6/13/2017 2:37:00 PM |
A New Smile in one Day: All-on-4
Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss. In fact, experts estimate as many as 35 million people have no upper or lower teeth at all. Have you been dreaming about a brand new smile to combat your tooth loss? Are you hesitant to pursue tooth replacement options because of the length of time, and number of procedures it takes? All-on-4 is a modern system for changing teeth that can be done very quickly and efficiently, saving you time and money.
What is All-on-4?
All-on-4refers to a combination treatment that involves dental implants and implant-anchored dentures. During this procedure, four titanium rods are embedded within your jaw. They’ll be strategically placed by your surgeon for maximum efficiency to fit your mouth.
Once the implants are securely installed, custom high-quality dentures are anchored to them. The name “All-on-4” comes from the fact that only four implants are needed to securely hold a whole set of teeth. This means you could have both your upper and lower sets replaced with only four implants in each setting. In the past, dental implants were used for every single tooth. As you can imagine, this would be significantly more painful and time consuming than an All-on-4 procedure. As a result, you can get a brand new smile in just one day. Aside from the obvious benefits, there are many other reasons to choose an All-on-4 replacement. One of the biggest incentives is the fact that the implants become completely permanent. This is thanks to titanium’s unique ability to fuse with bone. You’ll never have to worry about your new teeth slipping or sliding while you're speaking, which can inspire greater confidence. The All-on-4 setup also makes eating much easier than with traditional dentures. Since the teeth are anchored permanently, there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy apples, carrots, nuts, and beyond. It’s by far the most natural-feeling setup.
You don’t have to worry about messy adhesive glues or strips with an All-on-4 set, either. Since they don’t need to be removed for cleaning, you can rest assured that you won’t forget to remove them on schedule. Ready to Smile?
If you’re considering an All-on-4 set, call us today. Our surgeons would love to meet with you and discuss the process in-depth. We can answer any questions you may have. Remember, the sooner you call, the sooner you’ll have the smile you’ve always dreamed of. All we need is one day!
5/11/2017 8:06:00 AM |
Benefits of Dental Implants
Choosing a tooth replacement method is a big decision. Your options will vary depending on the condition of your mouth, but you want to make a selection that will be comfortable and dependable. This will allow you to function with confidence while dealing with your tooth loss.
For some people, it’s hard to come to terms with the idea of using tooth replacements. You should understand that you’re not alone. Millions of Americans deal with tooth loss every year. You should also know that tooth replacement methods are more advanced, successful, and realistic-looking than they’ve ever been before.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants are small metal rods, usually made from titanium, that are designed to function as a base for replacement teeth. The implants are engineered to be highly durable and safe for use in your mouth. They’re embedded in the jaw during a surgical procedure, making them incredibly strong.
Dental implants can be used for individual teeth as well as entire sets of anchored dentures. Because of the extremely low risk of complications from the metal itself, you can have several rods implanted easily wherever you need them, for a customized fit
Why Choose Dental Implants?
There are many reasons why dental implants are such a good choice for many Americans. First and foremost, they are a flexible solution for people will all levels of dental problems. Other benefits of dental implants include: • Fast procedure. Most of us hate spending time in a dentist’s chair. Dental implants can be installed very quickly. In fact, you can get an entire new set of teeth in just one day. • Realistic appearance. Dental implants use specially designed prosthetic teeth that are just like the real thing. • Better comfort. Dentures are designed to be removed for cleaning. This also means they can slip and irritate the mouth. Implants fuse to your jaw bone and become permanent, so there’s no discomfort. • Improved speech. Slipping or poor-fitting dentures can make it difficult to speak without mumbling or slurring. You don’t have either of those problems with dental implants. • Natural eating. Certain foods are difficult or even impossible to eat with dentures. Dental implants are so secure and comfortable that you can enjoy all your favorite foods. • More confidence. If you’re self-conscious about your smile, dental implants can give you a huge confidence boost. Imagine having a perfect smile in just a day. • Higher durability. Dental implants are permanent. When taken care of, they last the rest of your life. If you’re ready to let dental implants change your life, give us a call. We’d love to give you your smile back.
4/7/2017 8:30:00 AM |
Have A Brand new SMILE in ONE DAY!
If you’re looking at tooth replacement options, it’s important to make the right choice. You want to be able to smile, eat, and speak comfortably and normally for the rest of your life. Two common options are traditional dentures and All-on-4, or implant-supported dentures.
Despite calling them traditional, modern dentures are nothing like the ones from the past. Some of the early versions were carved out of wood, making them uncomfortable and poor-fitting. Today’s dentures are custom made from fine porcelain and soft acrylic to offer the most realistic and comfortable experience possible.
Traditional dentures are designed to be easily removable. The arch of the jaw supports them and their surfaces rest directly on the gums. This makes it very easy to take them out for cleaning and sleeping. It also means less complication for oral specialists while making adjustments for fit.
Regular dentures are also less expensive than many other options. Lots of insurance policies cover all or most of the cost of the prosthetic, which is important if you’re concerned about the cost of your tooth replacement.
All-on-4 implants are a different option for tooth replacement. Traditional dentures are not completely stable because they rest on the surface of the gums. Most people need to apply some sort of adhesive to keep their dentures in place throughout the day. Sometimes they can slip while eating or speaking, which can be embarrassing.
All-on-4 dentures actually anchor to small dental implants, rather than relying on the surface of the gum. The posts are made of titanium, making them extremely durable and safe for use in the mouth. These implants are carefully embedded into the jaw during a surgical procedure. Four of them are placed within the mouth, depending on your personal needs. Once the fixtures are healed and secure, your implant-supported dentures can anchor to them, providing incredible stability. Only four posts are necessary to support an entire set of teeth, hence the “All-on-4” name.
All-on-4 treatment eliminates movement and prevents jaw atrophy, meaning you’ll be able to maintain maximum function and retain the shape of your jaw line. They may also enhance confidence because they are so secure and don’t require removal for cleaning and sleeping.
If you’re not sure what type is right for you, call and schedule an appointment with Solace Oral Surgery today.
We’d love to discuss your oral health and go over your options in depth.
4/4/2017 7:00:00 AM |
The Importance of Dental Hygiene
If you visit your dentist regularly, you probably hear a lot about dental hygiene. After all, the brushing and flossing they recommend is designed to keep your teeth and gums looking (and smelling) fantastic. Oral hygiene, though, is about more than just keeping your smile clean and breath fresh. It also has a significant impact on overall health.
