Periodontal disease, also called gum disease, affects roughly 47% of Americans, the equivalent of 67 million people. With gum disease being the leading cause of tooth loss, it’s crucial that during National Gum Health Month we do our part to improve those numbers. On average, a person between the ages of 20-39 is missing at least 1 tooth and a total of 8 by their 60s. Fortunately, proper dental care and the help of dental implants can significantly reduce your risk of developing harmful periodontal disease. 

You may be wondering “how do dental implants improve my gum health?” and you’re not alone.

Getting dental implants can be a great way of protecting your jaw. When you lose a tooth, you can also lose the integrity of your jaw bone due to deterioration. Getting dental implants helps to stop that process.

The problem is, not everyone takes care of their dental implants as they should. This can cause many of the same issues that your original teeth had, including gum disease.

You need to make sure you are properly caring for your implants so that your teeth stay where they are supposed to.

Signs That Your Gum Health is Suffering 

Gum disease presents itself in varying degrees of severity. Gingivitis is a mild form of gum disease and periodontitis is a more advanced form. Some of the most common signs of gum disease include:

Dental Implant Health - Benefits and Proper Care 

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they function just like regular teeth. You can speak with them in, chew your favorite foods, and smile without the world being any wiser about what is in your mouth. Thankfully, this also means that you can brush them just like your original teeth. In fact, you need to.

While implants cannot decay, they can break down and become brittle. Plus, they sit on your gums, so if you don't care for them properly, you can suffer from gum disease. This can cause you to lose your implants if you aren't careful.

You should brush your implants at least two times per day, just like you should your original teeth. If you have individual teeth put into your mouth, then you need to floss between them, just as you do your other teeth. If you have full arches, then you need to make sure you are cleaning up around your gums really well. You don't want bacteria growing around your implants, as that can be painful and cause lots of trouble such as gum disease.

Observe National Gum Health Month with Reno-Tahoe Oral Surgery  

Contact our oral surgery office this National Gum Health Month about what other things you can do to improve your dental implant health to ensure they last the rest of your life.  

Please call us today at (775) 853-9696 or click on the button below to schedule an appointment.

We look forward to seeing you smile!

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Ringing in the ears is a condition called tinnitus. It is a problem that many people suffer from. Some people accept the ringing and don't do anything about it.

Others are so distracted by the ringing, that they need to figure out what to do it. Whole their first trip may involve a hearing specialist, there is another type of doctor that they should consider. Our oral surgeons can often help resolve the issue of ringing in the ears better than anyone else.

Causes Of Tinnitus

There are many things that can lead to the ringing in the ears known as tinnitus. Exposure to loud noise or high-pitched noise is one of the things that can lead to issues with this. Traumatic injury is another. There are some dental procedures that can cause ringing in the ear. There are also some conditions that the oral surgeon can help with to relieve the ringing in the ears.

TMJ, Bruxism And Abscesses

It is possible that if you have an abscess in your tooth, it can lead to ringing in the ears. The infection can create pain and can impact the jaw and the connections between the skull, the jaw and the ear. This disturbance can turn into the ringing. Another similar possibility is an impacted wisdom tooth. This can cause problems similar to an abscess.

Bruxism or teeth grinding can also affect the connections between the jaw, skull and ear. In the same way as an abscess, the disruption can lead to ringing in the ears. TMJ disorders occur when the joint and muscles connecting the jaw to the skull malfunction. They may lock in place, they may cause clicking sounds and they create problems chewing and talking. On top of all that, they can make the ears start to ring.

The problems of an abscess, bruxism and TMJ are all treatable. There are different ways to resolve the problem. For most people fixing the cause takes care of the ringing.

Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment with one of our dental professionals.

Oral surgery is not an uncommon practice in dentistry. We often see patients for everything from wisdom tooth removal, dental implants and even bone grafting, and as with any surgery, there is after care that you as a patient need to be aware of once you're back at home and recovering.

Now That You're Home, Here Is What You Need To Know

Our office will send you home with instructions for pain management following the procedure. While extreme pain is rare, you may be sensitive for a couple of days.

It is likely that you may experience a different sensation in the treated area, but you should call us immediately if you experience any severe symptom like pain or pressure lasting more than a few days, visible swelling or any possible allergic reaction to medication. After your sensation returns, if your bite feels uneven, call us right away.

The first 24-48 hours, you may notice lots of bleeding and some discomfort. It's important during this time to keep clean gauze in your mouth to absorb the blood and take it easy. Stay on your couch or in bed for a day or two. Be gentle getting up out of bed, and although it's not required, a liquid or soft diet is recommended.

Changing your diet to soft, healthy foods will help your mouth heal quickly and correctly. Avoid any hard foods, nuts, popcorn, overly spicy food, chips and acidic foods. You should also avoid drinking through a straw for several days after oral surgery as this can cause excessive bleeding and complications.

Depending on the type of surgery you have done, recovery times can vary greatly, however, after 48 hours if you're still experiencing a lot of bleeding, you should call our office right away. We're happy to discuss your concerns and help you through the healing process.

