Differentiating Quality from Price in Oral Surgery

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Here at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we know better than anyone that cost is one of the main concerns our patients have regarding oral surgery. It is no secret that medical care, particularly elective procedures, can be costly. For this reason, it is not uncommon for patients to search for the least expensive option possible to save money. Unfortunately, when it comes to medicine and dentistry, the least expensive option may often result in settling for less than the best care. While you may be able to find a general dentist or other professional who will perform your oral surgery procedure at a lower price, the reason why so many general dentists refer patients to oral surgeons is because oral surgeons receive more training and have more experience with these procedures.

Take some of the most common procedures performed in our office: wisdom teeth extractions. In addition to earning a dental degree, oral surgeons are required to complete a four- to seven-year residency program in a teaching hospital where they gain hands-on experience performing oral surgery. While other dental practitioners may obtain the same dental degree as an oral surgeon, they usually lack the experience and additional training required to extract wisdom teeth proficiently. Oral surgeons also routinely remove wisdom teeth and, therefore, have the experience that most patients want. Improper removal of wisdom teeth can lead to severe swelling, nerve injury, broken jaw, sinus exposure or a prolonged healing period following treatment. Beyond that, the majority of general dentists would not be comfortable offering IV sedation, which has been touted as the most comfortable way for a patient to have their wisdom teeth removed. Fortunately, oral surgeons train alongside medical anesthesiologists during their hospital-based residency to provide patients with a safe sedation experience.

Dental implants improve your oral health by restoring not only missing teeth but also your ability to properly chew, which consequently results in improvement of your digestion and overall health. Many people are unaware that missing teeth can lead to bone loss in the jaw and cause a myriad of other issues including painful TMJ problems. When done correctly, dental implants can last a lifetime, making it extremely important for this procedure to be completed by the most qualified provider, which is why you want to see the most qualified oral surgeon for this type of procedure. Ensuring that your dental implants are placed by an experienced oral surgeon could actually save you money because you are less likely to incur additional expenses caused by incorrect placement and subsequent prosthesis failure. Working with an oral surgeon ensures that you are receiving the highest quality possible for optimal long-term results.

Some patients resort to medical tourism, traveling to a foreign country, for the placement of dental implants in an effort to reduce the cost of the procedure. However, most qualified practitioners would advise against this for many reasons including the uncertainty of the person’s credentials and a lack of quality post-operative care. After dental implant surgery, it is vital to carefully follow all post-operative instructions and take all medications as instructed; medical tourism makes it difficult to follow up with your doctor should you have any post-operative questions or complications.

While it may be tempting to look for the most cost-efficient option when considering oral surgery, it is strongly advised that you refrain from selecting your provider based on cost alone. Doing so may put you at risk for complications during treatment caused by insufficient training or unsafe practice. If you are interested in obtaining more information about our oral surgery services and the level of training of the surgical team in our practice, please feel free to contact us. We are happy to answer any questions you have and schedule a consultation with our experienced oral surgeon.

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5 Things You Can Do to Recover From Oral Surgery

5 Things You Can Do to Recover From Oral Surgery

At Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, our patients are referred to us by their family dentist, orthodontist, or other healthcare professionals for a variety of reasons.

Whether your reason is a straight-forward, same-day wisdom teeth extraction or a more complicated jaw surgery, two questions are likely on your mind:

“How much will it hurt?” and

“How long will it take to recover?”

While our highly skilled surgeons will use every ounce of their expertise to ensure you recover as comfortably as possible, the answer to both questions lies in your commitment to following 5 simple post-op instructions.

There Is No Magic Pill for Recovery

When it comes to recovering from any sort of surgical procedure, there is no magic pill.

There is no mystical elixir you can drink that will cause the bone and tissue of your body to heal faster.

There is, however, is a lot of people waiting in the wings ready to offer you their advice on what you should do to expedite recovery…because their cousin’s brother-in-law’s best friend tried it and it worked for them.

