What Comes After A Dental Extraction?

Getting a tooth extraction in Pflugerville? Whether you are having your wisdom teeth pulled, or you need to have one or more teeth extracted due to an oral injury or disease, you may not know what to expect after your extraction appointment.

So in this guide from Pflugerville Family Dentistry, we’ll take you through the basics, and explain what you can expect after your tooth has been removed by a dentist like Dr. Chris Mun. Let’s get started.

Post-Surgery Healing & Follow-Up Appointment

After your procedure, Dr. Chris Mun will provide you with a set of comprehensive healing and recovery instructions that you’ll need to follow to the letter. This ensures your mouth heals quickly.

For example, you will need to avoid spitting forcefully or using a straw for several days. If you don’t avoid these things, the blood clot that forms where your tooth used to be may become dislodged, causing a painful complication called “dry socket.”

You’ll likely need to eat mostly soft foods for a least a week after your appointment, and you should avoid exercise and heavy exertion for a few days after your tooth is pulled. 

Healing usually takes about 1-2 weeks for most patients, and you’ll schedule a follow-up appointment at Pflugerville Family Dentistry during this time. Dr. Mun will examine your mouth to check for complications like infections, and will make sure you’re healing properly. 

Exploring Options For Tooth Replacement

If you’ve had one or more of your wisdom teeth extracted, there’s no need to have the tooth replaced, so this won’t be applicable to you. 

However, if you lost one of your other teeth due to an oral injury, tooth decay, or gum disease, you will likely want to have it replaced. Missing teeth can cause further dental complications like teeth shifting, and can affect your ability to eat and speak properly, as well as your self-confidence. 

There are a few different options you’ll have for replacing your missing tooth at Pflugerville Family Dentistry:

 

  • Partial denturesPartial dentures can replace one or more missing teeth. They snap onto your remaining healthy teeth using metal clips, and replace your missing teeth with false teeth. They’re a fast, low-cost method of restoring your missing tooth.

 

  • Dental bridges – Bridges can be used to restore one or more adjacent missing teeth. They attach to healthy teeth using two crowns. Then, between these crowns, one or more false teeth are suspended to fill the gaps where your extracted teeth used to be.
  • Dental implants Dental implants use a two-part design. A metal post is surgically placed into your jaw and gum tissue, and then it’s capped with a dental crown. This results in a tooth restoration that looks and feels completely natural, and requires no special care or maintenance.

 

 

Need To Replace Your Missing Tooth? Explore Your Options At Our Office!

If you’ve recovered from your extraction and you’re ready to replace your missing tooth, Dr. Chris Mun is here to help. Whether you’re in Pflugerville, Round Rock, Hutto, or anywhere else in North Austin, you can contact us online or give us a call at (512) 252-4746 to schedule an appointment and get the treatment you need.

Do dental implants need to be replaced?

For patients that have missing, cracked, or broken teeth, dental implants are a great solution. Implants give patients a permanent, comfortable option that lasts for years or even a lifetime.

At our office, we meet with our patients to evaluate if they are a good candidate for implants.  We also come up with a customized treatment plan for each patient that fits their needs. Our team is always available to help patients through each step of the way, supporting them and answering any questions they may have.

Many patients are interested in finding out if their dental implants will ever need to be replaced? Compared to other alternatives such as dentures or bridges that only last 5-15 years before needing replacement, implants are permanent and do last upwards of 25 years or even a lifetime.  It is important to care for implants just like our natural teeth to ensure they do last. Implants rarely ever need additional work once placed in the mouth, and have a 95% success rate with patients.

We recommend good oral hygiene, and following our recovery instructions as you heal from the implant procedure. Avoid hard foods and any products that will stain your teeth.

Tips to ensure your implants last a lifetime:

  • Use a low abrasive brush such as a soft type tooth brush.
  • Use a non-abrasive gel or paste to avoid scratching the surface of your implant.
  • Floss daily using implant specific floss, or use a Waterpik Water Flosser to help protect and keep the implant and surrounding tissue healthy.
  • Avoid any products containing, stannous fluoride, sodium fluoride, or baking soda. These products may make the implants prone to corrosion.
  • Anti-microbial rinses can be used to prevent infection and reduce inflammation.

If you care for your implants and practice good oral hygiene, dental implants can last your lifetime and never have to be replaced. Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and see how our implant services can benefit you.

How to Care for Dental Implants?

Dental implants can provide patients at Pflugerville Family Dentistry with the smile they always dreamed of. Implants have been used for over 30 years, and continue to be one of the most common restorative procedures used today.  As with any dental procedure, there must be maintenance and care done at home to keep your implants looking and feeling great. Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to the health of the implants.

Implants take approximately four to six months to heal while the bone fuses to the new implant. Our team at Pflugerville Family Dentistry will discuss what at home care routine should be followed, in order to keep your implants looking and feeling great for years to come.

