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People suffering from tooth loss have more restorative dental options than ever before. We know that, at first glance, it can be daunting for people to evaluate their tooth replacement options. That is why, today, our O’Fallon dentists are giving you more information about the various restorative technologies available to you.

Traditionally, a person suffering from tooth loss would replace his or her missing teeth with bridges or dentures. A bridge is a small oral appliance that stays in place because it is anchored to adjacent teeth. A denture, on the other hand, is used to replace a full set of missing teeth; in the past, dentures stayed in place due to the fact that the bases of these prostheses fit snugly over the patient’s gum tissue.

Now, however, our dental team is able to permanently anchor dentures in place using small dental implant roots. These roots extend into the patient’s jawbone, and the base of the denture is retrofitted to attach to the titanium implant roots. Once in place, an implant-stabilized denture stays in the patient’s mouth 24/7.

Our team also uses individual dental implants to restore smiles. These stand-alone replacement teeth are used to replace teeth on a one-to-one basis. Every dental implant has a titanium root that extends into jawbone (in the spot where the natural tooth root used to sit). This titanium base is then capped with an abutment and a customized dental crown.

We also use mini dental implants to replace missing teeth; mini implants use the same technology and materials as conventional implants, but the titanium implants are thinner than conventional roots, and thus, during jawbone placement, less traumatic to the bone tissue.

Our O’Fallon dental implant dentists will help you evaluate your tooth replacement options, and, ultimately, choose the perfect treatment for you. To get started, call our office to schedule a personal consultation!

There are simple things that you can do every day to help maintain a strong and healthy smile. Our O’Fallon dentists are here with some helpful tips on how to care for your oral health day to day. We hope that this information allows you to further improve your at-home oral hygiene routine. As always, you can give us a call if you need more information!

To begin, the number one thing that you can do care for your smile is to follow all of your dentist’s recommendations regarding at-home care as well as professional cleanings and treatments. For most people, this means brushing their teeth twice a day, flossing at least once a day, and completing professional cleanings every six months or so.

The next step is to pay attention to your diet. Remember that foods and drinks with high concentrations of acid can weaken and deplete dental enamel over time; it is best to consume these things in short, designated time periods, rather than continuously throughout the day. Additionally, you want to minimize, as much as possible, the amount of sugar and refined carbohydrates you consume, as these feed harmful oral bacteria.

One thing that you can do to help refresh your smile throughout the day is to rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking. Also, make sure that you are drinking enough water during the day; when you are well-hydrated, your body is able to produce saliva, and saliva works to re-mineralize your dental enamel and neutralize oral bacteria.

Finally, be mindful about the tools you are using to clean your smile. If you do get food particles stuck between your teeth, for example, use floss to remove these bits, rather than picking at your smile with metal or wooden picks. Make sure, as well, that you are not using a toothbrush that is too abrasive—most people are fine with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If you’re not sure what type of toothbrush is right for you, talk to your dentist to get more information!

Contact our O’Fallon dentists by phone or through our Contact Us page to schedule your personal consultation!

Keeping your dental enamel strong and healthy will help your smile resist infection down the road. Our O’Fallon dentists are here to do everything possible to help you achieve and maintain a strong smile! One thing that you really want to avoid is premature enamel thinning. Thin enamel is not as useful as thick dental enamel; if your enamel is thin it is more prone to sensitivity and developing cavities.

Here are some of the things that can cause your dental enamel to become thinner:

Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition that is characterized by chronic dental grinding and clenching. You might find that you’re grinding or clenching your teeth during the day, especially during times of stress. You may also be grinding your teeth at night—if you’re waking up with headaches or jaw pain, this may be due to bruxism.

As your teeth grind back and forth, your dental enamel is put under and immense amount of pressure. Over time, this condition can lead to your enamel becoming thin and weaker; you may also develop small cracks and chips in your teeth due to bruxism. The good news is that there are treatments available to lessen bruxism and protect your enamel!

Acidic Substances

Many foods and drinks are quite acidic, and thus they make dental enamel softer and weaker. One key to avoiding acid-related damage is to refrain from brushing your teeth for at least twenty to thirty minutes after you consume something acidic—your enamel is softer than usual during this period of time, and you don’t want to risk eroding it by brushing.

Here are some of the commonly consumed foods and drinks that are considered acidic:

· Citrus fruits

· Coffee

· Red wine

· Soft drinks

· Fruit juices

As always, you can reach out to our O’Fallon dentists to learn more about how to protect your enamel, and to schedule a consultation with our dental team. We look forward to speaking with you!

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