Dental implants for you
For people who are not so attracted to dentures, a dental implant is a nice alternative. A dental implant is a small post made of titanium surgically implanted into a patient’s jawbone. It acts as the roots of the missing tooth and will bond with the jawbone creating a solid foundation on which the artificial teeth will be attached.
Why choose dental implants?
Today, there are several options in modern dentistry. The longer you leave a gap from a missing tooth and do nothing the more chance it can impact the surrounding jawline. Also, if you put a bridge, it can damage healthy teeth. Dental implants are a permanent structure in your mouth which can prevent further tooth loss and can even give you a better quality of life.
So, what other ways can dental implants make your life better? They can improve your appearance by giving back your smile. Because you now have a complete set of teeth, you will feel good and less conscious. When you feel good, it radiates outside and you tend to smile more.
It can also improve your speech. Poor fitting dentures can slip without your mouth therefore affecting your words or how you speak. Dental implants can also improve your life because they offer convenience and comfort. You can eat just anything, especially your favorite food. You will never have to remove them and they also look like your natural teeth so no one can ever tell that you have dental implants.
Get that smile that you’ve been waiting for today by getting dental implants and see how it can make your life a whole lot better. Contact us at Centreville Dentistry for more information on dental implants and if you’re a candidate for them.
According to the American Dental Association, an estimated 10% of US individuals grind their teeth at night or live with a condition called sleep bruxism. Up to 15% of these populations are children. What’s worse is that most of these individuals are not even aware of their condition.
Bruxism is a condition characterized by the grinding and clenching of teeth during sleep. This condition can lead to persistent jaw pain, headache, poor sleep, and may even lead to tooth loss. The good news is, sleep bruxism is manageable and can be diagnosed by your dentist during your routine dental checkup.
Causes of Sleep Bruxism
There is no definite cause why a person experiences sleep bruxism. However, the factors below can increase the risk of sleep bruxism:
- Stress and anxiety
- Sleep apnea
- Smoking and alcoholism
- Caffeine intake
- Genetic disorder such as Parkinson’s disease
- Side effects of certain medications
Night Guard as Treatment for Bruxism
Wearing a night mouth guard is a popular solution to treat sleep bruxism. The mouth guard is worn at night during sleep to help absorb the force of the grinding and clenching of teeth and minimize its impact on the teeth and jaw.
Are you experiencing symptoms of sleep bruxism? Are you considering wearing a night guard? While there is no absolute treatment for sleep bruxism, wearing a nightguard will offer you the following benefits:
Get a good night sleep
Nightguards are designed to relax the jaw muscle and increase the airflow between your teeth and jaw; therefore, giving you more space to breathe. Snoring can significantly disrupt your sleep. And since your jaw muscles will be more relaxed with nightguards, there will be less snoring during your sleep; thus, giving you a perfect night sleep.
Reduce the occurrence of headache and jaw pain
If you have been experiencing constant headaches because of bruxism, then wearing a nightguard may be the best option for you. You feel headache and facial and jaw pain in the morning due to your facial muscles overworking at night. Another purpose of a nightguard is to help adjust and balance your bite by allowing your jaw muscles to relax and rest. With this, not only people living with sleep bruxism will benefit from wearing a nightguard, but also those suffering from Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ).
Prevents costly dental treatment
Bruxism can cause wearing and tearing of your teeth leading to tooth loss if left untreated. You may start to notice your teeth getting chipped, then eventually damage your tooth’s enamel. Dental treatment can be very costly since it is not included in your traditional healthcare insurance and wearing a nightguard will serve as an investment. It is essential to manage your bruxism as the constant grinding and clenching of teeth may cost you expensive dental treatments like replacement fillings, outlays, inlays, and others.
Several types of night guards can be purchased over-the-counter or can be custom-fit by your dentist. If you suspect you have bruxism and you want to manage its symptoms, talk to your dentist for a good night guard for your needs.
Are your gums sore and swollen? If your answer is yes, then you might have gum disease.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), gum disease is a very prevalent health condition in the US, with 47.2% of US adults aged 30 years and above living with some form of gum disease. Sadly, the risk of developing a gum disease also increases as the person ages. Gum disease is a type of condition wherein the gum’s soft tissues and the hard structures that support the teeth are infected and inflamed.(more…)
We all want to maintain good oral health. Brushing and flossing daily can help prevent bad breath, tooth decay and gum diseases. In addition to these daily prevention methods, a healthy dental routine also includes regular dental checkups. Your dentist helps you determine and checks if there are dental issues or problems that will arise.(more…)
We all know the importance of flossing in keeping our teeth in top condition. Like brushing your teeth regularly, flossing daily helps remove the food particles that are stuck in between your teeth, thus helps prevent the buildup of plaque, bad breath, and gum disease. Unfortunately, many people tend to skip flossing for two reasons — one, they think that brushing their teeth is already enough preventative care, and two, it can be a tedious experience.(more…)
Getting that healthy, pearly white smile can be easy – only if you take dental cleaning as an essential part of your self-care routine. Caring for your teeth takes more than just brushing it twice a day or flossing daily. Sure, it does keep your teeth healthy but in order for you to ensure your teeth’s health and possibly prevent dental problems in the future, you need to visit your dentist and do regular dental cleaning.(more…)
A cavity is a common dental condition that affects almost everyone. According to a report from the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics in 2011-2012, about 91% of Americans aged 20-64 years old had dental cavities in their permanent teeth. Moreover, 30% of this population has untreated cavities.(more…)
Do you wake up every morning and feel jaw pain? You start to wonder what causes it. Is it your tooth or your jaw muscle? When you feel sleepiness all throughout the day and jaw or face pain, it is more likely that you have a condition called bruxism or teeth grinding. Clenching or grinding occasionally is normal but when it happens regularly, it can cause damage to your teeth making you susceptible to a lot of oral health issues.(more…)
Playing sports is fun. It allows you to be active and develop your skills such as perseverance, teamwork, determination, discipline, and social skills. However, no matter how friendly the sport may be, one should still be aware of the potential injuries that he or she may get while playing. In fact, according to Stanford Children’s Health, more than 3.5 million injuries related to sports are being reported every year; and the majority of these are knocked out teeth.(more…)