Your mouth is the first part of your digestive system, so it only makes sense that your oral hygiene has a bearing on overall nutrition. Strong teeth are crucial to eating many healthy foods, such as apples, carrots, and nuts. If you don’t maintain your dental hygiene you could experience inflamed gums, cavities, and infected or lost teeth. All of these issues make it more difficult to enjoy wholesome, fresh foods. You could end up filling yourself with soft, junky foods instead. Chewing problems can also lead to irritable bowel syndrome and intestinal failure, among others medical conditions.
Poor oral hygiene is also linked to some infections and diseases. Cardiovascular disease, for instance, may be related to the bacteria caused by oral inflammation. New research is constantly being done to determine the exact linkages between such conditions.
There are indirect effects of poor dental hygiene, as well. For example, if you have an infection in your mouth, it weakens your entire immune system and makes you more susceptible to other sicknesses. Serious cases of oral infection may potentially lead to sepsis.
How to Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Keeping your mouth clean and healthy requires proper attention. The most important thing to develop is a maintainable routine. It’s not good enough to brush only a few times a week; brushing needs to occur at least twice per day. Make sure you’re spending about two minutes brushing, or you might not remove all of the plaque and bacteria. To simplify the process, set a timer or play your favorite song.
Other steps to good oral hygiene include:
Flossing at least once per day, being careful not to damage the gums.
Using a mouthwash after eating.
Avoiding excess sugar or overly sticky foods, such as caramel.
Brushing after eating sugary or grainy meals that may embed themselves in tooth grooves or existing cavities.
One of the most important ways to protect your dental hygiene is by visiting your dentist on a regular basis. She will be able to check for warning signs and future problems, while giving your teeth a deep cleaning.
If you need help and guidance on this, give us a call!
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3/10/2017 2:01:00 PM |
What to Know Before Choosing an Oral Surgeon Trying to decide on an oral surgeon can be daunting. However, there are several resources available that can make the task much easier. Understanding your needs as a patient, along with the help and advice of your dentist, will go a long way in helping you find the right oral surgeon.
To find an oral surgeon who best meets your needs, consider the following: · Length of time the oral surgeon has been in practice · Hours the oral surgeon has logged in training and clinical experience performing the procedure you need to have done · Estimated costs for the procedure and any pre- and post-op treatment plans · Diagnosis and treatment plan proposed by the surgeon Your personal dentist is a great resource in your search for an oral surgeon. Your dentist understands your situation, your history, and your surgical needs and is equipped to provide references that will best suit your needs. There are several types of oral surgeons and practices, and each is equipped to handle specific oral care needs. Be sure you select an oral surgeon who specializes in your procedure or condition.
How Insurance May Affect Your Options
Before settling on an oral surgeon, read your insurance policy. Depending on the type of coverage, your insurance might dictate which oral surgeon you can use. Your insurance provider should have a list of available surgeons and practices that you can choose from. Research those surgeons and facilities to find one that best suits your needs.
Be proactive and thorough by researching education and experience of any potential candidates. Websites dedicated to specific practitioners and facilities can provide a wealth of information. You can find information concerning location, prices, insurance qualifications, types of procedures, and specialties online. Reputable sites usually showcase customer reviews, which can be a great way to get informed feedback from other patient experiences.
Look for the Necessary Credentials
Look for an oral surgeon that has the right training and experience. Also, spend a little time getting to know your potential surgeon and the people who work in the office. It’s crucial that you feel comfortable during these delicate procedures. Make some phone calls, do some research, even visit the facility. Find a practitioner you feel comfortable with and can trust with your oral health.
If you are in the Nashville area, Solace Oral Surgeryis here to help. Please call us with any questions about our practice, and we would be happy to assist you.
3/2/2017 2:42:00 PM |
The Scary Truth About Gum Disease
Chances are that you’ve already been warned about gum disease. Most of us are taught the importance of regular dental care at an early age. And yet, 50% of adults in America suffer from gingivitis—an early form of gum disease. Improper care routines can lead to painful and serious side effects and even illness. Learn to Recognize Gum Disease Gingivitis is the most common and least severe form of gum disease, but it’s the first stage of periodontitis. Gingivitis causes bright red and swollen gums that may bleed when brushing or flossing. Often, people don’t see bleeding gums as a problem and continue to neglect dental health. Gingivitis, although serious, doesn’t always progress to cause tooth loss or other damage. Periodontitis, on the other hand, is advanced gum disease and is much more severe. At this stage, the gums recede from the teeth and bone. Deep pockets form within the mouth, trapping bacteria and food debris. These pockets become infected in many cases, filling with bacteria and causing the gum and bone to further dissolve. If the jaw structure become too far degraded, reconstructive surgery may be needed. Periodontitis is a common cause of tooth loss in adults. The infected pockets can cause the teeth to die or rot in most cases, leaving behind odor and pain. Oral operation may be the only option to safely remove the dead tissue. Avoid Health Risks Caused by Gum Disease Tooth loss and oral infections are serious problems, but they’re not the only issues that gum disease causes. Studies have linked periodontitis to illnesses and diseases in other areas of the body as well. Improper dental care can lead to: · Diabetes. Substandard dental health causes inflammation in the mouth that can spread easily. This increased swelling can be associated with diabetes. Periodontitis can not only cause problems, but also exacerbate existing symptoms in someone who is already diabetic. · Erectile dysfunction. More than half of the men diagnosed with periodontitis also suffered from erectile dysfunction. The exact cause of how gum disease contributes to erectile dysfunction is unknown. However, researchers believe that inflammation and infections are to blame. · Pneumonia. People with gum disease inhale harmful bacteria each time they take a breath. Over time, this can cause respiratory distress and infections. Taking care of your gums and teeth helps maintain your entire body. Remember to always brush and floss and make regular appointments for evaluations and care. If you do suffer from tooth loss because of gum disease, Solace Oral Surgery is here to help. Contact us at 615-320-1392.
12/15/2016 9:26:00 AM |
What is an Apicoectomy?
