Oral Health | Does Chewing Gum Fight Cavities?
by David W. Mills, DDS | March 6, 2017
EUCLID, OH - Chewing gum may be good for your oral health. That is, if it is the right kind of chewing gum.
You have probably been told many times that chewing gum is not good for your oral health. Growing up, your parents, teachers, and babysitters all told you so—didn’t they? Everyone always told you that chewing gum is not good for your oral health—except your dentist, that is. Instead, your dentist would tell you that sugarless chewing gum is actually quite beneficial for your oral health.
Chewing gum began to grow in popularity in the 1800’s, when settlers picked up the habit from Native Americans. Shortly after this, chewing gum began to be manufactured and sold to consumers.
So, why does your dentist recommend chewing sugarless gum? It is due to the fact that it can help you in your fight against tooth decay. The biggest benefit of chewing gum is the increase in saliva production it causes. Your saliva plays an important role in digestion and preventing cavities. Saliva helps to prevent cavities by neutralizing the acids that are present in your mouth. These acids are a major contributor in causing cavities.
One of the best times to chew sugarless gum is immediately after a meal. The reason for this, is that when you eat food, sugars feed the bacteria in your mouth and create acid. By chewing gum after your meal, you will prevent this acid from doing any damage to your teeth.
When looking at what chewing gum is best for you oral health, you should buy gum that contains Xylitol. Xylitol works as an anti sugar in your mouth, not just a sugar substitute.
Other ways to prevent cavities is brushing, flossing, receiving routine cleanings, and sealants.
Unfortunately, on the opposite end of the spectrum, chewing gum that has sugar in it will cause your oral health to decline. Chewing gum with sugar will increase the amount of sugar present in your mouth and will feed those hungry bacteria. This sugar will actually cause an uptick in tooth decay, not help fight it!
If you suffer from TMJ or frequent headaches, you may not want to chew gum frequently. The constant chewing may cause your condition to worsen.
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Periodontal Disease | Keeping Your Gums Healthy
by David W. Mills, DDS | February 20, 2017
EUCLID, OH - Do you have healthy gums? You should probably know the answer to this question, but there is a chance you don’t. Unless you have been diagnosed by a dentist, you may not know if you have periodontal disease or not. Oftentimes, periodontal disease does not cause much pain and does not present many symptoms. A couple of signs you can look for are: bleeding while, or after, you floss, and the appearance of your gums being swollen or bright red. If you do not know if you have developed some form of periodontal disease, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist’s office will be equipped with tools that will help to diagnose any periodontal disease and determine how far your periodontal disease has developed. Additionally, your dentist will be able to offer a treatment plan that will help to reverse your periodontal disease.
One major reason you should determine if you suffer from periodontal disease and seek treatment, is due to the other health issues periodontal disease is associated with. These issues include: cancer, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and diabetes.
Maintaining routine dental visits is the best way to prevent periodontal disease from developing. However, there are several steps you can take to keep your gums healthy at home:
- Brush twice daily to remove bacteria from your mouth.
- Floss when you brush to remove bacteria from in between your teeth.
- Brush your upper teeth from top to bottom to remove any bacteria from along your gum line.
- Brush your lower teeth from bottom to top to remove any bacteria from along your gum line.
- Floss you teeth after you eat a meal.
Your dentist or periodontist will be able to diagnose your periodontal disease and implement a treatment plan, if necessary. Visiting your dentist at least once per year (twice is best) is imperative to maintain healthy teeth and gums. If you are at an increased risk of developing gum disease due to genetics or outside forces, you may want to consider visiting your dentist more than once or twice per year.
Need an appointment? Feel free to contact us today at our office in Euclid, OH at 216-261-2580. We service patients from Euclid, Willowick, Wickliffe and more.
