Find out what type of dentures could give you back that full smile again.
Tooth loss is something that happens to millions of Americans. If this is something you’re dealing with then the most important thing you can do is to turn to a dentist who can restore your smile after tooth loss. Our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson have helped countless patients get complete smiles again. If you’re looking for a fast, simple way to replace missing teeth then chances are you’re considering dentures.
What are dentures?
Dentures are an oral prosthetic that is designed to replace several teeth or even a full row of missing teeth. The severity of your tooth loss will determine which type of dentures is right for you. Dentures are either removable or fixed in place.
What are the different types of dentures?
The two main types of dentures are full and partial dentures, which are both removable. From the names alone you can probably surmise when they are used. Full dentures are used to replace the upper and lower teeth and are only used when there are no natural teeth left. Full dentures sit right on top of the gums where they stay in place through natural suction with the tissue.
Partial dentures are recommended if you need to replace one or more natural teeth but you still have some healthy teeth remaining. Partial dentures can either be removable or fixed in place. Removable partial dentures contain clasps, which will be attached to surrounding healthy teeth to hold the false teeth in place. Fixed partial dentures (sometimes referred to as dental bridges) will require our Macon, GA, general dentist to place dental crowns over healthy teeth to stabilize the dental bridge.
Along with full and partial dentures, you also have immediate and implant-supported dentures. If you have to undergo a tooth extraction, immediate dentures will be placed on the same day as your extraction so you won’t have to go without teeth while your gums heal (the healing process can take up to 12 weeks). Immediate dentures are considered temporary dentures and give patients immediate teeth to use until their long-term dentures are ready to be fitted.
Patients who have a healthy jawbone may also choose to get dental implants. These implants can be placed inside the jawbone and provide a permanent foundation from which to hold dentures in place. This is a great option for patients who have full upper dentures, which can be more challenging to keep in place when speaking or chewing. Implants ensure that your dentures don’t shift or move.
Want to find out if dentures can give you back the smile you’ve been looking for despite tooth loss? Then it’s time to turn to the dental experts at Northside Family Dentistry in Macon, GA, for a con
For over half a century, dentists have promoted a proven strategy for sound dental health. Not only is this strategy effective, it’s simple too: brush and floss every day, and visit your dentist at least twice a year or as soon as you see a problem.
Unfortunately, this strategy isn’t resonating well with people between the ages of 18 and 34, known more commonly as the “millennials.” A recent survey of 2,000 members of this age bracket found a startling number: over one-third didn’t brush their teeth as often as recommended, some going as long as two days between brushings. About the same number also reported fear of dental visits. Given all that, the next statistic isn’t surprising: tooth decay affects one in three people in the millennial age group.
This isn’t to pick on millennials, but to point out that good oral hygiene naturally leads to good oral health, regardless of age, gender or ethnicity. Here’s more about the dental care basics for better health.
Brush twice, floss once daily. The American Dental Association (ADA) recommends a thorough brushing with toothpaste containing fluoride twice a day. You also shouldn’t neglect a once a day flossing between teeth to remove plaque from areas brushing can’t effectively reach. Keeping plaque accumulation to a minimum is the best way to prevent diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.
Visit your dentist at least twice a year. Dental visits every six months (or more if your dentist recommends it) accomplish two things: a professional dental cleaning removes any buildup of plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) missed by daily hygiene. It also allows your dentist to inspect your teeth and gums for any signs of disease that may require treatment.
See your Dentist ASAP if you notice problems. You should also see your dentist sooner if you notice anything abnormal like unusual spotting on the teeth, tooth pain or sensitivity, or swollen, reddened or bleeding gums. These are all signs of disease, and the sooner it’s treated the less chance your teeth and gums will suffer serious harm.
Like other age groups, millennials know the importance of a healthy smile, not only for social and career interaction, but also for their own personal well-being. Sticking to a regular dental care program is the primary way to keep that healthy smile.
The Golden Globes ceremony is a night when Hollywood stars shine their brightest. At the recent red-carpet event, leading man Viggo Mortensen had plenty to smile about: Green Book, the movie in which he co-starred, picked up the award for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy. But fans looking at the veteran actor's big smile today might not realize that it once looked very different. A few years ago, an accident during the filming of The Two Towers took a major chip out of Mortensen's front tooth!
That might be OK for some movies (think The Hangover or Dumb and Dumber)—but it's not so great for everyday life. Fortunately, Mortensen visited a dentist promptly, and now his smile is picture-perfect. How was that accomplished? He didn't say…but generally, the best treatment for a chipped tooth depends on how much of the tooth's structure is missing.
If the tooth has only a small chip or crack, it's often possible to restore it via cosmetic bonding. This procedure can be done right in the dental office, frequently in a single visit. Here's how it works: First the tooth is cleaned and prepared, and then a tooth-colored resin is applied to the area being restored. After it is cured (hardened) with a special light, additional layers may be applied to build up the missing structure. When properly cared for, a tooth restored this way can look good for several years.
