All of your teeth play an important role in speaking, chewing, and maintaining proper alignment of other teeth. Tooth loss doesn’t necessarily have to occur as you age. But if you do lose teeth, they must be replaced to maintain proper function of your mouth. Fortunately, there are options for correcting tooth loss.

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A bridge a device used to replace missing teeth attaches artificial teeth to adjacent natural teeth, called abutment teeth. Bridges are either permanently attached (fixed bridges) or they can be removable.

Fixed bridges are applied by either placing crowns on the abutment teeth or by bonding the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth. Removable bridges are attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

If you’re missing one or more teeth, you may be aware of their importance to your appearance and dental health. Your teeth work together for many daily functions from eating to speaking. With missing teeth, it’s difficult to do these things. Missing teeth can and should be replaced. Fixed bridges are a great way to restore your dental health and appearance.


What Is A Bridge/Fixed Partial Denture?


A bridge (fixed partial denture) is a device that fills the gap where teeth are absent. Fixed bridges are bonded into place and can only be removed by a dental professional. Removable bridges, as the name implies, can be taken out and cleaned. Fixed bridges offer more stability than their removable counterparts.


Why Do I Need A Bridge?

Oral functionality and appearance are important reasons for wearing a bridge. A bridge helps support your lips and cheeks. The loss of a back tooth may cause your mouth to sink and your face to look older.

Dental health is the most important reason for a bridge. Teeth were designed to complement each other. Unusual stresses are placed on the gums and other oral tissues when teeth are missing, causing a number of potentially harmful disorders.Increased risk of gum disease has proven to be one of the worst side effects of missing teeth and can be minimized with a bridge.

Missing teeth can cause speech disorders as they are used to make many of the sounds we use to speak clearly.


How Is A Bridge Attached?

The attachment procedure usually takes two or three appointments to complete. At the first appointment, doctor will prepare the teeth on either side of the gap by removing a portion of the enamel and dentin.

Since the bridge must be fabricated very precisely to ensure correct bite and to match the opposing tooth, impressions of the teeth are taken and sent to the lab where the bridge will be constructed.

Fixed bridges are typically cemented to the natural teeth next to the space left by the missing tooth. A pontic (false tooth) replaces the lost tooth. Crowns, which are cemented onto the natural teeth, provide support for the bridge.


What Materials Are Used?

Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either a precious or non-precious metal.


How Do I Take Care Of My Bridge?

A strict regimen of brushing and flossing will keep the bridge and surrounding teeth clean. This is of critical importance since the bridge relies on the neighboring teeth for support.

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It’s that time of year again!  The Holidays are quickly approaching and everyone is busy getting ready.  We like to keep it a bit fun here at the office for our patients.  When you come into our office for your appointment make sure to come to the front desk window and take your guess!  If you don’t have any appointments scheduled you may still stop in and fill out a slip.  Winner will receive a Gift Card!

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It’s almost that time of year!  We would like to thank everyone for making every year more successful than the last.  Can you believe this will be our 5th year!?

We know our Troops appreciate receiving the treats from back home and all the love they receive.

If your children would also like to write a Special message to the Troops you can bring that in also at the time of the drop off and it will be included in the boxes with the candy shipments.

Thank you again for your support and help in making this a successful event!
Candy Buy Back 2015

Solve the Mystery of Sensitive Teeth

Know The Causes Of Tooth Sensitivity

Tooth sensitivity is among the common causes of a toothache. The phrase “tooth sensitivity” refers to tooth discomfort or feelings of toothache in one or more teeth. The pain of tooth sensitivity is usually sharp, sudden and shooting. Tooth sensitivity occurs when the layer of a tooth underneath the enamel (called the dentin) or the layer covering the root (called cementum) is exposed along the gum line due to receding gums. The exposed areas respond to hot and cold, and sometimes to sweet and spicy foods, and trigger pain.

The causes of tooth sensitivity vary, and if you have sensitive teeth, it may be due to several of these factors:

  • Overzealous brushing. You can have too much of a good thing. Brushing your teeth with too much force, or with a hard-bristle toothbrush, may wear down tooth enamel, expose the cementum or dentin and cause tooth sensitivity.
  • Gum disease. Inflamed gum tissue pulls away from the tooth, leaving vulnerable areas exposed.
  • Tooth grinding. Grinding your teeth can cause the enamel to wear away and leave the dentin exposed.

