Garden Grove Dental Arts : Marianna Ibrahim DDS

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What are my options for replacing a missing tooth?

Nobody wants to lose a tooth. But it happens! And to be honest, it actually happens more than you might think. When you lose a tooth, a lot can actually happen. First, chewing will be impacted on the side of the loss, and if not treated for some time, this can lead to the remaining teeth to tilting into the open space.

In order to fill the space, restore proper function, and prevent remaining teeth from falling out of alignment – your dentist will likely recommend one of a few options, with the options being a dental implant, a dental bridge, or a partial denture. This ultimately depends both on the location of the missing tooth, as well as the patients own preferences.

The different options available all have their own pros and cons. Learn more about them below:

Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are one of the most common and trusted solutions for replacing teeth. However, dental implants are quickly replacing them as the tooth replacement method of choice. This is because, while a dental bridge can successfully bridge the gap between a missing tooth and remaining healthy teeth, it requires preparation of the supporting teeth (which can involve damaging healthy teeth). It also won’t last as long as an implant. Even still, a dental bridge also tends to be less expensive – and with all of the technology available today, you can expect it to look just as good as one of your natural teeth.

Partial Dentures

Removable partial dentures can be a great solution for a patients experiencing a specific situation. In most cases, our dentists in Garden Grove recommend a removable partial denture to patients who are typically missing multiple teeth (not necessarily right next to each other). They are also sometimes preferred because they are less expensive than other options, and are almost always recommended if some of your natural teeth can be preserved.

Dental Implants

Easily the most important benefit of a dental implant is the fact that it protects against future bone-loss in your jaw. Because the implant integrates with your jaw, it provides the simulation that your jawbone needs to continue on — healthy and strong. Not only does this provide a benefit in terms of bone strength, it also means that your face won’t change drastically as  you age. If you were to rely on another solution – like a dental bridge or denture — atrophy of your jaw would eventually lead to your face gradually changing its shape. Finally, implants also offer superior longevity. While a dental bridge or denture will generally last between 5 and 10 years, an implant lasts about as long as you could expect a natural tooth to (up to a lifetime).

When it Can Wait: Dental Issues You Can Handle at Home

When it comes to your teeth, quite a lot can happen. From sinking your teeth into the wrong thing, to the wrong thing – sinking its way into your teeth! A wide variety of symptoms can arise, pointing to an even greater variety of underlying problems that will eventually need to be seen by your dentist. However, sometimes a dentist is far away – or reliable emergency 24 hour dental  isn’t available. So what are you to do?

You’ve Lost a Tooth
How it happened: Injury / carelessness (or a combination of both)

Treatment: You may be surprised to learn that even if a tooth gets knocked out, you might not need to rush right to the dentist’s office. Many times, you can simply rinse the tooth, and gently put it back in its rightful place. Next, with a cotton ball, moistened teabag, or soft cloth – gently bit down to secure it in place. When you knock your tooth out, ligaments are broken. However, if the tooth is replaced soon enough it can successfully re-attach to the gums and feel secure in a few days time. There’s a chance that this will make your tooth as strong as before in as little as a month. However, it’s still recommended that you consult with your dentist.

You Have Sensitive Teeth
How it happened: Nerve roots are exposed, many times at the  bottom of your teeth, beyond gum tissue that has slightly receded.

Treatment: Treating sensitivity that occurs because of receding gums is relatively simple. First, you need to make sure that your gums are babied as much as possible. Stop using toothpastes with harsh whitening and tartar control agents. Many times, these ingredients can be too abrasive, or can contain materials like phosphates — all which contribute to sensitivity.

On top of this, it can also help to make sure you brush more gently – because brushing too hard can contribute to recession in spots around your mouth. If at home care doesn’t lead to the problem improving or if sensitivity gets worse, it would be good to see your dentist to ensure you’re doing enough.

You’ve Burned Your Tongue
How it happened: You didn’t blow on your soup for long enough

Treatment: If you’ve burnt your tongue, and now it feels like a tingling sock sitting in your mouth – sore and unusable – don’t worry. Relief is just around the corner. Rinse out your mouth with a warm solution of salt (1 teaspoon) and water.  The salt in this solution helps draw infection to the surface of your tongue’s tissue, while the salt helps eliminate acid that allows bacteria to thrive.

 

Are you experiencing a dental emergency that isn’t covered above? You may need to be seen by a dentist. Our dentists in orange county are available every day to help solve the problems that life throws at your teeth.  Get the answers you need for a healthier, longer lasting smile today.

What’s a Root Fracture?

Typically, the most common questions we receive from patients have to do with either cosmetic issues or emergency dental situations. However, today we’re going to discuss one of the rarer types of damage to your tooth – a root fracture.

According to research, root fracture injuries affect a minuscule amount of  people.  In fact, they only effect about a half a percent of all permanent teeth (.05-.07%, to be exact). This means that you’re highly unlikely to experience a root fracture. However, if you participate in any activities that involve sharp impacts or full contact – it could be a possibility for you.

