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Can Tooth Pain Stem from Sinus Issues?
Posted on 10/20/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Having a sinus infection is bad enough because it makes you feel congested and miserable. Unfortunately, people who suffer from sinus infections due to colds or seasonal allergies could also have other symptoms, including tooth pain. What is The Sinus Cavity? If you think about it, everything in your mouth is closely linked to the rest of your head and skull. The sinuses are empty pockets lined with a thin mucous membrane. Their purpose is to moderate the outside air temperature before it spreads into your lungs. When you have an infection, this membrane can become inflamed and congested, which can result in a blocked nasal passage. The build-up of bacteria increases the congestion because it has nowhere to go if the infection is not treated. Why Sinus Infections Cause Toothaches? The sinus floor is located right over the upper jaw which contains the roots and nerves of your upper teeth. When pressure builds up from sinus inflammation, you will sometimes feel it like a toothache, particularly the upper back molars, which are closer to the maxillary sinuses. You can have these painful symptoms even if your teeth are healthy. However, it is vital to determine if your tooth hurts because of a sinus infection and not another more serious problem, such as an abscessed tooth, which could be life-threatening if not treated promptly. Take the Test There is an easy way to test whether your toothache is related to a sinus infection. If the pain gets worse when bending over, it's most likely due to your sinuses. Tooth pain can also increase if the pressure rises, mainly if you fly on an airplane. Another way to determine if your toothache is related to your sinuses is to monitor the pain. Tooth pain from a sinus infection is described as dull by people who are affected by it. If your toothache doesn't improve when the sinus infection is gone, call us immediately....

Who is Not a Good Candidate for Dental Implants?
Posted on 9/30/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
Dental implants, while popular in restoring teeth, are not ideal for all patients. Patients who are missing one of more teeth ask us from time to time about getting dental implants. The implants are surgically placed into the jawbone and hold a replacement tooth. Who is not a good candidate for implant surgery and what do we look for in a patient to make sure they're compatible with the procedure? Let's explore that question further. Am I a Good Candidate For Dental Implants? Dental implants are effective and last for a very long time, which makes them a sought after solution for tooth restoration. Some of the factors that we take into consideration when we work with you include the following. Healthy gums and good bone density- Dental implants will come in direct contact with your gums and jawbone and it is imperative that you have good oral hygiene and are free of gum disease. Bone density is needed because the jaw needs to adequately support the implant. Good oral health is required for anyone being treated for a dental implant. While we understand that you're here because you lost a tooth, we want to be sure that you are capable and willing to maintain good dental hygiene during your recovery time and after you receive your implants. Time is another commodity that we prefer to see in a patient. In addition to the healing process, which can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months, depending on what procedures need to be done, it is a multiple visit process. Dental implants take time. Other factors to take into consideration, nonsmokers, or patients who are willing to stop during the process are preferred. Patients also must not suffer from any disease or disorder that will prevent the body from healing. If you think that you may be a good candidate for dental implants, give our office a call and we'll set up a consultation with you soon!...

What X-rays Show When Looking for Oral Cancer
Posted on 9/20/2018 by Dr. Simon Choyee
When it comes to cancer, early detection is often the key. It allows for the best chance at a successful course of treatment. While early detection is the key to dealing with cancer, it does not always happen. In the case of oral cancer, there are many signs to watch for, but X-rays are a tool that can help. For people who get regular checkups that include e-rays, the chances for early detection of oral cancer are much higher. How to Use X-Rays There are two things that our dental offices use when it comes to x-rays. The first involves the x-rays taken during the visit. There are two types of x-rays used during a dental examination. The intraoral x-rays are the ones that most people are familiar with. They show the teeth and are typically used for checking for cavities. They also provide a general overview of the jaw. The second type of x-ray is the extraoral x-ray. This x-ray focuses on the jaw and the skull. These x-rays lack the detail of the intraoral types and are most effective for spotting potential problems with the teeth and jaw including problems with oral cancer. What to Look For The x-rays can show unusual lesions or growths in the jaw and around the teeth. These lesions may or may not involve the growth of cancer cells. Seeing these areas on an x-ray prompts further investigation to determine if they are a problem that includes oral cancer or something else. One of the keys to effectively using x-rays to detect oral cancer is using previous x-rays for comparison. The history of previous x-rays is useful for spotting changes in the oral health of an individual. When a person gets x-rays done at least annually, they are more likely to detect problems with oral cancer earlier. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment to take care of all your oral health needs....

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