Wisdom Teeth Surgery

wisdom teeth surgeryWisdom teeth are the last molars to grow in and are often removed because they can cause crowding in your mouth and misalignment of your current smile.  They can also cause pain or infection if they are impacted. If you have been told that you need your wisdom teeth removed, or if you need any kind of oral surgery, there are some things that you should know so that you can be prepared.

  • Ask questions before the procedure day. Don’t wait until the day of surgery to ask questions that you may have.  It’s a big decision and you want to be informed.  You may want to ask what kinds of anesthesia will be used.  What is involved in the procedure?  How many teeth will be removed and if there are any risks.
  • Organize transportation. Wisdom teeth surgery is an outpatient procedure.  If you receive anesthesia you will need someone to drive you when you leave.
  • Plan on fasting. Your dentist or surgeon will give you strict instructions on fasting before the surgery.  It will most likely be six to twelve hours before the surgery time. Ask your dentist if you are allowed to drink water.
  • Get your recovery materials ready.  After surgery you will want ice packs, liquids and a comfortable place for resting.  You will need to plan on eating very soft foods for a few days. Your dentist will give you information on what foods you should stay away from.

How To Prepare For Wisdom Teeth Surgery|Tribeca Smiles

Evolution Of Cosmetic Dentistry

cosmetic dentistryCosmetic dentistry is a way to make your smile as good as new.  But just like everything in medicine, it has come a long way from when it first began.  Here are some ways that cosmetic dentistry has changed over the years.

When dentists first started filling cavities, it was with gold foil.  Next came metal fillings.  Now dentists can fill your cavity with composite fillings.  These are a mix of plastic and glass and are tooth colored for a more natural appearance.

Another dental issue is missing teeth. Dentures have long been a way for people to hide their missing teeth. Bridges are another option which hide the missing tooth by suspending a crown attached to caps on the two teeth adjacent to the missing tooth. While these two options are still used, a more popular solution is the dental implant.  These are posts that are screwed into the jawbone and gums to replace a missing tooth root.  Then the part that looks just like a regular tooth is screwed in on top. Dental implants have the same cosmetic benefits of bridges but they also support the jawbone so it doesn’t deteriorate, which can sometimes be a problem with bridges and dentures.

Changes In Cosmetic Dentistry Over the Years|The Dental Geek

Advances In Dental Technology

dental technologyThe best way to increase revenue for your dental business is to improve patient care.  What better way to do that then take advantage of the technological advances in the world today. Here are six advances in dental technology that can improve patient care and help you enhance your practice.

CO2 Lasers To Reduce Pain – These lasers are able to operate on both hard and soft tissue with no anesthetic and hardly any bleeding. Patients with reduced pain or no pain are more likely to keep returning to the dentist. These facts are selling points for existing business and also new business.

Intraoral Cameras – Technology for intraoral cameras is being developed in ways to greatly improve the experience for both the dentist and patient. These cameras feature improvements like high resolution imaging, auto focus technology and compatibility with third party software. Your dental office can save time and money by using the benefits of these cameras for specific treatments.

Buffering Local Anesthetic – Advancements in buffering local anesthesia allows your patients to have a more comfortable experience while also helping you stay on schedule because you are not waiting around for drugs to take full effect.

Medical Robots – Robots are used in constructing dental crowns and allow the process to take a lot less time than it used to. Instead of using impressions, teeth are scanned with a wand based video camera. This camera sends an image of the tooth to a computer that can design a crown and then send it to a robotic milling machine.

3D Printing – 3D printing has brought innovation to the world of dentistry. 3D printing could allow an examination that minimally involves the patient. It starts with a scan of the patient’s mouth, which creates a model that allows dentists to spend as much time as they’d like in the examination stage without having the patient actually there in front of them. It also allows the dentist to visually explain what is going to be done in the patient’s mouth.

The Cloud – Cloud storage can bring your office flexible solutions and save you money.  It can allow HIPAA-compliant storage and enhanced security and value.

Six Emerging Technologies That Will Increase Revenue At your Practice|Goldin Pieser and Pieser

Correcting An Overbite

overbiteAn overbite is a misalignment of the teeth and jaw that can cause problems with chewing and can also place excess stress on the jaw and joints. If an overbite is not corrected it can cause tooth enamel to wear down and may cause injury to the teeth and gums.

Most overbites are corrected using orthodontic braces. They are clear or metal brackets that are glued to the teeth.  Wires and bands connect the brackets and they are bent or tightened to move the teeth. Invisalign is another option which uses clear trays that fit over the teeth.  For some patients, there are other appliances that may promote growth of the lower jaw or reposition it to resolve the overbite.

If the overbite is severe enough surgery may be the only method for correction. This will allow the jaw bones to an ideal facial balance and correct your bite. The dentist, oral surgeon and orthodontist will coordinate treatment to help you achieve the best results.

An overbite is considered to be corrected when the upper and lower teeth fit correctly together and biting forces are evenly distributed over all of the teeth. Your teeth, gums and bones will function correctly and you will enjoy a better smile.

Correcting Your Overbite|Your Dental Health Resource

All On 4 Dental Implant System

all on 4 dental implant systemYou may have heard of dental implants but have you heard about the All On 4 Dental Implant System? This system replaces the arch of your teeth with a four point anchoring system for the implant fixture. It uses four acutely angled points to hold implants securely and safely for a perfect fit and feel.

If you have experienced any of these major dental problems, you may be a candidate for the All On 4 dental system:

  • Missing more than five teeth to one arch.
  • Many of your teeth are damaged, worn, cracked or broken.
  • You suffer from a collapsed bite.
  • Periodontal disease.
  • Severe and continuing acid reflux disease.
  • Many missing teeth or a heredity of missing teeth.
  • A history of oral trauma (such as an injury from an accident or fall).
  • Tooth decay, jaw decay, or other types of oral decay.

Only your dentist will know if this procedure will work for you and if it is something you need. Always be open with your dentist and any options that he/she may give you for the dental problems you are experiencing.

Am I A Candidate For All On 4 Dental Implant System|Your Dental Health Resource