In the past decade or two, there have been major changes in professional dentistry, as more advanced dental tools, techniques, and appliances have constantly come on the scene. To accommodate this new knowledge and to help patients take full advantage of its fruits, dentistry has become more and more specialized over the years.
You may have heard the term "sinus augmentation" from a friend, neighbor, or relative who underwent this type of surgery under the care of their periodontist. Or, you may simply have heard of this procedure in the news media or heard your dentist mention it. But what is sinus augmentation exactly and when is it an appropriate treatment?
Chronic bad breath, commonly referred to as halitosis, afflicts nearly one out of every four people. Some might suppose that there is nothing you can do about lingering bad breath — but this is not at all the case. In rare instances, medical conditions like GERD or metabolic disorders can cause bad breath, but it's usually a matter of poor dental hygiene.
Dental implants are becoming standard, no longer the privilege of only a few as in days gone by. Yet, despite the increased general awareness about and utilization of titanium dental implants as a tooth loss solution, major misconceptions about implants continue to linger.
Protecting your oral health with regular at-home dental hygiene and proactive dental care is an important aim in its own right, but the benefits do not end there. The recent medical consensus is that a link exists between your oral health and your overall health. By keeping your mouth as clean and healthy as possible, you significantly lower your chances of developing other, often more serious, health problems.