Understanding Dental Bridges

May 28th, 2016

Created to fill in the gap between missing teeth, a dental bridge can improve your oral health and renew your appearance. Missing teeth create problems; they often cause the surrounding teeth to shift, which may affect your bite or strain your jaw muscles. With a missing tooth, the odds increase that you will lose more teeth, especially if you don’t close the space at all. With a dental bridge, you dentist can restore the healthy and beauty of your smile.

A traditional bridge contains a false tooth called a pontic that sits between two prosthetic teeth. Your dentist will secure the bridge onto the abutment teeth, which can be your natural teeth or dental implants. Unlike removable oral appliances like dentures, a dental bridge is permanently affixed in your mouth.

Am I a good candidate for a bridge?
Anyone who has lost teeth is the right candidate for a dental bridge. Your dentist can anchor the bridge with your own teeth or with an implant, depending on your specific situation.

How do I maintain my bridge?
For optimal success, you need to take good care of your bridge. Brush and floss just like you would your natural teeth. If flossing is difficult, talk with your dentist about the best techniques.

Will the bridge look natural?
Your dentist will make sure the artificial teeth match neighboring teeth, as well as design the bridge to fit the unique shape of your teeth. People will only notice your attractive smile, not your dental work.

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Test Your Dental IQ

May 21st, 2016

You only get one set of teeth, so it’s important to take care of them. Understanding how to care for your mouth and how your choices impact your oral health. Many people don’t know facts from fiction when it comes to dental care. Take the following quiz to get the real scoop on keeping your smile healthy and bright.

True or False: I only have to brush my teeth in the morning.
Answer: False. Most dentists recommend brushing at least twice a day, once in the morning and once before bedtime. For optimal oral care, brush your teeth after meals as well.

True or False: My child’s baby teeth will fall out anyway, so I don’t have to worry about them.
Answer: False. Not taking good care of baby teeth can lead to early tooth loss and problems with permanent teeth. To help young children develop good oral health care, start the process as soon as they have teeth. Begin by using a soft toothbrush only and work your way to fluoride toothpaste by about age five.

True or False: Having one missing tooth can still cause problems.
Answer: True. When you lose teeth, even just one, the remaining teeth can shift, which can cause bite problems and extra tooth wear. If you have a missing tooth, talk with your dentist about a dental implant, a prosthetic replacement that mimics natural tooth structure, feel, and appearance.

True or False: I don’t need to visit the dentist unless I am having trouble.
Answer: False. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends twice-yearly visits to your dentist. At these appointments, your dentist can evaluate your mouth, look for signs of any problems, and propose treatment to address any issues, such as decay or gingivitis, before the problems get worse.

True or False: Periodontal disease can impact your overall health.
Answer: True. Everyone knows that periodontal, or gum, disease can cause problems with your mouth, including gum recession and tooth loss. Most people don’t realize that research has linked gum disease to other issues, such as osteoporosis, Alzheimer’s, complications with diabetes, and heart disease. Because the initial symptoms are mild, many people don’t realize they have a problem.

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Why It’s Important to Visit the Dentist

May 14th, 2016

With little improvement in the economy, reduced wages, job loss, and health care costs on the rise, people are cutting expenses wherever they can. Often, people start by forging dental appointments. Other times, dental visits are seen as optional and fall off the list of priorities.

Before you cancel your next appointment, think about the importance of dental care:

  • You can save time and money. Everyone has heard the old adage, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Keeping regular checkups on the calendar allows your dentist to monitor your oral health and catch a small problem, such as a cavity, before it turns into a larger issue, like a root canal.
  • Dental visits can improve your appearance. If you want to maintain a vibrant smile, regular appointments can help. A professional cleaning and polishing will remove build up, allowing your smile to really sparkle.
  • Routine checkups keep your oral health in good shape. Gum disease, tooth decay, and TMD can compromise your dental health. Without treatment, these issues can wreak havoc on your mouth and cause serious damage. At your regular appointment, your dentist will discuss options to address any problems and protect your smile long-term.
  • Your dentist can detect other health problems. In many cases, your mouth shows signs of overall health issues. For example, X-rays of your teeth can indicate the development of osteoporosis, a condition that causes weakening and brittleness in bones.

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Taking Care of your Teeth During the Summer

May 7th, 2016

School is out for summer and vacation mode is in full swing! However, that doesn’t mean you can take a break from good oral care. Keeping your teeth and gums clean may not be top on your list of things to do this summer, but it’s important to maintain proper dental habits. Don’t forget to follow these tips for keeping your mouth healthy during the summer.

Brush carefully
Brush your teeth at least twice a day, and try to do so after eating. You may be snacking more often during the summer, which means your teeth are more subject to harmful acids that can contribute to decay. Plaque will build up unless you brush it away using a soft toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste.

Floss daily
Yes, even during the summer you need to floss every day to get rid of plaque and food between your teeth. Your toothbrush can’t reach every area, so that’s why flossing is vital. Make sure you pack dental floss for any overnight trips too.

