Posts for: December, 2016
Do you have a healthy smile? Dr. Trenton LeBaron your Keizer, OR family dentist at Keizer Smile Center, shares a few tips that will help you avoid dental problems.
Brush and floss daily
Brushing and flossing every day is the best way to prevent tooth decay. If you don't make brushing a priority, plaque takes over your mouth, coating your teeth in a colorless, sticky, bacterial film. Although plaque can make your teeth feel rough, that unpleasant sensation isn't the only problem. Plaque causes cavities by combining with the sugars in foods to form acids. These acids eat through tooth enamel and cause tooth decay.
Brushing your twice each day is the easiest way to remove plaque and prevent damage to your teeth. Most toothpastes contain fluoride, a mineral that helps remove plaque and also remineralizes weak areas of your enamel. Brushing and using fluoridated mouthwash is an excellent way to protect your teeth.
Toothbrush bristles are effective at cleaning the visible surfaces of your teeth, but they don't fit between teeth. Unfortunately, if you don't remove plaque from the spaces between your teeth with dental floss, you can develop cavities in these areas. Whether you prefer string floss, floss tape or interdental brushes, it's important to floss at least twice a day.
Use tools, not teeth
Have you ever needed to open a package, but didn't have scissors handy? You probably thought, "Why not rip it open with my teeth?" Unfortunately, using your teeth to open packages can damage teeth and cause them to crack or break. Biting into very hard foods, such as thick, hard pretzels and nuts, can also break teeth. Keep your smile strong by staying away from hard objects and very hard foods.
Don't skip dental exams
If your teeth don't hurt, you may think that it's safe to skip one of your regular dental exams, but missing that appointment can harm your oral health. Cavities don't usually hurt in the early stages. Unfortunately, by the time they do start to hurt, the damage to your teeth can be extensive. When you visit the dentist every six months, he can spot and treat cavities when they're still small and haven't done much damage.
Protect your smile with good oral hygiene habits and regular dental visits. Call Dr. LeBaron, your Keizer, OR family dentist at Keizer Smile Center, at (503) 393-9106 to schedule your appointment.
Dental implants are all the rage. And why not — not only are these tooth replacements life-like and highly functional, they have an amazing 95% ten-year success rate.
Some of that success is due to their unique design. Technically a root replacement, an implant's metal titanium post is surgically placed in the jawbone, where bone grows and adheres to it over time. This creates a strong connection that stands up well to the forces created by biting and chewing.
But there's more to their longevity than design. Success also depends on a careful, planned process that begins long before surgery.
It starts with a detailed oral examination to determine the best placement for the implant. Besides regular x-rays, we may also perform CT scans to create a three-dimensional view of your jaw. With this we can locate and avoid nerves, sinus cavities or other structures near the implant site.
The examination also helps us determine if you've experienced any bone loss, a normal occurrence after tooth loss. Implants require an adequate amount of bone to achieve the best position. A good position ensures future bone integration and the best appearance result.
The same attention to detail extends to the actual surgery to place the implant. We fashion the site to receive the implant by sequentially drilling larger tapered channels until we achieve the right size fit for the implant. During drilling we avoid overheating the bone, which could ultimately weaken and damage the implant's stability.
We'll also need to provide protection for the implant while it integrates with the bone. In most implantations, we do this by suturing the gum tissue over the implant. We take a different approach with a “Tooth in a Day” procedure where we attach a crown (the visible portion of the tooth) right after implant surgery. In this case we'll install a crown (which is actually temporary) that's a little shorter than the adjacent teeth. The natural teeth around it will absorb the forces produced while chewing and not the implant crown.
Focusing on these and other factors will greatly reduce the risk of implant failure. Paying careful attention to them helps ensure your new smile is a lasting one.
If you would like more information on dental implants to restore your smile, 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 “Dental Implants: A Tooth Replacement Method That Rarely Fails.”