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How Having Your Tooth Replaced By A Dental Implant Can Benefit Your Oral Health And Your Wallet

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Having Your Tooth Replaced By A Dental Implant Can Benefit Your Oral Health And Your Wallet

If you have had a tooth extracted, you may be tempted to leave the resulting empty space in your mouth. After all, you will be able to save money, right? That is not necessarily the case in the long run. Having your tooth replaced by a dental implant can be beneficial to your health and to your wallet. Here is how: Your Oral Health Jaw Bone Density The density of your jawbone is maintained by the renewal of bone cells. This renewal process is stimulated by the bite pressure that is transferred to the bone when you chew. However, when a tooth is extracted, the area of the bone at the extraction site no longer receives the stimulation needed to keep the jawbone from atrophying.  Since a dental implant is actually installed or planted into the jawbone, bone stimulation continues to promote a healthy bone density. Dental Alignment Each of your teeth helps keep the teeth adjacent to it in proper position. However, when a gap is present in your mouth, there is room for the remaining teeth to shift and move out of alignment. Braces may be needed to correct the misalignment, but as long as the empty space remains unfilled, the teeth still have room to move. Appearance of Your Teeth The dental implant also preserves the look of your smile. Once the implant is in place, the unseemly gap in your mouth is erased. The crown affixed to a dental implant can be matched to the color of your other teeth, so to observers, your smile looks as though there was never a missing tooth. In addition, the area of your cheek or jaw that rests over the empty space will no longer appear hollow or sunken. Your Wallet A dental implant that is used to replace a single tooth may cost about $4,250 if it includes an abutment and a crown. However, the cost of braces, especially those that straighten your teeth discreetly, can be substantially higher. Ceramic braces cost between $4,000 and $8,000. Lingual braces are priced even higher at $8,000 to $10,000. In addition, if you decide to procrastinate and receive a dental implant after your jawbone atrophies, you may have to spend more. The cost of a bone graft to correct improper jawbone density for a dental implant is added to the cost of the implant. The price is $200 to $1,300 for a simple bone graft that corrects a socket, but a complex bone graft, such as a sinus or block grafting, costs between $1,800 and $3,300.  If you are considering a dental implant to replace an extracted tooth, contact a dentist in your area for an appointment. Contact a dentist, such as Benjamin D Hull DDS, for more...

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Three Foods That Can Have You Smiling During Your Next Dental Checkup

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Foods That Can Have You Smiling During Your Next Dental Checkup

Visiting your dentist for a tooth cleaning and general checkup every six months is an important way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In between visits, brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are ideal ways to maintain a healthy smile, but your diet can also play a role in promoting your oral health. While some foods can stain and otherwise damage your teeth, others can actually promote better oral health. It’s ideal to include these foods in your diet as much as possible. By doing so, you’re more likely to hear good news during your next dental checkup. Mackerel If you enjoy the taste of fish, visit the fish department of your local supermarket and buy a couple fillets of Atlantic mackerel. This strong-tasting fish contains high levels of vitamin D. This vitamin can benefit your overall health in several ways, but is advantageous to your oral health because of its ability to help you absorb calcium from various dietary sources. Calcium, of course, is widely recognized for its ability to improve the overall health of your teeth and even your gums. To enjoy a calcium-rich food with your mackerel, consider adding some green leafy vegetables such as kale or enjoying a bowl of unsweetened yogurt for dessert after your meal. Carrots Although many people include carrots in their diets for this sweet, crunchy vegetable’s ability to improve eyesight, carrots can also provide a boost to your oral health. Because of their hard texture, carrots can actually clean your teeth and gums as you chew; the longer you keep this veggie in your mouth, the more benefits it will provide. Because carrots require a significant amount of chewing before you can swallow them, they stimulate your mouth’s production of saliva. This saliva is beneficial because it helps to wash away the acidic bacteria inside your mouth that can contribute to tooth decay and cavities. Cranberries You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas to enjoy the oral health benefits of cranberries. This dark red fruit provides a layer on your teeth that can inhibit bacteria from coating the enamel. When bacteria are able to form on your teeth, you’re more likely to develop cavities due to the release of acid. By including cranberries in your diet, you’ll be limiting your risk of damage to your teeth. When you’re enjoying this fruit, opt for the unsweetened variety to avoid excess sugar from coating your...

