Gum disease can loosen or severely damage a tooth. A tooth that is severely damaged may need to be removed. Your dentist or a surgeon who specializes in surgeries of the mouth (oral and maxillofacial surgeon) can remove a tooth.
Before removing your tooth, your dentist will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area where the tooth will be removed. A stronger, general anesthetic may be used, especially if several or all of your teeth need to be removed. General anesthetic prevents pain in the whole body and will make you sleep through the procedure.
After the tooth is removed, you may need stitches. You can gently bite down on a cotton gauze pad placed over the wound to help stop the bleeding. The removed tooth can be replaced with an implant, a denture, or a bridge.
Dentists and Other Oral Health Care Providers
Many different types of oral health care providers could become involved in the care of your teeth, gums, and mouth.
Oral Health Care Plan
Good oral health involves more than just brushing. To keep your teeth and mouth healthy for a lifetime of use, there are steps that you should follow.
Teeth and Gum Care
With proper care, your teeth and gums can stay healthy throughout your life. The healthier your teeth and gums are, the less risk you have for tooth decay and gum disease.
Finding a Dentist
You and your dentist will be long-term oral health care partners; therefore, you should find someone you can be comfortable with.
There are many reasons that people panic at the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair, though oftentimes it’s not exactly what you would think. Here are some of the least expected reasons for odontophobia.
It’s difficult enough for most people to be in such a close proximity with someone in a normal setting, let alone when you feel as though you don’t have control of what’s happening to your own body. Whether this stems from diagnosed anxiety or simply a need for personal space, it is one of the main reasons that people are afraid of the dentist.
2. Losing Your Breath
One of the most common fears for people involving dental work is the idea of a loss of breath control. Psychologically and biologically speaking, it’s extremely difficult for a person to withstand even the most minor dental procedure when they feel as though they won’t be able to breathe. It’s a natural survival mechanism that you have so you don’t die. Unfortunately, because dentists are dealing with your mouth, it’s also natural that you might get nervous about this.
3. Learned Fear
Humans are prone to pick up habits and quirks from other humans. So it’s not uncommon for a child to quickly absorb their parents’ fear of dental procedures and avoid it for as long as they can. In addition to this, the media shows actors portraying fear of dentist regularly, which can add to the terror for many, especially children.
4. Sensory: Smell, Noises, and Lights
Sometimes all it takes for a person to never go back to a dentist again are the sensory items surrounding a dentist’s office: sounds they hear in the waiting room, the medicinal smells, and the bright lights the dentists and hygienists use to see into patients’ mouths. Many times, sensory fears like this are instilled due to other problems or previous experiences, that have nothing to do with the dentist. The sensory items trigger negative memories and feelings from earlier experiences, that determine current experiences of a dentist visit.
Make sure your dentist is a good fit for you, call them ahead of time and ask for a consultation so you can go over whatever you may need to feel more comfortable. Fear is normal, but that shouldn’t halt you from maintaining good oral health.
A dental bridge is made up of two anchoring teeth on either side of a gap these are called abutment teeth. Inside the gap sits the false tooth, called a pontic, which can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Adversely, a dental implant can be used to replace multiple teeth without the support of adjacent healthy teeth. Implants are fused to the jawbone and become a permanent fixture, lasting a lifetime with little maintenance required.
A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that completely covers the visible portion of a natural tooth above the gum line. Their purpose is to restore the natural tooth’s shape and size, strength, and to improve its appearance.
From subtle changes to major repairs, your dentist can perform a variety of procedures to improve your smile. There are many techniques and options to treat teeth that are discolored, chipped, misshapen or missing. Your dentist can reshape your teeth, close spaces, restore worn or short teeth or alter the length of your teeth. Common procedures include bleaching, bonding, crowns, veneers and reshaping and contouring. These improvements are not always just cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.
A dental implant is actually a root replacement, and unlike the root of a tooth, it is actually fused to the bone of the jaw. A crown is attached to the implant and becomes a standalone tooth, functioning and appearing just like the natural tooth you have lost. By contrast, a fixed bridge is a tooth restoration that is fixed in place by attaching to the natural adjacent teeth, which provide support on either side.
Brent Dupper, DDS
- Graduate, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
- Current Faculty Member, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
- Member, Academy of General Dentistry
- Member, American Dental Association
- Member, California Dental Association
- Member, Tri-County Dental Society
- Chief of Dental Services, USAF, California Air National Guard, Moreno Valley
- Alumni Association, Loma Linda University School of Dentistry
Its one thing to find a dental office that meets your needs, it’s another thing entirely when you find an office that has the capabilities to go above and beyond expectations. That is exactly what you’ll find with the Dental Faculty Associates
All of the doctors in the practice are either current or Alumni of Loma Linda University School of Dentistry faculty staff. This means not only are they qualified to meet any dental need, they are also up to date on the latest advances and theories as well. It’s certainly worth the effort to choose a dental practice with the best and the brightest. Not only are all of the doctors practicing dentistry while instructing the next generation of dentists, collectively, they were named the “Top Dentists in the Inland Empire” for 2014.
As if this weren’t enough, the Dental Faculty Associates believe convenience for the patient is a high priority. For this reason, evening hours are available to accommodate most schedules. Also on the subject of comfort and convenience, sedation and sleep dentistry are offered. All patients are assured that the proper type of sedation will be used as medically indicated, as well as for the comfort of the patient. In the office, the doctors and staff understand that dental procedures can be anxiety inducing for some patients, and it is their goal to ensure no one feels any unnecessary stress during their treatment.
Along with the doctors at Dental Faculty Associates, the staff is experienced, friendly, and compassionate. It is their job to facilitate relaxation, while caring for patients. When you add all of these factors together, there is plenty of evidence for choosing Dental Faculty Associates for your dental needs in Loma Linda.