Is There a Connection Between Gum Disease and Pancreatic Cancer?
by David W. Mills, DDS | February 6, 2017
EUCLID, OH - The medical world is constantly discovering all kinds of new information that can help us live a healthier life. A study performed at NYU, that was presented recently at an American Association for Cancer Research meeting, connects periodontal disease and pancreatic cancer. The information presented shows that gum disease may be an early indicator of pancreatic cancer. So, you should add this to the list of reasons to keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Even though there are many reasons to keep your teeth and gums healthy, many Americans still neglect their oral care. It is believed that 50% of Americans 30 years of age or over have developed some form of periodontal disease. Worse than this, in Americans 65 years or older, 65% have developed periodontal disease. Periodontal disease is nearly 2.5 times more common in adults than diabetes, yet does not get talked about nearly as much. The good news about periodontal disease is that it is easy for your dentist or periodontist to detect and treat.
Like gum disease, pancreatic cancer can be challenging to detect. Unlike gum disease, pancreatic cancer can cause death within six months of development, and causes nearly 40,000 deaths per year in the United States. So, what is the connection between pancreatic cancer and periodontal disease? The connection has to do with the types of bacteria that are present in your mouth. If you have porphyromonas gingivalis or aggregatibacter antinomycetemcomitans present in your mouth, you are over 50% more likely to develop pancreatic cancer. Both of these bacterias have also been linked to periodontal disease.
If you suffer from periodontal disease, or aren’t sure if you are suffering from it, you should see your dentist or periodontist ASAP. Your dentist or periodontist will have special tools to determine if you have periodontal disease and how far it has advanced. In addition to this, your dentist or periodontist can offer a treatment plan to help reverse the development of periodontal disease.
Need to schedule an appointment? Contact us today at our office in Euclid, OH near Willoughy, OH and Wickliffe, OH at 216-261-2580.
Should You Get Your Wisdom Teeth Extracted?
by David W. Mills, DDS
EUCLID, OH - Your third molars, better known as your wisdom teeth, rarely ever grow into your mouth how they are supposed to. The reason that your third molars are called your “wisdom teeth,” is that they start to grow into our mouth during our years of “wisdom,” late teens to early twenties.
Throughout history, dentists used to believe that, even if they came into our mouths incorrect, wisdom teeth could be useful. However, over time, this has proven to be mostly incorrect. Chances are, you have probably heard horror stories from friends and family about getting wisdom teeth removed. This may make you a bit shy about getting your wisdom teeth removed. However, there are little to no reasons to leave your wisdom teeth in.
While there are not many reasons to keep your wisdom teeth in, there are plenty of reasons to have them out. For starters, even if they grow in correctly, wisdom teeth are extremely hard to keep clean due to their location in your mouth. Due to this, your wisdom teeth are extremely vulnerable to tooth decay, and can cause you pain. Next, wisdom teeth often become impacted, and can cause cysts that can harm the health of our jaw bone and other molars. Finally, your wisdom teeth can become partially impacted, which can damage your mouth and cause infections that can be both harmful and cause a great deal of pain.
Today, most dentists are in agreement that wisdom teeth should absolutely be extracted. The only two reasons that people keep their wisdom teeth, are due to a medical condition, or fear of the procedure. Dr. Mills strongly recommends having your wisdom teeth out sooner rather than later. Doing so will make the procedure easier, as you heal quicker when you are younger and the roots of your wisdom teeth are not as developed.
Want to further consult Dr. Mills about having your wisdom teeth removed? Feel free to contact us at our office in Euclid, OH to schedule a time to visit Dr. Mills. Dr. Mills sees patients from Willoughby, Wickliffe, Willowick, and more!
Want to be Healthier in the New Year?
by David W. Mills, DDS
EUCLID, OH - The new year has arrived and everyone wants to make changes to be healthier and happier. As medical professionals, we support your desire to be healthier in 2017. In fact, we want to offer you a few tips to ensure that your 2017 is healthier than your 2016. We hope these tips offer a little more than the stereotypical health tips of “lose weight” and “eat healthy”.
1.) Get More Sleep
Yes, sleeping is important in order to have more energy, boost your mood, and improve your appearance. However, a lack of sleep can lead to things like obesity and type 2 diabetes. You should always aim to get 8 hours of sleep each night!
2.) Eat Breakfast
“It’s the most important meal of the day.” That saying isn’t just to sell more eggs, breakfast meat, or cereal. Eating breakfast will help you feel more energetic throughout the day and keep you from overeating at lunch.
