Cost Effective Treatment Option

Dental implants have become more predictable, enduring and cost effective than other dental solutions and are now stronger, more permanent and possible for virtually almost any patient.

Dental Implants And Their Construction
The anatomy of dental implants consists of two important features, a titanium post and an artificial crown. The titanium post is incredibly durable and will eventually function like a tooth’s natural root. Placed directly into the jawbone, the bone will fuse to the post over time through a natural process known as osseointegration. Continue reading

Easing Your Child’s Fear of Oral Surgery

The thought of undergoing oral surgery usually elicits feelings of anxiety and fear for patients. If it is your child that needs surgery, the emotions are intensified even more. We know firsthand the many worries, concerns, and questions that parents face in this situation and we are here to walk you through every step of the process.

Consultation
Every procedure entails an initial exam consultation. Here, we provide a thorough explanation of a patient’s diagnosis and our surgery plan. This part of the process can be difficult for your child to understand, so as a parent, it is helpful for you to do some research and explain the procedure to your child in a non-threatening and easy to understand way. Doing so is essential, because it is critical that your child knows what to expect before heading into their procedure. Continue reading

Dental Implants Without The Anxiety

It is not uncommon for patients to experience anxiety at the prospect of going to the dentist. We understand that dental phobia is a real problem, but it should not keep you from getting the treatment you desire. Fortunately, when you have implants placed with sedation you can enjoy a relaxed, comfortable treatment.

Different Types of Sedation

Nitrous Oxide
You will breathe in this colorless, odorless gas also known as “laughing gas.” The gas will help you feel comfortable and at ease, and many patients even experience a sense of euphoria. Continue reading

Can Dental Implants Replace Your Molars?

Dental implants are superior to other tooth replacements, lasting longer and looking better than other options like dentures and bridges. Depending on the location of the missing tooth, patients may have different concerns about the tooth and the dental implant used to replace it.

Molars, the large teeth at the rear of the upper and lower jaws, are necessary for chewing, so patients often want an entirely functional replacement tooth when a natural molar is lost. Dental implants help to preserve chewing capacity, and they withstand greater forces than a bridge does. However, an oral surgeon placing dental implants as molar replacements can face unique challenges. Continue reading

What Are Wisdom Teeth, And Why Remove Them?

Do Your Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Wisdom teeth are usually are removed between the ages of 17-25. Some people put off this procedure or do not have it done at all because of fear, or they think it is not necessary.

What Are Wisdom Teeth, And Why Remove Them?
Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars that are the last teeth to develop. Getting them does not mean immediate removal is necessary. Wisdom teeth can be beneficial if they come in properly aligned.
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Pericoronitis

For many people, getting their wisdom teeth removed is a pretty painless, simple process. But, there are a few cases when wisdom teeth removal is performed not as a preventative measure, but because of a severe, unpleasant infection. A condition called pericoronitis can develop when the gum tissue around the wisdom teeth become infected and inflamed. Although treatable, the condition can continue to recur if the teeth are not removed.

What Causes Pericoronitis?
Pericoronitis occurs when a tooth only comes in part way and when a portion of gum tissue is left over the tooth. The gum tissue often has an opening that is the perfect place for food to become lodged and for bacteria to accumulate. The bacteria are what are responsible for the infection. As they multiply, the gum becomes more and more inflamed. An abscess can form, which is usually filled with pus. If not treated in a timely way, the pus can spread to other areas of the mouth, spreading the infection. Continue reading

Why Remove Wisdom Teeth?

Do Your Wisdom Teeth Need to be Removed?
Wisdom teeth are usually are removed between the ages of 17-25. Some people put off this procedure or do not have it done at all because of fear, or they think it is not necessary.

What Are Wisdom Teeth, And Why Remove Them?
Wisdom teeth are referred to as third molars that are the last teeth to develop. Getting them does not mean immediate removal is necessary. Wisdom teeth can be beneficial if they come in properly aligned.

Wisdom teeth often come in aligned horizontally or positioned away from the other molars, which can cause pain and make eating or drinking difficult. These teeth also make it harder to brush or floss because the misalignment makes them more difficult to reach. Therefore, wisdom teeth are likely to get dark spots, cavities, and other dental problems. Continue reading

Why Replacing Back Teeth Is Vital

Millions of people in America have experienced the loss of one or more of their permanent teeth. Whether caused by poor oral care, injury, old age or professional extraction, tooth loss can change every aspect of your daily life in a number of negative ways. While missing back teeth may not be the first thing people see when you smile, they are key to maintaining good oral and physical health.

Why Replacing Back Teeth Is Vital
If you do not replace your back teeth, you will lose the bone that supports them. You run the risk of bite collapse as well as a decrease in your chewing efficiency thus impacting your dietary choices. Losing back teeth causes your face, cheeks, and lips to sag. This slack appearance serves to make the individual seem years, if not decades, older than their biological age. You can also experience excessive wear or erosion of remaining front teeth because they are receiving more stress as fewer teeth are handling the workload. Continue reading

Best Time to Schedule Removal of Wisdom Tooth

wisdom-toothWhen considering the removal of wisdom teeth, one cannot help but wonder when would be the best time to schedule the surgery. Not only the date for the surgery needs to be taken into consideration but also the recovery time.

Firstly, a comprehensive dental examination should be performed to determine if a referral to an oral surgeon for further evaluation of the wisdom teeth is indicated. If so, the oral surgeon will evaluate the wisdom teeth and discuss what is needed to be done pre and post-surgery and also inform the patient about what to expect during recovery.

Patients need to be closely monitored by their general dentist in order for the dentist to be able to determine if, at some point, a referral to an oral surgeon is advised. The dentist will be able to foresee eminent problems and refer to a qualified oral surgeon in case the early removal of wisdom teeth may prevent serious pain and infection or even damage to nearby molars in the future. Continue reading

Signs You May Have Impacted Wisdom Teeth

impacted-toothAn impacted tooth is a tooth that has not fully emerged from your gums or jaw. In some cases, a tooth may grow at the wrong angle. This can cause the alignment of surrounding teeth and cause other complications. Early detection gives you more options for addressing the issue, reduces discomfort, and averts other issues related to impaction.

Visit Your Dentist Regularly
Your general dentist will monitor the growth of your wisdom teeth. Not everyone develops all four wisdom teeth. Your dentist will check these areas of your mouth regularly starting around age 16 or 17.

Your dentist will take x-rays to confirm the bone structure underlying your gums. This will not only tell him or her if a tooth is impacted, but it will also reveal how the growth of that tooth can affect the rest of your smile. Continue reading