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Scott E. Keith, DDS, MS, FACP
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Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
Posted on 6/20/2019 by Front Desk
At first glance, dental bonding sounds like the perfect solution to every problem. It's affordable, it takes less than an hour, and there's no recovery time. It's not oral surgery, so there are no incisions in your mouth, and it's virtually painless. What could be better than that? Unfortunately, while dental bonding is a good solution for some minor cosmetic issues, it's not a fix-all solution. Why Can't Dental Bonding Work for Everything?Dental bonding isn't a way of replacing teeth that have been lost or that have to be extracted. It's a filler material that, while durable, isn't as strong as the materials used to create replacement teeth. For that reason, it can't be used to fill major cavities or actually replace teeth. It's also not a solution for repairing teeth that have been broken in half or that have been significantly worn down. What Is Dental Bonding Good For?That said, dental bonding is a great solution for a number of small cosmetic issues. For example, a small chip out of a tooth can easily be repaired with dental bonding. If you have an odd space between two teeth, dental bonding is also a good option. It can even be used to fill some smaller cavities if you'd rather not have the more noticeable silver fillings. Dental bonding is generally more of a cosmetic fix than anything else. Those small chips or little cracks in a tooth may not be something serious, but they may make you feel self-conscious. You might not smile as much if you know you're exposing a broken front tooth every time you do. Instead of going through the process of extraction and replacing that tooth with an implant, fixing the broken park with dental bonding is often the most attractive option. Interested in learning more about what we can do with dental bonding? Call us today to set up a consultation....
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How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
Posted on 6/10/2019 by Front Desk
After you've had dental implants installed, you may notice that your gums actually change just a little bit. That's because the addition of implants may change your gum line, especially if you've been missing a tooth for some time. Your gums would have flattened over the area, but now that you've had an implant installed, the gums are going to have to adjust once again. The Way the Dental Implant Is Installed Is ImportantIf your implant is installed an angle that's too forward, there can be some issues with how your gum adjusts. That's because this can place the implant's head too near to your lips. If this happens, your gums won't correctly cover the implant and it will end up looking like your gums are receding. It's not a problem, and in some cases, there may be no other way to install the implant. We do our best to make certain that the implants are placed in the optimum location so that your gum line looks perfect. Adjusting Over Time Your gums aren't immediately going to adjust to your dental implants, especially if you lost the tooth a while ago and the gums have grown over the empty space. They should slowly adjust, and if the implant was placed correctly, your gum line will eventually look perfectly natural. Another factor that can play a part in how long it takes your gums to adjust is how the tooth was extracted. We are very careful to remove teeth while keeping as much of your gums preserved as possible. The more of the gum we save, the more quickly it will adjust and look natural. Everyone Is Different Of course, every mouth we see is just a little different. While someone's gums may adjust quickly to an implant, someone else's may not. Give us a call to schedule an appointment if you're interested in dental implants, and we can answer any questions you may have about how your gums will adjust....
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Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
Posted on 5/20/2019 by Front Desk
People lose teeth for many reasons. Some are due to injury, others are disease and others simply aren't caring for their teeth as they should. Regardless of the reason you are losing your teeth, at some point in your life you may need dentures to continue to enjoy the food you like. If you have missing teeth and do not do anything to correct the situation, such as getting implants, your jaw can lose bone mass. The act of chewing is what keep your teeth and jaws strong. It is similar to exercise. Harder impact exercise like jumping jacks make your bones stronger than passive exercise like swimming. Your jawbones are no different. They need the exercise to keep the bone strong and dense. If your jawbone does not get this exercise your appearance can change because your jawbone could begin to snag. This is where dentures come in. What Do Dentures Do?If you have missing teeth and decide to get dentures first your mouth will be evaluated. Are all of the teeth gone or do remnants of the teeth remain? Must these remnants be removed or can they stay without affecting the way the dentures fit? If additional teeth need to be pulled they will. If it can be avoided that will also happen. After the evaluation is completed, what is called an alveoplasty may be done. This smooths the ridges of your jawline to make the dentures fit better. If your dentures fit well, they will be able to mimic the natural teeth in their job of keeping your jawbone well exercised. If you have any problems with your dentures, the way they fit or problems chewing, you should immediately contact us to make the necessary adjustments. If you would like an evaluation or further information, please contact us. We' are happy to help with your decision....
