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Why Denture Wearers are Turning to Dental Implants

For adults who do not have any natural teeth, dentures can provide some of the advantages of real teeth. However, when denture wearers are ready to enjoy all of the advantages of their real teeth, they often turn to dental implants for a longer-lasting and more satisfying solution.

Conventional dentures are built upon a foundation that is constantly changing: the gums. The unstable nature of the gums makes it just about impossible to stabilize an entire denture. Plus, the constant friction between the base of the denture and the surface of the gums can create chronic irritation that often results in painful sores.

Under the gums, the bone that is normally stimulated by the roots of the teeth begins to atrophy and deteriorate. This further changes the shape and size of the gums, contributing to an ongoing challenge to keep the denture in place.

The frustrating cycle of denture relines, denture adhesives, sore spots, and deteriorating bone structure motivates many denture wearers to put their teeth in the nightstand drawer and just walk away. Rather than choose between life without teeth and a life with poorly fitting teeth, lots of adults are turning to dental implants.

Implants are made to bypass the instability of the gum tissue and anchor directly into the underlying bone for a steadier foundation. But, there’s another bonus: the implants are also an effective means of stimulating the bone, keeping it from becoming atrophic and thin.

Dental implants can be used to connect an upper or lower denture. This sort of implant-retained denture is available as a removable or permanent option, and it can eliminate virtually all of the complications associated with traditional dentures. Denture adhesives and relines can be left behind, and it’s still possible to enjoy a strong smile that won’t leave you frustrated.

Contact the office of Dr. K. Ford Moore at 905-853-3727 today to learn more about enhancing the fit of your dentures with dental implants.

Wisdom Teeth Removal: Stop health problems before they start

Many patients are tempted to postpone wisdom teeth extraction if they’re not experiencing any problematic symptoms. This decision can ultimately have negative effects on oral health, however, as the wisdom teeth can cause numerous problems in the mouth.

As human jaws have become smaller and our diets less fibrous, the wisdom teeth have become somewhat superfluous. Not only are those third molars unnecessary, the jaw often does not have room to accommodate them.

Limited space in the jaw often results in the wisdom teeth failing to erupt completely. When wisdom teeth are impacted, it is more challenging to extract them. In fact, an oral surgeon often must be involved in a wisdom tooth extraction to remove excess bone before extracting the teeth.

When left in place, impacted wisdom teeth can cause a number of problems. It is very difficult to keep the area at the back of the mouth sufficiently clean when a patient has partially erupted wisdom teeth. As such, the wisdom teeth can become a haven for oral bacteria, increasing the risk of gum disease, infection and abscesses.

Impacted wisdom teeth may develop tumors or cysts. The wisdom teeth can also cause discomfort as they continue to attempt to erupt. Additionally, impacted wisdom teeth can knock the other teeth out of alignment, undoing years of orthodontic treatment.

To prevent these negative outcomes, many dentists and oral surgeons recommend that patients have their wisdom teeth removed by age 25, even if the wisdom teeth are not symptomatic. It is impossible to predict when a problem will develop with the wisdom teeth, but removing them offers some protection against those issues.

The wisdom tooth extraction procedure tends to be easier in patients under age 25 because the roots are shorter and not as deeply entrenched in the jaw. Younger patients also tend to recover more quickly from the procedure.

If you are an adult and have not yet had your wisdom teeth removed, consult with our oral surgeons at Ford Moore Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery to move forward with treatment planning.

Oral Surgeon Discusses Sleep Apnea and Health Risks

The laymen’s description for sleep apnea is a condition where the patient stops breathing during sleep for brief periods of time. There are multiple reasons this can occur, and there are many solutions; treatment is most often dictated by the severity of the problem. There are home remedies that may work, but if the condition persists an oral surgeon may be consulted to provide more permanent relief.

Adults who suffer from sleep apnea are more inclined to be overweight; use alcohol or sedatives before bed; or sleep on their backs. Another lifestyle habit that can contribute to sleep apnea is smoking. Many of these issues lead to health risks, but when you add night after night of interrupted or insufficient sleep, the odds increase for the occurrence of:

  • High blood pressure
  • Heart failure
  • Coronary artery disease
  • Stroke
  • Diabetes
  • Depression

With sleep apnea, the condition itself would lend to being a risk … not breathing sounds very serious. The patient can stop breathing up to 50 times or more in a one hour period. With obstructive sleep apnea, the likely cause is a blocked airway passage in the nose, mouth or throat.

