Bridgeway Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery

Understanding Teeth: Parts of a Tooth

Your teeth are made up of four major tissues: Enamel, Dentin, Cementum, and pulp.  The pulp is the soft tissue found in the center of all teeth.  This is where the nerve tissue and blood vessels are.  Cementum is the on the surface of the tooth root.  It is attached to the jaw bone by fibers (both periodontal ligaments and the gum tissue).  The Dentin is the yellow layer that is under the enamel.  Dentin is a much softer tissue than that of the Enamel and prone to decay when exposed to bacteria.  Enamel is the hardest and most mineralized part of the human body.  It is designed to be tough and durable.  Enamel is your tooth’s last line of defense.  Unlike other tissues in the body, enamel does not regenerate.

To help maintain the enamel on your teeth it is important to maintain good oral hygiene habits: brushing, flossing, mouthwash and regular visits to your dentist.  Preventing the decay means protecting the enamel by keeping your teeth clean.  Excess food that is trapped on and in between teeth can quickly turn into bacteria that can break down the enamel and eventually the entire tooth. Tooth decay is a preventable disease.  So do your part and exercise your right for a clean and bright smile!

Oral health affects your overall health and well-being

Did you know that your oral health affects your overall health and well-being?  Not taking care of your teeth can lead to more than bad breath and loss of teeth.  An unhealthy mouth has been linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and even alzheimer’s disease.

Studies have shown that less than 1% of Americans floss on a daily basis and 34% did not visit a dentist at all last year.  You and your dentist are a team!  Between your routine dental visits and proper at home oral hygiene (flossing and brushing) practices, you can lower your risk and prevent many diseases and illnesses.

Fun Facts About Wisdom Teeth

Wisdom Teeth

Spring Break is fast approaching and for many teens, this is the ideal time to have their wisdom teeth removed.  Most people know wisdom tooth surgery as a rite of passage and excuse to eat ice cream.  There is a lot more to them that that.  Here are some fun facts about your third molars:

  • Wisdom teeth got their nickname from the age when they typically grow in. Wisdom teeth don’t actually grow out until the dental arch becomes larger, around 17-25, this time is referred to as the “age of wisdom.”
  • According to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons (AAOMS), an estimated 85% of wisdom teeth will eventually need to be removed. This can be because the teeth are impacted and difficult to properly clean.
  • Thirty-five percent of the population is born without wisdom teeth. Researchers debate whether this is evolution or culture.  Modern humans no longer need these teeth for survival.  Some researchers have looked into the link between how different cultures use their jaws.  In parts of East Asia, for example, it is common to find people without wisdom teeth.
  • Nine out of ten people have at least 1 impacted wisdom tooth. A tooth becomes impacted when there is not enough room for the tooth to enter the mouth in full function.  If left alone, this could cause damage to neighboring teeth or cause infection.

Bridgeway Oral Surgery believes that the decision to remove your wisdom teeth is one that should be made with you, your family, and your dentist or oral surgeon.  Please give our office a call to answer any questions you may have about your wisdom teeth or to schedule an appointment.

Smile it’s International Happiness Day

Did you know that smiling boosts your immune system and relieves stress by releasing endorphins.  We all smile in the same language.   Your smile is the best thing you can wear and the first thing people notice about you.  Unfortunately, 1/3 of US adults are unhappy with their smile.  If you or someone you know is unhappy with their smile, give our office a call and our friendly team can help you redesign your smile!

Another Happy Patient

I could not hope for a better dental experience. Thanks to all!
–David W.

Patient Testimonial

The best. I couldn’t have been more satisfied.”
–Cleo G.

5 Factors that Determine Dental Implant Success Rates

Many patients ask us what the success rate is for dental implant surgery, meaning the percentage of dental implants that end up permanently integrating to the bone in the patient’s jaw. While it is difficult to come up with a single percentage that covers the entire population, there are several factors that affect the implant success rate.

1. Smoking. Smoking is a factor that significantly impairs healing and decreases chances of implant success. If you are a smoker and are considering dental implants, it is in your best interest to cease smoking 6 months prior to implant surgery in order to increase your chances for a permanent result. If you are in the East Bay Area, there is free support available to those who would like to quit.

2. Bones. Solid, healthy bones are also typically a necessary indication to perform dental implant surgery. If it is determined that your bones are not sufficient to support a dental implant, there are several types of bone grafting procedures available to bulk up the bone and make implant placement a possibility for you.

3. Staging. The staging of the surgery is also another key factor. Recent studies suggest that staging the surgery in more than one procedure by extracting the tooth, waiting several months for the post extraction site to heal, and then placing the implant increases the likelihood of a successful outcome.

Not everyone poses the same risk of failure by staging the implant surgery in only 1 stage. When you choose an implant provider, be sure he or she evaluates your anatomy to determine a treatment plan that will allow you the best possible and longest lasting outcome.

4. Diet. How you eat after implant surgery plays a role in your implant’s osseointegration as well. It is recommended that patients maintain a soft food diet and to try to avoid chewing in the area of surgery for 3 months after implant surgery, or as directed by your surgeon. Keeping a healthy, well-balanced diet is also good for your overall health, and will aid in the healing process.

5. Hygiene. It is important to maintain good oral hygiene as a part of post implant surgery care. Brushing, flossing and rinsing regularly will help reduce the chances of an infection developing and compromising the integrity of your implant.

Patient Testimonial

We love to hear from our patients, whether it’s positive praise or constructive criticism. Your feedback helps us grow and better serve our patients.

Here’s what one patient recently said about us:

“Just a quick note to thank all of you for your very courteous, professional, and positive manner in treating me. From the first phone call making my appointment, through the referral information retrieval, to the extraction procedure everyone was polite, positive, and professional making this one of the easiest dental appointments I have had.”
–John G.

If you have a voice that needs to be heard, please contact us.

Bridgeway In the Press

We put up planters and now the whole Bay Area’s hearing about it. Go figure. We just wanted to provide a safe environment for patients and pedestrians outside our office and make the community aware of the way we’ve now redirected traffic. In case you didn’t catch the news on KCBS Channel 5, the Contra Costa Times, or the Albany Patch, check it out!

Channel 5 News Video

Dental Office Plugs Backdoor Entrance to Prevent Hazard

Oral Surgeon Turns Parking Lot into Garden

Cone Beam CT Radiation

Second to the brain of a highly skilled and experienced implant surgeon, 3D Cone Beam CT scans are the most effective diagnostic tools to help insure the precise placement of dental implants.

Since integrating our i-CAT 3D Cone Beam CT into the diagnostic workup of our implant patients, many of our patients have asked how much radiation they are exposed to when they get a CT scan at our office.

Rather than listing off a number in microsieverts, I think this graph published by the NY Times explains things well in quantifiable amounts, and in relative terms to other sources of radiation.

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