Find something you love to do, and stick with it. It doesn’t matter what kind of exercising you are doing, as long as you are dedicated to it. Whether it be running, walking, skating, biking, weight lifting, swimming, or anything else, find an activity that will help you burn calories. Losing weight, or keeping weight off, comes down to how many calories you take in minus the amount of calories you burn during your activities. If you exercise more, you can also eat more!
We hope the above hints and tips can help you lead a healthier life in 2017. Additionally, remember that your overall health begins with your mouth. If you have been putting off going to the dentist, 2017 is a great time to restart. Contact us today at our office in Euclid, OH to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills. Dr. Mills also sees patients from the local communities of Wickliffe, Willoughby, and Willowick.
Teeth Whitening - Part 2 of 2
by David W. Mills, DDS
EUCLID, OH - In our last blog post, we started a discussion about one of the most commonly requested dental procedures: teeth whitening. In our last post, we discussed some of the most common causes of tooth discoloration. We learned that these causes will change how your discolored teeth are treated. As we continue this week, we will look at the different options available.
- At-home system: An at home system will be prescribed by your dentist and will utilize custom-made trays. Your custom-made trays will be filled with a whitening gel and worn twice per day for 30 minutes at a time. Your results will usually take a couple of weeks depending on how discolored your teeth are and your desired results.
- Whitening toothpastes/strips/mouthwash: While these products will whiten your teeth, they will not give you the results that an at-home system. The reason for this is that these products typically lack a bleaching agent. The lack of bleaching agent means your teeth will only be lightened by one shade.
- Over-the-counter products: While these products do contain a bleaching agent, they will not contain enough of the bleaching agent to give you desired results.
- Veneers/Crowns: If your teeth are discolored from injury, medications, etc. they will not be able to be whitened by a bleaching agent. In these cases, you have the option of custom-made crowns or veneers.
As we stated in our last post, the cause of your discolored teeth will determine what kind of treatment you need. We recommend scheduling an appointment with your dentist in order to determine the best course of action for your case. If you live in the Euclid, OH area, and are looking for a dentist who has a lot of experience in cosmetic dentistry and teeth whitening, Dr. Mills is always welcoming new patients from the Euclid, Willoughby, Wickliffe, and surrounding areas. Feel free to contact us today.
Teeth Whitening - Part 1 of 2
by David W. Mills, DDS
EUCLID, OH - Cosmetic dentistry is growing rapidly in popularity. One of the most commonly desired cosmetic improvements among people is the desire to have brighter, whiter teeth. Many options exist that all claim to make your teeth whiter. Before choosing a teeth whitening product or system, it is important to know what is causing your teeth to be discolored.
Below, is a list of common causes of tooth discoloration:
- Age: As people age, the enamel of the tooth wears down and exposes the inner part of the tooth. When this occurs the tooth takes a more yellow or darker appearance.
- Dietary choices: Drinks like coffee, tea, wine, and foods that contain food coloring can stain the enamel of your teeth.
- Tobacco use: Whether you smoke cigarettes, or use another form of tobacco, it can cause an increase in plaque, tartar, and tooth discoloration.
- Medications: A common side effect of certain medications is tooth discoloration.
- Injury: If your tooth is traumatized, it may become discolored.
The reason it is important to understand the cause of your tooth discoloration is because it will change how your tooth/teeth will be treated. For example, if your teeth are stained due to use of medications or injury, a product that contains a bleaching agent will do nothing to whiten your teeth. Additionally, if you have any bonding, fillings, crowns, or other types of tooth restoration, they will not react to a bleaching product. However, your dentist will be able to create a veneer or crown to match the shade of your newly whitened teeth.
In our next post on teeth whitening, we will discuss the options that are available for a brighter, whiter smile. If you are in the Euclid, OH area or the surrounding areas of Willoughby, Wickliffe, or Willowick and would like to consult Dr. Mills about the appearance of your smile and teeth whitening products, feel free to contact us today to schedule an appointment.
