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Do I lose my wisdom if I lose my wisdom teeth?

November 24th, 2017

The third molars have long been known as your “wisdom teeth,” because they are the last teeth to erupt from the gums – usually sometime during the late teens to early twenties. This is a time in life that many consider an “age of wisdom”; hence the term, “wisdom teeth.”

Extracting the third molars does not have any effect on your actual wisdom … and Dr. Lata Stefano and Dr. Alexis Klassen and our staff are sorry to say that holding on to them can’t make you smarter, either. So if you somehow feel that you became wiser and smarter when your wisdom teeth appeared, chalk it up to age rather than teeth.

In fact, you may just be showing how smart you are by having your wisdom teeth removed. Mankind once relied on the wisdom teeth to replace teeth that were damaged or missing, thanks to a poor diet. But dietary changes and advances in modern dentistry make it possible for many people to hold on to their teeth for many decades, which eliminated the need for third molars.

For many people, wisdom teeth cause nothing but problems: becoming impacted, irritating surrounding gum tissue, or even causing other teeth to become crooked or overlap. By removing them, patients often enjoy a lower risk of decay, infection, and aesthetic complications.

So rest assured that extracting your wisdom teeth will have no effect on your immediate or long-term intelligence.

Thanksgiving Trivia

November 17th, 2017

At Stefano Dental we love learning trivia and interesting facts about Thanksgiving! This year, Dr. Lata Stefano and Dr. Alexis Klassen wanted to share some trivia that might help you feel a bit smarter at the holiday dinner table and help create some great conversation with friends and family.

The Turkey

There is no historical evidence that turkey was eaten at the first Thanksgiving dinner. It was a three-day party shared by the Wamponoag Indians and the pilgrims in 1621. Historians say they likely ate venison and seafood.

According to National Geographic, the dinner at the Plymouth colony was in October and included about 50 English colonists and 90 American Indian men. The first Thanksgiving dinner could have included corn, geese, and pumpkin.

Today, turkey is the meat of choice. According to the National Turkey Association, about 690 million pounds of turkey are consumed during Thanksgiving, or about 46 million turkeys.

The Side Dishes

The green bean casserole became popular about 50 years ago. Created by the Campbell Soup Company, it remains a popular side dish. According to Campbell’s, it was developed when the company was creating an annual holiday cookbook. The company now sells about $20 million worth of cream of mushroom soup each year, which is a major part of the recipe.

While there were likely plenty of cranberries for the pilgrims and Indians to enjoy, sugar was a luxury. What we know today as cranberry sauce was not around in those early Thanksgiving days. About 750 million pounds of cranberries are produced each year in the US, with about 30 percent consumed on Thanksgiving.

The Parade

Since Thanksgiving did not become a national holiday until Lincoln declared it in 1863, the annual parades were not yearly events until much later. The biggest parade that continues to draw crowds is the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Beginning in 1924 with about 400 employees, they marched from Convent Avenue to 145th Street in New York City. Famous for the huge hot-air balloons today, it was actually live animals borrowed from the Central Park Zoo that were the stars of the show then.

However you choose to spend your Thanksgiving holiday, we wish you a safe, happy and healthy holiday with those you love.

‘Tis the Season to Give Back!

November 8th, 2017

This November, we’re focusing on gratitude more than usual. We’re looking forward to gathering with family and friends for the holiday, and are feeling especially grateful for our Stefano Dental team, health, family, and furry friends!

As we’ve done in previous years, we will be hosting a food drive because we’re here to support each other and the community we all live in. If you bring in a non-perishable food item between now and November 21st, we will make sure your item(s) get to where they need to be. You’ll even be entered to win a Meijer gift card as a thank you for helping!

We will also be participating in Make a Vet Smile Day on November 11th to provide veterans with free dental care. This is our second year participating in Make a Vet Smile Day and we could not be more excited to give back to the brave people who have served our country!

At Stefano Dental, giving back is part of who we are. We’re so passionate about community service and truly see it as a win-win. You might even say we do it for selfish reasons because it just makes us feel so good on the inside. It’s always so empowering seeing how our efforts can help others, and we feel so blessed to have the opportunity to pitch in.

Just like we love to give back, we also love to continue learning ways in which we can be better for our patients. We recently attended Pride Institute’s team training at The Ritz Carlton to further our knowledge about customer service so you can rest assured that you’ll always get the best treatment in our office!

We encourage everyone to participate in our food drive and spread the word about Make a Vet Smile Day! We hope you are all enjoying the season and as always, please don’t hesitate to give us a call if you have any questions.

 

What are mini implants used for?

November 3rd, 2017

The use of mini dental implants (MDIs) is on the rise. MDIs are about the diameter of a toothpick (1.8 to 2.9 millimeters with lengths between ten to 18 millimeters) and are primarily used to secure loose upper or lower dentures or partial dentures.

MDIs are particularly useful for patients who suffer from osteoporosis or otherwise aren't well enough to get the bone grafts sometimes required by traditional dental implants. Their diminutive size also allows them to replace smaller teeth where the placement of a dental implant isn't feasible or called for.

Some of the benefits of MDIs include:

  • The procedure is quicker and less invasive – Since MDIs don’t require the cutting of gum tissue or sutures, Dr. Lata Stefano and Dr. Alexis Klassen can place the implant quickly, resulting in a shorter healing process. MDIs go directly through the gum tissue and into the jawbone.
  • Lower cost – MDIs run in the range of $500 to $1500, whereas traditional dental implants can cost around $4,000.
  • Less risk of surgical error – Since MDIs don't go as deep into the tissue or jawbone, there is less risk of surgical error, like hitting a nerve or sinus cavity.
  • Can be used in thinner areas of the jawbone – Since MDIs don't require as much gum tissue or jawbone, they can be used in thinner areas of the jawbone, where a traditional dental implant would require a bone graft.

Although there are many advantages to MDIs, they aren't for everyone or every situation. There are some drawbacks, especially when it comes to their durability and stability. MDIs also haven't been studied nearly as much as dental implants.

Whatever your situation, it's best to speak with Dr. Lata Stefano and Dr. Alexis Klassen about your options, and whether an MDI or a dental implant would work best for your specific case. Schedule an appointment at our Sandusky, OH office to learn more.

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