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Can I Smoke Marijuana before Oral Sedation or IV Sedation? Sep 30th, 2021

 Can I Smoke Marijuana before Oral Sedation or IV Sedation? If you regularly use marijuana - whether it be recreationally or medicinally - you may be wondering if it is safe for you to smoke before oral sedation or IV sedation. Continue reading to learn more. How Does Marijuana Affect...

Can Laser Therapy Improve Healing After Oral Surgery? Sep 16th, 2021

Laser therapy is a relatively new treatment method that has proved to be exceptionally beneficial in various different dental treatments. Continue reading to learn more about how laser therapy affects healing after oral surgery. What is Laser Therapy? Laser therapy has been in use in the dental industry since 1994....

Is it Easy to Replace Bone during Extractions and Osseous Surgery? Jul 22nd, 2021

What is Dental Bone Grafting? Bone grafting is a procedure in which osseous (bone) material is surgically fused to the patient’s existing bone.  Grafting is done in order to restore bone density to the jaw where it is needed, whether it be to preserve the health of the teeth and...

Everything You Need To Know About Orthodontics Jul 7th, 2021

What is an Orthodontist, and How are They Different from Dentists?  A dentist’s main focus is maintaining the health of the teeth and gums through restorative and preventative dentistry. Most people visit their dentist for their periodic cleaning and check up twice per year. It may be necessary to see...

Can I Have Extractions Done While on Bisphosphonate Drugs? Jun 22nd, 2021

Continue reading to learn more. What are Bisphosphonate Drugs? Bisphosphonate medications are used to prevent the loss of bone density and reduce bone resorption. They are usually prescribed to individuals with osteoporosis and other bone diseases.  Examples of bisphosphonate medications include: Risedronate (Actonel) Alendronate (Fosamax) Ibandronate (Boniva) Zoledronic Acid (Reclast)...

Where Does Bone Grafting Material Come From? Jun 7th, 2021

If you have been told that you may need bone grafting, you’ll want to learn as much as you can about the procedure in order to make an informed decision. Continue reading to learn more about where bone grafting material originates from. What is Bone Grafting? A dental bone graft...

What Is A Deep Cleaning? May 19th, 2021

Continue reading for more information about what deep cleanings are, why you need one, and what this treatment means for you. What Is Gum Disease? Gum disease known as periodontal disease occurs when the bacteria count in the mouth is not regulated by proper home care. Over time, bacteria begin...

Does My Child Need Phase 1 Orthodontics? May 3rd, 2021

What Is Phase 1 Orthodontics? It is generally recommended that children have their first orthodontic evaluation around the age of 6 or 7. It is by this age that all of the baby teeth have typically erupted, and the development of the adult teeth in the jaw can now be...

The Different Parts of an Implant Apr 19th, 2021

Implant Fixture The implant fixture is the actual implant itself; it is a small titanium screw that is designed to be quickly and efficiently placed directly into the bone. The fixture takes the place of the natural tooth roots, providing the structure for the overall prosthetic. After the fixture is...

Does Every Extraction Need a Bone Graft? Apr 5th, 2021

Continue reading to learn if every tooth extraction needs a bone graft. What Is a Bone Graft? A bone graft is a surgical procedure in which synthetic or natural bone is added to an area of the mouth in order to build up the overall bone density. In most cases,...

How Periodontal Disease Affects The Heart Mar 31st, 2021

Continue reading to learn more about how periodontal disease affects the heart. What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal Disease also known as gum disease is an infection caused by an accumulation of harmful bacteria within the mouth around the tooth and under the gums.When an individual has periodontal disease (gum disease),...

Should I Get Root Planing and Scaling (“deep cleaning”) from the General Dentist or Periodontist? Mar 8th, 2021

What is a Scaling and Root Planing (“deep cleaning”)? To understand which dental professional you should see for your treatment, it’s important to first understand what a deep cleaning is, and why you need it. Scaling and root planings are done in order to manage a condition known as periodontal...

What Kind Of Bone Is Used In A Bone Graft? Feb 17th, 2021

What Causes A Need For A Bone Graft? Bone grafts are done in order to stabilize the jaw. There are a multitude of reasons why your doctor may recommend a bone graft; here are just a few:  To help ensure a strong placement for a dental implant. If there is...

How Do Extra Cleanings Help With My Diabetes? Feb 3rd, 2021

You may be surprised to learn that dental cleanings can help you manage your diabetes; continue reading to learn more. Diabetes and Gum Health While the two may at first seem unrelated, there is a direct relation between the health of your gums and various health conditions; diabetes being at...

