Implants

Did you know that missing teeth can affect the stability of your healthy teeth? It’s true. When you chew with an incomplete set of teeth, the stress on the remaining teeth can cause them to loosen and eventually fall out.

This is not something that is exclusive to senior citizens. Anyone with missing teeth can experience this as well as gum-related issues. If you haven’t had a checkup in the past six months or more, you owe it to yourself to schedule an appointment.

Your teeth were designed to last a lifetime, but sometimes they don’t make it that far. Replacing missing teeth is important because it can affect your overall health-not just your ability to enjoy chewing foods.

The other benefit may be superficial, but let’s face it: no one likes to smile without a full set of white teeth. An implant procedure can raise your self-confidence immeasurably and would ultimately have a very positive effect on your life. When you feel good about yourself, good things tend to happen.

Metal Allergies

Did you know that as many as 12% of women and 6% of men have metal allergies? This is usually discovered when wearing certain types of jewelry.

Allergic reactions to wearing certain metals can cause irritating and painful rashes and blisters. Typically the skin breaks out in a rash, known as eczema, in the places the jewelry has come in contact with the skin. This may include irritation of the neck and chest from costume jewelry necklaces and the wrist from nickel-plated watches and bracelets.

In the case of pierced ears, the allergy creates swelling, blistering, redness and itching.

You may be wondering how this affects the mouth and teeth. Here’s the answer: the lining your mouth is no different from your skin. It is susceptible to allergic reactions. Your teeth may contain metal fillings which can lead to allergic reactions. People with tongue piercings may also unwittingly set off an allergic reaction in the mouth. Also, certain dental procedures may not be possible due to your allergies.

There are safe, allergy-free alternatives to using crowns with non-precious metals. One option is the use of pure gold. It’s non-allergenic and gentle on your opposing teeth. In addition, modern materials are available that work, but won’t cause an allergic reaction.

If you suffer from a metal allergy, it’s worth your time to consult with your restorative dentist or Dr. Mandy to discuss alternatives for safe and healthy oral care.

Stress

We all know that stress can have a negative impact on our bodies. It has been linked to heart disease, stroke, migraine headaches and even cancer. But did you know that stress can have an effect on your teeth and gums too?

Stress is caused by outside pressures and demands. Stressors in general cause psychological pressure which manifests itself physically. Here are three ways that stress can effect your teeth and gums:

Teeth Grinding (also known as bruxism). Most people under stress grind their teeth without even knowing it. It may only happen for a brief period while asleep, but over time, this response to stress can wear down and shift your teeth out of their proper alignment.

TMJ. Temporomandibular joint disorder may occur after the grinding of teeth wears down the cartilage lining of the TMJ. Many patients experience jaw and ear pain upon waking. TMJ disorder that is less noticeable in patients can be easily diagnosed by Dr. Dayan after a checkup, due to the typical signs of wear and tear on your teeth.

Bacteria. Stress has been shown to slow the body’s ability to fight bacteria. It also hinders the healing process after surgery.

Stress has a direct effect on your immune system which, in turn, weakens your ability to fend off infection, including periodontal infection and periodontal disease, which is caused by many factors.

There are a number of methods for reducing the harmful effects of stress. Meditation, yoga, walking, and deep breathing exercises are just a few ways to release stressors.

Cosmetic Dentistry and “Smile Makeovers”

The field of cosmetic dentistry and “Smile Makeovers” has gotten the lion’s share of media attention in recent years. There is nothing wrong with this. We believe that feeling confident about one’s smile is something everyone deserves. However, we would like to remind our patients about the importance of having a properly aligned bite. The importance of a proper bite cannot be overestimated. In fact, if your bite is not aligned properly, this may prohibit you from being a candidate for many cosmetic dental procedures.

If you have teeth that are chipped, worn, or cracked, there is a good chance that this is due to some misalignment of your upper and lower jaws. Many things can cause misalignment (malocclusion); heredity, temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), trauma to the mouth, and teeth grinding to name just a few. Any tooth, jaw, neck, or other facial pain may indicate a bite problem.

Many cases of malocclusion are immediately obvious after a brief visual examination by our dentist. Some cases are not so easy to detect, which is not to say they pose less of a threat. For these more subtle cases, we have the most advanced technologies available to diagnose and treat bite problems including MRI, K6, EMG, and sonograph.

If you have damaged teeth, or are experiencing any pain while chewing or talking, you may have a bite problem. The sooner you seek treatment, the better. Minor malocclusion can rapidly develop into very serious, painful, and expensive complications. We have the tools and expertise to diagnose and effectively treat your malocclusion.