So, What exactly is a root fracture?

A root fracture is a crack that begins at the root of the tooth, then extending upwards towards the surface. Because of where these cracks begin, they can often happen quietly and go relatively unnoticed for weeks or even months before the symptoms become worse (usually when the surrounding area becomes infected).

How is a Root Fracture Treated

 

Our emergency dentists in Garden Grove have fixed a number of root fractures. More often than not, root canal treatment is required to repair the tooth, crown it for strength, and seal it against further damage. However, sometimes in more serious cases where the tooth isn’t salvageable, extraction and replacement with a dental bridge or partial denture is also a possibility.

The Symptoms of a Root Fracture

Think you might be experiencing the symptoms of a root fracture? If any of the below symptoms seem familiar, contact your nearest emergency dentist.

  • Erratic pain, especially during chewing
  • Pain with release of bite
  • Pain when exposed to extreme temperatures

3 Changes You Can Make For Healthier Teeth

Everyone wants to have nice teeth, but does your oral hygiene routine pass by like a blur? If you think you might be able to do a better job with your teeth to help avoid the need for treatments like dental crowns or cosmetic dentistry, try the 3 tips below to start getting back on track. 

You’re not brushing, your scrubbing

We all know that it’s important to brush our teeth regularly. But as a dentist office in the Garden Grove area that’s seen countless teeth, one of the most common problems we see is sensitivity or discomfort related to over-brushing. When you brush with too much force, you’re really just scrubbing. Remember: you’re polishing your teeth, not pressure washing them!

 Avoid Drinking Soda, Period.

Whether it’s diet or sugar-free, there’s always an option that’s healthier than soda. Even if you avoid the sugar of traditional soda, they still contain artificial colorings, and a high level of acid that can put your teeth at risk for decay and cavities.  But it’s not just sodas, it’s really any unnecessary snack that introduces new bacteria and acid into your mouth with every bite. Think about it this way: every sweet you eat doesn’t just coat your teeth in more sugar, it increases acid production in your mouth for 20 minutes.

Brush for the Right Amount of Time

You might not realize it, but brushing your teeth is a fine balance between getting all the debris, plaque, and bacteria you can – while also protecting your enamel by not brushing too hard or long. In order to protect your teeth and your enamel, aim to spend about 30 seconds in each area of your mouth, so that it takes about 3 minutes to brush.

Brush After Meals, If You Can

While it’s not always possible, brushing after meals can help a great way to help ensure that sugars don’t have a chance to hide in your teeth and “settle in”. However, do be careful not to brush too soon after eating. You should typically wait about a half hour, so as not to simply grind food into your teeth that hasn’t had a chance to wash away from either your drink or your saliva.

5 Simple, but Surprising Dental Tips

There is Such a Thing as Too White

Here in our dental office in Garden Grove, California – we love how in-office teeth whitening can quickly and incredibly effectively whiten a smile by multiple shades.  But there is such a thing as too much. If used too frequently, the chemicals used in teeth whitening tools (at the dentist’s office and at home) can actually begin to harm your teeth. On top of this, for some patients with overly sensitive teeth or gums, teeth whitening may not be advised at all. But if you’re interested, it’s always worth asking your dentist.

A Perfect Smile Doesn’t Have to Be Your Priority!

When it comes to your teeth (and virtually everywhere else in your body, healthy doesn’t necessarily mean perfect. But perfect, is healthy. Make sense?

When it comes down to your teeth, the most desirable quality you can have is healthy teeth, that are strong, sturdy, and ready for the future. They don’t have to be the whitest – or even the most perfectly straight. They just have to be healthy, and as long as you’re healthy – there isn’t a whole lot you have to worry about.

Of course, wanting your teeth to be a little different in a specific way with cosmetic dentistry, is never a problem (we can talk: we’re an experience cosmetic dentist in Orange County) But so long as you’re healthy – it’s not a necessity unless you really want it to be.

A Bulk of the Dental Work You’ll Receive, Will Be Performed By YOU

That’s right. When it all comes down to it, your dentist is responsible for guiding you in the right direction with your teeth. If there’s a problem here, or there that needs addressing — we handle it. But more often than not, your teeth are in your care. That’s why a consistent and correct oral hygiene routine is absolutely essential.

 

 

 

Which Is Better: Dental Bridges or Dental Implants?

 One of the most common questions our dentists in Orange County get asked when it comes to replacing a missing tooth usually has something to do with the difference between a dental bridge and a dental implant.

If you’re unsure of the difference between a bridge and an implant, it’s actually fairly simple. A dental bridge uses two, existing healthy teeth (or an implant) as support for a prosthetic tooth that fills “the gap”. On the other hand, a dental implant is a bit different. Instead of relying on healthy teeth as supports, a dental implant uses a small titanium post that’s carefully inserted into the gum and jawline.

