Friday, August 15, 2014

Full Mouth Reconstruction.

Full mouth reconstruction combines multiple restorative, neuromuscular and cosmetic procedures. The goal is to restore not only the look of your teeth but also the structure and function. Why? Each of these things affects the other. For example, a broken tooth can cause a problem with your bite. This can lead to difficulty chewing, which creates wear on your teeth. This wear can then lead to jaw and neck soreness, headaches, even migraines. 

Who Needs It?
There are several reasons why your teeth might be in bad shape, including neglect, injury, chronic illness, anxiety among others.   Teeth worn down and compromised by dental disease require replacement. Full mouth restoration may be recommended if you:
- Have several worn down, chipped or broken teeth
- Have missing teeth
- Experience chronic jaw pain, clicking or popping of the jaw
- Have frequent headaches, back pain and muscle tenderness
If you are a candidate for mouth reconstruction, you will begin with an evaluation to figure out specifically what procedures you'll need. 

What Treatments Are Involved?
Each full mouth reconstruction is unique. The health of your teeth, gums and jaw is evaluated. The overall look of your teeth is the final consideration in developing your dental treatment plan. A panel of dental specialists may be involved in the treatment planning for more predictable and exciting treatment outcomes.
Full mouth reconstruction will involve several treatments. Depending on your specific situation, one or more of the following treatments may be recommended.
Dental scaling and root planning to restore gingival health, tooth filling and root canal to alleviate pain and progression of tooth decay,  Crowns, veneers and other lab processed restorations for rebuilding teeth, bite correction with orthodontic braces, whitening for a whiter, brighter smile and implants for mechanical rebuilding of missing tooth or teeth.

“Modern day dentistry offers many exciting options for all combinations of dental scenarios.- Our office offers a complimentary exam to make it easier  for you to have the option of owning a healthy and confident smile." says Dr. Cherukuri from her Chino, California dental practice.

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Rebuilding Your Smile

Experiencing mouth pain and feeling insecure about missing teeth?

It's time to make a change! Rebuilding your smile will not only help with how you look, it will improve your oral health as well.  Full Mouth Reconstruction does not just replace missing or broken teeth, it also restores function of the jaws, gums and supporting structures of mouth.

Whether it is neglect, injury, fear of going to the dentist or even "no dental insurance",  less than optimal dental care results in-

Chipped or broken teeth
Missing teeth
Chronic jaw pain, clicking and popping of jaw
Frequent headaches, back pain and facial pain

Full mouth reconstruction begins with a comprehensive evaluation of the health of the teeth, gums and jaws including a bite evaluation. The findings are  carefully evaluated individually or with the help of a panel of specialists depending on the severity of the oral health issues.  A treatment plan is then developed and presented to the patient.  Each full mouth reconstruction is unique and is tailored to suit patient's desires, expectations, clinical conditions and medical and general health limitations.

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Friday, August 1, 2014

Dental Health and Seniors

Jawbones are a living part of the skeletal system that  help define a person's face as well as providing a solid surface for which teeth can be firmly anchored. Results of a forty-year study have indicated that jaws can shrink over time resulting in tooth overcrowding in senior mouths.

The jawbone is not the only body part to be impacted by aging as every organ, hair follicle and tooth will be impacted by the natural process of a body's systems slowing down. When it comes to the latter, the appearance of a smile changes because of a shrinking jaw and lessened skin elasticity, however some of the oral changes associated with aging are more than skin deep.

According to the AGS Foundation for Health in Aging, the five most common dental problems associated with aging include:
  •    Saliva production will naturally slow down, causing dry mouth.
  • Ill-fitting dentures caused by crowding, shifting teeth and receding gums.
  • Increased odds of developing gum disease, impacted by seniors implementing less-effective oral hygiene.
  • More occurrences of tooth decay.
  • Greater odds of developing oral cancer

Dental care and preventative dentistry are essential to ensure that seniors lower their risk of potential dental problems.  The process involves basic principles of brushing, flossing, eating a nutritious diet, exercising, drinking fresh water and maintaining regular dental visits.

“Aging individuals need to find a dental home led by a team with a good understanding of age related dental issues” Dr. Cherukuri cautions.

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dental Health Benefits of Caffeine

Caffeinated drinks are not created equally and each one will have a different impact on a person’s teeth.
  • Coffee: Drinking a steaming cup of Joe is a common ritual many Americans follow daily as a way to jump start the day and the great news is, the beverage has been scientifically proven to reduce the odds of developing cavities. That level of protection comes from one of coffee's main ingredients called Trigonelline. Trigonelline is an alkaloid that can negate the effects of acid that is produced as a byproduct of bacteria during their consumption of simple sugars. Consuming black coffee can neutralize the acids and reduce harmful levels of dental plaque.

