Advantage Of Inlay Or Onlay

When a large cavity exists in a tooth, a filling used to be the standard remedy. Years ago, this was done with a silver ‘amalgam’ material. Over the years, much controversy has loomed over the safety of the mercury content in amalgam. As a result, many people have had amalgam fillings removed due to the concerns.

In many offices, non-amalgam fillings began to take the place of the mercury laden material. Although the contents no longer contained mercury, the look failed to provide a natural feel and tooth-like appearance. This is where inlays and onlays emerged to provide ideal options.Inlay Onlay

Inlays and onlays are perfect for people who don’t require a full crown but have a large area for a filling. These are custom-made, porcelain pieces that fit precisely into the tooth to replace the portion that is has been removed due to decay or a break.

Not only do inlays and onlays give a beautiful look and feel, they will not expand as is the potential for fillings. When fillings expand over time, fractures and cracks can occur.

Shade matching is exceptional. The inlay or onlay will blend with your natural tooth beautifully. And, it will feel and function natural as well.

This is a two-step procedure, much like as with a crown or veneer. It begins by preparing the tooth. You are fully numbed during the procedure. A temporary is placed for you to wear while a dental lab creates the final porcelain result. In a couple of weeks, you’ll return for the placement of your inlay or onlay. During this appointment, your temporary will be removed and your tooth will be completed!

Another bonus to inlays and onlays is their longevity. Like crowns, they provide exceptional durability, strength and lasting power.

When a tooth needs repair that requires something more substantial than a simple filling, let’s discuss an inlay or onlay.


Wobbly Denture? Here Is Why.

If you are a fairly new denture wearer, the fit is probably pretty snug. To eat comfortably and securely, you may also use a denture adhesive or paste to help prevent movement.

If you are a long-time denture wearer, however, the fit is probably very different than it was when the denture was first made. Over time, you may have noticed your denture start to  slip when eating. It may have caused some uncomfortable rubbing that resulted in sore spots on tender gums.

While eating things like nuts or foods with seeds, you may have also felt your gums were being pierced by these particles from being trapped between the denture and gums. Too, you may feel uneasy about eating a chewy bagel or crunching on celery, especially when with friends.

Why would a denture that fit well when it was first made begin to move around? While a reline can be done to reshape the denture for more stability, that’s not going to fix the underlying problem, which is bone resorption.

Profile comparison of healthy jaw bone and one with severe resorption.
Profile comparison of healthy jaw bone and one with severe resorption.

Bone resorption describes what occurs when tooth roots are missing from the upper or lower jaw bone. Without their stimulation to the bone, the bone slowly shrinks in mass. The result is a declining ‘ridge’ to support the denture. The ridge is actually the jaw bone covered over with gum tissue. As it flattens due to bone resorption, the denture begins to slip and move since it no longer conforms to the ridge it was designed to wrap.

If you sleep in your dentures, the rate of bone loss accelerates due to the 24/7 pressure placed on the jaw bones. And, as resorption continues, eating certain foods becomes too challenging. Many long-time denture wearers resort to a diet of soft foods that dissolve easily in the mouth. They also start to decline invitations to social outings that include food, which is a centerpiece of many gatherings.

It is a fact that denture wearers take more medications and have more gastrointestinal problems than non-denture wearers. Since the digestive process begins in the mouth while chewing, it’s no surprise that these issues are more commonplace with denture wearers.

Changes in facial appearance show signs of bone resorption as well. Common changes include deep wrinkling around the mouth, jowls that form as facial muscles detach from shrinking jaws and a collapsed appearance of the mouth into the face.

Bone loss can be halted, however. Dental implants recreate the presence of tooth roots and prevent resorption. Because they are held in the jaw, just as the tooth roots you once had, they provide a firm, stable foundation for chewing, biting and laughing with confidence.

If your denture is starting to ‘wobble,’ the process of bone loss will only continue to cause problems. Begin with a free consultation to discuss the best implant type for your needs and budget. From there, you can decide how you wish to proceed. Call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule.


Oral Health Connections Reach Far Beyond The Mouth

Having a clean, healthy mouth is a good way to have fresh breath, avoid cavities and prevent periodontal (gum) disease. But, did you know that the health of your mouth can affect your health in other parts of your body?

Over the years, numerous studies and much research has been conducted to pinpoint the true origins of diseases such as coronary artery disease, diabetes and others. While there is still much to be known, what has emerged time and again as the culprit has been inflammation.

Inflammation in the body has been determined to cause triggers that become the onset of a wide variety of health problems. Periodontal disease is a chronic inflammatory disease. This means that the bacteria that are attacking your tooth enamel and gum tissues will run rampant on a consistent basis. As destructive as these bacteria are to your mouth, they can also have damaging potential elsewhere.

When the bacteria of gum disease enter the bloodstream (through tears in weakened gum tissues), it can create inflammatory triggers. This, in turn, results in higher risks for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, preterm babies, arthritis, respiratory diseases and even impotency. By why?

First, let me clarify that not all inflammation is bad. For example, when you cut your finger, the body sends antibodies to help repair the cut. The redness or slight swelling you see as the cut heals is a sign that the body’s defense system is fighting off bacteria that could create infection.

In chronic inflammation, however, the body’s defense mechanism becomes locked in the ‘on’ position. This sets into motion a chain of reactions that turn what was designed to be a positive response into a negative one. An area in the body that stays in the inflamed mode is at risk for dysfunctional reactions.

While the bacteria of gum disease seem a long distance from arthritic joints, the association – according to research – boils down to inflammation.  Think of it this way, if you have pink eye, the condition can be easily transferred from one person to another through touch. So, if oral bacteria of gum disease enter the bloodstream and pass through the heart, it makes sense that the inflammatory reactions  of the bacteria can trigger inflammatory reactions here, too.

An attractive, confident smile is important. However, it’s important, also, that you consider the overall health of your mouth — teeth AND gums — as being vital elements of a smile’s well-being. Keeping a clean, healthy mouth can enhance your overall  health and help you avoid (or greatly lower) the risk for severe and even deadly diseases.

If you feel your mouth needs a ‘clean slate’ so you can maintain a healthy smile, call toll free 1-866-9-Smiles to schedule an exam. Or, consider beginning with a free consultation to discuss your needs and goals.

And, if dental fear has kept you from the care you need, feel free to mention your concerns. We are especially sensitive to those with these fears and take a number of measures to ensure your comfort at all times.


Take Fish Oil Capsules? You May Not Know….

Too much of a good thing is, well, too much.

Fish oil has become a popular supplement for American adults, for good reasons! The labels of many brands tout “supports healthy heart, joints, brain and skin.” Fish oil has been credited for helping everything from dry eyes to extending the distance for joggers.

Like anything, however, too much of a good thing can backfire. Many physicians recomFish Oil Capsmend taking 3,000 milligrams of fish oil a day for adults. That’s typically a capsule of 1,000 milligrams taken with each meal, or one capsule three times a day. If you take more than that, please let us know so we can note this in your chart.

An excess of fish oil has a similar effect to that of aspirin, which can cause prolonged bleeding. When you exceed the recommended 3,000 mgs., excessive bleeding during some procedures can result. For those who already take anticoagulants (such as Coumadin), combining fish oil increases the risk for excessive bleeding to an even greater level.

Like any medication or over-the-counter supplement (including herbal types), please update us on those you take at every visit, including dosage of each. It is our goal to align your oral health to your overall health for individualized care and lasting smiles!