesthesia or light sedation.