What Are Dental Implants?

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants are a safe and effective way to replace a single missing tooth, multiple teeth, or secure dentures and other large prostheses. Dental implants consist of an artificial root and a manufactured tooth that can be placed on it.

Why a Dental Implant?

There are several benefits that can make dental implants the best option for replacing missing teeth:

  • Dental implants stabilize bone levels and can prevent bone loss
  • Dental implants provide greater long-term support and functionality
  • Dental implants stabilize dentures
  • Dental implants provide an artificial root system, which keeps the remaining teeth in line
  • Dental implants do NOT require alteration of adjacent teeth.

Are There Different Types of Dental Implants?

Yes. The most common type of dental implant are endosteal implants. Endosteal implants consist of a metal rod installed into the jawbone and a supporting post that secures either a dental crown or a dental bridge.

Another common type of dental implant are All-on-4 implants. These revolutionary systems consist of an entire top or bottom denture that is supported by just four implants. The implants are placed so that replacement teeth remain steady and secure. The advantage of the All-on-4 implants is that they help patients recover faster and reduce the chances of complications.

What Does the Procedure Entail?

First, our dentist will examine the area in your mouth where you’re considering a dental implant. Then, an oral surgeon will need to decide if there are any current teeth that need to be removed and which type of bone graft needs to be done. These procedures will take place first, followed by enough recovery time to heal to ensure an adequate and strong bone is present at the implant site. Then, the dental implant is placed into the bone and a healing cap is placed over the implant. You will need to follow up with regular check-ups after to ensure proper healing and that there is no infection.

Are Dental Implants Right for Me?

If you have loose or missing teeth, or were born without a tooth, dental implants may be right for you. If you’re considering dental implants, give us a call at (336) 882-4412 or visit our website at Byrd Ford Dentistry in High Point, NC.

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What Are Impacted Wisdom Teeth?

Impacted Wisdom Teeth at Byrd Ford Dentistry

Impacted wisdom teeth are third molars at the back of the mouth that don’t have enough room to emerge or develop normally. Impacted wisdom teeth need to be removed as soon as possible so they do not cause problems in the future. 

Wisdom teeth are the last adult teeth to erupt in the mouth. Most people have four wisdom teeth in the back of their mouth – two on the top and two on the bottom. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, damage to the rest of your teeth or other dental problems. In some cases, impacted wisdom teeth may cause no immediate problems. However, since they are hard to clean, they are more vulnerable to tooth decay and gum disease than the rest of your teeth. 

Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

Impacted wisdom teeth don’t always cause problems or symptoms. If the tooth is infected, damages other teeth or causes other problems, you could experience these symptoms:

  • Red or swollen gums
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Jaw pain
  • Swelling around the jaw
  • Bad breath 
  • An unpleasant taste in your mouth 
  • Difficulty opening your mouth 

When You Should See A Doctor

If you are experiencing any symptoms behind your last molar, you should see a dentist as soon as possible as it can be associated with an impacted wisdom tooth. 

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Impacted wisdom teeth can become a serious problem so it is best to see a dentist before it causes issues. Learn more about wisdom teeth removal at Byrd Ford Dentistry by clicking the button below. 

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Quick and Effective TMD Pain Relief with Botox®

Relieve TMD Pain at Byrd Ford Dentistry

Many people experience discomfort related to their temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMJ disorders can be disruptive to your everyday life. At Byrd Ford Dentistry in High Point, NC, we offer Botox® as a treatment option for TMJ and TMD disorders. For people who have already tried other treatment methods, Botox® can be a great solution for pain relief.

Botox® can help relieve several symptoms of TMJ disorders, including:

  • Jaw tension
  • Pain in the neck and mouth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Clenching and grinding your teeth

How does Botox® treatment work?

Botox® treatment involves an injection of botulinum toxin into the clenching jaw muscles to help prevent muscle contraction by attaching to the nerve endings of muscles. It only takes a few minutes to feel the effects for months. You can still function fully, just without the pain. Once we gather important health information, we will determine if Botox® will be an effective treatment option for you. If it is, we will then go over the process itself and schedule an appointment for the procedure. After the procedure, the patient will begin to see improvement in 7 to 14 days.

Is the treatment painful?

Contrary to popular belief, a Botox® procedure is not painful and you will be able to remain calm during the procedure. While the idea of needles near one’s face is not the best mental image, we can ensure that it is not as bad as some might believe. We will use a thin needle and inject small amounts at each site. We can complete this procedure fairly quickly and with little to no pain.

Procedure and Recovery

We will normally schedule about 30 minutes as we take the time to answer any questions. At Byrd Ford Dentistry, we like to make all of our patients as comfortable as possible with blankets, pillows, and noise-canceling headphones with the music of your choice.

Immediately following the procedure, you will be able to return to your daily activities. It is important to avoid rubbing or massaging the areas treated with Botox® as it will cause the toxin to move toward another area of the body. You can also call us at (336) 882-4412 if there are any other odd health issues you begin to notice following the procedure. The results can take around 7 to 14 days to fully take effect. People will not be able to notice that you went through a Botox® treatment, but you will notice your jaw and teeth feeling much better!

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