2 Questions Your Implant Dentist May Ask Before Moving Forward With An Implant Restoration

Posted by on Feb 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Questions Your Implant Dentist May Ask Before Moving Forward With An Implant Restoration

If you are planning to have a dental implant, there are several things that you may need to consider before the surgery. Your dental surgeon will need to assess the state of your mouth before an implant restoration can be completed. Here are several questions that he or she may ask before moving forward with the procedure: Do you smoke or chew tobacco? People who smoke or chew tobacco are more likely to incur problems with their implant wound healing properly. Smoking lowers the amount of oxygen that is present in the blood and can also impair circulation at the site of a wound. As a result, a smoker who receives a dental implant may have problems with the healing of the wound. This can be an issue, because the dental implant is dependent upon proper healing for the stabilization of the device. As the dental implant wound heals, the implanted screw or rod becomes increasingly stable withing the bone. In fact, the implant actually fuses with the bone of the jaw. Eventually, the implant is as secure within the mouth as the natural root of a tooth. However, if the implant never heals properly into place, it may never stabilize. As a result, the restoration could fail, requiring the placement of a new implant.  If you do smoke, your dentist may ask you to stop months before a planned implant surgery. Have you ever had a failed implant? If your dentist did not handle previous restorations that may have failed, he or she may want to discuss the nature of any prior implant failures. If the failure was at or near the site of the newly intended implantation, it could cause problems. Sometimes, the bone and surrounding soft tissues can become too damaged to accept another implant. If this occurs, alternative implantation methods may be needed. For people who are unable to receive a traditional implant due to bone problems, miniature implants or zygomatic implants may be better options. Miniature implants require less bone for support due to their reduced size. Zygomatic implants bypass the jawbone and are implanted directly into the bone of the cheek.  Although non-traditional implants are sized or placed differently, they still offer the same stability and restoration as their conventional counterparts. To learn more about dental implants and the requirements for their placement, schedule a consultation with an implant dentist in your local...

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A Holistic Approach: Can Chiropractic Care Alleviate TMJ Pain?

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Holistic Approach: Can Chiropractic Care Alleviate TMJ Pain?

Dentists regularly deal with people who gag uncontrollably when they take dental x-rays, never mind attempt to wear in-the-mouth dental appliances. So what do you do when your gag reflex is ultra-strong and you have a temporomandibular joint disorder like TMJ and need to wear a corrective dental appliance? Is there a viable alternative to traditional TMJ care? Why would you need more aggressive TMJ treatment? Doesn’t it eventually just go away? TMJ is characterized by inflammatory pain in the joint and muscles that connect your lower jaw (the mandible) to the temporal bone located on the side of your head just in front of your ear. You can feel the joint move if you place your fingers on that bone. Open your mouth. Feel it move? Sometimes you’ll hear a click when you open and close your mouth. TMJ pain can also be associated with teeth grinding (bruxism) and with ear and headaches, along with back and neck pain. TMJ is more prevalent in women than men. In fact, it is thought that over 10 million Americans suffer from TMJ, making it a very common, but often very painful, disorder. Your dentist can treat you for pain that doesn’t go away with time or if your jaw won’t open very wide or if it locks up on you. This may be a sign that your TMJ may be associated with arthritis or other joint deterioration requiring more aggressive treatment. Your dentist may recommend wearing a retainer or other realignment appliance. If you can’t stand the idea of wearing a TMJ appliance in your mouth—or you just physically cannot use one without gagging—there are some holistic alternatives that your dentist may recommend, such as chiropractic care. Massage therapy through your chiropractor also may be an option. What can a chiropractor do to relieve the pain of TMJ? Subtle chiropractic care, in conjunction with your dentist, can alleviate long-term pain associated with TMJ. Documented cases of dental and chiropractic co-management are beginning to realize that mandibular manipulation, along with back and neck adjustments, can significantly decrease overall TMJ pain over time. Usually a couple times a week for three weeks or so has been enough to bring pain levels to near zero. TMJ is a complex disorder. Many people suffer for years without getting relief because they can’t wear corrective dental appliances or because their dentist hasn’t explored chiropractic co-management of symptoms. Ask your dentist or chiropractor what kind of care is right for...

