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Different Types of Dental Cracks
Posted on 7/20/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
When it comes to cracks, no two are exactly alike. They come in different shapes and sizes. When it comes to dental cracks, not only do they look different, the reasons for the cracks can vary. The one thing that all dental cracks have in common is that they are not something to ignore. These are some of the different types of dental cracks and what makes them different. 5 Types of CracksMost cracks fall into one of these 5 categories. At our offices, we see dental cracks every day. We do our best to teach everyone how to prevent cracks but recognize that they do happen. We work with everyone to make sure that we take care of their dental cracks in the best way possible. If you have any questions about this or anything else, do not wait. Contact our dental professionals today....
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Is a Bridge the Best Restorative Option for One Missing Tooth?
Posted on 7/10/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
When you have a missing tooth, you have a couple of options available to you. One is a tooth-supported bridge and the other is a dental implant. As you look at both options you'll see why an implant is a better option. Tooth-Supported BridgesBridges are used to restore a gap that occurs when you have several missing teeth in a row. These can be removable or fixed, but they always restore your smile's aesthetics and your mouth's function. They do require support from your adjacent healthy teeth, though, since this is how we'll be able to securely fix them in your mouth. You should know that we'll need to grind these other teeth down before we can fix your bridge on top of them. Dental ImplantsWhen you're only missing a tooth you are better off with dental implants. They provide a permanent replacement option that can last for a lifetime if you take care of them properly. With dental implants you'll regain your mouth's natural functioning. We'll permanently anchor your dental implant into your mouth where you'll find that it feels more comfortable than a removable prosthesis. While in place it can also stimulate your jaw and prevent bone loss. This process involves three parts: a screw, abutment, and custom-made crown – all working together to provide you a sturdy, new tooth. The screw gradually fuses with your jaw as it heals and your crown is made to seamlessly fit in your mouth and look like your other teeth. Choosing What's Right for YouNow that you can clearly see that an implant is the best restorative option for a single missing tooth, you'll want to get one soon. This way you'll have a great smile that will give you self-confidence again. So, make sure you call our office so we can schedule you for an appointment to start this procedure soon....
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The Effects Stress Can Have on Your Oral Health
Posted on 6/20/2018 by Kooning Family Dentistry
In today's hectic world, stress is a concern that affects many of us. When you are overwhelmed with stress, your overall wellness could be affected. Even your oral health may be impacted as a result of stress. Teeth GrindingMany people have a habit of grinding their teeth when they are dealing with a stressful situation. Known as bruxism, this condition can cause damage to the enamel and teeth, and soreness and headaches are also possible. If bruxism is an ongoing issue, you may need a mouth guard to prevent damage, especially at night. Canker SoresCanker sores aren't well understood. These painful white spots inside of the mouth are harmless, but they may develop as a result of stress. While there isn't much you can do to treat them, they should go away on their own within a week or two. Tooth DecayIf you are feeling so stressed out that you can't keep up with your normal oral hygiene routine, tooth decay may result. If you find that you aren't brushing or flossing as much due to stress, you may be putting your teeth at risk of decay. Likewise, if stress and anxiety have you eating too much junk food, your poor diet could affect your oral health. Dry MouthStress is one of the main contributors to dry mouth, which involves a lack of saliva needed to wash away food particles and bacteria. Plus, if your stress level becomes so high that you need medication to treat depression or anxiety, you may experience dry mouth as a side effect to those prescriptions. If you are concerned about how your stress level is affecting your oral health, call us today for an evaluation. We can inspect your teeth and gums and can offer suggestions on how to improve your oral health routine. Your health - oral and overall - is important to us....
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All Posts:

Different Types of Dental Cracks
7/20/2018
Is a Bridge the Best Restorative Option for One Missing Tooth?
7/10/2018
The Effects Stress Can Have on Your Oral Health
6/20/2018
The Dangers of Not Getting Regular Dental Care
6/10/2018
How to Care for New Dental Bonding
5/20/2018
How Headaches and Bruxism Are Related
5/10/2018
Traveling and Toothcare - What You Need to Know
4/20/2018
The Danger of Forgetting Your Daily Flossing
4/10/2018
Which is More Effective, an Air Flosser or a Water Flosser?
3/25/2018
Where is the Safest Place to Store Your Toothbrush?
3/15/2018
Getting More Water Into Your Diet
2/23/2018
Ways of Adding Seaweed Into Your Daily Diet
2/15/2018
Winter Allergies That Can Affect Your Teeth
1/25/2018
Symptoms Your Dental Abscess is Spreading
1/15/2018
Why You Need to Have a Healthy Mouth Before Replacement Surgery
12/23/2017
What Winter's Cold Can Do to Sensitive Teeth
12/13/2017
When to Replace an Old Filling
11/27/2017
When Chewing Hurts, We Need To Know About It
11/17/2017
Treating Dry Socket
10/27/2017
Top Three Causes of Dental Cracks
10/17/2017
Managing Pain of an Erupting Tooth When You Get Older
9/30/2017
Managing Pain Following a Filling
9/20/2017
Can Wearing a Mouth Guard Reduce Mouth Pain?
8/25/2017
Daily Ways of Whitening Your Teeth
8/17/2017
What You Can Do to Protect Dental Crowns
7/30/2017
What Summer Heat Means for Your Teeth
7/23/2017
Why Your Dentist May Use a Laser for Your Gums
6/30/2017
Why You Want to Avoid Orange Lipstick if You Want a Whiter Smile
6/20/2017
What Fiber Offers Your Mouth When You Eat It
5/30/2017
What Causes Dental Cracks?
5/20/2017
How Can You Get Caffeine without Dealing with Tooth Stains?
4/30/2017
How Does Sensitive Formula Toothpaste Help Your Teeth Not Hurt?
4/20/2017
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