Why Does The Dentist Drill So Deep?

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Going to the dentist is scary. There are needles, drills, sounds, smells, and many things going on that can seem scary. Most of the time,  I leave the dentist feeling sore, numb, and tired. However, I also feel happy knowing that I have taken care of my oral health and that I will not be missing any teeth in my wonderful smile!

But there are those times after getting a filling when my tooth feels really sensitive and hurts. So I did some research on why your tooth hurts after a filling, what to do if it doesn’t stop hurting, and why a dentist may have to drill deeper into a tooth for some cavities compared to others.

Why Your Tooth Hurts After A Filling

I found an excellent article on Colgate.com about why your tooth might hurt after a filling! If you would like to read it, you can click the on the hyperlink! To summarize what it says basically your tooth may be really sensitive after you get a filling. If you have terrible sensitivity, then it can be painful, and if the sensitivity does not go away after two weeks, then you need to see your dentist. If you are in a lot of pain, then you need to call your dentist so he can try to fix what is going wrong. If your filling is too high, then you need to see your dentist as soon as possible so he can reduce the height of the filling. But as a general rule you are going to be sensitive after a filling so there is nothing to be scared of.

Why A Dentist Would Need To Drill Deeper Into Your Tooth

In my research about drilling and filling cavities, I learned that the dentist needs to remove all of the decay before they can do a filling. How far a dentist needs to drill depends on how deep the decay is in your tooth. If you have a cavity that is deep within your tooth, then the dentist needs to drill the parts of your tooth that are affected by the decay. So the deeper the filling, the more the dentist will have to drill and the closer they get to your precious nerves.

This is why going to the dentist at least twice a year is so important. We as humans don’t have the ability to measure if we have a cavity developing unless we feel pain on our teeth. Thankfully, your dentist does. If you can catch a cavity in the younger stages of development, you have a better chance of saving more of your tooth and saving yourself from a lot of unnecessary pain. You will also save money in the long run.

I have some great sources here for any additional questions about dentistry that are answered by real dentists. Just click the links to be directed to the website.

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Learning About Root Canals From Dr. Asghar

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Ah, the pesky root canal. I did not know much about root canals, and I figured most people do not unless they have had one. So I asked Dr. Mehmood Asghar to help fill me in on the subject.

The following is what Dr. Asghar had to say.

A root canal is the last effort of your dentist to save your dying tooth from extraction. To better understand what the root canal procedure is and why it is necessary it would be useful to know the structure of your teeth.

 

 

The Internal Anatomy of the Tooth

The visible part of your tooth is called the crown. The part hidden in your gums is known as the root. The crown is covered by enamel, which is a translucent mineral material that happens to be the hardest tissue in the body; it is like the hard armor protecting your teeth. Inside the enamel layer is the dentin which is hard, but not as hard.

While the enamel covers only the visible part (and a little below the gum), the dentin covers the tooth down to the tips of the roots (Molars may have more than one root). Within the dentin layer, down the length from the crown to the root tip is a hollow structure called a root canal. This canal is filled with soft dental pulp, and is also called the pulp chamber. This pulp contains blood vessels and nerve tissue.

 

Infection of the Root Canal

The hard enamel layer on the tooth’s visible surface can sometimes decay due to poor oral hygiene maintenance. If the cavity is not treated in time, the enamel layer gradually gets punctured exposing the soft dentin layer which is more likely to become damaged or infected.

If you do not get immediate treatment, and the cavity extends down to the pulp chamber, the result can be very dangerous. The underlying pulp gets infected and creates a lot of pressure that builds up within the chamber. This produces incredible amounts of pain, in addition to typical signs of infection such as fever and swelling. The pain is so severe that even pain killers will only help temporarily. If the infection becomes this painful, then a root canal is necessary.

The Root Canal Treatment

The root canal treatment (RCT) consists of the following main steps.
• Assessment – The first step is to do an assessment of the tooth using X-rays. This helps the dentist visualize the location and extent of the infection and the number of tooth roots that have become infected.

