Dental implants are a great way to address the issue of missing teeth due to accident or injury, but they are not a solution that always “takes” after the initial implementation. It is normal for a dental implant to fail initially, but there are a number of ways to fix the problem before it becomes permanent.
The keys to successfully reversing a dental implant failure are to first identify the problem early and then to understand why it is failing.
What Is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is exactly what it sounds like: a false tooth that is surgically implanted into the jaw and secured as a permanent fix for a missing tooth.
If the tooth is missing due to accident or injury, it may be that the surrounding teeth and tissue, including the jawbone, are healthy and viable. This is key to a successful dental implant. If the tooth was lost to decay and that decay has damaged surrounding teeth, tissue, or jawbone, then it may be more likely for the dental implant to fail.
What May Cause Dental Implant Failure?
In addition to the possibility of damaged tissue making it impossible for the dental implant to be successful, it is also possible that the implant was not seated correctly. It may also be that the wearer does not care for the site properly in terms of dental hygiene. If they avoid flossing or brushing the new tooth due to discomfort, germ buildup can occur, and the body may try to reject the tooth.
Can a Failed Dental Implant Be Saved?
There are a number of failed dental implant options, and each one will be specific to the cause of failure. For example, if the issue is a lack of dental hygiene, then fixing the problem may be as simple as better flossing and brushing around the new implant going forward.
If the dental implant was placed incorrectly or if there is an issue with any part of the implant, your dentist may be able to address the problem by fabricating a new crown, bridge, or denture and reattaching it. If the problem is caused by weak bones or damaged tissue, surgery may be needed, but even in this most extreme case, it is still possible for a dental implant failure to be reversed.
I Think My Dental Implant Is Failing. How Should I Proceed?
If you believe that your dental implant is failing for any reason, it is important to get back into the dental chair sooner rather than later. Early intervention is key for all possible issues that could be causing the implant failure, and the sooner you respond, the sooner you can get back to normal. Contact Dison Family Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.
Dental bridges are a great way to replace missing teeth that have been lost due to accident or decay. With replacement teeth that look like natural teeth — shaped and colored to fit seamlessly into the place of the missing tooth or teeth — dental bridges are a popular option for smile repair.
Both permanent dental bridges and removable dental bridges are available. The one you choose should be based on your needs and your dentist’s recommendation.
Need help deciding which is best for you? Contact us at Dison Family Dentistry today.
Is a Dental Bridge Removable?
A dental bridge can be removable. There are some options that can be adhered to the surrounding teeth and secured in place, so they are not removable, relieving the wearer of slippage or the possibility of the tooth falling out at the wrong moment.
But there are also removable options that fit into place much like a retainer, with wires that are hidden behind the tooth. These may be preferred due to the ease with which they can be cleaned after removal.
Is It Possible to Get a Single Tooth Removable Dental Bridge?
A one-tooth removable dental bridge, also known as a single tooth flipper, is absolutely an option when only one tooth is missing. Many people prefer this option because it is less expensive and less painful than a more permanent solution, such as a dental implant.
Like all partial dentures, single tooth dentures look like a retainer and may fit the full mouth, or they may be a small appliance that fits snugly into place. What it looks like will vary depending on which tooth it is replacing and which teeth are around it.
How Do I Clean a Removable Dental Bridge?
Cleaning a removable dental bridge is simple. Most dentists recommend simply using a soft-bristled toothbrush and water to brush away any food or other debris and remove germs. Some people like to use a denture cleaner, dropping the dental bridge into the solution overnight and taking advantage of the fact that the bridge is removable and not permanent.
It is possible to also care for the removable dental bridge much like a permanent one, keeping it in place while flossing and brushing as normal. But because the dental bridge can come out, it often will not stay in place during this process, making it easier to remove and brush it separately.
NOTE: It is a good idea to avoid abrasive toothpastes and other cleaners when cleaning partial dental bridges.
Is a Removable Dental Bridge or Permanent Dental Bridge a Better Choice for Me?
There are lots of factors at play in choosing the right dental solution, and your dentist can help you determine the best path forward for your needs. Contact Dison Family Dentistry now to set up your appointment.
Porcelain veneers are an option for repairing a smile when there are one or more teeth that are broken, discolored, or oddly shaped. A permanent solution to the problem, porcelain veneers allow patients to fix their teeth and maintain their new smile with the same care and hygiene that they would apply to their natural teeth.
