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When Indigestion Signals Dental Danger

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Do you suffer from indigestion that never seems to go away?

You might find yourself keeping a daily supply of antacids, or even attempting to adjust your diet to cut-back on the heartburn that you live with every day. But while you remain focused on what you’re eating and how your digestive system feels – are you taking a look at your oral hygiene?

Our dentists in Anaheim recommend you do.

If you have indigestion or a stomach ache that’s recurring, there is a chance that it’s your teeth to blame – and not your diet, or your digestive system. So ask yourself: do you have a hard time chewing?

When patients begin to have a hard time chewing their food properly, they often begin to swallow food that’s bigger than it should be. That can be pretty tough on your stomach, and if it’s happening to you it’s important to pinpoint why it’s happening.

Whether you have a tooth-ache, a cracked molar, or a more serious problem like a dental abscess that needs root canal treatment – getting to the bottom of the problem is important. If you’re a denture wearer – it could also mean that your dentures are no longer fitting properly, and could need an adjustment.

What you should do: If you suffer from frequent indigestion and have been noticing pain, soreness, and similar symptoms from your teeth – a visit to your family dentist could be exactly what you need.

Let our dentists in Garden Grove assess the situation – not only can we help remedy your indigestion, but we can also provide relief from the dental problems you’ve long-since “gotten used to” that could have created the problem in the first place.

 

How to Get Your Child to Brush Their Teeth

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As our dentists in Garden Grove will tell just about any patient, the easiest way to keep your teeth healthy for a lifetime is pretty darn simple: take care of them. And while that might seem vague, it’s really not. It’s actually really simple – and it all starts with brushing.

But what do you if you can’t get your kid(s) to brush (we won’t even start on flossing yet)? The thing is – it’s a habit. If you have a 9 or 1 0 year old that won’t brush their teeth, there’s a good chance they didn’t make brushing a habit when they were 9, 8, 7, or 5 years old for that matter.

Fortunately, though – if you have a child that refuses to brush their teeth, you have. And it’s definitely a lot better than being stuck with the numerous dental problems an adult would have after neglecting brushing for so many years.

Our tip: change the entire conversation around oral hygiene in your home. But how?

Try Data

People love tracking their progress with anything. Kids are no different. Take some pictures of your kid’s teeth and show them what they look like over time. Brushing and flossing (combined with a healthy diet) will only make teeth cleaner and brighter, and tracking progress should help give your children a new perspective and a personal stake in their dental health.

Try Positive Reinforcement

Easy right? All it takes is a nice word or two (every once in  a while)

“Your teeth look so shiny!”

“Look at those pearly whites!”

“What amazing teeth you have!”

Positive feedback can encourage your kids to actively want more. In this case, that requires keeping up with their oral hygiene.

Call for help

This doesn’t need to be complicated, and it shouldn’t be a fight. But sometimes – you need to call in the “big guns” and in this case, that means your local family dentist. Sometimes, kids just won’t listen to their parents. We get it! But when it’s not just mom or dad telling them their teeth are going to fall out – a few carefully chosen words (and sometimes even photos) by your dentist can go a long way.

 

Why Do Dental Implants Cost More Than Dentures?

With all of the solutions available for replacing lost, broken, or damaged teeth – many times options that are truly available come down to one simple factor: cost.

Typically, when patients are replacing a tooth – two of the most common options available tend to be either a dental implant or a denture (as well as a”fixed” denture, which is also often referred to as a dental bridge).

For patients replacing all of their teeth – dental implants are often considerably more expensive than dentures, with the benefit that they will likely never have to be replaced, while offering nearly identical performance and durability when compared to natural teeth.  For patients replacing single teeth, the cost difference can seem a little less drastic. But despite the fact that dental implants often represent one of the best, most long-lasting solutions for replacement teeth, it’s not uncommon to experience a little shock at the price-tag.

What many patients wonder about the cost of dental implants is “what exactly am I paying for?” This includes:

The cost of the implant itself: Dental implants rely on special titanium posts that screw into your jaw bone. The special thing about these posts is that they are designed to mimic the function and form of your tooth’s root system, and are responsible for making the implant as strong and functional as your natural teeth are (or were).

