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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The Worst Thing To Do Is IGNORE Your Wisdom Tooth!

The Worst Thing To Do Is IGNORE Your Wisdom Teeth!

Wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop and while most people have 4 wisdom tooth, some may have more or less. For many teenagers getting wisdom teeth removed is like a right of passage! However, do you actually know why it is a good idea to get your wisdom teeth checked when you are a teenager?

Since wisdom teeth are the last teeth to develop, there is often limited space available in the jaws to properly accommodate them. In the majority of patients, these teeth are IMPACTED, while in others they may be PARTIALLY EXPOSED or ERUPTED.

What Causes A Wisdom Tooth To Get Impacted?

Wisdom teeth usually erupt in the late teen years through the mid-20s. While a small percentage of the population have wisdom teeth that are able to emerge into the mouth without a problem, in many cases these teeth become impacted. When there is inadequate space available for normal development and emergence into the oral cavity, wisdom teeth become impacted either in the bone, in the gums on partially in both. An impacted tooth is essentially a trapped tooth!

Impacted wisdom teeth tend to develop and grow at angles, pressing on to adjacent teeth and vital structures like important sensory nerves or sinuses.

Signs of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

While most wisdom teeth are asymptomatic, when they become infected you may experience any one of the following:

  • Swollen or red gums around the wisdom tooth area
  • Jaw pain
  • Toothache
  • Bad breath
  • Radiation of pain to the ears
  • A foul taste
  • Swelling of your face
  • Pain on adjacent teeth

If you are experiencing any one of the above, make sure you schedule an exam with your dentist.

As mentioned before, in most cases wisdom teeth are asymptomatic. Unfortunately patients will take the lack of symptoms as being the same as having healthy wisdom teeth. The key point to take home is that PAIN FREE IS NOT THE SAME AS DISEASE FREE!!!

Wisdom teeth can lead to the development of serious disease and for the majority of times, they will do so without causing any pain or discomfort to the patient. As such, issues are often picked up by accident on a routine exam or x-ray. However, sometimes the problem may have progressed for a long time resulting in more extensive surgery, increased cost and lengthier recovery time.

Problems Associated with Wisdom Teeth

1) Gum problems: because of their awkward position, wisdom teeth can lead to gum disease and bone loss that often extends to the adjacent 2nd molar. You will notice this as food trap, bad taste and odour.

2) Cavities: since they are so far back in the mouth, keeping them clean is often difficult. When wisdom teeth are erupted or partially exposed and not properly maintained, cavities can develop which again can extend to the adjacent teeth

3) Crowding: when wisdom teeth are developing, in order to create space for themselves, they may end up pushing into the teeth in front resulting in crowding

4) Cysts and Tumors: wisdom teeth are commonly involved in the formation of lesions that develop in the jawbone which can damage adjacent teeth, nerves, sinuses. Their removal may require extensive surgery

Summary

Wisdom teeth can be associated with numerous issues when they are partially or fully impacted. Even if they are fully erupted into the mouth, they can still lead to the development of gum disease and cavities. Unfortunately in a lot of cases, these problems slowly develop without resulting in pain or discomfort. However, PAIN FREE IS NOT THE SAME AS BEING DISEASE FREE.

A lot of the issues associated with wisdom teeth can be prevented by having annual clinical and radiographic exams by your dentist. When indicated, it is best to have these teeth removed when young as the surgery will be a lot easier and the risks and potential complications associated with wisdom teeth surgery are less likely to occur. If complications do occur, chances of full recovery are often best when you are young due to better healing capacity.

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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Dr. Falender wants the Indianapolis Community to understand TMJ Dysfunction

Dr. Falender Wants the Indianapolis Community to understand TMJ Dysfunction

Tempero-Mandibular Joint Dysfunction, usually called TMJ Dysfunction, TMJ or TMD, is one of the most common dental issues that many people do not realize they suffer from. If a person believes they may be suffering from TMJ, they should visit a dental practice with TMJ specialists at their earliest convenience. Dr. Lawrence Falender and his team can treat a wide variety of dental issues, including TMJ.

TMJ is a blanket term for several dysfunctions which affect the jaw muscles and the joints which connect the lower jaw to the skull. Problems within these joints and muscles can be easily mistaken for medical conditions originating in other areas of the head and neck, which is why many people do not realize they even have TMJ. In fact, estimates are that between 20-30% of the population suffers from TMJ to some degree.

