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We Can Make Treating Oral Cancer Easier

Posted on 1/25/2021 by Front Desk
Almost 150 Americans are diagnosed with oral cancer every day. Oral cancer has a higher death rate than several other common cancers, primarily because it is often found at a later stage of development after it has spread to other areas like the lymph nodes in the neck. However, if it is caught and treated early, oral cancer has an 80 to 90 percent survival rate. How is Oral Cancer Treated? There are several different types of oral cancer, since it can affect the tongue, lips, gums, cheeks, salivary glands, palate, and other parts of the mouth. Treatment for oral cancer depends on its location and stage of development. Depending on your unique case, treatment may involve surgery to remove tumors or cancerous tissue, radiation therapy, medication, and chemotherapy. How We Can Help Surgery for oral cancer may involve removing large sections of your jaw, tongue, palate, or cheek. When this occurs, reconstructive surgery is necessary to restore your ability to eat, swallow, and speak normally – that is where we come in. Reconstructive surgery can consist of bone, skin, and tissue grafts, as well as placing dental implants and crowns if your cancer treatment required tooth extraction. We can help rebuild your mouth to ease your recovery and allow you to resume normalcy to the greatest extent possible. Additionally, we can help mitigate the side effects of radiation therapy. While radiation treatment is often successful in combination with other oral cancer treatments or on its own, it can result in dry mouth, damage to your jaw, and tooth decay. We will work with you to develop a custom oral care plan, and we may suggest more frequent checkups to make sure your teeth and jaw are healthy throughout the course of your treatment. If you do suffer from jawbone damage or tooth loss, we can talk to you about dental implants or other restorative options. You do not have to endure your oral cancer treatment alone. Reach out to our office today to see how we can help....
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Bone Grafts Require a Careful Recovery

Posted on 1/11/2021 by Front Desk
If you have diminished bone mass in your jaw due to osteoporosis, tooth decay, aging, or some other reason, you will probably need a bone graft before having dental implants placed. A bone graft involves using healthy bone from either a donor or another part of your body (or sometimes synthetic materials) to restore bone that has deteriorated. Grafting your jawbone means that you will now have sufficient bone to support your new dental implants, which prevents your implants from failing. Here is some information to help you understand what the recovery process is like after bone graft surgery. Discomfort The actual bone graft surgery should not hurt at all since you will be under general anesthesia. You might experience some mild discomfort and swelling after your procedure, but neither should last long. Applying ice to your jaw can help reduce swelling and discomfort during the first day or two after surgery. We might prescribe pain medication as well as an antibiotic to prevent infection, and we will give you specific instructions about what to expect and how to manage discomfort. Length of Time Your bone graft needs to completely heal and fuse with your natural jawbone before we can place your dental implants. The exact length of time it takes to heal from a bone graft surgery can vary from one patient to another based on factors including age and general health. Typically, you can expect the recovery process to take several months. You may need to eat soft foods for a while and limit physical activity while you heal. We will have you come into our office for periodic checkups to see how your jaw is healing and determine when you will be ready to have your implants placed. While the process for getting implants takes longer if you require a bone graft, it is well worth the wait. Careful recovery and frequent monitoring after having bone graft surgery on your jaw are crucial for making sure your implants will succeed in giving you a beautiful, healthy smile that will last a lifetime. Call us today to learn more....
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Is Dental Bonding Good at Fixing Dental Issues?

Posted on 12/21/2020 by Front Desk
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, dental bonding might be a good option for you. Dental bonding can be used to repair a variety of cosmetic concerns such as chips, gaps, discoloration, and discrepancies in tooth size or shape. What is Dental Bonding? When we perform dental bonding in our office, we use a composite resin material similar to plastic to either fill in gaps or chips in teeth, reshape a tooth, or cover up a discolored tooth. The procedure is relatively quick and simple, and is usually completed in just one appointment. First we use a tool to roughen the surface of the tooth that will be bonded, then we coat it with a special liquid that allows the bonding agent to adhere to the tooth. We apply the composite bonding over your tooth, form it into the appropriate shape, and harden it in place using an ultraviolet light. The composite material will be matched to the correct shade of your teeth. Dental Bonding Benefits Dental bonding is a versatile procedure with numerous benefits. It is completed much faster than other cosmetic dental procedures such as crown or veneer placement, both of which typically require at least two office visits. It is also less invasive than those alternatives, which involve the affected tooth or teeth needing to be shaved down in preparation for crown or veneer placement. Finally, dental bonding is much more affordable than both crowns and veneers. Veneers and crowns often cost thousands of dollars, whereas with dental bonding, your cosmetic concerns can be repaired for about 100 to 400 dollars per tooth. Dental Bonding Disadvantages While dental bonding is a great option for addressing minor chips or cracks in teeth, as well as other concerns such as discoloration or gaps, it is not effective for repairing more extensive cracks or significant damage caused by decay and disease. Bonding does not last as long as veneers or crowns, as the composite resin material is not as durable as porcelain. To learn more about dental bonding, call our office today....
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All Posts:

