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DELAYING/PUTTING DENTAL IMPLANTS OFF TILL “LATER”

Once a tooth is lost, many people delay replacing it right away with a dental implant for two main reasons: expense and fear. People often worry about the price of the procedures, and others delay it because of fear of surgery and recovery time. An additional reason we sometimes hear from patients for postponing it is because they feel like they are not able to take the time to...

WILL DENTAL IMPLANTS SET OFF AIRPORT SECURITY METAL DETECTORS?

We are often asked: If you have dental implants, can you expect security delays at the airport when going through the metal detectors? Some types of medical artificial joints will set off metal detectors. Fortunately, because they’re SO small in comparison, dental implants do not – in most cases. Metal detectors work by transmitting an electromagnetic field from the search coil into the ground. Any metal objects (targets) within the electromagnetic field...

ARE YOU A CANDIDATE FOR DENTAL IMPLANTS?

Are you missing one or more teeth?  Dental implants are by far the best way to replace a missing tooth and they have a 97% success rate. The short answer to this question is: Anyone who is healthy enough to undergo a tooth extraction is likely a suitable candidate for dental implants. However, these are certain contraindications that may complicate or prohibit implant treatment. Patients with certain conditions, such as...

What IS a Prosthodontist?

What exactly IS a Prosthodontist? The American Dental Association recognizes twelve dental specialties in dentistry: One of them is Prosthodontics. Here is a brief guide about what Prosthodontists do as specialists that restore and replace missing teeth. According to the ADA’s website, Prosthodontics is “the dental specialty pertaining to the diagnosis, treatment planning, rehabilitation and maintenance of the oral function, comfort, appearance and health of patients with clinical conditions associated with missing or deficient...

Can I Use An Electric Toothbrush With Dental Implants?

When you have dental implants, your oral hygiene care is more important than ever. If you don’t keep your new teeth clean enough, problems could develop and you could end up with implant failure. Even though they can’t get decay, like natural teeth, dental implants still need to be cleaned just like your natural teeth. It’s important to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy to prevent gum disease...

BENEFITS OF IV SEDATION DURING DENTAL IMPLANT SURGERY

Benefits of Having IV Sedation During Dental Implant Surgery   If the thought of going to the dentist makes you feel anxious and uncomfortable, you’re far from alone.  The American Dental Association estimates that 22% of Americans avoid dental visits due to fear and anxiety. We fully understand. One easy solution to eliminate dental anxiety is to be sedated for treatment.  Dr. McFadden is certified to administer Conscious Sedation and has...

Are Dental X-Rays Safe?

Most people are familiar with having x-rays taken periodically at dental visits and recognize the benefits of having them when they get an exam. Now and then, someone still asks us if these X-rays are “safe”. The short answer is “yes”, but some explanation may be more helpful. Dental X-rays involve a fraction of the amount of radiation delivered compared to a medical X-ray. Radiation delivered for a (medical)...

DO I STILL NEED REGULAR CLEANINGS AND CHECK-UPS IF I HAVE IMPLANTS?

Do I still need regular cleanings and check-ups if I have implants? Dental implants are incredibly durable, have a 98% success rate, and can often last for an entire lifetime — if you take care of them properly. People with only one or a few implants need to maintain a regular 6-month schedule for their cleanings and checkups for obvious reasons: they still have natural teeth, so that goes without saying. But...

COMMON DENTAL PROBLEMS IN SENIORS

Dental problems for seniors is nothing new. As seniors advance in age, so do their teeth, oftentimes, resulting in declining oral health. Here’s a look at some of the most common dental problems in seniors. DRY MOUTH According to the American Dental Association, dry mouth in seniors is a leading cause of cavities. Dry mouth is not a normal part of aging, but it is a side-effect of over 500 medications...

How ORAL Health is Integral to OVERALL GENERAL Health

You cannot be healthy without oral health. Oral health and general health should not be interpreted as separate entities. The oral cavity is a diagnostic tool that can help detect systemic disease, as well as play dual roles in cause and effect regarding many systemic diseases. Your oral health offers clues about your overall health.  Over the past few years, researchers and physicians have amassed a trove of evidence showing that...

Am I Too Old For Implants? (Is Age A Factor?)

If you’re getting up there in years, you may have questions about whether or not you’re too old to have dental implants. You may wonder whether dental implants work just as well for older patients as they do for younger ones, or if there is a different success rate based on your age. You’ll be happy to hear that dental implants are just as successful in older patients as they...

What To Do If You Bite Your Tongue Or Lip

Accidentally biting your tongue or lip is extremely common and can be very painful, (as we’ve all experienced at some time in our life!), but can it actually be dangerous? Tongue and lip bites do not usually require medical attention, as painful as they may feel, and typically heal on their own within a few hours or a few days. However, because our jaw muscles are so powerful, if the...