Porcelain veneers are said to be one of the longest lasting solutions to such an issue, often lasting 10 to 30 years. For this reason, they are very popular.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin porcelain sheaths that are attached to the front of the teeth. When teeth are stained, broken, cracked, or otherwise healthy but not aesthetically appealing, porcelain veneers cover them with a tooth-colored porcelain piece shaped to fit the tooth, so the tooth now fits in with other surrounding healthy teeth.
It is possible to get porcelain veneers for your whole smile, just the upper teeth, just the lower teeth, or individual teeth or groups of teeth that require repair.
How Long Do Porcelain Veneers Last?
Porcelain veneers are attached to the fronts of teeth after the surface of the tooth is roughed up and prepared for the application. The thin sheaths of porcelain are then adhered to the front of the tooth with a permanent material that keeps it in place for as long as needed or until it needs to be removed and replaced.
A set of porcelain veneers can last anywhere from 10 years to 30 years depending on how well the porcelain veneers are cared for. If they are broken or damaged, they may need to be replaced at any time within that 30-year period, but they cannot simply be removed.
During the preparation of the teeth for the application of the porcelain veneers, the enamel of the tooth was damaged. Because of this, it will be necessary for damaged veneers to be replaced with new ones.
How Can I Maintain My Porcelain Veneers for Longevity?
If longevity is your goal, you can make certain choices that will help your porcelain veneers to last longer. In most cases, you should be able to floss and brush in order to take care of them just as you would with natural teeth.
Though porcelain veneers resist stains better than resin veneers, it is still possible to stain them if you drink dark liquids (like coffee, red wine, cola, or fruit juice) or eat foods that can stain (like tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, or curry).
Also, porcelain is breakable. Though the veneers are unlikely to break with normal eating, if you eat hard foods frequently, the risk of breakage is higher.
Are Porcelain Veneers the Right Choice for Me?
Dison Family Dentistry has porcelain veneer dentists who can help you determine whether or not this is the best option for your smile. Everyone is different, and teeth may be repaired through a variety of options.
Contact Dison Family Dentistry today to set up a consultation and find which options are recommended for your dental care.
Losing a tooth due to accident, injury, or decay can be devastating if it is in a place of prominence in the mouth. Most of the time, the loss of a single tooth in a mouth full of healthy teeth will not impede eating or otherwise cause long-term damage to the jaw or mouth, but it can literally put a hole in an otherwise beautiful smile.
For this reason, many people opt to address the loss of a tooth with a single tooth flipper, a uniquely designed bit of hardware that will replace the tooth, so it fits seamlessly in with other teeth to fix your smile.
What Is a Single Tooth Flipper?
A single tooth flipper denture is a partial removable denture designed to replace a single tooth without implants or other invasive procedures. Very similar to a retainer but with a single tooth attached to it, a single tooth flipper can easily be removed for cleaning or any time the wearer would like to take it out.
What Does a Single Tooth Flipper Look Like?
A single tooth flipper can replace almost any tooth in the mouth, so depending on where the missing tooth occurred and what teeth are on either side, the single tooth flipper will look different. It could look like a full mouth retainer with the wires of the appliance hidden behind the teeth for a seamless smile. It could look like a tiny retainer that fits easily into place, is barely noticeable to the wearer, and is also invisible to viewers like the larger appliance.
It really depends on where the single tooth needs to be and what will be most effective in making sure that the tooth stays anchored in place and doesn’t slip or fall out at an inopportune moment.
How Much Does a Single Tooth Flipper Cost?
A flipper tooth can cost anywhere from $300 to $500, much like any retainer. The exact cost will depend mostly on the amount covered by your insurance and the material used to create the tooth.
What Are the Alternatives to a Single Tooth Flipper?
A single tooth flipper is not the only way to resolve the problem of a gap in your smile caused by a missing tooth. You may also opt for the following:
- Dental bridge: A dental bridge is a permanent solution to a missing tooth or teeth. There are many types, but they all do the same thing — provide a fake tooth that is permanently attached to the teeth on either side.
- Dental implant: Implants will replace the tooth by implanting a false tooth in the jaw. This is also a permanent option.
- Fixed partial denture: These are also partial dentures that clip onto nearby teeth.
- Snap-on smile: This option provides a snap-on false tooth that clicks on top of surrounding teeth.
Could I Benefit From a Single Tooth Flipper?
