Keeping your smile strong and healthy requires a lot more than caring for your teeth. You really have to think about the strength and integrity of all of your foundational oral tissues as well. With that in mind, our Saint Louis dentists are here with some information about how periodontal disease generally manifests. We hope that this information empowers you to seek treatment for gum health problems as soon as they pop up.
Gum tissue naturally comes in a number of different shades, but, generally speaking, gums are some shade of beige or pink. If you start to notice that your gums are looking brighter red or inflamed, this could be a sign that your gums are infected.
Additionally, infected gums are often prone to bleeding when the patient flosses or eats something abrasive or crunchy. As your oral tissues become irritated and swollen, blood vessels become more fragile and prone to damage. The good news is that as your gums begin to heal, they should become more resilient and stop bleeding.
As gum disease progresses you may start to notice that your breath feels and smells different than it normally does. This happens because harmful oral bacteria release odors when they feed and multiply. Persistent, hard-to-treat bad breath can actually indicate that you have accumulated a lot of bacterial plaque and tartar throughout your mouth.
In many cases, it’s imperative that patients combine at-home dental care with professional gum disease treatments in order to get control of periodontal disease. Our Saint Louis dentists use the latest treatments and technologies to help minimize oral bacteria and regenerate healthy gum tissue.
If you think you may be dealing with gum disease, then it’s time to reach out to our dental team for help! You can always give us a call, or use the Contact Us page on our site to submit a specific question for our dentists.
Implant Smiles treatment is designed to allow patients suffering tooth loss to restore their incomplete smiles. We have seen first-hand how truly transformative this type of treatment can be. Keep reading to learn more about how and why our Saint Louis dental implant dentists customize replacement teeth down to the smallest details.
There are a number of tooth replacement options available to you today. You may choose to replace individual teeth with stand-alone dental implants; these replacement teeth are permanently anchored in the patient’s jawbone with a titanium root. You could alternatively decide to go with traditional dentures and bridges. We can even use dental implant roots to anchor dentures and bridges into the patient’s smile.
When you come in for an assessment with our team, we’ll take a look at the health of your smile and the extent of your tooth loss. We’ll also check on your jawbone density; it’s crucial that your jawbone be healthy if you’re going to move forward with dental implant treatment.
Once we decide what type of replacement tooth is right for you, we’ll:
- Ensure that your replacement teeth are shaded to match your existing dental enamel. If you want to lighten your natural teeth, it’s best to do this before we place your replacement teeth.
- Shape your replacement teeth to mimic your existing teeth, whether they be more angular or rounder
- Refine your replacement teeth, so that you’re able to maintain healthy and even bite surfaces. Poorly designed and placed replacement teeth can through an entire smile out of balance.
The best way to get started is to contact our Saint Louis Implant Smiles dentists to schedule a consultation. We know that undergoing dental treatment can be stressful for some patients, but we’re here to guide you through the entire treatment process.
Give us a call to get started—we look forward to speaking with you!
Many people think of a misaligned smile as an aesthetic issue, and they want to perfect their dental alignment in order to achieve a beautiful smile. While this is undoubtedly true, our Saint Louis dentists are here to tell you that, in addition, patients who have poorly aligned bites can end up dealing with a range of oral health issues as a result. Keep reading to learn more…
It is very common for patients to have some kind of dysfunction with their bites; you may find that your top teeth jut out too far or that your bottom teeth actually pass in front of your top teeth when you close your mouth. Additionally, you may be able to feel that your molars do not fit together comfortably when you chew with your back teeth.
In the short-term, these kinds of bite issues can be annoying, because they make it difficult for patients to bite into tough foods and to chew comfortably. An uneven bite can also change how the patient smiles and speaks.
If these types of problems are left untreated, they can go from inconvenient to straight up unhealthy in a short period of time. An uneven bite puts you at risk of developing bruxism, or chronic dental grinding. Bruxism puts an immense amount of pressure on your dental enamel, and can make your teeth more susceptible to cracking and chipping.
Additionally, poorly aligned bite surfaces often lead to TMJ problems. Your temporomandibular joints connect your lower jaw to your skull. Because bite problems cause you to unconsciously change how you bite and chew, your TMJs can become aggravated. TMJ problems manifest as pain in the head/neck/jaw, clicking and popping noises when you chew, and even limited jaw mobility.
Our Saint Louis dentists are here to help you identify the nature of your bite issue, so that we can then effectively treat it. As always, you can reach out to our team by calling our office, or by using the Contact Us page on our website!
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