20Nov

There are many options in dentistry today for missing teeth replacement. A dental bridge is just one such option, and today we explain the benefits of fixed bridges. A fixed (non-removable) bridge is durable and creates an excellent replacement for missing teeth

You’re probably most familiar with a “traditional bridge” that involves two crowns that are placed on two adjacent teeth and are then attached to an artificial tooth (pontic). This creates a “bridge” that fills the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

4 Reasons to Choose a Dental Bridge

You and the Santa Monica family dentist may decide on a fixed bridge for any of the following reasons:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Prevent drifting of remaining teeth
  • Restore ability to chew and/or speak clearly
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture
How We Place a Dental Bridge

Placement of a fixed bridge will generally require two or more visits. The two anchoring teeth will be prepared by removing a portion of enamel, allowing room for a crown. Your Santa Monica family dentist will then take an impression of your teeth. This mold is sent to a dental lab where a custom-fit bridge will be created specifically to fit your teeth and accommodate your bite. You will leave your first appointment with a temporary bridge created by your dentist.

Your second appointment takes place once the permanent bridge has been created. At this point, it will be carefully checked and adjusted to make sure it fits properly. The bridge is then permanently cemented.

At the conclusion of this visit, you receive instructions on how to properly care for your new permanent bridge. The life of your new bridge will be extended greatly by following proper brushing and flossing techniques and scheduling regular dental visits.

14Aug

Bad breath (halitosis) can be an unpleasant and embarrassing condition. All of us suffer from bad breath from time to time, especially in the morning. Some common reasons for bad breath include:

  • Poor oral hygiene
  • Periodontal (gum) disease
  • Tooth decay
  • Tobacco Use
  • Prescription medications
  • Medical conditions

Your Santa Monica family dentist wants you to be informed about the reasons for bad breath and how to eliminate it. While there may be a medical reason for chronic bad breath, there are some easy lifestyle changes you can make to minimize the risk.

Don’t smoke: While there is a multitude of reasons to quit the bad habit of smoking, one of the more obvious ones is to devoid yourself of the smell externally (clothes and body) and internally (your mouth).

Don’t eat foods with strong odors: Avoid onions and garlic, especially before or during an important business meeting or another event where you need to interact with others. Onions and garlic leave a strong odor because they contain elements that make their way into your bloodstream and travel to your lungs until you finally breathe them out.

Do floss: Flossing isn’t only necessary for your oral health to prevent cavities, but it dislodges food particles that would be otherwise stuck between your teeth, trapping bacteria and causing a distinctive odor.

Do chew sugarless gum: If you can’t brush your teeth immediately after eating, try rinsing out your mouth with water or chewing sugarless gum about 20 minutes after mealtime. Chewing stimulates saliva production, which combats bacteria and cavities that lead to bad breath.

Chronic breath is not only unpleasant, but it may also be an indication of a more serious problem like periodontal disease. Please call your  Santa Monica family dentist to arrange an appointment. You may be surprised that’s all that’s needed is a thorough dental cleaning to refresh your smile.

 

12Jun

We love treating children because we want to give them the best possible start with their oral health. Early visits with your little ones aren’t as much about treatment as they are about education.

Raising kids is hard work, and nobody expects you to be an expert in their oral health care. That’s where your Santa Monica family dentist comes in. During these early visits, our family dentist will focus on educating you about the ways you can help ensure that your child has a healthy smile.

Teaching Your Child to Brush and Floss

We will show you the best ways for you to brush and floss your child’s teeth. If you have an older child, we will include them in the conversation so that they can learn proper oral hygiene techniques. These are lessons that, when reinforced at home, will benefit your child’s oral health long into adulthood.

The Importance of Good Oral Hygiene

Good oral hygiene is essential at every age, even for children as young as a year old. The Santa Monica family dentist We want to make sure you have the information necessary to protect primary teeth because they play a very important role.

Even though they eventually fall out, baby teeth have a big job to do. They hold a place for the permanent teeth that are already developing in their gums. Losing a baby tooth too early because of decay can have serious effects on your child’s oral health.

Neighboring baby teeth start to shift position and drift into the space left by a missing tooth. Permanent teeth no longer have the space to grow in properly, leading to tooth misalignment and orthodontic treatment in the future.

Please Call to Schedule an Appointment

As your family dentsit, we're here to help your children learn the importance of optimal oral health from a young age. We will help educate you so you can make the best choices for your unique and precious child.