Teeth that have recurring infections indicate an issue at the root level or within the tooth canal. Root canals and related procedures are often used to treat these problems, but sometimes an apicoectomy must be performed. An apicoectomy is a common dental surgery performed by an oral surgeon that involves removing the tip of a tooth root and sealing it. This procedure is performed as a last resort when multiple root canal treatments fail to adequately address the issue. What Can I Expect During an Apicoectomy? In most cases, an apicoectomy is a simple, minimally invasive procedure. Depending on the position and location of the infected tooth, it should take no more than 90 minutes to perform. Throughout the procedure, the oral surgeon views your affected tooth through a microscope. The surgical site is exceptionally small, and the tip of the root is only a few millimeters in length, which makes it difficult to see without magnification. The oral surgeon makes a small incision near the infected area and lifts the gum away to expose the root. Any inflamed or infected tissue is removed along with the tip of the root. A small filling may be placed over the area where the root tip was removed. Stitches are applied over the incision area. For affected teeth located in the back of the upper jaw, there is a risk the infection could spread into the sinuses. In such cases, patients may need antibiotics or decongestants for a few days prior to and after the procedure. Sometimes the condition of the root or severity of the infection is unknown until the surgeon is able to view the area during the procedure. In these extreme cases, the oral surgeon may decide to simply extract the tooth. What is the Recovery Time? Recovery time after the procedure usually takes no more than 14 days. During that time, you may experience numbness, swelling, or soreness in the area. Over-the-counter pain medications such as ibuprofen are often prescribed, though prescription pain killers may be necessary. Any stitches are generally removed a few days after the surgery. An apicoectomy is considered a permanent solution to a recurring tooth infection issue and should last a lifetime. There is a slight risk of nerve damage when working on back teeth on the lower jaw. The endodontist will take x-rays prior to the procedure to locate nerve endings and assess the risk.
Call us at Solace Oral Surgery (615) 320-1392 and we will be a happy to answer any other questions!
11/22/2016 4:25:00 PM |
The Benefits of Wisdom Teeth Removal Wisdom teeth – the third and final set of molars – typically do not erupt until late in the teenage years or early 20s. Though not everyone needs their wisdom teeth removed, those that do will likely experience problems with them between the ages 25 and 30. Why Should My Wisdom Teeth Be Removed? Healthy, well-positioned wisdom teeth do not cause problems, however, this is usually not the case when wisdom teeth erupt. Oftentimes, there is not enough space in the mouth to accommodate an additional set of teeth, which can lead to several dental issues. · A wisdom tooth that does not fully integrate into the mouth or align with the other teeth can become impacted in the jaw. Impacted teeth can house bacteria, which eventually leads to gum disease and infection. · If a tooth fails to come in completely, tissue will grow over the tooth, allowing food and other particles to become lodged under this tissue and form bacteria. · Teeth that grow in awkwardly can also have a huge impact on the overall comfortability and bite of the jaw. It can force the surrounding teeth to reposition themselves or push together and overlap. · Wisdom teeth that erupt only partially can sometimes cause fluid-filled sacs to form, otherwise known as cysts. To stave off infection and avoid damage to neighboring tissue, these cysts should be promptly drained or removed. However, there are no guarantees the cysts will not reform even after removal. Due to their position in the jaw, wisdom teeth are exceptionally hard to clean. Flossing and brushing can be a challenge, so tooth decay and cavities are common ailments for these hard-to-reach teeth. And since your wisdom teeth are difficult to see without using a dental mirror, it is almost impossible to gauge visual indicators of infection or other problems. Because of the problems wisdom teeth present, doctors recommend taking preventative measures whenever possible. Many oral surgeons advocate extraction in youth before the teeth have a chance to emerge. Young adults are particularly resistant to infection and generally have faster, healthier recovery times. In most cases, there are no long-term effects associated with wisdom teeth extraction. Despite the procedure’s success rate, however, some minor complications can occur, such as a painful dry socket where the tooth was removed, infection due to food particles trapped in the vacant sockets, and damage to neighboring teeth or sinuses. The benefits of wisdom tooth removal are great. To avoid many of these issues, consult with Solace Oral Surgeryfor options and information about removal.
9/23/2016 2:53:00 PM |
Dr. Jamie Romero Recognized As 2016 Top Dentist for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery With sincere gratitude and appreciation, we are honored to share that Dr. Jaime A. Romero Jr. of Solace Oral Surgery has been recognized as a 2016 Top Dentist for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by Nashville Lifestyles. The Top Dentists are selected based upon a database containing thousands of comprehensive evaluations from other dental professionals. These professionals are asked to consider the nominees’ experience, continuing education, conduct with patients, use of new techniques and medical results, according to Nashville Lifestyles. The Top Dentists must also have an active license and be in good standing with the state dental board. Dr. Romero has received Top Dentist standing multiple years in a row. He is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Dentistry and accomplished his oral and maxillofacial surgery residency at Metro Health Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio. Giving back to the community is a passion for Dr. Romero and one of the characteristics that make him a Top Dentist. Dr. Romero has recently been involved with Mission You Matter and has been involved for many years with Hope Smiles, an organization that provides surgical and emergency dental care during medial mission outreach in partnership with St. Thomas Health. He also serves and volunteers at Interfaith Dental Clinic, Brentwood Baptist Dental Unit and various other local organizations. Born in the United States and raised in Mexico to be closer to family, Dr. Romero is fluent in Spanish. His family returned back to the U.S. when he was twelve years old for employment and educational opportunities. Dr. Romero has a strong love and support for America. He served in the Tennessee Army National Guard as a major, has flown helicopters as part of his military career, and was deployed to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom before starting his surgical residency. Dr. Romero and his wife Eva Angelina, the reigning Mrs. Nashville, currently live in Franklin, TN with their four children. Dr. Romero enjoys spending time with his family, traveling and playing basketball and soccer. He, alongside with his four brothers, is a talented off-road Baja racer embracing the fighting spirit the sport embodies. These unique traits, talents and interests make Dr. Romero a standout as a Nashville Top Dentist in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. To learn more about Dr. Romero and Solace Oral Surgery please call (615) 320-1392 or visit solaceoralsurgery.com.
9/14/2016 5:08:00 PM |
Understanding Anesthesia With Oral Surgery
Many oral surgery patients must undergo anesthesia before the procedure. Your surgeon will give you all the information you need to know for a successful operation. Always listen to your surgeon’s instructions above anything you read online. For a general background, here’s what you should know about anesthesia and oral surgery.
For oral surgery, your surgeon will recommend a specific type of anesthetic. Many surgeries require general anesthesia—a procedure that puts the body into a temporary induced coma. Not only are patients unconscious, but they’re also unresponsive. In this state, surgeons can easily perform all of the necessary tasks without worrying about pain management or sleep-related movements.
Aside from general anesthesia, some more routine procedures may only require semi-conscious or localized anesthetic. Semi-conscious sedation won’t render you completely unconscious. Localized anesthetic only affects a certain part of the body. Nitrous oxide may also play a role in treatment. Commonly referred to as laughing gas, this inhaled sedative delivers temporary calming effects.
