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Homecare Guidelines After Oral Surgery

September 23, 2014

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During the first 24 hours after your oral surgery, it is important to know the DO’S and DON’TS in your normal routine. At Advanced DDS, we pride ourselves in providing our patients with the proper knowledge of what is to be expected before and after their oral surgery. Each patient is given verbal and written instructions for the proper homecare guidelines. However, just in case you forgot or have misplaced your instructions for what to do after your oral surgery here it is:

DON’TS AFTER YOUR ORAL SURGERY

- Don’t spit, and don’t suck on candies or through a straw

- Don’t rinse your mouth, and don’t brush or floss next to the site

- Don’t smoke or use tobacco for at least 72 hours because it slows healing

- Don’t drink hot, carbonated, or alcoholic drinks, and avoid hot or spicy foods

- Limit yourself to calm activities and elevate your head with pillows when you lie down since this will reduce bleeding

DO’S AFTER YOUR ORAL SURGERY

Use an ice bag over the area for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off to keep the swelling down

- Drink a lot of fluids and eat only soft nutritious foods on the opposite side of the site once the numbness has worn off completely

- You can take pain medication after the anesthetic has worn off or as recommended by the dentist to help control any discomfort

TRY THIS RECIPE FOR YOUR LUNCH/DINNER AFTER YOUR ORAL SURGERY

Ratatouille Soup Recipe by Kelsey Nixon

INGREDIENTS:

- 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

- 3 cloves garlic, minced

- 1 yellow onion, diced

- 1 small eggplant, diced

- 1 small yellow squash, diced

- 1 small zucchini, diced

- Kosher salt & cracked black pepper

- 1/2 cup fresh basil leaves, chopped, plus more for garnish

- 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth

DIRECTIONS:

In a large pot, heat the oil over medium-high heath. Add the garlic and onions and cook, stirring, until the vegetables soften, 3 to 5 minutes. Add the eggplant, yellow squash and zucchini, and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, 5 more minutes. Stir in the basil and cook 1 more minute. Stir in the tomatoes (with their juices) and chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer 10 minutes to allow the flavors to develop.

Remove from the heat and cool in refrigerator. Garnish with chopped basil.

WHEN TO CALL YOUR DENTIST

Remember it is normal to experience some discomfort for several days after your oral surgery, but call your dentist right away if you experience the following conditions:

- Heavy or increased bleeding

- Pain or swelling that increases or continues beyond two or three days

- A bad taste or odor in your mouth

- A reaction to the medication

Wear Your Dentures With Confidence.

Mini Dental Implant SystemMay 21, 2014

Talk, laugh, sing, and eat with confidence again.

The 3M Denture Attachment System is a revolutionary denture technology that works with your current dentures. They snap out, snap in, and stay put with absolutely no messy pastes or adhesives.

Benefits of the 3M Denture Attachment System:

  •  Bite into an apple and eat steak again
  • Use your current dentures (in most cases)
  • No major surgery or long recovery
  • A fraction of the cost for more invasive options

How does the 3M Denture Attachment System work?

Only a certified dentist will be allowed to perform this procedure in which miniature post are placed along your gum line. These posts will then snap into small O-ring receptacles locking onto the posts. These mini dental implants (MDI) system secures your dentures firmly in place while also allowing them to be snapped out and in again.

What is the procedure like?

The procedure is usually completed in a single appointment lasting just over an hour. You may feel some discomfort for the first 48 hours, which is typically treated with ibuprofen or other over the counter medications. Unlike more invasive options, this won’t require months of painful recovery.

Will the MDI system work for me?

This revolutionary system is ideal for many denture patients. Some patients may not have the proper bone structure. Your certified dentist will determine whether or not you are a candidate. This system is a great option for patients:

– With full upper, full lower or partial dentures

– Intimidated by the cost and long recovery time of full-size implants

– Without enough bone to allow for full-size implants

Schedule a free consultation today at 516-825-1100 for a free consultation. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you have and discuss the benefits with you.

Oral Cancer

May 14, 2014Identafi Oral Cancer Screening

Did you know that visiting your dentist could actually save your life?

During your continuous care appointment, you should ask your dentist to perform a normal oral cancer screening. This involves checking your tongue and cheek, the most common locations for cancer symptoms, as well as other areas of the mouth. Such symptoms include but are not limited to:

  • A sore or discoloration lasting more than two weeks (it may look like a typical canker sore)
  • A lump, swelling, or mass inside the mouth or neck
  • White or red patches in the mouth
  • Pain or difficulty swallowing, talking, or chewing
  • Persistent hoarseness
  • Pain in one ear
  • Numbness around the mouth

However, oral cancer often has no noticeable symptoms.

