The term “oral surgery” refers to a range of maxillofacial surgeries that mend and repair problems with the teeth, jaw, and bone structure in the mouth.
The type of oral surgery that will be needed in any individual case will depend on the specific issues, symptoms, and oral health goals of the patient.
If you’re concerned that you might need oral surgery, reach out to us at Dison Dentistry in Miami to set up a consultation and create a plan for moving forward.
What Are Oral Surgeries?
Oral surgeries can repair a number of issues, including:
- Cleft palate.
- Pain associated with tooth decay or root damage.
- Obstructive sleep apnea.
- Impacted wisdom teeth.
These surgeries and others are performed by dental specialists who undergo years of specialization training in order to identify and correct maxillofacial issues.
What Are the Most Common Oral Surgeries?
The most common types of oral surgeries include wisdom teeth removal and the extraction of other teeth.
Sometime between the ages of 17 and 20, it is common to have the wisdom teeth removed if their eruption causes crowding or discomfort in the mouth. In fact, it is estimated that about 10 million wisdom teeth are removed each year.
In some cases, the wisdom teeth become impacted and require extraction. In other cases, no surgery may be necessary on the wisdom teeth. The oral surgeon may opt to do two separate surgeries, one for each side of the mouth. Other surgeons prefer to extract all four wisdom teeth at once.
Millions of people get teeth removed every year, often for a variety of reasons. An injury, damage to a tooth’s root, decay and other issues may result in the need to have a tooth removed, and an oral surgeon can take care of this issue easily.
What Are Other Types Oral Surgeries?
Some other types of oral surgeries include:
- Cleft palate or lip repair. Babies who are born with an opening in the roof of their mouth or a turned-up front lip may struggle with feeding and/ or speech development. An oral surgeon can repair either of these issues with oral surgery.
- Dental implants. If a tooth is lost or removed from the visible part of the smile, the patient may wish to have dental implants in order to replace that tooth. This process can take a few months, as there are a few steps to the procedure, but the result is well worth the effort.
- Obstructive sleep apnea management. In some cases, obstructive sleep apnea is caused by structural problems with the palate, jaw, and/ or upper airway that limit the ability to take in enough oxygen while sleeping. Oral surgery can fix those issues by opening up the airway.
- Facial reconstruction. Injury that breaks the jaw or bones in the face will likely require facial reconstruction surgery to repair form and function.
Do Oral Surgeries Hurt?
In most cases, a numbing agent is used at the site of the surgery. In certain circumstances, sedation may be an appropriate option. As the numbing agent wears off and the mouth begins to heal, the gums may be sore at the site of the surgery.
Are you ready to look into an oral surgery that may benefit you? Call Dison Dentistry now to book your first appointment and get started.
If your dental professional surprised you by saying that you might need to lose a few more teeth before getting dentures, you’re not alone.
It’s true that the process of getting dentures frequently begins with tooth extractions — often, more than one. It can take a few months to complete the journey.
Here’s what you need to know.
Why Are Tooth Extractions Necessary When Getting Dentures?
While partial dentures clip on to the teeth you have in your mouth, getting a full set of dentures may require you to get some of your remaining teeth removed first. This will allow for a seamless implantation and take care of any issues along the way.
Do Tooth Extractions Hurt?
Tooth extractions for any purpose usually come with a similar degree of pain. If you opt for local anesthesia as opposed to full sedation or the use of nitrous oxide, the local anesthesia injection may cause minor pain, similar to a pinch.
Otherwise, as the anesthesia wears off, your gums will be sore. If you opt for temporary “immediate” dentures, there may be some pain as you get used to them. If you don’t, you’ll be without teeth and dealing with natural bone repair and jaw shrinkage over the next six to eight months until permanent dentures are put in.
There is some degree of discomfort with either process, but you have some choices to make along the way that will change how and when you experience any discomfort.
How Long Is the Recovery From Tooth Extractions for Dentures?
Whether you choose “immediate” temporary dentures followed by permanent dentures or a full healing period post extraction followed by permanent dentures, the total process will likely take 8 months. This covers the time from consultation to completion, depending on office availability and the specific details of your situation.
Contact us at Dison Dentistry today to set up your first appointment and get a more specific timeline for your denture process.
Dentures that fall out of the mouth easily when talking, eating, or drinking are an embarrassing and sometimes painful issue that doesn’t have to continue.
Overdenture implants can help to mend the issue, keeping dentures in place and providing a sense of security. Here’s what you need to know.
What Is an Overdenture?
An overdenture, or overdenture implant, is an appliance implanted into the bone structure of the mouth. Dentures are attached to the implant, which keeps them in place.
