News from Dr. Sazima
By Scott Sazima
May 30, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

If you're looking for an affordable dental implant solution to fix your smile gaps, look no further than Westlake Periodontics! Dr. Scott Sazima has placed thousands of these innovative artificial teeth, giving patients the attractive, stable smiles that they desire. Read on to learn how implants could change your life, too!

The problems associated with losing teeth

While unattractive smile gaps obviously detract from your self-confidence, additional health problems can also arise from this condition. Some of these problems include teeth shifting, bone and gum recession, impaired biting/chewing, and speech issues.

While conventional bridges and dentures can boost aesthetics and treat some oral issues, they leave bone and gum deterioration to go unchecked. This is often quite problematic, for Dear Doctor reports a full 25 percent reduction in jaw bone integrity and size within just one year of losing a tooth! Multiple tooth loss only increases the difficulties.


The advantages of affordable Westlake dental implants

Dental implants are replacement tooth roots made of biocompatible titanium. They reside in the jaw and are best placed soon after dental extraction.

At Westlake Periodontics, Dr. Sazima qualifies both teens and adults for dental implant treatment. If bone loss or another oral health problem is uncovered, he addresses those issues first before proceeding with the restoration. Ridge augmentation (bone grafting) and sinus lift oral surgeries help people with jaw bone deficiencies.

When all is well, the implant surgery is simple. Dr. Sazima uses numbing medication to keep the patient comfortable while he inserts the implant securely into the jaw.

After some weeks of healing, the patient comes back to Westlake Periodontics to receive a metal alloy extension post and lifelike crown made of color-matched porcelain. The new tooth is ready for use and blends in beautifully with surrounding teeth.

In fact, people say they cannot sense any difference between their implants and their natural teeth. Fortunately, people who have lost several, or even all, of their teeth may benefit from the bone-building, stable, and long-lasting prosthetics supported by dental implants.


You'll love your gap-free smile

Caring for your new smile is easy: just brush and floss as normal while making sure to see Dr. Sazima for check-ups and hygienic cleanings every six months. If possible, avoid tobacco usage, and wear a night guard if you clench or grind your teeth.

With proper care, your implants could last for the rest of your life!


Ready to learn more?

Receiving dental implants could well be the best health decision you have ever made. Find out how they can help you by seeing Dr. Sazima for a one-on-one consultation. Contact Westlake Periodontics today for a convenient appointment: (440) 835-4600.

March 27, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if your oral health could benefit from surgery.

Dental OperationWhile you probably won’t be able to determine whether or not you could benefit from getting oral surgery without turning to our Westlake, OH, dentist Dr. Scott Sazima for a consultation, you may be wondering what some of the warning signs are that may mean it’s time to consider surgery. You may benefit from oral surgery if you are dealing with,

Tooth Loss

No matter how you’ve lost a tooth, whether from an infection or an accident, it’s important that you turn to our Westlake, OH, restorative dentist to replace the missing tooth as soon as possible. Of course, many people are turning to dental implants because they both look and function just like real teeth.

To get an implant you will need to undergo minor surgery in order to place the implant into the jawbone. While there are other tooth replacements out there that do not require surgery, if you are interested in getting implants then you’ll need surgery.

Bone Loss

There are several reasons why you might be dealing with jawbone deterioration. Of course, the most common causes are untreated tooth loss and gum disease. If you are dealing with substantial bone loss then you may want to consider getting bone grafting surgery to rebuild the jawbone.

This surgery will be particularly beneficial for those patients who are also interested in getting dental implants to replace missing teeth. The purpose of bone grafting is to transplant healthy new bone to areas that have diseased or damaged bone to stimulate the development of new bone cells.

Impacted Wisdom Teeth

At some point during your teens or early twenties our dentist may tell you that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed. That’s because this third and final set of molars often cause more harm than good for your smile. Sometimes they grow in crooked, putting pressure on neighboring teeth and causing damage or increasing your chances for cavities.

Impacted wisdom teeth simply means that they never full erupt through the gums, which can also increase your chances for an infection. In this case, the best approach is to remove the wisdom teeth through a simple surgery in which we open up the gums to remove your wisdom teeth.

Do you have questions about getting oral surgery in Westlake, OH? Do you want to find out whether surgery could improve your oral health? If so, call Westlake Priodontics today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sazima.

February 21, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth extraction  

Dental extractions are generally considered a last resort and usually reserved for extreme situations where a tooth is so badly damaged by extracted toothtrauma or decay that it can't be saved. Dr. Scott Sazima, a dentist in Westlake, OH, performs extractions and periodontal surgery to improve and maintain your oral health after tooth decay or gum disease.


Extractions in Westlake, OH

There are a few scenarios where an extraction is considered the best option:

  • To remove decayed, infected, or impacted wisdom teeth
  • To alleviate crowding
  • Complications from gum (periodontal) disease
  • A tooth becomes too decayed to repair with a filling or dental crown
  • Trauma


Types of Extractions

There are two types of extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is fairly straightforward and can be performed under local anesthetic by a general dentist without the need for any incisions.

A surgical extraction is typically performed by a periodontist or oral surgeon when the tooth is impacted or can't be safely removed with a simple extraction. Surgical extractions are also performed when teeth break off at the crown and there is no visible tooth left past the gum line. In some cases, an extraction may start off as a simple extraction but then require a surgical extraction due to complications or if the tooth breaks off at the gum line during the procedure.


