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Dental Implants After Placement: 9 Common Questions Answered

Have you already invested in dental implants to restore your health and beautiful smile, or are you still considering them as a possible option?

Either way, learning some essential information about their procedure and aftercare is important so you can be prepared. 

Dental implants are a great restorative solution for missing teeth and are considered one of the most durable and successful solutions Dentistry offers. In fact, their success rate has been reported at 90–95%

In this article, we selected and answered some of our patients’ most frequently asked questions about dental implant aftercare. 

Through those questions, we’ll help you better understand more about what to do and avoid after your dental implant surgery, sharing some of our professional tips and advice.

So, let’s get started!

What To Eat After Dental Implant Surgery?

Depending on your situation and the time of healing you’ll need, eating habits after the surgery can differ from others. Your doctor will recommend the best approach for you, but here are some general tips to remember. 

You can start eating a few hours after the placement, and for the first couple of days, it’s best to start with liquids or some very soft foods. Some good examples are smoothies, fruit juices, and soups. It would be good to consume them cold to enhance your healing process and avoid hot drinks or foods. 

During the following days and weeks of your recovery, you can start adding more to your diet, but always keep in mind to prefer softer foods. Of course, gradually, you can consume foods higher in protein that require more chewing, like potatoes, eggs, pasta, chicken, etc. 

However, we recommend avoiding excessive chewing during the first days, especially from the side you had the surgery. Hard, crunchy, sticky, or chewy foods are best to avoid during the first couple of weeks.

One important thing to avoid also during the first few days is dairy products. You might be thinking, though, why no dairy foods after getting your dental implant, even though they are soft and a good source of protein? 

Well, dairy could irritate your stomach leading to nausea or vomiting. Additionally, there is also the possibility of causing inflammation. So, it’s best to avoid them in the beginning so you can heal without adding any extra discomfort or unpleasant symptoms. 

Can I Exercise After Dental Implant Surgery?

We always encourage our patients to rest the following days after the surgery, giving the body the proper time to heal, so they start feeling better as soon as possible.

However, we understand, especially if you’re working out regularly, that you want to know if and when you’ll be able to go back to your routine. 

Generally, avoiding any exercise or heavy work for at least the first 2-4 days is best and recommended. Bending, lifting, or the increase of the blood flow could lead to more discomfort, pain or bleeding, and swelling.

Once you start feeling better, you can add some exercise to your regular program, but we recommend discussing it with your doctor first.

How To Heal Faster After Dental Implants?

As mentioned before, the healing process for everyone can be different and could take longer for some people. There is also the possibility of dealing with some post-surgery complications. 

The best approach for faster and safer healing is following all your doctor’s recommendations and practicing good oral hygiene. 

In our clinic, we always provide general and individualized post-care instructions to our patients so they can return to their everyday routine as soon as possible with fewer complications. 

Our advice is to take it easy and try to rest, stay hydrated, follow a proper diet (as recommended in question number 2) and avoid some bad habits (like smoking and drinking alcohol). 

You can also try applying some ice packs a few times during the day to reduce any swelling that could be detected in the area but be careful not to overdo it (maximum 15 to 20 minutes at a time) to avoid any tissue damage.

Why Does My Dental Implant Hurt?

Experiencing some discomfort, minor pain, and other symptoms after the surgery are expected, especially if you choose a more conservative treatment. 

Over-the-counter medication and your doctor’s post-surgical recommendations can help you deal with this situation and minimize the pain. 

In our clinic, we use computer-guided implant surgery, which results in a painless experience without swelling and bruising.

Of course, pain is not the same for anyone, so if you feel extreme pain or that something is wrong, you should talk to your doctor as soon as possible.

If you have passed the recovery period and you’re experiencing some pain around your implant or while you chew, there is probably a cause behind it. 

These could include infections, like gum disease or peri-implantitis, loosened implant and bone loss, misalignment between your teeth and implant leading to a bad bite, or some nerve damage.

For each of the referred issues, there are treatment approaches to help you relieve the pain, so contact and visit your dentist to identify the cause and help you recover. 

If you want to discover more about the pain level associated with dental implants and if getting them is actually painful, you can check out our article here

How Often Should Dental Implants Be Checked?

After your surgery, a few appointments are required so your doctor can check and ensure that everything is good and there are no issues involved during the healing process. 

So be prepared for a few follow-ups in the beginning and until no more are required. This usually happens when osseointegration is complete, and the bone is fully joined with the implant. 

Dental implants might be artificial, but they are just like any other of your natural teeth, so they require care. Don’t forget that you should get them checked and cleaned correctly. This can happen during your scheduled routine appointments with your dental hygienist twice a year.

However, depending on the situation, you might also have to get them checked once a year by your dental professional. So you ensure that nothing is involved that could jeopardize your implants. 

Of course, if you feel uncomfortable or that something is not going well with your implants, you should contact your doctor and discuss your situation as soon as possible. 

Can Dental Implants Get Infected?

The short answer here is yes. Peri-implantitis is a pathological condition involving inflammation around your dental implants, specifically of the soft and hard gum tissues, and even the loss of the supporting bone. 

It’s considered a severe inflammatory disease, making it highly important to visit your doctor if you are concerned that something is not right. 

Even though dental implant surgeries are significantly successful, a small percentage of cases has been reported where peri-implantitis was present after surgery, putting the implant at risk. 

Some of the symptoms that this infection includes are swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, difficulty chewing, pain, or the feeling of a loose implant.

If you’re experiencing any of these, we recommend not wasting much time and talking with your doctor immediately so you can prevent more extensive or irreversible damage.

How To Clean Dental Implants After Surgery?

Caring for your implants after surgery and preserving good hygiene will ensure a successful surgery and a long-lasting smile. 

With proper care and routine, you’ll prevent infections and invigorate your healing process. 

Here are some of our professional tips to keep your implants clean after the surgery and later:

  • A few hours post-surgery, you can clean your natural teeth as usual. It would be better to use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Please avoid brushing the surgical area for the first few days.
  • A mouthwash could also be added to your routine. Your doctor will likely recommend or prescribe one for you. You can also try a salt water mouth rinse you will prepare at home.
  • Try to avoid chewing and letting food go to the implant area for as long as possible. After the first couple of days, you can rinse your mouth after every meal to keep the area clean. Please do not rinse your mouth on the day of the implant surgery.
  • Keep being careful with your cleaning routine and follow the above for a few several weeks. After that, you can return to the daily care routine you follow for your natural teeth. 
  • Of course, maintaining good habits and practices is the ultimate goal to prevent future infections and preserve a long-lasting result. 
  • Don’t neglect your home care (brush at least twice daily and use dental floss), and visit your hygienist for optimal results.
  • For any other extra special cleaning aids that might be good or you’re curious about trying, you should always advise your dental professional before. 

How Long Does It Take For Dental Implants To Settle?

The timeline for dental implants is not the same for everyone, and it can take a few months to complete all the required steps and recover properly. 

Usually, the placement of the implant can take 1-2 weeks after the initial consultation. However, after the placement, time is valuable so the bone can become strong and an excellent foundation for your new artificial tooth. 

