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Dental Implants – When Is An Abutment Not Added?

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dental Implants – When Is An Abutment Not Added?

If you have discussed full dental restoration with your dental professional, then you may have learned about a few options that are available to you. One of these options includes the placement of one or several implants. If your dentist has started to discuss the implants with you, then you may know that implants are created in several parts. The abutment is one of these parts, and you may be wondering if this piece is essential. Well, an abutment is sometimes not added to the implant. Keep reading to learn when this happens and why it may be helpful to you.  When Can The Abutment Be Skipped? Traditional dental implants are made from the implant root, the abutment, and the dental crown. In most cases, the abutment serves as the cap that protects the top of the implant root. It also serves as the attachment point for the dental crown. Basically, crowns are cemented over abutments. The abutment is then screwed to the top of the implant root.  Your dentist may decide that the abutment is not right for your implant. Something called a healing cap will be placed over the top of the implant root instead while you heal. This cap is a short, smooth, and wide fitting that screws onto the top of the root, much like the abutment does.  When the implant root is ready for the artificial tooth, the cap is removed and the artificial tooth is placed over the top of the root. This crown will be one with a hole in the middle. A screw will be secured through the hole and down into the top of the root. The screw will be recessed in the crown and this allows a dentist to create a resin cap that covers the metal screw. The result is a natural looking tooth. How Can This Benefit You? Dental implants that are created with abutments require the crown to be cemented to the abutment. The abutment then must be screwed to dental root. This produces two separate spots where the tooth can loosen. It can loosen from the cement holding the tooth to the abutment and the abutment itself can unscrew and create a loose implant.  If a screw is inserted through the tooth, then only the screw has the option of loosening. This makes it more likely that the tooth will remain firm and secured once you start eating and biting normally.  The screw adhered crown can also make your implant appear more aesthetically pleasing. Sometimes abutments can show a bit underneath the gum tissues. This can make your tooth look as though it has decayed. This is not a problem if the abutment is not...

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Having An Ideal Bite And Smile: 3 Treatments Recommended For Fixing Overcrowding

Posted by on May 2, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Having An Ideal Bite And Smile: 3 Treatments Recommended For Fixing Overcrowding

When you don’t have enough room in your mouth to fit all of your teeth, your teeth are considered to be overcrowded. This type of malocclusion affects thousands of Americans each year. Overcrowding can cause problems with your bite and affect the overall functionality of your dental condition. It’s best to deal with the problem early on, as the issues caused by overcrowding will only worsen and heighten if left untreated. There are many different dental treatments recommended for fixing overcrowding. Here are three common ones you should familiarize yourself with. Extract Back Teeth to Make Room for Teeth Up Front Since there’s insufficient room in your mouth for all of your teeth, one of the simplest solutions is to simply extract your back teeth in order to make more room for all of the teeth in your mouth. In most cases, this solution is highly recommended if you still have your wisdom teeth. Your wisdom teeth is relatively useless and can be extracted without a hitch. You’ll usually only need about 3 to 4 days to recover from the wisdom teeth extraction. Expand Bone with Upper or Lower Jaw Expanders If removing some teeth is not an option at all, your dentist might recommend expanding your upper or lower jawbone in order to make more room for your teeth. You will need to wear an upper jaw expander to expand both the bone and cartilage of the upper palate. A lower jaw expander doesn’t expand the bone and the cartilage per se. Instead, this type of expander simply moves any teeth that has been tipped inwards, so that they are once again upright. Expanders are usually recommended for children and young adults who are still developing. Interproximal Reduction with Teeth Stripping for Smaller Sized Teeth If you’ve chosen to straighten your teeth with braces, then you can also get rid of the overcrowding through interproximal reduction of the teeth via teeth stripping. This basically means that the outermost layer of your teeth will be stripped down, so that the teeth becomes smaller and takes up less room. Interproximal reductions are commonly done with a dental drill although it can also be completed by hand using diamond coated abrasive strips. Conclusion Overcrowding can cause a whole array of unwanted dental issues. It’s best to solve the issue as soon as possible to prevent it from worsening. Depending on the condition of your teeth and jawbone, your dentist will recommend different treatments and solutions tailored to your needs. Click here to...

