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Dentures, removable restorations for missing teeth and gum tissue, can take a number of different forms, but are usually of two different types: complete and partial. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in a given arch. A removable partial denture (RPD), on the other hand, replaces several missing teeth while using the remaining teeth as support.
A common type of RPD formed of plastic is known as a “flipper” because it’s lightweight enough to be “flipped out” or moved around with the tongue. They serve an important purpose as a temporary appliance for use between periodontal treatment, implant placement and similar treatments before obtaining a more permanent restoration. In fact, they’re often referred to as “transitional” RPDs because they’re not designed for permanent tooth replacement.
Because of their low cost relative to other restorations, however, they often become the permanent choice for many people. While a well-constructed, properly fitting RPD in a healthy mouth can be an affordable alternative for people on modest budgets, their long-term use may increase the risk of dental disease and accelerated bone loss. Decades of research verify that people who permanently wear RPDs encounter more tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease than non-wearers.
This is because the attachment points of a plastic RPD to remaining teeth increases bacterial growth, which can cause both tooth decay and gum disease. This doesn’t only endanger the survival of the remaining teeth, it can lead to bone loss that will affect the RPD’s fit.
While the better course is to consider RPDs as a stepping stone to dental implants or a fixed bridge, there’s an intermediary RPD constructed of cast vitallium or gold alloy that could be considered a permanent choice. These are even lighter weight than plastic and less obtrusive in their attachments in the mouth, which can reduce plaque stagnation and promote a better oral environment.
Regardless of your choice in dentures, it’s always important to maintain good consistent oral hygiene with daily brushing and flossing and semi-annual professional cleanings and checkups. Keeping a healthy mouth will help reduce your risk of dental disease and increase your satisfaction with your denture of choice.
If you would like more information on RPDs and other denture 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 “Removable Partial Dentures.”
Dental implants are a state-of-the-art restorative procedure. Dr. David Salah, in Novi, MI, provides patients with these life-like appliances to restore missing teeth.
Here are a few FAQs
What more can you tell me about dental implants?
Dental implants replace missing tooth roots using a titanium screw. The advantage of this titanium screw is that it's biocompatible, meaning oral tissues won't reject it. The titanium post fuses to the rest of your jawbone, a process called osseointegration that takes 3 to 6 months. Attached to the titanium screw is an abutment and then a crown. The crown matches the rest of your teeth to complete the restoration procedure.
How many missing teeth can dental implants replace?
Dental implants replace as many teeth as you need replaced, which can even be a whole upper and/or lower jaw.
What are the advantages of dental implants?
- They are indistinguishable from natural teeth
- They protect the integrity of the jawbone by preventing bone loss or shrinkage of the jawbone
- They replace missing teeth to create a beautiful, complete smile
- They allow you to speak and eat without having to worry about them shifting around like dentures
- They have a 95 % success rate
- They can last a lifetime and a long term solution for tooth loss
How do you care for dental implants?
- Brush your teeth everyday, twice at least and three times optimally
- Avoid sugary food that causes decay
- Floss your teeth once a day
- Visit your Novi dentist twice a year for a routine checkup
- Eat healthy foods like fruits and vegetables
Who to contact about dental implants?
If you're interested in dental implants, just call the Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, at (248) 349-7560 for more information.
Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.
That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!
Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.
Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”
One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.
Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.
Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”Â Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.
If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
Whether she’s singing, dancing or acting, Jennifer Lopez is a performer who is known for giving it all she’s got. But during one show, Lopez recently admitted, she gave a bit more then she had planned.
“I chipped my tooth on stage,” she told interviewers from Entertainment Tonight, “and had to finish the show….I went back thinking ‘Can I finish the show like this?’”
With that unlucky break, J-Lo joins a growing list of superstar singers—including Taylor Swift and Michael Buble—who have something in common: All have chipped their teeth on microphones while giving a performance.
But it’s not just celebs who have accidental dental trouble. Chips are among the most common dental injuries—and the front teeth, due to their position, are particularly susceptible. Unfortunately, they are also the most visible. But there are also a number of good ways to repair chipped, cracked or broken teeth short of replacing them.
For minor to moderate chips, cosmetic bonding might be recommended. In this method, special high-tech resins, in shades that match your natural teeth, are applied to the tooth’s surface. Layers of resin, cured with a special light, will often restore the tooth to good appearance. Best of all, the whole process can often be done in just one visit to the dental office, and the results can last for several years.
For a more permanent repair—or if the damage is more extensive—dental veneers may be another option. Veneers are wafer-thin shells that cover the entire front surface of one or more teeth. Strong, durable and natural-looking, they can be used to repair moderate chips, cracks or irregularities. They can also help you get a “red-carpet” smile: brilliant white teeth with perfectly even spacing. That’s why veneers are so popular among Hollywood celebs—even those who haven’t chipped their teeth!
Fortunately, even if the tooth is extensively damaged, it’s usually possible to restore it with a crown (cap), a bridge—or a dental implant, today’s gold standard for whole-tooth replacement. But in many cases, a less complex type of restoration will do the trick.
Which tooth restoration method did J-Lo choose? She didn’t say—but luckily for her adoring fans, after the microphone mishap she went right back up on stage and finished the show.
If you have a chipped tooth but you need to make the show go on, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Artistic Repair of Chipped Teeth With Composite Resin” and “Porcelain Veneers.”
If your teeth are dull, discolored, or stained, teeth whitening can help you put the pep back in your smile and lift the color of your teeth up to ten shades. Understanding how this procedure works before deciding to undergo it is an important part of making an informed decision. Learn more about professional teeth whitening and what it can do for you by reading below, and contact Dr. David Salah at Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI, if you are interested in treatment!
Professional Teeth Whitening vs. At-Home Kits
Professional teeth whitening comes in two forms: in-office and take-home. Given the choice, there are some differences you will want to consider before you pick the best process for you.
Professional teeth whitening is monitored by your dentist, who ensures that the gums and other oral tissues do not become irritated during your treatment. Additionally, in-office treatments are stronger than at-home kits, meaning that results are more noticeable in less amount of time. A single professional whitening session can do what may take weeks with an at-home kit. However, take-home kits allow for a special level of convenience, are easier on your wallet, and eventually, produce comparable results to an in-office procedure.
Am I a good candidate for teeth whitening?
Candidates for teeth whitening should be in good dental health with a strong commitment to their oral care routine in order to ensure that their teeth remain healthy in the future. Whitening treatments cannot lighten the color of porcelain restorations, meaning that a good candidate does not have restorations in noticeable places, such as on their front teeth. Candidates should also have realistic expectations for their results and understand that whitening treatments are not permanent and thusly require regular touch-up appointments.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Novi, MI
A professional teeth whitening treatment can help you take your smile back and feel great about the way you look. A consultation with your dentist is the best way to find out if you would benefit from this procedure.
For more information on teeth whitening, please contact Dr. David Salah and Progressive Dental Group in Novi, MI. Call (248) 349-7560 today to schedule your appointment with Dr. Salah today!