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A dental bridge is used to replace missing teeth when trauma, disease or other circumstances leaves you with gaps where healthy beautiful teeth should be. Missing teeth is not just a cosmetic concern. For many people, missing teeth can cause impairment in speech as well as difficulty eating. All this can lead to malnutrition, difficulty with social interactions and decreased self-confidence.
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One of the more common types of bridges, requires strong healthy teeth on either side of missing tooth gap. These adjacent teeth are called abutments and need to be healthy so that the replacement tooth (also known as a “pontic”) has enough structure to remain in place during eating and speaking.
The other type of dental bridge does not require the support from the adjacent teeth. Instead, it is secured by dental implants that are attached directly into the jaw bone beneath the gums. While this type of bridge is often more secure and doesn’t rely on having two healthy abutment teeth, it does require surgery and candidates for this type of bridge need to be in overall good health and have enough strong jaw bone to anchor the implants
Bridges are made of either metal, ceramic or a combination of the two. They are made to feel and look like natural teeth, strong and stable enough to bite, chew and speak without worry. The shape of the replacement tooth or teeth are formulated using methods that design teeth similar to your other teeth in color and shape. While your custom bridge is being created, you will likely be given a temporary bridge until it is ready which usually takes a few weeks.
Once your new bridge is in place, you can eat, talk and enjoy life without concern about unsightly or bothersome gaps from missing teeth. Like other teeth, however, replacement teeth and bridges require the same attention and care as all your other teeth. Brush and floss daily to reduce the build-up of dental plaque. Maintain your regular schedule of cleanings to ensure that your bridge lasts for a long time.
If missing teeth are causing you problems, contact our office today to schedule a consultation and learn how Dr. Chestnut can help.
Dental crowns serve to strengthen and improve the appearance of a tooth that has been chipped, cracked, or damaged by decay or other circumstance. Crowns sit on top or cover the damaged tooth, restoring its natural form and function.
Here at Mainstreet Dental, Dr. Chestnut, creates crowns that fit comfortably with your natural bite and ensures that the crown looks and feels the same as your surrounding teeth. The process of receiving a dental crown typically requires two visits. The first visit involves the preparing the natural tooth for the crown. The tooth will need to be re-shaped so that the crown fits snugly and securely over it. Images will also be taken of your mouth and surrounding teeth to create a crown that resembles your other teeth in shape and color so that it doesn’t stand out. While the crown is being created, you will be sent home with a temporally crown.
When your crown is ready, Dr. Chestnut will make sure you are comfortable with the look and feel of your crown and make any necessary adjustments before it is cemented in so that you are satisfied. To enjoy your crown for years to come, take care of it and avoid chewing on hard foods or other objects. Maintain your routine cleanings and daily oral care with fluoride toothpaste and floss or interdental cleaning.
If you want to learn more about how a crown or other treatment can restore or enhance your smile, contact Mainstreet Dental today and see how we can help.
Have you lost several or all of your teeth and you miss those days when you could smile and/or chew without concern? If so, dentures may be the solution for you. Dentures not only improve your smile, but they can restore normal eating and speaking. They also help you look younger as missing teeth cause the cheeks and lips to sag and lose their natural shape and contour. Overall, dentures can improve not only your appearance but your quality of life.
Dentures are a set of replacement teeth that serve to restore form and function to the mouth. They sit in a plastic base that is made to match the color of the gums. The natural contours of the gums, roof of the mouth, saliva, and the strength of cheek and tongue muscles keep dentures securely in place while awake.
Occasionally, implants may be used to attach the dentures to the jaw for additional strength and comfort. Implants also reduce possible bone loss, an added benefit for those hoping to delay the signs of an aging mouth and facial structure.
Before dentures can be placed, all the natural teeth must be removed. Once the gums have healed or occasionally during the healing process, dentures can be used immediately. Eating with dentures takes some time and soft or cut up food is usually recommended at first. Speaking can also be a little tricky, but a little practice goes a long way. Dentures feel odd at first and may seem uncomfortable but that too usually resolves after a few weeks.
Dentures require daily care to ensure they last a long time and do not harm your mouth.
Dentures are a great option for those living without all or most of their teeth. Not only can dentures give you a beautiful smile, they can restore normal eating and speaking while creating a more youthful and healthier image.
If you are missing a good portion or all of your teeth, do not hesitate to call and make an appointment with Dr. Chestnut at Mainstreet Dental. You deserve a healthy, vibrant and functional set of teeth. Call today!
Dental implants are an excellent way to restore a smile marred by missing or misshapen teeth. When disease or trauma damages teeth, dental implants can literally fill the gap.
Dental implants serve as an artificial replacement for the root of a natural tooth and are secured surgically to the upper or lower jawbones. Made of titanium or other strong material that is compatible with the human body, dental implants can be used in dental bridges replacing one or a few teeth or support dentures that replace a multitude of teeth.
Dental implants are known to be more comfortable and stable than other dental replacement options and they work, look and feel like natural teeth once a crown is placed over the post.
