4 Questions To Determine If You Are A Candidate For Traditional Dentures

Posted by on Mar 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you have missing teeth, don’t worry—there are plenty of ways to replace missing teeth and give you back a beautiful smile. If you are missing several teeth or all your teeth and considering traditional dentures, ask yourself these four questions to help determine if you are a good candidate for dentures. Are You Prepared For A Learning Curve? Getting dentures comes with a long learning curve. Because the dentures are removable, they tend to move as you talk and chew. This makes it difficult to eat, and it even affects your speech. The first few months of having dentures will be a struggle as you relearn to eat and speak while keeping your dentures in place. In the beginning, stick to softer foods that are easy to chew, and chew on both sides of your mouth. However, as you learn to use the dentures correctly, you’ll be able to move on to harder foods and only chew on one side. If some time has passed, and you continue to struggle with your dentures falling out when you laugh, yawn or talk, revisit your dentist as the fit may be off. This is particularly a problem with immediate dentures. Immediate dentures are placed right after your teeth are pulled, but as your jaw naturally shrinks due to the missing teeth, the immediate denture no longer fits correctly. Are You Prepared For The Changes? Even after you are comfortable with the dentures, there are some major changes you’ll need to make. The first one is avoiding certain foods. You’ll be able to eat many of the foods you did without your dentures, but your dentures just can’t withstand sticky and chewy foods. When you eat sticky and chewy foods with dentures, the top and bottom teeth stick together, causing the dentures to lift off the gum and making chewing impossible. Another major change you’ll need to consider is not having teeth at night. In the beginning, you should wear your dentures during the night to ensure they fit right. However, dentures can agitate the gums, so at night, it is best to remove them, allowing the soft tissue to heal.   Are Implant-Supported Dentures Not An Option? Implant-supported dentures are, as the name implies, dentures supported by dental implants. They are not removable, making it easier to eat and talk right away. They are also more durable than traditional dentures, and they stimulate your jaw, preventing it from shrinking. If you are a candidate for implant-supported dentures, you should consider them first. However, not everyone is a candidate for implant-supported dentures. Firstly, they cost a lot. A full set of implant-supported dentures costs on average of $34,000, while traditional dentures...

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Why Hasn’t Your Child’s New Adult Tooth Come In Yet?

Posted by on Feb 24, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Usually when a child loses a baby tooth, an adult tooth is about to come in. Either you already see the adult tooth poking out of the gums, or it eases its way down and through the gums within a week or two. So, what happens when your child loses a baby tooth, but no adult tooth comes in its place? It might be that you’ll just have to wait a little longer – or your child may have hypondontia, a condition in which one or several of the adult teeth are missing. How do you know if your child has hypodontia? Keep in mind that not all adult teeth come in immediately after a child looses the baby tooth. If it has only been a few weeks, don’t panic. There may still be a tooth up there waiting to pop through the gums. If your child wiggles his or her loose teeth to get them to pop out prematurely, you can count on waiting a little longer for those adult teeth to appear. If there’s no sign of an adult tooth after about 6 weeks, then you should call your dentist. Your dentist can x-ray your child’s jaw to make sure there are adult teeth present. If your child does have hypondontia, these x-rays will tell your dentist how many teeth are missing, and which ones. What causes hypondontia, and can you prevent it? If your child is missing one or more teeth, it’s important to realize that nothing you did as a parent caused this to occur. Hypondontia is almost always a genetic condition, which means that your child was born without those teeth. You didn’t cause hypodontia by feeding your child the wrong foods or by not reminding your child to brush his or her teeth. How is hypondontia treated? The good news is that there are several very effective, simple treatments for hypodontia. Your dentist will recommend the options that he or she thinks are best for your child. When only one or two teeth are missing, which is true in most cases of hypodontia, an orthodontist may simply be able to use braces to push the other teeth into the spaces left by the missing tooth. When this is not an option, either because several teeth are missing or because the location of the teeth does not allow for it, dental implants are generally used to replace the missing teeth. Dental implants are not as scary as they sound. Contrary to popular belief, they do not come from cadavers, and they are not dangerous to have applied. They are made from titanium rods, which are inserted directly into the jaw bone and topped with...

