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How a Single Missing Tooth Harms Your Jaw Bone
Posted on 1/20/2020 by Front Desk
You may think that one missing tooth is no big deal, especially if it's one in the back that people don't see when you smile. You may even have intentions of getting that tooth replaced with an implant or with a partial denture. However, even a single missing tooth can damage the jaw bone. Here are a few of the ways this missing tooth can cause harm. The Jaw Bone Loses NutrientsEach tooth helps keep the jaw bone healthy. When you're missing a tooth, the jaw bone is no longer stimulated at the point when you bite and chew. It no longer has the blood flow from the tooth to help keep it healthy. This causes the bone to start deteriorating at the point where the tooth once was. In the end, that part of the jaw bone becomes much weaker than it was before. If it deteriorates too much, it can be difficult to put an implant there because there won't be enough bone to fully support it without a bone graft. The Neighboring Teeth Can Become MisalignedWithout a tooth between them to hold them up, the teeth on either side can start to sink inward. This can cause a number of alignment issues that affect how you talk and how you bite down. This also affects the jaw bone and can lead to deterioration because those teeth aren't able to properly chew and grind food. This interferes with the stimulation of the bone. The Jaw Bone Can be ResorbedIf you are missing a molar in your upper jaw, it can actually cause part of your jaw bone to be resorbed due to the air pressure from your sinuses. This leads to enlarged sinus cavities, which can be problematic on their own. These are just a few of the different ways a missing tooth harms your jaw bone and the rest of your mouth. If you're missing a tooth, contact us today to discuss your replacement options....

Foods that Can Cause Problems During Implant Recovery
Posted on 1/10/2020 by Front Desk
While implant surgery has become fairly routine, it's still a major procedure that greatly affects your mouth. During the recovery period, it's important that you carefully follow all of the instructions you're given so that your implants settle correctly and you don't get any infections. Eating certain foods too quickly can cause the posts holding your implants in place to move out of alignment. This means you must be very careful to avoid the following. Hard Foods Should Be AvoidedThe goal during recovery is to eat as few foods that directly come into contact with your implants as possible. Definitely avoid foods such as apples that could get stuck on your implants. Even smaller hard foods such as nuts and potato chips can cause damage because they can get stuck between your new implant. Avoid popcorn during your recovery time, too. Even though it's a softer food, it can still get between your implants and cause some problems. Also Skip Acidic FoodsFoods that are highly acidic can irritate your healing gums, leaving them open to infection. These foods include things such as limes, lemons, tomatoes, and many types of fruit juices. Don't put any lemon in your water or use it with soft foods such as fish while you're recovering, either. You may also want to avoid eating spicy foods. These foods won't necessarily damage your implants, but they can be a little more painful than usual because your gums are still healing up. What Should You Eat? So, what should you eat during implant recovery? Again, anything that's fairly soft is good. Scrambled eggs, pudding, oatmeal, noodles, rice, and bananas are all good options. Smoothies are also a good way of getting a good amount of nutrients without worrying about hurting your teeth. Have other questions about what to eat while you're recovering from implant surgery? Give us a call....

Three Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Dentures in the Next Year
Posted on 12/20/2019 by Front Desk
Although you may no longer have your natural teeth, you do still have options. Dentures are one of them, but you can also upgrade from there to dental implants. There are some very important reasons why you should consider doing so. Dental Implants Offer You More SupportWhen you have dentures, they rely on a combination of suction and the use of adhesives in order to stay correctly positioned in your mouth. Unfortunately, many people soon discover that despite their best attempts, their dentures will still move around in their mouth. They may even pop completely out of their mouth, making them feel really insecure and uncomfortable while wearing them. However, when you have dental implants none of this will happen. Instead, they're securely “implanted” within your mouth. This will allow you to comfortably and confidently speak, smile, and eat. Dental Implants Make Your Jawbone HealthierWhen there aren't any tooth roots in your jaw it'll start to shrink and become distorted – a process that's known as “bone resorption.” This commonly happens to people who wear dentures. However, when you opt for dental implants instead, they'll act like replacement roots and prevent your jawbone from deteriorating. When your jawbone is properly stimulated it won't shrink over time. This is great news because it means that your facial features won't change, and you won't develop other oral health issues. Dental Implants are Easier to Maintain Than DenturesMany people complain about how their loose-fitting dentures will flop around in their mouth, making it difficult for them to eat or speak and simply making them feel uncomfortable and self-conscious overall. This is the last thing you want to have happen to you and you don't have to when you have dental implants. Their posts will replace your teeth's roots just like your natural teeth. This also means that you can brush and floss as you always have. Now that you understand why you should upgrade your dentures, give us a call and schedule an appointment so we can help you do so....

All Posts:

How a Single Missing Tooth Harms Your Jaw Bone
Foods that Can Cause Problems During Implant Recovery
Three Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Dentures in the Next Year
Most Important Rules When Taking Care of Dentures
Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
How to Care for Dental Bonding So It Lasts as Long as Possible
The Best Foods While Getting Used to Dentures
What Do You Need to Know When Getting Used to New Dentures?
How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
Is Dental Bonding a Great Fix-All Solution?
How Your Gums Adjust to Dental Implants
Can Your Dentures Improve the Health of Your Jaw?
Will Everyone Eventually Have Dentures?
You Can Wear Only One Set of Dentures
Why Your Dentures Make You Salivate More Than Usual
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
Should You Do Half Implants and Half Dentures?
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures

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