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5 Reasons You May Need Tooth Extraction

Oral surgeons generally try to avoid tooth extraction whenever possible — we’d prefer that every patient keep all their natural teeth. And thanks to modern dentistry techniques, we can save most problem teeth.

But unfortunately, we can’t save every tooth. Below are five of the top indicators you may need an extraction.

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No. 1: Your Tooth Is Decayed

When we catch it early, we can often repair the damage tooth decay causes. In fact, a filling or dental crown will usually work to restore the tooth.

However, if the decay isn’t treated soon enough, the tooth’s structure may be weakened. Left untreated, the decay will spread. For teeth that are beyond the point of saving, extraction is typically recommended.

No. 2: Your Tooth Is Infected

If bacteria gets inside one of your root canals, you may develop an infection. In many cases, root canal therapy can remedy this problem.

Sometimes, though, the damage is too far gone. When that happens, tooth extraction and replacement may be the best option for maintaining optimal oral health.

No. 3: Your Tooth Is Impacted

Teeth that are impacted, or stuck in the gums, may require extraction.

Oral surgeons work with orthodontists to save impacted canines, as the cuspids are crucial to a proper bite. Wisdom teeth that are impacted are usually removed. The third molars aren’t really necessary, and keeping them can lead to oral health problems later.

No. 4: You Have Advanced Gum Disease

Gum disease, or periodontitis, is a leading cause of tooth loss. Without healthy gums, the teeth don’t have the foundation they need to hold them securely in place. Because the roots aren’t properly anchored, patients with advanced periodontitis often have loose teeth.

If advanced gum disease leaves one or more of your teeth without adequate support, tooth extraction may be unavoidable.

No. 5: Your Mouth Is Too Crowded

Having too many teeth can be an oral health problem.

Your primary teeth are supposed to fall out before the permanent teeth erupt. If any of yours remain in place, the dental arch may be overcrowded. For unyielding primary teeth, tooth extraction is a must.

In some cases, overcrowding isn’t caused by stubborn primary teeth. A small, underdeveloped jaw or teeth that are larger than their available space can also lead to a crowded mouth. This type of crowding is typically corrected through a combination of strategic tooth extractions and orthodontic treatment.

Oral Surgeons Are Tooth Extraction Experts

While general dentists can remove some problem teeth, oral surgeons have the experience and skills to handle complex extractions, and to deal with any complications that may arise. When necessary, oral surgeons can provide expert advice on dental implants and other replacement options for missing teeth.

If you live in the greater Salt Lake City area, trust your oral health care to the professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah. You don’t have to live with problem teeth. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule a consultation for tooth extraction.

After Dental Implant Surgery, How Long Before You Can Work?

Dental implant surgery is a great way to restore your smile, and the procedure can often be completed in a single day. As a practical matter, though, you need to know how long recovery will take. When will you be able to go back to work (or school)?

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As long as you follow our oral surgery team’s post-operative instructions, you should be back to your normal work routine in almost no time at all.

Many Dental Implant Patients Go Back to Work the Next Day

Everyone is different, but most of our dental implant patients can go back to work the day after their oral surgery.

However, the type of work you do matters.

If you have a desk job, Dr. Maxfield or Dr. Partridge may give you the OK to work the day after implant surgery. On the other hand, if your job is highly physical, you may have to wait a little longer. Strenuous activity after getting dental implants can increase bleeding and discomfort, and potentially cause inflammation of the surrounding gums.

Some Patients Need Extra Recovery Time after Dental Implant Surgery

How many dental implants are you having placed? Patients who are getting just one or two typically have the fastest recovery. So if your surgery involves multiple implants, you may want to allow yourself extra time away from work to allow swelling, bruising and other post-surgical effects to fully subside.

Implant surgery is a safe, routine procedure, particularly in the hands of a skilled and experienced oral surgeon. But as with any other type of oral and maxillofacial surgery or dental treatment, complications are always a possibility. If you get an infection or have another issue with healing, your recovery timetable could be extended.

Tips for Proper Healing from Dental Implants

With the right care, you can improve your chances of a smooth and complication-free recovery period after dental implant surgery.

