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High-tech dental offices have many innovations that make dental care faster and more convenient, both for the patients as well as the dentist. Choosing a dental office with the latest technology can make visiting the dentist much less daunting.
They use panoramic x-rays for a full, instant picture of the patient’s mouth
Panoramic radiography, or panoramic x-rays, can give dentists an even better idea of what is inside a patient’s mouth. The machine rotates around the head of the patient to create one single image. There’s no need for the uncomfortable x-ray material inside the patient’s mouth as they wait for the machine to finish. The panoramic x-ray shows teeth, upper and lower jaws, and surrounding structures and tissues, which allows dentists to make more informed plans in regards to treatment. In fact, with panoramic x-rays dentists can even email the images to colleagues or specialists in the event that consultation is necessary.
Digital radiography gives instant results and is better for the environment
Digital radiography has many advantages. The digital imaging uses less radiation to produce an image, so patients are exposed to less radiation than with a traditional x-ray. Digital x-rays are much safer for patients because of this. The images produced are clearer and give a more detailed view and can be digitally enhanced for clarity.
In addition, employees are not exposed to the toxic chemicals required to develop the film. The digital x-ray images are immediately available in the dental clinic so patients don’t need to wait for results. Digital images are better for the environment as they.use less resources and lower radiation doses.
Bioceramic implants, prosthetic devices, and sealants look better
Dentists can now use bioceramic materials in implants, prosthetic devices, and sealants. These new materials are nontoxic, and are perfect for veneers, crowns, and implants. With these new advances, metals no longer need to be used in the teeth when these high-tech ceramics are used instead.
Paperless records and paperless billing keep you organized
High-tech dental offices have moved toward keeping paperless records, instead relying on digital records. These records are kept on the computer so that papers aren’t being shuffled around the office. It’s also much easier to find patient records quickly as needed, and reduces the risk of misplacing the patient’s information.
For the same reason, electronic billing is used instead of paper billing. Bills and receipts can be sent to patients electronically via email, and going paperless is great for the environment. Having digital copies of bills makes them much easier to find when they are needed, but until then they are out of the way.
When you choose a high-tech dental office, you can take advantage of all of the latest dental technology that’s been implemented to improve your visit and the dentist’s efficiency. With all of these tech upgrades, visiting the dentist is much more enjoyable.
April is Oral Cancer Awareness Month. Oral cancer includes cancers of the tongue, lips, cheeks, hard and soft palate, floor of the mouth, sinuses, and throat. Thousands of people in the U.S. will die from this disease this year alone. With regular visits to the dentist, oral cancer can be diagnosed and treated early.
What Are the Possible Causes of Oral Cancer?
Although there is no way to know whether someone will get oral cancer or not, there are some risk factors you should know about. With these in mind, you can take action to reduce some of your risk of developing oral cancer.
- Age Typically, patients diagnosed with oral cancer are over the age of 40. Although there is nothing you can do to prevent this risk factor, you can make sure you are getting regular check ups at the dentist.
- Tobacco use Whether you smoke it in cigarettes, cigars, or pipes, or use dip, snuff, or chewing tobacco, tobacco use is linked to an increased risk of oral cancer.
- Excessive consumption of alcohol People who drink regularly and excessively are more likely to develop oral cancer, but it is still possible for people who don’t drink to get oral cancer, too.
- Viral infections such as HPV16 Certain strains of human papillomavirus increase the risk of oral cancer developing.
- Family history of cancer If family members have oral cancer, you may be more likely to develop it.
- Excessive sun exposure Excessive amounts of time in the sun, especially at a young age, can increase your risk for developing lip cancer.
Oral cancer is much more common in men than in women, although lifestyle choices are the biggest factors.
How Is Oral Cancer Treated, and Is Oral Cancer Curable?
With regular dental visits, oral cancer can be diagnosed in its early stages. Treatment typically involves a team of surgeons, dentists, oncologists, and nutritionists, as well as rehabilitation and restorative specialists. Surgery will remove the cancerous growth. Radiation therapy or chemotherapy are common treatment methods to destroy all of the remaining cancer cells.