Discussing Anesthesia With Your Surgeon
For any type of anesthetic, your surgeon and anesthesiologist should have full knowledge of preexisting medical conditions and any medications you take. Some individuals react poorly to certain types of anesthesia. Tell your physician about any past experiences with anesthesia, existing allergies, and other medical information.
During your pre-operative appointment, your surgeon or a staff member will walk you through all of the anesthesiology requirements. For general anesthesia, you may need to fast for a certain period of time, stop taking some medications, and avoid using tobacco products and alcohol. Keep the written instructions regarding your requirements visible in the days leading up to the surgery. Failing to closely follow the instructions could lead to surgical complications.
What to Expect During General Anesthesia
When you arrive at the facility, the anesthesiologist or licensed professional should explain the process as he or she goes through the steps. Double check that you’ve followed all instructions, and ask the person administering the anesthetic to confirm the medication you discussed during your pre-operative appointment (especially if you have any allergies). After the professional administers the appropriate drug, you’ll drift out of consciousness.
You probably won’t remember the procedure, and the side effects from the anesthesia—including drowsiness—will wear off over time. Arrange to have someone take you to, pick you up from, and stay with you after any surgical procedure. In the days following the procedure, remember to obey your surgeon’s after-care instructions for a successful experience.
8/5/2016 7:09:00 AM |
4 Ways to Reduce the Risk of Mouth and Teeth Injuries
Mouth and teeth injuries can happen in a moment and completely change the way your mouth looks and functions. Some accidents, including car collisions, are unavoidable, but you can minimize the risk of other injuries.
As the fall sports season begins, pay close attention to teeth and mouth protection measures. One hard tackle or ball to the face can chip a tooth or worse. Here are some protection tips to keep you or your family members’ mouth and teeth safe during any physical activity:
- Wear a helmet designed for the activity. A helmet can go a long way towards protecting your head, jaw, and mouth from injury during many activities. Encourage all contact sports players to wear helmets during practices and games to prevent accidental injuries. In addition to team sports, individuals should wear helmets while riding a bike, skateboarding, and skating.
Some helmets may provide more protection for the oral-maxillofacial area than others. For example, football helmets and hockey goalie helmets incorporate face cages that provide additional protection.
- Invest in a mouth guard. Mouth guards protect the teeth, lips, and tongue. Your local oral surgeon may offer customized mouth guard fittings. In addition to a professionally made mouth guard, sports players can purchase a mouth guard kit from most major sporting goods stores. Work with your health care provider to find the solution that will work best for your mouth structure and needs. Mouth guards are particularly important for those with orthodontic appliances, implants, or bridges.
- Schedule a checkup at the start of the season. Keeping teeth healthy plays a major role in injury prevention. Cavities and weakened enamel may increase the risk of accidental and sports-related injuries. Schedule any teeth strengthening treatments, such as surgeries, prior to the season. Talk with your surgeon about protecting your teeth. Always use good dental hygiene practices, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing, as recommended.
- Other protective measures. In addition to preparing for sports, individuals should follow basic safety precautions during daily activities. Wear a seat-belt in any vehicle that offers one. Avoid chewing on ice and other hard substances.
Accidents may happen under the best circumstances. Knowing where to go in the event of an emergency can improve the likelihood of successful intervention. For knocked or pulled-out teeth, try to schedule an appointment with an oral surgeon within 30 minutes of the incident.
6/28/2016 10:22:00 AM |
Sedation Dentistry for All Your Dental Needs
Going to your oral surgeon can make many of us nervous. In fact, some people have had traumatic experiences in dental offices. If this describes you, sedation dentistry may be the solution you need. Solace Oral Surgery provides some of the best sedation dentistry in the country, meeting all your dental needs without pain or emotional stress. Sedation Dentistry Myths and Facts Sedation dentistry is often thought of as putting the patient to sleep. Thus, some patients fear they will lose control of their bodies or that the dentist will perform procedures without their consent. In reality, sedation dentistry does not mean you are asleep. Solace Oral Surgery uses several forms of conscious sedation, which allow you to stay awake during procedures but still remain relaxed. Some of our patients have heard sedation dentistry carries negative side effects. At Solace, we make sure our sedation methods have as few side effects as possible. Our methods are safe; we will protect you from experiencing any allergic reactions, seizures, or other medical problems. Simply alert us before treatment if you are allergic to our equipment, are epileptic, or have any disease or disability that causes muscle spasms or tremors. Different patients prefer different kinds of sedation, so Solace Oral Surgery obliges with multiple options. We offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) as well as IV sedation. Nitrous oxide is one of the oldest sedation methods available. It may be best for you if you have mild dental anxiety or are experiencing a routine procedure. Some patients report numbness and tingling afterward, but this side effect is generally mild. IV sedation may be best if you have severe anxiety. We recommend it for short treatments because although IV sedation is moderate, it is injected directly into the bloodstream. Thus, it takes effect quickly and may last longer than nitrous oxide. If you choose IV sedation, have someone drive you to and from the office. You might feel fatigued for several days afterward, so get as much rest as possible. Our patients report several sedation dentistry benefits. The first is the absence of pain, which is vital if you have experienced many painful or traumatic procedures. Additionally, sedation eliminates the need for needles and drugs like Novocain, which can leave you feeling numb and uncomfortable. Many patients report that procedures done under sedation seem to take less time, which reduces the anxiety they feel while waiting for the procedure to begin. Contact us today if you would like a consultation.
6/1/2016 7:40:00 AM |
Jaw Problems? Everything You Need to Know about TMJ
The temporomandibular joint connects the jaw to the skull around the front of the ear. This joint allows you to move your jaw in order to chew, talk, and yawn. Problems with the muscles in your face, especially the jaw, are called temporomandibular disorders (TMD), but they are most commonly known as TMJ.
TMJ has various causes such as:
- A hard blow to the face or whiplash
- Pressure on the jaw from clenching or grinding teeth
- Stress that causes facial tightening
- Arthritis in the jaw
- Sinus infections
- Tooth decay
- Periodontal disease
TMJ is often painful and may be on one side of your face or both. The pain can be temporary or last for years. TMJ affects more women than men and often develops in people between 20 and 40 years old.
