Toddlers having teeth out because parents won’t take them to dentist

 

By: Laura Donnelly, The Telegraph UK

 

🤔 Most often, parents think their toddlers are too young to visit the dentist. The truth is, children should practice good oral habits as early as their first tooth appears. Read more! The Woodview Oral Surgery DC

Toddlers are increasingly having their teeth extracted because too many parents think they are too young for the dentist, leading surgeons have warned.

New figures show that 80 percent of one to two-year-olds in England did not visit the dentist in the last year, despite the fact NHS dental care for children is free.

It comes amid soaring numbers of children having teeth extracted in hospital, including those less than a year old.

Dental surgeons said parents were failing to bring babies toddlers for check-ups, with “widespread misunderstandings” about when infants should first visit the dentist.

Many parents do not worry about baby teeth, knowing they will be replaced by permanent teeth.

But dentists said getting children into the good habits early was important because otherwise they were likely to neglect replacement teeth and could become scared of going to the dentist.

Guidance states youngsters should have regular dental check-ups, starting from when their first teeth appear – which usually occurs around six months of age.

New figures collated by the Faculty of Dental Surgery (FDS) at the Royal College of Surgeons show that 80 percent of one- to two-year-olds in England did not visit an NHS dentist in the year to March 31, 2017.

The figures also show that 60 percent of children aged one to four did not have a dental check-up in the same period, the RCS said.

The latest annual figures show that there were 9,220 cases of tooth extractions performed in hospitals in England on children aged one to four – a 24 percent rise in a decade.

They included 48 cases where infants were less than a year old.

The FDS said many of these cases are attributable to tooth decay – which is 90 percent preventable through good oral hygiene.

Professor Nigel Hunt, dean of the Faculty of Dental Surgery at The Royal College of Surgeons, said: “In a nation which offers free dental care for under 18s, there should be no excuse for these statistics.

“Yet we know from parents we speak to that there is widespread confusion, even in the advice given to them by NHS staff, about when a child should first visit the dentist.

“Every child should have free and easy access to dental care from the point when their first teeth appear in the mouth,” said Prof Hunt.

“The earlier a child visits the dentist, the earlier any potential problems can be picked up, so it is easier to prevent children having to go through the trauma of having their teeth removed under a general anaesthetic,” he added.

The RCS said many of the most common dental problems were easily preventable if the right advice was followed – including twice-daily brushing sessions with fluoride toothpaste, avoiding sugary drinks and snacks.

And they said getting children “comfortable in a dental environment” early was important, to avoid them becoming frightened of going to the dentist.

“If a first dental visit results in a stressful, traumatic experience, this could have a serious life-long effect on a child’s willingness to engage in the dental process,” Prof Hunt said.

Rotting teeth is the most common reason for hospital admissions among children of primary school age.

 

Sources: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/06/08/toddlers-having-teeth-parents-wont-take-dentist/?

8 Foods to Eat After You Have Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

 

By: Riverrun Dental

 

🍦 Eating the right kinds of food is highly recommended to aid in recovery. Aside from faster healing, they are healthy, too! The Wood Oral Surgery Team

About 90% of people have at least one of their third molars, commonly called the wisdom tooth, removed at some point in their life. Many people have all four taken out to prevent future dental problems. If you undergo this relatively minor procedure, knowing what to eat post-surgery can lead to a much smoother recovery. Try a few of these nutritious and tasty treats to help ease your recovery after a wisdom tooth extraction.

FOOD TO EAT AFTER WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

1. Apple sauce

2. Ice cream

3. Soup

4. Jell-O or pudding

5. Mash potatoes

6. Yogurt

7. Smoothies or milkshakes

8. Instant oatmeal

1. APPLESAUCE

The smooth, pureed texture of applesauce makes it a great soft food to eat after wisdom teeth removal. Applesauce contains a lot of vitamin C and dietary fiber, which are both part of a healthy diet. Eating this nutrient rich snack uses very little jaw movement, which will aid in healing and prevent soreness. If you want to make it even healthier, prepare a homemade applesauce to cut back on sugar and use fresh ingredients.

2. ICE CREAM

After surgery, it is okay to spoil yourself a bit! Eating ice cream in one of your favorite flavors after wisdom teeth extraction is a nice treat. Be sure to stick to soft-serve, especially for the first couple days following the surgery, as it requires less effort to eat. This cool confection soothes the inflamed tissue and promotes a quicker healing process.

Although you may want to go for the deluxe dessert option, avoid cones. The crunch can overwork the jaw and small bits can get lodged in the extraction site, causing irritation or infection. Postpone eating flavors like Rocky Road and Mint Chocolate Chip until at least five days into recovery, when the surgical area has had time to heal.

3. SOUP

Broth-based soups are a great source of relief for wisdom teeth removal patients. Although you may not feel up to eating soups until 1-2 days after the surgery, it can provide plenty of protein, as well as an alternative to the sugar-filled foods typically suggested after wisdom teeth extraction. Enjoy warm soup (not hot!) to get plenty of nutrients and maintain a healthy diet after your wisdom teeth surgery.

While you should steer clear of soups that contain large chunks of meat or vegetables, some small bits in the broth are acceptable. A few good options to eat after your surgery include chicken noodle soup, tomato soup, beef broth, or cream of celery soup.

4. JELL-O OR PUDDING

This easy-to-eat food comes in a variety of flavors, preventing “taste bud boredom” that frequently occurs with a restrictive post-operative diet. Use the instant packets or quick recipes on the box for faster and easier preparation.

Another great benefit of Jell-O and pudding mixes is their long refrigerator shelf life. If you do not have a caretaker with you at all times during your recovery, these packets can be mixed before your wisdom teeth surgery and kept in the fridge for over a week.

5. MASHED POTATOES

Containing lots of fiber, mashed potatoes are great to eat after having your wisdom teeth removed. All you need to do is whip the potatoes to a smooth consistency and you’ll have created a delicious meal that’s super easy to eat. Creamy mashed potatoes are easy to eat and can be topped with extras like gravy, butter, and sour cream to allow for more variety in your post-operative diet.

Make sure the potatoes do not contain large lumps that make chewing more difficult. If you prefer sweet potatoes instead of regular potatoes, try mashed sweet potatoes with butter and a little bit of cinnamon.

6. YOGURT

The smooth, light consistency of yogurt makes it an ideal food for patients recovering from wisdom tooth surgery. Avoid yogurts with granola or any added ingredients that have to be chewed. Eating a creamy light yogurt flavor like lemon or strawberry gives you some of the nutrients you need while making it easier to take medications prescribed for pain or discomfort.

7. SMOOTHIES OR MILKSHAKES

Packed with proteins and nutrients, smoothies and milkshakes provide a delicious and easy to eat snack for post-operative dental patients. For added nutritional benefits, supplement your shakes and smoothies with a meal replacement packet or protein powder. Add fresh, seedless fruits like bananas to your smoothie to keep things healthy. Small seeds found in fruits like raspberries can get impacted in the surgical areas, causing additional discomfort and lengthening the recovery period. Mix yogurt and ice with these ingredients in a blender for a healthy smoothie. Blend milk, ice cream, and any additional protein powders or supplements to create your milkshake. One word of caution when it comes to enjoying smoothies and milkshakes after wisdom tooth surgery: Don’t consume them through a straw! The pressure can disrupt the healing site and lead to dry sockets.

