Could changes in your mouth be early warning signs of cancer?
Oral cancer isn’t often as readily discussed as other types of cancer; however, it shouldn’t go ignored. After all, while an oral cancer prognosis is never good news it’s important to have the cancer detected early on by our Findlay, OH, family dentists, Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner. So, when do you get regular oral cancer screenings? Well, during your routine checkups, of course.
If you don’t remember the last time you had a dental cleaning or checkup then it’s a good idea to start with one. After all, these checkups are when our Findlay dentists check for early signs of oral cancer. You may not even know it’s happening because the screening only takes a minute or two and it just involves us examining the soft tissue of the mouth to look for potential red flags and suspicious growths.
Of course, if symptoms do arise it’s important that you give us a call to schedule an evaluation. It is your health, and it’s always important to take it seriously. It’s particularly important to schedule an oral cancer screening if you are experiencing any of these symptoms:
- Any oral sore that bleeds or doesn’t go away
- A growth or lump in the oral tissue
- Difficulty chewing or swallowing
- Jaw pain
- Tongue pain
- Dentures that no longer fit properly
- Loose teeth
- Chronic or persistent sore throat
If any of these symptoms last more than two weeks it’s a good idea to play it safe and schedule an appointment with us. Since there are many conditions and issues that could be causing these symptoms, we will perform a thorough evaluation to determine the root cause before deciding to do further testing for oral cancer.
Who is at risk for oral cancer?
While anyone can develop oral cancer, there are certain factors that can increase your chances, including:
- Smoking or using tobacco products
- Heavy alcohol consumption
- Prolonged sun exposure (particularly the lips)
- A compromised or weak immune system
- Being diagnosed with the human papillomavirus (HPV)
Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH, is here for you and your family whenever you need a dentist most. No matter whether you need a routine cleaning or you are noticing potential oral cancer symptoms, our team is here to provide you with the care you need.
Most people have had at least one cavity by age 17, according to a 2000 report by the U.S. Surgeon General. Fortunately, dental fillings can help resolve damage done by cavities. Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner, your Findlay, OH, dentists, provide tooth-colored fillings to restore teeth.
More on Fillings
Fillings seal holes caused by cavities. A cavity results from bacterial plaque that produce acid and creates holes (cavities) in teeth. If not detected early on, serious issues may occur. Your Findlay doctor clean and disinfect the cavity. Then they seal it with the filling to protect the integrity of the tooth.
Tooth-colored fillings are usually preferred by individuals who don't want visible fillings. They are also known as composite resin and made of plastic resin and a filler, finely ground glass-like particles. They fix issues, such as:
- Chips and cracks
- Discolored and stained teeth
Advantages of Tooth-colored Composite
After your doctor has finished the procedure, your teeth will look natural. Here are some other advantages:
- Fillings won't give your teeth a gray tint over time and are safer
- Teeth look natural, so you don't feel self-conscious while smiling
- Composite strengthens your teeth, so you can enjoy meals without worrying about applying too much pressure on your teeth and breaking them.
Maintaining your New Bonding
Dental fillings require the same care as all your teeth:
- Brush your teeth twice a day, after breakfast and before bed
- Floss at least once before bed
- Maintain a healthy diet with plenty of fruits and vegetables
- Drink water to help wash away debris
Need a Consultation?
If you have any questions about tooth-colored fillings, don't hesitate to call Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner, your Findlay, OH, dentists. You can reach them at (419) 424-5850.
When gaps in your smile are an issue, dental implants offer an effective way to restore your smile. Findlay, OH, dentists Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner discuss the benefits of dental implants.
Dental implants offer a new way to restore missing teeth
If you happened to lose a tooth in the past, you were limited to three restoration options: bridges or full or partial dentures. Although these methods closed the gap in your smile, they completely ignored your roots. Roots not only support teeth but keep them firmly anchored in your mouth.
Comfort can be an issue when you choose restoration options that only focus only on the visible parts of teeth. Dentures can slip and slide, irritating your gums with every bite you take. Both dentures and bridges may reduce your biting power.
Dental implants prevent these problems because they act as replacements for your natural roots. Implants are small titanium posts that a dentist places in your mouth during minor oral surgery. Over the next three to six months, the implant begins to bond to your jawbone. At the end of bonding period, a dental crown is attached to the top of the implant in our Findlay office, which creates a complete new tooth.
