Omar Abdo DDS MS PA

Prosthodontics and Dental Credentials, part 3

SpecialistFinally, the last installment of our Prosthodontics and Dental Credentials series where we illustrate what the dental specialty of prosthodontics encompasses.

Here are a few more myths and facts to chew on:
Myth #5
Specialists are for the big wig like CEOs, entertainers and news anchors.
FACT
Recent economics and competition means that most prosthodontic fees are only slightly higher than that of general dentists. While prosthodontics is rarely the lowest cost in town, often they are NOT the highest. We see plenty of general dentists with higher rates. When considering the added education and usually a higher quality laboratory, most prosthodontic patients agree that the fees are a bargain in the long run.

 

Myth #6
Getting a dental implant is insanely expensive.
FACT
Single tooth implant restorations range from $1,000 to $7,500 or more. Pricing is influenced by the complexity of the case and the materials chosen by the patient. If someone is suffering from bone loss, there are additional procedures required to ensure the success of the implant.
A crown or bridge may seem like a cheaper alternative, but once you factor in the potential root canal procedures, the effects of compromising healthy teeth for the sake of a bridge, and the fact that you most likely will need to replace said bridge or crown in a lifetime, a dental implant becomes the most cost effective.

We hope this fact vs. myth has helped.  General dentists do an excellent job on many procedures. Some are supremely skilled. However, choosing a specialist is the only way to guarantee that your provider has the experience needed.

Prosthodontics and Dental Credentials, part 2

Is there such thing as TOO white?

Is there such thing as TOO white?

Welcome to part two of our Prosthodontics and Dental Credentials series where we help define prosthodontics for our patients so that they may make an educated design about their care.

Last week we offered you a few facts about the difference between general dentistry and prosthodontics. Here are a few more:

Myth #3
Technology does the work. Word is, it has taken the skill out of being a dentist, making some procedures like implants and crowns routine. For this reason, people should choose dental treatments by price.

FACT
Hand skills are a critical and often overlooked component of superior dentistry. The entire implant process, from extraction to placement, are surgical procedures requiring years of training and experience. Crowns begin with the prosthodontist’s vision of the final product making it part science, part art.

Myth #4
A great dentist is quick because they really know what they’re doing.

FACT
A prosthodontist strives for perfection. Success is not measured by quantity, but rather quality, leading them to labor for hours on a single tooth to get the exact dimensions right.  A specialist obsesses over the color, shape, balance and translucence of a dental crown. Natural teeth are not perfect, they are translucent at the tips, and they are not bright white.
“Hollywood-style teeth” are not typically found in nature. Like a good plastic surgeon, a prosthodontist would prefer there was no evidence of “work being done”.

Be sure to check back on our series to see which myths we debunk next.  Before you know it, you will be on your way to a dazzling, healthy smile!!

Prosthodontics and Dental Credentials


Learn more about prosthodontics

Increasingly, people are choosing a prosthodontist for their restorative dentistry needs.
However, there still remain misperceptions about this dental specialty. We say it is time to clear up any confusion, so you can make an informed decision about whether prosthodontics is right for you.

For the next 2 weeks, we will cover some myths and facts about prosthodontics and dental credential, starting with Myths 1 & 2:

Myth #1
Prosthodontists and general dentists are one in the same because they do the same work.

FACT
After earning a four-year dental degree at an accredited institution, general dentists immediately begin accepting patients. Prosthodontists are specialists recognized by the American Dental Association who have trained for at least two more years beyond dental school to become the architects of dental reconstruction.

Myth #2
Dentists offer crowns, dental implants, dentures and veneers and just like prosthodontists.

FACT
It is true that general dentists are licensed to perform many of these procedures. But again, general dentists attend four years of dental school and the requirements are minimal. The standard dental school requirements encompass the basics of crowns, bridges and denture procedures. Many dental students never complete a single dental implant case in school. That means that most general dentists have not done one implant case when they open their doors.

Conversely, prosthodontists are required to complete a multitude of complex dental treatments before they receive their certificate, which equates to more than several years of practice in an average general dental office. A prosthodontist fine tunes their skill by focusing on complex treatments for the entire 2-4 years of training beyond dental school.

 

Dental Do’s and Don’ts

Dental Dos and Donts

We know that when it comes to oral hygiene, the list seems endless.