Diligence in keeping your mouth clean can help prevent problems. Brushing and flossing around the dental implants is important, but be gentle for the first few days to avoid aggravating the sensitive gum tissues. We may also recommend using a special mouth rinse.

Smoking can slow your healing time and increase your risk of infection. So if you’re a smoker, try to avoid lighting up for as long as possible after implant surgery. Or better yet, quit smoking before getting dental implants.

We will send you home with more specific aftercare instructions. Follow them as carefully as possible to minimize your recovery time, and don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions or problems.

The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, can address all of your concerns about recovering from oral surgery. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office to discuss dental implant surgery today.

Prepare for Wisdom Tooth Extraction in 5 Easy Steps

During your consultation for wisdom tooth extraction, our oral surgery team will provide you with specific pre-operative instructions based on your chosen method of anesthesia.

Following these instructions will help make the process much easier for you. What should you do?

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No. 1: Don’t Eat or Drink Anything after Midnight

Whenever you have anesthesia, your stomach needs to be empty. So the night before your wisdom tooth removal, you won’t be able to eat or drink after midnight.

If you are on any prescription medications, you may be able to take them with a small sip of water. But play it safe and verify with us first. Some medicines may need to be stopped before getting oral surgery.

No. 2: Give Your Mouth a Thorough Cleaning

On the day of your wisdom tooth extraction, take extra care in cleaning your mouth. Instead of the usual two-minute brushing, brush for about three to four minutes. Floss, then follow with a swish of mouthwash, taking care not to swallow. A thorough mouth cleaning can help guard against infection, so don’t skip this step.

No. 3: Wear Comfortable Clothing

Choose your outfit with comfort in mind. Loose-fitting casual clothing is best, so don’t wear anything that feels tight and don’t worry about dressing to impress. Leave the accessories at home, too. Before wisdom tooth extraction, you may need to remove your jewelry anyway, so wearing any to your appointment doesn’t really make sense.

No. 4: Bring a Designated Driver

Sure, you might be able to drive to your tooth extraction appointment. But if you’re getting anesthesia, we won’t allow you to drive home afterward — you’ll be too groggy. Enlist a friend or family member to be your designated driver. And if you’re under 18, you’ll need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian anyway.

No. 5: Plan Ahead for Smooth Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction

After wisdom tooth removal, you’ll need some time to rest and relax in comfort. Before coming in for your appointment, take a moment to set up a cozy spot. Having a few pillows and some easy entertainment at the ready (Netflix, anyone?) can make your recovery easier and more pleasant.

You’ll also need to eat a soft-food diet for a few days after your wisdom tooth removal. Make sure you have some tasty, easy-to-eat options on hand so you won’t go hungry — or be tempted to eat something you shouldn’t.

Check with us to see if you’ll need any prescription medication after your procedure. If so, try to get it filled ahead of time so that you don’t have to stop at the pharmacy on your way home.

Finally, have your ice packs frozen and ready when you get home. Waiting for them to freeze may lead to excessive swelling.

If you have more questions, the expert team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah has the answers. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today for more information about wisdom tooth extraction.

Impacted Teeth: Our Oral Surgeons Answer Your Top Questions

Do you have impacted teeth?

When a tooth is trapped in the jawbone or gum tissue and fails to erupt, it is said to be impacted. Dental impaction can lead to a range of complications, including issues with tooth alignment, damage to adjacent teeth, gum disease and infection.

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Here, Dr. Maxfield and Dr. Partridge answer some of the most common questions we hear from our patients about impacted teeth.

Why Do Teeth Become Impacted?

A tooth can become impacted for a number of reasons.

Overcrowding is frequently to blame. Either the jaw is too small to accommodate the tooth or the other teeth are taking up too much space for the tooth to erupt. Dental impaction can also occur when a tooth comes in at an abnormal angle. In other cases, excessive gum tissue or dense overlying bone can cause impaction.

Which Teeth Most Commonly Become Impacted?

The third molars (commonly known as the wisdom teeth) are most often affected by dental impaction. In fact, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), 9 out of every 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.

The upper canines, or maxillary cuspids, are the second-most common impacted teeth. With the incisors and premolars, however, impaction is rare.

What Are the Symptoms of Impacted Teeth?