Some Things To Know About Tooth Sensitivity - Part 3
by David W. Mills, DDS
In our last post, Dr. Mills discussed five of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity. The fifth and final cause Dr. Mills discussed was dentinal sensitivity. Dentinal Sensitivty occurs when your enamel is worn down and your dentin is exposed. This is the most common cause of tooth sensitivity. Due to this, Dr. Mills will explore several reasons why your dentin may be exposed and causing you some tenderness.
Brushing - Brushing your teeth twice per day for two minutes is critical. However, many people think that if you brush harder, you are brushing better. This is not the case. If you brush too hard, you will wear away your tooth enamel and cause some sensitivity. Additionally, you should be careful about what kind of toothbrush you use. If your toothbrush has bristles that are too tough, it can wear away your enamel even with just light force.
Foods high in acid — Foods like citrus fruit, tomatoes, pickles, and tea are high in acid. As we learned above this acid can assault your enamel and cause sensitivity.
Gum disease - Gum disease is developed overtime from not taking proper care of your teeth and gums. Due to plaque and tartar build up, your gums will begin to retract. If left untreated, your gums will retract enough to expose your dentin and cause you some sensitivity.
Bruxism - Grinding or clenching your teeth can cause them to be achy. Unfortunately, overtime, grinding your teeth will also damage your enamel by grinding it away.
Medical ailments - If you suffer from bulimia or acid reflux (GERD), acid may accumulate in your mouth, deteriorate your enamel, expose your dentin, and cause sensitivity.
To learn more about your tooth sensitivity, or receive a consultation, please feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills at his office in Euclid, Ohio. Dr. Mills treats patients from Willowick, Wickliffe, Willoughby, and surrounding areas.
Some Things To Know About Tooth Sensitivity - Part 2
by David W. Mills, DDS
In part one of our blog series on tooth sensitivity, Dr. Mills introduced what tooth sensitivity is. Below, Dr. Mills continues the discussion, listing five of the most common causes of tooth sensitivity.
1. Injury - When your tooth goes through any type of trauma, it may become sensitive to even light pressure. Types of injuries that may be affecting your tooth includes cracks, chips, fractures, and bruising.
2. Uneven Bite - If your teeth are not properly aligned, and your bottom teeth and top teeth meet prematurely, it can cause you a lot of pain. This uneven bite may not be something that you have always dealt with; sometimes it is a result of your teeth shifting. Your teeth can move for reasons like loss of jaw bone, thumb sucking, loss of a tooth, and more.
3. Cavities - Typically, when your tooth develops a cavity it will become sensitive when eating something hot, cold or sweet. The reason why cavities cause sensitivity is the access it gives germs and bacteria to the nerve of the affected tooth. This type of sensitivity is typically found in your molars.
4. Dental Disease - If your tooth becomes infected, you may experience a more acute pain. If this is the cause of your sensitivity, you should be treated as soon as possible. This can not only be extremely painful, but also dangerous to your health.
5. Dentinal Sensitivity - Dentin is the part of your tooth that the enamel protects. If your dentin becomes exposed, you will experience a lot of sensitivity. This is the most commonly seen cause of tooth sensitivity. If your enamel is strong and complete, your dentin will be protected. Your enamel can become deteriorated for many reasons. Dr. Mills will discuss the common causes of exposed dentin and compromised tooth enamel in our next blog post.
If you are experiencing tooth sensitivity, and want to be seen by a dental professional, Dr. Mills would be happy to see you. Please contact us today at our office in Euclid, Ohio.
Some Things To Know About Tooth Sensitivity - Part 1
by David W. Mills, DDS
Tooth sensitivity is a common complication that nearly half of the population deals with on a day-to-day basis. These sensations can come when eating something hot, cold, sweet, or sour. This pain is not always an acute pain that lasts for long periods of time, but sometimes a dull pain that comes and goes.
Depending as to why your teeth are sensitive, the pain will be different. There are many reasons why your teeth will be sensitive which will be discussed, in detail, over the next few weeks. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, you should make an appointment to see your dentist ASAP. Oftentimes, while annoying, tooth sensitivity can be a sign of a bigger, more serious problem.
