Building A Stronger Jaw With Bone Grafting For Your Dental Implant

Building A Stronger Jaw With Bone Grafting For Your Dental Implant

Dentistry Today recently addressed a growing question in the dental community: are bone grafts really the best form of treatment in every case? The answer was that there are other solutions that may be more budget friendly, but when it comes down to it, there is no denying that bone grafts are the most useful treatment.

One problem that the article points out is of consent. Patients don’t always understand all of their options. They see the price tag, freak out, and end up leaving without any work done at all. Of course, the benefits of bone grafting can’t be overstated.

The Good And The Bad Of Bone Grafting

BONE GRAFTING PROS BONE GRAFTING CONS
1. Stronger jaw bone 1. Potentially painful
2. Better anchor for dental implant 2. High out-of-pocket cost
3. Slows degenerative problems 3. Small chance of graft failure
4. High success rate

As you can see, not everything in the outlook is rosy. But the number of patient rejections is rather low, while the success rate is high. Bone grafting benefits usually outweigh the risk, though a thorough examination is crucial to ascertain whether it is the right choice for each individual.

Does Insurance Cover Bone Grafting?

This depends on the plan selected. It may also depend on why a bone graft is being recommended. If the work being done in conjunction with the graft is mostly cosmetic, it is unlikely that insurance will cover it. But if it is being sought as a necessity, they may cover at least part of the cost. Dental discount plans may also offset costs.

Most dentists provide a line of credit through their office, for those who wish to pay on a payment plan. Keep in mind that most grafting procedures can vary between $250 per region, to $2,000 per region. Crowns and other dental implants come with additional costs. A full jaw graft with implants can cost in the tens of thousands. Thankfully, patients tend to agree it is worth the money, as it can vastly improve quality of life, and even self esteem.

Find out more about how bone grafting can change your life by visiting Bridge Creek Dental.

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Dramatically Change the Appearance of Your Teeth Without Surgery

Dramatically Change the Appearance of Your Teeth Without Surgery

If you’re unhappy with your smile, you do have a few options that can improve it. One of those options, especially if you have a history of severe dental problems, is to get dental implants. Implants are natural-looking faux teeth that are installed in the place of your natural teeth. However, getting implants requires a long, drawn-out process over several visits, including oral surgery. For many people, that seems like a hassle…especially for multiple teeth.

Two other options are crowns and bondings. Crowns are often used on damaged teeth or those that have had root canals. Tooth-colored bondings (made from a very durable plastic material) can be used to repair chips, cracks, or even change the shape of a tooth. If neither of these things appeal to you, you do have other alternatives.

About Dental Veneers

For those seeking a long-lasting and dramatic change, dental veneers are often an attractive option. Also called porcelain veneers or porcelain laminates, dental veneers are very thin shells of a porcelain or resin composite material. They are custom-made to be bonded over the front your existing teeth, and can completely change the appearance of your smile for the better, even in severe cases.

Veneers are generally used to change the shape, size, length, and color individual teeth, creating a whiter, more uniform look without gaps.

What Veneers Can Do for You

Dental veneers can fix a number of issues with your smile, but they are most often used to improve the following conditions:

  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Uneven, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth
  • Teeth with gaps in between them
  • Discoloration (due to root canals, large fillings, stains, excess fluoride, etc.)
  • Teeth that have been worn down over time

Veneers may be made from porcelain or a resin composite. While porcelain is more resistant to stains and reflects light more naturally, we can help you decide which option is best for your situation. Both types of veneers can greatly improve the look of your smile without surgery.

The Procedure

As you can probably imagine, the procedure for getting dental veneers is simpler and much less invasive than getting implants. Veneer placement also doesn’t require re-shaping of teeth the way crowns would. While the process usually requires three dental trips, there should be minimal, if any discomfort involved.

Your first visit will be a consultation, where we will discuss with you how veneers may be helpful,, and which material is the best fit. The next two visits are where the veneers are designed to fit your teeth, then bonded permanently. Veneers can be placed over a single tooth, or as many as you like to improve your smile.

