Posts for: April, 2018
Most of us are familiar with full dentures, but they're not the only option when it comes to restoring your lost teeth. Our Centralia, WA, dentists, Dr. Steven Ash and Dr. Brian Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS, offer several denture types you may want to consider if you're planning to improve your smile.
What type of dentures can I choose?
When you visit our Centralia office, we may recommend one or more of these denture types:
- Full Dentures: Full dentures consist of a row of artificial teeth mounted on a pink base designed to resemble your gum tissue. The dentures rest against your gums and are held in place by suction and denture adhesive. If you'll be wearing dentures for the first time, you'll need to wait for your mouth to heal after your extractions before you can receive your full dentures.
- Immediate Dentures: You'll receive immediate dentures as soon as your teeth are removed. Prior to the extraction appointment, you'll visit our office where an impression of your mouth will be made. The impression will be used to create attractive false teeth that look completely natural in your mouth. Immediate dentures are usually replaced with full dentures once your mouth heals.
- Overdentures: Overdentures are designed to fit over tooth remnants. Retaining remnants with healthy roots, rather than pulling them, will help your jaw remain stronger, as the roots will stimulate your jawbone.
- Partial Dentures: Partial dentures are an option if you only need to replace several teeth. Unlike full and immediate dentures, these dentures aren't held in place by suction and dental adhesive. They're attached to teeth on either side of the gap with small hooks.
- Implant-Retained Dentures: Implant-retained dentures are the latest restoration option. Before you receive this type of denture, four to eight dental implants are placed in your jawbone. The implants are made of titanium, a type of metal that bonds to your jawbone during a three to six month period. Removable or fixed dentures are attached to the implants or a metal framework attached to the implants. Implant-retained dentures are more comfortable because they don't slip and also provide better biting power.
Do you still need a little help deciding which type of dentures are best for you? Call our Centralia, WA, dentists, Dr. Ash and Dr. Roberts of Ash & Roberts, DDS, at (360) 736-8380 to schedule an appointment.
Is a chipped tooth big news? It is if you’re Justin Bieber. When the pop singer recently posted a picture from the dental office to his instagram account, it got over 2.6 million “likes.” The snapshot shows him reclining in the chair, making peace signs with his hands as he opens wide; meanwhile, his dentist is busy working on his smile. The caption reads: “I chipped my tooth.”
Bieber may have a few more social media followers than the average person, but his dental problem is not unique. Sports injuries, mishaps at home, playground accidents and auto collisions are among the more common causes of dental trauma.
Some dental problems need to be treated as soon as possible, while others can wait a few days. Do you know which is which? Here are some basic guidelines:
A tooth that’s knocked out needs attention right away. First, try and locate the missing tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid holding the tooth’s roots. Next, grasp the crown of the tooth and place it back in the socket facing the correct way. If that isn’t possible, place it between the cheek and gum, in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva or a special tooth preservative, or in a glass of cold milk. Then rush to the dental office or emergency room right away. For the best chance of saving the tooth, it should be treated within five minutes.
If a tooth is loosened or displaced (pushed sideways, deeper into or out of its socket), it’s best to seek dental treatment within 6 hours. A complete examination will be needed to find out exactly what’s wrong and how best to treat it. Loosened or displaced teeth may be splinted to give them stability while they heal. In some situations, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.
Broken or fractured (cracked) teeth should receive treatment within 12 hours. If the injury extends into the tooth’s inner pulp tissue, root canal treatment will be needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the tooth may need a crown (cap) to restore its function and appearance. If pieces of the tooth have been recovered, bring them with you to the office.
Chipped teeth are among the most common dental injuries, and can generally be restored successfully. Minor chips or rough edges can be polished off with a dental instrument. Teeth with slightly larger chips can often be restored via cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. When more of the tooth structure is missing, the best solution may be porcelain veneers or crowns. These procedures can generally be accomplished at a scheduled office visit. However, if the tooth is painful, sensitive to heat or cold or producing other symptoms, don’t wait for an appointment — seek help right away.
Justin Bieber earned lots of “likes” by sharing a picture from the dental office. But maybe the take-home from his post is this: If you have a dental injury, be sure to get treatment when it’s needed. The ability to restore a damaged smile is one of the best things about modern dentistry.
If you have questions about dental injury, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Dental injuries result in thousands of visits to the emergency room every year, and many of these injuries occur while engaging in sports and recreational activities. Whether playing on an organized team or joining a spontaneous game with friends, athletes are much more likely to suffer a dental injury when not wearing a mouthguard. Five national dental organizations have joined together for National Facial Protection Month to urge athletes to use a mouthguard during both practice and games.
The American Dental Association and the Academy for Sports Dentistry recommend using mouthguards for over 30 sporting activities. While it comes as no surprise that mouthguards are recommended for football, hockey and basketball, the list also includes many activities that may not immediately come to mind—among them, surfing, ultimate frisbee, skateboarding, volleyball, skiing and bicycle riding.
In short, it’s wise to protect your smile while participating in any activity where your teeth may make contact with a hard surface. A properly fitted mouthguard can prevent injuries to the teeth, mouth and jaw, and may even help protect against head and neck injuries. Even those who participate in casual recreational activities should consider a mouthguard as an insurance policy against future pain and expense.
There are three types of mouthguards: a stock mouthguard that is bought ready to use from your neighborhood store, the “boil-and-bite” type that is formed to the mouth after being softened in hot water, and a custom-made mouthguard that is available from the dental office. Although any mouthguard is better than no protection at all, the best protection and most comfortable fit comes from a mouthguard that is custom-made by your dentist.
If you have questions about preventing dental injuries, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Athletic Mouthguards” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”