While you must use your own judgment in discerning which pieces of advice to accept or social media remedies to try, your absolute best bet for helping your body to recover continues to lie with the instructions provided by Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center’s experienced team of nurses.

If you want to try out the strange foul-smelling home remedy your neighbour swears will help, that is up to you (although we strongly recommend contacting us or another qualified healthcare provider before doing so), if you truly want to increase the likelihood of experiencing an ideal recovery, you need to do these 5 things.

Stay Frosty

Medical professionals have long recommended the use of ice to aid post-surgical recovery.

The pain you may experience following your procedures is the result of inflammation and swelling in the bone or tissue that was affected. This is your body’s natural reaction to your surgery.

Consistently applying ice (whether in the form of ice packs or frozen vegetables) has proven to be a highly effective way to reduce this inflammation and reduce pain. It also aids in the flow of oxygen-rich blood to the affected tissue…something your body needs to heal.

So, following your surgery, make sure you consistently “chill out” by applying ice to the outside of your face for at least 3 days.

Elevate

As already mentioned, experiencing a more comfortable recovery means taking steps to minimize inflammation and swelling.

The advanced surgical techniques used by Indianapolis Oral Surgeon & Dental Implant Center’s surgeon is meant to cause as little trauma to the affected area as possible. Yet, every surgery regardless of the technique used is viewed by your body as an attack. Its natural defence is to create inflammation.

This inflammation causes the surrounding tissue to swell, pressing on the nerves and causing the discomfort you feel. The greater the inflammation and swelling, the greater the compression on the nerves and the greater the pain.

So, to minimize swelling in your jaw area, it is strongly recommended that you keep your head elevated for the first few days following your procedure.

Eat Well

This is one easiest and, yet, least followed ways to improve your overall post-operative recovery.

Icing and elevation both act directly to reduce inflammation and pain. However, the benefit of a post-op diet chocked full of essential nutrients is less obvious.

Simply put, the nutrients you eat are critical to the cell regeneration process, which is what we call “healing”. Studies have proved that proper post-op nutrition can reduce overall recovery time, lower your risk of infection (or other complications) and can even help in reducing inflammation.

As the saying goes, we are what we eat. If you eat more of the things that your body needs to aid in its recovery, it will heal better.

Your Post-Op Recovery Shouldn’t “Suck”

After your surgery, you will want to avoid drinking your favourite Starbucks Frappuccino or any other drink requiring the use of a straw for at least a week. Similarly, if you are a smoker, it may be a great time to quit because cigarettes, like straws, require suction.

What’s wrong with suction?

In addition to the fact that it causes the muscles of the face to contract which could be painful, you can actually suck out the blog clot that forms following your surgery leading to something called “dry socket”.

Dry socket can be extremely painful.

So, let yourself heal for a week and then you can go back to slurping up your favourite chilled caffeinated beverage.

Take It Easy – Healing Takes Time

If you were admitted to the hospital for knee surgery, you would likely go home, put your leg up, and rest.

You wouldn’t be walking the dog or using the stairs at work to reach your office on the 23rd floor.

Following your oral surgery, the same rules should apply.

The affected area needs rest. Eating and drinking are fine but take care when choosing what you are eating and drinking. You wouldn’t want your first post-op meal to result in greater inflammation and pain.

So, following your surgery, rest your mouth for the first 24 hours. Do not spit, swish fluids, rinse, clean your teeth or smoke during this time.

Your Recovery Is Up to You

If it were up to us, we would ensure all our patients experienced a fast and pain-free recovery. Unfortunately, though, this isn’t up to us.

Many different factors will influence the rate and ease of your recovery process. Fortunately, by following these 5 tips with enthusiasm, you will be going a long way towards helping to minimize the duration of your recovery and the amount of discomfort you experience.

Your recovery is up to you.

