Here's the bad news on the overall state of dental health in the United States: Over 120 million people have one or more missing teeth—roughly one American in three. But there's also good news: We can replace missing teeth with a number of effective restorative methods. At the top of the list are dental implants, highly regarded by dentists and patients alike as the most lifelike and functional tooth replacement system available.
Dental implants have been growing in popularity since their introduction in the 1980s. Their structural design and construction have continued to improve, giving patients even more options for implant-based tooth replacement.
To bring greater attention to the benefits of this popular restoration, the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID) designated August as Dental Implant Month in 2016. In recognition, here are 3 of those benefits you might gain from choosing dental implants to replace your missing teeth.
Durability. Unlike other restorations such as conventional dentures or bridges, implants replace the entire root structure of the tooth. To be more precise, implants are a tooth root replacement in the form of a post imbedded securely in the jawbone. As the bone grows around and attaches to the implant, it develops a durable and highly functional hold that can last for decades.
Adaptability. Many people assume dental implants are used only to replace individual teeth, but implants can also support multi-tooth restorations. A few strategically placed implants can securely attach a partial or total bridge to the jaw, or provide added support for a removable denture.
Affordability. At first glance, an implant's initial cost places it at the high end of the scale for tooth replacement options. But because of their long-term durability and high success rate (greater than 95% still in place after ten years), implants may cost less in the long run than lower-priced restorations that may require repair or replacement sooner.
Although they have a wide range of applications, implants aren't suited for some dental situations. Because implants require a minimum amount of bone present in the jaw, for example, extensive bone loss might nullify them as a current option. Even in this case, though, grafting therapy to rebuild the bone could make it possible to place dental implants at some point in the future.
If you've recently lost a tooth or you have an older restoration you'd like to replace, dental implants might be a great option for you. Your first step is an initial exam and consultation to find out if this premier dental restoration is right for you.
If you would like more information about dental implants, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dental Implants: Your Third Set of Teeth.”
CEREC one-visit crowns revolutionize dental restoration. If you have a broken, decayed or infected tooth, protect and beautify it in just a couple of hours at Cohasset Dental. Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette are the premier restorative and cosmetic dentists in the Cohasset, MA area. They can save your tooth with a dental crown, helping you smile with confidence quickly and easily.
What is a dental crown?
Designed and placed by your family dentist in his Cohasset, MA, office, a dental crown is a porcelain cap bonded to the remaining healthy structure of your tooth. A crown brings your tooth back to full strength, form and function. It allows you to eat efficiently, smile confidently and avoid a dental extraction.
What does CEREC mean?
Dr. Thomas and Dr. Chenette offer CEREC same-day dental crowns. These realistic restorations are created start to finish during a single visit to Cohasset Dental.
Your family dentist does a full exam, X-rays your tooth and takes digital impressions. Next, he uses computer-aided design and manufacturing processes to design and mill your crown.
Amazingly, it all happens right in your treatment room with no days-long wait times, sticky impression materials, and multiple try-ons. Your new crown will be precisely fitted and appropriately colored right in front of you. Then, your dentist will bond it to your prepared tooth.
CEREC means chairside economical restorations of esthetic ceramic. In other words, crowns are made right by the dental chair from realistic and durable porcelain. They save you time and money and aggravation as they restore your failing tooth in one visit.
What can our crowns do for your smile?
A crown can:
- Protect and support a tooth which has had a root canal procedure.
- Cover a tooth which has had multiple fillings.
- Improve the shape and size of a tooth.
- Provide adequate tooth structure after injury.
- Restore a dental implant or secure bridgework.
Also, you'll enjoy a restoration which is totally individualized to your smile. Our dentists apply true artistry to every crown they design, make and place.
What can a crown do for you? Explore the possibilities of CEREC technology and same-day crowns from Cohasset Dental. We enjoy giving our patients healthy smiles and the confidence outstanding restorative work creates. Contact your family dentist, Dr. Chenette or Dr. Thomas, in Cohasset, MA, for a crown consultation: (781) 383-9393.
Keep your teeth and your overall health by preventing gum disease. The CDC says it's the leading cause of tooth loss in the US. Your Cohasset, MA, family dentists, Dr. Kevin Thomas and Dr. Aaron Chenette want you to know how to prevent this oral health condition. Learn more about it from your friends at Cohasset Dental.
The symptoms of gum disease
Gum disease varies in severity from almost asymptomatic gingivitis to advanced periodontitis. When signs do appear -- if the problem goes untreated--they may include:
- Bad breath
- Darkened gum tissue
- Loose teeth
- Recessed gum tissue and bone
- Dental sensitivity
Why it happens
Oral bacteria contained in plaque and tartar lead to gum disease. Strep germs secrete acids that erode gum tissue and cause a true infection. Your family dentist can actually measure the erosion with a tiny periodontal probe when you come to your Cohasset dentist for a check-up. The deeper the spaces between your gums and teeth are, the more advanced gum disease is.