12 Reasons To Get Rid Of Your Dentures!

Dentures may be the least expensive way of replacing a full set of teeth, but is it the BEST option? The most COMFORTABLE option? Sure, they LOOK great, but can you CHEW well with them? The answer to these questions is, “No”. There are several reasons you should consider getting dental implants to help stabilize your dentures, whether it’s (A) just two implants with a set of teeth that snaps...

Eating And Drinking With Your New Dental Implants

Dental implants are a life-changing experience for so many patients who, because of tooth problems, have suffered difficulties with many normal day-to-day activities. One of the biggest improvements we see in patients’ lives, is the joy of their newfound ability to eat foods that were formerly restrictive. We enjoy helping our patients obtain a healthy mouth and enjoy the happiness of being able to eat your favorite foods again, but...

Ready To QUIT Smoking? DO IT NOW!

Smoking is one of the worst habits for a person’s health. According to the American Cancer Society, 34.1 million Americans still smoke cigarettes, and tobacco use remains the single largest preventable cause of disease and premature death in the world. More than 16 million currently live with a smoking-related disease. Each year, the 3rd Thursday in November is set aside as the “Great America Smoke-out” in an attempt to encourage people...

FLOSSING: A to Z!

So, you brush twice a day, avoid sugary drinks and snacks, and see your dentist regularly. Do you still have to floss? The short answer: Yes. At least once a day. Flossing is an extremely effective weapon against plaque accumulation, especially between teeth, where it can hide well and is often missed by brushing. Plaque is the principal cause of tooth decay. It can also cause periodontitis (gum disease), bad...

WARNING SIGNS OF ORAL CANCER

How common is it? When most people think of cancer, they don’t think of cancer of the mouth. However, this type of malignancy is more common and more dangerous than you might realize. About 53,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with oral cancer every year, and more than 9,750 people die from it annually, in this country alone, according to the Oral Cancer Foundation. This particular type of cancer is...

WISDOM TEETH: Should you Have Them Removed… Or Not?

WISDOM TEETH: Should you Have Them Removed... Or Not? The age-old question of whether or not to remove 3rd molars (a.k.a “wisdom teeth”) is one we are asked quite frequently. Whether to keep them or have them removed can be a complicated decision, based on each patient’s individual anatomy and circumstances.  You’re more likely to have issues with these molars than with any other teeth, simply because of their location...

Tooth loss is a risk factor for cognitive impairment and dementia — and with...

Flossing your teeth isn't just important for keeping your dentist happy; it may also protect against cognitive decline.  Good oral health habits like brushing and flossing may prevent cognitive impairment and dementia To better understand how oral health relates to dementia, scientists from New York University analyzed 14 studies which covered more than 34,000 participants, of whom 4,689 cases were people with some form of diminished cognitive function. The researchers wanted...

3 REASONS DENTAL IMPLANT BRIDGES ARE BETTER THAN DENTURES OR PARTIALS

OPTIONS When it comes to replacing missing teeth, there are several options. It can be difficult deciding which option is best. It is important that you research all of your options, as there are variables that may make some options better than others for your individual circumstances.  Dental implant bridges are THE BEST option, if you’re a candidate.   YOUR OPTIONS RANGE FOR REPLACING A SINGLE TOOTH range from: A single implant and...

6 Ways to Make Your Mouth Extra Kissable for Valentine’s Day

This post is from the ADA’s Mouth Healthy website, which explains why bad breath may not be your only concern when kissing this Valentine’s Day   From the “Kiss Me” messages on tiny candy hearts to romantic songs on the radio, a kiss is probably on your list this Valentine’s Day. Before cozying up to your loved one this year, make sure your mouth is in good health because, as it turns...

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Dental Health

5 New Year’s Resolutions to Improve Your Dental Health It’s that time of year again!  Time for our New Year’s Resolutions! Did you know that over 45% of New Year’s Resolutions are either weight or health related? Your dental health is intimately tied to both of those. With a healthy dentition, you can chew food properly and comfortably, allowing you the ability to eat all of the foods that are in...

FINE MOTOR SKIILLS / MANUAL DEXTERITY / AND DENTISTRY

FINE MOTOR SKIILLS / MANUAL DEXTERITY / AND DENTISTRY Fine Motor Skills vs Gross Motor Skills GROSS motor skills require the use of large muscle groups to perform tasks like walking, balancing, and crawling. The skill required is not extensive and much of the development of these skills occurs during early childhood. FINE motor skills are the ability to make fine movements using the small muscles in our hands and wrists. They...

