Thursday, February 13, 2020

Leukoplakia


One of the services Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania provides is biopsies for leukoplakia. If you’ve been referred to us for an excision, you probably already have some idea of what that means. But if you’ve just noticed a white spot on the soft tissue of your mouth that won’t go away, we want you to understand why it’s important to get that examined and what your next steps might be.


Leukoplakia is the development of a thick white lesion on the gums, tongue, or inside of the cheek in response to prolonged irritation. It is not necessarily cancerous, but it might be, especially when the lesion is irregularly shaped and accompanied by red spots. Leukoplakia most often develops in response to the use of tobacco and alcohol products, but it can also result from poorly fitted dentures or bridges rubbing against soft tissues. Sometimes a dentist might send a patient to our oral surgery office to have the lesion removed and analysed. A lesion might also be caused by a viral infection in a person with a weakened immune system.


Leukoplakia lesions will usually disappear when the source of irritation is removed. That may require a patient to stop smoking or to cut back on alcohol. We can refit patients’ prosthetic devices and determine whether their other teeth are likely to cause irritation in the future. People with leukoplakia-related viruses are likely to be prescribed medication, but non-cancerous leukoplakia is unlikely to be painful.


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




 

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Flossing Technique


Flossing is an essential part of oral hygiene. At Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, many of our patients are people who have had some of their teeth replaced and have conditions that put them at especially high risk for tooth decay. Since prosthetic teeth are also vulnerable to bacterial build-up, we want to ensure our patients know how to take care of themselves.


You’ll want to use a lengthy strand of floss and to wrap its ends around your middle fingers. This will allow you to move the floss with your pointer fingers and thumbs. Slide the floss next to each tooth and wrap it around the crown to gather up as much tartar as possible. Don’t push against your gums, but do slide the floss as deeply as it will go and use an up-and-down motion to clean thoroughly. Make sure you’re cleaning each side of each tooth, not just sliding the floss between them, and don’t forget the backs of your back teeth. As you go from tooth to tooth, unspool more floss so you aren’t just spreading food debris around. When you’ve flossed each side of each tooth, rinse your mouth.


Some people have trouble with dexterity and may benefit from using a flosser. People who have fixed bridges may also need to use a threader to loop floss under the bridge. Although there’s no solid evidence about whether it’s better to brush or floss first, people should be flossing at least once a day. Always speak with the dental hygenist at your dental office, if you have questions about how to care for your teeth.


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




 

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Introduction to Alveoloplasties


We at the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania provide extractions to people with all sorts of medical histories. Implant-supported dentures, fixed bridges, and single-crown implants can all help people regain their biting power and self-confidence. But in order to receive prosthetic teeth, some people will need to undergo a minor surgery called an alveoloplasty.


An alveoloplasty is the smoothing of the jawbone ridge. It is done when the ridge has protuberances or is otherwise shaped in a way that would make it difficult to slip a denture over. Sometimes, alveoloplasties are done when a tooth is extracted in anticipation of providing a patient with a denture later, but a person’s jawbones may naturally reshape somewhat if several years pass between extraction and replacement. Alveoloplasties are frequently done when multiple teeth are extracted at once in preparation for full-mouth restorations.


To perform an alveoloplasty, our surgeons may need to make an incision. The smoothing is done with a file, drill, or dental pliers while the patient is anesthetized, and the surgical site is kept well-irrigated. When it is over, the gums will be sutured shut. Incisions may not be necessary when the alveoloplasty is done in the same procedure as an extraction. Performing one makes complications less likely while the gums heal. A patient will usually be ready to receive dentures four to six weeks later.


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




 

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Getting Implant Supports for Dentures


Do you have multiple teeth you need repaired or replaced? Are you concerned that standard dentures wouldn’t provide you with enough comfort and function? We at the Oral  Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania hear those concerns all the time. One of our solutions is the implant-supported denture. This device stabilizes a denture, while still allowing it to be removed for convenient cleaning.


If a patient is a good candidate for implants, they will be inserted into the patient’s jaw and allowed to integrate with the surrounding jaw bone over a period of a few weeks or months. But implants that support dentures don’t require the patient to have as much jaw bone tissue as single-crown implants, either because the implants are smaller or angled differently. This means a person is less likely to need a bone graft and the implants may integrate with the bone more quickly.


