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Don’t Let That Blank Space in Your Mouth Fool You

Don’t Let That Blank Space in Your Mouth Fool You
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So, you had teeth extracted and/or are missing a few teeth? No big deal, right? Do not fool yourself! There are plenty of issues that come with missing teeth in Mission Viejo, CA. You lose the confidence in your smile, you can’t chew the foods you use to enjoy, and so much more. Beyond these though, there are also adverse health effects to missing teeth.

 

What Happens When We Are Missing Teeth?

From gum disease to infection, there are several reasons why you should consider replacement of your missing teeth!

In many cases, the gums where the tooth used to be will get infected which will cause inflammation. This is known as gingivitis, commonly referred to as gum disease. Gingivitis can cause your gums to bleed when you floss, changes in your bite line, pain when chewing, pus to form between the gums and teeth, and other symptoms. This, of course, makes day-to-day life more difficult as the pain from chewing causes great amounts of anxiety about eating and can cause other teeth to loosen or fall out.

Another problem that may occur is weakness in your jaw and other teeth. Other teeth surrounding the missing one have to work harder to chew due to the lack of teeth and can cause jaw pain, weakness, and in some cases temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJD). Your TMJ attaches your lower jawbone to the rest of your skull and when it is being worked on one side more heavily, it can cause disorders to form which will result in pain when chewing and many other issues.

 

Fill Those Gaps

To avoid these diseases and others that are caused by the loss of teeth, consider calling us at (949) 485-2323. Contact our office in Mission Viejo, CA to schedule an appointment with our doctor, Dr. Jenny Liang, so we can give you our options to fill in that missing tooth! With years of experience in supporting those like you, we will work with you to find the best treatment option to fit your unique situation. We look forward to helping you!

 

References

Gum Disease (Gingivitis and Periodontitis), Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/gingivitis

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Disorders, Healthline, https://www.healthline.com/health/tmj-disorders

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Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt? Not With Affordable Dental Implants!

Another Day Older and Deeper in Debt? Not With Affordable Dental Implants!
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If you have one or more missing teeth and you’ve been researching options to replace them, you may have been turned off by the upfront cost of dental implants. While the initial investment may be higher, there are many reasons why implants are the most cost-effective solution over time. The cost of implants is different for every patient, and a single implant’s cost can increase with different types of necessary treatments! Before you decide, we encourage you to discuss your specific dental implant cost with a dentist local to you in Mission Viejo, CA.

 

Why Implants Are Worth It

Many people opt for dentures because they are the less expensive treatment, but the reality is that implants are the more effective, comfortable solution with durability and longevity. When implants are placed correctly by a dental professional and regularly flossed, brushed and examined, they can last a lifetime. Dentures may need to be replaced regularly and require expensive creams and adhesives to keep them in place. Implants are rooted in the gums and don’t move at all once they are secure.

What Affects the Cost?

Every manufacturer is different, and it depends widely on the one your dentist chooses to use. Other factors that may involve the cost of the implant are:

  • The location, amount, and quality of bone: You may need a bone graft if there isn’t adequate bone to hold the implant in place.
  • The number of teeth that require replacement: Implants can replace one tooth or an entire mouth!
  • The type of artificial teeth: Fixed bridges, implant supported dentures, snap on bridges, or screw retained crowns are just a few options.
  • The number of implants: How may screws are needed to repair your teeth?

 

Contact Us!

These are all factors that our doctor, Dr. Jenny Liang, will consider when determining the cost of your implants. If you are interested in learning more about implants and what the cost would be, contact our office in Mission Viejo, CA, and schedule a consultation today!

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Dental Implants 101: All the Basics You Need To Know

Dental Implants 101: All the Basics You Need To Know
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You’re missing teeth. Are you considering dental implants to fill the gaps in your mouth? It’s no wonder why; implants are an increasingly popular solution for missing teeth! However, make sure you have access to the most accurate dental implant information! The best way to do this is to consult with a qualified dental professional near you. We listed some of the basics that any candidate considering dental implants in Mission Viejo, CA should know about receiving implants here!

 

Ensuring That You Are A Good Candidate

Implants are amazing for replacing your missing teeth, and they tend to last for decades or even longer if cared for properly! However, make sure you are a good candidate for the procedure. You need to have sufficient bone density in the jaw and you need be willing to go through the surgeries required for the placement of dental implants. A doctor can help determine if this treatment is right for you, or give you any alternatives that you may be able to take.

Evaluating Your Jawbone

The key to a successful dental implant procedure is osseointegration. This is when the dental implant post fuses with your jawbone. If you have been missing teeth for a while, it is possible your jawbone has started to degrade. If you suffer from bone-related conditions such as osteoporosis, this could also affect the success of your implants. A doctor can examine your jaw to see if it is dense enough to support an implant, and if it isn’t, consider the possibility of giving you a bone graft to make it so.

Dental Professional Experience Matters!

It is vital that a qualified dental professional is the one to place your implant! Although some businesses may try to lure patients in with low costs and cheaper materials, your best chance at a successful procedure is with a doctor properly trained in dental implant placement, using all the newest, modern technology available!

 

Contact Us To Schedule an Appointment

These are the very basics, but there is a lot of other information available for dental implants. When you are ready to learn more, contact our dental implant specialists, Dr. Jenny Liang, in our office in Mission Viejo, CA to schedule an appointment today!

