Who Should Pull Wisdom Teeth?

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Wisdom Teeth Issues?

For wisdom tooth extractions, the best option is always an oral surgeon!
So you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. Now what?

These days, most people first turn to the Internet for information, typing in such common queries as

“How are wisdom teeth removed” or “Reasons for removing wisdom teeth.”

Next, most patients look online for a surgeon or call their local dentist.

But there is one question that often goes unasked, and it may be the most important question of all: Who should perform wisdom tooth removal surgery?

Theoretically, both general dentists and oral surgeons are able to perform wisdom teeth extractions. But only oral surgeons are the true experts on the procedure, having completed a four-year residency, followed by performing wisdom teeth removals daily in their office. There is no substitution for experience.

By contrast, there is no such training in dental school for general dentists and very few places at all where extensive training can be found afterward.

Then there’s the issue of anesthesia. Most people would agree that wisdom teeth extractions are much more comfortable for patients when they are under general anesthesia, rather than just local anesthesia (numbing). And administering general anesthesia is something oral surgeons, not dentists, are thoroughly trained to do.

Unfortunately, a few dentists have been disregarding this fact and administering general anesthesia themselves, occasionally leading to terrible, even tragic, consequences. Anesthesia is perfectly safe when administered by someone who is properly trained, such as an oral surgeon – but it can be deadly if not administered in exactly the right way.

An impacted wisdom tooth should always be dealt with promptly, as it can lead to complications such as pain and infection. But how it is dealt with, and by whom, matters. Any dentist in your neighborhood will be able to refer you to an oral surgeon – someone fully qualified to remove your wisdom teeth while making sure the extraction process is quick, painless and entirely safe.

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Indianapolis Dental Implants Price and Cost Guide

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One of the very first questions people have about dental implants always seems to be “How much do dental implants cost?” This can be a tough question to answer.

There are so many variables and every dental implant placement surgery is unique. However, we will do our best here to provide the best dental implant pricing guide we can.

How Much Do Dental Implants Cost?

The decision to get dental implants takes a different path for each individual. Jane may be a long time denture wearer who is tired of dealing with loose dentures and is interested in permanent dentures supported by dental implants. John may have lost a tooth in a pickup basketball game, catching a stray elbow to the mouth. Mary has a failed dental bridge that was replacing three missing teeth and cannot fathom wearing a removable partial denture. While all three are candidates for dental implants to replace their missing teeth, they will need vastly different treatment plans to get their smiles back.

Another factor that makes answering the question, “How much do dental implants cost?” is the fact that each dental implant surgery is different. Everyone has a unique anatomy, different oral health factors and even different anesthesia preferences that make a “one size fits all” approach to the cost of dental implants almost impossible to universally define and should be avoided.
Here is a list of some of the common factors that may affect the cost of dental implants in your particular case:

  • The number of dental implants required
  • The location of the missing teeth to be replaced (i.e. front teeth or molars)
  • Is there a high “Smile Line”
  • The number of teeth that need to be extracted before implants can be placed
  • Whether bone grafting will need to be performed to support the implants
  • The complexity of the bone grafting procedure that may need to be performed
  • Local anesthetic vs. I.V. sedation
  • The overall restorative plan, i.e. single tooth, Implant bridge, removable “snap in/out” denture or permanent denture.
  • Whether stock restorative parts can be used or rather custom made parts are used (our preference)
  • Whether your dentist uses a laboratory in the US or China (many US dentists send their work to China because it costs them less)

In addition to all these factors you still have to factor in the amount of assistance you will be receiving from your dental insurance provider.

Dr. Falender has been successfully placing dental implants in the Indianapolis area since 1987. And after placing thousands of implants in thousands of patients he has an expert understanding of the cost of dental implants in Indianapolis. As you can see, however, there are many factors that go into the price of a new smile.

Dental implants require two distinct, but related phases. The surgical phase and the restorative phase. Dr. Falender handles the surgical procedures and works closely with your dentist (or a dentist we recommend) in making sure the final outcome is what our patients want. In addition, each doctor does what they do best. At the one-stop shop, you may very well get someone who does not excel at either the surgery or the restorative procedures.