Dentures are easily removed from the implant for cleaning or as needed, but the tooth supported overdenture holds the dentures securely whenever they are in the mouth.
Who Can Get an Implant Overdenture?
It is necessary to have enough bone in the mouth to support an overdenture in order to be successful with an overdenture implant. For those who are missing a number of teeth or have lost bone structure in the mouth, an overdenture implant may not be possible.
What Kinds of Overdenture Implants Are Available?
- Bar retained dentures: Up to five implants can be fitted to the denture, which is then attached to the bar.
- Stud attachment dentures: Each denture fits into the attachment with a ball and stud-shaped connection.
Does It Hurt to Get Overdenture Implants?
All overdenture implant procedures begin with x-rays and an impression of your mouth to determine how best to proceed. Together with an examination by an orthodontic professional, you can get a clear picture of what your journey to overdenture implants will look like.
In most cases, it will take several months to go through the process of getting overdenture implants. Healing in between steps is necessary. Though it can take some time, it is well worth the effort.
Are Overdentures a Good Idea for Me?
Every person’s experience with dentures is different, and yours should be based on your personal needs and issues. Contact us at Dison Dentistry today to set up a consultation and begin your journey away from denture slippage.
If you believe that correcting a deep bite, or overbite, may help to improve your smile, you’re absolutely correct.
The even better news is that deep bite orthodontics can also improve a range of functional issues that will improve your day-to-day life.
What Is a Deep Bite?
A “deep bite” is essentially an overbite. This means that when the back teeth are closed, the front teeth are excessively forward of the lower teeth.
The issue of a deep bite can often signal the existence of other dental issues. Correcting the deep bite can help to repair those issues at the same time.
How Can a Deep Bite Become a Problem?
Correcting an overbite with orthodontic treatment can improve your smile and potentially:
- Address loss of tooth structure in the lower front teeth due to clenching or grinding.
- Promote healing of sores or ulcers in the roof of the mouth caused by incorrect bite.
- Create space where needed to open the bite, which in turn makes chewing more comfortable.
- Create space for alignment of teeth that are crowded or crooked.
What Does Orthodontics for Deep Bite Entail?
Each person is different, requiring tailored deep bite orthodontic treatment based on their symptoms and needs. In general, treatment usually starts with x-rays and impressions, so the orthodontist can see exactly what’s going on above and below the gum line.
In many cases, braces or clear aligners are used to move the upper and/or lower front teeth up and back to correct the overbite.
It may be necessary to first create space in the jaw for the crowded teeth to align. This may be done with orthodontic appliances, the removal of teeth, or surgery.
How Do I Know if I Need Deep Bite Orthodontic Treatment?
If you believe you might benefit from orthodontic treatment to correct a deep bite, contact us at Dison Dentistry today to learn more about your options.
Root canals are exceptionally common procedures that should not be postponed or avoided if they have been deemed necessary.
Though it may sound like an intensive procedure, a root canal is a simple and safe process that millions of people undergo every year.
What Is a Root Canal?
A root canal is a dental procedure in which a trained dental specialist removes the infected pulp inside of a tooth, thoroughly cleans and disinfects that tooth, and fills the empty space with a filling while shaping the root canals.
The goal of a root canal is to save a tooth that may be damaged or infected. Essentially, a root canal serves to clean and shape the “canals” in the root of a tooth rather than pulling a decaying tooth.
How Common Are Root Canals?
Root canal procedures are very common. According to theAmerican Association of Endodontists, about 25 million root canals are performed per year, or about 41,000 root canals per day.
They may be performed by endodontists, dental specialists who focus solely on the treatment of pulp and tissue that surround the roots of the tooth, or by a general dentist.
Are Root Canals Safe?
Yes. There has been a great deal of technological advancement in the world of dental surgery, which means that patients who experience a root canal can trust that the process will be quick and efficient.
Do Root Canals Hurt?
Root canals hurt no more than getting a deep filling, thanks to the technology available to endodontists and dentists today.
Patients are awake during the procedure but get enough local anesthesia that they should feel no pain while they’re getting the root canal.
How Much Are Root Canals?
There are a number of variables that go into calculating the cost of a root canal, but they generally range in cost from $750 to $1,200 per tooth.
Front teeth and premolars are generally a little less expensive than molars due to their size and the amount of work required.
Insurance companies should cover a portion of the cost, but this will vary based on your insurer and the plan you carry.
If you need more information about what you will need to pay out of pocket for a root canal, Dison Family Dentistry can speak to your insurance provider on your behalf and help you determine your total cost.
How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?
