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Gettysburg dentist discusses history of toothbrush

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Nov 14, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

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No one invention in dental history is more appreciated
than the toothbrush. Natural bristle brushes were first introduced by the
ancient Chinese. These early dental inventors first devised the toothbrush using
natural bristles attached to the bones of cold climate pigs. 

French dentists were the first to introduce toothbrushes to European culture
in the seventeenth and early eighteenth century. William Addis of England was
the first individual in history to promote the toothbrush commercially in
Europe, prompting many individuals to rethink their personal dental care. 

After the Civil War, American H.N. Wadsworth began to manufacture and sell
the first mass produced toothbrush. The earliest commercial-style brush was
produced in Massachusetts by the Florence Manufacturing Company. The brush was
called the Pro-phy-lac-tic. Try saying that ten times fast.

Nylon bristle toothbrushes became popular around 1938. The first nylon style
brush was produced by the DuPont Company. According to statistics, the act of
brushing one's teeth did not gain in popularity until WWII, when soldiers got in
the habit of brushing during boot camp.

The first electric toothbrush ever made was designed and developed in
Switzerland in 1939. The Squibb company perfected the electric toothbrush in
1960 and began distribution in America (to dentist offices only) around the same
time, it was called the Broxodent. Electric cordless toothbrushes were not
available to the public in America until 1987 from a company called
Interplak.

Toothpaste has been proven to be in existence as early as 500BC. The earliest
users of toothpaste were the ancient inhabitants of China and India. Modern
style toothpaste was developed in the early 1800s. An American by the name of
John Harris was the first to ever add chalk as an ingredient of toothpaste. Dr.
Washington Sheffield of Connecticut was the first person to introduce toothpaste
in a tube. Colgate adapted Sheffield's design and later added detergents and
flouride to the mix for better tooth maintenance.

Dental history facts are fun, but if you are looking for a modern, hi tech, Gettysburg dentist, look to the future at Samuels Dental Arts P.C.!

 

Article submitted by:  Peter J. Samuels, DDS

Topics: Dental history, Gettysburg dentist

Considering a Sedation Dentist?

Posted by Peter Samuels on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 @ 15:11 PM

 



Sedation dentist in Gettysburg

 

If you are like many Americans, just the word "dentist" can send shivers down your spine. New innovation and technology has made dentistry less invasive and easier to handle than ever before. Choosing a sedation dentist can help you face your fears and finally have that dental work you have been putting off for so long.

Sedation dentistry is no longer reserved for surgeries or complicated procedures. Sedation dentists offer sedation anesthesia for cleanings, fillings, implants, crowns and almost any dental procedure. When deciding which sedation dentist will be best for you, it is important to evaluate the experience and training of the dentist.  Our office uses the services of a medical anesthesiologist.  The level of sedation he can provide is much greater than with just a pill taken before the appointment  

You may be wondering if you can afford sedation dentistry. To be truthful, the cost varies per procedure, per patient. But one of the most attractive benefits of sedation dentistry is that more work can be done in less time. This means more than one procedure can be performed during a single visit. Fewer trips to the dentist can save you money in the long run.  Often years of work can be caught up in one, comfortable visit.  Many patients feel like they were in the chair for just five minutes!  

Anxiety about going to the dentist does not have to be the norm. Choosing the right dentist can work wonders for your appearance and health. When deciding which sedation dentist is right for you, narrow your search by stopping by the dentists office or contacting them via the internet. In most cases, the dentist's staff will be happy to explain their sedation procedures, services they offer, and potential cost.

For more information on sedation dentistry and how it can benefit you, contact us at Samuel's Dental Arts, P.C. Our family run and operated dental office has proudly serves
the residents of Gettysburg, PA and the surrounding areas using cutting-edge technology coupled with the most gentle approach. 