Note: If, during your recovery, you experiencing significant pain or conditions beyond what you were told to expect by your surgeon and/or nurses, please call our offices immediately.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

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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Do I Need A Tooth Extracted? Your Dentist in Indianapolis Weighs In

Do I Need A Tooth Extracted? Your Dentist in Indianapolis Weighs In

For about a week now, the back, right side of your mouth has been throbbing. You just turned 25 and thought you may have outrun the possibility of wisdom teeth, but you visit your dentist in Indianapolis just in case. He confirms that your third molars are coming in. He educates you on how he knows that your wisdom teeth will need to come out, as well as the other reasons why people might need to have a tooth removed. You’re scheduled for oral surgery and you feel relaxed knowing that Dr. Falender – the same dentist who’s treated you your whole life – will take care of you in the operating room, too.

Why Do Wisdom Teeth Need To be Extracted?

Third molars – also known as wisdom teeth – need to come out most often because they are simply too large for the patient’s mouth. We used to need these teeth to help chew plant roots, uncooked vegetables, and raw meat when we were cavemen. Now that our diets are much easier to process, and our jaws have become smaller, these teeth tend to wreak havoc on most people. For 95% of patients, wisdom teeth need to be extracted.

Why Are Regular Teeth Extracted?

Regular teeth are extracted for four primary reasons.

  • Impaction & Overcrowding – Impacted teeth don’t function properly because they have grown into or have shifted into the wrong place in the mouth. Since teeth need to be in the right spots to ensure a healthy mouth, your dentist may remove some to reduce overcrowding as part of a treatment plan to improve your smile.
  • Damage – When a tooth is cracked or decayed beyond repair, the best solution is often to extract the damaged tooth. This helps protect other teeth, prevents exacerbating decay, and betters your overall dental health.
  • Infection – If tooth decay advances and isn’t treated in time, the infection can spread to the tooth root, causing the need for root canal therapy. If the dentition is too compromised for the standard procedure, it will need to be removed.
  • Gum Disease – Periodontitis can corrupt a person’s gums to the point where teeth become unstable. Rather than allowing these to come out on their own and to cause additional issues, extraction is a key course of action.

Why Should I Have Oral Surgery at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center?

If you need Oral Surgery in Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we are the premier practice for comprehensive dental and oral surgery care. We save you the time and the hassle of being referred to a brand new oral surgeon that you don’t know at all. You won’t need to wait to be seen at a new practice since you’re already an existing patient of ours. And, you’ll feel relaxed and comfortable since you’re familiar with our staff. Your oral surgery completed at the same office location you already know.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

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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Why Do I Need A Bone Graft Before Having A Dental Implant Placed?

Why Do I Need A Bone Graft Before Having A Dental Implant Placed?

Bone loss to the jaw is one of the most serious consequences of missing teeth. It begins as soon as a tooth is lost, when the natural stimulation for bone growth created by the force of teeth chewing can no longer occur. The result can be dramatic—the width of the bone can reduce by 25% in the first year alone after tooth loss.

Progressive bone loss can affect your mouth in a number of ways, such as a decrease in gum tissue. It can also limit your choices for tooth replacement. Losing more and more teeth (and bone along with them) could alter your facial appearance if the distance between the nose and chin noticeably shortens as the years go by.

Fortunately, excessive bone loss isn’t inevitable if you lose a tooth. Dentists can perform bone grafting procedures with materials that stimulate new bone growth at the missing tooth site. And, if placed immediately after a tooth extraction, grafting can prevent excessive bone loss and allow for future dental implants to be placed.

What’s The Reason for a Bone Graft?

If a dental implant is to be successful then it needs to be placed into sufficient healthy jawbone. This is necessary for the bone to fuse with the titanium implant so that it’s held securely in place and able to support the additional weight of a prosthetic crown. For patients who have suffered bone loss and don’t have sufficient bone, then one solution can be a bone graft.

How Much Bone Is Needed Around a Dental Implant?

