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5 Reasons to Choose Us for Your Tooth Extraction

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Smiling woman holding up five fingersHearing you need a tooth removed is no fun. Even as dental professionals, we don’t like to extract teeth unless absolutely necessary. However, sometimes a tooth is simply too damaged to be successfully repaired. If you need a tooth extraction in Auburn, CA, Maidu Dental is well-equipped to serve your needs. From the latest in technologies to the experience of our staff, we strive to offer the highest quality dental care possible. Today, we will discuss 5 reasons to choose us for your tooth extraction.

We Have an On-staff Oral Surgeon

While many general dentists remove teeth, more complex cases often require the knowledge and skill of a specialist. Our board-certified oral surgeon, Dr. Richard Jackson, has over 30 years of experience. Best of all, he can perform all procedures in-house, making Maidu Dental a convenient choice for you and your family.

Teeth Replacement Options

In most cases, when a tooth is removed, it will need to be replaced to restore your bite’s full function. When it comes to teeth replacement, our patients have several options. For example, Dr. Markham can place a dental bridge to complete your smile, or Dr. Jackson can talk with you about dental implant solutions. Implants are currently considered to be the optimal replacement option, as they work to preserve your natural bone density and prevent jawbone atrophy over time. Even patients who require bone grafting before dental implant placement can have all of their treatment performed by specialists, right here under the same roof.

Implant Restoration Options

Patients who choose dental implants as their teeth replacement option will require a restoration. While many offices must refer out for this step, we can restore your dental implants right here in our Auburn dental practice. At Maidu Dental, we can restore implants with crowns, bridges, and dentures, depending on your specific need.

Advanced Technology

Dr. Luminita Markham, Dr. David Markham, and Dr. Richard Jackson take pride in providing the utmost care for our patients. That is why we do everything we can to stay current with the latest innovations and techniques in our field. From diagnostic imaging to patient comfort to surgical techniques, we strive to stay on the cutting edge. Because dentistry is constantly evolving, there is always the opportunity to learn more. Therefore, our doctors and entire staff frequently attend courses in continuing education, so we can bring that knowledge and skill back to our patients.

Options in Sedation Dentistry

Let’s face it. No matter how soothing the atmosphere, dental appointments are usually accompanied by a certain degree of anxiety or nervousness. At Maidu Dental, we offer three different options in sedation dentistry, including nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. With today’s modern advances, no one should be uncomfortable during treatment. Sedation allows our patients to relax, unwind, and sometimes even nap through their procedures. Our doctors will work with you to determine which type of sedation will be appropriate for you.

Contact Us to Learn More about Your Options

No matter what your dental needs, we can help. If you are looking for an Auburn dentist, our practice can help you achieve and maintain your goals. To learn more about our services, or to schedule a consultation at out Auburn, CA dental practice, contact us online anytime or call us at (530) 823-8771.

What You Should Know About Oral Cancer

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Auburn dentistAre you at risk of developing oral cancer? Early detection can increase your survival rate.

You know that your general dentist is an expert at helping you keep teeth and gums healthy, but did you know that she also checks for signs of oral cancer during routine visits? Most patients don’t even notice, but Auburn dentist Dr. Luminita Markham takes time during every routine check-up to look for visible changes in the soft tissues of your mouth and throat. She knows the early signs and symptoms of oral cancer and can be the first line of defense against this potentially deadly disease.

Has it been more than six months since you’ve seen a dentist? Call Maidu Dental at 530-823-8771 to make an appointment.

About Oral Cancer

This year approximately 35,720 men and 13,950 women in America will be diagnosed with oral cancer. The rate for oral cancer has remained steady in recent years, though there has been a slight increase in HPV-related cases. The good news, however, is that the five-year survival rate is 83 percent when the condition is detected and treated in its early stages. If the cancer has spread to surrounding tissues or organs, however, the survival rate drops to 63 percent.

Oral cancer can affect any soft tissues in the mouth, including the tongue, lips, palate, cheek, or throat. Some signs that may indicate oral cancer can be:

  • a change is the texture of any surface in your mouth
  • a swelling or lump that doesn’t go away in 14 days
  • pain or numbness in the lips or mouth
  • red or white patches in the mouth that do not heal
  • unusual bleeding or hoarseness
  • unexpected tooth mobility
  • an ulcer that doesn’t heal in 14 days
  • difficulty swallowing
  • pain when chewing or speaking

What Causes Oral Cancers?