• Dental Anesthesia – With suitable anesthesia, the amount of pain you feel will be lessened and makes the job possible for the dentist.

• Gaining Access inside the Tooth – To gain access into the tooth, the dentist drills into the tooth until the pulp chamber is exposed. At this stage, the access cavity is broadened to allow access of the dental instruments and visibility.

• Root Canal Preparation – The dentist, then shapes the canal by using different sizes of endodontic files. These files are used for removing infected pulp and debris from the root canal. To ensure proper cleaning, the dentist frequently uses a sterile or antibacterial agent to kill all microbes inside the root canal.

• Temporary Filling – After canals have been shaped and cleaned, they are completely dried, and an intracanal medicament (temporary filling) is inserted, and the patient is asked to return after a few days.

• Obturation and Permanent Restoration – In the next appointment, the dentist removes the temporary filling. If sufficient healing has taken place, the dentist will permanently seal the canals by putting a rubber-like inert material. Finally, the tooth is restored with a suitable filling material.

• Placing a Dental Crown over the Treated Tooth – Since the tooth structure gets weakened and brittle, an RCT treated tooth should usually be covered with a crown to prevent it from fracturing.

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What Happens if You Do Not Get RCT?

If your dentist decides that you need an RCT, you should listen to them. It will give you immediate relief from pain, and your tooth could be saved. If you continue to delay your RCT, it means you will continue to suffer from pain, and ultimately, the tooth may have to be extracted. At least two deaths are on record, even in the USA, due to ignoring a root canal treatment. Other serious consequences of not getting a root canal are:

1. Loss of the Tooth
If you ignore having a root canal treatment despite your dentist’s recommendations, infection in that tooth will gradually destroy the tooth structure. Ultimately, the tooth will have to be extracted and replaced with expensive tooth replacement options such as implants, bridges or removable dentures.

2. Transfer of Infection
If an endodontic infection is not treated promptly, with a root canal procedure, the infection can travel into the surrounding structures such as the salivary glands and the jaw bone causing even more severe infection which could be life-threatening.

3. Ludwig’s Angina
Sometimes, the infection from an infected tooth travels down to the airway, resulting in swelling and complete or partial airway blockade. This situation, although rare, can lead to a medical emergency, and death, if not treated timely.

To summarize, when your dentist tells you that you need a root canal treatment, you should not delay it. However, a root canal treatment can easily be avoided in the first place by maintaining an optimal oral hygiene through daily brushing and flossing, and regular checkup visits to your dentist. I want to thank Dr. Asghar for his time and thank you for reading!

Knocked Your Tooth Out? Step 1. Don’t Panic

 

Engaging in outdoor activities and contact sports is an excellent source of exercise for our overall health. Regarding children, being active is great for their health, growth, and development.

Unfortunately, this also means that we are more likely to experience accidents and get injured. A common injury in contact sports for adults and kids is when a tooth gets knocked out.

The following steps are to help you save your or your child’s tooth so it can be successfully re-attached and can function properly again!

Step 1. Don’t Panic!

This sounds easier than it is. We get it; your freaking tooth just fell out! You read this, and you think, “pssh, I am in pain, how am I suppose to remain calm!” A thousand thoughts go through your head like “Oh no! I am going to look homeless” or “holy crap this is a lot more painful than I thought.” Don’t Panic. Panicking only makes the situation worse. Plus it’s harder to stop bleeding when your heart is racing. So seriously, don’t panic, take some deep breaths, and read on to the next steps.

*Special Note: The tooth has the best chance of surviving if it has been placed back in the mouth within a half-hour to an hour.