If you have sensitive teeth, don’t neglect your daily oral care routine. Just be sure to use a soft toothbrush and soft floss. You can also try a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth. Several brands are available, and you should notice some improvement with regular use of any of them. Also, try spreading some sensitizing toothpaste along the exposed cementum or dentin area before bed to help reduce sensitivity. Just use your fingertip or a cotton swab to rub the toothpaste directly onto the exposed spot.

Root Canal Therapy

What is a root canal?

A root canal is one of the most common dental procedures performed, well over 14 million every year.  This simple treatment can save your natural teeth and prevent the need of dental implants or bridges.

At the center of your tooth is pulp.  Pulp is a collection of blood vessels that helps to build the surrounding tooth.  Infection of the pulp can be caused by trauma to the tooth, deep decay, cracks and chips, or repeated dental procedures.  Symptoms of the infection can be identified as visible injury or swelling of the tooth, sensitivity to temperature or pain in the tooth and gums.  requiring rct

How is a root canal performed?

If you experience any of these symptoms, we will most likely recommend non-surgical treatment to eliminate the diseased pulp.  This injured pulp is removed and the root canal system is thoroughly cleaned and sealed.  This therapy involves local anesthesia and may be completed in one or more visits depending on the treatment required.  Success for this type of treatment occurs in about 90% of cases.  If your tooth is not amenable to endodontic treatment or the chance of success is unfavorable, you will be informed at the time of consultation or when a complication becomes evident during or after treatment.  We use local anesthesia to eliminate discomfort.  You will be able to drive home after your treatment, and you probably will be comfortable returning to your normal routine.


What happens after treatment?

When your root canal therapy has been completed, a restoration is necessary to protect your tooth.  In most cases the restoration required is a build-up filling and a crown.  It is rare for endodontic patients to experience complications after routine endodontic treatment.  If a problem does occur, however, we are available at all times to respond.  To prevent further decay, continue to practice good dental hygiene.    after-root-canal-treatment

Dental Health linked to Heart Disease

smileDental health is not only important for your mouth but for your entire body. Taking care of your smile with regular cleanings and having necessary dental work done is important to your oral health and self confidence.  However, recent studies have linked heart disease with the simple act of brushing your teeth.  According to the American Academy of Periodontology, those who have periodontal disease are nearly twice as likely to also have coronary artery disease.  Women with gum disease also show higher incidences of pre-term, low birth-weight babies.  The findings show that oral bacteria is likely to harm blood vessels and cause blood clots due to the release of toxins into the blood stream.  While there is no scientific data to make these findings fact, there have been consistent results showing there is an association between gum disease and heart disease.

New research suggests that the health of your mouth mirrors the condition of your body as a whole. For example, when your mouth is healthy, chances are your overall health is good, too. On the other hand, if you have poor oral health, you may have other health problems.

Research also shows that good oral health may actually prevent certain diseases from occurring.

Our Dental Team will work with you to ensure you maintain a healthy smile and heart.  We closely monitor and evaluate you at every visit.  We will explain the tools and techniques needed to achieve and maintain optimum Oral Health.  By following our recommended maintenance schedule you are insuring we remove all the plaque and bacteria that would otherwise remain below the gingiva and affect your health.

If you don’t take care of your teeth and gums, your poor oral hygiene can actually lead to other health problems, including:

  • Oral and facial pain. According to the Office of the Surgeon General, this pain may be largely due to infection of the gums that support the teeth and can lead to tooth loss. Gingivitis, an early stage of gum disease, and advanced gum disease affect more than 75 percent of the U.S. population.
  • Problems with the heart and other major organs. Mouth infections can affect major organs. For example, the heart and heart valves can become inflamed by bacterial endocarditis, a condition that affects people with heart disease or anyone with damaged heart tissue.
  • Digestion problems. Digestion begins with physical and chemical processes in the mouth, and problems here can lead to intestinal failure, irritable bowel syndrome and other digestive disorders.

Seeing a dentist regularly helps to keep your mouth in top shape and allows your dentist to watch for developments that may point to other health issues. A dental exam can also detect poor nutrition and hygiene, growth and development problems and improper jaw alignment. Provide your dentist with a complete medical history and inform him or her of any recent health developments, even if they seem unrelated to your oral health.

At home, you can practice good oral hygiene:

  • Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste.
  • Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach.
  • Eat a healthy diet to provide the nutrients necessary (vitamins A and C, in particular) to prevent gum disease.
  • Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer.
  • Exercise preventive care and schedule regular dental checkups — the surest way to detect early signs of periodontal disease.