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Who is Not an Ideal Dental Implant Candidate?

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Candice
Dental implants have become the most popular option for replacing teeth that have been lost due to decay, gum disease, injury, or aging. An implant is a titanium rod that is surgically placed in the jaw and fuses with the jawbone over time, creating a strong foundation for a crown, dental bridge, or dentures. Dental implants are a permanent way to restore the look of your smile as well as your full ability to eat, speak, and care for your teeth properly. However, dental implants are not the best option for everyone. Here are some categories of patients for whom implants may not be suitable. People with Gum Disease Patients need to have healthy gums in order to get dental implants. When gum disease progresses, it causes your gums to pull away from your teeth. This gum recession not only allows bacteria and plaque to build up in these spaces and contribute to infection, but it also weakens your bones and causes your teeth to loosen. Therefore, someone with gum disease would have a high chance of implant failure. We always screen patients for active gum disease before recommending dental implants. You can also still develop gum disease after getting dental implants. For this reason, people with an increased risk of developing gum disease—including smokers and people with diabetes, heart disease, and rheumatoid arthritis—are not ideal candidates for dental implants. People with Significant Jawbone Loss In addition to having healthy gums, you also need to have sufficient jawbone mass to support dental implants. Jawbone deterioration can be the result of a misaligned bite, gum disease, not having natural teeth in your jaw, grinding your teeth, osteoporosis, or just natural aging. Dentures may be a better option for older patients with poor bone density, whereas younger patients with healthy bones and gums are usually great candidates for dental implants. Bone graft surgery is also an option for patients with bone loss who still want to have implants placed. If you are interested in dental implants but are unsure if you are a good candidate, our office can help. Call us today....
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What We Do if We Suspect Oral Cancer

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Candice
Oral cancer is common, especially in individuals who smoke or use tobacco. However, you do not need to worry since if detected early, the disease is manageable. If our team suspects oral cancer during your regular exams, they will conduct a physical exam and biopsy, after which they will recommend the appropriate treatment. Physical Exam After suspecting oral cancer, our team will do a physical examination on your mouth, cheek, neck, and throat areas to check for abnormalities. These abnormalities include irritation areas, lumps on your neck and cheeks, and sores on the soft tissues of your mouth. They will also look out for chronic hoarseness, difficulty in swallowing, chewing, and jaw movement. If they find open sores and lumps, they will give you a one to two-weeks break and prescribe medication to allow the sores to heal on their own. After the two weeks, our team will reexamine your mouth to check whether the questionable sores are healing and whether the lumps are still present. If they still find the suspicious sores and lumps present, they will recommend a biopsy. Biopsy Biopsy comprises the removal of the suspected cancer tissues to be checked for cancer cells in the laboratory. If our team suspects oral cancer during reexamination, they will take samples from your mouth tissues and examine them under a microscope for cancer and precancerous cells, which pose a risk for cancer in the future. They will then pass on the results to a pathologist who will tell whether it is cancer. If they confirm cancer, they will do further tests to confirm the cancer stage before commencing any treatment. Our team will then link you to cancer professionals to ensure you commence treatment as soon as possible. For more information on oral cancer diagnosis and treatment, contact our office today....
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Why Some Teeth Require a Surgical Extraction

Posted on 12/21/2020 by Candice
A tooth extraction should be your last resort after exhausting all other options to save your teeth. This recourse comes in when dealing with a tooth that is damaged beyond repair. The damage may involve a tooth that is broken, fragile, cracked, or impacted. Sometimes you may have to extract your teeth due to overcrowding, trauma, diseases, or when they don't respond to crowning or root canal treatment. This is where surgical tooth extraction comes in to make the work easier and save other teeth. Reasons Why Your Teeth Require Surgical Extraction You can opt for a surgical tooth extraction if a significant part of your teeth is broken or missing. The remaining pieces may be extremely difficult to remove using other tooth extraction methods. A surgical extraction will be required to get rid of all other pieces that might cause damage to your mouth. Any fragile or cracked teeth can also be removed surgically to save them from getting fractured during the normal extraction. Also, you can choose surgical extraction when dealing with teeth that have long, curved or large roots. These types of teeth pose many challenges due to their curved crooked or hooked roots. The use of excessive force to pull them out may cause bone damage or tooth breakage. The same case applies to teeth with thin and fragile roots. Such roots are likely to break when using non-surgical methods to extract the affected teeth. So you will have to go for a surgical extraction method just in case you are dealing with teeth that have fragile roots. Finally, you can turn to a surgical extraction option to safely take out impacted teeth. The three forms of impacted teeth are usually soft tissue impaction, partial-bony impaction, and full-bony impaction. If you want additional advice on surgical tooth extraction methods, call us or visit our office....
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All Posts:

