Enjoy Exceptional Dentistry With Easy Payment Options

A friend wanted to have an eyelid lift (also known as blepharoplasty) to get rid of heavy bags under her eyes and sagging skin drooping down on the lower lids. Her goal in having the lift was to achieve a more youthful appearance.

She counseled with several plastic surgeons but settled on the one offering the lowest price. In the end, she was ‘okay’ with the results but not really pleased. You could see obvious lines from the surgery and the skin around one eye didn’t really match up to the other.

Although she did get a lower price, she still invested a healthy sum – only to be less than thrilled with the results. This reminds me of how the results of dental treatment can be disappointing when someone opts for ‘bargain rate’ dentistry.

Like anything, there is a reason that some procedures are priced different in one office than another. For one, the skills and experience of the dentist are factored in to any procedure.

A dentist who is proficient in cosmetic dentistry, for example, will likely be associated with professional esthetic organizations. He or she will also pursue continuing education to stay updated on advancements in the field.

While these can have a significant difference in providing excellent skills and techniques, the selection of materials can also affect cost. Cheaper materials, cheaper labs, cheaper methods all culminate into a compromise of the look, feel and function of dentistry.

For instance, in dental implants, some systems are designed so each implant can accommodate several teeth. Too many teeth on an implant-supported bridge can increase the risks for necessary repairs to the replacement teeth as well as to the potential for implant failure.

Because implant treatment fees are largely based on the number of implants placed, using too few may be cheaper, but potential future costs could easily negate any savings AND flush the investment already made down the toilet.

We know that dentistry is not inexpensive and good dentistry typically costs more (although not always). We want our patients to be able to enjoy exceptional care for reasonable fees and we work hard to keep our fees as low as possible.

For people who desire optimal care and fabulous results but feel the exceptional treatment they want is beyond their budget, we offer appealing financial options. One payment option can break treatment fees into easy monthly payments with no interest charged or down payment required.

Rather than feel a beautiful, confident smile is out of reach, arrange a free consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss cost estimates and the various ways we can help you enjoy the smile you desire while making affordable payments.

Call 910-254-4555 to schedule.

 

 

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Afraid Of Going To The Dentist? We Can Help.

I remember watching an episode of “The Three Stooges,” where Curly Joe was the unfortunate ‘patient’ of Moe. Using large, toolbox pliers, Moe was using all his might to uproot the tooth, twisting and turning the pliers. And, as you can image, Curly Joe was hooting and hollering all the while.

Although this was hilarious to watch, the thoughts of someone experiencing pain in our dental chairs is anything but. At Riverside Dental Arts, our entire team is especially committed to ensuring each patient has a comfortable, pleasant experience at every visit – from start to finish.

One of the reasons I begin with each new patient in a consultation is so the patient can get to know my commitment to their unique needs. It also gives the patient a quiet opportunity – out of a dental chair – to discuss their goals and concerns.

It is often that during these conversations the issue of dental fear or anxiety arises. “I’ve always been afraid at the dentist.” “I’ve avoided care for years because I’m terrified of having work done in my mouth.” “I know I’m a grown adult but I’m always so nervous at the dentist, even during cleanings.”

We get this. Quite frankly, laying on your back on a narrow chair with your mouth open – and NOT knowing what is taking place – unnerves a lot of people. The ‘not knowing,’ however, is only part of the issue.

For many people, it’s the anticipation of pain that causes the biggest challenge. And, for some, when pain is perceived it can be as real as actual pain. This is especially true for people who have had uncomfortable experiences in a dental office in the past. The feeling of helplessness, not knowing what is taking place or how long they’ll be ‘trapped’ can cause traumatic feelings that embed in one’s subconscious.

This means that every time they think about having dental work performed, those feelings and fears hover in the back of their minds, forewarning of experiencing the same trauma.

It’s a complicated ordeal. Some people are able to achieve the dental care they need with the aid of nitrous oxide (also known as ‘laughing gas’) or relaxation medications that help them to zone out and release anxiety and fear.

In our office, we also feel it’s an issue of having the patient trust us to NOT hurt them. This, of course, takes time. We try to pace the care of fearful patients so they feel in control. During appointments, we also encourage them to let us know if they feel anything. We also tell them what we are doing in their mouths so their subconscious is less likely to send a ‘fight or flight’ signal.

One of the greatest joys the Riverside team experiences is having a patient who was “scared to death” when they first arrived become a patient who is all smiles from the time they walk in our door to the time they say “See you in six months!”

If you have dental fear, we want this to be you. Don’t let your fears hold you back from having a healthy, confident smile. Let’s begin with a private conversation to discuss the options available. If, after this conversation, you decide you are comfortable proceeding, we’ll develop a treatment plan to help you achieve the smile you desire at a pace that is right for you.

Call 910-254-4555 to arrange your no-charge consultation.

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Quit Smoking For Dental Implant Success

Dental Implants are the most successful tooth replacement option available, having up to a 98% success rate. Today, there are over forty implant systems, each designed to accommodate various needs and preferences. Dental Implants come in many types, each designed to accommodate various needs and preferences.

Although Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime, there is a potential for failure.

Contrary to what some may assume, age is not a factor in the success of Dental Implants. Studies have shown that all ages can enjoy a successful and lasting result with Dental Implants. Studies have shown elderly patients have treatment results comparable to those in younger age groups. (See one study published by Science Direct – www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1882761609000039)

Regardless of age, the factors that influence the potential for a successful outcome to the greatest degree are gum health and available bone mass. Being committed to good oral hygiene and regular dental exams has far more to do with one’s potential for success than age.