A tooth that is fully impacted sometimes causes no symptoms at all. In many cases, the dental impaction is discovered only after taking X-rays.

With a partial impaction, patients may experience pain or tenderness in the gums or jawbone. Redness and swelling of the gum tissue can also be expected. For some, impacted teeth can cause bad breath, an unpleasant taste when biting down and difficulty opening the mouth.

When impaction is left untreated, patients may also have prolonged jaw pain and headaches.

How Is Dental Impaction Treated?

We typically remove impacted wisdom teeth. In fact, most oral surgeons and dental professionals consider this the treatment of choice, as the third molars are not necessary for function and often cause a myriad of other problems in the mouth.

When dental impaction affects the canines, however, we rarely consider extraction. These teeth are critical for a properly aligned bite and balanced facial appearance. So in most cases, we work with orthodontists to help guide the canines so that they will erupt on their own.

This can be accomplished with oral surgery to expose the impacted teeth and attach orthodontic brackets. The brackets, along with flexible bands exerting light pressure, work to gently and gradually guide the canines downward into the proper position.

Treating dental impaction requires skill and experience. The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, has extensive expertise with impacted wisdom teeth and canines as well as a full range of oral surgery procedures. Schedule an appointment at one of our three convenient offices today to discuss your impacted teeth.

Oral Surgery Recovery: 5 Tips to Reduce Facial Swelling

After having oral surgery, some facial swelling is common. In fact, it’s a natural part of the healing process.

Reduce Facial Swelling

Fortunately, if you follow your aftercare instructions, you shouldn’t have to endure chipmunk cheeks or swollen gums for long. For the best chance at a quick recovery, try these tips to reduce facial swelling after oral surgery.

No. 1: Apply Ice and Heat at the Right Times

Ice and heat can help to decrease facial swelling, but they must be applied according to a specific timetable.

For the first 48 hours after your procedure, use an ice pack — 20 to 30 minutes on one side of the face, then remove or switch to the other side of the face for the next 20 to 30 minutes.

After 48 hours, swap out the ice for a warm compress or hot water bottle on the same schedule.

No. 2: Keep Your Head Elevated

Keeping your head above your heart can aid in proper blood flow and help minimize facial swelling.

When recovering from oral surgery, don’t lie flat. During the day, sit or recline. At bedtime or when resting, use an extra pillow (or two) to elevate your head.

No. 3: Limit Your Activity after Oral Surgery

During the recovery period, your immune system will be working hard to heal the injured area. This requires energy, and any exertion on your part can slow the healing process.

To help the swelling go down faster, limit your physical activity for the first few days after your surgical procedure.

No. 4: Stay Hydrated

Hydration is essential for proper healing. Without enough fluids, the facial tissues won’t get the oxygen and nutrients they need for a fast recovery.

After your procedure, plan to drink at least eight glasses of water each day. If facial swelling makes drinking difficult, try sucking on ice chips. Don’t use a straw until the surgical site has healed, however, or you risk dislodging the blood clots and causing dry socket.

No. 5: Don’t Smoke

Several of the substances in tobacco smoke — including nicotine, carbon monoxide and hydrogen cyanide — have been shown to impair the healing process and prolong swelling. Smoking also increases the risk of infection after surgery, and the act of drawing on a cigarette can knock the blood clots loose.

If you can, quit smoking before your surgery. If you can’t, try to refrain from smoking for as long as possible after the procedure.

If you’re worried about your oral surgery recovery, you can rest easy. The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can address all your concerns and offer expert advice for reducing facial swelling and discomfort after the procedure.

To learn more, or to schedule an oral surgery consultation, contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today.

What Is an Abscessed Wisdom Tooth?

An abscessed wisdom tooth is a third molar with an infection at the root, or within the gums or bone that hold the molar in place.

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Any tooth can develop an abscess, but wisdom teeth are particularly susceptible. Taking preemptive action can help prevent this painful condition, but if it happens to you, it’s critical to see an oral surgeon ASAP for evaluation and treatment.

What Causes an Abscessed Wisdom Tooth?

Essentially, a bacterial infection is to blame for tooth abscess.

