How to Make Your Dental Crowns and Bridges Last

dentalbridge2Dental crowns and bridges are extremely common and popular restoration techniques, and are designed to last for many years, if not a lifetime. There are times, however, when a crown or bridge can become loose due to changes in tooth, bone or gum health. The most positive steps you can take toward ensuring that your restorative work lasts as long as possible starts with excellent oral hygiene habits.

  • Dentists recommend that you brush your teeth a minimum of two times a day, or following each meal to remove harmful plaque that traps bacteria on your teeth, producing toxins and leading to infection.
  • Floss each day, especially around your dental crowns or bridges. Because it is essential that you clean between the anchor teeth of a bridge and underneath the bridge itself, a waterpik or specialized floss can be used.
  • Sonic-powered toothbrushes can be extremely helpful as a plaque remover by vibrating at a high velocity, allowing the brush to break down the plaque build-up and food debris that brushing leaves beneath the gumline.
  • Antibacterial mouthwash can also help reduce bacterial build-up.
  • Be sure your teeth are clean when you go to sleep at night. Don’t let bacteria and plaque take hold while you’re in bed. Sleep with a clean mouth and wake up to healthy teeth in the morning.
  • Eat the right foods to maintain the nutrients your body needs to ensure healthy gums, bones and teeth. Avoid very hard or very sticky foods, such as ice or chewy candies. Keep foreign items out of your mouth, such as pens, pencils or your fingernails. Chewing these can lead to damage to your restorative work.
  • See your dental professional regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Your restorative dental crown or bridge work can last for years to come if you take these simple steps toward protecting them, and protecting your overall dental health.

 

 

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What to Expect After Dental Implant Surgery

If you are scheduled for dental implant surgery, or have been recommended for implants, you may be concerned about what to expect following your procedure. Implants provide a wealth of benefits, most of all leaving you with a full set of healthy teeth. However, the success of your implants depends on a healthy and complete recovery from your surgery.

Dental implants have a high rate of effectiveness, but as with any surgical procedure, you can expect a few side effects during your recovery. Immediately after surgery you may feel residual effects from the sedation. It’s possible you could be queasy or light-headed, although most patients are simply drowsy. It is advised that you arrange to have a friend or family member drive you home from the procedure.

It is critical to begin taking any prescribed painkilling medication, as it will help limit discomfort as the anesthesia wears off. In the first few hours post-surgery you may experience light bleeding from the implants and incisions. This bleeding can be controlled with a gauze pad and light pressure. Over the course of the first week you may experience soreness, bruising, and swelling. These conditions are not cause for concern. After one to two weeks your face should look and feel significantly better and you should be able to return to normal activity. If any of the side effects continue or worsen, or your gums experience increased inflammation, you should contact your dental professional immediately.

In the weeks after your implant surgery, the implants will be working to fuse with the jawbone. During this time, take care to protect the implants by eating a soft food diet and avoiding the implant area when chewing. It is also crucial to be vigilant with your oral hygiene, brushing and flossing regularly to avoid gum disease from forming which can cause the implants to fail.

With proper care, you can expect side effects from dental implant surgery to be minimal, recovery to be complication-free, and your new dental implants to restore the look and function of your smile.

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What is a Family Dentist?

familyA family dentist is simply that, a dentist for your family. A family dentistry practice is one that serves each member of your family, from the youngest infant to the oldest retiree. Family dentists have all of the training and the skills that a “regular” dentist would have, but as time goes by, they also have the expertise based on knowing a patient’s dental, dietary and health history, enabling them to make the best, most informed decisions for a patient’s dental care.

Family dentists must receive accreditation from a dental school backed by the American Dental Association’s Commission on Dental Accreditation. Dental school admissions can be very competitive. Good grades are not the only considerations toward receiving admissions to these dental schools. Personal interviews are conducted, and students must take a test called the DAT, the Dental Admissions Test. This rigorous application process helps to ensure that those who are working on your teeth have all the training and skills that are needed to provide the best, safest care for you and your smile.

After being admitted to a dental college, your family dentist had two options: pursuing a Doctorate of Dental Medicine (DMD) or a Doctorate of Dental Surgery (DDS). Both the DMD and the DDS degrees are four-year degrees; they involved two years in natural science and clinical instruction taking place in classrooms and laboratories. These two years of practical training are followed by another two years of “hands-on” training in dental clinics under the observation of already accredited and experienced dentists in dental offices.

Your family dentist may have gone directly into dental practice following this four year degree, but some choose to pursue specialist degrees. These fields of specialization include oral and maxillofacial surgery, endodontics or periodontics. Any professional family dentist will continue to receive continuing education to ensure that he or she is up-to-date on the latest achievements and advancements in dental technology.

If you have questions about what your family dentist can do for you and for your family, schedule a consultation today with Beaverton family dentist, Dr. Enayati. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about the certification and training your family dentist possesses.

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How Dental Implants Improve the Care of Patients Who Have Had Facial Trauma

mouthpainFacial trauma can result in the loss of one or more teeth, or the breakage of one or more of the bones of the face. Patients who have experienced this kind of trauma will be put in touch with an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. These types of dentists are experienced in immediate care, such as that you might find on-staff in an emergency room, as well as reconstruction and rehabilitation.

Facial trauma is just that: traumatic. Oral surgeons understand that they aren’t just treating a physical condition, but that they are often treating deep emotional wounds, especially for patients whose trauma has been present since childhood or resulted from interpersonal or domestic violence or physical assault. Other causes of facial trauma can include car accidents, sports injuries, accidental falls or sports injuries.

Teeth that have been knocked out or loosened can be replaced, either using the natural tooth (if possible) or using dental implants. Dental implants can provide a patient with the most secure replacement for a natural tooth, and will provide the most natural, most long-lasting of dental procedures for tooth replacement.

Because dental implants are so stable and sturdy, they can restore a much-needed sense of normalcy to a patient who has experienced facial trauma. It can be difficult to imagine not having all of your natural teeth in place when you smile, and those who find themselves with missing teeth following some trauma find it equally difficult. Oral surgeons who restore a patient’s smile utilizing dental implants give the patient the gift of the return of their own smile, something that can be invaluable as the patient deals with any further results of his or her trauma.

If you or someone you love has had facial trauma that is resulting in restorative dental work, you can rest assured that dental implants are an excellent step on the road to recovery.

 

If you live in the Beaverton OR area and you need dental implants, contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

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