Aligner System or Braces…..Which Is Best? Jan 28th, 2021

Clear Aligners These are clear trays that fit around your teeth to move them. Many patients like them because they are “invisible”. Also,they can be removed so one is able to brush and floss easier. These are designed digitally. Impressions or scans of the teeth are taken, pictures of your...

How Do Extra Cleanings Help My Heart? Jan 13th, 2021

How Are Gum Disease and Heart Health Related? As it turns out, the health of your gums and the health of your heart are directly related to one another. Periodontal Disease also known as gum disease is an infection caused by an accumulation of harmful bacteria within the mouth around...

How Does Periodontal Disease Affect the Heart? Dec 30th, 2020

What is Periodontal Disease? Periodontal disease, commonly referred to as gum disease, is a chronic inflammatory infection of the tissues surrounding the teeth (known clinically as the periodontium). The foods and beverages we eat and drink contain sugars and starches that, when allowed to remain on the surface of the...

How Does Diabetes Affect the Periodontium? Dec 15th, 2020

What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a health condition that causes the body to lose the ability to properly produce or use insulin. Insulin is the body’s naturally-produced hormone that is designated for regulating the levels of glucose in the blood, allowing the cells to use it for fuel. Without insulin,...

Can Clear Aligners Be Used on Children and Teens? Nov 21st, 2020

Continue reading to find out. Aligners for Children Can clear aligner systems be used on children and teens? Yes, absolutely. Of course, in order to be used on children, the child will have to be at a certain stage of development in order to begin treatment. This usually occurs between...

Are Online Aligner Systems Good? What Can Go Wrong? Nov 7th, 2020

While this may seem like a fantastic solution, it is important to consider all aspects of this method of treatment. Continue reading for the benefits and drawbacks of online aligner systems. How Do Online Aligner Systems Work? Online, or “at-home” alignment systems usually work as follows: An impression kit will...

Should I Remove the Mandibular Tori From My Mouth? Oct 29th, 2020

Continue reading for more information about mandibular tori and some scenarios in which it may be best to remove it from the mouth. What is Tori? Tori is a clinical term that quite simply means a bony growth. Tori is the plural form of the singular torus. Mandibular is a...

What Are The Different Parts of an Implant? Oct 12th, 2020

The Implant Fixture The fixture is the term to describe the implant itself. The fixture is a small titanium device that closely resembles a screw. This device is placed directly into the bone beneath the gumline. The dentist will first move the gums away and then drill a precise hole...

How Do Blood Thinners Affect Extractions and Implants? Sep 30th, 2020

Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we strive to ensure that our patients always take a knowledgeable approach to their treatment. Continue reading for more information about how blood thinners affect dental extractions and implants. What are Blood Thinners? Blood thinners, also known as anticoagulants, ensure that harmful blood clots...

How Does Smoking Affect Extractions and Implants? Sep 14th, 2020

Continue reading to learn how smoking affects extractions and implants. Extractions When a tooth is removed from the mouth, it leaves behind the empty socket in the gum and bone where the tooth once was. In most cases, this socket is not stitched up, as it will close and heal...

What is a Frenectomy? Aug 26th, 2020

Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we want to ensure that you are informed about your frenectomy treatment from beginning to end. Continue reading to learn more about this dental procedure.   About Frenectomy Treatment The frenum is a type of connective tissue inside the mouth. There are three primary...

Do I Need IV Sedation for My Third Molars? Aug 11th, 2020

The truth is that sedation dentistry is extremely safe and effective when administered properly by a professional. The professional team here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists is here to ensure that your dental sedation goes smooth from start to finish. If you have found yourself wondering if sedation dentistry in...

What is a Sinus Lift? Why do I Need It? Jul 30th, 2020

Continue reading for more information about sinus lifts that will help you understand why you have been recommended to have this treatment completed.  What is a Sinus Lift? A sinus lift is a dental surgery that essentially adds a layer of bone to the upper jaw between the premolars and...

Is an Implant Better Than a Root Canal? Jul 16th, 2020

These two treatment options have their own advantages and disadvantages to consider. Here at Willow Glen Dental Specialists, we like to ensure that our patients are knowledgeable about their dental treatment options. Continue reading to learn if an implant is better than a root canal. What is a Root Canal?...

