Dental implants Central Falls

Dental Implants: Making Them Last a Lifetime

If you have recently had dental implants placed, you will certainly want to protect your investment with the proper care and maintenance. Dental implants can last for decades with just a little extra effort on your part.

To ensure your implants retain their function for a lifetime, follow these simple guidelines:

  • Brush and floss thoroughly at least twice a day to avoid periodontal disease. Although the implant will not decay, an accumulation of plaque can lead to infection that is a common cause of implant failure.
  • Ask your dentist if there are any special oral care products recommended. Special toothbrushes or oral irrigation systems can help to better remove plaque and other debris from the implant area.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of dental cleanings and checkups to detect any problems that may be of concern before they can affect your dental implants. For the first year after implant placement, you can expect to visit your dentist about every three months. After the first year, you should return for examinations every six months for the life of your implants.
  • To prevent damaging your restoration, refrain from exerting extreme pressure on the implant area. Avoid eating hard foods that could also damage the implant.
  • If you suffer from teeth clenching or grinding, consult with your dentist about being fitted for a night guard to prevent issues these habits can cause for your implants.
  • Wear a protective mouth guard when playing contact sports.

Your dentist should provide you with specific aftercare instructions to follow immediately after implant placement. By taking excellent care of your dental implants and restorations, you will reap the rewards of a lifetime of excellent oral health and function.

Cosmetic Dentistry Not Just for Women

Professionally and personally, men have just as many reasons as women do to look their best. Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. Having a vibrant, white smile can create a perception of self-assurance, intelligence, and warmth. Men who have cosmetic dental enhancements can enjoy the benefits of looking younger and feeling more confident.

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What is Family Dentistry?

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You might wonder what the difference is between general dentistry and family dentistry. They are quite similar but have a few key distinctions. Finding the right dental health professional for you and your family is very important, and maintaining checkups and treatment is part of the process.

One major element of family dentistry is that these professionals accepts patients of all ages, from babies to senior adults. Every member of your family can visit the same office and receive consistent quality care that you expect from your chosen dentist. Each age group has unique needs that can be addressed by a family dentist who is trained and experienced in handling those concerns.

Family dentists provide treatment to both repair existing problems. Diagnosing oral health issues and then performing procedures such as fillings are common parts of the job. Your family dentist may recommend that some services be treated by a specialist, like oral surgeons for dental implants, endodontists for root canal therapy, or orthodontists for braces. However some family dentists perform those types of procedures, so it depends your service provider.

Family dentists also perform treatments to help avoid future oral health problems. Things like cleanings, fluoride treatments, and sealant application are all routine tasks. It is vital to schedule dental checkups every six months to catch and treat problems before they have a chance to advance. Some offices provide teeth whitening, and all family dentists are well-versed in training your family members in the best techniques for home dental hygiene.

To increase the likelihood of you and your loved ones keeping appointments, choose a family dentist with a convenient office location. Also, find a practice that is comfortable and appealing to family members. Younger children may benefit from distraction items such as television or video games. If dental anxiety is an issue for anyone, a practice that offers sedation dentistry may be a good choice.

Ask coworkers, friends, and neighbors for recommendations for a good family dentist in your area. Visit the practice to ensure it is right for you, and then make and keep appointments for everyone in your family.

 

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Root Canal Therapy Myths

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Have you been told that you may need a root canal treatment? Are you worried because of things you’ve heard in the media about how “awful” a root canal is? Don’t worry about what you’ve heard; endodontic therapy isn’t at all what you’d think. Let’s debunk some myths!

  • Myth #1: Root canal treatment is very painful. This isn’t true! In fact, a root canal treatment is performed specifically to relieve a patient’s pain, not to cause more. After a root canal treatment, you might feel some tenderness, but the pain you felt when the damaged tissue and infection was still inside the tooth will be completely gone. Once the swelling from the procedure has gone down, you will be able to use your new tooth exactly the way you could use your natural tooth when it was completely healthy.
  • Myth #2: Root canal therapy or other endodontic work can lead to disease elsewhere in the body. Another falsehood! Root canal treatments don’t spread disease to the rest of the body, rather, they remove infected tissue and bacteria from the body, preventing the affected tooth from becoming re-infected.
  • Myth #3: Extraction is better than root canal treatment. Extraction is not preferred to root canal treatment! Whenever possible, it’s preferred to keep your natural tooth. Your natural tooth’s roots stimulate and preserve the bone of your jaw, as well as providing adequate support to the surrounding teeth. Dental implants or dental bridges can be problematic, both in function and in dietary restrictions. In fact, an extraction can lead to several prolonged appointments to perform replacement procedures, treatments that are far more involved than a root canal treatment.

