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Denture Reliners & Repairs
The longer dentures are worn the more your gums change underneath the denture. A result the denture can become loose and begin moving over gum tissue possibly creating sores throughout the gum line. Therefore a denture should be relined every two years in order to restore the retentive qualities of the denture and prevent production of flabby gum tissue underneath and sore along the gum line.
Partial & Full Dentures
Dentures are replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and replace into your mouth. There are 2 types of dentures: Full and Partial. With full dentures a flesh colored acrylic base fits over your gums. The base of the upper denture covers the palate (the roof of your mouth) while the lower denture is shaped like a horseshoe to accommodate your tongue.
Treatment of Gum Disease
Periodontal (gum) disease, including gingivitis and periodontitis are serious infections which, if left untreated, can lead to loss of one or more teeth. The word periodontal literally means “around the tooth.” Periodontal disease is a chronic bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone supporting the teeth. Periodontal disease can affect multiple teeth simultaneously.
Teeth Whitening Procedures
Whitening or bleaching treatments are available to satisfy every budget and personal schedule. The long and the short of it is that teeth-whitening works! According to the ADA the term “bleaching” can be used only when the teeth can be whitened beyond their natural color. This applies strictly to products that contain bleach such as hydrogen peroxide or carbamide peroxide.
Restorative dentistry includes those procedures involved in restoring and/or repairing broken or leaking fillings, creation and maintenance of crowns and bridges, placement and maintenance of implants, the fitting of partial and full dentures, realignment of the bite profile, periodontal therapy, and full mouth reconstruction.
Dental bridgework involves the creation of a false tooth to replace the missing tooth. Bridgework was formerly considered as cosmetic dentistry since missing teeth can look unattractive. However, continuous research on this subject has clearly demonstrated that missing teeth can lead to faster gum disease and tooth decay if the area is left open.
Preventative care is that branch of dentistry that deals with the preservation of healthy teeth and gums, and the prevention of cavities and oral disease. This includes the patients that have full upper and lower dentures, they should see their dentist at least once a year for an examination and cancer screening.
Crowns are a type of dental restoration which, when cemented in place fully cups over the portion of the tooth that lies at and above the gum line. Since dental crowns encase the entire visible aspect of the tooth, a dental crown becomes in effect the tooth’s new outer surface.
Crown’s can be made out of porcelain, metal, usually a gold or other alloy or a combination of both.
Dental Implants are artificial tooth replacements. Although your dentist can offer a number of restorative procedures for replacing missing teeth, the success rate of implants as compared to other procedures has been nothing short of excellent. Many implants are still performing well after 20 years since they were installed.
While traditional dentistry focuses on oral hygiene and prevention, diagnosing and treating oral disease, cosmetic dentistry focuses on improving the appearance of a person’s teeth, mouth and smile. Inlays/Onlays – Made from Porcelain or composite material are a long-lasting cosmetic way to provide a filling in teeth with tooth decay or structural damage. Whereas dental fillings are
Oral Cancer Screening
Your dentist will carefully examine the inside of your mouth and tongue and in some patients may notice a flat, painless, white or red spot or a small sore. Although most of these are harmless, some are not. Harmful oral spots or sores often look identical to those that are harmless, but testing can tell them apart. If you have a sore with a likely cause, your dentist may treat it and ask you to return for re-examination.
Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally in many foods and water. Everyday, minerals are added and lost from a tooth’s enamel layer through two processes; demineralization and remineralization. Minerals are lost from a tooth’s enamel layer when acids, formed from plaque bacteria and sugars in the mouth, attach to the enamel. Minerals such as Fluoride, Calcium and Phosphate are redeposited to the enamel layer from the foods and water consumed.
The dental exam is the foundation for a lifetime of good oral health. A crucial component of the prophy is the removal of calculus from teeth. Calculus, which is Plaque combining with saliva minerals forms a hard, rough sediment known as dental tartar or calculus. If the calculus is not removed, further calculi will buildup causing periodontal disease.
A comprehensive dental exam is required for all new patients and at least every three to five years for current patients according to the American Dental Association (ADA). The purpose of this exam is to find out what is healthy and what is not and examine the overall condition of the patients’ oral health. Dental disease is very predictable with so much of it being very preventable.