There are a number of symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal, including:
- Chronic and severe toothache.
- Swelling or sensitivity in the gums.
- Recurring pus-filled bump on gums.
- Sensitivity to hot or cold foods even when no longer exposed to the hot or cold item.
- Pain when chewing.
- Darkening or discoloration of a tooth.
Take the first step toward alleviating your pain when you call Dison Family Dentistry to schedule a consultation.
Dental implant restoration is the process of replacing a tooth by implanting a new one into the jawbone. There are multiple steps to this process. It can take a few months to complete because the mouth will require healing time in between some steps.
What Steps Are Involved in Implant Placement and Restoration?
Dental implant restoration is a multi-step process with gaps between steps to allow for full healing in the mouth.
- Remove the damaged tooth and prepare the socket. If your tooth is not already missing, the first step is to remove the tooth that is no longer functional. There will be a hole or dip in the gums where the old tooth was. It is necessary to clean this area thoroughly and fill it with any needed graft material to prepare for the new tooth.
- Heal. It takes about four months for the gums and jaw bone to fully heal after the extraction and grafting process. If all goes well, the live bone will overtake the grafting material and replace it with live bone, so there is a healthy implantation area waiting for the new tooth.
- Implant the new tooth.There are a few different methods available for this process, and the choice on which to pursue will be based on your unique needs and situation.
- Heal again. It takes another three months to allow the tooth to seat properly in the mouth and for the mouth to heal.
- Take the final impression. After the three months have passed, it’s time to remove any apparatus used to hold the tooth in place during the healing process and take an impression of the mouth so a crown can be created.
- Get crown attachment. When the crown is ready, it’s time to apply it to the tooth, creating a natural-looking appearance.
Learn more about how Dison Family Dentistry can help you with dental implant restoration today.Call now to schedule a consultation and take the first step toward your new smile.
Are you struggling with pain in your mouth due to damaged or missing teeth, or problems with your jaw? Do you experience chronic pain in your jaw or mouth?
Full mouth rehabilitation may be the right choice to help you mend multiple mouth issues at once and fix your smile at the same time.
What Is Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
Full mouth dental rehabilitation is the process of repairing all the issues in the mouth that are currently preventing its healthy function.
Each person is different, so the specific procedures included in full mouth rehabilitation procedure will vary, but they can include the following:
- Replacement of damaged, broken, or missing teeth
- Gum repair
- Root canals
- Fortification of teeth and gums
- Porcelain veneers
- Bonding of teeth
- Treatment fortemporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders
It is important to start the process with a visit to your dentist, so they can assess what’s going on in your mouth and determine how best to proceed.
Will Full Mouth Rehabilitation Repair My Smile?
Yes. Full mouth rehabilitation can help to rebuild the shape of your jaw, improve your ability to manage mouth hygiene, and address any issues with broken, damaged, or missing teeth. All of these will undoubtedly improve your smile, but the primary focus of full mouth rehabilitation is not to improve cosmetic appearance but to improve mouth function.
How Do I Know if I Need Full Mouth Rehabilitation?
If you have functional issues with your mouth, one or more full mouth rehabilitation procedures may be recommended. If you are unhappy with your bite or smile, cosmetic procedures may be a better fit.
How Much Does It Cost?
The final cost will vary widely depending on the specific procedures required and the intensity of the issues. Costs can range from the thousands to the tens of thousands, depending on specifics, but dental insurance will usually cover some portion of the final bill.
Do you think you may need full mouth rehabilitation procedures to repair your mouth and improve its function?Contact us at Dison Family Dentistry today to schedule an evaluation so we can help you determine your best path forward.
Both endodontics and periodontics can be crucial to overall mouth health.
What Is Periodontics?
Periodontics focuses on the care and treatment of the gums and other structures in the mouth that support the teeth.
Periodontists may provide these services:
- Scaling and planing of the root (especially when there is an infection)
- Removal of damaged tissue
- Regenerative procedures to reverse bone loss and tissue loss
- Gum surgeries
Because it is estimated thatabout half of all Americans have periodontal disease, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends an annual periodontal evaluation.
What Is Endodontics?
Endodontics focuses on the care and treatment of the inside of the tooth, or the pulp and tissue that surround the roots of the tooth.
Endodontists can provide these services:
- Dental implants
- Repair of dental injuries
- Root canals
- Endodontic surgery
How Do I Know if I Need a Periodontic or Endodontic Treatment?
If you experience any pain in your gums or teeth, your first step is to go see your dentist. They will be able to determine the general issue you are facing and provide you with a referral to a periodontist or endodontist based on their assessment of your symptoms.
