What precautions do you take to ensure patient safety?
As a mobile dental provider we take every effort to use disposable products. In the recent years, many manufactures have developed an array of disposable products leaving us with few instruments we need to re-use. The instruments that are re-used are sterilized in a traditional autoclave that uses high temperatures and pressure to eliminate all bacteria, viruses, and spores that our equipment may come into contact with. The autoclave is tested and monitored for effectiveness routinely, following all government guidelines. During treatment procedures, we follow strict guidelines established by the Center for Disease Control (CDC) in Atlanta and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) In Washington D.C
Why is oral cancer so serious?
Oral cancer kills more people nationwide than either cervical or skin (melanoma) cancer, and only half of patients diagnosed will survive more than five years. Early detection is critical to reversing these numbers. Unfortunately, this “painless” disease often goes undetected until it spreads to the neck and lymph nodes. At this point, treatment becomes very invasive and less effective. Our team at Lifecycle Dental performs oral cancer screenings as part of every patient exam. The sooner we detect the cancer, the higher the survival rate.
What are mini implant dentures?
Mini dental implants are the name often given to dental implants with narrow cylinders. They are primarily used to hold dentures in place, and in many cases, they can be surgically implanted in one day. When combined with a high-quality denture, mini implants help create fit and function that rivals natural dentition. Best of all, they eliminate the need for messy adhesives and extended healing times while even making patients with reduced bone candidates.
What happens if missing teeth are not replaced?
Missing teeth can lead to a host of other problems, including additional tooth loss. Research shows that if a missing tooth is not replaced, at least one of the adjacent teeth will also be lost more than 20% of the time. Even a single missing tooth can also cause all your remaining teeth to shift. These spaces between teeth can be unsightly and cause food impaction, collapse of your occlusion (ability to bite), chewing alteration and TMJ pain. Patients with missing teeth are also more susceptible to gum disease.
What are the options to replace missing teeth?
At Lifecycle Dental, we offer crowns, partial dentures, full dentures and dental implants as options to replace missing teeth. Because each patient and each situation is different, selecting the right option starts with a patient exam. During this exam, our team will complete a thorough assessment of your oral and overall health. This will include x-rays, intraoral photos, periodontal probing and the study of your other teeth. Only after all of this information is in hand, our dentists can recommend the best replacement option.