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Gettysburg Dentist discusses the Benefits of Cerec Porcelain Onlays

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

Gettysburg Cerec Dentist

 

There are several techniques and  materials that a Gettysburg dentist may use to
restore teeth. Composite resin is usefull if the cavity isn't too big.  Crowns made of porcelain, metal, or a combination can hold a tooth together when the cavity is very large.  Porcelain onlays made by a Cerec machine, are somewhere in between. Here’s a closer look
at what Cerec onlays are and why this Gettysburg dentist likes to use them.

Although similar, a porcelain Cerec onlay is not a crown. Onlays are designed to
restore a tooth’s biting surface. They are often used by Cerec trained dentists
when a patient’s tooth has a cavity that is too large for a standard filling. A
crown, on the other hand, is designed to cover more surface area. Therefore, it
is often used when an entire tooth has sustained extensive damage.

There are several advantages that may be gained by utilizing porcelain onlays
over other restorative materials. To begin with, Cerec onlays allow for the preservation of
the natural tooth. They also tend to blend in nicely with a person’s existing
teeth. As a matter of fact, Cerec restorations are virtually invisible.

 

Cerec onlays generally take one visit to fabricate.  The tooth is numbed.  The decay is removed and an infrared image of the prepared tooth is uploaded to a computer.  No messy impressions necessary!  The Cerec restoration is designed on the computer and milled by a cad cam robot type machine.  It is then chemically bonded to the tooth.  Unlike with a lab made crown, there is no need for the patient to return for a second visit.

To learn more about porcelain Cerec onlays and speak with a Gettysburg
dentist
, please contact Samuels Dental Arts P.C. Our Gettysburg dentists may be
reached online or by calling (717) 778-4268. We also serve patients in
Chambersburg, Hanover and Harrisburg.

Topics: Gettysburg Cerec Dentist, Dentist in Gettysburg

Are You Are a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Oct 22, 2013 @ 11:10 AM

 


 

 

dental implantsDid you know that even the ancient Egyptians used dental implants? The University of Rochester Medical Center reveals that anthropologists have discovered mummies with implants that date back thousands of years. Of course, since then the technology has vastly improved.

In simplest terms, modern dental implants are made of surgical-grade titanium posts that a dentist places in bone under your gum tissue. This process replaces the roots of previously extracted teeth and allows the material to fuse to the bone. (Osseointegrate) Then, an artificial tooth made of ceramic that mimics the size and color of your existing teeth is fastened to the implant. The result is a permanently mounted artificial tooth that is next to impossible to detect with the naked eye.

You are a good candidate for dental implants if:

  1. You are looking for a lifetime solution to spaces left by missing teeth. If you are in good health and committed to caring for your oral health, there is a good chance that the implants last for your entire life.
  2. You take oral hygiene seriously. Since periodontal disease can develop at the implant site as easily as you may find it around your natural teeth, it is crucial to be vigilant about oral hygiene. If you are willing to get up close and personal with your brush, floss and dental water jet, the implants can be the right solution. If you are further willing to visit your hygienist every three months or so, you are definitely a good candidate.
  3. You want to get out and mingle! It is sometimes difficult to speak clearly when certain teeth are missing. At other times, it can be hard to mount dentures or bridges in a mouth where several teeth are unable to support them. Finally, there is occasionally a marked difficulty in enjoying certain nutritious foods. This may leave you feeling shy and even cause you to withdraw from social activities. When you are ready to get out and mingle but feel that your missing teeth are keeping you from enjoying all that life has to offer, implants may be the answer.

There used to be a time when diabetes sufferers were discouraged from considering implants. This is no longer the case. If you have your diabetes under control, you can be a good candidate for the procedure. Samuels Dental Arts P.C. knows that you probably have a lot of questions about dental implants. Contact us today for more information. Our friendly staff members are looking forward to answering all of your questions.

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Gettysburg Dentist Warns Against Gum Disease

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Oct 3, 2013 @ 14:10 PM

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Gum disease, more medically known as periodontal disease, is an
infection that destroys the gums and the bone that supports your teeth. It can
affect one or more teeth, removing bone without you knowing until it's too
late.