If you are suffering from tooth sensitivity and need to see a dentist, Dr. Mills in Euclid, Ohio would be happy to schedule you in, please contact us now. Dr. Mills serves patients from Wickliffe, Willoughby, Willowick, and surrounding areas.
Can a Dentist Treat Headaches?
Headaches are one of the most annoying and reoccurring health conditions that many people face. Headaches occur and can range rom debilitating to just an annoyance. Every day, we learn more about headaches, their causes, and how to prevent them. Reasons for headaches range from hormones, spinal trouble, muscle functionality, grinding your teeth, and much more. Oftentimes, it will take a team of health professionals to solve your headache issues. This team should include your dentist, physical therapist, psychologist, and your primary care physician. To learn more about headaches, click here.
Unfortunately, there are many times where patients will go to see their doctors, and maybe even a specialist and not find answers for their headaches. If this is the case for you, or someone you know, a dentist may be able to help. Many dentists are trained to treat jaw issues and headaches.
Typically, many headaches are a result of muscle spasms in your jaw and neck. Due to this, a dentist can usually recommend a “night guard” or bit splint for use when you sleep. These splints will help to relax your muscles and find you relief. Additionally, it is known that almost 80% of Americans suffer from bruxism (excessive teeth grinding). The splints offered by your dentist will help to prevent against this as well offer relief for headaches.
If you have any questions about your headaches, or would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills about any dental health concerns please contact us today.
The Relationship between Diabetes and Your Oral Health
by David W. Mills, DDS
Thirty million Americans deal with diabetes, and its side effects day in and day out. If you are one of these people, or have loved ones who are, you know about many of the side effects and health concerns it can bring. However, there is one unexpected complication connected to diabetes that you may not know about.
Recent studies show that there is an increased chance of contracting gum disease among people who have diabetes. This means that you can add gum disease to the list of complications along with heart problems, stroke, kidney failure, and more. The interesting connection between gum disease and diabetes is that they work to develop each other. This means that your diabetes can cause gum disease, and then if you gum disease develops enough - your diabetes will begin to accelerate. The reason for this is that advanced gum disease can negatively affect blood glucose management.
A few reasons why diabetes contributes to gum disease are listed below:
- Reduces your body’s chances of fighting disease and infections.
- Restricts blood movement to your gum tissue.
- Adds sugar to your mouth.
For the above reasons, it makes proper oral health care even more important for people who suffer from diabetes. Proper oral health care includes brushing and flossing twice per day, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist every 6 months.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mills in Euclid, Ohio, please contact us today at 216-261-2580.
Are You Interested In Dentures? - Pt. 2 of 2
by David W. Mills, DDS
Do you want to improve the appearance of your smile? Do you have interest in dentures, but don’t know what the process entails? Dr. Mills, located in Euclid, Ohio
may have some answers
that you are interested in.
The process of receiving dentures requires many visits over the course of several weeks. Below is an outline of the procedure:
- A mold will be taken of your teeth and mouth in order to properly manufacture your denture.
- Several “try-in” appointments may be necessary in order to ensure the right size, shape, and fit.
- Teeth will be extracted, as necessary (not everyone will need teeth removed).
- Immediate dentures will be placed.
After this process is complete, you may experience an increase in saliva, some tenderness, and some difficulty eating or talking. Typically, these side effects will subside on their own as you adjust to your denture.
Additionally, you will be provided with instructions on how to properly care for your dentures. It is important to understand that the better care you take of your denture, the longer it will last. Brushing, flossing, using mouthwash, and visiting your dentist for checkups are all vital in maintaining proper health.
If you are in the Euclid, OH area and would like additional information on dentures please contact Dr. Mills at our office at 216-261-2580 or use our online form
Are You Interested In Dentures? - Pt. 1 of 2
by David W. Mills, DDS
Dentures are a popular substitution many people opt for to replace their real teeth. Dentures are easily removed and are designed and made to mock the real look of your real teeth.
One thing to consider are that there are two different kinds of dentures: complete and partial.
Dr. Mills will use complete dentures when all of a patient's teeth are either missing or damaged enough that they need to be removed.
