Posts for category: Dental Procedures
Periodontal disease is the leading cause of tooth loss in adults, which is why you need to visit your Gillette, WY, dentist, Dr. Daniel Morrison.
About 50 percent of adults over the age of 30 have chronic periodontitis in the United States, according to the American Dental Association.
Periodontal disease, also gum disease, is when dental plaque, a sticky substance that contains bacteria after someone consumes a sugar-containing meal, builds up on teeth. When people don't properly brush, plaque builds up and becomes hard tartar.
When tartar accumulates on teeth and gums. You'll notice swelling and bleeding gums.
Here are some more symptoms to keep a lookout for: bad breath, bad taste that persists, gums pulling away from teeth, loose permanent teeth, red gums that easily bleed easily, and/or gums are swollen.
Reasons for Gum Disease:
Besides plaque, which is a result of poor dental hygiene, there are other factors that contribute to the increased risk of periodontal disease:
- Crooked teeth that can't be cleaned properly
- Smoking and chewing tobacco
- You should have an oral and dental examination at your Gillette, WY, family dentist's office every six months.
- Maintaining a healthy oral regimen.
- Make sure you brush your teeth twice a day; brush your teeth after you eat breakfast and before you go to bed with a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Also, floss daily before going to bed to remove food debris and reduce the buildup of plaque.
- Drink plenty of water to remove food debris.
- Avoid eating sugary foods, like sodas and candy.
- Opt for healthier foods, like apples and carrots.
If you want to schedule an appointment with Dr. Daniel Morrison in Gillette, WY because you suspect you may be suffering from gum disease, call (307) 682-3353.
Every year U.S. dentists perform around 25 million root canal treatments and save countless teeth from the ravages of decay. But if you search "root canal" on the Internet, you might encounter an unsettling charge against this tooth-saving treatment—that it causes cancer.
Root canal treatments are routinely used when tooth decay has infected the pulp, the innermost layer of a tooth. During the procedure, we access the pulp and remove all the infected tissue. We then fill the empty pulp and root canals, seal the access hole and later crown the tooth to prevent further infection. Without this intervention, the decay can continue to advance toward the roots and supporting bone, putting the tooth in imminent danger of loss.
So, is there any credibility to this claim that root canal treatments cause cancer? In a word, no: there's no evidence of any connection between root canal treatments and cancer—or any other disease for that matter. On the contrary: root canals stop disease.
As with other types of urban legends and internet hype, the root canal-cancer connection may have arisen from another discredited idea from the early 20th Century. A dentist named Weston Price promoted the notion that leaving a "dead" organ in the body led to health problems. From his perspective, a root canaled tooth with its removed pulp tissue fit this criterion.
In the mid-1950s, dentistry thoroughly examined Dr. Weston's theory pertaining to treatments like root canals. The Journal of the American Dental Association devoted an entire issue to it and found after rigorous scientific inquiry that the theory had no validity in this regard. Another study in 2013 confirmed those findings. In fact, the later study instead found that patients who underwent a root canal treatment had a 45 percent reduction in oral cancer risk.
Given the freewheeling nature of the Internet, it's best to speak with a dental professional about your oral health before trusting a post or article you've found online. Not only are they more informed than an unverified online source, they would certainly not knowingly subject you to a procedure to save a tooth at the expense of your health.
If you would like more information on root canal treatment, 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 “Root Canal Safety.”
Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.
That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!
Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.
Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”
One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”Â Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Perfecting your smile can be as easy as taking advantage of one of several cosmetic dental procedures. Your Gillette, WY, dentist, Dr. Daniel Morrison of Gillette Dental, offer several treatments that can completely transform your smile.
Whitening removes stains that dull teeth and make you look older. Stains form when dark pigments in coffee, tea, wine, berries, cola, and other foods and beverages seep into tiny pores in your tooth enamel.
Luckily, your Gillette, WY, dentist can remove stubborn stains by applying hydrogen peroxide gel to your teeth. The gel penetrates the small openings in your enamel and safely breaks apart the pigments, leaving your smile bright and white. Professional whitening can lighten your teeth three to eight shades in just one hour.
A crown is an excellent option if a tooth is damaged, in danger of fracturing, or unattractive.
Dental crowns not only protect at-risk teeth but can hide discolorations and even change the shape and length of teeth. The restorations are made of durable materials that last 10 to 15 years or longer, such as porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin.
Veneers are thin porcelain or plastic shells that only cover the fronts of teeth. They're attached to your teeth with dental cement and often used to hide imperfections, close slight gaps, conceal discolorations, whiten your smile, improve the appearance of oddly shaped teeth, or lengthen short teeth.
Dental implants, the newest tooth restoration option, replace your roots and the crown of your tooth. Tiny titanium implants fit in small openings made in your jaw during minor oral surgery. The implants serve as root replacements and bond to your jawbone. When they're topped with a dental crown, they create a complete new tooth that functions just as well as the tooth you lost.
Implants can be used to replace full dentures. Implant-supported dentures offer a more comfortable alternative to full dentures and don't decrease your biting power.
Could you smile benefit from one of these procedures? Call your Gillette, WY, dentists, Dr. Morrison of Gillette Dental at (307) 682-3353 to schedule an appointment today!
Applying braces or clear aligners to move misaligned teeth is only part of an orthodontist's overall mission to eliminate poor bites (malocclusions). Sometimes a malocclusion isn't caused by the teeth at all—the size of the jaw is the problem!
One type in particular, a cross-bite, often happens because the upper jaw has developed too narrowly. As a result, many of the upper teeth fit inside the lower, the opposite of normal. But a tool called a palatal expander can alleviate the problem if it's applied at an early enough age.
The device works because the upper jawbone initially forms as two halves that fit together along a center line in the roof of the mouth (the palate) running from the back of the mouth to the front. These two bone halves remain separate during childhood to facilitate jaw growth, but eventually fuse around puberty.
Consisting of two sets of wire arms joined together by a hinge mechanism in the middle, the expander device is positioned up against the palate. The orthodontist extends each arm to press against the inside of the back teeth, then adds more outward pressure by turning the mechanism in the middle with a small key. During wear, the patient or caregiver will turn the mechanism in the same way to keep up the pressure on the two sides of the jaw.
This continual pressure keeps the two bones moving away from each other and maintaining a center gap between them. In response, more bone forms on the two halves to fill the gap. In time, the newly formed bone should widen the jaw enough to correct any developing malocclusion.
Timing is everything with a palatal expander—if not used before the jaw bones fuse, the patient will need a surgical procedure to separate the bones to pursue treatment. To catch the problem early enough, children should have an orthodontic evaluation on or before they turn six. An orthodontist may be able to identify this or other emerging bite problems and intervene before it becomes worse. Taking this approach can help save you and your child more expensive orthodontic treatment down the road.
If you would like more information on correcting poor bites, 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 “Palatal Expanders: Orthodontics is more than just Moving Teeth.”