Tuesday, June 13, 2017

A New Smile in one Day: All-on-4

                                                           
                                                                A New Smile in one Day: All-on-4
 

Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss. In fact, experts estimate as many as 35 million people have no upper or lower teeth at all. Have you been dreaming about a brand new smile to combat your tooth loss? Are you hesitant to pursue tooth replacement options because of the length of time, and number of procedures it takes? All-on-4 is a modern system for changing teeth that can be done very quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.

 What is All-on-4?

All-on-4 refers to a combination treatment that involves dental implants and implant-anchored dentures. During this procedure, four titanium rods are embedded within your jaw. They’ll be strategically placed by your surgeon for maximum efficiency to fit your mouth.

Once the implants are securely installed, custom high-quality dentures are anchored to them. The name “All-on-4” comes from the fact that only four implants are needed to securely hold a whole set of teeth. This means you could have both your upper and lower sets replaced with only four implants in each setting.

In the past, dental implants were used for every single tooth. As you can imagine, this would be significantly more painful and time consuming than an All-on-4 procedure. As a result, you can get a brand new smile in just one day.

Why Choose All-on-4

Aside from the obvious benefits, there are many other reasons to choose an All-on-4 replacement. One of the biggest incentives is the fact that the implants become completely permanent. This is thanks to titanium’s unique ability to fuse with bone. You’ll never have to worry about your new teeth slipping or sliding while you're speaking, which can inspire greater confidence.

The All-on-4 setup also makes eating much easier than with traditional dentures. Since the teeth are anchored permanently, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy apples, carrots, nuts, and beyond. It’s by far the most natural-feeling setup.

 
You don’t have to worry about messy adhesive glues or strips with an All-on-4 set, either. Since they don’t need to be removed for cleaning, you can rest assured that you won’t forget to remove them on schedule.

Ready to Smile?

If you’re considering an All-on-4 set, call us today. Our surgeons would love to meet with you and discuss the process in-depth. We can answer any questions you may have. Remember, the sooner you call, the sooner you’ll have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. All we need is one day!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Benefits of Dental Implants


                                                         Benefits of Dental Implants

 Choosing a tooth replacement method is a big decision. Your options will vary depending on the condition of your mouth, but you want to make a selection that will be comfortable and dependable. This will allow you to function with confidence while dealing with your tooth loss.

 You’re Not Alone

For some people, it’s hard to come to terms with the idea of using tooth replacements. You should understand that you’re not alone. Millions of Americans deal with tooth loss every year. You should also know that tooth replacement methods are more advanced, successful, and realistic-looking than they’ve ever been before.

 What are Dental Implants?

 Dental implants are small metal rods, usually made from titanium, that are designed to function as a base for replacement teeth. The implants are engineered to be highly durable and safe for use in your mouth. They’re embedded in the jaw during a surgical procedure, making them incredibly strong.

 Dental implants can be used for individual teeth as well as entire sets of anchored dentures. Because of the extremely low risk of complications from the metal itself, you can have several rods implanted easily wherever you need them, for a customized fit

 Why Choose Dental Implants?

There are many reasons why dental implants are such a good choice for many Americans. First and foremost, they are a flexible solution for people will all levels of dental problems. Other benefits of dental implants include:

 

   Fast procedure. Most of us hate spending time in a dentist’s chair. Dental implants can be installed very quickly. In fact, you can get an entire new set of teeth in just one day.

 

   Realistic appearance. Dental implants use specially designed prosthetic teeth that are just like the real thing.

 

   Better comfort. Dentures are designed to be removed for cleaning. This also means they can slip and irritate the mouth. Implants fuse to your jaw bone and become permanent, so there’s no discomfort.

 

   Improved speech. Slipping or poor-fitting dentures can make it difficult to speak without mumbling or slurring. You don’t have either of those problems with dental implants.

 

   Natural eating. Certain foods are difficult or even impossible to eat with dentures. Dental implants are so secure and comfortable that you can enjoy all your favorite foods.

 

   More confidence. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, dental implants can give you a huge confidence boost. Imagine having a perfect smile in just a day.

 

   Higher durability. Dental implants are permanent. When taken care of, they last the rest of your life.

 

If you’re ready to let dental implants change your life, give us a call. We’d love to give you your smile back.


 

Friday, April 7, 2017

All-on-4 vs. Dentures (A New Smile in A Day)

                                            Have A Brand new SMILE in ONE DAY! 


                                                           All-on-4 vs. Dentures

If you’re looking at tooth replacement options, it’s important to make the right choice. You want to be able to smile, eat, and speak comfortably and normally for the rest of your life. Two common options are traditional dentures and All-on-4, or implant-supported dentures.

Traditional Dentures

Despite calling them traditional, modern dentures are nothing like the ones from the past. Some of the early versions were carved out of wood, making them uncomfortable and poor-fitting. Today’s dentures are custom made from fine porcelain and soft acrylic to offer the most realistic and comfortable experience possible.