Who is Not an Ideal Dental Implant Candidate?
1/25/2021
What We Do if We Suspect Oral Cancer
1/11/2021
Why Some Teeth Require a Surgical Extraction
12/21/2020
Dental Health Reasons We Hope You Remove Your Oral Piercing
12/7/2020
What We Offer as Periodontal Services
11/16/2020
What Is an Oral Splint Used For?
11/9/2020
Oral Piercing Infections
10/19/2020
Benefits of Getting a Single Dental Implant for Just One Missing Tooth
10/5/2020
Uses of an Oral Splint
9/21/2020
What to Do Should an Oral Emergency Arise?
9/7/2020
Benefits of Sleeping On an Incline After Oral Surgery
8/24/2020
Talk to Us if You Have Swelling In Your Mouth and a Fever
8/10/2020
Are There Any Jaw Exercises You Could Do to Improve Your Jaw Pain?
7/23/2020
Ways We Can Help Treat TMJ Issues
7/7/2020
Why We Want To Help if You Have a Cleft Palate
6/22/2020
Benefits of Getting Dental Implants Instead of Dentures
6/8/2020
Orofacial Pain is Not a Way of Life You Need to Struggle With
5/29/2020
Causes of Rough Skin Inside Your Mouth
5/15/2020
Is It Normal to Get Narcotics After Dental Surgery?
3/20/2020
The Point of Splitting Teeth for An Extraction
3/10/2020
Reasons Cheeks Often Swell After Any Oral Surgery Procedure
2/20/2020
Times Where a Custom Mouthguard Could Keep Your Teeth Safe
2/10/2020
Some Abscesses Need Our Attention to Treat
1/20/2020
When You Should Avoid Ice Following Oral Surgery
1/10/2020
Snoring is Actually a Symptom of Larger Problems
12/20/2019
Sleep Apnea Treatment Options We Can Provide
12/10/2019
Which Over the Counter Meds Should You Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery?
11/20/2019
Why Straws Are So Dangerous Following Oral Surgery
11/10/2019
When a Tooth Cracks in Half, Can It Be Saved?
10/20/2019
What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
10/10/2019
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
9/20/2019
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
9/10/2019
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
8/20/2019
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
8/10/2019
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
7/20/2019
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
7/10/2019
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
6/20/2019
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
6/10/2019
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
5/20/2019
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
5/10/2019
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
4/20/2019
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
4/10/2019
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
3/20/2019
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
3/10/2019
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
2/20/2019
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
2/10/2019
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
1/20/2019
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
1/10/2019
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
12/20/2018
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
12/10/2018
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
11/20/2018
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
11/10/2018
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
10/20/2018
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
10/10/2018
How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
9/20/2018
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
9/10/2018
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
8/20/2018
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
8/10/2018
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
7/20/2018
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
7/10/2018
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
6/23/2018
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
6/13/2018
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
5/23/2018
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
5/13/2018
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
4/20/2018
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
4/10/2018
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
3/20/2018
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
3/10/2018
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
2/20/2018
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
2/10/2018
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
1/20/2018
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
1/10/2018
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
12/20/2017
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
12/10/2017
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
11/23/2017
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
11/13/2017
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
10/20/2017
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
10/10/2017
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
9/20/2017
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
9/10/2017
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
8/20/2017
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
8/10/2017
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
7/31/2017
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
7/20/2017
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
6/20/2017
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
6/10/2017
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
5/20/2017
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
5/10/2017
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
4/20/2017
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
4/10/2017
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
3/20/2017
How to Handle Graft Pain
3/10/2017
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
2/20/2017
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
2/10/2017
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
1/20/2017
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
1/10/2017
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
12/20/2016
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
12/10/2016
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
11/20/2016
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
11/10/2016
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
10/20/2016
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
10/10/2016
Fixing an Underbite
9/20/2016
Defining Impacted Teeth
9/10/2016
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
8/23/2016
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
8/13/2016
What is Orthognathic Surgery?
7/30/2016
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