Posts for: July, 2017
What your periodontist in Orange County, California wants you to know
In the early days of dentistry, oral surgery was performed by barbers! Imagine getting a shave, haircut, and a tooth pulled, all at the same time! Well, oral surgery has improved dramatically since then. Now, thanks to modern techniques and tools, Dr. Ramyar Elyassian at Dental Implant & Laser Surgical Specialists in Tustin, California wants to share some of the reasons why you might need oral surgery. He proudly serves the residents of Tustin and Orange County and he can help you with your oral surgery needs.
Some of the more common oral surgery procedures include:
Tooth removal; you may have wisdom teeth that are crowding other teeth. You may also need teeth removed because you are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Sometimes teeth need to be removed because they are too decayed or diseased to be treated with a filling or root canal.
The most common reason your periodontist will recommend tooth removal is if a tooth has lost too much bone support due to periodontal disease. These teeth are usually mobile and not helping your chewing ability. They can also affect the adjacent teeth, through the spread of harmful bacteria from periodontal disease.
Placement of dental implants; you may have missing teeth that you want replaced. Your periodontist will place a dental implant during a simple in-office procedure. Over time, the bone will grow around the implant and firmly secure it in place. A dental implant crown is then placed over the implant, and your implant looks just like a natural tooth.
Gum recontouring and reshaping; you may have a “gummy” smile which is hiding your teeth. Gum recontouring removes excess tissue and reshapes the normal contours of your gums, enhancing the beauty of your smile. Dental lasers are commonly used to recontour soft tissue, causing less discomfort and less downtime.
Dr. Elyassian uses state-of-the-art dental technologies including dental lasers, digital x-rays, CT guided implants, and sedation to make sure your appointment is comfortable and relaxing.
If you think you might need oral surgery, implant or periodontal services look no further than Dental Implant & Laser Surgical Specialists. For more information about these services call Dr. Ramyar Elyassian at Dental Implant & Laser Surgical Specialists in Tustin, California, serving Tustin and Orange County.
When you’re among the top players in your field, you need every advantage to help you stay competitive: Not just the best equipment, but anything else that relieves pain and stress, and allows you to play better. For top-seeded Canadian tennis player Milos Raonic, that extra help came in a somewhat unexpected form: a custom made mouthguard that he wears on the court and off. “[It helps] to not grind my teeth while I play,” said the 25-year-old up-and-coming ace. “It just causes stress and headaches sometimes.”
Mouthguards are often worn by athletes engaged in sports that carry the risk of dental injury — such as basketball, football, hockey, and some two dozen others; wearing one is a great way to keep your teeth from being seriously injured. But Raonic’s mouthguard isn’t primarily for safety; it’s actually designed to help him solve the problem of teeth grinding, or bruxism. This habitual behavior causes him to unconsciously tense up his jaw, potentially leading to problems with muscles and teeth.
Bruxism is a common issue that’s often caused or aggravated by stress. You don’t have to be a world-class athlete to suffer from this condition: Everyday anxieties can have the same effect. The behavior is often worsened when you consume stimulating substances, such as alcohol, tobacco, caffeine, and other drugs.
While bruxism affects thousands of people, some don’t even suspect they have it. That’s because it may occur at any time — even while you’re asleep! The powerful jaw muscles that clench and grind teeth together can wear down tooth enamel, and damage both natural teeth and dental work. They can even cause loose teeth! What’s more, a clenching and grinding habit can result in pain, headaches and muscle soreness… which can really put you off your game.
There are several ways to relieve the problem of bruxism. Stress reduction is one approach that works in some cases. When it’s not enough, a custom made occlusal guard (also called a night guard or mouthguard) provided by our office can make a big difference. “When I don’t sleep with it for a night,” Raonic said “I can feel my jaw muscles just tense up the next day. I don’t sense myself grinding but I can sort of feel that difference the next day.”
Â An occlusal guard is made from an exact model of your own mouth. It helps to keep your teeth in better alignment and prevent them from coming into contact, so they can’t damage each other. It also protects your jaw joints from being stressed by excessive force. Plus, it’s secure and comfortable to wear. “I wear it all the time other than when I’m eating, so I got used to it pretty quickly,” said Raonic.
Teeth grinding can be a big problem — whether you put on your game face on the court… or at home. If you would like more information about bruxism, contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”
X-rays are such a routine part of dental care that it's easy to overlook how much this technology has revolutionized detecting and treating tooth decay. It's safe to say x-rays have helped save hundreds of millions of teeth over the last hundred years.
Thanks to its unique properties these invisible electro-magnetic waves give us precise images of the interior structure of teeth and gums. It's so precise that we can clearly detect even a small spot of softened, decayed tooth structure on an exposed x-ray film, often before it becomes visible to the naked eye. As a result, we can begin treating the decay earlier, minimizing the damage and increasing the chances for preserving the tooth.
There are a variety of ways we can utilize x-ray technology in diagnosing dental problems. The one, though, that's used the most is called the bitewing. The name comes from wing-like tabs extending out from a thin frame holding a segment of unexposed film. A technician places the frame inside the patient's mouth with the film on the tongue side of the teeth, and has them bite down on the tabs to hold the frame still. They then aim a camera at the patient's outer cheek, which then emits a very short burst of x-ray energy to expose the film.
Bitewings are popular because they give a full view of the back and side teeth, where decay is often hard to detect, with very little radiation exposure to the patient. And as x-ray technology has progressed over the years with digital processing and more efficient equipment, we can acquire sharper images with even less exposure. We've also developed standard protocols for when and how often we perform x-rays, so that we're getting the most diagnostic benefit for the least amount of exposure time.
Those few minutes getting an x-ray may seem routine, but the benefits to your dental health are truly amazing. The bitewing and other forms of x-rays play a huge role in helping us keep your teeth as healthy as they possibly can.
If you would like more information on x-ray diagnostics, 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 “Bitewing X-Rays.”