Month: January 2021

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What Is All-on-4 and What Are the Advantages?

Restore your oral health with the help of All-on-4 implants.

Did you know that, on average, adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have about 25 teeth left? A person with a full set of human teeth, including wisdom teeth, should have 32.

Furthermore, 10.13% of adults between 50 and 64 have no teeth at all!

If you suffer from tooth loss, you can take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone — and there are excellent dental restoration methods available to you. Instead of putting up with missing teeth, your smile can shine brighter than ever after a trip to a skilled dental surgeon.

One of the best dental restorations available to people who have lost most or all of their teeth is All-on-4 dental implants. What is All-on-4, and what are the advantages? Let’s find out.

What are All-on-4 implants?

You may have heard that dental implants replace missing teeth. A titanium implant is inserted into the gum to act as a replacement root for the missing tooth. Once the implant has healed and fused with the bone, a crown is mounted on top and the patient has a healthy and permanent replacement tooth that looks and feels very much like a natural tooth.

This is an excellent procedure when a patient is missing one or just a few teeth. However, what if the patient needs an entire arch? While technically it is possible to implant most teeth, it would be a long process and may require bone grafting and other procedures if the patient has experienced bone loss, which is caused when the jawbone is unsupported for some time

This is where All-on-4 implants shine. Instead of rooting each individual tooth, an entire arch is constructed and mounted on just four implants. Depending on the condition of the patient’s bone and other factors, the dentist may choose to use five or six implants. However, four is most common.

Advantages of All-on-4 Implants

There are many benefits of the All-on-4 implant system. Let’s look closer.

Permanent, Natural-Looking Solution

First off, both dental implants and the All-on-4 system are the closest tooth replacement options to natural teeth. The replacement teeth are firmly rooted in your mouth, similar to real teeth. You can talk, eat, speak, and more without worry that your teeth will shift or slip in your mouth.

The arch will be expertly crafted to look just like a set of real teeth. Once the system is installed, it’s virtually impossible to tell the teeth aren’t growing out of your gums.

Cleaning is a breeze.

Caring for your dental implants is exactly the same as caring for real teeth. Simply brush and floss twice a day as you normally should. Visit your dentist twice yearly so they can check the implant and keep an eye out for any signs of gum disease.

No cavities!

A very exciting thing about implants is that since they are not real teeth, you never have to worry about getting a cavity in your false teeth.

Of course, while this is a reason to rejoice, it doesn’t mean you can forget dental hygiene. You can still get gum disease in the surrounding tissue. Plus, poor dental hygiene can contribute to implant failure, so be sure to keep up your cleaning regime as previously described.

One-trip Procedure

Single dental implants require two or more visits to the dentist. One for the initial implantation surgery and one to mount the crown. Additional visits may be required if the patient needs bone grafts or other preparation work.

The All-on-4 system, however, is usually mounted the same day as the implant surgery. It will be a long visit at the dentist, but it will only be one trip.

Furthermore, the four implants typically heal and fuse faster than just one, shortening recovery time.

Less Need for Bone Grafting

For a single dental implant, the titanium post is inserted vertically into the jawbone. All-on-4 implants work a bit differently. The two in the front are placed vertically, but the two in the back are placed at a 45-degree angle. This gives the structure more support.

Plus, because of this positioning, the patient doesn’t require as much healthy bone, making it less likely they will need bone grafts.

Price

Finally, when a patient needs to replace most or all of their teeth, the All-on-4 system costs less than replacing each tooth individually.

Concerns With All-on-4 Implants

As with anything, there are both pros and cons. One potentially major concern with All-on-4 for some patients is bridge bulk. The inside of the arch is a bit thicker than what the patient is used to with their natural teeth. This can feel strange and can cause difficulty making certain sounds when speaking. Many people can retrain their muscles and adapt to the feel of bridge bulk, but you should be aware of the possibility that this may be difficult for some time.

Why choose All-on-4 implants?

All-on-4 dental implants are an excellent tooth replacement option for people who have experienced tooth loss. They are a cost-effective, long-lasting solution that looks and feels like real teeth, giving you the brilliant smile you deserve.

How do you know when to choose All-on-4 and when to go with traditional implants? Generally, if you only have one or two missing teeth, implants are a better choice. However, in some cases, it makes more sense to install the All-on-4 system. Consult with Dr. Bentz and the team in East Norriton for the best course of action for your situation.

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How Gum Disease Can Affect Your Ability to Conceive

Almost 50% of adults age 30 and over in the United States have some form of periodontitis. Gum disease can lead to a variety of health conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes, and premature birth. Less well known is that it can negatively impact a couple’s ability to conceive. In one study, women with this disease took an average of two months longer to conceive than others.