Common Symptoms of TMJ include:

  • Headaches, often severe, which can mimic other headache types such as stress headaches or migraines.
  • Pain in the muscles of the jaw, neck, or upper back.
  • A difficulty biting, or a feeling teeth are not aligning correctly when the mouth is closed.
  • Hearing loss.
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness

Without treatment of the underlying cause, symptoms will often progress over time, becoming more debilitating. Proper treatment means focusing on the jaw joint factors related to the pain, restoring proper function, and improving overall health.

Dr. Falender suggests those who believe they suffer from TMJ contact the Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center for a TMJ consultation.

Talk To A Dentist In Indianapolis

If you think you might have TMD or another oral health issue, make an appointment at Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center. Our team is experienced in diagnosing and treating TMJ disorders, and we’ll work with you to develop the most suitable treatment plan.

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 Is The Latest Technology in Implant Dentistry?

What Is The Latest Technology in Implant Dentistry?

A good set of teeth makes all the difference, not just for the purpose of smiling, but it also has a huge impact on self-esteem and overall confidence. Having broken, missing or unsightly looking teeth makes it hard for people to express themselves effectively and clearly.

As more and more people are realizing the importance of dental health and its impact on their lives, whether at a personal or professional level, an increasing number of people are also deciding to get dentures, dental implants, braces and other dental appliances.

With this in mind, it is not surprising to know that according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, the dental implant and prosthetic business in the United States is projected to reach a lucrative estimate of $6.4 billion by the end of 2019.

Implant dentistry has seen the advent of altered implant surfaces, CBCT scans, growth factors, guided bone regeneration, membrane development, immediate loading, and routine use of computers and the Internet to create customised 3D imaging and manufacturing. All these technologies have led to substantial advancements in the way dental services are delivered and performed.

3D Imaging and Treatment Planning

State-of-the-art, highly precise 3D digital imaging and implant surgical planning software have made implant procedures faster and highly predictable. Your dentist can use these tools to analyze the anatomy of your jaw and determine the best sites for implant placement before surgery. This saves time and money, and shortens recovery time.

Types of Dental Implant

At our custom-built dedicated implant centre in Indianapolis we have the latest technology to supply out patients with the best in implant dentistry.

There is a number of different implant options available including:

#1 Single Implant—replaces a single missing tooth using a titanium implant with an artificial tooth attached to the abutment.

#2 Multiple Implant—this procedure requires usually up to 3 implants inserted at different implant sites around the jawbone.

#3 Implant RetainedImplant retained dentures are a cost-effective way of replacing many missing teeth. Implants are inserted at a number of points around the jaw, which then hold dentures in place. This provides an improved alternative from traditional removable dentures.

#4 Teeth In A Day—This revolutionary All-on-4 dental implant technique allows patients to attend the surgery in the morning and leave with a fully fixed temporary set of teeth in the afternoon! This procedure is used to restore an entire arch (jaw) of teeth and to enable the temporary restoration to be fitted to the implants on the very same day

In all surgical dentistry treatments, such as dental implants, you will need to have a consultation with the dentist to determine the best option for your particular circumstance contact us today for more information.

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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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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Top Five Signs that Implant-supported Dentures Are Right for You

Top Five Signs that Implant-supported Dentures Are Right for You

Dentures are the ideal treatment option for patients that are missing most or all of their teeth. When it comes to the manner in which dentures are anchored within the mouth, implant-supported techniques are superior to traditional methods that relied on suction and dental adhesives.

Indeed, if you currently wear traditional, removable dentures, you may be interested in finding out if implant-supported dentures are a better option for you. At Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center Dr. Falender can perform a thorough exam to determine if you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures. Contact our Indianapolis practice today to schedule your consultation with us, and read on to learn about five signs that may indicate that implant-supported dentures are right for you.

#1 You Don’t Wear Your Current Set of Dentures

Many patients do not wear their dentures because they are too uncomfortable and do not fit well. High quality, traditional dentures fit better than the dentures of the past, but patients that have lower quality products often have to deal with discomfort when wearing their dentures. This, paired with dentures that shift and move in the mouth, can be irritating, causing patients to not wear their dentures at all.

