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Aftercare for Dental Implant Surgery

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Before joining Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants as a staff surgeon, Christopher “Chris” Babcock, DMD led Kentuckiana Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Associates for more than a decade. Dr. Christopher C. Babcock, DMD possesses decades of experience in restorative oral surgery, such as titanium dental implants.

Titanium implants are replacement teeth composed of a metal base and a ceramic crown. They are durable and can last for decades if cared for properly. The postoperative recovery period can last months, and patients must follow after-care procedures to prevent complications. Patients with certain medical conditions or who have had multiple teeth replaced may go through a longer recovery.

Directly after surgery, patients should rest, stay hydrated, and use an ice pack or medication to reduce swelling and pain. To avoid putting pressure on the implant site, and depending on the type of implant surgery performed, patients shouldn’t blow their noses, use a straw, or brush too harshly. Most patients are advised to follow a soft diet for up to 14 days following surgery. A daily rinse with salt water can also reduce inflammation.

Louisville Dental Society’s Donated Dental Services Program

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock holds both an MD and DMD, having earned the latter from the University of Louisville, where he was inducted into the Omicron Kappa Upsilon dentistry honor society. Christopher C. Babcock, MD, specializes in oral and maxillofacial reconstructive surgery and is affiliated with several professional associations, including the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the American Dental Society of Anesthesiology, and the Louisville Dental Society (LDS).

The LDS unites dentists, oral surgeons, and other oral health professionals and coordinates pro-bono programs that deliver dental care to underserved Kentucky residents. The LDS is one of thousands of dental associations nationwide offering the Donated Dental Services (DDS) program.

First established in 1985, the DDS program enables economically-\ disadvantaged seniors, people with disabilities, and other vulnerable groups to access medically necessary oral health treatment. The program was created to fill the gap for people with Medicare or Medicaid policies, which do not provide dental coverage. Under the DDS program, more over 15,000 professionals have delivered dental care to more than 100,000 people.

Finding Reduced-Fee Dentistry for Your Child

Dr. Christopher C. “Chris” Babcock is an accomplished healthcare professional who holds medical and dental degrees. Since 2018, Dr. Christopher C. Babcock, MD, has practiced at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Dr. Babcock is also a member of the American Dental Association (ADA).

Established in 1859, the ADA operates as a non-profit organization and represents a membership base of 163,000 dentists. The ADA’s consumer website, MouthHealthy.org, provides helpful information to the public through learning resources and dental-related articles that offer advice on a range of topics, including how to find low-cost dental care for children.

The MouthHealthy.org site also recommends free dental services for children that are offered through the Give Kids A Smile (GKAS) program. This program provides children with free dental education, screenings, and procedures administered by volunteer dental professionals.

Parents are encouraged to find affordable dental services for their children by calling the Insure Kids Now hotline, which can be reached at 1.877.KIDS.NOW. This hotline provides the names of dental clinics that participate in reduced-cost care programs, including Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Programs (SCHIP).

What Is Disability Insurance Stacking?

Named one of the “Top Docs of Louisville” multiple times, Dr. Christopher C. Babcock, DMD, performs maxillofacial surgery at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants. Christopher C. (Chris) Babcock, DMD, is also a representative of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. He specializes in disability insurance products and strategies for individuals in high-earning professions.

Since disability insurance benefits can only reimburse a percentage of income, high-earning professionals may benefit from multiple policies, a process known as stacking. Individuals whose income is far above a single policy’s maximum monthly payout can increase their benefits by purchasing additional plans. While some disability insurers limit the total a policyholder can receive from any disability plan, this amount is usually much higher than the maximum monthly benefit.

Individuals can also use stacking to supplement older plans. For example, a professional may have obtained a cheaper policy with a lower benefit earlier in their career. After several years, the plan’s payout limit became a fraction of the policyholder’s current income. Buying an additional plan to fill the gap may be less expensive than replacing the older policy with a new plan with a higher payout. Stacking can also be used strategically by combining a plan with a short waiting period with a policy that has a longer period of coverage.

ADA’s Fluoride in Water Campaign

As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Christopher C. Babcook is a member of the Kentucky Dental Association, and Kentucky Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons. Working in wisdom teeth removal, dental implants, and oral pathology, Christopher C. Babcook, MMD is also a member of the American Dental Association.

One of the programs of the American Dental Association is the Fluoride in Water program which seeks to provide information to the public about the efficacy and safety of fluoride. A naturally occurring substance, fluoride is added to water, as it can decrease the number of cavities in communities by around 25 percent. Water fluoridation has been studied for over 70 years and is considered safe by many international organizations such as the American Dental Association, the World Health Organization, and the Center for Disease Control.

As it is predominantly an educational resource for the benefits of Fluoride in Water, the program provides information on studies that were conducted about fluoride, the many benefits it provides, and the ways in which it’s used. There are also clinical guidelines, and fluoridation advocacy.

Common Problems Caused by Wisdom Teeth

Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Christopher C. (Chris) Babcock, MD, DMD, practices at Louisville Oral Surgery and Dental Implants, where he performs dental implants and extractions. Additionally, Christopher C. Babcock, MD, is skilled in removing wisdom teeth.

Wisdom tooth removal is a common procedure. In many cases, keeping wisdom teeth can lead to complications later in life. Though some people have wisdom teeth that grow in without any obvious issues, many dentists still recommend removal to prevent the development of problems.

When wisdom teeth are impacted (remaining inside the gums and not visible), a cyst or infection may develop in the gums, eventually leading to damage in bone support and the roots of other teeth. When wisdom teeth are partially impacted, they are difficult to clean and have an increased risk of causing gum disease or other oral infections. Speak with your dentist about your wisdom teeth to determine if surgery is necessary.