Anxiety is a very real condition that afflicts countless people all over the world. Some people may even think they do not suffer from such a condition until it is time to go in for a dental checkup. Dental anxiety occurs when a person becomes nervous about going to an oral surgeon. The good news is that if you ever feel severe anxiety about visiting Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira, he can offer you sedation dentistry to help.

Dental Anxiety Is More Common Than You May Think

You are not alone if you have a fear of visiting the dentist. In fact, three out of every four people experience some form of dental anxiety. Symptoms can vary as well:

  • Sweaty palms
  • Increased heart rate
  • Crying
  • Panicking
  • Low blood pressure or fainting

This anxiety only gets in the way if it keeps you from relaxing enough for the dental services to be performed. Sedation dentistry may help you to relax enough to get the dental treatment you need.

Many Options With Many Benefits

There are a few different ways that sedation can be administered during an appointment:

  • Local anesthetic – administered through a syringe directly to the area being treated. It numbs the area so you feel less pain, and it may be used along with another form of sedation.
  • Nitrous oxide – breathe in the nitrous oxide to feel more relaxed during an appointment. You can still drive yourself home afterward.
  • Oral – you can take a pill about an hour before your appointment to make you more relaxed. You may need someone to drive you home afterward, and you may not remember the procedure.
  • IV. – a sedative administered directly in a vein may help you relax and feel like you have slept during the appointment. This is ideal for patients with more severe anxiety or more complex procedures such as surgery.

Contact Us To Find Out More

Sedation offers patients a way to relax and safely receive the treatment their teeth need. To learn more and to schedule an appointment with Dr. Lugakingira, contact our practice in Fort Wayne, IN today.

Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira recommends people get their wisdom teeth removed when they are still fairly young. When people receive this tooth extraction when they are in their teens or 20’s, there is a reduced likelihood of experiencing complications as a result from the surgery. Waiting even a few years can increase your odds of having the following health problems.

  1. Damage to the Adjacent Teeth

Four teeth will try to erupt if you do not get them removed. In a vast majority of cases, there is not enough room in the patient’s mouth for the teeth to grow. As a result, they will rub against the adjacent teeth. This leads to further damage, and your other teeth may become misaligned and required treatment down the line.

  1. Pericoronitis

This is a medical condition where the soft tissue in the mouth becomes inflamed. The symptoms of this condition include a slight fever, discomfort and extreme pain. When this occurs, the only way to find relief from the pain is to get rid of the impacted wisdom tooth.

  1. Jaw Fracture

Wisdom teeth put an immense amount of pressure on the jawbone. While it tends to be rare, some people will experience fractures within the bone. Not only will you need surgery to remove the teeth, but you will require additional surgery to repair the bone tissue.

  1. Increased Risk of Gum Disease

In the event these rearmost teeth erupt, they are extremely difficult to clean. Even when the teeth erupt with no complications, the person may not be able to clean them properly, which can increase the person’s risk of developing cavities and gum disease.

Get These Teeth Removed Right Away

Parents of teens should make sure their children undergo this procedure from Dr. Lugakingira’s office. Contact our practice in Fort Wayne, IN to schedule the appointment, especially if you or your teen starts experiencing discomfort from the wisdom teeth.

National Smile Week starts the second week of August, and if you are not yet ready to flash your pearly whites to the world, now is a great time to prepare. Some people are too embarrassed to smile because they worry about how their teeth look or that fact that they are missing some teeth. Fort Wayne Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Implant Center offers a number of options to help you get your smile back, including dental implants for patients who are good candidates.

How Implants Benefit Your Smile

Implants offer numerous benefits for every smile. First and foremost, they look and function just like your real teeth. In fact, chances are high that no one will even know you have implants because Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira will ensure the crown looks just like your natural teeth – even down to the color. Your dental implant is customized to meet your needs and restore the look of your teeth, so you can smile without worry.

Other Advantages to Implants

The benefits to dental implants are much more than cosmetic, however. Because the procedure involves embedding a titanium post into the jaw bone, the post acts as a support that prevents bone deterioration. This also means it is less likely that the teeth adjacent to the missing tooth will fall out.