Next, you have to consider the porcelain crown: Just like a dental crown over an existing, natural tooth requires careful preparation, installation, and customization to look and feel like a natural tooth – so too does the crown that completes the look of a dental implant. From color to shape, custom fitting the crown to your very unique mouth takes time and expertise.

Finally, consider the surgery: What many patients forget to consider as part of the total cost of a dental implant is the actual procedure that relies on years of training, specialized equipment, and medical expertise.

All of the factors above come together to give you the teeth you always wanted – teeth that are ready to serve you just like natural teeth for years to come. At Garden Grove’s Primary Dental Care, our dentists are committed to the best possible end-result. For questions about dental implants and more, contact our experienced team today.

When a bridge goes too far (Avoiding the most common dental bridge problems)

Not the kind of bridge you were thinking about, a dental bridge can make your smile look like new.

Not the kind of bridge you were thinking about, a dental bridge can make your smile look like new.

Yesterday, we blogged about an unfortunate incident in a bathroom (anywhere) in America that ended with a missing tooth. In that case, if the tooth had to be completely replaced – a dental bridge would likely be a viable solution.

You’ll find tons of blog posts about dental bridges, their history, and various components all over our blog, here’s a few just to get you started (if you’re interested):

But if you already have dental bridges -you might be wondering how to avoid some of the more common problems with dental bridges. So without further preamble, let’s get to it.

Bridges that fit poorly: poorly fitting bridgework means you change your dentist. Because bridges that don’t fit well are the result of poor craftsmanship that leads to pain, discomfort, and inconvenience. Bridges that don’t fit right can lead to infection, gum irritation, and more.

Poor Oral Hygiene: the most common problem patients experience with dental bridges tends to revolve around decay. Because the dental bridge uses the adjacent teeth as “supports” – the space beneath the bridge, the bridge itself, and the teeth supporting it are at an increased risk for decay and need to be carefully taken care of.

Failure to take care of a dental bridge and the surrounding teeth could lead to the need for root canal therapy – or the loss of additional teeth.

Think about it this way – a dental bridge is a good looking tooth replacement that takes a little bit of work. If you don’t want to have to do that work for more teeth – be sure to take care of all of your teeth.

Have a question? Our dentists in Garden Grove are here to help!  Get in touch today to learn about new patient specials. 

 

How Your Dentists Can Use an Implant Supported Bridge to Fix Your Smile

Not the kind of bridge you were thinking about, a dental bridge can make your smile look like new.

There’s no point in beating around the bush – a missing tooth or multiple missing teeth can put quite the damper on your self-confidence.  It’s hard not to notice a large gap where a tooth has either been knocked out or failed due to oral hygiene mistakes.

What many patients might not realize is how many options are available when it comes to actually replacing your teeth. They’ve heard about dental bridges and dental implants, but they aren’t always aware of implant supported bridges.

In order to understand an implant supported bridge – first, a quick refresher on their slightly more common counterparts.

A dental bridge: a dental bridge is a rather simple appliance that bridges the gap between, well, gaps and uses the support of existing teeth to support a replacement tooth known as a pontic.

A dental implant is a little different in that instead of using remaining teeth for support, our dentists in Garden Grove install a bio-compatible titanium post that an artificial tooth is then secured to. The benefit with a dental implant is that it can often be stronger and more stable than a dental bridge, because it’s supported on its own by a post and not by remaining teeth.

An implant supported bridge is a bit different. Like a traditional dental bridge, an implant supported bridge does use other teeth to support the bridge – but in this case, those teeth are actually implants instead. Typically, it’s most common for implants to be inserted into the jawbone to replace each missing tooth. Once complete, crowns are then connected to each other to form a stronger more unified bridge.

An implant supported dental bridge is most frequently used when more than one tooth needs replacing. It can also be used when installing just a bridge would otherwise put too much pressure on individual teeth or dental implants. In this case, the bridge and the pressure might not stand up to the long-term rigors of eating, chewing, and other stresses – like grinding. In situations like this, implant supported bridges help reduce pressure and ensure a more successful replacement.

 

 

 

How a Fixed bridge Can FIX Your Smile

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Nobody wants to feel self-conscious about the way their teeth look. Whether you’re missing one tooth or a couple, a fixed porcelain dental bridge can often set you on a sure-fire path to perfect looking teeth.

But first, you might be wondering what all of that means.

What is A Fixed Bridge?

