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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.

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Replacing Multiple Teeth With Dental Implants

by Violet Jensen

Dental implants are a great way to replace missing teeth. A metal post is implanted into the bone of the missing tooth, where the bone begins healing around the post, holding it permanently in place. You might be wondering exactly how many teeth can be replaced with implants. Here is more information about choosing implants based on how many teeth you have missing.

How many teeth can dental implants replace?

While technically dental implants can replace as many teeth as you have missing, they are usually better when only a small number of teeth are missing. This is because it is a major oral surgical procedure. It is a great option if you have one or two missing teeth. If you can get the procedure started shortly after losing your teeth, you should still have enough bone left to not require a bone graft. By having the implant instead of another tooth replacement option, you help to prevent bone loss, which is common due to deterioration after your natural tooth falls out or is extracted.

What is the implant process?

When you get a dental implant, it begins with getting x-rays of your bone to ensure it is strong enough to support the implant. If so, the oral surgeon will then numb the area and make an incision in the gum where the missing tooth is. A hole is drilled into the bone, where a metal post is implanted. The area is then sutured, and the process of osseointegration takes place. During this process, it takes a few months for the bone to start healing around the post, holding it in place permanently. Once the healing is complete, you return to have an artificial tooth attached to the top of the post.

What if you are missing all your teeth?

If you have multiple missing teeth or are missing all your teeth, you can still get implants, but you are better off getting implant-supported dentures. You will still wear dentures, but the mouthpiece locks into place on top of the implants. For each row of teeth, you will have a few implants, depending on if you are missing the entire row of teeth or not. You go through the same process of getting the implants, then have the denture mouthpiece created. Once all healing is complete, the denture attaches to the implants. They are still removable and should be removed for cleaning and when going to sleep. However, there is the benefit of having them stay in place while eating and talking.

For more information, contact Gilmour Denturist denture clinic or a similar location.

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