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What Does a 3D Cone Beam Really Offer?

Posted on 10/19/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
This is a new technology which allows the office staff to provide three-dimensional, high resolution images of the patient's mouth. Never before has the taking of x-rays been simpler or quicker. Firing off six hundred photos, they are sent to a computer which then assembles these pieces into stunning three-dimensional views of the patient's mouth. While traditional x-rays simply show images of the teeth, 3D cone beam technology shows the teeth as well as the underlying soft tissue. By using this technology, we are now able to tell how close a wisdom tooth is to a nerve or an artery in the jaw. It is now easier than ever to tell how much bone is missing and whether it is able to support an implant or other dental appliance. What are the Benefits of a 3D Cone Beam? Using this technology, we have the ability to accurately place implants and to determine if a root canal is the best treatment option. It allows proper planning for impacted wisdom teeth extraction. What was once guesswork is now precision planning through better imagery. With wisdom teeth, when they were impacted, the removal could be far more complicated once it was begun than originally thought. Now with this imagery, they will know beforehand. An evaluation of undiagnosed complaints of pain, diagnosing TMJ pain, sleep apnea and the patient's sinuses can now all be done with a single image. Now with fractures, staff can tell how serious it is before embarking on a treatment plan. The same can be said with regard to treating TMJ concerns. While this will not take the place of the traditional two-dimensional x-ray, this technology provides another tool used to diagnose and treat a variety of dental issues. As with any new technology patients typically have a lot of questions. That is why we are here so gives us a call....
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How Does a Sinus Lift Procedure Help with Dental Implants

Posted on 10/5/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
Some patients who choose to have dental implants run into an issue regarding the lack of bone mass in their upper jaw. This augmentation process adds bone mass to the jaw so the dental implants can be correctly placed and have enough support to sustain them. A huge step in dental technology this procedure allows patients to get dental plans when before they would have been unable due to the lack of stable bone mass. They would have had to put up with the traditional denture route and suffer slipping plates and eating a restricted diet. What is Involved in a Sinus Lift Procedure? Above the upper jaw are the sinus cavities which are essentially air pockets in the face. The roots of the upper teeth extend into this space. Removing these teeth leaves just a thin bit of bone, which many times is not enough to support a dental implant because they are imbedded into the jaw's bone structure. A sinus lift helps new bone development by moving the sinus floor. Where bone grafting is concerned, this has become a common dental surgical procedure. Any patient missing one or more teeth or have bone mass issues which would keep them from a dental implant procedure would be helped by a sinus lift. Whether bone loss is congenital or is the result of poor oral hygiene, neither precludes them from the surgery. During the procedure, the jawbone needs to be exposed by making an incision in the molar area. After making another small incision into the sinus, the soft tissue is raised, and the resulting space is filled with a bone graft. Once the graft is in place, the incisions are closed, and the patient's body begins to start rebuilding the bone. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation, contact our office today....
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What Options We Can Offer to Treat Sleep Apnea