At Advanced DDS, we urge our patients to get an enhanced oral cancer screening. Our Indentafi system detects symptoms that are invisible to the naked eye. For an additional fee, you will get a much more thorough screening. The Identafi system can help detect oral cancer even if you don’t have any noticeable symptoms.

People at high risk for oral cancer are smokers, heavy drinkers, those with HPV infections, and those over 40. If any of these describe you, or you have any of the above mentioned symptoms, you should visit your dentist and request an oral cancer screening.

It is extremely important to visit your dentist regularly, because early detection of oral cancer is crucial. Over 40,000 Americans are diagnosed with an oral cancer each year; only 57% of these people will survive after five years. Oral cancer is the sixth most common type of cancer, but it has the highest death rate because often times it is not detected early enough. However, oral cancer is highly treatable if caught early, so be sure to visit your dentist regularly and if possible get an enhanced screening using an Identafi system.

Is Your Diet Harming Your Teeth?

May 13, 2014

Dentist-Girl-with-Apple-SmallWe’ve all been taught from an early age that sugary foods such as candy and soda can be harmful to our teeth. However, it is important to know that other foods in your diet can be bad for your oral health. It’s not just candy and sugary drinks that should only be enjoyed in moderation.

Did you know that fruit can actually be harmful to your oral health? Many don’t consider this because fruit is such a nutritionally healthy food. However, acidic fruits such as grapefruit, oranges, lemons, tangerines, grapes and pineapple are not healthy for your teeth. Since these fruits are so high in acid, they can cause enamel to wear away. This can cause discoloration and increased sensitivity in your teeth. Other acidic foods include tomatoes, pickles and wine. These fruit and other foods should be enjoyed as part of a larger meal to decrease the exposure of acid to the teeth. You should also be aware that fruit juices are also very acidic and often contain added sugar.

Foods that are high in sugar should be consumed in moderation because bacteria feeds of off sugar. We know to avoid candy and soda, but what other foods belong in this category? Treats such as cookies, muffins, cake and even bread have a lot of sugar and can cause tooth decay. Snacks like pretzels, potato chips, French fries, crackers and dried fruit can easily stick to your teeth, exposing your teeth to sugar for a long time. If you any of these are in your diet,  be sure to rinse your mouth out with water after you eat these foods.

Additionally, there are foods that can actually improve your oral health. Foods that are high in calcium and phosphorous can help protect and rebuild your enamel. Such foods include but are not limited to:
• Milk
• Cheese
• Yogurt
• Nuts such as peanuts, cashews and almonds
• Chicken and other meats
• Sesame seeds

Non-acidic, high fiber foods that require a lot of chewing, like celery, apples, pears and carrots will stimulate the flow of your saliva. Saliva naturally cleans your teeth. Sugar-free gum can also have this effect, but avoid gum with sugar!

There are many ways that your teeth can be affected by your diet; some foods harm your oral health while others improve it. Be sure to take this into consideration when deciding what to have for lunch.

How Diabetes Can Affect Your Oral Health

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It is extremely important for diabetics to practice good oral hygiene, especially individuals with type 2 diabetes. In a controlled study Elsevier Science Ireland have concluded that individuals with type 2 diabetes are found to exhibit poor oral health.

People with diabetes are more susceptible to bacterial infection, which puts them at a higher risk for developing gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Left untreated, gum disease can destroy the bones and tissue supporting the teeth, and the patient may need a tooth extraction. To avoid this, those with diabetes should pay close attention to their oral health, looking for symptoms of gum disease such as:

• Red gums
• Swollen gums
• Bleeding gums
• Loose teeth
• Pain during chewing
• Bad breath

If you are diabetic and have these symptoms, you should see your dentist

Diabetes can affect your oral health in other ways as well. Diabetics are more likely to get thrush (also known as a yeast infection) due to high blood sugar levels and a weakened immune system. The most common sign of thrush is the presence of white lesions in the mouth, most commonly on the tongue and inner cheek. These lesions may bleed and be painful. Untreated, thrush can spread to other parts of the body, so you should visit your dentist at the first sign of thrush.

Dry mouth is more common for diabetics, often due to high blood sugar levels or as a side effect of medication. Not only does dry mouth make it difficult to eat, it can cause cavities, infection and tooth decay. Diabetics should visit their dentist regularly to treat any of these dental problems early on. You can prevent dry mouth by drinking more water, chewing on sugar-free gum or sugar-free candy, or by using a saliva substitute.