Dr. Mills will use partial dentures when some of a patient's real teeth are remaining or healthy enough to keep. Partial dentures will be used to fill spaces between a patient's teeth to keep them from moving out of space and creating other dental issues.
Further, complete dentures can be broken down into “conventional” and “immediate”. A conventional denture is a longer process than immediate. A conventional denture requires moldings and impressions be taken of your teeth and mouth. These impressions are then sent to a lab for a denture to be created. This process usually takes 4 to 6 weeks and allows your gums to heal. An immediate denture will be placed as soon as your teeth are extracted. However, you will need to schedule a follow up appointment to have your denture altered as your gums heal.
Dentures can last many years if properly cared for, adjusted, and repaired when needed.
Some reasons you may consider dentures include:
- Complete Denture - Complete loss of teeth.
- Partial Denture - Some, but not all, teeth are lost within an arch.
- Dentures enhance your smile and your facial muscles.
- Helps you eat, speak, and chew.
If you have considered dentures or want to know more about the process, please stay tuned for our next blog post where we will further discuss what receiving dentures includes. You can also schedule an appointment at Dr. Mills' office in Euclid, Ohio by calling 216-261-2580.
Concerned About Oral Cancer?
by David W. Mills, DDS
Have you smoked cigarettes over the course of your life, or know someone who has, and are concerned about developing oral cancer? Or are you concerned about developing mouth cancer even though you have never smoked? There are many symptoms and signs that you can check for to see if you are at risk.
First, it is worth noting that over 25% of all oral cancer cases occur in people who haven’t smoked and only consumer alcohol on occasion.
The ADA reports that approximately Forty-Two Thousand people in the United States will be diagnosed with oral or throat cancer this year alone.
The best way to detect oral cancer and receive treatment early on is to receive routine oral cancer examinations. Dr. Mills in Euclid, OH wants you to be healthy and will perform oral cancer examinations at your oral wellness visits.
There are many signs and symptoms you can check for at home in order to detect oral cancer before seeing the dentist or receiving an examination:
- Lumps, bumps, swelling, or rough spots on your lips and gums.
- White, red, or spotted (red and white) areas in your mouth.
- Bleeding in your mouth that can not be contributed to anything specific.
- A numb feeling or pain in your mouth, face, or neck.
- Sores on your face, mouth, and neck that will not subside within two weeks.
- A feeling that there is something caught in your throat.
- Trouble chewing, swallowing, talking, or performing any other daily activities with your mouth.
- Pain in your ear.
- Unexpected, dramatic loss of weight.
If you see any of feel any of these signs or symptoms you should schedule an appointment to see Dr. Mills immediately at his office in Euclid, OH. Additionally, if you do not see these signs but desire whiter teeth please contact Dr. Mills today about his teeth whitening system.
If you would like to schedule an appointment in the Euclid/Willoughby/Willowick/Wickliffe area please use our online form!
Manual vs. Electric Toothbrush
by David W. Mills, DDS
Many people use an electric toothbrush thinking it will give them better results than using a manual toothbrush. Is this really the case? In most circumstances, no. If you employ a manual toothbrush for the appropriate amount of time and in the correct manner it can perform the same as an electric toothbrush.
So then, who does benefit from use of an electric toothbrush?
Any parent will tell you that their child or children do not have good brushing technique and do not brush for the recommended amount of time. Due to fascination, an electric toothbrush will often help kids brush longer and will make up for incorrect brushing technique.
Another big group of people that may benefit from using an electric toothbrush are people with certain health conditions. These conditions include arthritis, periodontitis, and more. The reason for this is that many diseases can keep you from properly brushing or using a correct crushing technique.
The American Dental Association (ADA) agrees that, for the most part, there is no real difference between a manual or electric toothbrush. The ADA states that the key to preventing tooth decay and other problems, like gum disease, is the way you use your toothbrush. Whether you are using a manual or electric brush it is important to use the toothbrush properly in order to see results.
If you have any questions about your toothbrush, proper technique, or are not seeing the results you want and are in the Euclid, Willoughby, Willowick, or Wickliffe area feel free to make an appointment today to see Dr. Mills. Oral Wellness visits are key to ensuring dental health. Dr. Mills also provides teeth whitening services if you want to improve the cosmetics of your smile through whiter teeth.