- Discomfort in the face, jaw, neck, shoulders, or ears (when speaking, chewing, or opening mouth)
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Jaw becoming locked in the open or closed position
- Jaw making a popping, clicking, or grating sound when opening or closing mouth (May or may not be associated with pain)
- Face feeling tired or achy
- Feeling that teeth don’t fit together properly
- Facial swelling
- Ringing in the ears
If you suffer from any of these symptoms, make an appointment with your dentist. Symptoms can be caused by other conditions, so it is important to be diagnosed correctly. Your oral surgeon will ask questions, look for tenderness, and listen for popping sounds. He or she will check your bite and facial muscles and take X-rays to look for other problems. Other tests, like a computer tomography (CT), may be needed to see the bone or joint. A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) test may be scheduled to see if the disc in your jaw is in the proper position. If your TMJ is not severe, your doctor may suggest:
- Over the counter medications, like ibuprofen or naproxen, to relieve swelling and pain.
- Eating soft foods like soup, eggs, fish, yogurt, and cooked vegetables. Avoid hard or chewy foods.
- Cold packs or warm, moist compresses
- Limiting excessive jaw movement – yawning, yelling, singing, gum chewing
- Keeping teeth slightly apart to relieve pressure and avoid clenching
If your case is severe, your doctor may suggest the following treatments:
- Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) – relaxation therapy of the facial muscles with low-level electrical currents.
- Ultrasound – heat therapy to improve mobility and reduce soreness.
- Surgery – as a last option (Seek a second or third dentist’s opinion before going this route)
5/27/2016 12:44:00 PM |
Oral Pathology – How it Affects You
Many people do not know what oral pathology is or how it can affect them. Here is some detailed information on oral pathology to help you understand its importance to your oral health. Oral pathologyis a dental specialty that studies the diseases associated with teeth, gums, and jaw bones. These are the specialists who diagnose any condition relating to your oral health. There are certain common signs and symptoms related to oral disease everyone should be aware of, such as: · Sensitivity to hot and cold · Bad breath on a regular basis · Gums pulling away from teeth Some of the oral diseases that an oral surgeon may diagnose someone with are plicated tongue, hairy-coated tongue, geographic tongue, changes to taste, burning mouth syndrome, oral cancer, and canker sores. How Oral Health Affects Your Overall Health Oral health has been at the forefront of studies lately, and medical experts have discovered a link between poor oral health and increased risk of heart disease and cancer. Other studies have shown that gum disease can be linked to respiratory diseases and diabetes. Ways to Keep Your Mouth Healthy If you are wondering how to how prevent oral diseases, there are a few things you can implement to help keep your teeth, mouth, and gums healthy. Try to eat healthy foods and avoid smoking. Make sure to brush and floss daily, and use mouthwash as needed. Visit dental professionals regularly, so no problems are missed. Making these recommendations a daily habit will help ensure good oral health for years to come. Speak with your oral surgeon if you have any questions about what products you should use in your oral health routine. Oral pathology is a vital part of what oral surgeons do. They are able to recognize signs and symptoms of oral disease, diagnose it, and treat it so that it doesn’t become a long-term problem for the patient. As a patient, being informed is key. If more patients are aware of the signs and symptoms of oral disease, they will be able to contact an oral surgeon for treatment before it leads to further damage. If you have any of these signs of oral disease or are concerned about your oral health, contact Solace Oral Surgery for further information.
5/20/2016 7:57:00 AM |
Dental Implants to Restore Your Smile
Dental implants are a great way to replace your missing teeth. For years, the only options for missing teeth were dentures and bridges. Dental implants are strong and durable artificial roots with natural-looking teeth (usually titanium) surgically placed into the upper or lower jawbone. A dental implant can restore your smile.
S Single missing tooth implant:
when both the tooth and root are damaged on a single tooth, the best permanent replacement is a single dental implant in conjunction with a ceramic crown.
· Multiple missing tooth implants:
when replacing a few teeth in the far back of the mouth, a fixed bridge anchored to dental implants is the only fixed alternative.
· All teeth missing implants:
when all teeth are missing, a full jaw with dental implants and a fixed bridge is added that results in a permanent, stable and high esthetic solution.
this relatively new technique uses fewer implants than earlier types. The new implants are situated at mechanical inclinations that maximize support. This means a less invasive process, which would mean less expense.
Improved Speech, Comfort, and Eating
Poor-fitting dentures can slip in your mouth, causing impaired speech. Implants eliminate the pain and discomfort of removable dentures and improve your speech. Additionally, sliding dentures can make eating and chewing difficult and even painful. Dental implants function like your own teeth, which allow you to eat your favorite foods without pain.
Improved Self-esteem and Oral Health
Dental implants can give you back your smile and help you feel better about yourself. A healthy smile can boost your overall confidence, making you more comfortable in public situations – especially when eating or speaking. Implants improve oral hygiene by allowing easier access between teeth. Implants can also resolve bite problems caused by missing tooth space. Dental implants can eliminate the embarrassing inconvenience of messy denture removal and adhesives. Implants, with good care, may last a lifetime. They are durable and more convenient than traditional dentures.
Without the root structure of a natural tooth present, the jawbone can shrink, which can make your face appear older than it is. Anyone who is missing their teeth as a result of disease, injury, or simple tooth decay should consider how dental implants can be beneficial.
Dental implants are stable and comfortable with no loose parts. Generally speaking, people who are in good enough health for a tooth extraction are well enough to have a dental implant procedure. Contact us today to discover if you are a candidate for dental implants. After an evaluation of your health and dental history, we can guide you to a thoughtful decision. At Solace Oral Surgery, we are happy to answer any questions. Contact us
4/14/2016 9:26:00 AM |
Dentist or Oral Surgeon: When to Visit Each?
Patients have many options in dental providers, and the decision of which type of dental professional is best for your current needs can be tricky. Understanding the differences between general dentists and oral surgeons can help you make an informed choice for dental care. Depending on your needs or the needs of your family, you may need to see both a dentist and an oral surgeon.
A dentist (DDS degree, Doctor of Dental Surgery or DMD degree, Doctor of Dental Medicine) has completed 4-5 years of higher education and can diagnose and treat conditions and diseases of the mouth, as well as perform minor surgical procedures such as simple incisions and extractions.
General Dentistry Clinical Practice
General dentists are primary care providers for dental medicine. They diagnose, manage, and treat your overall oral health
, and often make recommendations for how to prevent common dental problems. Dentist offices provide teeth cleaning, X-rays, and a comprehensive screening for dental problems. They also provide dental fillings, veneers, bridges, crowns, and gum care. Although a general dentist may perform simple tooth extractions, more complex surgeries may be outside of the scope of a general dentist’s competence.