Why Do Some Root Canals Take Two Visits? Jun 28th, 2020

The truth is that this is actually quite normal; in fact, most dentists prefer to carry out root canals over the course of two separate appointments. Continue reading to discover why. What is a Root Canal? A root canal is needed when damage in the tooth has penetrated the outer...

Why Do Implants Fail? Jun 15th, 2020

However, in some cases, the treatment is unsuccessful, and the implant fails. Here’s some insight on why that happens. What is an Implant? An implant is a dental prosthetic device made of titanium. A dentist or oral surgeon will place the implant directly into the bone, allowing it to take...

Why Should I See an Orthodontist Instead of Doing the Online Clear Aligner Systems? May 27th, 2020

While of course this is appealing to most people, there are a certain amount of drawbacks to using an online clear aligner systems that may make you want to rethink leaving traditional orthodontist appointments behind. Continue reading to learn why you should see an orthodontist rather than doing the online...

What is The Difference Between Traditional Orthodontics and Clear Aligners? May 21st, 2020

If you are entering the process of achieving a straighter or more uniform smile with the help of orthodontics, you are most likely faced with the choice of traditional braces versus clear aligners, such as Invisalign. Both options have their respective pro’s and con’s, and it is important to ensure...

Our Coronavirus Pandemic Action Plan Apr 28th, 2020

As the coronavirus pandemic becomes more and more prominent in our everyday lives, it becomes more apparent that our everyday way of life needs to undergo some changes in order for us to successfully overcome the situation while remaining as healthy and happy as possible. But this does not mean...

Cracked Tooth Syndrome Mar 22nd, 2020

Continue reading for a thorough breakdown of cracked tooth syndrome, including its causes, symptoms, and treatment options. What Is Cracked Tooth Syndrome? Cracked tooth syndrome (CTS) may sound quite serious, but the reality is that it is simply a term used to recognize an incomplete fracture or site of trauma...

“All On Four” Implants And Fixed Bridges Mar 12th, 2020

While this may sound a little complicated, “all on four” prosthetic treatment options are a strong favorite as they are cost-effective, comfortable, simple and convenient for patients. Continue reading for more information about “all on four” implants and fixed bridges so that you can make a more informed decision about...

Gum Grafting Mar 4th, 2020

Gum grafting is usually recommended by a dentist or periodontist in the case that the natural gumline has receded and left the underlying tooth structure exposed. This leaves the tooth and bone susceptible to damage and decay. To correct this, your dentist or periodontist will recommend that a gum grafting...

Why Do I Need Bone Grafting With My Extraction Or Implant? Mar 3rd, 2020

Continue reading for more information about bone grafting and why it has been recommended for you following your extraction or implant procedure. Types of Bone Graft There are various different types of bone graft. The type of bone that is used is dependent on both the preference of your dentist...

Crown Lengthening Feb 19th, 2020

There are a few different reasons why a crown lengthening may be done; if you have been recommended for this dental procedure, you may be wondering why, and what you can expect both during and after your treatment. Continue reading for more information about the crown lengthening procedure. Aesthetic Purposes...

What Is A Root Canal? Jan 12th, 2020

While television and films have certainly done no good for the reputation of the root canal, modern dentistry has allowed the procedure to become simple and virtually painless. Continue reading for more information about the root canal procedure. Why Are Root Canals Needed? In order to understand why root canals...

Apicoectomy Treatment Explained Dec 23rd, 2019

If you have been informed that you will need an apicoectomy treatment carried out, you may be wondering what it is, exactly. Continue reading for more information to better understand your recommended dental treatment. Why Do I Need An Apicoectomy? Apicoectomy treatment is carried out in order to remove the...

Osseous Surgery: Why Do I Need It? Dec 13th, 2019

If your dentist has recommended you for osseous surgery, you may have been left with a few questions, such as what it is, what you can expect, and why you need it. While the word ‘surgery’ may be enough to furrow your brow, not to worry. This procedure is completely...

Why Do I Need My Wisdom Teeth Removed? Nov 25th, 2019

If you have been told that you will need to have your wisdom teeth removed, you may be confused as to why, and you may even be a bit frightened. There are many factors that influence if and when an individual should have their wisdom teeth removed. Continue reading for...

Why Does My Child Need Phase 1 Orthodontics? Nov 11th, 2019

As parents, it is our duty to ensure that our little ones are receiving the care they need in order to grow up as healthy and happy as possible. Part of this is ensuring that they regularly attend their dental appointments as recommended to make sure that their teeth are...