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Why Should I Switch to Implant Supported Dentures?

Though some patients who choose implant supported dentures are receiving dentures for the first time, many of our patients at Beautiful Smiles are choosing implant supported dentures as an upgrade from traditional dentures. By using a number of strategically placed dental implants, our dentist can secure a custom-made denture to the implants for a precise and comfortable fit. In addition to superior functionality, implant supported dentures can also provide a more natural-looking alternative for patients seeking to improve the beauty of their smile.

Traditional dentures are associated with many inconveniences, including: slippage along the gum line; irritation or discomfort; and messy adhesives that may not always be successful at keeping the dentures in place. Since implant supported dentures are fixed into place by titanium posts, they can offer unparalleled stability without the need for adhesives. Additionally, this advanced restorative dentistry technique has been shown to reduce bone loss compared to traditional dentures or bridges. However, perhaps the most important benefit our patients have enjoyed with implant supported dentures is an improved ability to speak and chew with ease, comfort, and confidence.

To discover if you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures, please contact our office today to schedule a consultation.

Am I a Candidate for Implant Supported Dentures?

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Dental implants have changed the way cosmetic dentists approach replacing missing teeth. With exceptional stability, functionality, and aesthetics, dental implants have quickly become one of the most popular restorative procedures at Beautiful Smiles. With that in mind, not all patients are good candidates for dental implants, and there are also those who simply want an alternative to traditional dentures that doesn’t require a full set of dental implants. Fortunately, implant supported dentures can offer an effective solution with many of the same advantages as dental implants.

The first step to determining candidacy for implant supported dentures is an oral exam. During this exam, Dr. Harold A. Pollack will review your medical history, take x-rays, and carefully discuss your goals and expectations. Dr. Pollack can recommend which tooth replacement options may be best suited for you.

Ideal candidates for implant supported dentures will have sufficient jawbone density to receive the implants, have healthy gums, and be in good overall health. Implant supported dentures are a popular choice for both patients who have never had dentures before and those who currently have traditional dentures but are seeking an upgrade.

To learn if you are a good candidate for implant supported dentures, or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Pollack, please contact Beautiful Smiles today.

Early Care for Children’s Baby Teeth

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Babies typically begin to start teething between six months and one year of age. Once they turn three, most children have a full set of baby teeth. Even though these primary teeth will later fall out and be replaced with permanent teeth, it is no less vital to care for them as though they will always be there. Baby teeth serve a very important purpose in your child’s development: they help with chewing, speaking, and smiling, while acting as placeholders in the jaws for the permanent teeth that will erupt later in childhood. Without good early dental care and solid oral hygiene routines, the risk is greater that problems with baby teeth may lead to dental and orthodontic issues sometime down the road.

Your child’s first pediatric dental care appointment will serve to check for general dental concerns such as cavities, as well as to demonstrate some of the best ways to clean your child’s teeth. As they grow, our dentist can continue to monitor their dental health, isolate any potential problems as early as possible, and provide you with further education as to how to transition your child into developing their own good oral hygiene routines. We can also talk with you about preventive care options such as cleanings, fluoride treatments, and dental sealants (a common treatment for children that can help ward against cavities for years once their permanent teeth start to come in).

Here at Beautiful Smiles, our dentist and his compassionate team of dental professionals place a high priority on providing children with the most comfortable experience possible – we even offer a number of amenities to make your child’s dental visit both educational and fun. If you would like more information on our dental care services for children, or if you would like to schedule an appointment, please contact us today!

Dental Care for Expectant Mothers

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Do you have a baby on the way? If so, don’t forget to maintain a routine dental check-up schedule and diligent prenatal dental care. Good oral health habits are not only important for your own teeth, they are vital to reduce the risk that your child will develop tooth decay or poor enamel as their teeth form under the gums during pregnancy. Many routine procedures, such as teeth cleanings and even fillings, can still be accomplished while you are pregnant. Plus, our experienced dentist, Dr. Harold A. Pollack, can evaluate any pregnancy-related dental concerns you may be having and formulate a treatment plan.

Remember that, while many expectant mothers go the entire nine months with no dental issues, others may experience some pregnancy-related oral concerns. Hormonal changes during pregnancy can lead to “pregnancy gingivitis,” which can cause gum inflammation and serious periodontal disease if left untreated.

Overall, it’s best to let dentists know if you are currently pregnant, and to inform them of any medications (both prescription and over-the-counter) you are taking. Dental check-ups can be performed safely and effectively for you and your baby, and maintaining good oral health is vital to helping you maintain good general health!

Gum Disease May be Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease

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Periodontal disease (gum disease) has been linked to a range of overall health issues, including stroke, heart disease, adverse pregnancy outcomes, and other conditions. Recently, a study by the University of Southampton and King’s College London found a correlation between gum disease and Alzheimer’s disease. The research looked at 59 patients who were diagnosed with mild to moderate dementia. Individuals in the study who also had periodontitis were found to have a six-fold increase in the rate of cognitive decline over a period of six months when compared to those who did not have periodontitis.

The Alzheimer’s Society says that the study was “small” and that it’s still not clear whether gum disease was the cause of the greater decline or the effect of Alzheimer’s patients who have a reduced ability to maintain good oral hygiene as the disease gets worse. However, the organization notes that, if the link is proven true, good oral health may be a way to slow the progression of dementia.

Our experienced dentist, Dr. Harold A. Pollack, offers a range of preventive and general dental care options that include treatments for gum disease. It is very important to have regular dental check-ups to identify gum disease in its earliest stage. It is also critical to schedule an appointment at the first signs of possible gum disease, which include gums that are red, painful, bleeding, or receding, and teeth that feel loose. Gum disease is a treatable condition that can lead to serious oral health problems and an increased risk of developing life-threatening systemic health conditions. With treatment, many of these risks can be reduced.