Why does someone with this condition not struggle during the day as well? While awake, the tongue and throat muscles that can lead to sleep apnea are not relaxed. Laying down affects their position and can put pressure on the airway closing it.

For some, a specially designed mouth piece worn during the night might help. Or there are sleep systems that deliver air continuously through a mask that is worn that covers the nose and/or mouth. Known as CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure), this form of treatment is very effective in that the force of air works to keep passages open allowing for more even breathing.

For individuals who have lost weight and given up their evening cocktails; quit smoking; modified their sleeping position; and tried the air flow mask … if the problem persists, it may be time to consider other options.

Seeking a consultation with an oral surgeon may pinpoint areas that could help such as removing the soft tissue on the back of the throat and palate, modifying an overbite, or removing enlarged tonsils.

A good night of sleep is critical to maintaining good health, so resolving sleep apnea should be a high priority.

Tooth Extraction: What are my treatment options?

If you are facing an upcoming tooth extraction, then you’ve probably got a lot on your mind. Beyond the details of the actual extraction procedure, you’ll need to figure out how to move forward. Should you replace the missing tooth now, later, or never? What are your tooth replacement options?

For most patients, replacing a missing tooth is a necessity, and dental implants can provide the most satisfying and effective resolution. There are other alternatives for replacing extracted teeth, such as dentures, partials, and bridges, although implants continue to provide optimal esthetics and function.

The predictability and success of the dental implant can be largely attributed to its construction and design. The posts that support these prosthetic teeth are made from titanium and uniquely textured for biocompatibility. This means that, not only is the implant post inserted into the bone like a real tooth root, but it will not be rejected by the body, and it will eventually become integrated with the bone through a process called osseointegration.

With proper healing, the dental implant post becomes a permanent part of your body. Now, it can be capped with a beautiful dental crown and begin performing in the same capacity as your natural teeth.

Whenever possible, plans for your dental implant should be made prior to the extraction of the tooth. This enables your oral surgeon to perform your extraction in a manner that preserves the integrity of the surrounding bone and gum tissue. When necessary, the extraction site can be supplemented with additional bone in preparation for the implant.

You may choose to have your new tooth placed at the time of your scheduled extraction, or you may come to your decision years after the tooth has been removed. In either scenario, your dental implant experience can be catered to meet your current circumstances. There is a chance however, that by postponing your implants for too long, you’ll run the risk of encountering shifting teeth and bone shrinkage at the implant site.

After a tooth extraction, your options include a realistic and attractive replacement. Contact our oral surgery team today to find out more.

What is an Abscessed Wisdom Tooth?

Wisdom teeth are a throwback to our ancestors, who used them to chew food. Through time, our jaws have become smaller and more compact, and so wisdom teeth have become redundant in modern life. We still grow them, however, and for many people they are a nuisance.

Wisdom tooth impactions are a common dental complaint that occurs when the wisdom teeth have insufficient room to grow into the mouth properly. As a result, they might grow in crooked and impact and press against other teeth. This in turn can lead to teeth becoming damaged.

Some wisdom teeth do not fully erupt into the oral cavity, and often part of the surface of the wisdom tooth remains embedded under the gum tissue. When this happens, there are often small pockets formed between the gum tissue and the surface of the tooth that can harbor bacteria, which in turn can attack the wisdom teeth and so cause tooth decay. Also, because of their location in the mouth, wisdom teeth are harder to clean effectively, and so are more susceptible to decay.

As a result, cavities form in the wisdom tooth, allowing the bacteria to enter the internal structure of the tooth. Once inside, bacteria begins to attack and kill the pulp of the tooth, causing further bacteria to form, which can lead to infection of the tooth, and abscesses can form around the tooth as a result.

If the infection remains untended, then it can develop into a condition called pericoronitis; this condition is where the infection has spread to the gum tissue, causing the gums to become inflamed and sore. Bad breath and a bad taste in the mouth are common accompaniments to pericoronitis.

Infection can also spread to other parts of the face and body, too, including around the mouth, cheeks, jaw and face, leading to soreness and swelling across the infected side of the face.

Because of the way a wisdom tooth has grown into the mouth, an oral surgeon might have greater difficulty treating the problem of an abscessed wisdom tooth. The angle and location of the tooth might make it extremely difficult, or even impossible, to use conventional root canal treatment to treat the tooth and the infection, and so most will elect to remove the tooth altogether, before tackling any infection with antibiotics.

