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In 2015, the American Dental Association (ADA) published guidelines that advised AGAINST the use of antibiotics prior to dental procedures in patients with orthopedic implants due to the lack of evidence associating dental procedures with prosthetic joint infections (PJIs) and the absence of data supporting a benefit of antibiotics.

Over 1 million hip and knee replacements are performed in the United States each year.  The reported risk of infections ranges from 0.3% to 8.3%.  Although dental procedures may result in transient bacteremia, there is no controlled evidence to suggest an association between bacteremia following dental procedures and prosthetic joint infection. Lingering historical concerns have led to inconsistent practices in giving antibiotics before a dental hygiene visit.  

In an attempt to reconcile practice inconsistencies, the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons (AAOS) and the ADA published Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) for antibiotics prior to dental procedures in patients with orthopedic implants.   In addition, the AAOS/ADA AUC have been translated into an online tool to facilitate antibiotic decision assessment.    

The online AUC tool accounts for 64 clinical scenarios and in most cases (61%) advises AGAINST the use of antibiotics prior to a dental procedure.  In the remaining scenarios antibiotics are deemed reasonable (27%) and only 12% of cases, based on risk factors, such as underlying severe immunosuppression or history of PJI are antibiotics recommended.

The AAOS/ADA inventory is available on the AAOS website  and may be a valuable tool to target those individuals who antibiotics prior to dental procedures is NOT recommended and reduce the burden of unnecessary antibiotic exposure.   

Upgrade to white fillings!  If dark sliver-colored fillings show when you laugh or smile, you may not feel as confident as you could.  75% of us believe that an unattractive smile can hinder our career success, and lack of confidence only compounds the problem. 

Don't let unattractive fillings get in the way of your success.  Modern white restorations are attractive, strong and effective.  Consider giving your smile an instant boost by replacing old fillings with white ones.  

Call us to find out more!  



June 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: bonding  

 - Did you know that tooth enamel is stronger than bone?  In fact, it's the hardest substance in the human body.  After years of wear and tear and thinning enamel, teeth won't be as strong as they once were, and enamel can develop craze line, which are very minor cracks on the surface of teeth.  

Although not structurally worrisome, craze lines can be traps for bacteria and minuscule food particles that can stain teeth.  Luckily, bonding is a quick, economical, and durable fix.  Using a natural looking tooth-colored resin, we cover the tooth (or teeth) and fill the fissures and instantly restore your smile.   Give us a call to see how we can help.  

August 12, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Sealants  


The most likely location for a cavity to develop in your child's mouth is on the chewing surfaces of the back teeth. Run your tongue over this area in your mouth, and you will feel the reason why: These surfaces are not smooth, as other areas of your teeth are. Instead, they are filled with tiny grooves referred to as “pits and fissures,” which trap bacteria and food particles. The bristles on a toothbrush can't always reach all the way into these dark, moist little crevices. This creates the perfect conditions for tooth decay.  

What's more, a child's newly erupted permanent teeth are not as resistant to decay as adult teeth are. The hard enamel coating that protects the teeth changes as it ages to become stronger. Fluoride, which is found in toothpaste and some drinking water — and in treatments provided at the dental office — can strengthen enamel, but, again, it's hard to get fluoride into those pits and fissures on a regular basis. Fortunately, there is a good solution to this problem: dental sealants.  

Dental sealants are invisible plastic resin coatings that smooth out the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, making them resistant to decay. A sealed tooth is far less likely to develop a cavity, require more expensive dental treatment later on, or, most importantly, cause your child pain.

By Osmanski Dental
May 27, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

It's not just your teeth that are on display when you smile; it's also your gums. For a smile to look appealing, there needs to be a frame of healthy pink tissue to set off those pearly whites. But just as there can be cosmetic issues with teeth, the shape or condition of the gums, too, can create an aesthetic problem. If you feel the appearance of your gums is in any way detracting from the appeal of your smile, we can help with a variety of in-office surgical procedures.

Here are some common cosmetic gum problems — and possible solutions:

Problem: Too Much Gum Tissue. A smile can look “gummy” when excessive gum tissue covers more of the enamel surface of a tooth's crown (upper portion) than normal.
Solution: Crown Lengthening. This is a procedure in which gum tissue (and rarely but sometimes a small amount of bone tissue) is removed to expose more tooth surface.

Problem: Not Enough Gum Tissue. Sometimes your gums can shrink down (recede), exposing some of a tooth's root — which is more yellow than the enamel surface of the tooth.
Solution: Gum Grafting. There are various grafting procedures that can be used to cover exposed roots by moving gingival (gum) tissue from one site in the mouth to another. Sometimes laboratory-processed donor tissue can even be used to minimize the surgery.

Problem: Uneven Gum Line. This means that some teeth are covered by more gum tissue than others, which can make a smile seem off-kilter.
Solution: Gum tissue can be recontoured (reshaped) for a very pleasing effect with either conventional surgery or the newer dental laser technology.

All of the above procedures can be performed at the dental office — usually with only a local anesthetic (numbing shot). In fact, for laser surgery you may need only a topical anesthetic gel. An examination is required to determine whether conventional or laser treatment is in your best interests. Whatever your cosmetic gum surgery needs may be, the procedures are routine and predictable — and they can work wonders for your smile!

If you have any questions about cosmetic gum surgery, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Gummy Smiles” and “Periodontal Plastic Surgery.”