 

2. Find Your Tooth!

This is very important because to replace a tooth we need your tooth! Your tooth needs to be protected from damage if we want the tooth to be replaced into its socket without any difficulty. According to WebMD, “when you retrieve the tooth, hold it by its crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and rinse off the tooth root with water if it is dirty.” You don’t hold the tooth by the root because it can break and there are several cells attached to the roots that help to replace the tooth back in its socket. You want to keep the tooth moist at all times by putting it in water, milk, or in your gums.

3. Control the Bleeding

When a tooth gets knocked out, it is usually accompanied with a soft or hard tissue injury inside the oral cavity. Therefore, you should try to control the bleeding as fast as possible. You can do this by placing a cotton gauze at the site of the injury, and you bite down on it. Once you get the bleeding under control its time to move onto the next step.

4. Try to re-insert the Tooth (We Know, It Sounds Scary)

After controlling the bleeding, try to insert the tooth back into its socket. The tooth should go into the socket easily, make sure that you do not apply too much force as it may lead to further aggravation of the wound or the tooth itself. DO NOT insert a tooth that is dirty and has not been cleaned because this will cause additional problems and can lead to infection.

To clean the tooth, follow these steps from aae.org
1. Gently rinse the tooth with water
2. Do not use soap or chemicals
3. Do not scrub the tooth
4. Do not dry the tooth
5. Do not wrap the tooth in a tissue or cloth

After cleaning the tooth, if you cannot insert the tooth because of swelling or pain then its time to move onto the next step.

5. Like an NFL Guard, Protect your Tooth

If your attempt to re-insert the tooth has failed, it is best to preserve the tooth and get in touch with your dentist’s office or the closest dentist to your location. According to mouthhealthy.org, you can place the tooth in between your cheek and gums, in milk, or use a tooth preservation product.

*IF you have re-inserted the tooth, you still need to see your dentist

6. The Dentist Office: What to Expect

You still need to visit your dentist to make sure that the tooth is properly inserted. If you could not insert the tooth yourself, the dentist will decide if it’s okay to re-attach the tooth or if other measures are required.

If done properly, knocked-out teeth generally become fully integrated into their sockets in a matter of a few weeks. Your dentist will splint the tooth that fell out with the tooth next to it so that it does not move during the re-attachment process. The chances of a successful re-attachment of a knocked out tooth are very high if you seek expert help within the first 30 minutes after the injury.

What to Do If A Baby Tooth Gets Knocked Out?

Most parents think that Baby teeth are not very important and if one gets knocked out that there is no need to put it back to its position. You could be making a huge mistake! Baby teeth are just as important for your child’s dental and physical health as their permanent ones. This is because the baby teeth serve as placeholders for the permanent ones. If one of them is lost prematurely, the surrounding baby teeth gradually slide into the vacant space. As a result, the permanent teeth are unable to erupt in proper alignment and angulation. This is why it is very important to replace knocked out baby teeth. Your Dentist may choose to not replace the tooth depending on the stage of development in your child’s teeth.

 

If you or your child are involved in contact sports or extreme sports, they should wear protective gear to protect any vital body organs and their teeth and gums. One of the best ways to protect your child’s teeth during sports is to make them wear a mouthguard. Football, BMX, lacrosse, wrestling, boxing, rock climbing, and hockey are some examples of sports that require a proper mouth guard!

Now that you’re an expert in tooth replacement, let us know what you think in the comments below!

Considering Teeth Whitening? This is a MUST read!

You want to have teeth that look like the celebrities. Perfect shape, alignment, and teeth that are so white it looks like they are glowing. Don’t worry; we will get you there! However, there are some steps we need to take to ensure your teeth are healthy enough for the whitening treatments.

Overall Oral Health

Most dental professionals suggest meeting with your dentist for an exam to ensure that your gums and teeth are healthy enough to begin whitening. Dr. Robert Fields, DDS says that “It would be less painful for the patient doing the whitening and, honestly, the patient, as well as the dentist, need to make sure the teeth and gums are healthy.” You can save yourself a lot of pain, sensitivity, and money if you check in with your preferred dentist before whitening.

