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Two Procedures Used With Clear Aligners To Advance Dental Movements

Posted by on Mar 24, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you have extremely crooked teeth and a small mouth, then you may be able to invest in the use of clear retainers or aligners to straighten the teeth properly. Sometimes, aligners can be used on their own to shift the teeth around. However, this might not be true if you do not have a lot of space in the mouth or if you do not want to use aligners for an extended period of time. In these cases, your cosmetic dentist may complete some procedures in addition to providing you with aligners. Some of these procedures are outlined below. Interproximal Reduction Interproximal reduction (IPR), enamel stripping, or tooth slenderizing is an orthodontic approach that has been used since the 1940s to increase the space in the mouth a small amount so the teeth can sit next to one another without touching or crowding one another. Extra space is often needed if you do not want to have teeth pulled or if teeth have already been removed and several extra millimeters of space are needed. The reduction technique will not only make your teeth look better when the clear aligner straightening is completed, but it will allow you to clean between the teeth properly with dental floss. Also, if the teeth do not sit as close to one another, they are likely to be stable and remain in a good position after you are done using the aligners. IPR is often completed after the teeth are fully aligned so your cosmetic professional can identify the teeth that touch after they are positioned correctly. Once these teeth are identified, the dentist will shave a small amount of dental enamel from both sides of the tooth. Typically, the front teeth will be the ones that are contoured. Lidocaine will not be needed during the procedure, because it is not likely to cause any pain. However, a small amount of numbing gel may be placed across the gums to reduce pressure sensations. Either manual removal is completed or a pneumatic tool will be used. Manual removal will occur with a handled device where a thin wire-mesh strip will sit. The strip will be moved between the teeth to remove enamel much like a piece of sandpaper. A thin metal stripping disc will be placed on a pneumatic tool if your dentist decides that manual removal is not desirable.  Bone Stimulation If you have extremely crooked teeth, then you may need to go through dental straightening over a longer period of time than you expect. The average person will be given 20 to 30 aligners that must be worn for about two weeks each. This will mean that you need to wear the aligners for close to a year. However, as many as 50 aligners may need to be worn and result in about a two year wear period. If your teeth are stubborn, then some of these aligners may need to be worn for three or four weeks, and this can extend the wear period to well over two years. If this is not ideal for you, then you can ask your cosmetic dentist to use bone stimulation techniques in conjunction with your aligners to quicken the process. Bone stimulation or alveocentesis involves the placement of small holes in the jawbone to quicken the process of bone remodeling. Basically, when the teeth are moved during...

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Missing Teeth: More Than Just a Cosmetic Issue

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’ve ever had a missing tooth, you’ll know how strange it can feel to look in the mirror and see a space where your tooth should be. It can make your smile look “off” and it can be annoying when you’re trying to eat, but are missing teeth really a problem? Don’t dismiss your doctor’s suggestion to consider dental bridges or implants for missing teeth, because he or she is worried about more than your self-confidence when suggesting them. Here’s why missing teeth are more than just a cosmetic issue and what you can do to have the missing teeth replaced. Damage to surrounding teeth and jaw When you have a missing or broken tooth you’ll probably notice that you compensate for it by chewing more on the other side of your mouth. This extra pressure on your teeth can cause some to wear down earlier than normal, and it can cause strain on your jaw that can be painful. Missing one or more teeth can also cause the other teeth to shift out of place and destabilize, making it more likely you’ll lose more teeth later on. If you have one missing tooth, you may not notice any significant problems until long after the tooth has been removed. Teeth don’t shift overnight, but once they do, it can be more difficult to get them back into their proper alignment than it would have been to replace the original missing tooth. It can also be more expensive trying to correct several teeth than it would be to replace one or two missing teeth. A dental bridge or dental implants can stop the remaining teeth from shifting and allow you chew normally, eliminating undue strain on the surrounding teeth and jaws. Bone loss One of the most disturbing problems that can occur when you lose teeth is bone deterioration in your jawbone. Teeth stimulate the bones of your jaws to remain alive and healthy, so if you lose one or more, there is also a loss of stimulation to the bone. This can cause the bone to resorb, or deteriorate, which can lead to a sunken, hollow appearance to your face. It is more obvious at the front of the mouth, but missing back teeth can also have a big impact on the way your smile looks.  Since bone loss is due to the lack of stimulation in the jawbones, dentures do nothing to prevent this. Dental implants act as substitute tooth roots, stimulating the bone and stabilizing it. They can preserve the bone structure and keep your smile looking natural. Problems with digestion Digestion starts in your mouth, with your teeth and saliva being the tools that prepare your food for absorption in your digestive system. There’s a reason why you don’t swallow food whole; in order for your food to be properly digested, it needs to be chopped up and mixed with saliva, which begins breaking down the food into units that can be used by the body. If you swallow large chunks of food that haven’t been properly chewed, your digestive system has to work harder to get the nutrients from the food. Unless you want tummy troubles as well as dental problems, you need to chew your food properly. Dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants...

