Losing a tooth is only fun for patients who are young enough to believe that the tooth fairy will exchange it for a dollar while they sleep. Adults who lose a permanent tooth due to decay, disease, or trauma to the mouth are often left feeling self-conscious about the appearance of their smile. Implants are becoming a popular choice to replace a missing tooth and give patients the smile they want, and deserve.
Implants have a 90 percent success rate and offer advantages such as increased comfort, easier eating, improved speech, durability, and convenience. Best of all, although the implant process requires several visits to the dentist and an oral surgeon, once it is complete, the implant doesn't require any additional care. Simply brush and floss daily and maintain regular visits to the dentist to ensure that your implant stays strong and healthy.
However, Dr. Don Jones of Social Circle Dental offers these tips to take care of your implant immediately following the surgical and restorative procedures.
Get lots of rest – While the implant surgery is pain-free, it is still surgery. You may feel like you can jump back into work and play, but you should take a day or two to let your mouth recover.
Salt water rinse – Rinsing with salt water speeds the healing process and helps to reduce pain and swelling. It takes only a teaspoon of salt added to a cup of warm water to rinse your mouth thoroughly.
Watch your diet – Following your surgery avoid hot, very cold, or sugary foods because your teeth may be sensitive. Try to eat a diet of soft items such as yogurt and pudding.
Be gentle – You will need to ensure that your implant stays clean and free from bacteria. Brush softly around the implant, taking care not to pull the stitches out. Brushing your teeth at the same time that you use the salt water rinse will make it easier to remember both steps and increases the effectiveness of both.
If you have a tooth that needs to be replaced, call Dr. Jones today to schedule a consultation. He will work with you to determine if an implant is the right option for you, answer any questions you may have, and get you on the path to a healthy and happy smile. Our office is conveniently located at 227 Brookstone Place, Social Circle, GA, 30025.
Holistic is more than a catch phrase of the millennium. It is a core philosophy of healthcare that recognizes the intimate connection of each part of the body, and how those relationships affect wellness. Historically, the western world has treated the mouth as a separate entity from the rest of the body. Fortunately, that concept is shifting today. As well-informed consumers gain a clearer understanding of the mouth-body connection, they want the health benefits of holistic dentistry, for themselves and the ones they love. If you are searching for "holistic family dentistry near me" in Georgia, you have come to the right dentist – Dr. Don Jones of Social Circle Dental.
Health benefits of holistic dental care
• Everything that goes into your mouth affects your body.
• Whatever is happening in your body leaves evidence in your mouth.
Holistic dentistry is that simple and that complex. At the core of holistic dentistry is a commitment to use the safest instruments, dental materials, and techniques available to avoid adverse impact on the mouth and body. For example, Dr. Jones does not place amalgam fillings, which contain toxic mercury. He uses composite resin filling materials for cavity repairs that blend naturally with the smile, and do not expose the brain or body to the potential health hazards of mercury. This is especially important for children, who are both more cavity-prone, and more susceptible to mercury poisoning.
If a patient wishes to have amalgam fillings removed, Dr. Jones does so utilizing strict guidelines from the IAOMT. These extra steps protect the patient and dental staff from particulate matter containing mercury, and from toxic vapor.
The convenience of family dentistry
Families are busy today. When everyone sees one dentist, appointments can be scheduled the same day to reduce travel and time away from work, school, or activities.
Call Social Circle Dental today at 770-464-1900 for an appointment with Dr. Jones.
Social Circle Dental is a holistic dental practice devoted to restoring and enhancing the natural beauty of your smile using conservative, state-of-the-art procedures, while focusing on your overall health and well-being.