Posts for: September, 2019
Boston Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara had a rough Stanley Cup final against the St. Louis Blues this past June. Not only did the Bruins ultimately lose the championship, but Chara took a deflected puck shot to the face in Game Four that broke his jaw.
With the NHL season now over, the 42-year-old Bruins captain continues to mend from his injury that required extensive treatment. His experience highlights how jaw fractures and related dental damage are an unfortunate hazard in hockey—not only for pros like Chara, but also for an estimated half million U.S. amateurs, many in youth leagues.
Ice hockey isn't the only sport with this injury potential: Basketball, football (now gearing up with summer training) and even baseball players are also at risk. That's why appropriate protective gear like helmets and face shields are key to preventing injury.
For any contact sport, that protection should also include a mouthguard to absorb hard contact forces that could damage the mouth, teeth and gums. The best guards (and the most comfortable fit) are custom-made by a dentist based on impressions made of the individual's mouth.
But even with adequate protection, an injury can still happen. Here's what you should do if your child has an injury to their jaw, mouth or teeth.
Recognize signs of a broken jaw. A broken jaw can result in severe pain, swelling, difficulty speaking, numbness in the chin or lower lip or the teeth not seeming to fit together properly. You may also notice bleeding in the mouth, as well as bruising under the tongue or a cut in the ear canal resulting from jawbone movement during the fracture. Get immediate medical attention if you notice any of these signs.
Take quick action for a knocked-out tooth. A tooth knocked completely out of its socket is a severe dental injury. But you may be able to ultimately save the tooth by promptly taking the following steps: (1) find the tooth and pick it up without touching the root end, (2) rinse it off, (3) place it back in its socket with firm pressure, and (4) see a dentist as soon as possible.
Seek dental care. Besides the injuries already mentioned, you should also see a dentist for any moderate to severe trauma to the mouth, teeth and gums. Leading the list: any injury that results in tooth chipping, looseness or movement out of alignment.
Even a top athlete like Zdeno Chara isn't immune to injury. Take steps then to protect your amateur athlete from a dental or facial injury.
If you would like more information about dealing with sports-related dental injuries, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”
Periodontal (gum) disease often doesn't get the attention it deserves. In fact, some people simply consider it a minor dental problem. In reality, this disease can have a devastating effect on your gums, teeth, and bones, as well as your overall health. Fortunately, you can decrease your risk of developing advanced periodontal diseases by familiarizing yourself with its common symptoms. Here at Dental Implant and Laser Surgical Specialists in Orange, CA, your periodontist, Dr. Ramyar Elyassian, offers the care you need to recover from gum disease—read on to learn more.
Do you have any of these symptoms?
Gingivitis, the first phase of periodontal disease, can cause symptoms that initially seem fairly mild. You may notice that your breath never seems fresh or that your gums bleed a little when you brush and floss. Your gums may also start to recede at this stage.
Fortunately, at this point, it's often possible to reverse periodontal disease with a dental cleaning from your Orange, CA, periodontist and better oral hygiene. Flossing daily and brushing twice a day for at least two minutes will help keep your mouth clean and free of plaque.
If the disease progresses, you may notice one or more of these signs or symptoms:
- Sensitivity: Your sensitive tooth roots are exposed when your gums recede. Eating or drinking hot, cold or sugary beverages and foods can trigger pain.
- Noticeable Gum Changes: Your gums may be red, swollen, and tender if you have gum disease. As the disease worsens, your gums will recede even more.
- Pain: Inflamed gums can be very painful—pressing on them, or even chewing, can increase the pain.
- Pockets: Eventually, deep spaces called pockets may form around your teeth if you have periodontal disease. These pockets often contain pus and bacteria, making it increasingly difficult to eat.
- Loose Teeth: Your teeth are held in place by bone, ligaments, and gum tissue. Unfortunately, the bacteria in your pockets can attack and damage all of these structures, causing your teeth to loosen and fall out.
Need treatment? Give us a call
Prompt treatment can help you avoid the unpleasant consequences of periodontal disease. Call your Orange, CA, periodontist, Dr. Ramyar Elyassian of Dental Implant and Laser Surgical Specialists, at (714) 730-3746 to schedule an appointment.
Have you lost your teeth? Implant dentures can transform your smile and your life. An implant-supported denture is attached to implants. Implant dentures can be used if you don't have any teeth in your jaw, but have enough bone to support implants. Led by Dr. Ramyar Elyassian, Dental Implant and Laser Surgical Specialists (located in Tustin, CA, and serving the Orange County, Tustin, Santa Ana, and Irvine, CA, area) offers implant dentures to their patients. Here are 5 benefits of implant dentures.
1. Enhance Your Smile: Missing teeth can ruin a nice smile and make you look old before your time.You don't have to go through life with an incomplete smile. Implant dentures can make your smile whole again. Implant dentures can replace your missing teeth, improve your appearance, and make you look years younger. They can also improve your self-esteem and give you the confidence you need to put your best foot forward.
2. Prevent Jawbone Loss: Implant dentures help to prevent jawbone loss. Jawbone deterioration is the loss of bone in the jaw. The most common cause of jawbone loss is tooth loss left unreplaced. A healthy jawbone is preserved through the pressure and stimulus of chewing. Implant dentures are the only type of dentures that stop jawbone loss and stimulate jawbone growth.
