Posts for: April, 2017
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
Gaps from missing teeth can affect your whole smile, but there is a solution. Dental implants replace both missing teeth and their roots. Since they are anchored in the mouth, dental implants are permanent, unlike other tooth replacement options. They will not loosen or slip out of place. Further, they function just like natural teeth. If you are tired of having gaps in your smile, consider dental implants. In Fort Worth, TX, dental implants can be installed by Dr. Brad McConnell of Harris Parkway Dental Care.
What are Dental Implants?
Dental implants consist of three main parts — the implant, an abutment and a crown. The implant replaces the original tooth root and is anchored to the jaw bone. The dentist first drills the implant into the jaw bone. Then, over time, the implant fuses with the bone to form a solid, permanent anchor for the entire dental implant. An abutment is placed on top of the implant and is used to hold the crown in place. The crown serves as the replacement tooth. Once installed, the crown is the only portion of the implant that remains visible.
Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants offer multiple benefits. One of the biggest benefits is filling in the gaps where teeth are missing and restoring your whole smile. Since they are anchored to the jaw bone, dental implants are permanent and have numerous advantages over dentures and other removable options. There is no risk of the implants coming loose, slipping out of place or completely falling out. Your Fort Worth area dentist can help you decide if they are right for you.
Other benefits associated with dental implants include improved tooth functioning. When teeth are missing, added strain is imposed on the surrounding teeth since they must compensate for the missing teeth. This means that existing teeth are doing more biting and chewing than they should. Dental implants replace those missing teeth. The replacement teeth can be used for biting and chewing and alleviate some of the strain on surrounding teeth. Speech is also improved, as tongue placement while speaking is affected when teeth are missing.
Gaps do not need to affect your whole smile anymore. Restore your smile with dental implants. Your smile will be restored, while speech and oral functioning are improved. To learn more about dental implants in Fort Worth, TX, schedule an appointment with Dr. McConnell by calling Harris Parkway Dental at (817) 423-2223.
If you have periodontal (gum) disease, it's important for you to know its effects aren't limited to your mouth. A number of studies demonstrate gum disease can affect the rest of your body — and what may be going on elsewhere could likewise stimulate gum disease.
Here are 3 diseases or conditions that seem to share a link with gum disease.
Diabetes. This chronic disease results from the body's inability to interact properly with insulin, the hormone necessary for turning glucose (sugar) into energy, or producing enough of it. There's clear evidence that having diabetes increases your risk of gum disease and vice-versa. If you have diabetes, it's important that you keep it under control for your gum's sake as much as for your overall health.
Cardiovascular disease. Like diabetes, this group of heart and blood vessel diseases has a related characteristic with gum disease: inflammation. This natural function of the immune system limits tissue damage caused by disease or injury. But in both CVD and gum disease, inflammation can become chronic and itself cause damage. Further, some types of bacteria associated with gum disease can contribute to a higher risk of CVD. Minimizing gum disease occurrence with good oral hygiene could positively impact your risk of CVD.
Pregnancy. While certainly not a disease, pregnancy does trigger hormonal changes in the mother that in turn could elevate her risk of gum disease, particularly pregnancy gingivitis. Not only does this pose problems for the mother's teeth and gums, some studies connect gum disease to the increased possibility of early, pre-term birth. A sharper focus on dental care during pregnancy not only benefits the mother but may also be important for the health of the baby.
These aren't the only conditions that can be affected by gum disease: others like osteoporosis, respiratory disease or rheumatoid arthritis also share links with the disease. If you have any systemic condition like these, it pays to be extra vigilant in preventing and treating gum disease.
If you would like more information on periodontal (gum) 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 “Good Oral Health Leads to Better Health Overall.”