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Root Canal Retreatment: What to Expect

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Most of the time, a root canal (also called endodontic therapy), in conjunction with a crown, can last a lifetime. Occasionally, however, the root canal treatment fails and it must be retreated. This retreatment is generally done by a root canal specialist, or endodontist. If you find that your endodontically treated tooth needs to be treated again, here is what you can expect from the procedure. Removal of Old Filling Material If you’ve had a root canal done within the past decade or two, your canals were most likely filled with a rubbery material called gutta percha. After your endodontist drills an access hole in the biting surface of your tooth, he or she will place a solvent in your tooth to begin loosening up the gutta percha. A series of small drills and files will be used to remove the old material from your canals so they can be thoroughly cleaned. If your root canal is older, you might have thin strips of metal called silver points in your canals. These are no longer used, because they tend to corrode over time, but they were a popular root canal filling material in years and decades past. If you have silver points in place and you need to have your endodontic treatment redone, an ultrasonic machine will often be used to loosen them enough to allow them to slide out. Care will be taken to avoid breaking them, but in some cases the silver is corroded enough that they break off inside of the canal. This may or may not lead to the necessity of an additional procedure later. Widening and Shaping of the Canals Once the old material is removed, the endodontist will widen and shape your canals more than they were in the original procedure. Sometimes, a root canal retreatment is done because there is an additional canal that was not found during the first treatment. Your specialist will use a surgical microscope to search for additional canals if this is suspected to be the issue. Most of the time, these hidden canals are found in molars, but occasionally there will be an extra canal in a bicuspid tooth. The endodontist will use tiny files and reamers to widen the canals, just like your dentist did during the first root canal treatment. Refilling the Canals In some cases, a temporary antiseptic canal filling will be placed for up to several weeks before the permanent canal filling can be placed. This might be necessary if you have a draining abscess or infection, and it will allow your infection to heal. (If your endodontist gives you a prescription for antibiotics, be sure to take all of them as directed to allow the healing to take place.) Once there is no more draining infection, your endodontist will refill the canals with new gutta percha filling material. Tiny flexible cones of the gutta percha will be slid into your canals, then heated so they melt and fill every bit of space. Liquid gutta percha is often also injected to continue filling the canals. You might detect a slight burning smell, but you will not feel anything; the nerve in your tooth is gone and the heat will not affect your gums or the other teeth in the vicinity. When your retreatment...

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Lasers Are No Longer A Tool Of The Future – They Are Now In Your Dental Office

