Sunday, February 25, 2018

Oral Cancer May Have Stolen Your Smile, But Now You Can Get It Back!

Your cancer survival story is personal and yours to tell. Oral reconstruction by Dr. Judy Strutz and her team can help you feel back in control of your life. Instead of having to feel self-conscious or hiding away from the world, so today, make the decision to take your life back from cancer.  For some cancer survivors, the after impact of oral cancer is almost as bad as having cancer.

When your life is negatively impacted by oral cancer, it can change what foods you are able to consume, or how often you want to go outside and be around people. It may even cause you to feel that you need to cover up instead of having to face the stares or looks from others. But there are options and begin the journey to living your life on your terms again.

 Dr. Judy Strutz and her team have trained extensively in order to help patients who are struggling with a variety of impacts from oral cancer.  It is essential when you are looking at options that you have a prosthodontist that you can trust with your smile.

For more information, or to schedule your consultation contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team today.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Cosmetic Dentistry Is At Your Fingertips

There are so many options when it comes to finding a cosmetic dentist that is going to help you get the smile you are looking for. How do you find the right one? Here are 5 tips to finding a cosmetic dentist that will improve your smile.

1.     Do they have patient reviews? You want to find someone that other patients trust. Check for google, yelp or facebook reviews. Most dental websites will also include reviews from patients. These will give you a great idea of what to expect before you schedule your first appointment.
2.     Do they have experience and before and after photos of other patients you can look at? By having other patient’s stories, it can help you to find a cosmetic dentist that does the type of work you are looking for. Some dental offices showcase the photos of work done by other dentists and not themselves. Make sure to ask if these are ‘actual’ patient photos and don’t assume they are.
3.     Do they have dental experience in the cosmetic dental procedure you are looking for? While some of the procedures may seem as easy as 1, 2, 3, finding someone who is experienced can mean the difference between loving your smile and having to get it fixed again. Most general dentists have learned how to do cosmetic procedures in dental school, but that is a far cry from doing those same procedures on a regular basis out of dental school. A prosthodontist, however, is someone who is educated to deal with difficult and extensive cases on a regular basis and is many times the best bet for helping you get the cosmetic smile you are wanting.
4.     Do they have financial options to help? A number of cosmetic dental procedures are not covered under dental insurance plans, or if significant damage is being reversed, may maximize your yearly benefit, so, do they have a financial plan that can help you or a way to prioritize your goals?
5.     Is the office comfortable and do you trust the team? You should always feel comfortable in the office that you choose and feel that there is a team you can talk to and who can meet your needs.

For more information or to schedule a cosmetic consult, contact Dr. Judy Strutz and her team!

Monday, February 12, 2018

10 Signs & Symptoms of Oral Cancer

Oral cancer can be a dangerous cancer that can spread quickly if not taken care of. By getting an oral cancer screening you can avoid this type of cancer from getting out of control and the sooner you get treatment, the more likely you are to survive. Here are 10 signs and symptoms to watch out for:

1.     Loose teeth for no reason
2.     Swelling inside the gum or the lining of the tongue
3.     Sores in the mouth that take a long time to heal or do not heal
4.     Hoarseness without clearing up
5.     A lump or mass on the neck
6.     Swelling of the jaw, not explained by other dental problems
7.     A lump in the cheek
8.     A red patch on the gums, tongue or cheek
9.     The loosening of the teeth around a spot that is sore
10.  Difficulty chewing or swallowing

Don’t waste time with wondering if you have oral cancer, get peace of mind with help from Dr. Strutz and her team.