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Repairing Or Preventing Jaw Misalignment And Pain Due To Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Repairing Or Preventing Jaw Misalignment And Pain Due To Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis

If your child has juvenile rheumatoid arthritis (JRA), or if you had it as a child, you should know that the disease often affects the jaw. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is one of the less severe forms of arthritis, as most children grow out of it. But it can still have devastating effects during the years that children suffer from it. If you or your child have experienced JRA, braces may be able to help mitigate the effects of the disease. What JRA Does to the Jaw Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis targets the joints of the body, creating inflammation and scar tissue. This includes the joints that sit in the hinge of the jaw, allowing the jaw to open and close, and shift from left to right. While rheumatoid arthritis at any age can create discomfort in the jaw, JRA affects the jaw hinge while the jaw is still growing. Normally, the jaw will fuse once the growth is complete. However, JRA can cause the jaw to fuse before the growth process is complete, causing the jaw to grow unevenly. This can prevent the movement of the prematurely fused joint, and if only one joint was afflicted, it can cause the healthy joint to suffer from excess pressure and stress. How Braces Can Help While no method to completely stop the damage of JRA exists, braces can help to prevent the more serious problems that come with joint damage to the jaw. If the braces are employed while a child is still experiencing JRA, an orthodontist can use braces and splints to encourage growth on the side of the jaw that’s damaged. If you have already experienced JRA, braces can still help. They can even out the jaw, preventing excess pressure from being placed on the joint, and realign your bite. Problems Without Braces In addition to limited mobility, if you don’t seek treatment for JRA, you may have pain and discomfort in your jaw and teeth in the future. A misaligned jaw and damaged jaw hinge can cause bruxism, excess wear and tear on your teeth, and cause temporomandibular disorder (TMD). TMD can cause annoying clicking in the jaw joint, as well as even making the jaw joint completely lock, leaving you unable to fully open or close your mouth. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that can’t be cured, but it can be managed. Seeking help from an orthodontist at any age can help to resolve the problems that JRA causes in the jaw and improve your overall level of pain and...

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What To Know About Getting A Porcelain Crown For Your Front Tooth

Posted by on Nov 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Know About Getting A Porcelain Crown For Your Front Tooth

If you have a large cavity in your tooth, the dentist may not be able to put in a filling. There has to be enough healthy tooth left after the decay is removed to hold onto the filling. If a filling won’t work, your dentist will probably recommend getting a crown. A crown fits over your tooth like a cap. When you need a crown on a front tooth, the porcelain variety is usually the best choice because it looks natural. Here are a few things to know about getting a porcelain crown. Porcelain Looks Natural Since the crown is over a front tooth, it will be visible when you smile. For that reason, you want a crown that looks totally natural. Your dentist selects a shade for the crown that closely matches your natural teeth, so it blends in well. In addition to that, porcelain has a reflective quality that’s a lot like natural enamel. The end result is a crown that looks just like your real tooth. No one will be able to tell it’s a crown. Porcelain Crowns Are Custom Made When you go to the dentist to get your crown, you’ll need two separate visits. On the first visit, the dentist takes an impression of your mouth so the crown can be made in a lab. The crown is made to the ideal width and height to match your other teeth. That way it looks natural and it won’t feel bothersome in your mouth. On the second visit, the crown is attached to your tooth. Since the visits may be a couple of weeks apart, your dentist may put a temporary crown on while you wait for your second appointment. Porcelain Is Biocompatible Metal crowns are an alternative to porcelain. They are usually used on back teeth since they are not the same color as your other teeth. However, if you have an allergy to metals, you may run into problems with a crown that has gold or nickel in it. You can avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction by choosing a porcelain crown. Porcelain is a biocompatible material. In addition to not provoking your allergies, its exterior surface is very similar to natural enamel. This eliminates concerns with irritating the inside of your lips or cheeks when you eat. Porcelain crowns are also durable, so they are suitable for ripping and tearing into food, which is the function of your front teeth. The only drawback to porcelain is that it is a little more expensive than metal or porcelain-fused-to-metal. Porcelain crowns start around $800 while the other crowns start at $500 to $600. However, the extra expense is worth it since a crown on your front tooth not only restores the function of your tooth, it also affects the appearance of your smile. For more information about porcelain crowns, contact a dental practice such as Four Corners Dental...