We Can Make Treating Oral Cancer Easier
1/25/2021
Bone Grafts Require a Careful Recovery
1/11/2021
Is Dental Bonding Good at Fixing Dental Issues?
12/21/2020
What Makes a CEREC Crown Different?
12/7/2020
How Implants and Dentures Work Together
11/16/2020
Brushing Teeth As a Caregiver Means Needing to Watch for Signs of Trouble
11/9/2020
Is Keeping Your Dentures Moist Necessary?
10/19/2020
Custom Dentures Can Be the Perfect Solution
10/5/2020
What to Do if a Dental Crown Comes Loose
9/21/2020
What Job Does a Bridge Actually Have for Your Mouth?
9/7/2020
How to Adjust to a New Set of Dentures
8/24/2020
Ways of Properly Caring for New Bonding
8/10/2020
What to Expect Following the Placement of a Dental Crown
7/23/2020
Reasons to Consider Upgrading Your Dentures This Year
7/7/2020
Dentures Can Be a Great Option, Even if You Are Young
6/22/2020
Tips for Caregivers Helping Someone with Dentures
6/8/2020
How Guided Tissue Regeneration Can Restore Your Gums
5/29/2020
What Are the Most Common Sources of Dental Pain?
5/15/2020
:How Teeth Grinding Can Damage Dentures
4/20/2020
Questions Most New Denture Wearers Ask Us
4/10/2020
Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown Installed
3/20/2020
Pros and Cons of Getting Overdentures
3/10/2020
How Dried Out Dentures Can Hurt Your Mouth
2/20/2020
What Is the Purpose of Brushing Your Dentures?
2/10/2020
How a Single Missing Tooth Harms Your Jaw Bone
1/20/2020
Foods that Can Cause Problems During Implant Recovery
1/10/2020
Three Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Dentures in the Next Year
12/20/2019
Most Important Rules When Taking Care of Dentures
12/10/2019
Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
11/20/2019
Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
11/10/2019
Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
10/20/2019
How to Care for Dental Bonding So It Lasts as Long as Possible
10/10/2019
The Best Foods While Getting Used to Dentures
9/20/2019
What Do You Need to Know When Getting Used to New Dentures?
9/10/2019
How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
8/20/2019
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
8/10/2019
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
7/20/2019
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
7/10/2019
Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
6/20/2019
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
6/10/2019
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
5/20/2019
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
5/10/2019
You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
4/20/2019
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
4/10/2019
Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
3/20/2019
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
3/10/2019
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
2/20/2019
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
2/10/2019
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
1/20/2019
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
1/10/2019
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
12/25/2018
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
12/15/2018
What is Denture Relining?
11/25/2018
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
11/15/2018
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
10/25/2018
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
10/15/2018
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
9/25/2018
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
9/15/2018
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
8/23/2018
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
8/13/2018
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
7/20/2018
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
7/10/2018
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
6/25/2018
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
6/15/2018
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
5/25/2018
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
5/15/2018
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
4/20/2018
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
4/10/2018
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
3/23/2018
Do You Need an Overdenture?
3/13/2018
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
2/23/2018
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
2/13/2018
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
1/23/2018
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
1/13/2018
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
12/23/2017
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
12/13/2017
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
11/23/2017
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
11/13/2017
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
10/23/2017
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
10/13/2017
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
9/27/2017
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
9/17/2017
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
8/25/2017
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
8/15/2017
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
7/30/2017
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
7/23/2017
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
6/25/2017
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
6/15/2017
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
5/27/2017
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
5/17/2017
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
4/27/2017
Signs of a Denture Allergy
4/17/2017
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
3/27/2017
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
3/17/2017
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
2/27/2017
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
2/17/2017
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
1/27/2017
How to Care for Dental Bonding
1/17/2017
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
12/30/2016
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
12/20/2016
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
11/30/2016
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
11/20/2016
Should You Do Half Implants and Half Dentures?
10/30/2016
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016
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