A dental surgical stent is an acrylic device made from a model of the patient's mouth that fits over the area where dental implants are to be placed and helps guide the oral surgeon in correct placement of implants. The stent contains holes that are pre-drilled.Know More
The dental surgical stent is placed over existing teeth, bone or gums. Impressions are made of the patient's mouth and from those impressions molds are created. These molds are then used to create the surgical stent from acrylic. X-rays or CT scans are also used to create the stent.
Some stents are made with acrylic and metal or ceramic tubes to guide drilling. When the stent is placed, the surgeon can drill through the holes in the stent; the stent helps guide the placement and angle of the drilling. Stents can be restrictive or non-restrictive. Restrictive stents allow the surgeon to drill precisely where the stent guides and therefore place the implants in an exact position. Non-restrictive stents give the surgeon some leeway in the implant placement. A drawback of non-restrictive stents is that the implant can be placed in a position that was not originally planned by the restorative dentist. Radiographs can also be taken with the stent in place to verify placement before drilling.Learn more about Dental
Symptoms of a jaw bone infection include redness or swelling, pus drainage from the jaw area, and pain in the jaw or mouth, according to Johns Hopkins Medicine. Patients with symptoms of a jaw infection should be treated immediately to keep serious health issues from developing.Full Answer >
A pimple on the gum area of the mouth can be an indication of a dental abscess. The cause of this pimple-like inflammation is a bacterial infection. This inflammation is puss that collects at the pimple site.Full Answer >
Taking over-the-counter pain medications, rinsing the mouth with warm saltwater or baking soda rinses, and applying a moist teabag to the painful area are temporary home remedies for the discomfort from a tooth infection, according to MedicineNet. These remedies mitigate the pain but do not resolve the infection.Full Answer >
American Dental Accessories sells dental replacement parts and kits, including O-rings for dental implants, from its website at Amerdental.com. Some dentists also sell O-rings directly to patients who ask for them, but replacing them is typically a service provided by the dentist during a scheduled office visit.Full Answer >