Dental implants have been an important innovation in modern dentistry. From single tooth dental implants to complete full-arch replacements, this innovative dental procedure has changed the lives of many patients in restoring a lost tooth, oral health, and confidence in their smile.
Dental implants are designed to resemble and function like natural teeth. They’re designed to be strong, stable, and durable for many years to come. The outcome of the procedure depends greatly on the material used in the dental implant.
Titanium vs. Zirconia Dental Implants
The dental implants are designed to act as a replacement tooth root that holds the new tooth and stimulates the jawbone’s growth.
Titanium is the most suitable choice for longevity. It is a strong, durable, and non-toxic material that is ideal for dental implants.
Zirconia is another material commonly used for dental implants. Unlike titanium material, zirconia is a crystal material that is biocompatible and support osseointegration. Zirconia dental implants should only be used when a patient is anxious about metal sensitivities.
The prosthetic tooth is the visible part of the dental implant and is usually made of porcelain. The porcelain material is a great option for prosthetic teeth because it closely resembles the color and opacity of natural teeth. Not only does porcelain help in improving the appearance of a prosthetic tooth but it also allows it to remain strong enough to function as the regular teeth. Thus, a complete dental implant can help patients restore the lost tooth and make it easy for them to chew, eat, and talk normally.
Since everyone has a unique situation and needs, dental implants can be custom made to match with the rest of the natural teeth.
Our experienced dentists at Southshore Dental strive to improve the overall oral health of our patients. We only use the highest quality materials and advanced technology, so you can have peace of mind that your procedure goes smoothly and can last a lifetime. To learn more about dental implants, call Southshore Dental at (734) 675-0585 or visit https://www.southshoredentist.com/.
As a parent, you strive to instill good habits in your children: looking both ways for traffic, doing chores or washing behind the ears. Be sure you also include sound habits for teeth and gum care.
Daily brushing and flossing should be at the top of that habit list. These hygiene tasks remove dental plaque, a bacterial film that builds up on teeth and is most responsible for diseases like tooth decay or periodontal (gum) disease.
Although you'll have to perform these tasks for them early on, your aim should be to teach them to do it for themselves. The best approach is to teach by example: If your child sees you're serious about your own oral hygiene, they're more likely to do so as well.
You should also help them form habits around the foods they eat. Like other aspects of our health, some foods are good for our teeth and gums, and some are not. The primary food in the latter category is sugar: This popular carbohydrate is also a favorite food source for disease-causing oral bacteria.
It's important, then, to minimize sugar and other processed foods in your child's diet, and maximize their consumption of whole grains, fresh fruits and vegetables, and other foods rich in calcium and phosphorous. Instilling good eating habits at an early age can boost both their dental and general health throughout their lives.
Finally, help the budding star athlete in your family develop the habit of wearing a protective mouthguard during contact sports. Your best choice is a custom-made mouthguard by a dentist: Although they cost more than the more common “boil and bite” mouthguard, they tend to offer more protection and are more comfortable to wear. A mouthguard could help your child avoid a costly dental injury that could affect them the rest of their life.
Adopting good dental hygienic, dietary, and safety habits at an early age can have a huge impact on your child's teeth and gum development. And if those early habits “stick,” it could mean a lifetime of disease-free dental health.
If you would like more information on helping your child develop sound dental habits, 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 “How to Help Your Child Develop the Best Habits for Oral Health.”
X-ray imaging is such an intricate part of dentistry, we usually don't think twice about it. Without it, though, the fight against dental disease would be much harder.
At the same time, we can't forget that x-rays are a form of electromagnetic radiation that can penetrate human tissue. It's that very quality and the difference in the absorption rate between denser bone and teeth and softer diseased tissue that makes disease diagnosis possible.
But this same penetrative power can potentially harm the tissues it passes through. For that reason when practicing any form of x-ray diagnostics, dentists follow a principle known as ALARA, an acronym for "As Low As Reasonably Achievable." In lay terms ALARA means getting the most benefit from x-rays that we can with the lowest dose and exposure time possible.
While practicing ALARA with x-rays is important for patients of any age, it's especially so for children who are more sensitive to radiological energy given their smaller size and anatomy. We can't use the same settings, dosages or exposure times with them as with an adult.
To protect children, dentists have developed techniques and protocols that lessen their exposure time and rate, while still providing usable images for diagnosing disease. The bitewing is a good example of safe and effective pediatric x-ray imaging.