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Removing Stubborn Dentures

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Removing Stubborn Dentures

New denture wearers often choose to utilize denture adhesives as a way to help ensure that their teeth stay safely in place. Yet sometimes those adhesives do their job so well that it can be difficult to remove the dentures at the end of the day. If you are new to dentures and have been experiencing difficulty getting them out of place, read on. This article will provide a helpful guide to handling stubborn denture adhesive. The Nature Of Denture Adhesives There are two main ingredients that make up a denture adhesive: polyvinyl acetate and caboxymethylcellulose, or CMC for short. Here the polyvinyl acetate is the actual adhesive. Yet it comes with a catch: it only works when the surfaces it is adhering are dry. That is where the CMC comes on. CMC acts to absorb and retain liquid–in this case, saliva. By sponging up the saliva in your mouth, it allows the polyvinyl acetate to keep your dentures properly stuck in place. Should the CMC reach its maximum moisture capacity, however, the adhesive will lose its strength. At that point your dentures will be help in place by suction alone. Removing Stubborn Dentures Denture adhesives are designed in such a way that, by the end of the day, the CMC has absorbed its full capacity of moisture, thus making the dentures easy to remove. Those who experience difficulty can often ease the removal process by spending a couple of minutes swishing the inside of their mouth with water. This will help to saturate the CMC and break the adhesive’s bond. When removing your dentures, remember to gently press them away from your gums with two fingers. Try to exert an even pressure. If the denture is still slow to come loose, you may try applying a bit more pressure first to one side and then to the other. This gentle rocking motion will help to break the suction holding them in place. Adhesive Clean Up If you find that you still have denture adhesive stuck to your gums after having removing your dentures, use a washcloth moistened with warm water to help loosen it up. Then use a toothbrush and toothpaste to scrub clean any remaining adhesive. In the event that some adhesive still remains on your gums, do not worry. It will loosen up in the coming hours, as it becomes more and more saturated with saliva. Never give in to the temptation to use denture cleansers on your gums, as these substances can cause serious harm to your body’s tissues. For more information, contact a local...

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Why A Dental Checkup Before Tooth Whitening Is A Good Idea

Posted by on Apr 25, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why A Dental Checkup Before Tooth Whitening Is A Good Idea

If you want a white and bright smile, you should put on the brakes before trying to whiten your teeth. While having a white smile is great, making sure that you don’t damage your mouth in the process is just as important. Read on to learn why it’s a good reason to visit your dentist before having your teeth whitened. Weak Enamel Enamel is the outermost layer of your teeth, and the strongest layer, too. Enamel protects the inside of your teeth from harm. Unfortunately, many at-home tooth whitening methods can damage the enamel of your teeth, especially if it’s already weakened. Make no mistake; you may have weak enamel without even knowing it. Acidic foods and beverages like juice and fruit can break down enamel over time, making your teeth more susceptible to damage. Your dentist can quickly assess your teeth and determine if your enamel is at risk, and provide solutions to improve the appearance and condition of your teeth. Exposed Dentin Unlike the strong protective enamel, dentin is the soft and vulnerable surface underneath. Dentin has a yellow appearance, so if it becomes exposed, it can make your teeth look like they’re stained or discolored. This might encourage you to whiten your teeth, but doing so with exposed dentin could be hazardous. Dentin is the inner pulp of your tooth, which can be easily harmed. The strong compounds like bleach or peroxide that are often used to whiten teeth can harm your dentin quite easily, and potentially put you in a lot of pain, as even the nerves in your teeth could be damaged. Professional Whitening If your dentist notices any of these problems or you just want to have your teeth whitened safely, consider talking to your dentist about having your teeth whitened by them. Dentists have access to a wide range of methods to whiten teeth, which often give better results in a shorter amount of time. In addition, your dentist can choose the method that will best suit your dental health, and they’ll be able to protect your gum tissue to prevent it from being harmed by any strong substances used to whiten your teeth. Whitened teeth can give you a polished and perfect appearance, but you should always consider talking to a dentist before taking your oral health into your hands. If you’re due for a checkup, make an appointment to see a dentist before trying to whiten your teeth. Contact a business such as Barnstable Dental Associates for more information....