It’s estimated that 75 percent of oral cancers are caused by preventable factors. This is usually habits or conditions that cause irritation in the mouth. The most well-known risk factor is tobacco products (such as cigarettes and cigars) that produce heat and smoke, which irritate the mouth and can lead to the gene mutations that cause the cancer. Smokeless tobacco is another equally dangerous irritant, and includes dip, snus, pouches, and chew tobacco. Other factors, such as poor oral hygiene, bacteria and viruses, and excessive alcohol consumption can have the same effect. Patients with gum disease may be at greater risk of developing oral cancer, due to the presence of bacteria and chronic inflammation of the gums. Even ill-fitting dentures can be a contributing factor, since they may cause ulceration and irritation in the mouth.

Silent Symptoms

One of the greatest dangers of oral cancer is the lack of any noticeable pain in the early stages. In fact, you may not see any changes at all, depending on the location of cancerous tissue. A small change—just a little bump that doesn’t go away—could actually be a cancerous growth. This is especially concerning, since early detection and treatment affect your chances for survival.

This is why it’s so important to attend your six-month visits with Dr. Markham. She is trained to look for the symptoms that you might not even notice. During your preventive visits, she will visually examine the inside of your mouth and feel the outside of your head and neck. If you are concerned about any changes to your mouth, throat, or lips, ask Dr. Markham to pay special attention to those areas as she completes the check-up. Dr. Markham follows the American Dental Association’s guidelines for head and neck exams, including all cancer evaluation protocols.

What You Can Do to Prevent Oral Cancer

  • Do not smoke or use tobacco products.
  • Do not consume alcohol excessively.
  • Maintain an effective oral hygiene routine every day (brush twice, floss once).
  • See your dentist every six months for preventive and restorative care.
  • Call us for an appointment if you notice any sores, lumps, or swelling that does not go away after 14 days.

Auburn dentist Luminita Markham provides preventive and restorative care for your teeth and gums, and she also screens you for oral cancers, using effective ADA protocols. If you have any risk factors for oral cancer, maintaining a regular schedule of dental visits is one of the smartest things you can do! Call us at 530-823-8771 to make an appointment.

Learn More About Oral Cancer

Oral and Orapharyngeal Cancer Statistics

American Dental Association (ADA). Mouthhealthy.org. Oral Cancer

Six-Month Visits Prevent Dental Catastrophes!

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Auburn, CA dentistIf you and your family maintain a regular schedule of six-month dental visits, then bravo! You are doing your best to prevent tooth decay and the need for extensive restorations. However, according to a recent Kaiser Family Foundation poll, over a third of all Americans did not go to the dentist last year. If you are in that group, visit Auburn, CA dentist Dr. Luminita Markham this year and get yourself back on the road to good oral health. Call us at 530-823-8771 to make an appointment.

There are many reasons why people avoid the dentist. For patients without insurance, they may feel like they cannot afford the expense. Some patients experience dental anxiety and only go to the dentist when a toothache presents them with a dental crisis. What these people may not realize is that regular visits are the best way to avoid those expensive treatments and dental catastrophes. In dentistry, especially, prevention is more effective (and cheaper) than cure.

What Happens at Preventive Visits?

Why are regular dental visits so important? It comes down to two major factors: prevention and detection. If you want to avoid costly and painful dental conditions, dental visits are the best strategy for preventing cavities and detecting them when they are in their earliest stages.

If you avoid the dentist for years at a time, you might think you are doing just fine—but cavities can grow and worsen silently for years. By the time you notice a toothache, you may need an extensive restoration such as a root canal treatment. You may even develop an infection that requires the tooth to be extracted.

At routine visits, Dr. Markham and our hygiene staff will examine your teeth for signs of decay and structural damage. We can detect small areas of demineralization and treat them so they do not develop into cavities. When we find small cavities, we can apply conservative treatments to efficiently halt decay before it becomes a painful, tooth-threatening scenario. If we see evidence of structural damage, we can ascertain the cause and help prevent further damage. Sometimes dental crowns are recommended to save teeth with deep cracks that would otherwise become vulnerable to infection.