Making Your Treatment Plan
First, you’ll need to let us know how you’d like your smile to look. We can give you an exam to ensure you’re a good candidate for veneers, and fill you in on what the process entails. You should leave this appointment with an understanding of both the benefits and limitations of veneers.

Preparing for Veneers
In order for the veneers to adhere to your teeth properly, we will need to remove a very thin layer of enamel from the surface of each affected tooth. This very thin layer equates to the approximate thickness of the veneer. Before this is done, you may be given a local anesthetic to ensure you remain comfortable. Then, we’ll be able to make impressions of the target area. Those impressions are sent to a dental lab, and are used to make perfectly-fitted veneers just for you. This usually takes 2-4 weeks. If you don’t want to wait that long, we may be able to put temporary veneers in place during this time.

Bonding Your Veneers
Once back from the lab, and with your teeth properly prepared, your new veneers are ready to be bonded to your teeth. We will do a temporary fitting first, to ensure the right placement and color. There may be some trimming needed, and we may also use a specific shade of cement when the veneers are applied, helping to adjust the color. Before your veneers are permanently placed, your teeth will need to be cleaned and polished, as well as “etched.” Etching roughens up the tooth’s surface to ensure a strong bond. Cement will then be applied to the veneer, and your veneers will be placed. Once we are sure the placement is just right, we will apply a special light beam to activate the cement and cure it almost instantly. After your veneers are in place, any final adjustments to your bite will be made, if necessary. We may schedule you for a follow-up visit a couple of weeks later, to double-check the placement and ensure your gums aren’t having a bad reaction to the veneers (which is pretty rare).

The Advantages

Obviously, we all want to have a beautiful smile. Veneers can help those with even severe dental cosmetic issues achieve a smile they’ll be proud to show off. Whether those issues are due to past dental health problems, injury, or something else, veneers could be the answer, offering:

  • Stain resistance (porcelain)
  • Natural appearance
  • Even, uniform look
  • Whiteness
  • A more conservative approach than crowns or implants
  • A lifetime of 7 to 15 years
  • No special care required — just good oral hygiene

Potential Drawbacks

Dental veneers are strong, and give your smile a more natural look than crowns. They are also less invasive to receive than implants. However, they might not be appropriate for everyone. Here’s why:

  • Veneers are irreversible and must be replaced when worn out
  • Veneered teeth can still decay
  • Should they chip or crack (which isn’t likely), they must be replaced, not repaired
  • Teeth may become sensitive due to the removal of some enamel
  • Veneers may not perfectly match the color of other teeth
  • Under excessive pressure (biting pencils or nails, grinding teeth), veneers can become dislodged

Considering Veneers?

If you’re unhappy with your smile due to past dental problems, tooth injury, or more, veneers may represent a good option for you. As long as you don’t have active decay or gum disease, dental veneers may be the answer for improving the look of your teeth without surgery or other invasive procedures. Talk to us by phone or at your next appointment to learn if veneers can give you a more beautiful smile.

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Billings Dentist Brings Veneers To Montana Residents

Billings Dentist Brings Veneers To Montana Residents

Veneers are one of the greatest advancements in dental technology. Their popularity is exploding across the country — and right here in Montana at BridgeCreek Dental!

FUN FACTS

Here are some interesting and insightful facts about veneers.

BENEFITS OF VENEERS

Veneers are thin shells, usually made from porcelain or resin, that we apply directly to your teeth to give you the smile you desire. There are many reasons people choose veneers over other treatment options, but some of the biggest advantages are that they can help you achieve your perfect smile in the shortest amount of time possible — we are talking two office visits over a couple of weeks. That sure beats years of braces and whitening! Porcelain is also stain resistant and very durable.

BRIEF HISTORY OF VENEERS

Veneers were invented by a California dentist in 1928 for Hollywood actors. Since then they have been improved and changed over the years. Around 1959, etching with hydrofluoric acid was introduced to the veneer process and it improved the bond strength of veneers. It basically is a way of roughing up the tooth material before adhering the shell. Over the next few decades, bonding agents were improved and lessened complications like cracking, chipping, discoloration and leaking of veneers.