To find our more about wisdom teeth and potential issues that may arise, contact the office of Dr. K. Ford Moore at 905-853-3727 today.


Stop Jawbone Atrophy with Dental Implants

Jawbone atrophy describes the process whereby bone deteriorates in gum tissue due to tooth loss. The result is a shriveled appearance, and provides the potential for remaining teeth to drift. This process can be halted by placing dental implants where tooth loss has occurred.

When one or more teeth are either removed or lost due to trauma or disease, the missing tooth and its root create a cavity in the gum tissue. When this occurs, the surrounding bone deteriorates and gum tissue starts to shrink around the empty space.

A dental implant is designed to be placed in the cavity the root once occupied. The small implant is usually made from titanium, a metal with the unique properties that promote bone growth. Over time, the implant solidifies in place with the specific intent of offering support and strength to the tooth structure that will cover it.

The use of titanium for this purpose was discovered by a doctor in Sweden. While conducting research he placed a piece of titanium in the leg of a rabbit. When attempting to retrieve the titanium for his study, he found that bone had naturally grown around the implant, making removal virtually impossible.

A few more years of research led to the first experiment of using titanium as a dental implant. The recipient enjoyed a successful implant that was still intact and functional when he passed away some 40 years later.

This very first implant occurred in the 1960’s, but it wasn’t until years later that the practice of placing dental implants became an acceptable approach to tooth loss in the United States. This has now become a widely accepted and performed procedure.

Dental implants are often surgically placed by an oral surgeon. After several months of healing, final restorations in the form of a crown or an implant supported bridge are permanently cemented in place.

Once completed, the patient has halted jawbone atrophy; there is a tooth in place that matches the surrounding teeth allowing the patient to smile with confidence, eat any foods without restriction, and speak without fear of embarrassment.

The dental implant requires no special care … daily brushing and flossing coupled with visits to the dentist every six months for a cleaning and check-up will keep remaining biological teeth and dental implants healthy for a lifetime.


Will I need oral surgery before getting dentures?

You may think that getting dentures won’t involve a surgical procedure, but in some cases, an oral surgeon will need to be involved in order to prepare the mouth to be fitted with the dentures.

The oral surgeon may perform a relatively minor intervention in the category of pre-prosthetic surgery if it is necessary to reshape the jaw to accommodate the denture.

The denture, gum and jaw all must fit together properly to ensure patient comfort while wearing the denture. Pre-prosthetic surgery can help to improve that fit.

Pre-prosthetic surgery may be necessary in a variety of situations. For example, tooth extraction may leave behind an uneven bone ridge that needs to smoothed out prior before the patient can be fitted for dentures. Some patients have gum and bone contours that will not support a denture, and surgery can help to prepare the jaw to accommodate the appliance. Others may have too much bone in the jaw and need to have some of it removed.

Additionally, some patients may need to have teeth extracted surgically before getting dentures, especially if those teeth are impacted or if a simple extraction is not feasible.

The following procedures fall under the umbrella of pre-prosthetic surgery.

  • Surgical extraction of impacted teeth
  • Bone smoothing and recontouring
  • Elimination of excess bone
  • Bone ridge reduction
  • Removal of excess gum tissue/Reshaping of the gums

The practitioner who is fitting you for your dentures will tell you if surgery will be necessary. If you do need pre-prosthetic surgery, it can be completed on an outpatient basis. You can choose sedation for a more comfortable surgical experience.

Patients who need to undergo pre-prosthetic surgery before getting their dentures do not need to let the prospect of surgery cause anxiety for them. These procedures are routine, and your oral surgeon can discuss any concerns with you in advance of the procedure.

Ultimately, you want your dentures to fit well so that they’ll be as comfortable as possible. Pre-prosthetic surgery can help to achieve that goal. For additional information, contact the office of Dr. K. Ford Moore at 905-853-3727.


Tips for a Smooth Recovery after Wisdom Tooth Extraction

The most critical part of the recovery process following your wisdom teeth extraction actually takes place before the day of your surgery.

Even though it’s common for most patients to have the wisdom teeth removed, each surgery is unique. During your initial consultation, your oral surgeon and the dental team will explain the details of your condition, review the advantages and disadvantages of the surgery, and explain the post-operative instructions.

