Posts for: November, 2016
How dental implants from Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale can improve your smile
People consider dental implants for many reasons. You probably already know that they are the newest, most innovative way to replace one or more missing teeth. Dental implants have replaced old-school dental bridgework, removable partials and dentures and have become the best, most natural-looking long term tooth replacement available. Your dentists at Waterfront Dentistry in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ want to help you explore why you owe it to yourself to consider dental implants.
Dental implants are highly successful because they are made out of titanium, a strong metal which is also biocompatible. That means the dental implant won’t irritate your bone and soft tissue. Your body won’t reject the dental implant. In fact, according to the American Academy of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, dental implants boast a success rate of over 95 percent!
A high success rate isn’t the only reason you should consider dental implants. Your dentists in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale want you to think about the fact that dental implants are:
- Naturally beautiful--because they are virtually indistinguishable from your existing teeth
- Incredibly convenient--because you don’t ever take them out; they are a permanent addition to your smile.
- Completely stable--because they are embedded in the bone of your jaw; they don’t move around like partials or dentures.
Dental implants can also help you retain the youthful contours of your face and your firm jawline. That’s because after a dental implant is placed, your body will begin to produce more bone to fuse around the dental implant. This extra bone will secure the implant and provide your face with increased structure and volume.
Your dental implant treatment begins with an appointment with your dentists. Using a simple procedure, they will place the implant in your jaw. During the healing period, you will produce more bone, locking the implant in place. After the implant is secure, they will create a custom dental crown to cap the implant. In some cases, the crown can be placed at the same time as the implant.
It’s time for you to find your own reasons to consider dental implants. It’s time to call your dentists at Waterfront Dentistry with offices in Tempe, Phoenix and Scottsdale, AZ. Call today and find out more about dental implants!
Eating disorders cause more than psychological harm. The binge-purge cycle of bulimia or the self-starvation patterns of anorexia can also injure the physical body, especially the mouth.
For example, nine in ten people with bulimia will experience tooth enamel erosion from stomach acid entering the mouth from induced vomiting. Although purging is less frequent with anorexic patients, one in five will also develop erosion.
An eating disorder isn't the only reason for enamel erosion: you can have high acid levels from over-consuming sodas, energy drinks or certain foods, or not properly brushing and flossing every day. But erosion related to an eating disorder does produce a distinct pattern in the teeth. When a person vomits, the tongue moves forward and presses against the bottom teeth, which somewhat shields them from acid contact. This can create less erosion in the lower front teeth than in others.
Eating disorders can cause other oral effects. Stomach acid contact can eventually burn and damage the mouth's soft tissues. The salivary glands may become enlarged and cause puffiness along the sides of the face. The use of fingers or other objects to induce gagging can injure and redden the back of the throat, the tongue and other soft tissues.
It's important to stop or at least slow the damage as soon as possible. To do so requires both a short– and long-term strategy. In the short-term, we want to neutralize mouth acid as soon as possible after it enters the mouth, especially after purging. Rather than brushing, it's better to rinse out the mouth with water or with a little added baking soda to neutralize the acid. This will at least help reduce the potential damage to enamel.
In the long-term, though, we need to address the disorder itself for the sake of both the person's overall well-being and their oral health. You can speak with us or your family physician about options for counseling and therapy to overcome an eating disorder. You may also find it helpful to visit the website for the National Eating Disorders Association (nationaleatingdisorders.org) for information and a referral network.
If you would like more information on how eating disorders can affect health, 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 “Bulimia, Anorexia & Oral Health.”