Dental Implants

Dental Evaluation

A dental evaluation is necessary to determine whether you are a good candidate for dental implants or not. The evaluation involves a dental exam, a dental and medical history, and imaging tests.

Included in the exam is the study of the health and structure of your mouth. This will help the dental team understand the placement of the implants. The figure below illustrates what your dentist needs to understand before the procedure takes place.

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Dental Implants

Have You Lost A Single Tooth, Several Teeth,
Or All the Teeth in Your Mouth?

Do you feel uncomfortable eating or speaking or even flashing that irresistible smile?

Implants can help!

You may have lost a tooth or several teeth due to:

  • Injury
  • Tooth decay
  • Periodontal disease (gum or bone infection)

Whatever the reason, dental implants can replace missing teeth with a more natural look and feel compared to dentures and other dental restorations.

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Hypertension

Symptoms

Hypertension hardly ever causes symptoms. Therefore, it can remain undetected until it causes one of its future complications.

Malignant hypertension (very high blood pressure) is a serious type of hypertension and symptoms include:

  • Severe headache
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Vision changes
  • Nose bleeds

Hypertension Treatment

Based on research, treatment for hypertension has been associated with reductions in heart attacks, strokes, and heart failures.

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Hypertension

Risk Factors

You have a higher risk of hypertension if:

  • Your age is 45 and above
  • You are African American
  • You have a family history
  • You’re overweight or obese
  • You smoke
  • You consume too much salt
  • You consume too little potassium
  • You drink too much alcohol
  • You are always stressed
  • You suffer from certain chronic conditions, like kidney disease, diabetes and sleep apnea
  • You are pregnant (some women)

Complications of Hypertension

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Hypertension

Causes of Hypertension

There are two types of hypertension: primary of essential hypertension and secondary hypertension.

For the majority of adults, there is no recognizable cause of high blood pressure. This type of high blood pressure has a tendency to develop progressively over several years.

Several people have hypertension caused by an underlying condition. This type of hypertension is likely to appear suddenly and lead to a higher blood pressure compared to primary hypertension, like:

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Hypertension

Dropping Your Blood Pressure Can Save You From The
Dire Consequences of Heart Attacks, Stroke, Kidney Failure,
Impotence and Hundreds of Other Scary Diseases Caused
By High Blood Pressure!

Don’t allow your hypertension problem to continue. It is one of the leading causes of death today. It’s called the silent killer and it kills millions of people every year.

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Diabetes

Diabetes Treatment

The fundamental objective in treating type 1 and type 2 diabetes is to control blood glucose (sugar) levels within the normal range, with little swings to low or high levels.

Type 1 diabetes is treated with:

  • Insulin
  • Exercise
  • Diabetic diet

Type 2 diabetes is treated:

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Diabetes

How Type 2 Diabetes Is Diagnosed

If you have symptoms of increased thirst, increased hunger, frequent urination, tingling of your hands or feet, unexplained weight loss – your doctor will have reason to believe you have diabetes.

A fasting plasma glucose test or a plasma glucose test will be conducted to confirm the diagnosis.

Fasting Plasma Glucose Test

The fasting plasma glucose test (FPG) is the preferred technique to confirm a diagnosis of diabetes since it is easy to do and less expensive compared to other tests.

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Diabetes

Hyperglycemia and Complications

The persistence of hyperglycemia motivates the beta cells of the pancreas to produce more insulin, which can cause the beta cells to begin to exhaust its capacity to manufacture insulin.

Eventually, this could lead to beta cell malfunction, which will decrease insulin production and make blood glucose levels to rise even further, creating a destructive cycle of metabolic, biochemical and hormonal imbalances.

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Diabetes

The Causes and Effects of Diabetes

The pancreatic cells, more specifically the beta cells, are responsible for the production of insulin. As mentioned, insulin regulates the concentration of glucose in the blood by opening “glucose channels” in the cell walls of the cell so glucose can enter.

Once inside the cell, glucose is converted to energy which is used for the hundreds of cell functions.

In diabetes, either one of two scenarios may happen:

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