Health & Wellness Tips

3D X-ray Technology Now at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio

In the continuous journey to provide impeccable treatment and remain on the leading edge of all available dental technology, Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio has now upgraded our basic 2 dimensional panoramic x-ray machine with the latest 3D x-ray scanner.

From extractions to endodontics, orthodontics to implants, 3D scans provide valuable information vital to diagnosis and determining the best course of treatment.

A dental 3D scan allows Dr. Camacho to view dental anatomy from different angles. It also can help gain a better view of bone structures, root positions, the ability to locate canals and root fractures, as well as provide more accurate measurements of anatomical structures with very little radiation (about the same amount as normal background radiation from being on earth for about 3 days).

“If you are doing implants, 3D x-ray technology is essential,” says Dr. Camacho. “Since I started using a 3D scanner, I have detected pathology that was never visible on traditional x-rays. For example, patients who have continued pain on a tooth that has been treated with a root canal often reveals a fractured root. If the dentist had this x-ray prior to treatment, a root canal would not have been treatment planned, since you cannot successfully treat a tooth with a fractured root. This would have saved the patient unnecessary treatment, saved them money and would have allowed the dentist to offer a more viable option.” states veteran dentist Dr. Edward J Camacho.

3D dental imaging delivers the power of dependability, providing fast and accurate imaging that’s consistent-and thus, reliable.

Denture Adhesive Warning

                                        

 Some denture adhesive contains zinc and overuse of denture adhesive can cause zinc poisoning. Side effects of a zinc overdose associated with denture cream use may include:

  •  Copper deficiency (see below)
  • other neurological side effects.

Zinc poisoning warning signs include:

  • Unexplained weakness, tingling in hands and feet.
  • Poor balance.
  • Lack of coordination.
  • Unexplained pain.
  • Weakness in the hands, arms or legs.
  • Burning sensation.

Numbness and Tingling

Numbness, tingling, and unexplained weakness or pain may be symptoms of Zinc Poisoning or Neuropathy, which may result from excessive exposure to zinc. While a small amount of zinc is necessary for a healthy and balanced diet, in excess it can cause copper depletion and serious neurological problems.

Symptoms of copper depletion include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Hair loss
  • Skin sores
  • Anemia
  • Lethargy
  • Paleness

Zinc poisoning may be commonly misdiagnosed as: Demyelinating Syndrome, Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Multiple Sclerosis, and Chronic Inflammatory Demyelinating Polyneuropathy

Important Points

  • Use denture creams according to label instructions.
  • Do NOT use extra amounts of denture cream.
  • Do NOT use denture cream more often than the label recommends.
  • If dentures don’t fit properly, contact Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio and have Dr. Camacho evaluate them. Don’t try to solve the problem by using more adhesive than is recommended.
  • If possible, try to use a denture adhesive without zinc

 

Health Problems Linked to Gum Disease, 1 in 2 Affected.

Think that bad breath is the only consequence of gum disease? Think again. Gum Disease is now linked to diabetes and heart disease. Here are some startling facts:

Nearly half of adult Americans have some form of gum disease

  • Diabetic patients are more likely to develop gum disease which in turn can increase blood sugar and diabetic complications.
  • Severe gum disease can increase your risk of stroke 3x to 4x
  • Nearly 75 million Americans have unhealthy gums which can nearly double risk of heart attack
  • Women with gum disease may be more likely to deliver babies that are premature with low birth weight.

Gum disease does not hurt until it becomes advanced which is why it is easy to ignore. Bad breath, bleeding gums and sensitivity are signs of gum disease. These signs occur much earlier but don’t seem alarming to most. We also live in a society where it is difficult to tell someone they have bad breath for fear of offending them. It is even uncomfortable to tell a significant other they have bad breath.

Unfortunately, mints and mouth wash won’t handle bad breath from gum disease.

Good oral hygiene and seeing your dentist regularly are key to preventing gum disease.

If you have already been diagnosed, don’t ignore treatment. Your overall health is linked to your oral health. Here at Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio we can help you treat your gum disease with a program designed specifically for you.

Taking care of your teeth and gums is just as important as eating healthy, exercising and seeing your physician for regular check-ups. Don’t undo all of your efforts to stay healthy by neglecting your teeth and gums.

If you have not been diagnosed but have not been seen in a while call today for a cleaning appointment and checkup!

 

Dentistry from the Heart 2017

Staff and doctor, smiling for photo

Staff and doctor, smiling for photoOn April 8th, 2017 Dr. Camacho, along with several other volunteers assisted in the 8th annual “Dentistry From the Heart” held at Advanced Smile Care. Over 150 patients were seen! Free fillings, extractions and cleanings were provided. The event started at 7:00 am and lasted until 5:00 pm. Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio was proud to attend for the third year in a row. We would also like to thank Dr. Crouch and Advanced Smile Care for holding this event that helped many patients get needed treatment that day.

Ashley Gonzalez
Cosmetic Dentistry of San Antonio

Tired of Traditional Dentures?

Wearing dentures can be challenging for many patients and some patients never get used to them. You have to learn how to eat and speak differently since the muscles have to be retrained. A set of dentures that fits well only has about 30% chewing efficiency as natural teeth and they inhibit taste to some degree.

But there is hope for denture wearers now that implants have 93-95% success rate. Implant supported dentures provide much more stability and an All-on-4® implant supported denture can restore over 90% of natural function. You also do not have to take them out at night and put them in glass jar. “All on 4 dentures are changing patient’s lives,” states Dr. Camacho, “they are very stable and patients can eat just about anything and the boost to self-esteem is a plus since they do not have to be taken in and out. Patient’s can smile, laugh and speak with confidence some for the first time in their lives.” Check out the amazing before and after above. It is hard to believe this is the same patient. You can imagine what a life changing procedure this was for the patient! No slipping or adhesives and the palate is not covered so the patient can better taste food.

Dr. Camacho along with Dr. Robert Lemke work in tandem to bring the life-changing All-on-4 implant supported denture to our patients.

Call today and schedule a consultation to see if you are a candidate for an

All on 4!