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Depending on your age, you may be able to remember a time that lasers only appeared on Saturday morning cartoons, or on science fiction television shows. This is no longer the case; lasers are now being used in many different areas of your daily living, and they can now be found in your dental office. Laser dentistry offers your dentist a way to perform precise and effective treatments, and offers you more safety and comfort. Understanding how dental lasers work will give you more appreciation for the many procedures they can be used for. Why Use Dental Lasers? Although many dentists are now just starting to use Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation (Laser) technology in their practice, dental lasers are nothing new. Lasers have been used in the field of dentistry since 1994. Instead of using a hard cutting surface such as a drill bit, lasers work by delivering energy in the form of light. Laser light can then be used as a cutting instrument, as well as a tissue vaporizer. It can also be used as a heat source, a curing tool, or even a whitening agent. Dentist like lasers because they not only make many of their jobs easier, but they also provide a higher degree of comfort to their patients. Procedures that are performed with dental lasers cause less pain than other traditional methods. This means certain procedures can often be performed without anesthesia, eliminating the need for needles and other pain management methods many patients find uncomfortable. By minimizing bleeding and swelling during certain treatments, recovery time is faster and discomfort is minimized.  Because lasers do not emit the loud noises other dental tools can, patients have less dental anxiety when lasers are being used. Because of the speed and accuracy of lasers, patients spend less time in the dental chair. What Are The Types Of Dental Lasers? There are three basic types of dental lasers. They are: Hard Tissue Lasers – These lasers are designed to be able to cut through bone and tooth materials. This makes them perfect for shaping teeth for various dental procedures.  Soft Tissue Lasers – Also called dental diode lasers or Nd:YAG, these are created on a different wavelength than the hard tissue lasers. Soft tissue lasers are designed to penetrate the soft tissues of your mouth, while being able to seal blood vessels and nerve endings.  Optical Coherence Tomography – A non-invasive type of laser that allows your dentist to see the inside of your teeth. In addition to the separate lasers, there is dental laser technology on the market, which gives your dentist the ability to use the types of laser energy they need from one tool. What Can Dental Lasers Be Used For? By using one or more of these tools your dentist will be able to provide a wide array of procedures. Here are some examples of these procedures: Lasers can be used for various periodontal treatments These tools can be used to scale your teeth to remove the calcified plaque and calculus all the way down to the root plane, which is deeper than any other non-invasive tool. Soft tissue lasers can actually help reduce bacterial growth related to periodontal diseases when used in conjunction with other types of treatment. Lasers may...

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Suffering From Migraine Headaches? Your Orthodontist May Be Able To Help

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Do you suffer from migraine headaches? Have you taken measures to lower your stress, changed your diet, and learned how to avoid most sensory stimuli in order to thwart off those migraines, yet still find yourself overcome with frequent bouts of intense pain? If so, read on to learn how an orthodontist may be able to help. About Malocclusions  Ideally, your molars should sit flush against each other and your top front teeth should rest ever-so-slightly in front of your front bottom teeth. Unfortunately, very few people are blessed with perfect teeth alignment. When the teeth aren’t lined up perfectly, the condition is known as malocclusion. While most malocclusions are slight, don’t pose any risks, and don’t require treatment, others are severe and could lead to a variety of problems — including migraine headaches. How Malocclusions Cause Migraines When your teeth aren’t properly aligned, your jaw joints and masticatory muscles need to work a lot harder to perform ordinary tasks like chewing and speaking. Over time, your jaw joints can become strained and your jaw muscles can grow fatigued. Worse yet, people with malocclusions tend to compensate for their crooked alignment by forcing their teeth into unnatural positions when they chew or speak, thus adding more strain on the jaw and worsening the problem. The constant state of stress a severe malocclusion creates can act as a trigger for migraine headaches. Treatment Options For Malocclusions In order to treat migraine headaches caused by a malocclusion, you must focus on correcting your bite alignment. There are several different reasons why your teeth may not be aligned properly, ranging from large or extra teeth overcrowding the mouth to irregular shaped teeth preventing a flush bite. In rare cases, malocclusions are the result of a birth defect in which the actual jaw bones are too large or not large enough to support the teeth. The severity of your malocclusion and its underlying cause will determine the correct course of treatment. For those with overcrowded teeth, the problem may be as easy to fix as a simple tooth extraction. Freeing up a little space by removing a tooth will allow the remaining teeth to relax into their natural position, thus eliminating stress on the jaw. For malocclusion sufferers with a single irregularly-shaped tooth, that tooth can generally be reshaped with a special tool that grinds the enamel down.  People who have moderately severe malocclusions may need to wear a dental appliance designed to gradually correct their bite, such as braces or a temporary anchorage device (TAD). These devices can be removed once the desired teeth alignment is achieved. Finally, those whose malocclusion is caused by a deformity of the jaw bones may need surgery to shave down the bones or stretch and strengthen them. Knowing If You Have A Malocclusion Just because you don’t have an obvious overbite or under-bite doesn’t mean that you don’t have a malocclusion. In order to know for sure, you’ll need to visit an orthodontist. Your orthodontist can monitor your bite with electromyography (EMG) imaging and a computerized motion sensor to determine the precise location your jaw should sit in order to achieve the least amount of joint and muscle strain. From there, you’ll work with your orthodontist to design a treatment option that best suits your needs....

