Dental Tips Blog

Sep
13

How Having Missing Teeth Affects Your Smile

Posted in Dental Implants

One lost tooth is one less to worry about, right? Actually, just one missing tooth can be enough to cause you a surprising amount of trouble.

Missing Teeth Affect Tooth Alignment

A gap in your smile provides the opportunity for neighboring teeth to shift and tilt out of their proper position. As a result, your remaining teeth can end up uncomfortably tipped over. This makes it difficult to clean them, so they’ll be more prone to decay and gum disease.

Missing Teeth Makes Your Mouth “Shrink”

You might not appreciate just how important your teeth are until they’re gone. Your teeth provide support for the framework of your face. Without them, your mouth loses its height. That’s why completely toothless individuals have chins that roll right up into their mouth.

The bone tissue around missing teeth will also eventually shrink away and leave you with a huge indentation in your gums. It’s very hard to fill in the space after your mouth has shrunken. You’ll need special restorative treatment such as a bone graft if you want to fill in the gap with a bridge or dental implants.

Missing Teeth Can Cause Wrinkles

Without the support of teeth, muscles around your mouth can soften and atrophy, making your face look “sunken in.” The tissue in your cheeks and lips becomes soft and collapses in on itself. This process can make you develop wrinkles that make you look older than you are.

It’s clear that your teeth are important. Do everything in your power to hold onto your natural teeth as long as possible! Your dentist can help you do just that. Call your local dental office to schedule an oral health consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Manhattan Dental Design
315 W 57th St Suite 206
New York, NY 10019
(646) 504-4377

Sep
13

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Implant Failure

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you too nervous to get a dental implant because you’re afraid it might fail? Here’s what you need to know about the real risks of dental implant failure and if they’re likely to affect your smile.

Dental Implant Failure: How Common is It?

The first thing you should know about dental implants is that they are highly successful. Failure is quite uncommon and only happens in around 2 – 5% of cases. Modern dental implant technology continues to minimize the risk of failure. Careful planning and detailed imaging make implants the successful restorations they are.

Why Implants Fail

There are, however, certain conditions that can lead to or predispose you to dental implant failure. These include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Smoking
  • Medications that impact bone healing
  • Infections
  • Poor overall health
  • Teeth grinding habit
  • Biting on your implant too soon
  • Nerve/tissue damage during the surgery
  • Rejection by your body
  • Puncture to the nasal sinus cavity

Your dentist or implant specialist can help you understand your risk of implant failure and take steps to minimize it.

Even after you take every precaution possible, there is still that slim chance your dental implant could fail.

Signs to Look for If You Suspect Dental Implant Failure

Your dental implant needs immediate attention if you notice that it’s loose or suddenly painful. Swollen and/or receded gums around your implant are also a bad sign. Your implant is supposed to be able to handle a lot of weight when you chew, so difficulty eating is also a bad sign. Additionally, a fever could mean that your implant is infected.

Careful consultation with your implant dentist can help you make a success of upcoming dental implant therapy!

Posted on behalf of:
Wayne G. Suway, DDS, MAGD
1820 The Exchange SE #600
Atlanta, GA 30339
(770) 953-1752

Sep
11

Why Cheap Dentures Are a Huge Waste of Money

Posted in Dentures

Dentures can certainly be pricey. In an effort to save money, you might want to pay for the cheapest set you can find.

But as long as it’s within your budget to do so, you should seriously consider doing the opposite: paying for the best ones you can afford.

Here’s why…

You Get What You Pay For

A cheap denture costs less because it’s made from cheaper materials and/or isn’t customized as well to fit your mouth. As a result, it’s apt to give out far sooner than you’d think. You’ll then spend a lot of time and money on repairing your denture time and again.

Cheap materials also mean that your denture may be more prone to hosting infectious pathogens like bacteria and fungus. Microscopic cracks in the cheap acrylic could lead to bad breath, sore gums, and frequent bouts of thrush.

Quality Materials, Quality Life

Paying more for a nicer denture means investing in a better quality of living. The teeth on your denture will look more natural, the acrylic won’t fracture quite so easily, and it’ll be easier to get that perfect fit. A quality denture also means a better diet since you’ll have an easier time of chewing your food.

Affordable Dentures That Last

Don’t settle for buying the cheapest dentures possible. Rather, you want a set that will last you the longest and help you keep your gums and remaining teeth healthy.

Talk with your dentist or prosthodontist about creating the right kind of denture that meets your needs without emptying your bank account. The dental office may also have suggestions on convenient payment plans to help you comfortably afford your denture.

Posted on behalf of :
Prime Dental Care
417 Wall St
Princeton, NJ 08540
(609) 651-8618

Sep
11

Pain After Dental Implant Surgery: What’s Normal and What Isn’t

Posted in Dental Implants

Whether you have a dental implant procedure scheduled or are just curious about the possibility, you’re duly concerned about how much it could hurt.

Some pain after a dental procedure is to be expected. But how much is normal for implants?

