Ask Dr. Vaughn

February 15, 2016

1. What is an implant and does it hurt?

A denSingle crown implant.jpgtal implant is a synthetic tooth root in the shape of a post that is surgically placed into the jawbone. It is a permanent and stable replacement for missing teeth. Dental implants are usually made out of titanium, used in the replacement of hips and knees. Dental implants have 3 parts: the implant itself, the abutment, and the implant tooth or crown. Implant teeth can either be fixed to the implant root, or attached to a removable partial or denture. Whichever route you decide to take, fixed or removable teeth, pain will not be an issue. Dental implant procedures are positioned a good distance away from any nerve in the bone so, once the tooth is gone, there typically will be no pain as long as you are treated by experienced doctors. Any post-operative discomfort and Implant Overdenturessoreness can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen. Dental implants have revolutionized the dental field, with a 95% success rate, they are without a doubt the best long-term option for missing teeth. If you want to learn more about how dental implants can greatly improve your life, click here or call (678) 293-8773.

2. Why should I get my wisdom teeth out? I heard it's not really necessary.

This is a common sentiment. "If they don't hurt, why take them out?" While it is tempting to think that way, those 4 wisdom teeth can do a lot of damage. Wisdom teeth need to be removed for a variety of reasons, they could be stuck, or impacted, they could be growing at an angle which causes damage to the molars next door, or the particular mouth could just be too small to fit all 32 teeth. So When Is Removal Needed? When wisdom teeth cause problems, or X-rays show they might down the line, they need to come out. Other good reasons to take them out include:

  • Inflamed Gums: Tissue around the area can swell and may be hard to clean.
  • Cavities: Swollen gums can create pockets between teeth that help bacteria grow and cavities form.
  • Alignment: Impacted wisdom teeth can undo the effects of braces, bridges, crowns, partial dentures, or any type of dental work.
  • Sinus Issues: Problems with wisdom teeth can lead to sinus pain, pressure, and congestion.
  • Damage to other teeth: That extra set of molars can push your other teeth around, causing mouth pain and bite problems.
  • Jaw damage: Cysts can form around the new teeth. If they aren’t treated, they can hollow out your jaw and damage nerves.

Wisdom Teeth

In some cases, it is not necessary to take your wisdom teeth out. This is why it's important and absolutely crucial to have all of your x-rays taken! Discuss with us at your next preventive care appointment what your best option regarding your wisdom teeth is.