We also will give your teeth a professional cleaning to remove tartar, which would otherwise encourage dental decay. We apply preventive treatments, such as fluoride and dental sealants, to strengthen and defend your teeth against damage from mouth bacteria. Click here to learn more about exams and cleanings at Maidu Dental.

Why Home Care is Not Enough

Many people think that brushing their teeth twice a day and flossing should be enough to prevent cavities. For some patients it may be enough, but for others, lifestyle and hereditary factors may affect your natural resistance to enamel damage.

Medical factors can also have a harmful effect on your teeth. Many common medical conditions can make your teeth more vulnerable to bacteria, such as diabetes, acid reflux (GERD), immune disorders, hormonal changes, and more. Even helpful medications you rely upon may harm your oral health—and we’ll never see the warning signs if you don’t visit your dentist regularly.

Patients who rely on home care to keep their teeth and gums healthy often miss out on a valuable opportunity to stop tooth decay and gum disease when it is still treatable. Wait until it’s too late and you may have to see us anyway for costly restorations and tooth replacement.

If Anxiety Has Kept You Away from The Dentist

If you have avoided the dentist due to anxiety or shame over the state of your oral health you may want to consider sedation dentistry. At Maidu Dental we have only one goal: to help you have the healthiest teeth and gums possible. We do not judge our patients for their dental problems, we simply want to help them get better! Dental sedation can help anxious patients have a more comfortable experience while we tend to their oral health needs. Ask our staff about sedation when you call to make an appointment.

Sedation dentistry may help patients who:

  • Experience dental fear and avoidance
  • Have bad memories of prior dental experiences
  • Suffer from a sensitive gag reflex
  • Experience discomfort when forced to lie still
  • Feel panic before and during dental work

 

Schedule Your Check-Up Today

With today’s advanced dental techniques and technology, it is possible for everyone to keep their teeth for life. If you don’t want to suffer tooth loss and wind up in dentures, you need help from your dentist to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Call the office of Auburn CA dentist Dr. Luminita Markham at 530-823-8771 to schedule an appointment at Maidu Dental. We can’t wait to meet you and help you get back on track!

If You Hate Dentists, You’ve Not Visited a Sedation Dentist!

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If you are one of the millions of patients who struggles with dental phobia, visiting the dental office is not just a routine task. It can be a huge emotional, mental, and even physical burden. In fact, your anxiety may be so intense that you have not visited the dentist for many years, and you now struggle with serious oral health issues. If this sounds familiar, a sedation dentist can change your mind forever. With the sedation options available at Maidu Dental, you will feel calm and relaxed. In fact, if necessary, we can provide deep sedation so you will not be aware of what is going on during your appointment.  Dr. Markham is an experienced sedation dentist. She and her team are familiar with various types of dental sedation. They will recommend the most appropriate kind for you and make sure that you are safe and comfortable throughout your entire treatment.

Effective Care No Matter What Causes Your Dental Phobia

Dental anxiety can stem from many sources:

  • Scary stories heard from someone else
  • Embarrassment about your dental health, breath, or the look of your smile
  • Claustrophobia
  • A bad experience at another office
  • A strong gag reflex
  • Fear of injections

For any of these reasons, the thought of going to the dentist can cause feelings of moderate to intense anxiety. Depending on the level of your phobia, you may experience:

  • Insomnia one or more days before your appointment
  • Nausea or lack of appetite
  • Racing heartbeat
  • Perspiration
  • Obsessive or racing thoughts

Sedation Options for All Treatments and Levels of Anxiety

We offer several types of sedation and will carefully select the right option for you, considering both the level of your anxiety and your overall health needs. Nitrous oxide, more commonly known as “laughing gas,” is the most conservative option. This odorless, colorless gas causes feelings of happiness and giddiness. You will breathe it in through a mask, and it will take effect almost immediately. It also wears off quickly and has very few side effects.

Oral sedation may be more appropriate if you struggle with more intense anxiety or moderate dental phobia. With this option, your sedation dentist will prescribe an antianxiety pill to take before you come into the office. If you need additional sedation, we will provide another pill at your appointment. The drug will make you deeply relaxed and sleepy, and you will remember very little the next day.

