Smile Makeover

A smile makeover is a series of cosmetic dental procedures used to enhance the appearance of your smile. Each person has a different idea of what their perfect smile looks like. Here are a few reasons why you might want to seek a smile makeover:

  • Some patients want to straighten their crooked teeth or close unsightly gaps
  • Some want to fix their broken or discolored teeth
  • Others want to reverse the wear-and-tear on their teeth and rejuvenate their smile

Your smile makeover should be customized according to your specific needs. The result is a brand new smile with teeth that sparkle and shine! Getting a smile makeover will boost your self-confidence and make you fall in love with your smile again.

What are the most common dental treatments involved in a smile makeover?

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Most people associate a smile makeover with porcelain veneers. While it’s true that porcelain veneers are commonly used in most smile makeover cases, there are many other procedures that assist your dentist in giving you the perfect smile. Here are examples of a few common dental treatments you may come across when receiving your smile makeover:

Porcelain veneers

Porcelain veneers are the treatment of choice to replace old, worn-down natural teeth with beautiful, white porcelain teeth. Cosmetic dentists love using porcelain veneers because they are conservative and natural-looking. Plus, porcelain veneers maintain their appearance over time. Most smile makeovers require 6 to 10 porcelain veneers in each arch (top or bottom), or basically 12 to 20 porcelain veneers when performing a full mouth smile makeover.

Dental bonding, inlays, onlays & crowns

These are a few other cosmetic methods used to restore damaged teeth. Dental bonding is a good choice to restore teeth with very minor cosmetic defects that don’t require a porcelain veneer. On the opposite hand, crowns, inlays, and onlays are used to restore teeth that are so badly damaged that porcelain veneers won’t properly protect your teeth. These types of restorations provide for additional tooth coverage to protect more severely damaged teeth.

Braces & clear aligners (Invisalign®)

Many times your dentist will use porcelain veneers to straighten slightly crooked teeth or close small gaps. However, sometimes you need to straighten your teeth before beautifying them. In these cases, you may have to resort to orthodontic treatments, like braces or Invisalign®, prior to completing your smile makeover.

Dental cleaning & gum treatment

Dental cleaning is the key to treating infected gums and reversing gingivitis and gum disease. This is why a thorough dental cleaning is almost always a part of any smile makeover. In fact, receiving a dental cleaning is usually the first step towards fixing your smile. Your gums are the foundation of your teeth, and you can’t achieve the perfect smile without having healthy gums!

Gum lift

Gum lift is another common procedure associated with many smile makeovers. The purpose of a gum lift is to remove excessive gum tissue surrounding your teeth. Performing a gum lift allows your dentist to place larger porcelain veneers on your teeth. This is used to reduce gummy smile appearance while at the same time, giving you larger, bolder looking front teeth. Gum lift is a rather simple procedure and is typically performed using laser.

Fillings, root canals, bridges & dental implants

You can’t forget about tooth decay when fixing your smile. Fixing cavities, infected teeth, and missing teeth is an essential part of every smile makeover. Your dentist may use fillings to restore cavities, root canals to treat infected teeth, or bridges and dental implants to replace your missing teeth.

Tooth whitening

Tooth whitening may be used to put the final touches on your smile makeover. Placing porcelain veneers on your teeth will make them look much whiter and brighter. This can create a contrast against your natural teeth, the ones that haven’t receive a veneer. A professional tooth whitening will make your natural teeth better match your porcelain veneer shade, and completes your smile transformation.

What should you look for when designing a new smile?

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Designing a new smile is more than just making your teeth look straighter and whiter. Your new smile must fit the rest of your facial profile. Cosmetic dentists look at your lips, cheeks, jaw, chin, etc. to design the perfect smile specifically for you. There are many different things to consider when designing your new smile, for example:

Tooth color

Some patients want their teeth to be as white as possible. Others want their teeth to be white without looking like fake teeth. Your dentist will work with you to come up with a tooth color that works for you and your smile.

Tooth size

It’s not uncommon for patients undergoing a smile makeover to have suffered from a collapsed bite. A collapsed bite causes your teeth to become shorter than they used to be. Your dentist can fix the appearance of these worn-down teeth by opening up your bite or performing a gum lift, among other treatments.

Tooth shape

You can design your custom veneers to your exact liking. Choose shorter teeth with a rounded edge if you’re looking for a more feminine appearance. Choose bulkier square-shaped teeth if you prefer a more masculine look.

Teeth proportion

You can’t change the proportion of your teeth when placing one or two crowns or veneers. However, you can change the relative size of your teeth when placing multiple veneers. For example, your dentist can make a larger tooth appear smaller by increasing the size of its adjacent teeth. Your dentist will work with you to figure out teeth proportions that compliment your new smile.

Smile line

A smile line is an imaginary line that follows the edges of your upper teeth. Improving your smile line gives you a more proportionate and even smile. Your dentist may correct your smile line using braces, clear aligners, porcelain veneers, or a combination of different dental treatments.

How much does a smile makeover typically cost?

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Smile makeovers are not cheap. On average, you’re looking at anywhere from a few thousand dollars to tens-of-thousands of dollars for a complete smile makeover. Prices vary significantly based on where you choose to go and how much work you actually require. It’s not a good idea to look for the best bargain or the lowest prices when looking for a smile makeover. Your priority should be finding a reputable cosmetic dentist. One who has been part of the community with a great track record, especially when it comes to cosmetic procedures. Having dental insurance won’t help much either since most cosmetic procedures are not covered by insurance.

Why are smile makeovers so expensive? Smile makeovers require lots and lots of work. Receiving Invsialign®, whitening your teeth, lifting your gums, and placing multiple veneers can add up quickly. Despite its high costs, most patients who receive a smile makeover are very happy with the final outcome. There are few things in life as transformative as having an attractive and beautiful smile. With a smile makeover, you can reverse 10, 20, or 30 years of damage and neglect to your teeth and gums. Luckily, most dentists who perform smile makeovers also offer plenty of different financing options to help you afford your smile transformation.

How do I find a cosmetic dentist for my smile makeover?

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The first step to receiving a smile makeover is to find a highly skilled and reputable cosmetic dentist. The results of your smile transformation will vary significantly based on which dentist you choose. Be sure to do your research, look through their body of work, and find a great dentist who has the skills and experience to deliver the smile of your dreams. Click on the link below to use our dentist Search Engine to browse local dentists, read reviews, view treatment photos, and find a great cosmetic dentist today:

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Cavities

Dental cavities are formed when bacteria penetrate your teeth and create a hole in your teeth. Most cavities start off when you fail to clean your teeth properly, causing food particles to attach to your teeth. These attached food particles are known as plaque and tartar. Plaque and tartar harbor harmful oral bacteria. These bacteria process sugars in your diet to create acidic byproducts. This acid dissolves and creates a hole in your teeth, which is what we commonly refer to as cavities.

What should I do if I have a cavity?

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Once a tooth develops a cavity it needs to be treated by your dentist. Cavities are holes filled with bacteria and they don’t just go away by themselves. You must see your dentist to remove these bacteria and fill the hole with an appropriate restoration.

What happens if I don’t fix my cavity?

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As mentioned above, cavities are irreversible and they don’t disappear on their own. If left untreated, cavities get larger and larger as the bacteria destroy more of your tooth structure. This causes your teeth to become sensitive. If left untreated, the cavity eventually reaches your tooth nerve. This causes severe toothache, infection, and ultimately, can cause you to lose your tooth.  

How do you fix dental cavities?

The appropriate treatment for a cavity depends on how large the cavity is. The sooner you fix a cavity, the simpler the solution:

Very small cavities

Very small cavities may be reversible. This only applies to superficial cavities where the bacteria haven’t had a chance to poke a hole in your tooth. You may be able to reverse very small cavities with Fluoride application or other topical treatments. Alternatively, our dentist may apply a sealant to close the gap where bacteria are trapped. Be sure to improve your oral hygiene and diet to prevent these small cavities from recurring. 

