Posts for: February, 2020
Dentures are among the most well known dental options for replacing missing or weak teeth. They are removable dental devices that could serve as a partial or full set of teeth in just one or several areas in the mouth. While traditional dentures rest directly on your gums and could be attached to real teeth, dental implant-supported types are placed on a durable foundation that’s fixed surgically into your jawbone.
With the many kinds of dentures available these days, you won’t need to feel embarrassed about how your smile looks and suffer through chewing difficulties. Here at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry, you can consult with one of our Providers in our Buford, Dacula, or Lawrenceville, GA, locations to determine the most appropriate type of dentures for your case.
What are Full Dentures?
These are used to replace a full set of missing teeth. For replacing teeth in your upper jaw, you will need dentures with a skin tone acrylic base that will cover the roof of your mouth and gums to efficiently support a set of synthetic teeth. Full dentures for restoring teeth in your lower jaw are similar, but with a horseshoe-shaped acrylic base to ensure that the tongue won’t be covered and can more freely.
What are Partial Dentures?
When you’re looking to replace just a few missing teeth, partial dentures may be the way to go. These could be attached to your remaining real teeth in a couple of ways. It will be up to your dentist to decide which will best fit your needs during your appointment at our Lawrenceville, Dacula, or Buford, office. The most common method involves the use of metal clasps for gripping your real teeth. Your dentist may also recommend partial dentures that use precision attachments or dental crowns for attaching to your natural teeth.
What are Dental Implant-Supported Dentures?
As its name implies, these are attached to dental implants that are typically fitted in the jawbone’s front portion and can either be ball-retained or bar-retained. With bar-retained dentures, a thin metal bar will be attached to several dental implants with clips or similar attachment types securing the dentures to the bar. On the other hand, ball-retained dentures, likewise known as stud-attachment dentures, typically come with sockets that should fit snugly onto the implants’ ball-shaped connectors. In some cases, the connectors can fit into sockets directly within the dental implants.
Want to know which type of dentures will work for you?
Arrange an appointment with one of our Providers here at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry today. Call (770) 995-1957 to reach our Lawrenceville, GA, office, (770) 932-8577 for our Buford location, and (770) 277-0800 for our Dacula office.
Dentists around the world routinely remove diseased or damaged teeth every day. While some extractions require surgery, many don't: Your family dentist can perform these simple extractions, usually with little complication.
The term simple doesn't necessarily mean easy—as we'll note in a moment, it takes a deft and experienced hand to perform this type of extraction. The term in this case refers more to the type and condition of the tooth: The tooth roots are relatively straight and reside in the bone at an accessible angle. There are otherwise no meaningful impediments to removing it straight out.
The idea of “pulling a tooth” out of the jaw isn't the most accurate way to describe the procedure. A tooth is actually held in place within its bony socket by the periodontal ligament, a tough, elastic tissue between the tooth root and the bone that attaches to both through tiny fibrous extensions. The best method is to first loosen the tooth from the ligament's tiny attachments, for which experienced dentists can develop a certain feel. Once released from the ligament, the tooth will usually come free easily from its socket.
Not all teeth, though, can be removed in this manner. Teeth with multiple roots like back molars, and without a straight trajectory out of the socket, can have a complicated removal. Other dental conditions could also prove problematic for simple extraction, such as brittle roots that might fragment during removal.
For these and other complications, your general dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon for the tooth extraction. But even with the surgical component, these more complicated extractions are relatively minor and routine—millions of wisdom teeth, for example, are removed every year in this manner.
If you have a tooth that needs to be removed due to disease or injury, your dentist will first determine the best way to remove it and will refer you, if necessary, for surgical extraction. And whatever kind of extraction you undergo, the dentist performing it will make sure you remain pain-free during the procedure.
While tooth preservation is usually the best course for long-term dental health, it's sometimes best to remove a tooth. If that should happen, your dentist will make sure it's done with as little discomfort to you as possible.
If you would like more information on dental extraction methods, 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 “Simple Tooth Extraction?”
Do you know the top cause for adult tooth loss? If you guessed tooth decay, you’re close—but not quite. The same goes if you said accidents or teeth grinding. It’s actually periodontal (gum) disease, a bacterial gum infection that affects half of American adults.
What’s worse, losing teeth could be just the beginning of your health woes. Several studies show uncontrolled gum disease could cause problems in the rest of the body. That’s why we’re promoting February as Gum Disease Awareness Month, to call attention to this potentially devastating oral disease—and what you can do about it.
Gum disease usually starts with a thin film of food particles and bacteria called dental plaque. As it builds up on tooth surfaces, bacteria multiply and lead to an infection that can spread below the gum line, weakening the gums’ attachment to the teeth.
Beyond tooth loss, though, gum disease could affect the rest of the body. Oral bacteria, for instance, can travel through the bloodstream and potentially cause disease in other parts of the body. More often, though, researchers now believe that the chronic inflammation associated with gum disease can aggravate inflammation related to other conditions like cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes or arthritis. Likewise, inflammatory conditions can worsen symptoms of gum disease and make it harder to treat.
The good news, though, is that reducing the inflammation of gum disease through treatment could help ease inflammation throughout the body. That’s why it’s important to see us as soon as possible if you notice gum problems like swelling, redness or bleeding. The sooner you’re diagnosed and we begin treatment, the less an impact gum disease could have on both your mouth and the rest of your body.
Similarly, managing other inflammatory conditions could make it easier to reduce symptoms of gum disease. You can often control the inflammation associated with these other diseases through medical treatment and medication, exercise and healthy eating practices.
You’ll also benefit both your oral and general health by taking steps to prevent gum disease before it happens. Prevention starts with a daily practice of brushing and flossing to remove dental plaque. You should follow this with professional dental cleanings and checkups every six months (sometimes more often, if advised).
Gum disease can damage your teeth and gums, and more. But dedicated dental care and treatment could help you regain your dental health and promote wellness throughout your body.
If you would like more information about preventing and treating gum disease, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”