Posts for: February, 2016
Want to know more about dental bridges? Then look no further.
There is a reason your Mount Pleasant, SC family dentist Dr. Cynthia L. Holmes Garner offers a variety of different treatment options. When it comes to caring for smiles everyone is unique, so this means finding the treatment that’s going to give you the best restoration possible and offers the most benefits for your smile. Find out more about dental bridges and how they replace missing teeth.
Q. What is a dental bridge?
A. This dental prosthetic is used to replace one or more missing permanent teeth. It’s called a bridge because it “bridges” the gap where your missing tooth or teeth used to be. Dental bridges are cemented into place using abutment teeth to support the restoration. A bridge is made up of a false tooth in the middle and two dental crowns on either side.
Q. Who should get a dental bridge?
A. If you are missing one or more teeth then it’s time to talk to your dentist in Mount Pleasant, SC about whether a bridge is a good option for you. If you have good oral hygiene and are dedicated to maintaining it then you could be a great candidate for a dental bridge.
A bridge is also a great option for someone who wants to replace their missing teeth but doesn’t want to go through surgeries and several months to get their restoration (as you would with dental implants). With bridges, they will not only correct your bite but also restore your ability to chew and speak normally.
Q. What does getting a bridge involve?
A. If you are getting a traditional fixed bridge, during your first visit your Mount Pleasant, SC dentist will need to prepare the two healthy natural teeth on either side of the gap by removing some enamel. By removing enamel, we can fit the dental crowns over these teeth to secure the bridge into place. Then impressions will be made of your teeth, from which your dental bridge will be fabricated.
During your second visit, the bridge will be fitted and adjusted to your teeth. On average, it can take anywhere from two to four weeks to get a dental bridge.
Q. How do I care for my new restoration?
A. Even though your restoration isn’t natural it still needs to be brushed and flossed. In fact, your oral care routine is more important than ever. If you don’t care for your smile or see us for routine cleanings, food particles and plaque could build up and cause decay and infection. You don’t want to end up losing your bridge!
Whether you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for crowns or bridges, or you want to schedule your next six-month cleaning your dentist in Mount Pleasant is here for all of your family’s needs. Call Garner Family Dentistry today.
A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill.
We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth?
Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration.
When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged?
In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life.
So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys.
If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”
When you’re posting a profile photo on LinkedIn, Facebook, Match.com and other social media sites, which shot is likely to make the best impression in terms of “likeability,” “competence” and “influence”? One in which you’re smiling and showing some teeth, for starters, according to PhotoFeeler.com, a crowdsourcing website that helps people evaluate their head shots. If something about your teeth is holding you back from parting your lips when you smile for the camera, here are some tried-and-true options for doing something about it!
Picture-Perfect Color, Shape and Alignment
Improving the color of your teeth may be as easy as getting regular professional cleanings, which are necessary for removal of calculus — dark-yellow hardened buildup of bacterial plaque — and can polish out superficial staining caused by certain beverages and foods.
Actually changing the color of your teeth entails whitening/bleaching. Professional whitening achieves the fastest results because it uses the highest concentration of peroxide solution and custom-fitted trays. In-home whitening kits take longer to work but are less expensive. Results last anywhere from six months to two years.
For permanent whitening results, consider veneers or crowns. In addition to changing tooth color, they can also alter tooth shape, hide wear and even minimize gaps between teeth. Veneers are affixed to the front of teeth, while crowns cover the entire tooth.
Teeth that are chipped, cracked or have noticeable areas of decay, can be restored with bonding, in which a composite resin material is applied that is colored to match your natural teeth.
You can straighten misaligned teeth and no one even has to know you’re doing it. Barely visible and entirely invisible orthodontic appliances include clear braces, lingual braces (attached to the tongue-facing side of teeth) and clear aligners, which are removable for tooth brushing/flossing, cleaning the appliance, eating, and special occasions.
If you would like more information about enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Beautiful Smiles by Design.”