Since diabetes affects the whole body, it is imperative that diabetics take extra measures to ensure their oral health. Ways to do so include:

• Brushing your teeth for two minutes twice daily
• Flossing daily
• Going in for your continuous care appointments
• Telling your dentist if you have diabetes and what medications you take
• Controlling blood glucose levels

 

How Hybridge Implants Can Restore Your Mouth

Hybridge Implant ImageMay 6, 2014

Do you have recurring dental issues that you are sick of treating? Are you insecure about how your dental issues are affecting your smile? Do you hate your dentures?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may want to consider getting Hybridge Implants.

What is Hybridge?

Hybridge is not actually an implant but rather a prosthetic restoration made using a specially designed technique. They look and feel just like natural teeth.

Why Hybridge?

Conventional dental implants only replace one or a few teeth and can take up to 18 months. Hybridge can replace up to 12 teeth and is done in half the time. It is also a much better, permanent option for those who need dentures. Additionally, Hybridge is the most cost effective option.

Other differences between dentures and Hybridge include:

Dentures:

  • Restrict food
  • Can slip in mouth and feel uncomfortable or loose
  • Can make the patient feel self-conscious
  • Don’t provide stimulation necessary for bone health. This can lead to loss of bone mass in jaw, which affects your facial structure

While Hybridge:

  • Allows patient to eat whatever they want
  • Works just like natural teeth
  • Looks and feels just like natural teeth, which can improve confidence
  • Preserves your jawbone, which helps to prevent this bone loss

Overall, Hybridge leads to full dental function while dentures and conventional implants do not. Hybridge can help restore your confidence, get rid of any recurring dental issues, and allow you to bite into that big juicy steak you’ve been craving ever since you got dentures.

Dr. Brian Raskin of Advanced DDS is the only Hybridge certified dentist in Nassau County. If Hybridge sounds like the right choice for you, call 516-825-1100 to schedule a free consultation.

For more information, visit our page on the Hybridge website here: http://www.hybridgeimplants.com/nassau

 

Do You Have Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD)?

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Do you have jaw pain, clicking noises when you open and close your mouth, or headaches? You may have TMD, also known as temporomandibular disorder or temporomandibular joint dysfunction. Anywhere from 5 to 12 percent of people suffer from TMD, which affects the joints, nerves and muscles in the jaw.

What is TMD?

You have two temporomandibular joints, or TMJ, on each side of your face. They connect your jaw to your skull. TMD occurs when these joints are damaged, or when the muscles surrounding the joints malfunction. Often, the cause of a person’s TMD is unclear. However, it could be caused by stress, trauma, clenching the jaw, or improper bite. For unknown reasons, TMD is 4 times more common in women than it is in men, and most people who suffer are between the ages of 20-40. TMD is the second most common reason for facial pain after toothaches.

What are the symptoms?

The symptoms of TMD include but are not limited to:

  • Jaw pain associated with chewing, biting, and/or yawning
  • Jaw pain most prevalent in the morning and/or early afternoon
  • Clicking or popping noises when opening and closing the mouth
  • Headaches, earaches, backaches and/or neck pain
  • Difficulty moving, opening, and/or closing the mouth
  • Locking or stiffness of the jaw
  • Toothaches or tooth sensitivity not related to a dental problem
  • Uncomfortable bite

If you have any of these symptoms on one or both sides of your face, you should visit your dentist.

How can I treat my TMD?

Thankfully, there are many ways to treat TMD.

CHANGING YOUR DIET

  • Eat soft foods
  • Avoid hard foods
  • Chew evenly on both sides of your mouth, avoiding the front teeth

CHANGING YOUR HABITS

  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Avoid biting your nails
  • Avoid clenching and grinding your teeth
  • Avoid leaning your jaw into your hand while sitting
  • Maintain good posture

OTHER

  • Over the counter medications such as Ibuprofen can be helpful in relieving pain (take as directed)
  • Other medications such as muscle relaxants or antidepressants (take as directed)
  • Physical therapy
  • Practicing stress relief techniques
  • Heat packs
  • A custom made night guard

Sometimes, TMD goes away by itself or with home treatments. However, TMD is often a cyclic condition, returning in times of stress. Your dentist can help you monitor your disorder and manage your care.

What is Periodontal Disease?

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Fact: 4 out of every 5 adults will develop periodontal disease in their lifetime.

Because periodontal disease is so common, it is important that you know what exactly periodontal disease is, how to prevent it, and how to treat it.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an inflammatory disease that affects the structures that support the teeth. It is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults.

There is a simple cause for gum disease: poor oral health.

Bacteria and other particles in our mouth cause plaque, which can be removed by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and properly. However, plaque that is not removed hardens into tartar, which can only be removed by a dental professional. Soon, the tartar will cause gingivitis, which is the earliest stage of gum disease. Gingivitis can be avoided or reversed by going for your continuous care appointments.

