Posts for: April, 2019
Before making any major decision, you have some questions that need answers. When it comes to your dental health, this is especially important. Dental implants are quickly becoming the preferred method of replacing missing teeth, but many people want to know more about them. Your dentists in Midtown Atlanta - Dr. Sunny Patel, Dr. Andrew Soulimiotis, and Dr. Laura Koch can answer some questions that their patients at Dentistry for Midtown often ask before deciding on dental implants.
Are dental implants painful?
Upon hearing that dental implants require a surgical procedure for post placement, many of our patients are worried that it may be painful with a lengthy and uncomfortable recovery period. Your Midtown dentist is quick to dispel these concerns, because the placement of dental implants is typically a very simple procedure that heals quick and requires no downtime. That's because the post fills in the surgical site, leaving no open wounds that would require a dressing or dietary restrictions. And because the procedure is generally quick and painless, many people who have had dental implants compare the placement to that of a cavity filling.
How do I care for dental implants?
Dental implants not only look like natural teeth; they're also designed to be brushed and flossed the same way. Unlike dentures, dental implants don't need to be removed for cleaning or storage overnight. They don't need special toothpastes or tools to maintain them. You won't need to make appointments with your Midtown dentist for adjustments or refitting. As long as you keep the surrounding teeth and gum tissue healthy, you can expect your dental implants to last several decades, even a lifetime.
Are dental implants expensive?
The initial cost of dental implants might overwhelm you; the price reflects the precision of the hardware and the skill they require to install them correctly. However, when you consider the lifetime cost of with replacing and repairing other dental restorations, such as crowns, dentures, or bridges, dental implants make the most financial sense. As your Midtown dentist discussed above, they are virtually maintenance-free. And because their permanence help protect your remaining natural teeth from loosening, they can be seen as a solid investment in the future of your dental health.
To make a consultation appointment about dental implants with one of our dentists - Dr. Koch, Dr. Patel, or Dr. Soulimiotis - contact Dentistry for Midtown in Midtown Atlanta, GA, today.
Aspirin has been a popular pain reliever and fever reducer for over a century. Its effect on the clotting mechanism of blood, however, has led to its widespread and often daily use in low dose form (81 mg) to help reduce the chances of heart attack or stroke in cardiovascular patients. While this has proven effective for many at risk for these conditions, it can complicate dental work.
Aspirin relieves pain by blocking the formation of prostaglandins; these chemicals stimulate inflammation, the body’s protective response to trauma or disease. Aspirin reduces this inflammatory response, which in turn eases the pain and reduces fever. It also causes blood platelets to stop them from clumping together. This inhibits clotting, which for healthy individuals could result in abnormal bleeding but is beneficial to those at risk for heart attack or stroke by keeping blood moving freely through narrowed or damaged blood vessels.
Even for individuals who benefit from regular aspirin therapy there are still risks for unwanted bleeding. Besides the danger it may pose during serious trauma or bleeding in the brain that could lead to a stroke, it can also complicate invasive medical procedures, including many in dentistry. For example, aspirin therapy could increase the rate and degree of bleeding during tooth extraction, root canal or other procedures that break the surface of soft tissue.
Bleeding gums after brushing is most often a sign of periodontal (gum) disease. But if you’re on an aspirin regimen, gum bleeding could be a side effect. A thorough dental examination will be necessary to determine whether your medication or gum disease is the root cause.
It’s important, then, to let us know if you’re regularly taking aspirin, including how often and at what dosage. This will help us make more accurate diagnoses of conditions in your mouth, and will enable us to take extra precautions for bleeding during any dental procedures you may undergo.
If you would like more information on the effects of aspirin and similar medications on dental treatment, 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 “Aspirin: Friend or Foe?”
Some moviegoers have been known to crunch popcorn, bite their fingers or grab their neighbor’s hands during the intense scenes of a thriller. But for one fan, the on-screen action in the new superhero film Black Panther led to a different reaction.
Sophia Robb, an 18-year-old Californian, had to make an emergency visit to the orthodontic office because she snapped the steel wire on her retainer while watching a battle scene featuring her Hollywood crush, Michael B. Jordan. Her jaw-clenching mishap went viral and even prompted an unexpected reply from the actor himself!
Meanwhile, Sophia got her retainer fixed pronto—which was exactly the right thing to do. The retention phase is a very important part of orthodontic treatment: If you don’t wear a retainer, the beautiful new smile you’re enjoying could become crooked again. That’s because if the teeth are not held in their new positions, they will naturally begin to drift back into their former locations—and you may have to start treatment all over again…
While it’s much more common to lose a removable retainer than to damage one, it is possible for even sturdy retainers to wear out or break. This includes traditional plastic-and-wire types (also called Hawley retainers), clear plastic retainers that are molded to fit your teeth (sometimes called Essix retainers), and bonded retainers: the kind that consists of a wire that’s permanently attached to the back side of your teeth. So whichever kind you use, do what Sophia did if you feel that anything is amiss—have it looked at right away!
When Black Panther co-star Michael B. Jordan heard about the retainer mishap, he sent a message to the teen: “Since I feel partly responsible for breaking your retainers let me know if I can replace them.” His young fan was grateful for the offer—but even more thrilled to have a celebrity twitter follower.
If you have questions about orthodontic retainers, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Bonded Retainers.”