Bridges are fixed prosthodontics devices that are permanently cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Bridges are used to fill in space or spaces if you are missing one or more teeth.
Dental implants involve a surgical replacement of tooth roots. They are mostly made of titanium and are placed into the jaw bone and allowed to integrate with the bone over a few months, serving as a replacement for a tooth root. Crowns can then be placed on top of implants to fill in gaps of […]
Caring for baby teeth is very important even though they will eventually fall out. Baby teeth not only help babies eat solid foods, but they are also important to your child’s ability to speak. Furthermore, they serve as space-maintainers for your child’s permanent teeth. If the baby teeth are damaged by tooth decay or have […]
Usually, after age 4, many children receive a set of x rays named bite-wings to check for decay in between teeth. As children begin to get their adult teeth around the age of 6, X-rays become more important as they help the dentist to see if all of the adult teeth are growing in the […]
The American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry recommends that a child should visit the dentist by his/her first birthday or by the time the first teeth come in. National studies have shown that cavities are increasing in-preschool-aged children. More than 1 in 4 children in the United States has had at least one cavity by the […]
All local anesthetics cross the placenta to some degree. Fortunately, doses of local anesthetics in dentistry are usually relatively small and are generally unlikely to cause complications during pregnancy. During pregnancy, when local anesthesia is used, it is best to use one without epinephrine.
Pregnancy hormones may cause your gums to swell, become inflamed, and bleed more easily. During pregnancy, your mouth may also become more vulnerable to bacteria and plaque, and this can make your gums more tender gums. For this reason, it is very important to maintain good oral hygiene when pregnant and to visit the dentist […]
Preventive dental cleanings and annual exams during pregnancy are safe, and in fact are recommended. The rise in hormone levels during pregnancy may cause the gums to swell, bleed, and trap food causing irritation. Preventive dental work is essential to avoid oral infections such as gum disease(gingivitis). Routine dental treatment is generally performed safely during […]
You may be surprised to learn that gum infections can lead to serious health consequences, including heart disease, diabetes, and more. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Pat F. Bass, III, MD, MPH You know you need to take care of your oral health for your teeth’s sake — but did you know it’s also […]
Periodontal diseases like gingivitis and periodontitis usually require lifelong maintenance therapy to ensure good oral health. By Lynn Yoffee Medically Reviewed by Lindsey Marcellin, MD, MPH Gum diseases, also known as periodontal diseases, are usually caused by a build-up of bacteria and plaque that inflames and infects the gums. Plaque is a clear film on […]