News from Dr. Sazima

Posts for category: Oral Health

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
July 25, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Bone Grafting  

Your entire jaw is lined with dense bone tissue that serves as an anchor for your teeth. When that tissue loses its density after tooth loss, a bone graftingprocedure called bone grafting can help you. Bone grafting can stimulate the regeneration of healthy bone where it is needed most. Talk to a dentist at Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH, about this periodontal therapy.

What Is Bone Grafting?
Not long after a tooth is removed or falls out, the bone tissue that holds it starts to weaken. If this continues for a long period of time, the remaining unused bone tissue will eventually absorb into the body. To stop this from happening, your dentist may have to do a bone grafting surgery. Artificial bone (called alloplast ), bone from donor tissue (allograft or xenograft), or bone from another part of your body (autograft) is surgically layered in the open socket. After a few months of healing time, new bone cells grow under and around the graft site. 

When Is This Procedure Needed?
Most dentists recommend bone grafting when a patient needs dental implants. A dental implant requires the stability of strong and healthy bone tissue. A graft improves the chance that a patient will be a good candidate for this procedure. Ideally, a bone graft should be done by your Westlake dentist very shortly after an extraction. Also, if you have concerns about your jawline going slack, even if an implant isn’t a part of your upcoming treatment plan, bone grafting may help.

Benefits of Bone Grafting
Bone grafting is a relatively straightforward procedure that can be done in your dentist’s office in one appointment under local anesthesia. By maintaining a good diet and good oral hygiene habits, you can regain a significant amount of bone tissue after tooth loss. Because it allows you to be a candidate for dental implants, it gives you a renewed outlook on how your smile can look and feel.

Consult Your Dentist
Bone grafting may be necessary if you want to permanently replace a missing tooth and strengthen your smile. Call Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH, at (440) 835-4600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Scott Sazima.

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
May 23, 2018
Category: Oral Health

What your periodontist in Westlake, Ohio wants you to know about periodontal services.Periodontal disease

Did you know that a periodontist can make your smile look better? It’s true, because in addition to keeping your gums, supporting bone, and teeth healthy, your periodontist can also perform services to improve the cosmetic beauty of your smile. Dr. Scott Sazima at Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, Ohio wants to share how he can help you.

Periodontists perform many services to manage periodontal disease including:

  • Periodontal therapy to keep bacteria levels low, improve and maintain the health of your mouth
  • Periodontal and oral surgery to remove unhealthy, diseased tissue in order to create healthy attachment and support for your teeth

What many people don’t realize is that there are also many periodontal services that can improve the look of your smile. A very common problem is bulky, excessive, or uneven gums, what’s called a “gummy smile.” Your periodontist is an expert at remaking your smile by creating a better ratio of gums to teeth. You want people to notice your gorgeous teeth, and not your large, puffy gums.

That’s why your periodontist offers:

  • Gum resculpting; this treatment uses a laser to remove excess gum tissue and sculpt more harmonious gum contours.
  • Gum recontouring; this treatment surgically removes excess gum tissue, reshapes your gums and provides a higher gumline to show more of your teeth.
  • Receding gums are another common issue that can be treated by your periodontist. As your gums recede, your tooth roots become exposed, making teeth sensitive and prone to decay.

Your periodontist treats receding gums with:

Gum grafting; this treatment uses a patch of soft tissue (graft) which is applied to the area of recession. The graft is secured and grows in to replace the lost tissue.

It’s time to think differently about periodontics! Your periodontist can improve the health of your mouth, and the appearance of your smile. If your smile needs a little help, just call Dr. Scott Sazima at Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, Ohio. Find out more by calling today!

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
March 26, 2018
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth extraction  

No matter how well you care for your teeth, extractions may sometimes be necessary. Westlake, OH, dentist Dr. Scott Sazima shares a tooth extractionfew reasons why teeth are extracted.

Wisdom teeth symptoms

Today, many people just don't have enough room for their wisdom teeth. If the teeth are partially or fully covered by gum tissue or bone, they're considered impacted. Impacted teeth can cause pain and nerve damage and may even affect the alignment of your other teeth. Removing the teeth relieves your symptoms, but doesn't affect your ability to eat.

Tooth decay

Fillings and root canals often offer effective ways to treat and restore teeth damaged by tooth decay. When the decay is extensive and affects a significant portion of your tooth, extraction may be the best choice.

Fractured tooth

A fracture can occur if your tooth broke after you bit into a hard food, or you experienced a blow to your mouth. Root canal treatment, followed by the addition of a crown, may offer an effective to treat the tooth. If the fracture extends into the root or your tooth is severely damaged, it may be necessary to remove it.

