Thursday, May 28, 2015

Dental Implant News for Phoenix: What Your Dentist Can Tell About Your General Health, PART 2

Welcome to the second half of this two-part article series on what dental implant surgeons in Phoenix can tell about your general health from the state of your teeth and gums. Previously, in Part 1 of the series, a condition known as “Bruxism” was explained to us. This condition is marked by teeth grinding and jaw clenching, particularly at night, and presents with advanced erosion and fracturing of the biting surfaces of the teeth.

What Bruxism may tell your dentist is that you lead a stressful lifestyle and/or struggle to cope with stress. The best solution to this condition is to have a custom mouth guard fitted, which you should wear to sleep at night or when you are most aware of grinding your teeth. This will help to prevent the terrible damage teeth grinding can do to your gnashers.

Let’s now take a look at a symptom that could indicate the presence or higher risk of a suite of really nasty diseases…

Swollen, Inflamed Gums

Healthy gums are pink in color and are firm to the touch. If yours look angry, inflamed, swollen and spongy, your health could be at serious risk.

“Gingivitis is the beginning stage of gum disease and it’s cause by a bacterial infection of the gums,” explain dental implant surgeons in Arizona. “This, in turn, is typically caused by poor oral hygiene, an unhealthy diet and by habits such as smoking and alcoholism.”

Left untreated, gingivitis can lead to advanced gum disease – periodontitis. And according to ample medical literature there is a very clear link between periodontitis and the following medical conditions…

  • Diabetes
  • Heart disease
  • Stroke
  • Respiratory disease
  • Osteoporosis
  • Kidney and liver disease
  • Low birth weight and premature babies
  • Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis

This makes sense when you consider that everything that goes into your body – be it air, water or food – makes its way first through your mouth. Therefore, it stands to reason that if your mouth is severely infected with bacteria, your stomach, kidneys, liver and lungs will also all be constantly exposed to infection.

This is precisely why dental implant surgeons in Phoenix refer to gum disease as a systemic disease – it affects the body as a system and can put all of your major organs at risk.

Ulcers and Oral Sores

Mouth sores and small ulcers are perfectly normal – they happen, but it’s usually because you’ve accidentally bitten down on your inner cheek, lip or tongue. When these sores don’t go away for an extended period of time, or when they recur, it could be a sign of the Human Papillomavirus (HPV), which is typically a sexually transmitted infection, or they could indicate oral cancer.

“If a dental healthcare professional spots any suspicious-looking sores, lesions or ulcers, he or she will perform a quick and painless biopsy and send the tissue off to a laboratory for closer inspection,” says a dental implant surgeon in Phoenix . “The treatment will depend on the outcomes of the test.”

A Final Note

The earlier you have an ailment diagnosed, the quicker it can be treated, which is why frequent dental appointments constitute such an important part of your lifelong general healthcare regime. Unbeknownst to many Phoenix residents, there is a whole lot the dentist can tell about your standard of health and quality of lifestyle just from the appearance of your teeth, gums and oral soft tissues.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Dental Implant News for Sun City: What Your Dentist Can Tell About Your General Health, PART 1

This two-part article series explains the signs and symptoms your mouth could exhibit when your body suffers from stress, illness or disease.

No one expects much to be revealed about their lifestyle, standard of living or general health when they go to the dentist for a standard check-up. But according to Sun City dental implants surgeons, the state of your teeth and gums tell dental healthcare professionals a whole lot about how healthy you are! Your mouth is your body’s more important ingress and so, it stands to reason that if your mouth is diseased, the rest of your body is far more susceptible to infection and disease, too.

In this two-part article series, we shall be exploring the link between our oral health and our general health and the many diseases and conditions an ailing mouth may indicate. By responding quickly to these signs, potentially fatal diseases can be diagnosed and treated in their beginning stages, thereby vastly improving your chances of a complete recovery.

Let’s begin…

Worn, Ground Down Teeth

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The picture shown above provides a bird’s eye view of a tooth that has been so eroded and ground down that the structure of the tooth beneath the dental enamel has been revealed. Here we can see the softer, yellow dentine and the pulp chamber, where the tooth’s nerves and blood vessels are contained. You can even see vertical cracks and fractures where the tooth structure has given in to stress.

