Approximately 120 million people in the US have lost at least one permanent tooth, states the American College of Prosthodontists. Are you one of them? If so, you have many wonderful options to mitigate the effects tooth loss has on your personal appearance, speech, chewing and self-confidence. Your family dentists in Jackson, MI, Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz, offer state-of-the-art dentures to fill those smile gaps and restore oral function. The great fit and natural look of dentures from Constance E. Smith DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry definitely will make you smile.
Reasons to replace missing teeth
Dentures fill gaps created by one, more or all teeth when they're lost to extensive tooth decay, periodontitis (gum disease) or oral trauma from a fall, car accident or other mishap. The biggest reason to replace missing teeth is not what you may think. Yes, a smile gap is unsightly, but did you know that other facial changes happen when you lose teeth?
It's true. When you lose teeth, your jaw bone and gums deteriorate and shrink. The height of your bite collapses, altering and aging your facial features. Additionally, tooth loss adversely affects your speech and makes foods difficult to bite, chew and digest properly.
So it just makes sense to consult your family dentist about tooth replacement.
Types of dentures
Today's tried and true tooth replacement option is the denture. Either partial, replacing a few teeth, or full, replacing all the teeth, dentures mimic the appearance and performance of natural teeth. They're made from lifelike acrylic according to precise oral impressions and your family dentist's specific instructions in Jackson.
Specifically, partial dentures resemble a jigsaw puzzle piece, filling gaps on the upper or lower arch as needed. The artificial teeth, or pontics, are mounted on a metal frame and held to adjoining teeth with clasps. Dr. Smith does some enamel reduction on the supporting teeth so the clasps fit securely.
Full dentures come in a couple of different styles, and the dentist helps patients decide which kind is best for their particular situations. Immediate dentures, for instance, are placed right after tooth extraction. As gums and bones recede, however, these artificial teeth must be relined or even replaced to fit properly for the long term.
Conventional full dentures are placed after gums and bone have fully healed. These dentures offer the most precise fit and last for years. For selected patients, full dentures may be anchored with dental implants. Placed in multiples right in the jaw bone, implants create a remarkably stable foundation for both fixed or removable dentures.
Do you need dentures?
Whether you are anticipating extraction, have existing smile gaps or are a current denture wearer, consult the expert staff at Constance E. Smith DDS Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for your denture needs. You can optimize your facial appearance and oral function with the best in dental prosthetics from your family dentist in Jackson, MI. Please call the office to arrange your consultation: (517) 787-7520.
Could your smile use a little help? Jackson, MI, dentists Drs. Constance Smith and Ian Liskiewicz explain the benefits of veneers.
What are veneers?
Veneers are very thin pieces of porcelain that fit over the fronts of your teeth. They're often made of porcelain, a durable material that's strong enough to endure wear and tear. Porcelain also offers another important advantage. Because it's translucent and reflects light the same way tooth enamel does, your veneers will look completely natural. Porcelain veneers are also incredibly stain resistant. Coffee, tea, cola and other beverages and foods that stain tooth enamel won't stain veneers.
How can veneers improve my smile?
Veneers are an excellent solution if you have chips, cracks or other imperfections on the front surfaces of your teeth. They're also used to hide discolorations, whiten all of your teeth, length short teeth, close small gaps and change the shape of teeth.
What happens when I receive veneers?
In most cases, your teeth will need to be filed slightly before you receive veneers. Removing a very small amount of tooth enamel ensures that the veneers will fit properly. Dental laboratory technicians will create your veneers using impressions from your mouth. Because it will take a few weeks for the lab to finish your veneers, you'll leave our Jackson office wearing temporary veneers. Once your new veneers are ready, they'll be attached to your teeth using dental cement.
Am I a good candidate for veneers?
Dental veneers are a good choice for many people. Veneers may work for you if:
- You don't have tooth decay, gum disease or other dental issues.
- Your enamel is strong enough to support the veneers.
- You don't grind or clench your teeth. Grinding or clenching can damage the veneers. If grinding or clenching is a problem, you may still be able to receive veneers, as long as you wear a night guard while you sleep to prevent damage.
- You practice good oral hygiene. Regular brushing with a non-abrasive toothpaste maintains the appearance of your veneers.
Would you like to transform your smile with veneers? Call Jackson, MI, dentists Drs. Constance Smith and Ian Liskiewicz at (517) 787-7520 to schedule an appointment.
Knowing how to properly care for your child’s smile will be a major asset for maintaining healthy teeth and gums.
You want your child to grow up healthy and strong. You probably also want them to be able to grow up knowing how to do things like tie their shoes or wash their face. The same rules should apply for knowing how to care for their smiles. In the beginning, it will be up to you to set a precedent for how your child will maintain good oral hygiene. Our Jackson, MI, family dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz offer up some advice for teaching your child good oral habits.
Brushing Their Teeth
The sooner you start caring for your child’s oral health the better. Even before teeth erupt you should be wiping the gums with a wet cloth after each feeding. Once teeth start to come in now it’s time to brush. Here are some things to consider:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush that is designed specifically for a child. Talk to our Jackson, MI, general dentist about what kind of toothpaste to choose based on the age of your child.
