December 2016 Entries

A Few Ways To Keep Yourself Safe From Infections After Dental Implants Surgery

12/18/16

Dental implants are becoming more and more popular every year and it seems that there is more than one good reason for this. According to some statistics, the number of people that have had this procedure is increasing for about one million every year.

With the help of dental implants surgery, people can get back their natural bite. But, what is even more interesting is that dental implants are here to make people look more attractive. In addition, the jaw will be kept safe from possible deterioration which usually results in gum diseases.

The only thing that people need to be aware of before opting for this solution is that they should take special care of their oral health once the procedure is finished. Otherwise, they are at risk of developing infections in this area. It is very common to notice mild pain and swelling after the surgery, but with a proper care, you will minimize the effects of this healing process. Now let’s check some of the tips that will help you stay safe from infections after dental implants surgery.

Stay away from cigarettes

If you ask any dentist, they will recommend staying away from cigarettes, but this advice is even more serious after the surgery. Smoking reduces the amount of oxygen in the gums which ultimately slows down the healing process. In addition, cigarettes contain chemicals that irritate the gums and result in wounding.

Take care of your eating habits

Once the procedure is done, the area that goes around the dental implants is extremely sensitive, so it is highly recommended to alter your ordinary diet. In case you have a wound in the oral cavity, you will be at high risk to witness the emergence of an infection. Drinks that don’t contain sugar or processed ingredients and soft foods (except sticky foods) are great in a situation like this.

Proper care and hygiene

It’s not a smart move to brush the sensitive area because you can open up the wound. The smartest choice is to use a mild alcohol-free mouthwash. You can also use lukewarm salt-water solution. Ask your dentist about the best products for oral care during this period.

Use adequate medications

In the vast majority of cases, the dentist will advise the use of painkillers and/or antibiotics in case you are witnessing discomfort and pain. In order to stay safe from infections, use these medications as instructed.

 

An introduction to dental sealants

12/25/16

There are situations when people are flossing and brushing their teeth on a regular basis, but they still witness the emergence of cavities. One of the best options for people susceptible to cavities is to opt for sealants. Now let’s see what makes dental sealants so special and why dentists recommend them.

They will keep your teeth safe

Sealants are actually coatings made of plastic that keep the surface of wisdom teeth, molars, and premolars safe from the accumulation of plaque and bacteria. Due to the fact that bacteria are not able to penetrate the grooves of the teeth, they can’t lead to decay. This means that you will keep your beautiful smile and healthy mouth protected.

This is a painless procedure

Many people are afraid of dental procedures because they can be painful. Well, the placement of dental sealants is absolutely painless. The procedure starts when the dentist cleans the teeth thoroughly and uses a mild acid. This plastic coating is painted manually on each tooth and in comes in a liquid form. After that, the dentist uses light in this area which turns the liquid into solid material and creates strong bonding. You should feel free to consume food right after the procedure is finished. This process lasts for a couple of minutes for each teeth. So, you should have all the sealants on your teeth after just one session.

They are part of many insurance plans

The majority of dental plans include sealant interventions. The reason is simple – it is much more cost effective to have a procedure like this then to fill the cavities later. You should check whether this procedure is covered before you visit your dentist.

Great for the kids

Kids usually have deep grooves and pits which make dental sealants especially useful. The dentist will monitor your kid’s molars and when they are visible, they will recommend the best time for applying sealants. Typically, they advise the use of sealants in children between six and twelve years.

Even though you can eat right after the procedure is completed, there are specific types of food you should avoid. Some of these foods are caramel candies, gummy bears, and sticky food. Of course, in case the sealants start wearing, your dentist can apply new ones. If you are consuming safe foods, you can use these dental sealants for up to one decade.