“The incredible damage this patient has done to his or her teeth has resulted in the need for most of them to be extracted and replaced with implants,” says a Arizona dental implant surgeon. “The condition that can lead to this kind of damage is termed Bruxism and unless you are diagnosed and fitted with a mouth guard to wear at night or when you most often grind your teeth, you could completely destroy your dentition.”

What Does Bruxism Reveal About Your General Health?

The precise cause of teeth grinding and jaw clenching are not known, but these habits are believe to be associated with a stressful lifestyle and typically present in patients who are anxious and who struggle to cope with stress. As such, with only a brief examination of your teeth, dental implant surgeons in Sun City can tell just what kind of lifestyle it is you lead and how well you are coping with the levels of stress you experience on a daily basis.

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What’s unnerving about Bruxism is that it’s a condition that typically strikes at night whilst you’re asleep! How can you control this damage if you aren’t even conscious about doing it? You can’t control the compulsion to grind your teeth and clench your jaw, especially if it’s nocturnal. What you can do is have a retainer custom fitted, which you wear to bed every night. This will help to prevent the extensive damage Bruxism can do to the biting surfaces of your teeth.

Stay Tuned for Part 2

To find out more about what dental implant surgeons can tell about the general health of Arizona residents from the state of their mouths, stay tuned for the second half of this two-part article series.

Monday, March 23, 2015


This four-part article series presents 10 things every dentist would like their patients to know, from avoiding garlic before an appointment to the truth behind several myths and misconceptions about dental health.

Welcome to the second installment of this four-part article series on all the information tidbits every Sun City dentist wants their patients to know and appreciate. Previously, in Part 1 of the series, we covered the following two items:

# 1: Dental X-rays aren’t dangerous; they’re necessary.
# 2: Your smile (and therefore dental health) is one of the first things people notice about you.

Now, let’s move on to the next two items…

Item # 3: Your dentist won’t necessarily tell you that you have bad breath; you have to ask.

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Many Sun City residents believe their dentist would tell them if their breath was bad and therefore, if they’ve come out of a dental appointment without being told, they’re in the clear. This isn’t always true…

“We won’t pointedly tell a patient that they have bad breath,” says one Sun City dentistry professional. “What we will do is highlight the presence of any tooth decay and/or gum problems and we may encourage you to brush and floss more frequently and thoroughly. If we find your oral hygiene to leave much to be desired, then you can probably assume you suffer from halitosis.

“If, however, a patient asks us about the quality of his or her breath, we will be honest. We just don’t want anyone to assume that we would tell him or her that their breath smells bad, because we try to keep things professional in the office. Plus, you’d be surprised how much offense some people can take. The last thing we want to do is embarrass our patients, because it could deter them from future dental appointments. This would prove to be a major problem for their dental health, because routine preventative care is necessary.”

Item # 4: What might look good on your favorite celebrity smile might not suit you.

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“We get a lot of patients coming in with a picture of their favorite celebrity, asking to get their teeth done to look just like them,” says a Sun City dentist. “First of all, what these patients fail to take into account is that their face shape and proportions might not necessarily suit the set of teeth belonging to that particular celebrity. There are a great number of considerations that need to be made before we can simply design a patient a new set of teeth: either through porcelain veneers, crowns or even dental implants.

“Secondly, the dentist’s office doesn’t work like a hair salon and while your hair will grow back and color will fade, the work we do on your teeth is permanent. A lot of careful planning and work goes into designing a patient a beautiful new smile, so please manage your expectations. You may walk out of our office with gorgeous teeth, but don’t expect to walk out looking just like Angelina Jolie or Brad Pitt.”

Stay Tuned for Part 3

Stay tuned for the third installment of this four-part article series to find out more important facts our Sun City dentistry professionals wish we all knew.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

10 Important Things Your Sun City Dental Professional Wants You To Know, PART 1

This four-part article series presents 10 things every dentist would like their patients to know, from avoiding garlic before an appointment to the truth behind several myths and misconceptions about dental health.

