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3 Types of Dentures That Your Dentist May Recommend

Posted by on Nov 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Types of Dentures That Your Dentist May Recommend

Dentures are still a popular option for people who have multiple teeth missing. Dentures can be used for upper and lower palates. Since they are removable, the dental patient can take them out to clean them or to readjust them for a more comfortable fit.  There are a few different types of dentures that your dentist may recommend. Here are three of them: Full Dentures Full dentures are used to replace an entire palate of teeth. The dentures are designed to fit comfortably over your gums and are held in place by the natural suction of your mouth, dental adhesive and your tongue. Full dentures can appear quite natural depending on the amount of customization of the appliance. Some custom-made options allow the patient to try on the dentures so that aesthetic adjustments can be made. The material used to make the teeth of a denture can affect the durability and natural appearance of the appliance. Some dentures are made from stain-resistant material that does not easily absorb pigments from your food and drink. Additionally, dentures may be made from multiple translucent layers of material so that the teeth have the exact appearance of natural teeth. Partial dentures Partial dentures may also be used to replace multiple teeth. However, there are still natural teeth remaining in the palate. The partial denture fills in the gaps left by the missing teeth. Partial dentures may be attached to the remaining teeth using small clasps that are made of metal Like full dentures, the quality of the partial dentures can vary based on the type of material used. Acrylic partial dentures use an acrylic base in which the false teeth are set. Metal partial dentures use a metallic framework as the attachment base for the prosthetic teeth. Acrylic-based partial dentures may require replacements more quickly than metal-based partials. Acrylic partial dentures may be prepared and installed in a single day. However metal partials may not be available in a single visit unless your dentist has an onsite laboratory that can fashion the metal framework needed. Overdentures Overdentures are stabilized by natural teeth or dental implants. An overdenture includes a connector on the underside that snaps onto the stabilizing teeth. Still, the overdentures are removable just as conventional dentures are. If you are considering dentures, visit a local dentist, such as Tony Parsley, DMD, for an assessment. He or she will be able to determine whether or not dentures are right for...

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What To Expect When After You Have A Dental Crown Put In Place

Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Expect When After You Have A Dental Crown Put In Place

The process of having a tooth covered with a dental crown is pretty straightforward from the patient’s perspective. It’s not a painful procedure, and generally, you won’t have to follow any dietary restrictions or healing protocols afterwards. Still, it is nice to know what to expect in the hours and days following your crown application. Here’s a look at some of the subtle changes and effects you can expect. An “out of place” feeling in your mouth. Expect to spend a lot of time going back and forth over your new crown on the first few days you have it. Though it should feel like a normal tooth, it will feel slightly larger than your regular tooth and the texture might be a bit different. It will take your tongue a few days to get used to the feeling, but soon you won’t even notice the crown in your mouth. Sensitivity to hot and cold. If you feel any pain in the crowned tooth when you’re just sitting around or chewing on something room temperature, you should certainly contact your dentist, as this could be a sign that your crown was not placed properly. However, you should not be alarmed if your tooth seems a bit sensitive when you bite into or sip something hot or cold. Sensitivity to hot and cold is normal following a crown placement. The dentist often has to file down the tooth a bit in order to make the crown fit properly, and this can leave some of the nerves a bit sensitive. This symptom, too, should subside within a few weeks. If you are still experiencing tooth sensitivity after a few weeks, talk to your dentist about using a special rinse or toothpaste to help. A metallic taste. Some patients who have crowns find that they experience a metallic taste in the mouth after having the crown applied. This may become more pronounced when you eat salty foods. Rest assured that like the other issues above, this taste will go away with time. It is not actually the metal in the crown you are tasting (dentists are careful to use a non-reactive metal that won’t break down), but the cement used to put the crown in place. This explains why even patients with porcelain crowns still experience this metallic taste from time to time. If you have any questions about changes you experience after having a crown put in place, talk to your dentist. For most patients, getting used to having a crown is very straightforward and...