As a general guideline, at least 1 mm of bone is required around a dental implant. More space is required when the implant is next to a tooth or another implant (2 and 3 mm respectively). If there is not enough bone to completely envelope the implant, a bone graft will be required.

When evaluating the height of bone, there should simply be enough bone that the implant will be completely submerged. However, it is important to ensure that the implant does not go so deep as to impinge on other anatomic structures (eg the nerve in the bottom jaw, or the sinus in the upper jaw). When placing implants in the upper jaw, there may not be enough room vertically, and a sinus lift may be required to rebuild bone.

What Is The Bone Grafting Procedure Like?

Bone grafting is quite straightforward and is only carried out once your dentist has determined that you don’t have the quality or quantity of bone that is required to give a dental implant its best chance of success.

Most likely you will be put to sleep for this procedure. No matter what, the area will be numbed with anesthesia. This applies to your gums and to any area from which bone is being removed. Next, an incision will be made in your gum tissue and a flap created so that your bone is visible. This allows the surgeon to identify exactly how much bone needs to be placed there. If bone is being taken from somewhere else, an incision will be made so that the bone can be extracted at this time. Grafting material will be placed where the bone once was and that area will be stitched up. Next, the new bone will be anchored to your jawbone using a titanium screw. Other grafting material may be used to surround that new block of bone. Some surgeons may also place membrane material around the bone graft. Afterward, the area will be closed and sutured.

Where Does The Material for the Bone Graft Come from?

In essence there are four choices for a bone graft:

  1. Autogeous – bone from the patient;
  2. Allograft – bone from another human (freeze dried and stored in a tissue bank);
  3. Xenograft – bone obtained from animals, usually bovine;
  4. Synthetic graft– mineral substitute. Typically bone taken from the patient gives the best results.

If you’re considering a dental implant in Indianapolis then why not book an implant consultation with Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. We’re a busy dentist in Indianapolis with a team of highly trained implant staff. Dr. Falender will carry out a thorough examination and, in the event that you do need a bone graft will explain all the risks and benefits of each type of graft and answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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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Why You Should Not Take Tooth Extraction Lightly?

Why You Should Not Take Tooth Extraction Lightly?

Are your wisdom teeth causing any pain or discomfort? Then wisdom teeth removal in Indianapolis is the best option to eliminate the pain caused by the development of your problematic wisdom tooth. If left in place, then the wisdom teeth can cause infections, severe pain, and serious damage to the surrounding teeth and jawbone.

Wisdom Tooth Removal Procedure

Your wisdom teeth may cause severe pain and many other serious issues. If any problem is detected during the development of your wisdom tooth, then it is advised to endure the wisdom teeth removal as soon as possible. Below are some of the most common reasons for undergoing wisdom teeth removal in Indianapolis.

  • Pressure Pain
  • Gum Infection
  • Tooth Decay
  • Orthodontic Reasons & more…

An outline of wisdom tooth removal procedure:

  • At first, your dentist will use either sedation, local or general anaesthesia to numb your mouth and suppress your consciousness during the wisdom teeth removal procedure.
  • Then an incision will be made in your gum to expose your tooth and bone.
  • If your dentist identifies any bone that is blocking the access to the root of your tooth, it will also be removed in the process.
  • Then, the wisdom tooth is removed.
  • After the removal process, the extraction site is cleaned, and if any debris remains, it is removed as well.
  • The spot is then stitched up if required.
  • Gauze is placed over the surgical site to control bleeding and succour the formation of the blood clot.

The pain that comes with extraction:

Of 3% to 4% of all extractions, a serious problem called Dry socket develops, when a blood clot doesn’t clog up in the hole or it breaks away too soon. In the case of a dry socket, the underlying bone is exposed vulnerably to food and air, causing pain, bad odor or taste. Dry socket holds a probability of 30% occurrence in case of extractions, especially when they are difficult ones. Smokers and pregnant women are easily prone to this. And women taking birth control pills also run the risk. Smokers and women who take birth control pills are more likely to have a dry socket. Immediate treatment is a must to allow the dry socket to heal soon. A healthy immune system shall prevent the incident of dry socket in the first place indeed.