Your mouth is full of bacteria, which forms a sticky film of plaque on the teeth. If the plaque isn’t thoroughly cleaned away — a difficult task with the wisdom teeth — gum disease and tooth decay can set in. And when bacteria invade the tooth pulp, the resulting infection can create a dental abscess.

Poor oral hygiene increases the likelihood of developing dental abscess, this isn’t the only factor.

Consuming lots of sugary and starchy foods can encourage bacterial growth, which can lead to an abscess. An abscess may also form when a wisdom tooth becomes chipped or broken. Finally, patients with weakened immune systems also have an increased risk of tooth abscesses.

What Are the Symptoms of an Abscessed Wisdom Tooth?

Abscessed wisdom teeth are often painful. In most cases, an intense, throbbing pain comes on suddenly and gradually gets worse. The discomfort may be worse when lying down, and it may spread to the jaw, ear and neck.

Sometimes an abscessed tooth doesn’t cause any pain, but other symptoms can indicate the presence of an abscess. Facial swelling, looseness of the tooth and red, swollen gums are all typical of this dental condition.

An abscessed tooth may also cause sensitivity to hot or cold foods, bad breath and an unpleasant taste in the mouth. If the infection spreads, symptoms may include fever, swollen glands in the neck and a general malaise or feeling of illness.

How Are Abscessed Wisdom Teeth Treated?

A dental abscess is sometimes treated through incision and drainage. The oral surgeon makes a small cut in the gum to drain the infection. This is often a temporary measure, however, and the abscessed tooth may require further treatment.

In other cases, abscessed teeth may be treated with a root canal, a procedure to remove the bacteria and replace the infected pulp with a rubber compound. After the abscessed tooth is sealed, a crown or filling is placed, restoring function and appearance.

For most patients, however, wisdom tooth extraction is the recommended treatment.

If you haven’t had your third molars removed, this would be a great time to schedule a consultation with Dr. Maxfield or Dr. Partridge. If you think you might have a tooth abscess, schedule an appointment as soon as possible to help prevent the infection from spreading and damaging your other teeth.

The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah provides expert oral health care treatment to residents of the greater Salt Lake City area. To discuss treatment for an abscessed wisdom tooth, contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today.

7 Habits that Can Make TMJ Symptoms Worse

Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) can make life miserable. Symptoms like pain, stiffness and difficulty moving the jaw can make talking and eating painful.

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If you have TMJ disorder, the last thing you want is to make the problem worse. Start by ridding yourself of the seven habits that are not only harmful to your oral health, but also have the potential to make your TMJ symptoms worse.

No. 1: Using Your Teeth as Tools

If you need to open a stubborn package or bottle or if you have a jagged fingernail that needs fixing, your teeth are not the right tools for the job.

The force these tasks require puts stress on the jaw joint and muscles, which can aggravate TMJ pain. Take a moment to find the scissors, bottle opener or nail file, and you may save yourself some discomfort.

No. 2: Nervous Chewing

If you’re bored, anxious or stressed, do you gnaw on the nearest pencil or pen?

Any unnecessary chewing taxes the jaw and can exacerbate TMJ symptoms. Nervous chewers often turn to sugarless gum, but that’s not helpful if you have TMJ disorder. Try sucking on sugar-free mints instead.

No. 3: Taking Big Bites

If you have TMJ pain, do yourself a favor and don’t open wide.

Taking large bites can overextend the jaw joint and create an additional source of TMJ pain in the surrounding muscles and tendons. Cut your food into smaller bites to help prevent TMJ symptoms from worsening.

No. 4: Poor Posture

Poor posture strains the muscles of the face and neck, which can lead to more TMJ pain.

Remember what Mom always said and make sure you stand and sit up straight. And if you work at a desk, position your computer straight ahead so you aren’t looking down all day.

No. 5: Sleeping on Your Stomach

To avoid making TMJ symptoms worse, make sure your back, head and neck are in proper alignment when you’re sleeping.

When you sleep on your stomach, you put extra pressure on your jaw. Try sleeping on your back instead, with your head propped up on a soft, supportive pillow.

No. 6: Teeth Grinding

Grinding your teeth is a surefire way to increase TMJ pain.

Get to work on breaking this bad habit ASAP. Otherwise, you could cause significant damage to your teeth, in addition to worsening your jaw pain. For many patients, wearing a mouthguard at night is helpful in stopping the grinding.