Traditional dentures are designed to be easily removable. The arch of the jaw supports them and their surfaces rest directly on the gums. This makes it very easy to take them out for cleaning and sleeping. It also means less complication for oral specialists while making adjustments for fit.

Regular dentures are also less expensive than many other options. Lots of insurance policies cover all or most of the cost of the prosthetic, which is important if you’re concerned about the cost of your tooth replacement.

All-on-4

All-on-4 implants are a different option for tooth replacement. Traditional dentures are not completely stable because they rest on the surface of the gums. Most people need to apply some sort of adhesive to keep their dentures in place throughout the day. Sometimes they can slip while eating or speaking, which can be embarrassing.

All-on-4 dentures actually anchor to small dental implants, rather than relying on the surface of the gum. The posts are made of titanium, making them extremely durable and safe for use in the mouth. These implants are carefully embedded into the jaw during a surgical procedure. Four of them are placed within the mouth, depending on your personal needs. Once the fixtures are healed and secure, your implant-supported dentures can anchor to them, providing incredible stability. Only four posts are necessary to support an entire set of teeth, hence the “All-on-4” name.

All-on-4 treatment eliminates movement and prevents jaw atrophy, meaning you’ll be able to maintain maximum function and retain the shape of your jaw line. They may also enhance confidence because they are so secure and don’t require removal for cleaning and sleeping.

If you’re not sure what type is right for you, call and schedule an appointment with Solace Oral Surgery today. We’d love to discuss your oral health and go over your options in depth.

www.SolaceOralSurgery.com






Tuesday, April 4, 2017

The Importance of Dental Hygiene

             
                                             The Importance of Dental Hygiene

If you visit your dentist regularly, you probably hear a lot about dental hygiene. After all, the brushing and flossing they recommend is designed to keep your teeth and gums looking (and smelling) fantastic. Oral hygiene, though, is about more than just keeping your smile clean and breath fresh. It also has a significant impact on overall health.

Nutrition

Your mouth is the first part of your digestive system, so it only makes sense that your oral hygiene has a bearing on overall nutrition. Strong teeth are crucial to eating many healthy foods, such as apples, carrots, and nuts. If you don’t maintain your dental hygiene you could experience inflamed gums, cavities, and infected or lost teeth. All of these issues make it more difficult to enjoy wholesome, fresh foods. You could end up filling yourself with soft, junky foods instead. Chewing problems can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure, among others medical conditions.

Infection and Diseases

Poor oral hygiene is also linked to some infections and diseases. Cardiovascular disease, for instance, may be related to the bacteria caused by oral inflammation. New research is constantly being done to determine the exact linkages between such conditions.

There are indirect effects of poor dental hygiene, as well. For example, if you have an infection in your mouth, it weakens your entire immune system and makes you more susceptible to other sicknesses. Serious cases of oral infection may potentially lead to sepsis.

How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene

Keeping your mouth clean and healthy requires proper attention. The most important thing to develop is a maintainable routine. It’s not good enough to brush only a few times a week; brushing needs to occur at least twice per day. Make sure you’re spending about two minutes brushing, or you might not remove all of the plaque and bacteria. To simplify the process, set a timer or play your favorite song.

Other steps to good oral hygiene include:

   Flossing at least once per day, being careful not to damage the gums.
   Using a mouthwash after eating.
   Avoiding excess sugar or overly sticky foods, such as caramel.
   Brushing after eating sugary or grainy meals that may embed themselves in tooth grooves or existing cavities.


One of the most important ways to protect your dental hygiene is by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. She will be able to check for warning signs and future problems, while giving your teeth a deep cleaning.

If you need help and guidance on this, give us a call! 

Solace Oral Surgery www.SolaceOralSurgery.com







Friday, March 10, 2017

What to Know Before Choosing an Oral Surgeon


                                       What to Know Before Choosing an Oral Surgeon

 

Trying to decide on an oral surgeon can be daunting. However, there are several resources available that can make the task much easier. Understanding your needs as a patient, along with the help and advice of your dentist, will go a long way in helping you find the right oral surgeon.
 

To find an oral surgeon who best meets your needs, consider the following:

·       Length of time the oral surgeon has been in practice

·       Hours the oral surgeon has logged in training and clinical experience performing the procedure you need to have done

·       Estimated costs for the procedure and any pre- and post-op treatment plans

·       Diagnosis and treatment plan proposed by the surgeon

Your personal dentist is a great resource in your search for an oral surgeon. Your dentist understands your situation, your history, and your surgical needs and is equipped to provide references that will best suit your needs.

There are several types of oral surgeons and practices, and each is equipped to handle specific oral care needs. Be sure you select an oral surgeon who specializes in your procedure or condition.

 How Insurance May Affect Your Options

 Before settling on an oral surgeon, read your insurance policy. Depending on the type of coverage, your insurance might dictate which oral surgeon you can use. Your insurance provider should have a list of available surgeons and practices that you can choose from. Research those surgeons and facilities to find one that best suits your needs.

