Easter Bunny Make Over!

According to the National Confectioner’s Association, over $2.1 billion are spent on Easter candy.  Over 7 billion pounds of candy will be consumed over the Easter weekend.  American’s will buy more than 700 million Marshmallow Peeps, over 16 billion Jellybeans and 90 million chocolate bunnies.  So while it’s great to enjoy your candy occasionally, be aware it’s important to brush and floss after indulging.  Enjoy!!

Art work created by our own multi-talented periodontist Dr. Alexander Choe.

Teething

Crying, irritability and sleepless nights are all common symptoms of teething….and that’s just for the parents!!  It can also be quite uncomfortable for the baby.  One of our own dental assistants, Suy Anne Toussaint and her 6 month old beautiful baby boy, Greyson, have recently begun to experience the joy of teething together.

Teething is the process by which an infant’s first teeth (the deciduous teeth, often called “baby teeth” or “milk teeth”) sequentially appear by emerging through the gums. Teething may start as early as three months or as late as twelve months. The first teeth typically appear between six and nine months. It can take several years for all 20 teeth to complete eruption; they typically arrive in pairs. Though the process of teething is sometimes referred to as “cutting teeth”, when teeth emerge through the gums they do not cut through the tissue. Instead, special chemicals are released within the body that cause some cells in the gums to die and separate, allowing the teeth to come through.

Typical symptoms of teething include red and swollen gums, drooling, fussiness, loss of appetite, a change in eating habits, difficulty sleeping and low grade fever.  Although many parents and dentists will tell you that they have also seen teething associated with more serious symptoms, such as diarrhea, high fever, rashes, vomiting and pain; scientific evidence does not support these symptoms.  Therefore, if your infant or young child has these or other medical symptoms, it’s important to not blame it exclusively on teething and have your child evaluated for other conditions such as ear infections or digestive problems.

Remedies for teething pain include giving your child a teething ring (preferably cold) or a pacifier, which also can be filled with water and frozen.  Placing a wet washcloth in the freezer for a few minutes and then applying it gently to the gums can be effective, but care must be taken not to expose a baby’s gums to coldness for too long.  Over-the-counter pain relievers such as Tylenol or Advil can help but consult with your physician before starting.  Try to avoid giving children over-the-counter topical anesthetics that are rubbed onto the gums.  The most common active ingredient in topical anesthetics is Benzocaine, which in high doses can be very harmful to children.

Remember, it is important to brush the infants’ teeth as soon as they appear and not advisable to wait for the teething process to be complete. Do not use a fluoride containing toothpaste until the child is old enough to ensure that they can rinse and spit out the excess paste.

Dental Implants

Patient’s often have a lot of misconceptions regarding dental implants.  Often, implants are viewed as painful, prohibitively expensive or experimental.  Actually, dental implants are a wonderful way to replace missing teeth.  A dental implant has one of the highest success rates of any dental procedure.  They are often restored painlessly, without a single injection and cosmetically they can be difficult to differentiate from your natural teeth.  Maybe most importantly, a single tooth can be replaced without damaging the adjacent natural teeth.  In the example below, the patient was missing a single tooth and had it replaced with an implant.  The silver cap seen in the first photo is known as a healing cap and allows the gums to heal.  In the second photo, an abutment is placed to allow for the final crown cementation.  The final photo shows a restored implant after months of function.  If you or someone you know could benefit from dental implants, let one of our dentists help.  Our team of experienced and knowledgeable dentists would be glad to sit down and discuss this procedure with you.

 All photos published to this blog are actual patients of Saratoga Springs Dentists. This case was completed by Dr. Gregory P. Dodd.

Invisible White Fillings??

We have all seen advertisements for invisible white fillings.  But as you can see in the photo below, just because your dentist is placing a white composite restoration doesn’t mean that it will blend in naturally or cosmetically.  In all our offices, our dentists work hard to make sure we deliver the best possible results.   In the example below, the old, very obvious, white filling was removed.  The extensive decay was removed completely and a new shade matched composite filling was placed.  Special attention was given to the occlusion (the bite) to make sure it is in harmony with the rest of the teeth.   When done properly, the filling should blend in esthetically.

Our dentists take great pride in their work.  When looking for a dentist, choose an office that takes pride in their work because you and your teeth deserve it.

All photos published to this blog are actual patients of Saratoga Springs Dentists. This case was completed by Dr. Gregory P. Dodd.

Wisdom Tooth Causes Rory’s Withdrawal

World number one golfer, Rory McIlroy walked off the course after completing just eight holes of his second round at the Honda Classic in Florida.

As he left, McIlroy told journalists he was not in a good frame of mind. McIlroy said after leaving, “I sincerely apologize to The Honda Classic and PGA TOUR for my sudden withdrawal…I have been suffering with a sore wisdom tooth, which is due to come out in the near future. It began bothering me again last night, so I relieved it with Advil. It was very painful again this morning, and I was simply unable to concentrate. It was really bothering me and had begun to affect my playing partners.”

It’s terrible to see anyone suffering with dental pain. Unfortunately, nobody is immune to dental problems but rest assured our offices are always available to keep you up to PAR.