Posts for: January, 2017
There are a lot of opportunities to have your blood pressure checked: your doctor's office, of course; your local pharmacy; health fairs; and the dentist's office. The last one might surprise you, but blood pressure monitoring before a dental examination or office visit has become quite routine.
Why all this attention to blood pressure? Because chronic high blood pressure (hypertension) is a major cause for cardiovascular disease (CVD), a family of life-threatening conditions that affects 80 million people in the United States. And, you may not even be aware you have it.
That's why avenues for blood pressure screening are on the rise, and the dental office is a prime opportunity. Since you see us regularly for cleanings and checkups (you do, don't you?), there's a good chance we might help you become aware you have a problem if we perform blood pressure readings.
One study published by the Journal of the American Dental Association, for example, followed a group of dental patients with no previous risk factors of CVD, and who had not seen a doctor in the previous twelve months. Through blood pressure screening at their dental visits, 17% discovered they had high blood pressure and at risk for a cardiovascular event.
Your blood pressure can also have an effect on your oral health, especially if you're taking medication to control it. Some medications can cause reduced saliva flow, which could drastically increase your chances of developing tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease. We would also need to exercise care during dental procedures with certain local anesthetics: some may cause both your pulse and blood pressure to rise.
Although we're primarily focused on your dental care, we also know it's only one aspect of your overall health. By simply including blood pressure checks during your checkup, we may help you identify a problem before it causes you greater health problems in the future.
If you would like more information on blood pressure and dental health, 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 “Monitoring Blood Pressure.”
How dental implants from Fargo help your smile
If you are embarrassed to smile because of missing teeth, dental implants can make your smile beautiful again. When you have teeth removed, both the beauty and function of your smile are compromised. Everyone deserves a beautiful smile, and now you can make your smile beautiful again by calling your dentists at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND.
When you choose dental implants from your dentists at Anderson Dental, you can count on these important benefits:
- A natural look, because dental implants are virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth
- Restored chewing ability, because dental implants don’t move around like dental appliances do
- Restored confidence, because dental implants will enhance your smile
- Greater convenience, because you can brush and floss them normally and don’t have to take them out
Dental implants are also extremely successful, with a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. They also never decay or stain, thanks to the high-tech materials used to make the implants. You will also enjoy the ability of being able to eat the foods you love, without worrying about whether your dental appliance is strong or stable enough.
Your dentists at Anderson Dental do a consult and treatment plant to start the process, and then refer you to a specialist to have the implant placed. Dental implants are made of titanium, which is a biocompatible material that is strong, but also gentle to your tissue. Because of its unique properties, the bone in your jaw will actually fuse to the implant, eventually locking it in place. Once your dental implant has healed fully and is stable, it can be capped with a beautiful new crown.
No matter how many teeth you have lost, dental implants will make your smile beautiful again. That’s because dental implants can replace a single tooth or multiple teeth. Dental implants can also support a denture or bridge.
You deserve a beautiful smile, and dental implants are the perfect solution. They are the revolutionary, long-term solution to tooth loss and will save your smile. For more information on dental implants, call your dentists at Anderson Dental in Fargo, ND. Get started on making your smile beautiful again by calling today!
Want to know the exact wrong way to pry open a stubborn lid? Just ask Jimmy Fallon, host of NBC-TV’s popular “Tonight Show.” When the 40-year-old funnyman had trouble opening a tube of scar tissue repair gel with his hands, he decided to try using his teeth.
What happened next wasn’t funny: Attempting to remove the cap, Fallon chipped his front tooth, adding another medical problem to the serious finger injury he suffered a few weeks before (the same wound he was trying to take care of with the gel). If there’s a moral to this story, it might be this: Use the right tool for the job… and that tool isn’t your teeth!
Yet Fallon is hardly alone in his dilemma. According to the American Association of Endodontists, chipped teeth account for the majority of dental injuries. Fortunately, modern dentistry offers a number of great ways to restore damaged teeth.
If the chip is relatively small, it’s often possible to fix it with cosmetic bonding. In this procedure, tough, natural-looking resin is used to fill in the part of the tooth that has been lost. Built up layer by layer, the composite resin is cured with a special light until it’s hard, shiny… and difficult to tell from your natural teeth. Best of all, cosmetic bonding can often be done in one office visit, with little or no discomfort. It can last for up to ten years, so it’s great for kids who may be getting more permanent repairs later.
For larger chips or cracks, veneers or crowns may be suggested. Veneers are wafer-thin porcelain coverings that go over the entire front surface of one or more teeth. They can be used to repair minor to moderate defects, such as chips, discolorations, or spacing irregularities. They can also give you the “Hollywood white” smile you’ve seen on many celebrities.
Veneers are generally custom-made in a lab, and require more than one office visit. Because a small amount of tooth structure must be removed in order to put them in place, veneers are considered an irreversible treatment. But durable and long-lasting veneers are the restorations of choice for many people.
Crowns (also called caps) are used when even more of the tooth structure is missing. They can replace the entire visible part of the tooth, as long as the tooth’s roots remain viable. Crowns, like veneers, are custom-fabricated to match your teeth in size, shape and color; they are generally made in a dental lab and require more than one office visit. However, teeth restored with crowns function well, look natural, and can last for many years.
So what happened to Jimmy Fallon? We aren’t sure which restoration he received… but we do know that he was back on TV the same night, flashing a big smile.
If you would like more information about tooth restorations, please contact us or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers” and “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin.”