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Three Key Benefits Of Invisalign

Posted by on Jan 16, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Key Benefits Of Invisalign

Straightening your teeth improves not only their appearance, but also your oral health. However, adults may cringe at the thought of having chunky, metal, uncomfortable braces on their teeth. Fortunately, you have the option of choosing a set of clear, custom aligners called Invisalign. If you’re considering Invisalign, here are a few benefits compared to conventional braces. Aesthetics From a visual standpoint, Invisalign is more aesthetically pleasing than traditional braces. As an adult, socializing, going to work, and going about your daily life can cause you to feel self-conscious if you have metal braces. Traditional braces are extremely noticeable, whereas adults typically prefer discretion. Traditional braces can cause your teeth to appear as if they’re filled with chunks of metal. In addition, food particles get stuck in traditional braces, which can cause embarrassment. Invisalign makes for a great alternative to traditional braces due to its clear, discreet nature.  Removable Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign is removable. This aspect adds a layer of flexibility. When it’s time to brush and floss, you’re able to remove your aligner so that you can maintain oral hygiene without fuss. Brushing and flossing with traditional braces can be a tricky, often frustrating process and requires extra care to remove food particles and keep clean. Anyone with traditional braces can vouch for how challenging they can be to keep clean. In addition, if you plan on eating something sticky, like taffy, or problematic like nuts or chewing gum, you’re able to simply remove your aligner so that you can eat hassle-free.   Shorter Treatment Time A major complaint about traditional braces is the duration of treatment time. You may need to wear traditional braces for several years. It’s not uncommon to wear braces for four or five years, which is not very appealing to adults. On the other hand, the average treatment duration for Invisalign is typically a year, which is significantly less than traditional braces. In most cases you’ll notice results in two to three months. What to Expect If you decide Invisalign is the best option for you, your dentist will create a custom treatment plan. Expect to have X-rays taken of your teeth, as well as photographs and moulded impressions. Your dentist then uses special Invisalign software to predict the progression of your teeth over time. You’ll be able to see how your teeth will look at different intervals of treatment, from start to finish. Your dentist then creates custom plastic aligners that will fit comfortably, and you’ll come in every few weeks to have them changed out. For more information on Invisalign braces for adults, contact an orthodontist at a location such as Cobbe Dental &...

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Veneers for Whitening

Posted by on Dec 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Veneers for Whitening

You can whiten your teeth to remove stains and discoloration as long as they are from normal use. However, if the coloring of your teeth is due to actual dental issues, then traditional whitening methods won’t work. If your teeth are permanently damaged in a way that prevents them from becoming white with whitening treatments, then you want to read this article so you can learn whether or not veneers will be a good choice to get that whiter smile you would like to have. How veneers can be used to give you whiter teeth Veneers are made to fit over your natural teeth and in a way that makes them look just like real teeth. They are designed out of a porcelain material that even feels just like your real teeth. When the veneers are being made, they can be created to be an exact color and shade. This allows you to literally pick the perfect color you want your smile to be. While you may want to go with the whitest color, you will also need to pick a shade. The shade is what determines the hue of the veneers that allow them to look right against your skin tone. The benefits of going with veneers Veneers are permanently affixed to your natural teeth, and they are very strong. This makes them a good choice if you have other issues wrong with your teeth besides discoloration. For example, if you have weak spots, chips, or fractures in your natural teeth, then going with veneers will give you the color of teeth you want, and they will give you stronger teeth that don’t have visible damages to them. It’s important to point out that veneers can also be used to correct length issues, correct gap issues, and even straighten out crooked teeth. What to expect when you get your veneers put in When you get your veneers, you can expect them to feel a little different. You won’t be used to having teeth of that exact same size and shape in your mouth, so this can take a few days to get used to. However, you shouldn’t feel any pain other than possibly having a discomfort from having your mouth held open for the process. You will be glad to know that once you have the veneers put in, you will leave with your smile permanently improved. Visit sites such as to find dentists near...

