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Posts for: April, 2018

By Inland Oral Surgery
April 25, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: celebrity smiles   crowns  

You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:  He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.

“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”

Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?

In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.

There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.  Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.

If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”

By Inland Oral Surgery
April 15, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health   nutrition  

One of the most popular subjects in books, magazines and social media is food — the things we should or should not eat (or at least not too much). While losing weight is a popular focus, it's only one part of the whole — a balanced diet that supplies the nutrients we need to be healthy.

What you eat can also make a difference in your oral health. Here are 4 changes you should make to your dietary habits to cut down on the risk of dental disease.

Adopt a nutritionally sound diet plan. When we say diet, we're not talking about the latest weight-loss sensation — we mean a planned way of eating for life. For most people, that's a balanced diet of fresh fruits and vegetables, protein and dairy. Your teeth and gums have the best chance of remaining strong and healthy with a nutrient-rich diet.

Manage your sugar intake. Sugar and similar carbohydrates are a rich food source for bacteria that cause dental disease. It's important then that you keep your sugar consumption within limits: don't eat more than six teaspoons of processed sugar a day (or three for a child); avoid sugary snacks between meals; and try to satisfy your sweet tooth with the natural sugars found in fresh fruits and vegetables.

Cut back on acidic beverages. Sodas, juices, sports and energy drinks are all the rage. They're also high in acid, which at chronic levels can soften and erode tooth enamel. So, try to drink them only at meal times and avoid sipping on them over long periods. And, if you're hydrating yourself after moderate work or exercise, try nature's perfect hydrator — water.

Avoid eating before bedtime. A good portion of the acid in our mouths after we eat can be neutralized by saliva. As we sleep, though, our saliva flow slows down and doesn't have the same buffering power as it does during the day. So, try not to eat as least an hour before you turn in for the night, especially foods with added sugar.

If you would like more information on nutrition and oral health, 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 “Nutrition & Oral Health.”

By Inland Oral Surgery
April 10, 2018
Category: Oral Surgery
Tags: jaw pain   Jaw Surgery  

Your jaw is a complex mechanism composed of connective tissue, muscles, bones, and of course your teeth. They interplay so you can jaw painspeak, bite, chew, breathe, and yes look like you. If you're experiencing problems with any oral or maxillofacial functions, Inland Oral Surgery in Colville and Spokane, WA can help. Dr. David Gailey are fully certified and experienced in all methods and kinds of jaw surgery procedures, and many procedures may be performed right in their office. Learn here about some of the reasons you may need jaw surgery.

What oral and maxillofacial surgeons do

The team at Inland Oral Surgery delivers a wide range of services. More invasive than typical dental treatments, oral surgery typically involves some degree of anesthesia, including locally injected medications (pain shots), nitrous oxide, oral sedation, and fully-monitored IV (intravenous) anesthetics.

Many oral surgeries involve teeth extractions (impacted wisdom teeth and canines being the most common), making room for orthodontic procedures or eruption of permanent teeth. However, other surgeries directly impact a person's appearance, ability to eat, speak and chew food properly. Some surgeries even address Obstructive Sleep Apnea which impedes the ability to breathe during sleep.

Dr. Gailey carefully devise treatment plans to address each patient's needs and preferences. They perform complete oral examinations and use X-rays to determine the origins of jaw dysfunction and how it may best be resolved.

Many jaw surgeries must be postponed until jaw growth stops in adolescents, says the American Association of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. The doctors at Inland Oral Surgery have the expertise to determine when and what kind of surgery would best address the issues at hand.

Offered procedures

The team at Inland Oral Surgery offers jaw surgeries for:

  • Correction of facial asymmetry
  • Realignment of dental bite (underbite is the most common problem)
  • Relief of TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) pain and other related symptoms
  • Reduction of dental wear and tear
  • Improvement of chewing, swallowing, and speech
  • Proper closure of the teeth and lips (occlusion)
  • Repair of oral trauma (jaw dislocation and fracture)
  • Repair of cleft lip, cleft palate, and other birth defects
  • Bone grafting for dental implant placement
  • Placement of dental implants, including multiple implants to secure dentures and bridges

Learn more in Colville and Spokane

If your physician or family dentist believes you would benefit from jaw surgery, relax. You'll receive precise and compassionate care at Inland Oral Surgery in Colville, Spokane, Wandermere & Colville, WA. Please call today for your consultation with Dr. Gailey: (509) 321-1404. We have four convenient locations to serve you.

By Inland Oral Surgery
April 09, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: fluoride  

Fluoride is an important weapon in the fight against tooth decay. Fluoride consumption and other applications are especially beneficial during children's dental development for building strong teeth long-term.

But the truism "too much of a good thing" could aptly apply to fluoride. If a child consumes too much fluoride over an extended period of time, it could cause a condition called enamel fluorosis in which the enamel surface develops mottled or streaked staining. It's not harmful to the tooth's health, but it can greatly diminish a person's smile appearance.

To avoid fluorosis, it's important with the help of your dentist to know and regulate as much as possible the amount of fluoride your child receives. Here are 3 fluoride sources you should manage.

Toothpaste. Many manufacturers add fluoride to their toothpaste formula, usually an important way to receive this tooth-strengthening chemical. But younger children tend to swallow more toothpaste than older children or adults. Because the chemical builds up in the body over time, swallowing toothpaste every day could potentially elevate your child's fluoride levels. To avoid this, just use a "smear" of toothpaste on the brush for children under age 2, and a pea-sized amount for older children.

Your water system. About three-quarters of all public water utilities add fluoride to their water as an added measure for tooth decay prevention. The amount can vary from system to system, although the maximum amount recommended by the U.S. Government is 0.70 parts per million (PPM). You can ask your local water system how much fluoride, if any, is present or they add to your drinking water.

Bottled water. Any type of bottled beverage (water, juices, sodas, etc.) could contain various levels of fluoride. Unfortunately there are no labeling requirements regarding its presence, so the most prudent course is to carefully manage the beverages your child drinks, or stay with bottled water marked "de-ionized," "purified," "demineralized" or "distilled," which typically have lower fluoride levels. For babies feeding on milk, you can use the aforementioned bottled waters to mix powder, use ready-to-feed formula (also low in fluoride) or breast-feed.

If you would like more information on fluoride and your baby, 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 “Tooth Development and Infant Formula.”