If you lose a tooth, you want to know that you’ll be able to find a tooth replacement solution that fits your lifestyle, budget, timeline, and dental goals. That’s why our Saint Louis dental implant dental office offers so many replacement tooth options for patients today. From dentures, to bridges, to dental implants, you’ll be able to find a tooth replacement treatment that works for you—and you wont have to live with that hole in your smile forever.
Now dental implants have revolutionized the dental world, because they are the first replacement tooth option that looks and feels like a natural tooth. Dental implants are anchored into the jawbone with small titanium screws, and then capped with natural looking restorations. Over time the titanium bonds to the natural bone, forming a tooth root similar to a patient’s natural tooth root.
Dental implants are a great tooth replacement option for anywhere from one tooth to an entire smile. If, however, you already have dentures or bridgework that you’re pleased with, you can actually use dental implants to enhance your existing replacement teeth.
Dental implants can be strategically placed along the gumline to anchor bridges or dentures. With a few dental implants, you’ll find that your dentures/bridges feel more stable in your mouth, and are more natural to wear. Additionally, dental implants can help take the strain off of your existing natural teeth, as without the dental implants, your natural teeth would still be responsible for holding the dentures or bridges in place.
Dental implants don’t need to replace dentures or bridges, they can actually be used with them to increase functionality and appearance. If you already have dentures that you love, they can most likely be retrofitted to work with dental implants.
Give our Saint Louis dental implant dentists a call to learn more about what dental implants can do for you!
Many times, when patients think of having a “pleasing smile” they think about how their smile will look—for example, having white, straight teeth. But equally important to the appearance of your mouth is the smell of your mouth. If you have persistent bad breath, you’ll probably find that you don’t like to get close to people, laughing, smiling, or talking.
If you’ve been suffering from bad breath, don’t be embarrassed; this is actually a common problem among adults. The important thing to know is that you have treatment options that can help freshen your breath and give you the confidence you need to interact with people.
Obviously certain foods like garlic, onions, and seafood can give your breath a strong odor. But most chronic bad breath is actually caused by malodorous bacteria in the mouth. This is the same bacteria that you can minimize by brushing and flossing regularly. You can also eliminate oral bacteria by using a mouthwash morning and night. Mouthwash will help you kill the bacteria you missed brushing and flossing, plus most mouthwashes have a pleasant scent to freshen breath beyond brushing and flossing.
Another important thing to do in order to keep fresh smelling breath is to maximize healthy saliva production. If you skip meals, or don’t drink enough water through the day, you may find that your mouth gets very dry. Because saliva naturally neutralizes acid, it’s important to keep your saliva production up by eating and drinking water in order to freshen breath.
These simple at-home tips, when used in conjunction with professional dental cleanings, can make a world of difference in your dental health. Give our Saint Louis dental office a call for more information or to schedule a consultation for a personalized evaluation of your oral health.
As patients age they often find that their dental healths begins to change, but they can’t quite pinpoint how or why. Maintaining dental health is about more than just brushing, flossing, and avoiding cavities—adult patients need to stay diligent about keeping gum tissue healthy as well. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss among adult patients, so our Saint Louis dentists urge you to keep your eyes open for the signs and symptoms of gum disease.
How can you recognize gum disease in your own life?
The truth is that gum disease often progresses asymptomatically for months or years. Over time, a slight infection of the gum tissue can progress and spread to connective tissues, teeth, and bone.
When evaluating your dental health, keep in mind that gum disease is usually divided into two categories, based on the severity and level of progression of the disease.
The first stage of gum disease is gingivitis, in which the gum tissue is infected with harmful oral bacteria. Many patients are asymptomatic at this point, but you may have symptoms, in which case look out for…
· Red/irritated gums
· Swollen/tender gums
· Gums that bleed, especially after brushing
· Bad breath/bad taste in the mouth
If left untreated gingivitis will progress into periodontitis—a condition in which not only the gum tissue, but also the connective tissues, teeth, or bone matters are infected with bacteria. If you’re experiencing periodontitis you may notice these symptoms along with common gingivitis symptoms…
· Loose teeth that may shift along the gum line
· Tooth loss
· Bone deterioration
The sooner you seek treatment for gum disease the better your prognosis will be. If you notice any of these signs or symptoms, don’t wait to speak to your dentist. Our Saint Louis dental office is here to answer your questions and help you get on the road to wellness.
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