In addition to this, other potential problems include:

  • Risk of accidental damage to adjacent teeth teeth, such as fracture of fillings or teeth
  • An incomplete extraction, wherein a small part of the tooth/root tip remains after extraction
  • Risk of jaw fracture to older patients with Osteoporosis
  • In case of an upper molar back tooth being removed, at times it might leave a hole in the sinus that will lead to infection
  • A rare yet a huge risk of a long lasting numbness of the lower lip and chin due to the damage of the alveolar valve. The numbness can stay from weeks to months to years, and the worst case is sometimes it can remain permanent too.

The right-care at the right time:

With such risks and complications associated with tooth extraction, by now you understand it is not as simple as it sounds. As in the matter of all health problems, especially when it comes to your dental health, it is important that you take the right steps at the right time to avoid painful consequences. With our experienced dentist available round the clock all through the year, Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center from Indianapolis takes pride in providing you the best of the treatment when it comes to tooth extractions. So when the next time when it comes to a painful tooth extraction that you are worried about, rest your concerns and step in for a advice with Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. With the root problem traced, the rest is all a cake-walk fro us to help you through.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

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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Why Should You Have A Tooth Extraction Before Your Next Date

Why Should You Have A Tooth Extraction Before Your Next Date

We will answer this question with one simple answer. A tooth extraction will help you be your best self for your date. The summer is kicking off full speed, and we will soon be going outa on dates! Being your best self is important. Most of the ladies schedule facial treatments and dress fitting days early for dates. On one hand, most men are working on the restaurant bookings, chocolate shopping, and flower picking. You are not your best self when you are suffering from toothaches and even headaches. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth then you need a wisdom tooth extraction. Another cause of extraction is if you have a tooth suffering from decay. Whatever it is, a tooth extraction procedure helps remove the things that are bringing you down.

When Do I Need a Tooth Extraction?

There are three main reasons why a tooth extraction in Indianapolis happens.

  1. A tooth badly damaged by decay will need extraction when dental restorations can no longer fix it. Sometimes the extent of the damage is too big for a simple filling. In order to protect the other teeth, a tooth extraction happens. If this doesn’t convince you, then you have to understand that tooth decay leads to bad breath. Nobody wants a date with bad breath.
  2. An impacted wisdom tooth needs to be extracted because this can cause pain on your other teeth. You’ll not be able to focus on your tasks, or on your date if something is pressing against your other teeth. Other than toothaches, a wisdom tooth extraction also lessens headaches, and other orofacial pain.
  3. Your dentist also does tooth pulling is to make room in the mouth for the other tooth to align properly. This is usually done in connection with orthodontic treatments.

How Long Does It Take for My Gums to Heal After a Tooth Extraction?

Recovery after a tooth extraction lasts between seven to ten days. However, this will depend on the location and the type of extraction. One amazing thing about the body is that it heals by itself. What you can do during this time is to help speed up the healing time.

Tooth Extraction Aftercare

  • It is important to take the prescribed painkillers by your dentist. This helps to relieve any minor discomfort that you may feel after the procedure.
  • Do not remove the initial gauze pad placed. Leave it there for the first four hours after the procedure.
  • Apply an ice bag on the area. You can leave it there for not more than ten minutes at a time. Leaving an ice pack too long can damage the tissues.
  • Rest for the first 24 hours after the extraction. Avoid any strenuous activities for the meantime that might result in bleeding. Examples of this are heavy lifting and even bending.
  • To help your blood clot where the extraction happened, avoid rinsing, spitting or using a drinking straw. This is only for the first 24 hours.
  • For the time being, avoid using a mouthwash as well during the crucial 24 hours.
  • After the first 24 hours are over, rinse your mouth with a solution made of salt and warm water.
  • Consume only soft foods like mashed potatoes and yogurt. Try to chew on the opposite side of your mouth, away from the extraction area.
  • Avoid smoking, if possible, forever. Smoking interrupts the healing process and might cause inflammation. The disadvantages of smoking greatly outweigh the benefits. For the good of your dental health, we encourage you to quit it once and for all.
  • Schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist to track the progress of your healing.