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Understanding And Caring For Your Child’s Hypocalcified Teeth

Posted by on Jul 16, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If your child loses his or her baby teeth only to have adult teeth grow in with white, brown, or yellow patches, they may have teeth that are hypocalcified. While many dentists are not exactly sure what triggers this condition, it can lead to some abnormal tooth growth and require some special care. In order to remove the discoloration, your child may need some more extensive dental work done after the teeth have reached adult size.  What exactly are hypocalcified teeth? Every tooth has an external protective layer known as enamel. Usually, enamel is extremely hard– it prevents bacteria from damaging the inner pulp of the teeth. This hardness comes from minerals like calcium phosphate, which make enamel the hardest and most durable substance in your body. When teeth are hypocalcified, these minerals are less concentrated in places, because the enamel has not formed normally due to a lack of ameloblasts. These “patches” of uneven mineralization can lead to discoloration. In severe cases, the patches can also lack the characteristic hardness of enamel, making the tooth more susceptible to decay. Some hypocalcified teeth may also have abnormal shapes or sizes.  Do hypocalcified teeth require special care or treatment? If you notice that your child has brown or yellow spots on their teeth right when the permanent teeth replace the primary teeth, it’s time to talk to a pediatric dentist. Sometimes, hypocalcification will need a higher level of attention, as soft areas can lead to rapid tooth decay. Other times, the problem may be slight and be more of a cosmetic concern than a dental health problem. Cosmetic Hypocalcification If the spots only affect tooth appearance, the dentist may suggest bleaching, which can improve the appearance of the spots. However, if the discoloration is persistent, the dark-colored areas can be removed and filled. But it’s important to wait to fill or cap discolored teeth until your child is a teenager; teeth continue to grow throughout childhood, so cosmetic correction is most effective after the teeth have reached adult size and shape. Slight Hypocalcificaton In the case of soft or thin enamel, your dentist may decide to act sooner. Soft or misshapen teeth can make teeth cleaning at home more difficult. If the quality of the enamel is only slightly affected, you dentist may suggest limiting acidic foods and sugary treats, especially those that dissolve enamel. Candies like suckers and drinks like sodas should be a very rare part of your child’s diet. a strict brushing and flossing routine, as misshapen teeth can be harder to clean.  a diet rich in calcium, including leafy greens. When the body is deficient in calcium, it will start to break down calcium stored in the teeth, which can further weaken the enamel. Severe Hypocalcification However, if the enamel is too soft to prolong treatment, the dentist will probably suggest removing the problem areas or providing protection for the them until the teeth are large enough to have a permanent treatment. Depending on the size of the calcified area and how badly the tooth is misshapen, you dentist might suggest a stainless steel cap to protect the enamel into teen years. If the soft areas are smaller, fillings can be effective, but they may need to be replaced later. After the teeth have grown, a...

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Dealing With A Dry Mouth? Tips To Ease Your Discomfort