Consider What Makes Up The Cost of Dental Implants

  • The number of extractions needed.
  • Whether bone grafting is needed.
  • The cost of the dental implant.
  • The final restoration from a dentist.
  • What your true cost will be after insurance is considered.

Most of all, remember that it can be misleading to only look at cost and decide to choose your provider based on a number alone. Experience, board certification and your overall comfort level with your surgeon are factors that are difficult to assign a dollar value to, but may be key factors in the success of your dental implant procedure.

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Step-By-Step: Dental Implants To Replace A Missing Tooth Explained

Step-By-Step: Dental Implants To Replace A Missing Tooth Explained

In this blog I will explain the stages of replacing a missing tooth using a dental implant. I will demonstrate a recent case that we have treated to show the stages involved in this treatment option.

Stage 1: Missing Front Tooth

This patient had to have his central incisor removed due to a chronic infection which had affected the tooth. The tooth had a history of having had treatment for a post crown and after many years, this tooth gradually became irreversible infected. A denture was used to replace the tooth in the interim period. Dentures do not provide a natural or fully functional tooth replacement and therefore, I was asked to replace this patient’s missing central incisor with a fixed solution. A dental implant was the ideal option we decided to use. I will talk you through the stages of the treatment following the initial dental implant surgery.

Stage 2: Dental Implant Placement

A minor surgical procedure is carried out to carefully place the dental implant in the precise location required to fit the future tooth in the correct place. This procedure is normally carried out under local anaesthetic, it is painless.

Following the procedure, the patient experienced mild swelling around the upper lip which had subsided after 3 days.

Stage 3: Gum Healing Following Surgery

Following the placement of the dental implant, the gum will have healed fully after around 10-12 weeks. At this stage you can see that the gum has a healthy pink appearance and the implant is positioned 3mm below the surface level of the gum.

A digital scan of the dental implant and the mouth are taken at this stage and sent to our laboratory. Laboratory has a highly skilled technician who has vast experience in creating natural looking teeth. This will provide them with all of the information required to accurately design and manufacture this patient’s tooth. The restorations are made using the latest digital technology and CAD/CAM milling to provide a tailor-made natural tooth replacement.

Stage 4: The Final Restoration – A Complete Tooth

Finally, a dental crown is inserted into the implant to give the appearance of a natural tooth. Each tooth is tailor made to ensure the shape, color and symmetry matches the existing teeth in the patient’s mouth. The restoration is supported by the strong a fully integrated dental implant that was placed approximately 12 weeks prior to this stage. This titanium implant provides the most natural substitute to a natural tooth root.

We take particular care in preserving the patient’s natural gum contours. The patient’s natural ‘pink’ gum line has provided a life-like seal around the replacement tooth. This is the same characteristics that are found around natural healthy teeth. If this gum line is not recreated then unsightly black triangles would be visible. The black triangles may also encourage food and plaque accumulation therefore, increasing the risk of future dental problems.

The final result is completely natural and it is difficult to tell which tooth is actually the ‘implant tooth‘.

Find Out If You’re A Good Candidate For Dental Implants

To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental implants and our AO4+ Smile Solution treatment, Call Indianapolis Oral Surgery today to schedule an appointment. We’re more than happy to walk you through the treatment options we have available to find one that is just right for you. We’ll also make sure to answer any questions and address any concerns you may have. We aren’t pleased unless you’re completely satisfied!

Call our Indianapolis, IN dental office at (317) 790-2555 for your Complete Dental Implants Consultation with Dr. Falender. You can also contact us online to request an appointment. We look forward to seeing you!

About Your Indianapolis, IN Oral Surgeon

We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Falender contact our Indianapolis, IN, dental office today by calling (317) 790-2555. Our office at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219 patients in and around Indianapolis, IN, including Fishers, Lawrence, Greenfield, and the surrounding Southern Indianapolis communities.

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