Sometimes, the only solution for a bad tooth is to remove it. At CHC, we have dental providers who can extract teeth, both anterior teeth and molars, as well as place dental implants to replace them, restoring a patients smile and their ability to eat the food they want. Read below for more information.
An extraction is the removal of a tooth from a patient's mouth, usually because of disease, decay, or trauma of the tooth. The procedure is normally quick but can take longer for more difficult teeth such as molars or wisdom teeth. Your dentist may recommend an extraction for a tooth that is un-saveable and then provide you with treatment options such as dental implants or bridgework.
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Impacted Wisdom Teeth
Impacted wisdom teeth are a problem that many people deal with. They can be painful and disturb a person's bite, causing orthodontic problems, teeth grinding, and even TMJ. Extraction of wisdom teeth can also be one of the most expensive dental treatments, requiring a patient to go to a specialist oral surgeon to have them removed.
Recently, the Community Health Center has acquired the tools to extract most impacted wisdom teeth, and like our other services, can offer it at a much lower price than a private oral surgeon.
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A dental implant is a procedure used by cosmetic dentist to replace teeth that are either missing or need to be extracted. Dental implants can be the best solution for replacing teeth. Other options include bridgework or a partial denture. Implants are a long term solution which, if placed successfully, can last a person 40 years or more and will most closely mimic their real teeth, both in appearance and function. Click on the video to the right to watch an overview of the function of an implant and the procedure for placing it.
The main benefit to dental implants is that they are virtually indistinguishable from a patients normal teeth, both in appearance and function. The reason for this is that the implant is actually placed in a patients jaw bone, underneath the gum line, where it fuses with the bone through a process called osseointegration.
The dentist begins by surgically placing the implant in the patient's jaw bone. Then the implant is covered by their gum tissue and allowed to heal for 3 to 6 months, allowing the implant to fuse with the bone. The implant is then uncovered by the dentist and an abutment is attached on which the dentist can then build a ceramic tooth, called a crown. Once the crown is placed on the implant abutment, the procedure is finished. Generally, the entire procedure, from placing the implant and adding the crown on top, takes approximately 4 months. If a patient's tooth needs to be extracted first, or if they need bone bone grafting, a procedure to add thickness to a patients jaw bone so that it can accept and successfully integrate a dental implant, extra healing time may be required.
Not all patients are good candidates for dental implants. Patients dealing with chronic diseases that impair their ability to heal from surgery, such as hypertension or diabetes, may not be suitable candidates. Patients who smoke may also be advised against dental implants or they will be asked to quit for the procedure, as smoking can cause the osseointegration ( implant integration/fusion process in the bone ) to fail. Patients who suffer from persistent gum disease or those who do not maintain proper oral health may also be dissuaded from having dental implants placed in their mouths.
Interested in Learning More About Implants?
Implant appointments are available throughout the month with our specialist providers.