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4 Things Chemotherapy Patients Need To Know About Sialorrhea

Posted by on Nov 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things Chemotherapy Patients Need To Know About Sialorrhea

Sialorrhea, also known as hypersalivation, is a possible complication of chemotherapy. Here are four things chemotherapy patients need to know about sialorrhea. What are the signs of sialorrhea? If you develop sialorrhea, you’ll feel like you have too much saliva inside your mouth. You may have trouble swallowing this excess saliva, which leads to drooling. If you notice these symptoms, make sure to mention them to your oncologist. Your oncologist may refer you to a dentist for help managing your symptoms so that your chemotherapy treatment can continue. How does chemotherapy cause sialorrhea? Chemotherapy drugs are toxic, which is how they’re able to kill cancer cells, but they can also damage healthy cells throughout your body, including inside your mouth. This damage manifests as unpleasant side effects; inside your mouth, chemotherapy can lead to painful mouth ulcers as well as difficulty swallowing. These side effects can make it hard for you to handle a normal volume of saliva, so instead of swallowing saliva throughout the day, it builds up in your mouth. What problems can sialorrhea cause? Sialorrhea can have a major impact on your quality of life. Constant drooling isn’t just physically uncomfortable, it’s also embarrassing, so you may withdraw from your friends and family. Undergoing chemotherapy is stressful enough without feeling like you can’t spend time with the people you care about. This condition can also lead to further oral health problems. When you have too much saliva in your mouth, your oral tissues can get irritated and ulcerated. These ulcers can then become infected by bacteria or fungi. In severe cases, enough saliva can build up in your mouth to partially or completely block your airway. If this happens, you could breathe in your saliva; this can lead to pneumonia or even asphyxiation. How can your dentist help? Your dentist can help you deal with the underlying causes of your excess saliva. If you have painful mouth ulcers that are making it hard for you to swallow, your dentist may prescribe an anesthetic rinse to numb the pain. Your dentist may also recommend using a mouth-safe liquid bandage to cover the ulcers while they heal. If you are experiencing dysphagia (difficulty swallowing), your dentist may prescribe a medication to ease any discomfort in your throat. If that doesn’t help, you may need to see a speech pathologist for help using your swallowing muscles more effectively. If you are drooling during chemotherapy, your oncologist may recommend seeing a dentist for...

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Can Teeth Heal Themselves Over Time?

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can Teeth Heal Themselves Over Time?

When it comes to teeth, many dental patients assume that all damage is permanent and only fixable through extensive dentistry. Teeth are mostly composed of minerals, meaning they lack the living cells that are necessary to replenish lost tissue, but they are not totally helpless. Your body has evolved several different methods to ensure your teeth can repair themselves from normal erosion, but not everything is reversible. Below are four common forms of dental damage, as well as their likelihood of making a natural recovery.   Enamel Loss The earliest form of tooth decay occurs when harmful bacteria and acidic foods chew through the outer layer of your tooth, which is known as the enamel. Once that hard, outer shell is destroyed, the bacteria are able to infiltrate the vulnerable dentin at your tooth’s core, creating a cavity as they go. Your mouth is constantly replenishing your teeth’s enamel through saliva, which carries calcium that acts like a fresh coat of paint on the tooth. If your saliva cannot repair the enamel faster than it is damaged, you may need to turn to remineralization gels or specialized toothpaste to make up the difference.  Cavities A cavity is the empty space left behind when bacteria burrow through a tooth, and it typically cannot be repaired naturally. This is especially true for a standard cavity occurring near the top of the tooth, where there are almost no living cells or blood flow. Very minor cavities that develop within a crack on your tooth’s surface may experience some remineralization, but these are rare and the damage must be stopped quickly. In most cases, you will need to see a dentist to have the cavity filled in artificially.  Tooth Decay From Gum Disease When you suffer from gum disease, your gums draw back and expose the lower portions of your teeth to harm. The negative effects will become more noticeable as time passes, but the worst impact takes place below your receding gum line, as the bones holding your teeth in place begin to waste away. If it hurts for you to brush or floss, visit a dentist to begin reversing the condition. The good news is that it is possible for your jawbone to strengthen itself again, but it will take time and diligent dental hygiene to return your mouth to normal. Trauma Trauma from blunt force is a frequent cause of lost, cracked and chipped teeth, and the prognosis for natural recovery largely depends on the extent of the damage done. Whenever you are hit in the mouth or jaw, schedule an exam with a doctor or dentist to check for fractures and inspect your teeth. Cracked teeth almost never heal by themselves and usually get worse the longer they go without treatment, so don’t rely on your body’s remineralization efforts to fix the issue. Whenever you are concerned about your dental health, it is better to seek a professional opinion and have your fears put to rest, rather than allowing the problem to progress unchecked. Go to site like this for more...

