Friday, August 5, 2016

Dental Implants

Discover the Benefits of Dental Implants
If you're looking for a virtually painless way to restore your smile, consider dental implants. Dental implants are titanium rods placed in the mouth to support a crown. Implants are very successful and last forever with proper care. They offer many more advantages. Dr. Richard Reiss is a Sunrise dentist who can determine if dental implants are right for you.

Why Choose Dental Implants?
Dental implants are a reliable form of cosmetic dentistry. They have a great track record and are very durable. Still not convinced? Here are some more benefits to consider:
  • They're natural-looking. Dental implants look and feel like real teeth.
  • You can live your life. You no longer have to worry about dentures that fall out or impede your speech. With dental implants, you can talk clearly and laugh without your dentures falling out. Your smile will look real, so you won't be embarrassed to go out in public. You'll feel more self-confident.
  • Preserve natural bone. When teeth fall out, your jawbone suffers from bone loss and deterioration. When you have dental implants put in, you preserve the bone and prevent loss.
  • Eat your favorite foods. Dental implants function like real teeth, so you can eat what you want without worrying about food getting caught in your dentures.
  • No cavities. It's not a real tooth, so it can't grow cavities. While this makes it easier to care for, you still need regular dental checkups.
Ready for a Smile Upgrade?
Dr. Richard Reiss has been serving the Sunrise area for nearly 30 years. He can give you a gorgeous smile through dental implants. Give him a call at (954) 389-9600 or visit us at

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Tooth Extractions

What is the Healing Process for a Tooth Extraction?

The healing process will take quite some time because after a tooth extraction, there’s a hole left inside the jawbone. Gradually, the hole fills up with the bone and begins to become smoother. It might take up to several months for the healing process to fully complete, but major healing will occur within 1 to 2 weeks of tooth extraction. At Dr. Richard Reiss’ Westgate Dental office in Sunrise, FL, our practice continuously strives to improve our patient's oral beauty and dental health while offering an inviting atmosphere.

Healing time for tooth extractions
The empty space is merely of minor inconvenience for the following couple of days. Even though healing time varies from one person to another, swelling, bleeding, and discomfort is normal within the initial 24 hours after tooth extraction. As the swelling might last for two days, complete superficial  healing typically takes place in 1 to 2 weeks.

You might expect the gum tissue to heal within 3 - 4 weeks, and bone completely heals in 6 - 8 months. Our office will augment the surgical healing process with the addition of artificial bone graft material to aid in both healing and in retaining as much bone height in the area. Maintenance of bone height will provide a good basis for dental restoration in the area, both for Implant retained teeth and in the overal esthetics of the area. Tooth extraction aftercare, however, plays a vital role in extraction recovery. Also, extraction healing time depends upon the procedure used.

Methods of tooth extraction
There are a couple of methods for tooth extraction. One includes a simplistic extraction where the tooth to be extracted is visible. After administrating a local anesthetic, the dentist will get a hold of the tooth with forceps then loosen the tooth by moving it back and forth. Then, the tooth to be pulled out or another dental instrument referred to as an "elevator" might be used in the procedure.

But, if the tooth has hasn’t come in as yet, has broken off at the gum line, or can’t be seen easily, a surgical extraction might be needed. In this instance, the gum might need to be trimmed and held back to reach the tooth and pull it out. Then, the cut gum is covered with sutures, which take a while to heal.

For more information on extractions contact Dr. Reiss with Westgate Dental at 954-389-9600.