While the implants integrate, the patient may wear a temporary denture. Once the implants have stabilized, your dentist will attach abutments to them that will allow them to snap onto the patient’s custom-fitted denture. The patient will remove the denture each night and brush it, as well as their mouth, but during the day, the denture will not be at risk of slipping and will not need to suction onto their natural palate. Implant supports can be used with both full and partial dentures.


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


 


 

Thursday, December 12, 2019

What Are Impacted Canines?


Did you know that our canine teeth are also known as “eye teeth?” It may sound strange, but there’s actually a logical explanation for the nickname: the canines are simply aligned with the position of our eyes. Our canines are important for biting and guiding the rest of the teeth in position when you close your mouth. Canines also have the longest root compared to the rest of your teeth, making them the last to erupt. Sometimes canines fail to erupt properly, which causes problems for the capacity and appearance of your mouth. We at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania offer surgery for individuals with impacted canines. Any of our experienced oral surgeons can help get your canines in the correct position!




An impacted canine simply means that the tooth has failed to erupt through your gums. Some of the causes of impacted canines include:




- Cysts: abnormal growths on the gums


- Overcrowding: when teeth are squished together from lack of space in the mouth


- Extra teeth: when an additional tooth occupies the space where the canine is supposed to erupt


- Ankylosed: when the canine tooth root is intertwined with the surrounding bone




There are some additional signs of an impacted canine to look for. This includes the presence of a palatal lump, the delayed eruption of the canine (usually after 15 years old), and the absence of a labial canine lump. If you are experiencing any of these signs, it’s possible that you have an impacted canine. Call one of our offices today and we can get you started on the road to treatment!



Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania is located across the PA area. We have offices in Folsom, Clifton Heights, and two offices in Philadelphia. Please visit oralsurgerypa.com for more information or to schedule an appointment with one of our offices.


 



Friday, November 22, 2019

Oral Bacteria in Aging Populations

Oral hygiene is crucial for the preservation of teeth and the integration of implants. At The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, we’ve seen a lot of people safely through the entire tooth replacement process. But as people age, their risk of oral health complications increases, which is why we wanted to provide some information about the connection between oral bacteria and overall health in the aging population.


Older Americans have higher rates of tooth decay than any population except young children. According to some estimates, 64% of them have periodontitis, which is the more advanced form of gum disease. People with periodontitis experience jaw bone deterioration, which makes their teeth likelier to come loose, migrate, or fall out. Their mouths also lose vertical dimension, causing bite problems. But oral bacteria will not necessarily remain confined to the mouth. They may enter the bloodstream through the dental pulp, an abscess in the gingival tissue, or through the lungs, and cause inflammation throughout the body. This would cause other prosthetics and replacement body parts, such as heart valves, to be at higher risk of premature failure. Oral bacteria that migrated to other parts of the body have also been implicated in rheumatism and Alzheimer's Disease.


It is certainly worthwhile for older people to maintain their regular brushing and flossing. They may want to consider electric toothbrushes and enlarged toothbrush grips. People with dry mouth may also want to use sugar-free gum to increase their saliva production and reduce their intake of sugary drinks, such as iced tea, sweetened coffee, and fruit juice. 


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


 

Friday, November 15, 2019

Frenectomies

Are you bothered by misalignment or sensitivity in your upper front teeth? Your dentist may have told you that you have a problem with your frenulum. If so, there’s an easy solution. At the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, we provide frenectomies, working in concert with a patient’s regular dentist and orthodontist. This simple procedure allows people to more easily pursue other oral treatments and maintain their hygiene, leading to stronger, healthier teeth.


The labial frenulum is the strip of connective tissue that attaches the inside of the upper lip to the gum tissue of the upper jaw. There are a few ways in which an unusually shaped one can cause problems. One is that if it is too thick and low, it may force the front teeth apart. This would result in a diastema or “gap teeth,” which may cause a person to whistle while they speak and force other teeth in the upper jaw out of place. Another problem is that if the frenulum connects too tightly, it may pull the gum tissue upwards, causing it to recede from around the roots of the upper incisors. The frenum may also frequently get injured while the patient brushes their teeth.


 When we determine that a frenectomy is necessary, we will work with the rest of a patient’s oral care team to plan when to perform it. In orthodontic cases, this might be after or near the end of treatment, when the gap has proven itself resistant to correction.  The patient will usually receive localized anesthesia during the procedure, and we will take care to minimize scarring, allowing them to achieve a comfortable, functional, and beautiful smile.


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