Posts for: July, 2017
Dentures can be an effective and affordable solution for people who've lost all their teeth. With them a person can once again eat nutritiously, speak clearly and smile confidently — and with regular care they can last for years.
As part of that ongoing care, be sure you consider one important thing with your dentures: you may want to take them out at night while you sleep. If you do you'll lessen your chances of developing these 4 health problems.
Accelerated bone loss. Traditional dentures are fitted to rest securely on the gums. This, however, creates pressure on the gums and the bony ridges beneath them that can contribute to bone loss. Wearing dentures around the clock usually accelerates this process, which could eventually lead to among other problems looser denture fit and discomfort.
Bacterial and fungal growth. Microorganisms that cause oral diseases find conducive breeding spots on the underside of dentures while they're worn in the mouth. Studies have found that people who continuously wear their dentures are more likely to have bacterial plaque and oral yeast than those that don't.
Potentially dangerous infections. Bacterial and fungal growth increases your risk of oral infections that could affect more than your mouth. A recent study of elderly nursing home residents found those who wore their dentures during sleep were over twice as likely to develop serious cases of pneumonia requiring hospitalization. It's believed bacteria harbored on the dentures can pass from the mouth to the lungs as a person breathes over them while they sleep.
Blocked salivary flow. During the night our salivary flow naturally ebbs; wearing dentures while we sleep could cause denture stomatitis, in which the tissues covered by a denture (particularly along the roof of the mouth) become inflamed and infected with yeast. It's often accompanied by angular cheilitis or cracking at the corners of the mouth that becomes infected by the same yeast.
Wearing your dentures while you sleep contributes to conditions ranging from irritating to life-threatening. To prevent such problems clean your dentures as well as the rest of your mouth regularly — and talk to your dentist whether you should leave them out when you go to bed.
If you would like more information on denture care, 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 “Sleeping in Dentures.”
Could your smile benefit from what dental crowns have to offer?
You’re outside enjoying your friend’s BBQ but it’s sweltering out and you feel like a human Popsicle. You immediately reach for some ice and pop it in your mouth and start crunching. Oh no! Now you are dealing with a chipped front tooth that not only looks embarrassing but also has really damaged your tooth. Who would have thought that the smallest of things could actually damage strong tooth enamel? Fortunately, our Winter Park, FL, dentist Dr. Edgar Acuña has just the answer for treating this problem.
When is a dental crown recommended?
There are many scenarios in which our Winter Park cosmetic dentist may determine that a dental crown could improve your smile including:
- To protect and preserve the crown of a weak or damaged tooth (teeth can be weakened by decay, infection or trauma)
- To improve the shape and appearance of a cosmetically disfigured tooth
- To support a dental bridge (to replace one or more missing teeth in a row)
- To support and preserve a tooth when a dental filling isn’t enough
- To cover over a dental implant to replace a missing tooth
A dental crown is custom-made to fit over a tooth to become the new and often stronger outer layer to prevent further damage from happening to your tooth. Of course, a crown can be used for strictly cosmetic reasons. Maybe you have severe stains and discolorations that even professional teeth whitening can’t tackle. If that’s the case, our dentist may recommend a dental crown.
If a tooth is also malformed or worn down due to teeth grinding a crown may improve the overall shape of the tooth while also protecting it from damage caused by teeth grinding or jaw clenching.
How is a crown placed?
Since no two smiles are exactly the same, the restoration you get should be just as unique as your smile. This means that a dental crown should be custom-made to fit over your tooth. So before you ever get your restoration we will need to prepare the tooth by reshaping it so the crown can fit over it. Then impressions will need to be taken.
These oral impressions will be necessary for the lab to design a crown that fits just right. In the meantime, a temporary crown will be placed over the tooth while waiting for the permanent crown to be made. Then you’ll come back to our office one last time to have the permanent crown fitted, adjusted and then cemented into place.
If you think your smile could benefit from getting a dental crown then it’s time you called Acuña Dentistry in Winter Park, FL, to take care of your smile and get your oral health back on track.
Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.
First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.
Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?
Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.
Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.
So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.