Oral health is essential to general health and quality of life. It is a state of being free from mouth and facial pain, oral and throat cancer, oral infection and sores, gum diseases, tooth decay, tooth loss, and other diseases and disorders that limit an individual’s capacity in biting, chewing, smiling, speaking, and psychosocial well being. Get the general facts on the nation’s leading diseases and prevent yourself from getting severe periodontal disease. For more information on preventative care or to check if you are at risk, please call (213) 250-7554 or visit http://www.davidkaodds.com/.
Scientists discovered fragments of stones and seashells in the jawbones of skeletons found dating back to 600 A.D during the era of ancient Mayans. The foreign materials in the jawbone of the Mayans resulted in the early instances of implants that proved to be fused to the bone. Since then, dental implants have been developed from advanced technology with the most significant advancement occurring in the 1950s, the discovery of titanium and osseointegration
Why is it called the money tooth?
The first mandibular molar #19 and #30 is considered the most commonly treated tooth in dentistry. Reasons are: over the years, more restorations follow and they keep getting bigger and bigger until a root canal is involved.
Some molar are crowned several times in the life of a patient with occasional crown lengthening and endodontic re-treatment. The money tooth is often functional until the root fractures or secondary caries makes it non-restorable. The tooth is then extracted and replaced with a dental implant.
Who gets periodontal disease?
• Most people develop periodontal in their late 30’s and 40’s. Men are more likely to develop periodontal disease than women.
• Those who smoke are at the biggest risk for getting periodontal disease. Smoking reduces the success of treatments and can irritate healthy gyms.
• People with diabetes are at higher risk for developing infections, including gum disease.
• Diseases such as AIDS and its treatments can also negatively affect the health of gums, as can treatments for cancer.
• Some medicines can cause abnormal overgrowth of the gum tissue; this can make it difficult to keep teeth and gums clean.
• Genetics play a large role for some people and some are more prone to severe gum disease than others.