How dental implants from your dentists in Milford, MA, can give you back your smile
Are you missing teeth or need a denture replacement? If so, you need to learn about dental implants! The truth is, dental implants are the closest replacement to your natural teeth, in both feel and functionality. Here at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA, Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian offer dental implants to give you back your smile.
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So, what’s so special about dental implants? Well, they offer many benefits that can’t be matched by dental bridges, partials, or full dentures. Consider these important advantages that dental implants provide:
- A naturally beautiful look, because dental implant crowns are made of materials that look just like natural tooth enamel, so your dental implants will be virtually indistinguishable from natural teeth
- Complete stability, because dental implants are fully embedded and surrounded by bone, so they will never move around
- Great oral health, because you brush and floss dental implants just like natural teeth, so it’s easy to keep your smile healthy
- Outstanding convenience, because you never have to remove dental implants, they are a permanent part of your smile
- Long-term beauty, because the dental implant crown material resists staining, meaning that your new dental implants will stay beautiful for years
Dental implants also help maintain bone, because your body grows more bone to fuse with the dental implant and lock it in place. More bone means you will have less facial sagging and a firmer jawline.
Implants can also replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth, with the latter being achieved through how implants are able to support dentures.
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Find out how dental implants can give you an outstanding smile by calling Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian at Milford Dental Group in Milford, MA. Dial (508) 966-7923 now!
Unlike our primitive ancestors, our teeth have it relatively easy. Human diets today are much more refined than their counterparts from thousands of years ago. Ancient teeth recovered from those bygone eras bear that out, showing much more wear on average than modern teeth.
Even so, our modern teeth still wear as we age—sometimes at an accelerated rate. But while you can't eliminate wearing entirely, you can take steps to minimize it and preserve your teeth in your later years. Here are 3 things you can do to slow your teeth's wearing process.
Prevent dental disease. Healthy teeth endure quite well even while being subjected to daily biting forces produced when we eat. But teeth weakened by tooth decay are more susceptible to wear. To avoid this, you should practice daily brushing and flossing to remove disease-causing dental plaque. And see your dentist at least twice a year for more thorough dental cleanings and checkups.
Straighten your bite. A poor bite, where the top and bottom teeth don't fit together properly, isn't just an appearance problem—it could also cause accelerated tooth wear. Having your bite orthodontically corrected not only gives you a new smile, it can also reduce abnormal biting forces that are contributing to wear. And don't let age stop you: except in cases of bone deterioration or other severe dental problems, older adults whose gums are healthy can undergo orthodontics and achieve healthy results.
Seek help for bruxism. The term bruxism refers to any involuntary habit of grinding teeth, which can produce abnormally high biting forces. Over time this can increase tooth wear or weaken teeth to the point of fracture or other severe damage. While bruxism is uncommon in adults, it's still a habit that needs to be addressed if it occurs. The usual culprit is high stress, which can be better managed through therapy or biofeedback. Your dentist can also fashion you a custom guard to wear that will prevent upper and lower teeth from wearing against each other.
If you would like more information on minimizing teeth wear, 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 “How and Why Teeth Wear.”
"Mom, my tooth hurts" isn't something you look forward to hearing your child say. But tooth pain is as common as other childhood ailments, so you may have to face it. Here are a few simple steps to make it easier.
First, ask your child where in the mouth it hurts and, if they can, tell you how long it's been hurting. Children's memories aren't always accurate, but you can still get a general idea that you can communicate with your dentist if you take them in.
Next, look in their mouth for anything out of the ordinary: gum swelling or bleeding, or dark spots on the teeth indicative of tooth decay. Look also for hard food particles like popcorn kernels caught between the teeth, which could be causing the pain. Gently floss between the teeth (even if you can't see anything) to remove any caught particles.
You'll also want to help ease their pain. You can apply an ice pack against the painful side of the jaw. Don't place ice directly on the skin, but use a container or cloth alternately against the jaw for a minute or so, and then away for a minute. You can also give them a dose of mild pain reliever like ibuprofen or acetaminophen appropriate for their age and weight—but never rub aspirin or other pain relievers on the gums, which tend to be acidic and can burn the skin.