A bitewing is a plastic device holding exposable film that patients bite down on and hold in their mouth while x-raying. The x-rays pass through the teeth and gums and expose the film behind them on the bitewing. Using a bitewing we can capture a set of two to four radiographs to give us a comprehensive view of the back teeth, while exposing the child less radiation than they normally receive daily from background environmental sources.
This and other advances in equipment and digital imaging greatly reduce the amount of radiation patients receive during x-rays. If, though, you're still concerned about your child's x-ray exposure, talk with your dentist who can explain in more detail the x-ray safety protocols they follow. Just like you, they want your child to be as safe as possible while still benefiting from the diagnostic power of x-rays.
If you would like more information on safety precautions using x-rays with children, 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 “X-Ray Safety for Children.”
Having a chipped tooth can not only spoil your appearance, but also may cause serious risk to the health of your tooth. If you have a chipped tooth, it is essential to work with a dentist quickly to ensure your tooth health is not tarnished.
Why Should You fix Your Chipped Tooth?
While it may seem like a minor issue, we highly recommend that you get your chipped tooth fixed as soon as possible to prevent future problems. When the dental pulp of your tooth is exposed due to chipped tooth, it will become hypersensitive to pressure and temperature, causing frequent discomfort. In addition to the pain, the pulp area of your tooth is likely to become infected and you will have to go for root canal treatment in order to remove it.
Fortunately, a chipped tooth is a simple repair for a dentist. Your cosmetic dentist MI at Southshore Dental has several options that can help you fix your dental problem quickly and efficiently.
Dental cosmetic bonding is an affordable and quickest option to repair a chipped tooth. The procedure involves the application of a composite filling material in the damaged area. Our dentist will then shape and color the composite in order to match the original tooth, as if nothing ever happened. The treatment may require little or no removal of the existing tooth surface.
Dental veneers are a great option to cover up small areas of the missing tooth. Veneers are thin, custom-made shells that are designed to be fitted on the front of the tooth. In order to fit a veneer, your cosmetic dentist might remove some existing tooth surface so that it flush with the surrounding intact teeth.
Crowns may be the best option if you chipped a larger portion of your tooth. Crowns are designed to fully cover the visible portion of the chipped tooth above the gum line. The crown will be shaped, sized, and colored to match your remaining natural teeth. A small portion of the existing tooth surface will be removed so that the crown may fit properly.
If you would like to know more about your cosmetic dental options to treat your chipped tooth, contact Southshore Dental, the trusted and experienced family and cosmetic dentistry in MI.
If you have a chipped tooth problem so we recommend you visit your dentist quickly. At Southshore Dental we have the best dental treatment services.
Celebrities’ controversial actions and opinions frequently spark fiery debates on social media. But actress Dakota Johnson lit a match to online platforms in a seemingly innocent way—through orthodontics.
This summer she appeared at the premier of her film The Peanut Butter Falcon missing the trademark gap between her front teeth. Interestingly, it happened a little differently than you might think: Her orthodontist removed a permanent retainer attached to the back of her teeth, and the gap closed on its own.
Tooth gaps are otherwise routinely closed with braces or other forms of orthodontics. But, as the back and forth that ensued over Johnson’s new look shows, a number of people don’t think that’s a good idea: It’s not just a gap—it’s your gap, a part of your own uniqueness.
Someone who might be sympathetic to that viewpoint is Michael Strahan, a host on Good Morning America. Right after the former football star began his NFL career, he strongly considered closing the noticeable gap between his two front teeth. In the end, though, he opted to keep it, deciding it was a defining part of his appearance.
But consider another point of view: If it truly is your gap (or whatever other quirky smile “defect” you may have), you can do whatever you want with it—it really is your choice. And, on that score, you have options.
You can have a significant gap closed with orthodontics or, if it’s only a slight gap or other defect, you can improve your appearance with the help of porcelain veneers or crowns. You can also preserve a perceived flaw even while undergoing cosmetic enhancements or restorations. Implant-supported replacement teeth, for example, can be fashioned to retain unique features of your former smile like a tooth gap.
If you’re considering a “smile makeover,” we’ll blend your expectations and desires into the design plans for your future smile. In the case of something unique like a tooth gap, we’ll work closely with dental technicians to create restorations that either include or exclude the gap or other characteristics as you wish.
Regardless of the debate raging on social media, the final arbiter of what a smile should look like is the person wearing it. Our goal is to make sure your new smile reflects the real you.
If you would like more information about cosmetically enhancing your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Space Between Front Teeth” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
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