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5 Conveniences To Look For From Your Dental Office

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When you select a dentist, your choice should be based on the skill of the dentist and your ability to easily get to your appointments. However, once you have found a dentist you can trust that is in a good location for you, what else should you be looking for? Whether your dentist uses the latest technology during their work or whether the office accepts your insurance are also important, but here are the five patient conveniences that will let you know what level of patient care your potential-dentist really offers.  Automated Booking Services  Being able to make your appointment online and confirm with a text message is not only quicker and easier for you, but also allows the in-office staff to spend less time booking appointments and more time assisting patients that are waiting for treatment. This service means that you will be able to easily add your appointments to your electronic calendar and make or cancel an appointment at any time of the day. It also ensures that when you actually visit the dentist you will have a quick intake and staff will be available to answer any questions you might have.  24-hour Email or Phone Emergency Line  Your dentist should not send you to the hospital for after-hour emergencies, and you should not be required to have a separate emergency dentist on file for dental emergencies that happen on the weekend. If your dentist has an emergency email or phone line, you can create a treatment plan together including discussing pain management until you can see your dentist. If your dentist is not available for after-hour consultations, they should have a clear emergency dentist that they can refer you to.  Online Payment for Services  More dentists are accepting extended payment plans for expensive procedures. However, if you have monthly payments, you do not want to have to stop by the office to make them. Not only does that take time out of your busy schedule, but it also takes time away from the patients waiting for treatment. Your dentist should have a way to accept payments either through their website or through an online bank transfer.  Clear Pricing Available Before Treatment  With the rising costs of dental care, it is important for you to know how much various procedures will cost before you agree to them. Your dentist should list common procedures and a price scale for them online. However, the complexity of procedures varies from patient to patient, so your dentist should be prepared to give you a more specific quote after he or she examines you.  Additionally, your dentist should work with you to find out if your insurance is valid at their office,...

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4 Concerning Health Conditions That Gum Disease May Cause

Posted by on Jan 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

After neglecting to visit your family dentist for a couple of years, you are shocked to discover that you have gum disease.  After hearing the diagnosis, you realize that your gums have been sore lately.  If this scenario sounds familiar, you may be at risk for health problems besides painful gums.  In some cases, gum disease may be responsible for causing the following 4 serious health conditions.     Heart Disease Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, results from an infection of the bones and supporting tissues around your teeth.  The common symptoms of this oral disorder include: Uncontrollable bad breath A misaligned bite Loose teeth Receding gums Discharge from gums In addition to these troubling symptoms, gum disease is also believed to play a role in the development of heart disease.  People with periodontal disease have increased levels of inflammation in their mouths.  This inflammation in a person’s mouth is believed to be responsible for causing heart disease in some people. Besides heart disease, uncontrolled periodontal disease can lead to other cardiovascular issues including: Stroke Blocked arteries Endocarditis Endocarditis is inflammation of the endocardium, the interior lining of a person’s heart.  This serious health condition can result when bacteria from your gums flows through your blood and connects to compromised areas of your heart.  If your dentist feels that your odds of developing endocarditis are increased by periodontal disease, you may need to take antibiotics before undergoing any type of dental treatment. Rheumatoid Arthritis Besides life threatening heart disease, people with gum disease face increased odds of contracting rheumatoid arthritis.  This debilitating inflammatory disease is characterized by: Swollen joints Painful joints Stiff joints In a healthy person, inflammation is a defensive immune system reaction to harmful stimuli such as germs and viruses.  However, people with rheumatoid arthritis experience inflammation when no germs or viruses are present.  Medical experts feel that gum disease patients’ immune systems can be motivated to produce inflammation because of the infections in their mouths. This inflammation then settles painfully in the joints of the patients forming arthritis.  Therefore, treating the infectious gum disease in patients’ mouths might lessen the painful symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, COPD, is yet another life threatening medical condition that has been linked to gum disease.  The heartbreaking symptoms of this disease include: Repeated respiratory infections Blue fingernails and lips Difficulty breathing Tightness of the chest Unexplained weight loss Sluggishness Constant need to clear the throat COPD can result when the bacteria from gum disease in the mouth travels down to a person’s lower respiratory zone.  Many people who contract this type of respiratory infection eventually die from the illness. Cancer The odds...