If you need a wisdom tooth extraction or any kind of tooth extraction we highly suggest that you do it soon. Schedule an appointment with your dental office today. You are the best version of yourself when you are happy and you feel good about yourself. When you feel good about yourself, you are more confident in dates.

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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Facts You Didn’t Know About Wisdom Teeth

Facts You Didnt Know About Wisdom Teeth

There are many questions surrounding wisdom teeth, why some people get them, why some don’t and what the point of them actually is. The latest blog post from Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center discusses wisdom teeth facts in further detail, giving you more insight into these molars.

Age

According to the NHS, most people have all of their permanent teeth between the ages of 12 and 14. However, the wisdom teeth may begin to appear anywhere between the ages of 17 and 25 in most cases.

Will I Get Wisdom Teeth?

Not everyone will get wisdom teeth and the gene PAX9 plays a large role in determining if you will have these teeth come through. In some cases, only two of the teeth may develop whilst the other two never fully appear.

Are Wisdom Teeth A Problem?

The short answer to this question is no. Whilst some people do experience problems with their wisdom teeth, not everyone does and they can live happily in the mouth without causing any issues.

Wisdom teeth may cause issues if there is no room for them to grow and they become impacted. If the molar is difficult to clean and becomes decayed or begins to cause you pain, you may want or need the tooth taken out.

Are Wisdom Teeth Useful?

Wisdom teeth were useful in prehistoric times when humans would largely survive on meat that required a lot of chewing. Now our pallets are a bit more refined, our third molars don’t actually play much of a role anymore.

Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center

Here at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we provide a wide range of both general and cosmetic dental treatments to help you feel your very best.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

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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What Will Happen If I Need a Tooth Extracted?

What Will Happen If I Need a Tooth Extracted?

Here at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, we do everything to save natural teeth and extraction is absolutely the last resort. Treatment may include fillings, crowns or root canal therapy for badly infected teeth, but sometimes the damage is too extensive and it is best to remove the tooth.

What to Expect During and After Tooth Extraction

If you do need to have a tooth extraction then there is no need to worry that it will be painful as we will make sure this procedure is as smooth and as comfortable for you as we can. Most tooth extractions are performed under just a local anesthetic as the actual procedure is relatively quick. Before we begin treatment, we will have taken a dental x-ray as this allows us to plan the best way to remove the tooth. We will also need to chat to you about your general health, just to make sure you are not taking any medications that could interfere with this treatment.

After the tooth is removed, it is normal to feel slight discomfort once the anesthetic wears off but you should be able to easily bring this under control with over-the-counter painkillers. Some people experience minimal discomfort, particularly with straightforward tooth extractions but if the extraction was more complex then you may have some swelling and it can be helpful to use an ice pack on the outside of your face to help reduce it. It is important to look after the empty socket that used to contain your tooth as if stitches were not necessary then a blood clot will have begun forming soon after the tooth was removed. This blood clot protects the empty socket against infection so it is vital not to disturb it. You will need to avoid the extraction site when you brush your teeth and it can be useful to stick to soft foods that are less likely to get stuck around this area. If you smoke, it’s best to quit for a while as it does slow down healing.

Most people will find healing is pretty quick and uneventful and you should find that any discomfort quickly disappears after the first few days. If you find the area is becoming more painful then it’s a good idea to contact your Indianapolis Oral Surgeon as it is just possible you may have a condition called dry socket. This only affects a tiny percentage of people and is easily treated by cleaning out socket and dressing it to help it feel more comfortable, but it will slightly slow down healing.

