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Apr
9

How Do Dental Implants Work?

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The last decade has brought dental implant therapy into almost every dental office and available to any patient that is in need of tooth replacement. However, dental implants are still new enough that many people find the process confusing or that they don’t understand the way that the implants actually work.

A dental implant is essentially an independent, false tooth. The actual implant is a titanium root held into place directly with your natural bone. Implants are not connected to adjacent teeth or removable, the way a partial or bridge is. Once an implant is placed into the area of the missing tooth, it is given time to fuse with your natural bone structure so that it can withstand normal uses like biting and chewing. After proper fusion has taken place, a porcelain crown is placed on top of the implant abutment. This is the same type of crown that would be placed on any other tooth, but it is made to fit to the titanium implant.

Implants can support bridges, snap-on dentures, and replace individual teeth where needed. Titanium is frequently used in medicine for orthopedic surgery due to its ability to fuse well and have new bone form around the biocompatible material.

One of the joys of implants is that they do not compromise the structure or require treatment of adjacent teeth the way other types of tooth replacement therapies do. If you need to have a tooth replaced due to premature tooth loss, consider dental implants. Now a much more common procedure, the therapy costs have also significantly decreased over the last several years. Implants are possibly the most natural tooth replacement option available to the modern dental patient.

Posted on the behalf of Sarah Roberts

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Mar
29

Does Everyone Need Dentures?

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You may have thought that part of aging is that you will eventually lose all of your teeth.  This is not true, and the American Dental Association has shown that almost 75% of adults over the age of 65 still have some or all of their natural teeth.

Maintaining your natural teeth is an important step in maintaining your health as you age.  To help this happen, make sure to brush twice a day, and floss at least once a day.  See your dentist at least twice a year for cleanings and exams to make sure your gums are healthy.  As you age, you may find using an electric toothbrush is easier than a manual one.  If you have a problem holding a toothbrush, there are assistive devices to help you grasp the brush easier and more comfortably.

Keeping your natural teeth makes it easier to maintain good nutrition.  It is easier to eat normally and regularly and consume appropriate nutrients.  It is also easier to talk and communicate with others, as your natural speech patterns are not altered.

Sometimes as we age, our mouth changes or we develop gum disease that results in tooth loss.  If you have a loose tooth or teeth, or if your gums easily bleed or are tender, you should see your dentist immediately.  This could be a sign of gum or periodontal disease.  The sooner your dentist becomes involved in your care, the easier it is to help correct and fix any problems that may arise.  If an artificial tooth is required, the technology today will allow you to have many different options for repair including dentures and dental implants.

Losing teeth is not part of the natural aging process.  Seeing your dentist on a regular basis for examinations, as well as regular and routine brushing and flossing, will help you maintain your teeth for the rest of your life!

Posted on behalf of Sarah Roberts

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Mar
28

Missing Teeth Replacement Options

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If you have a missing tooth, you are not alone.  Some studies conducted by the American Dental Association have shown that the average adult has three or more decayed or missing teeth.  Even if this missing tooth is not obvious – no one can see it, and you do not notice it – you should consider having it fixed.

Missing teeth can cause numerous problems.  One problem may include having food get stuck or caught in the space where your tooth used to be.  Having this food caught in your mouth for a long period of time can cause other teeth to decay.  You may also notice that you have a funny taste in your mouth or even bad breath from this caught food in this space.

Other problems that may occur if you have a missing tooth include having problems chewing.  This is especially true if the tooth you are missing is in the back of your mouth.  The molars are used to chew food extensively, and the lack of a molar may make it difficult for you to achieve adequate nutrition.

Finally, if you have a missing tooth, you may notice that the remaining teeth you have are shifting or moving.  This may make it difficult for you to speak or swallow.

There are many different ways to fix a missing tooth.  Some options include bridges, dentures and dental implants.  Repairing a missing tooth helps correct any speech impediments you may have, makes it easier for you to eat, chew and swallow, and may help prevent further decay in other teeth.

If you have a missing tooth, make an appointment to see your dentist for a thorough evaluation about which option is best for you!

Posted on behalf of Cosmetic Dentistry Center

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Feb
18

Bite Occlusion Dentistry

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Bite occlusion dentistry uses advanced technology to correct problems associated with the way your teeth bite together. When teeth do not function properly due to misalignment of how they bite together (occlusion) it can lead to problems such as TMJ disorders, headaches, shoulder pain or abnormally worn teeth. Teeth with poor occlusion may also drift out of place over time, or have receded gums that creep down lower over time, exposing the root of the tooth.

Adjusting the way your teeth bite together to be more functional can help reverse these conditions. It may involve one or a combination of different treatments in order to restore your teeth to their normal, healthy biting function. Not only will physical symptoms be alleviated, bite occlusion dentistry can also improve your facial features and the way you smile.

Dental implants, crowns, partials, orthodontics and fillings are all examples of treatments that can or may be used to restore a proper occlusion of your teeth. Your dentist will use an articulation tool to see which teeth bite heaviest in certain areas and know where more adjustment may be needed to alleviate the strain and pressure placed on focal points in your mouth. Preventing premature wear of your teeth not only makes your teeth more aesthetically pleasing over time, but it also saves your teeth and extends their life. Guiding them from an abnormal biting condition takes specialized care.

It’s never too late to discuss restoring your mouth with bite occlusion dentistry. If you suffer from gum recession, sore neck or jaws, shoulder pain, migraines or TMJ disorders then you may want to consider asking your dentist about bite occlusion dentistry.

Posted on the behalf of North Point Periodontics

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