Monday, August 13, 2012

Wisdom for the Wise


                    Wisdom teeth or third molars are the very last teeth to come in and usually “errupt”
at about age 17-20.  As modern man evolved the jaw became smaller and there was less room to accommodate these teeth.  Consequently, many people today have no room for their wisdom teeth and they become “impacted”.  A tooth is considered impacted when it doesn’t come into the mouth all the way.  It can be embedded in bone  or gum tissue.  If a tooth is completely covered by bone it should at least be x-rayed periodically to make sure  there are no hidden problems.  Wisdom teeth
cause the most problem when they are partially covered by gum tissue.  Bacteria can invade the envelope of gum tissue laying over the tooth and cause a severe infection. Extraction of the tooth is generally recommended if this situation exists.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Silent But Deadly

You could have periodontitis or a gum infection, and not even know it. Just because you're not in pain, don't be fooled! Gums show little sign of disease before the infection is well advanced. By the time you have any discomfort, there may already be extensive damage to your tissue and the bone that holds your teeth in your jaws. If it gets to this point, the teeth will become loose and eventually fall out because there is nothing to hold them in place.

So how do you know if you have periodontitis? Bleeding gums is the most common sign of the disease. While this may be common, it is definitely not normal. These represent a possible route of entry for oral bacteria into your bloodstream and heart. Poor dental hygiene has been shown to contribute to osteoporosis, insulin senstivity, kidney disease, respiratory infection, low birth weight, diabetes, and weakened immune system. These proven health risks make prevention more important than ever. Gingivitis is the early stage of gum disease and can be prevented from worsening or even reversed with regular six-month dental checkups to the office. If your case is more severe, we recommend more frequent cleanings (every three months). Don't wait for pain, act now.

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Bonding with the Dentist

                 Bonding is the direct application of tooth colored material to restore or change the
appearance of  teeth.  Layers of bonding material may be added to the fronts and the edges of teeth to change the color or the shape and size.  Often times, this procedure is totally painless and doesn’t require the use of local anesthetic.  Teeth can be recontoured to give the illusion of straight teeth without orthodontics.
         Bonding material is slightly thicker than toothpaste and is applied to the tooth surface in increments.  It comes in a variety of shades so it can be matched to your teeth.   It is then cured(or hardened) by a bright light, finished and polished. Dramatic improvements in your smile can be painlessly accomplished in just one visit.