Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants

Are You a Candidate for Dental Implants

Millions of individuals have at least one dental implant. The technology making them easier to shape and install have created a boon for the field. With this in mind, the pre-op work should not be overlooked. Getting your implants is a routine procedure, but making a plan is the best way to ensure their success.

Nearly anyone who has missing teeth can get implants. If you have diabetes that is not controlled, smoke, have gum disease, or cancer the ability of your implants to fuse to your bone can be affected. It is best to bring these issues up at your initial consultation so your dentist can adjust your treatment plan accordingly.

Just like some other dental visits, the implants process starts off with 3D scans of your mouth using a CT scanner. The imaging makes sure that your implant is exactly the right size and in the perfect position in relationship to your jaw bone.

When you have teeth removed, your alveolar bone (the bone surrounding your teeth) starts to shrink. Within the first year, a quarter of the original tissue can be lost. Within the next few years, it continues to decrease. Once the alveolar bone disappears, your jawbone will begin to shrink.

If your tooth is being removed just before the implant is placed, your dentist may graft in some bone to prevent the bone from shrinking. In some cases, bone can be regrown to this same effect. When implants are installed they are fused to the existing bone. This stops the bone from being lost after tooth removal.

Putting in implants is not a one-person job. No matter how skilled a dentist is, a full dental team is needed for the procedure. The team includes a periodontist or an oral surgeon with implant training, a lab tech, and a restorative dentist.

There are two types of implants you can get, depending on your needs. The first is a single tooth replacement, the second is a fixed multiple tooth replacement. With the first option, you will have a custom made crown attached to the implant. The crown will be either screwed or cemented in to keep it permanently in place. When multiple teeth are replaced, a temporary cap is placed until the area is healed. Then a permanent version will be affixed. It is also standard procedure to place a few implants into your jaw if a lower denture needs to be held in place.

The best thing about implants is that even though they vary in structure, your implants will look, feel, and act like your natural teeth. Implants aren’t susceptible to periodontitis, but there is a condition called implantitis that can affect you after getting implants. To avoid this, go to a qualified, well reviewed dentist and make all your follow up appointments a priority. If one of your implants breaks or cracks, they can be removed by your dentist and new ones will be attached in their place. This step is easy and can be carried out without extra surgery.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

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Superhero Dentist

Superhero Dentist

I’m willing to bet that most of you think of going to the dentist as a chore or at least as an inconvenience. You know it is important for your teeth and the health of your mouth to keep those appointments twice a year. But still, many of you avoid the dentist until you have pain or an injury. Now, what if I told you that going to the dentist can literally save your life? It certainly changes the perspective on that dental visit quite a bit.

As dentists, we specialize in your mouth. Not just gums and teeth either, we have to know how to examine the tissue around your neck, jaw, lips, nose, and head. All of these systems interrelate. We can tell the difference between a cold sore and cancer. Certain autoimmune diseases, for example, have symptoms like blistering gums.

More importantly, though, many diseases which affect your mouth have no symptoms or symptoms so mild they take some time to be noticed. One example is a cyst or tumor; they can grow for several years before you notice they are there. By this point surgery is usually required. In the case of a tumor, a biopsy will determine if it is benign or malignant.

These growths can be detected on dental x-rays long before they grow to the point where they can be felt. Aside from injuries, this area mostly gets x-rayed when you visit the dentist. Without this early detection, tumors, cysts, and autoimmune disorders become much harder to treat.

There is a lot we can tell about your general health by simply examining your mouth. Color changes in your mouth, such as blue, black, red, or yellow patches or unusual bumps generally have a cause. By finding out about other symptoms, it is easier to discover the cause and treat it. These color changes and bumps are commonly caused by a more significant issue. Though it isn’t the case most of the time, color changes in your mouth can indicate lymphoma. Once again we are back to early detection.

Heart disease and diabetes are both more common in individuals with poor oral health. Many chronic conditions have been linked to periodontal disease and gum inflammation. In the early stages, these conditions are nearly undetectable to the untrained eye. When you go see a dentist, even if you don’t have cavities, the purpose is to keep your mouth clean. Yes, some of this is managed with brushing, flossing, and rinsing, but for a really thorough cleaning, go to the pros.

It is estimated that this year, nearly 3% of all cancer cases will be oral cancer. This sounds like a small number, but in reality it is over 48,000 people. Oral cancer is among the hardest to detect of the cancers. This is partly because, as previously stated, most people will not have symptoms until later on.

We really need to step away from this “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” mentality when it comes to health care. This is damaging in more ways than one. Waiting until you are bleeding out of your gums eyes to go to a dentist instead of going in when your teeth hurt does not make you tougher, it puts you at risk.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

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Gold Teeth Going Away as White Smile Craze Takes Over

Gold Teeth Going Away as White Smile Craze Takes Over

A decade or so ago, to “bling” out your mouth in gold teeth was all the craze. While it is still popular in certain circles, more people are looking for a healthy, realistic look. During the height of its popularity, the gold-tooth craze was bringing in about $2.7 billion to the gold industry every year. Unfortunately for the industry, this number has dropped by 60% in the last five years.

