February 2019

If you have some pain in your mouth that you do not think your dentist can fix, you have the option of going to an oral surgeon to get help. This kind of expert can assist with many major problems dealing with the mouth and teeth.

If you need regular dental work, you probably have a primary dentist that you can go to for help. However, even the most experienced dentists can not solve every problem that has to do with your teeth. If you have major damage or a serious condition that needs to be taken care of, you should head to an oral surgeon in your area.

One of the most common reasons to use an oral surgeon is to get wisdom teeth removed. These come in during young adulthood in most cases, and many people have mouths that are too small to comfortably contain the new teeth so they need to get them removed. If you feel pain in your mouth that you think might be related to this issue, you can go to your dentist first to confirm that you need to get them out, and then get a referral to a nearby surgeon.

Some car accidents can cause facial damage that extends to the teeth, causing major issues that become quite painful. If you need some type of reconstructive surgery, head to a quality oral surgeon in your area. Any type of trauma to the jaw or mouth should be looked at by this kind of expert.

If your dentist determinates that you have a cyst in your mouth, you may need an expert to remove it. Some dentists may be able to perform the surgery depending on their experience, but many are likely happy to just refer you to someone who has years of training for this kind of problem. This is especially true if you will need anesthesia for the procedure, since most surgeons in this field are well trained to administer this drug.

If you have decided to get dental implants, you will need to visit a practitioner with experience in this field. This kind of expert can give you teeth that look quite real, but they need to be put in and maintained properly in order to look as good as possible. Find a practitioner who has plenty of knowledge in this area if you want the best results.

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You may have had one or a few in your lifetime or you may know of others who have had one or a few…what are they? Cavities, those holes in your teeth that need to be repaired, or else!

Cavities to put it simply are openings through the protective structure of the teeth, usually enamel but at times other exposed surfaces of the tooth can form cavities as well, such as cementum or dentin. Enamel is one of the hardest substances in our body, even stronger than our bones, thus it takes a lot to break down the enamel tooth structure. Cementum and dentin on the other hard are softer and when exposed to the oral cavity can form soft areas or cavities at a much faster rate. Enamel, cementum and dentin all have a similar purpose; to protect the pulp of the tooth, that area where the nerve and the rich blood vessels that feed the tooth live.

The process of cavity formation can take some time. Initially the rise in the acidity level causes a demineralization of thee external portion of th tooth structure, this process can either continue with further degradation of the protective tooth structures or can be halted/reversed through application of fluoride and the buffering/remineralizaiton effect of saliva.

Increased acidity of the mouth occur can through consumption of carbohydrates which when left on or around the teeth are consumed by oral bacteria which secrete their by-products (bacterial waste). The bacterial by-products and waste raise the acidity level and thus increase the chance of cavities forming on the teeth. This is why good oral home care is important to rid the teeth of both food particles which have the potential to breakdown and so the bacteria has nothing left to ‘consume’ to produce waste. Oral bacteria cannot live in an oral environment which is not hospitable.

Prevention of oral decay means brushing three times a day for a minimum of two minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste and flossing once a day. If a person is at high risk for cavities; for example those who form cavities on a six month to yearly basis, a higher concentration of fluoride toothpaste or an added daily fluoride rinse is imperative to assist in prevention of cavities. As well, many medications which people take have the capacity to cause dry mouth, this raises their chance of developing cavities thus homecare … More

Chin augmentation with the use of synthetic implants is a simple and very effective method to enhance the forward projection of the lower face. Placed through a small incision underneath the chin in a skin crease, the bone of the chin is easily accessed for implant positioning. While this concept for facial enhancement has been used for over 40 years and the operative technique has essentially remained the same, the shapes and sizes of chin implants however have changed dramatically.

Chin implants historically consisted of a central augmentation style which resulted in increased projection of the chin button. This implant style only covered in width the most anterior portion of the chin. While this style is still available today, the explosion of chin implant options takes into account how one may want to change the external appearance of the lower jaw line and its impact on the overlying chin soft tissues as well.

Anatomical chin implants have extended side ‘wings’ from a central button that wrap around the chin better. This prevents a potentially visible and obvious step-off from the implant to the bone and avoids an unnatural chin elongation that doesn’t fit the jawline. There are numerous variations of this anatomical design concept that change the thickness of the implant in different places to help create and improve the external appearance of the chin. These include such styles as a square design for men (who want a more square chin) to pre-jowl styles to help smooth out the indentation of the marionette lines for women. (create a smoother jawline as the chin blends into the more posterior jawline) There are even implants that have a preformed notch in the middle (or one can be cut into it) to help create a central chin dimple if one so desires.

The selection of chin implant style can be determined by a visual or photographic analysis of your chin and some computer imaging done to see what changes you consider helpful to your goals. The size of a chin implant, however, is best done by doing measurements on a good 1:1 photograph or a lateral cephalometric x-ray in a side view. Since the soft tissues of the chin move pretty much 1:1 on what the bone does underneath, one can fairly accurately predict what a certain thickness (size) of an implant will do in profile.

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Dental implants are a type of permanent artificial tooth. They are ideal for filling in gaps created by tooth extraction or loss such as from tooth decay. In addition, many people benefit from these false teeth because they enhance the way a person looks not to mention improving speaking and chewing abilities. Once you have decided to have this procedure, the next step is to understand what the surgical procedure will offer to you and what you can expect.

What Is It?

Dental implants require more than one appointment with your dental care provider. You will work with a dental surgeon who will first determine if you have the right density and amount of jawbone to allow for the use of this process. If so, a titanium rod is then inserted into the jawbone. This will be the foundation or anchor for the new tooth. If there is not enough bone present, bone grafting may be necessary. This is necessary because the bone must be durable enough to handle the chewing action. Grafting can come from areas such as your hip.

The Surgery Itself

Once the dentist determines the proper method for inserting the rod, he or she will do so by first making a cut into the gum to expose the bone. Then, more than one hole is drilled into the bone where a cylinder will be placed. These functions as the tooth root would in natural teeth. The cylinder, which is often a titanium rod, is inserted deep into the bone structure. Then, you will be given a temporary denture to hold the place for several weeks while the gum and bone heals.

It is necessary for the dentist to wait for the bone growth to occur. This can take from two months up to six months. Once this is done, then the surgeon will need to perform a second procedure in which the implant is put into place on top of the rod. This is a much less invasive procedure. Once the implant is in place, the gum tissue is closed over.

Getting Your Teeth

Your dentist will work with you to select the right tooth for this implant. You may be able to select a removable implant or one that is permanently in place. This depends on your needs.

Overall, getting dental implants can be a very effective way to improve your smile and to restore … More