Pregnant women are tasked with not only making sure that their health is protected but also with ensuring the choices they make for their own health do not harm their unborn child.
The same is true for breastfeeding mothers. Every surgery and medication must be cleared by their obstetrician in order to ensure that the little ones are protected.
Will a pregnant woman put her unborn baby at risk by getting a root canal, or should she wait until after the baby is born to undergo the procedure?
Can You Get a Root Canal While Pregnant?
Both the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists and the American Dental Association have looked into the effect of root canals on pregnant women and their babies and have agreed that they are safe.
There are a number of different things that happen as part of the process of getting a root canal that could potentially be a concern, but each one was investigated and found to be safe for pregnant women.
For example, the primary concern was the anesthesia that may be used to manage pain associated with getting a root canal. However, it was found that local anesthetics that are powerful enough to make the root canal experience more comfortable had no ill effect on the baby.
Similarly, the antibiotics approved for use during root canals to stave off infection were also found to be safe for pregnant women to use.
Lastly, x-rays of the mouth that help the dentists to complete the procedure were considered to be fine as well, as long as the belly and thyroid were protected from exposure to the radiation.
Dental Care for Pregnant Women
During pregnancy, women can experience a number of issues with their health, including their oral health. It is especially important during this time of great change in a woman’s body that she continues to seek regular dental care and cleanings and address any issues that arise.
There are some dental treatments that may not be considered safe for pregnant women, so it is important to always discuss potential dental care with your OBGYN before undergoing any procedure.
Similarly, each pregnancy is different. While most dental professionals and OBGYNs agree that a root canal is safe, for some women it may not be. In fact, not all dental professionals are in agreement that endodontic treatment is appropriate for pregnant women, including root canals.
If you are pregnant and your dentist is suggesting that a root canal is the best next step for you to take, confirm with your doctor that it is an appropriate choice in your personal circumstance.
Pregnancy & Dental Care
Is it time to get a dental checkup during your pregnancy? Contact Dison Family Dentistry to set up an appointment and get the care you need.
Oral surgery is usually a very intense process that can take hours and require extensive, invasive work in the mouth.
However, not all oral surgeries are created equal, which means that some may be less invasive and less painful, giving patients an opportunity to avoid sedation beyond local anesthetic. Others may ultimately require full sedation in which the patient “goes to sleep” for the duration of the surgery.
Each person is different. For more information on what anesthesia options you have for your oral surgery, contact Dison Family Dentistry for more information.
Does an Oral Surgeon Put You to Sleep?
It depends on the surgery being done and/or the needs of the patient.
For example, if the surgery will be relatively simple or short but painful, the oral surgeon may provide a sedative to the patient in the form of a pill that makes the patient drowsy but does not put them to sleep.
Another common option that allows for continued consciousness but protects against the experience of intense pain is nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas).
If the surgery is more intense or if the patient has very high anxiety that is not successfully managed by the sedative pill, it may be necessary to put the patient under during the surgery, using either intravenous sedation or general anesthesia.
What Do Oral Surgeons Use to Put You to Sleep?
In the dental office or another appropriate medical setting, intravenous sedation may be used. Most patients will fall asleep while receiving IV sedation, but it is technically considered to be deep conscious sedation.
Throughout the process, heart rate and blood pressure as well as oxygen levels are monitored. Levels of medication can be adjusted, or reversal medications can be given if needed.
General anesthesia can only be given in a hospital setting or a surgery center, so it is extremely rare. In most cases, it is only given to very young children or people with special needs who cannot stay still or otherwise tolerate an oral surgery.
Tips for Managing Oral Surgery & Any Type of Sedation
- Make sure you are completely honest with your doctor about all medical conditions, mental health issues, and medications and supplements you are taking well before the day of the surgery. In some cases, you may need to stop taking certain medications or supplements in advance.
- Ask your doctor any questions you have in the appointments leading up to your surgery, so you feel comfortable with what to expect on the day of the surgery.
- Make sure you have someone available to drive you home after the surgery. It can take time for the sedatives to fully leave your system.
Get the support you need and the answers to your questions when you contact Dison Family Dentistry to manage your dental and oral surgery needs.
Professional teeth whitening is the gold standard when it comes to getting whiter, brighter teeth quickly and safely.
However, in between appointments, it is sometimes nice to have a little boost to that whitening effect, and Snow Teeth whitening kits can be a great solution to that problem. In many cases, you may even be able to purchase the kit directly from your dentist when you go in for your checkup.