The use of better ceramics, CEREC machines, and the outrageous price for gold have all contributed to its decline in the dental industry. The thing about fads is that they come into style, then go out of style just as quickly. Some fads, like tie-dye, eventually come back into style, only to disappear once more. Whether gilded teeth ever come back into fashion, only time will tell.

Having teeth fixed or fashioned with gold is not a new concept. As far back as 630 BCE, gold was used by the Etruscans to make dental bridges. Women of the upper class would remove an incisor (or two) and have it replaced with a golden tooth. This was a symbol of their status and standing in society.

Dental patients today have more choices and options than ever before. Ceramic crowns, laser whitening, bleaching, and advances in cosmetic dentistry make it possible for anyone to have the whitest and brightest smile of their whole lives. Gold can still be used on the back teeth as a filling, but many people still prefer the ceramic type.

When it comes to the back teeth, a gold crown is very strong and enables a lot of preservation to the tooth structure. It will not fracture like porcelain can. When done by a qualified dentist, a gold filling or crown can last a very, very long time. The downside, aside from its golden glow, is the price tag on gold. Even with the drop in price, it is still over $1,200 an ounce, making it too expensive for the average household budget. In comparison, you could get six or so composite resin fillings for the price of one gold tooth.

Nowadays, a gold “grill” is usually seen on celebrities. Regardless of if you go for the natural look or want to your mouth to sparkle like the sun, a dentist can make your smile into whatever you want it to be.

In ten years it is possible that the stark white smiles will fade away as most trends do. In its place, we may see people going for the natural look, slightly less than white, with flaws and character. No matter what trends take hold, a healthy mouth will ALWAYS be in fashion. So between your cosmetic visits, make sure to get those brushings, flossings, and dental visits in. It is much easier to whiten and brighten your teeth when they are healthy to begin with.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

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Avoid the ER for Dental Emergencies

Avoid the ER for Dental Emergencies

Every year, millions of people go to the hospital for dental problems. Whether it’s an abscess, a lost or broken tooth, or swelling, people rush to the ER to get treatment. Decades ago, when dentists were 8-5 Monday through Friday, this could be understood. But, when most dentists offer off-hours treatment this is no longer the best option when you’re in pain. In the North Miami Beach area, you can call Dr. Jean-Jacque Edderai 24 hours a day at 305-947-7999.

According to a study published in the Journal of Public Health Dentistry, in the state of Florida, trips to the ER for dental problems is costing millions in taxpayer money every year. Within the past decade, trips to the ER for dental problems rose by 57 percent. Half of the $193.4 million came from Medicare and Medicaid. This is a pointless expense since modern emergency rooms are not equipped to do anything for you. All they can do is give you a painkiller and/or antibiotic and tell you to go to a dentist.

The question then becomes, if dentists are more available then ever for emergencies, why are people still flocking to hospitals? Part of it may have to do with the Medicare/caid program in itself. In some states, like Florida, Medicaid only has to cover emergencies related to dentures, draining abscesses, and extracting teeth. Adding an option to pay online has helped some people, but it is not the only measure that we should be taking.

Since less than 10% of Florida dentists take Medicaid, many people aren’t getting desperately needed root canals and fillings. So the damage, then the pain, get worse. Until patients are out of options. The flux of people to the ER can’t be placed directly on Medicaid though. Nearly 40% of those who went to the ER for dental problems paid cash.

If there was a greater focus on prevention, then a lot of these visits could be avoided. If the $1500 per ER visit was put towards early treatment and education, we would see fewer problems, period. Another step we should be taking, as a country, is to cover routine visits and fillings. It is a twisted notion that people should have to be in excruciating pain before they can get the help they need. We don’t just see this in dental insurance, health insurance almost never covers preventative measures (one exception being birth control).

As a dentist, it is difficult to see a person with tooth pain, which is arguably the worst type of pain. By the time a person is in pain, a special procedure is a given. You are not going to go in with tooth pain, get a shot in the arm and be on your way. By the time there is pain, drilling, and filling, and applying crowns are all likely outcomes. If we instead took the time and put the money into educating people, we could save time, money, comfort, and even lives.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

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Raising Awareness of an Invisible Disease

Raising Awareness of an Invisible Disease

In the United States alone, over one million people suffer from Myalgic Encephalomyelitis (ME). You may know it by its more common name, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS). For people who suffer from this disease, simple day-to-day activities can seem impossible. Even spending a night out with friends turns into a challenge to be overcome.