Thinking about Ways to Replace Your Tooth

Once you have had a tooth removed, it is important to consider replacing it as soon as you can and our dentist in Indianapolis can discuss all suitable options with you so you are able to make a fully informed choice. Dental bridges are one possibility but dental implants are also worth a look. Even a single missing tooth can make a difference to your remaining natural teeth, allowing them to shift out of position and potentially affecting your bite.

If you would like some advice on tooth extractions or replacing missing teeth then please contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to book your consultation with our dentist. You can contact us on (317) 790-2555, or through our website fill out a form.

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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Tips for Recovering from a Tooth Extraction in Indianapolis

Tips for Recovering from a Tooth Extraction

Preparing for a tooth extraction? No need to worry. Here are some helpful aftercare tips to ensure a smooth recovery.

Common Reasons for Tooth Extraction

There are many reasons why dentists will recommend the removal of a tooth such as impacted wisdom teeth or crowding.

In the case of wisdom teeth, your dentist will recommend extraction if they are not growing in straight. This can cause discomfort as well as interfere with the overall health of your mouth. Crooked teeth can force the rest of your teeth to shift, causing discomfort, bite problems, and even affect the appearance of your smile.

Other reasons for extraction may include excessive tooth decay, an abscessed or infected tooth, and crowding. In some cases, the removal of one or more teeth may be necessary in preparation for braces to make room for the rest of the teeth to move into place.

The Tooth Extraction Procedure

Your dentist will schedule your extraction ahead of time and ensure that you feel comfortable during your appointment. Depending on the nature and length of the procedure, the dentist will provide numbing anesthetic to prevent any discomfort. They can also provide other forms of sedation depending on your anxiety level.

Stronger sedation is often recommended if you will be having more than one tooth removed or, as in the case of impacted wisdom teeth, the tooth is trapped in the jaw bone. Sedation can range from being completely conscious to fully asleep. The dentist will discuss your options to make sure the proper arrangements are made prior and during your appointment.

In a basic extraction, the tooth is rocked using an elevator and removed with dental forceps. For molars and impacted teeth, surgical extraction is required. Surgical extraction begins with an incision in the gums following anesthetic. Your dentist will remove gum and bone tissues covering the tooth and use forceps to remove the tooth. Because this is more complex, they will likely recommend general anesthetic to keep you completely comfortable.

The extraction will leave a “socket” that will be packed with gauze to help slow any bleeding. In more severe cases, stitches will be used to seal the incision. The sutures used will dissolve within 10 to 14 days.

Aftercare Following a Tooth Extraction

Healing following an extraction can take from seven to 10 days depending on the severity of the procedure i.e., if stitches were required, and if the tooth was above or below the gumline. The most important step following extraction is to ensure you the blood clot that forms naturally in the socket is kept in place. If dislodged too soon, it will create a dry socket which is very uncomfortable and can lead to infection.

To keep the healing time to a minimum, follow these steps:

  • Take prescribed painkillers following your dentist’s instructions
  • Do not remove the gauze pad until at least three to four hours after the extraction
  • Apply a bag of frozen peas to the jaw on the affected area in 10 minutes intervals.

Although it might feel good, refrain from keeping it on for longer than 10 minutes at a time or it may cause damage to the tissue.

  • Depending on the procedure, you may need to take time off work or school following the extraction
  • Limit physical activity for a couple of days
  • Do not smoke
  • Do not lay flat, and prop your head up with pillows when resting or sleeping
  • Avoid the extraction area when brushing or flossing
  • Do not rinse, use a straw or spit for 24 hours to avoid dislodging the blood clot

Rinsing After a Tooth Extraction

Rinse your mouth with warm water and salt after 24 hours. Boil one cup of water and add a level teaspoon of salt. Allow the water to cool to a warm temperature and then hold the water in your mouth for one minute, swish it around gently, and let the water trickle out of your mouth instead of spitting. It’s messy, yes, but it will be less uncomfortable.