IV sedation is the deepest form that we offer. It may be right for you if you struggle with severe anxiety or if you are going to undergo a more invasive treatment, like dental implant surgery. By administering antianxiety drugs through your blood stream, our team can induce a deep “twilight sleep.” You will technically be awake, but you will not really be aware of what is going on, and you will have little to no memory of the procedure when the drugs wear off.

The Benefits of Sedation Dentistry

Whatever the cause of your anxiety and your specific symptoms, sedation can end your worries forever. Once you realize how relaxing and comfortable an appointment can be, it will be much easier to book your visits in the future. As a result, you are less likely to suffer from decay, gum disease, and tooth loss, especially if your past phobia kept you from scheduling your routine exams and cleanings. Furthermore, you will experience little to no discomfort during more extensive procedures. Finally, sedation is very safe, even when you receive deeper IV sedation. Our team can monitor your vital signs throughout your treatment, adjusting the levels of medication accordingly.

Contact Us for the Easiest Dental Appointment You’ve Ever Had

We want to end your anxiety forever and make sure that you enjoy a lifelong healthy smile. If you are ready to change the way you view going to the dentist, contact your Auburn, CA, sedation dentist today. You can also book an appointment by calling (530) 823-8771.

How a Dentist Can Help You Stop Snoring: Exploring Oral Appliance Therapy

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man keeping woman awake with snoring

Does your partner constantly complain about your snoring? Do you frequently wake feeling unrested? Snoring can be more than just an inconvenience. It can lead to more serious and troubling problems such as sleep disturbances, fatigue, and sleep apnea. Fortunately, Dr. Luminita Markham offers custom oral appliances for patients suffering from snoring and sleep apnea. Read on to find out how a mouth guard from your local general dentist can help improve your quality of sleep.

What Causes Snoring?

Before we discuss remedies for snoring, let’s explore what causes it in the first place. The vibrational sound we know as snoring is the result of obstructed air flow through the mouth and nose. This obstruction can occur for a number of reasons:

  • Narrowed nasal passages: Issues with the nose or sinuses can cause snoring. For example, some patients find they only snore when they are sick or suffering from allergies. Additionally, those with nasal polyps or a deviated septum may snore frequently.
  • Genetic factors: If a patient has excess tissues around the airway – such as a long uvula or soft palate – it can cause the passageway to narrow, resulting in snoring.
  • Lack of muscle tone: Poor muscle tone can cause the throat and tongue muscles to become too relaxed during sleep. When this happens, the muscles can collapse, fall back, and obstruct the airway. This condition is more likely to occur in patients who take sedatives such as sleeping pills, or those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol.
  • Enlarged tissues: If you have enlarged tonsils or adenoids, you are more likely to snore. Additionally, patients who are overweight can develop bulky tissues in the throat or around the airway, which can lead to snoring.

How Maidu Dental Can Help

Many people do not realize that a dentist can play a crucial role in snoring prevention. Oftentimes, the first line of defense against snoring is oral appliance therapy. Similar to a sports mouth guard, a custom appliance fits comfortably over the teeth. Dr. Markham can fabricate a mandibular advancement device (MAD) that will gently move the lower jaw forward into a more favorable position, which will prevent the soft tissues from obstructing the airway. Many times, these custom guards can also keep the tongue away from the back of the throat as well.

How to Know if Oral Appliance Therapy is Right for You

Before crafting a custom device for you, Dr. Markham will assess your unique needs during an initial consultation. After examining your teeth, soft tissues, jaw joints, and facial muscles, she will be able to establish whether this treatment will be effective for your situation. She can work closely with your physician, as well, to personalize a comprehensive plan that will help you improve your sleep quality.

Custom vs Store-Bought

There are plenty of pre-made and “boil-and-bite” mouth guard options available. While these can be effective for some patients, they are generally more bulky and cumbersome than a custom snore guard. When you have a custom guard crafted at Maidu Dental, it will be made specifically for your unique oral anatomy. Therefore, it is much more sleek and comfortable than the “one size fits all” options found in stores.

Contact Us Today

Oral appliance therapy is a conservative, simple way to address an aggravating problem. To find out if a custom mouth guard is right for you, schedule a visit with Dr. Markham at our Auburn, CA practice. Call us at (530) 823-8771 or contact us online.