Wear your appliances
If you wear braces or any other types of appliances, make sure you continue to clean them properly and to wear them as directed by your dentist or orthodontist. The length of time for your treatment may be extended if you skip a whole summer of wearing your appliances or are inconsistent with them.

Eat nutritious foods
Don’t take a vacation from eating healthy foods. Avoid items high in starch and sugar, which promote acids in your mouth. Try to make nutritious choices in what you eat and drink, and remember to brush after eating.

See your dentist
There’s usually plenty of opportunity during summer break to schedule a checkup with your dentist. Go in for a professional cleaning and thorough checkup, so that your mouth will stay healthy and you can help avoid extensive treatment.

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Protect Yourself Against Oral Cancer

April 21st, 2016

It may not be one of the most publicized types of cancer, but oral cancer kills more people than cervical, testicular, or liver cancer. In fact, one American loses the battle against oral cancer every hour. The good news is that if it’s diagnosed in the early stages, there is a 90 percent survival rate for the disease. Early detection is the key.

Are you at risk for oral cancer?
Men are at a higher risk of oral cancer, and tobacco use increases your risk. Age also plays a role in your oral cancer risk. Even so, 25 percent of victims of oral cancer have no specific risk factors.

What are the warning signs?
Common symptoms of oral cancer include unexplained mouth bleeding, unusual bumps or thickenings, hoarse voice or changes in your voice, changes in the color of your oral tissues, and difficulty chewing or swallowing. Sometimes your dentist can detect problem areas even before symptoms arise, so it’s important to maintain regular checkups even if you don’t notice symptoms.

What can I do to prevent oral cancer?

  • Pay attention to the warning signs, and don’t ignore your body. It’s better to be safe than sorry.
  • Quit using tobacco and alcohol, both of which increase your cancer risk.
  • Eat a balanced diet, rich in fruits and vegetables.
  • Stay out of the sun as much as possible, and use sunscreen on your lips when you are outside.
  • Examine your lips, gums, tongue, cheeks, and the roof of your mouth yourself regularly.
  • See your dentist routinely. In addition to thorough checkups, some dentists use special screening tools to looks for oral cancer. You should visit your dentist every six months.

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Common Kids Dental Emergencies

April 14th, 2016

Kids will be kids, and emergencies happen that can affect the mouth. To avoid long-term damage, extensive pain, or unsightly results, it’s important to know what to do in a dental emergency. Let’s learn what you should do when your child has one of the following common oral problems.

Severe toothache
Look for food stuck between the teeth, and if so try to dislodge it with floss. Clean the affected tooth and rinse the mouth well with warm water. Swollen gums may indicate an infection, which requires a dental visit. Facial swelling can be relieved with cold compresses, but if it accompanies severe pain you should take your child to the dentist or emergency room. Try giving over-the-counter pain reliever, but don’t place the medication directly on the gum or tooth.

Chipped tooth
If your child chips a tooth, contact your dentist immediately. Fast action can help save the tooth, reduce the risk of infection, and prevent extensive procedures. Have your child rinse with cold water. If you can find the tooth fragment, take it to the dentist in case it can be bonded back in place.

Knocked out tooth
The first thing to do is locate the missing tooth. Hold it by the crown instead of the root, and rinse it gently. Try replacing the tooth back in the socket, and have your child bite a piece of gauze or cloth to hold it in place until you get to the dentist. If you can’t insert it, place it in a cup of cold milk to take with you. Time is important in saving a displaced tooth, so see your child’s dentist immediately.

Cut lip, tongue, or cheek
Ensure your child’s teeth are undamaged, and apply firm pressure with a moist washcloth or teabag to the bleeding area. If it doesn’t stop in fifteen minutes, call your child’s dentist or head to the emergency room. If the tongue is bleeding, there’s not much you can do except wait to see if it stops bleeding on its own within fifteen minutes. If not, visit the dentist or emergency room.

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Achieve the White Smile You Have Always Wanted

April 7th, 2016

As we age, our teeth naturally yellow and look darker. The foods we eat and lifestyle choices we make can also hasten this process. If you would love to enjoy a bright, vibrant smile, several different options exist to help you attain the desired results.

Having a gorgeous set of pearly whites can boost confidence and improve self esteem, so why not make an investment in yourself?

In-Office Whitening
With chairside whitening, your dentist can remove discolorations and brighten teeth up to 10 shades in one appointment. Products such as Zoom! Whitening or BriteSmile can make you look and feel years younger.

Professional Take-Home Kits
Some individuals prefer to whiten on their own timetables or to control the level of brightness. At-home whitening produces stunning results in just 10 to 14 days. Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth and send these molds off to a lab for creation of your custom trays. Simply apply the professional-strength gel as directed by your dentist, and wear the trays for the specified time period.