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3 Natural Tea Remedies For Soothing A Root Canal Flare-Up After Surgery

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Natural Tea Remedies For Soothing A Root Canal Flare-Up After Surgery

Root canal surgery is usually overwhelmingly successful, and very few patients experience any pain a few days after the surgery. However, the small amount of patients that do feel any pain experience what is called a root canal flare-up. This sudden inflammation and irritation of your tooth and gums can happen to anyone. The pain usually lasts for a few days, and it can be difficult to do things like eat and sleep without finding yourself in a tremendous amount of pain. As a result, there are a few teas you can drink in order to soothe a flare-up after root canal surgery. Fresh Lemongrass Tea Lemongrass is great for relieving pain from your body both externally and internally. It is considered to be an analgesic since it reduces pain and inflammation. In addition, it has antibacterial properties that are great for warding off infection. In order to get the most of lemongrass, steep fresh lemongrass in a cup of hot water. Allow the water to extract the healing properties of the plant. When the water has cooled, drink it. Drink a cup with every meal in order to feel the effects faster. Fresh Ginger Tea Ginger tea is commonly consumed in order to treat colds. It has the ability to flush your body of toxins that may be promoting sickness. In addition, it has anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to soothe tooth pain. You can use a press to squeeze the ginger juice into a cup of hot water. If you do not have a press you can just cut the ginger into large slices and let it sit in hot water. Ginger can be used in combination with commercial tea bags like green tea. Calendula Tea Calendula is a flower that is most commonly incorporated in skin care products for its healing properties. It has numerous  anti-inflammatory properties that are good for alleviating pain. An easy way to prepare the tea is by boiling it in a pot of water. Before drinking the tea, it is important to strain all of the petals. The tea has a bright floral scent so it is perfect for drinking early in the morning and throughout the day. Continue to drink the tea until the majority of the pain in your teeth has subsided. When using tea to treat tooth pains it is important to always use fresh ingredients in order to get the maximum benefits. Now use this list of teas in order to drink your way to pain-free teeth.  Contact a dental center like Pinon Hills Dental to learn...

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5 Things You Need To Know About Oral Florid Papillomatosis

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things You Need To Know About Oral Florid Papillomatosis

Oral florid papillomatosis, also known as oral verrucous carcinoma, is a type of oral cancer. Here are five things you need to know about it. What are the signs of oral florid papillomatosis? If you have oral florid papillomatosis, you’ll notice a white lesion inside your mouth. This lesion is painless, thick, and lumpy; its appearance has been likened to a cauliflower. The lesion grows slowly, so you may not realize that it’s getting larger. Generally, this lesion forms on the buccal mucosa, the tissue that lines the insides of your cheeks. The next most common locations are the floor of the mouth, the gums, and the tongue. What are the risk factors? The causes of oral florid papillomatosis still aren’t well understood. Researchers think that human papillomavirus may play a role in its development, and smoking may also be a cause. Other factors that have been suggested as possible causes include poor oral hygiene, drinking alcohol, and using smokeless tobacco such as chewing tobacco. How is it treated? This cancer is treated with surgical excision. Your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon or an oncologist to have this procedure done. The entire lesion as well as a margin of healthy tissue will be removed. Recurrence rates as high as 68% have been reported with surgical treatment alone, so you may also need adjunct treatments such as radiation therapy. What is the survival rate? The five-year survival rate for people with oral florid papillomatosis is 77.9%. Like other types of cancer, your odds of survival are better if you are diagnosed and treated early, before the cancer can grow or spread. If you seek treatment right away, it’s more likely that your treatment will be successful, so don’t wait to see your dentist. How common is oral florid papillomatosis? Oral florid papillomatosis is a very rare type of cancer. Its annual incidence is between one and three people per million. Given the current United States population, it can be assumed that between 320 and 960 Americans will be diagnosed with it this year. Multiple studies have shown that this cancer is more common among males than females: sixty percent of patients are men. Generally, this cancer affects people who are middle-aged or older. If you notice a lumpy, white lesion inside your mouth, bring it to your dentist’s attention immediately. The lesion could be oral florid papillomatosis, a serious, yet treatable type of oral...