When placed by a qualified oral surgeon, implants are extremely secure, which means you can eat your favorite foods without worrying about it shifting or falling out. This also makes speaking natural and comfortable – it is basically like having your real tooth back again! And all you have to do is care for your implants like you would your real teeth, and the implants should last for years, decades, or even a lifetime.

Find Out If You Are a Good Candidate

Before committing to a dental implant procedure, you need to make sure you are a good candidate and that it is the right option for you. Contact our office in Fort Wayne, IN to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lugakingira and learn more!

If you have been dealing with tooth loss, you’ve probably heard about dental implants. They’ve become increasingly popular as a permanent option to bridgework that has superior strength and a beautiful appearance. What you might not realize is that implants aren’t just for people who are missing one or a few teeth. Advances in the use of implants has led to the development of implant supported dentures, providing more patients than ever the options of permanent replacements for a full set of teeth.

Facts About Full Arch Dental Implants

Full arch implants have a few benefits over dentures for patients that qualify. Of course, there are also great reasons for dentures, but for those patients looking for a permanent solution that they can care for like natural teeth, here’s the case for implants:

  • Titanium supports ground the implants in the jaw to support the replacement teeth. This makes the implant permanent and strong.
  • Replacement teeth are high quality porcelain, leaving the patient with a clear, white smile.
  • Full arch implants use a limited arrangement of anchors to provide maximum strength and stability with minimal pain and a fast healing time.
  • Implants allow you to resume your regular daily routine without worrying about what you can eat.

Need to Know if You Are a Candidate?

Not everyone qualifies for full arch implants, but there’s an easy way to find out if they will work for you. All you need to do is set up a consultation. Dr. Lugakingira will review your dental records, talk to you about possible complications due to other health issues, and help you set up your path toward the procedure if you are a candidate.

Most people who are not candidates have serious issues which would make bleeding or infection a major concern, or they are missing too much bone tissue in the jaw. For more information, set up an appointment with our office in Fort Wayne, IN today!

Everyone wants a beautiful smile, but your mouth requires maintenance and sometimes surgical intervention to stay healthy. Dentists can perform numerous procedures and regular checkups. However, more advanced procedures require an oral surgeon such as Dr. Mulokozi Lugakingira of Fort Wayne Oral Maxillofacial Surgery & Implant Center.

Who Are Oral Surgeons?

Oral surgeons are highly trained medical professionals who can perform a number of complex treatments in the mouth and jaw regions. Their training begins with four years of dental school. When that is completed, they start training as surgeons in hospital-based medical residency programs lasting from four to six years. Oral surgeons have advanced training in many areas.

  • Reconstructive surgery
  • Orthognathic (jaw) surgery
  • Oral biopsies
  • Bone grafting
  • TMJ disorder
  • Dental implants
  • Wisdom tooth extraction

Other specialties include anesthesiology and facial trauma.

Why Extensive Training Sets Oral Surgeons Apart

During their residency of at least four years, oral surgeons study general surgery, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat), and the skin, bones, and muscles of the mouth, jaw, and face.

This focused and rigorous preparation enables them to diagnose and treat a variety of both functional and cosmetic conditions. Their knowledge and experience puts them in an unparalleled position among oral professionals to successfully treat all manner of complaints with the mouth, face, and jaw.

How Are Oral Surgeons Different from Dentists?

Oral surgeons have studied dentistry, but their training and expertise goes far beyond that of other oral professionals. They can provide an extremely high level of specialized patient care to improve health and raise the quality of life for their patients.

In addition to extensive training and specialties, experienced oral surgeons use the most advanced dental technology available to provide the highest quality patient care possible. They keep up with cutting-edge developments, and the best oral surgeons know how to incorporate technological improvements into their daily practices.

Make an Appointment

Do not wait to get the advanced care you need. Contact our office in Fort Wayne, IN to make an appointment with Dr. Lugakingira so you can benefit from his education and experience!