The tissue surrounding the implants should remain pink showing no signs of infection. We recommend following the below guidelines to care for your dental implants at home.

Dental Implant care guidelines:

  • Avoid products with stannous fluoride, baking soda, sodium fluoride or stain removers. These types of products can cause damage to the implants by removing the oxide layer. The implants may be prone to corrosion.
  • Use a non-abrasive gel or paste while brushing your teeth. This will ensure any exposed surface of the implants is not scratched.
  • Brush your teeth at least twice daily to remove any bacteria or plaque with a low abrasive brush such as a soft tooth brush.
  • A Waterpik Water Flosser can be used to reduce inflammation and reach difficult areas surrounding the implants.
  • If any inflammation is present, rinse teeth with a non-microbial rinse and do not hesitate to call us.
  • Floss daily using a wax free type floss, or an implant specific floss. This will help to protect the tissue surrounding the implants.

Implants should be cared for on a daily basis just like natural teeth. They should be kept free of plaque, and while brushing be sure to reach all sides of the implant. Dental implants are designed to last a long time if they are cared for properly.

Call or email Pflugerville Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment and learn how dental implants can benefit you.

How Strong Are Dental Implants Compared to Real Teeth?

Dental implants are designed to last for years, or even a lifetime if they are cared for properly. Implants are the closest thing to natural teeth, and can be easily cared for at home. At Pflugerville Family Dentistry, we will meet with you to discuss treatment options, and the benefits of dental implants compared to other dental solutions. We offer convenient payment options, as well as sedation for our patients.

Dental implants provide many benefits to patients. They make it easier to speak compared to dentures or bridges and will aesthetically look great. When you meet with our team at Pflugerville Family Dentistry, we will evaluate your teeth and determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Our team will check if there is adequate bone in the jaw to ensure the procedure is a success, and your implants last. If needed, a procedure can be done to graft bone to the implant area. This will help to provide adequate bone and support to the implants.

Maintaining good oral hygiene is essential to keeping dental implants healthy, and will make sure they last longer. Our team will work with you to come up with an at home care plan for your implants. Gum disease can cause instability, so it is important to prevent any gum disease in order to keep the implants strong and stable.

Reasons dental implants are the strongest tooth replacement option:

  • Dental implants are made of titanium and function like a natural tooth root.
  • Dental implants are built to last for years or even a lifetime, but this also depends on the patient’s bone strength and strength of existing teeth.
  • Implants function exactly like regular teeth, and they are a reliable tooth restoration option providing comfort and long lasting smiles.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than to the tooth’s roots, and this allows them to be stronger and withstand more pressure than natural teeth.
  • Implants are a permanent solution compared to dentures or bridges.
  • Bone grafts can be performed if needed, to provide the implant with additional support. This procedure increases the longevity of the implant, and helps keep the implant from becoming loose.

Dental implants are strong and are built to last if you care for them properly. If you are looking for a more permanent solution, or are embarrassed to smile, dental implants may be right for you.

If you want to learn more about how dental implants can work for you, call or email Pflugerville Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.

 

How Do Dental Implants Work?

If you are embarrassed to smile, or have pain and issues chewing food, then you may be a good candidate for dental implants. At Pflugerville Family Dentistry we offer many dental restoration services, and one of our most common is dental implants.

Implants are the closest thing to having natural teeth, and they allow you to do everything you would do normally. Dental implants are a more permanent solution, and will last for years. They are becoming increasingly popular compared to dentures or bridges, and provide you with a reliable solution for a beautiful smile.

Dental implants are like artificial tooth roots that are placed in the jawbone. The implants act just like a screw that bonds with the jawbone. Once the implants are placed, they create a base that provides support to one or more artificial teeth referred to as crowns. Bone grafts can be done if the patient does not have enough bone around the implant area. When the implants are placed in the jawbone, the bone will grow around the implants and this is called osseointegration. This process allows the implant to function like a natural tooth root.

Once the base is complete, a connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. This abutment provides support for the crown. Our team will custom make the crowns to match your existing teeth color and shape, so that they fit your mouth perfectly.

Our team at Pflugerville Family Dentistry will meet with you to go over all the treatment options available.  We will also discuss the option for sedation, as well as convenient payment options.

Dental Implants are the strongest solution available, and offer the proper support for teeth needing replacement. Implants allow you to live a healthy life, and feel proud of your smile.

Benefits of dental implants:

  • Looks and feels natural in your mouth.
  • Gives patients confidence and provides a beautiful smile.
  • Dental implants are one of the safest procedures performed.
  • Implants provide long term value financially and last for years.
  • Patients with dental implants do not need to worry about food getting stuck in-between or under replacement teeth.
  • Slipping or clicking will not happen because implants are permanent, compared to dentures or bridges.
  • Other dental solutions require you to take your replacement teeth out for cleaning.

Call or email Pflugerville Family Dentistry today to schedule your appointment, and see how dental implants can work for you.