Small-to-medium sized cavities

You can fix most small-to-medium sized cavities with a simple filling. Dental fillings include white fillings, silver fillings (Amalgam), and gold fillings. Your dentist will remove the cavity bugs and fills in the hole with filling material. Fillings eliminate bacteria from your teeth and replace them with a sterile and neutral filling material. This way, you no longer have to worry about the cavity getting larger and hitting your tooth nerve.

Large cavities

Fillings work great for fixing small-to-medium sized cavities, but they don’t work as well for fixing large cavities. Large fillings tend to break, leak, and trap bacteria. Plus, your teeth may develop sensitivity and are at risk of fracturing. Instead, you require a crown, inlay, or onlay to fix large cavities. Crowns, inlays and inlays are made from porcelain or ceramic, which is much more durable than fillings. They protect your teeth from cavities as well as bite pressures to protect your tooth for many years to come.

Cavities that reach the nerve

You can fix your teeth with a filling or crown up until the point that the cavity has reached the tooth nerve. When your cavity reaches the tooth nerve your tooth is now infected. A filling or crown is not going to save infected teeth. Instead, you need a root canal treatment to save infected teeth. Root canal treatment removes the infected tooth nerve, disinfects your tooth, and allows you to save your tooth.

Massive cavities

Cavities continue growing as long as they are left untreated. Eventually, they cause your teeth to become weak and start breaking off in your mouth. You must remove these broken teeth from your mouth as soon as possible. The infection can spread from your broken teeth to other teeth, your gums, and the rest of your body through the bloodstream. There have been documented cases of heart infections, brain infections, even deaths, which resulted from an infected tooth. Leaving broken pieces of teeth in your mouth means the source of infection remains in your mouth. This is very harmful to your oral health and overall well-being.

What is the process of fixing cavities?

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The first step to fixing your cavities is to see a dentist. Your dentist will use X-rays to determine how many cavities you have and how large your cavities are. Next, you need to come up with a plan to fix your cavities. You may require fillings, onlays, crowns, root canals, dental implants, or a combination thereof. If you have lots of cavities, or cavities that have caused extensive damage to your teeth, you may require extensive dental work. Come up with a plan and start fixing your mouth before it gets worse.

How do I fix my cavities if I’m scared of seeing the dentist?

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You may be overwhelmed thinking about how much time and money it will take to fix your cavities. However, waiting to fix your cavities only makes matters more complicated. A filling today becomes a crown tomorrow and a root canal the next day. The sooner you fix your cavities, the less time and money you have to invest. Find a dentist that you like and come up with a plan to fix your teeth one or two at a time.

If you’re extremely scared of seeing the dentist, consult with your dentist about sedation options. Options. Many dentists offer sedation options like Nitrous Oxide, oral sedation, or even IV sedation, to get you through stressful dental procedures. Sedation can help you concur your fears of the dentist and help you get your cavities fixed. Plus, your dentist can work on multiple teeth during a single sedation appointment. If you’re currently looking for a dentist near you, feel free to use our dentist Search Engine to find one near you. You can browse through dentist profiles, read reviews, view their treatment photos, even book your appointment conveniently online:

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Sedation dentistry

Sedation dentistry, or sleep dentistry, is a technique used to reduce dental anxiety through the use of various medications. These medications put you in a semi-conscious or unconscious state and help you get through tougher dental procedures. Once sedated, you won’t be aware of your surroundings or remember much of anything happening. Sedation dentistry is ideal for those who need extensive dental work or require complex treatments. There are several different sedation techniques which include Nitrous Oxide, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia. The goal of all sedation techniques is to help you conquer your dental-phobia and to fix your smile.

Do I need sedation dentistry?

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Sedation dentistry is a great option for some people, but sedation is not for everyone. The vast majority of dental patients do just fine without relying on sedation dentistry. Treatments like dental cleanings, fillings, and crowns are not suitable for sedation dentistry. On the other hand, there are some cases which are ideal candidates for sleep dentistry. Some patients never muster up enough courage to fix their mouths without sleep dentistry. Here are a few examples of cases that are great candidates for sedation dentistry:

Extreme dental-phobia

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Some people are so afraid of going to the dentist that they refuse to see one. They avoid seeing the dentist for years while their oral health continues to deteriorate. If this sounds familiar to you, then sedation dentistry might be the only way you can conquer your dental-phobia. Schedule a consultation with a dentist that offers sedation to discuss your treatment options. Work with your dentist to come up with a plan to overcome your dental anxiety using the proper sedation technique for your needs.

Wisdom tooth surgery

Sedation dentistry is highly recommended for wisdom tooth surgery. If you have complicated wisdom teeth or plan on removing all four of your wisdom teeth then sedation is a must! However, removing simpler wisdom teeth that are not as difficult can typically be completed without any type of sedation.

Extensive dental work

Sleep dentistry is especially useful when you require extensive dental work, for example:

  • Removal of multiple teeth
  • Placement of several dental implants
  • Full mouth rehabilitation
  • Complex jaw or gum surgeries
  • All-on-four implant surgery

During sedation, your dentist completes a vast majority of your treatment during a single appointment. They may remove several bad teeth, place a few dental implants, and work on your gum disease, all during a single sedation session. Without sedation dentistry, you would require half-a-dozen or more appointments which would take several weeks or months to complete the same amount of work. This means that you save a lot of time and spare yourself countless hours in the dentist chair by opting to go for sedation dentistry.

Getting sedation is a personal decision. Ultimately, it’s your choice to get sedated or not. Occasionally, some patients choose to get sedated for simpler procedures such as dental cavities, crowns, or root canals. Have an honest discussion with your dentist to determine if sedation dentistry is right for you of if there are other ways for you to manage your anxiety.

What are the different sedation dentistry options?

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There are a few different sedation dentistry techniques, which are:

  • Nitrous Oxide
  • Oral conscious sedation
  • IV sedation
  • General anesthesia

Nitrous Oxide

Nitrous Oxide is a gas that makes you feel relaxed and light-headed. Inhaling Nitroux Oxide helps take the edge off during more intense dental appointments. The benefit of Nitrous Oxide is that it is very simple to administer and requires no preparation. Nitrous Oxide has no side-effects or risks and it clears your body within minutes after you stop inhaling the gas. Nitrous Oxide is the least effective sedation technique and is only suitable for patients with minimal anxiety. 

Oral conscious sedation

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Oral conscious sedation is another very popular sedation technique. This type of sedation works extremely well for the vast majority of sedation patients. You will be given some medications, from the Benzodiazepine family, which make you calm and relax during your appointment. Oral conscious sedation results in mild sedation and puts you in a semi-conscious state.

IV sedation

IV sedation is similar to oral conscious sedation, but it relies on injecting medication directly into your veins. This type of sedation puts you into a slightly higher level of sedation and knocks you out to the point that you won’t remember anything afterward. IV sedation will be administered by either your dentist or an anesthesiologist.  

General anesthesia

General anesthesia offers the highest level of sedation. You will be completely out and in a state of deep sedation. In contrast to other forms of sedation, your breathing becomes suppressed during general sedation. This is why general anesthesia can only be administered in a hospital setting under the supervision of an anesthesiologist. General anesthesia is reserved for the toughest dental treatments or for patients who are fully uncooperative due to an underlying mental condition. 

There are a few different sedation techniques to choose from. Your goal should be to use the least invasive sedation technique that is going to permit you to get as much dental work done as possible. Review your needs with your dentist and discuss different sedation options to see which one is best for your needs.

What is a typical sedation appointment like?

Your sedation appointment experience largely depends on the type of sedation that you will be receiving. If you’re simply getting Nitrous Oxide gas then there’s not much to worry about. Simply wear your mask and inhale the Nitrous Oxide while your dentist completes your treatment. Once your treatment is complete, your dentist will remove the Nitrous Oxide mask and you’re all set to go. There’s no need to bring a companion for Nitrous Oxide sedation since NO2 clears your system almost immediately without any lingering side-effects.  