Posted by on Jul 6, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have been struggling with a persistent dry mouth, you may find yourself reaching out to your dentist to find a way to ease the symptoms. The clinical name for dry mouth is xerostomia. The symptoms occur due to a lack of saliva production, which is usually caused by an underlying health condition, such as diabetes or hypothyroidism. Persistent dry mouth can lead to problems with swallowing, unquenchable thirst and general discomfort. Here are a few tips to help you deal with your symptoms while you wait for the dentist, and a look at what your dentist may be able to do for you. Reduce Your Intake of Sugar Not only is sugar harmful for your teeth, but its negative effects can be intensified when you’re suffering from dry mouth. Since your mouth doesn’t have sufficient saliva to combat the problem, it can allow the sugar to run rampant on your teeth, causing more decay. If you eat anything with sugar, follow it up with some water and brush your teeth quickly. Stay Hydrated If your body is dehydrated, it’s going to increase the severity of your dry mouth symptoms. Make a point to drink as much water as possible daily – at least eight glasses. This helps to maintain your hydration levels. If you are severely dehydrated, your doctor may suggest an electrolyte solution to help restore your body’s necessary hydration. Invest in Sugar-Free Gum Chewing gum helps to stimulate saliva production naturally. If you chew gum throughout the day, it will help ease your dry mouth symptoms. Just make sure you’re chewing sugar-free gum; otherwise you’re risking the development of cavities from the sugar. Use Mouthwash Regularly Prescription mouthwash products are used to restore the moisture levels in your mouth until your salivary glands can do the job on their own. Your dentist can recommend a mouthwash that’s good for moisture retention until your appointment. Run a Humidifier Humidifiers and vaporizers increase the moisture in the air by creating moist vapor from warm water. If the air in your home is dry, this can make your dry mouth symptoms worse. By adding a humidifier to each of the large rooms in the house, you can increase the ambient moisture in the air, which could help to reduce the dryness in your mouth. Meet With Your Dentist If these steps don’t resolve your dry mouth condition, you’ll want to talk with a dentist at a clinic such as Dentistry For Children & Adolescents. He or she can do a thorough exam to determine the root cause of your dry mouth symptoms. If it is due to a medical condition such as diabetes, you’ll have to get treatment for the condition in order to see complete relief. He or she may also ask about the medications that you’re taking, because some medications can cause dry mouth. If the issue is caused by a medication, your dentist may suggest asking your physician about an alternative. There are some prescription medications designed to stimulate the natural production of saliva in your mouth. These medications can help ease your symptoms until such time as you can deal with the direct cause. In addition, your dentist may also recommend a regimen of certain mouth rinses or dietary changes. As you can see,...

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Baby Tooth Damage Or Premature Extraction: Saving Space For The Adult Teeth

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized |

If you have a young school-aged son or daughter, then you very likely have many concerns about the way your child is developing. Part of this development process involves the proper formation of the adult teeth and the loss of the baby teeth. Sometimes, accidents, injuries, and poor oral care can cause baby tooth problems that prevent them from properly saving a space for the adult tooth forming below. Fortunately, your child’s pediatric dentist can make sure that the adult teeth are still able to come in strong, healthy, and in the right position. Find out how this happens by reading on. Placement of Stainless Steel Crowns In some cases, children brush their teeth quickly or forget to brush the back teeth. When this happens, food bits force their way into the fine, but deep crevices that line the flat edges of the molars. When food is not removed, cavities form. Unfortunately, the teeth as a whole will retain over 5,000 pounds per square inch of pressure as you bite. Around 160 pounds of pressure is placed on each of the molars alone. This kind of pressure can easily crack a tooth that is already weak. To prevent a cavity-ridden molar from breaking or to strengthen one that has already cracked, your child’s dentist will secure a stainless steel dental crown. The Crown Process As previously stated, the baby teeth are meant to be placeholders for the adult teeth that will emerge later on. This means that your child’s dentist does not need to think about aesthetics when saving a tooth, and thus an inexpensive metal version is created. First, your child is treated for cavities. In most cases, lidocaine will need to be injected beforehand if the tooth also need to to be shaped. If the tooth is broken, then the dentist may use a shot-free laser removal process to release decay. This will minimize pain and reduce the need for a local anesthetic shot that can be frightening to a child. After the cavity is removed, enamel is removed if there is a need. The dentist will use a pre-fabricated metal cap, and the smallest possible crown will be used that just touches the teeth on the right and left sides of the molar to retain space. The crown is shaped to fit the tooth and bite properly, dental cement is spread on the underside, and it is slipped on the tooth. After the crown is secured, the pediatric dentist may also use plastic sealants on the other molars to protect them from cavities for up to 10 years, or until the adult teeth come in. This helps to prevent future cavity and crown issues.  Space Maintaining Devices If your child has endured a serious accident and one of the baby teeth has been knocked out completely, then it is possible that the baby or adult teeth near the gap will migrate into the space. The teeth do this as biting pressure and stress force the teeth to move little by little to the side. Eventually, the hole fills in and the adult tooth in the gums has no opening to emerge. This can cause the tooth to slip either in front or behind the other teeth where tissue resistance is minimal. Your son or daughter’s dentist may decide to place a space...

