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Oral Care Tips

Practicing proper and regular oral care is the best way to ensure that your teeth stay strong and beautiful and that your gums stay healthy, too. Here are some tips:

  • Practice good oral hygiene – brushing your teeth at least twice a day, followed by swishing with a good-quality mouthwash and flossing once a day should all be part of your oral hygiene regimen;
  • Never skip a dental visit – dental problems are easier to treat when they are still small, so your semi-annual visits to your dentists are essential for stopping any problem on its tracks. The visits are important even if you don’t have any noticeable problems with your teeth and your gums;
  • Don’t consume tobacco products and limit your alcohol intake to the minimum – both substances can start inflammatory processes in the body that might also affect your teeth and gums negatively;
  • Pay attention to your diet – limit your intake of sugar and make sure that you consume plenty of chewy foods that promote saliva secretion. Consume plenty of fruits as well, they have cleaning effects in the oral cavity;
  • Go to the dentist immediately if you notice any changes in your oral cavity – even healthy teeth can break, even healthy gums can become sensitive, so see a dentist immediately if you notice any changes in your mouth. If you need a dental implant or wisdom teeth removal, your dentist may refer you to a Castle Rock oral surgery center specialist for expert care in these areas.

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Signs You May Need an Oral Surgeon

Oral surgeons are medical experts who treat oral problems outside the competence of general dentists – if you visit your dentist with such a problem, the doctor will probably refer you to a specialist trained in general dentistry as well as in the surgical procedures performed in the mouth. Here are some of the issues that probably require treatment by an oral surgeon Castle Rock dental expert:

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  • Broken tooth roots – if the crown of the tooth breaks and leaves the deeper structures of the tooth exposed, you will probably need to see an oral surgeon for the removal of the roots;
  • Wisdom tooth removal – wisdom teeth are vestigial molars that no longer play any role in chewing and grinding food, therefore they often fail to erupt or to grow properly, causing serious dental problems, including pain, infections and the crowding of the other teeth in the row. Wisdom teeth require special techniques to remove, so if you need to get rid of one or multiple wisdom teeth, the intervention needs to be performed by an experienced oral surgeon;
  • Dental implants – inserting dental implants into the gaps left behind after dental extractions is also among the problems that you should turn to an oral surgeon for.

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The Types of Procedures Performed by an Oral Surgeon

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Oral surgeons are medical specialists trained to perform the procedures in the field of expertise of general dentists as well to perform surgical interventions. Here are the most common afflictions that can be treated by experienced Colorado Springs oral surgery physicians:

  • Dental implants – dental implants are the most modern and best replacement teeth available today. They consist of titanium cylinders inserted into the jaw bone to serve as the base for the visible part of the replacement tooth after the body has accepted the titanium root. The installation of dental implants requires a surgical intervention to open the gum and to insert the implant and is among the most common treatments performed by oral surgeons;
  • Complicated removals – you should turn to an oral surgeon if the tooth that you need to get extracted is infected, if its root is fractured or if it is a wisdom tool the removal of which requires special experience, knowledge and tools;
  • Reconstructive surgeries – oral surgeons are the experts who perform surgeries to correct maxillofacial skeletal deformities and they are the ones who perform the interventions to correct the lesions caused by injuries or traumas;
  • Treatment for pathologic conditions – oral surgeons remove benign growth from the oral cavity and they provide treatment for lesions, such as wounds and aftas.

 

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Tips for Finding a Great Oral Surgeon

If your general dentist has just recommended you to see an oral surgeon with your dental problem and has recommended you a few names, but you still don’t know how to choose the best oral surgeon Colorado Springs specialist, here are some tips about how to find the best surgeon to treat you:

  • Ask around among your friends and family – chances are that you know many people who have undergone treatment by an oral surgeon, so talk to the people you know and ask them to recommend you their surgeons as well. If you get positive recommendations for the specialists mentioned by your dentist, it means that those specialists are worth considering;
  • Search online – most oral surgeons have their own websites or they work in practices that have a website, so perform a search based on actual names to find out about the reputation and the area of expertise of available oral surgeons;
  • Schedule a visit with several surgeons – the first visit will not require you to make a decision, so meet several oral surgeons in person and choose the one who inspires trust, is willing to explain you the details of the intervention that you will need to go and has an office that makes you comfortable.