Approximately one out of 800 children born in the United States each year is born with either a cleft lip or a cleft palate. While rarely is it a serious medical condition, a cleft palate should be fixed by a team that includes an oral surgeon. The question is, what age is the best age for the surgery?

The age will vary by child and also the severity of the cleft, so it is best to talk to us so that we can decide together what will be best for your child.

Cleft Palate

In most cases, a child with a cleft palate should have the surgery between the ages of six months and a year and a half. It makes sense to take care of it at this early of an age, because then the child's mouth and lip will be able to develop normally.

Cleft Lip

A cleft lip is usually not quite as severe as a cleft palate, but it should also have surgery in order to repair it. A cleft lip can usually be repaired at a younger age. The optimal age for the cleft lip surgery is often ten to 12 weeks old.

If a child has a cleft lip or cleft palate, it is usually not recommended that the surgery be put off much longer than that. By the time a child reaches the age of three, speech is developing. A cleft palate can affect speech.

A cleft lip or palate is not something that you will want to wait to treat. The first step is to make an appointment with us, so that we can see what is going on. We will then talk you through the process and help you to make the best decisions for your child.

When a part of your body is in pain, you typically want two things. You want to know what is causing the pain and what you can do to end it. The answer to these questions depends on a few things

Where the pain is, that type of pain and how severe the pain is are some of the things that can help. If the pain is in your jaw, the dental professionals at our offices can help. These are the ways they can do that.

Causes Of Jaw Pain

The causes of jaw pain can range from minor problems to serious health issues. Some people suffer from jaw pain as the result of a trauma. Jaw pain is also a symptom of a heart attack. In these cases, getting immediate medical help is often important.

Two of the more common causes of jaw pain include a toothache and Temporomandibular Joint Disorder. These are two problems that affect your oral health and that our office can treat. A toothache is the sign of a cavity or something worse where the pain radiates down to the jaw. TMJ is a disorder that affects the joint where the jaw is attached to the skull.

Treating Jaw Pain

If the cause of the jaw pain is a toothache, treating the toothache could require a filling or some other procedure. Once the cause of the toothache is taken care of, the jaw pain should go away. Jaw pain from TMJ is more difficult to treat. TMJ is often the result of teeth grinding. A mouthguard could help resolve that issue. There are other causes and treatments for TNMJ, but it is possible to treat and to relieve the jaw pain.

The key is not to ignore pain in the jaw. Pain is a sign that something is wrong, and it is best to find out the cause, so you can treat it. Call our office to schedule your next appointment with our dental professionals.

Sedation is associated with nearly every single type of medical or dental procedure that you can possibly imagine. From minor to major surgery to childbirth, these types of sedatives are used to provide comfort and pain relief for all sorts of situations. It is also normal that a patient has questions about the details of the process as well, as it is not every day that they are undergoing sedation. Things like wondering how long they will be under and how they will feel when they come out of it, as well as when they can resume normal activities such as driving a car are all common questions that might get asked. But to give our readers a better idea of what is entailed when they are going to be receiving IV sedation, we wanted to take a few moments to offer a little bit of information.

There Are Different Levels

Depending on the length and seriousness of the procedure, anything from a mild sedative which simply dulls the pain all the way up to general anesthesia which puts you completely to sleep may be necessary for your particular case.

Our Dental Professionals Will Discuss Your Options

To make absolutely sure that our patients understand the entire process from start to finish, as well as what kind of sedation is being used and why, our oral health experts will go over each aspect with you and explain everything that is required. This gives you the perfect opportunity to ask any other questions that you might have.

If you would like to know even more details about our clinic's particular sedation process, then please get in touch with our office at your next convenience. We would be happy to discuss it with you further.

Gum grafting is a simple procedure that involves removing tissue from a healthy area of your gums or the roof of your mouth and attaching it to the part of the gums that has been infected or damaged. Gum grafts are usually used to treat gum disease and gum recession.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is very common. It is caused by poor oral hygiene that leads to plaque buildup, and if left untreated, gum disease can have serious consequences for your oral and overall health. Gum grafts can be used to treat gum disease by repairing the areas of gum tissue that have become infected or inflamed.

Gum Recession

Gum grafts are also used to treat gums that have receded. Gum recession is gradual, and can be caused by poor oral hygiene, gum disease, harsh brushing, teeth grinding, genetics, or even hormone changes. Smokers and people with diabetes have a higher risk of both gum recession and gum disease.

Receding gums are harmful because they leave the sensitive roots of your teeth exposed. Exposed tooth roots are highly vulnerable to infection, decay, damage like abrasion, and heightened sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. Gum recession also affects the appearance of your smile. Undergoing a gum graft for gum recession can improve the look of your smile, prevent further recession and bone loss, and protect your tooth roots from decay and sensitivity.