For a longer-lasting restoration, veneers may be recommended. These are wafer-thin shells made of durable material (most often porcelain) that cover the front (visible) surfaces of teeth. Strong and lifelike, veneers can match the exact color of your natural teeth—or give you the bright, high-wattage smile you've always wanted. No wonder they're so popular in Hollywood! Because veneers are custom-made for you, getting them may require several office visits.
If a chip or crack extends to the inner pulp of the tooth, a root canal procedure will be needed to keep the tooth from becoming infected—a situation that could have serious consequences. But you shouldn't fear a root canal! The procedure generally causes no more discomfort than filling a cavity (though it takes a little longer), and it can help save teeth that would otherwise be lost. After a root canal, a crown (cap) is generally needed to restore the visible part of the tooth.
When a damaged tooth can't be restored, it needs to be extracted (removed) and replaced. Today's best option for tooth replacement is a dental implant—a small, screw-shaped post inserted into the bone of your jaw that anchors a lifelike, fully functional crown. Implants require very little special care and can look great for many years, making them a top choice for tooth replacement
If you have questions about chipped or damaged teeth, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair Of Front Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
Find out why a toothache is never just a toothache.
While needing to get root canal treatment is never something that anyone is thrilled about, it’s also important that you don’t postpone treatment due to fear, a busy schedule or other excuses. In fact, delaying the inevitable could actually cause more harm than good for your smile. This is why it’s important that if our Macon, GA, dentists Dr. Clinton Watson and Dr. Nicole Jackson have told you that you need a root canal that you don’t put it off.
Will the problem go away by itself?
While we would love nothing more than for teeth to be able to repair and fix their own issues we also know that this just isn’t realistic. While our bodies can fight off a common cold or flu without treatment, infections or damage to our teeth and gums almost always require treatment.
The most obvious and common sign that someone needs a root canal is a toothache. In fact, dental pain is usually the reason people come into our Macon, GA, dental office to find out what’s going on. By taking a simple set of X-rays we can easily see that the dental pulp is infected or inflamed. Luckily, since your tooth doesn’t need the pulp in order to thrive, we can easily remove the source of infection and prevent the bacteria from spreading further into the tooth’s root canals.
If the infection is left untreated, the bacteria will not only completely destroy the tooth, which will require us to extract the tooth, but it can also permanently damage the jawbone, gums and surrounding teeth. This is why you should always get the dental treatment you need as soon as possible.
But doesn’t a root canal hurt?
Unfortunately, there are a lot of negative beliefs and myths surrounding this procedure, but it’s important that our patients understand that this treatment is not only imperative for preserving the long-term health of their smiles but also that this procedure is designed to remove the source of your dental pain, not cause pain.
This procedure is no more invasive than getting a dental filling performed, and we will even fully numb the area around the tooth with local anesthesia to ensure that you don’t feel anything during your root canal. Once the pulp has been removed many people even report instant toothache relief.
Are you dealing with a toothache in Macon, GA? Have questions about your upcoming root canal treatment? Whatever the case may be, don’t hesitate to turn to the dental experts at Northside Family Dentistry for the answers or dental care you deserve.
Losing teeth continues to be an all too common experience for people, especially those in their senior years. Fortunately, there are several ways to replace them, ranging from partial or full dentures to implants.
Some, though, postpone or simply choose not to replace a lost tooth, often because of the cost. But putting off a dental restoration could have a long-term impact on your health, and not in a good way. Continuing bone deterioration is one of the top consequences of delayed restoration.
Like other bones in the body, the jawbone is living tissue with cells that form, grow and eventually wear out. At the end of their life, these older cells give way to new cells. Eating and chewing play an important role in maintaining this growth cycle: the forces we generate as we chew travel up through the tooth roots to stimulate bone growth in the jaw.
When a tooth goes missing, though, the stimulus ends. Over time the bone cell replacement rate can fall off and the bone slowly loses volume. To make matters worse, bone loss can continue beyond the immediate bone underlying the tooth and affect the rest of the jawbone. The jaw can shrink in height and width, and in time become weaker overall and more susceptible to fracture.
But dental implant restorations in particular could help stop or even reverse bone deterioration at the site of the missing teeth. The titanium post implanted in the jaw attracts bone cells, which grow and adhere to its surface. Over time the bone fills in and becomes stronger.
You don't want to wait too long, though, because implants depend on a minimum amount of bone present for secure placement. You should therefore undergo an implant restoration as soon as it's practical after tooth loss. Otherwise, although we may be able to restore some of the lost bone with bone grafting, you may need to consider another restorative option.
When it comes to replacing missing teeth, time isn't on your side. But the right kind of dental restoration undertaken promptly can make for a brighter, healthier future.
If you would like more information on restoring lost teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”
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