Restoring Tooth Decay

If you do have any teeth that need dental treatment, it is important to fix any underlying oral health issues before beginning cosmetic whitening. Any cavities, dental fillings, crowns, or decay that are left untreated, will only lead to a variety of oral health problems in the future such as costly, intensive procedures, and even extraction of teeth!

Whitening may make your teeth and mouth look more appealing, but in reality, whitening may mask other oral health problems you may be experiencing. Whitening is not a fix for poor oral health or decay.

Whitening Can Damage Enamel

The whitening process is hard on your teeth’s enamel, so you want to ensure that you are not using too much whitening or that you are not whitening too often because this can also have an adverse effect on your oral health. It is important to consult your dentist to determine the appropriate amount of whitening you should use.

Routine Checkups With Your Dentist

Once your teeth begin to grow in, it is important to schedule routine check ups with your dentist so you can continue to monitor your oral health. Proper oral health and routine dental cleanings can help to prevent bad breath, periodontal disease, and tooth decay. Not to mention, poor oral health is linked to a variety of other illnesses such as heart disease. A healthy smile leads to gained confidence! Now go show off your healthy teeth!

Whose diagnosis do you trust?

Suppose a friend of yours with a number of teeth damaged by disease or accident, goes to a number of dentists in turn. What will the dentists advise him? You can be very sure that the advice can range from a complete set of implant supported permanent dentures to a mere partial denture, or even, an advice to live with whatever healthy teeth your friend has. This is quite natural. Human judgement in the same matter varies. The most critical judgements are judgements in a court of law, where matters of life and death of the accused are decided. Are there not cases where a bench of judges hearing the case differ in their findings and awards? Assessments and recommendations by professionals in their field also vary similarly.

What are the reasons?

Dentists are just another qualified profession.  They also suffer from human limitations- and significantly- to different extents. Dentists differ in inherent intelligence, education, experience, confidence, temperament, attitude and sincerity, diagnostic facilities, treatment facilities available, and momentary influences, etc. The customer differs also, in description, patience, temperament, desires, financial resources, and momentary influences. The dentist has to work to the satisfaction of the patient. Such a variety of factors is bound to produce a much wider variety of opinions and prescriptions. In the paragraphs below, we discuss these factors separately.

  1. Level of Education and Training

The level of training of a dentist matters. A given degree ensures that all trainees acquire a certain ability to diagnose and treat. A better qualified dentist, is likely to be more aware of pertinent factors, and may reach a different diagnosis for the same apparent symptoms.

  1. Inherent Intelligence

Every dentist possesses a different level of intelligence. Intelligence polishes the knowledge and skills obtained during training, and facilitates better decisions in diagnosis and during treatment. While one dentist may be very dexterous in various procedures the other may fumble in places.

  1. Differences in Training Philosophy  

No doubt, dentists undergo rigorous training for many years before they can practice independently. However, the way each dentist diagnoses every patient, is dependent upon the way he or she was educated during their training. Some dentists are quite careful, and follow the principle of “maximum tooth conservative” while diagnosing patients and fabricating a treatment plan. This means that these dentists make sure minimal loss of natural tooth structure occurs during dental treatment. Other dentists are more “rigorous” in their approach, and would rather remove slightly excess of the natural tooth structure in attempts to prevent re-infection.

  1. The Trend of Holistic Dentistry

Some dentists around the world are now following the “holistic” approach to dental treatment, which basically involves the use of dental biomaterials that are not only safe inside the oral cavity, but they also do not cause any harmful effects on the rest of the human body. Differences in diagnoses among “conventional” and “holistic” dentists may often arise due to their different methods of solving dental problems.

  1. Different Diagnostic Facilities

If you visit dental practices around your locality, you will find that each practice has different diagnostic equipment. The quality and capability of these diagnostic machines matters deeply how a dentist can investigate the problem, and this can matter in resolving between two possible causes, and hence, deciding a treatment.