Posted on 9/21/2020 by Palisades Surgical Arts
If you suffer from sleep apnea, then you would probably have heard how a doctor and a sleep clinic can help you. However, not many patients are aware that a dentist also has a role in treating sleep apnea. What Is Sleep Apnea? Sleep apnea is a condition that causes someone to stop breathing while they sleep. This can happen in several, short bursts. There are two types of sleep apnea that a person can suffer from, which include obstructive sleep apnea and central sleep apnea. Obstructive sleep apnea is the most common type, which causes the airway's soft tissue to collapse. This collapse then directly interrupts breathing by preventing oxygen from flowing into the lungs. Central sleep apnea is when someone's brain causes them to stop breathing. While sleeping, the patient's brain will stop sending messages to tell the body to breathe. How Our Dentist Can Help Sleep Apnea Our team can only help if you suffer from obstructive sleep apnea, by recommending effective treatment methods. Here are two common techniques to treat mild to moderate sleep apnea. The most used treatment is for the patient to wear an oral appliance. A popular choice is a Mandibular Advancement Device that has been custom made for a perfect fit. This device looks just like a mouthguard and works by pushing the lower jaw forward. During obstructive sleep apnea, when the collapse happens, the device prevents the muscles from falling. This can result in the patient's airway becoming stronger, which can lead to a reduction in apnea symptoms. Another device that can be fitted is a tongue-retaining device. This is a less common technique, but it is suitable for patients who have a wider mouth. This device works by holding the tongue forward to keep the airway open. These devices may feel odd and uncomfortable at first, however, with a properly fitted device you will soon adjust to wearing it. If you have a confirmed diagnosis of sleep apnea, schedule an appointment today to see how one of our team can help treat it....
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What Does a 3D Cone Beam Really Offer?
10/19/2020
How Does a Sinus Lift Procedure Help with Dental Implants
10/5/2020
What Options We Can Offer to Treat Sleep Apnea
9/21/2020
Times to Call Us When Your Jaw Hurts
9/7/2020
Do Bony Growths in Your Mouth Need to Come Out?
8/24/2020
Reasons for Single-Sided Jaw Pain
8/10/2020
How Jaw Support Could Reduce TMJ Pain
7/23/2020
Understanding How a Palate Defect Can Alter Your Mouth
7/7/2020
Procedures That Can Make a Total Mouth Makeover More Successful
6/22/2020
Foods That Can Trigger More TMJ Pain
6/8/2020
Finding a Remedy for Orofacial Pain Could Be as Simple as Calling Us
5/29/2020
Signs You May Need to Have a Sinus Lift
5/15/2020
Why Does Your Jaw Click When You Chew or Speak?
4/25/2020
Ways of Decreasing Your Risk of Developing Oral Cancer
4/15/2020
TMD Could Lead to Anxiety - Let Us Help
3/25/2020
Ways of Preventing Facial Trauma During Sports
3/15/2020
Do You Need Your Wisdom Teeth Removed?
2/29/2020
Could a Custom Mouthguard Help Protect Your Teeth?
2/15/2020
Types of Dental Surgery Most People Need at Some Point
1/25/2020
Some Teeth Need Splitting to Extract Them Properly
1/15/2020
All-on-4 Dentures Could Last the Rest of Your Life
12/25/2019
How an Abscess Can Turn Into Ludwig's Angina
12/15/2019
Can Stained Veneers Be Repaired Without Getting New Veneers?
11/25/2019
How Long Does Typical Dental Implant Placement Recovery Take?
11/15/2019
In Many Instances, Over the Counter Pain Relievers Will Be Sufficient After Oral Surgery
10/25/2019
How Our Oral Surgeons Can Help Treat Sleep Apnea
10/15/2019
Ways of Keeping Your Jaw Bone Strong Enough for Dental Implant Surgery
9/25/2019
Types of Jaw Pain to Be Aware Of
9/15/2019
Things to Do to Minimize the Chances of Implant Rejection
8/25/2019
Some Bleeding is Normal After Oral Surgery, But How Much is Some?
8/15/2019
What to Expect During the Recovery from Wisdom Tooth Extraction
7/23/2019
How Implantology Can Improve Your Oral Health
7/13/2019
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How Oral Piercings Are Commonly Damaging the Mouth
6/15/2019
Sleep Apnea Needs Treatment to Reduce the Effects and Dangers
5/25/2019
Signs Your Impacted Tooth Needs to Come Out
5/15/2019
How an Oral Appliance Can Improve Apnea Symptoms
4/25/2019
Following an Automobile Accident, We Should Examine Your Mouth
4/15/2019
Why Dental Emergencies Are Something We Often Treat
3/25/2019
Which Vitamins Should You Try and Get from Food During Oral Surgery Recovery?
3/15/2019
If You Have Temporary Implants, Does That Change What You Are Allowed to Eat?
2/25/2019
How Using Sedation When You Come See Us Can Boost Your Oral Health
2/15/2019
Signs of Osteonecrosis That You Need to Be Aware Of
1/25/2019
Recovering from an Apicoectomy
1/15/2019
Symptoms You May Have a TMJ Problem
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Signs Your Jaw May Be Broken
9/23/2018
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9/13/2018
Your Oral Surgeon Can Often Help with Sleep Apnea Issues
8/30/2018
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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
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