How Technology Helps Us See Your Teeth

Just as office technology has advanced in the last decades, dental technology has improved the ways we can care for your smile. There was a time when simple magnification could make a difference in diagnosing and treating dental issues, but we have moved far beyond that point. Knowing your dental office has access to the most current technology insures your oral health is well cared for. Dental technology can also increase your comfort and safety, and saves you time at every appointment. (more…)

Should You Worry About A Bump In Your Mouth?

Our mouths and tongues are full of nerve endings, and they often sense even tiny changes in our mouths. For children, that may be a wiggly tooth, or the sensitive area when a new tooth is coming in. By the age of 20, most people have attained their full set of teeth, and new lumps, bumps or sensitive areas may be a sign of oral pathology. In addition to any change you may spot on your own, you will be happy to know that your dentist keeps a close eye on all aspects of your oral health, at every checkup and cleaning.

Pay Attention to Anything New

Your tongue may alert you when something is different in your mouth. Other times, you may be brushing your teeth and hit a sensitive area that didn’t used to be there. White patches, reddish patches, or any new patch with a different color or texture form the surrounding skin should evaluated by a trained professional. Other things that should receive professional evaluation include a sore that doesn’t heal, or a tender area that doesn’t resolve naturally in a few days. There may be no cause for concern, but it is always better to catch an issue early.

When In Doubt: See Your Dentist

While you may notice something seems different, it is not necessary that you know what to do about it. Whenever you have a concern, you should schedule a visit. A dental professional can help you decide whether more detailed investigation is warranted, and help with referral, as needed.

Let Us Take Dental Worry Off Your Shoulders

We are your partners in good oral health. If you notice a change in your mouth or teeth, be sure to let us know. Schedule the time you need in Rohnert Park, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-584-1630 to schedule your visit today.

After Oral Surgery: What to Expect

If you have scheduled an oral surgery procedure, or if you have a loved one in that situation, you may be wondering what to expect after the oral surgery is completed. While every situation is different, there are some guidelines that fit most situations and procedures. We want every patient to be well informed and comfortable before, during and after oral surgery. Your consultation appointment is an excellent time to ask questions about your specific oral surgery aftercare instructions. We provide written aftercare instructions, and will always take the time to keep you informed. (more…)

Choosing Implants: 3 Things You Don’t Have To Worry About

Do you think that dental implants sound like an effective choice for your smile? However, some of your uncertainty relies on the fact that you don’t know if they really offer anything that sets them apart from other prosthetics? For starters, there are most definitely some things that you won’t have to worry about if you choose implants. Find out more and then learn everything you need to know during a visit.

#1: Damaging Remaining Teeth

A traditional bridge will require you to rely on support from remaining natural teeth. A partial denture will need support from teeth, too. Dental implants are free-standing, which means you don’t need to worry about affecting nearby teeth.

#2: Keeping Up With Your Prosthetics

When you choose dentures, you are going to be taking them out of your mouth, then putting them back in your mouth. You’ll take them out to clean them. While this may offer some benefits, it can also lead to drawbacks. You need to cleanse them separately from your smile, you need to remember to store them carefully, etc. With dental implants, they’re just part of your grin.

#3: Repairs And Replacement

Yes, you may eventually need to replace a dental crown, which restores your dental implant. However, those implants basically become part of your body (an extension of it). As a result, there’s generally no reason to need to repair or replace them. Take good care of your smile and they’ll be there for life. Pretty simple, unlike dentures and bridges, which will require repairs and replacement.

Implants Offer Wonderful Benefits For Your Smile

If you’re interested in learning more about what you can expect from wearing implants, just ask us during a consultation. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.

Dental Implant Wearers: 3 Reasons To Drink More Water This Summer

While we always encourage you to ensure you’re getting enough water, summertime is the right time to focus on increasing your hydration if you’re not already drinking in your 64 ounces a day! Never really understood why this whole hydration thing is so important and you really aren’t certain about how it might impact your dental implants? While H20 is important for your oral health in general, we would like to share a few reasons to make it part of your life if implants are part of your smile.

Reason #1: To Prevent Dry Mouth

When you don’t get enough water in your daily diet, you’re not giving your body enough liquid to remain hydrated. When your body becomes dehydrated, this affects all of your tissues. That means dry mouth becomes a very good possibility. In addition to feeling uncomfortable, it increases the bacteria population in your mouth, which is not good news for your oral health, your breath, or your dental implants. Keeping implants safe means keeping your smile clean, while limiting bacteria.