Complete healing and osseointegration might require from 2-6 months or even more in some cases. During this period, your body will take the time it needs so the implant can fully bond with your bone. 

Another step before placing the new artificial teeth is placing the abutment. If done separately, this step will also require a couple of weeks to heal. In the Swedish Dental clinic, for example, this step is not needed.

The final phase is the placement of your artificial tooth (usually a crown) to the abutment. After your bone is ready to support the replacement, your doctor will take some impressions and prepare it. 

Once it’s ready, the placement is straightforward and can be completed in one dental visit.

Can Dental Implants Become Loose?

Unfortunately, there is always a possibility of your dental implant being loose and not staying solid and tight to your gums. 

There are a few reasons why this can happen after the placement, during the recovery, or even later. Some possible causes include:

  • Early infection,
  • Poor placement techniques,
  • Trauma during the surgery, 
  • Deterioration of the surrounding bone,
  • Poor osseointegration, 
  • Gum disease 
  • Bad cleaning habits and poor hygiene  

Some of the symptoms someone might start experiencing include bleeding or recessed gums, discoloration in the area, discomfort or pain, especially while chewing, and the artificial tooth might start moving.

If you start feeling any of the above symptoms or your implant is loosening, you should immediately consult your doctor. There are ways that we can help and offer some quick fixes before it’s too late and you risk your dental implant or your overall health.

Let’s recap!

Dental implants are an excellent option for restoring your smile, and many people invest in this treatment. 

Getting your implants will require some extra steps and appointments, which sometimes might not sound ideal. However, this is the reason why they are so successful and durable.

Having surgery and preparing for aftercare sometimes sounds stressful, and so many questions could be stuck in your mind.

We created this article to answer some of the most common questions we are getting at Swedish Dental Clinic, so we can help you learn more about dental implants and their aftercare. 

If you still have some unanswered questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to schedule a consultation appointment and discuss everything with our team of experts.

Is a Dental Flipper the Right Option for You?

Losing one or more teeth probably sounds like a bad dream you want to wake up from as quickly as possible. 

However, it’s a lot more common than you think, and many people are facing this issue trying to find the right option for them. 

A missing tooth could be caused by many things, like an injury, a decayed tooth that needed extraction, an untreated gum disease, or the presence of other medical conditions.  

Missing teeth and the gaps left behind not only cause an aesthetic and visible issue to your smile but can lead to structural problems too. For example, you might experience complications with your speech or the ability to eat, which make the need for a replacement essential.

Dentistry offers many different solutions, other temporary, other permanent, so every patient can get the optimal treatment to fix their smile and health in the most suitable way.

In our clinic, we’re getting a lot of questions regarding different restorative solutions for missing teeth. And the one that we’ll discuss with you here is using a dental flipper.

You may have heard it by many other names, like flipper dentures, flippers or flipper tooth, but let’s understand more about it. 

What Is a Dental Flipper? 

A dental flipper with metal clasps for restoring two missing teeth

A dental flipper is an acrylic removable partial denture that is used to replace one or more gaps from missing teeth inside your mouth. 

Dental professionals use dental flippers as a temporary solution until a permanent one is ready. Typically a dental flipper lasts around 8 to 12 months, which is considered an average healing period.

They consist of one or more artificial (false) teeth attached to an acrylic gum-coloured base. They can have acrylic or metal clasps so they can be clipped onto your natural teeth and be securely placed in your mouth.

In order to get a flipper denture, you should have healthy natural teeth inside your mouth so the flipper can be attached to some of them. They can also be easily removed whenever needed. 

A dental flipper is an excellent short-term fix as it can support a patient’s psychology by restoring their smile and confidence while supporting their oral health. 

Also, a dental flipper is the most cost-effective treatment option compared to other partial dentures. 

However, we should highlight here that when most people use terms like a dental flipper, flipper tooth or flipper denture, they might also be referring to any removable partial denture.

To get to the bottom of this, we should simply understand the different options and types available before exploring more about dental flippers. 

Dental Flippers Vs Partial Dentures

A preview of dentures including a complete, and three types of partial dentures

First of all, dentures, are categorised into two main types; partial and complete. According to the National Health Service (NHS):

  • Partial dentures can replace one or a few missing teeth and
  • Complete (full) dentures are used when all the upper or lower teeth need to be replaced in a person’s mouth.

Specifically, partial dentures can be either removable or non-removable (fixed). Here are all their different types: 

Removable Partial Dentures:

  • Acrylic partial dentures (dental flippers)
  • Cast metal partial dentures
  • Flexible partial dentures

Fixed Partial Dentures (Bridges):

  • Dental bridges (also called traditional or conventional bridges)
  • Maryland (or resin-bonded) bridges
  • Cantilever bridges
  • Implant-supported bridges

Fixed partial dentures offer a long-term solution and are attached to the neighbouring teeth or are entirely supported by dental implants (implant-supported bridges). If you’re interested, you can learn more about them here

On the other hand, most removable partial dentures are used as temporary solutions. But let’s analyse them in more depth to distinguish their differences.

Flexible partial dentures are created by thermoplastic nylon, a flexible material that usually doesn’t require metal retainers—making this type of denture more natural looking and less noticeable. 

They are typically only used as a temporary solution and can be a great alternative for someone allergic to acrylic or metal. However, they are a more expensive solution when compared to other partial dentures. 

Cast metal partial dentures are the most common type and consist of a cast metal framework that holds the artificial teeth that are set in an acrylic resin.

Metal clasps attach the denture to existing teeth, sharing the same option as dental flippers. However, with cast metal partial dentures, there is an option for using precision attachments, which are more aesthetically appealing than metal clasps. 

Many consider cast metal partials a better option, as they can be highly durable with proper care, offering a more long-term solution.

After analysing and comparing all the other different types of removable partial dentures, let’s continue exploring more about dental flipper dentures. 

So When Is a Dental Flipper Right for You?

To properly answer this question, we prepared a brief list of the pros and cons of an acrylic partial denture (dental flipper), so you can easily find their properties. 

Dental Flipper Benefits:

  • It’s easily removable and repositionable
  • It’s most affordable compared to other removable partial dentures
  • It has a quick and easy preparation
  • It instantly improves and restores your smile
  • It offers stability to the surrounding teeth
  • It doesn’t require demanding care at home

Dental Flipper Downsides:

  • It’s a temporary and short-term solution 
  • It can break easier due to its less durable materials
  • It may not feel comfortable in the beginning
  • After a while, it might not fit properly and get loosened
  • There is a potential risk of allergy

How Can You Get a Dental Flipper?

Once your dental professional evaluates your situation and suggests that a dental flipper is a suitable option, the process is straightforward and quick. 

Your dentist will get an impression of your teeth and send it to the dental laboratory to create your denture within a few days. 

Keep in mind that if the missing tooth or teeth are not caused by accident, but the plan is to get them extracted, you can schedule and prepare your dental flipper in advance. 

So a temporary solution for you is ready to use immediately after your tooth extraction and during the healing process, avoiding any visible gaps.

Caring for Your Dental Flipper

A dental flipper with a tooth brush highlighting the need for proper care

Maintaining a regular routine to properly care for your flipper won’t be difficult. But remember that the first few weeks will be an adjustment period, where you’ll have to learn how to wear it and start feeling more comfortable. 

