Dental Tips Blog

Sep
19

4 Ways to Keep a Dental Bridge Clean and Healthy

Posted in Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are usually made from two teeth with crowns supporting a false tooth between them. This artificial tooth (pontic) is suspended over the gums and fills in the gap where another tooth is missing.

Whether you have a dental bridge already or are planning to get one, it’s important that you know how to take care of it. That way, you’ll keep your gums and the rest of your teeth healthy for years to come.

Follow these steps to get the most out of your new bridge…

  1. Take A New Approach To Brushing

When you brush around your bridge, don’t forget to tilt the bristles in from all angles. You don’t want to brush only the side of your teeth. Tipping your toothbrush just under the pontic will help you access any bacteria and food debris hiding there.

  1. Find The Right Flossing Device

Regular floss is fine for your other teeth, but your bridge needs extra attention. To get a deeper clean under the pontic, choose a textured floss that you can easily slip under the bridge. You may even find that a powered water flosser is the easiest way for you to get the job done.

  1. Don’t Neglect The Crowns

Flossing carefully around your crowned teeth at either end of your bridge is extremely important! If those teeth develop cavities, your whole bridge could fail.

  1. Rinse Well!

Talk with your dentist about finding the right mouthwash. Some rinses have antibacterial properties which will control plaque and reduce inflammation in the gums around your bridge. Others have fluoride which will reinforce those crowned teeth against decay.

For more tips on keeping your bridge strong, see your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

Aug
30

Bridge or Implant – Which Really Costs More?

Posted in Dental Implants

There’s nothing quite like your natural teeth. But once you’ve lost a tooth, it’s time to move forward and decide on a replacement that’s the next best thing.

Two very common tooth replacement options include dental bridges and dental implants. Which one is right for your smile?

Cheaper In The Short Term

If you want a fix cheap and you want it now, then the obvious answer is a dental bridge.

Bridges are usually made in three appointments or fewer. Your bridge would involve fitting a couple of teeth to get dental crowns. These crowns are what support a false tooth suspended between them.

Getting a dental implant is an investment of time. The whole process can take 6-8 months, and even longer, in some cases. Although implant surgery is not major, it does take a while for things to heal so that you can start using your new tooth.

The Better Payoff

Just because a bridge gets results fast doesn’t make it ideal for everyone.

Dental bridges require two supporting teeth to be filed down to have crowns. Doing so means that those teeth will need special attention and maintenance over the years.

Crowns and bridges don’t last forever.

Dental implants, on the other hand, are permanent, which can save you a lot of money down the road. But it’s important to discuss this possibility with your dentist in detail to see if you qualify.

You may actually find that combining the two techniques will work out best for your smile. An implant can help support a bridge across a gap where two or three teeth are missing.

Call your dentist today to schedule a personalized smile consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Red Oak Family Dentistry
5345 W University Dr #200
McKinney, TX 75071
(469) 209-4279

Jul
17

Dental Implant Restorations – What Are Your Options?

Posted in Dental Implants

Did you know that an implant can be more than just a single tooth replacement?

An implant is simply the metal rod that acts like a tooth root. What you put on that metal root mainly comes down to what your smile needs.

Here are three ways dental implant technology can restore all kinds of smiles.

Crowns (Single Tooth Restorations)

A classic dental crown made from ceramic is generally the best option for replacing a lone missing tooth. Once it’s in place, an implant crown is easy to care for.

In most cases, some months of healing after your implant surgery are required before the permanent version of your crown can be fitted in place.

Implant Bridges

If you’re missing multiple teeth in a row, then an implant bridge is probably your best option.

A bridge is made of one or more implants that have artificial teeth suspended between them. You don’t have to get a separate implant and crown restoration for each missing tooth. Instead, it may be possible for you to restore all those teeth at once with a dental bridge.

Implant-Retained Denture

Even if you’re missing all of your teeth, implants can still help! Anywhere from two to six implants could be all you need to stabilize a denture. Most patients find this to be a much more secure alternative to the fit of classic dentures.

Which Implant Restoration Do You Need?

With all of these options now available, your dream smile could be closer than you realize.

Which dental implant restoration you should have is mostly determined by how many teeth you are missing. Your dentist will also help you pick the right tooth replacement option by considering your:

  • Oral hygiene habits
  • Overall health
  • Lifestyle

Call today to schedule a consultation!

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7117

Jul
12

Should You Get a Fixed or Removable Dental Bridge?

Posted in Dental Bridges

Dental bridges have been closing gaps in smiles for decades. They make the most of existing teeth to provide a complete bite and leave a lot of room for variety.

A couple of these varieties include fixed and removable bridges. What should you know about each?

Fixed Bridges

A fixed dental bridge is discreet and secure. It’s made from attaching a fake tooth between two dental crowns that are cemented to the natural teeth on either side of the gap.

You won’t need to worry about this restoration falling out. Also, it looks so normal that probably no one would ever know you were missing a tooth.

