Posts for: August, 2016
Are dentures not making you happy with your smile? Then find out if mini implants might be the better approach.
While some people are perfectly happy with their dentures there are others who find that they slip around too easy and make embarrassing noises when speaking. It can feel disheartening at first to realize that your new dental prosthetic isn’t exactly what you had expected. Fortunately, our San Jose, CA dentists, Dr. Nidhi Sikka and Dr. Mona Chattha have the answers you’ve been looking for so you can finally get a smile you’ll feel comfortable with.
If you are tired of battling dentures, mini dental implants might be the best way to replace your missing teeth. Mini dental implants look and function just like regular implants, the only difference is that they are a bit smaller. These mini dental implants are typically made from titanium, a biocompatible metal that the mouth won’t reject.
The great pro of getting mini dental implants in San Jose is that they support any kind of replacement tooth or teeth you need, including dentures, bridges and crowns. Mini implants are actually an ideal way to secure your dentures and to prevent them from sliding around in your mouth.
Another reason some patients enjoy mini implants over traditional ones is that it can take several months to get traditional implants. Sometimes bone grafting surgery is even required prior to getting implant surgery in order to improve the jawbone, which supports the implant. If you don’t have enough bone density, aren’t right for invasive surgery or just don’t want to go through multiple dental appointments, then mini implants might be a better option. In fact, mini implants can usually be placed in just one visit with the use of local anesthesia and without even needing stitches.
And if that wasn’t reason enough to start talking to our implant dentist about whether getting mini dental implants is the right option for you, you can even use your new implants the same day you get them. And caring for them is no different than natural teeth. They are strong and durable, but require regular brushing and flossing to keep them healthy.
Are you ready to take the next step and find out if you are an ideal candidate for mini dental implants? Then it’s time you scheduled a consultation with our San Jose, CA restorative dentists, Dr. Sikka and Dr. Mona. Call Sikka Dental today to book your next visit.
Exchanging passionate kisses with big-screen star Jennifer Lawrence might sound like a dream come true. But according to Liam Hemsworth, her Hunger Games co-star, it could also be a nightmare… because J.Law’s breath wasn’t always fresh. “Anytime I had to kiss Jennifer was pretty uncomfortable,” Hemsworth said on The Tonight Show.
Lawrence said the problem resulted from her inadvertently consuming tuna or garlic before the lip-locking scenes; fortunately, the two stars were able to share a laugh about it later. But for many people, bad breath is no joke. It can lead to embarrassment and social difficulties — and it occasionally signifies a more serious problem. So what causes bad breath, and what can you do about it?
In 9 out of 10 cases, bad breath originates in the mouth. (In rare situations, it results from a medical issue in another part of the body, such as liver disease or a lung infection.) The foul odors associated with bad breath can be temporarily masked with mouthwash or breath mints — but in order to really control it, we need to find out exactly what’s causing the problem, and address its source.
As Lawrence and Hemsworth found out, some foods and beverages can indeed cause a malodorous mouth. Onions, garlic, alcohol and coffee are deservedly blamed for this. Tobacco products are also big contributors to bad breath — which is one more reason to quit. But fasting isn’t the answer either: stop eating for long enough and another set of foul-smelling substances will be released. Your best bet is to stay well hydrated and snack on crisp, fresh foods like celery, apples or parsley.
And speaking of hydration (or the lack of it): Mouth dryness and reduced salivary flow during the nighttime hours is what causes “morning breath.” Certain health issues and some medications can also cause “dry mouth,” or xerostomia. Drinking plenty of water can encourage the production of healthy saliva — but if that’s not enough, tell us about it: We may recommend switching medications (if possible), chewing xylitol gum or using a saliva substitute.
Finally, maintaining excellent oral hygiene is a great way to avoid bad breath. The goal of oral hygiene is to control the harmful bacteria that live in your mouth. These microorganisms can cause gum disease, tooth decay, and bad breath — so keeping them in check is good for your overall oral health. Remember to brush twice and floss once daily, stay away from sugary foods and beverages, and visit the dental office regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.
So did J.Law apologize for the malodorous makeout session? Not exactly. “[For] Bradley Cooper, Christian Bale, yeah, I’ll brush my teeth,” she laughed.
Hemsworth jokingly agreed: “If I was kissing Christian Bale I probably would have brushed my teeth too. With you, it’s like, ‘Eh. Whatever.’”
If you would like more information about bad breath and oral hygiene, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Bad Breath: More than Just Embarrassing.”
We've all done it — suddenly bit the inside of our mouth while chewing food. All too often our cheek, lip or tongue finds itself in the way of our teeth.
The small wound caused by these types of bites usually heals quickly. But it's also common for the natural swelling of these wounds to cause the skin to become prominent and thus more in the way when we eat. As a result we bite it again — and again. If bit a number of times, the old wound can form a bump made of tougher tissue.
Also known as a traumatic fibroma, this growth is made up of a protein called collagen that forms into strands of fibers, similar to scar tissue or a callous. As you continue to bite it, the fibers form a knot of tissue that becomes larger with each subsequent bite and re-healing.
Unlike malignant lesions that form relatively quickly, these types of lumps and bumps usually take time to form.Â They're not injurious to health, but they can be irritating and painful when you re-bite them. We can alleviate this aggravation, though, by simply removing them.
The procedure, requiring the skills of an oral surgeon, periodontist or a general dentist with surgical training, begins with numbing the area with a local anesthetic. The fibroma is then removed and the area closed with two or three small stitches. With the fibroma gone, the tissue surface once again becomes flat and smooth; it should only take a few days to a week to completely heal with mild pain medication like ibuprofen to control any discomfort.
Once removed, we would have the excised tissue biopsied for any malignant cells. This is nothing to cause concern: while the fibroma is more than likely harmless, it's standard procedure to biopsy any excised tissue.
The big benefit is that the aggravating lump or bump that's been causing all the trouble is no more. You'll be able to carry on normal mouth function without worrying about biting it again.
If you would like more information on minor mouth sores and wounds, 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 “Common Lumps and Bumps in the Mouth.”