Typical Discomfort After Getting a Dental Implant

An implant surgery involves only a very small part of your mouth. You’ll also be numbed up the entire time, so you won’t feel anything. Even so, the procedure involves small incisions on your gum tissue and creating a hole in the bone. Minor discomfort is normal after the numbing wears off, but bone doesn’t have any nerve endings so the pain is minimal.

On the whole, however, most dental implant recipients are surprised to report that it didn’t hurt as bad as they thought it would. The discomfort usually lasts no longer than ten days with each day an improvement over the last. There may be some swelling, too, but that usually disappears within a few days of the procedure.

You can greatly reduce your discomfort after getting a dental implant by holding an ice pack against your face, taking a pain reliever, getting lots of rest, and sticking to a soft foods diet for a couple days.

Signs Something Is Wrong After Getting a Dental Implant

What kind of pain is not normal for a dental implant recovery? You’ll want to watch out for these signs of trouble:

  • Pain that lasts longer than two weeks
  • Pain that shows up long after you’ve recovered from your implant
  • Fever during recovery
  • Implant parts feeling loose
  • Swelling that won’t go down or that spreads to other parts of your face

Talk with a local implant dentist to learn more about the benefits and risks of getting a dental implant.

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Jul
28

Prevent Bad Breath by Keeping Your Dental Bridge Clean

Posted in Dental Bridges

The one downside to your new dental bridge is that it can be challenging to clean. You’re tempted to just skip the detailed routine to save time. But not cleaning underneath your dental bridge can lead to one unpleasant side-effect: bad breath.

Why Your Dental Bridge May Stink 

You’re used to quickly brushing the top and sides of your bridge just like you do your other natural teeth. But you can’t forget that bridges have another dimension that teeth don’t: a space right over the gums. Food and bacteria can get trapped in this area and can create a foul odor. If your gums become infected, then that can add another peculiarly strong stench.

Cleaning underneath your bridge will prevent those kinds of bad breath!

How to Clean Your Dental Bridge 

Brush gently along the sides of your bridge, tipping the brush bristles as far underneath it as they can comfortably reach. You won’t reach all the way through, but this is a good way to remove the initial debris.

Next, use a floss threader or tufted floss that has stiff ends that you can slip underneath your bridge. Shimmy the floss back and forth as you sweep it across your restoration and your gums.

If you find traditional flossing to be a challenge, try a water flosser. This is a powered device that you leave on your bathroom countertop. It propels a powerful spray of water out of a small toothbrush-like head. You can control the angle for easy cleaning under your bridge.

Plan regular dental checkups and cleanings with your dentist, who can make sure that your bridge is stable and that the space underneath is healthy and odor-free!

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

Jun
21

How to Floss Your Dental Implants

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants need just as much care as natural teeth do.

Once you get an implant, you have to clean it daily to ward off an infection that could cause it to fail. To clean your new “tooth,” you just brush it right along with the rest of your teeth.

But flossing might require a little extra consideration.

What Kind of Floss Should You Use on Implants?

Regular floss that you use for your other teeth should be sufficient for dental implants. The key is being gentle. Rough flossing can damage the gums around an implant post and allow bacteria to sneak in. You should also avoid using any metal tools that could scratch the titanium implant post.

Flossing Alternatives for Dental Implants

Do you have an implant at the very back of your mouth? You can floss around the back of an implant that doesn’t have a neighbor behind it by using a piece of yarn or tufted “fluffy” floss.

Is your implant part of a dental bridge? Try a floss threader to work the floss in between your teeth. If that’s too tedious, then try a kind of floss that has a stiff end you can easily poke underneath the bridge and pull through. Alternatively, try an interproximal brush. This aid has bristles in the shape of a small pine tree. Choose one with a metal-free plastic core, so that it doesn’t scratch the implant.

Like many dental implant patients, you may find a water flosser to be the best method. It will let you gently flush along the gum lines of your implant without the hassle of flossing.

Ask your dentist for more tips on keeping your implants in good health.

Posted on behalf of:
ConfiDenT
11550 Webb Bridge Way, Suite 1
Alpharetta, GA 30005
(770) 772-0994

Jun
19

What Are Same-Day Dental Implants?

Posted in Dental Implants

Looking to replace a missing tooth? You might be interested in a dental implant. Implants look fantastic, feel like natural teeth, and are designed to stay with you for life. The only drawback is that the process of getting an implant tends to be a lengthy one.

Many dental offices now offer “same-day” or “immediate” dental implants. What could this mean for you?

What Makes Same-Day Implants Special

You won’t necessarily leave the dental office with a new tooth the very same day you go in. It still takes time to assess your mouth and plan the procedure. But the idea is that you can get your implant capped with a dental crown on the very same day you get the implant surgically placed in your jaw. The obvious benefit is that you can show off your new tooth right away.

Traditional implants require waiting months until putting the finished crown in place.

Are Immediate Implants Risky?

As long as your oral and overall health qualify you for getting a same-day implant, it shouldn’t be risky, at all. Follow the directions your implant surgeon gives you for recovery and you should have no trouble.