If you have gingivitis, your teeth may be swollen, red, and may bleed during brushing. Left untreated, gingivitis will advance to periodontitis.

Symptoms of periodontitis include:

  • Swollen gums
  • Red gums
  • Bleeding gums
  • Bad breath
  • Pain during chewing
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

You are more susceptible to gum disease if you are a smoker, have decreased immunity, are on certain medications, have poor nutrition, are older, or are pregnant. If any of these describe you, you should be especially aware of any of these symptoms.

What can happen if you develop gum disease?

If left untreated, the bones, gums, and tissues supporting your teeth may be destroyed. This could lead to needing a tooth extraction. This is an expensive procedure that you want to avoid!

To treat periodontal disease, your dentist will use a special deep cleaning method. A surgical procedure may also be necessary. Additionally, your dentist may suggest you cease certain behaviors, such as smoking, to improve treatment results. You may also be prescribed an antibiotic to stop infection.

Preventing periodontal disease is simple: take care of your teeth! Brushing for two minutes twice daily, flossing regularly, and going for your regular continuous care appointments will help prevent gum disease from affecting you.

Your Oral Health May Affect Your Baby

April 11, 2014Healthy Mother, Healthy Baby

During the nine months of pregnancy, the last thing on your mind may be your oral health. However, it is especially important to pay attention to your teeth during pregnancy.

With pregnancy comes hormonal changes. These hormone changes increase your risk for periodontal disease- also known as gum disease- as well as gingivitis. The truth is that more than half of women will develop gingivitis while they are pregnant. The condition is called “pregnancy gingivitis.”  Be on the lookout for:

  • Redder gums
  • Swollen gums
  • Bleeding gums during brushing
  • Bad breath
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth

Pregnancy gingivitis can eventually lead to what is known as a “pregnancy tumor.” This is NOT a cancerous tumor. It is just an intense inflammatory reaction to food or plaque that makes it uncomfortable to eat. The condition usually resolves itself after the pregnancy.

Morning sickness can also impact your oral health. Your stomach acid can cause cavities. If you experience nausea syndromes, be sure to rinse your mouth with water rather than brushing your teeth, as brushing can cause the acid erode your enamel.

Popular to contrary belief, pregnancy does NOT cause you to lose teeth! If calcium levels are low, your bones will provide you with the needed calcium – not your teeth as many believe.

However, it is still important to maintain good oral health during this time because it can actually affect your baby. Studies have shown that women with gum disease are more likely to give birth to premature and underweight babies. Other studies have shown that tooth decay can be passed on to your child. What you eat can also affect the development of your baby’s teeth in utero, so try to avoid sugary snacks and choose healthier options such as yogurt or raw veggies.

As always, be sure to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day, floss, and visit your dentist if you have any dental problems or concerns. Maintaining good oral health is key to keeping yourself and your baby safe and healthy during your pregnancy.

It’s Root Canal Awareness Week!

April 1, 2014

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You’ve probably heard of the phrase “root canal” before, but do you really know what it means?

A root canal occurs when the space within the tooth’s root becomes infected. When this happens, you need to get endodontic therapy. This procedure is also commonly referred to as a root canal or as root canal treatment.

Why do root canals happen?

People need root canal treatment after trauma to the tooth. Often times this is a result of a cavity left untreated for too long. Additionally, dental trauma can happen during sports injuries or car accidents. If you think you may have a cavity, or if you injure your teeth or mouth in any way, you should see your dentist to prevent a root canal.

What are the symptoms of a root canal?

  •  Severe toothache
  • Swelling
  • Sharp pain when biting down
  • Long-lasting sensitivity from hot or cold temperatures
  • A pimple-like bump on the gum
  • Discoloration or darkening of the tooth

What does root canal treatment entail?

After ensuring that you are numb and comfortable, our dentist at Advanced DDS will treat your tooth. Our dentist will remove the infected pulp, bacteria, and decayed nerves from the tooth. After the tooth is cleaned, it is then filled and sealed, usually with a crown. This procedure will relieve your symptoms while also protecting your natural tooth.

Most people hear the term “root canal” and cringe. Because the symptoms of a root canal, people believe that the procedure will be painful as well. The truth is, many patients report that root canal treatment is pain free.  

How do I prevent a root canal?

Root canal therapy can be costly. Avoid having to pay this extra money by brushing your teeth for two minutes twice every day, flossing daily, and coming in regularly for your continuous care. If you or your child play sports, a custom fitted mouthguard is highly recommended to prevent dental trauma that can often lead to root canals (for more information, check out our blog on mouthguards).  Always make sure to see your dentist if you have any oral pain or discomfort so they can tell you what is wrong and how to fix it. We always want to see you before a dental emergency rather than during.