A dental prophylaxis is a cleaning treatment performed to thoroughly clean the teeth. Prophylaxis is a part of a periodontal maintenance treatment, and alone, is appropriate for people who do not have gum disease. The benefits include: Prophylaxis can be performed at our office, or by your general dentist. We recommend that prophylaxis be performed twice annually for healthy patients, but should be completed every 2- 3 months for periodontitis sufferers.
When one or more teeth are missing, it can lead to jaw bone loss at the site of the gap. This loss of jaw bone can develop into additional problems, both with your appearance and your overall health. You may experience pain, problems with your remaining teeth, and altered facial appearance, and eventually even the inability to speak and eat normally. In that same way that muscles are maintained through exercise, bone tissue is maintained by use. Natural teeth are embedded in the jaw bone, and stimulate the jaw bone through activities such as chewing and biting.
The following instructions may be helpful when preparing for your upcoming surgery. Please do not hesitate to call if you have any last minute questions. We can be reached at 212.838.0940 during regular business hours. You should receive your pre/post-operative prescriptions with this instruction sheet. For your convenience, please have them filled prior to your scheduled surgery, unless they have been previously phoned into the pharmacy of your choice. Please bring your filled prescriptions with you to your appointment. It is not usually necessary to stop taking aspirin and non-steroidals (such as Motrin and Advil) prior to your surgery.
The procedure to place an implant takes 30 to 60 minutes for one implant and only 2 to 3 hours for multiple implants. The number of appointments and time required, vary from patient to patient. Drs. Pollack, Odrich and Sarmiento will bring great precision and attention to the details of your case. Prior to surgery, you may receive antibiotics and for those who request it, oral sedatives, intravenous sedation or nitrous oxide (laughing gas). These options are discussed with you at your consultation appointment.