What You Should Know About Permanent Dentures

Dentures are a tried and tested way of replacing teeth and have been used for many decades. They help people with missing teeth to talk, eat and socialize, but they are not a perfect solution. Dentures can become loose, making it difficult to eat and talk, and messy dentures adhesives are not a good long-term solution. Luckily there is no need for patients to put up with this situation as your dentist in Weston, Fl can provide permanent dentures.

What are Permanent Dentures?
Permanent dentures are fixed in position and can only be removed by a dentist. They consist of artificial crowns and teeth that are connected together to form an arch of replacement teeth. The dental crowns fit over dental implants, holding the restoration firmly in position. Dental implants are artificial replacement tooth roots, and are inserted into the jawbone to provide a stable anchorage point for the permanent denture.

What are the Benefits?
Fixed dentures offer several clear advantages compared to standard removable dentures. There is no need for messy denture adhesives, and no need to worry about loose or uncomfortable dentures. It is easier to eat a wider range of foods as your biting force will be improved. A permanent upper denture is constructed in a horseshoe shape and doesn’t cover up the roof of the mouth, making it easier to taste food properly. The denture remains in place during brushing and flossing, and oral hygiene is simple to maintain. Permanent dentures should give many years of trouble free use, providing they are properly maintained.

Are There Any Disadvantages?
You do need to make sure you clean thoroughly around the dental implants, and you should see your dentist in Weston, Fl for regular checkups and professional cleanings. If not properly maintained, there is a chance the implants will become infected and may fail. You will need to replace your permanent denture eventually, but it should last longer than a standard removable acrylic denture.

 

 

 

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Increasing Numbers of Young People Diagnosed with Oral Cancer

A study carried out several years ago at Aberdeen University found the numbers of people under the age of 50 being diagnosed with mouth, throat and esophagus cancers has significantly increased. In the past oral cancer was more common amongst adult males aged 40 or older. This more recent study showed poor diet, and alcohol and tobacco use could all contribute towards oral cancer in younger patients.

Approximately 50,000 Americans will be diagnosed with oral cancer annually, and 43% will not survive beyond five years. Oral cancer kills more people than Hodgkin’s disease, brain cancer, cervical cancer and kidney cancer combined, but if detected early enough can have a survival rate of 90%.

Regular checkups with your family dentist in Weston, Fl help reduce your risk of oral cancer. Your dentist will carry out an oral cancer screening, thoroughly examining all your oral tissues including your tongue. Oral cancer can present very few symptoms, but the most common include having a sore or lesion that doesn’t heal after two weeks, feeling as if you have a lump stuck in your throat or difficulty swallowing, or developing a hoarse voice.

Your risk of developing oral cancer can be down to gender, age and your alcohol and tobacco consumption, and this disease has also been linked to the human papilloma virus. However approximately 25% of people diagnosed with oral cancers have no known risk factors. Ways of reducing your risk include:

  • Stop smoking and avoid using any tobacco products, particularly chewing tobacco
  • Contact your dentist in Weston, Fl if you develop any worrying symptoms or feel something is wrong
  • Eat a balanced diet with plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables
  • Limit your alcohol consumption
  • Visit your dentist at least twice a year and book regular oral cancer screenings

 

If you live in the Weston Florida area and you would like to have a oral cancer screening done, contact our dental office today.

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Dental Problems that Cosmetic Dentistry Can Solve

You may think that you have problems with your smile that are too severe to be treated. That’s not the case with cosmetic dentistry. New technologies and treatments provide both aesthetic and functional solutions for all kinds of dental issues. Cosmetic dentists can perform safe, accurate, effective, and timely procedures that can save your smile.

One of the most common reasons patients visit cosmetic dentists is for yellowed or stained teeth. If your teeth are discolored, they often respond to professional whitening methods performed in a cosmetic dental office. The whitening gel usually contains higher concentrations of hydrogen peroxide than you can find in home whitening products, and ultraviolet light is often also used to enhance the treatment. In a session that takes less than an hour, your smile can be dramatically brightened.

If your teeth are severely stained, especially from medication or tobacco use, they may not respond well to standard whitening methods. Teeth that fit this category of discoloration, along with problems like gaps, breaks, chips, and misalignment, can be covered with dental veneers. These porcelain shells hide many types of flaws when they are bonded to your teeth, and permanently improve your smile.

Sometimes the best solution for fractured or crooked teeth is dental contouring. This involves reshaping individual teeth to alter the length, shape, or position to make it look more appealing and fit better with the rest of your smile.

If your problem has to do with how your gums fit into your smile, cosmetic gum surgery may be helpful. It is a corrective surgery that makes your smile look more balanced by reducing the amount of gums you have, making your teeth look longer.

These are just a portion of the issues that cosmetic dentistry can address. It is important to find a qualified and experienced cosmetic dentist to visit for a consultation so you can learn what types of treatments might be possible to enhance your smile.

 

Dr. Thanos is a family and cosmetic dentist in Weston Florida

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What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Over time, your smile can be negatively affected by decay, missing teeth and disease. Restorative dentistry procedures repair this damage and replace missing teeth, renewing and revitalizing your smile. Modern dentistry uses advanced technology and high-quality materials so your teeth will look better than ever.
The most common restorative dentistry procedures include:

White Composite Fillings
Tooth colored composite fillings can be used to repair teeth damaged by trauma or decay. These fillings are strong and durable, and will blend in beautifully with your natural teeth. Composite resin binds to natural teeth extremely strongly, so your dentist will need to remove less healthy tooth structure.

Dental Crowns
Teeth missing a more substantial part of their structure are likely to be restored with a dental crown. A crown is also called a cap, and covers up the entire tooth right down to the gum line, restoring strength and structure to the tooth. You will normally need to visit your dentist in Weston at least twice for a crown. The first visit is to prepare the tooth through removing decay before an impression is taken to fabricate the crown. Your dentist will fit a temporary crown until you return for the permanent restoration to be placed, usually a couple of weeks later.

Dental Implants
Dental implants artificially replace missing teeth through using a titanium post that is inserted into the jawbone, and which acts as a replacement tooth root. A dental crown is fitted on top of the implant to completely replace the missing tooth.

Porcelain Veneers
Porcelain veneers are often used in cosmetic dentistry to create a flawless and stunning smile. However they are very good for covering up chipped or broken teeth, or for replacing areas that have become worn down. The veneer is permanently bonded onto the front surface of the tooth, and should be indiscernible from your natural teeth.

If you would like to learn more about restorative dentistry, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist in Weston, FL for advice.

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