8. INSTANT OATMEAL

Instant oatmeal packets offer a quick snack that is easy to eat and can be flavored with sugar, syrup, or jams to create many enjoyable flavors. Save instant oatmeal for at least the third day, as the wisdom teeth sockets may still be healing and the oats may cause irritation. Although sliced fruit should not be added, packets that have small bits included can be eaten. Instead of oatmeal, try instant cream of wheat or grits for a smoother consistency.

FOOD TO AVOID AFTER WISDOM TEETH REMOVAL

In addition to knowing what you can eat after wisdom teeth surgery, it is equally important to know what to avoid. Don’t eat any thick grains or foods that can get caught in the surgical sites. Straws should never be used after wisdom teeth extraction, as the suction can remove clots that aid in healing and lead to dry sockets, a painful side effect that sometimes occurs after surgery. You should wait at least a week to eat any crunchy, chewy, or spicy foods. Avoid acidic foods that can irritate tissue and cause pain in the healing surgical sites.

Recovering from wisdom tooth surgery can take anywhere from a few days to a couple weeks, but most people begin to feel better after about three days. The surgery affects everyone differently, but it is important to take it easy and let your mouth heal at its own pace after wisdom teeth extractions. Plan your diet in the following weeks around healthy, soft foods that won’t strain your mouth post-surgery. As always, consult your dentist or oral surgeon if you have any questions before or after your wisdom tooth surgery!

 

Sources: https://riverrundentalspa.com/food-to-eat-after-your-wisdom-teeth-are-removed/?

Sedation Dentistry: Anesthesia Administered by a Medical Doctor

 

By: iCare Oral Surgery

 

🙂 Sedation dentistry is a relaxing dental procedure you should not be afraid of. Don’t hesitate to discuss your fear with your dentist so he can give you options for a better dental experience. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

When your oral health care involvesoral surgery, the thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair and having major work done can be daunting. There is a way to conquer the nerves. Sedation dentistry not only makes it possible for oral surgeries to be completed efficiently, the sedation is intended to ease a patient’s mind, allowing you to “sleep” through your dental repairs and wake up with a brand new smile. Sedation dentistry is a deep state of relaxation. You will wonder why you ever had any anxiety about the dentist when under anesthesia.

Types of Sedation Dentistry

It is understandable to be leery of anesthesia in any form, but knowing that you are heading into an oral surgery without having to be fully awake for it can be a relief for many patients. Deep and moderate sedation are available for patients of all ages. Oral sedation, IV sedation, and laughing gas are common types of sedation dentistry. You and your oral surgeon will discuss the options together to determine what is best for your individual situation, needs, and overall health.

Some sedation will put the patient into a conscious but euphoric state that allows for relaxation and comfort. You will still be able to hear your oral surgeon and respond to any comments he may have, but you will be calm. Other types of oral sedation create a drowsy condition – some patients will fall asleep, others will be awake but groggy.

What Procedures Call for Sedation Dentistry?

Nearly any dental procedure, from dental cleanings to getting a cavity filled, can warrant the use of sedation dentistry, especially for the incredibly anxious patient. In general, sedation dentistry is used to make oral surgeries more tolerable in all ways. Because some oral health procedures require more than one dental appointment, sedation dentistry can make the process far more tolerable.

Here are just some of the instances when sedation dentistry is called upon:

  • Dental implants: Perhaps you have missing or loose teeth due to an accident or periodontal disease. You may have ill-fitting dentures and are ready to trade them in. In some situations, patients are receiving All-On-4 dental implants for their entire jaw. Whatever the reason for getting dental implants, these surgeries can be accelerated for you and simplified for your oral surgeon with the use of sedation dentistry.
  • Sleep apnea treatment:Obstructive sleep apnea is a serious condition that blocks airways, contributes to lack of oxygen to the brain, and prevents the sufferer from getting a good night’s sleep. Soft tissue can be reduced by being surgically removed from the back of the throat and soft palate to help prevent sleep apnea from occurring.
  • Bone grafting: If you are not prepared to get dental implants and are still living with dentures, it may be necessary to undergo bone grafting to help improve the fit of the dentures. This procedure is done under sedation.
  • Wisdom teeth extraction: Depending on the position of your wisdom teeth, this procedure can be more than just pulling teeth out of the gums. Third molars may be impacted, under the gum line, or partially showing. Sedation dentistry makes the removal of wisdom teeth an easy-to-navigate rite of passage.
  • Corrective jaw surgery: A misaligned jaw may require the repositioning of the bones of the upper and lower jaw, whether to increase the size of the airway to relieve sleep apnea sufferers, or to get a mouth ready for orthodontic treatment. Without question, this orthographic surgery requires sedation.
  • Emergency dentistry:In situations where a patient is so distraught after an accident, fall, or injury, sedation dentistry is able to relax them while repairs are being made to their teeth or mouth to reduce interruptions or delays in treatment.

Are You a Candidate for Sedation Dentistry?

Before you undergo any type of oral surgery or sedation dentistry, your surgeon will review your full medical history. It is important to confirm that you have good overall health so that your dentist knows your body is able to handle any type of sedation.

This is also the best time to discuss any anxiety or fears you do have about the procedure you’ll be undergoing. When you are aware of the exact steps that will be used to administer the sedation and complete your oral surgery – from the tools used to the sounds the tools will make – that can ease your mind. However, there are also plenty of patients who would rather not know anything that is happening, in which case sedation dentistry is really a wonderful option to “remove” you from the situation for a little while.

When you are scheduled to undergo multiple restorative dentistry treatments at one time, including oral surgery, sedation dentistry is a given. This choice allows your dentist to work as efficiently as possible and prevents patients from focusing on time spent in the dentist’s chair.

 

Source: https://icareoralsurgery.com/sedation-dentistry/? 

 

Teeth Whitening & Health: Are Coffee and Tea Bad for Teeth?

 

By: Park Avenue Dental

 

☕ Can’t start your day without coffee or tea? This article helps you figure out its impact on your teeth. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Coffee and tea provide much-needed pick me ups in the morning, but if you’re interested in getting whiter teeth, you might be wondering if you need to give up your go-to caffeinated beverage. Read on to find out whether coffee and tea are friends or foes to a beautiful, healthy smile. First, let’s take a look at staining.

 

Does Tea Stain Your Teeth?

The short answer is yes, tea stains teeth. The darker the tea, like black tea, the more of a staining effect it will have. Herbal and green teas tend to stain less, but they can still contribute to yellowing of your teeth.

Tea stains teeth because of its high tannin content. Tannins are also responsible for the staining effect of red wine. Brushing immediately after drinking tea can help reduce staining. Professional teeth whitening in your dentist’s office is a great way to lighten stains from tea.

 

Does Coffee Stain Your Teeth?

