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Preventive Dentistry is Affordable Dentistry. Neglect is Expensive!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

 

 


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The cost of preventing oral issues is minimal compared to the cost of having to treat them. We believe that each penny saved on dental health is a penny that can be spent on something you can enjoy. Here are several ways that you can save money through taking an active role in your preventive dentistry.

Proper Nutrition Is Vital

A vital part of optimizing the lifespan of your teeth is through nutritional education and the dental consequences of eating certain foods. Proper nutrition is critical to maintaining overall health, as well as oral health!

  • Sugar: It is pretty common knowledge that sugar can have adverse effects on teeth and it is in a lot more products than you think! The trick is knowing how to read the label. Many companies don't use the word "sugar" in the packaging even though a form of it is included. Any word ending in "-ose" on the label is a sugar ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that we cap our sugar intake at 12.5 teaspoons a day (that's about one can of soda.)
  • Foods: Foods that benefit your oral health are calcium-rich (dairy, leafy greens, and almonds), protein-rich (like meat, seafood, and eggs), and water-rich (vegetables and fruits.) These kinds of foods provide healthy minerals that aid in strengthening tooth enamel, cleaning plaque and bacteria from teeth, and increase saliva to wash away particulates.
  • Water: Hydration is vital! Water cleanses your mouth of food particles, acids, and sugars. Water also increases the saliva content in your mouth, which is the front-line warrior in the battle against cavities.

Visit Your Gettysburg Dentist Before There's a Problem

Your family dentist doesn't just exist to provide relief when you have a dental problem. Your dentist is there to assist you in maintaining the best dental practices and oral health for life. They offer some preventative services that can preserve the health of your mouth. Sometimes it is essential to spend a little money now to save a lot of money down the road. According to the American Dental Association, the cost of restorative dental procedures can cost up to ten times more than investing in some standard preventative dental services.


  • For example, the national average cost of an annual cleaning is around $60 for a child and $80 for an adult, along with a roughly $50 examination fee. A root canal can be close to $1000 excluding the finishing touches of a crown! Definitely worth the preventive dental visits, such as cleanings.

Prevention is everything. See your dentist and hygienist regularly and save a bundle!

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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I’d rather have a Root Canal than…(fill in blank!) Root canal Treatment in Gettysburg

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 19:12 PM

 

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The dental procedure known as a root canal is often employed to save a natural tooth. Dentists commonly perform this operation as part of their general resume. Endodontists and oral surgeons are specialists who can provide root canal treatments as well. In general, root canal treatment means the removal of the pulp tissue from within a tooth and its replacements with a material to seal the hollowed our root system. Root canals become necessary in a variety of situations. Here are some reasons why your dentist could decide this procedure is the best option in your case.

  • Tooth decay can wreak havoc on a tooth. Infections due to bacteria can eat away at the enamel and delve farther if left unchecked. While early intervention with a bonded filling or a crown can often prevent the need for invasive treatment, many times an infection damages and weakens the tooth to the point that a root canal is necessary. This generally occurs when the pulp (the inner portion of the tooth) becomes inflamed or dies. If left untreated infection can form around the root. Eventually the infection can spread to the face and cause swelling and even life threatening systemic infection. A root canal can usually effectively clear the infection and save the tooth.
  • Trauma can lead to the need for a root canal. This happens when forceful impact occurs to a tooth. A blow to the mouth, a bad fall, a car accident can cause trauma to the tooth and the pulp tissue. Sometimes, even many years after the trauma, the pulp can die and become infected. Root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp can save the tooth.
  • A deep filling due to deep decay often will cause a tooth to be temperature sensitive. This is normal. Occasionally, even years later, the pulp will become inflamed or infected and require root canal treatment.

Modern root canal treatment is usually comfortable and painless. Dental IV sedation anesthesia is available for apprehensive patients.  Contrary to popular belief root canals do not cause pain, they relieve pain!

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a local Gettysburg dentist.

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Topics: Sedation dentist Gettysburg, Absessed tooth, Root Canal Treatment

Sedation Dentistry in Gettysburg

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 19:12 PM

 

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For many people just the thought of a visit to the dentist immediately results in extreme anxiety. The fear of a painful experience often results in putting off simple dental issues until they require a more drastic course of action. But it doesn't have to be that way! Sedation dentistry, sometimes called sleep dentistry, allows those with dental anxiety to receive the care they need in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Time goes by very quickly. Most patients finish treatment feeling like they were only in the chair for a few minutes. Years of catch-up work can often be accomplished in one, relaxing visit.

