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What to Expect After Having A Dental Bridge

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

Dental bridges resolve dental functional problems associated with a missing teeth. After the procedure, you can eat and chew without any discomfort. However, your dentist may recommend slight modification to your usual dental care routine. This involve proper cleaning of the area under the false tooth.

How The Procedure Is Done

When fitting a dental bridge, the patient is instructed to go back to the dentist twice. On your first visit, the dentist will form a mold of the affected teeth. On your next visit, he/she will now fit and place the three-unit porcelain dental prosthesis permanently. Cantilever bridge is one type of dental bridge procedure. In this process, the bridge is cemented to the natural teeth. Another type is called the Maryland bridge, wherein a porcelain or metal wings is fixed into place.

How To Care For A Dental Bridge

Tooth Decay is the major threat of the setup. Food debris may be dislodge under the false teeth and cause a decay affecting the adjacent natural teeth. The bridge can fail when these are weakened. Preventative dental care must not be taken for granted especially when you have an artificial device installed in your mouth.

Here are tips on how to care for your dental bridge:

  • At least brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss under the false tooth as well as between your natural teeth once a day.
  • Have professional cleaning with your dentist regularly.

For more information, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


The Difference Between Dental Implants and Dental Bridge

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Losing a single tooth can make you feel conscious every time you speak or laugh. This can lower your self-esteem. Equally (or more) damaging is the fact that you will experience functional issues and discomfort. There are two dental options to restore your teeth, dental implants or dental bridges.

If you are undecided as to which treatment is best for you, the following information might help you reach a decision.

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The Difference

In dental implants, the number of teeth that requires replacement defines the average cost of the treatment. If you only have a single tooth that needs replacement, placement and restoration with abutment and crown will likely equal or possibly cost you less. In terms of durability, dental implants are guaranteed long-lasting.

Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

On the other hand, dental bridge needs the adjacent teeth to be filed and be placed with a crown although they are in good shape unlike dental implants that only the affected teeth is manipulated. In dental bridge treatments, there's a tendency that the bone density will decrease over time in the bridged area. Dental implants on another note, is screwed in the jawbone maintaining bone health and supporting jaw strength.

Both the dental bridge and the dental implant are perfectly safe and effective dental treatments. All things considered, dental implants a proving to be the value dental treatment as they are considered permanent solutions whereas the dental bridge is somewhat more likely to become problematic years down the road.

If you are considering options, we invite you to contact Oyster Point Dentistry to help you out in determining the right treatment option for you.


Indications for Dental Implant

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

When a tooth can no longer be saved due to terminal dental condition, there's a solution to keep your dental set complete while preserving dental aesthetics. Dental implant treatments serve to replace lost teeth. It is a safe dental treatment for all ages other than growing kids. It is indicated even for the following patients with:

  • Medical conditions - Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes can still submit themselves for dental implant surgery with the right precautions and as long as their medical doctors have cleared them for the procedure.
  • Periodontal diseases - At Oyster Point Dentistry Clinic, we are particularly skilled in performing dental implants for clients with gum diseases. So far, it is our most recommended treatment for those who have lost their teeth due to the said disease.
  • Dentures - Removable bridges or dentures can be replaced by implants. It can also be utilized to support and stabilize the denture.
  • Bone Loss - Our dental surgeons have the competent skills and training to perform bone grafting to permanently secure the implant. So we can guarantee that the procedure is safe.

Dental implants perform all the function of your missing teeth. They feel and look the same. It provides you the ability to eat, speak and smile normally again.

For more information about dental implants, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Poor Dental Health Can Lead to Cardiovascular Diseases

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Your oral health has a big impact upon your general health. It is highly recommended that you pay attention to your dental health for clinically proven reasons. Preventative dental care and routine checkups are keys to maintaining healthy gums, teeth, and yes, a healthy heart.

Bacteria grows in the mouth due to food debris left in the nooks and crannies of your teeth. Drinking water right to wash it away may not be enough. Brushing and flossing are essential to mitigate the growth of bad germs. When bacteria is left uncontrolled, they can lead to infection which can spread out to other parts of the body.

Periodontal or gum disease is a dental condition that is linked to cardiovascular disease. It may increase the risk of heart disease because inflammation in the gums caused by bacteria can overtime lead to narrowing of significant arteries. Clogged arteries or stroke are just some condition that it may lead to.

Keeping your oral health in top shape can help lower your risk of developing these diseases. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste 2-3 times a day, flossing and drinking water right after eating can help the teeth stay clean and keep bad bacteria away. Also don't miss your regular trips to your dentist to have a thorough check of your dental status.

For more oral health care and preventative care, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.