Whatever it is your smile needs, which could be anything from jaw surgery to dental implants, you may have a lot of different feelings going on. While many of them may include positive, optimistic emotions because you have access to just about everything your smile might require for improvement, you may also find yourself faced with some negative stuff, too. As you know, when you feel like there’s too much going on or you’ve got too many emotions in conflict with one another, it can translate into anxiety. So, the primary question of the moment is: How can you feel more relaxed about your experience with oral surgery and your smile? Our Santa Rosa, CA team would like to be of assistance!
There are those individuals with a very strong sweet tooth and then those who consider themselves coffee lovers. You’ve got tea enthusiasts and those who prefer savory over sweet with their snacks. While indulging in just about anything not-so-healthy for your smile poses a certain threat, there’s one type of food indulgence that is a bit more concerning for dental implant wearers: It’s the crunch addicts! If you cannot get through the day without one or more servings of something that goes “crunch” when you bite into it, then our Rohnert Park, CA team would like to offer some suggestions, reminders, and general smile protection advice!
There might be part of you that feels embarrassed or shy about asking for clarification from your oral surgeon. You may feel like you should have been listening closer or that, perhaps, you will just need to head home from your visit to research the details. The truth is, our Santa Rosa, CA team would much prefer you understand what we are telling you in person, so you know you’ve got the facts straight (and so you don’t feel the burden of having to look for additional information on your own at home). If you feel a little uneasy as you learn about new things with us, we encourage you to consider some absolutely A-OK ways to ask for a review or clarity, so you realize this is always a good thing to do.
The summer feels long and it seems like you’ve got tons of time to do whatever it is you need to do before winter. Winter?! You might feel like this is so very far away, so the idea of planning for it beginning right now seems a little unnecessary. However, consider the facts: August has just begun. We are only about four months out from Thanksgiving and five months from the winter holiday season. Do you still have time to shop for gifts? Of course! However, if you’ve been thinking that this year is finally the year to address your partial or complete tooth loss with dental implants, well: You’ve got just enough time left if you call our Santa Rosa, CA practice today!
If you’re not yet familiar with TMJ disorder or bruxism but you think you have some idea what they are, let’s get you up to speed (so you can then understand why dental implants might be of help to you!). First, realize that TMD refers to jaw joints (TMJs) that aren’t doing quite as well as they could be (which could be due to damage or strain). Now, bruxism disorder (which can be caused by TMD or make it worse, etc.) means you grind or clench your teeth habitually, though unintentionally. In short: If you’re having some functional problems with your smile, you might find that implants can really help! Let our Santa Rosa, CA team explain further.
Are you a college student, ready to head back to the classroom for a brand new year but you know you require some help for your smile first? Perhaps you have college-age children who are getting ready to begin a bright, shiny, new semester and you have questions regarding what to do about certain aspects of their smiles. Why not take our Rohnert Park, CA oral surgeons’ practice up on an offer to go through a quick review for grownups? As a result, whether you’re the student or the parent, the grownup smile in need will have the oral surgery care it requires and will be ready for some serious class time!
Discussing implants, restorations, and more is something you do because you’re missing teeth and what you want most for yourself is to get back to a smile that you don’t have to think about and worry about throughout your daily life. You want a smile that lets you do all of the things you do with a natural smile with ease (like eating, talking…). As you learn more, you will quickly realize that when you start getting into the details of what you’d like, what you don’t really want, and more, there are a lot of options. Often a surprising amount! Today, our Santa Rosa, CA team would like to discuss fixed implant dentures, in case you’re looking for a way to address full tooth loss with exceptional stability.
It’s very easy to get swept up in the problems you’re facing now as you struggle with your smile as tooth loss affects your daily life. It’s also very easy to think to yourself that you absolutely want to pursue dental implants from our Rohnert Park, CA practice but you forget it takes time. So, you put it off and one week bleeds into another and then months go by. Rather than thinking of everything in the here and now with implants, we would like for you to think about the entire process as you consider an important end goal. This might give you some much needed motivation to get started! For many, the idea of being all done with replacing missing teeth by the winter holidays is a fantastic starting point. Let’s talk about the details!
You might hear a lot of stuff about considering dental implant posts if you’ve lost teeth and are ready to completely start fresh with a full replacement (in the form of an implant and restoration). Some of the stuff you hear is fantastic and makes you feel like you’re ready to run to our Rohnert Park, CA practice to get started with making your smile what it once was. However, there are some other things you hear or read about that give you pause. Will the implants really offer you the amazing stability you hear about? Or, are they extremely prone to failure in reality? In short: The good things you hear are generally true! As for specifics that will help you feel you’ve gained a solid perspective, we’re happy to share.
You’ve probably heard that you might be able to continue smoking if you want to choose dental implants after you’ve experienced tooth loss. However, you also hear that when you smoke, it greatly increases the chance that you end up losing those implants that you want (or that the placement fails). So, what’s what? Can you smoke cigarettes? Or, can’t you? While it would be much easier if this was a very cut-and-dry topic, it is not! So, to help you better understand the variables involved, let’s cover some fresh ground. Still curious about your candidacy? Come see us!