Your dental professional will guide you through the process, help you with all the required steps and offer treatment when there is an issue. However, we collected the following general tips to help you with your routine.

First, try to treat your dental flipper just like any other retainer. Remember to clean it daily to avoid plaque formation by any bacteria or food particles that remain on your flipper. 

Of course, don’t forget to care for your natural teeth and remember to brush them and floss before you wear your flipper. 

To clean your dental flipper, use a denture brush (soft-bristle toothbrush) but be careful never to use toothpaste. 

Instead, use a denture cleaner or a mild soap (hand soap or dishwashing liquid), which is also acceptable, as ADA suggests. Before placing it back in your mouth, ensure to rinse it off carefully. 

Another thing to remember is that, generally, flippers are not intended to be used while eating. However, some people have learned how to eat while wearing it. 

Our suggestion here is to try and avoid this practice or at least be extremely careful as the chance of breaking it during a meal is high.

A dental flipper is also easy to dry when you’re not wearing it. So try to keep it moist to avoid any breaks or poor fitting. Remember to soak in a proper solution or water (not hot) each time you take it off.

If your dental flipper doesn’t fit well or is causing you any discomfort and pain, don’t try to fix the issue at home. Instead, please schedule an appointment with your doctor so they can take a look and offer you proper care.

Dental Flipper Alternatives 

If you’re not convinced yet about dental flippers and still looking for a different option, here is what you might also consider and discuss with your doctor:

Temporary solutions: 

  • Cast metal partial dentures
  • Flexible partial dentures
  • Snap-on veneers

Permanent solutions:

Let’s Recap

If you’re missing one or more of your teeth, a dental flipper can be a great first step to restoring your smile in an affordable way. Dental flippers can accompany you through the healing process until the permanent solution is ready. 

If you feel that a flipper denture is a good option for you, or still considering other solutions, don’t hesitate to discuss it with your dental professional. It’s the only way to find a treatment that suits your needs.

At Swedish Dental clinic, we’re dedicated to offering our patients the best care to regain their confidence and health. If you have questions or need professional advice, contact our team to book your consultation appointment

When Should You Seek Emergency Dental Care?

When someone considers a dental visit, it most likely involves a scheduled appointment for a specific reason—for example, getting a professional cleaning with your hygienist, a restorative/cosmetic procedure or even a simple consultation for a brighter smile.  

What happens, though, when you’re in a situation where one or more symptoms are severe or even unbearable? Then you may be dealing with a dental emergency.

What Is a Dental Emergency?

Dental emergencies describe all potentially life-threatening situations where immediate professional assistance is required. 

So when dealing with an emergency, a dental professional should examine you as soon as possible and take the necessary actions to relieve your symptoms and offer treatment options. 

Even though it’s not always the case, pain and bleeding are usually the most common symptoms that are recorded in dental emergencies.   

However, even these symptoms should not always be treated urgently, and patients can simply make an appointment with their regular dentist at a suitable time.

So let’s discuss some details to understand more about the symptoms that should make someone seek a doctor’s help immediately. 

Dental Emergencies: Symptoms and Possible Causes 

Severe Pain

If you’re experiencing constant and severe pain and can’t complete basic activities (like sleep, eat, drink or even concentrate), then call your dentist for advice promptly.

Toothache, especially acute, is associated with numerous causes that require a treatment plan. For example, you might be facing a severe infection on your teeth or gums, fractures and damage to your teeth or even a complication of a previous dental treatment. 

Visiting your doctor as soon as possible for immediate pain relief and proper diagnosis is also crucial for your oral health. 

Extreme Bleeding

Observing bleeding in your mouth after brushing or flossing your teeth is not considered a dental emergency. This is probably associated with gum disease, which is essential not to leave it untreated but not life-threatening. So you can safely wait a couple of days and schedule an appointment to visit your dentist and get the proper care you need. 

However, if you’re experiencing uncontrollable, extreme bleeding from trauma or dental injury, call for advice as soon as possible. Emergency treatment is possibly required, especially when combined with other symptoms, like pain, swelling or dizziness.  

Intense Swelling

Swelling can be detected in different places like your face, cheeks or inside your mouth, on your gums and surrounding tissues. 

Minor swelling on your gums that feels a little uncomfortable can be treated in a regular dental appointment. Just make sure you won’t neglect it. 

When intense swelling is present, we usually deal with a more severe infection that requires medical assistance. Especially if you’re experiencing severe pain, having a fever, difficulty opening your mouth or even trouble breathing, you should seek emergency dental advice and care.

Now that we have analysed some of the most common symptoms, it’s time to dive into the actual conditions that can be severe and require urgent dental care. So, what is actually considered a dental emergency?

Most Common Dental Emergency Conditions 

Dental Abscess

A dental abscess happens when severe infection is present, and pus (a thick fluid caused by bacteria) is build-up in the teeth or gums. Some of its symptoms include severe pain, fever, and swelling. 

✓ If you believe you’re dealing with a dental abscess, call your doctor or an emergency dental clinic to help you, as this is an absolute emergency. 

Also, getting some over-the-counter painkillers and avoiding hot and cold foods and drinks can help ease some of your symptoms, but please don’t try to treat a dental abscess at home.

Chipped or Broken Tooth

A broken tooth can happen to anyone after biting something hard or by an accident or injury during an activity. Visiting your dentist to restore the issue is the only way to repair a broken tooth. However, this is not always an emergency. 

✕ Restoring a chipped tooth or a tooth with a minor break when it’s not associated with pain is not an emergency. Book an appointment with your dentist to take a look and offer proper treatment.  

✓ However, when a larger piece is missing, it usually involves severe pain. In this case, finding proper medical care soon to treat your broken tooth is extremely important.

Knocked-Out Tooth 

An avulsed tooth (knocked-out tooth) happens when you lose your entire permanent tooth, usually after an injury or an accident. 

✓ If your tooth is completely knocked-out, please don’t waste your time, as this is a true emergency. 

Finding a dentist as soon as possible (within the first 30-60 minutes) will enhance your chances of saving your tooth. 

Try to put your tooth back in and support it with your teeth or fingers without touching the root but only the crown (the top of the tooth). If it needs cleaning, use only water to wash out any dirt and try to put it back. If you can’t, put it in a container with milk to take it to your dentist. 

Wisdom Tooth and Complications

If one of your wisdom teeth has started erupting, you might be experiencing discomfort, sensitivity in the area or other related symptoms. 

✕ Having your wisdom tooth evaluated by your dentist without having severe symptoms is essential but not an emergency. Instead, book a regular check-up, and your doctor will do the rest.

✓ However, if you’re having extreme pain, swelling in the surrounding area, difficulty opening your mouth or swallowing and other symptoms that indicate an infection (like feeling sick or having a fever), call your dental team. 

An infection associated with your wisdom tooth is considered an emergency. Your doctor will give you instructions to relieve your symptoms and see you in the office as soon as possible. 

After the evaluation, if an extraction is needed, it will be booked in another appointment. 

So don’t worry or get anxious about an emergency wisdom tooth removal. Your infection should be treated first, and a few other examinations must be performed before we proceed with an extraction. 