The primary cause is plaque, a colorless film that forms all the time around
your teeth. When left untended, plaque can harden into tartar, which can only be
removed by a dental professional. However, many factors can affect gum
disease.

  • Genetics. If you're family has a history of periodontal disease, you're more
    likely to develop it.

  • Bad oral hygiene. Not brushing or flossing after every meal allows tartar to
    accumulate.

  • Tobacco. Smoking not only increases the chances of periodontal disease but
    can affect treatment.

  • Poor nutrition. Without the right food, your body is less able to ward off
    infection.

You won't always experience the symptoms of gum disease, but some of them
include the following.

  • Bleeding while you brush or floss.

  • Tender and swollen gums.

  • Loose or separating teeth.

  • Constant bad breath.

  • Gums receding from the teeth, making them appear longer.

Treatment for gum disease varies according to how far the infection has
progressed. In the early stages, we may simply remove the tartar, and
recommend brushing and flossing to minimize the problem. Later stages may see
significant bone loss, which may require surgery.

The best way to determine if you have periodontal disease is to contact us,
your Gettysburg dentist, so we can
examine your gums and teeth.

Topics: Dentist in Gettysburg, Periodontal Disease, Gettysburg dentist

Dental Sleep Appliance Treatment

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Sep 30, 2013 @ 22:09 PM

 

Dental Sleep Appliance

 

 

What is it Oral Appliance Therapy?

Oral Appliance Therapy (OAT), or snore appliance, is a non-surgical method of controlling snoring or obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by use of dental appliance. The device, similar to an orthodontic retainer or a mouth-guard used by athletes, is worn in the mouth while sleeping to prevent the soft tissues of the throat from collapsing and obstructing the airway.

Types of OAT

  1. Mandibular Advancement Appliances (MMA): This option advances the jaw forward and helps to open the airway space.
  2. Tongue-Retaining Devices (TRD): This method focuses specifically on the tongue. By simply moving the tongue forward, the airway is opened and easier breathing occurs.
  3. Palatal Lifting Appliances (PLA): By lifting the soft palate, the airway space is opened up, allowing a freer air flow, and reducing OSA and snoring.

Do you need Oral Appliance Therapy?

OAT is the first choice of patients who experience heavy snoring or mild sleep apnea according to the The American Academy of Sleep Medicine (AASM). It is also a viable and effective solution for people who experience moderate or severe sleep apnea who are not a good candidate for a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine. Further, OAT can be used in conjunction with CPAP when there are issues with nasal CPAP alone. This done by lowering the pressure, thus making it more tolerable for the patient.

Oral appliances offer a safe, highly-effective and non-invasive treatment option for the millions of Americans suffering from OSA and severe, chronic snoring. If you think you suffer from a sleep-related sleeping disorder, you should seek the help of a qualified sleep medical professional.

Drs. Samuels and Dr. Berger have helped many PA residents who sufferer from sleep-related problems like snoring and sleep apnea. If you have any questions or concerns about a condition that you may have, contact us by calling 717.778.4268, or by email [email protected] to schedule some time for an evaluation.


Topics: snore appliance, gettysburg sleep dentist, gettysburg sleep apnea, dental snore appliance, Gettysburg sedation dentist

Gettysburg Implant Dentist discusses Dental Implants

Posted by Peter Samuels on Fri, Sep 20, 2013 @ 22:09 PM

Gettysburg dental implant

 

 

At one time, people faced with tooth loss had very few options. Today, this is no longer the case. Hi tech dentistry has multiple options to choose from including the use of dental implants. Dental implants have become one of the more popular options and with good reason. Implants have a very high success rate and are the closest thing yet to growing back a natural tooth!

Dental implants typically consist of three parts; a cylindrical post, an abutment and a crown. Depending on the type of the implant, one end of the cylindrical post is inserted into the jawbone. Later, the exposed end gets outfitted with an abutment and a crown. Together, they offer patients a variety of benefits.

