Don’t Settle for Ill-Fitting Dentures, Get Snap-on Dentures Instead!

Traditional dentures suck. Literally, the way that they stay on, at least the top set, is by suctioning on to the roof of your mouth. The bottom set, however, given the structure of the human mouth, cannot suction in the same way as the top set, and therefore do not stay in place nearly as well, making eating, speaking, or even smiling challenging activities. So while top dentures literally suck, bottom dentures, well they just suck.

The traditional solution to this was, in a word, nothing. Dentures were made to fit the ridge on the bottom of one’s mouth, and this did an alright job, but if you or a loved one has ever worn dentures, you know that the bottom set slips around almost constantly.

That all changed with the development of snap-on dentures, which allow you to “snap” your denture on or off, providing previously impossible stability.

Here’s how it works: Our in-house oral surgeon drills implants into the bone at the bottom of your mouth (under heavy anesthesia, of course). The ends of these implants are then covered by rubber coatings which act as attachments that your bottom set of dentures can snap on and off of. And that’s it.

Pretty simple, right? Kind of makes us wish that we thought of it. Well even though we didn’t, we sure are good at painlessly putting them in your mouth. Feel free to ask more questions by phone call or e-mail below.

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Bruxism – The Slow Teeth Killer

Have you ever woken up with a headache or sore teeth that you couldn’t explain? You may be suffering from sleep bruxism, or teeth grinding. Bruxism can come and go at any stage of a person’s life, and the vast majority of the time is caused by prolonged emotional states of stress, anxiety, anger, frustration or tension. It can be a side effect of amphetamines to treat ADHD such as Adderall as well as of anti-depressants.

If your teeth are worn, damaged or sensitive, if you have pain in your jaw, face, or ear, if your partner mentions that you make a grinding noise while you sleep, or if you have a locked jaw that wont open or close completely, then you are probably suffering from sleep bruxism. For anyone suffering from bruxism, you do not need us to tell you how painful and frustrating its effects can be. The good news, however, is that it is easily treatable.

If a patient comes into the office with symptoms of bruxism, we will recommend a bite guard for you to wear on your top teeth while you sleep. We will then make a mold, send it to our lab, and within a few days we will provide you with a comfortable, custom-fit bite guard that you will barely notice is in your mouth. What you will notice, however, are pain free teeth and jaws that will last. If you or a loved may be suffering from bruxism, come in today for a free consultation, and feel free to submit any questions below!

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On Biofilm, The Nasty Cause of Gum Disease, and How to Fight It!

While you may not be familiar with biofilm, it has become quite a hot topic in dentistry. Biofilm forms when bacteria adhere to surfaces in some form of watery environment and begin to excrete a slimy, glue-like substance that can stick to all kinds of materials–metals, plastics, soil particles, medical implant materials, biological tissues. Essentially, a biofilm may form on any surface exposed to bacteria and some amount of water. In the household, clogged drains are caused by biofilm. In your mouth, biofilm causes tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Dental plaque is a yellowish biofilm that builds up on the teeth, that as mentioned, leads to gum disease. Gingivitis, the milder form of gum disease, is experienced by most Americans, while the more severe form, periodontitis is affects around 30%. Treatment of gum infections requires removal of the biofilm and tartar from the teeth and gums by surgical or nonsurgical procedures, followed by antibiotic therapy. These diseases, however, are often not responsive to antibiotics, resulting in them being chronic, or lifetime diseases. The best strategy is prevention.

This begs the question: How do we combat biofilm? The traditional methods, such as regular tooth brushing and flossing have been proven to greatly reduce your chances of developing gum disease, and when biofilm is not disrupted by brushing and flossing, it remains on your teeth and hardens, leading to permanent yellowness and disease.

