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Mar
11

Which Is Better: A Dental Bridge Or Dental Implants?

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Dental bridges and dental implants are both a widely used dental treatment for patients with missing teeth.  While both are very effective in providing one or more replacement teeth, which appear and function like natural teeth; each option has both advantages and disadvantages.

Dental bridges are composed of the replacement teeth, as well as a crown on either side of the replacement teeth.  The teeth remaining on either side of the missing teeth are prepped to receive the crown components of the bridge.  During the prep process the size of the tooth is reduced in height as well as girth.  The bridge is anchored in place by gluing the crown components of the bridge onto the teeth that have been prepped for crowns.

Advantages of the dental bridge include; low cost, quick solution from start to finish and a quick recovery time.  Disadvantages include; limited lifespan because of the crowns, as well as the lack of a natural space between the crown and the replacement teeth.

Dental implants are replacement teeth, which compose of a post, as well as the actual tooth.  The post is anchored into the gum structure of the patient’s mouth and the replacement tooth is then permanently attached to the post.  While extremely effective in appearing and functioning like a natural tooth, there are several drawbacks to dental implants.  These disadvantages include cost, as well as the amount of time required from start to finish to complete the dental implant, due to the healing time of the gums around the post.

Each alternative is excellent for replacing missing teeth, but each alternate in not suitable for every patient.  A highly qualified and experienced dentist will make specific recommendations, as to which alternative is the best for each patient’s situation.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Mark Rowe, Rowe Family Dental Care

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Aug
19

What’s the Big Deal with Chewing Ice?

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You’ve probably heard that chewing ice is bad for your teeth, but you might ask yourself, why is it any worse than chewing other types of food? Ice can be very hard and possibly damage teeth due to excessive force when you bite down on it. However, the real harm is due to the cold temperature that the ice exposes your teeth to. Fillings are made of materials that expand or contract during temperature changes, and chewing ice may compromise the stability of your restorations. The constant come and go of excess cold right against the teeth can cause the bonding between the material and your teeth to break. A severe fracture in your tooth may be the end result and you could wind up with a new crown or, if the damage is too severe, a dental implant to replace the damaged tooth.

Chewing ice can also cause unwanted sensitivity. Our teeth are very porous and have delicate nerve endings that extend throughout the tooth structure. When cold objects come into contact with these areas of our teeth, prolonged sensitivity may occur. Cold can also extend through restorations that act as conductors, leading to deeper, unwanted sensitivity inside of the tooth.

If you are prone to chewing ice, you may want to check with your doctor to determine whether or not you have an iron deficiency. Anemic patients are more prone than other people to chew on ice, and this is a warning sign that you may need a higher amount of iron in your diet.

It may be hard to give up your ice chewing habit, but next time you reach for the ice, choose a piece of gum with xylitol instead. Chewing xylitol-based gum will distract you, lubricate your mouth, and help repel tooth decay.

Posted on behalf of Rowe Family Dental Care

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