  1. Experience

Just like training, experience also matters. A more experienced dentist is more likely to be aware of various possibilities than a dentist with equal qualifications and less experience. This again can cause a different diagnosis. Generally, the more experienced dentists are, the better are their diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities. But that is not always true!

  1. Attitude and Sincerity

Attitude of a person matters. It is unfortunate, but a fact of life that different persons have different attitude towards the same issue. Some dentists will take extra pains to reach the technically best conclusion. Others may take a rather simplistic view. Again, some will tend to prescribe a treatment without considering the cost. Others may consider the resources of the patient and honestly try to make a trade-off. There may be some, unfortunately, who will love the dollars coming their way. The fact is that everybody is working to earn as much as he or she can, and therefore, professional scruples may sometimes be compromised.

  1. Momentary Influences.

The current state of mind of the dentist as well as the patient may also have a minor influence. A tired dentist is more likely to take a summary decision, while a fresh and patient dentist may dig deeper and do a more thorough treatment job. Similarly, the apparent condition of the patient can also influence the decision of the dentist. A cool patient is likely to allow the dentist to make a better judgement, while a wailing, crying patient may switch the dentist into an emergency mode. The dentist may extract a tooth instead of going for a root canal treatment.

 

Just like we find both good and bad people in this world, we can also come across dentists with different attitudes and treatment philosophies. Therefore, whenever in doubt, it might be a good idea to go for a second, even a third opinion. After all, it’s a matter or dental and physical health, and you have every right to seek the best dental care for yourself and your family!

 Do Teeth Cavities Go Away?

If the human body fights disease and cures itself, will my teeth cavities also be cured automatically? That is, perhaps, the question most frequently asked by patients from their dentists. The answer is both “yes, and no”. To understand this double-talk, you need to understand how and why cavities develop, and how our system fights them.

Why do teeth Cavities Form?

Our teeth have a layered structure. The outermost and the pleasant looking layer is the enamel which covers the entire visible part of the tooth including the chewing and biting surfaces. Underneath the hard enamel, is the dentin layer which covers not only the visible part of the tooth but also the root within the gum, and is not as hard as the enamel. The structure of enamel is majorly composed of minerals called apatites, which are also abundant in the saliva. As the saliva keeps wetting the teeth in a healthy person, a two-way chemical process goes on all the time. Minerals from the enamel move into the saliva (demineralization of enamel), and an equal amount keeps entering the enamel from the saliva (remineralization). The process is balanced under normal conditions and the enamel remains intact. Two things affect the balance.

  • Demineralization– Saliva is normally basic (alkaline). If tiny food particles or paste remain sticking to the teeth after food, bacteria always present in the mouth start converting it to acid. The presence of acid in spots upsets the mineralization balance. More minerals leave the enamel around those spots than enter the enamel. If one does not maintain good oral hygiene, the bacteria get a walk over, and erode the enamel in those spots. Cavities start forming.
  • Remineralization– Fluorides help reduce demineralization and promote remineralization of your enamel. That is why your dentist may occasionally recommend a fluoride treatment or fluoride rich food. Of course, better oral hygiene will not allow the bacteria much time to act, and the demineralization process will be overcome by the remineralization from the saliva.

Cavities Will go Away in the Initial Stages

When remineralization is supported, and demineralization inhibited by the combined effect of good oral hygiene and use of fluorides, cavities in their initial stages, can go away. This process of re-mineralization occurs by taking up minerals from the saliva and replenishing the appetite crystals that were lost because of excessive demineralization. Teeth can also be re-mineralized at the dental office by using topic fluoride application.

Not All Teeth Cavities can Go Away

Cavities go away only during the early stages of cavity formation, that is if the enamel layer has not been damaged badly damaged by the cavity. However, cavities that have extended beyond the enamel and penetrate the dentine, are permanent. This is because the underlying dentine and pulp layers are very soft, and they provide little resistance to the advancing bacterial infection. In such cases, the teeth are restored by removing the carious portion and replacing it with a suitable filling material.