One of the primary benefits of dental implant tooth replacement is the impact on a person’s bone health. To understand that impact fully, it’s important to first talk about what happens when a tooth is lost.

Soon after a tooth is removed, the supporting, alveolar bone begins to be lost as well. The alveolar bone is an area of the jawbone that surrounds our teeth, sits on top of the basal bone and helps shape our face.

Our alveolar jaw bone structure is kept healthy by the positions of our natural teeth as well as by stimulation from our natural chewing movements. The bottom line is that when natural teeth are lost the health of the bone and the surrounding tissue starts to deteriorate. Jaw bone thins and the shape of the person’s face may change creating additional problems.

Dental implants can stop jaw bone deterioration from occurring because they take the place of the natural teeth below the gum line. Other dental devices, like bridges and dentures, do not go below the gum line and therefore they are not capable of preventing bone deterioration.

In addition, because dental implants closely resemble natural teeth, you can eat, drink and speak normally with the implants in place. The same cannot be said of dentures which have a tendency to move around during normal use. When dentures move around, they often cause the wearer physical discomfort and speech difficulties.

Another way to replace a missing tooth is with a fixed bridge.  If an implant is possible, it offers a significant advantage over bridgework in that healthy teeth do not need to be used as anchors.  With dental implants, the jawbone serves as the anchor. When using dental implants the remaining remaining healthy, natural teeth do not sustain unnecessary damage.

Unlike the alternatives of dentures or fixed bridgework, dental implants are long lasting and extremely durable. They  don’t require nightly removal, the use of messy adhesives or soaking solutions. As such, they are easy to maintain and less likely to become lost or damaged.

Whether you are in need of the replacement of one tooth or all your teeth, dental implants can offer a wonderful solution.  The place to start is to have a discussion with an experienced implant dentist or prosthodontist who has the expertise in dental implantology to explain all your options.

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Gettysburg Cosmetic Dentist discusses options for Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by Peter Samuels on Sat, Sep 14, 2013 @ 15:09 PM

Cosmetic dentistry in Gettysburg

 

You may be under the impression that all cosmetic dentistry involves
time-consuming, expensive, and painful procedures just so your teeth can look
good. In fact, several options are available at different price and convenience
levels.

Teeth whitening treats colored or stained teeth so they
become whiter. This is the least intrusive option and can be done at home with
kits you can buy over the counter. In-office dental whitening and professional, custom, take home whitening using custom, fabricated teeth bleaching trays is far more
effective because it can use stronger agents while protecting sensitive areas of
the mouth, such as the gums.

Fillings are arguably the most familiar of the cosmetic
methods because many individuals have had cavities filled as a protective measure
when they were still schoolchildren. Fillings can also repair rough spots and
chips with resins or porcelain materials that can be colored to look like
natural teeth. They bond directly to the enamel and dentin, adding further
protection.  Modern, cosmetically oriented dentists have the ability to artistically bond composite fillings to front or back teeth making the fillings almost invisible.

Crowns cover broken, cracked or decayed teeth to prevent further
damage in the future which can involve extensive procedures, time,
and expense. In the past, such crowns were made out of gold for better
durability at the expense of aesthetics. Modern crowns can often be pure ceramic.
 They provide strength and durability, and are indistinguishable from
natural teeth even when used in the front of the mouth. 

Veneers are a thin layer of porcelain artistically designed and custom made for your individual teeth.  They can be bonded to the outside surface of front teeth to produce the gorgeous, white smile you have always wanted.

Rather than trying to decide on your own which of these options is preferable
for your appearance, why not contact us for an appointment? We can thoroughly
diagnose your problem and recommend options that are not only effective but also
fit your time and budget constraints.  As unrestricted dental providers, Dr. Samuels and Dr. Berger are able to provide the right dental solution using the most cosmetic dental materials available without worrying about the restrictions of your dental insurance companies.