Soft Food Diet

You will have to (and probably want to) avoid solid food for a week during the healing process. Ideal foods include:

  • Blended soups
  • Scrambled eggs
  • Mashed foods such as banana, potatoes, avocado, etc.
  • Pudding
  • Yogurt
  • Applesauce
  • Broth

Smoothies are an excellent option as long as you DON’T drink them with a straw!

Pain Management after a Tooth Extraction

It is hard to avoid discomfort and soreness following an extraction. You will most likely have some swelling and even slight bruising on your face. Your dentist will prescribe painkillers to help manage the discomfort and may suggest certain over-the-counter medications. The good news is you can expect to see the discomfort subside and within two to three days you will feel much better!

All should go well as long as you follow the aftercare steps properly. However, if you experience any of the following issues, call your dentist immediately:

  • Fresh or continued bleeding after 24 hours
  • Pain that is not managed with the prescribed medication
  • Abnormal swelling

Your dentist will want to see you as soon as possible to rule out the possibility of infection or manage infection before it progresses.

All in all, you should be fine within a week. You will see new tissue grow at the extraction site and discomfort will disappear.

For more inquiries about Extractions in Indianapolis, IN, call us at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. You can also visit us at 1320 N. Post Rd Indianapolis, IN 46219.

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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Why Oral Surgeons May Recommend a Bone Graft Before Dental Implants?

Why an Oral Surgeon May Recommend a Bone Graft Before Dental Implants?

A dental implant is the most effective and durable replacement for a missing tooth. However, in some cases, it’s necessary to prepare your mouth for a dental implant. Since the implant is metal inserted into the jaw, the patient needs to have firm enough bone tissues to accommodate the metal. If the bone is gone altogether, your Indianapolis Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon will recommend adding a bone graft before implants.

Insufficient Bone Structure

Bones that support teeth are called alveolar bones. In the case of a broken tooth, the alveolar bone can be damaged or broken together with the tooth. Further, if your tooth was extracted, the alveolar bone beneath it will soon decay, since it doesn’t have a function anymore. The jawbone can also be too soft or not thick enough to hold the implant. In all these cases, your oral surgeons will suggest that he or she first add a bone graft and then move on with the dental implant procedure.

Different Types of Grafts

Not all bone grafts are the same. Depending on the condition of your gum and jaw, the surgeon can go for one of the following bone grafts.
If the alveolar bone under the missing tooth is still there, you’ll get a socket graft. It will preserve the alveolar bone and make it suitable for a dental implant.
Patients with more severe damage in the jawbone will need a block bone graft. It takes this name because surgeons take a small piece of bone from the root of your jaw and transplant it into the tooth socket. The block bone graft is then attached to the jawbone with titanium screws.
A lateral ridge preservation graft adds to the width of the jaw so that this structure becomes large enough for the dental implants.
If you’re a healthy person without any chronic health issues, all these bone grafts can be accepted from bones in your body.
For all these types of dental bone grafts, the healing period is between four and six months.

The Bone Grafting Procedure

When the oral and maxillofacial surgeon opens your gum, he or she will screw the graft to your jaw. As in many other surgical procedures performed on a human body, they’ll use titanium screws. After the graft has been attached to your jaw, the surgeon will stitch up the incision, and you’ll go home. You won’t feel any pain during the surgery because you’ll to be sedated.
However, you may need to take some painkillers for the next day or two. Also, you’ll might get antibiotics to prevent infection.
After you get the bone graft, you must wait for the end of osseointegration, the process in which the living bone and the added structure grow together. This period isn’t the same for all patients that get a bone graft, especially if more than one graft has been installed.

Conclusion

If you don’t have enough natural bone structure in your tooth socket, your oral and maxillofacial surgeon will suggest that you get a bone graft. After you’ve received your graft, you need to wait for this piece and your bone to unite. There is no need of being afraid of this process. Just go to regular checkups, listen to your surgeon, and you won’t have any problems with your bone graft!

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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