Finally, you'll need to decide if you need to see a dentist and how soon. It might not be necessary with situations like the trapped food particles, but most of the time it's wise to have your dentist perform an examination for an accurate diagnosis and appropriate treatment. As to how soon, try to see the dentist immediately if the pain has continued from one day to the next or has kept your child up overnight. Otherwise, book an appointment for as soon as the dentist advises, even if the pain subsides.
A toothache at any age is never pleasant, but especially for children. Knowing these steps will help ease their discomfort and get them the relief and treatment they need.
If you would like more information on dental care for children, 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 “A Child's Toothache: Have a Dental Exam to Figure out the Real Cause.”
On the big screen, Australian-born actress Margot Robbie may be best known for playing devil-may-care anti-heroes—like Suicide Squad member Harley Quinn and notorious figure skater Tonya Harding. But recently, a discussion of her role in Peter Rabbit proved that in real life, she’s making healthier choices. When asked whether it was hard to voice a character with a speech impediment, she revealed that she wears retainers in her mouth at night, which gives her a noticeable lisp.
“I actually have two retainers,” she explained, “one for my bottom teeth which is for grinding my teeth, and one for my top teeth which is just so my teeth don't move.”
Clearly Robbie is serious about protecting her dazzling smile. And she has good reasons for wearing both of those retainers. So first, let’s talk about retainers for teeth grinding.
Also called bruxism, teeth grinding affects around 10 percent of adults at one time or another, and is often associated with stress. If you wake up with headaches, sore teeth or irritated gums, or your sleeping partner complains of grinding noises at night, you may be suffering from nighttime teeth grinding without even being aware of it.
A type of retainer called an occlusal guard is frequently recommended to alleviate the symptoms of bruxism. Typically made of plastic, this appliance fits comfortably over your teeth and prevents them from being damaged when they rub against each other. In combination with stress reduction techniques and other conservative treatments, it’s often the best way to manage teeth grinding.
Orthodontic retainers are also well-established treatment devices. While appliances like braces or aligners cause teeth to move into better positions, retainers are designed to keep teeth from moving—helping them to stay in those positions. After active orthodontic treatment, a period of retention is needed to allow the bite to stabilize. Otherwise, the teeth can drift right back to their old locations, undoing the time and effort of orthodontic treatment.
So Robbie has the right idea there too. However, for those who don’t relish the idea of wearing a plastic appliance, it’s often possible to bond a wire retainer to the back surfaces of the teeth, where it’s invisible. No matter which kind you choose, wearing a retainer can help keep your smile looking great for many years to come.
If you have questions about teeth grinding or orthodontic retainers, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Grinding” and “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers.”
Get the smile you’ve always dreamed about thanks to dental veneers.
Do you wish you felt more confident in your appearance but your smile is holding you back? Are you dealing with dental imperfections that make you embarrassed by your smile? If so, our Milford, MA, dentists Dr. Peyman Beigi and Dr. Nina Raeisian offer porcelain veneers to hide these imperfections and to give you a smile that you feel more confident showing off.
Veneers are a fast and easy approach to getting a more beautiful and perfect smile. These customized porcelain shells are designed to mimic the look of real tooth enamel. They are then bonded to the front surface of your teeth to alter the appearance of your smile. Each veneer is precisely shaped to fit your teeth.
What cosmetic dentist issues can veneers improve?
There is a wide range of dental issues that could greatly benefit from getting veneers. You may want to consider getting dental veneers if you are dealing with:
- Discolorations (particularly severe stains and ones resistant to teeth whitening)
- Chips and cracks
- Worn or uneven teeth
- Malformed teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
Veneers can be a simpler and faster treatment option than dental crowns or orthodontic treatment for improving your smile. For one, dental crowns require a significant amount of tooth enamel to be removed prior to placing the crown. With veneers, a very small amount of enamel is shaved off of the front of your teeth before veneers can be placed.
Furthermore, veneers have the ability to give you a straighter smile, which can be wonderful news for those dealing with minor misalignments such as gaps between teeth, crowding or minor overlapping. This means that instead of wearing braces for up to a year or more, you could fix your misaligned smile in as little as 2 or 3 visits with dental veneers.
Milford Dental Group is dedicated to providing comprehensive dental care to patients in Milford, MA. If you want to discuss getting porcelain veneers with us then call our office today at (508) 966-7923 to schedule an evaluation.
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