Learn About The Spear Study Club

Did you know that dentists participate in continuing education? Are you aware that we are consistently keeping up with advances in dental technology and finding ways to better serve and communicate with our patients? As for our particular team, we have been participating in a dental study club for several years, promoting additional education for ourselves as well as area dentists. Learn more to find out how our knowledge and dedication affect you.

What Is The Spear Study Club?

It is a prestigious dental study club, where dentists meet in a supportive environment. Experienced, highly skilled teams from area practices gather to work with one another – and to learn together – to promote a community that offers exceptional dental care to its patients.

The Spear Club In Sonoma County

Since bringing the Study Club to Sonoma County five years ago, we have been meeting once a month. Our goal as a community is to learn more about interdisciplinary treatment of patients, ensuring our standards remain sky-high.

What Does This Mean For Patients?

We hold our ability to communicate clearly and effectively with patients as a top priority. This means that, though we have completed our required education as dentists, we are always learning more to ensure we provide you with the highest level of dental care.

ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Health Benefits Of Dental Implants

Has the idea of filling the open spaces in your smile with dental implants crossed your mind? Perhaps the simple advantage of replacing your entire tooth (from the root to the crown) is enough to send you reeling with excitement. On a deeper level, however, you may find yourself wondering if – and how – implants are a step above your other dental prosthetic options. We suggest that you learn more about the varied and impactful health benefits of implants. This greater understanding of the ways implants can improve your life may assist you in cultivating certainty as you make your final decision to complete your smile.

General Health

Replacing your missing teeth with dental implants can protect your general health. Implants provide you with the greatest stability of all dental prosthetics, which means you can go back to eating the foods you love (rather than avoiding healthy foods simply because you cannot chew them). The result? Greatly improved nutrition.

Oral Health

Dental implants protect your oral health, as well. First, missing roots can result in jawbone deterioration. Replacing them with implants restores essential stimulation that keeps your jaw tissue healthy. Implants also provide the following:

  • Alignment Protection: They act as placeholders, which keep your teeth in alignment instead of shifting toward open spaces.
  • Bite Protection: Implants restore balance to your bite, which promotes comfortable speaking, eating, and protects against problems like bruxism and TMJ disorder.

Emotional Health

Your emotional health often suffers as a result of tooth loss. Fortunately, dental implants fully restore your teeth and the beauty of your smile, greatly improving your confidence. As a result, you may find you feel more comfortable in social settings, gaining momentum in your career, and feeling ready to succeed in multiple areas of your life.

ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARK, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Bone Grafting Quiz

Have you recently learned that you may need bone grafting to improve your chances for dental implants? If so, you have likely found yourself instantly full of a variety of questions. While you know that grafting offers exceptional benefits – namely that you will be able to complete your smile with the solid stability of implants – that may be as far as your knowledge goes. Or, if you’ve spoken with us at length or completed a bit of research, you may feel you’ve become quite knowledgeable on the subject. Either way, do yourself a favor – see if you need additional info by taking a brief quiz. And remember, we are always happy to answer your questions.

Bone Grafting Quiz: True or False?

  1. True or False: The transplanted bone tissue can come from your own body (such as from the chin or hip). Or, you may choose from other options, such as cow bone, human cadaver bone, or synthetic “bone.”
  2. True or False: Bone grafting does not enjoy a very high success rate but because it is often the only option for receiving dental implants, it is worth the attempt.
  3. True or False: Bone grafting may either promote the growth of new bone tissue or existing bone will fuse with the new tissue, creating a strong foundation for a future implant.

Quiz Answer Key

  1. True. We will speak with you about your needs and your options, determining the best bone source for your particular requirements, while examining the pros and cons.
  2. False. Bone grafting actually has a high rate of success. Failure is a slim possibility – fortunately, we can remove an unsuccessful graft and place another.
  3. True. A successful graft will restore the lost bone structure and volume, creating a strong, supportive base into which we may place an implant post. 

ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Osseointegration: What Is It?

Have you have been learning more about dental implants because you think they may offer you the teeth replacement solution best for your needs? If so, you’ve been becoming familiar with some new terms like “osseointegration.” While you may have a general understanding of what this means – essentially that your bone tissue will fuse with your implant post after placement – your knowledge may stop there. However, your curiosity may be getting the best of you. For a bit more information about this interesting process, allow us to provide you with additional details by answering questions often brought up by patients during visits.

What Is Osseointegration?

Osseointegration is a term used in dentistry to describe the way your jawbone fuses with your dental implant post. After we place the implant into your jaw tissue, the two will essentially “become one,” which offers exceptional stability. The cells of your bone, which is living tissue, will attach to the titanium post, causing them to “integrate” or connect.

Where Did The Idea Come From?