Cold Sores vs. Canker Sores: Do You Know The Difference?

The lesions caused by cold sores and canker sores may appear and feel similar, but they actually have different causes. COLD SORES typically form on and around your lips and are caused by infection with the herpes simplex virus (HSV). In a few cases, typically with children under the age of 5, they may form inside of your mouth, but typically not in adults. ** Cold sores ARE contagious. Cold sores are caused...

Payment Plans/Financing Options

Because of the cost, having a healthy, beautiful smile may seem out of reach for some people, but with the right third party financing options, it can be a reality! Unlike with other types of implant prostheses (knee replacements, hip replacements) that are predominantly paid for by medical insurance, many people who want and need dental implants are most often deterred by the expense. It has been our experience that...

How to Care for Your Dental Implants

Some people may think that just because a dental implant can’t get cavities/decay, that they don’t have to be as diligent with their cleaning routine as with natural teeth. This is NOT TRUE! The success of dental implants relies greatly on the presence of healthy gum tissue and supporting bone. And healthy gums are clean gums! To ensure the longevity of your implant(s), specific techniques and efforts are necessary to...
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Crowns That Don’t Match

Do you (or someone you know) have a single tooth or crown that doesn’t match your other teeth in color? Have you been told that you need to get crowns or veneers on SEVERAL or ALL (4-8) of your front teeth in order to get a match? NOT TRUE. The most common problem is having a dentist who doesn’t have a ceramist capable of this type of artistry. The truth is...
Cracked Tooth

Cracked Tooth?

Cracked teeth can be painful, unattractive and very costly to repair. (That is, IF they're still restorable when the crack is discovered or becomes problematic). I see cracked teeth all the time. Research suggests that the majority of adults have at least one posterior (molar or premolar) cracked tooth. Crack progression and related symptoms are a common concern in every dental practice. ABOUT CRACKED TEETH Cracked teeth can be caused from...

Do You Grind Your Teeth At Night?

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Many people grind their teeth from time to time (a condition called “Bruxism”). Occasional grinding is not usually harmful, but damage can surely result from regular tooth grinding; sometimes even severe damage. Sleep Bruxism has also been associated with snoring, sleep apnea, moderate daytime sleepiness, heavy alcohol consumption, caffeine drinkers, smoking, a highly stressful lifestyle, and those with anxiety. According to a comprehensive study reported in the American College of...

Dental Insurance: The Great Myth

With all of the changes dentistry has seen over the past 50+ years, you would think that dental insurance would be changing to keep up with the times, but, sadly, that is just not true. Little has changed, with the exception of how successful they have become in controlling the dental marketplace. I would estimate that 50% of our patients? have some form of dental insurance, yet few of...

DENTAL TOURISM

People have known about “dental tourism” for some time now. I even had a patient many years ago, who made the trip to Mexico to have a crown made – and at a substantially lower fee than mine. Honestly, I thought it was… not bad! But, then, I’ve also seen many, many cases in which the result was horrendous. Some dental treatment failures can be fixed after the...

Osteoporosis and Dental Implants

Osteoporosis is a systemic disorder characterized by generalized decrease in bone density. It occurs when the body loses too much bone, makes too little bone, or both. As a result, bones become weak and may break from a fall or, in serious cases, from minor things like sneezing or minor bumps. Osteoporosis means “porous bone.” When viewed under a microscope, healthy bone looks like a honeycomb, with small holes. When...

Diabetes And Your Oral Health

Diabetes NOUN 1. A disease in which the body’s ability to produce or respond to the hormone, insulin, is impaired, resulting in abnormal metabolism of carbohydrates and elevated levels of glucose in the blood and urine. Diabetes affects your body’s ability to process sugar. Much of the food you eat is turned to sugar and used for energy. Normally, the pancreas releases insulin to help your body store and use the sugar...

Dental Anxiety And Dental Phobia

If you have put off needed dental treatment out of fear going to the dentist, you’re not alone. It is estimated that nearly 75% of adults in the U.S. experience some amount of fear with regards to visiting a dentist. Of that percentage, between 10% - 20% of Americans suffer from dental anxiety. That’s about 30 million to 60 million people! It is a universal phenomenon. Maybe you had...

Do You Suffer From Dry Mouth?

What Is Dry Mouth? Dry mouth, or Xerostomia, occurs when your body doesn’t produce enough saliva. Not only is it very uncomfortable, it also can negatively affect your oral health. Medications are the number one cause of dry mouth, and literally hundreds of medications are known to cause it. People with dry mouth are at a much higher risk of getting recurrent decay (cavities), and soft tissue infections (gums, cheek lining...