On the other hand, oral conscious sedation, IV sedation, and general anesthesia require extensive preparation. We recommend that you schedule these sedation sessions early in the morning whenever possible. Your appointment will usually take a few hours and you need the rest of the day to recover. Plan on taking the whole day off as you will be out of it during this time. Here is a preview of what a typical sleep dentistry appointment looks like:

Preparation

All sedation appointments start off with a consultation. Your dentist will review your treatment options and discuss your sedation protocol. They will take any necessary X-rays, CT scans, or study models beforehand. They will review your treatment and obtain all informed consent forms in advance since you won’t be able to engage in any meaningful conversation on the day of surgery. Be sure to take any pills and follow the dietary protocol given by your dentist very carefully.

Find a companion

You need to find a companion for the day of your procedure. Choose a family member or friend who’s willing to be responsible for taking you back and forth to your appointment. Your companion must be responsible for taking care of you for the remainder of the day as well.

Day of your appointment

Be sure to arrive at your sedation appointment on time. Your dentist will take care of everything from this point on. They will either give you additional medications or set up your IV line. Your dentist or anesthesiologist will monitor your vitals throughout your appointment using a pulse oximeter device. Most sedation appointments take a few hours, but you won’t be unaware of time passing by in your sedated state. Once your treatment is completed, you will be released to your companion. Now it’s time to go home and start your recovery process.

Rest and relax

It takes about a day to recover from sedation. You will be extremely drowsy and groggy during this time. Most sedation patients won’t recall much of anything about the day of their appointment. Plan on getting plenty of rest during this time. The effects of sedation start to wear off within a day. Do not resume normal activities until these effects have completely worn off. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions carefully so you can have a speedy recovery.

Finding a dentist for sedation dentistry

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Finding the right dentist is the key to a successful sedation treatment. Not every dentist offers sedation dentistry. Search for a dentist who not only offers sedation dentistry, but who is capable of doing all of your dental treatment during the sedation appointment. Once you find a dentist that meets these criteria, schedule a consultation with them. Discuss your concerns to learn more about your treatment options as well as sedation options. Be prepared to discuss fixing your whole mouth as most dentists who offer sedation dentistry aim to address multiple dental issues during the sedation appointment.

If you don’t currently have a dentist for your sedation treatment, you can use our dentist Search Engine to help you find one. Look for a dentist who offers “sedation dentistry” as a service and offers whatever other treatment you require (such as extractions, implants, etc.). Stop delaying your essential dental work until you develop an infection or possibly something worse! Click on the link below to find a dentist near you and get your smile back to a healthy and happy state:

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Dental sealants

Sealants are a preventive treatment that protects your teeth against developing cavities. Dentists place sealants to protect your teeth against cavity bugs. Dental sealants are a tooth-colored, plastic coating that’s applied to the chewing surfaces of teeth. By placing a sealant on your tooth, you essentially seal off bacteria’s access to the inner tooth structure. Well-placed sealants can protect your teeth against cavity bugs for years to come. Placing sealants is easy, painless, and affordable. Plus, it usually takes just minutes to complete the whole process. 

What are the implications for sealants?

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Dentists apply sealants to protect your back teeth, the molars and premolars. These teeth have very deep grooves which makes them susceptible to developing cavities. Typically, sealants are applied to protect your baby teeth and recently erupted adult teeth. They are especially useful for children who have a hard time brushing their back teeth. Most dentists recommend applying a set of dental sealants to your 1st molars around 6 or 7 years of age. Some dentists recommend applying a second set of sealants to your 2nd molars data around 11 to 12 years old. Sealants are not usually implicated for adults, except for those who are at high-risk for developing dental cavities.

What is the sealant procedure like?

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Placing sealants is a very simple procedure. Unlike actual fillings, placing a sealant does not require any anesthesia or tooth removal. This means that you don’t have to worry about needles or teeth grinding. Plus, it only takes a few minutes to apply sealants to your teeth. Your dentist dries up your teeth, applies the sealants to teeth surfaces, zaps it with a blue light, and your sealants are now in place!

What are the benefits of placing sealants on your teeth?

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Sealants are proven to be effective in fighting off cavity bugs. They are especially effective at protecting teeth with deep grooves on their chewing surfaces. Applying sealants to your teeth helps you avoid more serious problems, such as cavities and toothache. Without applying sealants to these teeth, you’d have to maintain exquisite hygiene plus constant dental checkups and cleanings. If you accidentally slip, you may end up requiring a filling or possibly something worse. In comparison, sealants are much simpler and more economical than dental fillings.

Are there any risks with placing dental sealants?

Placing sealants on your teeth has virtually no known risks. Since they don’t require removal of any tooth structure, sealants are fully reversible. In other words, sealants do no harm to your teeth! They usually stay on your teeth and protect them against cavities for several years. Having served their purpose, your sealants eventually dissolve away over time.

Finding a dentist for sealants

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Placing sealants is a great way to protect your teeth. They are especially beneficial for protecting children’s teeth. Don’t wait for your child’s teeth to develop cavities or infections! Find a dentist who offers sealants to protect your children’s teeth. Use our dentist Search Engine to find a dentist near you if you don’t have one. Browse through dentist profiles to view their services, reviews, and treatment photos. You can even book your appointment conveniently online. Click on the link below to start searching for a dentist near you. Now let’s find yourself a great dentist to place those sealants before they turn into a cavity!

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Dental cleaning

Going to your dentist for regular dental cleanings is essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Skipping out on getting regular dental cleanings can harm your teeth and gums. You increase your risk of developing dental cavities and gum disease. This leads to toothaches, bleeding gums, bad breath, and sensitive teeth. Eventually, this leads to tooth infection, loose teeth, and tooth loss. Maintaining regular dental cleanings is a great way to avoid these unnecessary dental problems.

Why are dental cleanings important?

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Failing to maintain regular dental cleanings will harm your teeth and gums. If you don’t keep up with your dental cleanings you start building up plaque and tartar on your teeth. Plaque is a combination of bacteria and food particles that attach to your teeth. Tartar, or calculus, is calcified plaque which is very difficult to remove from your teeth. Failing to remove plaque and tartar from your teeth leads to gum disease. Gum disease eats away at your gums and jawbone. It causes bleeding gums, bad breath, and tooth sensitivity. If left untreated, it causes infection and tooth loss.

Dental cleanings remove plaque and start from your teeth to reverse gum disease. Tartar attaches firmly to your teeth and you can’t remove tartar by yourself. Brushing and flossing alone can’t remove these calcified buildups either. Only a thorough dental cleaning from your dentist can remove these harmful buildups and get your gums back to a healthy and happy state.

What is gum disease?

Gum disease is a disease that destroys your gums and jawbone which makes your teeth sensitive, loose, and infected. Gum disease is a serious condition. It is the number cause of tooth loss amongst adults. It’s not uncommon for patients suffering from advanced gum disease to lose multiple teeth, sometimes even all of their teeth. The sooner you treat your gum disease, the easier it is to reverse its harmful effects and save your teeth.

What are the stages of gum disease?

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We divide gum disease into two separate stages depending on how widespread the infection is:

  • Gingivitis
  • Periodontitis

Your dentist will take X-rays, examine your gums, measure your periodontal pockets, and help you decide which stage of gum disease you’re suffering from. Here’s what you need to know about the different stages of gum disease:

Gingivitis

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Gum disease always starts off by infecting your gum tissue before it spreads to your jawbone. When gum disease is confined to your gums it’s known as gingivitis. Gingivitis is highlighted by changes in the texture and color of your gums. It causes your gums to become red, puffy and swollen. You may also experience frequent episodes of bleeding gums, especially when brushing or flossing your teeth.

