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Why Not Consider Dental Implants?

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

If you are missing teeth, you may feel self-conscious about your smile. And lost teeth can impact your chewing and speaking ability. Over time, bone degeneration and subsequent tooth loss can also occur. Dental implants are a great option to replace missing teeth and revive your smile.

Look at the following reasons as you way your options:

Dental implants are a permanent solution.
Designed to look and feel like your original tooth, a dental implant is surgically placed under your gum and the dentist places a prosthetic crown on each post. These replacement options create a solid, attractive smile.

Dental implants stand the test of time.
Although they may cost more money initially than dentures, dental implants have a longer lifespan. With proper home care and regular dental checkups, implants will likely last 20 years or more. Can you say the same thing about your dentures?

Dental implants offer improved stability.
With implant therapy, you can say good-bye to messy creams and embarrassing slippage. Unlike dentures, the implants won’t move out of position because they are surgically anchored into place.

Dental implants improve oral health.
When you lose a tooth, the other teeth may shift into the open space, creating alignment problems. Gaps in your smile can also weaken the supporting bone structure. Implants fill in the spaces, which keeps your mouth in better shape.

Dental implants boost your self-esteem.
Lost teeth can cause you to limit what you do and the people you see. Completing your smile with dental implants can allow you to live life to the fullest so that you can eat, laugh, and smile with total confidence.

We specialize in dental implants at Richmond Dentistry

Understanding Dental Bridges

Saturday, 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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Pregnancy and Your Dental Health

Monday, 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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