Antibiotic Prophylaxis For Heart Patients & Prosthetic Joints

Heart Patients (For PROSTHETIC JOINTS: See below) Find out why the use of preventive antibiotics prior to certain dental procedures is recommended for patients with certain heart conditions like Infective Endocarditis (IE). In the past, patients with nearly every type of heart defect needed to receive antibiotics one hour prior to dental procedures or any invasive procedure in the mouth, throat, gastrointestinal genital, or urinary tract. However, in 2007 the American Heart Association simplified its recommendations. Today,...

Correcting Teeth with Crowns or Bridges

No one ever expects that their teeth will become damaged or fall out completely, but these oral health problems still take place at an alarming rate. Tooth loss is such an extensive problem that almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth before they turn 75. For these patients, crowns or bridges can restore the smile and protect the remaining teeth after chips, cracks, tooth decay and other...

Benefits of Single-Tooth Dental Implants

Almost everyone will lose at least one adult tooth by the time they are a senior. Many might think that this is only a cosmetic issue, but failing to replace a missing or extracted tooth can result in a myriad of other issues. For patients who have recently lost a tooth or will need to have a tooth extracted in the near future, single-tooth dental implants are one of...

Cosmetic Dentistry

The term “Esthetic” or “Cosmetic” Dentistry has been used frequently in the dental industry. The concept of “Cosmetic Dentistry” is ill defined by the dental industry. The reason for the quotations around the phrase is because there is no such specialty in dentistry. The term “Cosmetic Dentistry” is used to imply that one particular dentist is more versed in nice appearing outcomes than others. Of course, this is only...

Denturism

  Since the introduction of immediate temporization of dental implants on the day of surgery there has been a mad rush to provide as many patients with this treatment as possible.It is technically difficult, requiring some training and much experience, to convert a denture to a fixed provisional restoration (jumping the denture).  When the surgeons aggressively promoted the same-day, fixed restoration they were not prepared for the lack of manpower...

Looking for a dentist that “specializes” in Dentistry? Try a Prosthodontist.

Prosthodontics is the dental specialty that deals with the restoration and replacement of damaged or missing teeth. A prosthodontic dental professional is called a prosthodontist. In order to obtain a certificate to practice prosthodontics a dentist must complete three additional years of advanced education beyond (4 years of) dental school. During these three additional years a prosthodontic resident studies to become the engineer of the oral cavity. Like any very technical...

USA, The Smile Nation

Most Europeans can identify a U.S. citizen by their smile. Why do Americans put so much emphasis on our smiles? I am not sure anyone can accurately answer this question but smiles are important to us. It seems that every family has a turning point in one or two generations where the children get more than their share of dental care. As society has placed more emphasis on the smile,...

The Trouble with Dentures and Partials…. And the Solution

People with dentures often suffer a number of different compromises. There are a few basic causes of the problems. First, dentures and partials are artificial substitutes that are nothing like the original teeth. Dentures are much larger than the teeth they replace. Because of the size difference most patients only survive with dentures for lack a better alternative. Second, bite force is reduced by as much as 75%. When attempting to...

Esthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry, American Dental Association, Dental Implants

The term “Esthetic” or “Cosmetic” Dentistry is used frequently in the dental industry.  But, did you know nearly any dentist can call himself a cosmetic dentist? The concept of “Cosmetic Dentistry” is ill defined by the dental industry.  The reason for the quotations around the phrase is because there is no such specialty in dentistry. The term “Cosmetic Dentistry” is widely used to imply that one particular dentist is more...

The Importance of Board Certification

BEST INTENTIONS AND THE IMPORTANCE OF BOARD CERTIFICATION Fall 2010- ACP Messenger, published by the American College of Prosthodontists New Prosthodontic graduates often ask, “Why should I take the Boards?” The American Board of Prosthodontics (ABP/Board) certification should be viewed as the final validation in the educational progression of your residency program. The board examination is an external reaffirmation of what the program director hoped was taught and what the candidate hoped...

How Oral Bacteria Can Trigger Heart Disease

Bacteria from the mouth can cause blood clots and lead to serious hearts problems if it enters the bloodstream, studies indicate.  In a study published in 2018, researchers analyzed data from nearly a million people who experienced more than 65,000 cardiovascular events (including heart attack) and found that after accounting for age, there was a moderate correlation between poor oral health and coronary heart disease.   How are heart disease and poor oral...

Only 1% of people with missing teeth get implants

Internationally known dental researcher and lecturer Gordon Christensen, DDS, MSD, PhD, speaking at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry annual meeting, said that 99% of edentulous (missing ALL teeth) and partially edentulous (missing some/many teeth) patients do not get dental implants, and the specialty must become more mainstream and the procedure more affordable to serve this unmet need. “There are 178 million people in the United States who are missing...