Loose, Broken or Lost Restorations

If your dentist used a restoration treatment in the past to improve your smile and health and something is not feeling right, don’t panic!

✕ A loosened, broken or lost dental restoration like a crown, veneer, or filling is not always a dental emergency that needs fixing right away, especially when their placement was purely for cosmetic reasons. 

Of course, you should schedule your dental appointment soon so your doctor can take a look and proceed with the appropriate treatment, avoiding further complications. 

✓ However, if your restoration was placed to protect your teeth, and you lose or break your veneer, filling or crown, you should find a dental professional as soon as possible. With a damaged or lost restoration, you leave your tooth exposed to bacteria and in danger of infection.

Also, don’t neglect to call an emergency dentist if your dental restoration has remaining sharp edges after it’s broken. In this situation, you should find medical assistance so you don’t cut your tongue or cheeks by accident. 

Gum Disease

✕ Generally, gum disease is not considered a dental emergency as it’s a chronic condition that takes time to progress.

✓ However, if gum disease has progressed because it is left untreated for a long time, the symptoms are more severe and might need immediate dental care. 

Advanced periodontitis is the last and the most dangerous stage of gum disease. People in this phase are experiencing severe pain, have damaged inflamed gums and dealing with a significant danger of tooth loss.

This situation requires action right away. Advanced periodontitis can also become life-threatening if someone continues ignoring these severe symptoms.

What to Do in a Dental Emergency?

First of all, try to retain your calmness and avoid panicking so you can help yourself and find the proper care you need. Then, find someone you trust to be with you so you won’t be alone. 

Call your doctor as soon as possible and explain the situation with the details and all your symptoms. Your dentist will then be able to give you instructions and see you in the office as soon as possible. 

If you can’t find your doctor or don’t have one, please search online to find a dental emergency clinic near your area. 

Dealing with an emergency might sound scary, but a dental professional will always provide the necessary care you need. 

And even if we can’t prevent all dental emergencies, there are some measures anyone can follow to decrease the possibility of facing one. 

Tips to Avoid a Dental Emergency

1. Schedule Your Regular Dental Appointments Twice a Year

Visiting your dentist for check-ups is one of the most important things you can do to preserve your oral health. When required, proper examination and professional cleaning can prevent plaque formation from bacteria, which can lead to gum disease. 

2. Follow Good Oral Hygiene Practices

Caring for your teeth at home is essential and will help prevent infections and dental complications. So, don’t neglect your routine; brush your teeth thoroughly twice a day, and remember to floss between the teeth daily.

3. Be Careful With Your Diet and Eating Habits

Following a healthy diet and avoiding consuming a lot of sugar can significantly impact your oral health. As a result, you can protect your teeth from decay and gum disease and improve your overall health. 

Don’t forget to avoid extremely hard and sticky food, as this can put your dental restoration treatments (crowns, fillings or veneers) in danger. They can crack or get lost completely, leaving your tooth exposed and vulnerable to bacteria. 

4. Use a Mouthguard During Activities or Sports

Using a mouthguard would be ideal whenever you’re participating in any kind of activity or sport with a higher risk of falling or getting injured. 

It’s a great way to protect your teeth and avoid any dental injury like chips and cracks on teeth or even getting a tooth knocked out. 

5. Avoid Chewing on Hard Items

Many people tend to chew different objects like pencils, plastic pens, hard candy and the ultimate favourite, ice. In some cases, people might start chewing a hard item when they are down on a lot of stress.

All these can cause serious damage to your enamel (the outer layer of your teeth), leading to cracks and breaks. 

So if you feel that you need to chew something, try to avoid anything hard and instead use gums or some less hard foods like apples or nuts. 

6. Avoid Using Your Teeth to Open, Break or Cut Something

It has been observed that injuries involving a chipped or broken tooth can happen after trying to use your teeth as a tool. 

Even though these habits might be convenient in many situations, thankfully, tools are available for each case. We assure you that all these instruments (scissors, openers and more) will complete all your tasks without risking your smile. 

So the next time you want to open a bottle or cut a cord, please try to avoid using your teeth!

7. Work to Overcome Any Dental Fear

Some people do not feel comfortable and get anxious about the idea of sitting in a dentist’s chair. So they tend to neglect to go to the office for regular check-ups or even when they need treatment. 

This can lead to severe dental complications and emergencies requiring a more extensive or invasive treatment plan. 

We recommend discussing any concerns you might have with a dental professional. Knowing and understanding every step of the process might help you overcome your fears. 

Do You Need Emergency Dental Care? 

At Swedish Dental Clinic, we offer our services to treat any patient in need as soon as possible. Our dental team is here to provide everything you need if you’re facing an emergency. 

Contact us immediately on our emergency number so we can discuss your situation, provide professional advice, and determine whether you need to do anything before your visit.

We will offer you an appointment on the same day if possible and see you in our office as soon as possible to comfort your symptoms and provide optimal care. 

What Does Advanced Gum Disease Look Like?

It can happen to all of us at some point in our lives when something just doesn’t feel right. 

You might be experiencing an uncomfortable symptom, having a weird hunch that something is off, or just noticed something and started questioning yourself if this was there before. 

If you’re worried that your gums are left neglected, or you’re uncertain about whether your symptoms are severe, then you are probably wondering,

  • Do I really have gum disease? 
  • How advanced is it, and what stage of gum disease am I at? 
  • Can I stop its progress, or should I call my dentist immediately? 

Preserving a healthy smile needs effort, and caring for our oral health should be taken seriously. 

If you want to learn these answers and understand more about gum disease, then you should continue reading our article.  

Few Words About Periodontal Disease

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “Periodontal (gum) diseases are mainly the result of infections and inflammation of the gums and bone that surround and support the teeth.”

The cause behind these infections is the bacteria inside our mouths. Poor hygiene practices and habits allow these bacteria to stay on our teeth and form dental plaque. As a result, plaque can harden more, leading eventually to tartar which is even harder to remove.

Depending on your stage, the symptoms can vary from minor irritation and bleeding to loosened teeth, severe pain, and tooth loss. 

Treatment options will be planned depending on the severity and progress of gum disease. For example, it might only take a proper cleaning routine at home, but also a prolonged dental surgery might be needed. 

So let’s better understand the evolution and severity of periodontal disease and what advanced gum disease looks like.

Stages of Gum disease

We usually categorize gum disease into two primary forms, gingivitis and periodontitis. 


Gingivitis is the earliest stage of gum disease in which someone might experience a few of the most common symptoms—swollen and tender gums. Τhe inflammation irritates your gums, making them appear in a bold red colour or bleed sometimes.

In this early form, people might start thinking something is wrong and seek dental assistance. However, neglecting this situation is common since the symptoms are not severe and usually pain is not associated. 

The recommended approach here is a thorough home cleaning process, which means regular and proper brushing and flossing. A professional cleaning from your dentist or dental hygienist to evaluate and improve the situation is also recommended. 

Remember that gingivitis is reversible, so keep caring for your teeth at home regularly and adequately. 


Periodontitis is commonly known as advanced gum disease. It’s the most severe type due to the serious infection involved.