Store-Bought Whiteners
These days, you can find rows of whitening products at your local grocer or drug store. Although these options are much cheaper than professional whitening through your dentist, over-the-counter whitening agents may not work as well and they can cause sensitivity or damage to teeth or gums if not used properly. It’s best to whiten your teeth under the guidance of your dentist.

Home Remedies
You should always be careful about what you try at home, but these simple tips can temporarily give your smile a little pizzazz:

  • Use a toothpaste with baking soda, which lightens stains
  • Eat crunchy foods like carrots, apples, and celery to naturally remove surface stains
  • Choose clothes with dark colors to help bring out the white in your smile

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What is a Dental Emergency?

March 28th, 2016

Sometimes an injury or tooth pain can occur suddenly, and immediate dental care may be required. It’s not always obvious when a problem needs emergency care, but some dental emergencies do need to be treated quickly to avoid infections or permanent damage.

Here’s a guide to situations that are usually considered dental emergencies.

  • Cracked or broken tooth – contact your dentist immediately. Rinse your mouth with water and hold a cold compress to the affected area until you can get to your dentist’s office.
  • Excessive bleeding with lip or tongue bite – clean the area and use a cold compress. Go to the emergency room if the bleeding is severe or won’t stop.
  • Jaw injury – if you think you may have broken your jaw, apply a cold pack and immediately to your dentist’s office or the emergency room.
  • Knocked out tooth –rinse the root of the lost tooth if it’s dirty. Do not scrub or removed any tissue left on the tooth. Try reinserting the tooth into its socket, but if that isn’t successful, see your dentist right away. Placing the lost tooth in milk may help preserve the tooth until you can get professional help.
  • Loose tooth – see your dentist immediately if one of your teeth is loosened. Take over-the-counter pain reliever if needed, and apply a cold compress.
  • Lost crown or filling – place the crown or filling in a safe place and contact your dentist. To decrease sensitivity, you may apply clove oil and dental cement available at your drugstore, but only if you’ve gotten approval from your dentist.
  • Severe or sudden toothache – rinse your mouth with warm water and gently floss around the tooth. Contact your dentist if your toothache persists.
  • Swelling – painful swelling in your mouth may indicate an abscess, which is an infected area of pus that can become serious. See your dentist as soon as possible, and try rinsing your mouth with saltwater in the meantime.

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Pregnancy and Your Dental Health

March 21st, 2016

Having a baby is usually a time for celebration in a woman’s life. With pregnancy, your body changes in obvious ways and in some not so noticeable areas, including inside your mouth. According to the American Dental Association, not taking proper care of your teeth and gums can impact your pregnancy and your overall health, as well as contribute to future oral health concerns.

When a woman is pregnant, hormone production increases and blood flow rises dramatically, between 30 and 50 percent. Because of the extra estrogen and progesterone, as well as the increased blood flow, about half of pregnant women develop pregnancy gingivitis, which can create swollen, bleeding, or sensitive gums. In fact, severe gum disease has been linked to premature birth, so it’s important to take the condition seriously. Practicing good oral habits, like brushing twice a day and flossing regularly, will help with the symptoms. During your second trimester, schedule a visit to the dentist for a checkup and cleaning; your dentist may recommend more frequent cleanings during pregnancy to keep your mouth healthy.

If you have a problem arise during your pregnancy, contact your dentist right away. Most dentists will only perform fillings, root canals, or extractions during the second trimester and only if the procedure can’t be postponed until after the birth. If work must be done, your dentist will take every precaution to minimize risks to you and your baby. To be safe, a local injection of novocaine or lidocaine is the best choice for anesthesia. Usually, X-rays are avoided completely during pregnancy,

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Biomimetic Dentistry: The Future is Now

March 17th, 2016

Designed to imitate nature and preserve your teeth, biomimetic dentistry focuses on restoring weak, damaged, and decayed teeth to keep them strong and prevent bacterial invasion. With biomimetic dentistry, dentists study the properties of nature to duplicate them in their patients’ mouth. The goal is to rebuild teeth with materials that look, feel, and hold up more like natural teeth do.

In the past, dentists had to remove healthy tooth structure to place amalgam fillings and traditional dental crowns. Biomimetic dentistry encourages dentist to bond materials with the tooth to preserve its structure and integrity. These methods limit the amount of healthy tooth structure that is removed and offer more durable results. Reduction in cutting down teeth for inlays, onlays, root canals, and dental crowns is also promoted as a biomimetic dentistry idea.

Modern materials like solid ceramics and dental porcelain complement biomimetic dentistry. Whereas traditional metal fillings can leak or change shape over time, today’s restorations are designed to keep healthy tooth structure in tact. As well, sealing off the tooth against infection will protect the area from the threat of infection.

The concept of biomimetic dentistry has been in existence for the last 25 years. Researchers have worked at renowned universities in Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Turkey, the U.S., and many other countries to hone these ideas and share them within the dental community. Proponents of biomimetic dentistry in the United States have included Ray Bertolotti, John Kois, and John Kanca III.

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