VENEER PROCESS

The process of receiving veneers begins with a consultation where we will determine if you are a candidate. Issues like decay, gum disease need to be cleared up beforehand, and bruxism (teeth grinding) can affect your ability to receive veneers as well.

If your smile goals are attainable, we will get to work taking impressions and x-rays to be sent to the so your customized shells can be created. We will also computerize those images to show you the final result and make any tweaks if need be.

Then we will prepare your tooth by removing a small portion of your tooth and etching the surface. At this point you might need some temporary veneers before we place your final version. Then we will place your permanent veneers. After any small adjustment are made, we will then use a special light to cure or harden the bond. It’s as easy as that!

FINANCIAL INVESTMENT

Veneers can be a bit more expensive upfront, but we do have great financing options available to clients.

If you’re interested in this service, please call us to schedule a consultation!

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Invisalign Braces at Bridge Creek Dental

Invisalign Braces at Bridge Creek Dental

Want a gorgeous smile without having to endure a mouth full of metal? Invisalign may be the answer! Also known as clear aligners, Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses removable clear aligners to straighten and adjust your teeth. They have been in use since 2000.

Not only are they invisible, they are much more comfortable than traditional braces that can leave your mouth tender and sore.

It’s important that you come in to discuss your smile situation with us to determine if you are a candidate for Invisalign. Invisalign fixes the crowding of front teeth very well and is a great solution for those who have had traditional braces in the past but have experienced some movement since.

To start Invisalign, we begin with taking taking x-rays, photographs and impressions of your teeth. Those materials are then computerized and sent to a lab to create aligners for each stage of the straightening process. Every two weeks you will change to a new tray that will bring you one step close to your dream smile.

Here are few FAQ’s about Invisalign.

HOW MANY HOURS A DAY DO I HAVE TO WEAR MY ALIGNER?

Aligners should be worn for at least 22-24 hours a day for two weeks. You should basically only take them out for eating, drinking or other special occasions.

HOW LONG DO I HAVE TO USE INVISALIGN TO SEE RESULTS?

The average Invisalign user wears aligners for 12 months, but treatment can range from 12 to 48 months.

HOW MUCH DOES INVISALIGN COST VERSUS THE AVERAGE PRICE OF METAL BRACES?

Angie’s List estimates that the average cost of adult braces in the US is $4,937 (without dental insurance). RealSelf puts the average cost of Invisalign at $4,975 — quite close.

However, both of these numbers are estimates and the extent of your dental needs can affect the price of both traditional braces and Invisalign. If you have major crowding, you will need more time to straighten, which means you will be wearing braces or aligners for a longer period of time, thus increasing the cost.

IS INVISALIGN SAFE?

Yes. Invisalign is made with BPA-free plastic.

WILL INVISALIGN AFFECT MY SPEECH?

It may take some getting used to initially, but few patients have a continuing issue with speech restriction.

If you’re interested in perfeting your smile and using Invisalign, call our office today to set up a consultation!

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Kids and Lifelong Dental Hygiene Practices

Kids and Lifelong Dental Hygiene Practices

Establishing healthy dental habits from a young age is vital for maintaining good lifelong dental hygiene. However, getting your little ones to brush their teeth after a long day, when all you want to do is get them in bed, can be really hard. You’re tired, they’re tired and this often can result in a full on tantrum right in the middle of the bathroom. If you’re a parent that struggles with getting your children to brush their teeth, try implementing the following tips.

Start Young

It may come as a surprise, but you should start caring for your child’s teeth before they even have teeth. When you have a baby, you should care for their gums by using a soft, damp washcloth and gently wiping down their gums after each feeding and before bed time to ensure that bacteria doesn’t cling to their little baby gums. Once they start to get teeth you can use a wet toothbrush to massage their teething gums and then graduate to a children’s toothpaste when those teeth finally come through. Make sure that you’re only using as much toothpaste as a grain of rice, because they won’t be able to spit it out yet. When you start brushing your child’s teeth from infancy, they won’t dispute it later in life because it’s become part of their routine.

