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Posts for: June, 2016

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
June 20, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: gum disease  

It’s bad enough the diseases caused by poor dental hygiene or lack of dental checkups could be leaving your teeth and gums more at risk. But current scientific research seems to indicate those same dental diseases may also cause you problems in other parts of your body.

The connection is especially pronounced with periodontal (gum) disease, a family of disorders that can eventually lead to tooth loss. Gum disease is caused by plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles that builds up on tooth surfaces due to a lack of daily brushing and flossing. Even skipping one day of hygiene increases the level of oral bacteria that cause these infections.

As it spreads, the infection causes the gum tissues to become inflamed and ulcerated. The gums weaken to the point where they easily bleed even when mildly brushed. This allows access for bacteria and other toxins to enter the bloodstream where they may eventually affect other organ systems. We’re now finding that conditions as varied as cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, diabetes or rheumatoid arthritis (which all share a common thread with inflammation) may be affected by gum disease — and vice-versa.

If you have any of these or similar conditions, it’s important for you to stay vigilant in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. It's necessary to brush and floss daily to remove plaque buildup as well as dental checkups at least twice a year. You should also keep a close eye out for early signs of gum disease, like bleeding, swollen or reddened gums. If so, call us for an appointment as soon as possible.

Keeping your teeth and gums disease-free and healthy could have a positive impact on your treatment for other health conditions. You’ll be doing your mouth and the rest of your health a favor.

If you would like more information on how periodontal (gum) disease affects the body, 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 “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
June 12, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Everyone has to face the music at some time — even John Lydon, former lead singer of The Sex Pistols, arguably England’s best known punk rock band. The 59-year old musician was once better known by his stage name, Johnny Rotten — a brash reference to the visibly degraded state of his teeth. But in the decades since his band broke up, Lydon’s lifelong deficiency in dental hygiene had begun to cause him serious problems.

In recent years, Lydon has had several dental surgeries — including one to resolve two serious abscesses in his mouth, which left him with stitches in his gums and a temporary speech impediment. Photos show that he also had missing teeth, which, sources say, he opted to replace with dental implants.

For Lydon (and many others in the same situation) that’s likely to be an excellent choice. Dental implants are the gold standard for tooth replacement today, for some very good reasons. The most natural-looking of all tooth replacements, implants also have a higher success rate than any other method: over 95 percent. They can be used to replace one tooth, several teeth, or an entire arch (top or bottom row) of teeth. And with only routine care, they can last for the rest of your life.

Like natural teeth, dental implants get support from the bone in your jaw. The implant itself — a screw-like titanium post — is inserted into the jaw in a minor surgical operation. The lifelike, visible part of the tooth — the crown — is attached to the implant by a sturdy connector called an abutment. In time, the titanium metal of the implant actually becomes fused with the living bone tissue. This not only provides a solid anchorage for the prosthetic, but it also prevents bone loss at the site of the missing tooth — which is something neither bridgework nor dentures can do.

It’s true that implants may have a higher initial cost than other tooth replacement methods; in the long run, however, they may prove more economical. Over time, the cost of repeated dental treatments and periodic replacement of shorter-lived tooth restorations (not to mention lost time and discomfort) can easily exceed the expense of implants.

That’s a lesson John Lydon has learned. “A lot of ill health came from neglecting my teeth,” he told a newspaper reporter. “I felt sick all the time, and I decided to do something about it… I’ve had all kinds of abscesses, jaw surgery. It costs money and is very painful. So Johnny says: ‘Get your brush!’”

We couldn’t agree more. But if brushing isn’t enough, it may be time to consider dental implants. If you would like more information about dental implants, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implants” and “Save a Tooth or Get an Implant?

By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
June 06, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canals  

When some patients have intense tooth pain, they think that the only course of relief is to have the tooth extracted. However, the better solution in most cases is root canal therapy. Dr. Curt Posey offers this important dental treatment at his Fresno, CA dentist office. Learn RootCanalhow a root canal by Dr. Posey can save your teeth and contribute to your overall dental health. 

Why Root Canals Are Important
While some patients opt for an extraction when there’s severe dental decay, whenever possible, the ideal solution is to have a root canal so that you can keep your original tooth. You want to keep your natural teeth for a number of reasons:

  • Your teeth help keep your bone tissue healthy.
  • There’s a reduced chance of infections below the gumline (bacteria can infect an open socket).
  • It’s easier to chew and bite.
  • Keeping your natural tooth prevents the other teeth in your mouth from moving around.
  • Having a tooth extracted will require you to get future dental work to replace the missing tooth (dentures, bridgework or dental implants).

The purpose of a root canal is to help you preserve your tooth and maintain good dental health. 

Getting a Root Canal
The first step of getting a root canal is an examination including X-rays. Your Fresno dentist will examine the “root” of the problem to determine how far the tooth decay has advanced. If it can be treated with root canal therapy, one to three visits will be scheduled to complete the process. The procedure includes removing the diseased tissue, disinfecting the interior chamber, filling the tooth with a protective material and then finally capping the tooth with a crown.

No Need for Anxiety
If dental anxiety is making you hesitant to visit the dentist’s office for a root canal, keep in mind that sedation dentistry is a treatment offered at Dr. Posey's office. Dr. Posey is qualified to administer a number of sedatives to patients for dental procedures, including IV sedation. Also called sleep dentistry or deep sedation, this allows you to sleep throughout the appointment with little to no memory of the procedure. 

Schedule a Root Canal Consultation
It’s important to see your Fresno, CA dentist to talk about root canal therapy at the first sign of troubling tooth pain. Call Dr. Posey at (559) 227-6755 to schedule a consultation.

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