Friday, May 27, 2016

Oral Pathology – How it Affects You

                                              Oral Pathology – How it Affects You

Many people do not know what oral pathology is or how it can affect them. Here is some detailed information on oral pathology to help you understand its importance to your oral health.

What is Oral Pathology?

Oral pathology is a dental specialty that studies the diseases associated with teeth, gums, and jaw bones. These are the specialists who diagnose any condition relating to your oral health.

Oral Diseases
There are certain common signs and symptoms related to oral disease everyone should be aware of, such as:
·         Red gums
·         Sensitivity to hot and cold
·         Bleeding gums
·         Bad breath on a regular basis
·         Pain in gums
·         Change in your bite
·         Gums pulling away from teeth
·         Teeth shifting
Some of the oral diseases that an oral surgeon may diagnose someone with are plicated tongue, hairy-coated tongue, geographic tongue, changes to taste, burning mouth syndrome, oral cancer, and canker sores.

How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health

Oral health has been at the forefront of studies lately, and medical experts have discovered a link between poor oral health and increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Other studies have shown that gum disease can be linked to respiratory diseases and diabetes.

Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy

If you are wondering how to how prevent oral diseases, there are a few things you can implement to help keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy. Try to eat healthy foods and avoid smoking. Make sure to brush and floss daily, and use mouthwash as needed. Visit dental professionals regularly, so no problems are missed.

Making these recommendations a daily habit will help ensure good oral health for years to come. Speak with your oral surgeon if you have any questions about what products you should use in your oral health routine.

Oral pathology is a vital part of what oral surgeons do. They are able to recognize signs and symptoms of oral disease, diagnose it, and treat it so that it doesn’t become a long-term problem for the patient. As a patient, being informed is key. If more patients are aware of the signs and symptoms of oral disease, they will be able to contact an oral surgeon for treatment before it leads to further damage.

If you have any of these signs of oral disease or are concerned about your oral health, contact Solace Oral Surgery for further information.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Dental Implants to Restore Your Smile

                                                Dental Implants to Restore Your Smile

Dental implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth. For years, the only options for missing teeth were dentures and bridges. Dental implants are strong and durable artificial roots with natural-looking teeth (usually titanium) surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. A dental implant can restore your smile.

Types of Implants
S   Single missing tooth implant: when both the tooth and root are damaged on a single tooth, the best permanent replacement is a single dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown.
·         Multiple missing tooth implants: when replacing a few teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative.
·         All teeth missing implants: when all teeth are missing, a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge is added that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution.
·         All-On-4® Implants: this relatively new technique uses fewer implants than earlier types. The new implants are situated at mechanical inclinations that maximize support. This means a less invasive process, which would mean less expense.

Improved Speech, Comfort, and Eating
Poor-fitting dentures can slip in your mouth, causing impaired speech. Implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable dentures and improve your speech. Additionally, sliding dentures can make eating and chewing difficult and even painful. Dental implants function like your own teeth, which allow you to eat your favorite foods without pain.
Improved Self-esteem and Oral Health
Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. A healthy smile can boost your overall confidence, making you more comfortable in public situations – especially when eating or speaking. Implants improve oral hygiene by allowing easier access between teeth. Implants can also resolve bite problems caused by missing tooth space. Dental implants can eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of messy denture removal and adhesives. Implants, with good care, may last a lifetime. They are durable and more convenient than traditional dentures.

Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink, which can make your face appear older than it is. Anyone who is missing their teeth as a result of disease, injury, or simple tooth decay should consider how dental implants can be beneficial.

Dental implants are stable and comfortable with no loose parts. Generally speaking, people who are in good enough health for a tooth extraction are well enough to have a dental implant procedure. Contact us today to discover if you are a candidate for dental implants.  After an evaluation of your health and dental history, we can guide you to a thoughtful decision.  At Solace Oral Surgery, we are happy to answer any questions. Contact us today.