For individuals who smoke, however, the potential for implant failure is a much greater risk factor. Studies have shown that implant patients who smoke have higher levels of calculus (also known as tartar) than non-smokers. (www.cdc.gov/tobacco/campaign/tips/diseases/periodontal-gum-disease.html)

Calculus is a hardened form of plaque, which is the sticky film you feel on teeth at the end of the day before brushing. Calculus is actually a cement-hard colony of oral bacteria that attaches to tooth surfaces. These masses of oral bacteria eat away at healthy tooth enamel and gum tissues.

When gums are fighting inflammation caused by accumulated oral bacteria, the chances of successful integration of Dental Implants are decreased. As a matter of fact, studies show that smokers are 3 – 6 times more likely to have gum diseases than non-smokers.

Higher levels of plaque in smokers occurs, in part, due to oral dryness. Smoking is drying to oral tissues and decreases saliva flow. When saliva production is insufficient to help cleanse the mouth, oral bacteria amass more rapidly. And, because blood flow in smokers is more constricted, the healing process is compromised. The longer it takes an implant to heal, the greater the potential for bacterial complications.

Researchers who have studied how tobacco smoke affects oral tissues explain that it interferes with the body’s natural ability to fight disease and promote healing. Due to the chemicals in tobacco that interfere with blood flow to the gums, smoking impacts how the gums respond to any treatment that involves gum tissues.

The same problems exist for pipe and cigar smokers as well as ‘chew’ (smokeless tobacco). These users have an equal risk for Dental Implant complications as those who smoke cigarettes.

A study at Temple University showed that 18 percent of former cigar or pipe smokers had moderate to severe periodontal (gum) disease, which is three times that of non-smokers. Pipe smokers were shown to experience tooth loss at rates equal to that of cigarette smokers. (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/111560440)

If your 2018 resolution includes “cutting back” rather than quitting, this can help. One study included those who smoke over a pack and a half a day and compared them to those who smoke less than a half pack daily. Those who smoked heavily had more than 6 times the risk of developing gum disease than nonsmokers. There was only 3 times the risk for lighter smokers.

We want all patients to have a successful outcome for every dental treatment we provide. We feel those who smoke should be made aware of the risks for implant failure so they can be more proactive in their care.

If you do smoke, we recommend beginning with a thorough evaluation of your gums and available bone to support Dental Implants. From there, we can discuss the best way to help you enjoy the advantages of Dental Implants with the greatest potential for success.

Call (910) 254-4555 to arrange a free consultation.

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Hairy Tongue Condition Can Be Resolved Easily In Most Cases.

Hairy Tongue – sounds pretty scary, doesn’t it? It’s actually a medical condition that sounds worse than it really is.

A Hairy Tongue occurs when the surface of the tongue becomes discolored and appears furry. In addition to an odd appearance, Hairy Tongue may cause symptoms that include:
• burning sensation on the tongue
• tickling to the roof of the mouth when swallowing
• metallic taste
• gagging sensation
• bad breath

The furry look and feel of Hairy Tongue is not hair, but a buildup of filiform papillae on the tongue’s surface. To understand how Hairy Tongue develops, let’s begin by looking at the makeup of the tongue’s surface.

The upper layer of the tongue is rough in texture because of papillae, which are miniscule protrusions. Papillae come in several types, most being filiform papillae. These are shaped so they help the tongue to grip food as we eat.

Similar to our skin cells, papillae are periodically replaced as new ones take their place. When filiform papillae are not exfoliated on a regular basis, the result can be a buildup of a certain protein known as keratin.

Without a normal shedding process, the continued buildup of keratin in filiform papillae begin to resemble hair-like protrusions. As food, bacteria, or yeast accumulate, discoloration also sets in.

The color of Hairy Tongue can vary depending on specific triggers that cause it to develop in the first place. For example, a black hairy tongue is typically associated with tobacco use and coffee or tea consumption.

The American Academy of Oral Medicine reports that Hairy Tongue affects approximately 13 percent of the population. (www.aaom.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=133:hairy-tongue&catid=22:patient-condition-information&Itemid=120) However, the condition is more prevalent in some groups than others, such as those addicted to certain drugs.

Factors that may lead to the development of Hairy Tongue include:
• Tobacco and/or excessive consumption of alcohol, coffee or tea.
• A diet that is soft: Without stimulation and abrasion to the tongue, papillae may not shed at a sufficient rate. This can lead to abnormal buildup.
• Insufficient oral hygiene: When oral bacteria accumulate, it can lead to Hairy Tongue.
• Dry mouth: When there is not enough moisture in the mouth for an extended period of time, it can ripen conditions for developing a Hairy Tongue. In addition to some illnesses and as a side effect of many medications, dry mouth occurs as part of the aging process.
• Medications: Certain medications can contribute to conditions that can trigger a Hairy Tongue, with those that treat acid reflux at the top of the list as well as some mouth washes that contain peroxide. Excessive use of antibiotics also heigthens the potential to develop Hairy Tongue.

Typically, medical treatment is not needed to remedy Hairy Tongue. If you develop the condition, begin by having a dental examination and discussing a renewed, thorough commitment to good oral hygiene.

In addition to brushing your teeth twice daily, brush your tongue with your tooth brush each day. If this causes a tendency to gag, use a smaller brush and gradually work your way towards the back. Tongue scrapers are also available, which are easy and comfortable to use.

Also, try to eat a low-sugar diet that mostly includes fresh fruits, vegetables and grains. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to help aid saliva flow that keeps the mouth clean.

If these changes are unable to resolve the Hairy Tongue condition, a more involved treatment may be needed. This may require an antibiotic or anti-fungal medication to control bacteria or yeast in the mouth.

Although a Hairy Tongue may feel strange and cause embarrassment, most cases are harmless. However, Hairy Tongue should be a warning sign that there is an imbalance in the health of your mouth. The simple measures recommended above should help restore your smiling confidence and prevent re-occurrence.

