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Why Missing Teeth are Bad for Your Health

January 7th, 2022

Missing teeth are often just an aesthetic concern, but they can have a significant impact on one's health. Missing teeth can lead to gum disease and infection because the mouth isn't as clean. Let's review  the health concerns associated with missing teeth.

Alignment

Human teeth naturally sit very close together. However, when you lose a tooth,  the gap left behind can cause the teeth on either side to shift. Unfortunately, this can lead to a domino effect of the following:

  • headaches
  • jaw pain
  • crooked teeth
  • further tooth decay
  • more tooth loss
  • and more.

For this reason, it's important to replace missing teeth as soon as possible.

Gum Disease

When a tooth falls out, there is a wound left behind .  This can cause gum disease which is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and bone around your teeth. Gum disease is a serious  condition that can lead to tooth loss, and affect your overall health leading to other symptoms such as heart disease and diabetes.

Bone Mass

Did you know that when you lose a tooth, the bone that supported that tooth begins to deteriorate? This is due to lack of stimulation from the movement of your teeth.  Over time, this can lead to deterioration of the jawbone which can affect your appearance and even cause problems with speaking.

A Healthy Smile

When it comes to maintaining your physical appearance, a healthy smile can go a long way.  Missing teeth can create an appearance of being older than you are, or make your smile look uneven. It also shows a lack of personal hygiene. However, it's not just about how you look – missing teeth can also affect the way you function day-to-day. Teeth are necessary for eating and speaking properly, so when they're missing it can be difficult to live life to the fullest.

Takeaway

It's important to address any missing teeth as soon as possible, whether that means replacing them with a dental implant or filling in the space with a bridge or denture. Ignoring your missing teeth can lead to bigger problems down the road, so don't wait – call us today!

Get Started Today

Are you considering implants? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to discuss your options. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information. We are eager and ready to help!

Straightening Crooked Teeth With Invisalign

January 7th, 2022

Teeth can be crooked for a variety of reasons. They may have been knocked out of alignment as a child, shifted after the braces process, or an individual could be genetically predisposed to having crooked teeth. Whatever the reason, Invisalign has various benefits to treating crooked teeth.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of clear, plastic aligners to straighten teeth. The aligners are custom-made for each patient and are worn every day (other than for activities such as flossing, eating, and brushing your teeth).

How Does Invisalign Work?

The Invisalign process begins with a consultation between you and your dentist. An impression of your teeth is taken and then sent to a lab, where the aligners are made.

After wearing the aligners, your teeth will start to shift for two weeks, and you will receive another set of aligners for the following two weeks each after that.

Your dentist will monitor your progress and give you new sets of aligners every few weeks until your teeth are straight.

In the beginning, Invisalign will fit tightly; however, as your teeth shift, the aligners will become looser. It's important not to go against your dentist's advice and keep on track with your treatment.

What to Keep in Mind When Wearing Invisalign

There are a few things you should keep in mind while wearing Invisalign:

  • You must remove the aligners when eating and drinking anything other than water
  • Do not chew on ice or hard candy
  • Brush your teeth after every meal and floss

Following proper protocol when using Invisalign is vital for accurate results. 

Benefits of Using Invisalign

When it comes to Invisalign, there are many benefits such as:

  • You can remove the aligners to eat and drink anything other than water
  • The movement of your teeth is more precise
  • Maintaining good oral hygiene is more accessible than with traditional braces
  • Your gums and teeth are not as irritated when using Invisalign
  • Fewer office visits are required

Many patients decide to use Invisalign to correct their crooked teeth for these reasons. If you are interested in learning more about Invisalign, please visit our website or give us a call today!

Get Started Today

Do you suffer from crooked teeth? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to discuss your options. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information. We are eager and ready to help!

Inlays and Onlays: What Are the Differences?

January 7th, 2022

Inlays and onlays are dental procedures that use tooth-colored materials to repair decayed or damaged teeth. The two terms, inlay and onlay, are often used interchangeably by dentists. However, they refer to different ways of repairing a tooth. Let us review these differences.

What is an Inlay?

An inlay is a filling placed inside a tooth, between the cusps and crevices of the chewing surface. An inlay is created utilizing the imprint of the tooth that the dentist takes in their office. 

The dental lab will then create a custom-made inlay that perfectly fits the prepared tooth. Inlays are also created to best match the tooth's color, so they are discrete and unnoticeable.

Inlays repair teeth with moderate damage or decay and do not require a complete coverage restoration. The material used for an inlay is porcelain or a composite material that is generally stronger than your traditional fillings.

When Will a Dentist Choose an Inlay?

A dentist will choose an inlay when a filling does not repair the tooth enough. For example, if a significant amount of decay has compromised a tooth and a filling will not be strong or durable enough to repair it, an inlay may be used instead.

What is an Onlay?

An onlay is also utilized for decay and damage. However, these are used for the cusps of a tooth and the chewing surface.

When Will a Dentist Choose an Onlay?

A Dentist will use an only when a significant amount of the tooth is missing, and a filling will not be enough to restore it. Onlays are also referred to as partial crowns because they serve similar functions.

Both inlays and onlays are custom-made to fit your teeth, so you can be sure that they will look natural and feel comfortable. If you have any questions about these procedures, please contact our office. 

Benefits of Inlays and Onlays

When it comes to inlays and onlays, there are a wide variety of benefits that you can enjoy. Some of these benefits include:

  • A more natural look and feel than traditional fillings
  • Restoration of significant damage to the teeth
  • No mercury exposure
  • Added strength and durability

Due to these advantages, many patients prefer inlays and onlays to traditional fillings.

Get Started Today

Are you considering inlays or onlays? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to discuss your options. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information. We are eager and ready to help!

Bleeding While Flossing: A Sign of Gum Disease?

January 7th, 2022

Gum disease is an issue that many people are unaware of. If left untreated, it can lead to tooth loss and other serious health problems. Unfortunately, the symptoms for gum disease are often vague or inconsistent, which leads many people to ignore the problem until it becomes severe. So what are the symptoms?

Bleeding

One symptom that may go unnoticed is bleeding while flossing because it's not always easy to tell if there's blood on your floss after you've already rinsed off your mouth. If you bleed every time you floss this may be a sign of gingivitis.

Gingivitis is  the mildest form of gum disease, and it's caused by plaque build-up on the teeth. If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to more serious forms of gum disease like periodontitis.

What is Periodontitis?

Periodontitis is a serious infection that  occurs when plaque and tartar build up around the teeth. The consequences of this can include:

  • Heart disease
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Tooth Loss

This is why  it's so important to stay on top of  your dental hygiene.

Other Signs of Gum Disease

There are a variety of  other signs that you may be experiencing if you do in fact have gum disease. These include:

  • Red and swollen gums
  • Bad breath that doesn't go away
  • Tender or bleeding gums
  • Mouth sores
  • Loose teeth
  • and more.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it's important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

How to Prevent Gum Disease

Fortunately, gum disease is preventable! Here are a few tips to help you keep your gums healthy and free from disease:

  • Brush your teeth at least twice a day
  • Floss every day
  • Avoid sugary foods and drinks
  • Use fluoride toothpaste
  • See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings.

By following these simple steps, you can prevent ruining your oral health.

Get Started Today

Do you have any signs or symptoms of gum disease? Consult with Dr. Firouzi at the Center for Exceptional Dentistry to discuss your options. Visit our contact page here or call (412) 274-1126 today for more information. We are eager and ready to help!

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