Causes of Gap Teeth

As an orthodontic provider, we at Dr. Jia Lee’s Rancho Cucamonga dental office have fixed a lot of gap teeth. Diastema, as they’re commonly known, are the gaps between teeth, and the one between the upper central incisors is a frequent cause of embarrassment and distress. But the exact treatment for them may differ according to their cause.
One of the benefits of being both a general dental and an orthodontic office is that we can provide veneers. If the teeth are otherwise in line but the gap in front is just slightly too large, new fronts for the teeth can be used to close it. This might also be an attractive option if the teeth are chipped or scarred. If the teeth are generally jumbled, a gap can be corrected in the course of orthodontic treatment. But if they are being pushed apart by something, treatment may not last unless behavior like tongue thrusting and thumb sucking stops. Assistance from a psychologist or an ear-nose-and-throat doctor may be required to stop involuntary ton…

Smoking With Sleep Apnea

Smoking will exacerbate any respiratory condition, and it is proven to cause snoring and lead to obstructive sleep apnea.  Patients struggling with sleep apnea should come see Dr. Jia Lee for evaluation. We can help patients find relief from sleep apnea, but quitting smoking is up to you!
Smoking causes upper airway inflammation, meaning the swelling causes the airway to narrow and disrupts the flow of air to the nasal passage and throat.  This causes snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.  Cigarettes are highly addictive, and some smokers seek treatment for sleep apnea like a snore guard or CPAP machine, but continue to smoke. Smoking with sleep apnea not only puts more stress on the heart every day, but negates any treatment a sleep apnea patient is undergoing.
Habitual smokers may feel relaxed by one last cigarette for the day, but it actually creates more complications for restful sleep. Smokers can experience nicotine withdrawal overnight, causing more waking up and restlessness.  Qu…

Post-Extraction Swelling

Extractions are often necessary to correct misalignments caused by overcrowding. Dr. Jia Y. Lee’s office in Rancho Cucamonga provides for general dental and orthodontic needs, allowing patients to use the same doctor throughout their orthodontic therapy. Our extractions have a very high success rate, but patients need to know how to take care of themselves while recovering.
Swelling is a natural, healthy response to the removal of a tooth. Inflammation is the body’s way of concentrating white blood cells and limiting the spread of bacteria. But following a simple extraction, the blood should quickly form a clot that will protect the socket while it closes, making inflammation an unnecessary burden to the patient. Inflammation can be inhibited by applying ice packs in the days immediately following the surgery, but the patient must be careful to not apply ice for longer than fifteen minutes, and to leave fifteen minutes between applications.
It takes about a week for swelling to disappea…

Have You Had A Cleaning This Year?

Dr. Jia Lee and his staff encourage all our patients to maintain a great oral health routine at home, but it is still important to come into the office for regular professional cleanings.  During the holidays, we want everyone looking forward to the New Year and maintaining great oral hygiene!  However much you brush and floss, some harmful bacteria grow in your mouth that cause gum disease and can only be removed by a dental professional. 
It’s important to see a professional regularly not just to clean your teeth, but also to locate and monitor areas in the mouth that may need special attention, and a dentist can tell you if you may be missing a spot or skipping an important step in your regular oral care routine.  During a teeth cleaning, a hygienist thoroughly clean the area above and below the gum line with scaling tools to rid them of plaque and tartar. After the surfaces of the teeth are cleaned, the hygienist flosses between every one of your teeth and may apply fluoride if rec…

Dental Instruments

Since dental hygiene is so important, we strive to make patients’ visits to Dr. Jia Lee’s Rancho Cucamonga dental office comfortable. Regular cleanings and bite checks can prevent pain later on, but we recognize that dental visits are a source of anxiety for some people. We think that if people feel better equipped to talk about their visits they’ll feel more comfortable, which is why we wanted to explain a little about our instruments.
While their teeth are being inspected and cleaned, patients will notice our hygienists using handheld mirrors and wands with metal hooks. The hooked instrument is called an explorer or a probe. We use it to break up tartar and to test the hardness of patients’ enamel and for infections in the gum pockets. As we break tartar apart, we’ll rinse the mouth and suction away the debris using a narrow vacuum called an evacuator.
When we need to drill away tooth decay, our most common means of anesthetizing patients is with a syringe. Dental drills emit water a…

Diabetes and Gum Disease

If you have diabetes and frequently suffer from gingivitis, high blood sugar could be the reason. At the Rancho Cucamonga dental office of Dr. Jia Y. Lee, we see a lot of people who have trouble fighting gum disease, and we want to help them figure out what the problem is. New research has found that oral health and diabetes are closely linked and that the two influence each other.
We know that people with diabetes have higher rates of inflammation, higher rates of gum disease, and higher rates of infection overall. We don’t understand the exact relationship between those things, but we know that inflammation is how the body isolates disease-causing bacteria in the gum pockets. Although it is an important part of the immune system, inflammation is painful and the weakening it causes to cellular membranes can become a problem if it is prolonged. When people have uncontrolled blood sugar, their arteries harden, making it harder for nutrients to be distributed throughout their bodies. The…

Immediate Dentures

Dentures are a replacement for missing teeth that can be removed and put back into the mouth as pleased. They are prosthetic devices that are supported by the surrounding soft and hard tissues inside the oral cavity. Depending on the individual patient case, he or she may receive full, partial, or immediate dentures from Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS.
If a patient is faced with the loss of single or multiple teeth and will be replacing those teeth with removable or partial dentures, immediate placement may be an option. An immediate denture is a complete denture or partial denture inserted on the same day, immediately following the removal of natural teeth. As the healing process continues, the gums which support the denture will shrink. Changes can continue for several months. During this time, it is important to follow up with Dr. Jia Y. Lee, DDS, for adjustments.
If you have questions or concerns regarding dentures, please give us a call. To learn more about the services provided at the practi…