The dental isle in the supermarket or pharmacy has grown considerably over the years.  There are so many types of toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss and other dental products out there.   Regardless of which product you use, if you stick to these top 5 dental do’s and don’ts, chances are you will only be seeing us for your check ups. And remember, Dr. Abdo is only a phone call away if you have questions.  Call us today at (561) 745-5550.

Do you know the difference between snoring and sleep apnea?

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Snoring can be a symptom of obstructive sleep apnea but not everyone who snores has sleep apnea. Snoring alone can be disruptive and a nuisance. Snoring + sleep apnea can be life threatening.

Obstructive sleep apnea is a sleep breathing disorder that temporarily causes breathing to be suspended during sleep. A physical obstruction happens in the airway which limits the amount of oxygen needed to reach the lungs. In the process of attempting to breathe again due to the obstruction, loud snoring or choking noises are heard.

The oxygen deprivation momentarily awakens a person from sleep. The cycle of waking and falling back to sleep is repeated a few times or hundreds of times throughout the night. The lack of oxygen can have long-term damaging effects such as the development of: high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke, pre-diabetes and diabetes and depression.

The airway obstruction is actually collapsing tissue in the back of the throat. This can be a result of the muscles of the upper airway relaxing during sleep. In “back sleepers” gravity can sometimes cause the tongue to fall back and obstruct the airway as well. In both situations the airway is narrowed or completely obstructed.

Snoring happens when the extra tissue in the back of the throat vibrates during the flow of breathing which produces the sounds of snoring. It is estimated that about 50% of people snore at some point during their lives. Snoring can be heredity and can increase as age advances. Occasional congestion from cold or allergies may also cause snoring.

Many people with sleep apnea suffer from issues of chronic fatigue, lack of concentration or focus. These are due to “unrestful” sleep resulting from the body unconsciously and repeatedly being awakened during the night because of the struggle for oxygen. 

If you are unsure if the snoring you hear from a loved one is sleep apnea, look for correlating indicators such as excessive daytime sleepiness, gasping during sleep, pauses in breathing, morning headaches, difficulty concentrating, moodiness, irritability or depression and possibly frequent trips to the bathroom at night.

Testing for a sleep breathing disorder is critical to getting a loved one on the path of better health. If you or someone you know experiences any of the other symptoms or indicators that may suggestion the play of sleep apnea, please contact us immediately for help.

Remember that while snoring is annoying, sleep apnea is life threatening.  


Is SLEEP a secret ingredient in reaching heart healthy weight goals?

SleepAs a group, people who struggle with maintaining a healthy weight experience some of the same struggles and challenges. Whether it is acknowledged or it goes unrecognized, one of those challenges can be airway-related and not being able to achieve the quality of sleep the body requires. The inability to do so can set off a domino effect on a person’s overall health and wellness. Without being able to obtain the levels of required quality sleep, the chances of experiencing long term success with weight loss and health goals can be significantly compromised.

Understanding the relevance of sleep and how it can impact a person’s health is crucial to reaching those goals. According to the Mayo Clinic, studies suggest that there may be an association between sleep and weight gain. In one study, sleep deprivation in men increased their preferences for high-calorie foods which affected their overall calories consumed. In another study with women who slept less than six hours a night or more than nine hours, the women were more likely to gain over 10 pounds compared with women who slept seven hours a night.

So, what’s the reason? Sleep affects the hormones ghrelin and leptin that regulate and stimulate the sensation of hunger. Achieving quality sleep is needed to reach the different sleep stages during the sleep cycles that occur at the night. Hormone regulation occurs within specific sleep stages. If a person achieves the required hours of sleep but is being awaken during the night due to snoring or airway obstructions that block off oxygen, then the sleep cycles are compromised. Many times, hormones cannot be regulated due to the lack of quality sleep.

An additional factor may be that lack of sleep or quality sleep leads to fatigue which can result in less physical activity. When you feel exhausted the chances of making the best nutritional and fitness choices are much lower.

