What to Expect If You Choose a Dental Bridge for Tooth Replacement

The loss of a single tooth has a progressive impact on your oral health. The primary impact involves function and appearance. A dental bridge provides a restorative dentistry solution (function) and a cosmetic dentistry solution (appearance).

A dependent relationship

Your teeth are designed to work together. The health and/or loss of one affects the others.

Losing one tooth and not replacing it can cause your surrounding teeth to shift out of position. Tooth movement creates additional problems with your bite and can often produce jaw pain.

Tooth decay can develop also. Your tooth surfaces and the connective tissue is more vulnerable to bacteria the longer you delay tooth replacement.

The real issue

One thing is obvious when you lose a tooth or teeth. A noticeable gap exists between your existing teeth.

A dental bridge is uniquely designed to span the gap. It provides a secure (fixed) solution unlike dentures that are removable.

Your dental bridge relies on the support of your natural teeth or dental implants on either side of your missing tooth gap. The bridge uses other teeth as anchors and replacement teeth to restore your function and appearance.

Lasting expectations

Your dental bridge treatment requires two in-office appointments. The first appointment prepares your “anchor” teeth and the space that will contain your new tooth.

A dental impression will also be taken at your first appointment. This provides our selected dental lab the necessary details for creating your dental bridge.

You will leave your first appointment with a temporary dental bridge as your permanent bridge is being crafted by the lab. Your new permanent dental bridge will be placed, secured, and adjusted for comfort and fit at your second appointment.

Expect your dental bridge to last for 10 years or more. Proper care and keeping your surrounding teeth healthy will help assure the best results from your dental bridge.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your tooth loss. Schedule a dental examination to discuss a dental bridge as a cost-effective tooth replacement solution.

How Dental Sealants Give Your Teeth Protection and an Advantage

It’s easy to forget what you don’t often notice. Then a problem occurs.

Preventive dental care, including dental sealants, can cover those conditions. That said, it’s common to overlook the teeth that aren’t front-and-center in your mouth.

The hard-working and perhaps most durable teeth you have aren’t in your noticeable smile-zone (front teeth). Your back molars do the “heavy-lifting” and this gives you all the more reason to protect them.

Why your back-teeth” need protection

Your upper and lower molars primary function is chewing. The surface of each molar is somewhat rough and contains natural grooves to help break down the foods you eat.

This makes brushing and flossing these areas of your mouth essential. Plaque and tartar that are not removed can work its way into the natural tooth grooves and increase your risk for tooth decay and cavities.

A simple solution that strengthens your molars

Dental sealants provide protection for the surfaces of your teeth, especially your back molars. A sealant is made of plastic resin and is designed to cover (seal) the chewing surface of your tooth from decay causing bacteria.

Tooth protection is valuable at any age or stage of development. Your child’s permanent molars can begin to emerge around six years of age.

Dental sealants can be applied early to the chewing surfaces of your child’s teeth. The treatment helps guard their teeth against decay.

From children to adults, sealants are a recommended preventive dentistry treatment. The procedure is simple and fast.

The sealant solution is “brushed” onto the surface of each tooth after your teeth are cleaned and prepped. The sealant bonds directly to your tooth structure.

The solution hardens with the assistance of a curing light. Once applied your sealants provide protection for many years.

Contact your Roswell dentist about protecting your teeth with dental sealants. Schedule your next dental examination and teeth cleaning to stay current with your professional preventive dental care.

Dental Implant Basics and Why It’s Good to Be Aware

“Let’s get-back-to-basics.” That phrase implies that what you’re about to hear is the essence of whatever is on the agenda.

You’ve heard that dental implants are a vital speciality. But you might not know why.

The following 101-level information about implant dentistry could be a tipping point for you. This is especially true if you’ve experienced tooth loss and are weighing your treatment options.

What’s missing matters

A dental implant has a simple function. It forms a new tooth root in the gap that remains following tooth loss.

You’re aware when a tooth is missing. But that awareness doesn’t always motivate you to take action to fill the gap.

Ignoring tooth loss can lead to a number of dental health problems. Chewing and smiling are the most common concerns.

There’s more to be concerned about.

For example, untreated tooth loss can damage your remaining teeth.

Your missing tooth gap can allow your surrounding teeth to shift out of alignment. This causes issues throughout your mouth.

Your bone and gum tissue can begin to erode also. This can lead to more costly dental treatment even during dental implant placement such as a bone graft.

Missing tooth gaps can hold harmful plaque and tartar too. This substance hardens and becomes a place where oral bacteria thrive and produce further bone and gum tissue damage.

What happens next

You have choices when you experience tooth loss. Dentures and dental bridges are common for tooth replacement.

Keep in mind that dentures sit on top of your gums and can cause gum erosion over time due to slipping and movement. A dental bridge requires the support of your adjacent teeth.

A dental implant actually adapts to your jawbone and your gum tissue. This prevents movement and provides you a more secure and long-lasting tooth replacement solution.

Your dental implant also uses a dental crown on the surface. This restores your chewing function and looks natural when you smile.

Implant dentistry requires oral surgery to place your implant. The implant is made of titanium and is placed within your jawbone.

Your implant will adapt to your bone and gum tissue as it heals. This period can last up to six months for adequate healing.

A post (abutment) is placed within your implant when healing has progressed. This portion of the implant structure provides a secure location for your dental crown to be placed on the surface.

You will enjoy a fully functioning new tooth once your implant treatment is completed.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your tooth loss. Schedule a dental examination to discuss dental implants and the implant dentistry procedure.

Dr. Judd Shenk – Certified in Dental Implants

We are excited to announce that Dr. Judd Shenk is now certified in dental implants! We look forward to adding implant dentistry to our featured services and are happy to assist you with any questions you may have. If you are missing teeth for any reason, dental implants may be the option for you!

Read more about dental implants and their benefits.

Contact your Roswell dentist about your missing tooth or teeth. Schedule a consultation to discuss dental implants as a tooth replacement solution.

Why Your Dental Health is Important During Pregnancy

Among other changes, pregnancy changes this. Expecting a baby quickly reminds you that you’re taking care of someone in addition to yourself.

A lot matters during each term when you’re expecting. Your dental health is an area of your overall wellness that impacts your health and that of your baby.

The common factor

Hormones have a significant impact on your general health and also your dental health. For example, hormonal changes can increase your dental health risks in the areas where your teeth and gums could already be unhealthy.

Gingivitis is the first and early phase of gum disease. Pregnancy heightens your potential for gum growths (non-cancerous) that disappear after you give birth.

Plaque and tartar build-up on your teeth and gums can complicate your oral health. This makes it essential to treat the earliest signs of gingivitis to prevent it from progressing into periodontal (gum) disease.

Where to focus your attention and why

Prioritize your preventive dental care during pregnancy. Staying ahead of any oral health problems with daily oral hygiene and your dental examinations and teeth cleanings keeps you and your baby healthy.

Watch for the build-up of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Brushing and flossing will help control it but removing it requires professional treatment with one of our dental hygienists.

Rinse and brush your teeth following any bouts with morning sickness. This helps remove the acids that can erode your tooth enamel.

Avoid any treatment complications by scheduling your dental care if you’re planning your pregnancy. And ask us about any concerns or questions you have about the connection between your dental health and your pregnancy.

Contact your Roswell dentist to discuss your oral health before, during, and after you deliver your baby.