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Posts for: July, 2015
Are you considering visiting your Lakewood, CO dentist, Ronald L. Morse DDS, PC, for a dental bridge but you aren't sure if a dental bridge is the best option? With several tooth replacement options available, choosing just the right one can be tricky. While you will want to speak to your dentist to find out for sure, here are four signs a dental bridge might be the perfect option for you.
1. You have one or more missing or badly damaged teeth.
Because dental bridges are a fairly invasive procedure, they aren't used to fix minor tooth issues such as discoloration, crookedness, oddly shaped teeth or small chips or cracks. Instead, dental bridges are used to replace teeth that are badly damaged or missing altogether. Your condition will need to be fairly serious before your Lakewood, CO dentist will consider you for a dental bridge.
2. Your surrounding teeth are in good condition.
Dental bridges hold your new replacement crowns securely in place by creating a bridge that attaches to your teeth on either side. In order for your bridge to hold securely, your surrounding teeth will need to be in place and in good condition. Of course, if your surrounding teeth are in excellent condition, you may not want to attach a bridge to them, as this requires permanently shaving down your existing teeth.
3. You are not a good candidate for dental implants.
In addition to dental bridges, dental implants are another popular tooth replacement option many of Dr. Morse's patients consider. Dental implants are permanent and reliable, and they don't require your surrounding teeth to be shaved down. If you are not a good candidate for dental implants, however, a dental bridge may be your next best option.
4. You prefer a tooth replacement option that is not removable.
Natural looking, affordable and easy to clean, dentures are another popular option among Dr. Morse's patients, particularly for those missing more than one or two teeth. With dentures, however, you do run the risk of dropping, breaking or forgetting your false teeth every time you take them out. Choosing a nonremovable dental bridge is one great way to eliminate this problem.
If you're tired of looking at your damaged or gapped smile and you're ready to reclaim your beautiful, picture-perfect smile once again, visiting your Lakewood, CO dentist for a dental bridge is one great way to make that happen. This isn't a procedure you'll want to choose lightly, however. Call Dr. Morse first to discuss if a dental bridge may be the right treatment for you.
According to the online journal Dental Tribune, approximately 6.3 billion people from across the world have problems with tooth decay. Yes, despite oral hygiene routines, fluoride toothpastes and rinses, and preventive dental exams, cavities still plaque the oral health of children and adults. What else could help individuals keep their teeth strong and free of decay? Some current research suggests that red wine could help keep tooth structure healthy and beautiful.
A Healthy Diet Helps
The American Dental Association recommends a healthy diet to decrease the chances of tooth decay and to strengthen tooth enamel and underlying gum tissue and bone structure. Key to a good diet is limiting sugary foods and beverages and to boost your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables, lean meats and whole grain carbohydrates. This regimen inhibits the formation of sticky plaque - what dental researchers call biofilm - on the surface of tooth enamel and also at and below the gum line.
Plaque Harbors Bacteria
Besides being unsightly, plaque provides a great home for the oral bacteria lactobacillus and streptococcus mutans - micro-organisms which secrete tooth-eating acids. Dentists and their patients can take hope in some current dental research which reveals an additional weapon to combat dental cavities. It's red wine - both the alcoholic and non-alcoholic versions.
How Red Wine Helps
According to scientific findings published in the Journal of Agricultural & Food Chemistry, red wine, with or without the alcohol content, combined with grape seed extract, suppresses the growth of oral biofilm or plaque. Less plaque means fewer strep bacteria and other oral micro-organisms that cause cavities. As with any diet modification, doctors stress that red wine should be used in moderation for its antimicrobial properties and also for its long-reputed cardiovascular support and cancer-fighting ingredients.
Additional Dental Health Tips
Lakewood dentist Ronald L. Morse DDS PC also recommends stopping all tobacco use to keep gums and teeth healthy and bright. Sealants and fluoride treatments protect young teeth against decay as well.
Arrange for a Consultation
Call the office of Robert L. Morse DDS PC to set-up a one-on-one consultation. Dr. Morse is an award-winning dental professional recognized across the country for his skill in general, cosmetic and restorative dentistry. He and his friendly staff will be happy to instruct you and your family on the best oral hygiene techniques and answer questions you may have about other ways to foster optimal oral health. Phone (303)279-6929 for an appointment.