Invisalign

The Invisalign system provides you with clear plastic aligners which will move your teeth into proper alignment without the ugly metal and wires of regular braces. These aligners are clear, undetectable and can be removed when you are eating a meal or want to brush and floss your teeth.

Invisalign uses 3D imaging to prescribe a treatment plan starting with the position of the patient’s teeth currently and ending with the position you want the teeth to be set in. Through this technology your dental professional can create a set of aligners designed specifically for you.

Your aligner will move your teeth in increments and will be worn for roughly two weeks at a time and then be replaced by the next aligner in your set.

Dental professionals have been using removable appliances to treat alignment problems for years in a limited way. With the advances associated with Invisalign, a greater number of cases can be treated with removable appliances. Invisalign works by controlling the timing associated with the force against the teeth, which is the main difference between this and other alignment systems.

As you change your appliances out only certain teeth are moving at any given time, and which teeth are being moved is predetermined by your orthodontic plan helping you get a more efficient delivery of force to the teeth that need being moved. This is to be expected and can most easily be described as light pressure. This pressure is the mark of the Invisalign doing its job, moving your teeth into the proper alignment. Most users report that the feeling of pressure subsides after wearing a new aligner for a couple of days.

Invisalign has achieved popularity among adults who wore braces at an earlier age and are now experiencing some regression of their teeth. Invisalign offers them the opportunity to place their teeth back into alignment without going through the pain and embarrassment of wearing metal braces again.

You may be wondering if your dental insurance will cover this option. You should certainly contact the provider of your policy to determine whether or not this is a covered service as policies have a wide range of differences or call us at 954-990 6543 and we can contact your insurance. If your plan includes coverage for orthodontics, then Invisalign is usually covered the same way regular braces would be.

Once you have completed your Invisalign treatment, it may be necessary for you to use a regular retainer or a positioner. Some people may be able to use a retainer of clear plastic which is very like the Invisaligh trays used during your treatment. Each patient is unique and every experience with Invisalign is different.

If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to contact us at 954-990 6543

Oral Care 2

Have you ever found yourself staying at a friend’s house one night and borrowed the toothbrush? You probably won’t do that anymore once you review this:

Recurring dental infections are commonly caused by infected toothbrushes. In addition to dental problems, a toothbrush may also result in the formation of a bacteremia (bacterial infection in the bloodstream) which, if left untreated, can lead to endocarditis (infection of the heart). A typical toothbrush may be infested with various viruses and bacteria, which can then be transmitted to a new user.

For example, if the toothbrush owner has the herpes simplex virus, 50% of the virus can remain on the toothbrush for up to a week. If you suffer from gum inflammation (gingivitis), you may be able to find relief by using a new toothbrush every two weeks. Wondering if it’s still okay to share a toothbrush with someone you trust?

What about sharing that appetizer? Maybe a little smooching on the couch? Bacteria can be passed between people not just through toothbrushes or other dental implements, but also from shared silverware or any other mouth-to-mouth contact. Did you know that the bacteria that cause juvenile periodontitis can be transferred from the infected site to an uninfected site within the same mouth? Even between a husband and wife, there can be bacterial transfer. Parents and children are not immune either, and bacteria can be passed between them. The family pet may even serve as the source of a bacterial infection.

We now understand that oral infections are not restricted to the mouth but can move through the body and be transmitted that way to other people. You don’t need to become obsessive about your toothbrush, and you can still share a sample at your favorite restaurant, but for your own well-being and that of your family, you should develop a good dental health program.

You can remove 100% of the bacteria on your toothbrush by soaking in an essential oils mouth rinse for 20 minutes. Another good way to clean your toothbrush is ultraviolet light. You may have seen a toothpaste that contains triclosan, a common disinfectant, that claims to clean your toothbrush; however, recent studies* show that this toothpaste is not very effective at removing bacteria.

What are the best ways to eliminate the bacteria that are on your toothbrush? Place them under ultraviolet light, soak them in a mouth rinse with essential oils, or, perhaps easiest of all, replace your old toothbrush with a fresh new one at your next routine examination with us at Coral Ridge Smile. There’s not much you can do about the kissing since most people won’t want to give that up…🙂 just keep an eye on the health of your mate’s mouth!

Broken Teeth

At Coral Ridge Smile we receive calls from patients who have broken a tooth every day and most of the time the treatment will involve removing the remainder of the broken tooth and installing a crown or other permanent dental hardware to provide a stable biting service or keep what is left of the tooth intact.

Occasionally, the dentist is unable to save the tooth and it must be removed altogether. What are some factors that can cause a tooth to break?

Most dental fractures are caused by one of the several potential factors. The most prevalent factor is the presence of Silver amalgam fillings which continue to expand with age, putting pressure on surrounding tooth enamel and causing the formation of minute cracks. If a person with this kind of damage bites the wrong way on a piece of food or other matter the tooth can crack. This kind of damage usually means that the tooth has been fractured along several planes which makes removal of the enamel necessary.

