Maintaining Oral Health Through College | Northridge, Ca Dentist

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College can be a crazy, fun and busy time for our college age patients.

You’re on your own, you’re becoming an adult, you’re making decisions for yourself.

We’re guessing your oral health isn’t really on your mind during this fascinating time in your life. But with the pitfalls of college comes pitfalls for your oral health.

Those oral hazards are:

-Alcohol: The oral health risk factor that is perhaps most often associated with college students is excessive alcohol consumption. The sugars in alcohol can be damaging to your teeth. Alcohol can also dehydrate you which can lead to not having a lot of saliva in your mouth. Inside saliva there are anti bacterial agents which buffer acid, but when people are dehydrated these agents disappear, introducing decay and erosion. And lets not even talk about the acidic damage to your teeth if you happen to drink too much alcohol and…ahem.

-Marijuana: Marijuana use has surged in popularity throughout college communities. While marijuana won’t have as serious an effects on your teeth as a drug like methamphetamine, it’s still not good for your oral health. Like smoking tobacco, regular marijuana smoking can cause gum disease and other dental health issues.

-Tobacco: This presents the obvious problems, brown or yellow stained teeth, gum disease, even oral cancer.

-Piercings: Popular with young adults but come with a significant set of dental risk factors. Tongue and lip piercings can cause significant harm to oral structures, resulting in tooth fractures, tooth chipping, and abrasions.

Health and wise lifestyle choices support more than just your general health, they effect your oral health as well. Young adults tend to make poor lifestyle choices that can effect their oral health long term. Dr. Lunt loves helping college students and is here to guide you in making proper choices for your oral health.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

Bone Grafts for Successful Dental Implants | Northridge, Ca Dentist

skd284147sdcDental implants are a wildly successful evolution in dentistry. They are restoratives that last a lifetime. But for the implant to last a lifetime, sometimes you need to start with ideal bone health.

It’s not unusual for a patient to be told that they require a bone graft in order to secure the outcome of dental implant surgery.

Don’t let the term bone grafting scare you. Bone grafting in the oral cavity today is a routine, painless procedure, with a predictable outcome.

If your jawbone isn’t thick enough or is too soft, you may need bone grafting before you can have dental implant surgery. That’s because the powerful chewing action of your mouth exerts great pressure on your bone, and if it can’t support the implant, the surgery likely would fail. A bone graft can create a more solid base for the implant.

Bone loss can occur in the upper and lower jaws for several reasons.  Localized bone loss often occurs around diseased teeth due to periodontal (gum) disease, fractured teeth, traumatic injuries and dental infections. In addition, over a period of time the jawbone associated with missing teeth atrophies (bone resorption/shrinks). This often leaves a condition in which there is poor quality and quantity of bone, unsuitable for placement of dental implants. In the past, patients with significant bone loss were not candidates for placement of dental implants.

With current bone graft techniques, we have the ability to grow bone where needed. Augmentation bone grafts can be accomplished virtually anywhere on the upper and lower jaws. This enables us to offer dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth to almost all patients, even if substantial bone loss has occurred. More commonly used bone graft materials include autogenous bone (your own bone), cadaver bone (bank bone), bovine bone and synthetic bone(Source: http://www.cmsllc.com).

Bone grafting can be extensive but it plays a very important role in making your new tooth/implant possible. The science behind implant dentistry has brought us these highly specialized and successful techniques. Bone graft surgery is only a moment in time but being able to eat, laugh, talk and smile lasts a lifetime!

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.

How to Correct Sensitive Teeth | Northridge, Ca Dentist

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Does the taste of cold ice cream or a sip of hot coffee cause a painful experience for you? Does brushing or flossing make you wince occasionally? If so, you may have sensitive teeth.

In healthy teeth, a layer of enamel protects the crowns of your teeth—the part above the gum line. Under the gum line a layer called cementum protects the tooth root. Underneath both the enamel and the cementum is dentin.

Dentin is less dense than enamel and cementum and contains microscopic tubules (small hollow tubes or canals). When dentin loses its protective covering of enamel or cementum these tubules allow heat and cold or acidic or sticky foods to reach the nerves and cells inside the tooth. Dentin may also be exposed when gums recede. The result can be hypersensitivity.

Possible causes include:

  • Tooth decay (cavities)
  • Fractured teeth
  • Worn fillings
  • Gum disease
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Exposed tooth root

Sensitive teeth can be treated. The type of treatment will depend on what is causing the sensitivity.

Your dentist may suggest one of a variety of treatments:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste. This contains compounds that help block transmission of sensation from the tooth surface to the nerve, and usually requires several applications before the sensitivity is reduced.
  • Fluoride gel. An in-office technique which strengthens tooth enamel and reduces the transmission of sensations.
  • A crown, inlay or bonding. These may be used to correct a flaw or decay that results in sensitivity.
  • Surgical gum graft. If gum tissue has been lost from the root, this will protect the root and reduce sensitivity.
  • Root canal. If sensitivity is severe and persistent and cannot be treated by other means, your dentist may recommend this treatment to eliminate the problem.

To prevent sensitive teeth from recurring, your dentist might offer suggestions to help you maintain your oral health. Twice a day, brush your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Floss daily. Avoid vigorous or harsh scrubbing, highly abrasive toothpaste, and excessive brushing and flossing. If you grind your teeth, ask your dentist about a mouth guard. Grinding your teeth can fracture your  teeth and cause sensitivity.

Proper oral hygiene is the key to preventing sensitive-tooth pain.

Schedule an appointment today with Dr. David Lunt DDS Restorative, Preventive and General Dentistry by calling 818-885-7230. Visit the website for more information at www.davidluntdds.com.

 Dr. Lunt welcomes patients from Cal State Northridge, Burbank, San Fernando, Topanga Canyon, Valley Glen, Agoura and all surrounding areas.