Posts for: January, 2019
People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”
The whole world doesn’t need to know that you have braces.
If you are an adult who is dealing with a crooked or misaligned smile, you may be wondering if it’s too late to correct the issue. Our Stamford, CT, dentists, Dr. Irina Pogosian and Dr. Thomas Ohlson, will wholeheartedly tell you that it’s never too late to get a straighter smile. In this day and age, dental technology has come a long way and now we can offer our patients the ability to straighten their smiles with a clear orthodontic system known as Invisalign.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that, instead of using brackets and wires like traditional braces, uses clear custom-made aligners that cover the teeth. Each aligner is created based on measurements taken of your mouth. Made from medical-grade thermoplastic, these aligners offer a comfortable fit while shifting your teeth into the ideal position.
How does Invisalign work?
Before you can get Invisalign treatment our Stamford, CT, general dentists will need to examine your smile and determine whether or not Invisalign is right for you. Once we deem you an ideal candidate for treatment the next step will be to take scans of your teeth to measure them.
These measurements will provide the dental lab with the information they need to create perfectly fitted aligners that will only shift around teeth that need to be moved in order to achieve an ideal smile. The number of aligners you’ll receive will depend on the severity of the dental issues that you wish to correct.
Invisalign is ideal for correcting,
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Open bites
If you are an adult or older teen who is dealing with any of these problems then Invisalign may be an ideal solution for you.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
Since aligners are removable, it can be tempting to take them off whenever you feel like it. However, if you want results, it’s important that you keep your aligners on as much as possible throughout the day, only removing them before meals and before brushing and flossing. The rest of the time your aligners should be worn. This equates to wearing them for about 22 hours each day.
Interested? Give us a call!
If you are interested in finding out what Invisalign can do for your smile, it’s time to turn to the dental team at Comprehensive Dental Group in Stamford, CT. We want to make sure that you get the smile you deserve! Contact us by dialing (203) 359-3296 today.
Vacationing abroad can be the trip of a lifetime — or a nightmare if you have a medical or dental emergency while traveling. Dental care in many locations around the world can be limited, expensive or even dangerous.
Here are 3 important things you should to do to prepare for a possible dental emergency during that dream vacation in a foreign country.
Have a complete checkup, cleaning and necessary dental work before you leave. Whoever said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” must have been a traveler. Better to take care of problems beforehand than have them erupt into an emergency far from home. Be sure especially to have decayed or cracked teeth repaired, as well as any planned dental work like root canal treatments before you go. This is especially important if you’re flying — high altitudes can increase pressure and pain for many dental problems.
Research your destination’s available dental and medical care ahead of time. Standards and practices in other countries can differ from those in the United States, sometimes drastically. Knowing what’s available and what’s expected in terms of service and price will help immensely if you do encounter a health emergency while traveling. A good starting place is A Traveler’s Guide to Safe Dental Care, available at www.osap.org.
Know who to contact if you have a dental emergency. While it may be frightening having a dental issue in a strange place, you’re not alone — there are most likely a number of fellow Americans in your location who can help. Have contact information ready for people you know or military personnel living in your locale, as well as contacts to the American Embassy in that country. And if you’re staying in a hotel, be sure to make friends with the local concierge!
It’s always unsettling to have a dental emergency, but especially so when you’re far from home. Doing a little preparation for the possibility will help lessen the stress if it happens and get you the help you need.
If you would like more information on preparing for dental emergencies while traveling, 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 “Traveling Abroad? Tips for Dealing with Dental Emergencies.”