Soft tissues can be damaged, and your gums might get pulled away. In addition, especially when left untreated, bone can be lost, and teeth may loosen or even fall off. 

But we do not observe all these symptoms all at once from the beginning. Instead, we categorize periodontitis into further stages, early, moderate, and advanced, to better monitor the damages and follow the treatment needed.

Early or Initial Periodontitis

This early stage of periodontitis is where any untreated gingivitis, will progress into. However, you may not notice many different symptoms in this phase.

Bleeding might worsen as your gums become more inflamed, but severe symptoms or pain are usually absent. 

We should highlight here that early periodontitis is not reversible and needs treatment. The plaque has already hardened and probably formatted into tartar and can’t be removed at home. 

You should book your dental appointment for deep professional cleaning at this stage, so plague or tartar get removed. And don’t forget to ask for advice on how to improve your cleaning routine at home.

Moderate Periodontitis

As periodontitis progresses, it results in dental pocket formation (the space created between your teeth and gum after the tissue begins to pull away from the teeth).

In this phase, we observe more severe damage to your inflamed gums, more of your teeth’s enamel is exposed (with a higher risk of decay), and the larger pockets are an even better place for bacteria to grow and hide. 

The deeper the pocket gets, the more extensive the damage to your teeth’s surrounding area will be. Now, the biggest threat is towards your tissue and bone, and you might observe your gums receding more, teeth start getting loose, and some bone might be lost. 

In this phase, the damages are more visible than the early periodontitis. Your doctor should choose the best treatment options for you since moderate periodontitis can’t be reversed, and the damage here is usually permanent.

Advanced Periodontitis

Advanced periodontitis is the most severe form untreated gum disease can lead to, and in this stage, more drastic measures should be taken since your teeth and health are in danger. 

In this stage, the damage is extensive, and the infection progresses in the jawbone, with a significant potential of tooth loss if it hasn’t started yet. 

We’ve reached a point where teeth don’t get the support they need that even healthy teeth might feel loose, one or even a few might have already fallen off, and even chewing might be impractical. 

Advanced periodontal disease should be treated by the right dental professionals (periodontists and other specialists). It is vital to get proper treatment as soon as possible since your teeth and overall health are threatened. 

Damaged teeth that can’t be saved will be removed; surgery might be necessary to restore your oral health, and restorative dental solutions like dental implants or dentures will be applied.

All these might sound scary, but even in this stage, things are manageable if someone asks for help. So we always say to our patients here at the Swedish Dental Clinic that you should consult your dentist as soon as something worries you. 

But even if you still haven’t taken action to improve your symptoms, you should never be afraid. 

Book your consultation appointment as the first step to understanding your needs, and your doctor will ensure to offer you what you need.  

4 Common Dental Veneer Alternatives

Whether you’re looking for the best approach to restoring your teeth’s appearance and getting your irresistible smile back or finding the right way to improve your imperfections, dental veneers could be the solution to help you achieve your goal.

However, what happens when you’re still uncertain and don’t know if veneers are the right option for you or your pocket?

Placing dental veneers can be used for restorative or strictly cosmetic reasons. These thin “sheets” are attached to the surface of your teeth, and their process is different depending on their material and your individual needs.

Their placement requires a few recurring appointments and a little patience from you for their preparation since they are custom. 

Dentistry evolves continuously, and dental veneers have become one of the most preferable and popular dental procedures since they are more affordable, less invasive, and offer more excellent results than earlier practices. 

Before rejecting or investing in them, we recommend learning everything about dental veneers and what to expect from their placement.

Let’s quickly review what can we fix with dental veneers:

  • permanent discolouration or stains on your teeth, 
  • deformations such as misaligned or misshapen teeth,
  • chips, gaps, or cracks on your teeth,
  • and lastly, worn-down teeth.

There are 4 different dental procedures that can be considered alternatives to veneers targeting specific dental issues. These include crowns, dental bonding, teeth whitening, and orthodontic treatments.

Dental Crowns 

Dental crowns are often compared with veneers, and many people tend to believe they are the same. Unfortunately, that’s not true.

Crowns cover the entire tooth like a cap and not just the surface as veneers. They can fix cracked and damaged teeth as well as decayed teeth. Dental professionals also use crowns to cover a tooth after a root canal treatment to restore their patient’s healthy-looking smile.

If you have a minor crack or a chipped tooth, then veneers could be a better choice since crowns are preferred when we have more severe and extensive damages.  However, if another issue is involved like, for example, the presence of decay, a crown could be a better option.

Dental veneers cost is not easy to calculate as it depends on many factors, like how many you need (if you’re improving more than one tooth), insurance coverage, your area and many more. So to accurately calculate dental crown or veneer costs, we need to evaluate each patient’s condition and needs.

Both crowns and veneers are permanent solutions, their placement is pretty similar, and their aftercare doesn’t require anything specific. 

But even though they share many similarities and both can fix a broken tooth, which one will be used completely relies on each patient. So trust a dental professional to recommend the preferable approach for you.

Dental Bonding

Another common alternative to veneers is dental bonding. During this procedure, your doctor will apply a special material (usually composite resin) directly to your tooth. 

According to the American Dental Association, it’s mostly useful to repair a chip or a minor crack on your tooth. It is applied in one appointment, it has really natural results and is less expensive than veneers. 

However, bonding is not stain-resistant, and it tends to darken over time. Also, it’s not as customisable and usually not as long-lasting as veneers. 

Whether you proceed with dental bonding or veneers, consider the possibility of using a whitening method in the future. 

Remember that bonding materials do not respond the same as your natural teeth. So to have a complete and natural result, you could either replace your bonding or invest in a dental veneer.

Teeth Whitening

If you’re just looking to get a whiter and brighter smile, this is probably a better and usually less expensive option for you. Choosing teeth whitening over veneers thought requires that there aren’t any issues that need to be fixed.

Teeth whitening can be done at the office or in the comfort of your home. There are different methods and substances that your doctor might recommend to get the best result.

However, if you have severely stained or discoloured teeth, then veneers or bonding is the solution for you since whitening methods aren’t effective in hard-resisting stains.

Orthodontic Treatments

As mentioned above, with veneers, we can also improve some issues involving misaligned teeth, that’s why some orthodontic treatments might be used as alternatives.

However, suppose you aim to straighten your teeth, then veneers are not your choice. Traditional orthodontic treatments still remain the best option to correct your teeth. 

There are some patients that might need a combination of these treatments, but for restoring structural problems braces are recommended. Veneers can be an alternative for mild misalignment and for purely cosmetic reasons.

If you would like to further explore your treatment options, feel free to contact us for a consultation appointment. 

Tips From Our Dental Team

#1 Get your first consultation appointment

Reading and researching online is great and recommended, but if you haven’t visited a dental professional yet to discuss your options, you should start there. 

Find a team that you trust so you can get your individual plan specifically prepared for your needs. Your dentist will evaluate your oral health, detect if there are other issues involved and recommend the best approach.

#2 Don’t Be Afraid To Share Your Concerns

Many people, even though they trust their doctor, don’t always feel comfortable sharing their feelings. 

You should always remember that your dentist wants to offer the best treatment to give you back your confidence and health.

