Deerwood Dental Group offers all of the services you would expect from a comprehensive dental practice, and more. With state of the art equipment, including our digital and panoramic x-rays, and our computerized same-day-crown technology, our team is here to provide superior dental care in a welcoming setting. A few of our services are explained below.
CEREC SAME DAY CROWNS
CEREC technology utilizes advanced CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) technology for fabrication of ceramic veneers, inlays, onlays and full coverage crowns in one appointment rather than multiple visits. These ceramic restorations accurately mimic both the physical and esthetic qualities of natural teeth. No messy impressions, temporary crowns or additional visits.
Many treatment options are available to improve your smile including custom whitening, crowns and veneers, and contouring and reshaping. Teeth whitening is a safe, non-invasive treatment to change the color of natural tooth structure to enhance your smile, We offer both professional in-office whitening which produces immediate results and custom home whitening systems. Crown and veneers can cosmetically improve crooked, discolored and worn/chipped teeth. Veneers can also be used to close unwanted spaces to create a uniform smile. Many of these procedures are not just cosmetic but can improve your oral health.
Invisalign uses a custom-made series of aligners to gradually and gently straighten the teeth. The aligners are made of a virtually invisible, smooth plastic that fits comfortably over the teeth. A series of aligners are provided to gradually straighten the teeth. Each set of aligners are worn for two weeks until your treatment is complete. The aligners are removable, which allows for much easier oral hygiene maintenance.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) occurs when the muscles of your throat relax. These muscles support the soft palate, the uvula, the tonsils and the side walls of the throat. When these muscles relax, the airway narrows or closes as you breathe in, reducing the amount of oxygen in the blood. The brain senses the difficulty in breathing and briefly arouses you from sleep so the airway can reopen. This pattern of choking or gasping for air can repeat many times throughout the night, impairing the ability to have restful sleep.
Research shows that oral appliance therapy is an effective treatment option for snoring and OSA. A custom fit oral sleep appliance advances and opens the lower jaw which helps maintain an open airway. Oral sleep appliances are comfortable, easy to wear, quiet, portable and easy to care for. To learn more, visit us at www.jacksonvillesleep.com.
POST OPERATIVE INSTRUCTIONS – EXTRACTION
1. Biting on gauze after the extraction will help minimize bleeding. Stay biting on the gauze for 10-15 minutes at a time; replace as needed.
2. Increase your fluid intake following surgery and maintain a soft diet. Avoid carbonated beverages and very hot foods/drinks for at least 2 days. Avoid the use of a straw.
3. Do not smoke for at least 2 days after the surgery. Smoking will delay healing and can lead to a dry socket (increased pain).
4. Avoid vigorous rinsing or spitting. This can loosen the clot in the socket.
5. Starting the day of surgery, brush your teeth as usual (except in the operated area). Gentle rinsing with warm salt water (1 tsp salt with half a glass of warm water) will help clean the area.
6. Limit your physical activity following surgery.
7. It may be difficult to chew and open your mouth following surgery. Non-steroidal inflammatory medications (such as Motrin) can help with muscle soreness and tightness.
8. Patients that maintain a good diet of soft foods generally feel better and heal faster. A nutritious diet throughout the healing period is important to your comfort, temperament and healing.
Slight bleeding for a number of hours following surgery is not unusual. Your saliva may be tinged with blood for up to 48 hours. If heavy bleeding is still present a few hours after surgery, moisten a wash cloth or wrap a tea bag in moist gauze and place it over the area applying pressure for one-half hour. Repeat this if necessary. Holding small amounts of ice water in your mouth will usually stop any slight oozing. If there is excessive bleeding the day of or continual bleeding the day after surgery, call for instructions.
You will probably have pain in the area the day of and the day following surgery and possibly longer. Take your prescribed medication after surgery even if you do not feel pain. It is easier to prevent pain than decrease it. Do not drive or operate machinery while taking narcotic medications such as Percocet (oxycodone) or Lortab (hydrocodone).
To minimize swelling, a cold pack should be intermittently applied to the face next to the operated area (use crushed ice in zip-loc bags or a bag of frozen peas and wrapped in a paper towel). Keep the cold pack on for 10 minutes, then off for 10 minutes. Repeat this sequence for 4-6 hours the day of surgery. By limiting your activity the day of surgery, you will significantly limit the degree of swelling. There may be numbness associated with the swelling. Fair skinned patients or those who bruise easily may anticipate some discoloration of the skin over the area.
A dry socket occurs when the blood clot in the socket breaks down prematurely. It usually happens on the 4th day after surgery. If you experience prolonged or increased pain a few days after surgery please call for an appointment.
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