Implants provide unique advantages
In addition to offering a more comfortable alternative to traditional restoration methods, dental implants also protect your jaw. Jaw resorption, a common problem after tooth loss, may affect the strength of your jaw. As your jaw recedes, it can't adequately support your facial muscles. Unfortunately, sagging facial muscles can make you look older than you actually are. Tooth loss, another potential consequence of jaw resorption, can occur if you experience a significant change in the strength or depth of your jawbone.
Implants are the only restoration method that can be used no matter how many teeth you've lost. If you've lost one tooth, your crown will be connected directly to your implant. Implant-supported dentures may be attached to a metal framework that's supported by as few as four implants.
Would you like to find out if you're a good candidate for dental implants? Call Findlay, OH, dentists Drs. Bill Anderson and Austin Hoffner at (419) 424-5850 to schedule an appointment.
What your dentists in Findlay want you to know
If you have a painful tooth, your first thought may be to take the tooth out, but that might be a mistake. Once a tooth is removed, you are faced with reduced ability to chew your food, and a smile with an unsightly gap. If you want to replace the tooth, choices can be expensive. Why not try to save the tooth with root canal treatment? Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH want to share how a root canal can help relieve your dental pain.
You might need a root canal because a tooth has been traumatized by an accident or injury. You might also need a root canal because of untreated dental decay which has penetrated into the inside of your tooth. Whatever the cause, your tooth can become inflamed, producing pressure and pain.
A root canal treatment relieves pain by removing the diseased and dying tissue from inside of your tooth, eliminating infection and inflammation. Treatment starts with your dentist creating a small opening at the top of your tooth. He inserts small instruments called files into the opening and draws out the diseased tissue through the opening. A sedative material is placed inside your tooth and the opening is temporarily sealed.
The sedative material reduces inflammation and pressure, helping your tooth to calm down. After your pain is gone, the tooth is reopened and a permanent inert material is placed inside your tooth. The opening is sealed permanently with a small metal filling.
It is highly recommended to have a crown placed on a tooth that has had a root canal. That’s because teeth can become brittle and more prone to fracture after having a root canal. Your tooth will need more protection from strong biting and chewing forces.
If you have a painful tooth, before you decide to have the tooth extracted, think about saving the tooth with root canal treatment. For more information about root canals and other restorative and cosmetic treatments, call Dr. Anderson and Dr. Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH. Get rid of your dental pain by calling today!
In recent years, cosmetic dentistry has come far, implementing tooth-colored restorations and teeth whitening procedures to make your smile look great and function well. If you have considered cosmetic dentistry, it may seem difficult to pinpoint the best cosmetic treatment for you. Find out about some common cosmetic dentistry procedures and how you can determine which one is best for you with Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH.
Common Cosmetic Dentistry Procedures
- Teeth Whitening: Teeth whitening is a surefire way to brighten and whiten your smile. This quick procedure usually takes about an hour, allowing you to add a boost to your look without requiring too much of your time. The process can subtly tweak your smile or lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades, depending on your preference.
- Veneers: Dental veneers cover the surface of your tooth to mask its imperfections. This permanent dental restoration can restore the look of cracked, chipped, yellowed, or severely stained teeth. Veneers can also change the shape of a tooth, evening out the smile.
- Bridges: Dental bridges replace a missing tooth above the gumline. This procedure is ideal for patients who do not have enough remaining bone volume to support dental implants.
- Crowns: A dental crown fits over the top of a tooth to cover it above the gumline, protecting it from future damage and stabilizing the tooth after damage, injury, decay, or a large filling.
- Dental Implants: Dental implants replace a missing tooth both above and below the gumline. Dentists surgically place the implant’s fixture, a small, screw-like titanium post, into the jawbone. The bone grows around the fixture to make it a permanent part of the smile and a sturdy foundation on which a replacement tooth can sit.
Often, cosmetic dentistry procedures can work together to overhaul your smile. The best way to determine the best treatments for you is to sit down with your dentist during a consultation visit. For more information on cosmetic dentistry, please contact Dr. Bill Anderson and Dr. Austin Hoffner at Anderson & Hoffner Dental Center in Findlay, OH. Call (419) 424-5850 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Anderson today!
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