- Make sure to brush your child’s teeth until they are old enough to start doing it on their own (anywhere from six to eight years old). Even once your child is old enough to brush on their own you should still monitor their brushing habits to make sure they are doing a thorough job.
- Make sure that your child is brushing at least twice a day—in the morning and at night—for at least two minutes each time.
- Replace your child’s toothbrush once the bristles begin to splay out (usually every three to four months).
Remember to Floss
Once teeth grow in next to each other it’s time to start a flossing regimen. Flossing should be performed daily, and while it’s definitely ideal to have them floss at night right before bedtime, any time that you can get them to floss their teeth is the right time to floss. Make sure they are using a new, clean section of floss for each tooth.
Visit the Dentist
Starting at the age of one, your child should start coming in every six months for routine exams and cleanings. Seeing your Jackson, MI, dentist regularly ensures that your child’s teeth and gums are healthy and that if there is a problem that it’s caught and treated quickly enough to not cause long-term damage. Children who are prone to cavities or gum disease may need to come in more often for teeth cleanings.
Do you have questions about caring for your child’s smile? Need to schedule their next appointment? Then call our Jackson, MI, family dental practice today. We will work with you to find a time that fits into your busy schedule.
Caring for your smile is crucial to its health. Find out if you have the proper habits instilled in your routine from your Jackson dentists.
In 2014 the American Dental Association found that as many as 23 percent of Americans had gone two or more days without brushing their teeth in just the previous year alone. Yuck! And about 37 percent of Americans between 18 to 24 years old have gone two or more days without brushing. This is a pretty scary statistic because this means that millions of Americans aren’t maintaining good oral hygiene. From the office of our Jackson, MI, dentists, learn more about how to up your dental care game for the long run to gain a healthier smile.
- When it comes to brushing your teeth you should be brushing at least twice a day, ideally in the morning after breakfast and again at night before bed.
- Every time you brush your teeth you should spend at least 2 minutes brushing.
- When the bristles begin to fray (usually every 3-4 month) it’s time to swap that toothbrush head out for a brand new one.
- When you brush, make sure to brush back and forth across the front surfaces of the tooth at a 45-degree angle. Angle the toothbrush vertically to clean the inner surfaces of the teeth.
- Don’t forget to brush your tongue to remove those bad breath-causing bacteria.
- Floss at least once a day. Ideally, consider flossing at bedtime before you brush your teeth (removing plaque between teeth first can help toothpaste get to more surfaces of your teeth).
- Always use a very generous amount of floss (about 18 inches). Hold the floss firmly between your fingers. Wind it around the pointer or middle fingers for more leverage.
- Slowly work floss into the crevices between teeth. Make sure the floss hugs the side of the tooth as you gently move the floss up and down to remove plaque. Also make sure to floss the gumline, as well.
- Use a new, clean section of floss for every tooth.
- Avoid sugar and processed foods as much as possible.
- If you do eat sugar make sure to rinse out your mouth or brush your teeth immediately after (unless the foods are acidic, in which case you should wait 30 minutes before brushing but do rinse your mouth with water).
- Include smile-healthy foods in your diet. This includes low-fat dairy (cheese is actually a great snack for you and your smile), fruits and vegetables, lean proteins and whole grains.
Don’t forget that visiting us for routine cleanings will also go a long way to maintaining the very best oral health. If it’s time for your six-month cleaning call our Jackson, MI, dental office today.
Stained or yellowed teeth can really drag down your appearance or make you feel self-conscious. Fortunately, there is a quick and easy solution to this very common problem. A professional teeth whitening session can boost your smile and make you feel like a million bucks. Find out more about professional teeth whitening with Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz at Connect, Create, Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jackson, MI.
Is teeth whitening right for me?
If you feel as though your yellowed or discolored smile could use a pick-me-up, you could benefit from a professional teeth whitening session. A good candidate for teeth whitening should be over the age of 18 and in generally good dental health with no tooth decay or gum disease. If you have these issues, your dentist will treat them before administering teeth whitening treatments. Unfortunately, dental restorations like veneers, crowns and bridges do not respond to whitening treatments like your natural teeth. If the surrounding natural teeth undergo a whitening treatment, it could leave your smile with an uneven hue.
Professional Whitening Sessions vs. At-Home Kits
While at-home whitening kits found at drug stores can help whiten your smile, they are not as effective as quickly as a professional whitening session. In-office whitening is monitored by your dentist, allowing for the use of heavier and more powerful whitening agents. At-home kits may take weeks or months before providing you with noticeable results while one hour-long whitening session with your dentist could dramatically lift the color of your teeth.
Professional Teeth Whitening in Jackson, MI
Teeth whitening sessions normally last around an hour and do not require any recovery time, allowing patients to go right back to their daily activities after their appointment. While a small percentage of patients do report some teeth sensitivity after treatment, it normally resolves itself within a day or so. Results of your whitening session are immediately visible, but, unfortunately, are not permanent. Most patients see their dentist once or twice a year for touch-up sessions to keep their smiles white.
For more information on professional teeth whitening, please contact Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz at Connect, Create, Smile Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Jackson, MI. Call (517) 787-7520 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!
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