What’s the Difference Between Dental Bridges and Dental Crowns?

When you want to improve your appearance and your oral health, you may be thinking about dental treatments. Crowns and bridges are two different types of restorative dentistry, and they are used for different purposes.

What Are Dental Crowns?

Crowns are used to restore the condition or appearance of a tooth. A crown can be attached to the tooth to make it stronger, restore a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity or filling, or to cap a tooth that is misshapen or discolored.

Crowns can also be used as a part of a dental implant. After an implant has been placed in your gums, a crown is attached to the top. The crown is the part of the implant that is used for chewing, and looks like a natural tooth.

What Are Dental Bridges?

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is made of an artificial tooth that is permanently attached to the adjacent natural teeth. As it is permanently in place in your mouth, cleaning a dental bridge is no more difficult than cleaning your natural teeth.

A second type of dental bridge is the removable bridge. Removable bridges are sometimes referred to as partial dentures. Similar to traditional dentures, a removable bridge should be taken out of your mouth regularly for cleaning.

The difference between crowns and bridges depend on your particular situation. Whether you want to improve a natural tooth, obtain an implant, or replace missing teeth, these types of restorative dentistry make it easy.

Crowns and bridges are simple procedures that your dentist can complete in a relatively short period of time. You can have better oral health, look much nicer, and enjoy many nutritious foods that you cannot easily eat with damaged or missing teeth. Call our office if one of these dental treatments is right for you.

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Choosing a Mouthguard to Protect Your Teeth

If you grind your teeth or play sports, it is essential to guard your teeth against damage. Both of these activities can cause teeth to chip, wear down, or worse. Many times, using a mouthguard can help.

Types of Mouthguards:

Stock Mouthguards- These units are available on store shelves and are ready for your teeth without any preparation. They are the least expensive option. However, little can be done to change the fit, which means that they may be uncomfortable in the mouth. They offer the least amount of protection.

Boil and Bite- Most sporting goods stores offer these mouthguards. Their plastic material softens in warm water, which makes them moldable in your mouth.

Custom-Fitted- This kind of mouthguard offers unique protection and is crafted by your dentist for a perfect and individualized fit. An impression of your teeth is taken so that it is extremely comfortable and functional. It is the most expensive choice, but the results are the best.

Who Needs a Mouthguard? Mouthguards are smart ideas for people who play contact sports. For instance, in football, a player may injury his mouth during a tackle. Also, tooth damage is common with sports like ice hockey as well.

Tooth grinding is quite common. It can happen at any time of day, but it most often occurs while a person is sleeping, which means that he or she is not aware of the problem until it is too late. When a person grinds his or her teeth, tooth enamel wears away, and teeth may start to chip or crack.

If you feel as though a mouthguard may be appropriate for you, it is best to visit your dentist. Dr. Dana Walters commonly crafts these devices for his patients so that their smiles are protected and remain unharmed. For more information, call our office today.

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Are Dentures Right For You?

Are Dentures Right For Me Dana Walters DDS July 2017Dentures may not be as popular as they were in the past, but this does not mean they are not useful. There are a number of reasons to consider dentures over other options. Dentures may be the best choice for you.

How Many Missing Teeth Must Be Replaced?

If you are missing all or most of your natural teeth or if many of your teeth are in poor condition and need to be replaced, dentures can be the option that is right for you. Whether you need a full set of dentures or partial dentures, it is easier and much less expensive than alternative methods of tooth replacement. In fact, cost is one of the main reasons people choose dentures.

How Quickly Do You Want Tooth Replacement?

It takes very little time to create a perfect set of dentures. Whether you want to look nice for a special occasion or are looking forward to eating healthy foods, dentures can be the dental treatment for you when you want the fastest results.

How Much Bone Is Available?

When you do not have adequate bone, dentures can be the best solution. Although bone grafting is possible, it can be time-consuming and expensive. If you have already lost a considerable amount of bone, you may want to avoid the complications associated with implants by choosing dentures instead.

If you do not currently have a general dentist, call Dr. Dana Walters for an appointment. We can discuss your needs and preferences, and help you decide if you are a good candidate for dentures. Modern dentures are effective and look almost like your natural teeth.

When you have dentures, you will like the way you look again and be able to enjoy a healthy diet. A better life awaits without missing teeth.

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When Is A Root Canal Necessary?

When is a root canal necessary? Dr. Dana Walters July 2017We have all heard of a root canal, but how exactly do patients become eligible for the treatment? The American Dental Association explains that a root canal treatment may be necessary when a tooth’s pulp (within the tooth) becomes damaged or inflamed. During treatment, the pulp, which contains nerves, blood vessels, and other tissue, is removed. There are a number of signs that are present when this procedure must be performed.

Signs that a Root Canal is Necessary

  • At home symptoms – When a person is experiencing pain or swelling in his or her mouth, an infection, possibly leading to a root canal, may be present. Pain may throb, be severe during sleep, and change throughout the day.
  • Dentist Observation – In certain cases, a person may experience no pain. During a routine dental examination, however, a dentist may detect a problem.
  • Test Results – If a problem is present, a dentist may perform tests. Percussion, X-rays, and thermal testing may determine whether a root canal is needed.

What Causes a Tooth to Need a Root Canal?

There are many circumstances that may make a tooth susceptible to damage. Depending on the damage, a root canal may be required.

  • Deep Cavity – Drilling too deep into a tooth may cause problems and make the mouth extra sensitive. In this case, a root canal supersedes a filling.
  • Repeated Dental Procedures
  • Cracks or Broken Teeth – When cracks develop, they may spread deep within a tooth and severe decay may begin.
  • Tooth Injury/trauma

When a patient maintains a solid dental hygiene routine and visits his or her dentist regularly, a restored tooth may last a long time. Most often, a root canal is simple and will only cause minimal discomfort.

If you are experiencing pain in a tooth and suspect that you may require a root canal, do not hesitate to seek treatment. Dr. Dana Walters is a professional who deals with all types of general dentistry issues. He strives to restore maximum oral health to all of his patients. For an appointment, call his office today.

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