Dental Implant 101

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😬 You may be surprised to know that a lot happens in your mouth when you lose a single tooth!

Learn more in our short explainer video here: http://bit.ly/2daWYtl

Can You Handle The Tooth? 10 Things You Didn't Know About Teeth

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The average adult has 28 to 32 teeth, depending on their “wise” set of third molars or lack thereof. But besides the importance of brushing and flossing, how well do you know your chompers? From LED braces to pearly whites in hard-to-reach places, we bring you the tooth, the whole tooth, and nothing but the tooth.

1. SOME BABIES ARE BORN WITH TEETH.

About one in every 2000 babies is born with natal teeth, so sometimes baby’s first dentist appointment is only a few days after birth. Natal teeth usually grow on the bottom gums and tend to have weak roots; they’re often removed to prevent problems with breastfeeding and accidental swallowing. Being born with teeth can be a symptom of certain medical conditions, and ancient physiognomy associated it with evil—but it’s usually harmless. Advice columnist twin sisters Ann Landers and Abigail Van Buren were both born with teeth. So were Napoleon and Julius Caesar.

2. NOT EVERYONE LOSES THEIR BABY TEETH.

Losing baby teeth is a rite of passage, not to mention a small source of income for most kids. By age 3, the average child has a full set of 20 temporary teeth. These little chiclets loosen and eventually fall out as the permanent teeth below start to erupt. Children typically start losing teeth around 5 or 6 and finish in their early teens. But if a person doesn’t have a replacement permanent tooth, that baby tooth will stay put.

3. AND SOME PEOPLE CAN’T STOP LOSING TEETH!

Mo’ molars, mo’ problems? Depends who you ask. People with hyperdontia have extra, or super-numerary, teeth. Most of these teeth remain hidden below the gumline, but occasionally they’ll erupt and crowd other teeth. If extra teeth crash a mouth party, a dentist can remove them, or an orthodontist can make bank straightening all of them out. Very rarely, a person will lose a “permanent” set of teeth at an older age, only to have a no-for-real-now set grow back in. The rest of us have to get dentures.

4. AND YOU MIGHT AS WELL DO SOMETHING WITH THOSE TEETH, RIGHT?

What exactly is the Tooth Fairy supposed to do with the teeth she collects? If she’s crafty, she might want to look into selling human tooth art on Etsy. Yep, there’s apparently a small—and more than a little creepy—demand for artsy molars and incisors. Exhibit A: These double rings made of molars. Exhibit B: This quirky pendant that, dare we say, looks really cute. But these molar cuff links? Designer imposters. Even actress Scarlett Johansson made a golden necklace out of one of her extracted wisdom teeth and gave it to her ex-husband Ryan Reynolds. Do you think she got it back after they split?

5. TUMORS CAN GROW TEETH, TOO.

No one wants to deal with an abnormal growth, but teratomas are especially icky. The germ cell tumors can contain several types of tissues and are usually found in the ovaries, testes, and near the tailbone. Some of them even contain teeth. And hair. And occasionally eyes, hands, and other limbs! Fortunately, many teratomas are benign and can be surgically removed. If you’ve got one, here’s hoping the Tooth Fairy sends you a get well card.

6. BUT A TOOTH IN YOUR EYE DOESN’T HAVE TO BE A BAD THING.

Ever hear the expression “I’d give my eye-teeth”? One woman literally gave her eye a tooth to restore her vision. In 2000, Sharon Thornton lost her vision to Stevens-Johnson syndrome, a condition that destroys the cells on the eye’s surface. Nine years later, the 60-year-old woman elected to try an unusual surgery. One of her canines was removed, so her cheek and dental tissue could be implanted in her left eye, replacing the damaged cornea. Within a day, the blind woman had regained 20/70 vision and the hope of improved sight in the future.

