At Brightside Family Dental, we always use tooth extractions as a last resort when your tooth cannot be saved with any other treatments. However, there are some situations in which removing your tooth may help prevent further complications, relieve your pain and discomfort, and improve your overall oral health. Learn more below, or contact us now if you believe you need a tooth extraction in Chapel Hill.
A basic or “simple” extraction is used for teeth that have fully “erupted” from your gums, so this is the most common type of extraction for damaged teeth, and for wisdom teeth that have fully emerged and are not “impacted” and stuck in your gums.
As the name suggests, the process is very fast and easy to understand. To begin, Dr. Manish Mistry will clean and numb the extraction site for your comfort. You can also be sedated during this process to ensure that you don’t experience any fear, anxiety, or pain.
Once the site has been prepared, Dr. Mistry will use a few different types of dental tools to loosen the ligament that attaches your tooth to the gums, and prepare it for extraction. Once the tooth has been loosened and is ready for removal, he will grab it with a pair of forceps and extract it.
After your extraction, the site will be cleaned and disinfected, then stitched shut to ensure your mouth heals properly. This process will be repeated if you’re having multiple teeth pulled. Then, you’ll be sent home with a set of recovery instructions that you’ll need to follow as you heal and recover from your surgery.
The wisdom teeth are your third set of 4 molars, and are a natural part of your mouth. However, they begin to erupt between the ages of 17-25, which is much later than the rest of your adult teeth, which emerge at the age of about 12-13 at the latest.
Because of this, they often don’t grow into your mouth properly. As they grow and emerge, the wisdom teeth can cause a higher risk of oral infections, damage nearby teeth, and cause lots of pain and discomfort.
If this happens, wisdom teeth extractions may be recommended to reduce your risk of complications, eliminate pain, and keep your mouth healthy.
However, not everyone needs wisdom tooth extractions. The best way to find out if you can keep your wisdom teeth is to schedule a consultation with an experienced dentist in Chapel Hill, such as Dr. Manish Mistry.
Dental implants are tooth restorations unlike any other. A titanium post is implanted into the jawbone and fuses with it over 3-6 months in a process called osseointegration. This fusion with the jawbone ensures that the implant is secure and will not shift around when you speak or eat and feels as comfortable as a natural tooth.
When you lose a tooth, bone loss can occur within 6 weeks. Dentures and dental bridges are unable to prevent this bone loss even though they can restore the function of the teeth. This is because the tooth’s root needs to be stimulated by chewing to preserve the jawbone and regenerate the cells.
Dentures and dental bridges sit on the gums so they cannot provide this deep stimulation. However, dental implants restore the tooth’s root when the jawbone grows around the implant. When you chew with a dental implant, the stimulation penetrates the jawbone and regenerates itself. Preserving the jaw bone prevents shifting teeth and changes in the facial structure.
Other advantages of dental implants include the appearance of a natural tooth, a boost in confidence, restoration of the tooth’s function, and lack of restriction in your diet. Because dental implants act like real teeth, you can use them like real teeth.
They are also incredibly low maintenance, requiring only that you brush and floss your teeth like normal. What’s great about dental implants is they’re incredibly durable and can last for 25 years to a lifetime with proper care. The success rate of dental implants is high, at 95%.
The biggest disadvantages of dental implants are the cost, length, and invasiveness of the surgery. Dental implants are more expensive than the alternatives of dentures and bridges because they require multiple appointments and two minor oral surgeries.
Because the procedure is more invasive, special tools, oral surgeons, and skills are required to complete the procedure which is associated with a lot of surrey-related costs. Dentures and bridges are also more of an immediate fix.
Dental implants take 3-6 months for osseointegration to be complete after the placement of the implant. The next step in the procedure cannot take place until osseointegration has been completed except in limited circumstances such as same-day dental implants. The process can also take even longer if you required bone grafting or received multiple implants.
Since the procedure requires oral surgery, it is more invasive and associated with more risks than dentures or bridges. There is a chance that the implants can fail and you must have adequate bone density and jaw structure to be a good candidate. Otherwise, you may need to receive bone grafts.
Yes, these are referred to as same-day dental implants. Same-day dental implants are only appropriate for candidates with no oral health problems who are in overall good health and adequate bone density. Dr. Manish Mistry will perform an oral exam and take x-rays to determine if you are a good candidate.
While you will still need to come in for separate appointments for a consultation and follow-up, the three parts of the procedure that usually take place in three separate appointments all take place on the same day.
That is, you will receive your titanium implant, the attached abutment, and your dental crown, all in the same appointment. Same-day dental implants skip the period of waiting for osseointegration to be complete before completing the other two steps.
It also means that you will undergo one oral surgery instead of two because we won’t have to reopen the gums. The ultimate success of the implants still depends on proper healing and osseointegration, so you will have to strictly follow after-care procedures.
Same-day dental implants are also associated with faster healing and allow for better fusion of the implant with the jawbone. If you’re interested in same-day dental implants, contact us at Brightside Family Dental today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Manish Mistry.
"I highly recommend Dr. Mistry! He is very thorough and knowledgeable! I recently had a root canal and was nervous about the procedure but Dr. Mistry did an excellent job! He took the time to make sure there was no pain and the healing process went smoothly. He also explained each part of the procedure in a way I was able to fully understand."
"Dr. Mistry was AWESOME. Usually, I am nervous about going to the dentist but he explained the procedure so that I could understand. I left there pain free. My sister Wendy Jarrell referred me and I am grateful.
On behalf of the Jarrell family... We thank you."
"Dr. Mistry did a wonderful job on my teeth, particularly the work he did on a bridge on the left side. I would highly recommend him to anyone for your dental needs!"
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– Dr. Mistry