Oral Health Advantages With Dental Implants

Missing teeth can not only be embarrassing, but it can also be detrimental to your dental hygiene. Missing or damaged teeth may cause you to not smile as often or force you chew your food on one side of your mouth. Whatever the circumstances are, these inabilities can have a dramatic affect on your oral health.

Even just one missing tooth can greatly impact your jaw function. We often see that our patients with missing teeth tell us that their mouth overcompensates in certain areas to avoid chewing food on a side where they have a missing tooth. This causes your jaw to work harder and take more impact in certain areas to steer clear of sensitive areas.

Bacterial infection is a higher risk for our patients with missing teeth. We often hear that our dental implant patients all around avoid areas where they’re missing teeth, especially when it comes to brushing or flossing. This can cause an increase in bacteria build-up, thus leading to gum disease. This not only affects your gums but also has an impact on your already existing teeth.

It should be no surprise that your smile is closely linked to how you feel about yourself. The number one complaint we’ve heard from our dental implant patients is that they simply just want to smile more. No one should have to hold in their true, natural smile. We always see an instant boost in confidence with our patients and nothing makes us happier.

One of the main oral health advantages of a dental implant is that the implant acts just like a natural tooth. Once the implant is placed, your jaw actually treats the implant like a tooth and starts to grow bone around it. This promises a strong bond for your implant, making an identical replica of your once missing tooth.

We know that the idea of getting a dental implant can be quite scary and intimidating. However, the installment of an implant is quite easy. Modern dental technology has made all of our services easy for our patients, especially Dental Implants. For those missing multiple teeth, we often recommend getting an Implant-Supported Bridge. Instead of placing several implants for missing teeth, Implant-Supported Bridges only require a couple of implants to restore complete function of such an area. What about those patients with dentures? We offer two different options for dentures: 1) Screw-In Dentures and 2) Snap-In Dentures. Screw-In Dentures are irremovable and promise no mobility whereas Snap-In Dentures can be removed at your convenience for cleaning and maintenance.

If you have a missing tooth/teeth, call our office to schedule a free consultation to learn how we can help you regain your smile. To schedule an appointment, you can call our office at (650) 938-8127.

Our well-qualified doctors have each treated several hundred dental implant cases. You can trust that our dentists have the knowledge and expertise needed for a successful implant.

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Grant Road Dental is owned and operated by Dr. Robert Rutner. Dr. Rutner is a graduate of Georgetown Dental School and earned an undergraduate and graduate degree in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis. Dr. Rutner is an established dental professional who is a part of many dental organizations including the American Dental Association, Smile Source, the Mid-Peninsula Dental Society, and the California Dental Association. Dr. Rutner is also a Diplomat for the International Congress of Oral Implantologists. Dr. Rutner grew up in Los Altos and has been practicing in the Bay Area since 1985. He has been a pioneer in dental marketing and group practice management. He assisted in the development of Invisalign including international training and expansion into Asia and Australia.

 

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Donate Your Leftover Candy to Troops Overseas!

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Don’t get stuck with leftover Halloween candy! Donate it to troops overseas!

We will be accepting candy donations starting Tuesday, November 1st through Monday, November 7th! We will not be accepting candy on Sunday, November 8th, as our office will be closed. Our donations will be going to Operation: Care and Comfort, where they will be shipping our candy to troops. We will be giving away $1 for every pound of candy donated! Maximum donation is 5 pounds. Parents will also be able to enter a raffle to win a Free Sonic Toothbrush, Free Teeth Whitening or a Free Teeth Cleaning!

If you would like to make a donation, please drop off your candy at our office during our business hours.

Monday: 10AM-7PM
Tuesday: 8AM-7PM
Wednesday: 8AM-7PM
Thursday: 7AM-5PM
Friday: 7AM-3PM
Saturday: 7AM-3PM
Sunday: Closed

If you have any questions, please call our office at (650) 938-8127 or you can email Tylern@grantroaddental.com

Are You Suffering From Sleep Apnea?

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A poor night’s sleep can leave you feeling exhausted and cranky, but long-term sleep disruption can actually lead to serious health conditions. Not only is Sleep Apnea a leading cause of disrupted sleep and daytime sleepiness, but this disease is also a contributing factor to a host of medical problems.

According to the American Academy of Dental Sleep Medicine (AADSM), approximately 25 million adults in the United States suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea. This breathing disorder causes you to snore loudly and stop breathing up to hundreds of times a night for anywhere from 10 seconds to more than a minute.

Despite the prevalence of Sleep Apnea, many don’t realize they have it. Others are unable to tolerate a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine and mask, which is the most common treatment for Sleep Apnea. However, an effective alternative treatment for Sleep Apnea is a custom-fit oral appliance provided by a dentist. Treating Sleep Apnea can lead to better rest and ease your risk of developing these five serious health complications:

1. High Blood Pressure – Sleep Apnea is common among patients with high blood pressure, and even more so among patients who have treatment-resistant high blood pressure. In medical studies, oral appliance therapy has been shown to help reduce high blood pressure. This treatment uses a custom-fitted, mouth guard-like device to move the jaw slightly forward and keep the airway open, without the need for a constantly running machine and face mask.

2. Heart Disease – Heart disease is a common affliction for those with Sleep Apnea, according to a study from the University of Wisconsin. The same study showed that the risk of dying from heart disease may increase by as much as five times among those who have untreated, severe Sleep Apnea.

3. Depression – Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that women suffering from untreated Sleep Apnea have a five times greater risk for depression symptoms, while men who have untreated Sleep Apnea are more than twice as likely to exhibit signs of clinical depression.

4. Diabetes – Up to 83% of Type 2 diabetes patients have Sleep Apnea and are not even aware of it, according to research published on “Frontiers in Neurology.” Recent medical research suggests that glucose control weakens as the severity of a patient’s Sleep Apnea increases.

