Thursday, October 10, 2019

Senior Dental Care

At Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, we believe that a healthy life is a happy life! Having a consistent dental routine keeps you this way. Proper oral health is increasingly important as you get older. Just like all your bones, your teeth weaken with age. Patients over the age of sixty are at risk for developing periodontal (gum) disease, tooth decay, and extraction. Proper dental care and appointments for senior citizens is a necessity. Call our offices today in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights, PA, to schedule an appointment.


 


It’s common for older people to struggle with certain physical tasks. Even flossing and brushing become challenging. That’s why the dental professionals at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania recommend electric toothbrushes. These thoroughly clean your teeth and gums, while using minimal physical effort. It’s great for elderly patients. Electric toothbrushes are an affordable and healthy option. If you or an older loved one struggle to brush the back parts of the mouth, try elongating the toothbrush handle. Doing this makes it an effortless process. You can do this with materials found around the house. Anything flexible will work. Common items are foam, rubber, and even tongue depressors. Another helpful tip: consider switching to a soft-bristled toothbrush. These are gentler on your teeth and gums. You can also find toothbrushes specifically for senior citizens.


 


If you live with or take care of an elderly individual, help them with their oral health. Talk to a dental professional about assisting them with their dental routine. You also might need to remind them to brush and floss. Schedule and bring your loved ones to their dental appointments. This is important for elderly patients with dementia or Alzheimer’s. They might not know or remember to schedule an appointment. We know that dental care can be expensive. That’s why most communities provide dental services for older patients. Talk to your local social services or public health office.


 


Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania are located across the PA area. We have offices in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. To schedule an appointment with any of these offices, visit our website.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Denture Stomatitis

Do you notice red bumps developing on the roof of your mouth and at the corners of your lips? If so, that means you have an oral yeast infection. This hygiene problem is particularly likely to happen to people who wear dentures, which is why we at The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania want our patients to understand how to prevent it.


The candida species of fungus are always present in the mouth and are generally harmless. But they can grow out of control when an upper denture is not removed and cleaned regularly. If a denture doesn’t fit well, it may irritate the tissue of the upper palate. But more often, yeast simply grows as much as it can in a place where there’s no saliva to wash it away or subject it to antimicrobial enzymes. Yeast can also grow in the corners of the mouth if they are perpetually damp. An infection is referred to as “stomatitis,” and although it may cause redness, patients do not always feel it.


Although people are at greater risk for stomatitis if they have diabetes or use inhalers, better oral hygiene is usually all that’s necessary to prevent it. Patients should remove their dentures each night and clean them with soap or a non-abrasive denture paste. (Fluoridated toothpaste will scratch dentures' plastic.) Patients should also brush their gums and the roofs of their mouths and scrape their tongues.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA.


 

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Bad Breath

Halitosis, or bad breath, can be a chronic condition. As providers of dentures, we at the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania take seriously signs of poor oral hygiene and related issues. A dentist can be a crucial ally in a patient’s fight against bad breath and the infections that are usually behind it.


Bad breath is a symptom of lots of ailments, but the odor usually comes from bacterial growth. Bacteria may be hiding in the papillae of the tongue, in gum pockets, and on the undersides of dentures or between dental bridges and the gum line. Diabetes, which damages blood vessels, increases people’s risk of gum infection. Another issues is acid reflux, which erodes teeth while also introducing foul-smelling gas into the oral cavity.


Improved hygiene will go a long way toward combatting bad breath, which can be seen as a precursor to gingivitis. Patients might also want to try using mouthwash and tongue scrapers, sucking on sugar-free candy, and if they suffer from acid reflux, refraining from red meat, alcohol, and citrus juice before bed. Sometimes the problem could be as simple as chemicals from garlic entering the lungs via the bloodstream, but consulting with us can help pinpoint the problem and ensure that oral prosthetics are in good working order.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA.