When it comes to the health of our teeth, there is a staggering amount of ignorance abound. All we really know is that we’re meant to brush them twice a day, but beyond that, little else. Occasionally we might visit our Sun City dental healthcare professional for a check-up if we’ve noticed anything wrong, but on the whole there is a great big gaping hole in our appreciation for good oral health and hygiene.

And so, in this four-part article series, Sun City dentists will be explaining 10 different things they wish all their patients knew. These information tidbits range from important facts we should know about dental health to the kind of appointment etiquette we’d all appreciate if we were dentists, too. At the end of the day, dentists are humans and we should learn to take our oral health as seriously as they do.

Let’s begin!

Item # 1: Dental X-rays aren’t dangerous; they’re necessary.

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“So many patients turn down an annual dental X-ray because they are frightened it might cause cancer,” says one dentist in Sun City. “The reality is, just one hour in the sun exposes you to far more radiation than a set of dental X-rays and yet you don’t shy away from the beach. What you should be worrying about is what ailments, infection or decay might lurk beneath the surface of your gums, between your teeth or in your jawbone and what might happen if they remain undetected by X-ray.

“This diagnostic technology is so important in the early detection and treatment of a great variety of oral ailments. Even our highly trained eyes can’t always pick up on health issues, especially if they are located underneath the gums or inside your teeth. Early detection and treatment not only prevents permanent damage to otherwise healthy teeth; it also saves you a whole lot of money on the cost of advanced treatment for problems that have become severe due to neglect.”

Item # 2: Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you.

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According to several studies and polls, your smile – and therefore, indirectly, the health of your teeth and gums – is one of the first things people notice about you. Your eyes are the first, teeth the second and hair the third. Yet, in spite of the important role your smile plays in making first impressions and in communication and social interaction, Sun City residents spend far more money on their hair than they do their teeth.

“All you need to spend money on to really care for your teeth is a professional cleaning by an oral hygienist twice per year and a dental check-up once per year,” say Sun City dentists. “If you’ve had gum problems in the past, it’s better that you see your dentist twice per year. This is, of course, in addition to the obvious toothpastes, floss and toothbrushes. It’s not a lot of money to spend on something that is of extraordinary importance to your social confidence, quality of life and ability to eat and speak properly. Yet so many people neglect their teeth.”

Stay Tuned for Part 2

Stay tuned for the second installment of this four-part article series to find out more important facts our Sun City dental healthcare professionals wish we all knew.

Monday, October 13, 2014

All About Acquiring Dental Implants in Arizona

People always have questions about more extensive surgeries like dental implants so this article seeks to bring light to frequently asked questions.

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Dental implants in Arizona are worth every dime, but even still there are a lot of questions that can keep people up at night leading up to the surgery. If you are getting anything from a single tooth implant to the All-on-4 procedure it is nicer to know what to expect.


Just about nobody likes pain, right? When people think of an implant being placed directly into the jaw bone it can seem painful. During the procedure there is no pain. Most dental offices use anesthesia and if you have a high anxiety for dental procedures it can be done with oral sedation and an IV, but only in some offices.

So if there is no pain during then there should be a lot of pain afterwards right? Wrong. There will be some discomfort that can be easily managed with pain control techniques that your dentist will provide for you. Some dentists can even prescribe medication to alleviate the discomfort.


The surgery usually only takes one to two hours, but it depends upon the number of implants needed, the location, and if any teeth need to be removed first. This is a question better left for your dentist when scheduling the appointment since they will know the specifics.

The healing process is a big concern for most patients. The healing process can take anywhere from 4 to 9 months mostly because the implant needs to become embedded into the jaw bone which can take time; however most individuals will walk out of the initial surgery with the full set of implanted teeth.

Your new set of teeth is a great investment for the amount of time they will last. If the body accepts the implant and it is cared for properly than they can last practically a lifetime. Some dentists have seen them last more than 30 years.

After Affects

If for some reason the body rejects the implant then it will have to be removed. The implants once removed will require healing before another implant can be placed.

Regardless, after the surgery your dentist will outline a special diet for the first part of the healing process. It will mostly consist of mashed vegetables, smoothies, and yogurt.

