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Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown Installed
Posted on 3/20/2020 by Front Desk
Damage to the tooth can result in a few different fixes. Fillings, crowns, dental bonding, onlays, inlays, veneers, bridges, and implants are all used to repair varying levels of damage to the teeth. A crown is placed when the damage is too severe for a traditional filling to suffice. This is usually when tooth decay has resulted in serious wear and tear, cracking, or if an extant repair is at risk of breaking or malfunctioning. A crown is like a cap for a damaged tooth; it alters the tooth's shape and size, and restores its functionality. Unlike a filling, the procedure for placing a crown cannot be completed in-office, and can take several weeks. Damage severe enough for a crown should not be ignored, or left to fester while the crown is being made. A temporary crown is used to protect the tooth in this interim period. Additionally, preparing to place a crown involves dental “trimming”. “Trimming” is the term used for the removal of some enamel to accommodate the placement of new material onto the tooth. Trimming a tooth exposes some dentin, which makes the tooth extra sensitive. A temporary crown protects the trimmed tooth from further damage, and creates a shield against sensitivity. The temporary crown will also stop the damaged tooth from moving while the permanent crown is made; if the tooth moves at all, it can result in an imprecise fit when the permanent crown is ready to be placed. A temporary crown may not match the color of your teeth, but will be similar in shape and size to your tooth before it sustained damage. Installation of a temporary crown will restore your ability to eat and speak naturally. Your temporary crown is installed using an impermanent adhesive, and is easily removed when your permanent crown is ready to be placed. It is important to come see us twice per year for routine cleaning and checkups. Keeping up with these appointments will help catch any damage to teeth early. However, there are several circumstances that might result in needing a crown, and our dentists will be able to explain the process to you when your damage is assessed. Crown placement is not painful or risky, and results better oral health, as well as a more aesthetically pleasing smile....
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Pros and Cons of Getting Overdentures
Posted on 3/10/2020 by Front Desk
Patients who have lost many, or all of their teeth can be affected by this loss in multiple ways. Eating and speaking become difficult, and social situations become anxiety-inducing and, often, neglected altogether. Modern dentistry seeks to help patients recoup all the losses associated with tooth loss. Overdentures are one option for replacing your teeth, and regaining your life. ProsOverdentures are dentures placed over at least two dental implants, or extant teeth. If placed over teeth, the teeth provide the foundation for the overdenture. In this case, there is no extraction required, which can be unnerving to many patients. If placed over implants, they are placed via implanted titanium rods inserted into the jaw bone. These rods effectively act as very strong roots. The chief complaint associated with traditional dentures is their propensity to move around when speaking and eating. Both placement methods ensure that overdentures are do not slip around when eating or speaking. Overdentures provide a security traditional dentures cannot. Overdentures are not removable by anyone but a dental clinician, so act more like natural teeth than removable dentures do. They can be cleaned more easily, and food debris will not get stuck between the teeth and the denture. This is a common problem with removable dentures. ConsTraditional dentures are relatively easy to install, requiring just a few appointments; first, molds of your mouth are taken to be sent to the lab to create your dentures. Then, you see us for your initial fitting. Sometimes adjustments are needed, and another appointment is necessary. From there, as long as your oral hygiene protocol is followed, and you attend your routine appointments with us, it should be smooth sailing! Overdentures require a long treatment period. If your overdentures are installed atop dental implants, the healing period can take several months or, potentially, longer. The healing process varies from person to person. If you are considering overdentures as an option, give us a call today to discuss your options!...
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How Dried Out Dentures Can Hurt Your Mouth
Posted on 2/20/2020 by Front Desk
Getting dentures can be a liberating experience, especially if you've lived with tooth loss for quite some time. You're able to eat foods you've previously avoided, allowing you to diversify your diet to better meet your nutritional needs, and you can speak and smile with confidence. Adjusting to dentures can be challenging, but the sensation of having a full mouth dissipates, and chewing and speaking become easier each day. Sometimes however, certain symptoms of other health conditions can put a damper on the excitement of getting dentures. The Importance of SalivaThe production of saliva may be something you've rarely thought about, but getting new dentures can add new meaning to this essential process. Saliva is mostly water, but is also composed of mucus, electrolytes, enzymes, and antibacterial compounds. This vital fluid helps to moisten your food to chew and swallow, making it essential for digestion. For denture wearers, saliva is vital for creating suction between your gums and your dentures, making the dentures more stable. Saliva is also a lubricant for preventing abrasion and irritation of your gums that can cause discomfort and infection. Finally, saliva functions to help prevent oral diseases, such as oral thrush. Dry Mouth and DenturesLeaving your dry mouth untreated, can lead to loose dentures, which can cause irritation, sores, and infection, so it's important to stay on track with any treatments or therapies that can improve health conditions contributing to dry mouth. Underlying illnesses, such as diabetes and liver dysfunction, can reduce saliva production, and some blood pressure medications, antidepressants, and decongestants can contribute to dry mouth. Finally, we produce less saliva as we age, making the senior years a common time for both dry mouth and dentures. Wearing dentures should be liberating and empowering, rather than something you avoid due to the discomfort of dry mouth. Contact our office with any concerns regarding your dentures or to schedule a consultation....
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All Posts:

Times Where You May Need to Have a Temporary Crown Installed
3/20/2020
Pros and Cons of Getting Overdentures
3/10/2020
How Dried Out Dentures Can Hurt Your Mouth
2/20/2020
What Is the Purpose of Brushing Your Dentures?
2/10/2020
How a Single Missing Tooth Harms Your Jaw Bone
1/20/2020
Foods that Can Cause Problems During Implant Recovery
1/10/2020
Three Reasons You Need to Upgrade Your Dentures in the Next Year
12/20/2019
Most Important Rules When Taking Care of Dentures
12/10/2019
Could a Bridge be the Right Answer for Your TMD?
11/20/2019
Common Repairs Dental Bonding Can Make
11/10/2019
Most Common Denture Mistakes New Denture Wearers Often Make
10/20/2019
How to Care for Dental Bonding So It Lasts as Long as Possible
10/10/2019
The Best Foods While Getting Used to Dentures
9/20/2019
What Do You Need to Know When Getting Used to New Dentures?
9/10/2019
How Do You Get Dentures Adjusted?
8/20/2019
Do You Need More Than Suction to Hold Dentures in Place?
8/10/2019
How Managing TMJ Pain Is Made Easier by Replacing Lost Teeth
7/20/2019
Do You Know How to Manage Denture Odors?
7/10/2019
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
Should You Do Half Implants and Half Dentures?
10/30/2016
What to Expect during Your First 30 Days with Dentures
10/20/2016
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