Do You Qualify for a Same-Day Dental Implant?

Not everyone can get a complete implant from start to finish in a short amount of time. Underlying gum disease, a smoking habit, or ill health can all prevent you from qualifying for a same-day dental implant. The good news is that even with such limiting factors you could still get implant surgery; you’ll just need more time for recovery to ensure successful healing.

Find out more about immediate implants by contacting a dentist near you.

Posted on behalf of:
Muccioli Dental
6300 Hospital Pkwy # 275
Johns Creek, GA 30097
(678) 389-9955

Jun
19

6 Reasons to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

Are you missing a tooth? Here are six reasons to seriously consider replacing it with a dental implant.

  1. Dental Implants Look Natural

There’s no tooth replacement that looks quite as nice as dental implants do. They’re topped off with dental crowns that can be designed to the exact shape, size, and color as other teeth in your mouth. Once your implant is in place, no one should ever be able to tell it’s not a real tooth.

  1. You Can Eat Whatever You Want

Anything your natural teeth can safely chew your implant can handle as well! Most partial dentures can’t handle crunchy carrots or chew steaks, but implants can.

  1. Implants Are Easy to Maintain

Life with an implant is virtually the same as with natural teeth. Daily brushing and flossing are all you need to keep your implant healthy.

  1. Dental Implants Will Keep Your Smile Young

Implants integrate with the bone in your mouth and stimulate the production of healthy new bone tissue around them. This maintains the shape of your smile and helps you avoid a “sunken in” appearance associated with tooth loss.

  1. Implants Won’t Compromise Remaining Natural Teeth

Dental bridges usually only replace one missing tooth, but they also require capping two other teeth for support, even if those teeth don’t need crowns. Implants are stand-alone restorations.

  1. Implants Won’t Fall Out

There’s an ever-present fear that plagues people who wear removable tooth replacements like dentures. They worry that their teeth could fall out at the most embarrassing moments. You don’t need to worry about that with implants – they aren’t going anywhere!

Ask your dentist whether implants are the right tooth replacement choice for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

May
16

‘Why Won’t My Dentist Pull My Teeth So I Can Get Dentures?’

Posted in Dentures

Extracting your teeth to get dentures may seem like the solution to all of your dental problems.

So why won’t your dentist just do what you asked and get it over with?

There’s Nothing Like Your Natural Teeth

A denture can’t compare to having natural teeth, so your dentist is in no hurry to replace them with a denture.

Dentures tend to dull your sense of taste and they reduce your ability to bite and chew. They also cause your jawbone to wear away and rapidly shrink.

Dentists know it’s bad practice to extract perfectly healthy teeth unless there’s a good reason to. You should only consider this option if you have very few teeth left or if your remaining teeth are not strong enough to support implants or fillings.

Dentures Don’t Eliminate the Need for Good Oral Hygiene!

If you want dentures just so you never have to brush or floss again, then you’ll be sorely disappointed. Dentures require just as much care and maintenance as natural teeth do.

You won’t have to brush and floss the same way you do for natural teeth, but dentures do need to be brushed, soaked, and rinsed daily. Otherwise, they can cause problems like:

  • Bad breath
  • Gum sores
  • Bacterial and fungal infections

Dentures Don’t Work Like You Expect

You can’t just put in a denture and get a perfect smile like magic. It takes time and planning and practice to get a beautiful denture that’s easy to use.

If your dentist discourages you from getting a denture, it’s just because he or she knows you’ll be better off keeping your natural teeth.

Contact your dentist to find out how dentures can affect your smile for better or worse.

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

May
15

How to Clean Around Your New Fixed Bridge

Posted in Dental Bridges

Now that you’ve gotten a traditional (or implant-supported) dental bridge, you probably feel a sense of relief knowing that your missing tooth has been replaced.

But your bridge isn’t invincible. In fact, if you don’t care for it properly each day, the teeth (or implants) supporting it can experience secondary oral health issues, causing the entire restoration to fail.

Flossing is a Must 

You’ll need to floss under your bridge and around the supporting teeth at least once a day. Both teeth and implants can be affected by gum infections, so flossing is essential.

Additionally, flossing helps reduce the risk of recurrent tooth decay in the teeth that support your bridge. Because the area just under the bridge is the hardest to clean, this takes special effort.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

  • Use a floss threader or “super floss” to thread the strand under your bridge
  • Wrap the floss around the supporting tooth, cleaning up and down below the gums, then across the bottom surface of the bridge and against the other tooth
  • Consider getting a water flosser, if traditional floss is too difficult to use 

Brush Along the Gumlines

Take a few extra seconds when you brush twice daily to be sure that you’re getting the edges of the bridge, where it meets your gumlines. Because their margins tend to offer prime surface areas for plaque to adhere to, they need extra attention to keep them completely clean.

Remember to schedule a checkup and cleaning at least every six months to have a dental professional clean away tartar buildup that accumulates in hard-to-reach areas!

Posted on behalf of:
Dental Care Center At Kennestone
129 Marble Mill Rd NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 424-4565

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