Endodontic treatment is an extremely common dental procedure that can provide durable, long-lasting restorations that will function as your natural tooth did. If you believe you may need a root canal treatment, talk to your endodontist or dentist today to see how this successfully proven treatment can help you and your smile needs.

 

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Keeping Your Smile Makeover Fresh and Fabulous

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You finally have the smile of your dreams, so you want to make sure you take proper care of your bright new smile to keep it looking as fantastic as it makes you feel. Your cosmetic dental treatments and restorations can continue to look their best for many years with just a few dental health care tips and tricks:

  • Use a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste to avoid scratching and dulling the surface of your restorations. Just as you would with regular oral care, brush and floss two to three times per day immediately after meals, if possible.
  • Avoid mouthwashes that contain alcohol which can damage fillings and deteriorate the bond between crowns and veneers.
  • Limit between meal snacks and foods that are high in sugar that can promote decay and the development of cavities.
  • Refrain from eating and drinking foods and beverages such as tea, wine, coffee, and berries that are notorious for staining the surface of teeth.
  • Avoid chewing or biting on hard objects such as fingernails, pens or bottle caps.
  • Wear a mouth guard when playing contact or combat sports.
  • If you grind your teeth while sleeping, wear a night guard to avoid damage to your teeth or restorations.
  • Maintain a regular schedule of bi-annual dental checkups and cleanings.

Although they will eventually need to be repeated or replaced, many cosmetic treatments and restorations can last as long as ten to fifteen years. With excellent care and attention, you can extend the life of your smile makeover and keep it looking fresh and fabulous for years. Take the time to take care of your smile, and it will reward you with years of beautiful smiles in return.

 

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Reasons to Visit a Cosmetic Dentist

summer-smileYou may have heard of cosmetic dentistry, but are unsure of how that branch of dentistry can help you. There are many reasons to visit a cosmetic dentist! Just about anyone who is embarrassed or unhappy about their smile can find options for improvement through a cosmetic dentist. A wide variety of procedures and treatments are available for a long list of things that you may dislike about your smile.

Restored smile
Cosmetic dentists can restore the appearance and function of your smile. Gaps, crooked teeth, chips, cracks, discoloration and more can be repaired to give you a flawless new look and renewed self-confidence.

Youthful appearance
The older you get, the greater your chances are of problems like lost or yellowed teeth. Gaps in your smile make you look older, and can even change your face shape as it sinks in around the area of tooth loss. Cosmetic procedures can restore your youth through dental procedures.

Whiter teeth
Dull, yellow, stained teeth from years of consuming dark foods or from tobacco use can make your smile unsightly. There’s no need to hide your smile, because professional teeth whitening is available through cosmetic dentists. It can dramatically improve your appearance in only an hour’s time.

Fresh breath
Various dental issues can contribute to stinky mouth odor. Cosmetic dentistry helps take care of oral health problems to give you a better chance at fresh breath.

Healthier gums
Irritated, swollen, or bleeding gums are both painful and unsightly. Poor dental hygiene or even brushing with excessive pressure can promote gum problems. Cosmetic dentists can diagnose gum issues and help restore them to a healthier condition.

 

Dr. Frias is a cosmetic dentist in Central Falls, RI. Contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Whitening Your Teeth at Home

Man-in-love-with-womanIf you have to think twice about smiling because you’re embarrassed about your yellowed teeth, then it’s time to do something about it. You might consider having your teeth professionally whitened for quick and effective results, but first you may want to try whitening your smile at home with these natural methods.

Hydrogen peroxide
Most teeth whitening products you find on store shelves contain hydrogen peroxide. The liquid creates bubbles on your tooth enamel that helps remove stains. The higher the concentration of peroxide and the longer you leave it on, the whiter your teeth will become. However, be careful because too much contact can lead to tooth sensitivity. Some people enhance the whitening properties of hydrogen peroxide by mixing it with baking soda to form a paste to put on the teeth.

Strawberries
Regularly using strawberries on your teeth can whiten them. Just cut them in half and rub them on your teeth, allowing the juice to penetrate. After a while of using this technique, you should notice your teeth becoming brighter.

