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What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?
Posted on 11/30/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
If someone tells you they have a temporary anchorage device, you may wonder if they are talking about something for their boat. It is not a term that people talk about. Because of that, most people have no idea what it is. Finding out it is something use to help with your oral health can give you an idea of what it is, but there are other things to know about it. What Are They?Temporary anchorage devices are used in orthotics. They are a small metal device implanted in the mouth. They are not something that will stay in place forever. Rather, they provide a solid anchor point for some other device to attach to. They are typically in place for a few months and then removed. When in place, they provide a stable, fixed point for other teeth to move around. Temporary anchorage devices are made out of a titanium alloy. Who Benefits from ThemMany may wonder why someone would want to put a screw in their mouth that can serve as an anchor for a few months. Temporary anchorage devices serve a very useful purpose for people with orthodontics. The goal of orthodontics is to help bring the teeth into alignment. Through the use of force, teeth are slowly moved into place through the orthodontics. When temporary anchorage points are put in place, it helps increase the amount of force applied to move the teeth. It can help shorten the amount of time needed wearing the orthodontics. It also can get rid of the need for the rubber bands that many people had to wear with their braces. For some people, screwing a piece of metal into their mouth to attach a wire to it may sound a little drastic. When compared to the alternatives, it makes a lot of sense. It allows for more complicated procedures and for shorter times wearing orthodontics. When all is said and done, the screw is taken out, and the wound heals. Contact our office today to schedule your next appointment....
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Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction
Posted on 11/20/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
If you have learned that you need a tuberosity reduction, you might very well be wondering why you need it (and what it is, anyway). In our practice, we find that many patients are completely unaware of the tuberosity, and the issues it can cause. What is a Tuberosity?Take your tongue and put it behind the last molar on either side of your upper jaw. Do you feel that protrusion behind it? That lump of bone (covered by gum tissue) is called a tuberosity. With the majority of the population, the tuberosity is completely harmless and will not need to be reduced. However, in certain instances, you may need a tuberosity reduction. Why Would You Have a Tuberosity Reduction?Usually, you would need to consider a tuberosity reduction if you are getting dentures. The way that dentures fit into your mouth requires that they make a tight seal against the roof of your mouth (your palate). If your tuberosity is too large, it can prevent a proper seal, making the wearing of dentures difficult. In such a case, you would need a reduction. How Does a Tuberosity Reduction Work?We will take an x-ray of your jaw in order to understand exactly where the bone is in relation to your sinus cavity. Then we will numb the area and make a small incision, grind down the bone, and then suture your gum tissue back together. Although this sounds like it may be very traumatic, keep in mind that you will be numbed or even sedated while it takes place. This means that you won't feel a thing. After the procedure, be sure to follow the instructions we give you regarding proper aftercare. This will help ensure that you heal quickly and without complication. In 7-10 days, you'll be completely healed and ready to get your dentures....
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How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
Posted on 10/25/2018 by Palisades Surgical Arts
One of our primary objectives in seeing our patients twice a year for regular cleanings is to screen for oral cancer. However, we see you as a partner in your health, and you should do self-exams for oral cancer regularly because in some instances the symptoms are not even apparent to the trained eye of our doctors. Symptoms of Oral CancerThese are some of the most common symptoms of oral cancer: How to Do a Self-Exam for Oral CancerOral cancer can appear in any area of the mouth. To prevent the disease from spreading and catching it early, you must do self-exams at home. Here's how to do it. We will also examine you thoroughly for oral cancer when you come in for your regular checkups and can show you how to do a self-exam properly if you are interested....
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All Posts:
What Are Temporary Anchorage Devices and When Are They Necessary?
11/30/2018
Understanding a Tuberosity Reduction
11/20/2018
How to Perform a Self-Exam to Look for Oral Cancer
10/25/2018
Symptoms of a Salivary Gland Infection
10/15/2018
Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken
9/23/2018
Are There Ways to Treat Sleep Apnea by Positioning Yourself Differently When You Sleep?
9/13/2018
Your Oral Surgeon Can Often Help with Sleep Apnea Issues
8/30/2018
Why Salt Water Rinses Are Imperative to Oral Surgery Recovery Success
8/20/2018
Do You Need to Worry About Osteonecrosis in Your Jaw?
7/20/2018
Types of Pain to Call an Oral Surgeon Like Us For
7/10/2018
How An Oral Surgeon May Become Necessary for Someone with Bruxism
6/23/2018
Dangers Associated with New Oral Piercings
6/13/2018
How an Oral Surgeon Can Repair a Torn Lip
5/23/2018
Can an Oral Surgeon Help Your Dentures Fit Better?
5/13/2018
Surgical Options for TMD Pain
4/23/2018
Is Facial Reconstruction Something to Discuss With Your Oral Surgeon?
4/13/2018
Benefits of Dental Implant Surgery
3/20/2018
Does What You Drink Prior to Oral Surgery Really Matter?
3/10/2018
Take Notes When You Experience Pain so You Can Talk to Your Oral Surgeon About It
2/25/2018
How to Be Ready Prior to Oral Surgery
2/15/2018
Why Wisdom Teeth Are Prone to Breaking
1/27/2018
Why Oral Surgeons Are the Best at Extractions
1/17/2018
Ways of Protecting Your Mouth from the Effects of Bruxism
12/30/2017
Most Nutritious Foods for the First Few Days after Oral Surgery
12/20/2017
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