Get Into A Routine

According to Vanderbilt University, ” teaching independence with self-help skills like hand washing, brushing teeth, and dressing/undressing is an important step in development that can be achieved when children are taught how to do each step in each routine. Initially, it takes an adult’s focused attention to teach children how to do these skills.” Children respond well to established routines, because they know what to expect and how to react to it. Furthermore, by consistently following through on routines, your child is gaining skills to make them independent. Find a routine that works for your family and stick with it.

Let Them Pick

Your children will be much more excited to brush their teeth every day when they get to pick out their own supplies. Make it an exciting outing, and explain that they get to pick out whatever toothbrush, floss and toothpaste that they want. Not only will this make them eager to use them later on, but it will also giving them a chance to express their individuality and self determination.

Make It Fun

Try and find a way to make brushing teeth fun for your children. This might include making up a silly song that you sing while they clean their teeth, or having your children race to see who can get their pajamas on the fastest, and whoever starts brushing their teeth first wins. Another fun idea is to have your children come and let you “inspect” their teeth after they’re clean by running to you and saying “Ding!” or “Shine!” or whatever they’d like.

Get an App

If you find that your children struggle with brushing their teeth long enough, you should consider getting a toothbrush app on your phone or tablet. They have fun apps that come with a timer to ensure that your kids are brushing their teeth for the full two minutes. Once they’re done brushing, a fun picture will be revealed, or they’ll even have access to play a game. If you don’t want to get an app, try using a two minute sand or egg timer, anything that will let them know that they’ve brushed their teeth for long enough.

Plaque Discoloring Tablets

Plaque is sticky but colorless which can make it difficult for your child to see how effectual their tooth brushing is. Buy some plaque discoloring tablets so that they can see how good of a job they’re doing at brushing their teeth. First they will brush and floss their teeth like normal, then they chew on the tablet and let it sit in their mouth for about 30 seconds. Next they can smile and see how well they did. If their mouth is full of color then make sure and teach them that they need to brush their teeth better in those areas. Your children will love having their teeth change colors, and it will allow them to clearly see the effects of diligent oral hygiene.

Reward System

Nothing motivates children more effectively than the promise of a reward or treat. Create a table or use a calendar and mark off each day that your child brushes their teeth perfectly, and make sure to include whatever stipulations you’d like. This might include, for the full two minutes, without any complaining, twice a day, etc. Once they’ve had a perfect week, month or whatever amount of time you agreed upon, reward them with a new toy, their favorite treat, or maybe a trip to the movies, you both can decide.

Be an Example

One of the best ways that you can instill the importance of proper oral hygiene into your children, is to lead by example. When your children see you brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day, they will want to emulate your good habits. It might be beneficial to brush your teeth with your children, this way they can copy your example and learn how much toothpaste to use, how long to brush, and how to floss.

Get To the Dentist

You should bring your child in for a dental check-up as early as when their first tooth appears and no later than their first birthday. Make sure to continue scheduling check-ups for you and your family every six months. This is vital to ensuring that your family has the best oral health. You would hate for your child to have a cavity go untreated and result in a root canal that they would have to manage for the rest of their life. Rest assured that we will be certain that your child has a good experience at the dentist. It can be scary to go to the dentist at first, this is why we insist on making dental appointments as fun as possible for our young patients.

By implementing these nine tips into your family’s daily schedules, you can take comfort in knowing that you’ve prepared the way for your children to have healthy oral hygiene throughout their life.

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How Bottled Water Could Be Leading To Tooth Decay & Cavities

How Bottled Water Could Be Leading To Tooth Decay & Cavities

You have probably heard from dentists like us that soda and sports drinks are bad for your teeth but do you know about the damaging effects of bottled water?

It is estimated that Americans drink up to 8.4 billion gallons of bottled water every year and it is easy to see why. For starters, most consider it a great alternative to soda and other soft drinks since it contains no sugar or calories. Bottled water is also popular because:

  • It provides a convenient way to hydrate on the go.
  • Most people consider it safer than tap water.
  • Some people prefer the taste compared to other beverages.