Lemon or orange peels
Rubbing the peels of lemons or oranges against your teeth and leaving the residue on for a few minutes can whiten your smile. Be sure to rinse your mouth afterwards. Don’t leave the peel extracts on your teeth for too long because the acidic content may eventually harm your tooth enamel.

Apple cider vinegar
Stubborn stains like those from coffee or smoking can be especially hard to eliminate. Rubbing apple cider vinegar on your teeth is one way to combat persistent stains. Apply it for no more than ten minutes and then rinse your mouth, because you don’t want to damage your tooth enamel. It take one to two months of consistent daily use to achieve a whiter smile.

Brush immediately
The most well-known way to maintain a white smile is to brush your teeth after every meal, as well as after drinking a dark colored beverage. This helps get rid of stains and prevent new ones from forming.

 

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Dental Veneers: The Basics

smile-3If you are looking to enhance the position, shape or color of your teeth, dental veneers are something to consider. These thin porcelain shells are bonded to the fronts of your teeth to hide problems underneath. Issues like chips, cracks, gaps, discoloration and more disappear beneath the flawless porcelain veneers. These restorations typically last for many years, bringing you the brand new beautiful smile you always wanted.

Dental veneers have many benefits for patients:

  • They look very natural and others can’t even tell you had any work done.
  • You can select the color of the porcelain for your veneers, giving you a way to brighten your smile in exactly the shade you’d like.
  • Veneers don’t affect the foundation of your teeth or gums.
  • Porcelain resists stains so you no longer have to worry about discoloration.
  • Other than avoiding certain extremely hard objects, you don’t have to change your diet.
  • Maintenance is simple with just continuing your normal brushing and flossing routine.

 

Like most things, there are a few disadvantages to consider with veneers:

  • The process is not reversible. Once you have veneers, you’ll need to have them your whole life.
  • Veneers can’t be repaired if they crack or chip, although the risk is low for this type of problem. But if it happens, you’ll need new veneers.
  • Some of your tooth enamel must be removed during application, which makes some patients more sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks.
  • You must avoid chewing very hard items like ice or biting objects like pencils or fingernails, or else you’ll risk breaking your veneers.

Dental veneers can provide an amazing boost to your smile and your self-confidence. If this type of restoration interests you, contact Central Falls, RI dentist Dr. Frias today.

What Type of Teeth Whitening Treatment Should You Choose?

cosmetic-dentist-smileAre you tired of your dark, dingy smile? Have you decided it’s time to brighten up your pearly whites? Teeth whitening is one of the most popular cosmetic dental treatments to quickly and effectively improve the quality of your smile. However, there are many whitening options offered, and you may be confused about which type of whitening treatment will best help you achieve the look you desire. Whether you are deciding between at-home whitening treatments or professional teeth whitening, there are some things to consider when exploring your options:

How quickly would you like to see results? If you are planning for a special event such as a wedding or trip, professional teeth whitening will offer quicker results than at-home treatment. With professional whitening, your dentist may be able to whiten your teeth up to ten shades in as little as one visit.

Are your teeth highly sensitive? With professional whitening treatment, your dentist can take extra precautions to avoid over-exposing your teeth and gums to bleaching gels, which may be harder to do with at-home treatments.

Are you committed to your whitening treatment? If you are diligent and follow instructions, at-home treatment can be highly effective. However, if you neglect to wear the trays as directed or to follow whitening treatment instructions, you results will be diminished. If you are stretched for time, or forgetful, professional whitening treatment may be the best option to achieve optimal results.

How severely are your teeth stained? Teeth with heavy discoloration may benefit the most and show the greatest improvement with more intense professional in-office treatments.

Talk to your dentist about whitening treatment options to find out more about what procedures would best suit your needs. Regardless of which type of whitening treatment you select, with diligent treatment and proper care, you are sure to enjoy the benefits of a whiter and healthier looking smile.

 

If you live in the Central Falls, RI area, contact our office today to see if teeth whitening is right for you.

An Overview of Root Canal Treatment

rootcanalSometimes a tooth is so severely damaged that the only way to save it is with root canal treatment. There is no reason to turn and run if your dentist advises this procedure. The treatment has advanced to the point that it’s often compared to getting a filling. There are certain steps that will be performed as part of nearly every root canal procedure.