Periodontitis

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Periodontitis, or pyorrhea, is the more advanced stage of gum disease. This occurs when bacteria start to spread from your gums to the surrounding jawbone. Periodontitis causes bone loss, pus pocket formation, and eventually loose teeth. Dentists break down periodontitis into 3 stages of mild, moderate and advanced. The more bone you lose, the more advanced your periodontitis becomes.

Will gum disease cause me to lose my teeth?

It’ true that gum disease is the number cause of tooth loss among the adult population. Luckily, not everyone with gum disease is going to lose their teeth! Only those with the most advanced level of periodontitis are at a risk of losing their teeth. Ultimately, your prognosis largely depends on how advanced your gum disease is:

  • Gingivitis, or gum disease confined to the gums, is relatively easy to treat. Plus, gingivitis is 100% reversible. Typically, a good dental cleaning and better brushing and flossing is all ti takes to get your gingivitis under control.
  • Periodontitis is more difficult to treat. Mild to moderate periodontitis can usually be managed with proper dental care. You may require deep cleaning, gum surgery, or other special treatments to treat mild to moderate periodontitis. Plus, you will definitely need to visit your dentist regularly for dental cleanings to control your peridontitis.
  • Severe periodontitis is usually irreversible. Unfortunately, once you lose more than 50% of your supporting bone structure there’s not a whole you can do to save your teeth.

How frequently should I get a dental cleaning?

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Each person has a unique mouth so there’s not a set number that works for everyone. Talk to your dentist to decide how often you need a dental cleaning. Here are a few factors you should consider when deciding how frequently you need a dental cleaning:

Your oral hygiene

If you brush and floss your teeth well, then you don’t need a dental cleaning as frequently. Those of you who you live an active lifestyle with a healthy diet, one low in processed sugars, are likely to do just fine with one or two dental cleanings a year.

Orthodontic issues

You’re much more likely to develop gum disease if you have unresolved orthodontic issues. Those of you with crowded teeth will require more frequent dental cleanings. If you have extremely crowded teeth, you will likely require a dental cleaning every 3 to 4 months.

Overall health

People with serious medical problems usually need to see their dentist more frequently. Medical conditions like diabetes, Sjogren’s syndrome, heart conditions, digestive problems, cancer, and many others have a direct impact on your oral health. Taking lots of medications can also affect your oral health. There are hundreds of medications that cause dry mouth and contribute to gum disease and cavity formation. Therefore, the longer your list of medical issues and medications, the more frequently you should see your dentist for a dental cleaning.

Age

We should mention that age is not an absolute factor here. There are many seniors with impeccable oral health and no signs of gum disease. However, aging does make it more difficult to maintain proper oral hygiene. As we get older, we develop more medical problems, we take more medications, and we pick up more bad habits. Medical conditions such as arthritis, glaucoma, and cancer also affect our ability to take care of our teeth and gums.

Another reason age affects your oral health is because of how much dental work you have in your mouth. The more dental work present in your mouth, the more difficult it becomes to maintain adequate oral hygiene. Fillings and crowns trap more plaque and tartar than natural teeth. Having numerous fillings and crowns in your mouth can contribute to gum disease.

Seniors typically require more frequent dental cleanings to maintain proper oral health. It’s not uncommon for seniors to have to need a dental cleaning every 3 to 4 months instead of the usual 6 months.

Your optimal number of dental cleanings can vary anywhere from one a year all the way to one every 3 months. The average person requires a dental cleaning once every 6 months. Those with advanced gum disease, numerous medical issues, and most seniors, require a dental cleaning every 3 to 4 months. Finally, those of you with impeccable oral hygiene, few existing dental restorations, and excellent medical history, require a dental cleaning every 6 months to a year.

Finding a dentist for dental cleaning

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Dental cleanings are essential to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Don’t delay your dental cleaning any longer! A dental cleaning can do wonders for your teeth and gums. Plus, your dentist will examine your mouth to make sure that there are no hidden surprises. If you don’t currently have a dentist, you can find one using our dentist Search Engine. Browse through dentist profiles and book your appointment online. Read reviews, view treatment photos, even shop their online store conveniently from your home. Click on the link below to start your search of a great dentist today:

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Bridges

Bridge is a fixed restoration that attaches to two or more teeth and closes gaps created by missing teeth. Think of a bridge as several crowns connected to one another. The teeth used as anchors for the bridge are known as abutments. The missing teeth are known as pontics. Bridge is one of few ways to close large gaps in your mouth. The other methods to replace your missing teeth and dentures and dental implants.

What are the benefits of having a bridge?

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Leaving gaps in your mouth is never a good idea. Neglecting to replace your missing teeth can have some serious consequences. By placing a bridge you can restore your bite, protect your remaining teeth, and improve your speech and appearance. Let;s take a look at some of the benefits of placing a bridge in your mouth:

Stabilize your bite

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Losing a tooth leaves a large gap in your mouth. Failing to replace this missing tooth causes your remaining teeth to slowly drift into this space. The teeth in front, behind, and opposing the missing tooth, all start moving into this gap. This undesirable shifting of your teeth messes up your bite relationship. Having a poor bite causes your teeth fracture, restoration failure, headaches, and issues. Placing a bridge stabilizes your bite and prevents your remaining teeth from shifting.

Protect your teeth and gums

Having a missing tooth in your mouth also makes it harder to clean your teeth. Cleaning teeth adjacent to a gap is very challenging. You’re very likely to develop cavities on these teeth as a result. Having a gap in your mouth also increases the likelihood of developing gum disease. Placing a bridge protects your adjacent teeth to prevent them from developing cavities or gum disease.

Prevent tooth fracture

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You may think to yourself that losing one tooth is not that big of a deal. We have so many adult teeth, so how important could losing one tooth really be? The problem is that every time you lose a tooth, you place more stress on your remaining teeth. This added stress can damage your remaining teeth. The more teeth you lose, the more stress is exerted onto your remaining teeth. In fact, if you lose enough teeth, this creates an avalanche effect which can cause you to lose all of your teeth! By placing a bridge you relieve this added stress and redistribute your bite forces to better protect your remaining teeth.

Are bridges a better option than dentures?

It’s usually better to go with a bridge over a denture when given the choice. Here are a few reasons why bridges are typically preferred over dentures:

  • Bridges are fixed in your mouth which makes them very comfortable. Dentures, on the other hand, go in and out of your mouth. This makes it much more difficult to wear dentures as they oftentimes cause pain and discomfort in your mouth.
  • Bridges offer excellent chewing capacity, nearly the same as your own teeth. In contrast, dentures only give you about 30 to 40% of your original chewing capacity.
  • Having a bridge in your mouth feels like your own teeth. Dentures are bulky and many find that wearing false teeth can be awkward and uncomfortable.

If you’re missing just one or two teeth then it’s definitely better to receive a bridge instead of dentures. On the other hand, if you’re missing most of your teeth, then you’re not very likely to be a candidate for dental bridges. In these cases, you have to go with either a denture or dental implants. 

Are bridges a better option than dental implants?

It’s usually better to go with a dental implant instead of a bridge. Here are a few reasons why dental implants are typically preferred over bridges:

  • Placing dental implants won’t harm your adjacent teeth. To place a bridge, your dentist needs to shave down a few teeth. Shaving these teeth can lead to problems such as sensitivity, pain, or even infection.
  • Dental implants are very easy to clean and maintain. On the other hand, cleaning the gap underneath a bridge can be quite challenging. You usually require special instruments to clean these gaps. Occasionally, these areas become a constant food trap and you simply can’t keep them clean.

Many times, placing a bridge is not even possible and dental implants are your only option. In order to place a bridge, you need to have at least one healthy tooth on each side of the missing gap. When you’re missing a terminal tooth, or multiple teeth, then placing a bridge is usually not feasible.

When is placing a bridge a better option than dental implants?