What Are the Costs of Periodontic and Endodontic Treatments?
Depending on the issue you are facing, the treatment you require, and the urgency of the problem, the cost of periodontic and endodontic care will vary widely. Here at Dison Family Dentistry, we can talk to your insurance company on your behalf to help you determine what services are covered and at what rate.
Some insurance companies will offer some coverage for treatment, as long as the intervention or surgery is medically required, but this too will vary widely from company to company. In some cases, a co-pay is required, while other companies require the full payment of a deductible before they cover any of the cost. Others will ask that you pay a percentage. It is worth it to talk to your insurance company beforehand.
If you think you might need endodontic or periodontal treatment, we can help.Contact Dison Family Dentistry today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.
You’re probably aware that the pediatric dentistry age group begins in infancy. But when does it end?
At some point, your child will transition out of a pediatric dentistry practice and into an adult-care practice. The moment at which your child takes that leap is individualized. Some people are ready to switch sooner than others.
But here’s what you need to know as you guide your child’s medical care decisions.
Where Does the Pediatric Dentistry Age Group Begin and End?
Your child should see a pediatric dentist very early in life. As soon as teeth erupt from the gums, they can begin to decay. And if teeth touch, plaque and food to collect.
Most American children don’t see a dentist until they’re 2 years old. Experts would like them to start those visits much earlier. If your child develops teeth by age 1 year, visits should start then.
There’s no set pediatric dentistry age limit. But looking at the medical field may help.
Most pediatricians stop seeing their young patients when they’re about 18 years old. Teenagers and young adults have very different medical needs than children, and they should address those concerns with the right kind of doctor. Moving to a family practice doctor is a wise choice.
Similarly, your child might consider aging out of pediatric dentistry when they graduate from high school or enter college.
Why Is a Pediatric Dentistry Age Limit Important?
A pediatric dentist is capable and qualified, and your child may enjoy those visits. But they shouldn’t continue the relationship indefinitely.
Pediatric dentists focus on oral health from infancy through adolescence. They work on:
· Cavity prevention. Your child learns how to brush, floss, and rinse under the guidance of a dentist.
· Smile development. The dentist watches the baby teeth fall out to make space for adult versions. The dentist steps in to widen the jaw and otherwise help if those teeth can’t erupt normally.
· Corrective care. If your child’s baby teeth develop cavities, the dentist offers noninvasive therapies to fix the problem before adult teeth arrive.
With age, your child may need to focus on other issues. A smile might benefit from implants or veneers. Years of coffee may highlight a need for bleaching. And a stressful career could mean tooth grinding and associated damage. A dentist for adults can handle these issues better than a pediatrician.
Additionally, pediatric dental offices are made with kids in mind. Bright colors, shiny surfaces, cartoon characters, and other touches put children at ease. They can annoy adult patients. When the décor and environment begin to bother your child, it could be time to switch.
At Dison Family Dentistry, we offer services for both children and adults. We can help your child with pediatric dentistry concerns, and we’re more than capable of helping adults too. We’d love to talk with you about our practice and how we can assist you. Contact us to find out more.
Your clinic is the best place to go for dental advice when your appliances break. Detached implants, missing teeth in dentures, and cracked veneers can lead to cuts inside your mouth. These broken bits can also harm your smile.
But it’s important to know how these dental devices work and how to care for them. Set your expectations properly, and learn how to extend their lifespan.
Does Cosmetic Dentistry Last Forever?
Most cosmetic dentistry devices are semi-permanent. They’re either glued to your teeth, bolted to your jaw, or both. But at some point, they will need to be replaced.
For example, veneers last for up to 20 years. At that point, they could crack or chip on the edges. The glue that holds veneers to teeth can also dissolve, which means the veneer can fall off altogether.
Dentures may also last up to 10 years. At that point, they may seem loose or uncomfortable. The teeth may fall from the gum portion of the dentures.
Our Top Pieces of Dental Advice
Your at-home dental care steps could help to extend the life of your cosmetic dentistry devices.
We recommend these steps:
· Don’t use your teeth as tools. Wondering what would cause a tooth to detach from dentures? Use your mouth to open packages, chew on pencils, and more, and you’ll find out. Use your teeth only for chewing food.
· Handle with care. Use appropriate cleaning products for your dental devices. Don’t wash them with hand soap or any other products.
· Visit immediately. What if your gum detaches from the tooth? Call your doctor immediately and ask what to do next. Don’t try to fix any problem like this at home.
At Dison Family Dentistry, we’d like to help you get the smile you always wanted. We can also help you to protect your teeth and your investment in cosmetic dentistry. Contact us for an appointment.