An oral surgeon also has a DDS or DMD degree, but must complete 4 to 8 years of additional training, such as a surgical residency, after dental school. Oral surgeons sometimes complete an additional medical degree.
Oral Surgery Clinical Practice
An oral surgeon is the oral health care provider who performs surgical procedures in and about the entire face, mouth
, and jaw area. A general dentist will often refer a patient to an oral surgeon when a problem is beyond the scope of the dentist’s expertise. An oral surgeon may perform dental implants, simple tooth extractions, complex extractions (removal of soft tissue, bone or roots), wisdom teeth
removal, soft tissue biopsies, removal of oral cavity tumors, complex jaw realignment surgeries, reconstructive dental surgery, fractured jaw bone or cheek repair, and cleft palate
Understanding the difference between a general dentist and an oral surgeon can save you time when making the right decision for dental care. Remember to bring along an updated medical history. Explain any recent health issues, even if they seem unrelated to your mouth’s health. A healthy smile is the gateway to good health, but it is also a way to feel more confident. Call us today
for questions about your smile.
4/1/2016 11:09:00 AM |
Meet Our Smile for Christmas Winner: A Story of Hope and Faith
Everyone goes through seasons of life when heartache seems closer than hope and tears come easier than smiles. For Caroline Lusk, that season has been long and exhausting.
Like so many others, she witnessed her parent’s divorce. Many years later, she lost her father in a motorcycle accident at the hand of an impaired driver. The years in between and after held additional struggles. To cope with her circumstances, she developed an unhealthy relationship with food that sent her to multiple treatment centers and threatened her well-being—physically and psychologically.
Over time, she achieved stability, enabling her to move forward with life. She met and married a wonderful Christian man, had two healthy children and began to embrace the reality of grace that allows one to emerge from darkness into a new day.
Life wasn’t perfect.
There were relapses.
As a writer and non-profit professional, she was and continues to be engaged in either ministry or philanthropic work. It’s the kind of work she did and still does believe in, but in industries that are volatile at best, it’s never been a sure thing.
Beyond that, her health history had left its mark. Nearly 20 years of acid reflux had worn away the enamel on her teeth, compromising their stability and health.
When she happened upon the Smile for Christmas give-away from Solace Oral Surgery, it was as though once again the heavens opened and mercy rained down. Finally, she would be able to regain oral health, whereby improving her physical well-being. More than that, this opportunity meant that the smile that had been emerging inside, out of the wake of great loss, could now be reflected on the outside.
Today, she is celebrating a new season. One in which hope redeems heartache and smiles wipe away the tears.
3/21/2016 8:18:00 AM |
Dr. Jaime Romero’s Hard Work Brings Smiles to Patients
What do you get when you combine a helicopter pilot, an oral surgeon, and an ex-migrant tree planter? You get Dr. Jaime Romero Jr., a hard-working, adventurous father of four who loves to give people their smile back at Solace Oral Surgery. His success has not been easy or instantaneous, but rather marked by determination and love for family and country.
Dr. Jaime Romero was born in the United States but, as a child, moved to Mexico to be raised closer to his grandparents. When he was twelve years old, his father wanted to follow his dream of higher education, transplanting the family of six across the country near a college in Mexico, south of Texas. When things did not go as planned, the family of six had to live in their van while they sought more permanent housing. This turned to permanent homelessness and hardship and his father left school to plant trees in Mississippi and Tennessee. During this change, his father got very sick, so Jaime, the oldest of four children, had to stop his schooling to help the family by planting trees. For the next five years, Jaime did not attend a traditional school but taught himself math and science from simple books.
Then everything changed. Jaime’s grandfather made him promise that he would go back to school to have a better life. Jaime, having huge respect and love for his grandfather made him this promise. Two weeks after this, Jaime’s grandfather died unexpectedly. This was a turning point in Jaime’s life. Jaime made good on his promise and going back to school. He attended an alternative high school in Savannah, TN, where he worked off his tuition. Because his grades were so good, he graduated and attended college the following year. “I was taking college classes like algebra, biology, and chemistry, but” unlike his college classmates, “I had never taken these classes in high school before,” he said. He was up for the challenge. He worked very hard and keep determined. And, both he and his father realized their dream of graduating college together.
Jaime’s love of country and the benefits for college tuition prompted him to join the Army ROTC, eventually learning to fly helicopters for the Army. As soon as he was done with flight school, though, he was accepted into dental school. He transferred units to the Dental Corp. and was then deployed to Iraq in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Soon after his return in 2008, he was accepted into the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery residency program at the Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio.
With the love and support of his wife, Eva Angelina, and their four children, Dr. Romero has the joy of listening to his patients and giving them their smile back. In 2013, he opened his own practice at Solace Oral Surgery in Nashville, TN, where he does not take the trust of his patients for granted. He especially loves full-smile reconstruction and placing implants. “When the patient looks at you and smiles, they get emotional,” Dr. Romero says, “And we do, too.”
The future of Solace Oral Surgery is bright. The practice has grown since opening in 2013 and is now expanding. Dr. Romero would love to expand the practice without losing that personal connection he has with his patients. His love for education also extends to his patients, where his blog and website provide additional information for patients to make informed decisions about their care.
Dr. Romero also likes to give back to the community. He and his wife Eva are involved in numerous charitable organizations that are close to their heart. He loves to inspire youth and help others in need. In 2014, Solace Oral Surgery had a “Smile for Christmas” giveaway which provided a new smile for someone in need. At Solace Oral Surgery, the phrase “All that is good begins with a SMILE” is put into practice.
Dr. Romero has advice for students and others who want to pursue their dreams. First, he says to never give up but to persevere with hard work. Second, he says to be fearless of failure. “Failure is a way for us to grow. The journey, even if you fail, will be worth it. And you can learn from the mistakes of others.” Lastly, he says not to listen to negativity, “If you have a dream and a passion, if you are driven and work hard, then the sky’s the limit. Don’t take ‘no’ for an answer.”
Solace Oral Surgery is located at 207 23rd Avenue North, Nashville, TN 37203. More information is on the web at www.solaceoralsurgery.com or call (615) 320-1392.