Coffee’s caffeine content might put a smile on your face in the morning, but it can also contribute to a duller smile. Coffee contains fewer tannins than tea, but it has enough pigment and acids to give your teeth a yellowish tinge over time. If quitting coffee isn’t an option for you, consider rinsing your teeth with water or brushing your teeth after you drink it. The same advice applies to drinking tea.

 

In addition to staining and discoloration, coffee and tea can have other negative consequences, like the ones listed below.

Enamel Erosion

Acidic foods and drinks can lead to enamel erosion and tooth decay. Coffee is acidic by nature, and sweetened tea and sugary coffee are both culprits in tooth decay. When you drink a sugary beverage, the sugar adheres to your teeth. Then, natural bacteria in your mouth start to eat at the sugar and produce acid that erodes the enamel, leading to tooth decay. To reduce your risk of tooth decay, cut down on sweetened teas and sugary coffee.

Teeth Clenching

If you drink too much caffeine or drink it too close to your bedtime, it can interfere with the quality of your sleep. It’s also been found to lead to jaw clenching during sleep. Clenching your jaw can put stress on your teeth that leads to jaw pain and tooth erosion. The obvious solution is to cut back on the amount of caffeine you drink or to stop drinking early in the day. A general recommendation is to stop drinking all caffeinated beverages at least six hours before bedtime.

 

The Good News: Benefits of Drinking Coffee and Tea

Scientific research is showing that there seem to be significant benefits to oral health from coffee and tea consumption. In a study conducted in Brazil, coffee was demonstrated to destroy the bacteria that lead to dental plaque formation. Plaque is the primary offender when it comes to tooth decay and gum disease. Researchers used an extract of Robusta coffee, which contains a high amount of caffeine and polyphenols, in their study and found that teeth that were treated with the coffee extract had lower levels of the plaque-forming bacteria than teeth that were treated with plain water.

 

Tea and Gum Disease

The polyphenols that are present in tea may also help protect your dental health. Their anti-inflammatory effect may contribute to the prevention of the gum inflammation that can lead to gingivitis. One study found that men who drank green tea on a regular basis had a decrease in all three indicators of gum disease. To reap these benefits, you need to keep your tea sugar free.

 

Coffee and Cancer Prevention

There’s another very encouraging study published by the American Cancer Society stating that people who drank four cups of coffee a day or more had half the risk of death from mouth and throat cancers than those who only drank coffee now and then or not at all. Those findings apply to caffeinated coffee only. They credit the variety of antioxidants and polyphenols in coffee for its potentially protective benefits. Tea was not shown to have the same kind of benefit in regard to mouth and throat cancer. However, the abundance of antioxidants it contains can help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and certain other kinds of cancer. The antioxidants can also help support a healthy mouth by protecting your teeth from erosion and decay.

 

Teeth Whitening, Coffee and Tea

If you’re interested in getting whiter teeth, you may be considering a professional teeth whiteningprocedure. The standard protocol recommended by dentists is to avoid all potentially teeth-staining drinks, including coffee and tea, for 48 hours after a professional teeth whitening treatment. After those two days, you can go back to your regular routine.

As research shows, there are several significant benefits to drinking coffee and tea. To counteract the potential negative effects, including teeth staining and erosion, don’t add sugar to your beverages, consider drinking coffee and tea through a straw, and rinse your mouth out with water when you’re finished with your drink. As always, don’t forget to brush regularly and visit the dentist at least twice a year to keep staining under control.

 

Source: http://www.parkavenuedentalfl.com/teeth-whitening-health-are-coffee-and-tea-bad-for-teeth/?

Teeth Whitening: How it Works and What it Costs

 

By: Your Dentistry Guide

 

🤐 Tooth discoloration is a common problem that also affects our smile. Find the best teeth whitening option for you and bring back your confidence! The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Teeth whitening offers a quick, non-invasive way to enhance your smile.  Universally valued by men and women alike, whitening (or bleaching) treatments are available to satisfy every budget, time frame and temperament. Whether in the form of professionally administered one-hour whitening sessions at your dentist’s office, or home-use bleaching kits purchased at your local drugstore, solutions abound.

Virtually everyone who opts for a teeth whitening solution sees moderate to substantial improvement in the brightness and whiteness of their smile. That said, it’s not a permanent solution to discoloration and requires maintenance or “touch-ups” for a prolonged effect.

In this article we break down everything related to teeth whitening, including the process of tooth discoloration, what causes staining, the various treatment options available, and their risks and costs.

Bleaching vs. Whitening: What’s the Difference?

According to the FDA, the term “bleaching” is permitted to be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach — typically hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.

The term “whitening” on the other hand, refers to restoring a tooth’s surface color by removing dirt and debris. So technically speaking, any product that is used to clean the teeth (like a toothpaste) is considered a whitener. Of course, the term whitening sounds better than bleaching, so it is more frequently used — even when describing products that contain bleach.

The bleach preference for in-office whitening, where time is limited, is powerful and fast-acting hydrogen peroxide. When used in bleaching teeth, hydrogen peroxide concentrations range from approximately nine percent to 40 percent.

By contrast, the bleach of preference for at-home teeth whitening is slower acting carbamide peroxide, which breaks down into hydrogen peroxide. Carbamide peroxide has about a third of the strength of hydrogen peroxide. This means that a 15 percent solution of carbamide peroxide is the rough equivalent of a five percent solution of hydrogen peroxide.

An Examination of Enamel

Most of us start out with sparkling white teeth, thanks to their porcelain-like enamel surface. Composed of microscopic crystalline rods, tooth enamel is designed to protect the teeth from the effects of chewing, gnashing, trauma and acid attacks caused by sugar. But over the years enamel is worn down, becoming more transparent and permitting the yellow color of dentin — the tooth’s core material — to show through.

During routine chewing, dentin remains intact while millions of micro-cracks occur in the enamel. It is these cracks, as well as the spaces between the crystalline enamel rods, that gradually fill up with stains and debris. As a result, the teeth eventually develop a dull, lackluster appearance.

Teeth whitening removes the stains and debris, leaving the enamel cracks open and exposed. Some of the cracks are quickly re-mineralized by saliva, while others are filled up again with organic debris.

Tooth Discoloration: The Two Types of Tooth Stains

There are two categories of staining as it relates to the teeth: extrinsic staining and intrinsic staining.

Extrinsic stains are those that appear on the surface of the teeth as a result of exposure to dark-colored beverages, foods and tobacco, and routine wear and tear. Superficial extrinsic stains are minor and can be removed with brushing and prophylactic dental cleaning. Stubborn extrinsic stains can be removed with more involved efforts, like teeth whitening. Persistent extrinsic stains can penetrate into the dentin and become ingrained if they are not dealt with early.

Intrinsic stains are those that form on the interior of teeth. Intrinsic stains result from trauma, aging, exposure to minerals (like tetracycline) during tooth formation and/or excessive ingestion of fluoride. In the past, it was thought that intrinsic stains were too resistant to be corrected by bleaching. Today, cosmetic dentistry experts believe that even deep-set intrinsic stains can be removed with supervised take-home teeth whitening that is maintained over a matter of months or even a year. If all else fails, there are alternative cosmetic solutions to treat intrinsic staining, such as dental veneers.