So, which one is better? Well that depends on a few things. If you’re concerned about cost, dental bridges are often more affordable than dental implants. Fortunately,  dental bridges have also long been known to be an incredibly effective treatment for missing teeth. On top of this, dental bridges have also continued to see improvement both in terms of comfort and aesthetics. However, dental implants “take the cake” in two important ways.

First, they don’t rely on nearby healthy teeth for support. Because of this, those teeth don’t need to be crowned. This is preferable because it’s always preferred to leave healthy teeth alone.

Secondly, there’s also a matter of your bone structure changing after removing a tooth. The roots of your teeth stimulate the underlying bone, which helps maintain the shape of your face. When a tooth is extracted, the roots are removed as well, which can lead to atrophy. Since a dental bridge simply rests on top of the gums – it doesn’t return that stimulation to the jaw. However, a dental implant uses a titanium post that is actually biocompatible, meaning the bone structure of your face gets continued support and you avoid bone loss that can make you look older.

In some cases, something like a dental bridge might not even be possible – especially if the sourrounding teeth aren’t healthy enough to support the bite forces that would be exerted on the bridge. On top of this, if there are multiple teeth missing a bridge might not even be feasible.

Are you anticipating the need to replace a tooth, or two, or three, or more? Our dentists in Orange County have served countless patients. Chances are, we have the answers you’re looking for!

 

“Are dental bridges permanent?” and Questions Answered About Tooth Replacement

The first thing many people see when they meet you is your smile. So of course, missing any number of teeth can affect your confidence — not to mention your ability to eat the foods you love. But there are a few different options when it comes to actually replacing your teeth, which might lead you to wonder – “which is right for me?”

Here at Garden Grove Primary Dental Care, our dentists are some of Orange County’s best when it comes to identifying the best treatment plans available for your teeth, your budget, and your lifestyle.

“What are my options for replacing a tooth?”

Bridges: a dental bridge is a common and time-proven solution for replacing teeth by filling the gap with a prosthetic. As time has passed, dental bridges have gotten better and better, making them incredibly functional, strong, and completely natural looking. Bridges are supported by healthy adjacent teeth that are crowned for added support. However, if the surrounding teeth won’t support the bridge – a dental implant can be used.

Dental implants: Implants are rapidly replacing bridges as a more effective and long lasting solution for replacing teeth, they don’t require any changes to be made to the surrounding teeth  and effectively replace the tooth’s roots. Ultimately, they feel and function just like one of your natural teeth (and last as long too).

Partial dentures: a partial denture is different from bridges and implants because it is removable. They look natural, feel natural, and are often less expensive than other options. They are frequently used when multiple teeth in different sections of the top or bottom row of teeth need to be replaced.

“Are dental bridges permanent?”

Unlike dental implants, dental bridges are not permanent. However, they do last quite a while. While the average dental bridge is expected to last between 7 and 10 years. However, with good oral hygiene and careful care – a dental bridge can last longer than 15 years.

How much will it cost?

The cost of your treatment ultimately depends on how many teeth are being replaced. However, many patients are happy to know that tooth replacement is often at least partially covered by insurance.

At our dental practice in Orange County, our experienced dentists have replaced countless teeth for patients of all ages. If your goal is a confident smile that allows you to live your life without worrying about your teeth or their functionality – we can help!

Do Your Dentures Need to be Repaired (or replaced)?

Most denture patients understand that a pair of dentures, while designed to last for quite a while, won’t last forever. Eventually, as the structure of your jaw changes and your dentures see more and more use – they will need to be either repaired or replaced. The question is – which is right for you?

Our denture specialists in Garden Grove have helped countless patients navigate these questions and get the treatment they need for dentures that look great, function great, and feel great.

Below, you’ll find some guidelines to understand which option might be best for you.


 

How Old Are Your Dentures?

When it comes to deciding whether or not to repair or replace your dentures, your first consideration should be their age. If your dentures are broken or damaged and they’re more than 8 or 10 years old — they probably don’t fit well, lack modern technology, and should be replaced anyhow. However, if they are still relatively new (a few years old), repair might be a better option.

How Bad is the Damage?

This answer is fairly simple, if your dentures are severely damaged (like shattered into small pieces) then it will probably be impossible to repair them. However, if they’re simply chipped – or only a couple teeth are broken, repair might be a perfectly feasible and cost-effective option. The most important factor is bite-force. Will the repaired part of your denture support the full force of your bite? Chances are you’re not entirely sure. This is why any repair should be considered carefully by your denture dentist.

Do you like your dentures?

One of the most important questions to ask yourself when it comes to fixing or repairing your dentures is how much you actually like your dentures. If your dentures didn’t fit quite right or felt unstable before they broke – do you really want to repair them? If they are hard to eat with and don’t feel particularly comfortable – why spend money on them?

While nobody wants to spend more on dentures – a damaged denture might be a good opportunity to re-assess what you really want. If you’re not happy with your current denture it’s important to remember that your happiness is valuable too. Why live life with a denture you hate!?