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How To Survive The Dentist When You Have Anxiety

Posted by on Sep 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Survive The Dentist When You Have Anxiety

Dental anxiety goes beyond just not liking going to the dentist. It is similar to other anxiety disorders that can make going to the dentist very difficult. Oral health is very important, with dental visits and check-ups being an important aspect of your oral health. Here are some tips for visiting the dentist when you have dental anxiety. Make Specific Requests It is essential that your dentist know you have anxiety and that you let them know what will help ease your mind. If you are experiencing anxiety because you don’t know what to expect, ask the dentist to explain what they are doing and when. On the other hand, you might be someone who doesn’t want any details, so they should know that too. If you’re afraid of certain tools, let them know to see if they can use them less often. Distract Yourself In many cases, the anxiety comes from the work being done, as opposed to just being in the dental office. If you are disturbed by the sound of the drill or the sensation of cleaning your teeth, try to find something that will distract you. Ask your dentist if you can wear earbuds to listen to music or your favorite podcast. There are also video glasses that connect to your mobile device, allowing you to watch movies or television shows with the glasses on. This can be a great distraction from the procedure. Ask for a Sedative It is possible that your dentist will prescribe you a mild sedative medication to take before your appointment. There are some sedatives that simply help you relax the night before and the day of your appointment. These are the same medications given to people with anxiety and panic attacks. For the general dental treatment, you will be given two pills. You take one the night before so you can get a good night’s sleep, then one about an hour or so before your appointment. You need to get a ride to and from the appointment if you take a sedative. Get the First Appointment of the Day It helps many people to have the first appointment of the day. When you have anxiety, the longer you sit around waiting for your appointment, the more the anxiety and negative feelings start building up. You might be more prone to not showing up for your appointment when given the opportunity. Instead, try to get the first appointment when not a lot of people are in the dental office and you can get through your appointment and go about your...

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How to Decrease Your Chances of Needing Dentures in the Future

Posted by on Aug 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Decrease Your Chances of Needing Dentures in the Future

Your teeth are strong, but they can become damaged in many ways. You should do your best to keep your teeth in excellent condition so you can decrease the chances that you will eventually need dentures. Follow these four simple tips to make your teeth as healthy as possible. 1: Ward off cavities A cavity causes a hole to develop in your tooth. Once you get this hole, it is easier for even more damage to be done since the inner materials of your tooth will be unprotected. Before you know it, you may begin suffering from extreme tooth decay. There are a few things you can do to decrease your chances of getting cavities. Follow good oral hygiene habits daily, including brushing, flossing, and rinsing. Stay away from foods high in sugar content or that is high in acids. Chew sugarless gum after meals to help remove leftover food particles. Increase your dairy intake so you get more calcium. Don’t skip your dental appointments. 2: Don’t grind your teeth Teeth grinding is something you may be doing without knowing it. This is especially true since most people grind their teeth in their sleep. Ask your partner if they hear you grinding your teeth at night and look for signs such as the onset of headaches, a sore or tired jaw, or sensitive teeth. If you notice any of these, you should tell your dentist immediately. Teeth grinding will wear off the protective layer of your teeth, making them more susceptible to problems. 3: Wear the appropriate protective gear If you play in any contact sports, you will want to get a properly fitted mouth guard from your dentist. Make sure you wear the mouth guard during all of your practices and at all games. It will significantly decrease your chances of suffering a loose, fractured, broken, or knocked out tooth. 4: Don’t smoke cigarettes If you are a smoker, you should seriously consider quitting. Smoking can weaken your immune system and this leaves you more vulnerable to suffering a gum infection. It also doubles your chances of getting gum disease. A gum infection or gum disease will eventually take a toll on the overall health of your teeth. By following the four tips above, you can decrease your chances of needing dentures. However, if you do eventually lose some of your teeth, dentures offer you a great option for replacing your teeth. Contact an establishment like Northwest Dental Services for more...

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4 Reasons To Choose Porcelain Veneers For Your Smile Makeover

Posted by on Aug 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Choose Porcelain Veneers For Your Smile Makeover

