In our mouths, we have numerous forms of bacteria. Some are
helpful and some are harmful. Bacteria in the mouth can be helpful because it
helps to sanitize the mouth and breaks down food particles. However, too much
bacteria can lead to the development of gum disease which can be damaging to
your oral health.
When the bacteria start to collect in the mouth, it can create a sticky colorless substance known as “plaque” that sticks on to your teeth. If the plaque is not removed during brushing or flossing, the particle can harden and turn in to tartar. Over time, plaque and tartar becomes more difficult to remove at home so a professional cleaning with our dentist is important for maintaining your oral health and preventing decay and periodontal (gum) disease.
The longer the plaque and tartar remain on the teeth, the more harm they can cause to your oral health. Eventually plaque and tartar will create a mild form of gum disease called Gingivitis, which is an inflammation of the gum tissue. Ideally, routine cleanings and proper oral care can prevent gingivitis from developing. Once gum disease is prevalent, only your dentist can help to maintain the disease and prevent it from progressing.
In cases where gingivitis is not treated, it can then advance
to periodontal disease. With periodontal disease, the inflammation now affects
the soft tissue (gums) and the tooth and if left unattended, it can cause the
tooth to loosen or fall out.
Having periodontal disease also can affect your overall bodily health. In many studies, there have been connections with periodontal disease to diabetes and heart disease. It is important to regularly see the dentist for a routine, professional cleaning and examination to prevent gum disease.
With periodontal disease, the Dentist has solutions to help you prevent and maintain gum disease. A common solution for controlling periodontal disease is a deep dental cleaning, which can be performed by your Dentist, or certified hygienist. Contact our team to schedule your next visit today.
About 1 in 4 adults experience tooth loss between the ages of 21 and 30. Dental implants are a safe and long-term option for tooth replacement that improve the appearance and functionality of your smile.
A dental implant can be paired with a replacement crown
for single tooth replacement or can be used in small groups to anchor a
denture or dental bridge. Dental implants are a strong, long-lasting solution
for tooth loss and serve to prevent jaw bone loss in the same manner as a
natural tooth root.
There are many benefits to choosing dental implants as a
tooth-replacement solution. Some of these include:
- Natural looking smile: Dental implants are
crafted to closely resemble your natural teeth, restoring a natural-looking
- Improved oral health: Since there is no need to
alter surrounding teeth to anchor implants, more of your natural teeth are
preserved intact, improving long-term oral health.
- Improved speech: With removable,
non-anchored dentures, teeth can slip within the mouth, causing slurred or
mumbled speech. Dental Implants remove that concern.
- Improved comfort: Dental Implants avoid the
slipping and discomfort of removable dentures.
- Improved function: Dental Implants function
like your natural teeth, allowing you to eat without pain.
- Durability: Dental implants are
stable, strong, and stain-resistant.
- Protect healthy bone
spaces caused by tooth loss can, over time, lead to deterioration of the
jawbone. Since Dental Implants function like tooth roots, they are able to
prevent this type of deterioration, just as natural teeth do.
- Long-term solution: Dentures must be replaced
about every 5-7 years. Dental Implants, when cared for properly, can last a
If you are missing one or more teeth, dental implants may
be right for you. We will consider your oral and overall health prior to
determine if you are a good candidate for dental implants. Some considerations
bone support to anchor the implant
health, including any chronic illnesses
In some cases, we may recommend advance treatment for
your upper or lower jaw to enable you to have the bone support needed for
implantation. As always, your treatment plan is created based on your specific
needs and goals for your healthy smile.
If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or would like to schedule a consultation, contact our office today for an appointment. We’re here to help restore the health and beauty of your smile.
We often have visitors to our office ask about solutions for fixing stained teeth or filling in gaps between teeth. We sometimes suggest veneers. Veneers are one cosmetic option available for correcting your smile. Here’s what you should know about veneers, and whether they are right for you and your smile.
What Are Veneers?
A Veneer is a thin cover placed over the front of the tooth.
Typically, they are made of dental porcelain and designed to cover your
existing tooth, not replace it.
What They Do
Veneers are used to fix a broken or chipped tooth, shrink
the noticeable gaps in between teeth, or reduce the visible stains on teeth.
Our office specially sizes them to fit your teeth. Generally, the structure of
your teeth is not altered since the veneers are placed over your teeth.
What You Need to Know
Those who get veneers sometimes experience a minor increase
in sensitivity, particularly to hot or cold food and drinks. Veneers are
typically nonreversible, as they often require a small amount of tooth enamel
to be removed. After getting them, it is advisable to avoid drinks such as
wine, coffee, or tea that are often culprits of causing staining. Taking care
of them still requires you to brush twice each day and floss regularly as well.
Your teeth are not invincible to staining or decay so be sure to continue to
take care of them.
It is important to know that veneers are a solution to minor
tooth issues such as discoloration, gaps, or misaligned teeth. They are not a
substitute for braces, bridges, or other dental work. Schedule a visit to our
office to meet with our dentist. Together our team can work with you to develop
a plan to reach the goals and look you are hoping to achieve.
For more information on how to achieve the smile you have dreamed of, contact our office. We look forward to seeing you during your next visit with us!