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What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
Posted on 10/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
Dental implants are a great way to take repair different oral issues using technology. They were once used only to replace broken or missing teeth. Today, their application is much more extensive. Dental implants are used to reconstruct bridges, support crowns and even handle dentures. However, implants don't automatically work just because they have been fixed right. There are times when the body will reject the implants because of a wide variety of reasons. As it is today, the rate of dental implant failures stand at 5%. However, due to the amount of time, resources and energy spent on getting your implants, the most logical choice involves taking as much care as possible. There are practices which, if done regularly, can greatly decrease the chances that the implants will be rejected by the body. They include; Stop Smoking Smoking is one of the most common lifestyle choices that can cause your dental implants to be rejected. When smoking, the gums do not receive as much blood as they should. The restricted blood flow causes the gums to heal a lot slower which means that the implants will take much longer to heal. Multiple studies have shown that smoking increases the chances of implant rejection up to 20 percent. Insufficient Jaw Bone For the dental implants to be fully secured, they need to be fastened to the jaw bone so that there is minimal movement and also ensuring the implants stay active for years to come. If you don't have sufficient jaw bone, a bone graft is the most likely solution to reduce the chances the implant will be rejected. The new jaw can securely fit the implants without chances of failure. Oral Hygiene Keeping up great oral hygiene is also a big aspect of keeping the implants from being rejected. This involves ensuring that you floss and brush your teeth at least twice every day and preferentially with an antibacterial mouthwash which doesn't have alcohol. If you follow these steps closely, then your chances of having a dental implant rejection will be astronomically low. It's also important to ensure that you keep up with your appointments to see us. If you have any worries or concerns don't hesitate to reach out. We are here for you!...

Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
Posted on 9/20/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
When you hear the word crown in relation to dentistry you probably think of the crowns we put on a damaged tooth. In reality, the crown is a part of your tooth. The crown of your tooth is the part that is covered with enamel. When your teeth first come in, this is the part you can see sticking up through the gums. When we refer to a crown fracture you will refer to it as a broken or chipped tooth. Should you call us if you break or chip your tooth? Yes, you absolutely should. There are two kinds of fractured crowns. Some are complicated and others are uncomplicated. When you have an uncomplicated crown fracture, it involves only the enamel or the enamel and dentin portions of your tooth. When you have a complicated crown fracture, the enamel and dentin are affected, but the pulp is also exposed. In the anatomy of your tooth, the enamel is the part your brush and it is a protective covering for the internal parts of your tooth. The dentin is the next internal layer of your tooth and inside of that is the pulp. The pulp contains the nerves and blood vessels and extends all the way down to the root of your tooth. How Do You Treat a Fracture? First, we examine your tooth and take x-rays to determine the amount of damage done to the structure that is not visible to the naked eye. An uncomplicated fracture involves only the enamel or the enamel and dentin structure. We will check to ensure that tooth fragments weren't embedded in your lips, tongue or gingiva and we test to see if your pulp is sensitive. If it is a small fracture, like a chip, we may simply smooth the rough edges. If it's a larger fracture, we may be able to restore the tooth structure. If you have a complicated fracture the treatment is different. The initial exam is the same. We check for embedded fragments and take x-rays. We don't test your pulp sensitivity because the pulp is involved is visible. The x-ray for a complicated fracture also includes the soft tissue that has been injured to be sure the pulp wasn't contaminated by any foreign bodies. What we want to accomplish is to make sure your pulp retains its vitality and your teeth look good and can function properly. If you break or chip your tooth call us immediately. Some treatment options are dependent on the amount of time that has elapsed between the time of the accident and the time treatment begins....

Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
Posted on 9/10/2019 by Andrew Zeiger
If you're concerned about a lump, lesion, or other sore in your mouth that you think may be oral cancer, you need to call and make an appointment with us right away. There are a number of different tests we can do to determine if it is oral cancer. Do X-Rays Show Cancer? In the case of oral cancer, no. Oral cancer affects the tissue of your mouth, including your lips, gums, cheeks, and the roof and floor of the mouth. X-Rays typically don't show any growths on this part of the mouth and instead only reveal the bones underneath the tissue. How Is Oral Cancer Diagnosed? During your regular six-month checkups or any other visit, we will look over your mouth for any odd sores, lesions, or other lumps. In most cases, you've already noticed something odd and point it out. In other cases, if the lesions or lumps are pretty small, we might only see them by using our specialized equipment. Either way, if the spot appears to be of any type of concern, we will actually take a small about of the tissue via a biopsy. That sample is sent to the lab to determine if oral cancer is present. That doesn't mean X-Rays are useless in this case. While they may not necessarily show oral cancer, they can be used to determine if that cancer has spread. That can be the case if it's not detected early. An orthopantomogram, a type of X-Ray that looks at the upper and lower jaw bone, is often done to see if cancer has developed around the bone. Make an Appointment or Schedule a Checkup Today Remember that the best way of treating oral cancer is by detecting it early. That's one of the reasons why your six-month checkups are so important. If you don't have one of these appointments scheduled, call today to set one up....