What is gum disease and its stages?

Gum disease is a leading cause of tooth loss, and it has two primary stages. When it’s diagnosed and treated during the initial stage, the condition is easily reversible. Tooth loss is also preventable during this stage.

Let’s take a look at the stages of gum disease to better understand its relationship with trying to conceive.

Stage 1: Gingivitis

The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis. It affects the soft tissue of the gums, and a lot of the time, people don’t even experience discomfort. Some of the symptoms at this stage are:

  • Inflammation.
  • Bleeding or swollen gums.
  • Receding gums.
  • Bad breath or metallic taste in the mouth.
  • Increasing spaces between the teeth.

Although symptoms are often mild at this stage, treatment is imperative to ensure the disease doesn’t progress to the next stage.

Stage 2: Periodontitis

When gum disease progresses, it becomes periodontitis. At this point, the bone structures that support the teeth can become compromised. Some of the signs at this stage are:

  • Bad breath.
  • Red, swollen, or tender gums.
  • Gums that bleed when brushing or flossing.
  • Pain when chewing.
  • Changes in the position of your teeth or loose teeth.
  • Tooth loss.
  • Foul taste in one’s mouth.
  • Inflammatory reaction throughout other parts of the body.

Without regular dental visits, patients may not notice symptoms until moderate to severe periodontitis exists.

How does gum disease influence trying to conceive?

During early gum disease, your gums recede, and small pockets form between the teeth and the gums. These pockets harbor bacteria, and your immune system must fight the infection. Many patients experience bleeding and pain when they floss and brush as the gingivitis gets worse.

As the disease progresses, teeth lose bone support and become loose. Plus, the infection can lead to an inflammatory response in other parts of the body. The pathogens in periodontal disease can circulate in the body, which negatively affects other organs. Plus, the disease increases inflammation, which leads to systemic inflammation in the body.

Periodontal disease affects the reproductive system the same way that it affects the entire body. Inflammation, for example, interferes with conception. It can prevent ovulation and also prevent the implantation of the embryo.

The bacteria harbored through gum disease produce metabolic waste products, too. When these products circulate through the body, they can easily cross the placenta and affect a growing fetus or cause infertility. Gum disease can lead to poor semen and sperm health in men for the same reasons. Plus, it can cause infertility and preterm birth.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

While gum disease is a serious health condition that can lead to many other issues, it is easily preventable! It’s also easy to treat during the early stages. If you’re trying to conceive or thinking about doing so in the future, here are some things you and your partner can do to prevent gum disease:

  • Brush your teeth, especially after meals.
  • Rinse with water after eating.
  • Remember to brush your tongue as bacteria likes to hide there.
  • Floss at least twice a day to remove food and plaque that a toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Use mouthwash to reduce plaque and get rid of any remaining food particles.
  • If you’re at an increased risk (i.e., have endometriosis), talk to your dentist about what else you can do.

The most important thing is to stay proactive. Make your oral health as much a part of your daily routine as eating food or going to work. Buy yourself fun products like travel toothbrushes and oral health kits so that you can keep your mouth clean when you’re away from home too!

How to Treat Gum Disease

Gum disease treatment is dependent on the stage of the disease. During the early stages, at-home treatment is acceptable and encouraged. With consistent oral health care and professional dental cleanings, the early stages of this disease are easily reversible.

If the disease has progressed but is still in the early stages, your dentist can perform scaling and root planing. That is a nonsurgical, deep-cleaning procedure that removes harmful bacteria and provides a clean surface for the gums to then reattach to the teeth.

During the later stages of gum disease, surgical treatment is often required. Some of the surgical treatments a patient might need in the later stages of this disease are:

  • Soft tissue grafts.
  • Bone grafts.
  • Guided tissue generation.
  • Bone surgery.
  • Flap surgery.

Preventing or treating gum disease can encourage a healthy pregnancy.

We are here to support you throughout every step of your oral health journey.

By establishing a consistent at-home dental routine and creating an in-office dental care plan, you and your dentist can easily prevent gum disease. If you’re already in the early stages of gum disease, your dentist will set up a plan to help you reverse your gingivitis.

If you’re ready to be more proactive about oral health for you and your family, contact us to get started on a family plan for healthy smiles now and in the future!

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Why You Should Shop Local

Support your community’s small businesses in big ways.

Love for our Philly community has never been needed more. While it’s always helpful to shop local and patronize small businesses, we’ve seen in recent months just how much of a difference that support can make.

Today, we’re sharing 7 ways you can support your local small businesses while eating well and stocking up on unique items!