Abscesses

An abscess is a bacterial infection that affects your pulp, the collection of nerves, connective tissues and blood vessels in the center of your tooth. When the infection persists despite antibiotic treatment, or the tooth is severely affected by decay, extraction may be recommended. Abscesses are dental emergencies. If you experience pain in a tooth, fever, swollen lymph glands and gums, call our Westlake office immediately.

Preparation for Orthodontic Treatment

It may be necessary to remove a few teeth if you will be receiving braces soon. If your orthodontist determines that there's not enough space in your mouth for all of your teeth, he may refer you to our office for extractions before you begin your orthodontic treatment.

Whether you need extractions or want to replace missing teeth with bridges, dentures or dental implants, Dr. Scott Sazima can help you maintain your smile and your oral health. Call his Westlake, OH, office at (440) 835-4600 to schedule an appointment.

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
November 10, 2017
Category: Oral Health

Missing teeth make eating difficult and smiling uncomfortable. A space in your smile can even cause shifting of your other teeth, putting dental implantsthem at risk for loss as well. At Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH, Dr. Scott Sazima recommends dental implants for his patients who want an affordable and reliable way to replace their missing teeth and maintain their dental health. Here you'll learn about what a dental implant is and how it can make your smile - and your life - better than ever!

What are dental implants?

Dental implants from your Westlake dentist are an affordable way to permanently restore your smile. The implanted portion is the post, which during an in-office procedure Dr. Sazima places in your jawbone where your natural tooth once was. The implant heals to become part of the jawbone where it resides, giving the rest of the implant - the abutment and crown - the support it needs to remain stable.

How can dental implants help me?

You may know someone who has one or more dental implants and you don't even realize it. That's because they're made to be the most attractive and maintenance-free dental restoration available. Their porcelain crowns are expertly shaped, painted and polished to look exactly like a natural tooth, and your Westlake dentist will make sure that your affordable dental implants match perfectly with the shade of your natural teeth. Beyond appearance, dental implants also help maintain your overall dental health. The entire structure, from post to crown, acts as a support for the teeth that surround it, keeping them stable for many years to come. In fact, dental implants are designed to last a lifetime with proper care.

The benefits of dental implants cannot be overstated. To get started on your journal to a completely beautiful smile, contact Westlake Periodontics in Westlake, OH to discuss our affordable dental implants with Dr. Sazima.

By WESTLAKE PERIODONTICS, SCOTT D. SAZIMA, DDS
September 28, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Oral Surgery  

Find out the many scenarios in which oral surgery may be the best option for you.oral surgery

While no one likes having to think about getting surgery, it might just end up being the best way to maintain good oral health. From the office of our Westlake, OH, periodontist Dr. Scott Sazima, find out the many issues that arise that may only respond most effectively to oral surgery.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

This is one of the most common reasons a healthy individual might otherwise need oral surgery. Most of the time this third and final set of molars (which often erupt around your late teens or early 20s) causes more issues than it’s worth. No one needs their wisdom teeth; however, keeping wisdom teeth when they should be removed could increase your chances of damaging other neighboring teeth, decay, gum disease and infection.

Tooth Loss

Whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, if you choose to get a long-term replacement like a dental implant then you will need to undergo minor surgery so that our Westlake, OH, oral surgeon can place the implant into the jawbone, where it will naturally fuse together with bone and tissue to become a permanent replacement. Of course, before you get implants we will need to make sure that you are healthy enough for this treatment. If not enough jawbone is present to support the dental implant, a bone graft may be needed.

TMJ Disorder

While many people who experience symptoms of TMJ disorder will often notice that their jaw pain and stiffness (among other symptoms) will go away on their own with easy, conservative care, not everyone is as fortunate. If TMJ disorder is due to a severe jaw or bite misalignment then the best way to repair the problem is through jaw surgery. This surgery will properly align the jaws to prevent TMJ-related symptoms from occurring in the future.

Severely Fractured Tooth

Teeth that are chipped and cracked or even decayed can often be treated and then covered with a filling or crown to protect it. Of course, there are some instances in which the damage is so severe that it affects the integrity of the tooth. This is often the case if you have a fracture that goes below the gumline. When this happens the tooth is no longer viable and will need to be replaced.

Whether you have questions about your upcoming dental surgery in Westlake, OH, or you need to find out if your wisdom teeth need to be removed, don’t hesitate to call Westlake Periodontics today. We are here to put your mind at ease.