From Writer to Patient: My Dental Implant Experience

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Dr. Kazmer (right) and I (left). I could not be happier with my new smile!

Since the start of this blog, I have been writing posts on behalf of Dr. Kazmer’s office. Now, it is time for  me to write from a more personal perspective. About a month ago, I found myself stepping away from my laptop to sit in the dental chair as a patient of Dr. Kazmer’s as I received a dental implant. Consider this a patient review.

Why I Needed a Dental Implant

I fell going up the steps to my house one day, knocking out one of my front teeth. When my oral surgeon’s attempt to put the tooth back  in was not successful, my dentist began exploring other options. It was eventually recommended that I get a dental implant. Long story short, I met Dr. Kazmer and he became the periodontist who would help me through the process of receiving my dental implant.

From the second that I sat down in a dental chair at Dr. Kazmer’s office, I was impressed by his caring bedside manner. He truly made me feel more comfortable and I was impressed by the fact that he took the time to explain everything to me in a way that I could understand.

Undergoing a Bone Graft Procedure

Before getting my implant, I needed an operation known as a bone graft. This procedure would ensure that I had enough jaw bone to support the implant. The bone graft went smoothly, I was numbed well and experienced very little discomfort.

Getting My Implant

A couple months later, I returned to the office. Once Dr. Kazmer had confirmed that enough bone growth had occurred, it was time for me to have my dental implant placed. Dr. Kazmer numbed me and I felt no pain for the rest of the procedure, only pressure. He had the implant placed in about 30 minutes and I was able to return to my normal routine the next day with minimal swelling and hardly any pain at all.

The Final Piece 

A close-up of my mouth. The dental implant is the front tooth on the center-right. It fits right in!

About 3 months after my implant was placed, I came to see Dr. Kazmer again. Impressions for the implant crown were taken. The crown is the “tooth” part of the implant. Dr. Kazmer was able to do a digital impression using the new technology of the TRIOS Intraoral Scanner. The use of this technology eliminates the need for uncomfortable mouth trays and goopy messes. I enjoyed watching the realistic images of my mouth appear on the screen as Dr. Kazmer waved the camera around my mouth.

When my implant crown returned from the lab, I was incredibly impressed by how realistic it is. It was important to me that the tooth look as natural as possible, as it is in the front of my mouth and clearly visible to everyone. The crown is a perfect fit, and it even has the same ridges that the rest of my teeth have. Most importantly, the sturdiness of my crown and implant allow me to eat whatever I want, without having to worry about taking out a retainer or breaking a bridge.

Conclusion 

I wrote this post in the hopes that I can ease the worries of others who are considering getting a dental implant. I highly recommend Dr. Kazmer to anyone who needs a periodontist – he is a true professional who cares about his patients and does excellent work.

I hope that you found this post helpful. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Kazmer or the procedures that he offers, please feel free to visit his website. 

Take care of your smile!

 

 

 

 

Sedation Dentistry

Everyone has fears. Some people are afraid of heights, others can’t stand snakes, and a lot of people are afraid of the dentist. While dentists often have your best interest in mind, a visit to the dentist can be a nervewracking experience for some patients. As we want to make your visit to our office as pleasant as possible, Dr. Kazmer offers sedation dentistry.

Sedation Options

Depending on a patient’s needs, Dr. Kazmer offers three different sedation options: IV, oral, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas). All of these options are safe and meant to make you comfortable during your procedure.

The following resources from the American Dental Association provide more information about these sedation options:

If you have any questions or concerns, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please feel free to contact our office.

Take care of your smile!

Biopsies

No one wants to discover that they have a health problem. Even though it can be scary to think about, it is better to get the possible problem checked out so that treatment can be administered. If your dentist finds an area of concern in your mouth, he may recommend that you have a biopsy done.

What is a biopsy?

A biopsy is a procedure during which a small sample of or the whole area of concern is removed so that tests can be done to identify any possible problems.

Why would my dentist be concerned about an area in my mouth?

Abnormalities of the mouth are commonly referred to as lesions. According to dental health information site Simplesteps, lesions may:

  • Be caused by illness or injury
  • Appear unusual
  • be new bumps or patches of skin

Dr. Kazmer is proud to be able to offer biopsies. Discovering the problem is the first step to solving it.