5. Stroke – The risk for stroke also rises with untreated Sleep Apnea, according to research published in “The American Journal of Medicine.” The study shows that the risk rises even if the patient has no other stroke risk factors. Obstructive Sleep Apnea also is frequently found among those who have already suffered a stroke.

 

Four Reasons Why You Should Reconsider Going to the Dentist

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I don’t have any reason to visit a dentist, my teeth are perfect and healthy!

That is what everyone says when being asked to visit a dentist. But really, it is not until you start having serious pains in your teeth before you consider visiting a dentist.

Here are four reasons why you should consider visiting a dental care clinic now:

#1 Correction of Wrong Dentition

Most of us grew up with having more than enough teeth in the mouth and we see it as a normal thing even though they overlap each other.

A dentist will help find corrective measures in helping your teeth have the best dentition you never thought you could have.

#2 Mouth Cleaning and Cleansing

Most people have tartar (an incrustation that forms on the teeth and gum) formed underneath their teeth and close to the gums.

These harbor lots of microorganisms that later affect the oral health. A dentist would notice the tartar and carry out what is called scaling and polishing to remove every traces of the tartar before it gets to its worse stage.

A dentist will help you to remove food remnants that hides between the teeth. Food remnants that hide in the teeth include remnants of meat, fish, vegetables and they keep decaying in between the tooth.

You don’t have to wait till it decays and destroy your oral health, visit a dentist who will help you floss the teeth with a waxy thread.

#3 Prevention and Control of Oral Diseases

A dentist takes note of everything that might lead to a chronic disease and takes care of before it gets out of the primary stage.

It is advisable to visit a dentist at least once in every three months. Being busy is not an excuse anymore, so just make time within that three months to see a dentist.

#4 Placing Fillings or Administering Anesthetics

Dental fillings or restoration are used to fill in the cavities caused by tooth decay. Instead of removing the tooth after suffering a tooth decay, your dentist will help check what the possible solution to it might be so you get relieved of the pain as soon as possible.

It is either placed with fillings if the tooth is not decayed to a bad extent and might be extracted if the condition of the tooth is bad.

Is that all a dentist can do? Of course not.

A dentist can also help in diagnosing oral diseases, creating treatment plans to maintain or restore the oral health of patients, interpreting x-rays and diagnostic health, monitoring growth and development of the teeth and jaws.

If you would like to make an appointment to see one of our dentist, please call our office at (650) 938-8127.

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The Importance of Sport Mouth Guards

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Youth and adolescent sports participation has grown steadily over the years. It is estimated that 20 to 25 million youths participate in competitive sports. As a result of this growth in participation levels, incidence of injury has also increased. Some have reported sports to account for approximately 36% of all unintentional injuries to children and adolescents. Of those injuries, 10-20% of all sports related injuries are maxillofacial injuries according to the American Dental Association.

The National Youth Sports Foundation for Safety reports dental injuries as the most common type of orofacial injury sustained during sports participation. They contend that an athlete is 60 times more likely to sustain damage to the teeth when not wearing a protective mouth guard. Often times these injuries will result in permanent damage to oral structures which require medical intervention.

Types of Dental Injuries

Injuries to the teeth can be grouped in three different categories with care specific to each type.

Fracture – can be classified as a root fracture, broken tooth or chipped tooth
– if possible, stabilize portion of tooth still in mouth by gently biting on towel to control bleeding
– athlete and tooth fragments should be transported immediately to a dentist
– best methods of transport of the tooth are in Hank’s Balanced Salt Solution, milk, saline soaked gauze, or under the athlete’s tongue
Avulsion – entire tooth, including root, knocked out
– do not handle tooth by the root (tooth should be handled by the crown)
– do not brush, scrub, or sterilize tooth
– if tooth is dirty, gently rinse with water
– if possible, place tooth back in socket and have athlete gently bite down on towel
– if unable to reimplant tooth, transport tooth with the athlete as described above to the dentist immediately
Luxation – tooth in socket, but in wrong position
– Extruded Tooth – tooth appears longer than surrounding teeth
– Lateral Displacement – tooth pushed back or pulled forward

It is important to remember time is critical when handling dental injuries. Do not allow the athlete to wait until the end of the game to seek treatment for a dental injury. If your athlete has extruded or laterally displaced teeth, transport them to our office within 2 hours for the best outcomes.

Prevention of Dental Injuries

Dental injuries are easily prevented. It has been suggested that a properly fitted custom mouth guard may reduce the rate of concussion as well as dental injuries.

Some experts recommend that mouth guards be worn by athletes in competitive and recreational sports in which impact, contact and collision are likely to occur. The American Dental Association recommends wearing custom mouth guards for the following sports: acrobats, basketball, boxing, field hockey, football, gymnastics, handball, ice hockey, lacrosse, martial arts, racquetball, roller hockey, rugby, shot putting, skateboarding, skiing, skydiving, soccer, squash, surfing, volleyball, water polo, weightlifting, and wrestling. Other experts include baseball and softball infielders on that list. They further recommend the mouth guard to be worn during all practices and competition.

Selecting a Mouth Guard

There are three types of mouth guards:

  • Ready-made or stock mouth guard
  • Mouth-formed “boil and bite” mouth guard
  • Custom-made mouth guard made at our dentist office

These mouth guards vary in price and comfort, yet all provide some protection. According to the American Dental Association, the most effective mouth guard should be comfortable, resistant to tearing, and resilient. A mouth guard should fit properly, be durable, easily cleaned, and not restrict speech or breathing.

It is important to remember damaged teeth do not grow back. Protect that perfect smile – wear a mouth guard.

If you’re interested in a custom fitted mouth guard, contact our office at (650) 938-8127.

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