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3 Surprising Benefits Of Contouring Your Teeth

Posted by on Oct 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Surprising Benefits Of Contouring Your Teeth

If you have healthy teeth and gums, but are annoyed by a slightly crooked tooth or the different sizes of adjacent teeth, you may be an ideal candidate for dental contouring. Since the entire process frequently occurs in just one session, it is a reasonably priced procedure that can dramatically improve your smile. However, there are numerous benefits of dental contouring, which is also known as dental reshaping, that extend beyond just improving your smile quickly and it will be helpful to learn what they are. #1-Cleaner, Healthier Teeth Are Often Possible Due to Dental Contouring If you want dental contouring so you can hide the tiny areas between your teeth that overlap, you probably already know that flossing those areas can be very challenging. Unfortunately, because it is easy to miss plaque that hides there, decay will often form. Dental contouring can remove that tiny overlap. As a result, flossing will be a much simpler and more effective task, since you will be able to remove more plaque, bits of food, etc.  #2-It Can Make It Instantly Easier To Eat And Drink Hot Or Cold Items It is important to remember that contouring can smooth out small, pitted areas and repair tiny chips on your teeth. That means that it is less likely that a piece of ice or a few drops of hot coffee will hit those problem areas and cause discomfort in the future.   In addition, since dental contouring is one of the fastest types of cosmetic dentistry, there is no need to take time off from work and you can eat or drink whatever you want soon after your appointment. Most patients do not even need any type of anesthesia during the procedure, and upon returning home, even over-the-counter pain medications are rarely necessary. #3-Dental Contouring Provides A Subtle Change If you have spent years smiling with your mouth closed because you were embarrassed about minor imperfections, it is not unusual to want to protect your privacy as you make improvements to your smile. Just as someone might lose weight slowly, so that you barely notice, dental contouring is frequently used as the first step in a major dental improvement.   If you move on to professional teeth whitening or veneers in the future, the people with whom you work or associate may not notice when your cosmetic dental procedures are done over a period of time. Therefore, you will never need to be known as that guy who had all that dental work done; you will simply be the person with the great smile. In conclusion, cosmetic dentistry does not have to be time-consuming or expensive. If you are in good oral health, you can benefit from dental contouring. After as little as a single visit, you can enjoy a beautiful...

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4 Reasons To Fill A Cavity In A Primary Tooth

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Reasons To Fill A Cavity In A Primary Tooth

One of the primary causes of tooth decay is the presence of Streptococcus mutans, an oral bacterium often found in the mouth of adults. However, the cavity-causing bacteria can easily be transmitted from a parent to his or her child. One study suggests that the likelihood of your child being infected with a cavity-causing Streptococcus bacterium increases with age. Around 30 percent of three-month-old babies are infected, but more than 80 percent of 24-month-old toddlers host the bacteria. The bacteria are usually inadvertently transmitted to a child by his or her mother, and the risk of cavity development correlates with the age at which the bacteria began colonizing the child’s mouth. Once a cavity develops, it needs to be treated. Here are a few reasons to fill a cavity in a primary tooth: Infection If your child’s cavity is not filled, the decay can continue to progress. Eventually, oral bacteria will be able to access the interior of your child’s tooth. A serious infection could result. If the infection remains untreated, it can spread to your child’s jawbone or even become systemic. Tooth Loss Once decay becomes severe, your child’s pediatric dentist may have no treatment options other than extraction. The missing tooth can impair your child’s ability to speak or chew properly. In addition, it can increase your child’s chance of having misaligned teeth. If the decaying tooth is lost too early, it may not serve as an effective placeholder for adjacent teeth. This can cause your child’s teeth to shift improperly. Spreading Decay Decay can sometimes seem contagious. If dental decay in a tooth remains untreated, it can spread to adjacent teeth or even incite gum disease.  In addition, even though your child’s permanent teeth still lie beneath the surface. The untreated decay in a primary tooth can spread and cause decay in your child’s underlying adult teeth. Progressive Pain Having a toothache can be quite uncomfortable. When your child first develops a cavity in his or her tooth, he or she may experience little discomfort. However, as the decay progresses and the cavity deepens, dental nerves may become inflamed, causing your child serious amounts of pain. Some people may feel that it is not necessary to have the cavity in a primary tooth filled. After all, the tooth will eventually be replaced by a permanent tooth. However, dental problems stemming from the decaying tooth may develop. If you believe that your child has developed a cavity in primary tooth, schedule an appointment with a dentist, such as Barnstable Dental...

