Tooth loss due to jaw infections, dental decay, or traumatic injury is a problem that many people experience. Compared to dentures and bridges, dental implant treatment is the standard of care to replace missing teeth. Dr. Cameron Lee is a leading expert in implant surgery in Hawaii and has over 30 years of surgical experience as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon.
Our teeth grow until we get to around 21 years old, when the last teeth, wisdom teeth, usually erupt. Unlike other teeth, wisdom teeth do not all always emerge. Some people have all four of them emerge, while some only have one or two appear. They are usually located at the back of the mouth after the last molars.
PDO thread lifts are hailed as the next best alternative to surgical facelifts. They are a fantastically effective way to achieve smoother, tighter, and more youthful skin without invasiveness, discomfort, and recovery. Here’s what you need to know about this innovative and popular new cosmetic anti-aging treatment.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, dental implants are usually the best form of treatment, however, they are not suitable for everyone and so can’t be considered an automatic solution. Before undergoing treatment, it’s necessary to have a consultation with your chosen practitioner who will decide if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants. So, what makes an ideal candidate? Here are a few things that your practitioner will be looking out for.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of your jaw, if you are experiencing problems such as temporomandibular joint disorder, or if orthodontic treatment like braces fails to improve the position of your jaw, you may be referred for surgery to correct it instead.
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is the interruption of breathing during sleep that can have negative health consequences if left untreated. OSA is characterized by fragmented sleep, disrupted breathing, and reduced oxygen levels in the body. The condition makes one prone to extreme daytime drowsiness, which can be dangerous, especially for those working with machinery or driving.
According to the American Dental Association, it’s common for patients to have insufficient bone to maintain their dental implants. If you have the same dental problem, your orthodontist will suggest a sinus lift or sinus augmentation. You should have this procedure before you get your dental implants. A sinus lift may be a common pre-implant procedure, but it is not for everybody. Here’s what you should know if you’re a good candidate for a sinus lift procedure.