Nothing should be left unanswered, and anything should be discussed. If, for example, you can’t afford a specific procedure or you’re anxious about some steps of the process, you should discuss it with your doctor. 

#3 Prepare Some Questions Before Your Appointments

Whether it is your first dental appointment or not, we’re pretty confident that you will have some questions to ask.

So do your research before, write down your questions, and get organised so you can learn everything you need to know before you invest in dental veneers or any other alternative dental procedure.

Don’t forget to use what you’ve learned from our article to discuss with your dentist. If you still have doubts or need a consultation, don’t hesitate to book your appointment at our clinic. Swedish Dental professionals are always here to offer their services!

Are Dental Implants Painful? Everything you need to know

Some of the most frequently asked questions we get in our clinic are related to pain concerns during and after dental implant surgery. 

Getting a surgery sounds stressful, and in most cases, we all experience some level of fear. 

To answer such questions, let’s take a step back and review all the stages of this procedure. We’ll share every pain-related information with you, so you can be prepared before starting your journey of fixing your health and smile. 

Dental implants are a restorative treatment approach that aims to fix missing or damaged teeth. According to the American Academy Of Implant Dentistry, “dental implants are usually made of titanium and work as a substitute for the tooth’s root. On top of the implant, an abutment is placed, as a connection for the replacement tooth (usually a crown)“.

Implants tend to be a more durable solution when compared to a denture or a dental bridge. They don’t require any attachment to the surrounding healthy teeth, like a dental bridge, or are removable as dentures. This method also reduces the strain on your teeth and the removal of tooth substances.

Getting dental implants requires several appointments and consultations before you start your surgery. This depends on your overall oral health, the number of restorations you need, and the type of your implants. 

At the Swedish Dental clinic, we aim to reduce the number of appointments and provide a treatment plan to help you get your implants as quickly as possible. To achieve this, we perform a computer-guided surgery that results in a painless experience without swelling or bruising.

At this point, we should also highlight and not overpass the fact that the pain and how anyone manages it is subjective and can’t be the same for everyone. 

So, considering all mentioned so far, let’s briefly review the dental implant procedure and then evaluate the pain associated with each stage.

  • Preparation before surgery
  • Bone Grafting
  • Implant Surgery (Placement)
  • Jawbone Healing
  • Placing the Abutment
  • Choosing and placing your new artificial teeth
  • After Surgery / Recovery

Before Surgery

It would be best if you kept in mind a few things before we start discussing the surgery. 

Getting your dental implants usually is a long-time process when undergoing a conservative treatment, and it can even take months to complete.

So, if you are looking for quicker and less invasive results, you should find dental professionals with experience in more advanced techniques (like computer-guided implant surgery). 

Evaluation and consultation require an entire team of professionals. They will recommend and decide the best options for you, create a plan for your restoration, and then you can proceed with surgery.

So let’s leave aside all the X-rays and oral examinations required as the first steps because up to this part, we can guarantee that your appointments are painless. 

However, this could be considered wrong if the pain of a damaged or severely infected tooth is what brought you to the dentist’s chair, which leads us to the next prior-to-surgery step.

Tooth Extraction

If you’re not missing a tooth, your dentist will have to remove the old, damaged one before your surgery. This process could also happen simultaneously with your dental implant surgery.

However, in some cases, someone could proceed only with the extraction and wait until their doctor decides that there is proper healing and then continue. 

Having a tooth extracted usually involves some discomfort. Pain could also be present but usually as a complication after an infection. So, in case you experience this unusual symptom, you should consult your dentist as soon as possible.

During the procedure, you won’t feel anything, maybe a little pressure, since it happens under the influence of local anaesthetics.

The healing process could involve discomfort for a few days, and we recommend following your doctor’s instructions. Take any recommended prescriptions or some over-the-counter pain medication if needed (always ask your doctor first) and try to rest.

Dental Implant Surgery

The whole process is usually divided into a few partial steps. They could be performed in different appointments or all at once. 

At the Swedish Dental clinic, we use computer-guided surgery, a minimally invasive approach that reduces the time between the surgery and the placement of the teeth. 

The treatment plan depends on many factors, and once your team evaluates all of them, they will prepare it according to your needs.

Bone Grafting

If your doctor observes that you have a bone loss, then jawbone grafting is required, but this is not mandatory for everyone. Getting a dental bone grafting means that your doctor will use a “filler” tissue to restore the loss. It could be tissue from your own body or an artificial one.

But how painful could bone grafting be? We completely understand that this process sounds scary but again, it should be pain-free. Your dental professional will use local anaesthesia, and you shouldn’t feel anything.

As you might have guested during the healing process, you might experience some pain, but it’s usually tolerable. Take any prescribed medication (painkillers or antibiotics) and follow the instructions and your doctor’s plan to manage this.

Implant Placement

Now it’s time for your surgeon to place the implant. Local anaesthesia is used, and the surgery itself should not cause you any pain. However, some minor discomfort or pressure could be present, but this is normal and expected. 

As for any of you who are stressed about this even now that you’re reading our article, you can always discuss it with your team. Prepare a schedule based on your needs and consider the option of sedation or general anaesthesia to reduce your stress.

Jawbone Healing

Now it’s wise to take a close look at the healing timeline. After your implant placement and before we can move to the next step, the healing process is crucial. Time is needed so your bone can grow and become a strong foundation for your new tooth. 

For the first few days, pain, swelling, or even bruising could be present. Pain levels may differ from person to person, but either over-the-counter or prescribed painkillers will work. 

Placing the Abutment 

This step could be performed along with the implant placement or as a separate minor surgery with local anaesthesia. 

For example, in our clinic, placing the abutment as a second surgery is not needed. And keep in mind that severe or recurring pain is not associated with this procedure.

Placing the New Artificial Teeth

Once your bone is strong and ready to support the replacement teeth, it’s time to get the new impressions. Your new teeth should fit properly and look as natural as possible. But the time for the placement can vary.

Based on our method, the implant bridge can be placed a few days after surgery when replacing all the teeth in your mouth. 

But, when restoring one or several teeth, the average healing period is around 6-8 weeks before you proceed with the placement. 

The placement is a straightforward process, represents the last and final step of getting your dental implant, and doesn’t involve extreme pain.  


Now, you’ve riched a point where you had your successful surgery, and it’s time to rest, start feeling yourself again, and enjoy the results. 

If you follow a more conservative treatment, it is typical to feel pain and experience other symptoms like swelling or bruising. 

On the contrary, the method we use and recommend in our clinic, computer-guided implant surgery, results in a painless experience without swelling and bruising.

You should follow all your doctor’s instructions, take the required medications, avoid hard food and unhealthy habits and take a good rest. 

If you experience any unpleasant symptoms or pain after your surgery, don’t stay at home worrying and suffering; contact your dental professional.

Let’s Recap

Dental implants are a great and durable option to improve your smile and health. The entire procedure and the surgery might sound demanding, but they are definitely worth it. 

Of course, some oral treatments and surgeries might implicate some discomfort or pain as part of the healing process. However, with our advanced techniques, you could achieve excellent results and get your dental implants fast, free of pain, swelling, and bruising.

The dental professionals in our clinic recommend that any persistent pain that only gets worse should not be left untreated. 

