Dental Implants to Replace Multiple Teeth

Many patients that have lost a tooth to an injury have opted to get a dental implant. This is a crown attached to a piece of metal placed by the Wicker Park Dental implant dentist into the jawbone of the patient. This tooth is made of ceramic or a resin that looks like any other tooth in the patient’s mouth. They last a very long time.

That is why they are also used if there are a number of teeth missing in a row. One approach to having multiple implants involve having two implants on either side of the missing teeth space and use them as anchors for a permanent bridge.

Partial Bridges and Implants

Partial bridge implants are the same as regular implants. They are pieces of metal usually titanium, placed into the jawbone and allowed to set until the metal fuses with the bone. It takes many months for this to occur. Then the patient will have a permanent crown attached to each implant and they will anchor a partial bridge with other crowns attached over the area in between the two implants. This may be better for a number of reasons.

A regular bridge that is attached to permanent teeth requires the permanent teeth to be shaved down to make them accept the metal attachments required to hold the removable bridge. Besides compromising healthy teeth, this type of bridge may slip while the wearer is talking or chewing. That doesn’t happen with the permanently anchored bridge using implants.

Dr. Paul Anast at Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry will discuss these options with you if you have lost a single tooth or a number of teeth that can be corrected by dental implants. Please call the office and schedule an appointment today.

Dental Hygiene Tips

One of the best ways to keep smiling is to keep brushing and follow all the recommendations on dental hygiene from the American Dental Association. Here at the Wicker Park Dentist, we have plenty of experience with patients that have not followed these rules to the letter and may need a little refresher course for what is the best way to keep those dental appointments ending happily.

Brushing and Flossing Daily – The Cornerstone of Dental Hygiene

First the most common sense hygiene tip is easily remembered – brush for 2 minutes 2 times a day. The ADA even has an infographic that brings this message home. You have heard that you need to brush twice a day, but what is the best way to brush? Place a small amount of toothpaste on a soft brush about the size of a pea and brush up and down at a forty-five degree angle.

The horizontal method of brushing across the teeth may be done very aggressively and that may make patients feel they are doing a good job, but it will reduce the chance of cleaning between the teeth and stimulating the gums which is also important. Brush the inside of the teeth by putting the brush in a vertical position and be sure to reach back to those molars.

Flossing between the teeth should be done at least once a day and taking care to go around the base of the teeth can reduce plaque buildup at the gum line. Once you have finished with the beginning chores of brushing and flossing, it’s time to rinse with an ADA approved mouthwash with fluoride. This will also reduce plaque – the number one enemy of your teeth, especially when combined with sugary drinks and food. One way to also reduce plaque buildup is to reduce those unhealthy drinks and food from your diet.

The General Dentist in Wicker Park Chicago will be glad to help keep those teeth in good working order with check-ups and cleanings if necessary. In the meantime, follow the two by two rule every day and keep on flossing.

Emergency Dental Procedures that Can Save a Tooth

If all you had to do about your teeth is clean and floss and visit the General Dentist in Wicker Park two times a year, life would be pretty uncomplicated as far as your teeth would be concerned. But it isn’t and when accidents happen that involve the mouth and teeth, contact Dr. Anast’s office to get immediate help from your emergency dentist. The most common dental emergency that needs immediate attention involves the loss of a tooth or teeth. Here are some actions that you should take when this or another dental emergency takes place.

What Are Considered Dental Emergencies?

Here is a list of what the ADA considers a dental emergency and how best to proceed when they happen.

Knocked out tooth: If it is an adult’s tooth, keep it moist possibly by placing it back in the socket avoiding the root or keep it in your mouth with some milk and head to the dentist. A child’s tooth needs the same treatment unless it’s a baby tooth. Visit the dentist in that case to make sure the whole tooth has come out.

Cracked Tooth: Rinse with warm water and call the dentist. A cold compress on the face at the site of the tooth can be used to keep the swelling down.

Bitten tongue, lip, or cheek: Be careful, especially with the tongue. It has a large blood supply so place a compress on the wound and if bleeding doesn’t stop, see the dentist or go to an emergency room.

Toothache: Rinse and floss. If it still hurts call the dentist, but don’t place an aspirin on the tooth as that may actually burn the tooth or gum.

Caring for your teeth can reduce the emergencies from happening. Avoid using your teeth to cut through things, and always floss and brush to avoid cavities from developing into emergencies. When they do arise in the Bucktown, Wicker Park, and Logan Park area contact Dr. Anast for immediate help.

The Best Uses for a Dental Crown

The normal repair of a tooth with a cavity is to fill it with dental amalgam or a composite resin. There can be teeth that have become too damaged by the cavity or that have cracked and will need another treatment plan. These teeth, along with others, will be better cared for by placing a crown over the tooth to protect it from further damage. A crown is also used to cover a metal post placed in the jaw as part of a tooth implant procedure.

What Is a Crown and What Is It Made Of?

A crown is a cap that can be cemented by the Wicker Park Dentist over a tooth that can be saved because it has enough structure available for this procedure. Crowns can be made of the following materials: Gold, porcelain or ceramic material, and a combination of porcelain applied to a metal base. The crown may also be used to go over stained or discolored teeth unless veneers are a better option.

The oldest and still considered the best option can be the gold crown. It lasts the longest and won’t damage other teeth that come into contact with it. Gold unfortunately doesn’t look at all like a natural tooth so when a crown is needed to repair a more visible tooth than say a molar ceramic crowns are used. These can be purely ceramic or a ceramic cap attached to some metal and cemented in place. The metal may be visible so they are usually placed near the back of the mouth.

The placement of crowns is an important part of the Bucktown area dentist’s practice. They will save a tooth which is the better option than extraction. If you have a problem tooth that you would prefer to keep contact The Kimberly Smiles Cosmetic and General Dentistry office and discuss this option with Dr. Anast.