There is actually a big difference between what our dentists in Garden Grove call a fixed bridge and what we call an “overdenture” (which many people refer to as a removable bridge).  While an overdenture is an actual denture that fits over a set of implants and can be removed – a fixed bridge is much different. With a fixed bridge, the solution to your missing teeth is cemented or screwed to dental implants or existing healthy teeth.

 

A fixed dental bridge would be suitable for a couple different reasons, including:

  • To fill space from missing teeth.
  • To prevent healthy teeth from shifting out of place.
  • To restore your ability to chew and speak properly.
  • To maintain the shape of your face.

There’s also another reason you might want a fixed bridge – that is, to upgrade a partial denture you already have into a more convenient and long-term solution.  With this in mind, it’s also important to remember that overdentures aren’t always inferior to fixed dentures. More often than not, when a patient gets a “removable” denture, they get it because they’ve already had dentures for years and they’re looking for a bit of extra hold and functionality. While modern dentures are incredibly effective for many patients – a fixed denture can often solve problems some patients have with looseness or difficulty chewing.

Which solution will work best for you? A fixed bridge or something else? Our dentists in Garden Grove can most definitely help. If you’re a patient in the area, call us today to learn more.

 

 

 

 

A Bridge to Nowhere?: When A Dental Bridge Lacks Support

Losing a tooth is never a welcome proposition for any dental patient. In fact, every day our dentists in Garden Grove do everything they can to help our patients avoid that eventuality.

We start with education (which is part of the reason we continue to add more, and more articles to this blog – with the hopes that our patients and patients from around the world may find an answer to the specific question that they have about their teeth). With education, our patients are empowered with the information they need. This starts from a very early age – to instill in patients the importance of establishing a good routine and doesn’t stop. Education is key. But unfortunately, it doesn’t always work – and sometimes poor choices, bad habits, finicky genes, or straight-up accidents can mean your teeth need to be replaced.

Fortunately, this is also something our Garden Grove dentists have quite a bit of experience with. Over the past few years, we’ve written about dental bridges a number of times . But one questions some patients ask, is “What do you do if  you’ve lost more than one tooth?

The way a dental bridge works, is just like just about any bridge you’d find anywhere else. Bridging the gap requires support. So in most cases, your dentist will use the teeth on either side of the bridge to support the bridge.

Typically, dental bridges are only used to replace one or two teeth. This is because your dental bridge relies on healthy nearby teeth for support. When more than 2 teeth need to be replaced, it can put a lot of pressure on the healthy teeth which can lead to an unstable bridge and unnecessary damage to the supporting teeth.

For many patients with more than one tooth to replace, our dentists will recommend either dental implants, or an implant supported dental bridge – which uses an implant for at least one of the replacement teeth to ensure that the bridge is as stable and functional as possible.

Have more questions about dental bridges for multiple teeth? Our dentists can help! If you’re a patient in the Garden Grove area – contact us today for the open, honest, and experienced advice you need. 

 

 

What a Dental Bridge Will Fix and Why You Might Need One

For most patients that don’t generally think about their dental health in terms of goals, their ultimate goal more or less remains the same: “keep all my teeth”. So when a problem arises that could threaten one or more teeth – it’s only natural to wonder what solutions are available.

One such solution remains dental bridges – a solution that dentists have put to test and consistently improved over the years. Dental bridges, from the very beginning, were designed to accomplish a fairly simple goal: bridge the gap between a missing tooth and the next healthy tooth.

Our dentists in Garden Grove frequently recommend bridges as a strong, functional solution that can correct your dental problem for years to come. In most patients, a dental bridge can be expected to last about 6 or 7 years. But it’s not unheard of for a dental bridge to last even longer when cared for well.

But when is a dental bridge actually needed? In most cases, it’s when a tooth is missing or when a tooth is so severely decayed that it is no longer healthy enough to function. The most successful bridges typically only span one gap, with the option of two or even three gaps remaining possible. However, larger gaps require a much more cautious approach, and can often require the need for plates or other options to ensure the bridge is as stable as possible.

In the most cases, a dental bridge consists of two or more crowns placed on the teeth on either side of the gap. These teeth are known as the abutment teeth and they are the teeth that your dental bridge uses to anchor it in place.

In between these two abutment teeth, your dentist places the false teeth – which are custom designed and colored to look exactly like your natural teeth. Generally, these teeth are made of a few different materials that are chosen for their combination of performance and price. Materials often include gold, porcelain, alloys, or even a combination of materials.

