There is an established connection between gum health and heart disease that many people are not aware of. Monitor your gums carefully, and come for regular cleanings and checkups. Dealing with periodontal disease early can have a significant influence on the health of your entire body.
Not all dentists are the same when it comes to giving dental implants. Things you should ask or find out about:
- How long it will take.
- What the temporary implant experience will be like.
- If there will be surprise charges from labs, etc.
Dr. McNeil strives to provide the best experience for patients needing dental implants, as this procedure can be vital for giving a person back his or her confidence and oral health.
Ask about getting dental implants through Clear Choice.
Millions of Americans have regular head pain that makes life worse. Many experience migraines so painful that normal daily tasks become difficult. Reliable treatment is difficult to find, and treatments often focus on symptoms rather than underlying causes of pain.
The problem with relying on medications for headaches and migraines is that no causation issue is actually solved. Whatever caused your headache this time will most likely strike again, and you’ll have to take more medication.
It is important to realize that pain medication has side effects that can be unpleasant and dangerous. Of course pain medication has its place in modern medicine, but most medical professionals agree that consistent reliance on pain medication over the course of years is not a healthy lifestyle.
Modern research suggests that one cause of headaches and migraines may be unbalanced forces in your mouth that affect muscles in the head. In fact, it may be that chronic migraines, tinnitus, TMJ, jaw pain and regular tension headaches are all connected.
The first part of getting to the bottom of your chronic headaches or migraines is to understand all of the many factors involved. Dr. McNeil will ask about your health history. Then, using a computer-based system, we’ll be able to analyze the forces at play in your jaw, head and neck which will help you understand the specifics of what is causing pain.
The individualized treatment involves a form of therapy where muscles and nerves are re-trained to function properly. Depending on how severe your case is, you’ll go through 1-12 different treatments, one each week.
Migraines and headaches can hurt many aspects of your life, besides just causing pain. Many people wake up with severe headaches that keep them from work. Some skip out on family activities due to headaches. The TruDenta system works to give you a long-term solution that isn’t invasive to your health.
Fixing dental decay and other issues in the mouth is a common concern for almost everyone. Over the years, dentistry has evolved to provide a better experience for patients, and CEREC is at the forefront of that evolution. Digital imaging, in-office fabrication and computer guidance all make for higher quality, more efficient dentistry for both doctor and patient.
Many men and women fail to get the healthcare they should because of time constraints. This is true of dentistry as well. Consider a mother of three who needs to have a couple of crowns placed. It is a significant burden to have to find someone to watch the kids, to get transportation, etc., and these burdens become twice as heavy when procedures require multiple visits.
Others simply can’t afford to take two days off of work for a dental procedure. The idea of spending vacation days for a trip to see a doctor or dentist is hard to swallow.
For all of these reasons, we love the one-visit capabilities of CEREC.
One Visit Crowns
Using a 3D imaging camera, we’ll take a photo of the tooth/area that needs fixing. Using special software, Dr. McNeil designs the crown or whatever restoration it may be to be exactly right according to your mouth. Using diamond burs, the ceramic restoration is made, and modern adhesives make it a part of your mouth.
You don’t need impressions, and you don’t need something temporary in place while the restoration is being made. The new addition to your mouth is fabricated in the office, and placed in the office. Treatment only requires one visit.
Ceramic crowns are great for a number of reasons. For one, the color and transparency matches normal teeth very well. Second, ceramics are very strong. The milled ceramic used with CEREC is stronger than traditional methods of placing ceramic in the past.
In the frenzy of decisions and preparations you are now faced with, more often than not, dental health is not even given a second thought, but this should not be the case. Cancer treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation often have negative side effects on your mouth and teeth. There are a few steps you can take to minimize the damage and at the same time reduce the unwanted and painful symptoms and complications you will experience.
Before Cancer Treatments
Visit your dentist to evaluate your dental health and discuss treatment options you should consider. Periodontal disease (gum disease) and tooth decay (cavities) should be treated. In addition discuss what preventive measures you should take, i.e. home care routines, fluoride treatments, antibacterial rinses etc. Prevention is the best medicine.
During Cancer Treatments
Consult with your cancer treatment team so that you can make your dentist aware of any special considerations that are relevant to receiving dental treatment.
What are the main oral complications of cancer treatment?
-Mucositis: Most people will experience some degree of mouth and throat sores. These sores make it difficult to eat, and at a time when proper nutrition is critical. Consult with your dentist or physician about prescription rinses that can help with this problem. These rinses may include some that simply coat and numb the tissues to minimize discomfort and rinses that help minimize the incidence of bacteria and fungal infections, and rinses that help prevent tooth decay and periodontal disease.
