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Common Procedures

implants

Implants

Dental implants consist of an artificial biocompatible tooth root made of titanium that is placed in the jawbone, followed by a custom-made dental crown that is then fitted on top of the implant. The result is a healthy and beautiful smile that will look and function just as a natural tooth would.

What to expect at your implant procedure:

  • The appointment will be approximately 90 minutes.
  • The doctor will discuss the anesthetic process prior to your appointment.
  • At this appointment, the implant will be placed and you may also leave with a temporary crown.
  • Sutures may be placed
  • At the second visit, any sutures will be removed, and a radiograph may be taken.
  • The third visit will consist of another radiograph and to check the healing process.
  • Depending on the rate of healing, there will be a few follow up appointments.
  • Once the implant is secure, the permanent crown will be placed and cemented

FAQs Regarding Implants

What are other alternative treatments?

Another treatment to discuss is possibly a fixed or removable bridge.

How do I take care of the implant?

Once it is restored, it will be treated like a natural tooth.

How long until I get my permanent crown?

Depending on the healing process anywhere from 8 weeks to 6 months

bridges

Bridges

A bridge may be recommended if you’re missing one or more teeth. Gaps left by missing teeth eventually cause the remaining teeth to rotate or shift into the empty spaces, resulting in a bad bite. The imbalance caused by missing teeth can also lead to gum disease and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)

What to expect for a bridge procedure:
Routine anesthetic and preparation occur during the first visit. A temporary bridge is fabricated that will be worn for a few weeks. In the second visit, the temporary bridge comes off, and the permanent bridge is cemented. Please wait an hour to eat after cementation.

FAQs Regarding Bridges

Will it hurt once the anesthesia wears off?

You will be sore due to the amount of anesthesia given. If needed, you can take any over the counter pain medication. You might encounter some sensitivity, which is normal and may take a week or two to settle down. If, for any reason, you need anything more, please call our office.

What color will it be?

There are many different shades to choose from. At the end of your first appointment, the assistant will go over the shades and help you pick which one is the best match.

How long do I have to be in the temporary for?

We utilize E4D CAD/CAM technology, which allows us to produce most crowns on the same day as your visit.

If it comes off, what do I do?

Call our office, and we will gladly make you an appointment.

How long do they last?

10-15 years if properly maintained.

crowns

Crowns

A crown is a type of dental restoration that fully covers the portion of a tooth or dental implant that lies above the gum line. Meant to restore your teeth’s beauty and functionality after they have been damaged, or suffer from severe decay, a crown brings the tooth back to its original function, strength, and aesthetics.

What to expect for a crown procedure:
Routine anesthetic and preparation occur during your visit. E4D CAD/CAM technology is utilized to produce same day crowns, which will then be cemented. Please wait an hour to eat after cementation.

FAQs Regarding Crowns

Will it hurt once the anesthesia wears off?

You will be sore due to the amount of anesthesia given. Ifneeded, you can take any over the counter pain medication. You might encounter some sensitivity, which is normal and may take a week or two to settle down. If, for any reason, you need anything more, please call our office.

What color will it be?

There are many different shades to choose from. At the end of your first appointment, the assistant will go over the shades and help you pick which one is the best match.

How long do I have to be in the temporary for?

We utilize E4D CAD/CAM technology, which allows us to produce most crowns on the same day as your visit.

Can I floss?

Yes, however, when flossing with the temporary, we recommend going down and pulling out the side rather than pulling back up. With the permanent crown, we want you to continue to brush and floss normally

If it comes off, what do I do?

Call our office, and we will gladly make you an appointment.

root-canal

Root Canal Therapy

Any trauma or infection of the nerve will result in the need for root canal therapy. Common reasons for a root canal include:

  • Tooth decay invades the tooth, penetrating through the enamel and then the dentin, into the pulp.
  • A tooth has become abscessed, also known as infected, from decay.
  • Trauma, such as a chipped or broken tooth, occurs, and results in the exposure of the nerve.
  • A tooth may be slowly dying due to aging or past trauma that did not result in the need for treatment at the time of injury

FAQs Regarding Root Canals

What happens if I don’t follow through with the root canal? Are there any alternatives?

If a tooth is not treated with a root canal, it could lead to an infection that can affect the bone and become systemic, or possibly need to be extracted. When a tooth has abscessed or cracked, some type of treatment is needed to resolve the issue.

Should I expect any pain afterward?

Some discomfort may occur and persist for a few days. However, this is usually alleviated through over the counter pain medicine at the time prescription pain medication is needed.

How long for the tooth to feel better?

Depending on procedure, it could be a few days up to six weeks.

veneers

Veneers

A veneer is a thin shell made of porcelain that, when bonded to your teeth, will enhance the look of stained, chipped, broken, or undesired teeth.

Three appointments are required for the veneer procedure:

  • Impressions for temporary veneers
  • Prepping the teeth which consist of taking impressions and reviewing color shades.
  • Permanently cementing your veneers

FAQs Regarding Veneers

How do I clean my veneer?

To clean the veneer is the same as all your natural teeth. You still need to brush and floss.

Do I need to stay away from certain foods?

You can eat what you would like; you just need to be careful biting into certain foods such as caramels that could cause the veneer to loosen.

If the veneer comes off, what do I do?

If the veneer comes off, please call our office, and we will gladly make you an appointment.

Other Services

Our services extend past the ones listed above. If you are in need of general dental checkups, dental x-rays, composite restorations, fillings, or more, give us a call or contact us today!

Oral-Systemic Facts:

At least 80 % of American adults have gum inflammation/disease.
Increased trigeminal nerve traffic from TMJ and bad dental bite can create central sensitization and migraines.
Gum disease is linked with blood vessel disease, heart attacks, and strokes.
Poor ventilation during sleep triggers nighttime clenching & bracing to maintain the airway.
Gum disease and tooth loss increase the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
Bad bites and poor oral-facial development increase the risk of sleep apnea.
If you have diabetes and bleeding gums, your risk of premature death increases by 400 to 700 percent.
Oral bacteria are found in brain tissue, heart vessels, joints, and many other parts of your body.
Gum disease increases the risk of pancreatic, kidney, and head & neck cancer.
Cavities are caused by acid-loving bacteria, spread during kissing and sharing food.

If you have any questions about the services we provide, don’t hesitate to give us a call!

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George Mantikas, D.M.D.

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George M. Mantikas, DMD
142 E High St
East Hampton, CT 06424

Phone: 860-267-6666
Fax: 860-267-1854
Email: office@drmantikas.com

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