7. BRACES ARE COOLER THAN EVER BEFORE.

Back in ye olde days of orthodontia, the most creative thing the metal-mouthed could do with their braces was choose rubber band color. Today’s options include Invisalign or lingual braces hidden along the inside of your teeth. Or you can modernize traditional braces with glow-in-the-dark or LED technology. In the former option, fluorescent rubber bands or brackets glow when light-activated. (Orthodontists suggest shining a flashlight on the braces for a quick demonstration.) The Japanese clothing store Laforet Harajuku invented LED braces for a January 2011 ad campaign. Switched on by smiling wide, these multicolored flashing lights don’t actually straighten teeth. They will, however, make you the coolest kid at a rave.

8. BUT NOT ALL CULTURES CONSIDER STRAIGHT TEETH THE BEAUTY IDEAL.

Straight white teeth might seem universally appealing, but one country’s snaggletooth is another country’s sex appeal. (How do you think Austin Powers got so much action?) In Japan, crooked teeth called yaeba are so coveted that some women with perfect teeth get crooked veneers to enhance their smiles. They figure that crowded chompers make them look younger and more adorable, which makes sense. American parents could save lots of money if the trend catches on here…

9. HUMANS WILL EVOLVE PAST WISDOM TEETH.

A third set of molars helped our larger-jawed ancestors grind up roots, nuts, and leaves. But nowadays, 35% of people are born without wisdom teeth. Most of the rest of us are encouraged to get ours removed—our mouths are too small; our dentistry to pricey to screw up. When our bodies no longer need an organ or part, it becomes vestigial and eventually disappears. According to scientists, future generations will lack appendices, wisdom teeth, and maybe even little toes.

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Short On Time? This Hi-Tech 'Triple Toothbrush' Cleans In TEN Seconds!

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Now you definitely have time to brush! Check out this clip on how to clean your mouth in just 10 seconds with this brand new toothbrush technology.  – The Oral Surgery DC Team

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"What Happens After My Tooth Extraction?"

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→ Here’s everything you need to know from Dr. Nkungula to help prepare for dental care after your visit: 

Post – Operative Mouth Care

Care of the mouth following a surgical procedure is essential in the healing process.

Bleeding: Some bleeding and oozing is normal for several hours after your procedure.

  • Avoid spitting, use of a straw and smoking.
  • Bite down on gauze pack in mouth for 20-30 minutes and then discard or change if necessary.
  • If bleeding is more than slight, bite down firmly on a moistened tea bag for 30 minutes.

Discomfort: If prescription was given, use as directed.

  • Take prescription as soon as you get home and before local anesthesia (numbing) wears off.
  • Do not take pain medication on an empty stomach as it may cause nausea.
  • If no prescription was given, over-the-counter medications (e.g. Aspirin, Advil) can be taken.

Swelling: Some degree of swelling is normal and can be minimized with the use of cold and hot gel pack – the table below is a guide.

COLD
PLACE IN FREEZER FOR 30 MINUTES
HOT
10-15 SECONDS IN MICROWAVE
WHEN USED? Day 1-2 Day 3 onwards
HOW OFTEN? 2-3 times daily 2-3 times daily as needed
WHY? Control and manage swelling Bone and gum healing and repair

Diet: A soft or liquid diet is recommended for the first few days following surgery.

  • Until local anesthesia (numbness) wears off, be careful chewing to prevent biting the numb area.

Care of mouth: Do not rinse your mouth vigorously for the first 24 hours after surgery as vigorous rinsing interferes with clot formation and slows healing

  • After 24 hours,begin gentle warm salt water rinses for one week at extraction site and resume gentle brushing of remaining teeth.
  • Avoid use of alcohol, smoking or carbonated drinks for 1-2 days after surgery.

Note: Antibiotics may decrease the effectiveness of birth control medications.  Additional methods of birth control should be used while on antibiotics.

College Student Made His Own Braces For $60, And His Teeth Look Fantastic

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By Kimberly Yam, The Huffington Post

 

🎓 Believe it or not, a college student 3D-printed his own braces for $60! Read below to learn more about this possible game-changer for the dental field. – The Oral Surgery DC Team

This student can confidently grin from ear to ear — and it’s not because of a good orthodontist.