What Causes Tooth Staining?

Age: There is a direct correlation between tooth color and age. Over the years, teeth darken as a result of wear and tear and stain accumulation. Teenagers will likely experience immediate, dramatic results from whitening. In the twenties, as the teeth begin to show a yellow cast, whitening may require a little more effort. By the forties, the yellow gives way to brown and more maintenance may be called for. By the fifties, the teeth have absorbed a host of stubborn stains which can prove difficult (but not impossible) to remove.

Starting color: We are all equipped with an inborn tooth color that ranges from yellow-brownish to greenish-grey, and intensifies over time. Yellow-brown is generally more responsive to bleaching than green-grey.

Translucency and thinness: These are also genetic traits that become more pronounced with age. While all teeth show some translucency, those that are opaque and thick have an advantage: they appear lighter in color, show more sparkle and are responsive to bleaching. Teeth that are thinner and more transparent – most notably the front teeth – have less of the pigment that is necessary for bleaching. According to cosmetic dentists, transparency is the only condition that cannot be corrected by any form of teeth whitening.

Eating habits: The habitual consumption of red wine, coffee, tea, cola, carrots, oranges and other deeply-colored beverages and foods causes considerable staining over the years. In addition, acidic foods such as citrus fruits and vinegar contribute to enamel erosion. As a result, the surface becomes more transparent and more of the yellow-colored dentin shows through.

Smoking habits: Nicotine leaves brownish deposits which slowly soak into the tooth structure and cause intrinsic discoloration.

Drugs / chemicals: Tetracycline usage during tooth formation produces dark grey or brown ribbon stains which are very difficult to remove. Excessive consumption of fluoride causes fluorosis and associated areas of white mottling.

Grinding: Most frequently caused by stress, teeth grinding (gnashing, bruxing, etc.) can add to micro-cracking in the teeth and can cause the biting edges to darken.

Trauma: Falls and other injuries can produce sizable cracks in the teeth, which collect large amounts of stains and debris.

What are Your Whitening Options?

Three major teeth whitening options are available today. All three rely on varying concentrations of peroxide and varying application times.

In-Office Whitening

Significant color change in a short period of time is the major benefit of in-office whitening. This protocol involves the carefully controlled use of a relatively high-concentration peroxide gel, applied to the teeth by the dentist or trained technician after the gums have been protected with a paint-on rubber dam. Generally, the peroxide remains on the teeth for several 15 to 20-minute intervals that add up to an hour (at most). Those with particularly stubborn staining may be advised to return for one or more additional bleaching sessions, or may be asked to continue with a home-use system.

Cost: $650 per visit (on average) nationwide.

(Read more about in-office whitening)

Professionally Dispensed Take-Home Kits

Many dentists are of the opinion that professionally dispensed take-home whitening kits can produce the best results over the long haul. Take-home kits incorporate an easy-to-use lower-concentration peroxide gel that remains on the teeth for an hour or longer (sometimes overnight). The lower the peroxide percentage, the longer it may safely remain on the teeth. The gel is applied to the teeth using custom-made bleaching trays that resemble mouth guards.

Cost: $100 to $400.

(Read more about take-home whitening)

Over-the-Counter Products

The cheapest and most convenient of the teeth whitening options, over-the-counter bleaching involves the use of a store-bought whitening kit, featuring a bleaching gel with a concentration lower than that of the professionally dispensed take-home whiteners. The gel is applied to the teeth via one-size-fits-all trays, strips or paint-on applicators. In many cases, this may only whiten a few of the front teeth, unlike custom trays that can whiten the entire smile.

Cost: $20 to $100.

How White Can You Go? A Matter of Esthetics

Results are subjective, varying considerably from person to person. Many are immediately delighted with their outcome, while others may be disappointed. Before you embark on any whitening treatment, ask your dentist for a realistic idea of the results you are likely to achieve and how long it should take to achieve them.

Shade Guides

In the dental office, before-and-after tooth color is typically measured with shade guides. These are hand-held displays of wide ranges of tooth colors. (Dentists also use them in choosing crown and other restoration shades.)

The standard-setter among them has long been the Vitapan Classic Shade Guide. This shade guide standard incorporates 16 shades, systematically arranged from light to dark into four color groups, and provides a universal tooth-color terminology.

While whitening can occasionally lighten tooth color by nine or more shades, most of those who bleach their teeth are likely to see a change of two to seven shades.

Risks

Teeth whitening treatments are considered to be safe when procedures are followed as directed. However, there are certain risks associated with bleaching that you should be aware of:

  • Sensitivity: Bleaching can cause a temporary increase in sensitivity to temperature, pressure, and touch. This is likeliest to occur during in-office whitening, where higher-concentration bleach is used. Some individuals experience spontaneous shooting pains (“zingers”) down the middle of their front teeth. Individuals at greatest risk for whitening sensitivity are those with gum recession, significant cracks in their teeth or leakage resulting from faulty restorations. It has also been reported that redheads, including those with no other risk factors, are at particular risk for tooth sensitivity and zingers. Whitening sensitivity lasts no longer than a day or two, but in some cases may persist up to a month. Some dentists recommend a toothpaste containing potassium nitrate for sensitive teeth.
  • Gum irritation: Over half of those who use peroxide whiteners experience some degree of gum irritation resulting from the bleach concentration or from contact with the trays. Such irritation typically lasts up to several days, dissipating after bleaching has stopped or the peroxide concentration lowered.
  • Technicolor teeth: Restorations such as bondingdental crowns or veneers are not affected by bleach and therefore maintain their default color while the surrounding teeth are whitened. This results in what is frequently called “technicolor teeth.”

Maintaining Your Results

To extend the longevity of newly whitened teeth, dentists are likely to recommend:

  • At-home follow-up or maintenance whitening – implemented immediately or performed as infrequently as once a year.
  • Avoiding dark-colored foods and beverages for at least a week after whitening.
  • Whenever possible, sipping dark-colored beverages with a straw.
  • Practicing excellent oral hygiene – brushing and flossing after meals and at bedtime.

Caveats

In addition to the aforementioned risk factors, a number of caveats should be considered before undergoing teeth whitening:

  • No amount of bleaching will yield “unnaturally” white teeth.
  • Whitening results are not fully seen until approximately two weeks after bleaching. This is an important consideration if you are about to have ceramic restorations and want to be sure the color matches that of your newly bleached teeth.
  • If cosmetic bonding, porcelain veneers or other restorations are part of your treatment plan, they should not be placed until a minimum of two weeks following bleaching to ensure proper adhesive bonding, function and shade matching.
  • To avoid the technicolor effect, tooth-colored restorations will likely need replacement after bleaching.
  • Recessed gums often reveal their yellowish root surfaces at the gum line. That yellow color has proven difficult to bleach.
  • Pregnant or nursing women are advised to avoid teeth whitening. The potential impact of swallowed bleach on the fetus or baby is not yet known.

How Much Does Teeth Whitening Cost?

The cost of teeth whitening can vary quite significantly from product to product, procedure to procedure.

Professional, in-office teeth whitening is the most expensive option with a national average of $650 per visit. However, it does have the benefit of being performed by an experienced dental professional, helping to ensure that you get the sort of results you’re looking for.