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Tooth Chip Repairs – Information About Bonding And Crowns

Posted by on Jun 2, 2015 in Uncategorized |

The teeth are made to withstand a great deal of pressure, and in fact, dental enamel is the strongest material in the entire body. This strength is due to the large amount of calcium-phosphate molecules that line the surfaces of the teeth. Unfortunately, demineralization does occur, and total bite pressure in the mouth exceeds 5,000 pounds per square inch. The teeth are made to withstand 30,000 pounds of pressure, but minute cracks can form that reduce strength immensely. The small cracks and demineralization mean that the teeth can sometimes chip or break apart along the cusp. Pain, sharp edges, and cosmetic concerns may bring you to the dentist after a tooth injury. Your dentist can repair the tooth with a bonding procedure or a dental crown. Keep reading to learn about these general dentistry procedures so you can decide which is best for your situation. Dental Bonding Dental bonding is a process where small gaps and imperfections in the teeth are repaired with the placement of resin. Cracks and chips can be fixed with resin as long as the tooth damage is relatively small. Resin is not nearly as strong as the ceramic, porcelain, or steel materials that are used when a crown is made. However, resin is relatively cheap. In fact, your dentist will use the same type of composite material during the bonding procedure that is used when a filling is placed. This means that you can expect to pay around the same amount as you would if you were receiving a filling and bonding can be completed in a single day.  Dental bonding also does not require any lidocaine or other anesthetics unless the dental professional needs to smooth out the chip. This may be necessary if a sliver of natural tooth material lines the damage. A larger and smoother area can help the resin adhere to the tooth dentin better. Once the tooth is ready, your dentist will use a dental shade guide to find the exact hue or tone of the tooth that is being treated. The correct resin color is chosen, it is formed to fill in the tooth damage, and a UV light hardens the composite. Usually a drill or burr tool will be used afterwards to smooth and shape the composite. Your input will be used to make sure the bonded edges are the right shape. Once the bonding is complete, you can expect the repair to last for three to seven years.  Dental Crowns The placement of a dental crown is one of your other options to have your cracked or chipped tooth repaired. Usually, a crown is the right choice if a large area of the tooth is damaged. If a smaller area of damage occurs, but the tooth becomes infected and needs a root canal, then a crown will likely need to be placed on the tooth afterwards as well. This is best because the leftover enamel and dentin will be brittle. In general, dental crowns are a great choice when a tooth needs added strength, structure, or protection. A single dental crown will likely cost you between about $500 and $2500 dollars, but it can last for up to 15 years. Dental crowns do require some extensive preparation. A local anesthetic will be provided and either some or all of the dental enamel...

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You Don’t Have To Be A Member Of Royalty To Get A Crown – Tips For Getting Free Dental Crowns

