Posts for: March, 2017
When is the best time to floss your teeth: Morning? Bedtime? How about: whenever and wherever the moment feels right?
For Cam Newton, award-winning NFL quarterback for the Carolina Panthers, the answer is clearly the latter. During the third quarter of the 2016 season-opener between his team and the Denver Broncos, TV cameras focused on Newton as he sat on the bench. The 2015 MVP was clearly seen stretching a string of dental floss between his index fingers and taking care of some dental hygiene business… and thereby creating a minor storm on the internet.
Inappropriate? We don't think so. As dentists, we're always happy when someone comes along to remind people how important it is to floss. And when that person has a million-dollar smile like Cam Newton's — so much the better.
Of course, there has been a lot of discussion lately about flossing. News outlets have gleefully reported that there's a lack of hard evidence at present to show that flossing is effective. But we would like to point out that, as the saying goes, “Absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” There are a number of reasons why health care organizations like the American Dental Association (ADA) still firmly recommend daily flossing. Here are a few:
- It's well established that when plaque is allowed to build up on teeth, tooth decay and gum disease are bound to follow.
- A tooth brush does a good job of cleaning most tooth surfaces, but it can't reach into spaces between teeth.
- Cleaning between teeth (interdental cleaning) has been shown to remove plaque and food debris from these hard-to-reach spaces.
- Dental floss isn't the only method for interdental cleaning… but it is recognized by dentists as the best way, and is an excellent method for doing this at home — or anywhere else!
Whether you use dental floss or another type of interdental cleaner is up to you. But the ADA stands by its recommendations for maintaining good oral health: Brush twice a day for two minutes with fluoride toothpaste; visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and checkups; and clean between teeth once a day with an interdental cleaner like floss. It doesn't matter if you do it in your own home, or on the sidelines of an NFL game… as long as you do it!
Do you think you've got nothing to smile about due to problems with your teeth? Cosmetic dentistry treatments can give you the smile you deserve. Winter Park, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Outlaw, discusses a few procedures you'll want to consider.
Do you want to repair damage to your teeth or lengthen a tooth that's a little too short? Cosmetic bonding offers a relatively inexpensive way to treat these problems and is also ideal for hiding discolorations or filling in small spaces between teeth. Composite resin, a soft plastic material, is applied to your teeth to address your cosmetic issues. After the resin is exposed to a curing light, it hardens and looks just like tooth enamel.
Cosmetic resin is also used for fillings. The material is tinted to match the most common tooth shades, which means it will be impossible to tell that you ever had a filling when you open your mouth.
Tooth contouring and reshaping
Sometimes one or two teeth don't match the rest of your smile. If you would like a more uniform smile, you'll want to visit our Winter Park office for tooth contouring and reshaping treatment. Small amounts of tooth enamel are removed during the cosmetic dentistry procedure to slightly alter teeth. Contouring and reshaping is a good option if small sections of your teeth overlap or are pointed, or you want to make one tooth a little shorter.
Tooth replacement options
There's no need to live with an incomplete smile, thanks to these three effective tooth replacement options:
Bridges: Bridges replace missing teeth with a device that consists of artificial teeth attached to two crowns. Both permanent and removable bridges are available.
Dentures: Full or partial dentures improve the way you look and also restore functionality. Once you receive your dentures, eating will be a much more pleasant experience.
Dental Implants: Dental implants offer a permanent solution if you've lost teeth. Implants are designed to replace your tooth roots and gradually bond to your jawbone. They're topped with crowns and can last a lifetime with proper care.
Take advantage of one or more of these cosmetic procedures to revitalize your smile. Call Winter Park, FL, cosmetic dentist, Dr. James Outlaw, at (407) 671-6506 to schedule your visit.
What's so special about dental implants — and why should you consider one to replace a missing tooth?
Although they've only been widely available for thirty years, dental implants have climbed to the top of tooth replacement choices as the premier restorative option. Since their debut in the 1980s, dentists have placed over 3 million implants.
There's one overriding reason for this popularity: in structure and form, dental implants are the closest replacement we have to a natural tooth. In fact, more than anything else an implant is a root replacement, the part of the tooth you don't see.
The artificial root is a titanium post surgically imbedded into the jaw bone. Later we can attach a porcelain crown to it that looks just like a visible tooth. This breakthrough design enables implants to handle the normal biting forces generated in the mouth for many years.
There's also an advantage in using titanium dental implants. Because bone cells have a special affinity to the metal, they will grow and attach to the implant over time. Not only does this strengthen the implant's hold within the jaw, the added growth also helps deter bone loss, a common problem with missing teeth.
It's this blend of strength and durability that gives implants the highest success rate for any tooth replacement option. Over 95% of implants placed attain the 10-year mark, and most will last for decades.
Dental implant treatment, however, may not be possible in every situation, particularly where significant bone loss has occurred. They're also relatively expensive, although more cost-effective than other options over the long term.
Even so, implants can play an effective and varied role in a dental restoration. While single implants with attached crowns are the most common type of replacement, they can also play a supporting role with other restorative options. As few as two strategically placed implants can provide a more secure connection for removable dentures or fixed bridges.
You'll need to first undergo a thorough dental examination to see if implants could work for you. From there, we'll be happy to discuss your options for using this "best of the best" restoration to achieve a new, beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Dental Implants 101.”