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What are Dental Implants? | Camp Hill Cosmetic Dentist

implant-diagramAre you wondering if dental implants are right for you? Dental implants are a popular and effective way to replace missing teeth and are designed to blend in with your other teeth.

Dental Implants have changed the face of dentistry over the last few decades. The success rate of dental implants can vary, depending on where in the jaw the implants are placed but, in general, dental implants have a success rate of up to 98%. With proper care dental implants can last a lifetime.

A dental implant is actually a replacement for the root or roots of a tooth. Like tooth roots, dental implants are secured in the jawbone and are not visible once surgically placed. They are used to secure crowns (the parts of teeth seen in the mouth), bridgework or dentures by a variety of means. They are made of titanium, which is lightweight, strong and biocompatible, which means that it is not rejected by the body. Titanium and titanium alloys are the most widely used metals in both dental and other bone implants, such as orthopedic joint replacements. Dental implants have the highest success rate of any implanted surgical device.

Titanium’s special property of fusing to bone, is the biological basis of dental implant success. That’s because when teeth are lost, the bone that supported those teeth is lost too. Placing dental implants stabilizes bone, preventing its loss. Along with replacing lost teeth, implants help maintain the jawbone’s shape and density. This means they also support the facial skeleton and, indirectly, the soft tissue structures — gum tissues, cheeks and lips. Dental implants help you eat, chew, smile, talk and look completely natural.

Dental implants are an excellent long-term option for restoring your smile.

For more information on dental implants contact Dr. Wetzel at (717) 761.8611 or visit our website at http://www.wetzelperio.com/

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle

What is an Occlusal Adjustment? | Camp Hill Dentist

Toothache. Young woman suffering from tooth pain isolated

What is an Occlusal Adjustment? This painless procedure makes corrections to the bite by means of a dental drill using a fine stone, but not at all like the one for drilling out cavities. One of the clear signs you may need an occlusal adjustment is if you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or if you feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite. If this sounds familiar to you, then you may need an adjustment.

 

The reason to receive an occlusal adjustment is to correct the alignment of the bite. A bite may be misaligned due to loose, shifting, crowded, or missing teeth. Once the adjustment is made the result will be an evenly distributed bite that eliminates irregular pressure on one side of the mouth.  Your teeth will now meet properly. The process causes only minimal pain, and only a little discomfort. Removable mouthpieces are also utilized to protect the tooth surface and relax the jaw muscles once the adjustment is completed.

Patients with loose or shifting teeth will many times not meet correctly are perfect candidates to receive the adjustment. Patients who grind or clench their teeth will have an uneven bite and pressure distribution in the mouth, which is also corrected through an occlusal adjustment. Sometimes tooth sensitivity can be corrected through an occlusal adjustment, as the treatment reduces pressure on the sensitive tooth.

Signs you may justify an occlusal adjustment:

  • Loose or shifting teeth: sometimes one sign is increased spacing between the upper front teeth. Occasionally, you may feel that your teeth do not hit correctly.
  • Grinding or clenching of your teeth: this habit (usually stress -related) can cause an unevenly distributed and excessive biting force on several of your teeth and subsequently on the bone support which holds the teeth in your jaw.
  • Headache: may sometimes accompany the grinding or clenching of your teeth. The headache in most of these cases will occur in the temporal regions of your head (lateral to the eyes.
  • Pain: One or more teeth may hurt upon eating or biting down normally. This is usually caused by the eruption of a tooth beyond the normal plane of the bite, such that only one or two teeth contact prematurely.
  • Sensitivity to temperature: Again this is due to the premature contact between one or more teeth. With the knowledge that one can bite with a force of up to 200 pounds per square inch, the nerve within the tooth gets irritated and hypersensitive.

New technology allows dentists to accurately identify the areas, which need adjustments. The dentist utilizes a computer scan of the mouth, which records hundreds of bite registrations per minute, and notes even the slightest irregularity. That data allows the dentist to make only the adjustments that are absolutely necessary, which ensures a well aligned bite and minimal tooth wear.

If you believe that you may need an occlusal adjustment, schedule an appointment today.

For more information on the occlusal adjustments contact Dr. Wetzel at (717) 761.8611 or visit our website at http://www.wetzelperio.com/

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle

Chao Pinhole Technique | Camp Hill Dentist

 

<Camp Hill Pinhole Surgical Technique DentistThe Pinhole Surgical Technique is a fascinating advancement in the dental field. Pioneered by Dr. Chao the Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a fascinating new way to repair gum shrinkage through a pinhole in the gum without having to cut. This new technique will reduce discomfort and down time. In fact, you can eat dinner that night!

You probably have a lot of questions as to what the Pinhole Surgical Technique is, here are some frequently asked questions:

What is the Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique? The Chao Pinhole® Surgical Technique is a way to repair gum shrinkage through a pinhole in the gum without having to cut.

Do you see this all the time? We see a lot of patients that need gum rejuvenation, but don’t realize it.

Before this procedure, would people rather live with the problem instead of getting it fixed? That happens to a lot of people because they are put in a dilemma of whether they should fix it with a very painful, drawn out gum grafting procedure, just try to ignore it, or try a temporary fix by placing a filling on the exposed root.

How long does the standard gum grafting procedure take? The standard procedure requires cutting out a graft of the gum from the palate and grafting it to where it’s needed. This creates two surgical wounds that patients have to deal with. To delicately cut and remove the graft tissue and attach it with sutures takes about an hour to an hour and a half for just one or two teeth. This requires the patient to recuperate for about two or three weeks.

What’s the key to the procedure? The key to The Pinhole Surgical Technique is that we don’t have to perform graft. We go through a pinhole which is made by a needle, so there’s no scalpel or cutting at all. Then we can literally shift the tissue down with very little trauma to the tissue. Also, there are no open wounds. It’s so minimally invasive; nothing could be more noninvasive in dentistry than this. I know that if you’re not used to seeing things like this it seems like it’s quite traumatic, but really it’s very, very minimal. There’s so much blood supply and so much collagen in the area that when you see the patient the next day, you can hardly tell if anything was done. The tiny pinhole that’s been made shrinks away by the next day.

So, you just move the collagen around, correct? I’m just moving the gum tissue which has abundant collagen in it. The collagen strips that I put in are used it to stabilize the gum flap. The collagen causes the body to regenerate more collagen tissue, so it serves a dual purpose.

How long will this last? This is expected to be permanent, and last as long as any other procedure. Nothing is forever of course, because there the normal aging process goes on. However, if everything is healthy and there is no over-brushing, it will last for years and years(Source Dr. Chao & pinholesurgicaltechnique.com).

Click the link to watch an informative video of Dr. Chao explaining the Pinhole Surgical Technique: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fXB9wwQNvK8

For more information on the Pinhole Technique contact Dr. Wetzel at (717) 761.8611 or visit our website at http://www.wetzelperio.com/

Dr. Wetzel welcomes patients from New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York and Carlisle