Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Chewing Gum For Dental Health

The doctors at Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania encourage patients to take care of their oral health in their daily lives.  Even when you brush and floss regularly, chewing sugar-free gum is a great way to freshen your breath and your smile throughout the day. When you picture chewing gum, you may think of kids chewing extra sweet bubble gum blowing and popping bubbles.  But adults can chew and enjoy gum too! 


Chewing sugar-free gum soon after eating is a great way to clean up between brushings.  Choose a gum that is sugar-free or look for one sweetened with xylitol.  Xylitol is a natural sweetener that can also help prevent tooth decay.  Chewing gum for about twenty minutes soon after eating will encourage production of more saliva to neutralize acid and wash it away from the teeth.  The only way chewing gum may be harmful is if you have jaw pain or temporomandibular disorder symptoms, because excess chewing can agitate that issue. Sugar-free gum is still an easy thing to carry along, and a great way to care for your smile.


To learn more about oral health and all the services we provide, 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, call 215-463-4141.

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Peri-Implantitis

Implants are a highly effective means of replacing lost teeth. At the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania in the Philadelphia area, we regularly see patients through the entire process of implant placement, osseointegration, and crown placement. But like natural teeth, implants need to be cared for, or else patients run the risk of developing inflammation or peri-implantitis.


The gum pockets are great places for bacteria to hide. As they feed, they produce acid that gets stuck to plaque, resulting in decay. But bacteria also inhabit the gum pockets of teeth that have been replaced by prosthetics and may cause inflammation there, as well. As with natural teeth, infected gums will swell and bleed, and prolonged exposure to acid can erode the metal implant post.


At its worst, peri-implantitis can dissolve the bone holding implants in place. This outcome is particularly unfortunate because an implant needs to be removed if it becomes mobile or more than 10% of the surrounding jaw tissue is lost in the first year after placement. However, if the infection can be caught in time and reversed, implants can stimulate the production of new jaw bone growth.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA or call 215-463-4141.


 

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Consequences of Dry Mouth

Dry mouth (xerostomia) can be one of the most insidious oral health problems. It increases the likelihood of oral infections and can disrupt a patient’s sleep and comfort. At the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, we want our patients to understand the consequences of this condition and what can be done about it.


Saliva helps to control oral infections in two ways. It washes away food debris, depriving fungus and acid-producing bacteria of nutrients. It also maintains the pH level of the mouth, neutralizing acids. In the absence of saliva, patients are more vulnerable to developing bad breath and may have trouble tasting food and swallowing.


There are several potential causes of dry mouth, including an autoimmune disorder and diabetes. It is also a common medication side effect, particularly in cancer and psychiatric medications. Dry mouth presents a particular challenge to people undergoing dental extractions, who may be put at risk of developing a dry socket. There are several over-the-counter throat moisturizers that can help, as can stimulating saliva by chewing sugar-free gum. But if the problem persists, we can prescribe stronger rinses that mimic the effect of saliva.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA or call 215-463-4141.


 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Jaw Tumors

Not all unusual growths in the mouth are cancerous, but they can still cause problems. At the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania, we use state-of-the-art tools to safely extract oral cysts and tumors, which can be disruptive to the surrounding jaw tissue.


An odontoma is an abnormal growth made up of the make kinds of material found in healthy teeth, such as enamel and dentin. In fact, odontomas could sometimes be mistaken for teeth if not for their unusual locations. Odontomas are the most common kind of jaw cysts, but like the others, they are linked to certain genes and can cause misalignment in teeth, pain, and difficulty swallowing. Other cysts and tumors are made of different materials.


With our piezosurgery tools, we can remove cysts and tumors with minimal risk to surrounding tissues while the patient is numbed and sedated. To ensure we understand the problem correctly, it will be necessary for some of the tumorous tissue to be assessed for cancer. We often deal with oral cancer and work closely with patients’ oncologists, but in most cases, unusual jaw growths are benign.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA or call 215-463-4141.


 

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Alveoplasty for Dentures

As part of the preparation for restoring patients’ teeth, we at the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania sometimes must reshape the jaw ridge. This procedure is known as an alveoplasty, and it’s done to ensure that a denture or fixed bridge will be comfortable, stable, and not set patients up for bad oral hygiene.


After using our CT scanner to assess the patient’s current jaw shape, we’ll numb and sedate them. Gum tissue in the area where the bridge will eventually go will be cut away, exposing the jaw bone. Our office uses piezosurgery tools, which are extremely precise and allow bone tissue to be filed smoothly without endangering the surrounding nerves. The patient will not feel vibrations from the instruments and the surgical site will be constantly cleaned during the procedure. After the surgery, the gums will be sutured and allowed to heal.


It will usually take a few weeks for a patient who has undergone an alveoplasty to be ready for a denture or fixed bridge. We will want to be certain of the jaw ridge’s final shape before fabricating a prosthetic. By filing down the ridge, we can be sure that there will be enough vertical dimension for the replacement teeth and that the denture’s base will not be in an awkward concave shape that would trap food.


The Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania operate in Philadelphia, Folsom, and Clifton Heights. Visit Oral Surgery PA or call 215-463-4141.


 

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Extraction Site Preservation

If a patient is missing teeth due to tooth extraction, or facial trauma, it’s important to fill the empty space where the natural tooth once lived. Since wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth, the site from extraction will heal on its own with no complications. However, if it’s necessary for other teeth to be removed, plans must be made to fill the empty space. Fortunately, the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania have plenty of options for you to choose from.


If a tooth is removed and nothing is done with the extraction site, the jaw bone will degenerate and change shape during healing and can cause your teeth to shift. This can create problems in your bite and affect your ability to speak and chew. Depending on your individual needs, one of our doctors can determine if you would benefit from dental implants or another method of treatment to restore your smile. Once a recommendation is made, a treatment plan will follow.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral surgery or extraction site preservation, 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, call 215-463-4141. 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Digital X-rays Benefit Patients

Digital X-rays provide excellent comfort than traditional X-rays and reduce radiation exposure. Additionally, these types of X-rays allow the Oral Surgery Consultants of Pennsylvania to magnify images for greater diagnostic accuracy for more timely and appropriate surgical treatment. Digital X-rays dramatically reduce the harmful chemicals such as lead and silver that are released into the environment and provide various benefits to the patient.


Our digital X-ray system is designed with the patient in mind and is much more sensitive to radiation. This is because a digital X-ray provides nearly 80% less radiation than a standard X-ray. Additional patient advantages include avoidance of chemical processing errors, which means that our doctors will be able to take a closer look at the teeth and surrounding structures with astounding accuracy.


If you have questions or concerns regarding oral surgery or digital X-rays, 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, call 215-463-4141.