Doubting the beauty of your smile brings your confidence down. You want to be able to talk to and laugh with new people without being self-conscious. Talk to your dentist about the best ways to achieve the smile of your dreams. Your dentist may recommend cosmetic dental procedures to elevate the look of your smile while protecting your oral health. Here are four reasons to choose porcelain veneers for your smile makeover. Cleaning your porcelain veneers is easy and affordable. Porcelain veneers require the same amount of care as your natural oral tissues. All you need to do is brush your teeth twice a day and floss at least once a day in order to keep your veneers in good shape. Simple brushing and flossing removes food particles and bacteria from your veneers that might otherwise be harmful to your gums. You do not need to buy a special kind of toothpaste or toothbrush to keep your porcelain veneers free of debris and bacteria. Veneers correct multiple tooth deficiencies. Veneers are a good choice for your smile makeover if you have more than one tooth deficiency. The veneers help to make your teeth uniform and your smile becomes something you can be proud to show. Porcelain veneers help to correct a few different problems: gapped teeth slightly misaligned or crooked teeth chipped or cracked teeth stained or discolored teeth Porcelain veneers are applied during one visit to the dentist. While it does take a few weeks for your dentist to receive the materials for your veneers, it only takes one visit to apply them to your teeth. Your dentist shapes the front of your existing teeth for maximum bonding then affixes the veneers to them with a strong adhesive. The process is short. In a matter of a few years, you have a brand new smile. Stains become a thing of the past with your veneers. A discolored, yellow smile can take away from the beauty of your teeth. There are many reasons that your teeth become stained. Certain foods, beverages, medications, and even cigarette smoking can stain your teeth permanently. Porcelain veneers help to cover up any existing stains, elevating the aesthetic of your smile. Veneers themselves are also highly resistant to stains because they are not porous like your natural tooth enamel. Veneers are made of medical grade resin that is not stained by highly pigmented foods and drinks such as berries, red sauce, and red wine. Contact a professional such as Tore D Steinberg DDS PC to learn...

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Why Veneers Are A Good Option For Closing The Gap In Your Front Teeth

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why Veneers Are A Good Option For Closing The Gap In Your Front Teeth

If you have a gap between your front teeth, you might be embarrassed to show your smile. There is nothing wrong with having a gap in your teeth as long as it’s natural and not caused by gum disease. It doesn’t need to be fixed unless it makes you feel self-conscious. To close the gap, your dentist will either move your teeth closer together with braces or cover it up with a crown or veneers. Veneers may be your best option. Here’s why. Braces Take A Long Time To Work It takes braces several months to readjust the position of your teeth. If you don’t mind waiting that long, then braces might be a good choice for you because you’ll be able to save the enamel on your teeth that way. However, braces aren’t always practical for adults, even the invisible variety, especially if you have an occupation where your looks are very important. Plus, braces are expensive. While they do work, there is a quicker and less expensive way to close your gap. Veneers Cover The Gap Dental veneers are thin shells that cover your teeth. The veneers can be made any size, shape, and color needed to correct the appearance of your smile. In the case of a gap, your dentist applies a veneer on the tooth on each side of the gap. The veneers are a little wider than your natural teeth, so when they are in place the gap disappears. It only takes a couple of weeks to go through the process of getting this dental procedure. First, your dentist makes an impression of your teeth so a dental lab can make the shells to fit in your mouth precisely. It will take a couple of weeks to get your custom veneers back from the lab so your dentist can apply them. To get the veneers to fit properly in your mouth, your dentist needs to shave off a very thin layer of tooth enamel. Then the veneers are bonded into place with dental cement. The process works much quicker than braces, which is important if you decide you want the cosmetic work done in time for a wedding or big job interview. Veneers work well if the gap in your teeth developed naturally as you grew. If the gap formed because of gum disease or a missing tooth, your dentist may need to take another approach. The first step is to restore the health of your mouth and then reassess your condition. Veneers and braces probably won’t work if the gap is caused by a missing tooth. In that case, your dentist will need to close the gap with a crown on a dental bridge or implant. For more information about your options, contact a company like Advanced Family Dental Care...