3/21/2016 7:28:00 AM |
All-on-4: A Game Changer for Dental Implants (Get a New Smile in ONE DAY)
Losing your teeth can be a horrible thing to go through and can really affect your self-esteem. You’ll worry about how you look, and you could have trouble eating and speaking. All of these things can significantly impact your day to day life. Anyone who has gone through tooth loss is aware of dentures and implants. Dentures have always seemed to be the cheaper and simpler option, but more patients want something permanent. Implants are the other option, but they entail oral surgery that can be expensive and require recovery time. Most patients need multiple surgeries to complete the implantation process. But there is good news for edentulous, those with missing teeth, and soon-to-be edentulous, patients. It is called All-on-4. This is the latest breakthrough in oral implant surgery and is sure to become a popular alternative to dentures and regular implants. Most implants require multiple oral surgeries before being complete. That means more expense and more recovery time for the patient. During the All-on-4 surgery, fixed implants are placed at one time, requiring only one surgery, allowing for quicker recovery while being much more cost-effective for the patient. The All-on-4 system consists of 4 fixed-arch implants. Most other implants require more. By only needing 4 implants per arch, the surgery is quicker and cheaper than getting regular implants. For this procedure, an oral surgeon inserts the implants at an angle. By doing this, the implant can be supported by the bone. This is in stark contrast to other implants which require drilling into the bone for the implants to be supported. Lastly, the All-on-4 surgery generally takes less time to complete than other implant procedures. This helps cut down on patient discomfort and cost. Benefits of All-on-4 Implants The All-on-4 implants have many advantages over dentures and other implants, such as: · You don’t have to take them out · They function like natural teeth · They’re comfortable for patients · There’s no need for messy adhesives Patients have expressed how much they love their All-on-4 implants almost immediately, and there are several reasons why. The procedure gives patients their smile back, letting them keep their self-confidence. The implants are immediately functional, so patients can get back to their busy lives sooner. Patients also don’t have to worry about their talking, as the implants are solid and do not interrupt speech. Having a winning smile makes you feel better about yourself. And feeling good about yourself is good for you. So if you are interested in replacing your dentures or know you will need implants or dentures soon, contact to Solace Oral Surgery in Nashville, TN about the All-on-4 implant procedure to see if it would be a good option for you.
2/15/2016 2:23:00 PM |
Take Back Your Smile with Dental Implants While dental implants date back to around 600 A.D., modern implants have been around only since the 1970s. Unlike ancient times, when people made dental implants from jade, stones, and even seashells, modern implants are nearly indiscernible from real teeth. Dental implants replace missing teeth and stabilize the jawbone. How Dental Implants Have Evolved When dental implants first became popular, they were for people who had lost most of their teeth. When you lose teeth, the structural integrity of the jaw begins to deteriorate. People who wear dentures often have trouble getting them to stay in place if they've lost strength in their jaw. The implants are fused to the jawbone surgically, acting like an "anchor" for replacement teeth.
In the 1970s, oral surgeons used these anchors to stabilize the jaw to accept dentures. But now, implants can negate the need for dentures altogether. Oral surgeons fuse the implants to the jawbone and attach the replacement teeth to the anchors. The teeth are strong and secure, and there is no need to take them out at night for cleaning. Implants can replace one tooth or all of them!
The Dental Implant Process
Dental implants are done in three steps, which require three separate visits to your oral surgeon. The whole process takes six months to a year. The first step is to place the implant into your jawbone with surgery. The implant acts like a natural root of your tooth, and need to be covered for three to six months to fuse to the jawbone. After that time, your surgeon will attach a post to the implant, which will eventually serve at the frame for your replacement tooth. You will then need to let your gums heal for a few months before proceeding to the final step. Once your gums have healed, your oral surgeon will attach your new replacement tooth to the post and you will have your own beautiful smile back.
Are Dental Implants Right for Me? While implants are very strong and damage resistant, they are not indestructible. It's not uncommon for implants to fail because the patient doesn't take good care of his or her teeth. People who smoke or grind their teeth run the risk of damaging their implants. Some preexisting health conditions, including diabetes and osteoporosis, can increase the risk for implant failure. Your oral surgeon will tell you if implants are right for you. Want to learn more about dental implants? Visit the Solace Oral Surgerysite to find out about our services.
2/15/2016 2:18:00 PM |
Dr. Romero of Solace Oral Surgery Receives Community Awards
We are pleased to announce that Jaime A. Romero Jr., D.D.S of Solace Oral Surgery was recently recognized by the community for his outstanding service and patient care. Dr. Romero was named as a 2014 and 2015 ‘Top Dentist’ for Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery by Nashville Lifestyles. He was nominated and selected for this award based on votes from the local community. Dr. Romero was also honored by Interfaith Dental Clinic with the ‘Dentist of Distinction’ award for 2015. Interfaith Dental Clinic provides comprehensive and emergency dental services for low-income, uninsured individuals suffering from devastating dental disease. They depend on community donations and volunteers to run their programs. To learn more about this organization, please click here.Dr. Romero and the team at Solace Oral Surgery are truly honored to receive these awards and sincerely appreciate everyone’s support! To learn more about Dr. Romero and Solace Oral Surgery or to schedule an appointment, please call us at (615) 320-1392.
2/2/2016 1:58:00 PM |
Far-Reaching Impact of Tooth Loss
Tooth loss can occur for many reasons, and the process of tooth extraction can cause anxiety and discomfort. But, the psychological effects can last for years. About 70 percent of people in the United States are missing one or more teeth, so everyone should try to understand the far-reaching effects of tooth loss.
The number and location of missing teeth is a factor in the degree of impact the loss will have on a person. Loss of front teeth has the most emotional impact on a person. Teeth affect the way we talk, and missing teeth can make it difficult to pronounce certain sounds. A change in speech impacts a person’s social interaction, and he or she may become self-conscious and depressed. Teeth also affect our facial appearance. Teeth make a person look younger by filling out the jaw area. When multiple teeth are missing, the face sags inward, making the person appear older. This also affects a person’s social interaction and can lead to low self-esteem and depression. Missing teeth can lead to additional dental problems, too. As teeth begin to move, teeth above or below the missing one may develop issues. A person may chew food exclusively on one side of their mouth, causing jaw soreness and other complications. Ideally, when a tooth or teeth need to be removed, they are replaced. If the issue involves one tooth, oral professionals may implant a post and crown or bridges. The psychological effects of this depend on the person’s degree of satisfaction in the replacement tooth. Ill-fitted crowns and bridges cause discomfort and trouble chewing, resulting in anxiety and frustration. Cleaning a bridge requires extra attention. If a person is not willing to adhere to an increased cleansing regimen, gum issues may arise.