On the occasion that an anchor tooth isn’t strong enough to support a bridge even with a crown, an implant can sometimes be used to support it instead.

Are you a dental patient in the Garden Grove area? If you have more questions about dental bridges – we’re here for you! Get in touch with our knowledgeable dental team and find the answers you’re looking for.

Can Non-Sugar Sweeteners Affect Your Smile? Our Garden Grove Dentists Weigh In

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For years and years, dental patients around the world have been told that “sugar is bad for your teeth”. The interesting thing is that this isn’t necessarily true.

While a diet high in sugar can hurt your teeth – it’s not actually the sugar that’s doing the damage. It’s not actually the sugar itself that’s hurting you. Instead, it’s what happens to the sugar after you eat it that can cause a problem.

Inside your mouth, there’s a constant battle between bacteria happening. To make a long story short, acids gradually leech the minerals from your teeth. It’s a process referred to be dentists known as demineralization. While this is happening though, a process called remineralization gradually replaces the minerals to help protect and strengthen your teeth.  If this tug of war falls out of balance, that’s where the dental damage happens – and unfortunately, sugar isn’t the only substance that’s to blame. When sugar (and starches) break down, they contribute to the acid that ultimately eats away at your dental enamel – which can lead to cavities. But this partly explains why those with diets high in sugar tend to experience more dental decay.

What about artificial sweeteners?

As more and more patients begin to understand how sugars can influence their dental health (and their waistlines), they also begin to make smarter substitutions for sugar. This has lead to many patients wondering if artificial sweeteners are better for them than plain old sugar.

When it comes to your teeth – this is almost definitely the case.  Why? Because there are generally four things required for cavities to form:

  1. A host (your tooth)
  2. Bacteria
  3. Fermentable sugars to feed the bacteria (from sugars, starches, and other compounds)
  4. Time (usually 12 to 14 days).

If you’re missing one of the above – decay generally can’t occur. Because artificial sweeteners do not contain fermentable sugars – they can’t be used by bacteria to thrive, grow, and create the acids that ultimately contribute to the decay of your teeth.

On top of this, some of the artificial sweeteners that people use to add to their food can even protect the teeth by aiding good bacterias in the mouth.

A word of warning

Our dentists in Garden Grove do have one important word of warning about artificial sweeteners, though. Just because a drink contains artificial sweeteners doesn’t mean it’s good for your teeth. Drinks like soft-drinks still remain high in acid.

 

Why Your Teeth Have Faint, White Lines on Them (and what they mean)

Alternatives to root canal treatment for a healthy, natural looking smile

Alternatives to root canal treatment for a healthy, natural looking smile

Have you ever looked in the mirror to notice faint white lines on your teeth? More often than not, what you’re looking at are craze lines. And even though they’re faint – once you notice them they’re often hard not to notice. But you shouldn’t be too worried.

Craze lines are vertical cracks in your teeth that are caused by a number of different factors ranging from stress to the tooth, an uneven bite, grinding of your teeth, and even certain piercings that can come into contact with your teeth. To put it short, stresses to your teeth can ultimately contribute to dental craze lines. Fortunately – our dentists in Garden Grove have some tips to help.

What you can do about craze lines

Remember: craze lines aren’t something you should get too worried about. While they are technically cracks, they do not weaken your teeth. On top of this, your enamel does a great job at supporting itself and should resist future cracks. When you should talk to your dentist about craze lines is if you start to notice that the cracks are getting bigger or more noticeable.

Tips to reduce and prevent craze lines

  • Reduce foods that contribute to staining like coffee, red wine, soft drinks (colored), and teas
  • Brush after meals
  • Refrain from smoking and tobacco products

Having a hard time getting rid of craze lines? Another option is in-office dental whitening. Over the years, our dentists in Garden Grove have helped countless patients minimize and even cover-up craze lines for much more confident smiles.

Whitening in the dentist’s office can improve the whiteness of your teeth by multiple shades. The best part, is that you can often notice results in as few as one treatment. For more on teeth whitening, it’s benefits, and a list of FAQ’s we frequently receive about teeth whitening, see our recent post: ”

Why Are Dentists in Garden Grove Frequently Recommend In-Office Whitening