To ensure patient safety sedation for dental treatment is administered by a medical anesthesiologist, and only after a comprehensive dental exam and a medical history review. You will be continually monitored during the entire procedure. Monitoring continues after treatment until the effects of the dental sedation have worn off and it is safe to leave. You will need to have someone with you to drive you home.

A variety of IV medications are given during the procedure to keep you nicely sedated. Ever have an endoscopy or similar procedure with sedation anesthesia? The same medications are used for dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry allows those with dental phobia or even just a little nervousness to receive the care necessary to correct existing issues, prevent further damage, and address conditions that may cause problems in the future. An added benefit is that more treatment can be finished during your visit when you are relaxed and free of anxiety. If you have a busy work schedule, sedation for dental treatment can often minimize the number of dental appointments you will need.

Sedation dentistry allows many patients who have avoided the dentist for years to receive necessary care comfortably and anxiety free!

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a local Gettysburg dentist.

GettysburgCosmeticDental.com 717-334-0555

Topics: Sedation dentist Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist, Sedation dentistry

Composite or Silver Mercury; What is meant by Mercury Free Dentistry?

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 @ 17:12 PM

 

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Nobody is excited about getting a cavity filled. Fortunately, however, due to advances in modern dental technology, the process is way easier than it used to be. What's more, depending on the type of filling, the results don't have to be obvious to the world. Unlike the dark, silver-mercury fillings of days gone by, composite or ceramic fillings leave your newly restored tooth virtually indistinguishable from its next-door neighbors.

That means you can smile, laugh, and cheer without fear that the people around you will be counting your fillings.

But that's not the only advantage to leaving amalgam fillings behind. In addition to the aesthetic aspect, there are practical benefits to considering bonded composite and porcelain fillings instead of mercury-silver.

For one thing, composite fillings bond directly to your tooth structure, ensuring a more stable connection and decreasing the likelihood that the filling will eventually fall out. Bonded fillings can actually strengthen a tooth. Silver-mercury fillings, on the other hand, are not chemically bonded to the enamel and and can weaken the tooth.

There are pros and cons to all kinds of fillings. Talk to your dentist about the best recommendation for your particular situation.

 

Peter J. Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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Topics: mercury free dentistry, Gettysburg mercury free

Got a Gap in your Smile?  Dental Implants to the Rescue!

Posted by Julie Berger on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

 

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Remember when you were a child, and you looked forward with giddy excitement to the day when you would lose your first tooth? Finally, you would have tangible evidence that you were growing up! You would proudly display your gap-toothed grin and prove once and for all that you were a Big Kid at last!

These days, however, the thought of losing a tooth probably isn't so thrilling. 

Everyone's situation is different, of course, but no matter how many teeth you've lost or why you've lost them, on this you can rest assured: you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 35 million Americans are missing teeth on one or both jaws. So you are in good company.

In a paper detailing current trends in dental implant procedures, the U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this further statistical breakdown:

69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. 

Losing a tooth or two may prove embarrassing, but it is actually not unusual, and you definitely have options to restoring your smile to its former glory. One of the best ways to restore lost teeth is with dental implants. It’s the next best thing to growing a new tooth!

So don't despair.

Instead, look ahead to your next step!

Your Next Step

If your goal is to restore your smile, then your next step should be to schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options. After evaluating your particular situation, we'll work together to form a plan best suited to your needs. Did you know that today we are often able to replace all the teeth in one day?  Hopeless teeth are removed, dental implants are placed and you leave with a new smile!

Odds are high that dental implants will be right for you; but if not, we'll discuss your options and select the best and most efficient route. Everyone deserves a great smile!

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Not Your Grandfather's Dentures

Posted by Julie Berger on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 @ 18:07 PM

Missing teeth can be a serious issue that affects your speech, your appearance, and your ability to eat. Equally important, missing teeth can also negatively affect how you feel about yourself and how you appear to others. If you want to recapture the old you and become the person you used to be, dentures may be the perfect solution for you.

Modern dentures are available in a variety of options that can maximize both your appearance and you comfort, while simultaneously restoring your ability to both eat and speak.