At the other end of the cost, spectrum are over-the-counter strips and trays that you can buy at your local pharmacy or grocery store. These products can range from $20 to $100, making them an attractive option for those looking for a bit of smile enhancement without the higher cost of professionally administered whitening. However, it’s important to keep in mind that results can vary drastically when using these cheaper, low-concentration peroxide whiteners.

If you’re looking for a middle-ground between professional whitening and over-the-counter products, you might be a good candidate for professionally dispensed take-home kits. Prescribed by a dentist, these kits range in cost from $100 to $400, and can potentially deliver results similar to those you’d get in-office at the hands of a dentist.

Keep in mind that whitening results are not permanent, meaning that if you want to maintain your whitened smile, you’ll need to continue getting treatments as the effects wane.

 

Source: https://www.yourdentistryguide.com/teeth-whitening/?

 

Effects Of Smoking On Teeth And How To Kick The Habit

 

By: Donna M. Rounsaville, Colgate

 

  It’s No Smoking Day, a holiday we definitely endorse! Smoking takes a toll of smoker, and their teeth. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Although they aren’t addressed as often as the rest of the body, the effects of smoking on teeth and the oral cavity are important pieces of information in the process of smoking cessation. Everyone knows smoking is bad for your health, but did you know it is a major contributor to dental problems as well? Although true strides have been made, the tobacco epidemic continues. Nonetheless, according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, opportunities abound for kicking the habit.

Why be concerned with the oral effects of smoking? A healthy smile is paramount for most adults. It is often the first thing people notice when they’re introduced to someone for the first time. And nobody wants a smile that is dull or discolored, let alone emits bad breath. The problem is that routine brushing is only half the solution; it doesn’t remove the stains or reduce halitosis by itself. In addition, seek more frequent dental cleanings. These visits can foster a dialogue that opens a path to quitting.

Effects on Teeth and Oral Cavity

According to the American Dental Association (ADA) Mouth Healthy site, smoking, and tobacco use cause stained teeth, bad breath and a diminished sense of taste. Over time, smoking can hinder your immune system, producing more concerning side-effects that include a reduced ability to recover after surgery. Because of this, smoking is also one of the most significant risk factors associated with gum or periodontal disease, which causes inflammation around the tooth. This irritation can affect the bone and other supporting structures, and its advanced stages can result in tooth loss.

The use of tobacco – especially smokeless tobacco – increases your risk of oral cancer as well, which can be aggressive due to the abundance of blood vessels and lymph nodes in your head and neck.

Ultimately, the effects of smoking on teeth can lead to tooth decay and pose a challenge with restorative dentistry. Because tobacco causes tooth discoloration, the aesthetic results of this treatment are not always ideal – both extrinsic and intrinsic. In addition, gum recession can cause uneven margins on crowns and other restorations.

Smoking Cessation and Your Dentist

Dental health professionals play an important role in smoking cessation and can increase your rate of successfully quitting. According to the University of Wisconsin Center for Tobacco Research and Intervention, the qualities and attributes of the dental team are uniquely poised to combat this stubborn habit. These benefits include:

  • Skills for interviewing and questioning patients about tobacco use
  • Reviewing of medical histories at every visit
  • Educational and motivational skills
  • Trusting relationship and rapport with patients
  • Regular visits that allow for follow-up and support

Dental patients are seen more frequently for oral health appointments than by their primary care providers. Taking advantage of these regular visits can be an important step to the beginning and monitoring a smoking cessation program.

Steps to Take

Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)‘s five keys for quitting is a terrific way to start a course for successful tobacco cessation. All healthcare providers, especially your dental hygienist and dentist, can provide support and resources. These five steps are:

  1. Get ready by setting a date to quit.
  2. Seek support from your friends and family, as well as your doctor, dentist, counselor, etc.
  3. Practice behavioral distractions (such as the use of Colgate® Wisp® for on-the-go brushing) when the urge to smoke comes up.
  4. Make use of medications – both prescription and over the counter – and use as directed.
  5. Prepare for setbacks and seek help for overcoming obstacles or relapses.

The effects of smoking on teeth, breath, clothes and your health, in general, can all influence a patient’s desire to quit, but a visit to the dentist is an important first step. Dentists and dental hygienists will have a crucial plan that starts the process. Everyone wants white teeth, fresh breath, a healthy mouth and firm gums, and with help from your dental office, you can achieve all of these. It’s never too late to quit being unhealthy.

 

Source: https://www.colgate.com/en-us/oral-health/basics/threats-to-dental-health/effects-of-smoking-on-teeth-and-how-to-kick-the-habit-0115?

Dental paresthesia: Nerve damage as a complication of wisdom tooth extraction or dental injection.

 

By: Animated-Teeth.com

 

😱 Have you heard about Dental Paresthesia? Discover its signs, symptoms, causes, and treatment before you’re at risk! The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

What is paresthesia?

Dental paresthesia is one possible postoperative complication of wisdom tooth removal, or in some cases receiving a dental injection.

It involves a situation where tissues or structures in or around the mouth (lip, tongue, facial skin, mouth lining, etc…) experience prolonged or possibly permanently altered sensation as a result of nerve trauma.

In most cases, the trauma has been caused by an event that has bruised, stretched or crushed the nerve. Less likely, it may have actually been severed.

a) Paresthesia and wisdom tooth removal.

In the case of oral surgery, a person’s risk for experiencing paresthesia correlates with the position of their tooth in its jawbone, in relation to the location of surrounding nerves.

Illustration showing close proximity of a wisdom tooth's root and mandibular nerve.

In situations where a nerve lies relatively close to the tooth being removed, or in surrounding tissues that must be manipulated during the extraction process, it may be traumatized.

What can cause this trauma?

Nerve damage can be caused by:

  • The tooth itself as it’s forced against the nerve.
  • The instruments (forceps, elevators, drills) used to remove the tooth or the bone tissue around it.
  • The instruments used to incise and retract the soft tissues surrounding the extraction site during the procedure.

Which nerves are usually affected?

Most cases of paresthesia occur in conjunction with the removal of lower 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) and, to a lesser extent, 2nd molars (the next tooth forward).

The nerves that frequently lie in close proximity to these teeth (and thus are at risk for damage during the extraction process) are:

  • The mandibular (inferior alveolar) nerve. – This nerve runs the length of the lower jaw. It lies in the center of the jawbone at a level near the tip of the roots of the teeth. Towards its end, it gives rise to the mental nerve that branches out and runs to the lower lip and chin area.
  • The lingual nerve. – This is actually a branch of the mandibular nerve. It runs on the tongue-side surface of the lower jaw and services the soft tissue that covers it. It also branches to, and provides sensory perception for, the tongue.

b) Paresthesia and dental injections.

Beyond surgical procedures, some cases of paresthesia are caused by routine dental injections.

What causes the trauma?

The nerve damage may be due to:

  • Direct trauma caused by the needle itself.

    The largest gauge needle used in dentistry has a diameter of .45mm. In comparison, the nerves most frequently damaged are on the order of 4 to 7 times larger. For this reason, nerve damage, as opposed to severing, is typically the problem.