There are some cases where it makes more sense to place a bridge instead of a dental implant. Here are some examples of cases where a bridge is more practical and preferable to dental implants:

Full mouth rehabilitation

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Full mouth rehabilitation is when your dentist places crowns on numerous teeth to restore your bite. Bridges are commonly used during full mouth rehabilitation. If your plan is to place crowns on teeth adjacent to a gap, then it makes sense to make a bridge instead of placing dental implants. After all, the whole point of avoiding a bridge is not to shave adjacent teeth. However, if these teeth are already in need of a crown, then why not just convert them into a bridge? This saves you plenty of time and money without having any adverse effect on your other teeth.

Insufficient bone

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Sometimes there simply is not enough bone to place a dental implant. You need to perform extensive bone grafting to restore your jawbone before placing a dental implant. However, not everyone wants to do this. Many people prefer to place a bridge instead of going through multiple surgeries in anticipation of dental implants. Plus, you could have your bridge completed in a few weeks whereas the dental implant process typically takes several months, sometimes even years, to complete.

Closing very small gaps

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Bridges can be used to close both small and large gaps. Dental implants, on the other hand, can not close very small spaces. You need a minimum of 6 to 7 millimeters of jawbone to successfully place a dental implant. If there isn’t enough space to place a dental implant, then a bridge might be the better option. Your other option would be to wear braces or clear aligners and open up the gap before placing dental implants. Again, not everyone wants to go through this much trouble just to close a small gap. By placing a bridge you can close these small gaps without the need for braces, bone grafting, and dental implants.

Finding a dentist for bridge treatment

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If you’re missing a tooth, then you need to find a way to close this gap. You have 3 options: a bridge, denture, or a dental implant. Talk to your dentist to decide which is the best treatment option for you. Be sure to discuss the pros and cons of each treatment so you can make an informed decision. You can use our dentist Search Engine to find a dentist if you currently don’t have one. Browse through dentist profiles, view treatment photos, read reviews, even book your appointment conveniently online. Don’t forget, missing teeth never fix themselves! The sooner you see a dentist to address your problem, the fewer complications will result from your missing tooth.

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Dentures

Dentures are removable false teeth that fill gaps caused by missing teeth. In contrast to implants and bridges, dentures are removable. This means that you can take them in and out of your mouth at any time. Dentures are made from pink and white acrylic that closely resemble your natural teeth and gum structure. You can use dentures to replace one tooth, multiple teeth, or all of your teeth. Wearing dentures replaces your missing teeth so that you can chew, talk, and function comfortably again.

What are the benefits of wearing dentures?

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Dentures offer a cost-effective and convenient way of replacing your missing teeth. There are many happy denture wearers who function comfortably with their false teeth and hardly miss their natural teeth. Here are some of the major benefits of wearing dentures to replace your missing teeth:

Better looks

Having missing teeth can be embarrassing, especially if they are in the front. Wearing dentures replaces your missing teeth to restore your smile. You can smile with confidence again and no longer have to try and hide your teeth when talking!

Stable bite

Missing teeth leads to many issues over the years. Whenever you lose a tooth, your remaining teeth start to shift into the resulting gap. This causes your remaining teeth to become crooked which leads to bite issues. Wearing dentures prevents your remaining teeth from collapsing into the missing gaps and it also supports your bite forces.

Affordable tooth replacement solution

Dentures are the most cost-efficient way to replace your missing teeth. Alternatives to dentures, such as dental implants or bridges, are very expensive. Additionally, denture treatment is much simpler than receiving dental implants. Whereas dental implant treatment usually takes several months or even years to complete, you can typically make a new set of dentures within just a few weeks.

Denture complications

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There are many happy denture wearers who love their false teeth. Then there are those who face varying degrees of problems using their false teeth. Problems can range from minor discomfort all the way to an inability to wear your dentures. Here are some common issues which you may face when it comes to wearing your dentures:

Pain and discomfort

It comes as no surprise that wearing removable teeth is not nearly as comfortable as having your own teeth. If dentures aren’t stable in your mouth they can cause pain and discomfort. This may include subpar chewing capability, speech difficulties, recurring sore lesions, and other difficulties.

Deterioration of the rest of your mouth

Long-term denture wear can damage your remaining teeth, jaws, and facial muscles. The stress from dentures, especially the clasps, causes your remaining teeth to loosen, develop decay, and fail over time. Wearing dentures also weakens your jawbone structure by applying pressure to the jawbone. Finally, not having your own teeth causes the collapse of your facial muscles. As you continue to lose more teeth and jawbone structure, your dentures also become looser and looser.

The need to replace your dentures

You need to replace your dentures every few years. Since denture teeth are made from acrylic, they wear flat with repeated use. This causes the false teeth to lose their chewing efficiency which compromises your eating capability. Dentures are also likely to break or loosen over time which requires maintenance and repair.

What are the different types of dentures?

There are several different types of dentures. These include complete dentures, partial dentures, immediate dentures, and implant-supported dentures to name a few. Here’s what you need to know about each type of denture:

Complete dentures (full dentures)

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Complete dentures, or full dentures, are false teeth that replace every tooth in your jaw. These dentures get their retention from suction forces against your mouth. As a result, complete dentures need to cover as much as your jaws as possible. Many complete denture wearers use denture adhesives, such as Polygrip and Fixodent, to stabilize their false teeth in place. This prevents their false teeth from moving when they chew or speak and enhances their denture wearing experience.

Partial dentures

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If you’ve lost some but not all of your teeth, then you need to wear partial dentures. Partial dentures, or simply partials, have anchors that attach them to your teeth. These anchors stabilize your partials and hold them in place. As a result, partial dentures are more stable than complete dentures. This is why dentists always recommend saving as many teeth as possible so that they can use these teeth as anchors to stabilize your partials.

Immediate dentures

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Immediate dentures are designed to replace your missing teeth before you actually remove these teeth. Your dentist makes immediate dentures using casts of your teeth by knocking out the teeth designated for extraction on the cast itself. Immediate dentures are ready to be inserted in your mouth as soon as the bad teeth are removed. This way you won’t be walking around toothless during the recovery period. Keep in mind, immediate dentures are only designed for short term use. Once your gums have healed, you need to work on a permanent denture option or start looking into dental implants.

Implant-supported dentures

Implant-supported dentures are also known as overdentures or snap-on-dentures. These are false teeth that are supported by two or more dental implants. The dental implants act similarly to teeth and they anchor your dentures in place. Adding a fe dentyal implants to support your false teeth provides for more stability, less pain, and improved chewing capability. 

Different denture materials

Complete dentures are almost exclusively made from acrylic resin. There is no need for any type of metal or other fancy material since complete dentures have no clasps. On the opposite hand, partial dentures come in a wide variety of different materials. Partial dentures can be made from acrylic, metal and acrylic combo, or a special type of flexible plastic. Each type of material has its own risks and benefits. Let’s take a closer look at the different material used in fabricating dentures:

Acrylic

Acrylic is used to make complete dentures as well as partial dentures. While acrylic is perfectly fine for complete dentures, it is not as effective for partials. Acrylic partials are the weakest types of partial dentures. Plus, acrylic partials are very loose since their metal clasps only passively engage with your teeth. This is why acrylic dentures are usually made for temporary use only as opposed to a long-term tooth replacement solution.

Metal framework with acrylic

These types of dentures have a solid metal framework that stabilizes the denture and anchors it in place. Metal partial dentures are the most common type of partial dentures. They are comfortable, stable, and affordable. One issue with these types of partials is that the metal clasps can occasionally interfere with aesthetics. This is especially true if you’re missing your front teeth. Metal partials also break easily if you ever drop them. They are also very difficult to repair if you ever break them.

Flexible plastic

Flexible partial dentures are made from resilient plastic that is durable, comfortable, and natural-looking. One benefit of flexible partials is that they have pink-colored plastic clasps instead of the metal ones. This makes flexible partials a better option for replacing missing front teeth since the clasps are not very noticeable. Flexible partials are also more resilient than metal partials and they don’t break as easily.