All Posts:

What Can Be Done to Reduce the Chances of Implant Rejection?
Crown Fractures Are Something to Call Us About
Can X-Rays Show Oral Cancer?
Foods to Keep Around During Oral Surgery Recovery
Following an Auto Accident, We Need to Check Your Mouth if You Have Pain
It Is Best to Turn to Us When You Need Wisdom Tooth Extraction
Is the Ringing in Your Ears Something We Can Treat?
Why We Sometimes Need to Help You Recover from an Oral Burn
What Makes the Jaw Hurt
Not All Wisdom Teeth Cause Trouble as They Erupt
Mouthguards Can Protect Your Teeth from Incidental Damage
When Is a Bone Graft Considered Healed?
What We Do During an Oral Biopsy
Most Common Needs for Dental Crowns
Is Oral Surgery a Requirement to Treat a Dental Abscess?
How Bruxism Wears Down Your Enamel
Do You Need Stronger Sinuses? A Sinus Lift Can Help
Why Ringing In Your Ears May Stem from a Jaw Problem
What to Expect During Jaw Reconstruction Recovery
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
How to Get Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
Having Surgery Prior to Getting Dentures Can Give You a Better Fix
First Steps to Take Following Dental Trauma
Signs to Look for If Your Jaw Hurts Following a Car Accident
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
How Long is Exercise Off Limits Following Oral Surgery?
How Long Do Bone Grafts Take to Heal?
Who Needs Apicoectomies and Why?
When Chewing Gum Hurts Your Jaw, What Do You Do?
What Happens If Your Child Does Not Get Palate Repair?
Dangers of Clenching Your Teeth Each Day
Signs Your Wisdom Teeth Need to Come Out
You May Have Sleep Apnea and Not Know It
Common Causes of Pain in the Jaw
Are You Going to Need an Oral Biopsy?
How Does a Pulpotomy Differ From a Pulpectomy?
How a Root Canal Can Save Your Tooth
Types of Bone Grafting Materials
Treating a Jaw That Grew Unevenly
Questions to Ask Your Oral Surgeon Before Getting Oral Surgery
Piercings Can Easily Get Infected - What Signs to Watch Out For
Signs You Need to Speak with an Oral Surgeon for TMD
Checking for Oral Cancer Between Visits to the Oral Surgeon
How to Spot Signs of Bruxism in Yourself
How to Maintain Oral Health Following Oral Surgery
Things You May Do that Cause Your Own TMJ Pain
The Connection Between Unhealthy Teeth and Ringing in Your Ears
Do You Have an Infection After Oral Surgery?
Do Overbites Require Repair or Can They be Left?
Dealing with a Broken Tooth Until You Can Be Seen
Managing Mouth Pain at Home Before Getting to Your Dentist
Benefits of Not Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted
Are Lumps Inside Your Mouth Normal?
Mouth Guards Reduce Potential Damage for Those Suffering from Bruxism
Is Eating a Soft Diet for Too Long After Oral Surgery a Problem?
How an Oral Biopsy is Performed
Do You Have TMJ Issues That Need Treatment?
What Should You Do if You Have an Overbite?
What are the Signs That You Have an Impacted Tooth?
Is a Custom Mouth Guard in Your Future?
How Yogurt Can Help You Recover from Oral Surgery
Should You Opt for Teeth in a Day?
How to Handle Graft Pain
Why You May Want to Keep Your Wisdom Teeth
When You Need Surgery for a Tooth Abscess
What to Know Before Oral Surgery
Healing After Implant Surgery - What to Know
Reducing Swelling Following a Tooth Extraction
Recovering from an Oral Cancer Biopsy
How Common is Dental Implant Rejection?
Can Your Oral Surgeon Treat Your Apnea?
Can Your Broken Tooth Be Surgically Repaired?
Are You a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Fixing an Underbite
Defining Impacted Teeth
Jaw Pain After a Car Accident, This Might Be the Cause
How to Recover Immediately Following Oral Surgery
What is Orthognathic Surgery?

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