#2 Your Dentures Are Loose and Unstable

While we can craft traditional custom dentures that offer a comfortable fit, these prostheses can’t compare to the stability of implant-supported dentures. Implant-supported dentures are held in place by dental implants that are surgically placed within the jawbone. As the bone, ligaments, and gum tissues heal around the implants, they become as secure as your natural tooth roots, offering an unparalleled level of stability.

#3 You Are Missing One or Both Arches of Teeth

If you are missing one or both arches of teeth, dentures are the recommended treatment option. Whether you have worn dentures in the past, or have recently lost your teeth, implant-supported dentures offer increased comfort and stability, in addition to a range of other benefits. Unlike traditional dentures, implant-supported dentures will encourage jawbone regeneration, helping you to retain or regain your facial structure.

#4 You Want to Enjoy All Types of Food

If you miss being able to eat the foods you enjoy, implant-supported dentures can restore your ability to bite and chew even the toughest of foods. With traditional dentures, it can be difficult to eat steak, corn on the cob, apples, popcorn, and sticky candy. This is no longer a problem for patients with implant-supported dentures because the dental implants anchor the dentures in place.

#5 You Want to Feel Proud of Your Smile

If you have lived with missing teeth and ill-fitting dentures for several years, you may go to great lengths to hide your smile when laughing or talking. At our practice, we provide patients with high quality dentures made of the finest and most durable materials. We will design your dentures to complement your surrounding features so you can feel proud to show off your smile.

To find out if you are a good candidate for implant-supported dentures, contact Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center today.

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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Dislike the Idea of Multiple Visits To Dental Office for Implants? Get a New Smile in a Day!

Dislike the Idea of Multiple Visits To Dental Office for Implants? Get a New Smile in a Day!

Tooth loss is one of the concerns that we help patients of our Indianapolis Dental office handle. The thing is, tooth replacement didn’t necessarily equate to the restoration of full oral function. This could be seen most notably in patients who needed dentures. The reason being is that, without stress and stimulation, which comes through the roots of teeth, the jawbone would deteriorate over time.

Since the development of dental implants, the major problems associated with tooth replacement have been largely resolved. The insertion of tiny posts into the jawbone stimulates the regeneration of new bone. This new growth surrounds the post, which then facilitates the appropriate degree of stability for whatever size restoration is needed. That may be a crown, a bridge, or a full-arch denture. We wouldn’t describe dental implant as tooth replacement at all; more like full rehabilitation of the smile, of chewing function, and of a person’s confidence. That being said, patients do express their concerns related to the process.

A Better Standard, But Not Perfect

The results of dental implant treatment make it worth the wait if there must be one. The process can take up to a year, and it may, in some cases, mean being without teeth for a day or so. If only one or two teeth are gone, the wait may not be unbearable. However, full-arch restoration can be frustrating when enmeshment of implant to bone takes several months. Fortunately, the initial development of dental implants was only the first step in an era of innovation.

New Achievements in Implant Dentistry

Over the past several years, oral surgeons have developed new techniques involving dental implants. One has been the strategic insertion of the tiny posts to maximize strength. This discovery has led to new treatments, such as New Smile in a Day, in which a full-arch bridge can be situated to a few dental implants immediately after placement. If needed, extractions may also be performed during this single-day procedure in which the temporary restoration is made in-house, affixed to implants, and ready for use that day.

Are You Suitable for Smile in A Day Implants?

There are many factors to be taken into consideration when deciding if you need dental implants.

Maybe you have problems with your teeth, or your gums, or your smile. Perhaps you aren’t able to speak clearly, eat normal food, or even taste it. Or maybe you’re in pain and you want it to stop.

But although there are potentially a huge range of reasons why we might give someone dental implants, there’s a really simple test that can tell you instantly if you need our Smile in a Day treatment. You don’t need to be a dental expert to do it, and there’s no specialist equipment required.

You Just Need One Simple Bit of Kit: An Apple.

Take A Bite

Yes, that’s all you need to do. Try to munch on an apple. If you can’t do so without it hurting – or if even just the word ‘munch’ fills you with anxiety – then dental implants could help you.

Smile in a Day is an advanced, specialist treatment that delivers outstanding results, but you certainly don’t need special requirements in order to benefit.

Every Patient Is Different

The ‘apple test’ is a handy shortcut, partly because there’s no definitive list of reasons why you could benefit from dental implants.

If you’re not sure, then we’d always recommend you give us a call and we can talk you through your options. We don’t charge for all-on-4 implants consultations, so it’s worth booking an appointment for a one-on-one chat.