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5 Tips For Dealing With Sensitive Teeth

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Tips For Dealing With Sensitive Teeth

If your teeth hurt every time you brush a little too hard or eat something cold, they may be sensitive. Tooth sensitivity can be caused by a number of different factors, including aggressive tooth brushing, gum disease, and tooth decay. In some cases, tooth sensitivity is purely genetic. If you suffer from sensitive teeth, here are a few things you can do to relieve this issue: Avoid Acidic Foods and Drinks If your teeth are sensitive, it may be best to stay away from acidic foods and drinks, like pickles, citrus fruit, and soda. Consuming these foods and drinks often can wear away the enamel of your teeth. If you still want to consume these beverages and foods on occasion, consider drinking milk afterward to neutralize the acids in your mouth. Stop Grinding Your Teeth Do you grind your teeth? If so, you could be doing some serious damage to the enamel of your teeth. Clenching down on your teeth all the time can wear down the enamel over time and make them more sensitive. If you tend to grind your teeth at night, you might want to ask your dentist about getting a mouth guard. Brush More Gently There is no reason to brush your teeth aggressively. In fact, brushing with too much force can hurt the enamel of your teeth. To avoid issues, brush your teeth in gentle, circular motions with a soft bristle toothbrush. Be Careful With Teeth Bleaching Whitening your teeth can make them look more attractive, but doing it too often may not be such a good idea. The bleaching agents in whitening treatments can be quite hard on your teeth and wear down the enamel. If you think your teeth sensitivity is due to teeth bleaching, try to cut down on it. Don’t Overuse Mouthwash Mouthwash might reduce germs in your mouth, but using it every day can have a negative effect on your teeth. This is because many mouthwashes contains harsh chemicals that can increase sensitivity in your teeth. If you want to continue using mouthwash, try using a neutral fluoride rinse because it’s less harsh. If you follow these useful tips, you can reduce the sensitivity in your teeth and feel better. However, if your teeth are still too sensitive, you may want to contact a dentist at a dental clinic like Smile Makers Dental. He or she can determine if an underlying issue, like gum disease, is causing your teeth...

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Four Mistakes To Avoid Right After You Get Dental Implants Put In

Posted by on Apr 12, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Mistakes To Avoid Right After You Get Dental Implants Put In

How well you care for yourself after your dental implant surgery is an important determining factor in how successful your new dental implants will be. You need to put effort into healing properly so that your body adjusts well to your new teeth. The following are four mistakes to avoid in the days following your dental implant surgery that could hamper the healing process and make it more difficult to recover: Smoking after the implant surgery Those who smoke regularly might find it difficult to stop smoking after the implant procedure. However, it’s very important for those who are recovering to not smoke. Smoking can create a lot of complications when it comes to osseointegration or creating a strong bond between the existing jaw bone and the dental implants. Smoking inhibits circulation, and proper circulation is highly important when the body is healing.  Patients need to at least temporarily stop smoking after implant surgery until you’ve give your body adequate time to heal. If all else fails, try a nicotine patch in the days preceding and following the procedure to control your smoking habit.  Consuming alcohol after the implant surgery Consuming alcohol after the implant surgery is also a bad idea. Alcohol can dehydrate the body, and staying adequately hydrated is an important part of healing. Proper hydration makes your cells healthier and promotes cell growth so that your body can heal in a timely manner.  Beginning to eat solid food too soon after surgery Immediately after the procedure, you should be eating foods that don’t require any chewing whatsoever. Gradually, you can work your way back to eating solid foods, but at first it’s imperative that you stick to liquids or soft foods. You also should avoid eating very hot foods while you’re recovering from the dental implant procedure. Hot foods can damage healing tissues, so it’s best to make sure soft foods like soup that you’re eating after the procedure have been given ample time to cool before you begin eating them.  Neglecting proper oral health care Patients often make the dangerous assumption that their dental implants won’t require as much dental hygiene care because they’re not real teeth and can’t develop cavities. However, this is not true. It’s especially dangerous to neglect dental hygiene while your mouth is recovering from the dental implant procedure because healing skin in your gums can be susceptible to infection. Follow your dentist’s instructions carefully regarding dental hygiene practices after the procedure. Your dentist is going to recommend that you carefully rinse out your mouth periodically after the procedure with an antiseptic mouthwash that will prevent infection of any healing surgery wounds in your...

