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White Teeth Doesn’t Mean Healthy Smiles | Camp Hill Dentist

While having sparkling, white teeth is great, it does not mean you are free from dental issues. In fact, white teeth really have nothing to do with a healthy mouth and everything to do with healthy gums. Your gums are the barrier that actually help prevent inflammation that may damage your body, and periodontal disease has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes and premature births or low-birth weight in infants.

Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is caused by the bacteria found in plaque. If the plaque isn’t removed by proper oral care, it will invade the small spaces between your gums and teeth. If gum disease progresses and is left untreated, it can become painful and expensive to treat. But that’s not all – gum disease can progress to many other areas of our overall health:

Heart disease. Several studies have shown that people with gum disease are very likely to have poor health, including heart attacks. So much so, it has been recommended that cardiologists ask about any gum disease issues, and that periodontists ask patients about their heart health.

Diabetes. If you’ve been diagnosed with diabetes, you are more likely to have gum disease. Those with diabetes are more likely to contract infections.

Premature births. Although studies are still ongoing, some research has found a link between premature birth and gum disease, but when treated, carries their baby to full term.

Dementia. Some studies have found that gum disease may raise the risk of dementia later on in life. Others research shows that periodontal problems may be associated with mild cognitive impairment, such as memory problems that can make daily life more difficult.

If you’d like to find out more about periodontal treatment options, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information regarding dental hygiene.

Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill, New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York,Carlisle and all surrounding areas.

What Can I Do About My Receding Gums? | Camp Hill Dentist

Gum recession is oftentimes one of the many early signs of periodontal disease and if ignored, it will eventually lead to severe oral health issues. If you feel that your gums are receding, it’s best for you to know what your treatment options are.

For those of you whose gums have only receded just a little bit, a deep cleaning done by your dentist is more than enough treatment. However, for more severe cases, oral surgery may be the only way to repairing your gums:

Gum grafting. One common type of oral surgery used to treat gum recession is gum grafting. This procedure is where periodontists take tissue from another area of your mouth and uses it to cover the exposed areas of your tooth and its roots. The tissue typically come from the palette of your mouth, but it may also come from a tissue bank.

Pinhole Surgical Technique. Unlike gum grafting, the Pinhole Surgical Technique, is a much more modern approach that produces natural looking results. The main difference between the two procedures is that it is less invasive – the procedure doesn’t involve any cutting or stitching. During the Pinhole Surgical Technique, a needle is used to poke a small pinhole into the patients gum tissue. A special instrument is inserted into the pinhole, where they loosen and shift the tissue to cover up the exposed root.

Of the two procedures, the Pinhole Surgical Technique is slowly becoming the more popular option to repair gum recession. While both procedures are equally effective, many prefer the Pinhole Surgical Technique due to the fact that it leads to much quicker recovery time and less chances of post-operation complications.

If you’d like to find out more about receding gums treatment options, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information regarding dental hygiene.

Dr. Gary Wetzel proudly accepts patients from Camp Hill, New Cumberland, Harrisburg, York,Carlisle and all surrounding areas.

Halloween Doesn’t Have to Be Scary | Camp Hill Dentist

When we think about Halloween, we think about overflowing bags of free candy. And while we hate to admit it, these sweet treats are not very tooth-friendly and can have devastating effects. When candy gets stuck in the grooves of your teeth it can cause a damaging acid to form in your mouth. This acid from the candy affects the teeth 20 minutes before it’s neutralized. Here’s a breakdown Halloween’s favorite candy from best to worst for our smiles:

Best Candy for Teeth

  • Chocolate dissolves quickly, which decreases the amount of time the sugar stays in contact with teeth. Choose your favorite chocolate but avoid the fillings like nuts or caramel, as they can damage to teeth.
  • Sugar-free lollipops and hard candies stimulate saliva production, which flushes away bad bacteria from your teeth, gums and tongue.
  • Sugar-free gum can help remove food particles and stimulate saliva production.

Worst Candy for Teeth

  • When it comes to sticky candy, stickier the candy, the worse it is for teeth.
  • Hard candy stays in your mouth longer, drenching your mouth in sugar.
  • Candy corn is full of sugar that produces acid that eats away tooth enamel.
  • Sour candy is high in acid levels, which can break down tooth enamel.
  • Jawbreakers are so hard they can actually chip a tooth.

Make sure to brush and floss your teeth after indulging in your Halloween treats. If you can’t brush right away, drink plenty of water to help loosen some of the residue left behind. Brushing and flossing your teeth is a must, especially during Halloween.

If you’d like to find out more about sinus lift procedures, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.wetzelperio.com for more information regarding dental hygiene.

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

When Your Teeth Don’t Line Up Correctly | Camp Hill Dentist

515225859When your teeth don’t come together evenly, it causes excess stress on your teeth, jawbone, jaw joints and muscles. This can result in headaches, neck aches and toothaches. When your jaw isn’t able to close into its anatomical position, the muscles in your jaw and neck are never able to fully relax. Bite guards, or occlusal guards, can help patients with bruxism by protecting their teeth and TMJ (jaw joint). If any of these symptoms are familiar to you, you may need to see your dentist. They have a few ways to help.

