Posts for: October, 2021
It’s possible that as you age, there’s a chance you may end up losing multiple teeth or even all your teeth. It may feel like you won’t be able to feel proud about your smile anymore, however, there are solutions for you! Your dentists at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, Buford, and Dacula, GA, can explain how implant-supported dentures can restore your smile and give you one to show off again.
The Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures
When it comes to replacing your teeth, your dentists in Lawrenceville, Buford, and Dacula, GA, can offer different types of dentures to fit with your lifestyle. There are two types of implant-supported dentures that you can choose from. You can decide if implant-supported removable dentures or permanent dentures are the right choice for you.
Implant-supported removable dentures are comfortable, effective, and healthy to wear. Implant-supported dentures help take pressure off of the gums and can help reduce the risk of dentures slipping in your mouth. You’ll be able to remove your dentures at night for cleaning and they can be easily adjusted if something is damaged.
Implant-supported permanent dentures can help give you ease of mind with your smile since you don’t have to remove them. They’re easy to clean and take care of and should last a lifetime with the proper care. They only need about five to six implants to be fully supported and are comfortable and completely natural-looking. You’ll be able to show your smile off with pride and excitement again.
Contact Your Dentist Today!
Losing a smile isn’t forever. Contact your dentists at the Center for Cosmetic and Sedation Dentistry in Lawrenceville, Buford, and Dacula, GA, to learn more about how implant-supported dentures can restore your smile today! Call (770) 995-1957 for the office in Lawrenceville, GA, (770) 932-8577 for the office in Buford, GA, and (770) 277-0800 for the office in Dacula, GA, today.
Although kids are resilient, they're not indestructible. They're prone to their share of injuries, both major and minor—including dental injuries.
It's common for physically active children to suffer injuries to their mouth, teeth and gums. With a little know-how, however, you can reduce their suffering and minimize any consequences to their long-term oral health.
Here are 4 types of dental injuries, and what to do if they occur.
Chipped tooth. Trauma or simply biting down on something hard can result in part of the tooth breaking off, while the rest of it remains intact. If this happens, try to retrieve and save the chipped pieces—a dentist may be able to re-bond them to the tooth. Even if you can't collect the chipped pieces, you should still see your dentist for a full examination of the tooth for any underlying injury.
Cracked tooth. A child can experience intense pain or an inability to bite or close their teeth normally if a tooth is cracked (fractured), First, call the dentist to see if you need to come in immediately or wait a day. You can also give the child something appropriate to their age for pain and to help them sleep if you're advised to wait overnight.
Displaced tooth. If a child's tooth appears loose, out of place or pushed deeper into the jaw after an accident, you should definitely see a dentist as soon as possible—all of these indicate a serious dental injury. If they're unavailable or it's after hours, your dentist may tell you to visit an emergency room for initial treatment.
Knocked-out tooth. Minutes count when a tooth is knocked completely out. Quickly locate the tooth and, holding it only by the crown and not the root, rinse off any debris with clean water. Place it in a glass of milk or attempt to place it back into the socket. If you attempt to place it back into the socket, it will require pressure to seat the tooth into position. You should then see a dentist or ER immediately.
A dental injury can be stressful for both you and your child. But following these common-sense guidelines can help you keep your wits and ensure your child gets the care they need.
Advances in technology often lead to greater choices for things like automobiles or smartphones. In recent decades, advances in orthodontics have given families another choice besides braces for straightening teeth: clear aligners.
Clear aligners are a series of computer-generated mouth trays of clear plastic that are custom made for an individual patient's teeth. Like braces, these trays worn in the mouth put pressure on the teeth to move in a desired direction. Patients wear an individual tray for about two weeks and then change it out for the next tray in the series. Each subsequent tray is designed to pick up where the former tray left off in the progress of tooth movement.
Although treatment takes about as along as braces, clear aligners have some distinct advantages. First and foremost, their clear plastic construction makes them nearly invisible to outside observers. This makes them ideal for appearance-conscious teens (or adults) who may be embarrassed by the look of metallic braces.
And unlike their fixed counterpart, clear aligners can be removed by the wearer for meals, hygiene and the rare special occasion. As a result, patients with aligners aren't as restricted with food items and have an easier time keeping their teeth clean and avoiding dental disease than braces wearers.
But although definitely a benefit, removability can be potentially problematic depending on the maturity level of the patient. To be effective, an aligner tray must remain in the mouth for the majority of the time—too much time out negates the effect. Patients, then, must be responsible with wearing aligners as directed.
Clear aligners may also not work for treating difficult bites, especially those that require targeted movement (or non-movement) of select teeth. In those cases, braces may be the necessary treatment. But this situation has changed in recent years with the development of new devices and techniques that increase the range of bite problems clear aligners can treat.
Depending then on the bite problem and a patient's level of personal responsibility, clear aligners can be a viable orthodontic choice. And just like braces, they too can improve both dental function and appearance.
If you would like more information on orthodontic options for teens, 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 “Clear Aligners for Teens.”