Archive for March, 2014

Oral Surgery in Catonsville

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Your third molars, better known as your wisdom teeth, typically grow in between the ages of 18 and 20 years. Since that is considered to be the age when people become wiser, third molars gained the nickname, “wisdom teeth.” Unfortunately, wisdom teeth do not always grow in properly.pain

  1. Impacted Wisdom Teeth: When wisdom teeth are prevented from erupting into the mouth properly, they are referred to as impacted. And because impacted wisdom teeth can cause problems – such as infection and decay of adjacent teeth, gum disease, cysts and tumors – many dentists will recommend oral surgery to extract the impacted wisdom teeth. Third molar impaction is the most prevalent medical developmental disorder.
  2. Erupted Wisdom Teeth: Sometimes, even erupted wisdom teeth can be a problem. The dentist may recommend this if the tooth is non-functional, interfering with the bite, badly decayed, involved with or at risk for periodontal disease, or interfering with restoration of an adjacent tooth.

Many oral health specialists will recommend removal of the wisdom teeth, as early removal will help to eliminate problems, such as an impacted tooth that destroys the second molar. Wisdom tooth extraction involves accessing the tooth through the soft and hard tissue, gently detaching the connective tissue between the tooth and the bone and removing the tooth.

Oral Surgery & Wisdom Teeth Extractions in Catonsville, Maryland

At Affinity Dental Associates, our oral surgeons place implants, extract teeth, reconstruct faces during orthognathic surgery, biopsy and excise oral lesions, perform apicoectomies and retrograde fillings, using IV-sedation and/or local anesthesia.

If you have any questions about Wisdom Teeth and Oral Surgery, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

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What Should I Know About Dentures?

Friday, March 21st, 2014

 

One in five adults – including half of the baby boomer generation – has at least one denture. With people living longer than they did a century ago, more is being asked of our natural teeth and that in turn can result in natural degeneration. We also have absorbed more sugar into our diets, leading to greater tooth decay as we age. Fortunately, dentures exist as a solution to tooth decay or loss.

Hand holding a set of dentures

Because nothing will ever be as good as your natural teeth, visit your dental professional regularly for professional cleanings and caretaking to keep your teeth in the best shape as possible. Brushing, flossing, regular checkups, and a healthy diet can go a long way in preserving your teeth.

However, should your teeth need some help for everyday tasks such as talking and chewing, rest assured that there are some solutions available to maximize your dental health. There are three types of dentures: complete dentures, partial dentures, and dental implants. Depending on the severity of tooth decay or loss will determine what best fits your needs.

Complete dentures: If you no longer have any viable teeth, your dentist may recommend a complete set of dentures. Dentures are removable replacements that are fitted to your gums for the best fit possible. New technology has made it possible for your denture to feel and look like your natural smile, through a variety of color choices and individual tooth positioning. While dentures are not fixed in place and can slip, move, and even fall out, manufacturers are honing the art of the perfect denture.

Partial dentures: These are great alternatives for when you have some viable teeth but not enough for full function. Another name for a partial denture is a bridge, and it can be permanent or removable. These can also be customized to match your natural teeth and gums to blend in easily with your teeth. Perhaps the best thing about partials is that they help keep your existing teeth in place to avoid potential dental problems in the future.

Dental implants: While dental implants can be the more costly option upfront, they can be a great solution if you want to retain the look and feel of your original teeth. Dental implants do require a surgical procedure and anesthesia to minimize discomfort, however, they are a more permanent solution than full dentures, which often need to be replaced every three to six years.

Affinity Dental Associates: Improving Smiles in Catonsville, Maryland

From subtle changes to major repairs, the dentists at Affinity Dental Associates can perform a wide variety of procedures to improve your smile, from teeth whitening and bonding to veneers and crowns. These improvements are not always cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.

If you have any questions, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

 

Sources:

http://www.drgreiner.com/five-things-you-must-know-before-you-get-dentures/

http://www.denturehelp.com/Pages/DF.html 

http://annapolisdentalcare.com/blog/cosmetic-dentistry/what-do-you-know-about-dentures/

How Can Oil Pulling Improve My Oral Health?

Thursday, March 13th, 2014

Now here’s something you don’t hear every day, swishing oil in your mouth for twenty minutes can be good for your oral health. This is an age-old remedy that uses natural substances to not only clean the teeth, but detoxify the mouth and gums as well. Oil pulling will help remove harmful bacteria from your mouth because oil is sticky, as you swish it through your teeth it gently removes some of the bacteria.Patient spitting water into sink in exam room

The basic action of oil pulling will dramatically improve your oral health after just a few days. The oil will cut through the plaque on your teeth and remove any toxins.

Oil pulling has been around for thousands of years and many people have experienced benefits with this technique. Oil pulling can make your teeth less sensitive and whiter. As well as healthier overall.

How Do I Do An Oil Pulling?

The concept is very simple, take two teaspoons of high quality oil such as coconut oil or sesame oil and swish it around in your mouth for twenty minutes. It is best to do an oil pull in the morning before you eat or drink anything. Once you have finished brush your teeth to remove any excess oil from your mouth.

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Affinity Dental Associates: Improving Smiles in Catonsville, Maryland

From subtle changes to major repairs, the dentists at Affinity Dental Associates can perform a wide variety of procedures to improve your smile, from teeth whitening and bonding to veneers and crowns. These improvements are not always cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.

If you have any questions, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

Source:

http://www.fashionlush.com/wtf-is-oil-pulling-why-im-hooked/

What Are Dental Implants?

Friday, March 7th, 2014

A dental implant is a substitute for replacement tooth root. It will provide a stable foundation for a replacement crown. The implant will give your new crown a stable foundation which will be similar to the natural root.Beautiful asian girl

A dental implant is an artificial tooth root that will be surgically anchored into your jaw to hold a replacement tooth in place. This presents many benefits because not only is it permanent, it is stable as well.

An implant is usually the best solution to tooth loss because not only do they look like an actual tooth, they feel that way too.

Not everyone is a dental implant candidate. You must have the proper bone structure and be in good health. There are certain other factors that contribute to whether or not you are a good candidate, talk with your Catonsville dentist to see if dental implants are right for you.

Interested in more dental information from your Catonsville dentist:

Affinity Dental Associates: Improving Smiles in Catonsville, Maryland

From subtle changes to major repairs, the dentists at Affinity Dental Associates can perform a wide variety of procedures to improve your smile, from teeth whitening and bonding to veneers and crowns. These improvements are not always cosmetic. Many of these treatments can improve oral problems, such as your bite.

If you have any questions, please contact Affinity Dental Associates by calling 410-719-7900 or visit MarylandsBestDentists.com today!

Our doctors and staff are dedicated to improving your dental health!

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!