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Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
Posted on 3/20/2019 by Front Desk
While you may think that you won't have any issues if you lose a tooth, you're wrong: There are many serious consequences. This is because your teeth your teeth form a complete system that works together. As such, when one is missing it causes many of the following problems. Your Smile and Face are AffectedMissing teeth affects your cheeks and bones because your jaw shrinks, lips wrinkle, and both your mouth and your face appear sunken – all making you look older. Of course, this can negatively impact your self-esteem by making you feel self-conscious or embarrassed, especially since modern society places such high importance on having a beautiful smile. Your Other Teeth ShiftYour other teeth will shift out of their normal position. For instance, when you lose a lower tooth, an upper tooth may protrude into its space. This makes them harder to clean, putting you at higher risk of tooth decay, food impaction, and gum disease. When this happens, you'll need additional dental work (e.g. fillings, crowns) and may lose more of your teeth. You Have Difficulty EatingDepending on what tooth you lose, you may no longer be able to eat the foods you want to eat. This is because your teeth are used to tear, shred, and grind food. For instance, you may no longer be able to eat meat, bite into an apple, or digest your food properly. Ultimately, this can impact your self-consciousness making you feel reluctant to go out to eat. You Have Difficulty SpeakingGaps in your teeth can make it difficult to clearly pronounce some words. You may find yourself making whistling sounds when you try to do so. This is because you press your tongue against your teeth and the roof of your mouth to pronounce words – something that doesn't work well when you're missing teeth. Are you missing teeth and need some information on how to fix the problem? Contact our office and set up an appointment to discuss your options today....

Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
Posted on 3/10/2019 by Front Desk
Dentures don't have to hurt, but unfortunately denture sores are common for several different reasons. It's important to decipher what's causing your denture sores so it can be properly treated. Poor Fitting DenturesYour dentures should snugly balance on all your gums, but sometimes they're too tight or loose. When this happens, you bite down on some areas harder than on others causing pain. You could even break your dentures or cause your jawbone to rapidly decrease in this way. An Allergy It may not even be the fit, it may be the material causing you pain. Typically, this is because you're allergic to what your dentures are made from. This means you'll need dentures made from a different material. Mismatched Dentures with BonesHaving an improper balance between your denture and jaw bone leads to rapid bone loss. When this happens, your nerves become painfully exposed. This may also happen when your teeth were improperly extracted causing small spurs to be left behind. Not Supporting Your Bite Sometimes the sores aren't the problem, your jaw is. This is because your denture isn't supporting your bite. You may also feel this in your ears or in the form of a headache. When left unchecked, this can cause TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). Unhealthy Mouth ConditionsWhen your dentures constantly get food or drink trapped under them, they'll continually irritate your mouth. This can cause an infection, especially if the material or liner your denture is composed of is quite porous. Bacteria can easily get in here if you don't properly keep the area clean. When you find yourself suffering from denture sores or pain, give our office a call. Schedule an appointment so you can stop suffering and move on to live a pain free life with your dentures....

Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
Posted on 2/20/2019 by Front Desk
There are many reasons that you may require a root canal, perhaps your tooth was damaged by an injury and the tooth has died or perhaps a cavity reached the pulp of your tooth and there is extensive decay: whatever the reason, a root canal is required. By removing the dead or infected pulp of a tooth, and carefully filling the root, we are able to save your natural tooth from being extracted. This is the goal! Keeping as many of your natural teeth intact is the best way to maintain good oral health. After the root canal is completed, we will fit your tooth with a crown. But why? Protecting Your Natural Tooth After a root canal, our dentists will begin the process of preparing your tooth for a crown. Not only does this protect the work that the dentist just did with the root canal, it protects the remaining natural tooth. The natural part of the tooth will be filed down and a crown will be formed to seal the tooth and keep the root intact. This process is preferred over an extraction because it keeps the root of the tooth in contact with your jawbone. This lessens your chances of infection and bone loss over time and keeps the tooth exactly where you want it, in your mouth! While root canals can be relatively painless and done right in our office, cleaning out the inside of a tooth and replacing it with a filling will make the natural tooth weaker and in effect 'dead'. Capping the tooth reinforces the tooth and assures that it will not crack or break, saving it from extraction. If you're suffering from an injury to a tooth or think you may need a root canal, please call our office today. Our dentists will be happy to help you restore your smile!...

All Posts:

Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
What is Denture Relining?
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
Do You Need an Overdenture?
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
Signs of a Denture Allergy
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
How to Care for Dental Bonding
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures

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