Dental Implant Education - Part 2 of 2
by David W. Mills, DDS
Everyone deserves to have a winning smile, so when it comes to flashing your teeth you want them to look their best. Unfortunately, not all people have perfect teeth, but the good news is that there is a remedy - dental implants. Dental implants permanently give you a flawless set of teeth with a gorgeous smile. The following information from Dr. Mills in Euclid, OH who serves patients in Euclid, Willowick, Willoughby and Wickliffe will give you an idea as to whether dental implants are right for you or not.
People who are considering dental implants need to have healthy gums and sufficient jaw bone mass for the procedure to be a success. Consulting with your periodontist is your best option so you can know whether you are a candidate for the procedure or not. Most people are suited for dental implants, but those who are not fall under the following categories:
• People who are underage or have not stopped growing.
• Women who are pregnant.
• Persons who smoke heavily - heavy smoking retards the healing process making the procedure a difficult one. People who take drugs or ingest alcohol are less likely to give the care and attention to the implants necessary for a successful procedure.
• People with chronic ailments such as diabetes, hemophilia, immune deficiencies, connective-tissue disease or those who have been exposed to high doses of radiation in the head and neck area. A complete evaluation by your dentist will determine whether implants are right for you or not.
Implant therapy is performed by an oral surgeon, such as a periodontist, who also works with a dentist. The patient will be X-rayed or receive a scan, which will allow the dental team to inspect the condition of their sinuses, nerves and jawbone mass. After the evaluation, the dentist will let you know which option is best for you and prepare a treatment plan so the procedure will be a success.
The initial procedure is just the first step.
After the screws have been placed in the jaw, there is a healing period of about one month or more. After several checkups, the teeth are then placed on the embedded screws. The entire process takes about six months, or possibly more, after which the patient must make routine visits to the dentist to ensure the procedure was successful. The patient must floss and brush regularly to maintain proper oral health and keep plaque from building up on the dental implants.
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Dental Implant Education - Part 1 of 2
by David W. Mills, DDS
A terrific smile along with a beautiful bunch of teeth is your number one goal, and anyone who wants to greatly improve their smile should have their teeth perfected!
In the event that you are considering receiving dental implants to enhance your teeth, there are certain facts regarding dental implants Dr. Mills wants you to understand first. First off, one has to have gums along with jaw bones that are absolutely healthy for you to withstand the procedure of implanting teeth. The new teeth will be fastened under the gum tissue and right into the bone.
The two kinds of dental implants are Endosteal, inside the bone, and also Subperiosteal, on the bone. The most preferred of the two is endosteal. Endosteal incorporates screws or blades that secure right into the jawbone. Each screw maintains several teeth and is advised for customers who wear dentures. Subperiosteal is best suited for man or women that have lower bone density. Subperiosteal dental implant are positioned on top of the jaw utilizing metal framework that connect to the permanent dentures, in addition to the gum tissue that holds them.
The dental implanting procedure entails the support of both a dental practitioner and periodontist, considering that these experts can advise you to where and how your false teeth will be implanted. The overall procedure could contain numerous separate processes that include:
Single, numerous or total dental replacement - one dental implant and also a dental crown for a singular tooth, implant supported bridges so as to supplement many teeth or even total implant supported bridges in order to support all of your teeth.
Sinus Augmentation - Sinus Augmentation elevates the sinus floor and also boosts bone mass in preparing for dental implants.
Ridge modification - Ridge Modification elevates the entire gum line in order to utilize bone substitute along with developing the ridge of the jaw bone. Ridge modification produces a smoother, more comprehensive process and helps make dental implants last for many years.
Soon after obtaining dental implants, the patient needs to make frequent checkups and pay additional attention of their teeth. Flossing as well as cleaning must be done at the very least two times a day in order to keep the dental implants well-kept.
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by David W. Mills, DDS
The temporomandibular joints, better known as TMJ, are the jaw muscles as well as the joints that make it possible to open and close your mouth. Situated on both sides of the head, your TMJ work together whenever you eat, talk or swallow. Additionally, your TMJ manages the lower jaw (mandible) as it moves frontwards, back and also side to side.