Preparation
X-rays may be taken as part of the diagnosis process or to determine the extent of damage. Once the dentist is ready to begin treatment, a local anesthetic will be used to numb the area throughout the procedure.

Pulp removal
A rubber dam will be placed around the tooth to separate the area from the rest of the mouth, and to keep it dry from saliva. The tooth will be opened, often using a small dental drill, to gain access to the pulp inside the tooth. The damaged pulp will be removed, and if there is an abscess it will be drained.

Cleaning and filling
After the pulp is eliminated, the dentist will thoroughly clean the area. The root canal will be widened if needed to create an adequate space for the filling. Depending on the extent of the damage, this step of the process can take up to several hours to complete or it can be spread over more than one visit. A temporary filling is sometimes used to seal the area between visits. If infection is present, the dentist may prescribe antibiotics.

Sealing
The temporary filling will be removed and the permanent filling placed to fully seal the tooth and prevent future infection. If the tooth has been filled at the root, the risk of breaking is higher so a crown may be recommended for protection.

Crown placement
Crowns help prevent further damage or fracturing. If needed, the tooth will be reduced somewhat to allow space for the crown. It will be held in place securely with dental cement.

Recovery
After root canal treatment, the tooth should survive for many years. The procedure may be repeated if re-infection occurs.

 

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Boost Your Teeth Whitening Results

shutterstock_146431544Many people are turning to teeth whitening to quickly and easily improve the appearance of their smiles. Professional teeth whitening can offer dramatic results in a short amount of time. If you are considering teeth whitening to beautify your dingy smile, there are some recommendations you can follow to help boost your results and ensure your teeth come out their whitest:

  • Have any existing dental issues treated before undergoing whitening to avoid complications or side effects.
  • Consult with your dentist to determine the cause of your tooth discoloration or darkening. Some kinds of intrinsic stains are resistant to whitening treatments.
  • Have your teeth professionally cleaned to remove plaque and tarter prior to your whitening treatment.
  • Use a desensitizing toothpaste for a few weeks prior to your whitening appointment to control the sensitivity that can result from whitening agents.
  • Refrain from eating or drinking anything but water for at least one hour after leaving your whitening appointment.
  • Avoid food and beverages that are pigment-rich and known to cause staining for a minimum of 24 hours after whitening treatment.
  • Keep any follow-up appointments recommended by your dentist.
  • Maintain proper home oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly.
  • Use a straw when drinking dark liquids, and rinse your mouth thoroughly with water after ingesting staining foods or beverages.

Professional teeth whitening at our Central Falls, RI dental office can brighten your teeth up to ten shades in as little as one dental visit. By properly preparing for your whitening treatment and with vigilant aftercare you can enjoy the dramatic results of a bright, white smile.

What Can a Cosmetic Dentist Do For You?

shutterstock_112543574Most people are not born with a perfect appearance. Some people turn to cosmetic surgery to correct or enhance the things they find unappealing about their looks. However, if cosmetic surgery is not on your agenda, cosmetic dentistry offers many procedures and treatments to quickly and successfully improve your appearance. Because your smile is usually the first impression you make on the world, fixing stains, cracks, gaps, and other imperfections can make a dramatic impact.

While many cosmetic dental procedures can be performed by your general dentist, a cosmetic dentist has a distinct advantage when you are seeking to improve your smile.
A cosmetic dentist makes it their business to have extensive knowledge and training in the treatments specific to improving the appearance of your teeth. Just a few of the procedures and treatments provided by a qualified cosmetic dentist include:

  • Dental implants
  • Dental crowns
  • Dental bridges
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Teeth straightening
  • Composite bonding
  • Teeth whitening
  • Dentures

In cooperation with a qualified cosmetic dentist, you can elect to have one or a combination of cosmetic dental treatments to perfect your smile. You may just need whitening to brighten and beautify your discolored teeth, or you may need whitening as well as bonding for gapped or chipped teeth. You may even need clear braces or veneers to straighten a crooked smile. A cosmetic dentist will have the knowledge to coordinate treatments to achieve the desired result with the least amount of time, discomfort, and complications. With the help of an experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist, you can improve not only your smile but the overall appearance you present to the world.