Yes, gum disease can be treated with deep cleanings, gum grafts and more. But you can prevent gum disease with some simple care including:
- A healthy, high-fiber diet
- Drinking water throughout the day--eight or more glasses if possible--for clean teeth and gums and increased production of saliva
- Brushing twice a day as the American Dental Association (ADA) advises
- Rinsing with an anti-plaque mouthwash
- Flossing daily to stay ahead of plaque
- Seeing your family dentist at Cohasset Dental twice a year for an exam and hygienic cleaning (only your hygienist can remove hard deposits of tartar)
- Quitting smoking and chewing tobacco
- Limiting your intake of sugar, carbs and alcohol
Come see us
At Cohasset Dental, your family dentists and their team know the importance of healthy gum tissue. You should, too. Contact Dr. Chenette or Dr. Thomas at our Cohasset, MA, office for your six-month cleaning and check-up. Ask us for more ways to improve your gum health. Phone (781) 383-9393.
When you’re buying a tool or appliance, you compare brands for the best quality you can afford. There’s another important item that deserves the same level of scrutiny: your toothbrush. Choosing the right one for you can make a huge difference in your oral hygiene effectiveness.
But a visit to your store’s dental care aisle can dim your enthusiasm. You have plenty of options involving all manner of shapes, sizes and features. Perhaps too many: After a while, the sheer number of choices can paralyze your decision-making process.
You can streamline this selection process by concentrating on a few important toothbrush basics. First up for consideration: the bristles. While you may think a good stiff brush would be best, it’s actually the opposite—most dental professionals recommend softer bristles. That’s because hard bristles can potentially damage your teeth and gums over time.
Softer bristles are gentler on your teeth and just as effective for removing plaque, if you use the right technique and thoroughly brush all tooth surfaces. And look for rounded bristles, which are friendlier to your gums.
Next, look for a brush that feels right in your hand. If you have problems with manual dexterity, look for one with an oversized handle. Some brushes come with angled necks and tapered heads, which you may find effective in reaching less accessible back teeth. This might mean trying different brushes until you get one that’s right for you. Don’t worry, though, you’re not buying a brush for life—in fact, you should change out your brush every three to six months.
You’ll also rarely go wrong buying a toothbrush with the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance on the packaging. This seal signifies the toothbrush has undergone testing and met the ADA’s standards for hygiene effectiveness. While some manufacturers of effective brushes don’t pursue this seal, you can be sure one with it has passed the test of quality.
It makes all the difference in the world having the right tool for the job. Be sure your toothbrush is the right one for you.
If you would like more information on toothbrushes and other dental care products, 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 “Sizing up Toothbrushes: How to Choose the Right Brush for Optimal Oral Health.”
Like the rest of healthcare, antibiotics have transformed dentistry. Advanced oral infections that once eluded successful treatment are routinely stopped with the use of these “wonder drugs.” But their overuse over the years has given rise to dangerous “superbugs” resistant to many antibiotics.
Antibiotics are one of the 20th Century's most significant healthcare achievements. Drugs like penicillin played a major role ending the global threat of tuberculosis, cholera and bacterial meningitis. Over the last few decades, more antibiotics have been developed to defend against an even wider array of bacterial dangers.
But along the way doctors and dentists began prescribing antibiotics for all manner of illnesses including viral infections like colds or flu for which they're less effective. They've also been increasingly used as a preventive measure, including inclusion in animal feed to fight disease.
But our tiny biological nemeses are adaptable. As bacterial strains come in contact with greater amounts of antibiotics, individual bacterium that survive transmit their resistance to subsequent generations. This can produce new strains like Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) that are resistant to methicillin and other common antibiotics that once contained them.
There's deep concern that these new resistant strains, often recent incarnations of old diseases once thought defeated, will lead to higher rates of sickness and death. Increasing resistance could also make common procedures like those performed by dentists and oral surgeons, much riskier to undertake.
To combat this, pharmaceutical companies are racing to create new drugs to compensate. Recently, they've received an encouraging sign of hope in this battle from an unlikely source: viruses. Researchers in Tel Aviv, Israel have discovered an antagonistic protein to bacteria among a group of viruses called bacteriophages. The protein, injected into a bacterium, commandeers the cell's DNA function to aid virus reproduction, which kills the host.
In the words of one researcher, this makes these particular “enemy of our enemy” viruses our “friend.” Although the discovery is still a long way from practical use in antibiotics, harnessing it in future drug versions could help pack a greater punch against resistant bacteria.
In the meantime, providers and patients alike must practice and advocate for stricter protocols regarding the use of antibiotics. The viability of tomorrow's healthcare is on the line.
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