Or is it their smile?
We all know that a bright, white, beautiful smile can get us noticed. Many dental patients come to their Crown Council dentists for teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other cosmetic dental procedures to get their smile looking its best. One of the most common requests of Crown Council dentists is straight teeth.
But did you know there are actual health benefits to aligning those pearly whites?
1. Cleaner Teeth
Crowded and overlapping teeth make it harder for your toothbrush’s bristles to reach those tiny spots between teeth where bacteria collects. Food particles can also get trapped between teeth, and flossing gets harder when teeth overlap. Ever had to force your floss between teeth because of overcrowding? It might be time to see your Crown Council dentist about clear braces.
2. Smoother Chewing
Crooked teeth usually come together unevenly when you bite and chew. This can impact your ability to chew your food and even lead to problems with digestion.
3. Protected Soft Tissue
Uneven teeth can protrude into the mouth’s soft tissues (think the inside of your cheeks and lips) and cause discomfort. Over time this can lead to cuts and sores, or even infections.
4. Fewer Headaches
Crooked teeth can be quite the headache – literally. Because irregular teeth wear unevenly on your jaw, the pressure can lead to chronic problems including jaw strain and headaches.
5. Improved Diction
A twisted smile can lead to twisted speech! Tooth irregularities can be the culprit of several speech impediments, which can harm self esteem and lead to poor performance in school or at work.
If you’ve been thinking about setting your smile straight, we hope this information helps you in your decision to visit your Crown Council dentist. Feel free to ask any questions you have about improving your smile. Whether you’re looking for Invisalign clear braces, porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, or even a simple cleaning, your Crown Council dentist can answer any questions you might have.
Dentists make you nervous? Consider sedation dentistry. Your journey to a sparkling smile can be easy, breezy, and pain-free.
Have you been putting off that root canal or cosmetic dental treatment due to dental anxiety? You’re not alone. Many people have these same fears and it’s understandable. Dental work is up close and personal with many instruments that you wouldn’t want to be used anywhere on your body, let alone your mouth. Rest assured, there is a pain-free solution. Sedation dentistry is available in Crown Council dental offices across the country and is a great option for your to get your much-needed dental care without anxiety.
If you are in pain, let your skilled and knowledgeable Crown Council dentist evaluate your tooth. Often times, a toothache is an mild annoyance that can signal bigger dental issues if left untreated. If you have a painful tooth, getting treatment as soon as possible is important to your dental health, as well as your peace of mind.
Your Crown Council dentist can stop your tooth pain while you enjoy a relaxing and peaceful visit. Many cosmetic dentists offer three levels of sedation: nitrous oxide, oral conscious sedation, and IV sedation. With this variety of options, each dental patient is able to choose the level of sedation that is right for them. So whether you want to be completely out or just need a little something to take the edge off, your Crown Council dentist has the solution for you. Call your local cosmetic dentist today so you can been treated quickly and find long-lasting relief from that toothache.
Many people think that having their gums bleed when they brush or floss is normal. Can you imagine if other bleeding body parts were treated as carelessly? “My hair bleeds when I wash it. It’s probably fine!” No one says this. So what makes gum disease so accepted? Probably a big part has to do with not understanding what gum disease actually is.
Gum disease, also known as periodontal disease, is a result of bacteria found in dental plaque. Your gums become red, inflamed and may bleed as your body tries to fight the bacteria in the dental plaque. Good oral hygiene is the key for fighting gum disease. Proper brushing, correct flossing techniques and regular visits to your family dentist for teeth cleaning are all great ways to prevent gum disease and keep your mouth happy and healthy.
In a 1999 study, researchers at the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that half of Americans over 30 had bleeding gums.
Don’t be part of this statistic. While the main aspect of gum disease is harmful bacteria, other factors can contribute to periodontal disease. These risk factors include:
- Smoking – in addition to all the other health risks it causes, smoking also increases the presence of gum disease
- Grinding or clenching teeth
- Fluctuating hormones (such as menopause or pregnancy)
- Poor Diet
It’s important to know about gum disease so you can spot the early warning signs and get the correct dental care from your Crown Council dentist. If left untreated, the bacteria from gum disease can enter your bloodstream and cause serious medical issues in other areas of your body including loose teeth, stroke, heart disease and more. Contact a Crown Council dentist today to maintain a healthy mouth and body.
If you’ve had a lot of fillings (especially silver fillings) then you may have notice that there is staining around the edges or that your teeth have even started to change color over time. This is common, especially as we age and get more fillings. There is a solution, however; with a dental crown, you can bring back that youthful smile that you remember. In addition to better appearance you are also doing a favor for your teeth. As fillings become bigger and more numerous in our teeth, their integrity weakens, and dentists frequently see fractured cusp or entire teeth. This can make placing a crown over the remaining tooth structure much more difficult. In the worst cases, it can indicate the need for root canals or even extraction.