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Options To Consider When You Have Permanent Tooth Loss

Posted by on Nov 28, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Options To Consider When You Have Permanent Tooth Loss

Whether you have one missing tooth, or you need a full set of dentures, you have options. With the development of implant technology, you can have missing teeth replaced. You can also have attachment points placed into your jaw for dentures, so that you don’t have to rely on denture creams to keep the dentures in your mouth. If your dentist wants to create a bridge, this can now be secured using titanium implants instead of securing the bridge to nearby teeth. Whatever your tooth restoration needs are, your dentist has a variety of methods available to assist you. When you are ready to restore your smile, it’s time to sit down with your dentist and make a plan. How a Missing Tooth Is Replaced Implant technology is used to create a natural looking tooth in your mouth where one is missing. A small titanium rod is implanted into your jaw, where it becomes permanently fixed in your jaw. A crown is then made out of synthetic materials, and this crown is secured to the top of the rod. This creates a tooth that feels normal and doesn’t require any special care while it’s in your mouth. An implanted tooth is expected to be permanent, although there can be complications if the implant fails. Your dentist may avoid implants if you are a smoker or are not in good enough health. Bridges to Replace Several Teeth A dental bridge replaces more than one tooth, and it is used to give you a full set of teeth. Traditional bridge methods include building the small group of false teeth and adhering the teeth on either end to the tooth nearest the open space. While this is effective at restoring your smile, this can also cause problems with the attachment site. The tooth can be more susceptible to decay, as the wire used to attach a bridge to it can be abrasive. Bridges can now be created using implant technology, and the bridge can be secured to your mouth using titanium rods so that nearby teeth are not disturbed. Keeping Full Dentures in Your Mouth One of the bigger issues people that wear dentures complain about is the fact that they can slip around. While you can try out denture adhesives, some people have chosen to use titanium implants as attachment points for their dentures. This makes for a more secure fit and allows individuals to lead a more active life without worrying about their...

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What You Need To Do To Care For Your Braces While On Vacation

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need To Do To Care For Your Braces While On Vacation

If you are preparing for an exciting ski weekend or a trip home to visit your family for the holidays, you know need all of the essentials, including clothing, personal items, and a good book. However, as you get ready for your trip, it makes sense to consider how you are going to care for your braces while you are away from home. Maintain a high level of oral health with these tips. 1. Know What Snacks to Stay Away From When you’re traveling, it is easy to grab whatever snacks are quick and convenient. However, choosing the wrong snacks can damage the wires or brackets of your braces. Some foods to stay away from include nuts, fruit snacks and other gummy treats, popcorn, whole fruit (cut up fruit is a terrific alternative), hard candy, hard cookies, pretzels, corn on the cob, and hard bread. A few alternatives you can snack on while on the road include bite sized fruits and vegetables, smoothies, cheese, and soft protein bars. 2. Put Together a Travel Kit to Care for Your Braces While on vacation, it is easy to let your oral care fall by the wayside. You’re having so much fun that it seems like a shame to spend time tending to your braces. Make sure you devote a few minutes every day to caring for your mouth. If you have everything you need for proper brace maintenance, you’re less likely to skip your routine.   Include the following in your brace care kit: toothbrush, toothpaste, floss or your preferred between-the-teeth cleaner, mouthwash, wax for your braces, and a handheld mirror. See that this kit is easy accessible when you are on the road. If you have to fly, check that the contents of your kit adhere to TSA regulations concerning carry-on items. 3. Have the Name and Number of an Orthodontist in the Area Even with the most stringent care, it is possible to have a dental emergency. One of your brackets may break, a wire might cause pain, or you might suffer from a toothache. Before you hit the road, look up the name of a couple orthodontists and dentists in the area you are traveling to. You can even confirm ahead of time that the orthodontist or dentist is covered by your dental plan to prevent any excessive bills at the end of your visit.  Maintaining proper oral care while on vacation isn’t always easy, especially if you have braces. Keep your mouth and braces in good shape by following these simple suggestions for proper oral care. For more tips, contact a company like Waterford...

