Posts for: June, 2016
How dental implants from your Fort Worth dentist save your smile
Do you have spaces in your smile because of lost teeth? Do you have teeth that are so badly damaged they can’t be restored with either fillings or crowns? Have you been told some of your teeth should be taken out? If so, don’t be afraid! Now you can restore your entire smile with dental implants. After all, you deserve a beautiful, complete smile you will be proud to show to the world. Your dentists at Harris Parkway Dental Care in Fort Worth, Texas want to help you discover how dental implants can save your smile.
Dental implants placed by your dentists at Harris Parkway Dental Care are made of titanium, a uniquely biocompatible material that actually fuses with your bone. The dental implant is placed in a simple in-office procedure. Your bone will fuse with the implant and lock it securely in place. After a healing period, your dentists at Harris Parkway Dental Care will cap your implant with a beautiful new crown.
Your dental implants will offer many benefits and provide you with a long-term solution to tooth replacement. Your dentists at Harris Parkway Dental Care want you to know your dental implants will never decay or stain. They are also highly successful, with a success rate over 95 percent, higher than any other surgical implant!
Besides being a highly successful, long-term solution to restore your smile, dental implants also offer you benefits unmatched by any other tooth replacement. Consider that dental implants provide you with:
- Improved chewing ability, which helps your digestion and overall health
- Enhanced confidence, because you know your teeth won’t move around
- More convenience, because you can brush and floss normally
- Greater satisfaction, knowing you can eat the foods you love without worry
You owe it to yourself to discover how dental implants restore your whole smile and give you the smile you deserve. Why settle for cumbersome bridges, partials and dentures when you can have a state-of-the-art permanent solution to save your smile? Call your dentists at Harris Parkway Dental Care in Fort Worth, Texas and discover the magic of dental implants. Call today!
You might think David Copperfield leads a charmed life:Â He can escape from ropes, chains, and prison cells, make a Learjet or a railroad car disappear, and even appear to fly above the stage. But the illustrious illusionist will be the first to admit that making all that magic takes a lot of hard work. And he recently told Dear Doctor magazine that his brilliant smile has benefitted from plenty of behind-the-scenes dental work as well.
“When I was a kid, I had every kind of [treatment]. I had braces, I had headgear, I had rubber bands, and a retainer afterward,” Copperfield said. And then, just when his orthodontic treatment was finally complete, disaster struck. “I was at a mall, running down this concrete alleyway, and there was a little ledge… and I went BOOM!”
Copperfield’s two front teeth were badly injured by the impact. “My front teeth became nice little points,” he said. Yet, although they had lost a great deal of their structure, his dentist was able to restore those damaged teeth in a very natural-looking way. What kind of “magic” did the dentist use?
In Copperfield’s case, the teeth were repaired using crown restorations. Crowns (also called caps) are suitable when a tooth has lost part of its visible structure, but still has healthy roots beneath the gum line. To perform a crown restoration, the first step is to make a precise model of your teeth, often called an impression. This allows a replacement for the visible part of the tooth to be fabricated, and ensures it will fit precisely into your smile. In its exact shape and shade, a well-made crown matches your natural teeth so well that it’s virtually impossible to tell them apart. Subsequently, the crown restoration is permanently attached to the damaged tooth.
There’s a blend of technology and art in making high quality crowns — just as there is in some stage-crafted illusions. But the difference is that the replacement tooth is not just an illusion: It looks, functions and “feels” like your natural teeth… and with proper care it can last for many years to come.Â Besides crowns, there are several other types of tooth restorations that are suitable in different situations. We can recommend the right kind of “magic” for you.
If you would like more information about crowns, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Crowns & Bridgework” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”
Preventing tooth decay is mostly about the basics: daily brushing and flossing followed by regular dental cleanings and checkups. But there’s also a bigger picture: your own personal risk profile for decay based on factors you can modify directly — and those you can’t.
The first type of factor usually involves habits and behavior that either work with your mouth’s natural defenses to fight decay or against it. Besides regular hygiene, your diet is probably the most important of these you can modify for better dental health.
A diet rich in fresh vegetables, protein and dairy products boosts strong, healthy teeth resistant to decay. Conversely, bacteria thrive on the sugar in many snack foods, while sodas, sports or energy drinks elevate acid levels that soften and erode the minerals in your teeth’s enamel.
Lifestyle habits like tobacco use or excessive alcohol consumption also increase your decay risk. Not only do they promote plaque buildup (the thin film of bacteria and food particles that feeds the decay process), but tobacco especially can impede the body’s natural prevention and healing properties.
Conscientious hygiene practices, a dental-friendly diet and modified lifestyle habits all can help you prevent decay. But diligence may not be enough — there are other possible factors you can’t control or may find difficult to change. For example, you may have a genetic propensity toward certain bacteria that cause decay. You may have a condition like gastric reflux that increases the mouth’s acid level. You may also be taking medications that reduce saliva flow, the mouth’s natural acid neutralizer.
But if we know which of these indirect risk factors affect you, we can compensate with extra measures. If enamel strength is a problem we can topically apply fluoride; we can also reduce chronic bacterial levels with prescription rinses. If you have restricted saliva flow, we can attempt to modify your prescriptions through your doctor or prescribe aids that increase saliva.
The key is to investigate your complete risk factor profile through a thorough dental examination. Once we know everything about your mouth, life and health that increases your decay risk, we can put in place a balanced strategy of prevention and treatment just for you. Doing so will greatly increase your chances for keeping your teeth decay-free and healthy.
If you would like more information on preventing and treating dental disease, 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 “Tooth Decay: How to Assess Your Risk.”