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Dental Implants: The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Once teeth are missing from the jawbone—whether one or many; whether from accident or disease—something very important is missing as well. That's tooth stability. Any denture wearer will tell you there's nothing more upsetting than a slipping lower denture and the anxious uncertainty it brings. That's because once one or more teeth are removed, the jawbone that previously anchored the roots begins to dissolve. Dental researchers worked for years to find ways to keep bone from shrinking. Now we're proud to offer a solution that prevents bone loss while permitting durable, fixed, permanent restorations. They're dental implants. And they're the next best tooth replacement option to the real thing, because they're rooted in bone just like your original teeth. The [...]

By |2022-01-27T19:31:38+00:00July 19th, 2022|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Dental Implants: The Next Best Thing to Natural Teeth

Gone Missing

Lose a tooth? We can help you choose the right replacement option. CROWN & BRIDGE is a collective phrase for several methods of restoring teeth. When a tooth has been damaged but is healthy enough to save, we place a crown that covers it and binds it together for strength. Crowns can be fashioned from gold or alloys, porcelain, or a combination of materials. A bridge can span a single missing tooth, or many. Conventional bridges usually involve crowns at both ends with a false tooth, called a "pontic." DENTURES—full or partial—are artificial teeth, usually removable, that fit over the gums where natural teeth are missing. We place conventional dentures after all tissues have healed. Immediate dentures go in immediately [...]

By |2022-01-10T22:54:38+00:00May 24th, 2022|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Gone Missing

Impression Material

What is that goo? Whether you need a new denture, braces, or a single inlay restoration, you'll encounter the "goo" dentists use to make an impression - the first step to a perfect likeness of your mouth. In effect, the material you bite into registers a "negative" image, like a photograph. To make a positive model, a plaster-like "stone" is poured into the impression and allowed to set. And there you are. Impression material, to work properly, must reproduce oral structures accurately, and be strong enough to hang together while it's removed - without sucking out anything in the vicinity by accident. It can't shrink or expand, either, or the end product (your new bridge, for instance) won't fit. And, [...]

By |2022-01-10T22:53:57+00:00May 3rd, 2022|Patient Education|Comments Off on Impression Material

Dentistry and the Older Adult

With people living longer, we, as dentists, recognize that the dental profession must shoulder a new responsibility for enduring dental care. We all hope we'll live to a ripe old age. At the same time, we want to enjoy the rest of our years and live a quality life. As people age, they become more prone to certain chronic conditions. Old adults may encounter root decay, erosion of the root surfaces, fracturing of fillings and brittle teeth, or gum infection. People with dentures or partials may find that their bony ridges will continue to recede. What can be done? Root decay and gum disease—Continue to use fluoride toothpaste with tartar and plaque control. There are some newer toothpastes and rinses [...]

By |2022-01-04T20:39:07+00:00February 8th, 2022|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Dentistry and the Older Adult

The Deal with Dentures

Dentures are one of those subjects where so much information is passed around and so little is really understood. Popular wisdom has it that only the first set of dentures fit properly. That's only partially true. They tend to feel best because the gum ridges have not yet receded. But we can now re-fit new dentures that look and feel just as good as the original. Denture fit depends largely on the health of the gums. That's why we recommend you see us at least once a year for a denture check-up. Denture adhesives? At best, a band-aid solution. Our office can do better than that. And no, overuse of your denture doesn't cause it to wobble. That's a result [...]

By |2021-06-25T20:45:43+00:00July 27th, 2021|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on The Deal with Dentures

Check Your Dental I.Q.

Read each question and choose the best answer. Scoring below. 1. The best toothbrush bristle is: (a) Medium (b) Hard (c) soft (d) electric 2. Teeth grinding and gnashing (bruxism) can lead to: (a) pain in the neck (b) Sore teeth (c) Headaches (d) all of the above 3. The dentist's word for cavities: (a) holey teeth (b) caries (c) cartels (d) fillings 4. Straightening of the teeth is called: (a) orthodontics (b) pediatrics (c) geometry (d) endodontics 5. It's been proven that fluoride: (a) is experimental (b) makes teeth resistant to decay (c) is found in popcorn 6. Expectant mothers should visit the dentist: (a) before the child is born (b) during odd-numbered months (c) not until the baby [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:23:59+00:00March 16th, 2021|Patient Education|Comments Off on Check Your Dental I.Q.

The Shading of Your Smile

Regardless of what your smile needs (cosmetic improvement, tooth restoration, even dentures), there's one thing you'll want when we're done: attractive, natural-looking teeth. Getting teeth to look their natural best comes from the shape and color assessments we make throughout the procedure. Color depends on tooth size and thickness, location in the mouth, your skin, and eye coloring—even your age. Aren't Natural Teeth "white"? The best looking teeth, like gems, exhibit many different tones and hints. They're lighter towards the front and center, deepening in shade towards the molars which receive (and reflect) less light. Silver amalgam in the mouth can have a long effect on apparent tooth color—and a good reason for considering a more flattering tooth-colored filling. A [...]

By |2020-12-29T17:10:12+00:00February 2nd, 2021|Cosmetic Dentistry|Comments Off on The Shading of Your Smile

How Old Is Your Smile?

The concept of dental age is surprising to people when they first hear it. Dental age is independent of chronological age. From a biological stand point, we are youthful until we reach maturity around thirty, we are adults from thirty to sixty years, and elder from sixty on. From a dental stand point, we are youthful at any age as long as we have close to a full compliment of teeth or its equivalent and the supporting tissues are in good health. An adult dental age would be consistent with fixed bridges, small removable partial dentures, or bone loss around the teeth due to periodontal disease. We are considered dental elders when we have full dentures or extensive partial dentures. [...]

By |2020-12-01T00:19:31+00:00December 22nd, 2020|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on How Old Is Your Smile?

Dentures: Get Your Smile Back

What is a denture? A denture is a removable replacement for missing teeth and adjacent tissues, usually made of acrylic resin, sometimes in combination with various metals. Complete dentures replace all the teeth, while a partial denture fills in the spaces created by missing teeth and prevents other teeth from changing position. Who needs a denture? Candidates for complete dentures have lost most or all of their teeth. They improve chewing ability and speech and provide support for facial muscles. They will also greatly enhance your facial appearance and smile. What happens when you get a denture? We can make a full conventional denture when all teeth are missing or once all extraction sites have healed. The denture process usually [...]

By |2019-09-29T21:24:52+00:00November 26th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Dentures: Get Your Smile Back

Implants—The New and Improved Tooth Fairy

Single-Tooth Dental Implants Implants, in general, boast a good track record for stability and natural feel. Most patients who seek out dental implants want to steady a shifty denture, or bridge a large gap of several lost teeth, but we can also do just one. For the right patient missing the right tooth, the Tooth Fairy has bailed us out again. A lot of people are missing a single tooth. Until recently, the only option for a replacement took the form of a bridge. Dentistry calls this gizmo a fixed or removable partial denture and, for it to fit correctly, a fair bit of work is involved to remove enamel from neighboring teeth. Especially for those of us annoyed by [...]

By |2019-09-01T19:36:47+00:00September 24th, 2019|Restorative Dentistry|Comments Off on Implants—The New and Improved Tooth Fairy