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AntibioticsCouldHelpEnsureyourImplantSurgeryisSuccessful

If you're considering dental implants to replace one or more missing teeth, you'll need to undergo a minor to moderate surgical procedure (depending on the number of implants) to install them. Depending on your current health status and medical history, you may need antibiotics before or after the procedure to help ensure a successful outcome.

Although implants have a high success rate (over 95%), they can still fail — and bacterial infection is a major culprit. Installing implants requires surgically accessing the bone through the gum tissues; you may also need other invasive procedures like tooth extraction or bone or gum tissue grafting. These disruptions to the soft tissues can introduce bacteria into the bloodstream.

In certain individuals, this can increase infection risk not only around the implant but also in other parts of the body. You may be at higher risk, for example, if you have serious health problems like cardiovascular disease or diabetes, a weakened immune system, you use tobacco or you're over or under normal weight. The American Dental and American Heart Associations both recommend antibiotics before dental implant surgery as a preventive measure against infection if you have a prosthetic heart valve, a history of infective endocarditis, a heart transplant or some congenital heart conditions.

For other patients with low to moderate risk for infection, there's vigorous debate on administering antibiotics before implant surgery. There are some side effects to antibiotic use, ranging from diarrhea to allergic reactions, and an increased concern in general to the developing resistance of many infectious agents due to the prevalent use of antibiotics. Many dentists and physicians are becoming more discriminate in the patients for which they prescribe antibiotics before surgical procedures.

It really comes down, then, to your particular case: not only the specific procedures you need but also your general health. After weighing these factors against the possible benefits for protecting your health and improving your odds of a successful outcome, we'll recommend whether antibiotic treatment for implants is right for you.

If you would like more information on the role of antibiotics in dental procedures, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.


By contactus@bohledental.com
August 16, 2016
Category: Oral Health

 

These Are Four Things Your Mouth Can Tell You

I came across this article and found it interesting.  It talks about four oral symptoms that possibly indicate an unlying health problem.  You can find the full article at: 4 Things Your Mouth Can Tell You About Your Health  It goes on to discuss these four symptoms:

  1. If you suddently have a bunch of new cavites.  If you are someone who doesn't often get a new cavity then you go to your dentist and suddenly you are told your have multiple areas of decay.  I am assuming you haven't drastically changed your diet to all Mountain Dew or have new medicines drying out your mouth.  This could indicate the begining of diabetes and you are not handling the sugar in your diet well.  See your physician and get checked out.
  2. Your teeth are wearing away.  It could mean that you have the acid reflux disease, (GERD).  This is also known as "heartburn".  This is when acid from your stomach comes into your mouth.  It is horribly hard on your teeth and over time can start to disolve them away.  Treatments include changing your diet and or medications that reduce the acid.
  3. You have bleeding gums.  This is the sign of inflammed gums, gingivitis or infected gums, periodontal disease.  This is the slippery slope that leads to tooth loss.  Improving your dental home care and seeing your dentist are the first steps to healing.
  4. You see white spots on your tongue.  This can be the sign of a fungal infection or thrush.  It could also indicate more serious issues like diabetes or a depressed immune system.  Pay close attention if you have this and see your dentist or physicain.

If you have any of these issues or just need to see a dentist, call us at 270-442-0256 or click for an appointment.  Visit Bohle Dental for more information about our practice.


By contactus@bohledental.com
August 09, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Don't Be Nervous About Getting Your Dental Implants.

dental implantThese days it is easy to get a dental implant!  It is so easy in fact that many people take no pain medicine afterward their surgery.  Don't worry, we will give you something in case you might need it but time and time again people tell us they did not need anything or just some Tylenol.  Of course, if you are nervous about it, you can really make it easy using IV sedation.

Here are three reasons dental implant surgery has gotton so easy:

  1.   The procedure is first done on the computer.  So everything is planned out.  You will get a CT scan at your planning appointment and the doctor finds the best place to put your implant.  The guess work has been taken out for where the implant should go.  That way you get a much more accurate placement.
  2. You really only need a local anesthetic.  Yes, people do receive sedation for dental implants but it is needed to help them with their dental anxieties not because the surgery is difficult.  A simple local is all that is needed and you will be numb for your treatment.
  3. There is not alot a pain involved.  One big reason for this is the implant can now go straight thru a small opening in the gum.  In the old days it was needed to have a large section of gum traumatized, but not anymore.  This is a wonder for the patient as the amount of discomfort is very low.  I would recommend that you take some Tylenol and see how you do.

So if you have been considering getting dental implants but was worried about how hard it might be, now you know.  The lastest techniques have made the prodecure really easy.  Click on dental implants to learn more or call 270-442-0256.  Or you can click get an appointment.


By Bohle Family Dentistry
August 04, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
HowKathyBatesRetainsHerMovie-StarSmile

In her decades-long career, renowned actress Kathy Bates has won Golden Globes, Emmys, and many other honors. Bates began acting in her twenties, but didn't achieve national recognition until she won the best actress Oscar for Misery — when she was 42 years old! “I was told early on that because of my physique and my look, I'd probably blossom more in my middle age,” she recently told Dear Doctor magazine. “[That] has certainly been true.” So if there's one lesson we can take from her success, it might be that persistence pays off.

When it comes to her smile, Kathy also recognizes the value of persistence. Now 67, the veteran actress had orthodontic treatment in her 50's to straighten her teeth. Yet she is still conscientious about wearing her retainer. “I wear a retainer every night,” she said. “I got lazy about it once, and then it was very difficult to put the retainer back in. So I was aware that the teeth really do move.”

Indeed they do. In fact, the ability to move teeth is what makes orthodontic treatment work. By applying consistent and gentle forces, the teeth can be shifted into better positions in the smile. That's called the active stage of orthodontic treatment. Once that stage is over, another begins: the retention stage. The purpose of retention is to keep that straightened smile looking as good as it did when the braces came off. And that's where the retainer comes in.

There are several different kinds of retainers, but all have the same purpose: To hold the teeth in their new positions and keep them from shifting back to where they were. We sometimes say teeth have a “memory” — not literally, but in the sense that if left alone, teeth tend to migrate back to their former locations. And if you've worn orthodontic appliances, like braces or aligners, that means right back where you started before treatment.

By holding the teeth in place, retainers help stabilize them in their new positions. They allow new bone and ligaments to re-form and mature around them, and give the gums time to remodel themselves. This process can take months to years to be complete. But you may not need to wear a retainer all the time: Often, removable retainers are worn 24 hours a day at first; later they are worn only at night. We will let you know what's best in your individual situation.

So take a tip from Kathy Bates, star of the hit TV series American Horror Story, and wear your retainer as instructed. That's the best way to keep your straight new smile from changing back to the way it was — and to keep a bad dream from coming true.

If you would like more information about orthodontic retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more about this topic in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Why Orthodontic Retainers?” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.” The interview with Kathy Bates appears in the latest issue of Dear Doctor.


By Dr. Charles Bohle & Bohle Family Dentisrty
August 02, 2016
Category: Oral Health

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