The Role of Fluoride Application in Remineralization of Teeth

Naturally, the mineral content in our teeth is composed of Calcium apatite crystals. These minerals not only make the enamel hard, but they are also responsible for preventing teeth sensitivity. Fluoride containing food supplements and professional remedies have shown be effective in preventing teeth cavities. When a fluoride varnish or gel is applied onto the teeth, calcium in the apatite crystals is replaced with fluoride, and the resulting fluorapatite is much stronger and is more resistant against demineralization. This is why topical fluoride application is routinely performed by dentists during dental checkups, especially in case of patients who are prone to formation of teeth cavities.

The Take-home Message

By now, we know that cavities may go away in the early stages only, provided optimal conditions are reinstated. These include good oral hygiene care, and ensuring intake of appropriate levels of fluoride in the form of food supplements. Also, this does not mean one should not be worried about preventing cavity formation at all. Teeth cavities can be prevented by a double-action formula.

  • Personal care– Always observe good oral hygiene in the form of regular brushing and flossing. Also, make sure you eat a balanced tooth-friendly diet. Take special care of fluoride content in drinking water in localities where people are known to develop cavities.
  • Regular dental inspections– You can only inspect your teeth indirectly. Hence, it is not possible to clean properly and even inspect certain parts of your mouth. Dental plaque can set in and permit bacteria time to play. It is, therefore, important to have your teeth inspected by a qualified dentist, almost every six months.

Preventing teeth cavities is very simple! All you need to do is to brush and floss your teeth regularly. So, what would you prefer? Having no cavities at all, or having to spend money on teeth fillings? The choice is yours!

Dental Bridges vs. Dental Implants

Living with a missing tooth is not easy! First, a missing tooth ruins your smile and personality; especially when you’re missing a front tooth. Secondly, you will have difficulty eating and digesting food properly, as each tooth has a role to play in breaking food into smaller particles to be more easily absorbed. A missing tooth (or teeth) will make it difficult for you to speak, and pronounce words clearly.

If you have lost one or more of your teeth, we suggest getting them replaced immediately with an artificial one. Replacing missing teeth is not only necessary for restoring your smile and facial aesthetics, but it is equally important for restoring your optimal chewing and speech capability. Currently, the most common options for missing teeth are dental bridges and implants. Both these options carry their own merits and demerits. Let’s look at which tooth replacement option is best for you!

You can watch a video of Dr. Hemmert explaining both processes by clicking this link. 

Dental Bridges; What are They?
A dental bridge is fixed prosthesis that is used for replacing one or more missing teeth. For placing a bridge, healthy teeth on both sides of the missing tooth gap are prepared, and crowns are placed over them. These teeth are known as the abutment teeth. For replacing the missing tooth, a crown, also known as the pontic, is placed over the space which is then connected to the abutment teeth on both the sides.

  • Advantages of Dental Bridges:
    • Fixed Prosthesis – unlike the removable dentures, which need to be taken out of the mouth while sleeping or brushing, dental bridges remain fixed inside the mouth. They also possess better strength and durability than removable dentures.
    • Cheaper – when compared with dental implants, bridges are less costly. Therefore, they can be used for missing teeth replacement in cases when a budget is an issue.
  • Disadvantages of Dental Bridges:
    • Loss of Natural Tooth Structure – for attaching crowns on the abutment teeth present on either side of the missing tooth gap, a layer of enamel needs to be removed. Therefore, dental bridges are less tooth conservative in comparison to dental implants.
    • Secondary Caries – if optimal cleaning is not maintained around a bridge, there are high chances of development of teeth cavities (also known as secondary caries) in that region. If these cavities are not immediately restored, bacteria can travel into the underlying dental pulp or the gums and cause severe infection.
    • Limited Lifespan – even the highest quality dental bridges have a limited lifespan, despite your best efforts to maintain optimal oral hygiene. In contrast, once an implant has been used to replace a tooth, it tends to serve for a lifetime.