So for those of you brushing and flossing, way to go, keep doing that! But for those of you who have just been claiming to floss when you come in for your appointments (we know who you are), we have some good news! There is now an easier option: the water flosser. Water flossers, such as the Waterpik, shoot a pressurized stream of water between the teeth and along the gum line, removing debris and biofilm that builds up throughout the day. Water flossing has been clinically proven to remove biofilm as well as traditional flossing, and it might be a better option for those who struggle to incorporate flossing into their routine. Water flossing is an exciting new development in the dental world that could transform your oral health. So if you know you need to start flossing to combat that nasty biofilm, but never get around to it, come try out a water flosser in our office!

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Veneers are Magic!

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What are your biggest complaints about the appearance of your teeth? Cracks or chips? Gaps? Shape? Length? What about staining that just won’t go away? Veneers are the affordable, non-invasive and pain-free solution you’ve been looking for.

A veneer is a small porcelain layer applied to the surface of your tooth that conceals any defects and provides you with the smile you always dreamed of. They have been proven to be extremely effective in improving the aesthetics of your smile. But don’t trust us, just Google “celebrity veneers” to see the incredible results that celebrities from Miley Cyrus to George Clooney have enjoyed.

If you’re considering veneers, here’s what to expect:

First, we make temporary acrylic veneers that we place on your teeth to aid you in your decision. Once you’re done sending selfies to friends and family and freaking out about how incredible your teeth look, we prepare your teeth for the real thing.

We polish and remove some tooth structure from the front of your teeth in order to make room for the veneers. The amount removed is dependent on the desired result and position of the teeth; overall the goal is to remove as little tooth structure as possible.

We then take a mold of your teeth. This mold is sent to the laboratory where the veneers are made. For the week or two that this takes, we will provide you with temporary acrylic veneers that, unlike the ones you tried on originally, can stay on for a few weeks and look and feel totally natural.

These are only temporary, however, so when the porcelain veneers are ready, you come back into the office and we cement on your beautiful new smile. The veneers will be physically bonded to your teeth in a manner so secure, it would take a dental drill or a laser to remove them. First, we “etch” both your teeth and the inside of the veneers with a mild acidic solution to open up tiny pores in both surfaces. We then apply translucent cement that forms microscopic tags that fit into these pores. It’s a seamless “micromechanical” attachment that will essentially make the tooth and veneer one unit.

And then you’re on your way, with a beautiful white smile that looks and feels totally natural! Call or book online to see if veneers are right for you!

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The Unexpected Secret to a Beautiful, Healthy Smile? Bleaching Gel!

 

Bleaching hImage result for bleaching gelas changed the lives of countless patients over the past 20 years. A bright smile has been proven by countless studies to be hugely beneficial to one’s self esteem, outlook on life and even job prospects! Still, one would assume that the only benefits of bleaching are aesthetic. According to numerous recent studies, however, the benefits go way beyond the appearance of your teeth.

When you come into our dental office for a bleaching, a gel containing the active ingredient carbamide peroxide is placed on your teeth. The gel whitens beautifully, but this amazing solution does much more than that. Numerous recent studies have proven its ability to kill bacteria, reduce plaque and even prevent cavities!

Bleaching gel cleans teeth through a few different methods. First, it elevates salivary pH which fights acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay. Second, it kills one of the two bacteria in the mouth that cause cavities. Third, it removes plaque from the surface of the teeth. Plaque buildup is one of the greatest barriers faced by those trying to maintain a healthy smile.

While brushing and flossing are great ways to prevent cavities, for those who struggle to do so, or those who still find themselves with cavities, sleeping with a bleaching gel lined tray can be the solution. The nightly bleaching gel formula is less potent than the one used for in-office bleaching, and thus causes minimal tooth sensitivity. It still, however, whitens teeth and provides lasting aesthetic and oral health benefits.

So if you or someone you know seems to have cavities at every dentist visit, we recommend bleaching gel (available at A New Smile), for a whiter and healthier smile!

