Examining Your Teeth May Reveal Danger Of Stroke

Routine dental radiographs could uncover the risk of a stroke potential. Until recently, it was thought that most people who suffer a stroke do not have obvious symptoms beforehand. But a study done by medical researchers at the University of Buffalo shows that early warning signs may appear in the mouth.
 
Common dental radiographs can detect potentially dangerous calcium deposits in the carotid arteries in the neck. These arteries supply blood to the brain. The presence of calcium deposits is a sign of advanced atherosclerosis, a major cause of stroke. The study looked at close to three thousand new patients at university dental clinics over a two-year period. Researchers found evidence of calcification in the carotid arteries in 143 of them. They were all referred to a doctor for treatment.
 
The type of x-ray is called a panoramic radiograph. It’s a wide angle frontal scan showing the condition of teeth and surrounding bone and is a normal part of a regular dental checkup. Dentists can examine the radiograph and look for calcium deposits in the carotid arteries. Patients with signs of calcification can be referred to a medical doctor for preventive stroke treatment.
 
In this way, the routine dental checkup can become a key way of detecting patients who are unknowingly at risk of having a stroke. Just another good reason to make sure your teeth get regular attention from a dentist.

We are extremely happy to announce the our office has invested in a Digital Panoramic X-Ray machine that is used on patients as they come in for their dental check up. It is also used to check orthodontic status, tooth alignment, abnormalities in both adults and children, oral cancer, as well as screen for correct development of the jaw and teeth in children.

Dr Ushma Patel – Center for Advanced Dentistry

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List of Dental Services

This list is representative of those services we perform in our office for adults and children (pediatric dentistry); it is not necessarily everything we do, please ask if you don’t see something listed here:

Preventive Services
       Cleanings, Prophies
       Comprehensive Exams under Preventive Service
       Periodic Exams
       Oral cancer screenings
       Digital x-rays Panoramic and Bitewings
       Sealants
       Fluoride treatments
       NTI Headache Prevention Guard
       Night guards
      Athletic mouth guards

Periodontal Services (Gum disease treatments)
       Charting and diagnostic services
       Non-surgical therapies

Restorative Services      
      Tooth colored fillings (Resin and Porcelain)
      Crowns (including all porcelain crowns)
      Bridges
      Dental implant restorations
      Implant Dentures and Partial dentures
      Full Mouth Restorations

Cosmetic Services
       Tooth whitening – Zoom!® and At Home Trays with peroxide (bleach) Gels
       Bonding
       Porcelain Veneers
       Tooth recontouring
       Six Month Smiles Cosmetic Braces System      
       Smile Makeover

Emergency Services
        Emergency exams
        Extractions
        Root canals

Anesthesia Services
        Nitrous or Laughing Gas
        Sedation Denitstry        
        Valium

We are in a northern suburb of Atlanta, GA (Georgia). Officially in the city of Suwanee, although thiscould be a little misleading if you are not very fmailiar with the area as we are actually in the Johns Creek area very close to Alpharetta, Duluth, Cumming, Sugar Hill and Buford. We are in Forsyth county close to North Fulton and Gwinnett counties.

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