1. Shop local.

Most businesses in Philadelphia have had to adjust their operations in some way to accommodate pandemic-related protocols. Some may have changed their opening hours or limited the number of people they allow indoors to ensure adequate social distancing. If you’re able to shop local in brick-and-mortar locations, do so as you feel comfortable. Yet, even if this isn’t an option, don’t let it stop you from browsing their wares.

Today, most businesses have an online presence and e-commerce options, where you can shop their full selection online! Others may allow you to place a pickup order for curbside service. Inquire about what’s available and look for ways you can support your local economy.

2. Eat local.

While the indoor dining experience might not look exactly as it did a year ago, restaurant owners are making accommodations to make your experience a pleasant one.

While it might be tempting to grab a quick bite on the way home from work, try to look for ways you can support your local restaurants, diners, and bakeries. Instead of zipping through a fast-food drive-through, why not pick up a freshly made meal from your favorite local cafe? If you’re celebrating a family birthday, you could order a cake from the family-run shop on the corner. In addition to purchasing ready-made meals, you can also peruse your local farmer’s market to look for locally grown produce to cook at home.

3. Gift local.

Yes, it’s tempting to click once and send all of your items right to your doorstep. However, nothing beats the quality and craftsmanship of a local gift.

For birthdays and holidays, consider eschewing the traditional big-box stores and look for gift ideas right down the road. A few great ideas include:

  • Gift cards to local shops and restaurants
  • Subscriptions to local newspapers or magazines
  • Memberships to local places (e.g. museums, theaters)
  • Handcrafted products from local artisans

Take the time to consider what your loved ones would like and see if there are any local shops that fit the bill. Or, walk in and ask about some of their top items. You might discover a new, little known favorite!

4. Share local.

Despite advances in digital marketing, word-of-mouth advertising remains one of the most effective ways for any business to gain new attention. If you love a local business, don’t be afraid to shout it from the rooftops!

In addition to leaving feedback on websites like Yelp, TripAdvisor, or Angie’s List, you can also share your experience on social media. Let others know exactly what you love about the shop or restaurant and why you’d recommend a visit.

These days, research shows that 91% of people regularly read online reviews, and 84% of people trust them as much as personal recommendations from their friends and family members. This is a quick and easy way to cast a spotlight on local brands, and they’ll appreciate the positive buzz.

5. Join local virtual communities.

The pandemic has forced local communities to get creative with their community groups and gatherings. While you might not be able to attend an in-person book club or workout session just yet, you can still connect with your neighbors over a shared hobby.

Check online for virtual communities based in your city and centered on common interests, such as fitness, crafting, or business networking. When you join, you’ll gain access to everything the group has to offer, which may include:

  • Virtual conferences
  • Recorded presentations
  • Online chat options
  • Resource libraries

This is also a great way to find online support groups that can help you maintain your emotional health during these trying times. When you plug into these communities, you can help others in your circle feel more connected and fulfilled too.

6. Pay it forward.

It goes without saying that there are many people in your community who might be feeling an immense burden right now. It can be impossible to know what someone is shouldering, but even the smallest acts of kindness can make a major difference.

Seek out opportunities to pay it forward and help your neighbors. This might mean going through your closet and donating a box of clothes to your local shelter. Or, you might feel led to pay for the cart in front of you at the grocery store.

Whether it’s a mighty gift or a minor one, any degree of altruism can bless and uplift those around you.

7. Check on your neighbors.

Researchers have explained that cravings for social connection can be as real as hunger pangs. Whether you live alone or run a full household, you might be feeling lonely and a little isolated. The same goes for others in your community, which is why it’s important to take time to check in.

Call your elderly loved ones and ask about their day. Place a video call to your friend down the road and invite her to join you for a virtual coffee date. Start a care group on social media to learn about any neighbors who might need help with basic tasks, such as grocery shopping or lawn maintenance.

Show some local love today!

Your community is your home. It’s where you sleep, eat, shop, and work. It’s easy to take it for granted in the fast pace of life, but if there’s anything 2020 has taught us, it’s the importance of slowing down.

While it’s important to shop local, it’s equally critical to reach out and give each other a virtual shoulder to lean on. Doing so can create a unified force that’s strong, resilient, and powerful.

As you look for ways to connect and give back, our dental family is here for yours. Get in touch today to learn more.

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7 Things That Make Philadelphia Unique

There’s tons to love about Philadelphia!

Our city of Philadelphia has long been known as the epicenter of history, culture, sports, and of course, world-class eats. As longtime Philly residents ourselves, we adore our city and everything it encompasses.

Whether you’ve just moved here or you’ve lived here your whole life, there’s a sort of magic in the air you can feel as you travel the streets. Today, we wanted to pay homage to this place we call home. Read on to discover 7 of the most special things about Philadelphia and learn what makes it so unique!