Reason #2: To Remove Food Particles

When you eat and drink, particles are left behind on your smile. Sugars, carbohydrates, and acids can all lead to tooth decay and can irritate your gums in the process. Successful dental implant wear means protecting your teeth and gums! So, drink more water to flush debris off of your smile.

Reason #3: To Prevent Peri-Implantitis

You know that bacteria overgrowth and inflamed gum tissue isn’t great but do you know why it’s bad for dental implants? Well, when gums swell and bacteria take over, peri-implantitis (inflamed, infected gum tissue that surrounds implants) can lead to failure. Drinking water throughout the day can help you avoid this problem (refer to Reason #1 and #2 for specifics).

Ask Us Your Implant Questions For Successful Wear

Whether you’re curious about your eating habits, hydration, or anything else, we’re always happy to answer questions to promote implants that last. Schedule the time you need in Rohnert Park, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-584-1630 to schedule your visit today.

Easy Ways To Avoid Tooth Loss Due To Decay

When you can avoid tooth decay, we encourage you to do so. Fortunately, there are many avenues down which you may travel to ensure your smile remains cavity-free. While this might sound very relieving to you, it’s not going to help much unless you know just what to do to keep your teeth in exceptional shape, so tooth loss doesn’t have to occur. We recommend that you take some advice very seriously, so you can keep those teeth of yours healthy for many years to come.

Commit To Preventive Care

The best way to ensure you don’t end up dealing with tooth loss because of tooth decay? Follow the preventive care methods that are essential for teeth that remain healthy and avoid decay. First, this means seeing your dentist for professional care. Then, focus on home care (brushing and flossing) and anything else that may work for your unique needs. Use toothpaste that contains fluoride, make sure you’re getting enough calcium, and keep your smile healthy and strong with a varied diet full of vitamins and minerals.

Watch What You Eat

You might be doing everything you possibly can to keep your smile clean and your diet may be packed with some good-for-you stuff. However, if you’re not being careful with your daily habits, you may find that you’re promoting tooth decay (and the possibility of eventual tooth loss). Recognize that if you’re consuming a lot of sugary or acidic foods and beverages, this can take a serious toll on your teeth. Teeth become exposed to an acid environment when you eat such things, which makes for softening enamel and future decay. Remember to follow these types of snacks with water (and a brushing session after about a half hour).

Prevent Decay To Avoid Tooth Loss

Remember that preventing decay and additional damage is often all it takes to avoid the loss of your teeth. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.

Bone Grafting: Why Go Through With It?

If you have experienced jawbone atrophy, then you’re missing some bone tissue. As a result, you might experience a variety of problems with your oral health and even your appearance. However, if you’ve just learned about this, you’re considering bone grafting, but you’re not sure about whether you plan on proceeding, you may be overlooking some important details. Namely, those details include why you should strongly consider going through with this procedure that can restore your jaw! Find out more.

To Maintain A Youthful Appearance

What you may not be thinking about just yet is the fact that the fullness of your jawbone (and the teeth it supports) actually provides further support: To your face! When your jaw shrinks and you lose teeth, your lower face no longer has the full volume that comes with a complete, healthy smile. As a result, your upper face no longer has the support of a full lower face. You see where we’re going. Maintain your youthful appearance by starting with bone grafting.

To Support Dental Implants

If your bone deterioration has anything to do with missing teeth, you may want to replace those teeth with dental implants. Did you know they will stimulate your jaw tissue to keep it healthy and fully replace missing teeth? You’ll need bone grafting first to repair damage, so your jaw can house implants successfully.

To Avoid Fractures And Further Tooth Loss

A damaged jaw is more likely to fracture and more likely to give way to additional tooth loss. By fixing the damage with bone grafting, you can side step such complications to protect your smile.

Preserve Your Smile With Jawbone Grafting

If you’re dealing with jaw tissue deterioration and you’re interested in dental implants, come speak with us about restoring your jaw health with bone grafting. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.

Summertime Questions: How’s Your Planning Going?

We know that you probably have the best of intentions as summer approaches. However, once the warm, long days show up, it’s often difficult to make good on those little chores that seemed so easy to accomplish when we were still experiencing sweater weather. While we appreciate the fact that heading to the beach, splashing in the pool, and making travel plans may be a bit more fun than scheduling your smile care, we’d still like to check in (so we can help keep you on track).

