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.