Dental Implants Are Certainly a Great Option If:

  • You’re missing some or all of your teeth
  • Your teeth are loose, decaying or damaged
  • Your teeth are causing you pain
  • You wear dentures but they’re irritating, loose, keep falling out or stop you eating properly
  • You have a dental bridge but it’s not working and needs to be replaced
  • Gum disease means you can’t taste food properly
  • There are some foods you’re physically unable to eat, which is affecting your nutrition
  • You are afraid to smile because of how your teeth look
  • Your speech is being affected by problems with your teeth

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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Top 5 Dental Implant Tips from Indianapolis Dentist for Missing Teeth

Top 5 Dental Implant Tips from Indianapolis Dentist for Missing Teeth

If you are missing a tooth or some of your teeth this cannot only be a traumatic experience to someone it can also knock their confidence from being a very outgoing bubbly person to a very shy introverted person. People become very self conscious of their smiles… having a missing tooth/teeth or gap can impact on the way we speak and also on the way we eat. Tooth loss brings with it a variety of problems that could also involve having some bone loss and for some if this were to happen over time they could experience a drastic change in their appearance and for a lot of patients it can make them look a lot older than what their actual age is.

In a few simple appointments Dental Implants can bring back the oral health of your mouth which will improve the function of your mouth and teeth which will in turn improve your eating habits and improve your facial looks giving you the Smile you have always.

Please find below the Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center must have 5 Dental Implant Tips for Healthy Smiles.

Dental Implants Act And Look Like Your Natural Teeth.

Whatever the reason, if you have a missing tooth/teeth or a gap whether it be from a poor prognosis, injury or accident it is good to know that with a few simple appointments you can now have a tooth or teeth which act and look like your own natural teeth. Dental implants are a titanium screw which is placed below your gum which acts like the root of your tooth with a titanium abutment placed on top to keep it secure. After the dental implant has had a healing period of approximately 3 months we can then place a porcelain tooth on top which is attached to the dental implant and will match and act like your natural teeth, you are safe in the knowledge that Dental implants will not impact or affect your other natural teeth as a denture or bridge may do.

Dental Implants Can Make You Look Younger And Stop That Ageing Process.

If you have had a space or gap for some time you may find that you notice that your facial features have changed shape this may be due to the fact that over time you have suffered some bone loss in your gums and your face may have taken on a sunken look. With a simple procedure called bone grafting this will ensure that you have enough bone to enable you to have dental implants placed and you can have full function of your teeth and mouth which in turn will restore the shape of your face and can stop the ageing process giving you a youthful look.

Dental Implants Can Help You Achieve A Healthy Diet And Lifestyle.

When you have a missing tooth or teeth this can not only affect your mouth and facial features it also prohibits you from some food types which in turn can result in a poor diet which can lead to health issues. Let dental implants align your mouth and give you back your chewing ability in order for you to lead a healthy lifestyle.

Dental Implants Can Last You A Lifetime.

Did you know that dental implants can last you a lifetime? as long as your dental implants are well maintained. Here at the Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center we recommend that once you have had your dental implant treatment completed you should have an annual dental check up with you implant consultant and six monthly scale and polish appointments with your hygienist to ensure that all is well with your dental implant and that you are cleaning and maintaining it well so you dental implants can last you a lifetime.

Dental Implants Are More Affordable Than You Think.

At the Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center we believe that in the long term Dental Implants are the most effective way as well as being the most cost effective way to replace missing tooth/teeth or a gap as a denture and bridgework have shown over the years to have a short life span and become loose and move about in your mouth effecting your biting and impeding on the rest of your natural teeth. They have more risk of failure and you may find that you are constantly at your dentist having the denture/bridgework adjusted, repaired or mended.

When comparing the costs and fees of the denture/bridgework against dental implants in the short term they may look the most economical option however most patients find that after approximately 5 years of constantly trying to get them to fit correctly and coping with them they inevitably are required to go ahead with dental implants as the denture/bridgework have also caused some bone deterioration. The cost of dental implants can be a little bit more expensive in the initial outlay however in the long term we have found them to be the most consistent form of treatment and in the long term can be the most cost effective dental treatment and in some cases to be a little cheaper.

Dental Implants can be your investment in you so for 2019 put your best Smile forward at the Indianapolis Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center.

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 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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