Posts for: August, 2019
If you suffer frequent sinus infections, you might want to talk with your dentist about it. It could be your chronic sinus problems stem from a deeply decayed or infected tooth.
Sinuses are hollow, air-filled spaces in the front of the skull associated with nasal passages. The largest, the maxillary sinuses, are located just behind the cheekbones and above and to the rear of the upper jaw on either side of the face. These sinuses can become painfully congested when infected.
One possible cause for an infection in the maxillary sinus can occur in certain people whose upper back teeth (the molars and premolars) have roots that are close to or even protrude into the sinus. This is normally a minor anatomical feature, unless such a tooth becomes infected.
An infection in teeth with advancing decay or whose nerve tissue has died will eventually reach the root tip through tiny passageways called root canals. If the roots are close to or penetrating the maxillary sinus, the infection could move into the sinus. This is known as Maxillary Sinusitis of Endodontic Origin (MSEO).
A case of MSEO could potentially go on for years with occasional flare-ups of sinus congestion or post-nasal drip. Because of the nature of the infection within the sinus, the affected tooth itself may not show the normal signs of infection like sensitivity or pain. Doctors may attempt to treat the sinus infection with antibiotics, but because the actual source of the infection is within the tooth, this therapy is often ineffective.
If your doctor or dentist suspects MSEO, they may refer you to an endodontist, a specialist in root canals and interior tooth problems. With their advanced diagnostic capabilities, endodontists may have a better chance of accurately diagnosing and locating the source of a tooth-related infection.
As with any non-vital tooth, the likely treatment will be root canal therapy in which the infected tissue within the tooth is removed and the empty spaces filled to prevent future infection. For MSEO, the treatment not only preserves the tooth but may also relieve the infection within the sinus.
Singer and actor Demi Lovato has a new claim to fame: formidable martial artist. When she is not in the recording studio, on stage or in front of the camera, Lovato can often be found keeping in shape at Jay Glazer's Hollywood (California) gym. Glazer, who is best known as a sports journalist, also runs conditioning programs for professional athletes and celebrities based on mixed martial arts. On March 6, Glazer got more than he bargained for when 5'3" Lovato stepped into the ring and knocked out his front tooth.
Glazer reportedly used super glue to put his tooth back together. Not a good idea! While it may not be convenient to drop everything and get to the dental office, it takes an expert to safely treat a damaged tooth. If you glue a broken tooth, you risk having to undergo major work to correct your temporary fix—it's no easy task to "unglue" a tooth, and the chemicals in the glue may damage living tooth tissue as well as the surrounding gum and bone.
Would you know what to do in a dental emergency? Here are some guidelines:
- If you chip a tooth, save the missing piece if possible. We may be able to reattach it.
- If your tooth is cracked, rinse your mouth with warm water, but don't wiggle the tooth around or bite down on it. If it's bleeding, hold clean gauze to the area and call our office.
- If your tooth is knocked loose or is pushed deeper into the socket, don't force the tooth back into position on your own. Immediate attention is very important.
- If your tooth is knocked out, there's a chance it can be reattached. Pick up the tooth while being careful not to touch the root. Then rinse it off and have either someone place into its socket, or place it against the inside of your cheek or in a glass of milk. Please call the office immediately or go to a hospital.
What's the best thing to do in an emergency? Call us right away, and DON'T super glue your tooth! You can prevent worse problems by letting a professional handle any dental issues. And if you've been living with a chipped, broken or missing tooth, call us to schedule an appointment for a consultation—there are several perfectly safe ways to restore your smile. Meanwhile, if you practice martial arts to keep in shape, think twice before getting into the ring with Demi Lovato!
One of the key parts to an effective oral disease prevention plan is practicing daily oral hygiene to remove dental plaque. Both brushing and flossing are necessary for cleaning your teeth of this thin biofilm of bacteria and food particles most responsible for tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
But as important as they are, these two essential hygiene tasks aren’t the end-all-be-all for lowering your disease risk. For the best protection, you should also visit your dentist at least twice a year for thorough dental cleanings. That’s because plaque you might have missed can turn into something much more difficult to remove: calculus.
Also known as tartar, calculus is hardened deposits of plaque. The term comes from the Latin word meaning “small stone,” an apt description of its texture on tooth surfaces. Although not the same as the branch of mathematics that bears the same name, both derive from the same Latin word: Merchants and traders centuries ago used small stones to “calculate” their various transactions.
Over time soft and pliable dental plaque hardens into calculus, in part due to a reaction with saliva. Because of the difficulty of accessing all tooth surfaces, calculus can form even if you have an effective daily hygiene practice.
Once formed, calculus can adhere to teeth so tenaciously, it’s impossible to remove it with brushing and flossing. But dentists and hygienists can remove calculus safely with special tools called scalers.
And it should be removed or it will continue to foster bacterial growth. This in turn increases the chances for infections that attack the teeth, gums or underlying bone. Keeping it under control will therefore diminish your risk for developing dental disease.
Although there are other factors like heredity that can affect your disease risk, keeping your mouth clean is the number one thing you can do to protect your teeth and gums. A daily hygiene practice and regular dental visits will help ensure plaque and its calcified form calculus won’t be a problem.
Millions of Americans are living with some degree of tooth loss. Even with more treatment options and access to preventive dental care than ever, over 40% of adults over age 30 are missing at least one tooth, and 40 million are missing all of their natural teeth according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In addition to the cosmetic and personal problems like loss of confidence and self esteem, tooth loss also poses a threat to your oral and general health. But there are many options available to help you get back your smile, your confidence, and your oral health. Dr. James Reid Roberts, a family dentist in Peachtree City, GA, recommends dental implants for adult patients in good health looking for a permanent solution for full or partial tooth loss.
Replace Missing Teeth and Improve Your Oral Health with Dental Implants in Peachtree City, GA
Dental implants are unique in that they replace the root of the missing tooth as well as the crown. This has a number of advantages, from creating a secure anchor for the cosmetic crown to preventing bone loss in the gums, a side effect of tooth loss and a big risk factor for gum disease and other oral health complications.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Implants
Here is what you need to know about dental implants.
Q: What are Dental Implants?
A: An implant is a small, screw shaped prosthetic device made from biocompatible titanium. It's surgically placed in the socket of a missing tooth in place of the root, and fuses with the surrounding bone tissue through a process called osseointegration. This helps to prevent the loss of healthy bone tissue, and to secure the implant in place. After the healing period is complete, the dentist will attach a cosmetic crown and your new implant will look and function just like a natural tooth. The implant isn't visible when you smile, so no one will know - unless you decide to tell them!
Q: Am I a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
A: Implants are available for adult patients who are in good general health. There must also be enough bone tissue in the gums to support the implant.
Q: Are Dental Implants Safe?
A: Implants have a very high success rate, but they must be cared for in order to lower the risk of complications. In order to qualify for dental implants, patients must be able to keep up a rigorous oral hygiene routine, be in a good health, and keep up with regular follow up dental care.
Q: How Long do Dental Implants Last?
A: As with any dental restoration, the results vary from case to case. But with adequate care, implants have been shown to last for as much as 20 years.
Find a Dentist in Peachtree City, GA
For more information about how dental implants work and what they can do for your smile and oral health, contact Brilliant Smiles Dental today by calling (770) 486-8516 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Roberts.