Posts for: September, 2017
Natural teeth give you your best possible smile. But, life happens, and so does tooth loss. Gum disease, dental decay, oral injury--they take their toll despite our best efforts at preventive dental care. That's where dentures from your Danbury, CT, dentist, Dr. George Landress come in. Known as a kind, compassionate oral health care provider, Dr. Landress is also a Fellow and Master in the Academy of General Dentistry. So you know his skills can craft replacement teeth--that is, dentures--that fit precisely, work well and look wonderfully lifelike.
What happens after tooth loss?
When someone loses one, two or even all of their teeth, gum tissue and underlying jaw bone begin to recede. Remaining teeth weaken as they drift to fill smile gaps, and frankly, facial appearance ages quickly. Even young people who lose teeth will look years older as their bite height collapses.
Besides these embarrassing facial changes, tooth loss impacts how a person speaks. According to dentists at NYU College of Dentistry, missing front teeth impair the ability to pronounce consonants--p and m, as examples. The ability to bite and chew changes, too, and digestion may be affected.
Tooth replacement with dentures
When facing extraction, count on your Danbury, CT, dentist to formulate a treatment plan customized to your unique needs and expectations. He offers precisely crafted partial and full dentures which will span your smile gap or even replace a full arch of teeth as needed. He even has a dental lab right on premises!
What kind of dentures are there? Actually, there are a few, including:
- Partial dentures. Functioning much like a jigsaw puzzle piece, a partial denture replaces one or more teeth as needed. Made of tooth- and gum-colored acrylic affixed to a molded metal frame, a partial denture holds on to remaining teeth via clasps, and it is fully removable.
- Full Dentures. These may be immediate or conventional. Immediate means the dentures are placed right after extraction, compressing the sutured gums to speed healing. Conventional dentures are placed after the extraction sites heal, allowing for more accurate fit.
- Implant-supported dentures. Mounted on multiple mini-or full-sized implants, these modern dentures may be permanent or removable. They offer superior stability and natural aesthetics and work well for patients with adequate jaw bone density.
What can dentures do for you?
Dentures normalize your facial appearance and oral function so you can enjoy life and feel good about yourself. If you believe dentures are in your future, please call Dr. George Landress for a consultation. Bring all your questions and expect answers that make sense for your smile needs. Call (203) 743-7608.
At the first-ever Players Weekend in August 2017, Major League Baseball players wore jerseys with their nicknames on the back. One player — Cleveland Indians shortstop, Francisco Lindor — picked the perfect moniker to express his cheerful, fun-loving nature: “Mr. Smile.” And Lindor gave fans plenty to smile about when he belted a 2-run homer into the stands while wearing his new jersey!
Lindor has explained that he believes smiling is an important part of connecting with fans and teammates alike: “I’ve never been a fan of the guy that makes a great play and then acts like he’s done it 10,000 times — smile, man! We’ve got to enjoy the game.”
We think Lindor is right: Smiling is a great way to generate good will. And it feels great too… as long as you have a smile that’s healthy, and that looks as good as you want it to. But what if you don’t? Here are some things we can do at the dental office to help you enjoy smiling again:
Routine Professional Cleanings & Exams. This is a great place to start on the road toward a healthy, beautiful smile. Even if you are conscientious about brushing and flossing at home, you won’t be able to remove all of the disease-causing dental plaque that can hide beneath the gum line, especially if it has hardened into tartar, but we can do it easily in the office. Then, after a thorough dental exam, we can identify any problems that may be affecting your ability to smile freely, such as tooth decay, gum disease, or cosmetic dental issues.
Cosmetic Dental Treatments. If your oral health is good but your smile is not as bright as you’d like it to be, we can discuss a number of cosmetic dental treatments that can help. These range from conservative procedures such as professional teeth whitening and bonding to more dramatic procedures like porcelain veneers or crowns.
Tooth Replacement. Many people hide their smiles because they are embarrassed by a gap from a missing tooth. That’s a shame, because there are several excellent tooth-replacement options in a variety of price ranges. These include partial and full dentures, bridgework, and dental implants. So don’t let a missing tooth stop you from being Mr. (or Ms.) Smile!
If you’d like more information about oral health or cosmetic dentistry, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “The Impact of a Smile Makeover.”
You know the basics for a healthy mouth: daily oral hygiene and regular dental checkups. But there are other elements unique to you that also factor into your oral care: the mouth and facial structure you inherited from your parents (like a poor bite) and your past history with dental disease. Both of these help define your individual risk factors for potential dental problems.
That’s why you need a treatment strategy personalized to you to achieve the best health possible for your teeth and gums. We create this plan by using a detailed and thorough 4-step process.
Step 1: Identify your unique risk factors. To find your risk factors for dental disease, we carefully assess your history and other areas of oral function and health: the soundness of your supporting bone and gum structures; your teeth’s structural integrity and any effects from decay, enamel erosion or trauma; functional issues like a poor bite, a jaw joint disorder or a grinding habit; and problems with appearance like disproportional gums.
Step 2: Prioritize risk factors and form the treatment plan. Once we’ve identified your individual risk factors, we assess how each could impact you and whether any require immediate treatment. Any current dental disease should be treated immediately to minimize and prevent further damage. Depending on severity, other issues like bite problems or unattractive teeth may be scheduled for later treatment.
Step 3: Execute the treatment plan. With our priorities in place, we then proceed with treating your teeth and gums, the most pressing needs first. Throughout this step, our goal is to bring your oral health to the highest level possible for you.
Step 4: Monitoring and maintaining health. Once we’ve achieved an optimum level of health, we must remain vigilant about keeping it. So we monitor for any emerging problems and perform preventive treatments like clinical cleanings to help maintain that healthy state. This also means regularly repeating our 4-step process to identify and update any new, emerging risks and incorporate them into our treatment strategy.
While this process may seem overly methodical, it can actually result in more efficient and cost-effective treatment. It’s the best way to ensure good health for your teeth and gums throughout your lifetime.
If you would like more information on creating a long-term dental care plan, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Successful Dental Treatment: Getting the Best Possible Results.”