Archive for May, 2013

Who Needs a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

The term “full mouth reconstruction” brings to mind exactly what it is: a process to help you achieve a whole new smile. It involves techniques such as using veneers, attaching crowns, placing implants, realigning the bite, or straightening teeth. What kinds of mouth conditions or characteristics make a patient a candidate for full mouth reconstruction? Here are some common reasons for undergoing this dental process.

Missing teeth
It’s not unusual for people to lose teeth prematurely for a variety of reasons. It can be embarrassing to have missing teeth, as well as not having normal mouth function. Dental implants are a common solution for replacing missing teeth. Sometimes the process can take as many as 4 to 6 months to complete, as it takes time for the implant to fully bond with your bones. Dental implants require several visits to your dentist during the process.

Misaligned teeth
Serious jaw problems may result from having teeth that are not aligned properly. Full mouth reconstruction is a good way to effectively correct misaligned teeth so that you avoid even worse problems in the future. Your dentist will suggest options to correct your alignment problems in the ideal way for you.

Mouth injuries
Accidents happen, and unfortunately your teeth can be an easy target. Sports injuries, car accidents, and all kinds of trauma can occur that impact your mouth. Often, full mouth reconstruction is the best way to restore your teeth and get back the smile you lost.

Tooth decay
If you don’t properly and consistently take care of your teeth, it is guaranteed that tooth decay will occur. If caught early and the appropriate measures are taken to correct the problems right away, you can save your teeth and gums. However, many people lose teeth due to untreated decay. When this happens, full mouth reconstruction may be the only way to restore your smile and save your remaining teeth from the same fate.

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Flossing That Works

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

It’s no secret that many people don’t floss their teeth. When you visit your dentist, you probably hear about the importance of flossing regularly. That’s not news to most people; even though we hear flossing is important, it’s not something people enjoy. You might change your mind if you realize it lowers your risk for oral diseases, minimizes the time spent in the dental chair, and can even save you from losing teeth. It’s never too late to start flossing, so here are some tips to help you make it a habit.

When to floss
Knowing when to floss is the first step. A good guideline is flossing after eating anything, especially foods prone to getting stuck between teeth like apples, meat, and candy. Flossing soon after eating reduces the time that food contacts your tooth enamel. Dentists suggest flossing before you brush, which removes food debris and loosens plaque. That makes it easier for your toothbrush to wash those items away, and it also allows the fluoride in your toothpaste to reach every tooth surface. Flossing and brushing together helps lower your risk of tartar buildup that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease.

How to floss
The goal of flossing is to reach all of the areas that your toothbrush can’t get to by itself. This means you should spend time cleaning every angle on every single tooth, working the dental floss all around each tooth and along the gums. Don’t forget to floss your back molars too.

Why floss
Flossing will help keep your teeth and gums healthy, but there are other benefits as well. Experts have linked poor oral health with other medical issues, like increased risk of heart disease, respiratory problems, and type 2 diabetes. Maintaining a consistent regimen of flossing, brushing, and regular dental checkups will all contribute to a healthier mouth and a healthier body.

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Dental Sealants

Tuesday, May 14th, 2013

Sometimes brushing and flossing your teeth isn’t enough. Your teeth have tiny grooves in them that are so narrow that a toothbrush can’t fit inside to remove plaque. To prevent decay in the grooves, dentists can apply a plastic coating to the chewing surfaces of your back teeth. This is called dental sealant, and it acts as a barrier to prevent cavities. Sealants are easy, painless, and require no drilling. Let’s learn more about how this simple technique can put extra power behind your dental health.

How can dental sealants help?
Sealants provide complete protection from decay on the chewing surface of your teeth. Even when it’s placed over minimal decay, the sealant enables the decay to not worsen.

Who should get sealants?
The risk of developing decay begins early in life, so kids and teens are perfect candidates for sealants. Even adults may benefit from sealants. If a tooth already has a filling, then sealant is not applied to that tooth.

How are sealants applied?
The sealant is painted on the tooth enamel of the chewing surfaces of your back teeth, where it bonds into the grooves and hardens.

Why aren’t sealants used on all teeth?
The liquid plastic fills the grooves of your teeth, but it doesn’t work on your teeth’s smooth surfaces. That is why it is not used on the fronts, backs, and sides of teeth.

How long do they last?
Sealants withstand normal chewing, and usually last two to four years before a reapplication is necessary. Sometimes sealants last up to ten years! Your dentist will monitor the condition of the sealants at your regular checkups, and reapply them if chipping or wearing occurs.

Are sealants the best way to prevent cavities?
While sealants can be a great way to help you protect your teeth from decay, they are not the only solution. You must continue your daily routine of brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing. Eating healthy foods and avoiding sugary and acidic foods is also helpful, as is seeing your dentist for regular checkups.

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Veneers Can Make Your Smile Stand Out

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Tooth stains, chips, cracks, and discolorations can keep you from letting others see your teeth. If you are self-conscious about your smile, then dental veneers may be the answer for you. Veneers can correct a variety of imperfections and give you a natural, beautiful smile.

What are dental veneers?
Made from tooth-colored porcelain, veneers are attached to the front of your natural teeth. They feel just like the rest of your teeth, and are durable and do not irritate your gums. Since porcelain is resistant to stains, you’re able to eat and drink as you wish. Good oral hygiene helps keep veneers and your natural teeth strong and healthy.

What are the benefits of getting veneers?
There’s a reason that veneers are one of the most popular options in cosmetic dentistry. They provide a solution to many problems and can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. Veneers are the answer for tough stains or discolorations that can’t be repaired by teeth whitening. They can also make your teeth look straight and even. Veneers provide an answer for chipped or broken teeth too.

Are there any disadvantages?
The main thing to remember is that your original tooth might need to be reshaped to a smaller size and shape to allow the new, thin coating of the veneer to be placed over it. The coating will make your tooth look like a normal, perfectly shaped tooth. However, if the veneer is ever removed, it would need to be replaced to keep your smile looking nice. Dental veneers are a life-long solution to creating your best smile.

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