Posts for: March, 2016
When teeth become damaged beyond repair, it’s a difficult experience to accept. Losing teeth is extremely stressful and leaves most people wondering if they’ll ever look the same again. Fortunately, there is hope! Patients today have many options to replace missing teeth, and dental implants should be at the top of your list.
Dental implants are small titanium posts that are surgically placed into the jawbone. Their purpose is to replace missing tooth roots, helping to keep the bone healthy and strong. They are then covered with crowns or dentures to complete your cosmetic restoration.
Top Benefits of Dental Implants
Preserve healthy bone: Missing teeth pose a big risk to your dental health. When the jawbone no longer receives the mechanical stimulation of chewing, it begins to break down. This bone loss eventually results in a sunken appearance, collapsed jaw structure, and premature wrinkles around the mouth and lips.
Dental implants are the best way to prevent these risks and maintain the appearance of your face and smile. Once placed, they permanently fuse with the bone and continue to stimulate bone production and maintenance for the rest of your life.
Prevent shifting of teeth: When you have gaps between your natural teeth, the surrounding teeth will shift into the open space over time. This can lead to an increased risk of decay, jaw pain, and premature tooth wear, along with your teeth becoming visibly crooked.
Getting dental implants as soon as possible after losing teeth will help ensure that all your teeth remain in proper alignment.
Restore your smile permanently: Dental implants have a proven track record of durability and longevity. With healthy dental hygiene habits, most people can expect them to last a lifetime. Once you’ve completed your dental implant surgery, the chances are slim that you’ll ever need to do so again.
Keep in mind that the cosmetic restorations covering your implants, such as crowns or dentures, will require periodic maintenance during your regular office visits.
North Attleboro Dental Implants
Dental implants are the top choice to help replace missing teeth for their ability to maintain both your bone health and your appearance. However, certain health conditions may prevent you from being a candidate for implants. Our experienced dentists at Unique Dental Care will conduct a thorough exam and discuss the best tooth replacement options for you. For dental implants in North Attleboro, MA, call (508) 399-8800 or request your appointment now.
Can you have healthy teeth and still have gum disease? Absolutely! And if you don’t believe us, just ask actor David Ramsey. The cast member of TV hits such as Dexter and Arrow said in a recent interview that up to the present day, he has never had a single cavity. Yet at a routine dental visit during his college years, Ramsey’s dentist pointed out how easily his gums bled during the exam. This was an early sign of periodontal (gum) disease, the dentist told him.
“I learned that just because you don’t have cavities, doesn’t mean you don’t have periodontal disease,” Ramsey said.
Apparently, Ramsey had always been very conscientious about brushing his teeth but he never flossed them.
“This isn’t just some strange phenomenon that exists just in my house — a lot of people who brush don’t really floss,” he noted.
Unfortunately, that’s true — and we’d certainly like to change it. So why is flossing so important?
Oral diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease often start when dental plaque, a bacteria-laden film that collects on teeth, is allowed to build up. These sticky deposits can harden into a substance called tartar or calculus, which is irritating to the gums and must be removed during a professional teeth cleaning.
Brushing teeth is one way to remove soft plaque, but it is not effective at reaching bacteria or food debris between teeth. That’s where flossing comes in. Floss can fit into spaces that your toothbrush never reaches. In fact, if you don’t floss, you’re leaving about a thirdÂ to half of your tooth surfaces unclean — and, as David Ramsey found out, that’s a path to periodontal disease.
Since then, however, Ramsey has become a meticulous flosser, and he proudly notes that the long-ago dental appointment “was the last we heard of any type of gum disease.”
Let that be the same for you! Just remember to brush and floss, eat a good diet low in sugar, and come in to the dental office for regular professional cleanings.
If you would like more information on flossing or periodontal disease, please contact us today to schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Understanding Gum (Periodontal) Disease.”
Restoring chipped, stained or decayed teeth with dental porcelain is a tried and true method that’s been used for decades. In recent years, though, restorations made with composite resin have become a popular alternative.
Made of a plastic-based matrix with added glass filler, composite resin can be molded and bonded to teeth to replace missing structure with color to match. While they can’t be used for every problem situation, they’re an efficient and economical way to transform your smile.
Here are 4 advantages for using composite resin to restore moderately defective teeth.
They require very little tooth preparation. Crowns, veneers and other porcelain restorations require removing some healthy tooth structure to accommodate them. With the development of stronger bonding materials, composite resins can restore even many large defects in teeth caused by decay or trauma with little structural removal and still remain durable.
Most composite resin restorations are “single-visit” procedures. Unlike porcelain restorations, applying composite resin doesn’t require a dental lab, a process that can take multiple visits. In most cases, a skilled dentist can apply them during a single visit.
They have excellent color matching capabilities. We usually think of teeth as one single shade of white — actually, a single tooth can have varying gradations of color from the root to the tip. As mentioned before, composite resins can be prepared to match those color shades precisely, so your restored teeth look natural and blend well with your other teeth.
Composite resins can be an effective temporary fix for young injured teeth. Because children’s teeth are still developing, permanent restorations for traumatized teeth aren’t usually advisable until they’ve fully matured. Composite resin can be used to restore a young tooth’s form and function until it’s ready for a permanent solution.
If you would like more information on restoring teeth with composite resin, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Artistic Repair of Front Teeth with Composite Resin.”