Sometimes a dental bridge or implant is installed by the dentist. More often another kind of damage occurs. A tooth can fracture along a fault line where there is a weakness inherent in the tooth. In this situation, if the rest of the tooth is free of decay, the tooth can often be saved with a crown.

The act of clenching or grinding the teeth, referred to as “Bruxism”, is another common factor in tooth damage. Those with bruxism often have fractures in teeth regardless of the presence of fillings and are the most numerous of patients seen for broken teeth. It is important to treat a broken tooth as soon as possible before further damage sets in.

Eye on Technology

It is very difficult for patients to observe everything inside their own mouths. The front teeth obstruct the view of the back of the mouth and the sides of the mouth where little light can penetrate. The tongue, as well as the cheeks, makes seeing those darker areas quite challenging. But, thanks to an invention called an intraoral camera, patients are now able to see all of the areas within their mouth.

The hygienist or dentist, simply places a tiny sterilized probe-shaped camera inside your mouth, and moves it in such a way, to make all areas visible, while the patient is reclined and relaxed. The small wand, wrapped in a disposable plastic cover to prevent contamination, records video of the inside of the mouth, and then a cable transfers the data to a computing unit.

These full-color pictures are then enlarged on the computing unit, which then transmits the images to a TV screen. The images broadcast will show a crystal clear picture of everything that is going on inside your mouth, for you and your dentist. This cutting-edge technology makes defective fillings, bleeding gums, worn-out fillings, plaque, decay, oral lesions, and other, difficult to detect dental problems highly visible, and you needn’t experience any pain or radiation exposure to undergo this procedure. Don’t hesitate call and make an appointment for a complimentary consultation 964-990 6543.

Why Visit A General Dentist Or Family Dentist Regularly

This article gives you the top reasons why you should visit a general dentist or family dentist regularly:

Reason #1: To prevent oral cancer. This reason alone should give you cause to make an appearance at your dentist’s office. According to the Oral Cancer Foundation, oral cancer is the sixth most common malignancy reported worldwide with high mortality rates among patients. Not only that, but in the United States alone, someone dies from oral cancer every hour.

Reason #2: To prevent gum disease. Gum disease causes tooth loss, and you could have gum, or periodontal, disease and not even know it. When diagnosed in its early stages, also known as gingivitis, gum disease is treatable and reversible. If not treated early on, the advanced stages begin to set in. Also, studies have shown that gum disease can affect your heart

Reason #3: To keep your teeth. Avoiding dental visits is a surefire way to lose your teeth to gum disease. No teeth means you will be subject to wearing false teeth that are uncomfortable and embarrassing. Maintain good oral hygiene and visit your dentist regularly if you plan on keeping your natural teeth for as long as you should need them.

Reason #4: To prevent dental emergencies. Don’t wait until you have a toothache to visit your dentist. Many problems are easily avoided by regular visits to the dentist. He or she can detect potential problems with your teeth and gums early on. Cavities, broken fillings, and gum disease are easily treatable in the beginning.

Reason #5: To maintain good overall health. Heart disease, strokes, pancreatic cancer, and more serious health issues have all been linked to gum disease. Like has been said before, visiting your dentist for regular checkups can help you avoid gum disease, and thus promotes better overall health.

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Broken Teeth

At Coral Ridge Smile we receive calls from patients who have broken a tooth every day and most of the time the treatment will involve removing the remainder of the broken tooth and installing a crown or other permanent dental hardware to provide a stable biting service or keep what is left of the tooth intact.

Occasionally, the dentist is unable to save the tooth and it must be removed altogether. What are some factors that can cause a tooth to break?

Most dental fractures are caused by one of the several potential factors. The most prevalent factor is the presence of Silver amalgam fillings which continue to expand with age, putting pressure on surrounding tooth enamel and causing the formation of minute cracks. If a person with this kind of damage bites the wrong way on a piece of food or other matter the tooth can crack. This kind of damage usually means that the tooth has been fractured along several planes which makes removal of the enamel necessary.

Sometimes a dental bridge or implant is installed by the dentist. More often another kind of damage occurs. A tooth can fracture along a fault line where there is a weakness inherent in the tooth. In this situation, if the rest of the tooth is free of decay, the tooth can often be saved with a crown.

The act of clenching or grinding the teeth, referred to as “Bruxism”, is another common factor in tooth damage. Those with bruxism often have fractures in teeth regardless of the presence of fillings and are the most numerous of patients seen for broken teeth. It is important to treat a broken tooth as soon as possible before further damage sets in.