Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Tooth Extractions

A tooth extraction is one of the most distressing dental procedures. A tooth extraction is taking the tooth out of its socket. A dentist will pull the tooth out of the bone.
If tooth decay causes your tooth to become cracked or damaged, the tooth might need to be removed. Your dentist will probably try to repair it with a filling or crown; however, in some cases, the tooth is beyond repair, so it needs to be extracted.
In addition, you might require tooth extraction if you have too many teeth in one area, and your mouth is too crowded. The permanent teeth come in before your baby teeth fall out, so the baby teeth need to be removed or other problems can occur. If you need braces, some teeth might need to be eliminated to make room for the teeth to become straight.
In some instances, individuals who are receiving cancer drugs could develop teeth problems. Radiation or chemotherapy could cause infection in a tooth because the drugs make the immune system weaker. If your teeth become infected, they need to be removed.
One of the most common types of teeth that need to be extracted is wisdom teeth. These teeth can cause pain, or they can become decayed. Sometimes they get impacted in the jaw, which can irritate the gums. Pain and swelling usually occurs, so the tooth needs to be removed.
When your dentist to evaluate your teeth, they will take an x-ray to decide the best way to eliminate the tooth. Before the procedure, he will ask you about your medical and dental history and if you are allergic to any medications. In some cases, antibiotics will be prescribed before the surgery to eliminate the risk of an infection.
The extraction might be able to be a simple extraction, or it might require a surgical extraction. A simple extraction is a tooth that is visible in the mouth. The dentist will loosen the tooth and then take it out using forceps. An injection is usually used to numb the area, and it is a simple procedure.
A surgical extraction is a more difficult procedure. A tooth might be cracked or broken, or it might not be visible yet. The dentist will need to make an incision in your gums to remove the tooth. In some cases, the tooth will need to be cut in half, or some of the bone surrounding the tooth needs to be removed. The dentist might want to give you anesthesia through your vein, or they will give you general anesthesia.
Having problems with your teeth can be a traumatic experience. If you need a tooth extracted, contact us. We will make the procedure as painless as possible, so you can get the damaged tooth out of your mouth and the pain will be gone.

A Family Dental Care Center: Dr. Seth Rosen
2030 West Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

How To Take Care of Your Dentures

A lot of care and money goes into your dentures, so it’s a good idea to take care of them as much as you can. However, some people simply don’t know how to properly care for their dentures. You can keep your dentures as nice as the day you got them as long as you follow some key denture care tips.
General Cleaning
Dentures should be cleaned on a daily basis to help remove plaque and bacteria buildup from your dentures. Remember, just because they’re not your real teeth doesn’t mean that they don’t need to be clean. Dentures can still get stained and look dirty. In addition, keeping that plaque and bacteria out of your mouth can keep you from getting sick.
To clean your dentures, gently remove them from your mouth and rinse them off. After they’ve been rinsed, gently brush them with a soft bristled toothbrush. It’s better to use a denture cleaning solution to clean them over toothpaste as toothpaste might be too abrasive for your dentures. Scrub them in the same manner that you’d regularly brush your teeth. Brush in tiny circles and remember to scrub the back of the teeth. It’s also a good idea to take this opportunity to gently brush your tongue and gums to prevent bacteria buildup.

In addition to brushing them every day, it’s a good idea to rinse them off after every meal to avoid having food staying on your teeth for too long. Food that stays on your teeth for too long can stick to your teeth and harden. In addition, it may leave stains.
Handle with Care
Dentures are strong, but they will break if dropped or accidentally crushed. When you’re handling your dentures, use a soft towel to handle them and keep a firm grip on them at all times. It’s also a good idea to not leave your dentures in any place where they could accidentally be knocked off, taken or crushed. When your dentures are not in your mouth, they should either be in a soft towel in your hands or in their proper storage place.
Dentures need moisture in order to ensure that they don’t dry out. Dry dentures can warp and lose their custom shape. If your dentures warp, they might not be able to fit properly in your mouth anymore, which may cause sores on your lips or gums. If they warp too much, you may have to buy new dentures.
Dentures should be stored in a glass or bowl of denture solution or water to prevent them from drying out. If you use water, ensure that the water is cool not hot. Some people believe it’s a good idea to use hot water for denture storage to kill bacteria, but it’s bad for them to soak in it for extended periods of time. The heat could cause the dentures to warp just like hot water in the dishwasher causes some plastic dishes to warp.
Safe Places
Keep your dentures out of reach from pets and children. Pets can easily damage dentures and dogs have been known to chew on them and eat them. Children may accidentally break or damage them by mistaking them for a toy. It’s also a good idea to not leave your dentures in a paper towel after cleaning them to avoid having someone accidentally mistaking them for garbage and throwing them away.
Denture care is not much more different from regular dental care. Just remember to be careful with them and clean them on a regular basis to ensure that they stay clean and undamaged for as long as they can.

A Family Dental Care Center
2030 West Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Maintaining Your Teeth Implants

Teeth implants are a modern tooth restoration option, which can be used to replace a single tooth, a range of missing teeth, or a full set of teeth. Commonly also referred to as dental implants, teeth implants are small screws made of titanium, which can act as substitutes for the root portion of natural teeth.
Dental implants are fitted into the jawbone, after the drilling of a tiny hole. During the healing period, bone grows around the dental implants, effectively fusing with them, which enables prosthetic teeth to be later anchored to them. Prosthetic teeth are usually made of porcelain, which together with an abutment, are attached to the teeth implants, once the healing process has progressed sufficiently.
Looking after your new dental implants
The long term success of teeth implants depends largely on proper dental care and maintenance. Dental implants are known for their longevity, and can last an entire lifetime, if properly cared for. They require the same care as a patient’s natural teeth, including brushing, flossing and regular dental check-ups. Failure to maintain good dental care can result in the dental implants not lasting as long as they potentially could due to the development of complications.
Below are some tips for taking care of dental implants:
•    Practice good dental hygiene: Dentists often tell patients to brush their teeth regularly. Once teeth implants are placed, it becomes even more important to practice proper dental hygiene to prevent bacterial infections. Such infections might weaken the gums and cause the jawbone to recede, which may result in the dental implants coming loose or falling off.
•    Regular visits to your dentist:  Individuals with teeth implants should visit their dentist at least twice a year, about five months apart. At these visits, the implants should be checked, to ensure that they remain in good condition.
•    Avoid smoking: Smoking is known to negatively affect the blood flow around the gums and teeth, which impairs healing, and increases the potential for bone loss.

A Family Dental Care Center: Dr. Seth Rosen
2030 West Main St.
Jeffersonville, PA 19403