Do Your Kids Need Care?

First things first, do your kids need smile care? Was there something you’ve been planning on scheduling for them the moment school let out and, now that summer vacation is upon us, you haven’t mustered up the motivation to do so? In many instances, this is a wonderful time to come in for extractions (like wisdom teeth removal) or to visit us for any oral surgery needs as they relate to orthodontic care.

Is There Something You Need?

How about you? Is there something that you’ve been putting off or that just hasn’t worked with your schedule? Does summer present less stress for you? If so, don’t let your smile care fall through the cracks. Whether you’d like to explore dental implants or you require other types of care, this is as good a time as ever to get going!

Have We Heard From You?

Do you need something but you haven’t picked up the phone yet? Remember that when summer winds down, kids are headed back to school, and the temperatures drop a bit, you can look back on summer with a serious feeling of accomplishment! No pressure, of course, but you just might want to give us a call!

See Us This Summer For Convenient Care

Remember that the sooner you see us for your particular need, the sooner we can begin treatment and help you attain your best oral health. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.

Do You Immediately Assume Implants Aren’t For You?

Is there something about dental implants that causes you to assume immediately that they are off the table as an option for you? Perhaps you are generally seeking out ways to protect your savings, so the idea of splurging on implants is not something that crosses your mind. Maybe you just assume it’s for a particular type of tooth loss that couldn’t possibly have anything to do with your smile. Not to worry. We can speak to these common assumptions, so you feel confident about whether implants will work for your specific needs.

They’re Not For A Particular Adult Age Group

We often find that patients assume that dental implants are for more mature smiles. As a result, they ignore implants altogether. This is not the case! As long as your mouth is done developing (not always the case for older teens and those in their early 20s just yet), then your smile may qualify.

They’re Not Going To Require Much Upkeep

Patients often figure they’re just not right for dental implants because they’ll require so much work. The truth is, they probably require the least amount of additional care of all of the prosthetics out there.

They’re Not Only For Severe Tooth Loss

You may figure that dental implants are for some very serious problems but you’re just missing one little old tooth. Don’t make this mistake! We will replace one tooth, many teeth, even a mouthful of teeth with implants. It is completely dependent on your needs.

They’re Not Necessarily Out Of The Budget

They may seem inaccessible but that is not necessarily the case. The only way to find out is to ask and to discuss your options with us.

Consider Implants If You Want Them

Don’t immediately assume implants won’t work for you. Instead, talk them over with our team. Schedule the time you need in Santa Rosa, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-545-4625 to schedule your visit today.

Quiz: Is Gum Health Really That Important?

You might feel very protective of your teeth and your dental implants. However, your gum tissue and gum health may become a bit of an afterthought. While we understand how this might make sense to you, we encourage you to recognize something very important: It’s essential that you protect every part of your oral cavity and surrounding structures to safeguard your oral health. Need some additional details regarding why your gums are so significant? Our quiz will help.

Quiz Questions: True or False?

  1. True or False: Generally speaking, your gum health doesn’t have very much to do with the anything we focus on at our oral surgery practice.
  2. True or False: One of the problem that might arise if you end up dealing with gum disease is the fact that inflamed gums can put the success of your dental implants at risk of failing.
  3. True or False: Unfortunately, if you have already dealt with tooth loss, problems with your gum health can lead to additional tooth loss. This is one of the reasons it’s so important to protect your gingival tissue.

Quiz Answers

  1. False. Remember that all parts of your smile need to work together in harmony for you to achieve and maintain oral health. When your gums are in poor health, it can affect all aspects of your smile and can even lead to a need for oral surgery.
  2. True. When gum tissue becomes inflamed, it can lead to the failure of your dental implant. We call this inflammation around an implant “peri-implantitis.” Keep your gingival tissue healthy with daily and professional care to avoid this hazard.
  3. True. If you didn’t already know, remember that gum disease can cause tooth loss. Keep your entire smile healthy to prevent a need for additional implants.

Protect Your Smile With Excellent Gum Health

If you need assistance with protecting your smile, addressing tooth loss, or caring for dental implants, come talk with us! Schedule the time you need in Rohnert Park, CA by calling Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery at 707-584-1630 to schedule your visit today.