Dental implants are a great way to improve your smile and your oral health. However, in order to accomplish these benefits, you have to be committed to good oral care. Failing to fulfill this commitment can lead to an increased risk of implant infection. Make sure you understand this risk as well as how you can protect yourself. Types of Infections While there are a number of infections that can occur with dental implants, the two most significant infections are peri-implantitis and peri-implant mucositis.
22 December 2015
Braces are a great way to straighten your teeth and get the smile you've always wanted, but they're not without risks. If you have braces, you may be at risk of developing enamel demineralization, also known as white spot lesions. Here are four things you need to know about this complication. What are the signs of enamel demineralization? If you develop enamel demineralization, you'll notice a milky-white discoloration on some or all of your teeth.
4 December 2015
Gaps can form around teeth due to improper eruption or the shifting of neighboring teeth over time. When gaps form around a canine tooth, the gap can be particularly noticeable due to the forward placement and prominence of the tooth. Closing the gaps can improve the appearance of your smile and improve your bite while chewing. There are a few different ways to fix a gap around a canine teeth that range from orthodontics to a visit to a cosmetic dentistry specialist.
13 November 2015
Before regular dental crowns can be manufactured to fit your decaying teeth, prefabricated stainless steel crowns are often necessary to head off further damage. But since these crowns come in set sizes that are designed to fit a large amount of people, there's a chance that some of them will take up enough space in your mouth to make flossing very difficult. So when you have temporary stainless steel crowns in your mouth, follow these three flossing tips.
27 October 2015
If you find yourself frequently suffering from headaches, a stiff neck, or jaw pain, it's possible you suffer from temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ disorder. This potentially painful condition can impair your ability to chew, yawn, and even sometimes talk -- and if over-the-counter pain medications and mouthguards designed to keep your jaw from locking aren't doing the trick, you may wonder whether you have any other treatment options. Fortunately, a treatment frequently used in the cosmetic industry could hold great promise for those suffering from TMJ disorder.
13 October 2015
Wisdom teeth are located in the back of the mouth behind the molars. They are removed for a number of reasons, typically due to overcrowding of the teeth, impacted wisdom teeth, or an infection. Wisdom teeth extraction is typically done by an oral surgeon, such as those at Oral & Maxillofacial Surgical Associates, and most people feel a lot better within a few days of surgery. Use the following tips to make your recovery from wisdom teeth extraction go smoothly:
28 September 2015
You may have heard the old accusation that sucking your thumb can give you buckteeth, and if you have a child who sucks their thumb, you may be wondering if they are indeed affecting their oral health by their habit. Truth be told, there really are a few dangers to your child's teeth if they are chronic thumb suckers. Discover how thumb sucking is bad for your child's teeth here.
2 September 2015
Loosing baby teeth is a natural part of growing up, yet many parents aren't quite sure what to expect. Knowing approximately when your child might start loosing his or her baby teeth, and what to expect during the process, can help parents prepare. Knowing the answers to the following frequently asked questions can help you get ready for your child to lose his or her first tooth. When is the normal time for a child to start losing teeth?
13 August 2015
Rampant tooth decay, gum disease and acute injury to the mouth are some of the top reasons for premature tooth loss in children. Tooth decay weakens tooth enamel and your child's teeth start to erode, leaving them vulnerable to developing cracks. Cracked teeth can lead to your child suffering from an infection when food particles fall into the crack and the tissue around the tooth becomes infected. Damaged teeth are often at a higher risk of needing to be extracted, and are also more likely to fall out prematurely.
31 July 2015
Your child's first dental appointment may be a stressful experience as a parent. Your child will most likely have some anxiety about the appointment that will make them uneasy about going. They may have heard stories about dentist chairs and drills, but they may have never actually seen them before. It is your job to make them feel comfortable about the experience. Here are 4 tips for making their first dental cleaning a success.
7 July 2015