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The Magazine of Santa Clarita October 2016 : Page 122

n o m ore G aGGinG w hile T aKinG d enTal m oldS by Adrienne Fang, DDS Did you ever have the experience of gagging on the molds you had to take in a dental office? For many people it is one of the ‘bad’ memories of being at the dentist. The “goop” is often one of the things patients complain about. It is often bad tasting, uncomfortable, and claustrophobic. Modern technology has combined the digital age with dentistry creating digital impressions and scans. Most pa -tients are familiar with digital x-rays at the dental office and hospitals. Similar technology has finally reached dental offices with digital impression scans. Digital scans are replacing the need to take traditional impressions. Now we can scan the tooth, mouth, and teeth for implant, crowns, bridges, and practically anything. There are many different dental scan-ners and systems. Some systems scan the image and send it to professional dental labs to finish the work. Other systems scan the dental image and send it to a milling machine to make the crown in a few hours in-house, allowing the patient to have everything done in one visit. Invisalign has an iTero scanner that works specifically with their system providing a seamless process. With a few simple scans, the iTero can send all the digital information needed to give a patient a before and after in 45 seconds. You can see your new smile in just under a minute. So ask your dentist if they have made the switch to digital dentistry to the fullest by offering digital x-rays and scans. Dr. Fang’s office is located at 27420 Tourney Road, Suite 280 in Valencia. For more infor -mation, please call Dr. Fang at 661-253-0588 and visit www.drfangdds.com. U nSTaBle a nKle ? c hronic S prainS ? y oU d on ’ T have To l ive wiTh T haT ! by Dr. Tanler Volkmann Ankle sprains have been reported to occur at an esti-mate of 25,000 per day in the United States. Ankle injuries are the most common sport-related injuries and ankle sprains spe-cifically account for almost half of all sports injuries. Lateral ankle sprains (inversion injury) occur with an inward rolling of the ankle, and greater than 80 percent of all sprains result from this mechanism. Athletes that participate in basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis are more likely to sustain a higher grade ankle sprain. Thankfully, the majority of ankle sprains can be man-aged without surgery. However, for a problem that is so com-mon, it is frequently incorrectly diagnosed and improperly treated. With inadequate management an ankle sprain may promote increased motion in the joint because of the damaged and attenuated ligaments. This instability is often associated with pain and swelling as well as higher risk for re-curring injury. Likewise, excessive motion surrounding a joint can lead to degenerative changes and debilitating arthritis. Proper early evaluation can help exclude other associated injuries such as cartilage defects which may require more aggressive, specific treatment. Similarly, accurate diag -nosis can prevent chronic injury and disability as well as avoidance of time off work or away from recreational activities. Often something as simple as a semi-rigid ankle brace applied for the appropriate duration, with or without formal physical therapy, may be adequate to get you back to your preferred lifestyle activities. If you have already experienced numerous ankle sprains and have limiting pain, swelling, or feeling of instability, then there are a number of possible surgical options. Many procedures are minimally invasive and allow for early weight-bearing and func -tional rehabilitation due to advancements in more effective biocompatible surgical mate-rials and operative techniques. If you find yourself suffering from symptoms similar to the topics discussed, we welcome a visit with our foot and ankle specialists to determine your individualized treatment course and options to get your ankles pain-free and stable. For more information, please call University Foot & Ankle Institute, Valencia at 661-260-1180. M ED I CAL 122 The Magazine of Santa Clarita 661-294-4444

No More Gagging While Taking Dental Molds

Adrienne Fang, DDS

Did you ever have the experience of gagging on the molds you had to take in a dental office? For many people it is one of the ‘bad’ memories of being at the dentist. The “goop” is often one of the things patients complain about. It is often bad tasting, uncomfortable, and claustrophobic.

Modern technology has combined the digital age with dentistry creating digital impressions and scans. Most patients are familiar with digital x-rays at the dental office and hospitals. Similar technology has finally reached dental offices with digital impression scans.

Digital scans are replacing the need to take traditional impressions. Now we can scan the tooth, mouth, and teeth for implant, crowns, bridges, and practically anything. There are many different dental scanners and systems. Some systems scan the image and send it to professional dental labs to finish the work. Other systems scan the dental image and send it to a milling machine to make the crown in a few hours in-house, allowing the patient to have everything done in one visit.

Invisalign has an iTero scanner that works specifically with their system providing a seamless process. With a few simple scans, the iTero can send all the digital information needed to give a patient a before and after in 45 seconds. You can see your new smile in just under a minute.

So ask your dentist if they have made the switch to digital dentistry to the fullest by offering digital x-rays and scans.

Dr. Fang’s office is located at 27420 Tourney Road, Suite 280 in Valencia. For more information, please call Dr. Fang at 661-253-0588 and visit www.drfangdds.com.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/No+More+Gagging+While+Taking+Dental+Molds/2597835/342297/article.html.

Unstable Ankle? Chronic Sprains? You Don’t Have To Live With That!

Dr. Tanler Volkmann

Ankle sprains have been reported to occur at an estimate of 25,000 per day in the United States. Ankle injuries are the most common sport-related injuries and ankle sprains specifically account for almost half of all sports injuries. Lateral ankle sprains (inversion injury) occur with an inward rolling of the ankle, and greater than 80 percent of all sprains result from this mechanism. Athletes that participate in basketball, volleyball, football, soccer, lacrosse, and tennis are more likely to sustain a higher grade ankle sprain.

Thankfully, the majority of ankle sprains can be managed without surgery. However, for a problem that is so common, it is frequently incorrectly diagnosed and improperly treated. With inadequate management an ankle sprain may promote increased motion in the joint because of the damaged and attenuated ligaments. This instability is often associated with pain and swelling as well as higher risk for recurring injury. Likewise, excessive motion surrounding a joint can lead to degenerative changes and debilitating arthritis.

Proper early evaluation can help exclude other associated injuries such as cartilage defects which may require more aggressive, specific treatment. Similarly, accurate diagnosis can prevent chronic injury and disability as well as avoidance of time off work or away from recreational activities. Often something as simple as a semi-rigid ankle brace applied for the appropriate duration, with or without formal physical therapy, may be adequate to get you back to your preferred lifestyle activities.

If you have already experienced numerous ankle sprains and have limiting pain, swelling, or feeling of instability, then there are a number of possible surgical options. Many procedures are minimally invasive and allow for early weight-bearing and functional rehabilitation due to advancements in more effective biocompatible surgical materials and operative techniques.

If you find yourself suffering from symptoms similar to the topics discussed, we welcome a visit with our foot and ankle specialists to determine your individualized treatment course and options to get your ankles pain-free and stable.

For more information, please call University Foot & Ankle Institute, Valencia at 661-260-1180.

Read the full article at http://virtualonlineeditions.com/article/Unstable+Ankle%3F+Chronic+Sprains%3F+You+Don%E2%80%99t+Have+To+Live+With+That%21/2597856/342297/article.html.

Adrienne L. Fang, DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry

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