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By Dental Associates of Cumberland
February 26, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Discover all the smile advantages dental implants can give you.

Even though natural teeth are durable accidents happen and you may find yourself dealing with tooth loss. Fortunately, your Cumberland, RI dentist Dr. Angeles Felix has one way to ensure that your tooth loss becomes a thing of the past. Replacing your Dental Implants missing tooth or teeth is vitally important to your oral health. Don’t let tooth loss continue to cause issues for your smile. Find out how implants can give you so much to smile about.

Boost Your Appearance

First and foremost, a smile that has gaps in it where teeth should be can certainly be a detriment to your self-esteem. But once implants are placed just knowing that the tooth isn’t going anywhere is enough to immediately boost your confidence. Plus, no one will even know that you have an implant. Implants are created to look and function just like a real tooth, so only you’ll know you have one.

Trust in Your Smile’s Strength

A toothless smile can make everyday habits like chewing and speaking a major challenge. But once the implant is firmly in place you won’t have to worry about it going anywhere. An implant is made from highly resilient titanium while the dental crown is made from strong composite resin. Unlike dentures, which can slip around in your mouth while talking or eating, your implant will always stay put.

Keep Natural Teeth Healthy

Other replacement options like dental bridges require some natural teeth to be extensively shaved down to help support the bridge and cement it into place. Once these teeth have been ground down it can never be reversed. This means that the long-term health of these teeth could be compromised. Fortunately, this isn’t an issue when you opt for dental implants. Implants do not require the use of other healthy neighboring teeth to hold it in place.

A Lifelong Solution

An implant is biocompatible so once your Cumberland, RI general dentist surgically places the implant into the jawbone the bone will begin to grow around the implant. Of course, this won’t happen instantly (it usually takes a couple of months) but what you are left with is an implant that can last the rest of your life if you continue to maintain good oral health.

Dental implants have been saving countless smiles and it could save yours, too! Find out whether you’re a good candidate for this treatment by scheduling an appointment with Dental Associates of Cumberland, RI.

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
February 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

In real life he was a hard-charging basketball player through high school and college. In TV and the movies, he has gone head-to-head with serial killers, assorted bad guys… even mysterious paranormal forces. So would you believe that David Duchovny, who played Agent Fox Mulder in The X-Files and starred in countless other large and small-screen productions, lost his front teeth… in an elevator accident?

“I was running for the elevator at my high school when the door shut on my arm,” he explained. “The next thing I knew, I was waking up in the hospital. I had fainted, fallen on my face, and knocked out my two front teeth.” Looking at Duchovny now, you’d never know his front teeth weren’t natural. But that’s not “movie magic” — it’s the art and science of modern dentistry.

How do dentists go about replacing lost teeth with natural-looking prosthetics? Today, there are two widely used tooth replacement procedures: dental implants and bridgework. When a natural tooth can’t be saved — due to advanced decay, periodontal disease, or an accident like Duchovny’s — these methods offer good looking, fully functional replacements. So what’s the difference between the two? Essentially, it’s a matter of how the replacement teeth are supported.

With state-of-the-art dental implants, support for the replacement tooth (or teeth) comes from small titanium inserts, which are implanted directly into the bone of the jaw. In time these become fused with the bone itself, providing a solid anchorage. What’s more, they actually help prevent the bone loss that naturally occurs after tooth loss. The crowns — lifelike replacements for the visible part of the tooth — are securely attached to the implants via special connectors called abutments.

In traditional bridgework, the existing natural teeth on either side of a gap are used to support the replacement crowns that “bridge” the gap. Here’s how it works: A one-piece unit is custom-fabricated, consisting of prosthetic crowns to replace missing teeth, plus caps to cover the adjacent (abutment) teeth on each side. Those abutment teeth must be shaped so the caps can fit over them; this is done by carefully removing some of the outer tooth material. Then the whole bridge unit is securely cemented in place.

While both systems have been used successfully for decades, bridgework is now being gradually supplanted by implants. That’s because dental implants don’t have any negative impact on nearby healthy teeth, while bridgework requires that abutment teeth be shaped for crowns, and puts additional stresses on them. Dental implants also generally last far longer than bridges — the rest of your life, if given proper care. However, they are initially more expensive (though they may prove more economical in the long run), and not everyone is a candidate for the minor surgery they require.

Which method is best for you? Don’t try using paranormal powers to find out: Come in and talk to us. If you would like more information about tooth replacement, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework,” and “Dental Implants.”

By Dental Associates of Cumberland
February 10, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral hygiene  

You may think an office cleaning is mainly cosmetic — giving your teeth that polished look and you that pleasant, “squeaky clean” feeling. But your dental hygienist is doing more than making your teeth look great during your cleaning session — they’re also providing a valuable service keeping your teeth and gums healthy.

Here, then, are 3 things your dental hygienist is doing during a cleaning session that protects your health.

Removing disease-causing plaque. An office cleaning produces more than a fresh and clean smile. Your hygienist is manually removing plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) in hard to reach places or where it has built up despite your best efforts at brushing and flossing. This built-up plaque is a ready source of bacteria producing acids, which give rise to both tooth decay and gum disease. And for actual occurrences of the latter, plaque removal is an important part of the treatment to restore your gums to a healthy pink.

Checking for signs of dental disease. As your hygienist cleans your teeth, they’re also looking for abnormalities in the mouth’s soft tissue — lumps, bumps, sores, or swelling — that may indicate something more serious requiring further examination. They’re also assessing your overall gum health, probing any areas that might indicate gum disease. And, of course, they’re looking for cavities, softened enamel or other signs of tooth decay.

Helping you improve your oral hygiene. As proficient as they are, a dental hygienist can only do so much to help prevent dental disease; the rest — daily brushing and flossing — is on your shoulders. But you’re not completely on your own, because your hygienist is your best personal hygiene training partner: not only can they assess how well you’re doing in your daily regimen, but they can also give you expert advice and tips on improving your brushing and flossing performance.

If you would like more information on the role of your hygienist in your dental care, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Hygiene Visit.”



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