On the downside, you have to clean under your bridge every day, which can be tricky. Additionally, you might have to crown two otherwise perfectly healthy teeth just to support the bridge.

Removable Bridges (“Partials”)

These bridges are usually made from a metal framework that rests on crowned or natural teeth for support. It’s like a partial denture that sits on only a couple teeth. You’ll wear it even while you eat, although it may take a bit of practice first. Sometimes, the bridge can even be made from tissue-colored acrylic.

Advantages of Removable Bridges:

– Don’t damage existing teeth

– Easier to clean

– More convenient; you can keep using it if you later decide to go through the dental implant process

Disadvantages:

– May be visible to others

– Takes some time to get used to the feel

Your lifestyle, oral health needs, and oral hygiene routine will all help determine whether a fixed or removable bridge is right for your smile.

Ask your dentist about which tooth replacement option is best for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Moores Chapel Dentistry
9115 Samlen Lane #105
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 389-9299

Jun
20

Is There a Difference Between Flippers and Partials?

Posted in Dentures

For the most part, the terms “flipper” and “partial denture” are interchangeable in everyday language.

Getting technical, however, a flipper is more of a subset (and temporary) type of partial denture.

What Do Partial Dentures Do?

A partial denture is a removable plate with one or more artificial teeth that anchors onto your existing teeth. Partials come in a variety of styles with many different kinds of clasps or bases. Your dentist will help you find out which type is best for you.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, a partial denture would complete your smile and give you a little more help with chewing.

What Makes A Flipper Different

A true flipper is more of a temporary partial denture used for aesthetic purposes. It’s usually made of only acrylic and has no attachments that rest on your other teeth. Because it simply rests against your gums and palate, wedged between your teeth, it’s possible to just “flip” the prosthetic around with your tongue. That is one reason it’s called a “flipper.”

Does It Matter Which You Choose?

Actually, you don’t really get a choice in this matter. It comes down to what you need at the time.

Partial dentures require some maintenance, but they can be a lifelong solution. A flipper, on the other hand, is what you might get the day of a tooth extraction. It temporarily fills in a gap while you wait on your permanent bridge, partial denture, or dental implant to be completed.

Flippers are not as expensive as partials, but that’s because they won’t last anywhere near as long.

Ask your dentist for more information on the tooth replacement option that’s perfect for your smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Sugar Creek Family Dental
1165 Gravois Rd. Suite 140
Fenton, MO 63026
(636) 255-8325

Jan
8

The Top 4 Solutions for Fractured Teeth

Posted in Dental Implants

If you’ve seen or felt a chip in the surface of your tooth, then you should get that taken care of before it worsens. A tiny, uneven edge may not seem worth the effort, but even that much can put your tooth at risk of more damage.

Here are the four common ways to repair a fractured tooth:

  1. Crown

When the tooth is compromised by a deep fracture or chip that threatens the tooth’s nerve chamber, a crown will help protect it. Dental caps also provide structural support for everyday use.

  1. Indirect Filling

Sometimes, a tooth is missing a good portion of support, but a crown isn’t necessary. An indirect filling (also called an onlay or inlay) will provide more support than a regular filling but isn’t as extensive as a crown.

  1. Bonding

This is the most conservative method for filling in a small nick in the surface of the enamel. Bonding can reshape your tooth and is very common for evening out the front teeth.

  1. Implants

More and more people are opting to replace missing teeth with implants because these artificial replacements feel just like the real deal and last a lifetime. If your tooth is so badly damaged that it needs to be pulled, think about filling in the space with a dental implant.

Stop procrastinating and get that chipped tooth looked at! Some fractures do stick around for years without causing any trouble, but you’re not going to know how bad it is until a dentist examines your smile.

If treatment is needed, your dentist will help you choose the most appropriate method for saving or replacing your tooth.

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

Jan
5

Will Anyone Be Able to Tell That I Have an Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

In short, no, nobody has to know. Dental implants are designed to completely replace and resemble a natural tooth as closely as possible.

If you never tell other people that you have an implant, or show them your dental x-rays, no one will ever have to know. 

What Make Dental Implants So Fantastic

A dental implant is one of the best smile restoration options available. An implant is the only way you can completely and permanently replace a missing tooth without relying on neighboring teeth. 

What are Implants Made Of?

Dental implants are metal rods (usually titanium) placed into the jawbone where a natural tooth used to be. A small portion remains above the gum line, where the false tooth (made of custom-matched porcelain) attaches onto it.

Once the area has healed and fused with new bone, your implant isn’t going anywhere! Only the porcelain crown is visible, as the implant itself his hidden by gum tissue.

Your dentist customizes your new crown to match the other teeth. They won’t stand out against other teeth.

Different From Dentures

It’s true that a partial denture tends to be the cheaper option. But don’t forget that a partial has to be removed for cleaning, can be uncomfortable, and even be lost. An implant is not removable, so there’s no possibility of someone catching you without it.

