Does My Dentist Know I Smoke Weed?

As more and more states legalize marijuana for recreational use, more Americans – about 1 in 8 – are smoking regularly. While recreational use is illegal in Texas, recent medical marijuana laws now allow those suffering from a multitude of ailments to use marijuana. However, marijuana remains illegal on a federal level, which makes some users nervous.

Doctors often ask about drug use when obtaining information about your overall health and medical history. But you may wonder if dentists, like Dr. Chris Mun at Pflugerville Family Dentistry, can tell if you smoke weed.  

The Short Answer? No – Your Dentist Can’t Tell If You Smoke Weede

Your oral health alone is not enough for a dentist to tell if you regularly use marijuana. Marijuana use has been associated with an increased risk of periodontal disease, as well as tooth discoloration and xerostomia (commonly known as “cotton mouth”). 

However, none of these symptoms are exclusive to marijuana users. These symptoms are also common among tobacco users and can be easily mitigated with proper oral hygiene practices. Just make sure you go in for your 6-month checkups and get regular cleanings and other preventative dentistry services to stay ahead of any issues. 

But Could A Dentist Find Out If I Smoke Weed?

There is no reason for a dentist to perform tests that conclusively show you smoke weed. There are 4 common tests used to detect drug use:

  • Urinalysis – Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like! 
  • Mouth swabbing – The inside of your cheek can be swabbed with a cotton swab, and drug use can be detected, usually within the last several days. 
  • Hair tests – Drugs like marijuana stick around your system and end up in your hair. A sample of hair can be taken and tested for drug use.
  • Blood tests – Blood tests can detect minuscule levels of drugs, such as marijuana, in your system.

As you can imagine, your dentist has no need to perform these types of tests. They also have little interest in your marijuana habits. However, if you’re going to smoke anything, it’s important to be extra conscientious of your oral health. 

Take Care Of Your Oral Health At Pflugerville Family Dentistry!

No matter what you’re smoking, it’s vital to understand how it can have an effect on your oral health. If you’re a regular smoker, you need to remember to go to your dentist every 6-months. 

Dr. Mun can examine you for issues that are more frequently associated with smokers, like tooth decay and periodontal disease. You can receive the care you need in a judgment-free environment to ensure your teeth are there for you for years to come. 

Call us today at (512) 252-4746, or come to our Pflugerville office at 2606 West Pecan Street Suite 106 Pflugerville, TX.

How long do dental implants last?

Dental implants are one of the most common restorative procedures done today. Implants are built to last upwards of 25 years or even a lifetime. If you are unhappy with your smile, and want a solution that lasts and looks natural, then dental implants may be right for you.

We meet with all patients to discuss their concerns, and we evaluate their teeth to determine if they are a good candidate for dental implants. Our team creates a customized treatment plan, and makes sure our patients understand all steps of the implant process.

Dental implants provide long lasting results and are comfortable in the mouth. They function exactly like natural teeth and allow our patients to eat the foods they desire and live a happy and healthy life.

Benefits of dental implants and why they last:

  • Implants are made of a strong material called titanium and if cared for properly can last upwards of 25 years, or a lifetime. Other implant alternatives may only last between 5-15 years.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots. This allows the implant to be stronger, and provide the needed support. Implants are just as strong as our natural teeth, and in most cases can withstand more pressure.
  • The success rate for dental implants are 95%.
  • Bone grafting can be done, if the patient does not have enough bone to support the implant. This helps to provide the support needed, and keep the implants strong and sturdy in the mouth.
  • Implants are comfortable in the mouth, and make it easy to speak and chew food.
  • Caring for implants is similar to caring for natural teeth. We recommend good oral hygiene that includes brushing and flossing daily, and regular dental checkups at our office.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment, and see how dental implants can work for you.

What to expect during a dental implant procedure?

If you have missing or broken teeth, and have been recommended for dental implants, you may be wondering what to expect along the way. Implants are one of the most common restorative procedures, and provide long lasting permanent results for patients that seek a beautiful, natural looking smile.

Consultation:

Our office will meet with each patient to evaluate if they are a good candidate for dental implants. We use this time to answer any questions they may have, discuss recommended treatment, and what the procedure entails. We develop a customized treatment plan for each patient, depending on their needs.

Overall Procedure:

Dental implants replace tooth roots with metal posts made of titanium. These act like artificial tooth roots, and provide a base of support for the artificial teeth placed on top. An abutment or connector is set on top of the implant and this helps to hold the crown in place. We create customized crowns that match the color and shape of each patient’s teeth allowing them to look natural in the mouth.