So, after your surgery, monitor your health, and if you’re experiencing pain after a few days, note that it is not typical. And you should immediately discuss it with your doctor.

If you have any concerns or need additional information and advice, don’t hesitate to contact the Swedish Dental team to book your consultation. 

Interesting & Fun Facts About Dentistry

Who said that dentistry is only scary and couldn’t be fascinating or funny?

We might sometimes forget how important it is to care for our oral health or be afraid of our dentist’s chair, but we deserve a moment of entertainment or learn something new.

Modern practices and our daily routines to preserve a healthy smile hide many interesting dental facts behind them. 

So, we opened our books and researched online to discover some exciting facts to share with you. Now, you can challenge yourself and see how many of them you actually knew.

1. It’s all the tooth worm’s fault!

Fact: “A Sumerian text at 5000 BC describes ‘tooth worms’ as the cause of dental decay.”

Let’s say that you were struggling with tooth decay (cavities) and lived around that period. The only explanation for your suffering would be the “tooth worm”. 

Across many different cultures and ages, people would blame the tooth worm for many dental issues. There were beliefs about its appearance; for example, it was supposed to look like an eel or a maggot. Also, there were interesting ways to treat it, like oaths, spells, and magical potions. 

Of course, the evolution of dentistry took away this belief by identifying that the actual cause of tooth decay is the bacteria inside your mouth.

2. I’ll have a haircut and a tooth extraction, please!

Fact: “Until the mid-eighteenth century, the main providers of dental services were barber-surgeons”.

Before dentists took care of our teeth, practitioners from different occupations were responsible for our oral health (like blacksmiths and barbers). 

For tooth extraction, you would have to find a barber-surgeon with all the appropriate tools to relieve your pain.

Interestingly, in 1210 when the Guild of Barbers was established in France, they were split. So, lay barbers or barber-surgeons would take care of routine tasks (like extracting teeth and bleeding), and surgeons would be responsible for more complex problems. 

3. Can you imagine cleaning your teeth with a different kind of toothpaste?

Fact: “The development of the toothpaste as we’re used to began in the 1800s.” 

Egyptians, Ancient Greeks, and Romans used different ingredients to create some formulas as toothpaste. Including materials like ashes, eggshells, pumice, bones, oyster shells, charcoal, and more.

Toothpaste remained relatively the same until the 1800s. Like the ancient formulas, the new ones were in powdered form but mainly included soap, chalk, and occasionally charcoal.  

Around the middle of the 19th century began the mass production of toothpaste in jars. Before that, dentists had to create a specific mixture for each patient. 

Around the 1950s, the soap was replaced with other ingredients like the ones found in today’s toothpaste (like fluoride and more).

Now, we can clean adequately and even treat some dental issues by simply brushing our teeth with the appropriate toothpaste. 

 4. Our teeth are indeed the strongest!

Fact:The tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the body.” 

The enamel is the thin outer layer of our teeth. It covers and protects the dentin and the pulp, which are our teeth’s more fragile inner layers. 

Due to each its structure, it’s highly damage-resistant and actually harder than our bones. 

So when we highlight how important it is to take care of our teeth, we should never forget to think about protecting our strong enamel as well. 

 5. Please, use your tongue print! 

Fact: “Our tongue print is unique; no two tongue prints are similar”.

Maybe you knew that tracing bite marks could even help an instigation and be specified for one individual, but did you know that our tongue is unique too? 

As a matter of fact, tong prints can be used in biometric authentication, just like our fingerprints. They could also be a valuable tool in forensic dentistry.  

6. Are you sure that you clean your teeth as recommended? 

Fact: “25% of adults do not brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste”. 

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) recommendations, you should brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day with a toothbrush that has soft bristles and a toothpaste with fluoride.

So, 1 in 4 adults does not follow proper oral hygiene practices. Neglecting your teeth care can lead to many dental issues and complications such as tooth decay, gum disease, and many more if left untreated. 

Our professionals here at the Swedish Dental clinic recommend scheduling your dental checkups at least twice a year. This way, you’ll get the proper care if needed in the early stages and learn how to care for your teeth properly. 

If you’re struggling with any dental issues or want your teeth checked, you can book your consultation in our clinic, and why not during our appointment to discuss more fun facts together! 

Most Common Dental Problems And Ways To Treat Them

If you have ever experienced uncomfortable symptoms from a dental complication, we’re confident that you already know how important it is to take care of your oral health. 

Even though modern dentistry constantly involves offering more precise and accurate results, many people still suffer from dental problems when some of them could have been prevented. 

According to The Worldwide Health Organization (WHO) and the Global Burden of Disease Study, “Oral diseases affect close to 3.5 billion people worldwide.”

At Swedish Dental Clinic, we always try to promote the importance of preserving your oral hygiene and finding early and quality treatment. These are essential steps to protect your healthy smile. 

So, let’s review the most common dental problems and the ways to treat them one by one. 

1. Tooth sensitivity

If a hot soup or an iced smoothie makes you feel uncomfortable and even brushing your teeth can cause some level of pain, then you should visit your dentist. 

Tooth sensitivity is a condition that probably any individual has or will experience at least once in life. According to studies, around 25-30% of adults report dentin hypersensitivity. 

Tooth hypersensitivity can happen when the enamel is wearing off. This way, dentin (which is protected by the enamel) is exposed and will allow cold or heat to reach the nerves of your tooth. And this is why you’ll experience discomfort and pain. 

Sensitivity could be a symptom of untreated dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, broken teeth, or exposed roots. 

The type of treatment needed depends on the cause behind your tooth sensitivity. Once your dentist determines the problem involved, there is a solution.

The treatment options can vary, from a simple toothpaste suitable for your situation or the application of fluoride to root canal treatments, teeth restorations (crowns, fillings, etc.), or surgical gum grafts.

Don’t worry about treatment; your doctor will make sure to provide the best options for you.

However, you should remember that proper hygiene is essential in preventing. So try not to neglect your dental routine and ask your dental hygienist for tips and advice to help you ease or avoid sensitivity.

2. Tooth decay

Tooth decay (also known as cavities or dental caries) is usually an opening or a small hole in your tooth. This happens from the bacteria inside your mouth due to inadequate oral hygiene and unhealthy eating habits, like consuming a lot of sugar. 

The Worldwide Health Organization (WHO) highlights that dental caries of permanent teeth are the most common dental condition worldwide. 

Additionally, it’s also interesting that “more than 1 in 4 adults in the United States have untreated tooth decay“, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

It’s crucial not to leave tooth decay untreated because it can lead to pain, infections, or even tooth loss. 

So if you’re experiencing sensitivity and pain or see some spots (white, brown or black) or even holes in your tooth’s surface, you should visit your dentist.

The treatment options depend on how complicated your situation is. For example, some fluoride treatments are usually prescribed for the early stages of decay. 

However, if there is an open cavity, you’ll need a dental filling and a root canal treatment if the decay reaches the pulp. Don’t forget that a tooth extraction might be the only choice for the most severe damages.

3. Gum disease 

Gum disease (also called periodontitis) is an infection that damages the tissue that supports your teeth. The cause behind it is the formatted plaque (created by bacteria), usually from poor hygiene and dental habits. 

