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By Dental Associates of Cumberland
March 28, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
ReplacingaMissingToothisntJustAboutImprovingYourSmile

Seven out of ten Americans are missing at least one tooth due to decay, periodontal (gum) disease or injury. Unfortunately, the consequences go far beyond a missing tooth — the loss of even one could set in motion a cascade of problems.

Perhaps the most damaging of these problems is bone loss. Like other living tissue, bone has a life cycle — older cells dissolve (resorb) into the body and are replaced by fresher cells. This growth cycle in the jawbone receives stimulation from forces generated by teeth when we chew or bite. If a tooth is no longer present to provide this stimulation, the affected bone cells won’t regenerate at a healthy rate. Over time this causes the volume of bone to diminish, as much as 25% the first year after tooth loss.

The void left by a missing tooth can also adversely affect remaining teeth. Teeth are held in place by a tough but elastic tissue known as the periodontal ligament that lies between the tooth and the bone. The ligament enables teeth to move gradually in response to mouth changes so that the teeth remain tightly aligned with each other. When there’s a gap from a missing tooth, this tendency will cause the teeth on either side to move (or “drift”) toward the open space. Although a natural phenomena, it can result in a malocclusion (poor bite).

That’s why it’s important to replace a missing tooth with a life-like replica — not just for appearance’s sake, but also to improve function and prevent the rise of these other problems. While many options exist (from removable dentures to fixed bridges) the choice most preferred by dentists and patients is the dental implant.

An implant replaces the tooth root as well as the crown, because it’s imbedded securely into the jawbone. Because of a natural affinity with titanium, the principal metal used in implants, bone cells will grow to its surface. Not only will this anchor the implant more securely, it will slow or even stop bone loss.

If you have a missing tooth, you should visit us as soon as possible to consider your options for a replacement. A new tooth will help stop even greater problems from occurring.

If you would like more information on effects and treatment of tooth loss, 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 “The Hidden Consequences of Losing Teeth.”


By Dental Associates of Cumberland
March 13, 2018
Category: Oral Health
FifthHarmonysCamilaCabelloChipsaToothbutConcertStillWorthIt

Everyone loves a concert where there's plenty of audience participation… until it starts to get out of hand.├é┬áRecently, the platinum-selling band Fifth Harmony was playing to a packed house in Atlanta when things went awry for vocalist Camila Cabello. Fans were batting around a big plastic ball, and one unfortunate swing sent the ball hurtling toward the stage — and directly into Cabello's face. Pushing the microphone into her mouth, it left the “Worth It” singer with a chipped front tooth.

Ouch! Cabello finished the show nevertheless, and didn't seem too upset. “Atlanta… u wild… love u,” she tweeted later that night. “Gotta get it fixed now tho lol.” Fortunately, dentistry offers a number of ways to make that chipped tooth look as good as new.

A small chip at the edge of the tooth can sometimes be polished with dental instruments to remove the sharp edges. If it's a little bigger, a procedure called dental bonding may be recommended. Here, the missing part is filled in with a mixture of plastic resin and glass fillers, which are then cured (hardened) with a special light. The tooth-colored bonding material provides a tough, lifelike restoration that's hard to tell apart from your natural teeth. While bonding can be performed in just one office visit, the material can stain over time and may eventually need to be replaced.

Porcelain veneers are a more long-lasting solution. These wafer-thin coverings go over the entire front surface of the tooth, and can resolve a number of defects — including chips, discoloration, and even minor size or spacing irregularities. You can get a single veneer or have your whole smile redone, in shades ranging from a pearly luster to an ultra-bright white; that's why veneers are a favorite of Hollywood stars. Getting veneers is a procedure that takes several office visits, but the beautiful results can last for many years.

If a chip or crack extends into the inner part of a tooth, you'll probably need a crown (or cap) to restore the tooth's function and appearance. As long as the roots are healthy, the entire part of the tooth above the gum line can be replaced with a natural-looking restoration. You may also need a root canal to remove the damaged pulp material and prevent infection if the fracture went too far. While small chips or cracks aren't usually an emergency (unless accompanied by pain), damage to the tooth's pulp requires prompt attention.

If you have questions about smile restoration, please contact us and schedule an appointment. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty As Never Before” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”


By Dental Associates of Cumberland
March 06, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry  

Do you wish your smile was one of your best features? Fortunately, it's easy to improve your teeth with cosmetic dentistry. Our cosmetic dentistryCumberland, RI, dentist, Dr. Angeles Felix, discusses a few cosmetic treatments you may want to consider.

Teeth whitening

Your smile may suffer if your teeth are in good condition, yet have become progressively duller over the years. In some cases, teeth start to look a little yellow as a result of aging, but in others, the foods and beverages you consume are responsible. After you eat or drink coffee, tea, wine, cola, and berries, dark pigments settle into tiny pores in your tooth enamel, staining your teeth. Teeth whitening uses hydrogen peroxide, an effective whitening agent, to break up the pigments and lighten your smile. After just one hour in our Cumberland office, your teeth will be noticeably whiter.

Crowns

Crowns stabilize and protect broken, cracked or fragile teeth, but they also offer a good way to conceal flaws in teeth. The restorations can be a good choice if you want to completely change the shape of a tooth, conceal a dark tooth that doesn't respond to whitening treatment, hide uneven surfaces or lengthen a short tooth. Hollow crowns fit snugly over teeth once they've been reduced in size and are made of porcelain, porcelain-fused-to-metal, ceramic or resin.

Veneers

Do you have a small chip or a few pits in a tooth? Veneers are designed to hide these and other imperfections. The thin porcelain shells fit over the fronts of your teeth, providing an excellent solution if you have crooked, twisted or oddly shaped teeth, or gaps between teeth. Veneers also keep discolorations out of sight, offer a whitening alternative and lengthen teeth.

Bridges, dentures, and dental implants

Nothing changes your smile more than a missing tooth. Although your altered appearance is certainly an important concern, missing teeth can cause other problems. Once the tooth is gone, other teeth may drift and overlap, and you may find eating or speaking clearly more difficult. Thanks to bridges, dentures, and dental implants, it's possible to replace a missing tooth or teeth. Bridges consist of artificial teeth connected to crowns, while dentures replace all of your upper or lower teeth and rest against your gums. Dental implants are synthetic root replacements that bond to your jawbone and are topped with dental crowns.

Are you ready to revitalize your smile? Why not take advantage of the cosmetic dentistry services offered by our Cumberland, RI, dentist, Dr. Felix. Call her at (401) 723-0350 to schedule your appointment.




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