Which denture is best for my needs?

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There are many different types of dentures to consider from. If you have a few teeth left in your mouth then you want an acrylic partial, metal partial, or flexible partial. If you no longer have any teeth in your mouth then you either need to wear a complete denture. Another option is to look into adding a few dental implants and wearing implant-supported dentures instead. Talk to your dentist to explore your different options. Talk to your dentist to decide which type of denture is best suited to your needs.

Why are some people unhappy with their dentures?

There are many patients who love their dentures and never think of getting dental implants. Then there are those who can’t stand their false teeth and constantly struggle with them. So why the discrepancy between the two groups? Here are some reasons why some patients keep struggling with their false teeth:

Ill-fitting dentures

When you first receive a new set of dentures they almost always need to be adjusted. Adjusting your dentures is important to improve the fit and feel of your false teeth:

  • If you’re experiencing sore lesions in your mouth then your denture may be cutting into your gums. Point out the areas you’re feeling discomfort to your dentist and your dentist will adjust them for you.
  • Sometimes your false teeth move too much when you chew on them. This is usually due to an incorrect bite. Your dentist needs to check your bite relationship and calibrate your bite in order to fix this problem.
  • Dentures become loose over time. A simple denture reline or rebase can improve the fit of your false teeth. This makes your dentures much more stable in your mouth.

Wearing dentures that feel uncomfortable or painful can cause harm to your mouth. Don’t settle for ill-fitting dentures! See your dentist to have them adjusted or see if it’s time for a new set of dentures. Schedule an appointment with a dentist near you to learn more about how you can improve the fit and feel of your false teeth.

Old dentures

You may not be happy with your dentures simply because they are too old. Dentures start to loosen as a result of wear-and-tear and jawbone shrinkage. Denture teeth also become flat and lose their chewing ability overtime. Receiving a new set of dentures is a simple solution that can make you love your dentures again.

Poor candidate for dentures

Unfortunately, there are those people who are never happy with their dentures. Some people can never get accustomed to wearing false teeth. This could be due to excessive gag reflex, inability to secure your dentures in place, lack of sufficient jawbone, and many other unforeseen reasons. Even a perfect set of dentures won’t help you out if you’re not a good candidate for wearing dentures. The only solution here is to start looking at your options involving dental implants.

How to find a dentist for denture treatment?

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Replacing your missing teeth is very important to your oral health and overall well-being. Having missing teeth in your mouth can affect your chewing, speech, and confidence. Missing teeth cause you to develop facial wrinkles, they affect your digestion, and can have other negative impacts on your health.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you should see a dentist to have your mouth fixed. Your dentist will review your situation to see if you’re a good candidate for wearing dentures. They will go over your options to see which type of denture is best suited to your needs. Feel free to use our dentist Search Engine to find a great dentist next to you. Browse through nearby dentist profiles to learn more about each one. Read their reviews, view their treatment photos, check out which services they offer, and book your appointment online. Don’t postpone treatment any longer! Let’s find you a great dentist to give your beautiful smile back.

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Tooth extraction

Losing a tooth is never fun, but it’s sometimes necessary to do so. Teeth go bad for many different reasons. Teeth that become infected, loose, or cause other major issues, may have to be removed from your mouth. Removing this bad tooth can stop pain, eliminate infection, and reduce the risk of damage to your remaining teeth. Let’s take a closer look at some of the most common reasons why some people lose their teeth:

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Advanced gum disease

The number one cause of tooth loss in the adult population is gum disease. Gum disease, or periodontitis, causes your teeth to lose their supporting bone and become loose. If left untreated, your teeth lose so much bone that they need to be removed. Unfortunately, it’s not uncommon for patients with severe gum disease to lose multiple teeth, sometimes even all of their teeth. Visit your dentist to get your gum disease under control before your gum disease becomes irreversible!

Infection

The second most common reason for losing your teeth is infection. Once a tooth becomes infected you either need a root canal or you have to pull the bad tooth. Infected teeth can compromise your oral health and overall well-being. Your tooth infection can spread to other teeth or it can travel through your bloodstream or sinus to the rest of your body. Don’t ever leave an infected tooth in your mouth and remove bad teeth as soon as possible.

Trauma

Sometimes you lose a tooth because it’s so badly damaged that your dentist can no longer restore the tooth. This could happen as a result of breaking a tooth during a bad accident. It can also occur when a tooth with a crown breaks off right at the gumline. Regardless of how your tooth breaks, if there’s not enough tooth structure to restore your tooth then it must be removed.

Wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth, also called 3rd molars, are located all the way in the back of your mouth. Some people don’t have any wisdom teeth in their mouth. Others have 1, 2, 3, or 4 wisdom teeth in their mouth. Some even have more than 4 wisdom teeth. If you have wisdom teeth in your mouth, then there’s a good chance that there might not be enough room for them in your mouth and you have to remove them. Talk to your dentist to evaluate the condition of your wisdom teeth to see if you need to have yours removed or not.

Orthodontic treatment

Sometimes we remove teeth as part of orthodontic treatment. This usually is the case when you have crowded teeth and need to create additional room to straighten your smile. As a result, you may have to remove one or more permanent teeth to make room for your remaining teeth. Removing these teeth allows your dentist to correct your bite properly. It also significantly reduces the likelihood of suffering from orthodontic relapse. 

Do all wisdom teeth need to be removed?

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No. Some patients need to remove their wisdom teeth, others get to keep them. It all depends on whether or not there’s enough room for your wisdom teeth in your jaws. Most wisdom teeth that are trapped in your jawbone need to be removed. We refer to this as impacted wisdom teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, cheek biting, even teeth crowding. The sooner your remove your impacted wisdom teeth, the less pain and complications you will suffer from.

What happens if you don’t remove your wisdom teeth?

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. However, if you’re having problems with your wisdom teeth, then you remove them as soon as possible. Wisdom teeth that don’t fit in your mouth can cause numerous issues. They can impact both your oral health as well as your overall well-being. Here are some complications caused by untreated wisdom teeth:

Pain and discomfort

Wisdom teeth usually cause severe pain when they start pushing their way out. This starts happening when you’re in your late teens or early twenties. If there isn’t enough room for your wisdom teeth to erupt, they cause repeated episodes of pain and swelling. The sooner you address these problematic wisdom teeth, the less you will suffer!

Teeth crowding

As your wisdom teeth push their way out, they cause other teeth to move as well. This leads to teeth crowing if there isn’t enough room to accommodate your wisdom teeth in your jaws. As a result, your other teeth start to shift and they become crooked. Removing your wisdom teeth early in life helps prevent these types of teeth crowding situations.

Head and neck pain

Impacted wisdom teeth can also be responsible for TMJ pain, headaches, and sinus-related complications. Removing your wisdom teeth can relieve the excessive pressure from your jaw joints and sinuses. This may reduce or eliminate your head and neck related complications.

Damage to neighboring teeth

If your wisdom tooth is sitting at a bad angle it can create a hole on the adjacent tooth. This eventually causes a cavity on the neighboring tooth, which is your 2nd molar. If left untreated, your 2nd molar becomes infected. This means that you could end up losing both your wisdom tooth and your 2nd molar as a result of neglecting your impacted wisdom tooth!

Bone grafting following tooth extraction

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Bone graft is applied after removing a tooth to fill in the tooth extraction socket. Once you remove a tooth you’re left with a large empty extraction socket. This extraction socket needs to fill up with bone tissue in order to heal properly. Adding bone graft assists your body with the post-extraction healing process. Here are some other benefits of adding bone graft to your tooth extraction site:

More predictable healing

Adding bone graft to a tooth extraction site significantly improves the healing process. Extracted teeth leave a large hole in your jaws. Bone graft fills this void and assists your body with the healing process. This is because bone graft creates a scaffold for better infiltration of blood cells. This causes your tooth extraction socket to heal faster and more predictably.

