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A dental implant is a biocompatible, man-made substitute alloy of titanium used to replace missing tooth roots. Most are cylinders placed into the bone, which heals around them, locking them in like an anchor. After a period of time, usually a few months, the dental implants are used as a foundation to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have found popularity over the past several years as they restore lost chewing ability, improve appearance and boost self-confidence.
Dr. Miller, a Periodontist at The Bay Smile Docs, is an honors graduate of Birmingham-Southern College. He completed his dental degree at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and a certificate in Periodontology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia. Dr. Miller is available by appointment to discuss dental implants and how they will perform for you.
The Bay Smile Docs completes the whole dental implant procedure. Patients can come to The Bay Smile Docs for their entire dental implant procedure, which includes dental exams, X-rays, teeth extractions, implant placement, and thereafter a 2-3 month waiting period for integrating into the jaw bone, followed by the placement of the crown. Patients normally return right to work or home as soon as they leave our office.
Schedule an appointment with The Bay Smile Docs to see if dental implants would work for you
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Do not disturb the surgical site immediately following the placement of Dental Implants. Avoid rinsing, spitting, or touching the site on the day of surgery. There will be a metal healing abutment protruding through the gingival (gum) tissue.
Some bleeding or redness in the saliva is normal for 24 hours. Excessive bleeding can be controlled by biting on a gauze pad placed directly on the bleeding wound for 30 minutes. If bleeding continues, please call for further instructions.
Swelling is a normal occurrence after surgery. To minimize swelling, apply an ice bag, or a plastic bag, or towel filled with ice on the cheek in the area of surgery. Apply the ice continuously, as much as possible, for the first 36 hours.
Drink plenty of fluids. Avoid hot liquids or food. Soft food and liquids should be eater on the day of surgery. Return to a normal diet as soon as possible unless otherwise directed.
Make sure to take medications as prescribed by your dentist. Try and take pain medication prior to the local anesthetic wearing off. If you run out of pain medication prescribed by your dentist but still continue to have mild-moderate pain, it is best to take over-the-counter meds such as Tylenol (1-2 tabs every 4 hours) or Ibuprofen such as Advil or Motrin (3 tabs of 200mg every 4-6 hours) If pain is severe, please call your dentist. Never take medications on an empty stomach. Do not take any of the above medications if you are allergic or if you have been instructed not to take them. If antibiotics have been prescribed, please take as directed, until gone, to help prevent infection.
Good oral hygiene is essential to good healing. The night of surgery, use the prescribed Peridex Oral Rinse before bed. The day after surgery, the Peridex should be used twice daily, after breakfast and before bed. Be sure to rinse for at least 30 seconds then spit it out. Warm salt water rinses (teaspoon of salt in a cup of warm water) should be used at least 4-5 times a day, as well, especially after meals. Brushing your teeth and the healing abutments is no problem. Be gentle initially with brushing the surgical areas.
Keep physical activities to a minimum immediately following surgery. If you are considering exercise, throbbing or bleeding may occur. If this occurs, you should discontinue exercising. Keep in mind that you are probably not taking normal nourishment. This may weaken you and further limit your ability to exercise.
Dental implants serve as the artificial root placed in the jawbone through an implant process by our Periodontist, Dr. Miller. Dr. Miller will be happy to discuss whether you a candidate for an implant, and also explain the three steps in the dental implant procedure:
- Implant insertion stage:
Incision in gum to gain access to jawbone Bone is prepared for the implant
Implant inserted in jawbone Gum is stitched
- Osseointegration – the period of healing for the jawbone. 3-8 month healing period.
- Attachment of the restoration or new tooth
Dr. Miller will be pleased to discuss with you the opportunities you may have for a dental implant and the different types of dental implants.
• Root implant
• Plate form implant
• Subperiosteal implant
We invite you to schedule a consultation with our Periodontist, Dr. Miller who will provide you complete information on dental implants and answer all your questions. Dr. Miller will discuss with you whether you a candidate for dental implants, the dental implant procedure and process, and the costs associated with dental implants. An ideal candidate for dental implants is shown below:
• Patient has adequate jawbone density
• Patient needs a permanent replacement for one or more teeth
• Patient is looking for an alternative to dentures
• Patient has reasonably healthy gums
• Patient does not suffer from medical condition that could affect recovery after surgery
• Patient is not undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
Dr. Miller, Periodontist, goal is to provide the most advanced, proven periodontal dental treatments for our patients in a relaxing, comfortable environment. The Bay Smile Docs provides individualized treatment options for all your dental needs focused on patient comfort and excellent treatment results.
Our periodontal disease treatment options range from non-surgical deep cleanings where Dr. Miller will remove the hard bacterial deposits on the roots, to surgical intervention for the more advanced dental issues. For gum recession, there are many options available and with your consultation Dr. Miller will discuss these with you. There are two main stages of periodontal disease as noted below:
Gingivitis Stage: This stage is easier to treat because it only affects the gums and is reversible with excellent oral hygiene.
Dr. Miller is a periodontist in Lynn Haven and Panama City Beach, FL. Periodontists emphasize the health and function of the supportive structures of the teeth. Dr. Miller has a special interest in all phases of dental implant surgery. He is an honors graduate of Birmingham-Southern College, completed his dental degree at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry, and a certificate in periodontology at the Faculty of Dentistry, University of British Columbia.
Professional memberships include: The American Academy of Periodontology, The Southern Academy of Periodontology, and The American Dental Association. Dr. Miller was honored by the Straumann Dental Implant Company to be selected as one of their clinical advisory board members and has served as such since the group's inception. He is the only member for Alabama and the Florida Panhandle. Dr. Miller has long been a strong voice for the Advancement of Dental Implant Knowledge Utilization. He has been a postdoctoral instructor at the University of Alabama School of Dentistry and has given many continuing educational lectures on periodontal and dental implants.
Dr. Miller is a native of Alabama and resides in Port St. Joe, Florida. He practiced in Dothan, AL for 25 years and is excited to now be serving the Florida Panhandle. Along with his wife Kim and their wonderful dog Hemi, John spends most of his spare time fishing and exploring the beautiful waters of the "Forgotten Coast". Dr. Miller is also an Eagle Scout and proud member of Rotary International.
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