3. Improve Chewing Ability: Implant-supported dentures can immediately improve your oral function. The absence of teeth can affect your ability to chew food. Implant-supported dentures will allow you to eat anything you want, whenever you want. Implant-supported dentures do not slip or shift out of place. With implant dentures in place, you will be able to eat in comfort and with confidence.
4. Improve Your Speech: If you have missing teeth, you may find yourself mumbling and slurring words. Traditional dentures can also slip and slide around in the mouth, causing people to mumble and slur words. Implant-supported dentures can improve your clarity of speech. With implant-supported dentures, the shape and function of the jaw are restored, improving speech.
5. Reliability and Durablity: Implant-supported dentures are strong, durable, long-lasting dental appliances. Implant-supported dentures will last many years if you take good care of them. With proper care and normal use, your implant-supported dentures can last as long 10 years or more. After this amount of time, your implant denture may require repair or replacement.
Have an attractive smile. Boost your self-confidence and self-esteem. Gain a better quality of life. Implant dentures will do you and your smile a world of good. Don't delay- call Dental Implant and Laser Surgical Specialists at (714) 730-3746 right now to schedule a dental consultation in Tustin, CA. We want you to live an extraordinary life!
Although periodontal (gum) disease starts with the gums, the teeth may ultimately suffer. An infection can damage the gum attachment and supporting bone to the point that an affected tooth could be lost.
The main cause for gum disease is dental plaque, a bacterial biofilm that accumulates on teeth due to ineffective oral hygiene. But there can be other contributing factors that make you more susceptible to an infection. Smoking tobacco is one of the most harmful as more than half of smokers develop gum disease at some point in their life. If you’re a heavy smoker, you have double the risk of gum disease than a non-smoker.
There are several reasons why smoking increases the risk of gum disease. For one, smoking reduces the body’s production of antibodies. This diminishes the body’s ability to fight oral infections and aid healing. As a smoker, your body can’t respond adequately enough to the rapid spread of a gum infection.
Another reason for the increased risk with smoking are the chemicals in tobacco that damage the connectivity of gum tissues to teeth that keep them anchored in place. The heavier the smoking habit, the worse this particular damage is to the gums. This can accelerate the disease and make it more likely you’ll lose affected teeth.
Smoking can also interfere with getting a prompt diagnosis of gum disease because the nicotine in tobacco reduces the blood supply to the gums. Usually a person with an infection may first notice their gums are reddened or swollen, and bleed easily. Smoking, however, can give a false impression of health because it prevents the infected gum tissues from becoming swollen and are less likely to bleed. As a result, you may learn you have the disease much later rather than sooner, allowing the infection to inflict more damage.
There are ways to reduce your disease risk if you smoke. The top way: Kick the smoking habit. With time, the effects of smoking on your mouth and body will diminish, and you’ll be better able to fight infection.
You should also practice daily brushing and flossing to keep plaque at bay, followed by regular dental cleanings to remove hard to reach plaque and calculus (tartar) deposits. You should also see your dentist at the first sign of trouble with your gums.
If you would like more information on the prevention and treatment of gum disease, 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 “Smoking and Gum Disease.”
Millions of microorganisms call your mouth home—and while most are friendly, some are not. An invasive procedure like implant surgery can disrupt the mouth's soft tissues and allow disease-causing bacteria to enter the bloodstream.
This isn't necessarily a major concern if your immune system is sound—your body will move quickly to quash any developing infection. But if your body's defense is weak or compromised by other health conditions, an ensuing infection could cause you problems. In the case of a dental implant, a localized infection around it could lead to its failure.
The bone normally grows and adheres to the surface of an implant soon after it's placed, giving it the added strength and durability for which implants are best known. A bacterial infection, though, could impede bone integration and weaken the implant's hold within the jaw.
One way to avoid this is by treating patients at high risk for infection with an antibiotic before the procedure. In one recent study, researchers concluded that patients receiving a 2-gram dose of amoxicillin an hour before implant surgery helped reduce the risk of future implant failure.
But before taking this route, the dentist must first decide whether antibiotic pre-treatment might be more detrimental than beneficial to an individual patient. Antibiotics can cause side effects in certain people ranging from diarrhea to allergic reactions. Healthcare providers must also be prudent with administering antibiotics for the good of society in general—overuse can potentially give rise to antibiotic-resistant bacteria.
A number of healthcare associations highly recommend antibiotic pre-treatment for any dental patient with prosthetic heart valves, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant and similar heart conditions. They also recognize patients with conditions like prosthetic joints, weakened immune systems, diabetics or other serious health problems could also benefit from antibiotic pre-treatment, but leave it to the physician's discretion on whether or not it's appropriate for an individual patient.
If you're planning to undergo implant surgery or a similar procedure and are concerned about infection, speak with your dentist about whether you would qualify and benefit from antibiotic pre-treatment. If appropriate, taking an antibiotic beforehand could minimize your infection risk.
If you would like more information on pre-surgical antibiotic 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 “Implants & Antibiotics: Lowering Risk of Implant Failure.”