What to Do After a Dental Extraction

After the healing period, you will want to consider the best tooth replacement options available to you. Dental implants are a great option available to healthy adults, for they replace the entire missing tooth from root to crown for a more permanent and secure restoration. They also help to prevent bone loss in the gums, a common side effect of tooth loss. Other options include crowns and bridgework, or dentures for more extensive tooth loss.


Find a Dentist in Westlake, OH

For more information about dental extractions, restorations, and tooth replacement options, contact Westlake Periodontics by calling (440) 835-4600 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sazima today.

December 20, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Oral Surgery  

7 Conditions That Require Oral Surgery

Need oral surgery? Oral surgery is the branch of dentistry concerned with the surgical treatment of injuries, diseases, and deformities of the oral and maxillofacial region. Oral surgery has the potential to improve the quality of your life, as many types of conditions can be treated through it. Westlake Periodontics, located in Westlake, OH, offers a full range of surgical treatments for any issues that affect your teeth, mouth, and facial region. Here are several conditions that require oral surgery:

1. Tooth Loss

Dental implants are an option for people with missing teeth. Usually made of titanium, dental implants replace the roots of the missing teeth. Dental implants are inserted into the jawbone underneath your gums. Dental implants can restore your smile and improve your life. Dental implant surgery is best done by a trained dental practitioner.

2. Jaw Problems

Orthognathic surgery is a jaw surgery that realigns or straightens your jaw, and corrects any related skeletal deformities that you may have. Corrective jaw surgery can be completed on the upper or lower jaw and is generally safe when done by an experienced oral surgeon. 

3. Birth Defects

Cleft lip and palate are birth defects that occur when a baby’s mouth or lip do not form properly. Cleft lip and palate are thought to be caused by a combination of genes and other factors, such as what the mother drinks or eats during pregnancy and whether she takes certain medications. Surgical repair can improve the look and appearance of a child’s face and might also improve hearing, breathing, speech and language development. 

4. Sleep Apnea

Sleep apnea is a common sleep disorder in which breathing stops and starts repeatedly throughout the night. If you have severe sleep apnea, your dentist may recommend oral surgery to open your airways and help you sleep better at night. Surgical treatment may also be recommended if you cannot tolerate CPAP devices and other non-surgical treatments. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of sleep apnea.

5. Infected Tooth 

A root canal is a procedure that is used to repair teeth that are infected or badly decayed. The symptoms that may indicate the need for a root canal include tooth pain, a bump on your gum, tooth sensitivity, and swelling around the gums. Tooth extraction is not a good alternative to root canal therapy. Tooth removal will impair the appearance of your smile and reduce the functionality of your bite. Saving your tooth is always the best option. 

6. TMJ Syndrome

When the jaw joint is damaged or injured, it can lead to a disorder called temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome. Symptoms of TMJ syndrome may include difficulty chewing, jaw pain, and clicking and locking of the jaw joint. A variety of surgical options are available for the treatment of TMJ syndrome, relieving jaw pain and fully restoring jaw function.

7. Impacted Teeth

Third molars, also called wisdom teeth, can become impacted between the gum tissue and jawbone. Impacted wisdom teeth can result in pain, swelling, and infection of the gum tissue. They can also cause damage to nearby gums, bone, and teeth. Therefore, dental practitioners recommend patients with impacted wisdom teeth have them surgically removed.

Call Today!

Whether your goal is getting back to work, the gym, hobbies, or just enjoying life, we can help. Call Westlake Periodontics today at (440) 835-4600 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Scott Sazima in Westlake, OH. Get back on track by receiving the best treatment available. We want you to live your best possible life!

October 02, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you need oral surgery from your Westlake, OH, dentist?

Oral surgery is any procedure that helps treat infections, relieve pain, restore function, or improve an individual's appearance.Extreme Jaw Pain

Oral Surgery Procedures with your Westlake Periodontics

  • Dental Implants: People suffering from tooth loss may opt for dental implants. The advantages of dental implants are they prevent deterioration of your bones by providing support, they have a high success rate, 95 percent, compared to other dental restorations, and can last a lifetime if cared for properly.
  • TMD: Corrective jaw surgery, orthognathic surgery, may be recommended when an individual suffers from severe bite and tooth alignment issues. It's a routine in-office procedure that fixes issues like extracting impacted wisdom teeth, inserting dental implants in the jaw, correcting underbites and congenital abnormalities.
  • Cosmetic Gum Problems: There are several gum issues that may need surgery, such as excess gum tissue covers more of the crown's enamel surface than normal; receding gums is when your tooth roots become exposed, so teeth appear yellow and are more vulnerable to decay; an uneven gum line is when some teeth are more covered by gum tissue than others, so your dentist reshapes the tissue to improve the appearance.
  • Extraction: You need a tooth extraction due to trauma and/or overcrowdedness, among many reasons. It's a simple in-office procedure where your dentist will examine the severity of the situation, extract the tooth, or whatever is left of the natural tooth and stitch the extraction area. An anesthetic will be administered before your procedure to numb your mouth, so no need to worry about pain.

For more information on the various types of oral surgeries your Westlake, OH, dentist can provide, just call (440) 835-4600.

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