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Dental Implants And Halloween: You Still Have To Control Your Candy Intake

Posted by on Oct 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dental Implants And Halloween: You Still Have To Control Your Candy Intake

Halloween is on the way, and if you are getting dental implants, you might think that you are going to be a little more cavity resistant now — which could mean being able to eat more candy. That is not really true. While implants are made from artificial materials, you still have to be very careful about eating candy, if not more careful than you were when you had all-natural teeth. Gums Can Still Suffer The implant might not develop a cavity, but the surrounding natural teeth still can, and your gums can still suffer as well. Unless all of your natural teeth have been replaced by implants, you have to treat everything you eat, including candy, as potential cavity promoters. That means still brushing and flossing regularly and getting your teeth cleaned, too. As for your gums, the section of your gums that’s next to and under the implant and crown does not become invincible. This section can become irritated and develop gingivitis or worse if you’re not careful. Candy Can Be Trapped Under the Caps A problem that is specific to having implants is that the candy can become trapped under the cap, or crown. A minute amount of the food wedged under the spot where the crown meets the gumline can create a big problem. Removing it might require more than just flossing or using a dental pick lightly. You might need to have your dentist try to retrieve the bit of food from the space inside the crown, which can be complicated. Strong Candy Can Cause Damage Another issue many implant wearers don’t think about is that, as strong as the implant and crown are, they can be physically damaged by really strong, sticky candy. The crown in particular can be pulled off if you try to chew something that is persistently sticky. The crown can also crack if you try to bite into something hard like boiled sugar candies or jawbreakers. No one wants to think about completely eliminating all candy from Halloween celebrations, but if you decide to indulge, choose candies that are not strongly sticky and not very hard. Brush and floss after your candy-eating sessions like you would a regular meal, and drink water when you eat the candy, too. The water will help wash remnants of the candy away. See your dentist in the weeks after Halloween for a regular cleaning and to inspect the implants. For more information, contact local professionals like Colerain Denture...

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Have A Toddler? Two Reasons Why They Need To Start Going To The Dentist

Posted by on Sep 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Have A Toddler? Two Reasons Why They Need To Start Going To The Dentist

If your toddler still has their baby teeth, you may not think it’s important for them to go to the dentist. You may reason that since the baby teeth will eventually fall out, there’s really no reason to have them seen by a dental professional. However, going to the dentist is quite critical for toddlers, and there are a few reasons for this. Learning more about the benefits of taking your small child to the dentist can help you see why you should start doing so right away. The Dentist Will Make Sure That The Baby Teeth Fall Out On Schedule One of the main reasons why you should begin to take your toddler to the dentist is because it’s a key way to ensure that your child’s baby teeth are falling out on schedule. This is vital, since baby teeth that hang around for too long could cause other problems. When baby teeth don’t loosen and fall out on time, they leave no space for the permanent teeth to fill. If you then go in and manually have the baby teeth taken out, the permanent teeth could come in crooked, since they were “held up” during the time when they should have been able to burst through the gums. Your child’s dentist will keep an eye on the baby teeth to make sure that they are out when they should be, instead of staying in too long and obstructing the way of the adult teeth. A Dental Regimen Can Help Prevent Fear Although you may not know it, there are a number of people who are very much afraid to go the dentist. It could be because they’ve never gone, or due to stories that they’ve heard from other people. Because of the importance of dental health, you definitely want to do all that you can to keep your child from joining the ranks of those who fear the dentist. Starting a dental regimen early may be one way to achieve this. You want your child to become accustomed to going to the dentist. This could help them develop those healthy dental habits that they can carry over into adulthood. Taking your toddler to the dentist on a regular basis could prove to be a very wise decision. Call a local pediatric dentist at a location like New England Dental Specialists of Norwood to schedule an appointment right away, so your child can begin enjoying these benefits and many...

