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Implants dentaires: The Recovery

arrow pointing to recoveryThe recovery time following dental implant surgery tends to vary, but is usually based on the amount of teeth being implanted, whether or not a bone graft was needed and the individual and how well they manage their recovery. Luckily, the science and technology behind dental implants has improved drastically over the last few years, improving post-surgery pain and comfort for patients.

The patient requiring the least amount of recovery time would be one who had a standard, single dental implant placed with no bone grafting. With a simple procedure like this one, there is very little discomfort or pain after the surgery. Mild bruising and soreness can occur, but is typically manageable with over the counter pain relievers. In more severe implant cases, such as those where multiple teeth are implanted or severe bone grafting needed in order to accomplish the implant, the recovery time tends to be longer and the discomfort can be more intense.

In any cases, it is important to keep your mouth clean after surgery, which can be done by rinsing your mouth gently with salt water beginning the day after surgery. You may begin brushing your teeth the night after the surgery, but make sure to keep it light around the surgery area as to not disrupt the healing in that area. It is also important to remember that in the week following your surgery, there should be no smoking and no sucking through a straw, as this can seriously inhibit your healing process. It is important to stick to a diet primarily consisting of soft foods for the first 7-10 days following your surgery before beginning to return to your normal diet.

As you can see, the recovery process after receiving a dental implant is fairly predictable and comfortable. It is important to follow the instructions that we give you at Lane Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center, and to always remember that if you have any questions or concerns regarding a procedure or following your surgery, you can always give us a call at Lane chirurgie buccale - Numéro de téléphone de MA Plymouth 508-503-1561.

Where Do Dental Implants Come From?

kids studyingLes implants dentaires have a surprisingly rich and interesting history. Across centuries and throughout cultures around the world there is evidence of attempts at replacing missing teeth with various objects and materials.

The oldest dental implants can be traced back to 2000 BC in China, where missing teeth were substituted with bamboo pegs.

Fast forward a bit to around 1000 BC and you’ll find an ancient Egyptian King whose tomb was recently discovered along with his mummified remains; a copper peg hammered into place where a tooth once lived. This may have been the first time in history that we know of when metal implants were used.

Across the globe some time around 300 BC, an iron tooth was found in a French grave thought to be Celtic in origin. It is possible this implant may have been a post-mortem placement to honor the dead, as an attempt to perform the surgery using a live patient would have been an excruciatingly painful process.

Just 2000 years ago missing teeth were being substituted for animal teeth, and the poor were even selling their teeth to the wealthy, just to make ends meet! The body often rejected these surrogate teeth, causing infection.

More recently in 1931 in Honduras, Dr. Wilson Monroe and his wife found a jawbone amongst other artifacts, with teeth fashioned from shells and attached to the jawbone of an ancient man.

Today we are lucky enough to have les implants dentaires that not only look and feel like real teeth, and anesthesia for the pain is also a plus. Thanks to studies conducted by Per-Ingvar Brånemark of Sweden in the 1950’s, oral surgeons have been able to perfect the process over the years to create today’s implants, which have a 98% success rate! Through a process known as osseointegration, metals and other implant materials are able to be skillfully placed so that your jaw bone actually attaches itself to the implant creating a seamless support system.

Missing a tooth or two? Give us a call at Lane chirurgie buccale - Numéro de téléphone de MA Plymouth 508-503-1561 to discuss your dental implant options today!

Impacted

impacted wisdom toothWhen you hear this word in our office, it is most likely that we are talking about your dents de sagesse. And while we know that it may sound scary to have “impacted wisdom teeth”, we want you to know that, actually, it is very common.

What are impacted wisdom teeth?
Throughout evolutionary history, human mouths (jaws) have become increasingly smaller. While the jaws have gotten smaller, the amount of teeth we have has not. So now we have the same amount of teeth squeezing into a smaller space. Because wisdom teeth are the last to erupt, they often become impactedthat is, blocked by the other teeth around them. Often they are growing in sideways or unable to erupt through the gums at all due to crowding.

Why do wisdom teeth need removal?
The inability to erupt properly means that wisdom teeth can cause a lot of pain and even become infected down the road. This is the main reason that we recommend the removal of all third molars (another name for dents de sagesse). The reason that we remove them during the teen years is that the bone is still soft and recovery from the surgery is taken by the patient much better at this age. If we were to wait, your teeth may become infected, your bite crooked, and it may be too late at some point for us to take them out.