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized |

As soon as the word “crown” rolls off your dentist’s tongue, you are probably envisioning hundred-dollar bills whizzing down the drain. That’s because a crown is a very expensive dental treatment that often isn’t covered by insurance. In fact, a crown can cost between $830 and $3,000 if you don’t have dental insurance. If you do have dental insurance, you’re still looking at an average cost of about $1,093 for a porcelain-fused-to-metal crown. That’s a lot of dough for the average person. But, crowns aren’t only for the rich and royal. If you need a crown, but it’s not in your budget, keep reading for tips on how to get a crown for free: Non-Profit And Charitable Dental Organizations There are countless organizations and dental-related businesses around the country that help people obtain free or low-cost dental services. While most of these programs have eligibility requirements, you should be able to find a program that will help you. For example: Children: Contact The National Children’s Oral Health Foundation for resources that provide pediatric oral health educational and preventative services, as well as treatments and other types of oral care to children. Disabled: Call The National Foundation Of Dentistry For The Handicapped. This is a charitable affiliate of the American Dental Association, which collaborates with other businesses and groups to provide dental services and treatment to disabled, elderly, and other medically compromised people. This organization consists of a national network of dental programs and dentists who volunteer their time and services to help those in need. There are also many volunteer dental laboratories across the nation who provide free services those in need through The National Foundation Of Dentistry For The Handicapped. Needy And Underprivileged: There are many organizations out there that can help needy people obtain the dental services they need at little to no cost. Start by looking for an organization in your area, like The Chicago Dental Society for people who need financial assistance for dental work in the Chicago area. Or, contact a national program like The Centers For Disease Control’s National Oral Health Surveillance System, which has wonderful resources for women, infants, and children. Look for other state and county health centers in your area that provide free or low-cost dental care for you and your family. Unemployed/Uninsured: If you aren’t working or you don’t have dental or health insurance, you don’t have to suffer with mouth pain. Check out The Foundation For Health Coverage Education‘s website to find a ton of government-based resources in your state. This website has a database of public and private health and dental insurance plans, with applications that you can print out at home to complete when it’s convenient for you. You can get quotes and apply for dental insurance right on their website. Dentistry School A great way to get free or low-cost crowns and other dental treatments is to visit a local dentistry school. Not only are you getting dental services and treatments for free, but you are helping aspiring dentists perfect their skills before heading out into the real world. Just make sure the school you visit is accredited so you can trust that the work you get done will be of high quality. Having dental work done by dental students is very safe. They are...

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Dental Implants: Advantages & Disadvantages You Should Know

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When suffering from tooth loss, you don’t have too many treatment options. Your main options are to get dentures or dental implants. Dental implants are the preferred option by dentists because implanting teeth into the jawbone keeps you from incurring bone loss. If you are thinking about getting dental implants instead of dentures, here are the advantages and disadvantages of the surgery. What is a dental implant? A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is implanted into your jaw to take the place of your real teeth. The implant is made of a titanium screw that acts as the root. Each root has a connector piece attached, which in turn, attaches to a crown. Advantages of dental implants Dental implants have many advantages. These advantages include: No bone loss Convenience Comfort Appearance As previously mentioned, an important advantage is the lack of jawbone deterioration. This is because after you lose your teeth, your empty jawbone will begin to deteriorate. If you opt to get dentures, your jawbone will deteriorate over time. Minor jawbone loss isn’t noticeable; however, over time it can be. The bone loss can eventually become so severe your face will begin to have the sunken-in appearance. It can also cause difficulties or pain while chewing, and your jaw can break too easily. Another advantage of dental implants is convenience. There is no need for special cleaner or adhesives. You don’t have to worry about taking your teeth out at night and putting them in when you wake up in the morning. All you have to do is resume your normal tooth brushing routine. The comfort you experience with dental implants is worth the price and the surgery required. You still have many years ahead of you, and there is no reason why you should have to live them uncomfortably. When you wear products such as dentures and bridges, they never feel natural since they are sitting on top of your gums. Some people even find them to be painful. Dental implants are the only option that feels like real teeth. Just like dental implants feel real, they look real as well. You don’t have to worry about the plastic gums that sit over the top of your gums showing when you smile. No one will ever know that you have implants unless you tell them. Disadvantages to dental implants There are disadvantages to dental implants just like any other procedure. These include: Surgery Several follow-up procedures Cost The obvious disadvantage to dental implants is the surgery itself. If you are combining real teeth with dental implants, you will have to have an implant surgically placed in every spot. Each tooth is screwed into the jawbone. If you are having your full mouth done, you won’t need to have each done separately. The dental implants will consist of a row much like dentures. The difference is that the row will have four screws to hold the row in place permanently. Depending on your dentist, you may have several follow-up procedures after your surgery. Your dentist will want to monitor your healing progress and ensure that your jawbone is not rejecting the implant. One of the largest disadvantages to dental implants is the cost. While it is a highly recommended procedure, not everyone can afford it. The...

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