If you or someone you know is struggling to reach heart healthy weight goals that may be affected by sleep or airway issues, please call us today for help. You might be wondering what your dentist can do.  Dr. Omar Abdo is a board certified prosthodontist.  Prosthodontists are highly trained in state-of-the-art techniques and procedures for treating many diverse and complex dental conditions and restoring optimum function and esthetics. These include: crowns, bridges, complete and removable partial dentures, dental implants, TMD-jaw joint problems, traumatic injuries to the mouth’s structures and/or teeth, snoring or sleep disorders and oral cancer reconstruction and continuing care.

You can also take a quick 5 minute screening test to see if you or your loved one may be a candidate for a sleep breathing disorder by visiting sleeptest.com. Get the help you need to feel your best so that you can achieve your goals!

http://www.mayoclinic.org/sleep-and-weight-gain/expert-answers/FAQ-20058198


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HAPPY HOLIDAY SMILES!

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We Wish You and Your Family

a Wonderful Holiday Season and Happy New Year

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5 Tips for Keeping your Teeth Extra Clean During the Holidays

 

A beautiful, bright & white smile will help you smile confidently in those family photos. Here are the top 5 tips for keeping your teeth extra clean during Christmas Holidays.  Please note, we purposely left out #1 which is eat right for whiter teeth.  The holiday season is not the time for guilt.

1.  Respect brushing times. Latest researches have released a study according to which the perfect time for brushing your teeth is two minutes. Two minutes are needed in order to cleanse your teeth from bacteria and harmful deposits. Use either a timer, or get used to humming a song such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.” 

2.  Use the brush lightly on your teeth.

There is a misconception that if you brush harder the teeth, you will cleanse them teeth better. Brush using circular movements, and by holding the brush at a 45 degree position against your gums.

3.  Always clean your tongue.

Make sure to clean your tongue thoroughly in order to remove all the harmful bacteria deposits and to obtain a fresh breath. There are several professional brushes that come with a tongue scraper.

4.  Don?t use your teeth to open bottles or gifts with tear plastic covers.

Make sure that you always have in handy a pair of scissors and bottle openers. Using your teeth for such purposes can break or chip them easily.

5.  Chew on cinnamon flavored gum.

Recent studies have shown that if you chew on cinnamon flavored gum the bacteria in your mouth will be significantly reduced. The main ingredient that helps doing this is called ?cinnamic aldehyde? (essential oil that fights against the production of bacteria in the oral cavity).

With lots of holiday love from all of us at the office of:

Omar Abdo, DDS, MS FACP

Board Certified Prosthodontist


Why Do We Need Sleep?

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New Research Development

We have always known that attaining quality sleep is an important aspect of our lives and is critical to being able to properly function the next day. However, the science behind why we sleep is not as clearly understood. Researchers believe they may have found new information behind why we sleep. The medical findings further indicate why sleep is so crucial for our existence.

The University of Rochester Medical Center, led by Dr. Maiken Nedergaard and her colleagues, discovered that sleep is needed to remove toxic plaque in the brain. Through their experimentation with mice, the team unexpectedly discovered that brain cells shrank during sleep. This shrinkage allowed for the cerebral spinal fluid to flow more rapidly through the brain which removed traces of plaque.

Dr. Nedegaard believes that this “cleaning” process requires a great deal of energy which is too difficult to complete during waking hours. The discovery suggests that the space between the brain cells changed significantly between conscious and unconscious states. They also found that the space inside the brain increased by 60% when the mice were asleep or anesthetized.

These findings indicate that sleep is needed to clean and restore the brain. Activities such as staying up all night could prevent the brain from removing the built up toxins. The recent information further helps us understand why sleep deprivation can have such strong and immediate consequences.

Restorative, restful sleep may also help to prevent brain disorders.  Previous studies suggest that the toxic molecules involved in brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease accumulate in the space between brain cells. Through Dr. Nedegaard’s recent study, researchers tested this concept and found that when the mice where asleep the toxic molecules were cleared!

As more scientific data becomes available, new insights will be gained on how sleep can play a huge role in health, life expectancy and the quality of life. The recent research published by Dr. Nedegaard and her colleagues could be the start of many more studies to come on why sleep is so critical.

Here, at the practice of Omar Abdo, DDS, MS, FACP, we work with sleep specialists to diagnose and treat sleep apnea.  If you or a loved one suffer from poor quality of sleep, daytime fatigue or snoring issues, please contact or our office at (561) 745-5550 for addition information.