No. 7: Runaway Stress

Mental pressure can exacerbate TMJ pain and stiffness.

When you’re stressed, your jaw muscles don’t relax. Tension in these muscles amplifies your pain, which then heightens your stress … which then makes you feel even more tense. To overcome this vicious cycle, exercise, massage, meditation or other calming activities may help manage stress and keep your TMJ symptoms under control.

Working to change your habits can reduce your TMJ pain, but the only way to find lasting relief is through treatment. The professional team at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can help. Contact one of our three convenient Salt Lake City area offices today to learn more about how to alleviate your TMJ symptoms.

Summer Is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Season

Is wisdom tooth extraction in your future?

If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed, chances are good that you will have to eventually. Most teens and young adults need to have their wisdom teeth removed. According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, nine out of every 10 people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth. The third molars also frequently give rise to other oral health concerns, including gum disease and overcrowding in the mouth.

Wisdom Tooth Extraction Season

Instead of waiting for your (or your child’s) third molars to cause a problem, why not schedule your wisdom tooth removal during summer break?

What to Expect on Wisdom Tooth Extraction Day

The thought of getting your wisdom teeth pulled may be a little nerve-wracking, particularly if any of yours are impacted.

Put your worries to rest. Your oral surgeon offers a range of anesthesia options for pain-free tooth extraction, and in most cases, patients can choose their preferred method.

Whether you choose oral sedation, laughing gas or intravenous (IV) sedation, you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during the tooth removal procedure. In fact, you may not feel anything at all, because depending on the type anesthesia used, you may not be able to remember having oral surgery.

Recovering from Wisdom Tooth Extraction

How much pain will you be in after getting your wisdom teeth pulled? That depends on the difficulty of your oral surgery.

Ice packs and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are usually all most patients need to manage post-extraction pain. These measures also help to minimize the swelling.

For the first 48 hours after tooth removal, you should avoid strenuous physical activity — which means no sports, exercise or heavy lifting. And for at least a few days, you’ll have to stick to a soft-food diet.

Scheduling Your Wisdom Tooth Procedure

Having your wisdom teeth pulled is pain-free. And if you follow your aftercare instructions, recovery is generally smooth. Why, then, is summer break an ideal time for third molar extraction?

While most people can return to their regular daily activities within a few days of having their wisdom teeth removed, not everyone has such a short recovery time. With impacted teeth or other complex oral surgery procedures, healing can take several days longer. And, although rare, complications like dry socket or infection can extend the recovery period.

For students, scheduling the procedure during summer break provides plenty of time for healing. They won’t have to worry about recovering in time to get back to school or college. For parents, the rigors of school functions, practices and projects ease up during the break, offering some much-needed downtime for healing.

At Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah, serving the greater Salt Lake City area, we specialize in tooth extraction, oral surgery procedures and placing dental implants. Contact our Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan or Tooele office today to schedule your wisdom tooth extraction appointment before another summer slips away.

4 Types of Facial Fractures that Require Oral Surgery

Oral surgery is often necessary for severe facial fractures, especially those that affect the ability to eat, speak, breathe or see. Restoring vital functions requires the expertise of a highly trained oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These complex injuries are not easy to correct, so experience in surgical treatment and facial reconstruction is a must.

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Oral surgeons have expertise in treating serious facial fractures, which typically fall into one of four main categories.

No. 1: Jaw Fractures

Auto accidents, falls and sports activities can lead to fractures in the upper jaw (maxilla), the lower jaw (mandible) or both. In many cases, jaw fractures are accompanied by loosened, damaged or knocked-out teeth.

Professional oral and maxillofacial surgeons can perform oral surgery to restore proper alignment and stabilize the jaws. And since oral surgeons specialize in treating injured tooth sites and replacing missing teeth, they are the most qualified to address jaw-related facial injuries.

No. 2: Cheekbone Fractures

Cheekbone fractures can be the result of violence, falling, playing sports or being in a car accident. Also called zygomatic bone injuries, these facial fractures are easy to overlook, as they are usually not associated with function problems — at least initially.

