Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Dentures are an option that many of our patients choose at Family Dental Rego Park. Available in both full and partial, dentures serve as a removable replacement for missing teeth.
If providing patients with conventional full dentures, either Dr. Binod Verma or Dr. Supriya Verma will remove all the teeth from the patient’s mouth. Afterwards, the gums are given time to heal before dentures are placed. The patient would be without teeth during this healing process, which can take a couple months.
Immediate full dentures forgo this healing process with no teeth. Prior to having their teeth removed, the dentist takes measurements of the patient’s mouth, so that dentures are ready after teeth have been removed. This type of full denture requires a follow-up visit to refit the dentures wince the jaw bone will slightly change shape as the mouth heals.
Partial dentures are another option for those who do not need all their teeth to be removed. This makes them similar to bridges, but partial dentures are not permanent fixtures.
Whichever dentures our patients choose, they take time getting used to, and even though they are not real teeth, they should still be cared for as if they were. They should be brushed before removal and should be placed in room temperature water or cleaning solution overnight.
To find out if dentures are the right choice for you, call us at (718) 699-8268.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
Wisdom Teeth Extractions
At Family Dental Rego Park, wisdom teeth extractions are fairly common. Your last set of molars to come in, wisdom teeth usually emerge when you are between 17 and 21 years old. Since wisdom teeth can often become impacted, which means they come in at an angle, it is necessary to remove them before they cause pain or begin to push your other teeth.
If a wisdom tooth is impacted and can only emerge partially, it is possible for an operculum to form over the tooth. If this flap of skin forms, the tooth will be hard to clean and can become infected. This infection is called pericoronitis.
When a wisdom tooth is in danger of causing such problems, Dr. Binod Verma or Dr. Supriya Verma will extract the tooth. Often it is necessary to remove all four at once. This is done either by using a local anesthetic or a general anesthetic, based on the preference of the doctors and patient. After the anesthetic is applied, the gum tissue around the wisdom tooth is cut and the tooth is loosened and pulled out. If necessary, the gums will be sutured for healing.
After the surgery, rest is required, and you will need to change the gauze applied to the incision. To see if your wisdom teeth may need to be removed, schedule an appointment with us by calling (718) 699-8268.