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.


 

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, connects your jawbone to your skull at your temporal bone. It’s necessary for talking, chewing, and swallowing. You need it just to open your mouth! If you experience pain or discomfort when doing any of those tasks, you may have a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). 


 


TMD is caused by stress, along with the clenching and grinding of the teeth and jaws (bruxism). Other possibilities are facial trauma or inflammatory conditions.


 


The common symptoms of TMD:



  • Jaw becoming stuck in an open position

  • Difficulty chewing and opening your mouth

  • Ear pain, accompanied by headaches

  • Popping or clicking noise when moving the jaw

  • Teeth grinding


 


The biggest factor for TMD is teeth grinding. Many people do it without even realizing it! When you grind your teeth, your top and bottom rows scrape against each other. This wears down your enamel and exposes the dentin. Dentin is incredibly sensitive, causing discomfort and pain.


 


For short-term relief, apply hot/cold packs to the affected area. Do this in 15-minute intervals for the best results. You should also take over-the-counter pain medications. Sometimes, a nightguard is needed. This prevents your teeth from grinding against each other while you sleep. 


 


 

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.