Types of Impaction:

  • Vertical Impaction – In this case, the tooth is unable to break through the gum line. Vertical impaction is very common.
  • Mesioangular Impaction – Angled toward the front of the mouth, the tooth is probably pushing on its neighbor, causing pain and crowding. This type of impaction is also very common.
  • Distoangular Impaction – This tooth is angled toward the rear of the mouth, it is uncommon.
  • Horizontal Impaction – In this case, the tooth is a complete 90 degrees from where it should be, and is likely growing into the roots of its neighboring tooth. This is very rare.

What is the removal procedure like?
You will be completely pain-free during the surgery, which takes just about an hour. You will also be sent home with instructions for pain management, eating and rest orders.

What is recovery like?
You will recover comfortably at home. You can start drinking liquids and soft foods as soon as you feel ready, but should avoid crunchy foods, extra hot or cold items, and straws (NO STRAWS!). You can expect to resume some of your normal activities a few days post-operation.

If you have any questions about wisdom teeth removal or aren’t sure if you even need the procedure, Appelez-nous au Lane chirurgie buccale - Numéro de téléphone de MA Plymouth 508-503-1561!

Kaitlin’s Amazing Journey – Part 4

In each video journal entry, Kaitlin shares her progress and experience as she gets closer to having her new, permanent smile. After years of monthly dental visits for ailing teeth caused by a past eating disorder, Kaitlin is excited by the promise of having a permanent solution to her dental problems and a confident, beautiful smile, thanks to Drs. Lane and Scardella, and the team at Lane Oral Surgery. Follow Kaitlin’s amazing journey in this video blog series and stay tuned for more of her story.

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Autogreffe vs. Allogreffe

woman smilingSo, you were recently told by your doctor that you need a bone graft, but you aren’t quite sure what that means.

A bone graft is a surgical procedure that is used to fix bones or joints that were damaged by trauma, and it is also used to replace bone that is missing to provide structural stability around the body, including the jawbone. There are many types of bone grafts we can use to grow bone – the two most common are autografts and allografts.

An autograft is a bone or tissue that is transferred from one spot to another on the patient’s body. It is often thought of as the “gold standard” in bone grafting because of its reliability. Its high success rate is due to the fact that it is living tissue and thus its cells are kept intact.

An allograft is a bone or tissue that is transplanted from one person to another. They typically come from a donor, or cadaver bone. The allograft is safe, ready to use and available in large amounts. The main advantage of an allograft is that it requires one less procedure than the autograft, which must first be taken from the patient. Surgical time is minimized and the recovery can be quicker. The allograft comes from a reputable and reliable tissue bank.

Knowing which bone-grafting option you will need can be confusing, but we are here to answer any questions you may have. Please schedule a bone grafting consultation with us by calling Lane chirurgie buccale - Numéro de téléphone de MA Plymouth 508-503-1561. We will perform a thorough evaluation of your oral health. After our evaluation, we will recommend what bone graft is best for you. We are happy to discuss your options and answer any questions you may have. We want you feeling confident with our choice and worry free.

Pourquoi n’avons-nous pas de dents de sagesse, en tout cas?

Wisdom teeth were once an extremely valuable asset to our ancestors. When a typical diet consisted of chewy plants and uncooked meat, third molars (dents de sagesse), which fit easily into our ancestors’ larger jaws, were absolutely necessary. Wisdom teeth were the evolutionary answer to the need for chewing power to combat excessive wear.

Today, our diets are not as rough as those of our ancestors. With modern marvels like forks, spoons, and knives, as well as softer food, the need for wisdom teeth is virtually nonexistent. And yet, on average, sur 65% of the human population is born with wisdom teeth which usually erupt between the ages 17 et 25.

Although wisdom teeth were incredibly advantageous for our ancestors, they pose a bit of a problem for the modern mouth. Humans have evolved to have smaller jaws, and so wisdom teeth are often either too big for the jaw or the jaws themselves are just too small. Either way, third molars crowd the mouth. Because of this lack of space, molars often grow sideways, only partially emerging from the gums, or actually get trapped inside the gums and jawbone.

These impacted wisdom teeth can be chronically contaminated with bacteria associated with infection, tooth decay, inflammation, and gum disease. And because they’re so far back in the mouth or trapped underneath gums, it’s difficult and sometimes impossible to keep them clean. Even when wisdom teeth come in fully, they are so far back in the mouth that it’s just too easy for food to get trapped, leading to plaque, cavities, and gum disease.

Although wisdom teeth were very important to our ancestors, nowadays, they pose a serious problem to oral health. Call Lane Oral Surgery & Dental Implant Center to find out if your wisdom teeth are ready to come out!