This process and its name first made an appearance in the 1950s. Scientist and professor, Per-Ingvar Branemark used titanium chambers implanted into rabbit bone to study blood flow. When he gathered his findings and attempted to remove the chambers from the bone, he discovered that they had bonded and that he could not extract the titanium devices.

Why Does It Work?

Patients are often curious why the body does not reject dental implants. This is because of something called “biocompatibility.” It means that a particular material is compatible – or will work with your living tissue – without causing harm. In addition, in the case of titanium, it is a porous material, which means your bone tissue can connect around and throughout the metal.

ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARK, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Your Wisdom Tooth Consultation

Are you wondering if you are you need of wisdom tooth removal? Fortunately, finding out whether you have wisdom teeth, if they’re developing well or may present a problem, and whether you may require their removal is all quite easy to accomplish. You simply need to schedule a wisdom tooth consultation with us to find out more about your unique smile needs. It is important to remember that even if every friend and family member you know has had a particular experience with keeping their third molars (or requiring removal), each patient is different. Learning more about your own needs is always the best approach to maintaining good oral health.

Examining Your Smile

During your wisdom tooth consultation, we will thoroughly inspect your smile visually and with the assistance of digital X-rays. With the help of these images, we can decide whether you require surgery. We will also discuss your current health and health history to determine whether oral surgery is safe for you.

Discussing Your Oral Surgery

Another important aspect of your wisdom tooth consultation is taking time to discuss what you can expect from oral surgery to remove your wisdom teeth. You may have preconceived notions about this beneficial treatment, so we will set aside time for you to ask questions and voice concerns. We will also explain the steps of surgery, how to prepare, why you need the treatment, and your sedation options for a comfortable procedure.

Creating A Comprehensive Plan

Preparing for your wisdom tooth removal surgery means that you will need specific instructions regarding getting ready for the procedure. This may include everything from avoiding eating and drinking before your treatment to what to wear, as well as information about the financial aspects of treatment. We will also explain what the recovery process will be like and how to make your healing time successful and comfortable.

ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARK, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Dental Implants Recovery Tips

In many cases, we find that patients feel much more overwhelmed at the thought of dental implant recovery than they do about the surgery itself. The good news is that you don’t have any reason to worry about either aspect of your experience. In addition to ensuring you enjoy comfortable treatments, we also speak with you at length regarding what to expect when you return home as you heal. To get a head start on making the most of your post-operative time, consider some helpful tips.

Tip#1: Pay Attention To Bleeding

Bleeding is normal in most cases after dental implant surgery. However, it should taper off after approximately 24 hours. Pay attention to your bleeding. If it is noticeable, you may wish to bite down on gauze for around a half hour until it subsides. However, if you cannot control the bleeding, please contact us right away.

Tip #2: Protect The Surgery Site

It’s important that you do not harm the wound site. Simply avoid coming into contact with the area as much as possible to allow it to heal. In addition, avoid spitting or making a sucking motion with your mouth to prevent trauma for the first 72 hours.

Tip #3: Apply A Cold Pack

You may alleviate swelling by holding a cold pack against your cheek. Make sure you do not place frozen material, such as ice, directly against your skin. Instead, cover the ice with a towel, bag, or other material. Holding this over your cheek near the dental implant site will offer relief. Follow this tip as much as you can for the first day and a half.

Tip #4: Stay Hydrated

Make sure you hydrate yourself – particularly after abstaining from liquids for your dental implant surgery. Drink hydrating liquids, like water, to remain comfortable and promote effective healing.

Tip #5: Rest, Rest, Rest

Don’t overdo it immediately after surgery. Your body will need to recover and your wounds will need to heal. Don’t lift anything heavy, bend at the waist, or engage in exercise for at least a few days.

ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Surprising Facts About Tooth Loss

We often find that patients dealing with tooth loss visit us with a mind full of misinformation. In some cases, patients simply feel isolated as though they’re the only individuals in the world dealing with a missing tooth (which is simply not true). In other cases, patients feel excited about tooth replacement options like dental implants but know very little about the details. To find out more about the truth behind tooth loss, we encourage you to consider some surprising facts.

Fact #1: Losing A Tooth May Lead To … Braces?

When you lose a tooth in your smile, an open space is left behind. Unfortunately, your remaining teeth are not settled permanently – they may begin to migrate into that open area. The result? A misaligned smile that will require orthodontic care. Fortunately, tooth replacements like dental implants will act as placeholders, keeping your smile intact.

Fact #2: You’re Not The Only One

Over 30 million individuals in our country are missing a complete series of teeth on a single arch or both arches. It’s important to keep in mind that you’re not the only person dealing with tooth loss. Whether it’s one tooth or multiple teeth, there are millions of other patients seeking teeth replacement options, too.

