Do you need an Extraction?
You and Dr. Schulter or Dr. Williams may determine that you need a tooth extraction for any number of reasons. Some teeth are extracted because they are severely decayed; others may have advanced periodontal disease, or have broken in a way that cannot be repaired. Other teeth may need removal because they are poorly positioned in the mouth (such as impacted teeth), or in preparation for orthodontic treatment.
The removal of a single tooth can lead to problems related to your chewing ability, problems with your jaw joint, and shifting teeth, which can have a major impact on your dental health.
To avoid these complications, in most cases Dr. Schulter or Dr. Williams will discuss alternatives to extractions as well replacement of the extracted tooth.
THE EXTRACTION PROCESS
At the time of extraction, the doctor will need to numb your tooth, jawbone and gums that surround the area with a local anesthetic.
During the extraction process you will feel a lot of pressure. This is from the process of firmly rocking the tooth in order to widen the socket for removal.
You feel the pressure without pain as the anesthetic has numbed the nerves stopping the transference of pain, yet the nerves that transmit pressure are not profoundly affected.
What is a bone graft?
Over a period of time, the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies and is reabsorbed. This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone suitable for the placement of dental implants. In these situations, most patients are not candidates for the placement of dental implants.
With bone grafting we now have the opportunity to not only replace bone where it is missing, but we also have the ability to promote new bone growth in that location. This not only gives us the opportunity to place implants of proper length and width, it also gives us a chance to restore functionality and aesthetic appearance.
Our office offers our patients the option of Intravenous anesthesia for their surgical procedures. Intravenous anesthesia helps you to be comfortable and calm when undergoing dental procedures. Intravenous anesthesia or “IV anesthesia” is designed to better enable you undergo your dental procedures while you are very relaxed. It will enable you to tolerate as well as not remember those procedures. IV anesthesia will essentially help alleviate the anxiety associated with your treatment.
HOW IS IV SEDATION ADMINISTERED?
A thin needle will be introduced into a vein in your arm or hand. The needle will be attached to an intravenous tube through which medication will be given to help you relax and feel comfortable.
The goal of IV anesthesia is to use as little medication as possible to get the treatment completed. With IV sedation, a constant “drip” is maintained via the intravenous tube. At any time an antidote can be administered to reverse the effects of the medications if necessary. IV anesthesia is very safe!
Sedation dentistry is also a great option for the elderly, the disabled, or simply – the fearful!
SEDATION DENTISTRY FOR THE ELDERLY
As we age, our oral health becomes more important than ever. Periodontal disease can lead to bone and tooth loss, which affects nearly every part of our daily lives. To lead full and active lives, we need our teeth and gums. They allow us enjoy food, support speech and good conversation, and facilitate digestion. Dr. Williams is dedicated to treating elderly patients with care and commitment to comfort and health.
Elderly patients as a group tend to avoid dental visits for a variety of reasons, including: more pressing medical concerns, anxiety about treatment, the hardship of transportation, or fixed incomes. Once their oral health has reached an unmanageable point, fear and embarrassment further keep these patients away from the dentist.
For elderly patients embarrassed or fearful of their current oral state, sedation dentistry provides the opportunity for Dr. Williams to treat these conditions while the patient remains relaxed and unaware until “awaking” to an improved oral state!
SEDATION DENTISTRY FOR THE DISABLED
It may be especially difficult for people with disabilities to obtain access to proper dental care. They must find a dentist who is skilled and compassionate, and who can provide services for which some dentists may not be qualified. At Dental Implant Aesthetic Center, we provide the expertise, state-of-the-art-equipment, and dedication to assisting special-needs patients necessary to ensuring great oral care for our patients.
Dr. Williams meets these challenges with sedation dentistry for the disabled. He is skilled in anesthesia for special-needs patients, and can ease the fear associated with out-of-control oral hygiene with one visit.
SEDATION DENTISTRY FOR THE FEARFUL
Dental phobia is a real, often overwhelming reality for thousands of people. Negative previous dental experiences, fear of needles or drills, and severe gag refluxes are just some of the reasons people feel extreme anxiety when thinking about visiting the dentist.
If you suffer from dental phobia – fear no more! Dr. Williams is committed to understanding the very real nature of your fears. Not only will our staff treat you with delicacy and care, but IV anesthesia will allow you to experience dentistry in a whole new way. While engaging in a pleasant sleeplike experience, Dr. Williams will be hard at work making sure you “wake up” with the results you desire.