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2 Precautions Diabetics With Dental Implants Should Observe

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Precautions Diabetics With Dental Implants Should Observe

If you are diabetic and have lost one or more teeth, you may be considering dental implants. A dental implant is used to replace the dental root of a tooth. During an implant restoration, a titanium rod or screw is implanted into your jawbone and allowed to heal over the course of several months. Throughout the healing process, which is termed osseointegration, the implant fuses with your jawbone. This fusion causes the implant to become stabilized within the bone. In fact, a dental implant is as secured within the bone as a natural tooth. After the implant has healed properly, it can be fitted with an abutment and a dental crown to complete the restoration of the missing tooth. Although dental implants are generally successful for diabetic patients, there are some precautions that an implant recipient with diabetes should observe. Here are a few of them. Use Extra Gum Care Because you have diabetes, you should pay particular attention to your gums when performing your oral hygiene regimen. The gums can easily become inflamed by bacterial acid that is in the mouth. As you clean your teeth and gums, you are removing oral bacteria that release acid after feeding on leftover food particles. This acid is the primary cause of tooth decay, but it is also inflammatory to the gums. Due to your diabetic condition, wounds may take longer to heal. As a result, gum disease may progress more easily. If gum disease progresses to periodontitis, which is a severe form of the condition, it may result in dental implant failure. To ensure that your gums are cared for properly, consider using an oral irrigator in addition to traditional brushing and flossing. The oral irrigator concentrates a stream of water at the gum line and in between the teeth to help remove debris and massage the gums. The massaging action promotes blood flow, which can help keep the gums healthy. Maintain Proper Blood Sugar Levels Fluctuations in blood sugar can also impact the amount of sugar present in your bloodstream and mouth. When there is extra sugar in the mouth, there is extra food available for oral bacterial. This increases acid production which exacerbates inflammation at the implant wound site. To maintain your blood sugar, be sure to adhere to the diet prescribed by your physician. Also, it is important to take your medication regularly and in the proper dosage. Work with your doctor and your dentist to learn more things that you should do if you have diabetes and are receiving a dental...

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Nip Gum Disease In The Bud With These Oral Hygiene Tips

Posted by on Aug 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Nip Gum Disease In The Bud With These Oral Hygiene Tips

Do your gums bleed a little when you brush your teeth or floss between them? Maybe you’ve noticed that your gums are sore or a little swollen. These are all signs that you’re in the initial stages of gum disease. While gum disease can be serious if left unchecked, the good news is that if you catch it early, you can usually fight it off just by making some changes in your oral hygiene routine. Here’s a look at some simple changes you’ll want to make. Brush more often. If you’re not brushing twice per day, it’s time to make that a priority. In fact, if you can manage it, you may want to brush three times per day. Keep a toothbrush in your desk at work so that you can brush after lunch or some other time in the middle of the day. The longer you wait between brushing sessions, the longer any sugars from your last meal or snack will sit on your teeth, feeding the oral bacteria that cause gum disease. Brush your tongue. If you’re not brushing your tongue, then bacteria that cause gum disease may be lingering on your tongue and quickly re-populating your teeth and gums after your brushing session. You can purchase a tongue scraper and use it to clean your tongue, or you can just get into the habit of brushing your tongue gently at the end of each tooth brushing session. Make flossing a priority. Nobody likes flossing. It takes too long and it’s not easy to wedge the floss between your teeth. But if you want to get over gum disease, you really do need to floss daily to remove the plaque, bacteria, and food particles from between your teeth. If you have trouble remembering to floss, keep your floss in your purse or wallet so you can use it anytime during the day that you come across it and happen to remember. Use an antibacterial mouthwash. Finish each brushing session with an antibacterial mouthwash like Listerine. This will kill any bacteria that you have not effectively removed with brushing. If you absolutely cannot stand the taste or mouthwash or are allergic to the ingredients, try using a salt water rinse instead. It will also kill bacteria and soothe your irritated gums. If your gum disease symptoms don’t fade within a week or two, talk to your dentist. They may recommend more aggressive treatments like antibiotics or deep cleaning. Check out websites like for more...

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