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February 21, 2014

Wisdom Teeth Removal During Spring Break

Dr. Chilcoat @ 11:56 am

Everybody loves Spring Break!  A week long reprieve from classes, exams, and studying intended to allow us to indulge the Spring Fever that inevitably infects us as soon as the weather starts to improve and the days become a little longer.  You might think of wisdom teeth when you think of Spring Break, but at Texas Wisdom Teeth and Dental Implants, we do!  That is because Spring Break poses the perfect opportunity for our patients who are also dedicated students to take care of their dental health, have their wisdom teeth removed, and never miss a beat when it comes to academics.

impacted wisdom teeth

Impacted and erupted wisdom teeth

During the month of March, we are scheduling patients for wisdom teeth extraction with convenient flexibility.  Our office location in North Dallas makes it easy to get to us.  Most primary and secondary schools have Spring Break scheduled the week of March 10-14 this year and appointments are filling fast.  If your dentist or orthodontist has recommended that your wisdom teeth be removed, give us a call today and reserve your appointment now.

 

Tips For Wisdom Teeth Removal

  • Schedule a consultation appointment prior to surgery in order to meet with your oral surgeon, discuss your individual needs regarding wisdom teeth removal and plan for any assistance available through dental insurance.   Then plan your surgery when it’s convenient for you.
  • Impacted wisdom teeth might sound scary, but the truth is, most people’s wisdom teeth are impacted to some degree.  It just means that the teeth are trapped beneath bone or gum tissue.  Removing impacted teeth is not necessarily more uncomfortable afterwards than removing teeth which have erupted into the mouth.  Plan on recovering at home the day of surgery, and for up to three days after surgery, although it is not always necessary to stay at home in bed during recovery.  Most people are up and about, resuming normal activity within a day or two after surgery.
  • If you play a horn, plan to take a break for a week or so.  It is recommended that musicians avoid windwood instruments for up to a week following wisdom teeth removal.  This is because sensitivity, mild swelling and healing surgical sites need a little time to heal.  The same goes for aerobic exercise and weight lifting.
  • Make a list of the questions you have about the need for wisdom teeth removal, the surgery, anesthesia and recovery.  This way, you won’t forget anything important to you when you see your surgeon.
  • If you grind or clench your teeth, make sure to tell your surgeon prior to surgery so he can help prevent muscle fatigue and facial muscles from becoming stiff and sore following surgery.  In some cases, a special medication may be prescribed in order to help relax your facial muscles to prevent grinding and clenching during recovery from surgery.
  • Follow the pre-operative and post-operative instructions provided to you in order to have a smooth and uneventful recovery from wisdom tooth removal.  Keeping your mouth clean and maintaining a healthy diet are among the things that can help make your recovery painless
  • Contact your surgeon if you have any questions, concerns or if you find that your discomfort level is increasing rather than decreasing.  Increasing discomfort, especially after the third day post op can be a sign of a dry socket.  A dry socket is a delay in the healing process in which the protective blood clot that forms in the surgical site is dissolved, leaving the tooth socket exposed and uncomfortable.  Only about 15-20% of patients who have lower wisdom teeth removed experience a dry socket.  The good news s, that at the first sign of one, a medicated dressing can be applied in order to keep you comfortable during healing.  An office visit would be required in order to treat a dry socket, but it is well worth it.  Prevention of dry socket depends mostly on avoiding smoking and keeping the surgical site clean, however, some patients are simply predisposed to this condition.
  • RELAX!  The best way to have a smooth experience with wisdom teeth extraction is to do your best to relax and avoid stressing out if you can.  IV general anesthesia allows patients to sleep through the procedure peacefully, and wake up without pain once the surgery is over.  Discomfort following surgery is usually easily manageable with an over the counter medication such as Advil or Aleve, or with a stronger prescription pain medication.

If it is time to have your wisdom teeth evaluated and removed, schedule a consultation appointment today and take advantage of our special offers available to new patients.  Your consultation and panoramic x-ray is FREE, and most dental insurance plans cover the surgical procedure.  Patients without insurance can take advantage of our cash payment pricing with an all-inclusive fee of $1185 for surgical removal of four wisdom teeth with IV general anesthesia.

 

February 4, 2014

Educate Yourself On Your Dental Implant Options Before You Decide On Treatment

Dr. Chilcoat @ 4:27 pm

dental implantTypes of Dental Implants

When it comes to replacing missing teeth with dental implants, there are many options available, and researching all the options on your own can be daunting and confusing.  The jumping off point for patients interested in implant dentistry is a web search.  On the internet, you will find a wide variety of dental implant treatment options, all proclaiming to be the ‘most advanced’, ‘most successful’ option available.  You will be inundated with terms such as “All On Four”, “Teeth in a Day”. “Zirconium Implants”, “immediate implants” and a wide array of other technical terms all promising to replace your missing teeth today.  While dental implants in some form or fashion play a role in almost all dental treatment plans for tooth replacement, the clinical application of dental implants is as diverse as each individual patient.

The Truth About Dental Implants

The truth about dental implants is that you are highly likely to receive different options for accomplishing the same goal from every dental implant specialist you seek a consultation from.  This is why it is so important to seek more than one professional opinion before making the decision to move ahead with dental implant treatment.  Multiple opinions and various options for treatment are important to your decision making process.  Consider your options and recommended treatment plans a part of your research and an important part of the patient education process. Choose the option that you are most comfortable with, that makes the most sense to you.

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Clear and Concise Treatment Options

Once you have done a web search and learned about the different dental implant treatments available to you, your next step is a consultation with an implant specialist.  Your specialist will discuss your options with you in detail, taking into consideration the treatment methods you have expressed your interest in.  A treatment plan with be outlined, along with the costs involved with treatment.  It is important that you receive a transparent fee estimate from the specialist so that you have a clear understanding of the cost of dental implant treatment.   If dental insurance will be playing a role, make sure that your coverage is taken into consideration.

Schedule A Complimentary Consultation

It is a good idea to seek the opinion of more than one specialist, especially if you are planning to replace many teeth, an entire dental arch, or both dental arches.  Arming yourself with knowledge is the best way for you to make sure you are informed, educated and making the best decision possible for you and your individual situation.

If you are ready to take the natural next step and schedule a complimentary consultation to learn more about your dental implant options, call us today.

 

 

14856 Preston Rd., Suite 104, Dallas, TX 75254 USA
Charles Chilcoat, DDS Dallas TX Dentist (972) 960-1111 care@texaswisdom.com