While it is true that water is the healthiest drink for your teeth, not all water is created equal. It might surprise you to learn that bottled water may be just as harmful to your dental health as sugared or carbonated drinks. Here’s why.

pH Basics

Recent studies have shown that some popular brands of bottled water are predominantly acidic with a pH as low as 4.0. Thinking back to your chemistry class, you’ll remember that a pH of 7 is considered neutral. Anything with a pH above that is considered alkaline and those below it are considered acidic.

Since our teeth essentially bathe in whatever liquid we drink, continuously sipping bottled water throughout the day constantly exposes them to high levels of acidity. This in turn corrodes or breaks down your tooth enamel, making you more susceptible to cavities and tooth decay. Once cavities occur, the only help for your teeth is to get dental fillings.

You might be wondering how bottled water becomes acidic since water normally has a neutral pH of 7. The acidity is caused by the extreme filtration and oxidation processes bottling companies employ to treat water before bottling it. While this treatment is meant to make the water safe, it actually increases its acidity, making it harmful to our teeth.

Better Choices Lead To Healthy Teeth

The more we educate ourselves about the drinks and foods we consume, the better we can protect ourselves from cavities and tooth decay. In order to lower your risk of developing cavities, we advise you to carefully research the acidity of the bottled water brands you choose to drink. Alternatively, you can drink pH neutral water such as spring or tap water.

When you come in for your next appointment at Bridge Creek Dental, feel free to ask us any questions you have regarding water consumption and your teeth. We will be happy to address all your concerns.

Book an appointment today by calling us on (406) 652-1600 and let us help you improve your dental health.

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Having Your Teeth Whitened At Bridge Creek Dental

Having Your Teeth Whitened At Bridge Creek Dental

When our patients come into our office at Bridge Creek Dental, we like to make sure that they are completely happy with their smile, so we often ask “What can we do to achieve your perfect smile?” The answer that we get back most often is “I’d like to have whiter teeth.” While you may think that this involves vast amounts of time and money, you’ll be happy to know that this request can easily be achieved.

You can couple a teeth whitening appointment with other work being done like a cleaning or a filling, but we like to schedule these in advance so we can be sure to have enough time for you in our chair.

Taking Impressions Of Your Teeth

First, we’ll make an exact model of your teeth by taking impressions to create a mold of the teeth in your mouth, their exact shapes, and how they all fit together. These molds are made from a powder called alginate. We mix it with water and scoop it into a tray that you bite down on for 60 seconds. In that time, it will harden around your teeth we’ll fill it with plaster to create the model.

Can I Choke On It?

Although this alginate mixture can be mildly uncomfortable and trigger your gag reflex, rest assured that it will not choke you. It appears to be runny, sort of like sillyputty. But it hardens quickly. So it wont drip down your throat.

Teeth Whitening

Depending on how busy our staff is the day you have your impressions taken, we can usually get your bleaching trays finished and delivered the same day. We’ll send you home with your trays and tubes of teeth whitening gel that you can use at home to whiten your teeth. If you notice any tooth sensitivity while whitening, try whitening for less time, and use a sensitive toothpaste.

Caring For Your Molds

Once you’re done whitening your teeth, it might make sense to just use toothpaste to clean out your tooth tray but over time this will actually cause the trays to dry out and crack. Instead use denture cleaner, or a light dish soap to clean your trays after every use.

Achieving that perfect white smile that you’ve always wanted is very obtainable, call or schedule an appointment with us today and we’ll get you on your way.

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Teeth Whitening – Where It All Began

Teeth Whitening - Where It All Began

It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, or what race you are, everyone wants to have beautiful white teeth. We all like to seek out the perfect toothpaste to keep our teeth looking their best, and when we notice our smile looking a little dingy we are quick to use whitening trays or pens to make it sparkling again. It turns out that our ancient ancestors were no different, and while they couldn’t benefit from the dental hygiene we enjoy today, they found some methods to make their teeth white.