CDC indicates that “46% of all adults aged 30 years or older show signs of gum disease and that severe gum disease affects about 9% of adults.

The signs that show that you might have periodontitis include:

  • red, swollen, and tender gums,
  • bad breath or bad taste, 
  • bleeding while brushing your teeth,
  • sensitivity or bleeding while consuming hard foods,
  • loose teeth or even tooth loss. 

Even though gum disease is a severe infection and common – affects nearly half of US adults, it’s also largely preventable. 

To prevent this condition, you should schedule and never forget your routine dental appointments. 

However, if you’re already suffering from more severe periodontitis and its symptoms, the sooner you see your dentist, the better it will be. 

Usually, your doctor will perform a deep cleaning under the gums and prescribe medication to treat the infection (like antibiotics and painkillers).

In more severe cases, you might have a tooth removed or undergo gum surgery. 

If you’re experiencing pain from tender gums and your teeth become loose, don’t wait long and find an emergency dental care provider

4. Chipped, cracked or broken teeth

Unfortunately, this can happen to anyone and maybe at a really terrible time, like while you’re at a nice gathering. 

Usually, we see such breaks after an accident or an injury, while bitting something hard, or when people tend to grind their teeth (also called bruxism).

Depending on the damage, the treatment options differentiate, and there is a chance that you feel pain if it’s the damage is extensive. 

In any case, the first thing you should do is to find help from a dentist, even if you think that it’s just a minor crack.

The NHS suggests that if a segment of your tooth breaks, you should keep it in a container with milk or your saliva and take it to your dentist. There is a chance that the piece could be glued back on. 

So, your doctor will evaluate your situation and recommend the best treatment. Restorative options to fix your tooth are fillings, veneers, crowns, or a root canal treatment if needed.

5. Root infection

Are you wondering how you can get the root of your teeth infected? 

Well, this happens when a hole in the tooth is progressing, and we’ve reached a point where the bacteria affect the dental pulp, which is the soft tissue at the centre of the tooth.

When left untreated, it could damage your tissues and nerves and lead to an abscess. You’ll feel mostly persistent pain, especially while chewing and biting and sensitivity to hot and cold. 

To treat this, you should contact a dental professional (an endodontist) to evaluate the damage and perform a root canal treatment. A procedure conducted with local anaesthesia, where your doctor will make sure to clean the infected area, fill the tooth and seal it with a crown. 

According to the American Association of Endodontists (AAE), “more than 15 million root canal procedures are performed every year and basically around 41,000 root canals each day“.

So, no need to feel scared or anxious; even though it involves a few appointments, it’s a routine procedure that will save your tooth from extraction.

Preserving proper oral hygiene and caring for your teeth daily is a commitment you should take for yourself. 

The dental professionals in our clinic recommend scheduling your check-ups twice a year to prevent severe complications. In addition, always try keeping your teeth clean by brushing twice daily and never forgetting to floss!

Contact your dentist immediately if you’re experiencing any uncomfortable symptoms. You can book your appointment here at Swedish Dental, and one of our doctors will make sure to provide the treatment you deserve.

Aesthetic Dentistry During Pregnancy

Being pregnant, especially for the first time, is challenging. Most women are confused or overwhelmed by others suggesting they should do this or shouldn’t do that.

And that brings you somewhere in the middle, trying to understand the changes in your body while being filled with concerts. For example, what is safe for you and your baby and what is forbidden?

Cosmetic and aesthetic dentistry are unofficial, yet commonly used terms to describe all those dental procedures that will help you improve your smile and oral health. 

This includes improving appearances, like discolourations, misshapen or misaligned teeth, or restoring any missing or deficient teeth (decayed, damaged, cracked, or chipped), gums and tissues.

Pregnancy is always a factor that dentists should evaluate before proceeding with any treatment plan. Based on our years of experience and expertise, we will analyse some of the most common cosmetic dental procedures and their safety during pregnancy. 

But before we start with the treatment options, let’s review some potential dental risks associated with pregnancy.

Dental risks during pregnant

Gum Issues

According to the American Pregnancy Association, “The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy causes the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food, causing increased irritation to your gums.”

“Nearly 60 to 75% of pregnant women have gingivitis, which occurs when the gums become red and swollen from inflammation,” the CDC highlights.

Some pregnant patients have also observed some growths on their gums. These are usually called “pregnancy tumours“, but don’t get confused here; they are not related to cancer. 

They are usually formed because of plague or gum issues. But, if they are created because of pregnancy hormones, they usually will go away without treatment.

All the above implicate a high risk of gum-related complications that healthcare professionals and pregnant women never should neglect or overpass.

Teeth Complications

The high levels of progesterone and estrogen during pregnancy and the possibility of gingivitis could temporarily loosen the tissues around your teeth. 

This way, your teeth could become painful but also feel loosened. There is a minor possibility for a worst-case scenario here; a tooth extraction. So be sure to get in touch with your doctor as soon as possible.

The possibility of tooth decay also increases during pregnancy, and there are some reasons like eating habits or extensive vomiting during the first months that reinforce the existence of decay. 

According to CDC, 1 in 4 women has untreated cavities (tooth decay) during pregnancy. This number shows how much missing information is when considering dental health during pregnancy. 

Aesthetic dental work during pregnancy

A pregnant woman shouldn’t be left untreated in an emergency dental situation or when their oral health is in danger. Therefore, addressing the above complications and restoring oral health is a top priority.  

So, is it safe, and can you actually have dental work during pregnancy?

If we want to go to the bottom of this, the actual question that anyone should be asking is if the treatment option is necessary and mandatory or elective.

It’s advisable to avoid any invasive procedure that can be delayed and performed either later in pregnancy (after the second trimester) or even better post-delivery. 

  • For procedures like dental implants or veneers that require a lot of visits, X-rays, anaesthesia, or staying for a long time in your dentist’s chair, it’s best to re-schedule.

    Of course, if the situation requires immediate treatment, there is always a way to safely perform, let’s say, dental implants at any time during your pregnancy.
  • Cosmetic procedures that will only improve the appearance of your smile, like teeth whiting and bleaching, it’s best if you avoid them. 

    There aren’t enough data indicating that they could cause issues. But we should never forget the dental complications any pregnant woman could experience and try to avoid anything that could induce those issues.
  • Preventative restorations, like fillings or dental crowns, could be performed during pregnancy. Taking care of these will protect your overall oral health and reduce the risk of future infections. 
  • It’s worth mentioning that root canal treatments or teeth extractions can also be performed if mandatory since they could be necessary steps for other aesthetic procedures. 

Quick Overview

Pregnancy is a period in a woman’s life that could cause some complications with their oral health. A dental professional should evaluate the situation and offer safe treatment options when and if needed.

There are available scientifically-approved guidelines and lists of safe medications that we can follow and provide proper dental care to pregnant patients.

The general rule to follow here is that any procedure is best if it could be scheduled for later (after delivery or even lactation) unless it requires immediate care to prevent even more significant and severe complications.

However, every patient is different, so our advice is to contact a dental professional and get a proper consultation plan for your pregnancy. 

Don’t forget to take care and preserve your oral hygiene because preventative care is the best treatment option always!