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Crown Lengthening Made Simple.

For most who are familiar with crown lengthening, the procedure is associated with one that improves the appearance of a smile. For esthetic reasons, crown lengthening is typically done to realign or remove gum tissue to even out the ‘smile line.’ This is the framework of gum tissues that arch over each tooth.

For the teeth most visible in a smile, having an uneven smile line distracts from a smile’s appearance with an ‘up & down’ variation of gum tissue. When the amount of gum tissue over each tooth is at a different height than that of adjacent teeth (even when teeth are straight), the disproportionate levels of gum tissues create a jumbled look.

The crown lengthening procedure is known as a gingivectomy. The procedure is performed while patients relax under oral sedation. Although there may be tenderness for several days, most patients do fine with over-the-counter medications although prescription medications are available, if needed. Within several days, most patients resume normally and feel back to normal within a week or two.Crown Lengthening

A gingivectomy is also performed to repair a ‘gummy smile.’ This is when too much gum tissue is visible over the front teeth in a full smile. Katie Couric is an example of this trait. In mild cases, crowning the teeth may not be needed with minor gum tissue removal. However, crowns are typically advised when the gum tissues are adjusted to a level that complements that of neighboring teeth and gums.

Crown lengthening may also be performed to improve the health of a tooth. For example, a gingivectomy may be advised to help seal the gum tissues surrounding a tooth. It can also be used when a tooth has broken close to the gum line.

When a tooth breaks below the gum line, it typically requires removal. However, removing some of the gum tissue at the base may expose more of the tooth’s structure so a crown can be placed. In these cases, crown lengthening can help save a tooth that would otherwise require removal.

Crown lengthening can also help to seal out bacteria and prevent infection. For example, a tooth relies on the tissues surrounding it to seal out bacteria that can lead to periodontal (gum) disease. When a crown is placed, crown lengthening securely attaches the gums to the crown without delay, helping to block oral bacteria.

Crowns are a tremendous advantage in helping to protect teeth, prevent tooth removal or to enhance a smile’s appearance. However, the involvement of the gums with either natural teeth or crowns is paramount in helping you enjoy a more AND healthy beautiful smile.

If crown lengthening could create a more appealing smile or help you have a healthier smile, I’m happy to explain the procedure during a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a time.

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Headaches? Chipped Or Worn Teeth? Bite Alignment Is The Likely Culprit.

It’s amazing how even minor disparities can have a significant impact. For example, when sitting at a wobbly table in a restaurant, using just a sugar packet under one leg can solve the problem. Or, simple filing to the rough edge of a fingernail can put a halt to potentially snagging fabrics or hosiery.

Such small things – yet, they can cause problems that are pretty frustrating. But what happens when these things lead to problems that are anything but small?

When your teeth are misaligned, it’s not always obvious since it occurs at a gradual pace. As teeth move, they may shift and crowd neighboring teeth. This, in turn, can cause adjacent teeth to move, which creates a domino effect where teeth bunch up. This means that tight angles can form, which allows oral bacteria to easily accumulate.

Not only do these angles provide incubation sites for bacteria growth, the crowding can lead to disruption of bite alignment. When lower teeth, for example, are crowded and crooked, they fail to meet upper teeth harmoniously. This can lead to a number of problems, including chipped, worn, broken and fractured teeth. And, the problem can contribute to seemingly unrelated problems.

Misaligned teeth can place strain on the TMJ, or jaw joints. These joints are located in front of the ears and hold sockets that hinge the lower jaw to the skull. When these joints are moving properly, you can speak, laugh, yawn and eat without the joints experiencing stress or strain.

However, bite misalignment can lead to issues that undo the balance that is supposed to exist. TMJ disorder can lead to headaches, migraines, night-time clenching and grinding, dizziness and ear ringing. Additional problems can include sore facial, shoulder or neck muscles; difficulty opening the mouth fully; tender jaw joints; and jaw popping.

While misaligned teeth are at higher risk for cavities and gum disease, their potential to cause problems can also lead to tooth removal. For instance, when upper teeth and lower teeth do not meet correctly they can ‘hit’ incorrectly, often while eating. When a tooth breaks below the gum line, a crown can no longer save the tooth. Once a tooth is removed, it leads to decisions in replacement, treatment costs and time for repairs.

Treating bite misalignment may be as simple as the reshaping of selected teeth. Some cases may involve crowning certain teeth to restore proper height. Other cases may require orthodontic treatment to fully resolve alignment problems. This can be done through traditional orthodontics (braces) or, in our office, through Invisalign.Invisalign Mold

Invisalign is an ‘invisible’ alternative to braces that doesn’t need wires or brackets to perform realignment. Using clear molds, Invisalign is more comfortable than traditional braces and virtually undetectable in a smile. This means you’ll feel less awkward during treatment and can avoid tears to tender tissues in the mouth or lips.

Another bonus of Invisalign is the ease of eating and brushing. Invisalign molds are removable, so you can eat and brush your teeth without either being an ordeal. Invisalign also moves teeth at a pace that’s similar to traditional braces and, in some cases, even faster.

Misaligned teeth are never going to improve without correction. At the very least, they’ll increase your odds for developing cavities or gum disease. At the worst, they’ll create TMJ problems that lead to migraines, dizziness, broken teeth or ear ringing. Some people never associate certain symptoms with the TMJ and search for years for a solution, going from doctor to doctor and trying medication after medication.

Don’t let crowded, crooked teeth lead to other problems. Realigning your teeth will enhance the appearance of a smile, provide a healthier foundation for your teeth and gums, and help you avoid the many problems associated with the TMJ.

