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By Dr. Constance Smith
October 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Dental implants can restore your smile.dental implants

When people lose a permanent tooth they often think that there is no way they will ever get their smile back. Don’t feel defeated just yet. Our Jackson, MI, dentists Dr. Constance Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz can get your smile back on track with a restoration known as a dental implant.

What is a dental implant?

When you lose a tooth you also lose the roots of the tooth. While it might not seem like it, the roots are actually an important part of your oral health. The roots are what stimulate the jawbone to help preserve it. Without this stimulation, the jawbone will start to deteriorate, which can lead to structural changes in the face and even premature aging. An implant, which is a tiny metal post, is designed to take over the role of your tooth roots to prevent jawbone deterioration and to become a foundation from which to support the artificial tooth.

What makes someone a good candidate for dental implants?

If you are an adult dealing with tooth loss then chances are pretty good that implants could be a viable option for you. Of course, here are some factors that will help determine whether this is the right restoration for you:

You’re in good health

This means that both your oral health and general health are excellent. Sure, you may have lost a tooth but if you are dealing with untreated gum disease, this is an issue that needs to be treated beforehand.

You aren’t a smoker

Smokers are far more likely to deal with implant failure than a non-smoker. Therefore, if you are currently a smoker you’ll want to quit the habit for good if you want to be a good candidate for implants. Our Jackson, MI, general dentists can help you determine the best options for quitting smoking for good. Not only will this reduce your risk of implant failure but it will also reduce your risk of other dental problems associated with smoking.

You have a healthy jawbone

Since some bone loss is common in those with tooth loss (particularly those who haven’t sought treatment right away) it’s important that we determine the density of the jawbone to make sure that it can truly support an implant. Taking a series of X-rays will help us determine the health of your jawbone. If there is significant bone loss this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t get implants; however, bone grafting surgery may be recommended beforehand to help rebuild the jawbone so that it can support the implant.

Don’t let tooth loss affect your self-esteem and health. Turn to the dental implant experts in Jackson, MI, who can help you regain a healthy smile. Call us today to schedule your initial consultation.

By Dr. Constance Smith
August 01, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Approximately 120 million people in the US have lost at least one permanent tooth, states the American College of Prosthodontists. Are denturesyou 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.

By Dr. Constance Smith
October 25, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Know how to keep your dentures looking and feeling their best for years.

Dentures have certainly come a long way over the centuries and with modern dentistry being as advanced as it is, dentures are denturesbecoming more and more of a reliable way to replace all or most of your missing teeth. Of course, once you get dentures from our Jackson, MI dentist, Dr. Smith and Dr. Liskiewicz, you’ll want to know how to care for them properly to maintain them for many years. Here are some helpful tips for how to keep your dentures feeling their best.

  1. Be sure to always clean dentures after mealtimes. Every time you eat you leave food behind, so make sure to thoroughly but gently rinse out your dentures to dislodge food and other debris from your new teeth.
  2. Anytime you remove your dentures or handle them make sure that you do it over a large, soft towel or a sink filled with water just in case you drop your dentures. While dentures may be made from strong material, they can easily break when dropped on hard surfaces.
  3. Whenever you handle your dentures be gentle with them. After all, they are your new teeth. By being actively cautious whenever you handle your dentures you’ll be less likely to break or bend clasps or attachments.
  4. Brush dentures at least once a day with a soft-bristled toothbrush and a denture cleaner. If you aren’t sure which products to use to clean your dentures, don’t hesitate to ask our Jackson general dentists.
  5. Make sure to always take out your dentures and soak them overnight. If dentures dry out they can morph out of shape. Before bedtime place them in a denture-soaking solution while you sleep. And before you place your dentures back in your mouth in the morning, make sure you thoroughly rinse them first. These denture solutions contain chemicals that could cause burns or even vomiting if ingested.
  6. Always clean your mouth thoroughly after removing your dentures. You’ll want to brush your mouth twice a day to make sure that gums and other soft tissue remain healthy enough to support your dentures.

Whether you are looking to replace missing teeth or just get a dental checkup, turn to the dentists in Jackson, MI who can make sure that every member of your family gets the quality and unique dental care their smiles deserve.