Chew Sticks

Before there was the luxury of toothbrushes, ancient people had to come up with a method of removing food particles from their teeth. To accomplish this, they would get a stick from a soft tree and then chew on the end of it until it became somewhat of a brush. They then used this stick to clean their teeth and remove unwanted material from their teeth and gums. A few of these soft trees even contained cleansing and antibacterial chemicals that helped to maintain their teeth and keep them healthy and strong. Chewing sticks are still used today in some underdeveloped countries.

The Very First Toothpaste

It isn’t surprising that the ancient Egyptians viewed white teeth as a mark of beauty. In order to obtain this goal of a sparkling smile, the Egyptians crushed pumice stone and then would mix it with wine vinegar forming their own kind of toothpaste. They would then apply this mixture to their chewing stick and then rubbed it on to their teeth. While this was rather harsh on their teeth, it did yield effective results.

Whitening Your Teeth With Urine

How far would you go to obtain the perfect smile? Ancient Romans recognized that stale urine would bleach their animal hides and figured that it would help whiten their smiles as well. After applying this stale urine to their teeth, they were satisfied to find that their teeth were indeed whiter. With advances in dentistry, they found that ammonia, which is found in all urine, is extremely useful in cleaning and whitening the enamel of teeth. So while this practice was incredibly disgusting and something that we’re all grateful we’ll never have to do, the ancient Romans weren’t too far off in their method of teeth whitening.

My Dentist The Barber

People living in the 17th century still didn’t have the privilege of going to the dentist for their dental needs. Instead barbers were often used to take care of things such as tooth extractions and even dental whitening. These barbers would whiten teeth by filing the tooth down and then dabbing it with nitric acid. While this did whiten the teeth temporarily, nitric acid is highly-corrosive and soon resulted in tooth decay.

Toothbrushes Made of Animal Hair

Around the year 1948, the Chinese introduced the first toothbrush with bristles to the world. They made these toothbrushes by taking the coarse hair from the backs of Siberian hogs and then attaching them to a handle made from either bamboo or bone. While trading in China, Europeans saw these bristle toothbrushes and brought them back to their country. After a short time, these hog-haired bristle toothbrushes became the norm of society. It wasn’t until French microbiologist Louis Pasteur educated the world on germs that people began to question what they were putting in their mouths. They then realized that the bacteria found on animal hair could have damaging effects on their teeth and gums. This is when nylon toothbrushes were invented.

Finally Some Progression

It wasn’t until the 20th century, in 1918 that Dr. Abbott discovered that a heated light source paired with hydrogen peroxide whitened teeth. Once this method of teeth whitening proved to show productive results, it became the main practice of teeth whitening. Although the combination of a heated light source with hydrogen peroxide is still used today to whiten teeth, a more effective method was introduced to the world in the 1960s.

Tooth Trays

An orthodontist from Fort Smith, Arkansas named Dr. Bill Klusmier discovered that tooth trays containing Gly-Oxide were extremely effective in whitening teeth. What may come as a surprise is that this discovery was made completely by accident. Dr. Klusmier wanted to find a way to help heal his patient’s gums when they got irritated because of their braces. He told a patient to add some Gly-Oxide to a tooth tray in hopes that it would help heal his gums. When the patient came back his gums felt better and his teeth were whiter as well. From then on Dr. Klusmier used this method to brighten the teeth of all his patients. In 1972 he changed to a thicker gel called Proxigel to place in the tooth trays. While he presented his findings at various dental meetings, it wasn’t until the 1980s that this method became the most popular way to whiten teeth.

Whitening Gel

Once word got out about Dr. Klusmier’s tooth trays, understandably other dentists realized the monetary value in such an industry and began to further develop these gels. Dr. Van Haywood and Dr. Heymann published articles in both 1989 and 1990 about whitening gels. In 1989 a patent was filed for a whitening gel by Dr. Dan Fischer. This patented formulation is the main component in the tray whitening gels that we still use today. Many other companies began in 1989 as well, and it is now a multi-million dollar industry.