Oral Cancer Rates in America
More than eight thousand people in the U.S. die every year from oral cancer. Nearly forty thousand will be diagnosed with the disease this year, and most of them will not live more than five years after being diagnosed. Oral cancers can often go undiagnosed until the disease spreads to other parts of the body. This leads to an extremely high death rate; higher, in fact, than many other cancers, including testicular cancer, cervical cancer, thyroid cancer, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, or skin cancer. This is why regular dental exams are so crucial to diagnosing and treating the disease in its early stages.
Oral cancer awareness can help reduce the lifestyle risk factors that contribute to the disease, and regular oral exams allow for early diagnosis and treatment before the cancer spreads to other areas of the body.
For those of us who have to end up getting dentures, this can be an unfortunate thing to accept, but there is technology and there are methods in place that can make the process as comfortable as possible on you.
One of those comfortable ways to make the transition into a full mouth set of prosthetic teeth is to undergo the All-On-Four Dental Implant procedure, which Bedford Dental Group is proud to offer to our patients in Beverly Hills, CA and the greater Los Angeles area as well.
Below are 4 benefits you can glean from the All-On-Four procedure.
1.) All-On-Fours Are SECURE
One of the greatest benefits of the All-On-Four procedure is its anchorage. There are 4 points where implants are placed that secure the dental implants/dentures. Patients can then eat and speak as they normally would unhindered.
2.) All-On-Fours Are REALISTIC
After you have your biocompatible titanium implants in place and your prosthetics secure, All-On-Four implants look completely realistic.
3.) All-On-Fours PREVENT Future Bone Loss
When you lose your teeth, your jaw bone no longer gets the same amount of stimulation that it needs and begins to degenerate. All-On-Four implants provide bone stimulation that prevents future bone loss and keeps the shape of the jaw.
4.) All-On-Fours Can Be Done in ONE DAY
That’s right, All-On-Fours can be placed in one day — patients can now enjoy the aesthetic and functional benefits of a full set of teeth without having to wait.
If you have any lingering questions about how the All-On-Four procedure works and what you can do to get your All-On-Four process started, contact Bedford Dental Group today. We have a long track record of making big improvements in our patients self-confidence through providing compassionate oral health care.
The American Heart Association has just released a study that found that patients taking medication and undergoing treatment for high blood pressure were more likely to experience optimum benefits from their respective therapies if they were in good oral health standing.
The Inextricable Link Between Oral Health and Overall Health
This is yet another study suggesting the link between good oral health and good overall health. Having healthy teeth and healthy gums is simply better for your health than living with tooth decay and periodontal disease.
More on the Study
Over 3,600 people were studied who had high blood pressure, some with healthier gums, others who live with gum disease. The study found that people with periodontal disease had a 20% higher chance of failing to reach healthy blood pressure ranges.
What This Means for Patients with High Blood Pressure
Simply put, if you have gum disease you’re likely going to have to have your blood pressure monitored more closely, which means more cost to you — both in time and in dollars spent at the doctor.
Experts are saying that oral health is just as important a factor as other lifestyle interventions like low-sodium diets, weight control, and living an active lifestyle.
Staying on top of your oral health is important for a number of reasons. Having healthy teeth and gums will help you maintain healthy blood pressure ranges if you’re trying to control high blood pressure, but maintaining your oral health over your life can help you avoid being in that situation later in life to begin with.
Contact Bedford Dental Group Today
At Bedford Dental Group we offer a variety of oral health services, from routine biannual checkups to custom-tailored cosmetic treatments that give patients a movie-star-caliber smile.
We take a lot of pride in being the first line of defense in a healthy oral hygiene routine. By keeping your annual checkups and routine cleanings we can help you avoid more costly, more painful problems down the road. Give us a call today to schedule your consultation. Here’s to your oral health!
Source: American Heart Association / ScienceDaily.com (https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/10/181022085817.htm)