One of the most exciting thing about dentistry is that it is constantly evolving. New treatment techniques and technologies all our O’Fallon dentists to provide our patients with state-of-the-art care that far surpasses what was possible in years past. One treatment that has progressed quite a bit over time is the denture. Keep reading to learn more about how dentures have changed over the years.
We’ve all heard the historic fun-fact that George Washington wore dentures made of wood, and while this is only partly true (he had many sets of dentures, which included metal as well as natural human teeth), it does reflect how rudimentary colonial dentures were. Thankfully, we now have access to high-quality materials that allow us to craft natural-looking and feel dental prostheses.
Modern dentures are crafted from dental-grade acrylics. The visible tooth portion of these dentures can be shaped and shaded to suit the patient’s aesthetic needs. The bases of conventional dentures are molded to fit the patient’s jawbone and gum tissue, and then shaded to look like natural oral tissue. This type of denture sits on top of the patient’s gum tissue, and is held in place due to the customized fit of the base as well dental adhesive when necessary.
The latest advancements in denture technologies have empowered our dentists to permanently anchor prostheses in the patient’s mouth. Using a few strategically placed dental implant roots, our team can completely restore a patient’s smile with a permanent full or partial denture. As you would imagine, implant-stabilized dentures improve the functionality of the denture as well as the appearance.
Our O’Fallon denture dentists are here to answer any questions that you may have about tooth replacement treatment options, including dentures and dental implants. As always, you can reach our team by calling our office or by submitting a question and your contact info on our Contact Us page.
Many patients—both young and old—deal with dental sensitivity on a regular basis. Chronic sensitivity can make it hard for you to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks, and it may make it difficult for you to effectively clean your smile.
Our O’Fallon dentists are here to help you understand how and why sensitivity develop, as well as what you can do about it! Keep reading to learn more…
If you are experiencing dental sensitivity, it is because a sensitive part of your tooth—like the root or the dentin—is too exposed. This may happen because your dental enamel has thinned, and is thus more porous, or because your gum tissue is receding and leaving your lower tooth exposed.
In order to minimize dental sensitivity immediately, you want to limit your exposure to cold and hot food and beverages. Quick temperature changes will lead to dental discomfort.
There are also specially formulated toothpastes and mouth rinses that are designed to combat dental sensitivity. Many of these have fluoride as a component, because fluoride helps to re-mineralize dental enamel. If your teeth are especially weakened your dentist may perform in-office topical fluoride treatments to help strengthen your enamel.
Sealants and fillings can also be useful for patients with chronic sensitivity. Both of these treatments are quick and effective; our dentist applies resin and cures it, so that it bonds to the tooth and protects vulnerable dental material.
In some cases, dental sensitivity is caused by gum recession due to periodontal disease. When this is the case it is vital that our team treats the underlying oral tissue infection so that your gum tissue can heal and strengthen.
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