 

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Are Your Teeth Holding You Back? Get a Smile Makeover!

shutterstock_121062757Our smiles can be what people notice first about us; before our words, before our actions, before it all comes our smile. If your smile is less than its best, it can be holding you back personally and professionally. Minor tooth problems might not be an issue, but major ones, especially front teeth that are missing or gapped, can be the source of many missed opportunities.

Personally, if you have a mouth full of decayed teeth, you’re likely to have bad breath, and your mouth might taste bad. This can get in the way of intimacy, even with those with whom you are very close. Even if you are able to overcome your own confidence issues to try to be close to someone, the reality of your oral condition might make that closeness unpleasant, leading to relationship troubles.

Poor oral hygiene can also lead to missed professional opportunities. No company wants someone to represent them in the public sphere with very poor teeth. It sends a message about your socioeconomic situation and your education level that could be entirely untrue, but is still transmitted to those you meet. Poor teeth can be at the root of being passed over for promotions, travel opportunities or other advancement options at your workplace.

If you feel you aren’t reaching your personal or professional potential, talk to your cosmetic dentist today. See what a smile makeover at our Central Fall RI dentists office can do for you to make your life better. Feel good about yourself again; get the smile you’ve always wanted.

The Facts about Dental Implants

dental-implants-1Missing teeth can make you feel self-conscious and compromise your oral health. With an incomplete smile, remaining teeth may shift, other teeth may be lost, and your diet may suffer. Dental implants can restore the health and appearance of your smile. Designed to look and function like your real teeth, implants create solid, attractive replacement teeth.

If you don’t know much about dental implants, dispelling certain myths and providing these facts should help you make an informed decision.

Myth: Dental implant surgery is painful
Fact: While no surgical procedure is enjoyable, your dentist will administer sedation designed to keep you comfortable during the procedure. After surgery, your doctor can recommend the right medications to ease your pain.

Myth: Dental implants have a high failure rate
Fact: Actually, the opposite is true. With proper care, dental implants have a 95 to 98 percent success rates

Myth: Implants require extra care
Fact:  One of the best features with implants is the fact that you treat them like your natural teeth. Brush twice a day, floss regularly, and see your dentist for checkups.

Myth: Older patients aren’t good candidates for implants
Fact: Age alone isn’t the deciding factor. For successful implant therapy, you need good oral health and solid bone structure to hold the posts. If you don’t have adequate bone tissue, bone grafting maybe an option.

Myth: Any dentist can place dental implants
Fact: While most dentists can complete the restoration of implants, which involves placing permanent crowns on the posts, the implant surgery to position the posts in your jaw requires special training. Make sure you find a dentist or specialist who has extensive experience with implant placement.

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Why You Should Brush Twice a Day

brushThough your dentist often reminds you about the need to brush in the morning and at night, most people may not understand the significance. Brushing twice a day is an important part of maintaining good oral health. Consider these reasons to keep up your brushing habits:

  • Fluoride protection

One of the best ways to prevent cavities is fluoride. When you brush before bed, you apply a layer of fluoride on your teeth, which is the first line of defense while you sleep. In the morning, brushing right away helps strengthen that protection.

  • Removal of bacteria

Your mouth contains harmful bacteria that produce plaque and weaken enamel. If you only brush once a day, these bacteria have 24 hours to wreak havoc on your teeth and gums, but twice-daily brushing cuts that time in half.

  • Prevention of tartar build up

When plaque hardens, it becomes tartar. The only way to remove tartar once it forms is with a professional cleaning. By brushing twice a day, you can remove plaque before it can calcify and cause oral health problems like gum disease and tooth decay.

  • Protection of gums

Frequent brushing helps stimulate gums and keep them healthy. If you don’t take good care of your gums, you risk developing periodontal disease, a serious oral health condition that can result in bone degeneration, receding gums, and tooth loss.

  • Keep breath fresh

Nobody wants bad breath. Brushing twice a day helps remove food particles and the bacteria that can cause halitosis. For optimal freshness, consider brushing your tongue or using a tongue scraper.

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Dental Bridges: Get Over the Gap

bridgesYou no longer have to suffer through the embarrassment or difficulties of having gaps in your smile due to missing teeth. Dentists are able to restore smiles using dental bridges, which replace your missing tooth or teeth in a completely natural looking and comfortable way. If you have gaps in your smile from losing teeth to infection, decay, or trauma, it’s time to learn how to bridge those gaps.

