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PRF – For Accelerated Wound Healing
Platelet rich fibrin (PRF) is an autogenous biomaterial consisting of growth factors
and cytokines entrapped in a fibrin matrix. It combines the fibrant sealant properties
along with growth factors thereby providing an ideal environment for wound healing
and regeneration of tissues. In recent times it has been used various disciplines in
dentistry in a wide range of treatment modalities.
With age comes wisdom. Specifically, wisdom teeth.
Your mouth goes through many changes in your lifetime. One major dental milestone that usually takes place between the ages of 17 and 21 is the appearance of your third molars. Historically, these teeth have been called wisdom teeth because they come through at a more mature age.
Top Risk Factors for Oral Cancer
You know your dentist is looking for cavities during regular check-ups, but you may not realize your dentist can check for cancer at the same time. It’s estimated that approximately 51,540 people will be diagnosed with oral cancer and cancers of the throat, tonsils and back of the tongue in 2018.
Regular visits to your dentist can help you detect such cancers early, and changing a few potentially harmful habits may help reduce your chances of developing them. Read this helpful article to learn the top 7 risk factors.
Dental Implants: Right for me?
Dental implants have provided patients with an excellent replacement for natural teeth. When teeth are lost, added stresses are transferred to the remaining dentition, which further accelerate this destructive process. As the patient ages, these stresses typically result in the loss of additional teeth and/or bone.
As our ability to chew food diminishes, such individuals suffer nutritional disturbances due to the inability to properly chew a healthy diet. Others are in jeopardy of pathologic jaw fracture from progressive bone loss. Tooth loss also contributes to bite disturbances, which may manifest as either acute and/or chronic facial pain in the form of temporomandibular joint dysfunction.
Dr. Gulino can evaluate your bone for implant placement. The overall goal of treatment is to restore function to the edentulous or partially edentulous maxilla or mandible. If you have any missing teeth, have difficulty with speech, or TMJ pain. Please feel free to ask any questions on our blog. If you have had an implant please share your experience and how you feel with the implant.
Oral Effects of Tobacco Use
All of the major forms of tobacco used in the U.S. have oral health consequences. Cigarette smoking can lead to a variety of adverse oral effects, including gingival recession, impaired healing following periodontal therapy or oral surgery, oral cancer, mucosal lesions (e.g., oral leukoplakia, nicotine stomatitis), periodontal disease, and tooth staining. Use of smokeless tobacco is associated with increased risks of oral cancer and oral mucosal lesions (e.g., oral leukoplakia). Smokeless tobacco use also causes oral conditions such as gingival keratosis, tooth discoloration, halitosis, enamel erosion, gingival recession, alveolar bone damage, periodontal disease, coronal or root-surface dental caries due to sugars added to the product, and tooth loss.5
Due to the oral effects of smoking on the healing process from oral surgery it’s clear that avoiding smoking is beneficial to oral health and overall a healthier lifestyle.
We offer support for our patients willingness to quit. If you have any suggestions for how you quit smoking please blog them.
Prepared by: Center for Scientific Information, ADA Science Institute
NYT Article Provides Tips for “Midlife Tune-Up”
The New York Times (6/4, Parker-Pope, Subscription Publication) “Well” blog provides tips for a “midlife tuneup,” stating that “our health needs change with every passing decade, but the good news is that it’s never too late to start taking better care of yourself.” In a broad list of suggestions to stay healthy, the article includes oral health tips, observing that losing “teeth and getting dentures is no longer an inevitable part of aging” thanks to “better hygiene and fluoridation.” As people age, “the rules for proper dental care” remain the same, the article states, “brush and floss regularly and avoid sweets and sodas, hard candies and caramels to keep your teeth healthy.”
Mouthguard Use Encouraged During Summer Activities
Harrisburg Magazine (PA) (5/14, Miller) states that it is important to wear a mouthguard to protect teeth while playing contact sports and enjoying other activities this summer. The article notes, “According to the American Dental Association (ADA), athletes who do not wear a mouth guard are 60 times more likely to damage their teeth.” The article discusses the types of mouthguards available and encourages people to “get in the habit of wearing a protective mouth guard” and also to “remember to take care of it.”
Did You Know…
Did you know that poor oral hygiene can increase the risk of heart disease? Healthy teeth and gums can preserve your smile and your heart healthy!