-Dry Mouth: In addition to increasing the mouth and tongue soreness, dry mouth puts your teeth at greater risk of developing cavities. If you are like most adults and have some degree of gum recession that has exposed the sensitive and venerable roots of the teeth, you will be even more at risk of developing cavities. The decrease in saliva is caused by the effects of the cancer treatments on the salivary glands, and often worsens with additional medications you may need to take.
Treatment for the dry mouth may include: oral rinses to minimize the risk of developing tooth decay, rinses to coat and sooth the oral tissues, professionally applied fluoride treatments, and home fluoride treatments.
-Infections: Because the cancer treatments will often weaken your immune system—your body’s natural ability to fight infection—you will be more susceptible to infections in your mouth. Treatment for infections may require you to see your dentist for treatment, antibiotics and antibacterial rinses. The best prevention for infections is maintaining very thorough oral hygiene, i.e. brush at least two times per day, floss at least one time per day, and rinse your mouth often.
After Cancer Treatment
After completion of cancer treatments, you should visit your dentist for a check-up and cleaning and to address any problems that may have developed. It is also very important to maintain excellent care of your teeth and mouth through proper brushing and flossing techniques. Your normal saliva flow (spit) may not return for several months or years, so taking continued preventive measures is critical to long term dental health.
Ouch! Your dental hygienist just told you you have receding gums-NOW WHAT?
What is gum recession?
Gum recession refers to the loss of gum tissue along the gumline. This occurs as a result of periodontal disease (gum disease), the natural aging process, aggressive tooth brushing habits and teeth clenching or grinding.
When gyms recede, the root structure of the tooth becomes exposed. This means that tooth decay and other problems can affect the teeth along the gumline and beneath it. Since healthy gums are essential for a healthy mouth, getting gum recession treated is important for extended dental health.
Is this a common problem?
Yes. Many studies show greater than 50% of adults have some degree of receding gums. Most people don’t know they have gum recession because it occurs gradually and is often painless. Generally, the first signs of gum recession are tooth sensitivity, a tooth looks longer than normal, or often a notch can be felt near the gum line.
What are my options for treatment?
If the gum recession is treated early when the problem is minor, changing oral hygiene methods like aggressive tooth brushing habits or getting a special cleaning called scaling and root planing at the dentist’s office may be all that is needed. However, if the gum recession is more advanced, then the dentist will often recommend a gum tissue grafting procedure known as a connective tissue graft or a free gingival graft to correct the problem. In a gum graft surgery a piece of tissue is taken from the roof of the mouth and grafted (stitched) over the teeth with gum recession.
What is Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™?
Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ or the Pinhole Surgical Technique™ (PST) is a new and patented procedure developed by Dr. John Chao that offers significant advantages over traditional gum grafting techniques to repair receding gums.
First, it is less invasive because it doesn’t require any cutting or stitching – no tissue is cut out of the roof of the mouth. Second, healing time is much shorter. With PST most patients need only one day of healing compared to traditional gum grafting which usually takes about three weeks to heal and being on a very restricted soft or liquid diet. Third, treatment time is much shorter. With Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation 4-6 teeth can be treated in the same time it would take to do one tooth with traditional grafting. This means less time in the dental chair saving you time and money. Fourth, Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation is effective. The natural thought would be that it must not be as effective as traditional grafting if it takes less time and heals faster. Not so! PST has proven itself to be just as effective, if not more so.
Dr. Ryan S. McNeil, D.D.S., at Midvale Family Dental PC, is the first and only dentist in Utah currently trained and licensed to perform the Chao Pinhole Gum Rejuvenation™ procedure. If you would like to learn more about this procedure or find out if you are a candidate, please visit our website www.utahsmiledocs.com or call to schedule a Free Consultation at 801-255-4555.
Dr. McNeil is an experienced dentist who serves all ages, including children. Regular checkups and cleanings, along with consultation from Dr. McNeil, can be important for ensuring your child’s oral health for days to come.
Our goal is to help you keep your natural teeth for a lifetime, but when dental care is needed, we will strive to make the dental restorations we create look as good or better than the teeth nature gave you. To make sure we meet that goal, the products and materials we use, like CEREC® single-visit restorations, are of the highest quality and incredibly durable. You can trust your smile with us.
Midvale Family Dental Office
6895 South 900 East
Midvale, UT 84047
Phone: (801) 255-4555
6895 South 900 East
Midvale, UT 84047
Phone: (801) 255-4555