Posts for: May, 2016
The versatility of dental implants
If you have unsightly gaps between your teeth or you have badly damaged teeth that are not restorable with a conventional filling, it’s time to consider the one procedure to fix many dental problems, dental implants! Dental implants are a versatile, modern dental solution to replace a single or multiple missing teeth. They can fill in the gaps and give you back your complete smile. Your dentists at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, Maryland want to help you discover how dental implants can help your smile.
Your Silver Spring dentists at Colesville Dentistry want you to know dental implants can enhance the beauty of your smile, or give you a completely new smile by replacing diseased teeth. In addition to tooth replacement, they can also be used to support a denture. Dental implants don’t just give you a great look; they also restore your chewing function, which improves digestion and your overall health.
Dental implants can also help you retain the youthful contours of your face and firm jawline. That’s because implants are made of titanium, a uniquely biocompatible material that your bone fuses to, and this helps you retain bone support. In contrast, dentures and partials put pressure on your bone, making it diminish over time.
Your dentists at Colesville Dentistry want you to know why dental implants are one procedure to fix many problems. When you decide on dental implants for tooth replacement, you can count on:
- Cosmetic beauty, because implants are made of translucent, sparkling porcelain
- Convenience, because you clean implants just like existing teeth
- Permanence, because implants are embedded and supported by bone and don’t move
Dental implants are also a conservative treatment because your dentists at Colesville Dentistry only prepare the area of the implant. Bridges or partials require preparation of the adjacent teeth. Dental implants are also stain-resistant and they also boast the highest success rate of any surgical implant, over 95 percent!
It’s time for you to discover the one procedure to fix many problems, dental implants! They are an investment in your smile, so you need to see the best. Call your dentists at Colesville Dentistry in Silver Spring, Maryland and find out more about the versatility of dental implants. Call today!
Magician Michael Grandinetti mystifies and astonishes audiences with his sleight of hand and mastery of illusion. But when he initially steps onto the stage, it’s his smile that grabs the attention. “The first thing… that an audience notices is your smile; it’s what really connects you as a person to them,” Michael told an interviewer.
He attributes his audience-pleasing smile to several years of orthodontic treatment as a teenager to straighten misaligned teeth, plus a lifetime of good oral care. “I’m so thankful that I did it,” he said about wearing orthodontic braces. “It was so beneficial. And… looking at the path I’ve chosen, it was life-changing.”
Orthodontics — the dental subspecialty focused on treating malocclusions (literally “bad bites”) — can indeed make life-changing improvements. Properly positioned teeth are integral to the aesthetics of any smile, and a smile that’s pleasing to look at boosts confidence and self-esteem and makes a terrific first impression. Studies have even linked having an attractive smile with greater professional success.
There can also be functional benefits such as improved biting/chewing and speech, and reduced strain on jaw muscles and joints. Additionally, well-aligned teeth are easier to clean and less likely to trap food particles that can lead to decay.
The Science Behind the Magic
There are more options than ever for correcting bites, but all capitalize on the fact that teeth are suspended in individual jawbone sockets by elastic periodontal ligaments that enable them to move. Orthodontic appliances (commonly called braces or clear aligners) place light, controlled forces on teeth in a calculated fashion to move them into their new desired alignment.
The “gold standard” in orthodontic treatment remains the orthodontic band for posterior (back) teeth and the bonded bracket for front teeth. Thin, flexible wires threaded through the brackets create the light forces needed for repositioning. Traditionally the brackets have been made of metal, but for those concerned about the aesthetics, they can also be made out of a clear material. Lingual braces, which are bonded to the back of teeth instead of the front, are another less visible option. The most discrete appliance is the removable clear aligner, which consists of a progression of custom-made clear trays that reposition teeth incrementally.
How’s that for a disappearing act?!
If you would like more information about orthodontic treatment please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about the subject by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “The Magic of Orthodontics.”
It’s estimated that between 10 and 40 million adults in the U.S. suffer from chronic jaw pain and disability. Healthcare providers refer to it as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD), a group of conditions characterized by pain and limited function with the jaw joints, as well as related muscles and tissues.
People with TMJD often experience popping, clicking or grating sounds when they move their lower jaw. The more serious symptoms, however, are severe pain and limited movement of the jaw. The causes of TMJD haven’t been fully substantiated, but it’s believed to be influenced by a person’s genetic background, their gender (most patients are women of childbearing age), their environment and behavioral habits. This uncertainty about the underlying causes has made it difficult to improve treatment strategies for the disorder.
One promising area of research, though, is suspected connections between TMJD and other health problems. In one survey of over 1,500 TMJD patients, nearly two-thirds indicated they had three or more other chronic conditions. Among the most frequently named were fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, and sleep disturbances.
We’re not quite sure how or why TMJD might be linked to these other conditions, but further study is underway. Researchers hope any knowledge uncovered could lead to advances in our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent TMJD.
Until then, the more traditional treatment approach remains the best course of action: medication to relax muscles and relieve pain; thermal therapies using hot and cold compresses during flare-ups; and physical therapy. Switching to softer foods temporarily may also give jaw muscles a rest from over-activity. Although jaw surgery is an option, we should consider it a last resort after other therapies have proven altogether ineffective in relieving pain and restoring function.
If you suspect you have TMJD, please visit a medical doctor first. Other conditions could mimic the symptoms of the disorder and would need to be ruled out first. If the diagnosis is TMJD, you’re not alone. You can receive information, support and updates on the latest research by visiting the TMJ Association at www.tmj.org.
If you would like more information on chronic jaw pain, 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 “Chronic Jaw Pain and Associated Conditions.”