Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Dental Implants!

A dental implant is a "root" device, usually made of titanium, used in dentistry to support restorations that resemble a tooth or group of teeth to replace missing teeth.
Virtually all dental implants placed today are root-form endosseous implants, i.e., they appear similar to an actual tooth root (and thus possess a "root-form") and are placed within the bone (endo- being the Greek prefix for "in" and osseous referring to "bone"). The bone of the jaw accepts and osseointegrates with the titanium post. Osseointegration refers to the fusion of the implant surface with the surrounding bone. Dental implants will fuse with bone, however they lack the periodontal ligament, so they will feel slightly different than natural teeth during chewing.

Dental implants can be used to support a number of dental prostheses, including crowns, implant-supported bridges or dentures.[1] They can also be used as anchorage for orthodontic tooth movement. The use of dental implants permits undirectional tooth movement without reciprocal action.

Advantages of implants!
*  An implant is most similar to a natural tooth.
* Adjacent teeth do not have to be involved in the placement procedure.
*Implants may decrease or help prevent shrinkage of the jawbone from tooth loss.

Implants are highly successful in supporting missing teeth but are not intended for everyone.
Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri has had extensive training in placement and restoration of implants.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Relief for cold sores and fever blisters

"Cold sores and fever blisters last seven to ten days. Most patients experience a fever or feeling of malaise and/or a tingling sensation before the actual manifestation. They are caused by a virus that many times remains dormant until a stressful situation or even a large dose of sunshine," says Dr. VijayaCherukuri from her Chino, California dental practice.

"In the past when a patient experienced a cold sore or fever blister there was little that could be done other than symptom relief, however, with the advent of laser treatment, we can many times eliminate the eruption or manifestation completely. Even if we are unable to catch it early, we can often reduce discomfort, duration and prevent a reoccurrence at the same site."

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Friday, June 15, 2012

Canker sores

"Patients frequently ask me about why canker sores occur and what is the difference between cold sores, fever blisters and canker sores," Dr. Vijaya Cherukuri says from her Chino, California dental practice -

"Canker sores are many times related to stress or tissue injury, although they can often be linked to certain acidic foods, for example tomatoes, lemons, eggplants etc. Generally the sore will last for seven to ten days. Sometimes it has been associated with an allergic response and there is also a genetic predisposition."

"For some people a vitamin supplement and hydration may help. If a patient has a canker sore, laser treatment may eliminate or hasten the healing process. It may also prevent another occurrence at the same location."

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Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Ban on Large-size Sugary Beverages

Statement from Dr. William Calnon, President, American Dental Association on New York City’s Proposed Ban of Large-size Sugary Beverages

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CHICAGO, June 1, 2012—The American Dental Association (ADA) applauds New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg for shining a spotlight on the issue of frequent and excessive consumption of soda and other sugary beverages which raises the risk of adverse health conditions such as obesity, diabetes and tooth decay.
When it comes to a ban related to a particular food or beverage, is a stick rather than a carrot approach the best way to get people to adopt healthier diets? Perhaps not, but the attention alone that the mayor’s proposal has generated on this issue is certainly a huge step in the right direction.
Health professionals, including dentists, have long stressed the importance of a healthy diet; yet obesity and lack of exercise—associated with chronic diseases and conditions such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes and hypertension—remain high.
In addition, more than one in five Americans have untreated cavities, according to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. People aged 20 to 44 had the highest rate of untreated cavities, at 25 percent. It is estimated that pain from untreated dental disease results in millions of missed school and work hours.
For decades, ADA policies have expressed concern and a need to educate the public about the effect nutrition has on oral health. Specific to soda consumption and risk of tooth decay, the American Dental Association adopted a policy in 2000 opposing contractual arrangements between schools and soda manufacturers (known as "pouring rights contracts") that influence consumption patterns and promote increased access to soft drinks for children.
Progress has been made, but additional public education efforts related to nutrition are needed. Eating a balanced diet is critical to overall health and wellness. A single sugary food or beverage cannot be blamed for causing tooth decay, obesity and other serious health conditions. Almost all foods have some type of sugar. You cannot and should not remove all sugar from your diet. Many foods and drinks, like apples, carrots and milk, are naturally sweet and have vitamins and nutrients that your body needs.
Yet, from a dental perspective, a steady diet of sugary foods and drinks, including juice and sports drinks, can damage teeth. Cavity-causing bacteria in the mouth feed on sugar and produce acids that attack tooth enamel for up to 20 minutes after you eat or drink. Sipping sugary beverages or eating sugary foods all day results in repeated acid attacks that weaken tooth enamel which can lead to cavities.
To help reduce the risk of tooth decay, read the labels of foods and beverages and make sure they are low in added sugar. If you have a sugary food or drink, have it with a meal. Limit between meal sipping and snacking on sugary beverages and foods. Additional guidelines on a healthy diet are available from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) at www.choosemyplate.gov.
The American Dental Association also recommends brushing twice a day with ADA-Accepted fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, eating a balanced diet and visiting your dentist regularly.
Editor’s Note: Reporters are invited to follow ADA media relations on Twitter @ADAmediapr

About the American Dental Association

The not-for-profit ADA is the nation's largest dental association, representing more than 157,000 dentist members. The premier source of oral health information, the ADA has advocated for the public's health and promoted the art and science of dentistry since 1859. The ADA's state-of-the-art research facilities develop and test dental products and materials that have advanced the practice of dentistry and made the patient experience more positive. The ADA Seal of Acceptance long has been a valuable and respected guide to consumer dental care products. The monthly The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA) is the ADA's flagship publication and the best-read scientific journal in dentistry. For more information about the ADA, visit the Association's website at www.ada.org