1. Living Among History

There’s no denying the historical significance that Philly holds. The Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were both signed in Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell stands as one of the nation’s most prevalent symbols of freedom and justice. You can also learn about one of our most famous residents, Ben Franklin, at the Benjamin Franklin Museum in Old City.

However, our city’s rich history isn’t isolated to buildings and statues. Rather, it’s ingrained in everything we do and everywhere we go. Where else can you drink in a bar where the Federalist papers were argued, walk the same streets as our Founding Fathers, or run the famous Rocky steps? In Philadelphia, the past is part of our story, and it’s one we’re proud to tell.

2. Philadelphia and The Mummers Parade

For centuries, groups of costumed performers have paraded in the streets to ring in the new year. Known as “mummers,” they first appeared in ancient Egypt, Rome, and Greece. By the late 17th century, mummers arrived in Philadelphia, and neighborhood celebrations occurred every January throughout the city.

In 1901, the city of Philly officially began sponsoring and organizing the first official Mummers Parade. In the years since, it’s turned into one of our city’s most storied and beloved traditions. On the first day of every year, you can find more than 10,000 marchers wearing elaborate costumes that span five different categories, including Comic, Fancy, Fancy Brigade, Wench Brigade, and String Band.

This parade is a lively and entertaining event that preserves tradition while offering residents and visitors alike the chance to celebrate what’s on the horizon.

3. Incredible Eats

A visit to Philly isn’t complete without a taste of our city’s most iconic meal: the cheesesteak! We’ll let you decide who wins in the friendly competition between local restaurants, but all are delicious in their own right.

While you’re savoring sandwiches, don’t forget that Philadelphia is also home of the hoagie! This guide can help you find some of the best in town! From traditional Italian-inspired ones to breakfast hoagies, it’s easy to find your new favorite. Even if you’ve lived here forever, there’s never a shortage of new eateries to check out.

In addition to a growing pizza scene, you’ll also find gourmet barbecue, fresh seafood, and a bevy of star breweries. Eating your way around the city is an excellent way to get to know the local hotspots!

4. Philadelphia is a Sports Lovers Paradise

Some cities just have sports in their DNA, and Philly is one of them. From the Eagles and the Sixers to the Phillies and the Flyers, the city is home to some of the most prolific players in modern history.

In fact, Philadelphia is one of only 12 cities that hosts teams in the US’ “Big Four” sports leagues, which include the MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL. It’s also one of only three national cities where every game is played within city limits. Grab a hot dog and a soda, and we’ll meet you in the stands!

5. Excellent Art Galleries and Museums

The arts community in Philly is booming — and for good reason. In addition to towering institutions, such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rodin Museum, you’ll also find many contemporary art galleries that showcase the immense talent living nearby.

Around almost every corner, you’ll find a cultural destination that encourages you to think a little deeper and explore the world around you, both past and present. You can spend the day at the Barnes Foundation or the Museum of the American Revolution, then close out the evening at the Institute of Contemporary Art and still have plenty of pieces to check out later.

6. Philadelphia has Strange and Unique Liquor Laws

A list of our city’s most unique features wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the decidedly different liquor laws that bind it.

Until recently, you’d have to contact a distributor if you wanted to buy a case of beer. Buying a six-pack was a little easier, but it still meant visiting a specialty bottle shop or corner bar. Then, fine spirits, such as champagne, were only available at the state-run Fine Wine and Spirits stores.

This approach might seem uncommon, but it’s steeped in history. Mere days before the 21st Amendment ended Prohibition in 1933, teetotaler and Pennsylvania governor Gifford Pinchot called a special meeting of the state’s General Assembly. There, he created the strict Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, which remained in place for decades.

In 2016, Act 39 helped loosen some of the former restraints, allowing for some new freedoms, among them case requirements for beer distributors. Still, learning the lay of the land here might take a little time!

7. America’s First Zoo

One little known fact about Philly is that it’s home to America’s first true zoo! The Philadelphia Zoo opened in 1874 with 1,000 animals and an admission price set at only 25 cents. Today, it’s a bustling, family-friendly place that hosts a variety of revolving exhibits on its 42-acre campus. From Big Cat Falls to Penguin Point, the habitats and wildlife are incredible.

Our City of Brotherly Love

There’s a lot to love about Philadelphia. Whether you’re a sports fanatic, art enthusiast, or history buff, you’ll easily find your place here.

As you continue to explore our diverse and exciting city, we’d love to be the team you turn to for your family’s dental health needs. Feel free to get in touch with our office today to schedule an appointment or learn more about the services we provide.

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