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How To Keep Dental Veneers In Good Shape Even If You Grind Your Teeth

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Dental Veneers In Good Shape Even If You Grind Your Teeth

Some people with bruxism worry that they won’t be able to get veneers or that they’ll become damaged and require frequent, expensive replacement. It’s true that people who grind their teeth have to take some extra care with their veneers; however, it’s definitely possible to have bruxism and still keep your veneers in good shape for years to come. How can you make them last as long as possible? Bite Guard The porcelain that veneers are made from is a very strong material; it has to be to hold up to the biting and chewing that people do. But grinding your teeth will exert extra pressure on it. If you don’t already have one, you should ask your dentist about getting a mouth guard to wear at night. Many people with bruxism avoid night guards; after all, they can be a bit embarrassing. However, they’re definitely better than having your veneers crack, leaving you covering your smile until you can see your dentist. Patients also often worry that they will be too uncomfortable to sleep in. But dental mouth guards aren’t the bulky plastic guards you find at a sporting goods store. They come in a wide variety of shapes, often made from soft, flexible plastics, and may even be custom-fitted to your mouth. Stress Reduction Bruxism doesn’t have a simple cure; most people find that wearing some type of mouth guard is the best way to reduce its effects. However, another effective way to reduce the amount of grinding you do is to reduce your stress. Most people find that, by reducing daytime stress, they grind their teeth less during the night. It’s worth trying some simple lifestyle choices to reduce stress. Taking up exercise – even simply walking outside – can be very good for this. You can also learn stress-reducing techniques like meditation or controlled breathing; meditating before bed each night is a good way to improve your rest and potentially decrease your grinding. Veneer Replacement Even for people who take perfect care of their veneers and never grind their teeth, replacement will eventually be necessary. Luckily, this isn’t a difficult procedure, simply requiring the old veneers and bonding to be removed and new veneers put on in their place. And there’s one important thing that many people don’t know about veneer replacement. Although initial installation of veneers is considered cosmetic and almost never covered by insurance, having damaged veneers replaced is a functional procedure, and many insurance companies will cover it – so be sure to ask. For more information, contact a professional such as Michael K Sakuda...

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3 Ways A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help Preserve Your Child’s Smile

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help Preserve Your Child’s Smile

It’s easy to think of a cosmetic dentist as someone who fixes cosmetic problems with your teeth – like chips, cracks, or stains – rather than as someone who prevents cosmetic problems from happening in the first place. But the truth is that taking your child to a cosmetic dentist early on can help ensure that their smile never needs to be fixed in the first place. Take a look at a few ways that your cosmetic dentist can help preserve your child’s smile for the future. Seal the Molars One important thing that a cosmetic dentist can do for your child is seal their permanent molars when they come in. Children get their first set of permanent molars between the ages of five and seven years old, and their second set of permanent molars between the ages of 11 and 14. Molars are in the back and harder to brush and floss than front teeth – especially for children – and therefore need extra protection. Your cosmetic dentist may also recommend sealing front teeth if they have pits and grooves that indicate that they also need more protection. To seal teeth, the dentist will clean and dry them and cover them with a thin plastic coating that will last for several years. This prevents germs from attacking those teeth and reduces the chances of decay. It will also keep decay from spreading if a sealed tooth already has a small cavity. Get Tooth Alignment Checked Currently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children see an orthodontist for the first time around age seven. While not every child needs braces, early intervention can be very beneficial for children who have serious alignment issues, like a severe underbite. Getting orthodontic treatment early could help your child avoid surgery later. Even if no orthodontic treatment is needed, this is a good age to begin monitoring less severe alignment problems so that they can be dealt with at the proper time. As straight teeth are partially a cosmetic issue, many cosmetic dentists provide orthodontic treatments as well as other types of dental treatments. Often, cosmetic dentists can offer orthodontic solutions like removable clear braces that are preferable for children who are self-conscious about the idea of metal braces. Protect Teeth During Sports Another thing a cosmetic dentist can do to help protect your child’s teeth is to make them a custom mouth guard to use while participating in sports. If your child is active in sports – especially contact sports – they’re at great risk of breaking or chipping a tooth while playing. You can purchase mouth guards at sporting goods stores, but your child will get a better fit and more comfort if a cosmetic dentist designs a mouth guard specifically to fit your child’s teeth. Furthermore, if your child has braces or wears another type of orthodontic device regularly, a customized mouth guard can be designed to fit comfortably around them. Protecting your child’s teeth now will have a big payoff later on. You’ll save money on more extensive work later, and your child won’t have to deal with the expense and inconvenience of fixing decay, misalignment, or damage as an adult. Talk to a cosmetic dentist in your area about ways to ensure that your child’s smile stays...

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