  • Hematoma formation.

    The movement of a needle through soft tissues may rupture blood vessels, thus allowing the release of blood. Construction of the hematoma that then forms may place pressure on nerve fibers that pass through it.

  • Neurotoxicity of the anesthetic. – The anesthetic is injected may cause localized chemical damage to nerve fibers.

Which nerves are usually affected?

In the vast majority of cases, the risk of paresthesia lies with injections used to numb up lower back teeth.

  • The lingual nerve. – 70% of cases involve this nerve. (See above for a list of tissues it services.)
  • The mandibular (inferior alveolar) nerve. – (See above for a list of tissues this nerve services.)
  • The maxillary nerve. – While extremely rare, this nerve that services aspects of the upper jaw may be affected.

(Smith 2005) [reference sources]

Signs and symptoms of paresthesia.

Signs.

Paresthesia is a sensory-only phenomenon and not accompanied by muscle paralysis.

In most cases, the nerve damage is not identified during the dental procedure but instead as a postoperative complication.

Symptoms.

The patient will notice altered, diminished, or even total loss of sensation in the affected area. One or more senses may be involved (taste, touch, pain, proprioception or temperature perception).

The precise area affected is that service by the damaged nerve. In the case of the mandibular or lingual nerves, that means some aspect the person’s lip, chin, mouth lining or tongue.

Other characteristics.

  • For some people, the sensation may be tingling, numbness or “pins and needles”, similar to the feeling they experience when having a tooth anesthetized for a dental procedure. The difference being that the sensation persists.
  • While muscle function is not affected, the sensory changes experienced can be difficult to deal with. They may affect speech or chewing function, or interfere with activities such as playing a musical instrument.
  • The patient’s quality of life may be significantly affected.

Other characteristics involving dental injections.

On occasion, a person receiving a dental injection may experience an “electrical shock” sensation as the needle makes contact with the trunk of their nerve. (This would be most common with inferior alveolar nerve blocks, the type of injection used to numb lower back teeth.)

Experiencing this phenomenon is not necessarily an indication that paresthesia will occur.

  • As many as 15% of people who do experience this sensation go on to experience some type of complication.
  • 57% of people who do experience paresthesia also experienced the shock.

(Smith 2005)


How long does the numbness/sensory loss last?

For those patients who are affected, one of 3 scenarios will play out.

  • In most cases, the paresthesia is transient, resolving on its own after just a few days or weeks.
  • In some cases, the condition is best classified as being persistent (lasting longer than 6 months).
  • For a small number of cases, the loss is permanent.

See below for details and statistics.


Evaluating a patient’s risk for paresthesia.

A) Location, location, location.

As discussed above, one primary risk factor for paresthesia is simply the proximity of the tooth being extracted to nearby nerves (and therefore increased the likelihood that they’ll be traumatized during the extraction process).

X-ray image showing a good chance of dental paresthesia complications.
Identifying risk using x-rays.

In the case of the mandibular nerve, the dentist’s pre-treatment x-ray evaluation of the tooth can give a hint as to what configuration exists.

The outline of the canal inside the jawbone that houses the mandibular nerve can usually be seen on x-rays. And its apparent closeness to the roots of the tooth planned for extraction can be evaluated.

One difficulty with this technique lies in the fact that the typical x-ray image is just a 2-dimensional representation (a flat picture) of a 3-dimensional configuration. And for this reason, only an educated guess can be made about the precise relationship that exists.

A more definitive picture can be gained using 3-D imaging, such as a Cone Beam CT scan. This technology is becoming more and more commonplace in the offices of oral surgeons, and even some general practitioners.

Risk and impaction type.

A tooth’s precise orientation in the jawbone plays a role in paresthesia risk in two ways: 1) Tooth-nerve proximity. 2) It can greatly affect the surgical difficulty (and thus level of trauma) associated with removing the tooth.

As general rules:

  • Any lower wisdom tooth that’s angled or positioned toward the tongue-side of the jawbone places the lingual nerve at greater risk.
  • Lower full-bony impactions, especially horizontal and mesio-angular ones (pictures), are the type of extraction most likely to result in trauma to the mandibular nerve.

B) Surgical factors.

Research has demonstrated that: 1) The dentist’s level of experience, 2) The surgical technique they use, and 3) The amount of time they require to complete the extraction process – will each play a role in the patient’s risk for experiencing paresthesia.

This is a primary reason why general dentists refer wisdom tooth extractions they anticipate will be challenging to an oral surgeon.

X-ray image showing how full root formation can make an extraction more difficult.

C) Age as a risk factor.

After the age of 25, a person’s risk for experiencing paresthesia is generally considered to increase.

Relatively “older” patients (those over the age of 25, and especially over the age of 35 years) usually have wisdom teeth that have more fully formed roots and denser surrounding bone. Both of these factors tend to increase the difficulty of performing the tooth’s extraction and thus raise the level of trauma involved.

This is one reason why asymptomatic full-bony impacted wisdom teeth that show no sign of associated pathology are often left alone in people over the age of 35.

C) Dental injections.

The vast majority of cases of paresthesia resulting from dental “shots” involve those used to numb up lower back teeth (specifically inferior alveolar nerve blocks).

But as opposed to oral surgery where the patient’s risk can be evaluated during their procedure’s planning stage, there’s no way for a dentist to anticipate beforehand which dental injections might result in this complication.


Paresthesia statistics.

a) As related to wisdom tooth extraction.

In a review of research studies evaluating paresthesia after wisdom tooth extraction, Blondeau (2007) found reported incident rates ranging from 0.4% and 8.4%.

One large study (Haug 2005) evaluated the outcome of over 8,000 third molar extractions. It found an incidence rate of less than 2% for subjects age 25 years and older (as mentioned above, an age group that’s relatively at-risk for this complication).

b) As related to dental injections.

It’s been estimated that roughly 1 out of 27,000 inferior alveolar mandibular blocks (the type of dental injection most used to numb lower back teeth) will result in paresthesia. (This type of injection is the most common culprit.)

At this rate, it’s been estimated that during the course of their career, a dentist could expect to have 1 to 2 patients experience this complication. (Smith 2005)


How long does paresthesia last?

In most cases, a patient’s paresthesia will resolve on its own over time. This can, however, take several months to over a year. In some cases, a person’s sensory loss is permanent.

a) As related to wisdom tooth extraction.

Spontaneous recovery.

In cases associated with wisdom teeth, Queral-Godoy (2005) found that most recoveries took place within the first 3 months. At 6 months, one-half of all of those affected experienced a full recovery.

Persistent paresthesia.

This state is typically classified as an altered sensation that lasts longer than 6 months.

Pogrel’s (2007) review of studies evaluating complications associated with wisdom tooth removal found reported incidence rates of persistent paresthesia ranging between 0% and 0.9% for the mandibular nerve and 0% and 0.5% for the lingual nerve.

b) As related to dental injections.

Spontaneous recovery.

In 85 to 94% of cases, spontaneous complete recovery typically occurs within 8 weeks. Recovery for the mandibular nerve (which is harbored within rigid jawbone) is possibly more likely than for the lingual nerve (which lies in movable soft tissue).