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Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth

Invisalign®: The Most Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth
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Your smile is a direct source of confidence, a memorable part of who you are, and how you demonstrate your feelings. Don’t let embarrassment from crooked teeth keep you from living openly and confidently in your smile! If you want to straighten your teeth, but don’t want cumbersome metal braces, our office has a solution. Invisalign® is the most discreet way to straighten teeth and can give you the smile you’ve always wanted.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic trays instead of metal braces to straighten teeth. These trays are custom-fitted to how your teeth are positioned at the beginning of your treatment and are precision-fabricated to have slight adjustments in their shape. Over the length of your treatment, they’ll gently push your teeth into a straighter position.

How Is Invisalign Better?

Aesthetically, when compared to bracket-and-wire braces, Invisalign® is virtually invisible while being worn. For adults and teens, this is a significant advantage as it does not affect your appearance during treatment. The plastic trays are made for your mouth and have no sharp edges, so they’re more comfortable than conventional braces. Invisalign clear aligners are also removable, so you can maintain your normal eating habits and oral hygiene routine.

Our Invisalign Process

The Invisalign treatment process first begins with digital impressions taken of your mouth. These impressions are incredibly precise and are used to custom design your series of clear aligners. You’ll wear these aligners for 20-22 hours each day, removing them only when you eat, drink, brush, and floss. Over the next several months, your teeth will predictably move into position, while you enjoy the benefits of invisible orthodontics!

Ready to Get Started with Invisalign?

Metal braces aren’t your only option, and most patients are good candidates for Invisalign. If you want a discreet solution, schedule an appointment with our dental office. We will provide personalized treatment, so you can enjoy a beautiful smile for life!

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Brush up on Oral Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month

Brush up on Oral Health Tips for Children’s Dental Health Month
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During the month of February the American Dental Association celebrates National Children’s Dental Health Month.  This month-long national health observance reinforces the importance of oral health in children as well as helping parents with tips to keep their child’s smile on track! At Bear Coast Dentistry, our dentist and staff are taking this opportunity to share oral health tips and raise awareness of the importance of pediatric dental care at an early age.

YOUR CHILD’S TEETH

Teeth help your child chew and speak. Baby teeth also hold a spot for permanent teeth to come in.

TEETHING

Teething babies may be fussy, drool and want to chew. If you want to let your child chew on a teething ring, go for one that is hard and solid.

Steer clear of teething products that have benzocaine in them. The US Food and Drug Administration advises against benzocaine use due to potential illness and may even cause death.

CAVITIES

Too reduce your child’s risk of cavities, help him or her

  • Brush twice a day with a pea sized amount of fluoride containing tooth paste
  • Use Fluoride Varnish applications at dental checkup visits
  • Limit processed sugary snacks and drinks

TOOTHBRUSHING

Clean your baby’s gums daily. Until those teeth come in gently wipe a damp washcloth over the gums to clear away harmful bacteria after each feeding.

We advise to start brushing your child’s teeth twice a day when the first tooth comes in.  Make sure to use an infant toothbrush as adult brush heads are too large for their tiny mouths.

For children under 2 years, use not more than a smear of toothpaste about the size of a grain of rice. Children ages 2-6 should use a pea sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

We recommend to brush younger children’s teeth for them. Children younger than 6 years old can handle toothbrushing themselves, but supervision is advised as they are more likely to swallow toothpaste.

FLOSSING

While daily brushing is an important part of a child’s oral hygiene routine, bacteria that causes tooth decay can still linger between teeth where the toothbrush cannot reach. That’s why it’s so important to help your kids incorporate flossing in their daily routine.

Begin flossing between teeth once your child’s teeth touch.

FLUORIDE

Fluoride helps to strengthen the other layer of teeth against cavities.  Use of fluoridated toothpaste is 1 way to take advantage of fluoride’s benefits. Having your child drink fluoridated water is good, too. Fluoridated water is public water with enough fluoride to help keep teeth healthy. Sometimes some areas do not have access to fluoridated water and you may want to add fluoride tablets or drops to your water.  Fluoride varnish applications at dental check-up appointments is another way to provide fluoride for your child’s teeth.

SUGAR AND CAVITIES

Teeth are covered with a thin sticky film of bacteria called BIOFILM, which produces acid when exposed to sugar. These acids are what cause cavities.

One significant oral health risk for infants and young children under the age of 1 is from baby bottle tooth decay. This occurs when your child consumes sugary liquid and bacteria in their mouth consume the sugar and produce acid. This acid attacks the enamel on baby teeth can trigger tooth decay after continued exposure. Drinks are the largest source of sugar in the US diet. Liquids that contribute to this baby bottle tooth decay include milk, formula, fruit juice, soda and any other artificially sweetened drinks. If your child needs to sleep with a bottle, water is the safest option without any risk. If feeding a child during the night and brushing their teeth is not possible, Bear Coast Dentistry recommends to use a wet washcloth to wipe the surfaces of the teeth.

The American Academy of Pediatrics suggests avoiding juice for the first year of life.

VISIT THE DENTIST

Take your baby to see your dentist at Bear Coast Dentistry sometime after the first tooth comes in, but before his or her first birthday.

The dentist may

  • Perform an oral examination
  • Assess your child’s risk of tooth decay
  • Check to see that the teeth are developing on schedule
  • Identify whether any habits like thumb sucking or pacifier use are affecting your child’s oral development

Bear Coast Dentistry advises parents to take care of your child’s teeth from the time the first tooth comes in to help get him or her started on the path to good oral health.

Call 949-348-0880 to schedule your child’s visit today!

Information reprinted from February 2019 issue of The Journal of the American Dental Association

(2019;150(2):160)

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