Doing your research can answer just about any other specific questions that you may have about your particular case. A beautiful smile is nothing to be afraid of.

Dental Advancements in Sun City

Sun City dentists are becoming more technologically advanced and continue to offer quality dental procedures.
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As technology advances there will always be those who continue to learn and grow with it and then there are those who are content with what they already know. Dental technology has advanced rapidly in the last five years.
Some Sun City dentists have taken to the challenge of keeping up and offering the best services possible for their patients. So what should you be looking for when searching for a dentist?
Training will always be one of the best qualifications to look for. Degrees like Bachelors and Masters will matter, but location can also be a contributor. All colleges are not created equal in every degree. Make sure to look for a college with a prestigious dental program.
Additional training is required as a dentist in order to keep updated on new information. However this training doesn’t always make them qualified to perform the most advanced procedures are that they have the technology that will best suit their patients.
Two things to look for are extra training and degrees from programs like MALO Clinic. The MALO Clinic is the founder of the all-on-4 dental implant surgery that is sweeping the nation. This isn’t a procedure that all doctors are qualified to perform so looking for a MALO degree is crucial.
Dr. Malo came up with all-on-4 implants which was far superior to other dental implants in many ways. It allowed for a shorter recovery time, less actual implant sites, and many other positive changes.
Without certain advancements in equipment it can inhibit the dentist’s ability to perform the surgery to their full potential. It can also increase any sort of risks involved or lengthen the recovery time.
For example Dr. Kevin Gasser has made sure to keep up with the best equipment advances and training. His recovery time on the All-on-4 surgery is exceptionally minimal and his patients walk out of the office that day with a full set of teeth.
To put it in perspective, an individual who still has a computer from 10 years ago won’t have the same quality and satisfaction with their computer than someone who bought the newest model.
Without the MALO clinic training and technology Dr. Gasser wouldn’t be qualified to offer his patients a procedure that is gaining momentum all over the world. He is now able to provide his patients with all of the latest procedures that they could ask for.
Technology will only continue to grow and those dentists who think that what they know now is enough will be overrun by more driven dentists.  Good luck finding the dentist that will best serve you.

Tooth Implants: Filling in the Missing Teeth

This article will describe all of the negative impacts that having a missing tooth can cause and how a dental implant can fix these problems.

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Having a missing tooth isn’t just a strike against your appearance but also towards your oral health as a whole. There are many different medical reasons to get a missing tooth replaced with a tooth implant.

Some people know all about a full mouth implant such as the all-on-4 surgery, but it is also possible to replace a single tooth.

Why Should You Replace Your Tooth?

Before heading off to their Sun City dentist most people want to know if a dental implant is worth their time. Food intake is one of the first big reasons. Chewing efficiency declines without all of the teeth present to help chew. Food will begin to accumulate in the empty space and can become difficult to keep clean.

If food and plaque begin to build up it increases the risk for periodontal disease. Periodontal or gum disease is how you end up losing all of your other teeth to tooth decay.

Each tooth is responsible for different parts of the facial structure and how everything functions. When a tooth is missing the adjacent teeth will shift to fill the space. A tooth will grow until it reaches the other tooth above it.

Without a tooth above it a tooth can over-erupt and cause structural problems for that part of the jaw as well as create a food trap between the teeth next to it that it has been pulling away from.

If the teeth don’t shift than the cheeks and lips usually will, but it depends on which tooth is lost. If a molar, back tooth, is lost than it can even cause extra wrinkling in the face and other deformities.

Ideally the missing tooth should be replaced immediately to prevent all of these consequences. A dental implant is the most permanent and cost effective solution to tooth loss.

An implant will be placed directly into the jaw bone to be used as an anchor. This part acts as the root of a natural tooth would to hold everything in place. Once that part has healed and becomes imbedded into the jaw bone the abutment is officially attached.

The abutment is just the connecting piece to hold the porcelain cap on top. With all of these pieces it will act just like a natural tooth would. The bone loss will subside and the other teeth won’t shift at all.

This implant can be cared for as a natural tooth would. There are no food restrictions and you can basically get back to your normal life. And of course smiling will be one of your favorite things to do again.