If you’re experiencing any of the problems mentioned above, call 910-254-4555 to arrange a free consultation. During this time, we’ll discuss ways to evaluate your bite and determine if it is the true source of your symptoms. If so, we can develop a treatment plan to help you overcome the problems in the most conservative way possible.

 

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RECOVER FROM NUMBNESS IN HALF THE TIME? NOW YOU CAN!

When numbing is needed for a dental procedure, we love that most patients compliment our comfortable injections. Performed carefully and administered slowly to enhance comfort, our patients are often surprised that the numbing process can be nearly pain free.

Recovery from the numbness is another issue, however. The awkward feeling and inability to drink, speak and smile can be frustrating and embarrassing. Depending on the procedure, numbness may linger for up to four hours afterwards. Clock copy

When it comes to a “fat lip,” there’s been little we could do to help patients overcome post-procedure numbness. Until now.

OraVerse is designed to reverse lingering numbness after routine dental procedures. In clinical trials, patients were able to regain normal sensation twice as fast versus a control group. (oraverse.com/patients/)

Studies on OraVerse found that, on average, patients not only returned to normal sensation twice as fast, but were able to smile, speak, and drink normally sooner.

Although some dental offices who offer OraVerse charge a fee for regaining feeling in half the time, we have chosen to provide this benefit to our patients at no additional fee.

What does OraVerse do?
• It eliminates the tendency that patients have to bite their lips and inside of cheeks while anesthesia is wearing off.
• It eliminates the risk of damage to lips (to the point of bleeding) because patients don’t realize they are biting their lips.
• It eliminates embarrassment from being unable to speak clearly, smile or drink without drooling.
• It eliminates feeling uncomfortable and self-conscious.
• It eliminates the need to arrange for dental procedures when the lingering numbness won’t interfere with work or school schedules.

OraVerse patients can return to work or school and resume normally as the numbness wears off quickly. No more swollen or bitten lips. You can leave our office and be ready to take on the rest of your day without the hindrance of still being numb. You’ll be able to talk, drink and even laugh without worry. Those embarrassing side effects from post-appointment numbness are no longer a concern.

Ask about OraVerse at your next visit (even if you do not have a dental procedure scheduled that requires numbing). We want to make sure that patients are aware of this no-cost benefit, should the need for numbing be necessary in the future.

Learn more about OraVerse at: oraverse.com/patients/
or call 910-254-4555.

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The Gift Of A Confident Smile

The holiday season has most of us anguishing over gifts. This time of year seems to trigger an annual quest of sorts to find that someone special in our lives just the right gift. present

Or, maybe it’s the challenge of a gift for yourself. As the year winds down, some people consider treating ourselves to something much desired or needed but certainly well-deserved! Working hard all year should be rewarded, after all!

Whether you’re pondering a gift for another or for yourself, I’d like you to think about the gift of a smile.

When it comes to a gift, it’s hard to top a smile. An attractive smile can light up a room. It can enhance one’s overall appearance and project a more positive, confident, happy individual.

Replacing missing teeth or replacing a denture or partial with dental implants can also improve one’s chewing ability as well as confidence in social settings. In addition to eating a healthy diet, feeling comfortable with friends and family is an important part of our overall health and well-being.

For people who have crowded or crooked teeth, Invisalign makes a terrific gift. Invisalign uses clear molds to gently move teeth into their proper positions. They are removable for eating and brushing and are virtually undetectable when worn. No prickly wires or brackets!

Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option. Because implants are held by the jaw bone, they provide the same dependable foundation as natural teeth once had. They restore stability in chewing and confidence when speaking or laughing.

For whitening teeth, we offer Opalescence GO. This take-home whitening kit is comfortable, easy to use, and provides a dentist-level whitening for a very affordable price. The results are long-lasting and the degree of whitening is outstanding compared to drug store whitening kits.

Smile enhancements in the form of porcelain veneers, bonding or gum recontouring are also wonderful gifts. Repairing a ‘gummy smile’ often opChristmas Reindeer Headens up a whole new world of smiling for an individual who has this trait. Porcelain veneers can reshape a smile for a fabulous look and feel. Bonding offers an affordable way to repair flaws such as chips or breaks or fill in gaps between teeth.

Rather than a new television or leather jacket, imagine the appreciation for a new smile! We offer free consultations to discuss your goals and can determine costs. We can also discuss payment arrangements that break payments into monthly amounts that fit most budgets.

Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a consult time. Hurry! Only 37 days until Christmas!

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Why We ‘Probe’ Gum Tissues During Cleanings.

Most patients have a ‘cleaning’ during their 6-month dental check-ups, which are known as ‘prophys’ in the dental profession. Prophy is an abbreviated term for prophylaxis, which is the cleaning needed to remove plaque.

During the appointment, we begin by measuring the ‘pockets’ in gum tissues using a probe. This is gently inserted at the base of each tooth (at three spots on both the front and back sides) to gauge the depth it can move easily into gum tissues. This is when you’ll hear Karen, our hygienist, calling out numbers. Hopefully, you’re hearing mostly ones and twos.

The reason a probe is used for these measurements is its ability to reveal markers of gum disease. The higher the number, the greater your potential for gum disease. With high numbers (often 5 through 10), the severity of existing gum disease can be determined.

The pockets in gum tissues occur when plaque and tartar (also known as ‘calculus’) migrate down from the tooth to its gum base. When it reaches the area between the gum line and the tooth’s enamel, the gum tissue can become inflamed. This inflammation causes the seal of the gum tissues around the base of the tooth to loosen.

When gum tissues are inflamed, it can cause tenderness, redness, and swollen areas. Gums that do not have a tight grip around the base of each tooth also provide easy access for bacteria that can reach tissue fibers that surround tooth roots. The result can be damage to the structures that support teeth, which can lead to eventual tooth loss.

