Posts for: September, 2015
Find out how this tooth loss treatment is the best way to protect your oral health.
As if losing a tooth wasn’t bad enough now you have to deal with the repercussions if you don’t immediately seek dental treatment from your Framingham, MA dentists Dr. James Cinamon and Dr. Paul Hubley. Find out how dental implants actually preserve and protect your smile after tooth loss and why it might just be the best option for you.
Protect your jawbone
When it comes to caring for your smile we often forget that a healthy jawbone is also part of the equation. Without a healthy jawbone we wouldn’t be able to maintain a strong, full smile. When tooth loss occurs the jawbone is also affected and loses its density. That’s because tooth roots are missing to stimulate certain areas of the bone. Dental implants help to preserve bone health by stimulating that area of the jawbone where the missing tooth used to be and preventing the loss of jawbone height.
Preserve your natural teeth
When you lose a permanent tooth the last thing you ever want to deal with is another loss. That’s why dental implants are a great option. Dental implant have the ability to reduce the need for restorative interventions for neighboring teeth. One of the common reasons why dental bridges go bad is because the adjacent teeth that help to anchor the bridge into place have become damaged or weakened. Prevent this problem by opting for dental implants in Framingham, MA.
Maintain a healthy facial structure
As you read above, tooth loss also causes bone loss, which in turn affects the overall shape of your face. As the jawbone begins to deteriorate and lose volume, it causes a receding jawline, sunken cheeks and a sagging appearance. To prevent these aesthetic problems from happening to you opt for dental implants, which prevent jawbone loss and in return keep the integrity of your face’s original shape.
Dental implants might sound too good to be true but they aren’t. Many patients are beaming with their new smiles and no one can even tell that they are wearing implants. You could be sporting a beautiful new smile, too! Turn to your Framingham dentists today to get the treatment you deserve.
It might seem that supermodels have a fairly easy life — except for the fact that they are expected to look perfect whenever they’re in front of a camera. Sometimes that’s easy — but other times, it can be pretty difficult. Just ask Chrissy Teigen: Recently, she was in Bangkok, Thailand, filming a restaurant scene for the TV travel series The Getaway, when some temporary restorations (bonding) on her teeth ended up in her food.
As she recounted in an interview, “I was… like, ‘Oh my god, is my tooth going to fall out on camera?’ This is going to be horrible.” Yet despite the mishap, Teigen managed to finish the scene — and to keep looking flawless. What caused her dental dilemma? “I had chipped my front tooth so I had temporaries in,” she explained. “I’m a grinder. I grind like crazy at night time. I had temporary teeth in that I actually ground off on the flight to Thailand.”
Like stress, teeth grinding is a problem that can affect anyone, supermodel or not. In fact, the two conditions are often related. Sometimes, the habit of bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding) occurs during the day, when you’re trying to cope with a stressful situation. Other times, it can occur at night — even while you’re asleep, so you retain no memory of it in the morning. Either way, it’s a behavior that can seriously damage your teeth.
When teeth are constantly subjected to the extreme forces produced by clenching and grinding, their hard outer covering (enamel) can quickly start to wear away. In time, teeth can become chipped, worn down — even loose! Any dental work on those teeth, such as fillings, bonded areas and crowns, may also be damaged, start to crumble or fall out. Your teeth may become extremely sensitive to hot and cold because of the lack of sufficient enamel. Bruxism can also result in headaches and jaw pain, due in part to the stress placed on muscles of the jaw and face.
You may not be aware of your own teeth-grinding behavior — but if you notice these symptoms, you might have a grinding problem. Likewise, after your routine dental exam, we may alert you to the possibility that you’re a “bruxer.” So what can you do about teeth clenching and grinding?
We can suggest a number of treatments, ranging from lifestyle changes to dental appliances or procedures. Becoming aware of the behavior is a good first step; in some cases, that may be all that’s needed to start controlling the habit. Finding healthy ways to relieve stress — meditation, relaxation, a warm bath and a soothing environment — may also help. If nighttime grinding keeps occurring, an “occlusal guard” (nightguard) may be recommended. This comfortable device is worn in the mouth at night, to protect teeth from damage. If a minor bite problem exists, it can sometimes be remedied with a simple procedure; in more complex situations, orthodontic work might be recommended.
Teeth grinding at night can damage your smile — but you don’t have to take it lying down! If you have questions about bruxism, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Stress & Tooth Habits” and “When Children Grind Their Teeth.”