Bone Grafting:

The condition of a patient’s jawbone is important, because sufficient support is needed for the implants.  As part of our evaluation, we will look to see if a patient has adequate bone present. Having sufficient bone is important to ensure the process is a success. Bone grafting can be done where synthetic bone is used, or bone is taken from another location of the body and transplanted to the area. The bone then has to heal and grow to support the dental implant, and this process can take a few months.

Placing the implant:

 The gums are opened to expose the bone. Holes are drilled where the dental implant post will be placed. The implant is then placed deep into the bone. We will provide a partial or temporary denture for appearance if required while the healing process takes place. During this stage of the healing process patients wait for osseointegration to occur. This is where the jawbone grows around the implant.  This process can take a few months, but this allows for a solid base to support the implant. 

Abutment placement and artificial teeth:

Once osseointegration is complete, an abutment or connector is placed on top of the implant. Healing time is needed before the artificial teeth or crowns are then attached on top. Our office creates realistic custom crowns that match both the shape and color of your existing teeth. This allows the implants to look natural, and provide the smile patients desire.

Recovery:

Local anesthesia is used throughout the implant process to keep our patients relaxed and comfortable. We recommend pain medications and antibiotics after your dental implant surgery. Some swelling and bruising is expected, as well as minor bleeding, but this should subside. If you notice increased swelling or pain after surgery, contact our office immediately.

Dental implant surgery has a 95% average success rate and with proper care, implants can last a lifetime. We recommend good oral hygiene and a soft food diet to assist in the healing process.  Avoid hard foods or products that will stain your teeth. Also, schedule your regular visit at our office, so we can monitor the progress and healing process.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental implant procedures, contact us today to schedule your appointment

How many years do dental implants last?

You may be deciding what restorative solution is right for you and wavering between options. Dental implants are a permanent solution for patients that are built to last for many years, or even a lifetime. If you have cracked or broken teeth, and want a comfortable and reliable option that provides excellent results, then dental implants may be right for you.

Implants are made out of titanium and anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots. This allows them to be stronger and withstand more pressure in most cases compared to natural teeth. Adequate bone is required to support the implants, and our team will evaluate your mouth to determine if any bone grafting is needed.

Bone grafting takes bone from another part of the body, or uses synthetic bone filler to add bone to the implant area. This helps to build a good foundation for the implants, and provides the strength needed to keep the implants strong and stable in the mouth.

Caring for your implants is similar to caring for your natural teeth, and with good oral hygiene patients can ensure their implants last for years or even their lifetime. Implants are built to last upwards of 25 years, and it is very rare that you will ever need replacement unless there is an issue.

Reasons dental implants last:

  • Implants function like natural teeth and are extremely reliable.
  • Implants are permanent, and do not need to be taken out for cleaning compared to dentures or bridges.
  • If needed, bone grafts can be done to help support the implants.
  • Implants are anchored to the bone rather than the tooth’s roots, and this makes them strong and stable in the mouth.
  • Implants are easy to care for if you follow good oral hygiene.

If you are interested in finding out more about our dental implant services, contact us today to schedule your appointment.

Are dental implants painful?

Dental implants are the closest solution to having natural teeth and provide long lasting results compared to other dental alternatives. Implants are like artificial tooth roots placed in the jawbone, that act as a base for one or more artificial teeth known as crowns. A connector or abutment is set on top of the implant to hold the crown in place. Adequate bone is required to support the implants. In some cases, bone grafts are needed to graft bone to the implant area. This helps provide that additional support required for the implants.

Many patients seek to have that beautiful smile that looks and feels natural, and dental implants provide that. If you have one or more missing teeth, then dental implants may be right for you.

The overall implant procedure is not painful, and most say getting a tooth removed is far more painful compared to a dental implant procedure.  Our office meets with all of our patients to discuss the implant process, so our patients know what to expect every step of the way.

Local anesthesia is used to numb the gums and surrounding areas, so our patients remain calm and relaxed during the procedure. The overall procedure can take a few months depending on what is needed and how many teeth are replaced. A good part of the healing time is devoted to allowing the bone and jaw to heal with new bone growth.

After the procedure you may have the following:

  • Bruising or swelling of the gums or face.
  • Pain at the implant site
  • Minor bleeding

The recover process is usually between 4-6 months after the procedure, but most patients can return to normal activity and tasks the next day. Antibiotics and pain relievers are recommended, and we advise our patients to contact us if pain or swelling gets worse. Soft foods are also recommended and as the site heals.

Overall, the recovery process can be managed to keep pain to a minimum. To assist in the healing process practice good oral hygiene and avoid chewing hard foot items or using products that can stain your teeth.

Contact us today to schedule your appointment and see how dental implants can benefit you.