Reduced complications

Placing a bone graft also reduces your chances of developing a dry socket. Dry socket occurs whenever your body fails to deposit enough bone particles into a tooth extraction site. Unfortunately, dry sockets are very painful. Plus, they typically take a few weeks before they resolve themselves. Adding bone grafting material at the time of surgery assists your body in generating more bone. This significantly reduces your chances of developing a painful dry socket after oral surgery.

Superior jawbone preservation

If you’re planning on replacing your missing tooth with a dental implant then placing a bone graft is a must. Bone grafts preserve your tooth extraction socket for future implant placement. Without a bone graft, your jawbone might collapse and you won’t have enough bone to place a dental implant. 

How do I remove my tooth?

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Removing bad teeth goes far beyond eliminating pain and discomfort. Having infected teeth in your mouth can compromise your overall health. Infected teeth can be responsible for unexplained headaches, recurring sinus infections, digestive issues, and many other serious medical problems. Since not all dental infections are painful, you may not even be aware that there’s an infection in your mouth. Be sure to visit your dentist if you suspect that you have an infected tooth or any other reason that you may need a tooth pulled.

If you currently don’t have a dentist, you can use our dentist Search Engine to find a great dentist. Search nearby dentists and look for one who offers tooth extraction as a service. You can look through the dentist’s profile to learn more about your future dentist. Read their reviews, view their treatment photos, book your appointment online, and even shop for deals on their Even28 Online Store. Now let’s find a great dentist so that you don’t have to postpone essential dental work any longer. And before we forget, good luck with your tooth extraction!

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Root canal treatment

Root canal treatment is a procedure that removes infection from your tooth nerves. Receiving a root canal treatment eliminates pain, removes the infection, and allows you to keep your tooth. Once your tooth nerve has been infected, it can no longer be saved with a filling or crown. You must perform a root canal procedure to save infected teeth or you have to remove the tooth from your mouth. Performing a root canal treatment allows you to keep your damaged tooth while eliminating pain and infection at the same time.

When do you need a root canal treatment?

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Root canal treatment is performed to save teeth that have an infection. Whenever cavities cause your tooth to become infected, you require a root canal treatment. Dental infections start off when bacteria find a way to penetrate your tooth. If you don’t fix these teeth on time, the bacteria continue to penetrate deeper into your tooth. Eventually, bacteria reach your tooth nerve and your tooth becomes infected. The only way to save these infected teeth is with a root canal treatment. Otherwise, you must remove the tooth from your mouth. Here are a few examples of cases where your tooth requires a root canal treatment:

Infection

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Teeth become infected once cavity bugs enter the tooth nerve. Infected teeth are very sensitive to hot and cold. They cause a lingering, long-lasting, throbbing type of pain. Additionally, infected teeth are a cesspool of harmful bacteria. This harmful bacteria spreads to your other teeth as well as the rest of your body through the bloodstreams. Performing a root canal treatment eliminates this infection and allows you to save your tooth at the same time.

Trauma

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You may also require a root canal treatment when crack or fracture your tooth. If you break your tooth deep enough where the nerve gets damaged, you will need a root canal treatment. Performing a root canal treatment allows your dentist to restore your tooth without causing a toothache.

Elective root canal treatment

There are even instances where your tooth requires an elective root canal procedure. An example of this is when an existing cavity is too close to your tooth nerve. Filing teeth with deep cavities is risky and you may develop an infection or toothache after filling these teeth. An elective root canal treatment would avoid these types of complications. Elective root canal treatments are also commonly performed during full mouth reconstruction. By performing a root canal treatment on high-risk teeth your dentist prevents future infections and complications from occurring.

Root canal treatment for baby teeth

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Root canal treatment for baby teeth is known as pulpotomy. Its purpose is to remove the infection from baby teeth while allowing children to keep their baby teeth. Losing baby teeth can have serious consequences. It affects your child’s speech, confidence, and leads to orthodontic problems. Performing a puplotomy allows your child to keep their infected teeth until the adult teeth erupt. Luckily,  puplotomy is also a much simpler procedure than a root canal treatment for adult teeth. Look for a dentist who specializes in children or a pediatric dentist to learn more about pulpotomies.

Are teeth in need of a root canal always painful?

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It may be true that most root canal infections cause some level of pain and discomfort. However, there are some instances where a root canal infection is not painful at all. This means that you may have an infected tooth but not feel much or any pain from the bad tooth. Nevertheless, all infected teeth must be treated with either a root canal treatment or you must remove the tooth. Leaving an infected tooth in your mouth has some serious consequences. It could harm your other teeth, and the infection can spread to the rest of your body through the bloodstream. Here are some examples of cases where an infected tooth may not be painful but it still requires a root canal treatment:

Long-standing infections

Teeth with chronic infections develop resistance to pain over time. In other words, if you neglect to fix your infected tooth it could eventually stop hurting. Unfortunately, this does not mean that the infection has gone away. An infected tooth never fixes itself and continues to remain infected until treated by your dentist. This is why it’s never a good idea to ignore your infected or painful teeth. You must see a dentist to either receive a root canal treatment or remove these infected teeth from your mouth.

Teeth with clogged nerve canals

It’s not unusual for your teeth to develop clogged nerve canals as you continue to age. Clogged nerve canals make your teeth develop resistance to pain. As a result, you may develop a tooth infection without showing painful symptoms. Teeth with clogged nerve canals are much more common among the elderly population. The same way that your blood vessels clog up, your teeth nerve canals also get clogged. This explains why seniors don’t experience as much pain when they have an infected tooth. Regardless of your age or level of pain, an infected tooth must be treated. You either need a root canal treatment or your must remove the infected tooth from your mouth.

What is a typical root canal procedure like?

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Root canal procedure is much more complex than a simple filling. Removing your tooth nerve, disinfecting the tooth, and filling the canals, is a time-consuming process. Here are the steps involved in a typical root canal procedure:

Removing and disinfecting the tooth nerve

Like most other dental procedures, your root canal treatment starts off by numbing the infected tooth. It usually takes several shots to numb you up. Your dentist may also isolate your tooth, using a device known as a rubber dam, for better access and moisture control. Next, your dentist starts to remove infected tooth tissue. Cleaning out your tooth infection is a gradual process and does take some time. Your dentist also applies disinfectants and other medications to make sure that they have killed all offending bacteria inside your tooth nerves.

Filling the tooth nerves

Once your tooth has been properly disinfected it’s time to fill up the nerve canals. Without filling the nerve canals bacteria can easily recultivate your tooth. Your dentist places a neutral filling, known as Gutta Percha, to fill up your disinfected nerve canals. Gutta Percha seals off bacteria and prevents recurring infections from occurring. Once the Gutta Percha has been applied, your tooth is now sealed off and your root canal treatment is complete. Keep in mind, you still need to follow-up with your dentist to place a filling or crown and restore the tooth.

Is a root canal treatment the best way to fix infected teeth?

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Most dentists agree that it’s best to save your own teeth whenever possible. Teeth with a successful root canal treatment have an excellent long-term prognosis. These teeth usually last for several decades, sometimes even a lifetime. Of course, there are occasions where saving a tooth with a root canal is simply not worth it, for instance:

  • The infection is very extensive and wide-spread
  • If you don’t have enough tooth structure to restore your tooth
  • When there are way too many infected teeth in your mouth
  • When you’re suffering from end-stage periodontal disease
  • If you simply haven’t had much luck with previous root canal treatments or if you’re not a believer in root canals

In these circumstances, it’s best to remove your tooth instead of trying to save it with a root canal treatment. Consider removing your tooth and replacing it with a dental implant instead. Deciding between a root canal or dental implant can oftentimes be tricky. There are many factors you need to take into consideration when deciding between the two. Ultimately, only you and your dentist can decide which treatment option is best for you. Talk to your dentist and do your research to make sure that you’re getting the right treatment for your needs.