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The Only Thing Worse than Wisdom Teeth Extraction is What Happens When You Don’t Remove Them

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For many, wisdom teeth extraction can be a scary trip to the dentist. The procedure itself requires anesthesia and may involve slight pressure, and the recovery can be painful and cause swollen cheeks.

So you might wonder why anyone would choose to get this procedure done. Why not just let your teeth be? The answer depends on how your individual wisdom teeth grow in.

Depending on the shape of your mouth and the position of your teeth, your wisdom teeth could grow in without causing damage to the surrounding teeth. But for many, wisdom teeth are impacted, meaning that they grow into teeth next to them, causing them to have to be removed.

While you may be reluctant to undergo wisdom teeth extraction, avoiding this procedure can lead to some pretty nasty dental maladies that could be significantly harder and more expensive to deal with.

If your jaw is not large enough for them, your wisdom teeth may become impacted and unable to break through your gums. Your wisdom teeth may also break partway through your gums, causing a flap of gum tissue to grow over them. Food and germs can get trapped under the flap and cause your gums to become red, swollen, and painful, due to probable infection.

Wisdom teeth often grow in awkward angles, with the top of the tooth facing forward, backward, or to either side. Other than infection, impacted wisdom teeth can cause damage to other teeth and bone if they grow into said tooth or bone as well as cysts.

Again, not all wisdom teeth need to be removed. But if there’s a chance that your wisdom teeth will cause problems, it’s easier to take them out when you’re young. That’s because the roots of the teeth are not fully developed yet, and the bone around the teeth is less dense. Younger people also heal faster than older ones. As you age, it will take longer to recover from the surgery.

So while you may be hesitant to come in for an extraction, when it comes to your wisdom teeth, a trip to A New Smile to get your wisdom teeth removed painlessly by one of our excellent and experienced oral surgeons may be the worthiest trip to the dentist that you’ve ever made.

We Can’t Stress the Impact of Stress on Your Teeth Enough!

          Stress is an interesting biological phenomenon that in recent years has been researched and viewed as increasingly medically relevant. In the short term, stress allows us to better cope with high intensity situations by conserving energy spent on bodily processes such as our immune system and instead spending it on our brain and nervous system, allowing us to be alert and ready to act in response to the problem. When humans developed this adaptive trait, stressful situations were all but limited to short periods of time such as when early humans would flee from predators. Today, however, with increasingly demanding careers, stress lasts for prolonged periods of time, causing prolonged periods in which the immune system does not get the resources it needs to function properly. This carries consequences for our entire body, including our mouth.

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The most notable effect of stress on your oral health is increased bruxism, or teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Prolonged teeth grinding can wear down your enamel, cause tooth decay or sensitivity, and may even do permanent damage to the jaw. This can happen without us noticing and can be worse when we are sleeping. If you wake up in the morning with sore teeth or headaches, you may be suffering from bruxism. Luckily, at A New Smile, we can make you a night guard to protect your teeth from this very harmful symptom of stress.

As discussed earlier, stress takes a toll on your immune system by allocating resources elsewhere. This increases the risk for all kinds of infection. For your mouth specifically, however, a weak immune system means increased risk for periodontal disease because your body has a harder time fighting off the bacteria that causes it.

Canker sores are small bumps with a white or grayish base that have red borders. They show up inside your mouth, sometimes in pairs or in greater numbers and can be painful. While the cause of them is unknown, they are known to be linked to stress, and it is likely that susceptibility is increased during stressful times.

Because stress can dominate our thinking, it tends to cause us to avoid our responsibility to maintain healthy habits. As such, if you’re stressed, it’s extra important to take care of yourself, even if it’s easier to do the opposite. Be vigilant about brushing, flossing, eating healthy foods, and drinking plenty of water, and you can minimize the negative impacts of stress. To cut out stress altogether, helpful techniques include exercise, yoga, meditation or any healthy, enjoyable hobby. We all get stressed, but today we know that it is medically imperative that we minimize stress as much as we can.