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Teeth Whitening At A Young Age: 3 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Child Wait

Posted by on Jun 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teeth Whitening At A Young Age: 3 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Child Wait

Everyone wants white teeth, including teenagers and preteens. In fact, young teens are asking for teeth whitening services more often than they used to. This is especially true for teens who have discoloration as the result of orthodontic applications, such as braces. But is it safe? While teeth whitening products are generally safe for children of all ages, they are not recommended for children and teens under the age of sixteen. Following are three reasons why most dentists say teeth whitening is not without risks in children and teenagers. Mismatched Teeth Most children don’t lose all of their primary teeth until they are about 12 years of age. Some may even hold onto theirs for a little longer. Up until they shed all their baby teeth and grow adult teeth, your child will have a mix of primary and permanent teeth, which makes whitening cosmetically problematic. You see, children who undergo whitening before all of their permanent teeth are fully erupted may end up with mismatched teeth. Teeth that were whitened previously will always appear lighter and brighter than teeth that missed the initial treatment because they weren’t developed yet. Since teeth are naturally yellowish in color, your child’s latest additions will look discolored. Sensitive Teeth Even after they have grown in completely, permanent teeth have a bit of maturing to do before they are ready for teeth whitening services. Until approximately two years after all the baby teeth have fallen out, your child’s tooth enamel on their permanent teeth isn’t fully mature, meaning it is more absorbent and permeable than yours is. Your child also has an enlarged pulp. Both of these factors combined mean that your child is more likely to have sensitivity issues if they bleach their teeth at an early age.  Adult Responsibility Over-the-counter products are not as strong as in-office dental whitening treatments. However, they can still cause gum irritation and tooth sensitivity if they are used too often or incorrectly. Since some teens have a tendency to do things in excess, it’s usually not a good idea to let them take on the adult responsibility of whitening their own teeth at home.  If your teenager is begging you to have their teeth whitened and won’t let up, make an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will inspect your child’s teeth and tell them if they are ready for teeth whitening or not. Leaving the decision in your dentist’s hands also has an added benefit. If the answer is no, you don’t have to be the bad guy.  For more information, contact a professional like Willowdaile Family...

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What To Know If You Have Gum Disease And Want Dental Implants

Posted by on Jun 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Know If You Have Gum Disease And Want Dental Implants

Dental implants are the best way to replace missing teeth. They are as durable as natural teeth because they are supported by your jawbone. However, if you have gum disease, getting dental implants may not be so simple. If you have gum disease and want dental implants for your missing teeth, check out these five must-know facts. Periodontitis Increases the Risk of Tooth Loss If you have gum disease and are missing teeth, your gum disease is probably the reason for those missing teeth. Severe gum disease or periodontitis increases the risk of tooth loss. One reason for this is that severe gum disease affects your jawbone, causing it to deteriorate. As a result, it isn’t strong enough to properly support your teeth, allowing them to become loose. Gum disease also causes your gums to recede. This creates pockets in which plaque and bacteria can hide. It also exposes your unprotected roots to bacteria. Both of these factors increase your chance of serious tooth decay or infection. You Need to Get Your Gum Disease Under Control If you aren’t doing anything to get your gum disease under control, a dentist may refuse to give you dental implants. This is because when you have uncontrolled gum disease, there is a greater chance the implant will fail. The implant needs plenty of jawbone to support it, and if you have gum disease, it may not be strong enough to allow the artificial root to fuse to the bone. Even if you do have enough jawbone at the time of treatment, your uncontrolled gum disease will continue to weaken your jawbone, causing the tooth to become loose. Dental implants are expensive. A single implant to replace one tooth costs about $4250, and if you have uncontrolled gum disease, you’re just wasting money.   Gum Disease Can Still Affect Implants Even if you reverse your gum disease or get it under control, you’re not out of the woods yet. Just like with natural teeth, the gums around dental implants can get gum disease. Even someone who’s never had gum disease can develop peri-implantitis or gum disease around an implant. One of the least attractive problems this can cause is gum recession that exposes the titanium root. Even if you get all your teeth replaced with dental implants, it’s important to continue following healthy oral hygiene to prevent this condition.  You’ll Probably Need a Bone Graft Once you get your mouth healthy enough to receive a dental implant, you probably still aren’t ready for the implant. The damage the gum disease caused to your jawbone means it’s too weak to support an implant. This doesn’t mean you can’t get one. It just means that you need a bone graft. Your dentist will take bone from another part of your body or use artificial bone to rebuild your jawbone. This procedure can make it possible for your jaw to support the implant, but it does increase the cost and procedure time. There Are Many Implant Options Whether you have one missing tooth or a full set of missing teeth, there is a dental implant for you. Single dental implants are perfect for replacing single missing teeth, but it isn’t cost effective to replace many missing teeth in a row or all your teeth with them....

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