Finding a dentist for root canal treatment

If you have an infected tooth, you need to find a local dentist to fix your tooth with a root canal as soon as possible. Note that not all dentists perform their own root canal treatment. Be sure to find one that actually performs his or her own root canals or find a root canal specialist (known as an endodontist). You can use our dentist Search Engine to find a dentist who performs root canal treatments near you. View their profile to learn more about them. Read their reviews, look through their treatment photos, even book your appointment conveniently online. Don’t forget, infected teeth never automatically fix themselves and remain infected until your dentist fixes them. The sooner you rid yourself of infection, the less pain and side-effects you will suffer from.

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Dental crowns

A crown is a cover designed by your dentist to restore grossly damaged teeth back to their original shape. Crowns protect your teeth against cavity bugs and traumatic bite forces. Placing a crown restores your damaged teeth back to their original format. Crowns restore the shape and function of your teeth. They save your damaged teeth so that you can continue using them for many more years to come.

When does a tooth need a crown?

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Your teeth need a crown whenever a simple filling is no longer enough to save your teeth. You can fix small to medium-sized cavities with a simple dental filling. However, more severely damaged teeth can not be restored with a filling. Placing a filling on a severely damaged tooth leaves it susceptible to further damage. You may break your tooth, develop further cavities, or even become infected. These badly damaged teeth require a crown instead of a filling. Here are a few examples of when  your tooth is likely to require a crown:

Severely damaged teeth

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Teeth with large cavities, deep cracks, or deep fractures typically require a crown. Large fillings can’t protect your teeth against heavy bite forces the way crowns do. Additionally, larger fillings don’t create a proper seal around these teeth, which causes bacteria to contaminate your tooth. Placing a crown on your tooth protects them against heavy bite forces and recurring cavities.

Restoring teeth with root canals

Teeth that have received a root canal almost always require a crown. During root canal therapy your dentist removes substantial tooth structure. This significantly weakens your tooth and puts it at risk of fracture. Placing a crown on root canal treated teeth helps strengthen and restore your tooth back to its original format.

Cosmetic crowns

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Dentists frequently use crowns in cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile. There are plenty of ways you can use crowns for cosmetic purposes:

  • Cosmetic crowns are used to fix chipped and worn down teeth
  • You can place a crown on discolored teeth to help match their colors
  • You can close small gaps between teeth by placing crowns on them
  • By placing crowns on multiple front teeth you can improve your smile and at the same time straighten your crooked teeth without the need for orthodontic treatment

Cosmetic crowns are made from a special type of ceramic. This ceramic closely resembles your tooth shape and color. Plus, they are extremely durable and can withstand your bite forces. It’s nearly impossible to tell a well-made ceramic crown apart from your natural teeth.

Pediatric crowns

Believe it or not, crowns aren’t just used just to restore adult teeth. Sometimes even children’s teeth require a crown. Ever noticed kids who have metal teeth in their mouths? These are stainless-steel crowns placed to protect their baby teeth. Losing your baby teeth too early in life can lead to extensive orthodontic problems. By placing a crown on baby teeth you can save these teeth and preserve the space needed for adult teeth to erupt correctly. Plus, placing crowns allows your child to continue talking and chewing comfortably without having to adapt to the missing space.

What are dental crowns made from?

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You can make dental crowns from gold alloys, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or ceramic. Here’s what you need to know about each type of crown:

Gold crowns

Since gold is very sturdy and malleable, it makes an excellent choice for fabricating dental crowns. Gold crowns are very durable and they rarely require a do-over. Despite its many advantages, gold has fallen off in popularity in dentistry over the past few decades. This is in part due to the high cost of gold as well as the patient’s increased preference for natural-looking alternatives.

Porcelain-fused-to-metal (PFM) crowns

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Porcelain-fused-to-metal crowns, abbreviated PFM, consist of an inner metal layer with an outer porcelain layer. The metal provides strength against bite forces while the porcelain gives your crown a natural-looking appearance. PFM crowns are capable of restoring both front and back teeth with equally beautiful results.

Ceramic crowns

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Ceramic crowns are sturdy, metal-free, and very natural-looking. Since ceramic is stronger than porcelain, it can handle your full bite forces without needing a metal substrate. As a result, ceramic crowns don’t have any metal on the inside the way PFM crowns do. This makes ceramic crowns more aesthetically appealing than their PFM counterpart. Ceramic crowns age very well and they maintain their natural appearance for many years to come.

What is the best type of crown?

Currently, ceramic crowns are considered to be the material of choice for most cosmetic crowns. Here are some of the reasons why ceramic is the preferred material for fabricating dental crowns:

Natural appearance

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Ceramic crowns look virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth. In contrast, PFM crowns don’t always look identical to your natural teeth. PFM crowns have an inner metal layer that reflects light differently than natural teeth do. As a result, teeth with PFM crowns tend to look dimmer with a fake-looking appearance. Replacing your older PFM crowns with new ceramic crowns can enhance your smile and make it more beautiful than it already is!

Resistant to fracture

Ceramic crowns are stronger than PFM crowns. Since ceramic crowns are one piece, they are less likely to fracture under chewing pressure. PFM crowns are more likely to fracture over time as the porcelain starts to strip off from its metal substrate. If you’re a heavy tooth grinder or have heavy bite forces, you should highly consider going with a sturdy ceramic crown instead of a PFM crown.

Durability

Ceramic crowns age well and they maintain their appearance over the years. On the other hand, PFM crowns usually lose their initial appeal over time. As your gums recede, the inner metal layer starts to become exposed. This creates a purplish-bluish line where your PFM crown meets your gums. Therefore, ceramic crowns give you a much more attractive smile as compared to PFM crowns, especially when restoring your front teeth.

Maintenance

A final advantage of ceramic crowns is that they are easier to clean. Since PFM crowns are made from two materials, they are thicker at the margins. This causes PFM crowns to trap more bacteria and cause bleeding around your teeth. Ceramic crowns create a better seal around your teeth and are easier to maintain.

Your dentist will examine your mouth and help you decide which type of crown material is most suitable for your needs. Keep in mind that PFM crowns are still considered an excellent restorative option with plenty of implications in dentistry. PFM crowns are durable, natural-looking, and they work well for most patients. However, if you’re placing crowns in a highly aesthetic area or have other special functional demands, you might be better off going with a ceramic crown instead of a PFM crown.

Ceramic crowns come in a variety of different ceramics. These include e-max crowns, bruxzir crowns, and Lava crowns. Each type of ceramic has a different purpose. For example, e-max crowns are layered which makes them look very natural-looking. These types of crowns are a great choice for restoring your front teeth. On the other hand, bruxzir crowns are extremely sturdy and they almost never break. These are the ideal choice for patients with heavy bite forces or severe teeth grinding habits.

What is the process for receiving a crown?

Preparing teeth for a crown is a two-step process, which are:

Tooth preparation

Like most other dental visits, your crown preparation appointment starts off by numbing your mouth. Once numb, your dentist will trim your tooth down to prepare it for a crown. Your dentist will remove any decay, existing filling, and other damaged tooth structure. Then they take scans or impressions of your prepared tooth. This allows your dentist to communicate the dimensions of your tooth.

Crown delivery

You will receive your final crown when it is ready. Some dentists use a CAD/CAM machine to make your crown in one day. Others send them out to a laboratory and deliver your crown within one to two weeks. Luckily, there are no needles involved with this appointment. Your dentist will try in your new crown. They will check your bite, evaluate your tooth contacts, and verify the color and shape of your new crown. Your dentist will cement your crown using a strong glue and your crown procedure is now complete. Be sure to follow your dentist’s instructions and avoid eating on that tooth until the cement has settled.

Dental crowns for your teeth

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