Another option is dental implants. Implants are an effective solution for single tooth replacement or multiple teeth. With this solution the tooth both looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
Dentures may be used when all teeth are removed. A well-fitted denture is important, as ill-fitting dentures cause pain and make it difficult to eat. Denture wearers may be anxious about eating in public, and patients who suffer bone loss in their jaw have difficulty wearing dentures. A person with too much bone loss may not be a good candidate for dentures.
Absence of oral treatment often leads to avoiding social situations because of changes in appearance and speech, as well as difficulty eating. Contact Solace Oral Surgery to learn how we can restore your confidence with oral management and treatment.
12/8/2015 8:36:00 AM |
A Smile for Christmas
Give Yourself The Gift Of A Smile
Tis’ the season to be merry and to smile! The holidays are always filled with parties and gatherings with friends and family. Don’t let bad or missing teeth stop you from enjoying the holiday season. Give yourself the gift of a beautiful smile with help from Dr. Romero at Solace Oral Surgery. Create the smile you’ve always wanted and experience the gift that keeps on giving all year long!
All-on-4® is a minimally invasive treatment that can help you get the smile of your dreams. It provides patients who wear dentures and/or soon to wear dentures with a fixed full-arch prosthesis on four implants on the day of surgery. Many other solutions require multiple office visits, but All-on-4® keeps it simple and is the least time-consuming treatment option available.
By tilting the two posterior implants, longer implants can be used, thus avoiding bone grafting procedures and allowing for immediate loading. Additionally, the tilted implants allow for better quality bone anchoring and securer implants. When compared with traditional implant treatments, All-on-4® is a cost savings and has higher patient satisfaction, quickly allowing patients to enjoy the benefits of their new smile.
Smile For Christmas 2015 Contest
Dr. Romero and the Solace Oral Surgery team is partnering with Nobel Biocare
to spread holiday cheer and provide one lucky person with an amazing, new smile.
Brighten someone’s Christmas this year by entering him or her or yourself for a chance to win our ‘Smile For Christmas’ 2015 contest! Share with us the patient’s story and why he or she deserves this FREE, dental treatment and smile makeover.
To enter the ‘Smile for Christmas’ contest, either mail or email us the applicant’s story. Please include pictures and/or any recent x-rays (if you have them), as well as all contact information.
Mailing: Smile for Christmas, 207 23rd Ave. North, Nashville, TN 37203. Email: DrRomero@SolaceOralSurgery.com
All entries must be submitted by Christmas Day, December 25, 2015. Patients should be in good overall health and other qualifications may apply. Contact our office at 615-320-1392 to find out more information.
11/13/2015 10:42:00 AM |
Simple Tooth Extractions With Solace Oral Surgery We all want our teeth to be healthy, but sometimes a certain tooth ends up diseased, impacted, or painful despite our best efforts at oral health. In these cases, simple extractions may be the best answer. Many dental patients avoid tooth extractions because they fear pain or have heard negative things about local anesthesia. At Solace Oral Surgery, our mission is to alleviate these concerns and extract the teeth that cause our patients pain so they can return to living normal, healthy lives. Do I Need a Tooth Extraction? Not all oral disease or tooth pain results in an extraction. However, there are a few situations in which you might need one. Talk to Jaime A. Romero and his staff about an extraction if:
- You have a fractured or malformed tooth.
- You have extra teeth, including baby teeth, that are impeding adult tooth health.
- You have severe tooth decay, and root canals have not alleviated it.
- You have any periodontal disease that has impacted any tooth roots.
- You need braces, and crowding or extra teeth would impede their placement.
Are Tooth Extractions Painful? No. We give all our patients gentle local anesthetics before extractions. If you have questions about your anesthetic, don’t hesitate to ask Dr. Romero or the dentist treating you that day. You will undergo X-rays before the extraction, so inform us if you are or could be pregnant, or if you have had medical procedures that could influence how your body responds to radiation. During a tooth extraction, the dentist uses an “elevator” tool to lift the tooth, loosening gum and ligament tissue. He or she then uses forceps to gently rock the tooth back and extract it from the ligaments and gums. Our dentists are extremely gentle and careful with this part of the procedure. Some teeth may need to be broken into pieces for removal if they cannot be tugged out easily. Again, you won’t feel this. We use gauze to pack your tooth’s socket after the procedure. In some cases, stitches are necessary to close the wound. We’ll walk you through how to take care of the extraction site after your procedure. Please bring someone to drive you to and from the office and to take information. If you’re ill during the week before your extraction, you may need to reschedule, so call us as soon as possible. If you need an appointment, you may contact us online or by phone.
10/6/2015 10:01:00 AM |
How Solace Oral Surgery Treats Impacted Canines
An impacted tooth can cause some of the most pain of any tooth-related issue. This is especially true for your four canines or eyeteeth, because they’re positioned directly below your eyes. This can cause tremendous pain and pressure and may also lead to severe headaches and other problems. Canines are usually the last of the permanent teeth to erupt. This often happens around age 13, but an impacted tooth can impede the process. An impacted canine is blocked or unable to fully erupt because parts of them are stuck. Canines that remain impacted or don’t fully erupt can cause several problems for a dental patient. The patient may have gaps in his or her teeth, struggle to bite down properly, or have teeth out of alignment. How Did My Canine Become Impacted? Upper canines in particular are the second most common teeth to become impacted. This often happens because of overcrowding or extra teeth, including baby teeth. Parents, be vigilant if your child began losing baby teeth later than most peers, or if he or she has a small mouth. Some patients’ canines also become impacted because of growths on the gum tissue. This is rare, but if you see a growth or your child’s gums are bleeding, schedule an appointment with one of our dentists. Some canine teeth are very slow to erupt, and some children grow up with missing canines. Your regular dentist should document the number of teeth present when your child is about 7 so you can prepare for treatment if necessary. If your child has missing canines or they’re slow to erupt, the staff at Solace Oral Surgery can help. How Are Impacted Canines Treated? Dentists usually recommend tooth extraction. During this procedure, we don’t extract the canines themselves. Rather, we extract any extraneous teeth causing overcrowding or slow eruptions. Your child will be given X-rays before extractions. Extractions are done using gentle local anesthesia; we offer oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and nitrous oxide. If your child is especially anxious about the procedure, ask our dentists if he or she would benefit from moderate or deep sedation. After extraneous teeth are removed, the canine is guided into place using a bracket. In some cases, we use orthodontic arches to facilitate this. You’ll be sent home with proper pain medication and instructions on caring for the extraction site. If there are complications, contact us immediately. Reach out to us online or by phone for more information.