Whitening Strips

Although tooth trays are extremely effective in whitening our teeth, it can be expensive to get a perfect mold of your teeth made to hold the whitening gel. In 1997 a chemical engineer named Paul Sagel invented Crest White Strips. Because whitening strips are extremely easy to use, you don’t need a prescription or the assistance of a dentist, these whitening strips became incredibly popular. Today, Crest Whitestrips have made over $3 billion dollars.

From the ancient Egyptians and Romans who used urine and crushed stone to our modern day whitening gels and whitening strips, everyone wants to have white teeth. Let’s just all be grateful for the advances in dentistry that have allowed us to keep our smiles sparkling without having a barber dab highly-corrosive acid on our teeth.

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Why Does My Dental Crown Smell?

Why Does My Dental Crown Smell?

Dental crowns are a great solution for replacing missing teeth. In fact, according to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, approximately 15 million people in the U.S. have a crown or bridge replacement. But when a dental crown seems to be causing an odor, it’s a red flag that something is askew. And while this smelly topic might seem embarrassing to discuss or take care of, it need to be addressed as soon as possible.

WHAT CAUSES CROWN ODOR?

What causes a smelly crown? An odor originating from your crown is usually a sign that there is bacteria growth or an infection related to your crown. This bacteria can spring up due to a failed root canal or a crown that doesn’t fit properly whether it is loose, cracked or there is a gap between adjacent teeth. Whenever your crown is not perfectly fitted, there are spaces and gaps that are the perfect place for food debris to get lodged and wreak havoc.

A quality dentist will do their best to make sure your crown fits with complete precision from the beginning. They will prepare your teeth by shaving it down, giving the dental lab exact measurements for your crown and then attaching it properly.

Another possibility is that your crown was placed properly initially but if you have had it for a considerable number of years, it could be coming loose simply from wear and tear. The cement can wear off and bacteria can swoop into its place.

And it is possible to develop a cavity under your crown. Any time there is natural tooth material, there is a possibility of cavity. You can prevent this with consistent oral care including brushing and flossing.

WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

If you notice an odor, come in and see us. We will asses the cause of the infection and accompanying odor and determine your treatment options. Often times the solution is for the crown to be redone. Doing this promptly can help save as much of your natural tooth structure as possible. If the infection is ignored, it can spread down into the root of the tooth and at that point an extraction may be the only option.

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How Long Do Dental Bridges And Dental Crowns Last

How Long Do Dental Bridges And Dental Crowns Last

Dental bridges and crowns are great solutions for replacing missing teeth, both in terms of function and aesthetics. But how long can you plan on keeping a bridge or crown? Read on to find out!

DENTAL BRIDGES

Dental bridges fill gaps created by missing teeth with crowns that are anchored on surrounding teeth, also known as abutment teeth. And how long do they last? Short answer: dental bridges typically last between 5 and 15 years. With good care, most patients can expect to have a functional bridge for around 10 years.

Different types of bridges can also affect how long your bridge may last. The craftsmanship of your dentist can also make a big difference in the quality of your bridge. A perfectly fitting bridge is also key to making sure it lasts.

One way to lengthen the lifespan of your bridge is to take great care of it with regular brushing and flossing. A daily swig of mouthwash can also help! While the material that is used to create a bridge can not decay, the surrounding supporting teeth can decay. And if the surrounding teeth become cracked, chipped or infected, the entire bridge must be repaired or replaced. Healthy gums are also crucial for maintaining a functional dental bridge.

DENTAL CROWNS

A dental crown is a tooth shaped prosthetic that is placed over a tooth to restore its shape, size, strength and/or appearance. Generally, the lifespan of a crown has a range of 5 to 15 years.

The type of material used to create your crown can affect how it wears. Porcelain and resin crowns, known for being the most natural looking, can tend to chip more often than other types of crowns. Metal crowns tend are very durable as well, but they are generally only used on teeth that are not visible.

How well your crown is placed initially can also affect its lifespan. When a crown falls out, the cause could be an improper initial fitting, allowing the cement to wash away and/or cause decay.

Activities like eating ice, bruxism or using your teeth as tools can also put your crown at risk for damage. So take care of your teeth, including the fake ones. They can last for a long time, preventing unnecessary financial investment.

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