Persistent paresthesia.

Symptoms lasting more than 8 weeks are less likely to fully resolve.

(Smith 2005)

Treating permanent paresthesia.

Testing/mapping paresthesia.

As a way of documenting the extent of a patient’s condition, both initially and as recovery occurs, the affected area can be mapped.

To do so, different types of sensory tests are performed, and those regions (lip, facial skin, tongue, etc…) that respond with no or altered sensation are recorded.

The mapping may include:

  • Light Touch – A small cotton ball is brushed against the skin to see if it can be felt and if the patient can discern the direction of the ball’s movement. Moist tissues (like the lining of the mouth) can be difficult to evaluate with this test.
  • Sharp vs. dull discrimination – Areas are prodded with a pin or other sharp-pointed tool. The patient is asked if they can feel a sensation, and if so whether it feels sharp or dull. A comparison to the same location on the patient’s unaffected side is made also.
  • Two-point Discrimination – A pair of calipers having a pair of sharp points is systematically touched to the affected area, using various distance settings. The patient is asked if they are able to feel this contact as one or two individual points.
  • Taste stimulation – Cotton balls soaked in saline (salt), sugar (sweet), vinegar (sour) or quinine (bitter) solution are drawn across the side of the tongue to see if a taste response is triggered.
Testing frequency.

Some sources suggest that evaluations should be conducted every 2 weeks for 2 months. Then every 6 weeks for the following 6 months. After that, every 6 months for 2 years, followed by yearly evaluation as long as the full recovery has not occurred. (Smith 2005)

Surgical repair.

For those who experience persistent or permanent paresthesia, surgical repair may be possible.

In most cases, this attempt is not taken until 6 to 12 months after the original injury (so to allow time for a repair to occur on its own if it will). The surgery can, however, be performed at an even later time frame.

Repair success rates.

Reported results for surgical intervention vary widely (Pogrel, 2007). Success rates appear to range between 50 and 92%, however, some reported successes only involve partial recovery. Even if just partial recovery was achieved, many patients considered the attempt worthwhile.

Much less information exists for the repair of paresthesia resulting from a dental injection. In some cases, long-term drug therapy has been used to help patients manage their condition.

Source: https://www.animated-teeth.com/wisdom_teeth/t7-wisdom-tooth-paresthesia.htm?

What Are the Most Common Dental Problems?

By: Tammy Davenport, Verywell Health
😄 Understanding common dental problems allow you to take preventive measures to keep a healthy smile. Remember, your mouth can tell you many things about your body. The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Dental problems are never any fun, but the good news is that most of them can be easily prevented. Brushing twice a day, flossing daily, eating properly and regular dental check-ups are essential steps in preventing dental problems.

Educating yourself about common dental problems and their causes can also go a long way in prevention. Here is a list of common dental problems:

1. Bad Breath

If you suffer from bad breath, you are not alone. Bad breath, also called halitosis, can be downright embarrassing. According to dental studies, about 85 percent of people with persistent bad breath have a dental condition that is to blame.

Gum disease, cavities, oral cancer, dry mouth, and bacteria on the tongue are some of the dental problems that can cause bad breath. Using mouthwash to cover up bad breath when a dental problem is present will only mask the odor and not cure it.

If you suffer from chronic bad breath, visit your dentist to rule out any of these problems.

2. Tooth Decay

Did you know tooth decay, also known as cavities, is the second most prevalent disease in the United States? (The common cold is first.) Tooth decay occurs when plaque, the sticky substance that forms on teeth, combines with the sugars and/or starches of the food we eat. This combination produces acids that attack tooth enamel.

You can get cavities at any age, they aren’t just for children. As you age, you can develop cavities as your tooth enamel erodes, and dry mouth due to age or medications can also lead to cavities.

The best way to prevent tooth decay is by brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and going to your regular dental check-ups. Eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are also ways to prevent decay. Your dentist can recommend further treatments that may help reduce your risk. See seven ways to prevent cavities.

3. Gum (Periodontal) Disease

Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is an infection of the gums surrounding the teeth. It is also one of the main causes of tooth loss among adults. Some studies have indicated that there may be a link between heart disease and periodontal disease.

Everyone is at risk for gum disease, but it usually occurs after age 30. Smoking is one of the most significant risk factors. Diabetes and dry mouth also increase your risk. The symptoms include bad breath, red, swollen, tender, or bleeding gums, sensitive teeth, and painful chewing.

There are two major stages of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontitis. Regular dental check-ups along with brushing at least twice a day and flossing daily play an important role in preventing gum disease. You should see your dentist if you have any signs of gum disease so you can get treatment to prevent further complications, such as tooth loss.

4. Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is a serious and deadly disease that affects millions of people. In fact, the Oral Cancer Foundation estimates that someone in the United States dies every hour from oral cancer, but it is often curable if diagnosed and treated in the early stages. It is most often seen in people over the age of 40.

The biggest risk factors are tobacco and alcohol use, including chewing tobacco. HPV, a sexually transmitted wart virus, also increases the risk.

The symptoms of mouth or throat cancer include sores, lumps, or rough areas in the mouth. You may also have a change in your bite and difficulty chewing or moving your tongue or jaw.

Regular dental visits can help catch oral cancer early. You may ask your dentist whether an oral cancer exam is part of their usual checkup. If you notice any of the symptoms or have trouble chewing, swallowing, or moving your tongue or jaw, see your dentist. Learn more in an overview of oral cancer.

5. Mouth Sores

There are several different types of mouth sores and they can be pesky and bothersome. Unless a mouth sore lasts more than two weeks, it is usually nothing to worry about and will disappear on its own.

Common mouth sores are canker sores (aphthous ulcers) that occur inside the mouth and not on the lips. They are not contagious and can be triggered by many different causes. They are only a concern if they don’t go away after two weeks.

Fever blisters or cold sores are caused by the Herpes simplex virus and occur on the edge of the outer lips. They are contagious and will come and go but are not completely curable.

Mouth sores are also seen in oral thrush or Candidiasis, a yeast infection of the mouth that can be seen in infants, denture wearers, people with diabetes, and during cancer treatment.

6. Tooth Erosion

Tooth erosion is the loss of tooth structure and is caused by acid attacking the enamelTooth erosion signs and symptoms can range from sensitivity to more severe problems such as cracking. Tooth erosion is more common than people might think, but it can also be easily prevented. See how to prevent tooth erosion.

7. Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is a common problem that affects millions of people. Basically, tooth sensitivity involves experiencing pain or discomfort in your teeth from sweets, cold air, hot drinks, cold drinks or ice cream. Some people with sensitive teeth even experience discomfort from brushing and flossing. The good news is that sensitive teeth can be treated.

Sensitive teeth can also be a sign of a cracked tooth or a tooth abscess, which needs to be treated by your dentist to prevent losing a tooth or getting an infection in your jaw bone. If you suddenly develop tooth sensitivity, make an appointment with your dentist to see if there is a source that needs to be treated.

