Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Dental Implants

Dental implants are a permanent way to replace extracted or missing teeth in the mouth. They are often more preferred than alternatives such as a bridge because they don’t need other additional teeth or require changes to other teeth to place the new tooth. A professional Yorktown Virginia dentist such as Dr. Ariel Wartofsky can help decide if dental implants can work for your situation.

About Dental Implants
A dental implant is a permanent fixture for a missing tooth. It uses a screw that is placed directly into the jaw bone. After this, an abutment is placed and a crown to provide a space for this new tooth. The entire process can take three to six months to allow the gums a chance to heal.

When the implant is installed, an incision is made into the gum so the implant can be directly inserted. After it is placed, the gums are sutured. The implant is given a chance to heal. During this time, the jaw bone will form around the implant offering a stable foundation in the mouth. A temporary crown is used during this time to maintain the aesthetic look of the mouth. After the healing process ends, the abutment is placed on the implant. The restoration is then added.

If you’re interested in what dental implants can do for you, call Ariel Wartofsky at 757-898-0845 today. A thorough examination and x-rays are required in order to determine whether dental implants are a viable option for your oral health.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Root Canals

What to Expect After a Root Canal
When many people think of root canals, they think of immense pain. While there may be some pain associated with this common procedure, root canals are more comfortable nowadays. They are much like having a tooth filled. With proper aftercare, your body can heal quickly and you'll be back to normal in just a few days. Dr. Wartofsky and associates, can help you with all your dental needs and make sure you experience minimal pain after a root canal.

Post-Treatment Care for Root Canals
After your root canal treatment, there are a few things you should keep in mind in order to expedite the healing process. First, you'll feel some numbness following the treatment. Refrain from eating anything until the numbness wears off or you risk biting your cheek, which can be painful. Try not to bite on the tooth that had the root canal done. It could cause further pain. Make sure you make an appointment to have the tooth restored.

Expect some pain and tenderness for a few days following the root canal. Pain medications such as Tylenol and Motrin should provide some relief. If you were given any medications by the dentist, make sure you take them as directed to prevent overdose. It's normal for your tooth to feel different after the procedure. However, if you experience severe pressure for more than a few days, let your dentist know.

Need a Root Canal?
Dr. Ariel Wartofsky is knowledgeable about root canal care and can help your mouth heal quickly. Schedule an appointment by calling (757) 898-0845 or visit