Archive for March, 2019

Understanding All-on-Four Implant Restorations

Dental implants are often the restoration of choice for treating missing teeth. Since they are anchored directly into the jawbone, they’re a permanent solution. They look, feel, and function just like your natural teeth. Some patients may be good candidates for All-on-Four dental implants. You can talk to your dentist to find out if this might be a good choice for you.

What They Are

Just like other dental implants, All-on-Four implants replace missing teeth.The All-on-Four approach is different from regular dental implants in that it’s intended to replace a full arch of teeth. If you have all your natural teeth missing from either your bottom or upper jaw—or both—then you can restore your complete smile with just four dental implants per arch.

How They Work

The four implant posts placed at strategic intervals along the jaw to anchor a complete row of prosthetic teeth and gum tissue. With the All-on-Four approach, you don’t need to have an implant placed for every single missing tooth. The careful placement of the implant posts ensures that the bite force is distributed evenly and that the prosthetic device is stabilized.

Who Is a Good Candidate

Only your dentist can determine if you’re a good candidate for All-on-Four dental implants. They may be right for you if you have a full arch of missing teeth, or if you’re expecting to have a full arch extracted due to severe decay or damage. For any type of dental implant procedure, it’s preferable that the patient be a non-smoker in good overall health.

In the Tucson area, John R. Carson, DDS is one of the few dentists who offers All-on-Four dental implant solutions. Let us transform your smile and help you experience the renewed self-esteem and self-confidence that comes with having a beautiful, healthy smile! Get in touch today at (520) 514-7203.

How Does Pregnancy Affect Oral Health?

Pregnancy changes a woman’s body in so many ways. While the growth of the belly is the most obvious change, pregnancy can also effect change in subtler ways, such as by impacting oral health. It’s important for expecting mothers to see a dentist for preventive oral care. Getting regular checkups, exams, and cleanings can reduce the risk of the following problems.

Gingivitis

Expecting mothers are at a higher risk of developing gingivitis. This is the early stage of gum disease. The risk of gingivitis may be attributed to the dramatic rise in progesterone levels. Progesterone is a hormone that can encourage the growth of bacteria, which can cause gingivitis. You can reduce your risk by brushing two to three times daily with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Floss at least once per day with traditional floss, and consider adding a water flosser to your routine as well. If you notice any gum swelling, bleeding, or tenderness, see your dentist right away.

Granulomas

Granulomas typically affect women in their second trimester. They are benign, red growths on the gum tissue. Usually, women will find them on the upper gum tissue. It’s possible for the granulomas to bleed and crust over. Women who have gingivitis during pregnancy are at a higher risk of developing granulomas too. Although the granulomas will go away after you give birth, they may cause discomfort, or interfere with speaking or eating. If so, your dentist may remove them.

Enamel Erosion

Some women have severe morning sickness, while others barely experience it at all. If you develop nausea and vomiting often during your pregnancy, you may be at a higher risk of enamel erosion. This occurs when the stomach acid interacts with the teeth and erodes some of the enamel away.

For complete oral health care at all stages of life, you can turn to the dentistry office of John R. Carson, DDS. Our friendly office will help you feel at ease with any dental procedure you need. New and current patients throughout the Tucson area can call us at (520) 514-7203 to request an appointment.