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When is the Best Time to Remove Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are vestigial teeth that we don’t need to chew our food, therefore they develop very slowly and relatively late, usually between the age of 10 and 25. Being unused teeth, they can cause very serious dental problems, such as pain, infections and teeth crowding, that’s why most people need to have them removed at some point in their lives.

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Whether or not to extract wisdom teeth is always a decision best made by a wisdom teeth removal Colorado Springs dental practice based on the condition of the molar, its position and its impact on the other tooth in the row. Some people have healthy wisdom teeth that erupt and grow correctly and never cause any problems, but if the molar grows in an incorrect direction or if it fails to erupt properly or if it pushes the other teeth, it must be removed.

Another feature that gives wisdom teeth a bad reputation is the difficulty that most people encounter cleaning them and the molar’s resulting susceptibility to decay. Being the last teeth in each row, wisdom teeth are difficult to reach with toothbrushes and almost impossible to reach with dental floss, therefore they are usually the first teeth that need dental treatment, usually soon after they erupt.

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What is a Dental Implant Procedure?

Dental implants are the most modern solutions for filling the gaps left by extracted teeth, artificial teeth that feel and look every bit like natural teeth. The process of getting an implant starts with a mold of the patient’s mouth and a CT scan of the jaw to help the dental implants Castle Rock specialist decide whether the place where the implant needs to be inserted is sufficiently strong to receive the implant. If it is not, the surgeon might decide to insert a piece of artificial bone to stimulate the jawbone or might decide to strengthen the jaw with other methods.

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If the area where the implant will be inserted is strong enough, a cylindrical titanium post is inserted into the jaw. This first step needs to be followed by a period of healing, during which the post becomes surrounded by bone and the body accepts the foreign object. If everything goes well, a few months after the first intervention, the patient receives an abutment on top of the post and another period of healing follows. The final phase of the procedure is the design and creation of the tooth crown. The crown is made by a dental technician in a lab, from the material selected by the patient – when it is ready, the crown is installed on top of the abutment and the process is complete.

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What is an Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon?

It’s a great question and one that most of us probably don’t know a great answer to other than, “They are the ones who take out wisdom teeth!”

In reality, oral surgeons do a heck of a lot more than taking out wisdom teeth, but that is a big part of what we do after residency within our practices. For starters, oral surgeons are dentists, having gotten an undergraduate degree of some sort first (mine was in philosophy) and then moving on to dental school. During the last couple years of dental school someone who wants to do Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (OMS), goes through an application process, interviews, and then a match – similar to what a physician goes through for residency. Then, after graduating from dental school, the individual advances into the OMS residency program he or she matched at. These programs are 4-6 years in length and consist of training in a variety of medical fields and are always associated with hospitals.

One of the main areas we get trained in is anesthesia. OMS residents train for at least 5 months in general adult and pediatric anesthesia. This is hugely important because it gives us the ability to offer our patients moderate to deep sedation in the office, which is unique to oral surgeons and of great benefit to our patients. Most people don’t like getting oral surgery under local!

In addition to anesthesia, OMS residents train in general surgery, medicine and a variety of different specialized surgery fields such as plastics, ENT or oculoplastics. However, the bulk of training is spent in learning the specialty of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery which largely consists of the treatment of facial trauma (car accidents, gunshot wounds, assaults), oral/head/neck pathology, congenital facial abnormalities (clefts, orthognathic or jaw surgeries), treatment for the temporomandibular joint, and a large variety of dental and bone grafting surgeries including dental implants. Different OMS programs focus on different areas of the field but most give a surgeon a good amount of exposure to all areas of practice.

There’s a lot more that could be said but that’s a good start. Suffice to say that oral surgeons (same thing as oral and maxillofacial surgeons, at least in this country) train in a bunch of different areas and can offer a lot of different services to our patients.

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What is an implant?

Dental implants have actually been around for a few decades now, and the technology is continuing to change and advance. Generally, the same basic principles still apply from when they were first developed. Implants are basically titanium screws that have been treated in a variety of ways along their surfaces to promote/encourage bony ingrowth and adaptation to the body of the implant. After healing, an implant becomes anchored in your jaw and this is what a crown (tooth) can eventually be adapted to for restoring your smile. This anchoring/integration process is why implants generally are only placed once your jaw/facial structure is done growing in your late teens.

Implants are a wonderful and game changing option for patients around the world, from allowing a tooth-like replacement for a missing tooth all the way to being anchors for holding full dentures and other prostheses in place!