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How Your Teeth Can Make a Good First Impression on a First Date

Posted by on Apr 7, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Your Teeth Can Make a Good First Impression on a First Date

First dates are always a bit exciting and nerve-wracking, especially since you want to put your best foot forward. It might surprise you to discover that one of the most important things your date will notice about you isn’t your hair, makeup, or clothes, but your teeth. If your teeth are less than perfect, read on to learn how that could impact your date and what you can do about it. Studies Show Teeth Are Important Multiple studies have shown that teeth are among the very first things that a potential love interest notices. One study found that 71% of women and 58% of men noticed their partner’s teeth before anything else about them. Another study found that teeth were the thing the majority of people noticed when meeting someone new. While teeth clearly aren’t the only thing your potential significant other will notice about you, they could make a huge impact on whether or not the two of you hit it off. As a result, it’s important to make sure your smile is in as good a condition as possible prior to going on your date, and that goes beyond brushing and making sure you don’t have bad breath. Teeth Whitening If your teeth are yellow, stained, or otherwise discolored, getting your teeth professionally whitened is a good idea. Forget the at-home kits. They take a long time to deliver results, and some can have dangerous side effects on your oral health. Instead, visit a cosmetic dentist that specializes in teeth whitening. They’ll be able to quickly restore your smile to a gleaming white that will dazzle your date. Veneers If you think your teeth are too crooked, misaligned, or poorly spaced to be saved in time for a date, you’ll be glad to know you’re wrong. Veneers can give you the appearance of a perfect smile in no time at all. Unlike braces, which can take a long time to correct the alignment of teeth, veneers provide the appearance of a perfect smile in just one dentist visit. Veneers are like tooth-shaped shields made out of porcelain that sit in front of your teeth. They’re adhered to your existing teeth, so they don’t have to be removed or separately cleaned, but they also cover the imperfections in your smile. Veneers take almost no time at all to set up, and can give the appearance of a perfect smile even if your teeth are severely crooked. A good smile and healthy teeth could make all the difference in your next date. If you’re looking for an easy way to impress someone, talk to a cosmetic dentist...

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Questions To Ask Your Dental Implant Surgeon During The Planning Phase

Posted by on Apr 4, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions To Ask Your Dental Implant Surgeon During The Planning Phase

If you currently have missing teeth or if you plan to have teeth pulled and you need an implant, you may actually want to find an implant surgeon prior to going to your dentist. The implant surgeon will be able to give you information on what a dental implant can and can’t do for your smile. They will also be able to give you pertinent information that could save you money during the pre-surgical phase during your regular dental visits. Here are some questions to ask your dental surgeon during the planning phase. Are bone grafts included in the price? When you get a tooth pulled, you may need bone grafting in order to add a dental implant. If you do need grafting done, you should ask your dental surgeon if this process is included in the price. If the bone grafts are included in the price of the dental implant, it will be more price conscious for you to allow the dental surgeon to perform this. If you can skip bone grafting during the tooth extraction phase, the price of a tooth pulling is much lower.  Can you get a mold taken of your mouth? One of the processes that must take place during the dental implant phase is getting a crown that fits your tooth. If you have not yet had your teeth pulled, you should get a mold taken at your dental surgeon’s office if possible. This will allow your dental surgeon to have a complete composite of your mouth and know the appropriate dimensions of any crown that needs to go into your mouth. If the teeth are already missing, your dental surgeon can inspect your mouth before your teeth shift any further to determine where the teeth should sit in the gums.  Determine what works better as an extraction and a root canal If there are teeth that appear to be in good condition, your dental surgeon may be willing to apply a crown to these teeth instead of having you get the tooth extraction and dental implant. Have your oral surgeon determine which teeth appear to be in good condition and can be saved by a regular crown. This will give you a complete game plan before you visit your regular dentist. Since you must wait for a number of months after dental work and extractions, having a complete plan of action will speed up your recovery and your dental implant process. Talk to a dentist, like George N. Bryan Jr, DDS, PA, for more...