Des progrès – Écriture de journal #3

With surgery #1 under her belt, Kaitlin is beaming with hope and pride as expressed in her third entry of her video journal. Watch more of Kaitlin’s inspiring story, this time as she shares her experience after her first surgery. Another step has been completed in her journey toward a new, permanent smile and renewed self-confidence. Follow Kaitlin’s amazing journey in this video blog series and stay tuned for more of her story.

Dents manquantes: Plus qu’une lacune dans votre sourire

man smiling no missing teethS’il est vrai que l’effet le plus évident de dents manquantes est une lacune dans votre sourire, les dents manquantes peuvent causer d’autres problèmes que vous ne pourriez pas être immédiatement au courant de. Par exemple, Saviez-vous que pour chaque dent manquante vous avez vous perdre 10 pour cent de votre capacité à mâcher? Lisez la suite pour obtenir une meilleure idée de comment un manque de dent peut affecter votre vie.

Dents voisines
Une dent manquante signifie généralement plus de stress pour les dents restantes. En plus de cela, s’il vous manque une dent sur la mâchoire inférieure, la dent adverse sur la partie supérieure peut s’allongent pour combler le vide dans un processus appelé superuption ou extrusion. Cela pourrait conduire à dents inclinable et déplacer sa place en dérivant dans l’espace qui a été laissé par votre dent manquante – un désastre pour votre beau sourire!

Santé digestive
S’il vous manque des dents, vous ne pouvez profiter de tous les aliments que vous êtes habitué à manger – mauvais pour votre santé et mauvais pour votre humeur! Dites adieu aux pommes au caramel, Saltwater taffy, des carottes croquantes et même gomme. Et parce que la variété dans votre alimentation est réduite lorsqu’une dent est manquante, problèmes digestifs sont malheureux encore commun.

Carie et les problèmes d’hygiène
Le déplacement de vos dents peut provoquer des nouvelles questions d’hygiène car il peut être difficile à la brosse et la soie dentaire comme vous le feriez normalement. Ce qui laisse la bouche plus vulnérable aux maladies des gencives et la carie dentaire.

Esthétique du visage
Personnes ayant plus d’une dent manquante peut-être aussi des problèmes avec une morsure s’est effondrée, ce qui provoque une perte de dimension verticale. Cela pourrait faire votre visage apparaît plus courte, comme la distance entre le bout de votre nez et le menton diminuerait.

La bonne nouvelle est que vous n’avez plus souffrir! Les implants dentaires peuvent vous aider à éviter tous les problèmes énumérés ci-dessus et vous permettent de vivre votre vie normalement à nouveau. Il n’est jamais trop tard pour un implant dentaire, Appelez-nous au Lane chirurgie buccale - Numéro de téléphone de MA Plymouth 508-503-1561 se renseigner sur cette procédure de changement de vie.

Kaitlin Amazing Journey – Partie 2

In this entry of Kaitlin’s video journal, she talks about her feelings of nervousness and excitement heading into her first permanent, full-smile restoration procedure, with Dr. Voie. Kaitlin’s teeth were badly damaged from eating disorders while growing up. Drs. Lane and Scardella, and other dental professionals are working to give her back the beautiful smile she once had! Follow Kaitlin’s amazing journey in this video blog series and stay tuned for more of her story.

3D imprimantes et greffe osseuse

3d bone graftThere is exciting news in bone grafting technology that will hopefully find its way into the oral surgeon’s office over the next decade! Researchers have been able to create a synthetic bone material using 3D printers that may be better than what is being used now.

3D printers create three-dimensional objects out of a variety of materials using a computer as a precise guide. Although the concept has been in the news a lot recently, the practice actually dates back to before the 21st century. In fact, 3d printing’s roots go back to the early 1980s. Depuis ce temps, everything from jewelry to synthetic human organs has been printed, much to the amazement of modern society!

And now, surgeons have successfully implanted the 3D-printed synthetic bone grafting material into animals with bone defects. This “hyperelastic bone” was made using just the right combination of bioactive materials and polymers to make a material that could be layered while still wet, allowing for better adherence between layers.

Here are some of the expected benefits of this new material:

  • Very elastic, allowing for cutting without crumbling, which can be a problem with current grafting materials.
  • Blood vessels move in quickly because the material is porous.
  • Biodegradable as the body replaces it with genuine tissue.
  • Doesn’t dry out right away.
  • So far the animals haven’t rejected the implant, which could mean less complications for humans as well.
  • Could be a great option for children since it will grow with them.

While human trials are potentially five or more years away, the news is very exciting for the surgical community, and we are can’t wait to see what benefits this will bring to our patients.

To find out more about bone grafting in general or to set up a consultation with our office, please call us at Lane chirurgie buccale - Numéro de téléphone de MA Plymouth 508-503-1561.