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4 Oral Health Conditions That Diabetics May Be Vulnerable To

Posted by on Dec 12, 2014 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

People who have been diagnosed with diabetes frequently don’t realize that they may be particularly vulnerable to developing certain oral health issues. Here are four conditions that you should be on your guard against if you’re a diabetic: Xerostomia Xerostomia is an oral condition caused by reduced saliva flow. Diabetics may be particularly vulnerable to developing xerostomia because high blood sugar levels are a common cause of the condition. Besides the feeling of simply having a dry mouth, signs of xerostomia include: Difficulty swallowing and chewing. Tingling or burning sensation in the mouth. Cracked, dry lips. Excessive thirst. Food and beverages taste metallic. Dentures may be difficult to wear. Fortunately, there are several effective ways of circumventing xerostomia, such as: Taking frequent sips of water. Using an alcohol-free mouthwash. Applying lip balm on a regular basis. If symptoms persist, you should make an appointment with your dental care professional so that you can receive appropriate treatment. Gingivitis Diabetes decreases the body’s ability to fight off bacteria, making you more vulnerable to the development of conditions such as gingivitis. You might have gingivitis is your gums are sore, particularly if they bleed. Regular removal of plaque by flossing and brushing will help reduce your chances of developing gingivitis. However, if you suspect that you may have come down with this condition, consult with a dentist as soon as possible in order to prevent it from developing into periodontitis. Periodontitis Left untreated, gingivitis may turn into an infection known as periodontitis, which is an advanced and serious gum disease that can cause the bone and soft tissues that provide support for the teeth to corrode. In its later state, periodontitis may become so severe that the teeth actually separate from the gums and fall out as a result. Periodontitis may also cause spikes in blood sugar levels, making it particularly important for diabetics to take as many preventative measures as possible to circumvent this condition. Unfortunately, periodontitis generally takes longer to heal in diabetics than in others, because diabetes lowers the body’s ability to successfully fight off infections. Thrush Oral thrush, otherwise known as Candida albicans, is another condition that those with diabetes are particularly prone to developing. Thrush is basically a fungal infection that occurs when yeast that is found naturally in the mouths of most people grows out of control. Symptoms of thrush include: Whitish-colored lesions on the tongue, interior of the mouth, gums, or tonsils.  Pain where the lesions are located. Dry, cracked corners of the mouth. The lesions may also bleed if they are disturbed, and you may have difficulty swallowing if the lesions have reached your esophagus. Complications from thrush can involve the infection entering the...

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7 Dangerous Health Effects Of Smoking E-Cigarettes

Posted by on Jul 1, 2014 in Uncategorized |

Electronic cigarettes have gained great popularity since arriving on the U.S. market in 2007.  According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 250 e-cigarette brands are currently on the market. So what’s the appeal? E-cigarettes have been marketed as a safe alternative to traditional tobacco cigarettes. They do not produce noxious smoke or contain tobacco and many of the chemicals associated with the growing and processing of tobacco. However, it’s important to understand that smoking e-cigarettes can still affect your health in a number of ways. 1. Blood Flow Restriction While e-cigarettes do not contain tobacco, their primary ingredient is still nicotine. Nicotine is considered a “vasoconstrictor” and restricts blood flow to the body. This reduction in blood flow can inhibit the mouth’s natural cleaning functions and slow down disease-fighting mechanisms. 2. Slower Healing The nicotine found in e-cigarettes limits the body’s ability to heal and create new, healthy cells and tissues. Cuts and bruises, both inside and outside the body, take longer to heal and pain problems can become more chronic. This is caused when blood vessels tighten, reducing the delivery of nutrition and oxygen to the skin. 3. Addictive Qualities The nicotine found in e-cigarette cartridges is highly addictive. When you stop smoking your e-cigarettes for an extended period of time, you can get the same withdrawal symptoms associated with conventional tobacco cigarettes. Irritability, depression, anxiousness, and restlessness are just a few of the unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Just like tobacco cigarettes, smoking e-cigs can become a hard habit to break. 4. Poison Risk As nicotine is considered a toxin, individuals who use liquid nicotine for e-cigarettes are at risk, as well as children and pets in the household. Even in tiny amounts, these “e-liquids” can cause vomiting and seizures and can even be lethal when consumed or absorbed through the skin. According to the NY Times, a reported 1,351 cases linked to e-liquids were reported to the National Poison Data System in 2013. 5. Unknown Ingredients E-cigarettes are new to the market and not yet heavily regulated. Most e-smokers do not know what they are actually inhaling into their bodies in the form of vapor. According to Scripps TV Station Group, when the FDA tested a small sample, they found several dangerous toxic chemicals. One chemical found was diethylene glycol, an ingredient usually found in antifreeze. 6. Cardiovascular Effects Many smokers switch to e-cigarettes to gradually wean themselves off of traditional tobacco cigarettes. Unlike nicotine patches and other products that enter the system slowly, the chemicals in e-cigarettes are inhaled rapidly. The nicotine can cause an increase in blood pressure and heart rate, as well as unpleasant symptoms like nausea, diarrhea and sweating. 7. Youth...

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