Posts for: September, 2017
When they’re introducing a new movie, actors often take a moment to pay tribute to the people who helped make it happen — like, you know, their dentists. At least that’s what Charlize Theron did at the premiere of her new spy thriller, Atomic Blonde.
"I just want to take a quick moment to thank my dentists," she told a Los Angeles audience as they waited for the film to roll. "I don’t even know if they’re here, but I just want to say thank you."
Why did the starring actress/producer give a shout-out to her dental team? It seems she trained and fought so hard in the action sequences that she actually cracked two teeth!
“I had severe tooth pain, which I never had in my entire life,” Theron told an interviewer from Variety. At first, she thought it was a cavity — but later, she found out it was more serious: One tooth needed a root canal, and the other had to be extracted and replaced with a dental implant — but first, a bone grafting procedure was needed. “I had to put a donor bone in [the jaw] to heal,” she noted, “and then I had another surgery to put a metal screw in there.”
Although it might sound like the kind of treatment only an action hero would need, bone grafting is now a routine part of many dental implant procedures. The reason is that without a sufficient volume of good-quality bone, implant placement is difficult or impossible. That’s because the screw-like implant must be firmly joined with the jawbone, so it can support the replacement tooth.
Fortunately, dentists have a way to help your body build new bone: A relatively small amount of bone material can be placed in the missing tooth’s socket in a procedure called bone grafting. This may come from your own body or, more likely, it may be processed bone material from a laboratory. The donor material can be from a human, animal or synthetic source, but because of stringent processing techniques, the material is safe for human use. Once it is put in place your body takes over, using the grafted material as a scaffold on which to build new bone cells. If jawbone volume is insufficient for implants, it can often be restored to a viable point in a few months.
Better yet, when grafting material is placed in the tooth socket immediately after extraction, it can keep most of the bone loss from occurring in the first place, enabling an implant to be placed as soon as possible — even before the end of a movie’s shooting schedule.
Will Atomic Blonde prove to be an action-movie classic? Only time will tell. But one thing’s for sure: When Charlize Theron walks down the red carpet, she won’t have to worry about a gap in her smile.
If you have questions about bone grafting or dental implants, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Dental Implant Surgery” and “Immediate Dental Implant.”
Maintaining your oral health may not seem too complicated at first glance. Most people believe that simply brushing their teeth every day is enough to do the trick. Unfortunately, this misconception can take a toll on your smile. In reality, a proper oral care routine involves a few more steps. Find out more about maintaining your oral health with Dr. Gregory Hysong and Dr. Lynda LePore at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD.
What is a proper daily oral health routine?
Taking your oral health seriously is crucial to avoiding dental issues like tooth decay. To begin, use a soft toothbrush to gently brush the front and back of each tooth and the oral tissues like the cheeks and tongue. Use a strand of floss to floss between each tooth, ensuring you reach up and under the gums. Use a new strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria. While not necessary to maintain oral health, if you choose to use mouthwash be sure not to rinse afterward. This will give the mouthwash time to do its job within your mouth.
The Best Foods for Your Smile
A healthy diet benefits more than just your body. Healthy foods can also do their part to keep your teeth strong and healthy from the inside out. Try to incorporate foods high in calcium, like dairy or leafy greens, into your diet. Drink plenty of water to keep your body fully hydrated. Crunchy vegetables and fruits like celery or apples also benefit your smile. Avoid sticky candies and sugary food and drinks like cola.
Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Silver Spring, MD
Seeing your dentist every six months greatly reduces your chances of developing tooth decay. Decay begins on the teeth as bacteria, which grows into a sticky substance called plaque. Plaque hardens into tartar, which begins eating through the tooth to cause a cavity. A professional dental cleaning removes all plaque and tartar from the teeth, stopping decay in its tracks. Frequent dental visits also give your dentist the chance to catch and treat issues early.
For more information on the best oral health routine for you, please contact Dr. Hysong and Dr. LePore at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, MD. Call (301) 384-6000 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
The next time you visit your dentist you might see an item quite different from the other dental instruments and equipment in the office: a blood pressure cuff. Checking blood pressure is becoming a more common occurrence in dental offices across the country.
Abnormal blood pressure and some of the medications used to treat it are often a factor in some dental procedures, particularly if anesthesia is involved. But your dentist may also check your blood pressure for another reason: dental visits represent another avenue to screen for this condition that increases the risk of serious health problems.
Undiagnosed high blood pressure is a prevalent but often “silent” problem because the early stages of the condition may not display any symptoms. Many people first become aware they have an issue only after a blood pressure check at their family doctor, pharmacy or a health fair, for example. Otherwise, they could go months, even years without this vital knowledge about their health.
But while people may only visit their doctor once a year (or less) many see their dentist much more often, even twice a year, for routine cleanings and checkups. Including blood pressure screenings as a routine part of dental treatment could alert patients to a potential issue much earlier than their next doctor’s visit.
In fact, one study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association looked at a group of dental patients with no reported heart disease risk and who had not seen a doctor in the twelve months before their dental visit. During their visit their blood pressure was checked. Of those then referred to a physician for an abnormal reading, 17% learned for the first time they had an increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
It’s estimated about 80 million Americans have some form of cardiovascular disease and many don’t even know it. Diagnosing and controlling high blood pressure is a key factor in treating these life-threatening conditions. And many dentists are joining the fight by making this simple screening method a part of their dental care services.
If you would like more information on blood pressure screening, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Monitoring Blood Pressure: What you don't know can hurt you.”