Fact #3: Dental Implants Are More Popular Than You Think

Patients often assume dental implants are a lucrative choice when it comes to replacing a tooth or teeth. Contrary to this thought, millions of Americans are walking around with implants in their smiles, a figure that is rapidly growing every day.

ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARK, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Dr. Leonard Tyko Named President of Oral & Facial Surgeons of California

Santa Rosa, CA – September 23, 2015  In January 2016, Dr. Leonard Tyko of Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, begins his term as President of the Oral & Facial Surgeons of California (formerly California Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons).

In preparation for his presidency, Dr. Tyko served on the Board of Directors of this statewide organization for 5 years holding many leadership positions including the Chairs of the Continuing Education Committee, CALAOMS Foundation and serving as Editor of the organization’s newsletter.  Dr. Tyko worked on several legislative items during his tenure on the Board including most-recently, AB-880—the bill to expand and define the role of dental students providing care at mobile health clinics.

During his yearlong presidency, Dr. Tyko hopes to focus the organization’s philanthropic mission to address the oral health needs of non- and under-insured Californians through the expansion of California CareForce.  Dr. Tyko welcomes any input regarding issues concerning oral surgery practice, and encourages everyone to volunteer at the upcoming California CareForce clinics (www.CaliforniaCareForce.org).

Dr. Tyko is the senior partner at Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, an oral surgery practice that has served our community for over 50 years. He also holds the position, Chairman of the Dental Department at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital.

Santa Rosa & Rohnert Park Oral Surgery, Santa Rosa, CA

For Relaxing Oral Surgery

If you’ve scheduled a visit for oral surgery, you may find that you’re feeling a bit anxious. In fact, even if you have experienced oral surgery before and had a perfectly tranquil visit, you may still find yourself dealing with some level of nervousness or hesitation. Fortunately, we are quite familiar with what you’re going through and are happy to help with anesthesia and other accommodations. To learn more about how to enjoy a relaxing appointment, we suggest becoming familiar with the best approaches to feeling calm before and during your treatment.

Ask Us Your Questions

In many cases, we find that by answering a patient’s questions, we take away all of that individual’s anxiety about oral surgery. If you are feeling antsy or concerned because you have a lot of questions and worries running through your mind, we strongly encourage you to bring them up before your appointment or your procedure. We are always more than happy to provide answers – even for the simplest of inquiries.

Speak With Us About Anesthesia

We offer a variety of anesthesia options to ensure you feel extremely calm and relaxed before and during your oral surgery procedure. Please speak with us about your options, so we may determine your level of anxiety and make sure we’re offering the best choice for your needs. Anesthesia options include nitrous oxide, oral sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia.

Rely On Our Safety Standards

We understand that some patients feel most concerned about their safety during surgery. We are happy to go over safety standards with you. In the meantime, keep in mind that we follow the same safety practices used in hospitals and outpatient surgery centers.

ABOUT YOUR SANTA ROSA, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).

Quiz: Qualifying For Implants

The process of selecting dental implants for your smile is one with several steps – the first of which includes determining whether you qualify for treatment. We understand that you may feel hesitant to visit us for a consultation because you are concerned you may not make a suitable candidate. To this worry, we would like to respond by assuring you that implants work for a wide variety of patients (even those who are not ideal candidates as they begin their teeth replacement journey). See how much you know about candidacy (and possibly have some questions answered) by quizzing your current understanding of the requirements.

Implant Candidacy: True or False?

  1. True or False: As long as you have a desire to choose dental implants to replace your teeth, you may visit us to begin your treatment immediately.
  2. True or False: If your jawbone has deteriorated due to periodontal disease or other contributing factors, there is nothing we can do to help. You will need to consider alternative options to replace your teeth.
  3. True or False: If you are interested in replacing multiple teeth at once but you do not want to rely on single implants per open space, you may rely on implant-retained prosthetics like dental bridges or dentures.

Quiz Answer Key

  1. False. Qualifying for dental implants is complex – we will need to make sure that you are healthy enough for surgery and that your jawbone can support implants. We will begin with a consultation, which will include a thorough dental examination and discussion.
  2. False. If your jawbone is damaged, you do not necessarily need to cross implants off of your list of options. We may first recommend bone grafting to improve the volume and strength of your jaw tissue.
  3. True. We can place multiple implant posts (fewer than the amount of open spaces in your smile) to offer exceptional stability to larger prosthetics.

ABOUT YOUR ROHNERT PARK, CA, ORAL SURGEONS:

Combining experience in oral and maxillofacial surgery with a genuine care for their patients’ health and comfort, the team at Santa Rosa and Rohnert Park Oral Surgery is ready to improve the health and beauty of smiles in the Sonoma County and North Bay area. To schedule a consultation, contact our office by calling 707-545-4625 (Santa Rosa) or 707-584-1630 (Rohnert Park).