  • Black Tea: Throughout the world, the most popular caffeinated beverage is black tea and the drink is known for having naturally high levels of fluoride
  • Green Tea: Green tea is rich with antioxidants, polyphenols and catechins. The beverage has been proven to fight cancer, prevent heart disease and can improve oral health by fighting gum disease Japanese research has indicated that every one cup of unsweetened green tea consumed can naturally boost the body's response to periodontal bacteria inflammation.
"Drinking caffeinated beverages without any additives such as sugar, artificial sweetener or milk is the key component of reaping the dental benefits. Adding those ingredients may not only negate any health perks, but will contribute to dental disease." adds Dr. Cherukuri from her Chino California dental practice.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Dental Fear, Phobia and Anxiety

Going to the dentist triggers feelings of anxiety and fear. It is estimated that around 15 percent of Americans, over 45 million people; suffer from dental anxiety or dental phobia.     
The causes of dental anxiety and phobia can range from a fear of pain, fear of needles or doctors to past experiences of stress and discomfort.  An individual's predisposition to anxiety can also play a key role.

Dental Fear, Phobia or Dental Anxiety?
Though the phrases dental anxiety, dental fear and dental phobia are often used interchangeably to describe a range of symptoms and reactions to dental practices in general, important distinctions can be drawn between them, which can be useful in finding effective dental treatment options.
Anxiety refers to the sense of unease associated with the unknown. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you may find that working with a dentist who is sensitive to your needs and communicates with you to create a comfortable atmosphere can greatly improve your experience and help you to overcome your anxiety.
A phobia is an intense and possibly irrational reaction to a specific situation or object that is perceived as threatening. If you suffer from dental phobia you may react to the sound of a drill, the expectation of pain or another aspect of dentistry for which you have a strong dislike or fear.
Overcoming dental phobias, especially if they are particularly intense, can be more complicated than dealing with anxieties and may require professional assistance. Dental fear is the term often used for a more mild form of dental phobia.
“Our office has had great success with addressing dental fear by simply spending one on one time with our patients.  This builds trust and confidence quickly abolishing fear and apprehension” says Dr. Cherukuri from her Chino, California dental practice.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Sjogren's Syndrome causes Dry Mouth

Sjogren's syndrome ( sho' grins ) is an autoimmune disorder where the immune system attacks its own body.  This attack causes inflammation that may cause destruction of tissues and impair their function.

In Sjogrens, salivary and tear glands are the major targets of attack which results in reduced production or saliva and tears.  The lack of saliva causes difficulties with speech, swallowing, extreme tooth decay, oral sores and fungal infections.

Many Sjogren syndrome sufferers also experience debilitating fatigue.  Blood tests show presence of autoantibodies.  Antibobies are substances produced by the immune system of the body to defend against foreign material including bacteria and viruses

Diagnosis is based on  combination of subjective and objective symptoms including dry mouth, presence of autoantibodies and inflammation infiltrate in the salivary glands.

Sjogrens syndrome impacts 1-4 million in the US and is the most common autoimmune disease after rheumatoid arthritis. Sjogren's syndrome affects people over 50 years  and women affected out number men by 9-1.

"Treatment is generally symptomatic and patients often find a way of working around it by regular hydration, regular dental visits with flouride supplements" says Dr. Cherukuri from her Chino, California dental practice.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Diabetes: Dental Tips

Diabetes can cause serious problems in your mouth.
People with diabetes are at risk for mouth infections, especially periodontal (gum) disease. Periodontal disease can damage the gum and bone that hold your teeth in place and may lead to painful chewing problems. Some people with serious gum disease lose their teeth. Periodontal disease may also make it hard to control your blood glucose (blood sugar).
Other problems diabetes can cause are dry mouth and a fungal infection called thrush. Dry mouth happens when you do not have enough saliva—the fluid that keeps your mouth wet. Diabetes may also cause the glucose level in your saliva to increase. Together, these problems may lead to thrush, which causes painful white patches in your mouth.
Take steps to keep your mouth healthy.
If you have diabetes, follow these steps:
  • Control your blood glucose.
  • Brush and floss every day.
  • Visit dentist regularly. Be sure to tell the dentist that you have diabetes.
  • Tell the dentist if your dentures (false teeth) do not fit right, or if your gums are sore.
  • Quit smoking. Smoking makes gum disease worse. There are smoking cessation programs that can help quit smoking.

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