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By Dentisty 4 You
November 25, 2015
Category:
Tags: dental implants  

Find out if you could be an ideal candidate for getting dental implants in Suwanee.

Could dental implants be right for you? If you are dealing with tooth loss then chances are pretty good that they are. Find out everything Dental Implantsyou need to know about getting dental implants from your Suwanee, GA dentists Drs. Uday and Shetal Parikh and whether you are the ideal candidate for this tooth loss solution.

What are dental implants?

Implants may just look like small metal posts (usually made from titanium) but in fact these little restorations are the artificial replacement for your missing tooth roots. Implants have changed the way your dentist in Suwanee can treat tooth loss. Now we can easily give you a brand new smile without needing to use healthy, neighboring teeth in the process like we would with dental bridges or even dentures.

How are dental implants placed?

The metal post is surgically placed into a small, drilled hole in the jawbone where your missing tooth roots once were. After the implant has been placed, we will close up the gums and give your mouth a couple months to heal. During this time, as the bone and tissue begin to heal, they will also fuse with the biocompatible metal implant to become one. Once complete, the implant will be a permanent part of the jawbone.

Then an extender attachment, known as an abutment, is placed over the implant. The sole purpose of the abutment is to attach the dental crown to the implant.

Are dental implants right for my smile?

When dental implants first become an option for tooth loss sufferers there were a lot of issues that kept them from being good candidates for implants, but luckily this treatment has come a long way and allowed more and more people to benefit from getting dental implants. Here are some factors to consider before your consultation:

Your age: We can give anyone well into their golden years the smile they want with implants. Just note that teens and children whose mouths haven’t fully developed can’t benefit from implants until their jaws have completely formed.

You’re not a smoker: Smokers are significantly more likely than non-smokers to deal with implant failure. If you want your implant to be successful then be sure to ditch the habit.

You have a healthy smile: You should have any cavities treated and gum disease under control before getting this procedure. We will examine your smile prior to treatment.

You are overall healthy: We want to make sure that your healing isn’t impeded by health problems. This means that if you have been diagnosed with a chronic health disorder like heart disease that it is under control before you get implants.

The only way to find out if implants are truly the best course of action for your smile is to see your Suwanee dentists at Dentistry 4 You. Call our office today to schedule an appointment!


By Dentisty 4 You
November 20, 2015
Category:
ChrissyTeigensTeeth-GrindingTroubles

It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.

As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”

Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.

When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.

You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?

We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.

Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”


By Dentisty 4 You
November 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tmd   tmj   jaw pain  
JawPainDisordersCouldbeRelatedtoOtherBodyConditions

As many as 36 million adults in the U.S. suffer from some form of chronic jaw pain. What’s more, many of these may also experience other painful conditions like arthritis or chronic fatigue in other parts of their body.

Chronic jaw pain is actually a group of difficult to define disorders collectively referred to as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD or also TMD). TMD not only refers to pain symptoms of the temporomandibular (jaw) joints but also of the jaw muscles and surrounding connective tissue. Most physicians and dentists agree TMD arises from a complex range of conditions involving inheritable factors, gender (many sufferers are women of childbearing age), environment and behavior.

A recent survey of approximately 1,500 TMD patients found that nearly two-thirds of them also suffered from three or more related health problems like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, depression and problems sleeping. The understanding of TMD’s connection with these other conditions is in its early stages of research, but there’s avid interest among healthcare providers to learn more and possibly devise new treatments for TMD in coordination with these other related conditions.

In the meantime, TMD patients continue to respond best with the traditional approach to treatment, including physical therapy, thermal (hot or cold) compresses to the area of pain, medication and modifying the diet with more easier to chew foods. In extreme cases, jaw surgery may be recommended; however, success with this approach has been mixed, so it’s advisable to get a second opinion before choosing to undergo a surgical procedure.

Hopefully, further study about TMD and its connection with other conditions may yield newer treatments to ease the pain and discomfort of all these conditions, including TMD. You can stay up to date on these and other developments for coping with the discomfort of TMD at www.tmj.org and through your healthcare provider team.

If you would like more information on TMD, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”