A dental probe has markings on its side that measure in millimeters. The numbers you hear are the millimeter depths of your pocket. During probing, the lower the number, the healthier your gums. For example, a one or two is ideal. Three indicates some inflammation, however, three without bleeding is generally accepted as healthy.

As the numbers get higher, the more inflammation is present. If the number is above a five, a process referred to as ‘scaling & root planing’ may be recommended. This is a non-surgical procedure designed to remove dental plaque and tartar followed by smoothing (or ‘planing’) the surfaces of the roots harboring toxins, micro-organisms and other agents that cause inflammation.

How do you achieve 3-or-under pocket depth — the ‘gold star’ of dental cleanings?

First, be committed to twice-daily brushing and daily flossing. This helps to remove plaque that forms tartar, which is the reason for higher pocket depths. Brush a minimum of two minutes each time. Follow this by using your toothbrush to brush yTreatmentChairour tongue. This can dislodge millions of bacteria embedded there.

Keeping oral bacteria to minimal levels can help you avoid cavities, gum disease and enjoy fresher breath. In addition to your at-home care, it is important to be committed to your 6-month check-ups and cleanings. Even diligent brushing and flossing can leave you with tartar buildup in hard to reach areas. Removing these hardened masses of bacteria from tooth surfaces can help you prevent cavities and gum disease.

As research continues to reveal, your oral health is intricately connected to your overall health. We want to support you in having a healthy mouth that supports a healthy body. If you’re behind on your dental check-ups and cleanings, call 910-254-4555 to schedule. Ask about our New Patient Offer – just $145 for an exam, digital imaging (x-rays) and cleaning.

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Experience & Advanced Skills Matter With Dental Implants

A growing number of American adults are opting for Dental Implants to replace missing teeth. As a dentist, I know what a wise investment they are since I can see the advantages that occur both above and below the gums.

Using the jaw bone as their foundation, Dental Implants restore the stability of natural teeth. They give back chewing strength and dependability and speaking confidence. And, because they recreate the presence of missing tooth roots, implants halt bone loss that occurs without this stimulation.

Additionally, Dental Implants are an excellent investment. With proper selection, placement and maintenance, Dental Implants are designed to last a lifetime. An implant will never experience decay, need a root canal, or crack or break.

It is cost, however, that deters some people from moving forward when it comes to this method of replacing teeth. Knowing that implants are the most desirable tooth replacement option, a higher cost (than dentures, partials and crown-&-bridge) is what occasionally motivates some to seek out the lowest price.

Yet, it is seeking out low price vs. high quality that can lead to the greatest number of problems. While Dental Implants have one of the highest of all implant-in-bone success rates, they can fail. Having an implant removed is unfortunate, especially since it is often preventable, starting with the choice of the dentist chosen for your care.

Like many professionals, implant dentists can have varying levels of experience and training. Because there are over 40 different implant types, it is important for your implant dentist to be familiar with all so he or she can select the type best suited for you. Dental Implants are definitely not a one-size-fits-all system.

For example, some implant systems are specifically designed to be positioned in bone that is of reduced depth while others require a specific level of depth. When a lower implant is placed in bone too shallow, it can work its way down to a nerve that runs horizontally through the jaw bone.

In upper implants, insufficient depth can lead to an implant that penetrates the sinus cavity. While this can be avoided by performing a sinus lift before implant placement, your implant dentist must be knowledgeable and trained in this area to help you avoid future problems.

Other issues that may interfere with implant success must also be evaluated prior to placement. An experienced implant dentist knows to look for signs of gum disease, tooth grinding, or interferes that can occur with gum tissue healing.

Selecting the proper number of implants is also important when it comes to a successful outcome. In some cases, several strategically-placed implants can support a full arch of teeth. Or, one or two implants may be used to support a bridge of several teeth. These decisions are best made by an implant dentist who can carefully assess the needs of the patient based upon all implant systems rather than one or two in which he or she has completed weekend courses.

We take great pride in our high success rate and work with each patient to help maximize comfort throughout treatment along with an optimal outcome. For each member of our team, it is important to know our patients have achieved smiling, chewing and laughing confidence.

In all my years of placing implants, I’ve heard each one share words like, “It’s the best investment I ever made.” This is the result of patients who realize they have Dental Implants with the enhanced potential to enjoy them, worry-free, for a lifetime.

If you’re considering Dental Implants, call to schedule a free consultation. I’m happy to discuss my experience, our track record, and which options may be best for your needs. Call 910-254-4555.

 

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Adjust Oral Hygiene To Eating Patterns For Healthier Smiles

Most baby boomers grew up sitting down to a table to eat a meal. For many of us and the generations before us, there was a set time of day for breakfast, lunch and supper. Drinking a soft drink or having a candy bar as a snack between meals was rare. As a matter of fact, snacking at all was rare.

Today, however, snacking is common. As a matter of fact, it’s hard to go through any check-out line without being tempted to reach for a candy bar, pack of crackers or bag of chips as we’re being rung up. My dry cleaner even has a stand that offers gum and mints at the cash register.

While today’s population has grown accustomed to having easy access to snacks galore, the definition of mealtime has changed for many people. Rather than sit down to breakfast, many individuals grab a breakfast bar to eat on the way to work and get a flavored coffee drink mid-morning. Lunch may consist of eating fast food in the car while running errands or at one’s desk. A mid-afternoon snack is common and dinner may consist of take-out pizza or a frozen entree heated in the microwave oven. And, it’s so tempting to top off the day with a bowl of ice-cream in front of the television.

Yes, times have changed. Some people now prefer to ‘graze’ throughout the day rather than focus on eating three meals. This means they eat small meals 6 – 7 times a day rather than ‘three squares.’