What Is Snow Teeth Whitening?
Snow Teeth whitening kits are an at-home teeth whitening solution that many people find a beneficial way to keep teeth white in between professional whitening trips to the dentist.
To help make the process effective and maintain your bright white smile, Snow Teeth whitening toothpaste and Snow Teeth whitening refills are also available. Additionally, you can choose between a regular or maximum strength formula to get the desired level of whitening.
How to Use a Snow Teeth Whitening Kit
Essentially, the Snow Teeth whitening kit works when you use their proprietary serum and a mouthpiece together. There are two versions of the kit: one comes with a mouthpiece that is powered by a USB charger, and the other has a mouthpiece that is wireless.
Here’s how you use a Snow Teeth at-home whitening kit:
- Brush your teeth.
- Plug in the mouthpiece if needed.
- Apply the whitening serum to your teeth with the brush provided, using downward strokes from the top of the tooth to the bottom of the tooth. Use this application process on each tooth individually with care.
- Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and keep it there for anywhere from 9 to 30 minutes, depending on how your teeth respond and the desired effect.
- When you’re done, remove the mouthpiece, unplug it if needed, and rinse the device with water. Use gentle hand soap to aid the cleaning process and then dry it and put it away carefully.
- Rinse the serum out of your mouth.
- Repeat daily for 21 days and then twice a week to retain the effect.
Tips for Getting the Most Benefit From Snow Teeth Whitening Kits
- Use enough serum to cover the tooth completely but without clumping or dripping.
- If you purchased a Snow whitening kit in the past and did not use it for a while, be sure to use the serum within two years. If it is past that date, purchase some Snow Teeth whitening refills for best results.
- If you are pregnant, speak with your doctor before using this or any whitening product.
- The paste is vegetarian/vegan. While it contains no gluten products, it is not certified gluten-free.
Want Quicker Tooth Whitening?
If you’d like to schedule an appointment for professional tooth whitening, contact Dison Family Dentistry today, or if you prefer, ask about Snow Teeth whitening kits.
If you have missing or broken teeth that are causing you pain, restorative dental procedures can repair your smile and help you feel better.
While restorative dentistry procedures are not for aesthetic purposes, the end result is a nicer smile that helps the damaged teeth to fit in seamlessly with the healthy teeth.
More importantly, restorative dental procedures can help to improve chewing function, cut down on the risk of the development of new dental problems, and decrease dental pain.
What Are Basic Restorative Dental Procedures?
Some basic restorative dental procedures include the following:
- Fillings: When caught early, a small cavity can easily be repaired with a filling. This procedure can be completed in a few minutes, with the dentist removing all decayed areas of the tooth and filling the resulting hole with a tooth-colored material.
- Inlays and Onlays: A medium-sized cavity that is too large for a simple filling may be addressed with an inlay or an onlay. An inlay fits into the hole remaining after decay has been removed and is bonded to the tooth. An onlay may be used instead of an inlay if at least one cusp of the tooth is covered. In addition, an onlay fills the hole left by the cavity.
- Crowns: A crown is the best option for a larger cavity that cannot be repaired with fillings, inlays, or onlays. Also called a dental cap, crowns fit over the entire tooth. In order to make the crown fit properly, the dentist will need to shave down part of the tooth, so the crown can go over the entire tooth and still fit between the teeth on either side comfortably.
What Are Major Restorative Dental Procedures?
- Bridges: When one tooth or a few teeth next to each other are missing, a bridge may be a good option. More intensive in nature than any of the basic restorative options, the dentist will need to shave down the healthy teeth on either side of where the missing teeth were and bond a bridge consisting of false teeth to fit in the gaps and crowns that go over the teeth on either side of the healthy teeth.
- Implants: In some cases, it may be preferred to implant teeth into the gap where the missing teeth once were. Just like healthy teeth, implanted teeth can be incorporated into other restorative procedures like bridges or dentures.
- Dentures: When there are many teeth missing or there are teeth missing all over the mouth, partial dentures or full dentures may be attached to dental implants. They can also be designed to be removed when needed.
What Is the Effect of Restorative Procedures on Dental Pulp?
Depending on the materials used and how the restorative procedure is done, there may be a variety of adverse impacts to dental pulp. It is important to speak to your dentist about the potential long-term effects of any restorative procedure.