Placement of a dental implant generally takes place in three stages. First, after anesthesia takes effect, the implant is surgically drilled into and secured to the jaw bone. Some mild swelling and discomfort may occur after the procedure, but it is usually short lived. Eating soft foods and OTC pain relievers can help manage the pain. The healing that follows is the second phase and allows the bone to essentially grow around the implant, securely anchoring it in place. This phase can take a few months. The third and final phase involves the creation and fitting of a customized artificial tooth (crown) that matches the size, shape and color of the surrounding teeth.
Once attached and fitted with a crown, your dental implants and new smile will be ready to use and show off to all around you. Unfortunately, implants are not for everyone, but multiple options exist for those with missing, misshapen, or severely discolored teeth.
To learn more about dental implants and if you are a candidate, call Mainstreet Dental today for a consultation with Dr. Chestnut so that you too can enjoy a beautiful and fully functional set of teeth!
A root canal can be a life saving treatment for an injured or diseased tooth. Below the surface of the teeth that we see is a canal surrounded by dental pulp that contains the life-giving blood, nerves and nutrients teeth need to survive. Root canal procedures serve to remove diseased or injured tissue within the canal that are causing pain and decay.
Root canals are endodontic procedures that, with the help of local anesthesia, allow dentists like Dr. Chestnut to safely and effectively remove injured or infected dental tissue. The most common causes of disease or injury to pulp are cracks that run deep into the cavity of the tooth. Deep cracks can occur as complications from large fillings or other outside trauma like a fall or fight. If the infected pulp is not removed, the area surrounding the root, the tooth and even jawbone can become infected, leading to other complications, pain and/or swelling.
Root canals can prevent teeth from needing to be pulled. Treatment often requires a few dental visits. First, an opening is created by drilling through the top of the tooth (a.k.a. the crown) and down into the inner parts of the tooth where the pulp is. The pulp is then carefully and completely removed with the use of dental equipment. Then, each root canal is carefully cleaned and re-shaped. If needed, medication may be injected into the canal to eliminate bacteria. Next, a temporary filing is placed inside the opening made in the crown to prevent saliva from getting in. Once the canal has healed and all signs of infection are gone, the temporary filling is removed, and the root canal is filled and sealed. The final steps include restoring the surface of the tooth with a crown to strengthen and improve the appearance of the affect tooth.
The results of a root canal treatment can last for many years, but good dental hygiene and overall oral health can help keep all your teeth and gums healthy and strong.
If you have any damaged or diseased teeth and suffer from frequent pain or swelling, a root canal may be just what you need to save your teeth. Call Dr. Chestnut at Mainstreet Dental today to see if a root canal is the right option for you.
Tooth extraction is the dental procedure for removing teeth due to decay, crowding, trauma or to prepare the mouth for a full set of dentures.
First, the dentist will inject some local anesthesia to make the area numb and you more comfortable. Once that takes effect, the entire tooth, all the way to the root, will be removed. And that’s it! After the procedure but before the numbing medicine fully wears off, take extra precautions not to unknowingly bite your cheek or tongue since you can’t feel them. Avoid chewing until you regain full sensation of your mouth, usually just a few hours.
Gauze may be placed to pack the area where the tooth once was to minimize bleeding and reduce the chances of food or other particles from getting stuck in the cavity. Bleeding or oozing can occur once the gauze pack is removed but a folded, clean piece of dampened gauze placed directly on the extraction site can help significantly. Bite down firmly on the clean gauze pad and try to maintain a good amount of pressure for about half an hour. Continue the process as needed until a good blood clot forms in the empty socket where the tooth once was.
During the healing phase it is recommended you avoid activities that might disturb the blood clot. These include rinsing your mouth too vigorously, smoking, or drinking through a straw as they create suction that could dislodge the clot. Alcoholic beverages, mouthwash that contains alcohol and strenuous exercises are to be limited for a short period of time after a tooth extraction as well.
Brush and floss your remaining teeth as normal but avoid cleaning the teeth directly next to the healing socket until it’s been a few days. Brush your tongue to get rid of the unpleasant taste of blood which is common after an extraction. Once the gums are healed you are ready for the next step in making your smile bright and beautiful whether that may be a dental bridge, implant or dentures.
If you think you might need a tooth extracted, Dr. Chestnut and our team at Mainstreet Dental will be happy to help. Contact us today to see if tooth extraction or something else is the right treatment for you.
We are in-network with Delta Dental Premier, Delta Dental PPO, Cigna Dental PPO or DPPO, and Aetna DPPO. Our helpful office team files claims and provides you with written estimates before treatment begins.
Have a unique financial situation? Please let us know. We are happy to talk with you about in-office payment plans. Mainstreet Dental is associated with CareCredit which is a health, wellness, and personal care credit card. Qualified applicants are eligible for fixed monthly payments.
Mainstreet Dental is pleased to offer an in-house discount dental plan. Our plan makes high-quality dentistry affordable and accessible to all! The plan offers significant savings on services provided in our office. For a reasonable annual fee, members have immediate access to discounts on services ranging from preventative care to complex restorative and cosmetic procedures. Please call or contact the office today for more information and an application. If you don’t have dental insurance, you’re automatically eligible for our discount dental plan!
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