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Sedation Dentistry: Your Route to Relaxation

Many people experience a little nervousness before having a dental procedure performed. But there are some who are literally terrified of the dentist’s chair. Unfortunately, these people often don’t get the sedation-medicationstreatment they really need because of a debilitating fear. To help them overcome their dread, dentists have developed an array of techniques to help patients relax, block sensations of pain, and even forget about the whole experience afterward.

These are the tools and techniques of sedation dentistry. While this field has grown in popularity lately, it’s hardly new: For example, a common gas used for conscious sedation, nitrous oxide, has been safely used in dental offices for nearly a century. But there are also plenty of newer medications to help you get through dental treatment with a minimum of anxiety.

It’s possible to administer sedatives and anesthetics by mouth (in pill form), by inhalation (via a mask over the nose), or intravenously (into the bloodstream). Each method has advantages in particular situations; some may require special training or monitoring equipment for their proper use. When administering any sedative, our primary concern is your safety and comfort. Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Sedation Dentistry.”

A New Standard of Care: Lower Jaw Implant

The lack of teeth or an ill-fitted denture can be far more detrimental to your overall health than most people can imagine. It can have a horrific impact on your self-confidence, your ability to speak clearly, implant-overdenturesand leave you with serious nutritional disadvantages. These troubling issues are the reasons behind the research, continued development, and latest techniques in Implantology. Below is a link to a comprehensive article discussing the treatment options, the science behind them, and how this new standard of care, the two-implant overdenture, could change your life—permanently while reducing your chances for lower jawbone loss by 75%! To see if this procedure is right for you, continue reading “Implant Overdentures for the Lower Jaw.”

Kathy Ireland’s Supermodel Smile Restored With Dental Implant

Not too long ago, the former supermodel and present-day business executive Kathy Ireland took a bad fall on her driveway. How bad was it? Bad enough that her husband — a seasoned emergency-room kathy-irelandphysician — was alarmed. The accident left her with some serious injuries, including wounds to her face and several broken teeth. Fortunately, the damage was almost completely repairable.

“I needed numerous veneers and a dental implant to replace a lost tooth,” she recently told an interviewer from Dear Doctor magazine. But now, “other than the little scar on my nose that I can usually cover with makeup, nothing reminds me of the accident.”

The technology of dental restoration has come a long way recently — as demonstrated, for example, in the area of dental implants. But implants aren’t exactly new: In fact, they first became available for clinical use in the 1970s. Today, they’re the premier option for replacement of missing teeth. Why? Because they’re the most reliably successful tooth replacement method; because they look, feel and function just like your natural teeth; and because, with proper care, they can last a lifetime. Learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

Exactly What Are Dental Implants?

Maybe you’ve heard people talk about dental implants. It’s been said that they’re modern dentistry’s best option for replacing missing teeth; That they offer the highest success rate of any tooth implantreplacement procedure; That, with proper care, they can last just as long as your own natural teeth — a lifetime. But, you may still be wondering: What exactly are dental implants? We’re glad you asked!

Picture a tooth — the kind you might see on an old-fashioned dentist’s sign. It has two main parts: The crown (the pearly-white part that shows up when you smile), and the root, the part below the gum line that anchors the tooth in the jaw. A dental implant permanently replaces the root part of the tooth with a special metal insert that’s placed in the jawbone with minor surgery. A crown restoration — that is, a prosthetic tooth that’s created to look and function just like your natural teeth — is then placed atop the implant. Together, they make an implant a complete tooth replacement system.

What’s so great about this system? Essentially, it’s the fact that the titanium metal of which the implant is made has a very special property: It can integrate (fuse) with the living bone of your jaw, a process called osseo-integration. That’s what allows an implant that has been properly placed to remain looking good and functioning well for a long, long time. And isn’t that what everyone wants from their teeth? Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants.”

Dental Implants – The Best Tooth Replacements in History

Nobody really wants to live with missing teeth. So, throughout history, human ingenuity has come up with various ways of replacing them — from seashells (the Mayans) to ivory dentures (the 18th dental-implants14century.) If your parents lost a tooth, they probably had only one good choice for its replacement: the three-unit fixed bridge. But today there’s an even better option available — the dental implant.

Why do we think dental implants are the best method yet found for tooth replacement? It’s all about bone tissue. Even if you can’t see a missing tooth, the bone in your jaw “knows” it’s gone. Without the stimulation that teeth provide, the alveolar bone begins to resorb — a medical term meaning “melt away.” And that can lead to worse consequences.

The bones in the jaw support facial structures like cheeks, lips and chin. As bone disappears, cheeks begin to sink in, lips lose their support, and eventually the lower third of the face shrinks, exaggerating the appearance of aging. Aside from esthetics, bone loss can also lead to problems with the gums, the bite, and other health and nutritional issues.

But dental implants, which look and function like natural teeth, can help prevent bone loss. Unlike bridgework, they become fused into the bone itself. They don’t decay, are less prone to gum disease, and much longer lasting. Learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”

Why Dr. Massoomi Became An Oral Surgeon

When asked why Dr. Massoomi became an Oral Surgeon he shared the following:

“Because oral surgery seemed so interesting to be able to combine the art of surgery with healing the human body. This field allows us to work on a whole host of issues, such as facial trauma, corrective jaw surgery, head and neck tumors. facial cosmetic surgery, teeth and so on.”


Saving Lives One Oral Cancer Screening at a Time

Oral cancer remains the 6th deadliest cancer, with 35,000 cases discovered yearly in the United States alone, and only half of those patients surviving 5 years post-diagnosis. The high death rates for oral shutterstock_2442788-300x199cancer are contributed to the fact patients do not generally detect signs or symptoms until it has advanced and further metastasizes. Fortunately, when detected early, patients with oral cancer have an 80-90% survival rate. The American Cancer Society recommends a complete oral examination for signs of cancer once a year. The dentist’s position in preventing oral cancer from going undetected is essential since most people are not examined under other circumstances until it is too late. By offering oral cancer screening for every patient, you save lives and enhance patient satisfaction.

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Dental Implants Can Save Costs & Improve Quality Of Life

In the most recent edition of The International Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Implants, researchers have concluded that dental implants offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional treatments for tooth replacement.

This was also cited on PubMed, the US National Library of Medicine located at the National Institutes of Health, is based on a systematic review of all available studies published in English between 2000 and 2010 relating to the cost-effectiveness of various tooth-replacement options.  The results:

  • For single-tooth replacement, implant-based solutions were generally cost-saving or more cost-effective when comparing with traditional bridges.
  • For patients with full dentures, implant-supported solutions were associated with higher initial costs than traditional (non-fixed) dentures. However, the consensus of most studies was that, over the long term, dental implants represent a cost-effective treatment option.

Single tooth replacement:

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Implant supported denture, a.k.a Hybrid denture:

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