Each and every TMJ has a disc between the ball and socket. The disc softens the load while permitting the jaw to open widely as well as turn or glide. Any complications that hinder this intricate system of muscles, ligaments, discs as well as bones from functioning properly might cause an uncomfortable TMJ disorder.
Possible sources of TMJ ailments consist of:
- jaw dislocation
- trauma to the jaw
- tooth as well as jaw placement
- stress and teeth grinding
Diagnosis is an essential step prior to treatment. Part of the dental examination features evaluating the joints as well as muscles for tenderness, clicking, popping or complication moving. Depending upon the diagnosis, your dental professional can treat you, refer you to a healthcare professional, or a different dental practice.
There are many therapies with regard to TMJ problems. This particular detailed plan of action created by the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research allows you to try basic treatment prior to going on to more complex treatment. The NIDCR also suggests a "less is often best" solution in addressing TMJ problems, which includes:
- consuming softer foods
- avoiding chewing gum and chewing your fingernails
- tweaking the pain by using heat packs
- carrying out rest methods in order to handle jaw tension, such as meditation as well as biofeedback.
If needed with regard to your signs and symptoms, the listed treatments might be advised:
- exercises that will boost your jaw muscles
- medications prescribed by your dental practitioner; for instance, muscle relaxants, analgesics, anti-anxiety medicines or anti-inflammatory medicines
- a night guard or bite plate to minimize clenching or grinding of teeth.
Sometimes, your dentist might recommend taking care of an uneven bite by readjusting or reshaping some teeth. Additionally, Orthodontic procedures can be suggested. Your dental professional can recommend the most ideal therapy based upon the believed source.
Please contact us for any additional information on TMJ or any other dental health concerns you may have or make an appointment at our office in Euclid, OH.
Did You Know That February Is National Pet Dental Month?
It is not only important to take care of your own teeth by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Mills in his Euclid, OH dental office but you need to take care of your pet's dental health as well. Just like human teeth, if your pet’s teeth do not get proper treatment they can get tartar buildup and plaque and this can lead to painful periodontal disease. Over 85 percent of dogs and cats over the age of four have this disease and if left untreated can cause other illnesses in your pet. In order to prevent your pet from becoming sick from periodontal disease there are four easy steps to take to decrease those odds:
1. Beware of Bad Breath
Don’t ignore your pet’s bad breath. If a musky odor is coming from your cat’s mouth it could be a warning sign of periodontal disease or another feline condition called stomatitis. Stomatitis causes pain and inflammation of the mouth tissues and gums. Ignoring bad breath can cause damage to your pet’s teeth and gums and cause problems with their internal organs. Other dental-health warning signs include bleeding gums, yellow or brown teeth, pawing at the mouth, and loose or missing teeth.
2. Teeth brushing
Brushing your pet’s teeth may not be a easy task at first but with repetition and some treats it will become easier. It is important that you let your pet warm up to the idea, first by letting them smell the toothbrush and the pet toothpaste. Once they are used to the idea try to brush their teeth for 30 seconds every other day. Never use human toothpaste, only toothpaste approved for pets. If your pet will not cooperate, talk with your veterinarian for other options of controlling tartar.
3. Food, treats and dental toys
Brushing your pet’s teeth is the best choice for maintaing their dental hygiene but if you find this difficult there are alternatives such as certain treats and food. Also some of the dental toys on the market will help to remove plaque.
4. Dental Exam at the Vets
It is just as important for a pet to have dental check-ups as it is for humans. Your vet will ask you questions about certain warning signs such as bad breath or bleeding from the gums. He will next check if your pet has any tartar, tooth loss, inflammation or cancerous lumps. If your pet is not cooperative it may be necessary to give them a light sedative. Don’t let the use of anesthesia stop your pet from getting a proper dental cleaning.
The vet will take all precautions necessary and will prescreen to make sure your pet is healthy enough. The benefits of dental cleaning are far greater then the risk of anesthesia.
Remember take care of your pet's dental needs and always keep on top of your own oral health!