8. Toothaches and Dental Emergencies

While many toothaches and dental emergencies can be easily avoided just by regular visits to the dentist, we all know that accidents can and do happen. Having a dental emergency can be very painful and scary. Common problems that require an urgent trip to your dentist include a broken or cracked tooth, an abscessed tooth, or a tooth knocked out in an accident.

Go to a hospital for trauma care if you have a fractured or dislocated jaw or severe cuts to your tongue, lips, or mouth. If you have a tooth abscess that is causing difficulty swallowing or you have developed a fever or facial swelling, get emergency care as well.

9. Unattractive Smile

While an unattractive smile is not technically a “dental problem,” it is considered a dental problem by people who are unhappy with their smile and it’s also a major reason why many patients seek dental treatment.

An unattractive smile can really lower a person’s self-esteem. Luckily, with today’s technologies and developments, anyone can have a beautiful smile. Whether it’s teeth whiteningdental implants, orthodontics or other cosmetic dental work, chances are that your dentist can give you the smile of your dreams.

 

Source: https://www.verywell.com/top-common-dental-problems-1059461?

What Are the Common Side Effects of Dental Implant Surgery?

 

By: Coastal Jaw

🙂Dental implants are proved and tested to be safe. There may be some minimal side effects within a week after the surgery. Read more about the common side effects! The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Tooth loss is a dental complication that can have a significant impact on a person’s oral health. Whether a single tooth has gone missing or multiple teeth have been lost, the effects on adjacent teeth can be serious. Missing teeth can jeopardize oral functions, compromise the aesthetics of the smile, and even weaken the jawbone. Because of the many disadvantages of tooth loss, it is important that patients address this problem as soon as possible. Implant dentistry offers the strongest and most durable treatment for missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically implanted screws that anchor a full range of dental restorations to closely mimic the natural teeth. Dental implant surgery is associated with some possible side effects. At Coastal Jaw Surgery, we discuss possible dental implant surgery side effects with our patients so that they are fully prepared for their recovery period.

Side Effects

Dental implant surgery is minimally invasive and has been shown to be an overwhelmingly successful treatment option for missing teeth. Still, because it is a surgical procedure, patients should expect to experience some side effects in the days following treatment. These side effects are often minimal and should resolve within a week after surgery. Below are the most common side effects of dental implant surgery:

Pain: During dental implant treatment, the anesthetic will be used to ensure that the patient does not feel any pain. However, in the days after surgery, it is common for the patient to experience some pain or discomfort. The gums directly around the implant site will probably feel sore and tender. This discomfort may extend to the jaw or face as well. In some cases, pain medication will be prescribed. If no medication is prescribed, then over-the-counter medication can be used to control pain. It is important to note that aspirin can increase bleeding, so patients should be sure to use an aspirin-free medication, such as ibuprofen.

Swelling: Swelling is a natural reaction after any type of surgery, so patients should expect to experience some inflammation after dental implant treatment. This swelling is most likely to affect the gums around the incision site and the facial tissues that are closest to the treatment area. Swelling should subside on its own, but patients can use an ice pack to help minimize swelling and relieve any discomfort that may be felt.

Bruising: Bruising is another common side effect of dental implant surgery. Most commonly, patients will experience bruising in the gums and jaw bone around the implant site. This bruising will probably be internal, so it may not be visible. Some patients may also experience noticeable bruising on the cheeks.

The side effects of dental implant surgery are temporary and should diminish on their own. If a patient’s symptoms are not improving, or are getting worse, report this to our dentists immediately. Severe side effects may be a sign of infection or other complications.

Schedule an Appointment

If you would like to learn more about dental implant treatment and whether it may be right for you, schedule an appointment with one of our experienced surgeons at Coastal Jaw Surgery in Palm Harbor, Spring Hill, or Trinity, Florida at your earliest convenience.

 

Source: http://www.coastaljaw.com/common-side-effects-dental-implant-surgery/?

Recovering from oral surgery

 

By: Delta Dental

 

😁 Let’s work together to help you get back to your normal routines after an oral surgery. These tested general guidelines will help ease your recovery! The Woodview Oral Surgery Team

Oral surgery may be required for a variety of reasons. You may have an impacted tooth trapped in the jawbone or a tooth that is poorly positioned and damaging neighboring teeth. It is especially common to have these types of problems with growing wisdom teeth. Oral surgery is also necessary for the placement of dental implants and for a few types of gum treatments.

After surgery, it is normal for the area to be tender for the first few days but, in most cases, over-the-counter pain relief is enough to ease any discomfort. You should avoid aspirin because it thins the blood and can make your mouth bleed. In some cases, your doctor may suggest prescription painkillers. Whatever your method of pain relief, be sure to start taking it immediately after surgery – don’t wait until pain sets in. It’s far easier to prevent pain than to make it go away.

Here are some steps you can take following surgery to promote the healing process:

Do’s

  • Take it easy on the day of your surgery. If you want to lie down, and for the first night following surgery, keep your head propped up with pillows if possible to limit excess swelling and bleeding.
  • Apply ice packs to your face for 15 minutes on and then 15 minutes off to reduce swelling.
  • After the bleeding stops, you can eat soft foods. Stick to a liquid or soft food diet for the first day or two. Examples include soups, yogurts, fruit milkshakes, smoothies and mashed potatoes.
  • If you’ve been given antibiotics, take them as prescribed and make sure you finish the course.
  • Keep your mouth clean. While you may be advised not to rinse for the first 24 hours, after this initial period you should gently rinse four times a day using warm salt water (one teaspoon of salt in a glass of warm water). Be sure to rinse after every meal and snack, making sure that the water removes any bits of food around the surgical area. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a chlorhexidine rinse to kill bacteria and keep the mouth clean.
  • Follow a balanced diet. In particular, eat foods rich in vitamins A and C, which contribute to the healing process. A vitamin C supplement may also be helpful. According to the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), getting plenty of vitamin C is one way oral surgery patients can ensure timely recovery.

Don’ts

  • Don’t overexert yourself. Don’t bend over or do heavy lifting or strenuous exercise for two to three days after surgery.
  • Avoid hot food or drinks until the numbing wears off. You cannot feel pain while you’re numb, and you may burn your mouth. Also, take care not to accidentally chew your cheek!
  • Don’t chew hard or crunchy foods, such as carrots or popcorn, in the area of the surgery for six to eight weeks.
  • Don’t brush or floss teeth in the surgical area until advised to do so by your dentist. Then, be sure to do so carefully.
  • Try not to smoke for as long as possible after surgery, but at the very least for the rest of the day. Smoking can interfere with the healing process and the sucking motion can dislodge blood clots that are forming as part of the healing process.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours, as it can delay the healing process.

In most cases, if you follow the after-care instructions your dentist gives you, you will heal quickly and without complication. However, you should contact your dentist immediately if you experience any of the following:

  • the dressing on the surgery site becomes displaced
  • excessive bleeding
  • excessive swelling
  • pain so strong that medications cannot control it
  • fever or a reaction to medication.

 

Source: “Avoid dry socket with wisdom tooth extraction.”, “Vitamin C speeds recovery from oral surgery wounds.” Academy of General Dentistry (www.agd.org)

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