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Your Lack of Sleep May Have Dental Roots Says Sleep Apnea Dentist

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Sep 5, 2013 @ 16:09 PM

Gettysburg sleep dentist, sleep apnea appliance, snore appliance Gettysburg

 

Are you generally healthy and get the recommended eight hours of sleep in a
restful environment? Then why are you always tired and sleepy when you’re awake?
You may be suffering from sleep apnea and just don’t know it. A dentist trained to make sleep appliances can help.

Sleep apnea is a condition that stops your breathing temporarily while you
sleep. This stop may last a few seconds to a few minutes, and as much as 30 or
more times an hour, according to the National
Institutes of Health
. One of the most common causes of this condition is
when your jaw blocks your airway because your muscles around your airway fully
relax as you fall into a deep sleep.

So you don’t suffocate to death, your body spends time fighting this
obstruction, thus making sleep difficult. Because only a limited amount of air
passes through your airways, you start to snore, which also interrupts the sleep
of anyone in bed with you. CNN notes that
constant sleep apnea can damage the body because it does not get the required
rest. The condition can lead to such medical risks as high blood pressure,
depression, diabetes, cancer and weight gain.

One common symptom of sleep apnea is teeth grinding. You may not be aware
that you do this because it happens also while you sleep. However, as sleep apnea dentists, we can look at any roughness on the surfaces of your teeth to determine if teeth grinding is
a problem for you. We can also recommend treatment options, which may include a
visit to a medical sleep specialist to confirm our suspicions of sleep
apnea.  For mild to moderate sleep apnea a night time dental appliance can help solve the problem.  If you already have been given a CPAP machine and find it difficult to tolerate, a dental sleep appliance may be the answer.  Even if you simply snore, a simple dental appliance you wear at night can help.

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

Sedation Dentistry Offers a Solution to Folks Afraid to Seek Care

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Aug 29, 2013 @ 17:08 PM

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There are many things that scare people. The boogey man, spiders, public
speaking and dental treatments are just four of them. While we may not be able
to help you avoid spiders, public speaking or the boogey man, we can help reduce
your fear of treatments with sedation dentistry. Here’s more:

Thanks to inquisitive dentists
from the 1800s and their pain adverse patients, sedation dentistry was born.
Interestingly enough, you can watch a movie about one of the dentists involved
in the discovery process should you be so inclined. The film is titled The Great
Moment
. It was released in 1944 and starred Joel McCrea as the good
dentist, W.T.G. Morton. At the time of Morton’s heyday, the preferred method of
sedation was ether.

Understandably, techniques have changed a bit since Morton’s rise to
prominence. Today, there are several types of sedation used in dentistry. They
are general anesthesia, oral conscious sedation and intravenous conscious sedation. We like to offer our patients intravenous, conscious sedation anesthesia, which is administered by a medical anesthesiologist.  This kind of anesthsia is very similar to what one might have for a procedure such as colonoscopy or getting wisdom teeth out.

I.V. conscious sedation anesthesia differs from other methods
in several key ways. For starters, it allows the patient to remain conscious but
completely relaxed. It also doesn’t require airway intervention, pills or a
lengthy recovery process. As a matter of fact, in many instances, the effects of
the sedation will wear off within two hours or less. Time seems to go by very quickly.  Most patients feel like they were in the dental chair for five minutes!  Usually extensive treatment can be completed in one, comfortable appointment.

At this point, you may be wondering how much sedation dentistry costs and
whether or not you can afford it. In general, the sedation process is billed by
the hour. The treatment costs are additional. Because everyone’s dental needs
are different, the costs involved will obviously vary. However, we do offer no interest financing
that may help minimize your financial related concerns. We also work to maximze dental insurance coverage and are willing to help you determine if your particular dental insurance plan will cover your care. To learn more about sedation dentistry and our other
services, please contact us by phone or online. Our phone number is (717)
778-4268.

Topics: gettysburg sleep dentist, Gettysburg sedation dentist

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