Types Of Gum Grafts

There are three different types of gum grafts. The most common is a connective tissue graft, which involves cutting a flap of tissue from your palate that is used to cover exposed tooth roots. Another type of graft is a free gingival graft, which involves taking tissue from the roof of your mouth and using it to build up gums that are very thin. Finally, pedicle grafts are used when you have enough healthy gum tissue in different areas to cut flaps that are then stitched onto the damaged or receded gum tissue. Contact our office to learn if gum graft surgery is right for you.

Anytime you are having oral surgery, and you should ask as many questions as you can think about when you come in for your consultation. During this appointment, we will go over your case, and you will probably get a set of x-rays, so our surgeon can evaluate your condition. We will go over our findings and explain why there is a need for surgery.

Ask As Questions Before Oral Surgery

Asking questions will put you at ease regarding the procedure. People get anxious when they hear they need surgery and want to know why they need the procedure and how long the recovery will be. Here are some questions you may not think about to ask our oral surgeon.

•  How many years of experience does our surgeon have?
•  Is he or her a board certified, maxillofacial surgeon?
•  What is the success rate of our surgeon?
•  Is our surgeon certified in anesthesiology?
•  Does our surgeon perform surgeries at the hospital and are they in good standing with that facility?
•  Will you be performing the surgery?
•  Does our surgeon call me after the surgery to see how I'm feeling?
•  Will I get the surgeon's personal cell phone, so I can contact him or her with any concern?
•  What is the surgeon's resuscitation protocol in case of an emergency during surgery?
•  How long will my recovery take and what can I expect?
•  Can you explain why I need this surgery and how I will benefit from it?

These are all critical questions, and some are related to our office's track record. If you want additional information or testimonials from staff or patients who have used our services, please don't hesitate to ask.

We are happy to answer any concerns, so you feel completely at ease during your oral surgery. If you go home and think of other questions, make sure you call us or stop by before your procedure.

As they say, accidents happen. However, that does not mean an accident should put a stopper on living life to the fullest. That is where we can help. We can provide reconstructive oral surgery that will improve your dental function, your overall appearance, and your outlook on life.

Using Reconstructive Oral Surgery After An Accident

Whether you suffered injuries in a car accident or experienced a sports-related mishap, you can get the help you need to restore your smile after these kinds of events. If you have had a serious facial trauma, you may need an extensive dental restoration, also known as a full mouth reconstruction or full mouth rehab. While some patients experience missing teeth, others may have damaged their jaws and therefore require one of various dental treatments. If a patient needs a full mouth reconstruction, he or she may have one or more of the following conditions: injured or fractured teeth, missing teeth, worn-down teeth, severe dental decay, damage to the soft tissue or bones, or oral skeletal injuries.

What Is Involved In A Full Mouth Reconstruction?

A full mouth reconstruction is frequently recommended for accident victims as well as for people who have receding gums or suffer from recurring headaches. In either case, you can use this type of oral restoration to improve your dental function and enhance your dental profile and appearance. The first step in the process is scheduling an evaluation of the gums and teeth. This will help us to determine what procedures we need to undertake to get the desired outcome. Dental implants and the addition of fixed bridges, crowns, or porcelain veneers are usually part of the dental rehab process. We will also check your bite alignment to make sure you do not have temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ.

Give us a call today if you would like to know more about a full mouth reconstruction, whether it is an after-accident dental restoration or you wish to restore a smile that has been affected by neglect or an advanced form of gum disease. We can help you regain your self-confidence and enjoy better dental health. Contact us to schedule an appointment and consultation.

If your bottom jaw sticks out, be sure that you are not alone. You are among the 3-5% population of those suffering from this orthodontic condition. This disorder is also known as maxillary prognathism or Class III Malocclusion. It can be a sign of an underlying medical condition that could require treatment. Some cases may be severe, causing your lower teeth and chin to protrude forward, while others can be milder or go unnoticeable. 

Why Your Bottom Jaw Sticks Out

There are many reasons why you may have maxillary prognathism. One of these reasons is genetic inheritance rather than an underlying health condition. Other common causes could be acromegaly, basal cell nevus syndrome, or acrodysostosis. With acromegaly, the jaw sticks out when your body releases excess growth hormones. As a result, your tissues enlarge, including the lower jaw. Basal cell nevus syndrome, however, leads to abnormal facial characteristics such as lower jaw protrusion even though it is a rare inherited dental health condition. It is a similar case with acrodysostosis, whereby your bone's growth and development are affected. This rare congenital condition causes a small upper jaw, making the lower jaw to appear abnormally larger.

How To Treat A Protruding Jaw

You can have your protruding jaw corrected by visiting our reputable orthodontists. The orthodontists will do a thorough examination of your lower jaw and mouth to come up with a proper diagnosis. After a successful diagnosis, you will get a recommendation for the best dental treatment available. Most likely, the orthodontist will use braces to adjust your lower jaw and correct the misaligned teeth. Another option will entail doing orthognathic surgery to fix the problem. It is important that you visit or call us for further consultation if you are concerned about your lower jaw protrusion.

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