In the most severe cases of ME/CFS, a patient can be housebound for 90% of the time. Even in its less severe forms, it can still be frequently incapacitating. Despite the name, there are more symptoms than fatigue. It can, and frequently does, impact immune, endocrine, and cardiac systems as well as affecting the brain and gut biology. Because of the complexity of the disease and the fact that it has no visible signs, it is hard to accurately diagnose.

The fatigue that comes as a primary symptom of ME/CFS is more than just being tired after work. One patient described it as “unrelenting exhaustion.” Imagine being weak in your arms and legs, having swelling in your joints and throughout your upper torso. Since your body is always tired, you become susceptible to every cold and bacteria that gets close, most of which enter in through the mouth and nose. For those with ME/CFS, this isn’t a bad week, it is a daily reality.

From a mental aspect, ME/CFS restricts word recognition, conversation skills, and inhibits conversational ability. The isolation is frequently frustrating and many patients become depressed after a time. Even more frustrating is that not all patients have all of the symptoms. So, one person may have fatigue but less cognitive blocks and another may have problems with cognitive function and less fatigue.

Currently, researchers, scientists, doctors, and other medical professionals are examining a variety of theories related to determining a cause, finding a cure, and alleviating symptoms. Since most individuals who have CFS are female, it is possible that chemicals play a role or that the predisposition is genetically inherited.

There are many other theories concerning what causes CFS. One theory is that viruses such as human herpes virus 6, mouse leukemia viruses, and the Epstein-Barr virus are a trigger for the disease. Another theory is that problems in the immune system are the cause.

As far as treatments go, there are many medications designed to treat the symptoms when they are caused by other conditions (such as pain killers). All that can be done with these pharmaceuticals is to temporarily relieve pain. But it is likely that more long-term damage is being done. Luckily, there are research teams exploring organic and holistic methods, including meditation, yoga, diet, energy healing, herbal teas, dental hygiene, and therapy. Of course, this is uncharted territory. But, by taking Western medicine and blending in Eastern healing methods we actually stand a chance at giving people back their lives.

The cause will likely be unclear until many more years of research are done. What we do know is that women, especially those over 40 and under large amounts of stress are the most susceptible and make up the largest percentage of sufferers.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

 

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THC as a Treatment: The Top Diseases MMJ is Currently Fighting

THC as a Treatment: The Top Diseases MMJ is Currently Fighting

 

There are millions of people taking countless types of medications in the world. Some are medications are taken simply to counteract the side-effects of other medications. All in all, some patients take a dozen medications and still feel no relief.

The pharmaceutical industry makes billions, yes that’s with a “B,” of dollars every year. But, they are getting some stiff competition from one natural remedy that is quickly turning into a “cure-all” across the country. Even if all doctors and dentists haven’t come to a consensus on marijuana’s many benefits, those who use it usually swear by it.

As the use of medical, and recreational, marijuana grows, the stigma around it may have no choice but to fade into memory. In the next decade, we will likely see universal approval for the use of the cannabinoid producing plant. Below are listed the diseases that marijuana is already impacting. These will likely be among the first to get federal approval to use THC as a treatment.

Alzheimer’s: This is a cruel disease that slowly strips a patient of their memories and cognitive functions until it ultimately leads to death. In recent studies, Alzheimer’s patients that were prescribed cannabinoids were able to gain weight and showed a reduction in agitation. Furthermore, one theory for the cause of Alzheimer’s is a buildup of protein deposits. When patients took concentrated THC, these deposits did not build as quickly. While this isn’t necessarily it cure, it is a good lead and in the meantime, any improvement made to their quality 419724647949800 of life should be welcomed.

Chronic pain: Several studies conducted on both animals and people have shown that using marijuana can induce an analgesic effect. This is medical jargon for pain relieving. Some research shows a pain decrease of as much as 30%. This is far from a new idea, though. As far back as the early 1800’s, there are documented reports of people using marijuana in one form or another to relieve pain. In some European countries and in Canada, Sativex (a cannabis-based drug) has gotten approval.

Cancer: There are few words as frightening to hear as “cancer.” The benefits of MMJ for cancer patients is three-fold. First, studies on animals show that a marijuana extract can kill cancer cells. A separate study revealed that it can stop the growth of new cancer cells. Secondly, using marijuana prevents nausea that comes with chemo. Many patients are able to regain much of their original appetite. Third, research suggests that a person’s body will respond better to the chemoradiation when they “toke up” before treatment.

Asthma: It seems a bit counterintuitive that smoking something could actually help with asthma, but it’s true. It is worth noting that not all patients in this study had improvement. Some complained about a tightness in their chest and throat. Those who did not have tightness reported breathing better than they had.

Before treating gum, tooth, or other oral problems consult with Dr. JJ Edderai. A dental check-up every three to four months will allow Dr. Edderai to keep a watchful eye on your oral health and prevent cavities before they start. For answers to some of the most commonly asked questions, visit my FAQ page at https://www.northmiamibeachdentist.com/faqs/.

 

Copyright Dr. Jean-Jacques Edderai -2016

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