While eating habits are one’s personal choice according to what works for their lifestyle, I thought it would be helpful to explain what happens in your mouth based upon how often you eat as well as what you consume.

Every time you eat or drink something, be aware that this triggers an acid attack in the mouth. This acid flows in with saliva and is a natural part of the digestive process, helping to break foods down in the mouth as you chew or drink (other than water).

Unfortunately, this acid is very tough on teeth, so much so that it can actually soften tooth enamel for 20 – 30 minutes after eating. So, imagine sipping a sugary soda over the course of an hour while sitting at your desk. This means that your mouth is enduring an onslaught of acid from the time you take that first sip to the time you take the last one and then 20 – 30 minutes after.

Added to the duration is WHAT you eat or drink, which is where things can get worse. Consider the soft drink again. The acidity in the soda combined with the sugar is a heavy load for the mouth. Sugar tends to be a super-food for oral bacteria, ramping up bacteria reproduction.

However, if you think chips or pretzels are a safer bet, they are only slightly better. Carbohydrates are a simple sugar that convert in the mouth, so these don’t put your smile in much better territory.  Although celery and carrot sticks are MUCH safer snacks, they still trigger an acid attack – just not one that is as potent as those mixing with sugars in the mouth.

Other food and beverages that can add to the problem are those that are caffeinated or acidic, including coffee, tea, citrus, tomatoes, chocolate and alcoholic drinks. Caffeine and alcohol are very drying to oral tissues. This provides oral bacteria an environment that supports their growth since saliva flow is depleted.

Now that you know the perils of frequent eating and what some foods and beverages do to make matters worse, here are some ways to avoid damage to your teeth and gums:

• Never miss your twice-daily brushing. These brief times at the sink are quick, cheap ways to decrease oral bacteria in the mouth. Brush for at least two minutes per time. Go the extra mile by brushing your tongue with your toothbrush at the end of each session. An enormous amount of bacteria is embedded in the tongue, especially in the back.

• Flossing removes food bits that are caught between teeth. These bits begin to rot rather quickly, which supports bacteria growth. If flossing is awkward for you, purchase a water flosser. These are proven to be as effective as flossing and are affordable and easy to use.

• Be conscious of sipping for extended periods of time. Having wine with friends after work is a pleasant way to wind down from a busy day. However, sipping a glass of wine over an hour or so is a double whammy to your smile. Not only does the time frame add to a lengthy acid attack, the acidity in wine AND its drying effects on oral tissues work against your oral health. Order a glass of water with your wine (or other alcoholic beverage) and take in swallows periodically that wash over teeth and gums. This helps to dilute the acidity in the mouth. If preferred, take a bathroom break once an hour to rinse your mouth in the sink.

• Think again when reaching for a snack. For the good of your smile, choose cheese over chips, nuts over a candy bar, flavored and unsweetened water over cola, and an apple over a snack bar. WomanBitingApple

• Be committed to your 6-month check ups. When oral bacteria in the mouth accumulate, they form a sticky film called plaque. Plaque can harden into tartar within 48 hours if not removed. Tartar (also known as calculus) attaches to teeth and eats into tooth enamel and destroys gum tissues. Tartar can only be removed by dental professionals, which is what you feel being scraped off teeth during dental cleanings. Stay current with these visits so between-cleaning buildup can’t do extensive damage.

What you eat, when you eat and how much you eat is personal preference. We just want your smile to be its best and why we want to keep you in-the-know on ways to enjoy the best it can be! Simple measures can save you much in time and money by helping you avoid repairs that could have been prevented in the first place.

Begin with a no-charge consultation to discuss your smile. I’ll be happy to answer your questions and explain how we can support your goals for a healthy, confident smile. Call 910-254-4555 to schedule.

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If You Smoke, Know Oral Health Repercussions

Consider that your mouth is the first part of your body to come in contact with cigarette or cigar smoke. Although many people think of the lungs when it comes to the intake of cigarette or cigar smoke, the soft, moist oral tissues in the mouth are even more involved in the entry process.

The moist makeup of oral tissues also means they are absorbent. Thus, the chemicals in tobacco smoke are easily absorbed in the mouth. This smoke, in addition to added flavor substances, include a potent mixture of thousands of chemicals. At least 70 of these are known to cause cancer.

The chemicals in tobacco smoke include:
•Nicotine (an addictive drug and one of tobacco smoke’s most harmful chemicals)
•Benzene
•Lead
•Arsenic
•Ammonia
•Hydrogen cyanide
•Formaldehyde
•Radioactive elements, including uranium
•Carbon monoxide

While most of these substances cause cancer, many can also cause heart disease, lung disease or other serious health conditions.  When it comes to dental implants, in particular, research published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3894084/) cites:

Smoking has its influence on general as well as oral health of an individual. Tobacco negatively affects the outcome of almost all therapeutic procedures performed in the oral cavity. The failure rate of implant osseointegration* is considerably higher among smokers, and maintenance of oral hygiene around the implants and the risk of peri-implantitis** are adversely affected by smoking.

*osseointegration is the process of bone growing around an implant to secure it in place.

**peri-implantitis is a destructive inflammatory process of gum tissues and bone structures surrounding dental implants.

Although e-cigs (vaping) are deemed ‘safe’ by their makers, the aerosols from these products can contain varying levels of nicotine, flavorings, and chemicals known to be toxic or to cause cancer. E-cigs deliver a less-potent level of chemicals, yet, the long-term effects are unknown. (www.cancer.org/cancer/cancer-causes/tobacco-and-cancer/carcinogens-found-in-tobacco-products.html)

Oral dryness is a particular challenge when it comes to one’s oral health. Smoking causes oral dryness, even moreso than age, many medications and certain foods and beverages (including caffeine and alcohol). Because of oral dryness, we caution patients who smoke that their healing times (for extractions, implant placement, gum grafting, etc.) will take longer.

