Posts for: September, 2017
While tooth loss can occur at any age, replacing one in a younger patient requires a different approach than for someone older. It’s actually better to hold off on a permanent restoration like a dental implant if the person is still in their teens.
This is because a teenager’s jaws won’t finish developing until after nineteen or in their early twenties. An implant set in the jawbone before then could end up out of alignment, making it appear out of place — and it also may not function properly. A temporary replacement improves form and function for now and leaves the door open for a permanent solution later.
The two most common choices for teens are a removable partial denture (RPD) or a bonded fixed bridge. RPDs consist of a plastic gum-colored base with an attached prosthetic (false) tooth matching the missing tooth’s type, shape and jaw position. Most dentists recommend an acrylic base for teens for its durability (although they should still be careful biting into something hard).
The fixed bridge option is not similar to one used commonly with adult teeth, as the adult version requires permanent alteration of the teeth on either side of the missing tooth to support the bridge. The version for teens, known as a “bonded” or “Maryland bridge,” uses tiny tabs of dental material bonded to the back of the false tooth with the extended portion then bonded to the back of the adjacent supporting teeth.
While bonded bridges don’t permanently alter healthy teeth, they also can’t withstand the same level of biting forces as a traditional bridge used for adults. The big drawback is if the bonding breaks free a new bonded bridge will likely be necessary with additional cost for the replacement.
The bridge option generally costs more than an RPD, but buys the most time and is most comfortable before installing a permanent restoration. Depending on your teen’s age and your financial ability, you may find it the most ideal — though not every teen is a good candidate. That will depend on how their bite, teeth-grinding habits or the health of surrounding gums might impact the bridge’s stability and durability.
A complete dental exam, then, is the first step toward determining which options are feasible. From there we can discuss the best choice that matches your teen’s long-term health, as well as your finances.
How many actresses have portrayed a neuroscientist on a wildly successful TV comedy while actually holding an advanced degree in neuroscience? As far as we know, exactly one: Mayim Bialik, who plays the lovably geeky Amy Farrah Fowler on CBS' The Big Bang Theory… and earned her PhD from UCLA.
Acknowledging her nerdy side, Bialik recently told Dear Doctor magazine, “I'm different, and I can't not be different.” Yet when it comes to her family's oral health, she wants the same things we all want: good checkups and great-looking smiles. “We're big on teeth and oral care,” she said. “Flossing is really a pleasure in our house.”
How does she get her two young sons to do it?
Bialik uses convenient pre-loaded floss holders that come complete with floss and a handle. “I just keep them in a little glass right next to the toothbrushes so they're open, no one has to reach, they're just right there,” she said. “It's really become such a routine, I don't even have to ask them anymore.”
As many parents have discovered, establishing healthy routines is one of the best things you can do to maintain your family's oral health. Here are some other oral hygiene tips you can try at home:
Brush to the music — Plenty of pop songs are about two minutes long… and that's the length of time you should brush your teeth. If brushing in silence gets boring, add a soundtrack. When the music's over — you're done!
Flossing can be fun — If standard dental floss doesn't appeal, there are many different styles of floss holders, from functional ones to cartoon characters… even some with a martial-arts theme! Find the one that your kids like best, and encourage them to use it.
The eyes don't lie — To show your kids how well (or not) they are cleaning their teeth, try using an over-the-counter disclosing solution. This harmless product will temporarily stain any plaque or debris that got left behind after brushing, so they can immediately see where they missed, and how to improve their hygiene technique — which will lead to better health.
Have regular dental exams & cleanings — When kids see you're enthusiastic about going to the dental office, it helps them feel the same way… and afterward, you can point out how great it feels to have a clean, sparkling smile.
How cosmetic dentistry from your Batavia, Illinois dentist can improve your smile
Are you unhappy with your smile? If so, have you ever considered cosmetic dentistry? Modern cosmetic dentistry combines both art and science to give you a smile that is uniquely yours, and uniquely beautiful. John C. Koechley, D.D.S. in Batavia, Illinois wants to introduce you to some common cosmetic dental procedures that can have a huge impact on your smile.
Consider these common cosmetic dental procedures:
A professional teeth whitening treatment if you want to have a brighter, whiter smile; professional teeth whitening can remove stains from tobacco use, drinking coffee, or eating darkly-pigmented foods. Professional teeth whitening can turn a dull, yellow, aging smile into a dazzling white smile. Your professional treatment can whiten your smile up to 8 shades whiter, with results that can last an astounding 5 years.
Dental bonding and reshaping if you want to repair chips, cracks, or defects in your teeth; dental bonding uses a composite resin which can be matched perfectly to the color of your existing teeth. That means your bonding treatment will be invisible to people around you. Reshaping is completed along with bonding to round sharp edges, creating a more harmonious, beautiful smile.
Tooth-colored fillings also use composite, so if you have old, bulky, damaged metal fillings, you can replace them with fillings that are virtually invisible. All people will see are your beautiful teeth, not your fillings.
Porcelain veneers if you want a celebrity-perfect smile; Porcelain veneers are thin sheaths of sparkling porcelain cemented to the front surfaces of your teeth. Porcelain veneers can hide cracks, chips, defects, and wear on your teeth. They can also cover up discolorations from medications and other issues. The can even cosmetically close gaps between your teeth or hide bad tooth alignment and overlap.
You can also consider a complete smile makeover which uses multiple cosmetic dental procedures to recreate and reinvent your smile. Through careful treatment planning, Dr. Koechley will give you the smile you’ve been waiting for, all in-line with your schedule and your budget.
You don’t have to live with a smile that is less than you want. It’s time to investigate cosmetic dentistry by calling John C. Koechley, D.D.S. in Batavia, Illinois. Start smiling again by calling (630) 406-9441 today!