Dental Implants for Replacing Missing Teeth
Nowadays, dental implants are considered as the best option for replacing missing natural teeth. This due to their ability to provide excellent aesthetics, their durability as well as their natural feeling.

What are Dental Implants?
An implant is simply a fixture that is surgically placed inside the jaw bone where a tooth is missing. One embedded inside the bone, they serve as the root component of an artificial tooth. A suitable prosthesis such as a denture, crown or bridge is then attached to the implant to replace the missing tooth. Currently, the most commonly used material for fabrication of dental implant is Titanium alloys. However, implants based on zirconia are also being introduced into the dental industry.

Who can Benefit from Dental Implants?
Dental implants are an ideal tooth replacement option for anyone who needs replacement of one or more missing teeth. However, an essential requirement for placement of the implant is the presence of healthy jaw bone in the region where the implant is to be inserted. If the bone in that region is not sufficient, a bone augmentation surgery needs to be performed before implant insertion.

  • Advantages of Dental Implants:
    • Excellent Durability – dental implants are fabricated from high-quality materials, which make them sufficiently strong and durable. If you ensure optimal oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly, you can expect your implants to serve for a lifetime.
    • Aesthetics – dental implants are perhaps, the most aesthetic tooth replacement option available currently. Highly aesthetic crowns can be attached to the implants, which will not only restore your smile, but your confidence and self-esteem as well.
    • Natural Feeling – just like the natural teeth, dental implants are embedded into the jaw bone. Due to this, dental implants look and feel just like your natural teeth, and they won’t cause any discomfort or irritation.
    • Eat Anything You Like – dental bridge wearers are advised not to eat hard and sticky foods directly from the bridge, as it can lead to dislodgement. This is not the case with implants because they are firmly anchored in the bone. Therefore, you can enjoy all your favorite foods without having a fear of breaking or dislodging your artificial teeth.

What are the Conditions Where Dental Implants are Not Indicated?
There are certain situations where it is not possible to use dental implants for tooth replacement:

  • Poor Density of Jaw Bone – in senior patients, and those who have an underlying bone pathology, the quality or quantity of the jaw bone in the edentulous region is not sufficient to allow for implant placement. However, in these cases, bone augmentation can be performed to restore the density of the alveolar bone.
  • Underlying Medical or Dental Pathology – implant placement should also be delayed in patients who are having chronic medical issues such as renal, liver, immunodeficiency problems or tumors. Also, implants should not be placed in cases of active dental pathologies like gingival, periodontal, and alveolar bone infections. Once complete healing has taken place from these infections, placement of implants can then be considered again.

In cases where dental implants cannot be placed, dentists usually opt for tooth replacement with dental bridges, or with the help of removable dentures.

From the above discussion, we can see that dental implants offer more benefits in comparison to the bridges. If you want to enjoy a perfect smile and a set of teeth which give you a “natural” feeling, then Dental Implants are the choice for you! However, your dentist is the best person to guide you about a tooth replacement option that is best for you.

March’s doTERRA Essential Oil Product Highlight: Deep Blue

Our office is very familiar with this amazing oil! Deep Blue is one of the many essential oils we offer in our clinic for our patients to experience. Our hygienists love offering this soothing oil after routine cleanings. It is a fantastic addition post appointment to relax the neck and jaw muscles. We hope you have enjoyed this added oil experience during your visits.

Watch the video below and see for yourself how wonderful this oil is and how we use it here in the office for our awesome patients:

Additionally, doTERRA Deep Blue is perfect for a soothing massage after a long day of work.  This powerful oil includes a combination of Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus which all collaborate to soothe and cool.

A few drops of Deep Blue Soothing Blend diluted in Fractionated Coconut Oil, or Olive Oil can be used as described below.