An occlusal adjustment is a procedure that is done to correct the alignment of the bite, typically a result of loose, shifting, crowded or missing teeth. The procedure is performed to remove interferences with a fine stone dental drill. These interferences keep teeth from coming together & jaws from closing.

Another option to this affliction is the use of a bite guards for those that grind their teeth at night. Bite guards can also be useful to protect dental work, decrease symptoms, allow jaw alignment and act as a guide for occlusal adjustments. It is also particularly important because patients that grind and clench their teeth may cause:

  • Wear, fractures or chipping of teeth
  • Bone and gum recession
  • Loose or shifting teeth
  • Damage to dental bridges or dental implants
  • Sensitive areas on teeth or gums
  • Worsening of gum disease
  • Sore muscles, headaches and noises when opening or closing your mouth

If you’re interested in learning more about occlusal afflictions, contact Dr. Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for more information.

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

Dental Implant Aftercare | Camp Hill, PA

implant-diagramIf you have recently made the wise choice to replace your missing or severely damaged teeth with dental implants, or have just received new implants, I’m sure you’re wondering about how to properly care for them after the procedure.

Of course, your dentist will give you proper instructions on how you should care for your newly-placed dental implants, and it is vital that you follow them. The success of your dental implant relies on how well you care for them. If you’re planning on keeping your implants for a lifetime, you must be sure to follow an aftercare guide. The following includes aftercare tips that will help your ensure your dental implants heal properly:

  • Do not bother your dental implant. It’s vital that you refrain from bothering your dental implant immediately after having it placed. If you agitate the implant, it will prolong the healing process and could lead to additional issues.
  • Make sure to consume carefully. After having dental implants placed, you should stick to eating soft food for the first few days, then start to reintroduce harder foods as your dental implant heals. You should also avoid chewing with your dental implants and swishing around liquids in your mouth for the first week.
  • Ice the affected areas. Your face may swell in certain places, however, don’t be alarmed as this is completely normal. You can help reduce the swelling by applying an ice pack wrapped in a cloth to the affected area. Most of the swelling should be gone within 3-5 days.
  • Practicing proper oral hygiene is essential. It’s important that you clean the affected area where the dental implant is placed. The surgery site must stay clean in order for the implant to heal properly. Your dentist will prescribe you a medicated mouthwash – be sure to use as directed. It’s also very important that you use a soft bristled tooth brush when brushing your dental implant.
  • Be sure to reduce level activity. You must reduce your level of physical activity immediately following dental implant surgery. Throbbing and bleeding can occur if you do choose to exercise, and if it does you should stop working out immediately. Keep in mind you aren’t taking in the same nutrients as you normally would, and that can further weaken and limit you exercise efforts.

It can take between three to six months for dental implants to fuse with your jawbone, and it’ll take another two months for the replacement tooth or crown to be fabricated and placed. However, the healing time varies with every patient. Your dentist will be able to give an accurate time frame as to how long the entire dental implant process should take.

If you’re interested in replacing your missing teeth with dental implants, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule a consultation today or visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com for additional information.

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

 

 

Using Dental Benefits before the End of the Year | Camp Hill Dentist

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The end of the year is approaching quickly, and so is your last opportunity to take advantage of your dental insurance benefits. If you’ve paid your premiums all year, you’ve earned those dental benefits, don’t let your remaining benefits slip away by not taking advantage of them by the end of the year. The following list includes a few reason to use your dental benefits before you lose them:

  1. Yearly Maximum- A yearly maximum is the most money your dental insurance plan covers for the dental work you have done over a full year. Your yearly maximum renews every year, and your unused benefits will not rollover into the New Year.
  2. Deductible- A deductible is the amount of money that you pay out of pocket before your insurance company will pay for any services. This fee you must pay varies from one insurance plan to another and can be higher is you choose an out-of-network dentist.
  3. Premiums- If you’re paying for your dental benefits every month, you should be taking advantage of them. Sounds pretty simple, but there are many people who don’t take advantage of their benefits and pay their insurance company, while not getting their dental work in return.
  4. Fee Increases- There’s always a possible fee increase at the end of the year due to the increased cost of materials or to accommodate the cost of living. These fee increases could also raise your copay.
  5. Dental Problems Can Worsen- By delaying treatment, you may be risking a more expensive and extensive treatment later down the road. What could be a simple cavity now could turn into root canal or tooth extraction if it’s ignored. So yourself a favor and don’t avoid the dentist, your mouth will thank you for it.

Don’t let your well-earned dental benefits slip away, contact Dr. Gary Wetzel in Camp Hill, PA at 717-761-8611 to schedule an appointment today! For more information regarding our services visit our website at www.wetzelperio.com.

Dr. Wetzel proudly welcome 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