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SAOMSA Dental Blog

Your Implant Dentist in San Antonio: Crowns Can’t Get Cavities

April 3, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmazock @ 11:34 pm

An older couple smiling outside.If you’ve just gotten dental implants installed, you’re probably very excited to start eating the foods you’ve always loved. Chewing steak and biting into apples is easier thanks to the strength and durability that dental implants provide. When your implant dentist in San Antonio told you that the crown on top of your implant couldn’t get cavities, you were probably shocked initially.

With that being said, you still need to take proper care of your mouth to keep your dental implant in place. Today, we’ll be exploring why dental implants don’t get cavities and what you need to do to protect them.

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Does Smoking Lead to Implant Failure?

March 29, 2018

It might! There are a number of habits that can adversely impact the success rate of dental implant placement, but smoking is among the worst habits for every aspect of your oral and overall health. If you’re planning to invest in dental implant supported tooth replacement, we recommend you stop your smoking or tobacco use to improve your chances for successful implant placement. In addition to improving your chances for successful dental implant placement, stopping tobacco use will also improve your oral health, reduce your risk for oral cancers, and benefit your whole body health.  Smoking & Implant Failure According to Spanish researchers, five years after dental implant placement, smokers had a 15.8% chance for dental implant failure while nonsmokers had just 1.4% implant failure. It’s clear that smoking increases your risk for implant failure. Before investing the time and money in an advanced implant supported tooth replacement plan, you may want to consider kicking your smoking habit. Caring for Your Smile After Implant Placement  Following dental implant placement, the best way to ensure successful implantation is to properly care for your smile. We will provide you with a precise treatment plan before you leave our office, but some of the basics you can keep in mind following your surgical dental implant placement include: •	For the first two days, avoid chewing near the implantation site, and use ice packs at 20 minute intervals to keep swelling to a minimum. Contact us immediately if pain increases or you notice swelling or infection in the soft tissue around your implant. •	Gently brush any healthy teeth and the soft tissue around your implants to remove any plaque buildup twice a day.  •	Brush, use antimicrobial mouth rinse, or at the very least, rinse your mouth with water between meals to avoid allowing food to sit on the implant site. •	Once your tooth replacement restoration is attached to the implant posts, monitor it closely and let us know right away if you notice the prosthetic moving or any changes in how your bite fits together.  Meet the SAOMSA Team  At San Antonio Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Associates (SAOMSA), we are here to help every patient lead healthier happier lives. We may not be able to help you stop smoking, but we can partner with you to improve your oral health prior to dental implant placement to increase your chances for successful placement. If you do want to kick your tobacco habit before we begin your implant treatment, please let us know. We’ll do our utmost to support you. Our team will happily take the time to plan with you to ensure your smile and whole body are in optimal health before we begin your dental implant treatment. Ready to get started? Give our team a call to schedule your tooth replacement consultation in one of our three dental offices in San Antonio and Castroville today. We look forward to helping you achieve and maintain your healthiest smile for life.It might! There are a number of habits that can adversely impact the success rate of dental implant placement, but smoking is among the worst habits for every aspect of your oral and overall health. If you’re planning to invest in dental implant supported tooth replacement, we recommend you stop your smoking or tobacco use to improve your chances for successful implant placement. In addition to improving your chances for successful dental implant placement, stopping tobacco use will also improve your oral health, reduce your risk for oral cancers, and benefit your whole body health.
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Do I Need a Second Opinion for Dental Implants in San Antonio?

February 11, 2018

Filed under: Dental Implants — Tags: — drmazock @ 7:09 pm

Dental consultationAre ready to replace your missing teeth with the next best thing to your own? If you have made the choice to complete your smile with dental implants in San Antonio, you are making an excellent decision. With over a 95% success rate, you will benefit from a lifelong solution to treat your tooth loss. To start your journey to a complete smile, you have already received one consultation and estimate, but you are wondering if you should get a second opinion? With the complexity of the procedure, it is best to take your time and explore all your options before scheduling your appointment to start the process.
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Benefit from COAR Implant Supported Dentures in San Antonio

January 4, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmazock @ 2:51 am

woman smiling appleDo you have ill fitting dentures that you wish you could replace? After trying to fill those gaps from missing teeth with dentures, you’ve been disappointed to find out that you still have some other issues—like slippage that causes speaking and eating difficulties.

If you’re ready for a more permanent solution to your tooth loss problems, it’s time to explore a better restorative option: an implant supported denture in San Antonio. Continue reading to learn more!

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7 Tips from Your Oral Surgeon in San Antonio to Calm Your Nerves

December 21, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — drmazock @ 4:22 am

woman feeling nervousDo you have an upcoming oral surgery? If so, you are likely a bit apprehensive about the appointment due to anxiety. As with any surgery, it is normal to feel nervous; however, you do not want to let it get the best of you. To make the day easier, it is best to feel confident heading into the procedure with your oral surgeon in San Antonio. To help you conquer your nerves, there are some simple tips to use to make the day less stressful.
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Dental Tourism – Cheaper Now Painful Later

November 27, 2017

Dentist showing patient dental implant modelIn most cases, shopping around for the best price is just being a smart consumer, but when it comes to advanced dentistry like dental implants, shopping around for the best price may not be the ideal solution. In fact, engaging in dental tourism when replacing missing teeth significantly increases your risk for dental implant failure and the need for advanced implant salvage procedures. When properly placed, dental implants have a 95% or higher rate of success, according to recent studies, but when patients don’t receive consistent treatment throughout the course of their dental implant placement and restoration, the success rates plummet. Keep reading to learn more about the potential risks of dental tourism when replacing missing teeth.
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4 Reasons Dental Implants Should be Placed by an Oral Surgeon

September 15, 2017

dentist showing patient dental implant modelToday, it seems like every dentist’s office places dental implants. Unfortunately, not every general dentist invests the necessary time to complete the advanced training they need to safely and successfully place dental implants. If you’re considering dental implant supported tooth replacement, you should seriously consider completing the dental implant placement surgery with a skilled oral surgeon.
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In Memory of San Antonio Oral Surgeon Dr. Mike Westwood

July 11, 2017

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This is a tribute to the late San Antonio oral surgeon Dr. Mike Westwood.Dr. Raymond Mikel “Mike” Westwood passed away on June 29, 2017. He was a leader within the dental and oral and maxillofacial field in San Antonio and an irreplaceable member of the team at San Antonio Oral & Maxillofacial Associates. In the online guestbook at Legacy.com, San Antonio oral surgeon Dr. James Mazock wrote:

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Implant Dentist in San Antonio Uses the Best Technology

June 20, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmazock @ 9:46 pm

The implant dentist in San Antonio offers superior care. Take a quick drive down I-10 (not at rush hour) and you’ll see a number of billboards for cheaper and “better” dental implants — but don’t be fooled. Implant dentistry is an art, and visiting a specialist ensures that you get the very best care and most successful results for your new smile. Your implant dentist in San Antonio offers superior service with advanced technology, like complete oral arch rehabilitation (or COAR).

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Why It May Be Time for Wisdom Tooth Extractions in San Antonio

May 18, 2017

Filed under: Uncategorized — drmazock @ 9:38 pm

Wisdom teeth extraction can help keep big issues at bay.The wisdom teeth are the third molars that may or may not erupt beginning around age of 15 all the way up to age 25 or so. Sometimes people leave their erupted wisdom teeth, thinking they won’t really cause that many problems if they’re not hurting too badly. But the truth is, more often than not, wisdom teeth just need to go. If the time is right for yours, the doctors at SAOMSA® perform comfortable wisdom tooth extractions for San Antonio!

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