If you would like to learn more about the procedures and treatments that Dr. Kazmer offers, read this article on our blog.

If you have any questions or concerns – or if you would like to schedule an appointment – please feel free to contact our office.

Take care of your smile!

Endosteal Dental Implants

If you have been told that you should consider getting a dental implant, you may have questions, such as “what is a dental implant?” Dental implants are an effective, attractive option for those in need of tooth replacement. There is more than one type of dental implant, but the most common type is the endosteal dental implant.

About Endosteal Implants

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Screw-like endosteal implants such as this one are placed into the patient’s jawbone. A crown is then plaed on the end to resemble a natural tooth. (Photo courtesy: Coronation Dental Specialty Group)

Here are a few key facts about endosteal implants, courtesy of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry:

  • Endosteal implants are inserted into the jawbone
  • Typical shapes: screws, cylinders, or plates

Who Needs an Endosteal Implant?

In this comprehensive article from the American Academy of Periodontology, it is stated that endosteal implants serve “as an alternative for patients with bridges or removable dentures.”

Who is a Candidate for a Dental Implant?

A patient must have certain qualities in order to have a higher chance of a dental implant being successfully placed. A good candidate for a dental implant:

  • Has enough bone to support the implant
  • Is healthy
  • Does not have gum disease

To learn more about dental implants and find out if you are a good candidate for one, please contact Dr. Kazmer’s Office.

Take care of your smile!

Soft Tissue Graft

As a Periodontist, one of the many procedures that Dr. Kazmer offers is the soft tissue graft.

What is a soft tissue graft?Kazmer Periodontics logo

A soft tissue graft serves as a solution to receding gums. If left untreated, gum recession can lead to tooth loss.

What does the procedure involve?

In the procedure, gum tissue is taken from your palate or another donor source. This tissue is then placed over the exposed roots, which helps to even out the gum line.

By fixing gum recession, a soft tissue graft can:

  • Fix the appearance of “long teeth”
  • Prevent further gum recession/tooth loss
  • Reduce sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns that you may have, or to make an appointment.

Take care of your smile!

Crown Lengthenining

One of the many treatments that Dr. Kazmer offers is crown lengthening. Crown lengthening is a long-lasting restorative process utilized to help patients regain a beautiful smile and eat and speak with comfort and confidence.

About the Procedure

Crown lengthening is a simple surgical procedure. The position of the gum around a tooth is adjusted to expose more of the tooth structure.

For the patient’s comfort, a local anesthetic is used to numb the surgical area. Typically, little to no discomfort is felt as your periodontist reshapes the gum and bone tissue to expose more structure of the damaged tooth. Following the surgery, the treated area may be a little tender, sore or swollen; painkillers and antibiotics may be prescribed to help relieve discomfort and prevent infection from occurring.

In most cases, recovery time after crown lengthening surgery is minimal, and patients can resume their normal routines the day after surgery.

This short animation gives more insight on the process of crown lengthening.

Why Might I Need Crown Lengthening?

If a tooth is decayed, broken below the gum line, or has insufficient crown height, there might not be enough tooth structure available to accommodate restoration procedures such as a crown or bridge. In these instances, crown lengthening surgery may be necessary in order to provide more tooth structure for your periodontist to work with.

Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Take care of your smile!

Common Procedures & Treatments – a Series

In the last blog post, just a few of the treatments that Kazmer Periodontics offers were mentioned. However, Dr. Kazmer evaluates patients for several different dental situations. Follow our blog over the coming weeks, as we will be explaining the most common procedures and treatments offered at the practice in more detail.

The topics that will be explained are:Kazmer Periodontics logo

The topics listed above are those that Dr. Kazmer mainly deals with as a Periodontist. We hope to give you a better understanding of these topics through our blog posts. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions or concerns that you may have.

Check back next Thursday for the first post in this series discussing Periodontal Disease. To have all of our articles delivered straight to your email inbox, click the blue “Follow” button in the bottom right corner of the screen to subscribe!

Take care of your smile!