Posts for: March, 2016
Are bleeding gums something you should be concerned about? Dear Doctor magazine recently posed that question to Dr. Travis Stork, an emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors. He answered with two questions of his own: “If you started bleeding from your eyeball, would you seek medical attention?” Needless to say, most everyone would. “So,” he asked, “why is it that when we bleed all the time when we floss that we think it’s no big deal?” As it turns out, that’s an excellent question — and one that’s often misunderstood.
First of all, let’s clarify what we mean by “bleeding all the time.” As many as 90 percent of people occasionally experience bleeding gums when they clean their teeth — particularly if they don’t do it often, or are just starting a flossing routine. But if your gums bleed regularly when you brush or floss, it almost certainly means there’s a problem. Many think bleeding gums is a sign they are brushing too hard; this is possible, but unlikely. It’s much more probable that irritated and bleeding gums are a sign of periodontal (gum) disease.
How common is this malady? According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, nearly half of allÂ Americans over age 30 have mild, moderate or severe gum disease — and that number increases to 70.1 percent for those over 65! Periodontal disease can occur when a bacteria-rich biofilm in the mouth (also called plaque) is allowed to build up on tooth and gum surfaces. Plaque causes the gums to become inflamed, as the immune system responds to the bacteria. Eventually, this can cause gum tissue to pull away from the teeth, forming bacteria-filled “pockets” under the gum surface. If left untreated, it can lead to more serious infection, and even tooth loss.
What should you do if your gums bleed regularly when brushing or flossing? The first step is to come in for a thorough examination. In combination with a regular oral exam (and possibly x-rays or other diagnostic tests), a simple (and painless) instrument called a periodontal probe can be used to determine how far any periodontal disease may have progressed. Armed with this information, we can determine the most effective way to fight the battle against gum disease.
Above all, don’t wait too long to come in for an exam! As Dr. Stork notes, bleeding gums are “a sign that things aren’t quite right.” Â If you would like more information about bleeding gums, please contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bleeding Gums.” You can read the entire interview with Dr. Travis Stork in Dear Doctor magazine.
Find out how you could get a more attractive smile with dental bonding.
Not all minor dental imperfections will require extensive, expensive or time-consuming dentistry. If you are looking to improve the aesthetics of your smile then it’s time to talk to your Kapolei cosmetic dentist Dr. Kern Agader about whether dental bonding is the best option for you.
Are you dealing with minor chips, cracks or discolorations in your teeth that you are looking to fix? Then you could be an ideal candidate for dental bonding. This cosmetic procedure is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to revamp the look of your smile.
Dental bonding involves applying a tooth-colored resin that your dentist in Makakilo will then shape over the tooth to change the shape or color. Bonding is painless and doesn’t require anesthesia. Of course, if you plan to have dental bonding performed on more than one tooth you may want to schedule multiple appointments as one tooth can take between 30 minutes to an hour to complete.
When getting dental bonding in Kapolei we will first roughen the tooth and apply a solution over the tooth to help the resin stick to the enamel better. Then we will apply the resin and shape it. Once we have the desired shape and we’ve masked any imperfections than we will use a laser to harden it permanently in place.
After your procedure, you’ll want to avoid certain bad habits like nail biting or chewing on ice or pens, as you could damage or chip the resin. Also, for the first two days after getting your treatment, you’ll want to stay away from foods or drinks that could stain your teeth. This includes things like wine, coffee, tea or tomato sauce. During the first 48 hours dental bonding is more likely to become stained.
With the proper oral care regime put in place and by seeing us every six months for routine exams and cleanings you can ensure that your bonding lasts you many years before needing to be replaced. If you are dealing with any of these flaws and are looking for a way to hide them then it’s time you called our Kapolei dental office today. Let Dental Perfections in Kapolei give you the perfect smile!
In a normal bite, the upper and lower teeth line up and fit together when you close your jaws. When they don’t, you have a poor bite or “malocclusion.” The most common cause is teeth out of position, which can be corrected by moving them with braces.
Sometimes, though, the size and position of the jaws is the primary cause for the malocclusion and not the teeth. If the discrepancy is minor, tooth movement alone might be sufficient; but if there’s a wide discrepancy in the symmetry of the face or the size of one jaw over the other then a surgical solution may be necessary. One common procedure is orthognathic surgery, which literally means to “straighten the jaw.”
A wide range of irregularities — both minor and major — can be corrected by adjusting and realigning the bone in the jaw. While orthognathic surgery can certainly improve your facial profile and smile, its main purpose is to restore function that’s been lost due to poor jaw alignment. Candidates for the surgery have difficulty chewing, biting or swallowing food, chronic pain or headaches related to the jaw joints, chronic mouth breathing and dry mouth, or sleep apnea.
In many cases, treatment involving orthognathic surgery requires a team approach between orthodontist, oral surgeon and general dentist. While the surgeon surgically alters and repairs the jaw or facial structure, the services of an orthodontist may still be needed to move teeth misaligned due to the underlying problem with the jaw structure. The general dentist ensures teeth and gums remain healthy during all the other treatment phases.
Orthognathic surgery can benefit both oral and general health, as well as improve the appearance of the entire face. The process, however, can be complicated: you or your family member will need to undergo a thorough examination to determine if you or they are a good candidate for the surgery. If so, the end result can be life-changing.
If you would like more information on the treatment of jaw development disorders, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Jaw Surgery & Orthodontics.”