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26May

Modern dental patients have access to more restorative and tooth replacement treatments than ever before. Our Glendale dentists are here to help you learn about your options, and, ultimately, choose the type of replacement tooth that works for you.

Tooth loss can occur a number of reasons, including:

  • Accident or trauma

Vehicular and sporting accidents can both cause sudden tooth loss. That is why it is so important that you wear any recommended protective mouth guards while playing contact sports.

  • Periodontal disease

Infected gum tissue can become so severe that it starts to deteriorate the connective tissues that hold your teeth in place.

  • Jawbone deterioration

Tooth and gum infections can even spread to the patient’s jawbone. As the tissue wears away, the sockets that hold your tooth root become weak.

Tooth replacement options, generally speaking, fall into one of two categories:

  • Sit on top of the tissue

Traditional tooth replacement treatments are removable and they are designed to sit on the gums. Bridges, for example, are placed on top of the gums and then held in place with brackets that attach to adjacent teeth. An upper or lower denture replaces a full complement of missing teeth. Your stays in place because the base of the denture is molded to fit your gum tissue, specifically. Sometimes patients use dental adhesives to achieve a better fit.

  • Permanently embedded in the jawbone

Thanks to the advent of dental implant technology, our dental team is able to replace the tooth root in addition to the visible crown. A small titanium screw that extends into your jawbone will be the replacement root. Then, we attach your restoration, which is shaded, shaped, and sized to look natural for you. Excitingly, implant screws can also be used in conjunction with dentures, to make them permanent.

It is crucial that you seek prompt treatment for tooth loss; doing so will greatly decrease your likelihood of developing secondary oral health problems. Give our Glendale dental implant dentists a call to schedule a personal consultation!   

12May

We all get into bad habits over time when it comes to our daily routines, including brushing our teeth every day is a part of that. Our Glendale dentists have put together this list of things to consider when you are brushing your teeth.

Start With The Right Brush:

  • Bristle Firmness: toothbrushes are made with different types of bristles—ranging from soft to extra firm. Your dentist can give you more guidance on what type of brush is right for you, but in general you want to use the softest brush possible in order to avoid gum tissue damage and enamel thinning.
  • Toothbrush Head: the size of your brush head also matters. When you choose a brush that is too large, you are unable to effectively and thoroughly clean your back molars and gum tissue.

Follow The Plan:

  • Duration: every time that you brush your smile, you want to keep brushing for about two minutes. You might be surprised at just how long two minutes can feel; you can set a timer or listening to a song in order to help you keep track of the time.
  • Thoroughness: when you clean your smile, remember to also brush your tongue. Many instances of chronic bad breath, or halitosis are actually caused by bacteria build up on the back of the tongue. You can also add a tongue scraper to your routine for additional cleaning power.
  • Technique: toothbrushes are made with different types of bristles—ranging from soft to extra firm. Your dentist can give you more guidance on what type of brush is right for you, but in general you want to use the softest brush possible in order to avoid gum tissue damage and enamel thinning.

To learn more about cleaning your smile at home, feel free to reach out to our Glendale dentists for additional information.