What is a bridge?
A dental bridge does exactly what it conjures up in your mind; it bridges the gap where a tooth or teeth are missing. The bridge consists of two caps (also called crowns) and a false tooth. The bridge is permanently placed next to teeth on both sides of the artificial tooth. Once in place, the bridge allows you to eat, speak, and look as if you have natural teeth.

Are there different kinds?
There are three primary types of bridges:

  • Traditional bridges, made of porcelain, are fixed in place so that they cannot be removed from your mouth.
  • Cantilever bridges are used when there is only one natural tooth next to the gap in your mouth.
  • Maryland bonded bridges, or resin-bonded bridges, are mostly used for missing front teeth. They are ideal when the surrounding teeth are healthy and strong.

How can it benefit me?
In addition to the obvious advantage of making your smile look more attractive, dental bridges can also help you eat more efficiently and comfortably. Your speech will likely improve, and your bite may also be corrected. With proper oral hygiene, bridges help lower your risk of gum disease and prevent teeth from moving into the gaps that were there before. The bridge process itself usually only requires two dental visits, and is less invasive than some other procedures.

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Family Dentistry: Experts in Pediatric Dental Care

family-dds-1It is important for your children to begin proper dental care as soon as their first tooth has erupted. For most kids, this means having a dental checkup before the age of one. While there are dentists who specialize solely in pediatric care, you may be surprised to learn your family dentist is also trained to handle the special considerations necessary when treating children.

A good family dentist should be able to offer the following dental care options to your child:

  • Preventative dental care such as professional cleaning and treatment with fluoride and protective sealants
  • Pediatric oral exams and assessment of dental risk
  • Treatment for dental trauma including broken, loose, or knocked-out teeth
  • Diagnosis and treatment of gum disease, tooth decay, cavities, and other dental defects
  • Identification and treatment of misaligned, misshapen or crooked teeth, and jaw or bite problems

Many family dental practices offer an array of child-friendly amenities including game rooms, TV’s with age-appropriate videos in the exam rooms, and treats for completing a successful visit. Your family dentist can help to educate your child about good oral care in a comfortable, safe environment. As your child ages, there will be no need to switch dentists, because your family dentist can treat your child from infancy to adulthood.

Taking your child to the family dentist also makes scheduling their twice a year exams more convenient. Many family dental practices will see multiple members of your family in the same visit. Having a dentist who knows your family and each member’s history is a big benefit to your entire families’ dental health. As your child approaches the time for their first dental visit, you can rest assured your family dentist will be able to provide excellent oral health care for a lifetime.

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What are the Benefits of Dentures?

dentures3When you think of dentures, if you’re picturing the sometimes frightening contraptions that you recall floating in your grandmother’s water glass, you are in for a nice surprise. Dentures no longer are the painful, bulky, ill-fitting appliances that you might envision. They offer many benefits that will help you regain your smile.

Dentures are removable appliances that are professionally fitted to your mouth to restore your smile when some or all of your teeth are absent. Available in a variety of advanced materials like porcelain, plastic or acrylic, dentures look so much like real teeth that your friends may not even realize they aren’t your natural pearly whites.

You may be a candidate for partial or full dentures depending on how many teeth are missing in your mouth. When some of your real teeth remain in good health, partial dentures stand in for the missing ones and prevent the shifting of your natural teeth. Full dentures are suitable for those who have already lost all of their teeth or need to have them all removed.

To fit your dentures, your dentist will create a wax bite after taking an impression of your upper and lower jaw. This allows an exact model to be made for your mouth that you can try on for fit, shape, and color. Adjustments are done at this stage before the final dentures are completed.

Any side effects like awkward chewing and talking will disappear as you wear the appliance. Eating soft food at first helps. You may produce more saliva than usual and experience minor gum irritation, but those will dissipate. Any pain from your dentures is cause to visit your dentist.

Your appliance requires care and attention so that you don’t break or lose the dentures. Always clean them over a soft cloth so that they aren’t chipped or cracked if you drop them, and use warm water. Use a soft toothbrush or denture brush to remove food debris, and always clean them before replacing them in your mouth. If you remove your dentures overnight, store them in water or a denture solution to maintain their condition.

Dentures are a great solution for restoring smiles. Ask your dentist about how they can benefit you today.

