Teeth are valuable to perform your basic activities such as eating and talking. It is important to keep them healthy to avoid any suffering. When you experience toothache, you might need tooth extraction and have dental implants to fix your problem. This is because your decaying teeth may spread the infection to your other teeth. Even the other parts of your mouth may be sore and aching. Consult your dentist first to figure out the dental implant procedure for your problem.
Kinds of Tooth Extraction Procedures
Your dentist needs to check if you need a front or back tooth replacement. Back tooth replacement is more problematic because it is hard to reach. Front teeth replacement can be more painful, though, because of the nerves present in that mouth area. In general, dental replacements are not harmful or costly, contrary to what many people believe.
Bridging is necessary when you only need replacement for a single tooth. This procedure requires supporting action from the two adjacent teeth. It involves a metallic joint and needs chipping of the two adjacent teeth’s lower portion. Implants using a metal bridge is common. The tooth is removable while the bridge remains permanently fixed in the gum.
There are two types of bridges, which are horizontal and vertical. Horizontal bridge requires support from the two adjoining teeth, unlike vertical bridges, that are inserted within the gum. Your dentist may also install the bridge using a flipper, which is more comfortable. The flipper remains wrapped around the gum while the tooth stays in place. Dental implants last depending on how much friction the implanting base such as the bridge or crown is facing.
The crown is a modern method of tooth replacement in cosmetic dentistry. Dentists use it in partial tooth replacement and root canal surgery. It involves the replacement of the decayed part of the tooth with a new material that resembles and functions like natural teeth. Normally, it is at the top surface of the tooth. Crowns are also long lasting and helpful in chewing.
Dos and don’ts during the Healing Process
Eat soft or liquid foods to avoid complications. Keep the clot intact to let your wounds heal. Avoid any kind of sucking activity such as smoking and sipping. Do not blow balloons or sneeze because such activities can disturb the clot on your wounds and cause bleeding. Wait until the tooth extraction socket heals before you can go back to your normal activities. Avoid hot or spicy foods and alcohol to prevent complications. Heavy exercises may cause bleeding because the blood can go the mouth area where the implant is. Use ice packs and take prescribed antibiotics and painkillers to control the pain and swelling.