You will have an opportunity to absorb the specifics of the surgery and ask questions to ensure that you understand exactly what you should expect both during and after the procedure. The level of communication during your consultation is especially important since it may be difficult to impossible to do so immediately after your treatment.

Remember to ask for written or online post-operative instructions that you can review at home prior to your appointment. When you feel comfortable and relaxed, you’ll be able to use that information to ensure that you are well-prepared by stocking nutritious foods and beverages, obtaining ice packs or heating pads if necessary, and you may even need to recruit childcare assistance if you expect to be under the influence of prescription pain medications.

Once your surgery is complete, you may be under the influence of anesthesia, and unable to fully comprehend the information that is provided for you. That’s why it so important to be well-informed prior to the day of your appointment. It also helps to be accompanied by a responsible adult driver who can listen in on your surgeon’s instructions in order to assist you once you arrive at home.

Your post-operative instructions are designed to keep you comfortable and promote proper healing once you leave the dental office. Adhering to these instructions will help to minimize swelling and discomfort, control bleeding, and prevent any complications such as infection or dry socket.

For more detailed and customized information regarding the recovery period following the extraction of your wisdom teeth, contact Ford Moore Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for an appointment today.


Receding Gums: Are Dental Implants Still an Option?

Before an oral surgeon makes the decision to provide a patient with dental implants, there are certain factors they must take into consideration. Chief among these is the overall health and condition of the patient. In most cases, an oral surgeon will find a way to make the implant work for the patient. One of the factors that must often be addressed is the issue of receding gums.

Receding gums occur when whenever the gums pull away from the teeth. This can happen for any number of reasons but the most common reason is that patients sometimes brush too hard. While this condition may not sound very severe at first, it is actually one of the most difficult conditions to work around when a patient is in need of dental implants.

Your oral surgeon will examine receding gums closely to ensure that your dental implants will be fully supported. Another issue is the fact that if your gums have receded to a certain point, the implant will be partially visible through your gums, creating an unfavorable discolored appearance.

There are a few options available to patients with gum recession who are considering dental implants. Among these solutions is a procedure known as a gum graft. This treatment involves removing gum tissue from an area of the mouth, usually the roof of the mouth (palate). That bit of gum will then be attached to the area that is affected by the receding gums. This process not only prevents further gum recession, but it can also help support the dental implants.

Without procedures like a gum graft, your gums can continue to recede which, in turn, can often cause the bone of your jaw to recede as well. This can lead to a long term problem that can potentially cause numerous hassles in the future.

Of course, one particular option may not be the best fit for every patient. Given this, if you have receding gums and are considering dental implants, contact the office of Ford Moore Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery at 905-853-3727 to learn more about your options.


Wisdom Teeth Extraction: Maintain your smile and your quality of life

Although wisdom teeth once served a valuable purpose for the earliest humans, the third molars no longer have an important function and the modern jaw is rarely ever large enough to accommodate them.

Therefore, patients should consult with an oral surgeon to have their wisdom teeth removed before age 25. It is easier to remove the wisdom teeth when patients are younger because the roots are shorter and less solidified in the bone. Of course, patients of any age who still have their wisdom teeth may be advised to get them removed.

Having your wisdom teeth extracted will give you a number of benefits for years to come.

Did you realize that as the wisdom teeth continue to attempt to push through the gums, they can knock the other teeth out of alignment? This process can render years of orthodontic treatment useless and end up putting you back in braces.

Beyond ruining your smile’s aesthetics, impacted wisdom teeth can have other negative effects, too. Because they are located at the rear of the mouth, it’s especially difficult to keep impacted or partially erupted wisdom teeth clean.

The wisdom teeth can collect bacteria, which can then do major damage to the teeth and gums. Those bacteria can attack various structures in the mouth, including gums and bone, which can put the other teeth at risk.

The bacteria may even reach the inner core of the tooth, where they can create painful infections known as abscesses. The inner structures of the teeth have a direct connection to the bloodstream, so the bacteria can also spread throughout the body.

Tumors and cysts can also arise within impacted wisdom teeth, and these teeth can cause discomfort as they attempt to work their way into the rest of the smile.

Wisdom teeth can have serious and detrimental effects on your smile’s appearance and your oral health. To learn more about the advantages of having your wisdom teeth extracted, contact Ford Moore Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery for a consultation.