Here are a few of the many denture options available from your dentist. Your dentist will be able to help you chose the best denture options to both greatly improve your quality of life and help you regain your winning smile:

  • A Complete Denture: This is what most people picture when they think of dentures. As its name implies, a complete denture replaces all of a patient's top or bottom teeth and is used when a patient has had those teeth removed. A complete denture consists of a removable plate, made of a pink material designed to look like the patient's natural gums, with the false teeth permanently affixed to the plate. This plate is then carefully fitted over the patient's gums. This is the most basic kind of denture. A properly fitted complete denture can change a patient's life by giving the patient the confidence that comes with having perfect, straight teeth that to the casual observer are indistinguishable from the patient's nature teeth.
  • A Partial Denture: As the name implies, a partial denture is smaller or partial version of the complete denture, and is used when a patient is missing only a few consecutive teeth. A partial denture attaches to the adjacent or nearby teeth to remain in place. Your dentist will be able to match the color and tint of the false teeth with the existing natural teeth, making the partial denture undetectable to both family and friends.
  • An Implant-Supported Denture: A recent innovation in teeth replacement is the implant-supported denture. This type of denture offers significant advantages to the patient in terms of appearance, durability and comfort compared to traditional denture options. Implant-supported dentures consist of two parts: false teeth mounted on a clear acrylic base, and implants or attachment studs which are placed in the jaw bone. The implant-supported dentures simply fit over the gum and click into place on the stud or attachment point, giving the dentures a firm, comfortable fit that will not loosen or fall out. This unmatched fit means that implant-supported dentures will stay in much more solidly than conventional dentures. Many of the problems associated with traditional dentures, such as irritation or sores or embarrassement may be avoided. 
  • Fixed Teeth with Implants  New techniques often allow us to replace bad teeth with teeth fixed to the jaw with dental implants in one day.  Only your dentist can take the teeth out. You can eat, talk, socialize, and date without worrying about dentures moving or loosening.

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

717-334-0555      GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Topics: Gettysburg Dentures

Can't Tolerate CPAP?

Posted by Julie Berger on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 @ 16:06 PM

 

 

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Many people believe that CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machines are the only treatment options for sleep apnea sufferers. However, that is not the case. Dental appliances can also be used to effectively treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Do dental sleep appliances work like a CPAP machine?

Dental sleep appliances do not work in the same manner as a CPAP machine, but they do encourage uninterrupted breathing. A CPAP machine directs a stream of air into the face of the sleeper to promote a continuous breathing cycle. A dental appliance does not provide additional airflow. Instead, the device promotes proper placement of the structural components of the mouth. 

The intervals of interrupted breathing that are associated with sleep apnea often occur when the soft tissues within the mouth collapse into the throat to obstruct airflow. A dental appliance can keep the lower jaw in proper position during rest to discourage soft tissue collapse.

Are dental appliances for sleep apnea bulky?

One reason that many people find it difficult to sleep while using a CPAP machine is the bulk of the device. The mask covers a significant portion of the face, making some sleep positions awkward and uncomfortable. 

Dental sleep appliances fit in the mouth like a custom mouth-guard. The appliance fits onto the upper teeth and the lower teeth. Most people find the appliance quite comfortable.

Is the process for obtaining a dental sleep appliance lengthy?

Only a few appointments are needed for the creation of your dental sleep appliance. During one appointment, a mold of your mouth is made to use as a guide for the dental lab that will fabricate the appliance. Once the appliance is complete, a fitting appointment is scheduled to ensure that the device fits and performs as it should.  You will be monitored with several appointments over a period of time to make sure the appliance is working optimally.

Does insurance pay for oral sleep appliances?

Oral sleep appliance therapy is a recognized effective treatment for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.  It is often covered by medical insurance.

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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Snoring Isn't Funny!  Got Sleep Apnea? A Sleep Appliance may be the Ticket.

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, May 2, 2017 @ 10:05 AM

 

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Does your partner complain about your snoring? Or perhaps he or she worries that you may have a problem with sleep apnea. Luckily, your dentist may have the solution to either -- or both -- problems: An FDA-approved dental appliance.

Snoring

If your partner has told you in no uncertain terms that you snore, take comfort in the fact that you're not alone. As many as half of all adults snore! Snoring occurs when breathing is partially obstructed in some way. Air flows past relaxed tissues in your throat, causing them to vibrate and produce that harsh, often joked about sound known as snoring.

Snoring has many potential causes such as ...

  • having a low, thick soft palate
  • drinking alcohol at night before bed
  • nasal problems
  • sleep deprivation
  • sleep position
  • sleep apnea

Snoring isn’t Funny!

Snoring is sometimes associated with a sleep disorder known as Obstructive Sleep Apnea. Not all snorers have this disorder, so don't panic! However, if your snoring is accompanied by any of the following symptoms, a visit to your doctor is a good idea: ...

