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– Elizabeth “Tippy” Parrott
Dear Dr. Mark,
I recently had to have a lower right molar extracted and I was considering having a dental implant placed to fill the space. Can you tell me more about this procedure and is it painful?
Thanks for your insight!
Dental implants are an excellent treatment option for individual and multiple tooth replacement. They can also be effectively used to anchor dentures in to place. Recent advancements have greatly increased success rates and made them more affordable.
If you are considering dental implants, your dentist can perform an examination to determine if you are a good candidate for implant placement. Most people who can tolerate a routine tooth extraction will respond well to the implant procedure. The amount and quality of a patient’s bone, existing medications and whether or not a patient smokes are taken into account when creating a treatment plan.
The first part of the process begins with the placement of a titanium tooth root implant into the bone socket of the missing tooth. In several weeks’ time the jaw bone heals and integrates with the root implant. This anchors the root implant to the jaw bone. Read more
Dr. Mark Costes presents a donation to Prescott Firefighter’s Charities. Prescott Firefighter’s Charities was chosen as Horizon’s January Community Outreach Recipient. Their mission is to provide support and help to those in need in the community.
Nobody likes bad news when they’re at the Dentist’s office, and some of the worst news you can get is that you have a cavity. That means that not only is there a hole in your tooth but that the Dentist is going to have to fill it, which in turn fills many a person with dread.
Cavities are formed when food fragments are left on the teeth after meals. This allows bacteria in the mouth to begin to digest it (yuck) and certain types of acids to form that react with the food bits, bacteria and your mouth’s own saliva to form plaque. Plaque is a nasty, gummy material that sticks to your teeth and eats away at the enamel, eventually causing dental caries or what we call cavities.
So now that we’re all thoroughly grossed out it’s probably a great time to take a look at the Top 10 Ways to Prevent Cavities.
#1) Brush regularly. This means at least twice a day and better if you can do it three times. Brushing after meals is the best time using a quality toothpaste and medium soft brush so as not to damage toyr enamel.
#2) Flossing. Many people don’t floss at all, or floss irregularly. Yeah, it’s not the most fun thing to do in your spare time but it is proven that flossing alone can reduce the risk of cavities greatly. Try a floss pick or even a water pik but whatever you use floss at least once a day.
#3) Mouthwash. Many mouthwashes reduce plaque and can be used during the day if you can’t brush.
#4) Cut down on sugar-filled drinks. Soda, coffee and even most fruit juice is loaded with sugar, which is like termites to teeth. Better to drink water or, if you must drink something sugary, cut it with water.
#5) Like sugary drinks junk food is filled with sugar and other stuff that is not at all good for those pearly whites. Cut down on junk food and you will reduce your time in the Dentist’s chair (and your pants size too).
#6) Brush correctly. If you don’t know how to brush correctly ask your dentist to show you and make sure the kids are doing it well too.
#7) Ask your Dentist about dental sealants that can seal the teeth and keep oxygen away from them. No oxygen, no cavities.
#8) If you don’t have a brush and don’t have mouthwash rinse your mouth with water thoroughly after a meal. This will at least remove the small bits of food left over and help out until you can brush and floss.
#9) Chew gum that contains the ingredient xylitol. Xylitol has been proven to reduce bacteria in the mouth, thus reducing cavities.
#10) Visit your Dentist for a check-up regularly, before that plaque has a chance to form cavities.
Dr. Mark Costes