However, if not recognized and treated in a timely manner by an experienced oral and maxillofacial surgeon, this type of facial injury can cause undesirable cosmetic and functional outcomes. With serious cheekbone injuries, oral surgery may be required to restore the bone to its former shape and position.

No. 3: Nasal Fractures

The nose is a prominent facial feature, and as such, a frequent site of facial fractures. Blunt-force trauma is typically the culprit. In fact, any strong blow to the face, whether from a sports activity, an accident, a fall or violence, can result in a broken nose.

Oral surgery is not always required for fractures in the nasal area. However, if breathing is obstructed or the nose is visibly off-center, oral and maxillofacial surgical intervention may be required.

No. 4: Orbital Fractures

Fractures of the eye socket are often caused by punches to the face, but auto accidents and sports activities are other common causes.

Most orbital fractures affect the bottom portion of the eye socket, where the bone is thinner. As with nasal injuries, oral surgery isn’t always necessary for eye injuries. But if the eyeball is displaced from its normal position, or if double vision occurs, the patient will likely require surgical treatment.

Dr. Partridge and Dr. Maxfield of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah are trained, certified and experienced at treating all types of facial fractures and injuries. Serving the greater Salt Lake City area, we also provide a full range of oral and maxillofacial services, including dental implants, wisdom tooth extraction and treatment for sleep apnea and TMJ disorders.

To learn more, contact one of our three convenient offices in Cottonwood Heights, South Jordan and Tooele and schedule an oral surgery consultation today.

Caring for Dental Implants in 5 Easy Steps

More than 5 million dental implants are placed every year, and more than 95 percent of them are a success. When implants are placed by an experienced oral surgeon, the success rate jumps to 98 percent.

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Maintaining proper oral hygiene habits is crucial to ensuring a successful recovery. Fortunately, taking care of dental implants isn’t complicated or time-consuming.

Step No. 1: Brush Your Teeth

You (hopefully) already brush your teeth twice a day for at least two minutes, using a soft-bristled or sonic toothbrush. Keep doing what you’re doing, because daily brushing keeps your dental implants clean.

If you have difficulty reaching between the natural teeth and the implants, try using an interdental brush with smaller bristles.

Step No. 2: Floss Between Your Teeth

Do you floss at least once per day? Many people forgo this important oral hygiene habit. After implant surgery, flossing is essential for preserving your restoration.

Dental implants can’t get cavities, but the surrounding gums are more susceptible to periodontal disease. Daily flossing helps prevent the onset of this damaging condition. Any waxed or unwaxed dental floss works, though many implant patients prefer hand-held flossers or water flossers.

Step No. 3: Use a Mouth Rinse

If you don’t already use a mouth rinse, you may want to start soon after your implant surgery. Mouthwashes reach places no toothbrush or flosser can easily reach.

Therapeutic mouthwashes have active ingredients that can help keep the gums and mouth healthy. Daily use can control or reduce oral health conditions like gingivitis and decay in the natural teeth. Your oral surgeon can recommend a nonabrasive, antimicrobial mouth rinse that is safe for use with dental implants.

Step No. 4: Wear a Bite Guard

Do you grind or clench your teeth at night? Bruxism can stress dental implants and increase the risk of implant failure.

To prevent this, oral surgeons typically recommend that patients with bruxism wear custom-made splints or bite guards over the top or bottom teeth. Wearing a protective appliance spreads the grinding pressure over the entire dental arch, giving the implants a better chance of success.

Step No. 5: Have Regular Examinations and Cleanings

No matter how diligent your at-home oral health care routine may be, you need to keep regular appointments with your oral surgeon. Checkups after implant surgery should be scheduled every three to six months.

Frequent professional attention is key to catching implant problems early. Inflammatory diseases like peri-implant mucositis and peri-implantitis don’t always have obvious symptoms, but they can be damaging to your oral health. Without proper treatment, you could suffer tissue and bone loss or implant failure.

Regular professional cleanings are just as important as oral surgeon examinations. Hygienists have tools and techniques to remove the bacteria, plaque and tartar hidden in the crevices between your natural teeth and your implants.

As specialists in implant surgery, the professionals at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery of Utah can answer all your questions. Contact one of our three convenient Salt Lake City area offices today to schedule a consultation for dental implants.