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All Posts:

Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
6/20/2019
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
6/10/2019
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
5/20/2019
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
5/10/2019
You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
4/20/2019
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
4/10/2019
Problems with Shifting Teeth After a Tooth Comes Out of Your Mouth
3/20/2019
Most Common Causes of Denture Sores
3/10/2019
Purpose of a Dental Crown Over a Tooth Following a Root Canal
2/20/2019
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
2/10/2019
Make Sure to Keep Dentures Moist
1/20/2019
Loose Bridges Need Treatment Before They Cause Damage
1/10/2019
Is Denture Adhesive Your Only Option to Stabilize Your Dentures?
12/25/2018
How to Prevent Denture Halitosis
12/15/2018
What is Denture Relining?
11/25/2018
How to Pick the Perfect Dental Crown
11/15/2018
How to Get Used to Brand New Dentures
10/25/2018
How Long Do Dentures Typically Last?
10/15/2018
Who is the Best Candidate for Implant Surgery?
9/25/2018
Top 3 Myths About Getting Root Canals
9/15/2018
What Wears Down Dental Bonding?
8/23/2018
Swelling and Dentures - What You Need to Know
8/13/2018
Is There Any Special Trick to Protecting Dental Bonding?
7/20/2018
Do Your Dentures Suffer When You Grind Your Teeth?
7/10/2018
What Can Cause Denture Sores?
6/25/2018
Ways of Keeping Veneers as Long as Possible
6/15/2018
Foods That Can Hurt Your Mouth Following Dental Implant Placement
5/25/2018
Danger of Trying to Wear Dry Dentures
5/15/2018
Why Partial Dentures Need Support to Stay In Place
4/20/2018
How Long Does it Take to Adjust to New Dentures?
4/10/2018
How Partial Dentures Are Held In Place
3/23/2018
Do You Need an Overdenture?
3/13/2018
Top 3 Reasons to Consider Dental Bonding
2/23/2018
Things to Avoid Eating After Dental Implant Surgery
2/13/2018
Can You Get Benefits from Dentures and Implants At the Same Time?
1/23/2018
Can Denture Cements Hurt Your Gums?
1/13/2018
What Things Can Stain Your Dental Bonding?
12/23/2017
What Makes Gold Ideal For Dental Crowns?
12/13/2017
Who Should Not Get Dental Implants?
11/23/2017
Who is Most at Risk for a Dental Allergy?
11/13/2017
What Happens to Your Gums When You Take Your Dentures Out?
10/23/2017
What Can't You Eat with Dentures?
10/13/2017
Signs of an Oral Appliance Allergy to Be Watchful Of
9/27/2017
Knowing When Your Dentures Need to be Realigned
9/17/2017
Adjusting After a Dental Crown Placement
8/25/2017
Why Wisdom Teeth Don't Need Replacing but Other Teeth Do
8/15/2017
Dentures Can Wreak Havok on Your Gums If You Aren't Careful
7/30/2017
Dental Implants Can Keep You Looking and Feeling Young
7/23/2017
Helping Elderly People Care for Their Aging Teeth
6/25/2017
Dental Crowns Can Come Loose - How to Protect Your Teeth
6/15/2017
When Your Prosthodontist Will Need to Trim Down Your Tooth
5/27/2017
What Makes Custom Dentures Different?
5/17/2017
When Crowns Should be Used Instead of Fillings
4/27/2017
Signs of a Denture Allergy
4/17/2017
How a Crown Gets Placed After a Root Canal
3/27/2017
Caring for Dental Bonding to Help Them Last
3/17/2017
What You Should Expect During a Bridge Consult
2/27/2017
Do You Need a Night Mouth Guard?
2/17/2017
How to Keep Your Gums Healthy When You Wear Dentures
1/27/2017
How to Care for Dental Bonding
1/17/2017
Common Symptoms of Ill-Fitting Dentures
12/30/2016
Bruxism and Dentures - Be On the Lookout
12/20/2016
Proper Denture Care is Imperative for Good Oral Health
11/30/2016
Getting Your Dentures to Stay in Place
11/20/2016
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016




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