It’s not a good idea to run this risk. If you knew that the axle on your car was in a weakened condition, would you feel comfortable driving across the country? Although a fractured tooth may not be as lethal as a car accident, your teeth contribute to your quality of life and you must maintain them through your life. It is a good idea to set up an appointment with your local Crown Council dentist for a consultation about which teeth may need to have a crown placed over them to ensure their integrity. Use our “Find A Dentist” tool and make an appointment to start the process for that stronger and youthful smile.
By Dr. Scott Rice
Dental implants are the best tooth replacement option available. Unfortunately, though, not everyone is a perfect candidate. How do you know if dental implants are right for you? The only way to know for sure is to talk to a dentist, but here are some basic guidelines.
The Ideal Candidate for Dental Implants
Most people who have lost a tooth recently or who are facing the removal of a tooth are candidates for dental implants. In an ideal world, the dental implant candidate:
- Smokes less than 20 cigarettes a day
- Has good oral health–gum disease is controlled
- Is healthy enough for surgery
- Has adequate bone to support implants
If you meet all these qualifications, you’re ready to get your dental implants right away. If not, you may need to take steps before you can get dental implants.
Quit Smoking for Dental Implants
Smoking will increase your risk of dental implant failure. Smoking increases your risk of gum disease, which is bad for implants (see below), but it also impacts bone healing.
Dental implants in smokers sometimes fail because the body doesn’t build bone around the implants. Instead, it creates a soft, fibrous tissue that can’t secure the implants in place. There is some evidence that nicotine can increase the risk of implant failure, so this means that even if you’re not smoking, but are using nicotine gum or e-cigarettes, you might still have elevated risk.
And chewing tobacco is just as bad or worse.
Treat Gum Disease
Gum disease is when an infection attacks the gums, bones, and ligaments that hold your teeth in. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss among adults. It can also lead to dental implant failure because the bacteria will attack the bone around the implant as well. Treating gum disease will give you a good chance of success with your dental implants.
For a healthy individual, there are few risks associated with dental implant surgery, but some people have health conditions that may lead to dangers. In particular, sleep apnea and heart conditions may result in anesthesia-related risks. Talk to your doctor about whether you can get surgery, and what you should do to get in shape.
If You Have Limited Bone
For people with limited bone to support dental implants, there are many options.
A bone graft may be recommended, which may be actual bone or a bone substitute. Sometimes a bone graft may be placed when you get your dental implants. Other times, you may have to wait for your graft to heal before you can get your dental implants.
Other times, Mini implants or special angled implants can sometimes be used to make sure your dental implants find enough bone to support them, even if you’ve lost bone in the area where the implants are being placed.
If All Else Fails
And, of course, sometimes your dentist may not have good options for making you a dental implant candidate. In this case, you may have to look at other treatments. The good news is, these are usually pretty good options.
Dental bridges have their limitations, but they are still attractive and long-lasting restorations. Even dentures, which have in the past been maligned for poor fit and function, are experiencing a revival. New neuromuscular dentures provide better fit, appearance, and support than traditional dentures.
Talking to your cosmetic dentist is the best way to find out which is the right choice for restoring your attractive smile.
About The Author
Dr. Scott Rice is a Crown Council dentist based in Irvine, CA, where he practices with his son, Dr. Taylor Rice at Rice Dentistry. Dr. Rice has been recognized by many prestigious dental organizations for his extensive experience and training.
If you fear dental visits you are not alone. There are many people who postpone or avoid going to the dentist because they are just too afraid. Don’t let this happen to you. Avoiding dental care (especially avoiding mouth or tooth pain) will only make matters worse. Fortunately many dentists have begun to provide oral conscious sedation dentistry which can greatly alleviate dental fear or anxiety.
So what is sedation dentistry and when would one use it?
There are many types of sedation dentistry and they offer different benefits to patients. Your dentist will work with you to figure out what approach will best fit your situation. If you have dental fear and or anxiety you could be a good candidate for oral conscious sedation. Other qualifications can include:
- sensitive gag reflex
- sore jaw muscles
- high pain sensitivity
- difficulty numbing with local anesthetic
- back or neck pain
- difficulty controlling movement
- previous traumatic dental experiences
- discomfort sitting for long periods of time
If oral conscious sedation sounds like something you might be interested in, find a Crown Council Sedation Dentist near you. Don’t let your dental anxiety prevent you from the quality of life you deserve!