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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.


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Gettysburg Implant Dentist discusses Dental Implants

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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.

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The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Posted by Peter Samuels on Thu, Aug 22, 2013 @ 15:08 PM

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Sedation care is a widely used and
popular way for millions of people who have a fear of the dentist to receive the
care that they need. It can be a viable and easy option for those who may have a
fear of the dentist, perhaps from a traumatic event they experienced as a child
or adult, or for those who have a special need, or simply for those who need to save
time. No matter the reason, skipping regular checkups, cleanings and, for some,
forgoing important restorative procedures that can jeopardize  health and is
no reason to avoid the dentist. Especially when there is an option. 

Modern dentistry offers a variety of new tools that can make your trip to the
dentist tolerable and comfortable when using sedation dentistry. 

What are the special benefits?

  • Relaxation
  • Increased comfort
  • Control of movement
  • Patient/dentist co-operation
  • Controlling gag reflex
  • Less memory of treatment
  • Fewer appointments needed (time saving)

Who can benefit?

  • Patients with a physical or mental challenge like autism or other special
    needs (Aspberger's Syndrome, Fragile X Syndrome, Alzheimer's, etc.) 
  • Patients with cardiac or diabetic needs. While sedated, we monitor heart
    rate and EKG, to help ensure our patients safety.
  • Patients who experience seizures, epilepsy, and Parkinson's can benefit from
    a more relaxed and pleasant experience as well. 
  • People with fear, anxieties and phobias related to trauma, stress or dental procedures.
      
  • People who have a low pain tolerance. Because pain is subjective, sleep
    dentistry can often eliminate the issue that may arise from those who have this experience, virtually removing the pain altogether.  

 

  • Those with active gag reflexes. Some people will gag even at the smallest
    item being placed in their mouth, like an x-ray film. Using anesthesia
    techniques, this problem can be eliminated.

 

  • Those in need of extensive treatment. Sedation dentistry is perfect for
    those who may need a more sophisticated treatment (root canals, implant dentistry, full-mouth rehabilitation).  

If you or a loved one falls in any of the catagories above, it may be time to
consider sedation dentistry. Drs. Samuels and Berger have worked with patients
who have varied histories and backgrounds from the PA area, and would love to
answer any question you may have about sleep dentistry and dental anesthesia
services. Contact us by calling 717.778.4268, or by emailing us at  [email protected]

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Gettysburg Dentist Explains How to Brush Your Teeth

Posted by Peter Samuels on Wed, Aug 14, 2013 @ 08:08 AM

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Brushing your teeth is something everybody can do, but unless you learned from
parents who were professional dentists, you may not be doing it in the most
effective way! Try these tips to make a difference.

  1. Divide the mouth into four quadrants starting with the top left as quadrant
    one, the top right as two, the bottom right as three, and the bottom left as
    four.
  2. Start brushing from the last tooth in the back of quadrant one, if you’re
    right handed. (Reverse sides if you’re left handed, so you’re starting from the
    back of two.)
  3. Don’t brush from side to side. Instead, use a circular motion on each tooth
    that includes the gums so you remove any particles trapped between the gum and
    the tooth. Be sure to get the front, back, and top surfaces of each tooth.
  4. Move the brush forward, repeating the movement on each tooth.
  5. Continue from front to back on quadrant two, from back to front on quadrant
    three, and from front to back in quadrant four. Spend at least 30 seconds on
    each quadrant.
  6. Brush the tongue and the inside of the cheeks. The bacteria that builds up
    in these locations can cause bad breath.
  7. Rinse your mouth and toothbrush.
  8. Repeat this pattern with every brushing until it becomes a habit.
  9. Brush at least twice a day, preferably first thing in the morning, to
    eliminate any plaque buildup while you sleep, and before you retire to remove
    debris built up from meals. If possible, brush after every meal.

If you want more dental tips, or want to have your teeth checked, please
contact us, your Gettysburg dentist.

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Gettysburg Emergency Dentist discusses treatments

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 19:02 PM

 

 

Gettysburg Emergency Dentist

 

What is a dental emergency?

Well that could be different things for different people!  When we watch glamerous TV emergency medicine shows we think of life threatening , every second  is critical, heroic action.  Nurses and physicians rush to gather data and make a diagnosis.  Specialists are consulted.  Bleeding is stopped.  Hearts are restarted.  Patients are stabilized. 

“I have a cosmetic dentistry emergency!”

A broken tooth, right in the front, would constitute an emergency for most of us.  A fractured veneer or porcelain crown would keep most of us from facing the public or going to work.  Quick work with composite bonding usually provides, at least a temporary emergency fix.  The tooth is etched with a mild acidic solution, a bonding agent is applied, and plastic resin can artfully be sculpted to replace the broken parts.

“I’ve been up all night with a toothache.”

Pain, unfortunately, is the motivator for many people to visit an emergency dentist.  Now we are dealing with a medical problem as well as a dental one.  As a matter of fact, many toothache problems are treated in the emergency room.  Pain from an infected, abscessed tooth can land you in the hospital and can even be life threatening.  Just as with any other medical problem a diagnosis must be made.  Sometimes it’s simple. “This is the tooth, doc.  It hurts when I bite on it and I’m swollen.”  An x-ray often shows a dark area under the root where the infection has spread to the bone.  Pain comes from a buildup of pressure.  Treatment involves draining and treating the infection, then  root canal treatment or extraction of the tooth to keep the infection from returning.

But not all toothaches are so straight forward.  “It hurts on the left side, Doc.  I can’t tell which one.”  This can be a challenge to figure out.  First of all the emergency dentist needs to put on his medical cap.  Is the pain from a tooth are something completely different?  Did you know that jaw pain can be the first sign of a heart attack?  More commonly, sinus problems can mimic tooth pain. TMD (jaw Joint pain) can also cause jaw and facial pain. If it is from a tooth, which one and why?  Sometimes the offending tooth can be identified by tapping (percussion)  A tooth with an inflamed pulp will often be inflamed in the ligament surrounding the tooth.  Tapping pressure pushes on the inflammation and causes pain.  “That’s’ the one, Doc!” Now we have to have a diagnosis.  Is the pain reversible with a sedative filling?  Is the tooth cracked?  Is it so deeply decayed that root canal treatment is necessary to relieve the pain?

“I bit on a pretzel and broke my tooth.”

Hard pretzels do bring be a lot of business!  Often a cusp will break off on a tooth already weakened by a large filling.  If the filling is old and leaky and bacteria has found a way to get underneath, the tooth structure becomes soft and it doesn’t take much to snap off a cusp.  If the tooth isn’t cracked down the root or broken into the pulp the fix is usually straightforward; a temporary filling for now and a return trip for a porcelain crown to protect the tooth.

“My little girl fell off her bike and knocked out a tooth.”

This one requires quick action.  If it’s a permanent tooth that came out (was avulsed) try to get to the dentist within thirty minutes to have it replaced.  There is a good possibility the tooth will reattach.

Whether it’s a “cosmetic” emergency or a life threatening dental infection, your local emergency dentist is here to help!

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