Be proactive and thorough by researching education and experience of any potential candidates. Websites dedicated to specific practitioners and facilities can provide a wealth of information. You can find information concerning location, prices, insurance qualifications, types of procedures, and specialties online. Reputable sites usually showcase customer reviews, which can be a great way to get informed feedback from other patient experiences.

 Look for the Necessary Credentials

Look for an oral surgeon that has the right training and experience. Also, spend a little time getting to know your potential surgeon and the people who work in the office. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable during these delicate procedures. Make some phone calls, do some research, even visit the facility. Find a practitioner you feel comfortable with and can trust with your oral health.

 If you are in the Nashville area, Solace Oral Surgery is here to help. Please call us with any questions about our practice, and we would be happy to assist you.

 

 

 

 

 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Scary Truth About Gum Disease

                                                        The Scary Truth About Gum Disease

Chances are that you’ve already been warned about gum disease. Most of us are taught the importance of regular dental care at an early age. And yet, 50% of adults in America suffer from gingivitis—an early form of gum disease. Improper care routines can lead to painful and serious side effects and even illness.

Learn to Recognize Gum Disease

Gingivitis is the most common and least severe form of gum disease, but it’s the first stage of periodontitis. Gingivitis causes bright red and swollen gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing. Often, people don’t see bleeding gums as a problem and continue to neglect dental health. Gingivitis, although serious, doesn’t always progress to cause tooth loss or other damage.

Periodontitis, on the other hand, is advanced gum disease and is much more severe. At this stage, the gums recede from the teeth and bone. Deep pockets form within the mouth, trapping bacteria and food debris. These pockets become infected in many cases, filling with bacteria and causing the gum and bone to further dissolve. If the jaw structure become too far degraded, reconstructive surgery may be needed.

Periodontitis is a common cause of tooth loss in adults. The infected pockets can cause the teeth to die or rot in most cases, leaving behind odor and pain. Oral operation may be the only option to safely remove the dead tissue.

Avoid Health Risks Caused by Gum Disease

Tooth loss and oral infections are serious problems, but they’re not the only issues that gum disease causes. Studies have linked periodontitis to illnesses and diseases in other areas of the body as well. Improper dental care can lead to:

·       Diabetes. Substandard dental health causes inflammation in the mouth that can spread easily. This increased swelling can be associated with diabetes. Periodontitis can not only cause problems, but also exacerbate existing symptoms in someone who is already diabetic.

·       Erectile dysfunction. More than half of the men diagnosed with periodontitis also suffered from erectile dysfunction. The exact cause of how gum disease contributes to erectile dysfunction is unknown. However, researchers believe that inflammation and infections are to blame.

·       Pneumonia. People with gum disease inhale harmful bacteria each time they take a breath. Over time, this can cause respiratory distress and infections.

Taking care of your gums and teeth helps maintain your entire body. Remember to always brush and floss and make regular appointments for evaluations and care.

If you do suffer from tooth loss because of gum disease, Solace Oral Surgery is here to help. Contact us at 615-320-1392.



Thursday, December 15, 2016

What is an Apicoectomy?

                                         
                                                           What is an Apicoectomy?

Teeth that have recurring infections indicate an issue at the root level or within the tooth canal. Root canals and related procedures are often used to treat these problems, but sometimes an apicoectomy must be performed.

An apicoectomy is a common dental surgery performed by an oral surgeon that involves removing the tip of a tooth root and sealing it. This procedure is performed as a last resort when multiple root canal treatments fail to adequately address the issue.

What Can I Expect During an Apicoectomy?

In most cases, an apicoectomy is a simple, minimally invasive procedure. Depending on the position and location of the infected tooth, it should take no more than 90 minutes to perform. Throughout the procedure, the oral surgeon views your affected tooth through a microscope. The surgical site is exceptionally small, and the tip of the root is only a few millimeters in length, which makes it difficult to see without magnification.

The oral surgeon makes a small incision near the infected area and lifts the gum away to expose the root. Any inflamed or infected tissue is removed along with the tip of the root. A small filling may be placed over the area where the root tip was removed. Stitches are applied over the incision area.

For affected teeth located in the back of the upper jaw, there is a risk the infection could spread into the sinuses. In such cases, patients may need antibiotics or decongestants for a few days prior to and after the procedure.

Sometimes the condition of the root or severity of the infection is unknown until the surgeon is able to view the area during the procedure. In these extreme cases, the oral surgeon may decide to simply extract the tooth.

What is the Recovery Time?

Recovery time after the procedure usually takes no more than 14 days. During that time, you may experience numbness, swelling, or soreness in the area. Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen are often prescribed, though prescription pain killers may be necessary. Any stitches are generally removed a few days after the surgery.

An apicoectomy is considered a permanent solution to a recurring tooth infection issue and should last a lifetime.

Are There Risks?

There is a slight risk of nerve damage when working on back teeth on the lower jaw. The endodontist will take x-rays prior to the procedure to locate nerve endings and assess the risk.

Call us at Solace Oral Surgery (615) 320-1392 and we will be a happy to answer any other questions!