  • extreme daytime sleepiness
  • frequent or chronic morning headaches
  • morning sore throat
  • restless sleep that's not stress-related
  • nighttime gasping or choking
  • nighttime chest pain
  • snoring that's so loud it frequently wakes your partner and sometimes even wakes you

Oral Appliances

Even though you may see your doctor for a diagnosis, your dentist is actually the person who will fit you for an oral appliance to help with snoring.

An oral appliance is a form-fitting dental mouthpiece that fits over your teeth and  helps advance the position of your jaw, soft palate and tongue to keep your air passage open and unobstructed. Many times, these appliances are covered by your medical insurance or Medicare.,

Tried a CPAP machine and are unable to tolerate it?

You are not alone.  An oral sleep appliance may be a good option.  There are no masks or hoses or sounds.  Talk to your physician about this option.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

GettysburgFamilyDentist.com   717-334-0555

Topics: snore appliance, gettysburg sleep dentist, gettysburg sleep apnea

Sedation Dentistry Explained

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Apr 24, 2017 @ 13:04 PM

 

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I often ask new patients who come to me for sedation dentistry what it is that they are most anxious about. Many times it is simply a fear of being judged.  “I haven’t been to a dentist for 20 years and I’m afraid you’re going to lecture me!”  We are non-judgemental and we cater to cowards! If going to the dentist makes you uneasy, nervous or stressed out you are not alone. We are grateful that we can provide sedation services for those who would otherwise not go to the dentist. Fear is the problem. Sedation dentistry is often the solution.

What is Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation dentistry uses IV medicine to help patients relax and rest comfortably while having dental work completed. This is called conscious sedation anesthesia. It is safely administered in our office by a trained, medical anesthesiologist. You are carefully monitored throughout the procedure. This kind of care should not be confused with just taking a pill or using laughing gas given by a regular dentist.  During sedation patients remain conscious but often are so relaxed that they feel like they slept through the entire appointment. Time seems to go by very quickly.  The treatment may take several hours while many patients feels like only a few minutes went by. Sedation anesthesia often allows dentists to complete complex procedures such as deep cleanings, fillings and crowns in one visit versus having a patient return multiple times. This can save you time, money and discomfort.   

Sedation Dentistry - Overcome Dental Phobias

If you or a loved one is reluctant to go to the dentist because of a fear or dental phobia, consider IV conscious sedation dentistry. From regular check-ups to complete reconstructions, we can help you overcome your fears and walk away victorious, with a healthy smile as your prize.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

GettysburgFamilyDentist.com   334-0555

Topics: Sedation dentist Gettysburg, Gettysburg sedation dentist

Teeth in a Day All-On-Four in Gettysburg?

Posted by Julie Berger on Wed, Apr 19, 2017 @ 10:04 AM

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Root canals, gum disease, fillings, and crowns…oh my.  If you’ve been through the mill with your teeth you know who you are.  We all want to keep our natural teeth for a life-time, but sometimes enough is enough.  Recent new TeethXpress technology allows some great solutions.

 

It used to be that removable dentures were the only option.  You had your teeth removed and had an immediate, temporary type denture placed, and then, after several months of healing, another final denture.  You hoped you could accommodate to a new lifestyle of wearing a removable piece of plastic in your mouth.  You hoped that your mouth was shaped right so that the denture would stay in.  If you had a dry mouth or a gag reflex then removable dentures might never work well.

 

Along came dental implants.  Now we had a way to give you fixed teeth that were almost like your own natural teeth.  But the procedure was long and complicated.  You had to have the teeth removed and wear removable dentures for six months to a year.  Then implants were placed and you waited another six months or so.  Finally the process of making fixed teeth held in by implants could be started.  This would take another several months.  It was not uncommon for the process to take about two years from start to finish, and it was very expensive.

 

Today, with the proper planning and technology such as TeethXpress, we can often remove teeth, place implants, and make fixed teeth all at the same visit.  You’re sedated and comfortable and leave with a new smile held in by dental implants.  There’s a period of healing and the first set of teeth are temporary for several months, but you are never without fixed teeth; no loose dentures and no big piece of plastic covering the palate. Most patients feel good enough to get back to their normal routine with practically no down time.  A brand new set of teeth in one day! The price tag has also come way down from just a few years ago.

 

Eat healthy, socialize without embarrassment, date again, get that new job.  A new TeethXpress smile with fixed teeth can help get you there!

 

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist specialist. 

 

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Topics: Teeth in a Day, All on Four, Gettysburg

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