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Common Materials Used in Dental Veneers

dental-crown-1Dental veneers can transform a smile through the application of thin, wafer-like shells that are bonded to the surface of your natural tooth. These wafers can change tooth characteristics such as color, alignment, length or gaps. Dental veneers are available in a wide range of colors and materials, with each material having different strengths and uses.

A great majority of dental veneers are crafted from porcelain (ceramic) or from a tooth-colored composite resin material. Depending on your particular issues, your veneers might be made in a lab by a dental technician or sculpted directly onto your teeth.

Composite resin can be a good choice for correcting small chips, tiny cracks or minor discolorations. Known as “direct veneers,” this composite is applied directly to the natural tooth and is shaped and then hardened and polished. It strongly resembles a natural tooth.

Larger chips, gaps, acute cracking or extremely discolored, worn or dull teeth should be treated with “indirect veneers.” These veneers are made of porcelain, are formed in a laboratory and are applied in a second visit to the dentist. These porcelain veneers are very long-lasting and can improve the shape of a patient’s face and lips.

The majority of dental veneer types require some form of enameloplasty, or removal of a small portion of the enamel of a tooth in order to allow the dental veneer to look natural. This process is not reversible. “No prep” veneers are available to some patients that require the least amount of enamel be removed for application, preserving as much of the natural tooth as possible.

If you would like to know what type of dental veneer material is recommended for you and your smile goals, talk to your cosmetic dentist in Central Falls, RI today.

Porcelain Veneers: Smiling with Confidence

dentistAn embarrassing smile can ruin your ability to smile freely, opting to hide your teeth so that others can’t see them. Dental veneers, thin shells often made of porcelain attached to the fronts of your teeth, transform your smile to one you can display with pride. They are customized for each patient to give you the look you desire.

There are numerous dental problems that can be hidden with porcelain veneers. Common reasons that people choose veneers include tooth discoloration, chips, breaks, worn down teeth, gaps, misalignment or misshapen teeth. These restorations cover all of these problems and more, giving you the perfect smile.

The process for getting veneers is not painful and usually requires a few trips to the dentist. First you’ll need a consultation to determine if you are a good candidate. You should tell the dentist exactly what you dislike about your smile and learn if veneers can correct those issues. If so, your next appointment will include preparing your teeth by removing a small amount of your enamel so the veneers can be attached. Your dentist will make an impression of your mouth so that veneers can be crafted in a lab to fit exactly. The last step is a visit to have the final veneers bonded to your teeth, adjusted, and polished for a flawless appearance.

You can count on porcelain veneers to resist stains so that they continue to look just like they did when applied. You can choose the veneer color to get just the shade you desire, and your smile will look very natural. Another benefit is that your gums should adjust very easily to porcelain veneers. Keep in mind, however, that veneers are a permanent solution and if they do become damaged it’s likely you’ll have to completely replace them. The lifespan of veneers is often ten years or more, and they don’t require any special care other than normal dental hygiene.

Veneers provide patients with the ability to turn their smiles around for good. If you’re unhappy with the look of your teeth, consult your dentist to see if veneers will help you regain your confidence.

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Potential Issues With Cosmetic Dentistry

dentist2Any dental procedure you undergo comes with a set of potential problems. The safest cosmetic dentistry procedures can sometimes go wrong. Even if the risk associated with your treatment is very small, it’s important for you to know what can go wrong so that if you need to return to the cosmetic dentist for help, you can do so in plenty of time.

If your body isn’t healing the way it should, or if you discover that you are experiencing one or more of the following symptoms, you need to pursue follow-up care with your cosmetic dentist immediately.

Dental veneers are a safe and popular choice for patients seeking whiter, brighter, more even smiles. They are meant to last ten to twenty years, or even longer. If your veneer has cracked, chipped or fallen off completely, it must be replaced. If your veneer discolors shortly after being applied, it will also need to be replaced. Improperly applied or fitted veneers can lead to irritated gums and damage to opposing teeth.

Dental crowns are the cornerstone of many dental treatments, including dental bridges. They are used most often to complete a root canal therapy and to protect the natural tooth by preventing re-infection of the inner canals of the tooth. If you have a cracked or wiggling crown, bacteria can make its way to the tooth pulp and infection can form. These issues, as well as the crown coming completely off, must be addressed by a dentist.

Dental implants are the state-of-the-art choice for tooth replacement and for hybrid dentures. Implants can fail over time, however, and may wiggle or ooze from the implant site. Serious swelling and redness definitely indicates a problem. If your implant has fallen off or you have serious pain at the implant site, call your cosmetic dentist.