  • After a long day’s work, here are some useful tips on how you can use Deep Blue at home:
  • For long hours working on a computer: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on your fingers, wrists, shoulders, and neck.
  • For long hours on your feet: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on your toes, balls of feet, and calves.
  • For sore muscles from a workout: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend directly on the painful area.
  • For a long day of lifting: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on your back and neck area for soothing relief from back pain.
  • For the kiddos with growing pains: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on their calves just before bedtime.
  • For the athletes: rub Deep Blue-proprietary blend on those sore, achy muscles for instant relief.

As you can see, there are many ways you can use this essential oil for natural and effective joint and muscle aches and pains.

Check out this One-Time-Offer for March Only!

For the month of March you can get a FREE Deep Blue Rub and FREE Deep Blue Roller ($94.67 Value), with any order of 200 PV (point value), if you order direct from our website and create a wholesale customer account, which you can easily do here:

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You can also purchase directly from us, by easily coming into our Downtown office location or emailing our patient care coordinator at info@dentalprosutah.com.

We place an order every Friday!

As a bonus, we are giving out FREE samples of Deep Blue Essential Oil the entire month of March, so come in, let us take care of your oral health needs and leave with this wonderful sample.

As always, we look forward to providing you and your family with exceptional care and we Thank You for choosing us as your oral health care provider.

Straighten your teeth nearly invisibly!

Dr. Anita Ho has been a certified Invisalign provider since 2008. Invisalign is a great alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment. A common reason adults do not get Orthodontic Treatment is because of the cosmetic effect it has on their smile. Invisalign is the answer to that! You can now straighten your teeth with clear aligners that are practically invisible.

Invisalign does not use metal brackets, bands, or wires; therefore, it is easier to maintain oral hygiene. Food won’t get stuck on brackets and bands causing bad breath and possible gum irritation.

More importantly, Invisalign Aligners have less of a tendency to develop decalcification and decay. The patient can eat normally and rarely experiences sores or blisters resulting from metal brackets and wires. Treatment ranges from an express case of 5 aligners to a regular full case of 30+ aligners, and it’s equivalent to 10 weeks – 60+ weeks.

Check out more of how Invisalign works to straighten your teeth here: https://www.invisalign.com/how-invisalign-works

Call us at 801-747-8018 to schedule your consultation today!

Dr. Ho’s volunteer trip to Guatemala

Recently, Dr. Ho spent a few weeks in Guatemala where she volunteered her time and services to help those who need dental treatment, but don’t have the means to afford it.

Dr. Ho started participating in volunteer work when she was in dental school. In fact, her very first volunteer mission was actually in Guatemala.  After 2 other missions in Ecuador, she found herself back in Guatemala for a fourth mission. Dr. Ho and her team worked out of two different locations serving the indigenous Mayan population that were in need of medical and dental services in the area. Her team consisted of 4 dentists and one assistant with two auxiliary help in translation and sterilization.

The first location she visited was at Corpus Christi Hospital in Patzun. There they worked tirelessly for 3 days which ran from 6:30am to 8pm treating over a hundred patients! The hospital was run by nuns whom were dedicated to the community and the people were thankful and joyous to see Dr. Ho and her team there. They did mostly operative procedures to restore dentition and many surgical procedures to extract hopeless teeth.  They packed up on the third day after seeing our last patient and headed to their new location, a coffee farm in San Francisco de Zapotitlan.  There they saw 93 patients in one day!

Dr. Ho described it as wild but rewarding. Patients gave them hugs and appreciated the work they were doing for their oral health, even after some difficult procedures. Dr. Ho’s favorite part about volunteering is seeing the difference she makes in her patients lives!  The collaboration amongst the group was exceptional even though most of them didn’t know each other prior to the mission. Everyone worked together and the energy was amazing.

Dr. Ho says she can’t wait to do this again, and is hoping to plan another mission trip in the near future!

 

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