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Posts for: December, 2015

By Waterfront Dentistry LLC
December 27, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures

Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Waterfront Dentistry LLC
December 12, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

The most important thing you can do for good oral health is brush and floss your teeth daily. But we’re not born knowing how to do either — they’re skills we must learn and practice to be effective in removing disease-causing bacterial plaque.

It helps then to have a good understanding about technique, implements or problem situations you may run into. So then, here are answers to 4 typical hygiene questions that can help you improve your brushing and flossing.

How often should I brush and floss? You should brush and floss at least once a day to prevent a buildup of plaque, the cause for both tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease; if you have some form of dental disease, we may advise a different frequency. Be sure to use a gentle technique — it doesn’t take much pressure to remove plaque and being too aggressive can harm your gums and tooth enamel.

When should I change my toothbrush? If you use it correctly (gentle vs. aggressive), your toothbrush should last several months. When you begin to notice the bristles becoming worn or splayed, it’s time to get a new, soft bristle brush.

What kind of toothpaste should I use? You may have a preference among the dozens available when it comes to flavor and texture. But from a hygiene standpoint you should choose one that contains fluoride to strengthen enamel and an anti-tartar agent to inhibit the formation of hardened plaque deposits (calculus). While we’re on the subject, don’t rinse out the toothpaste right after brushing — you may be washing away fluoride too early, which takes time to work in contact with tooth enamel. Just spit it out.

What if my teeth are sensitive when I brush? If you encounter problems when you brush, visit us to find out the cause. The most common cause for sensitivity is gum recession, usually due to gum disease, which has exposed the roots. This can cause discomfort when you encounter hot or cold foods, or pressure on the teeth when you brush. You should then receive treatment for the underlying condition; we may also recommend toothpaste that reduces tooth sensitivity. And, of course, be gentle when you brush.

If you would like more information on brushing, flossing and other aspects of oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Oral Hygiene Behavior.”

By Waterfront Dentistry LLC
December 02, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Are you looking for a quality tooth replacement option? If so, look no further than dental implants from Dr. Shawn Monahan or Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale, AZ. The gold standard among tooth replacement procedures, dental implants offer a Dental Implantsnumber of impressive benefits.

1. Dental Implants Look and Feel Completely Natural

Many Scottsdale residents worry that their dental implants will look weird or noticeable. Thankfully, this is one worry that is completely unnecessary. Dental implants look and feel completely natural, so no one has to know that you have them except you.

2. Dental Implants Last a Lifetime

Both dentures and bridges need to be replaced after a number of years. Not only can this be expensive and time-consuming, but it also means you have to deal with worn out dentures or bridges. With proper care, dental implants can last a lifetime.

3. Dental Implants are Easy to Clean and Maintain

No one wants to take their teeth out to soak or go through an elaborate cleaning routine in order to achieve good oral hygiene. Thankfully, with dental implants, you don't have to. Simply brush, rinse and floss like you would with your normal teeth. No special tools, products or procedures are necessary.

4. Dental Implants are Strong and Durable

Whether you're enjoying corn on the cob on a hot summer day, caramel apples at the fall festival, or roasted peanuts in the winter, you want to know that your teeth will always be up for the job. Thankfully, with dental implants, they are. Dental implants are strong and durable, so you don't have to give up any of your favorite foods or worry about your teeth breaking, chipping or coming off.

5. Dental Implants Promote Optimal Jaw Health

Your teeth aren't the only part of your mouth you need to worry about. You need to take care of your gums and jawbone as well. That's why you need dental implants from Waterfront Dentistry in Scottsdale. Because dental implants are attached securely to your jawbone, they help keep your jawbone sturdy and strong--something traditional dentures and bridges can't claim.

If you're ready to restore your beautiful, fully functional smile once again, dental implants may be the best option for you. Call Waterfront Dentistry and set up an appointment with either Dr. Monahan or Dr. Scott Sutton today. You'll be glad you did.

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