You should enjoy the results of your cosmetic dentistry treatment; however, if these signs begin to show, don’t wait to address them. The problems will only worsen, and your cosmetic dentist will need to work harder to resolve your issues.

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The Basics about General Dentistry

toothbrushOne of the best things you can do for your health is to maintain regular checkups with your general dentist. Practicing good oral hygiene is vital too, but you’ll be remiss in keeping the best oral health possible if you skip your visits to the dentist.

General dentists offer a wide variety of care for you and your family. You’ll receive all of the traditional care you might expect such as exams, cleanings, fillings, root canals, and other procedures. Many general dentists are also trained and experienced in providing restorative care like crowns and dental implants, as well as cosmetic treatments such as teeth whitening. Your smile will be protected and preserved through your general dentist.

You might think that you’re doing enough just by good brushing and flossing at home. That’s not true though, because in spite of your efforts plaque and tartar can build up around your teeth and gums. General dentists have the best tools and skills to properly remove deposits and bacteria so that you’ll have the best oral health and most attractive smile.

One thing that your general dentist will look for is gum disease. You might not notice a problem, but there will be early signs of gum problems that your dentist can catch and treat in order to avoid worsening disease. If necessary, X-rays and other tools for diagnosis will allow the dentist to ensure your optimum health. If your gum disease has advanced, general dentists can help save your teeth through procedures like scaling and root planing.

As tempting as it may be to skip your trip to the dentist, don’t do it. Allow your general dentist to provide you with all the care you need to achieve a great smile.

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Reasons to Consider Cosmetic Dentistry

A brilliant, sparkling smile can offer many benefits. Enhancing your appearance can boost confidence, improve your attitude, and open doors both personally and professionally. With modern cosmetic dental options, your dentist can remove flaws and create a vibrant, new image. Teeth whitening, veneers, and porcelain crowns can transform your smile from drab to dynamite.

You may want to consider cosmetic dentistry if you want to:

Change the color of your teeth
Over time, your pearly whites can start to look dull or yellow. Age, certain foods and beverages, and lifestyle choices may produce undesirable results on your smile. With professional teeth whitening, you can erase stains and brighten your teeth up to 10 shades. Many dentists offer both in-office and at-home teeth whitening.

Create a uniform look
If you have gaps between teeth or chips you want to cover, you might think about porcelain veneers. These thin shells of dental porcelain permanently cover your front teeth, producing a sensational smile. Typically, your dentist can place porcelain veneers in just two to three visits.

Straighten your smile
Crooked teeth not only look less attractive, but they can also cause oral health problems by making home hygiene more difficult. With options like Invisalign clear braces or ceramic brackets, you can enhance your smile without compromising your mature image.

Replace missing teeth
Even one lost tooth can cause oral health issues such as misalignment and shifting of remaining teeth. Dental implants and bridgework can fill the empty spaces so that you can once again enjoy a complete smile.

Repair damaged areas
Sometimes, your teeth sustain damage. With composite filings and porcelain crowns, your dentist can restore stability and still leave your gorgeous smile looking its best.

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Test Your Dental Know How

shutterstock_151441328Everybody knows basic oral health care: brush twice a day and floss regularly. Beyond these simple facts, many people may not know the truth about other important dental care tips. You only get one set of teeth, so it’s important to take good care of them.

Take the following short quiz to see if you know how to keep your teeth healthy and strong:

True or False: Brush your teeth for four to five minutes intervals.

False. The standard recommendation is to brush for about two minutes, about the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday.” Any longer, and you could damage your gums.

True or False: Flossing before you brush provides the best results.

True. When you floss first, you break up debris and remove food particles, which your brush can then easily remove from your mouth.

True or False: Soda is harder on your teeth than fruit juice.

True. While soda does more harm than fruit juice or milk, sports drinks cause the most damage, weakening tooth enamel faster than the other options. Your best bet for healthy teeth is good old fashioned plain water.

True or False: Gum disease starts in your forties.

False. Research indicates that people in their 20s start to show signs of gum disease, especially if they have still have their wisdom teeth.

True or False: A medium or hard toothbrush gets teeth cleaner.

False. Most dentists suggest soft-bristled brushes for their patients. Medium or hard-bristled brushes can irritate gums and wear away the dentin layer on your teeth.

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