Implant therapy can even replace full dentures! People may be able to tell when you’re wearing dentures, but with implants holding them in place, they’re much less likely to notice.

Visit your dentist to find out more about how implants could help you.

Posted on behalf of:
Park South Dentistry
30 Central Park S #13C
New York, NY 10019
(212) 355-2000

Jan
5

Are You Ready for Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Dentures, contrary to popular opinion, are not a rite of passage into mature adulthood. Even adults in their 20’s have needed the help of dentures, while other adults live their entire lives with no need for replacement teeth.

How do you know if dentures are right for you?

Why People Get Dentures 

When the vast majority of your teeth are too diseased to repair and need to be extracted, then it’s a good time to start planning for a denture.

Or, perhaps you’ve been without teeth for a while. It may feel like you’re doing just fine, but without the support of a denture, your facial profile can age much more quickly. It can even make it difficult to maintain a balanced diet. Dentures support the shape of your mouth and help keep your smile looking young.

Some people might have several teeth left that could be restored, but they don’t want to treat them. Maybe your health limits your ability to tolerate multiple dental appointments, injections, and fillings.

There are a number of reasons you could decide that now is a good time to go ahead and get a denture.

The Responsibility Involved

Dentures are not a cure-all for every dental problem. You can’t just get a set of false teeth and then not worry about your oral health anymore. They are a big responsibility.

Every denture needs to be cleaned daily to prevent infection and preserve your bone quality. If this sounds like too much work for you, then think carefully before deciding to have all of your teeth pulled.

Ask your dentist if a denture is the best option for your unique smile.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Dental Health
2285 Peachtree Rd #203
Atlanta, GA 30309
(678) 666-3642

Nov
30

5 Benefits to Choosing a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

“Implants are too expensive.”

“What if my insurance doesn’t cover implants?”

“My body could reject the implant.”

“It’s only one tooth. I could just get a partial or bridge.”

Yes, there are several common reasons folks avoid the idea of getting a dental implant. But what they probably don’t realize is that a dental implant is one of the most reliable and predictable procedures in modern dentistry. With a success rate of over 95%, dental implants have been changing lives now more than ever before.

Here are some reasons why you should seriously consider dental implant therapy for replacing a tooth or two:

  1. Save the Shape of Your Jaw

The prosthetic “root” of the implant actually stimulates and strengthens the bone in your jaw. This prevents your smile from looking sunken over time.

  1. Eat What You Want

Because an implant is stronger than natural teeth, you can eat all the foods you loved before losing your tooth.

  1. Smile Without Being Self-Conscious

You don’t need to worry about someone noticing the false teeth. Implants look and feel natural.

  1. Enjoy a Normal Hygiene Routine

Keep your implant clean with daily brushing and flossing. You don’t have to remove an implant for cleaning. It stays put for good.

  1. A Permanent Solution

Speaking of staying put, an implant is meant to be with you for life. Other restorations will need adjustments and replacement. An implant can stay with you forever.

Dental implant surgery is very safe and surprisingly comfortable. Your dental office probably has a very flexible plan to help you pay for treatment, even if it isn’t partially covered by insurance.

Talk with your local dentist to find out how implants can make a difference in your life.

Posted on behalf of:
Marvin Village Dentistry
8161 Ardrey Kell Road
Suite 101
Charlotte, NC 28277
(704) 579-5513

Mar
14

Are You Too Young For Dentures?

Posted in Dentures

Tooth loss can happen at any age.  Lack of dental care, a traumatic accident, reflux or even a genetic disorder can all lead to the loss of your natural teeth at a younger age.  If the appearance of your mouth embarrasses you, dentures can give you an attractive, confident smile that you’ll enjoy showing off.

Living With Your Dentures

Choosing dentures is a decision that will affect you for the rest of your life.  It’s not a decision you make because it’s easier than caring for your existing teeth.  Just like your natural teeth, dentures also require routine care to extend their life, function and beauty:

  • Rinse your dentures after eating
  • Gently clean your dentures each evening with a soft-bristled brush
  • Soaking in a denture cleansing solution, overnight, will leave your dentures cleaner and your mouth feeling fresh the next day

It Takes Time To Adjust To New Dentures

At first, speaking and eating may feel awkward, but with practice you’ll adjust to your dentures so they feel natural to you.  Before you know it, you’ll be laughing, talking, eating and drinking with ease.  Most especially, you’ll enjoy a confident smile, free from the discomfort and embarrassment you might have experienced before dentures.

Are Dentures Right For You?

Are your missing or damaged teeth affecting the function and aesthetics of your smile? Then dentures may be exactly what you need. Dentures are a wonderful option for people just like you, with several types of prosthesis available. Only your dentist knows your mouth and your unique dental needs best.  Schedule a consultation to get started on your complete smile restoration.

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339

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