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Nov
6

Foods to Eat When Recovering From Oral Surgery

Posted in Oral Surgery

After an oral surgery procedure like an extraction, wisdom tooth removal, or gum grafting, you’ll need to take it pretty easy for a few days when it comes to what you eat. Here are some great ideas for helping curb your hunger while also being gentle on your healing oral tissues:

Pudding or Yogurt

A classic “go to” food after dental surgeries, yogurt and pudding are easy to eat because they don’t require any chewing, and they’re smooth when you swallow them. The cool temperature can also help sore areas in your mouth feel better if they are still inflamed.

Soups

As long as they aren’t too hot, warm or room temperature soups like potato or chicken broth can be satisfying and be easy to eat as long as you’re not still numb.

Eggs

Soft and full of protein, eggs can help you feel fuller when you’re not up to eating much solid food. Scrambled eggs are quick and easy to make, and will help you feel satisfied more than a soup would.

Oatmeal or Grits

As you introduce a little more texture into your diet, warm cereals can help you test the waters when it comes to deciding if you can handle solid foods yet or not.

Canned Peaches

Softer than fresh fruits, canned peaches can be eaten even if you’re not comfortable with a lot of chewing. They’ll also help you make sure you reach your goal of total fruits that day.

Smoothies

Cool fruit smoothies are easy to make, can be packed with important vitamins and minerals, and make a great mean no matter what time of the day it is.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mac Worley, Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Mar
28

Osteoporosis and Dental Care

Posted in Oral Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with osteoporosis, your physician may have prescribed a bone building medication for you to take on a regular basis.  Some of these medications are taken by mouth, and others are taken by injection.  In either case, the medications are designed to increase your bone density and help reduce the risk of fractures in large bones.

If you are taking a bone building agent for osteoporosis, make sure to let your dentist know.  In some very rare cases, individuals who are taking these medications and then undergo a dental procedure have developed osteonecrosis of the jaw.  Osteonecrosis is a disease that can cause severe bone damage in the jaw.  Symptoms of osteonecrosis include pain or swelling in the jaw and gum line, loose teeth, and numbness or a feeling of heaviness in the jaw.

Letting your dentist know that you are taking these medications will help him decide upon a treatment that is best for you.  He may consult with your other physicians to develop a plan that will maximize your safety.  Most experts agree that you should continue to take your osteoporosis medications even if you have to have oral surgery.  The risks of developing osteonecrosis of the jaw are much, much lower than the sudden risk of a serious fracture if you stop taking your medications.

While you are taking your bone building medications, you should continue to see your dentist on a regular basis.  Working with the other members of your health care team, you and your dentist can help develop a plan of care so you will remain healthy and happy for many years.

Posted on behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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Feb
25

DDS or DMD?

You may be new to an area, or looking for a new dentist.  While looking, you may have noticed that there are two different credentials that many dentists have.  Some may be called ‘DDS’ while others are called ‘DMD’.  If you are interested in knowing this difference, reading this article could help straighten things out for you.

Both of these credentials indicate that the person you are interested in seeing attended an accredited dental school, with a curriculum that was approved by the American Dental Association.  After attending dental school, graduates are required to take and pass a national examination showing that they were qualified to practice dentistry in their local state or area.  They most also pass a state and regional clinical licensing exam to practice.

Most states also require continuing education for all dentists.  For a dentist to keep his or her license, they must attend a certain number of classes annually to make sure that they are aware of the latest techniques, skills, changes and requirements to practice safely.

Each dental school (regardless of type) requires a certain number of hours of dental education. Dental school is similar to medical school. Most applicants already hold a college undergraduate degree (usually a bachelor’s of science or similar degree) and then attend dental school.  If a dentist desires to specialize in prosthetics, orthodontics or oral surgery, additional training and time is required.

So, what is the difference?  Really, it is simply up to the school.  The degrees are the same, and the standards and examinations the same.  When looking for a qualified dentist, look for one who has a full license, and who fits your personality needs.

Posted on the behalf of Mountain View Oral Surgery and Dental Implants

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May
15

Dentures or Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dentures and dental implants are both alternatives for replacing missing teeth. Each has advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when choosing which is the best option for you.

Millions of Americans are missing one or more teeth.  In fact, a quarter of Americans over the age to 60 have no natural teeth left at all.  Dentures have traditionally been one of the most widely used options for replacing missing teeth, especially if the patient was missing all or most of their upper and lower teeth.

Partial dentures are removeable an use a wire to attach to neighboring teeth for support.  Full dentures rely on temporary adhesive to stay in place and are removed nightly for cleaning.  Dentures can be uncomfortable to wear and can move around which causes problems with eating and speaking.  They tend not to have a very natural appearance.

Dental implants are a more recently developed tooth replacement option in which a titanium device is implanted into the patient’s jawbone.  After the jawbone has healed around the implant, a prosthetic tooth similar to a porcelain crown is permanently attached to the implant.  Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or all of the patient’s teeth.

Dental implants are much more firmly attached than dentures.  Dental implants look and feel just like natural teeth.  In addition, bone stimulation from biting and chewing stops the bone loss in the jaw that is common with dentures.

However, some patients are not good candidates for dental implants.  The patient must have sufficient bone structure to support the implant.  In addition, dental implants have a higher initial cost than dentures.  However, they are a permanent, durable tooth replacement solution and over time may actually cost less than dentures.

May
9

Prompt Tooth Replacement Is Important For Oral Health

Posted in Dental Implants

Millions of Americans have one or more missing teeth.  In fact, according to the Center for Disease control, about 25 percent of Americans over the age of 60 have no natural teeth.  Tooth loss can occur due to an accident, tooth decay or gum disease.

No matter what the cause, replacing a missing tooth as soon as possible is important to maintain good oral health and to prevent future oral health problems.  Many people with one or more missing teeth are unaware of the damage they are causing by not having the missing teeth replaced.

Teeth depend on each other for support and stability.  When a tooth is lost, the remaining teeth will gradually shift position which leaves gaps between the other teeth.  These gaps are prone to trapping food and plaque which leads to tooth decay.  In addition, as the teeth shift they can cause bite problems.  Replacing the missing tooth promptly is important to stabilize your remaining teeth and prevent these problems from arising.

Once a tooth is lost, bone loss in the jaw begins. Chewing and other forces on the teeth stimulate the jaw bone and without this stimulation, the jaw bone will shrink. If too much bone is lost, placement of dental implants or fitting dentures can become problematic. Bone grafting may be needed to build up the jaw bone before dental implants can be placed.  Finally, replacing missing teeth can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile, boosting your self-confidence and self-esteem.

Dental implants are currently the treatment of choice for missing teeth.  Dental implants take the place of the missing natural tooth and stabilize the jaw bone and surrounding teeth.  Other alternatives include a fixed bridge and dentures.

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