• Misaligned and Crooked Teeth: Its Consequences on Your Oral Health

    If you have crooked teeth, then you are already aware of some of the difficulties they present on a daily basis. Struggling to clean between them is often the biggest challenge. Below are issues you may experience if your teeth remain crooked, damaged or misaligned.

    Risk Of Decay

    When teeth are out of alignment or tightly crowded together, it is very difficult to thoroughly clean away all food particles. Unfortunately, this means that the bacteria left behind greatly increases your risk of tooth decay.

    Gum Disease

    As plaque continues to build up between teeth that are crooked, you become increasingly vulnerable to gingivitis. Gum disease, as it is commonly called, seems harmless at first, and this causes many people to miss or disregard these early warning signs. Specifically, you might have bleeding gums, or gums that are bright red in color instead of a healthy shade of pink.

    If allowed to progress, this infection becomes a more serious problem known as periodontal disease. This can have some serious outcomes, including:

    • Persistent bad breath
    • Bright red, swollen and tender gums
    • Painful chewing
    • Loose teeth
    • Receding gums

    TMJ Disorder

    Problems begin to develop when the body subconsciously tries to force your teeth back into alignment again through bruxism, or teeth grinding. Over time, repetitive behavior that places ongoing extra pressure on your joints can result in a host of new physical problems, most notably a jaw joint disorder called TMJ. Here are a few commonly seen symptoms:

    • Popping, clicking jaw joints
    • Severe, chronic headaches
    • Ringing in the ears
    • Facial muscle spasms
    • Dizziness
    • Neck and back pain

    Consultation

    If you would like to learn more about how crooked teeth can impact your oral health and what treatment options might be best for you, book a consultation with Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at 401-237-4324.

    Dentists at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry

  • Dental Implants: A Better Alternative to Tooth-Supported Bridges

    People who are missing one or more teeth experience a change in the way they look, eat and speak. Fortunately, there are easy and affordable solutions to fix this problem. A dental implant or dental bridge can both be effective, but it is up to patients to decide which option is right for them.

    Longevity – Dental implants are designed to last a lifetime. Bridges are an alternative option for those in need of replacement teeth, but with a much shorter life expectancy than implants, typically requiring replacement about every ten years.

    Cost-Effectiveness – Dental implants have a much better long-term prognosis, they are more cost-effective than the alternative option of a bridge which, again, is expected to require replacement after ten years.

    Bone Preservation Dental implants are essentially substitute tooth roots, they provide the same function as natural tooth roots. Dental implants help stimulate jawbone growth so your bone does not atrophy. Bridges do not offer this same benefit. In fact, if you replace a front tooth with a tooth supported bridge, eventually the gums and bone above the replacement tooth will collapse.

    Health Of Adjacent Teeth – Implant restorations do not involve adjacent teeth, whereas bridges compromise the long-term health of adjacent teeth by removing the enamel and placing additional forces on them.

    Esthetics And Function – With dental implants, your replacement teeth will appear and function more like natural teeth, with greater comfort and confidence when smiling, speaking, and eating. Dental implants preserve bone and prevent deterioration of the facial structures.

    Oral Hygiene and Maintenance – Implant supported crowns can be cleaned like natural teeth, oral hygiene and care are easier and more convenient in comparison to the cleaning and care of bridges. Bridges are not as easy to clean leaving them more susceptible to decay, root canals, and gum problems.

    If you are interested in learning more about dental implants or the dental implant procedure, please do not hesitate to contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at (401) 237-4324.

    Dentists at Maple Avenue Family Dentistry

  • Veneers vs. Dental Implants: What is the Difference?

    If your smile needs some work, with damaged, decayed or missing teeth negatively effecting your appearance, you have likely discovered that there are multiple options available in terms of dental restoration. The variety of options can be confusing, making it difficult to decide which treatment option is best for your dental needs. Among the most popular options offered today for dental restoration are veneers and dental implants.

    Veneers

    Veneers offer patients an immediately effective cosmetic solution to stained, uneven, or otherwise esthetically displeasing teeth. These ultra-thin teeth are actually laid over the surface of your existing teeth. Veneers offer patients a natural looking solution to their cosmetic dentistry issues, without having to go through years of orthodontic treatment, whitening procedures, and more.

    Dental Implants

    Dental implant restoration replaces diseased, decayed, damaged or missing teeth by surgically placing a tiny titanium implant into the jawbone, which will bond with the bone tissue much like a natural tooth root. Once that bonding process is complete, the implant is restored with an artificial tooth that looks, feels and functions like a healthy natural tooth.

    Veneers Vs. Dental Implants For Smile Restoration

    As you can see by the very different applications of each of these options, while both can provide a beautiful smile, they are by no means interchangeable. Veneers are primarily used to cover unsightly teeth that are still functional, fairly healthy and expected to remain that way for some time.

    Dental implants, on the other hand, are used to replace teeth that are decayed or damaged to the point that they cannot be saved. While veneers may camouflage such problems temporarily, dental implants can provide a much healthier and more permanent solution.

    If you have questions about dental veneers or dental implants, please contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at (401) 247-2200.

  • Is Bruxism a Risk Factor for Dental Implants?

    Dental implants are an increasingly popular way to permanently and securely replace missing teeth. With optimum care, dental implants can last a lifetime. There are, however, some situations that can significantly diminish your dental implant’s life span. Bruxism is one habit that can critically damage your dental implants. By understanding bruxism and what it can do, you can better care for your dental implants and enjoy more long lasting success.

    What Is Bruxism?

    This is a condition characterized by the unconscious clenching and grinding together of your teeth, most often at night while you are asleep. Tooth grinding can be damaging to your natural teeth, wearing them down over time and causing cracks and more serious damage.

    Can Bruxism Hinder The Success Of My Dental Implants?

    Bruxism can hinder your dental implant success rate by directly interfering with your body’s ability to recover and heal. Dental implants are titanium posts that are implanted directly into the patient’s jawbone. Over a period of months, these posts are intended to fuse with the jawbone through a physiological process called osseointegration. Teeth grinding, however, can exert excess pressure and movement to these implants on a nightly basis. This can prevent the implants from properly integrating with the jawbone, leading to implant failure.

    Can I Still Get Dental Implants If I Grind My Teeth?

    Depending on the severity of your bruxism issues, it may still be possible to have dental implants placed. If your tooth grinding is mild to moderate, your dentist may be able to fit you with a custom mouth guard to wear at night that can help to guard your teeth and dental implants against damage.

    Learn More About Dental Implants

    Dental implants can dramatically improve your quality of life and restore confidence. Do not let grinding your teeth hold you back. If you would like to learn more about dental implants and find out if you are a candidate, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Contact Maple Avenue Family Dentistry today at (401) 247-2200.