Amos Dudley, a 24-year-old digital design major at New Jersey Institute of Technology, felt self-conscious about his teeth. But being a student, Dudley didn’t have the funds to get braces.

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Dudley’s teeth before wearing his DIY braces. 

So, he decided to 3-D print his own and documented the DIY project in a recent blog post. His braces totaled less than $60, and after wearing them for about 16 weeks, his teeth are also significantly straighter.

“I feel like I can freely smile again,” Dudley wrote on his blog after creating his own DIY braces. “That’s what’s most important.”

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Dudley’s teeth, as a result of his own 3-D printed braces. 

Dudley had braces back in high school but explained to BuzzFeed News that he failed to upkeep them. He mentioned on his blog that he avoided smiling for a while because he was unhappy with his teeth.

“They weren’t awful, but they were crooked enough to make me self-conscious,” he explained on the blog. 

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Dudley’s own braces. 

However, clear-aligners, or clear braces like Invisalign can get pricey, costing up to $8,000. But after studying some images of these expensive clear braces, something dawned on him — they looked like they had the layer striations that come from a 3-D printer.

So he decided to hit up his school’s 3-D printing equipment and scanned and printed models of his teeth, CNN Money reported. He then molded non-toxic plastic molds around them to make 12 sets of braces. He used animation to help figure out the adjustments in each set of braces — a process that many orthodontists use.

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Dudley, the student himself. 

“I planned the path my teeth would take as a 3-D animation, so that they wouldn’t collide with each other along the path,” he told The Huffington Post in an email. “I used each frame of the animation as an aligner step. I determined the number of steps (frames) I needed by looking up the maximum distance a tooth can be safely moved within a given period of time.”

The student told CNN Money earlier this week that he’s still wearing the last set.

Dudley, who does not recommend attempting any of this at home, told HuffPost that he didn’t consult an orthodontist for his project. But the student did get information from journal articles and textbooks. And though this was a financially friendly alternative to buying braces, he told BuzzFeed that he didn’t undertake the project just to save money — he was also up for the challenge.

“When I realized that I could do something that was a little bit culturally disruptive, while demonstrating my skills as a designer and a maker, and fixing something that was making me self-conscious for virtually free, I felt it was more than worth the risk,” he said.

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Review: "Everyone at this office was polite and professional"

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 “Everyone at this office was polite and professional. I was very impressed with the service I received. Like many others, I am terrified of oral surgery, the staff her gave me a new outlook because of their knowledge in their profession. The process of getting one of my teeth extracted did not hurt. I will be going back to get my wisdom teeth removed.”

– Shirlene P.

E-Cigarette Explosions Causing Serious Mouth Injuries

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Electronic cigarettes (E-cigarettes) are sold under some 450 brands and come in more than 7,600 flavors. The vaporizing (“vaping”) device that delivers nicotine through E-cigarettes includes a heating element and a cartridge that holds the vapor solution, a mixture of nicotine, flavorings and other additives.  The device’s power source is usually a lithium-ion battery triggered a button.

🚬  Read here about the damage that e-ciggs can cause here: http://buff.ly/2cV7ZNV

Busboys & Poets: Coming Soon to Anacostia

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We’re thrilled to hear that another restaurant is opening up in our neighborhood!

Read about the groundbreaking ceremony and plans for Busboys and Poets Anacostia here ➤ http://dcist.com/2016/10/busboys_anacostia_groundbreaking.php

Foods You Can Eat With Braces

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Now that you have your braces, how do you take care of them? It’s important for you to know how to properly take care of your braces throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. Eating with Braces Don’t worry; you’ll be eating popcorn and snacking on potato chips again in no time!

🍌 However, before you can start enjoying some of the treats you love, you will need to take special care to avoid any foods that could damage your new appliances.We know you hear a lot about what you can’t eat, so how about a nice list of foods you can still enjoy when you have braces?

Check out our handy list from our sister office, Woodview Oral Surgery, in Largo, MD: http://buff.ly/2cSPWov