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Have Puffy Gums? Know The Cause And Solution

Posted by on Mar 28, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have Puffy Gums? Know The Cause And Solution

Are you hesitant to smile because you know that your gums look puffy and inflamed? If so, this could be due to gum disease. It’s a problem that can be fixed thanks to scaling and root planing, which helps reduce the puffiness and pain you are experiencing. It’s important to understand why you developed this condition, and what can be done to correct the problem. Why Do Your Gums Become Puffy and Inflamed? Gum inflammation occurs because plaque contains bacteria, and it can cause your gums to be infected. There will be an accumulation of plaque between your teeth and gums, which causes that puffy appearance. When plaque is not removed, it can become hard and cause the puffiness to increase. This is a result of what happens when you don’t brush as frequently as you need to. Your dentist will treat the condition with a dental procedure known as scaling and root planing. They use ultrasonic scaling equipment that can remove the plaque found under the gums, even when there is a lot of it. Once most of the hardened plaque is removed from your gums, they manually scrape away all of the remaining plaque so that the surface is smooth. Your gums will still be puffy immediately after having the procedure done, but swelling will gradually reduce over the next few days. You’ll be prescribed an antibiotic to help deal with any inflammation you’re experiencing due to the procedure, and pain medication when it is necessary. What Will The Procedure Cost? Your costs for this procedure will always depend on the degree of work that needs to be done. Gum disease could be isolated to a part of your mouth, or be affecting all your teeth. Another factor will be if you are using dental insurance, and if it will pay for a part of the procedure. If you are not using insurance, expect that you will pay between $100 and $450 if having a single quadrant of your mouth worked on. On average, it could cost $1,257 for your entire mouth to be worked on. While this may seem like a costly procedure, know that it is designed to reduce pain and improve the appearance of your teeth. If you continue to ignore the problem, your gum disease will continue to get worse as the bacteria below the gum line hardens and causes more irritation.  You then may need the help of a dentist, like one from The Family Dentist, that specializes in...

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How Can Dental Bonding Restore Your Smile?

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Can Dental Bonding Restore Your Smile?

Your dentist can use a technique known as dental bonding to repair a wide variety of dental problems. Bonding is the application of a composite material to the exterior of your enamel to hide damage or alter the shape of your teeth. Here is an explanation of four problems that can be repaired with dental bonding. Cracked or Chipped Teeth While impacts to the mouth are one of the most common causes of cracked or chipped teeth, this problem can also result from grinding your teeth while you sleep or biting too hard on hard foods. Dental bonding is an excellent solution for cracked or chipped teeth, as the procedure both hides the damage and prevents it from spreading further. When your dentist repairs your cracked or chipped teeth, he or she will first fill the damaged area with a conditioning liquid to help the composite adhere. The composite putty is then applied to the tooth and smoothed out so that it will not stand out from the rest of the tooth. Finally, the dentist will use a UV light to harden the putty and polish it so that it matches the appearance of your enamel. Gaps Between Teeth While gaps between all of your teeth are usually caused by genetics, a single gap is usually the result of manual forces on your teeth. Trauma can cause localized gaps, as well as habits during childhood such as thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. Dental bonding can be used to reduce the appearance of both full-mouth gaps and single gaps. Bonding is an especially attractive procedure for hiding gaps between teeth because it is non-invasive and doesn’t actually require your teeth to be moved. Instead, layers of dental composite are added to every tooth that is adjacent to a gap. This extra material causes the teeth to appear larger, reducing the size of the gap between them. Exposed Roots The roots of your teeth contain the nerves that deliver blood to the pulp of your teeth. If part of the roots of your teeth are visible above the gum line, the sensitive nerves within the roots could cause you to experience significant pain and discomfort when eating hot or cold foods. Because your gums naturally recede as you age, it is important for everyone to understand their treatment options for sensitivity due to root exposure. Much like dental bonding can be used to hide stains, it can be used to create a protective layer over the exposed sections of your tooth roots. Your dentist can apply a thin layer of composite around the bases of your teeth so that the nerves are insulated from temperatures that could cause pain. This process also helps to protect the dental sockets from bacterial infection that could lead to tooth loss. Discolored Enamel There are some types of discoloration that can affect your teeth that even professional teeth whitening cannot repair. Intrinsic stains are the most common example; these stains stem from decay of the tooth pulp that is visible through your partially transparent tooth enamel. Traditional tooth whitening techniques only clean the enamel, which unfortunately means that intrinsic stains will remain visible. Dental bonding is an effective method for resolving intrinsic stains and other stubborn forms of tooth discoloration. Instead of scrubbing the discoloration...

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