In addition to slower healing, oral dryness creates a haven for oral bacteria to grow, thrive and accumulate. The longer it takes to heal, the higher your chances are for infection.

Saliva flow helps to keep bacteria-producing particles moving out of the  ‘oral cavity’ (mouth). When saliva is depleted through the chemicals in tobacco smoke, these bacteria are able to run rampant.

As bacteria amass, the immune system tries to fight off infection. Eventually, however, bacteria can reach a level that can no longer be managed by your immune response. This is when oral bacteria cause periodontal (gum) disease, an infection that compromises the health of the gums and bone structures that support teeth.

When the infectious bacteria of gum disease are able to enter the bloodstream (through tears in diseased gum tissues), they can cause inflammatory triggers elsewhere in the body. Systemic inflammation has been associated with a long list of diseases, including heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, and more.

Smoking and chewing tobacco causes an estimated 90 percent of oral cancers (mouth, lips, throat). Pregnant women who smoke have higher risks of first trimester spontaneous abortions, placenta abruption, preterm births, low birth weight babies and sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).

In addition to a higher risk for periodontal (gum) disease, smokers can expect bad breath, stained teeth and higher levels of plaque.

Smokers should know the signs of gum disease, which include persistent bad breath, gum tenderness, gums that bleed easily when brushing, gums that darken in color, and pus pockets form at the base of some teeth. As gum disease bacteria attacks the gum and tissues and bone that support tooth roots, teeth may loosen and require removal. Gum disease is the nation’s leading cause of adult tooth loss. (www.nidcr.nih.gov/DataStatistics/FindDataByTopic/GumDisease/)

If the thoughts of losing your natural teeth and having to wear dentures or partials concern you, then we can help — even if you continue to smoke. Through a diligent oral hygiene regimen and regular dental check-ups, you can keep your mouth healthy and decrease your risk for gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.

Or, if you’ve already lost natural teeth and are concerned about having a successful outcome with dental implants, let’s discuss this during a no-charge consultation appointment (that doesn’t include a lecture!). Call 910-254-4555.

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Annual Conference Offers Futuristic Views Of Dental Implants

I recently attended the 66th Annual Conference of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). Held October 11-14 in San Diego, this gathering included course offerings and a wealth of exhibitors who are committed to the advancements of implant dentistry.
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Founded in 1951, the AAID is the first professional organization in the world dedicated to implant dentistry. Representing over 5,500 dentists worldwide, its membership includes general dentists, oral and maxillo-facial surgeons, periodontists, prosthodontists and others committed to the field of implant dentistry.

During the Conference, I was able to attend several courses to gain greater insight into the future of dental implants. I was especially impressed with new digital technology. However, as a long-time Associate Fellow of the AAID, I know how valuable it is to provide patients with years of experience in diagnosis, treatment planning, placement and restoration (attachment of replacement teeth).

Certainly, advancements in implant dentistry help patients enjoy shorter treatment times with minimal discomfort. However, it is in the selection of the correct types of dental implant and the placement of each at a proper depth and angle that can mean the difference between a successful outcome and a failed implant.

Today, there are over forty types of implant systems, each designed to accommodate the unique needs of a patient. Some are designed to be placed in minimal bone depth. Others are designed to hold non-removable teeth. Several are best suited to support more than one tooth with others being ideal for securing a full arch of teeth.

In our office, we offer all phases of dental implants. This means we can select the one best suited to your needs and goals, place the implant, and attach your replacement teeth — all in one comfortable, convenient location. The staff members who assist me are specially trained in each stage of treatment. And, we are all committed to providing the highest level of patient comfort.

Some dentists offer bargain rates on dental implants. While it is possible to offer implants after taking a weekend course on a particular system, it is in the years of experience and ongoing commitment to successful outcomes that help our patients achieve the results they desire for an affordable fee.

I’m very proud of our history with the AAID and the commitment of our entire team. We find ourselves celebrating with our implant patients who choose to replace missing teeth with this dependable, lifetime solution.

If you’ve considered dental implants or are facing tooth removal, let’s discuss your options. Call 910-254-4555 to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation appointment. During this time, I’ll discuss options that may be best for you and answer your questions. If desired we can have our financial coordinator discuss payment plans, some that are interest-free with no down payment required.

Dental implants are the most superior tooth replacement choice today. They can restore your ability to eat, speak, laugh and even sneeze without worry! Learn how you can enjoy the lasting benefits.

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Have Arthritis? Take Excellent Care Of Your Gums.

While most people see only their top, front teeth while brushing or getting ready for the day, dental professionals have a more intricate view of an individual’s mouth. I have a close-up view of teeth and gum tissues and training to assess what is in good condition and what is not.

When nothing hurts, it’s easy to assume that what you can’t see is fine. However, the prevalence of periodontal (gum) disease in the U.S. is alarming, affecting over 47 percent of American adults.

Like most diseases that form in our bodies, gum disease begins without obvious signs. Once symptoms emerge, they often include gums that bleed easily when brushing, sore or swollen gums, gums that turn red color, receded gums that expose sensitive tooth root areas, persistent bad breath, pus pockets that form on gums, and loosening teeth.

Gum DiseaseWhile gum disease is the nation’s leading cause of adult tooth loss (which is bad enough), it can contribute to destruction far beyond the mouth. Infectious oral bacteria can enter the bloodstream and trigger inflammation that has been associated with many serious conditions, including heart disease, diabetes, preterm babies, stroke, some cancers, impotency and rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

RA is a debilitating, painful disease that attacks joints. Typically, it emerges gradually, often beginning with morning stiffness and weak, aching muscles. Stiff, sore joints emerge, most often affecting the ankles, toes, hips, knees, fingers, wrists, elbows, shoulder and neck.

