Posts for: July, 2017
Missing teeth can take a huge toll on your appearance and your ability to eat and chew. However, replacing your teeth may seem like a huge undertaking. Luckily, dentures can restore your smile and help you look and feel great once again. Find out more about dentures and their benefits with Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry with locations in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ.
How can dentures help my smile?
Dentures’ most obvious benefit is the new, improved smile that comes with them. This self-esteem boost of a procedure breathes new life into a patient’s mouth, allowing them to speak and laugh freely and confidently, without worrying about what others will think about the gaps in their smile. In addition to their aesthetic value, dentures also restore the biting surface of the teeth, allowing patients to eat and chew easier and, in some cases, speak clearer.
What type of dentures do I need?
If you have no more remaining natural teeth, full dentures could be for you. These will replace all of the teeth on the upper or lower arch and stay in place using suction. Partial dentures benefit those with one or more remaining healthy teeth. The healthy teeth slide through the denture and fit in with the prosthetic teeth. The natural teeth serve as a kind of anchor to keep the denture secure in the mouth. Implant-supported dentures permanently place dental implants into the mouth to hold a full arch of prosthetic teeth in place. This type of denture does not require removal or soaking and remain in the mouth at all times.
Dentures in Scottsdale, Tempe, and Phoenix, AZ
Consult with your dentist to find out if you are a good candidate for dental implants and if they are the right choice for you. For more information on dentures, please contact Dr. Shawn Monahan and Dr. Scott Sutton at Waterfront Dentistry with locations in Scottsdale, Tempe and Phoenix, AZ. Call (480) 949-7900 to schedule your appointment in Scottsdale, (480) 897-2525 to schedule your appointment in Tempe, or (602) 944-7199 to schedule your appointment in Phoenix, AZ today!
We've all had them — tiny sores that pop up seemingly out of nowhere under the tongue or the inside of the cheek. They're named aphthous ulcers, but are more commonly known as canker sores. For some people, they can be a recurring irritation.
Round with a yellow-gray center surrounded by reddened skin, aphthous ulcers seem to coincide with periods of anxiety or stress, or as a result of some minor trauma. Many people will feel a tingling or painful sensation a few hours or days before the ulcers appear. Once they appear they usually persist for a week to ten days before finally drying and healing. In the meantime they can be painful, especially while eating or drinking.
One form known as recurrent aphthous stomatitis (RAS) affects about a quarter of the population with outbreaks of multiple ulcers that occur regularly. RAS ulcers are usually one centimeter or more in size — the larger the sore the more painful they tend to be.
There are ways to ease the discomfort of an ulcer outbreak and help hasten their healing. A number of over-the-counter products can be used in minor cases to numb the area temporarily and cover it to facilitate healing. We can also apply steroids or inject other medications for more severe cases. You may also find curbing your eating of certain foods like tomato sauce, citrus or spicy dishes can help.
For the most part aphthous ulcers aren't dangerous. In some situations, though, you should seek dental or medical evaluation: a sore that doesn't heal within two weeks; increases in severity, frequency or duration of ulcers; or when you don't seem to ever be without an ulcer in your mouth. We may need to perform tests, including tissue biopsy, to make sure there aren't any underlying systemic conditions causing the ulcers.
More than likely, though, you'll only need relief from the aggravation caused by aphthous ulcers. Among the many remedies, there's one right for you.
If you would like more information on aphthous ulcers or other mouth sores, 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 “Mouth Sores.”
If we could go back in time, we all probably have a few things we wish we could change. Recently, Dr. Travis Stork, emergency room physician and host of the syndicated TV show The Doctors, shared one of his do-over dreams with Dear Doctor magazine: “If I [could have] gone back and told myself as a teenager what to do, I would have worn a mouthguard, not only to protect my teeth but also to help potentially reduce risk of concussion.”
What prompted this wish? The fact that as a teenage basketball player, Stork received an elbow to the mouth that caused his two front teeth to be knocked out of place. The teeth were put back in position, but they soon became darker and began to hurt. Eventually, both were successfully restored with dental crowns. Still, it was a painful (and costly) injury — and one that could have been avoided.
You might not realize it, but when it comes to dental injuries, basketball ranks among the riskier sports. Yet it’s far from the only one. In fact, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), there are some two dozen others — including baseball, hockey, surfing and bicycling — that carry a heightened risk of dental injury. Whenever you’re playing those sports, the ADA recommends you wear a high-quality mouth guard.
Mouthguards have come a long way since they were introduced as protective equipment for boxers in the early 1900’s. Today, three different types are widely available: stock “off-the-shelf” types that come in just a few sizes; mouth-formed “boil-and-bite” types that you adapt to the general contours of your mouth; and custom-made high-quality mouthguards that are made just for you at the dental office.
Of all three types, the dentist-made mouthguards are consistently found to be the most comfortable and best-fitting, and the ones that offer your teeth the greatest protection. What’s more, recent studies suggest that custom-fabricated mouthguards can provide an additional defense against concussion — in fact, they are twice as effective as the other types. That’s why you’ll see more and more professional athletes (and plenty of amateurs as well) sporting custom-made mouthguards at games and practices.
“I would have saved myself a lot of dental heartache if I had worn a mouthguard,” noted Dr. Stork. So take his advice: Wear a mouthguard whenever you play sports — unless you’d like to meet him (or one of his medical colleagues) in a professional capacity…