If you believe that you would benefit from restorative dental care or if you would like to help a family member connect with treatment, contact Dison Family Dentistry today.
Chipped or cracked tooth? Discoloration? Minor issue with misalignment on one or two teeth?
Resin bonding may be the solution.
Also called composite resin bonding, this dental treatment is a common choice to manage minor aesthetic issues.
What Is Resin Bonding for Teeth?
Resin bonding for teeth is the practice of applying a soft, tooth-colored material to a single tooth, shaping it to cover any chips or cracks and to look like a natural tooth, and letting it dry into that shape.
- Choose the right shade of resin so the bonded tooth matches the rest of your teeth.
- Prepare the tooth by making the surface a bit rough and then applying a liquid that makes the resin adhere to the tooth.
- Apply the resin bonding to the tooth. Then, mold and smooth the material so it looks like a tooth.
- Use a curing light to harden the resin and bond it to the tooth.
- Polish the resin materials so it looks like a natural tooth.
It takes about an hour to complete this process for each tooth.
What Are the Benefits of Resin Bonding?
In addition to covering stains and discoloration, chips, and cracks, resin bonding can make small teeth look larger or longer and change their shape if one or two stand out from the rest.
Additionally, it can also be used to fill cavities and to protect the roots of teeth when gum recession causes them to be exposed.
Are Resin Bonding & Veneers the Same Thing?
Veneers and resin bonding are very similar in purpose and effect, as both are used to reshape and cover teeth with minor cosmetic blemishes.
A big difference, however, is that while veneers are stain resistant, resin bonding can darken and stain over time.
Another difference is that very little enamel is removed when resin bonding is applied, unlike veneers. Because of this, veneers are not reversible. It will be necessary to have them for a lifetime. Resin bonding, on the other hand, is reversible.
How Long Does Resin Bonding Last?
Depending on the level of dental hygiene, resin bonding can last anywhere from 3 to 10 years. Regular flossing, brushing, and checkups can help to keep resin bonding strong.
Additionally, to avoid staining the bonding, it is recommended to stay away from dark drinks like coffee, red wine, and black teas. Avoid smoking, which can also stain teeth.
It’s important to note that resin bonding can be touched up without a full replacement.
Am I a Good Candidate for Resin Bonding?
If you have a couple of teeth that you would like to have fixed, call Dison Family Dentistry to set up an appointment and speak to a dentist about the best option for your needs.
Veneers can be a great way to beautify your smile and increase your confidence, especially if you have discolored teeth or a small chip here and there. But how long will they last? And what is the process of getting them installed and keeping them looking great?
Keep reading for all the information you need about veneers.
What Is the Process for Getting Veneers?
Veneers involve one of the least invasive and fastest procedures to beautify your smile. First, a dentist will take impressions of the teeth to create the veneers to suit your smile and match them to the color of your other teeth.
Once the veneers are fabricated, they will be secured to your teeth where they will stay until and if you decide to have them replaced. Veneers, like teeth, can become chipped or discolored over time, especially if they are not cared for properly.
Once veneers are installed, they are a lifelong fixture. Because a millimeter of enamel is removed from natural teeth in order to install the veneers, they will need to be replaced with new veneers if they are removed.
How Long Do Different Types of Veneers Last?
There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite.
Composite veneers are applied a layer at a time to the teeth, building them up to the level and look that is required. They are less expensive and can easily be repaired if chips or cracks occur.
Composite veneers may last up to eight years, but they may need to be replaced as soon as four years after application. They may also show wear and stains more readily than porcelain, and they look a little less natural.
Porcelain veneers, on the other hand, are thin shells that are bonded to each tooth. They are more durable and resistant to stains, last up to 12 years, and look more natural than composite veneers. They cannot be repaired, however, and must be replaced if there are any problems. They are also more expensive than composite veneers.
Are Veneers the Best Option for Me?
Veneers are the best choice for people who want to cover up minor imperfections in their teeth and improve their smile. They may not be the best choice for people who have any issues that are beyond cosmetic, unhealthy gums or teeth, or excessive crowding.
In general, veneers can cover up gaps between teeth as well as discolorations and chips, cracks, fillings, and crooked or oddly shaped teeth. To discuss whether or not veneers are the best choice for your needs and, if so, whether porcelain veneers or composite veneers are recommended, contact Dison Family Dentistry today for a personal consultation. We can help you decide the best path forward to beautify your smile and care for your dental health along the way.