As inflammation from RA increases, joints swell and disfigure hands and feet. Other symptoms include fever, numbness and tingling. There is no cure for RA and lifelong treatment is necessary, which may include medication, physical therapy or even surgery for certain cases.

How does RA tie in with periodontal disease?

For people who have arthritis, research shows that the clinical makeup of gum disease and RA are similar, primarily in pathogens. Pathogens are agents in the body that lead to the development of disease or illness. Studies show that the pathological process that occurs in gum disease is nearly identical to that of RA.

Both conditions also cause chronic inflammation in tissues that connect to bone. In addition, researchers have found that both diseases have a similar inflammatory trigger. It is also shown that the particular type of bacteria found in periodontally-diseased oral tissues is similar to that in tissues that surround RA affected joints.

One study showed that a particular pathogen associated with periodontal disease activated the same destructive process of rheumatoid arthritis. In the study, it was also shown that treating periodontal disease in RA patients often improved RA symptoms, likely due to the lighter burden of oral inflammation.

As research continues, we see just how intricately related our oral health is to our overall health. Hopefully, as more Americans gain awareness of how gum disease can contribute to the risk of serious health conditions, its prevalence will decline. With proper oral hygiene, including regular dental check-ups, gum disease rates will hopefully decline.

Be as committed to your oral health as you are your overall health. If you are experiencing signs of gum disease, call 910-254-4555 to schedule an appointment. Gum disease will only worsen without treatment.

If desired, begin with a no-charge consultation appointment. I’ll be happy to answer your questions and explain treatment options.

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Cosmetic Dentistry Can Give You A Beautiful New YOU!

For those of us who remember the weekly television program, “Extreme Makeover” (on ABC network from 2003-2007), two individuals were taken through life-changing appearance makeovers. Their journies often included a combination of plastic surgery, cosmetic/restorative dentistry, fitness programs, hair styling, wardrobing, etc.

After following the individuals through their esthetic transformations, the results of each were presented to friends and family members in the final minutes of the program.

However, an interesting thing occurred in the first season. The reality show’s producers noticed that the makeover volunteers who ‘transformed’ the most were those who had the greatest need for cosmetic dentistry. Thus, the choice of participants became those who had that change as a significant need, over the need for other changes such as weight loss or plastic surgery.

As a dentist, this is no surprise. Our smiles are front-&-center in our faces. The look of a smile can have a significant impact on not only our facial appearance, but how we feel about our appearance from the inside out. It makes sense that, since the appearance of a smile can send a message to others, it relays a message back to us every time we look in the mirror or see a photo of ourselves.

Cosmetic dentistry (in the right hands) can balance facial features, brighten up an entire face, and boost confidence and self-esteem. Too, having a beautiful smile inspires people to smile more often. This projects an impression to others of an upbeat, positive individual.

Research has shown that smiling often adds to an average lifespan. Smiling also activates endorphins — a ‘natural high’ brain chemical. This causes you to feel happier, even when you smile and don’t feel like smiling!

While very few of us were born with a beautiful smile, today’s cosmetic dentistry makes having one possible. There are a number of procedures that can repair flaws in a smile, including stained teeth, chipped or broken teeth, crooked teeth and uneven gum tissues.

Below are common ways that cosmetic dentistry can correct smile flaws:

• Mis-shapen or crooked teeth: For the most natural look, feel and longevity, porcelain veneers or porcelain crowns are the superior solution. Porcelain is durable, reflects light as a natural tooth and resists staining more than other materials used in cosmetic dentistry.

• Misaligned or crowded teeth: While porcelain crowns can adjust some misalignment, realigning teeth into their proper positions may be recommended for more severe situations. We can do this with Invisalign, which uses clear molds to gently straighten teeth without wires or brackets. Invisalign is virtually undetectable in a smile and the molds can be removed for eating and brushing.

• Chipped or broken teeth: In some instances, bonding may be an option to repair and reshape natural teeth. Although bonding does not resist staining as well as porcelain, it can be completed in just one visit and is a less-expensive choice. In the process, a material is ‘painted on’ the tooth and then shaped and polished.

• Gapped teeth: When front teeth most visible in a smile are gapped, we recommend either the application of bonding materials or porcelain veneers, depending on the location and severity of the gap.

• Gummy smile: The term ‘gummy smile’ is used when too much gum tissue is revealed above teeth in a full smile. This is a genetic trait and certainly does not pose an oral health problem. However, some people with gummy smiles tend to ‘hold back’ when smiling. The procedure to correct a gummy smile is a Gingivectomy. In this, the gum tissues are reshaped to a higher level over teeth. In many cases, porcelain crowns are placed afterwards to protect the teeth involved in treatment and enhance overall smiling appearance. This is why the procedure is also known as Crown Lengthening.

• Whitening teeth: Although there are a number of whiteners on the market, those available through a dentist are the most effective. And, for the longevity and degree of whitening achieved, they are a bargain compared to the frequency needed and minimal results of drug store whitening kits. Ask about our take-home Opalescence whitening system (only $60!).

For those who desire cosmetic dentistry and feel a new smile is our of reach budget-wise, I encourage you to call 910-254-4555 to discuss treatment recommendations and associated costs. Our office also offers payment plans to help you enjoy your new smile while making easy monthly payments.

Most smile enhancements can be completed in just two visits — far less time than the six-weeks of “Extreme Makeover” participants! Let’s give you a new look that FEELS fabulous with a smile that you’ll share often! Call for a no-charge consultation.

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