 

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Bite Checks

Bite checks are an important part of any patient’s dental examination, but they’re particularly important for people with dentures or who are undergoing facial reconstructive surgery. We want to ensure that all the patients at the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania are getting satisfactory use from their prosthetics, and to do that, we need to determine whether a patient’s jaws are aligned and functioning correctly.


During every dental examination, patients are asked to demonstrate how they bite down. We use panoramic digital x-rays to see how a patient’s teeth are fitting together, along with a visual examination. If a patient with dentures is developing a cross-bite or an overbite, we’ll need to adjust their prosthetics. (Patients should not attempt to reshape dentures on their own.) Ordinary drift in natural teeth’s position may also require us to adjust partial dentures, and we’ll monitor changes in the size of a patient’s jaw bones to ensure their teeth still have enough vertical dimension.


When doing a bite check, dentists are also looking for signs of temporomandibular joint disorder. Artificial teeth can get worn down by bruxism, and while we can restore them, it would be better for a patient to wear a night guard. An implant that has come loose has to be replaced, so it’s especially important to keep pressure off of it.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA.


 

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Surgeries for Cleft Palates

A cleft palate is a major health issue that takes significant expertise to correct. At Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, our doctors have the training and experience to see each patient through to a healthy smile. Correcting a cleft palate will require time and cooperation with orthodontists, so we want patients’ families to know what to expect.


A gap in the upper palate will result in misaligned teeth. Besides being an aesthetic issue, teeth that are misaligned are difficult to use and clean. An orthodontist will make corrections that will leave a gap where an implant can be inserted, but before a post can be placed, there needs to be enough bone to place it in. The bone tissue used for a maxillary graft could come from several sources; it could be from another part of the patient’s mouth or body, from a donor, or a synthetic material. Regardless, it will take a few months for the new bone tissue to fuse into the cleft.


An implant can be placed into integrated bone tissue, but other prosthetics may be preferable if the patient needs multiple teeth replaced. In some situations, a partial denture may be preferable even after a cleft has been filled in. Children will need multiple surgeries over the course of their mouth’s development, so our doctors are dedicated to each patient’s long-term care.


Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA.


 

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

After Dental Implants

After dental implants, it is important that you do not disturb the wound in any way. This includes rinsing, spitting, or touching the afflicted area. Interfering with the stitches heightens your risk for complications. The amount of recovery time may be increased and an infection could also occur.


Patients are likely to have bleeding occur during the first 24 hours after surgery. Control any excessive bleeding with a gauze pad on the wound for upwards of 30 minutes. If you are bleeding for longer, give us a call right away for instructions.


To control the pain when the anesthetic wears off, take general over-the-counter pain medication such as Tylenol or Aspirin. Your oral surgeon might prescribe a stronger medication as well.


Your diet will consist of softer foods for the first few days. Avoid hotter substances due to teeth sensitivity.


Remember to keep your physical activity to a minimum. Besides the pain, vigorous activity can loosen your stitches. Your restricted diet can also reduce your energy levels. It’s best to rest while you recover.


After the dental implant procedure, you’ll be instructed to come in 24-48 hours afterward. This is just a precautionary measure to confirm that everything is healing properly.


If you have any questions, please give us a call. To learn more about all the services we provide at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. Contact our offices in Philadelphia, Clifton Heights, or Folsom to learn more.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

New Patient Information

For our new patients visiting Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania for the first time, we want you to know what you should expect. Your initial visit will consist of a diagnosis of your dental issue and the treatment options. For dental problems that require a quick fix, it might be possible to do the surgery during the same day. More often than not we will need you to come back another day to treat the issue.


 


During your visit please be advised that we will need a list of medications you are taking, completed insurance forms, and a photo ID. X-ray’s will be taken unless you have a copy of your recent x-rays.


 


It is important that you don’t eat or drink 8 hours prior to your scheduled surgery time. Patients under the age of 18 require supervision by a legal guardian.


 


If you have any questions, please give us a call. To learn more about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.oralsurgerypa.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, located in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights, call 215-463-4141.