Avoid cigarettes, cigars, and any other tobacco products for as long as you can after the extraction. The hormone of estrogen in birth control can affect the ability of the blood clot . Also, check with your Dentist about medications you are taking that can interfere w/hormone blood clotting. Avoid drinking through a straw and spitting for the first few days. Rinse gently.
,Thumb-sucking is a natural reflex for children. However, after the permanent teeth come in, sucking may cause problems with the the proper growth of the mouth and alignment of the teeth. It can also cause changes to the roof of the mouth. Pacifiers can affect the teeth essentially the same way, but it is often an easier habit to break. Some aggressive thumb suckers may develop problems with their baby teeth.
Children usually stop sucking between the ages of 2 and 4 years old, or by the time the permanent front teeth are ready to erupt. If you notice changes in your child's primary teeth, or are concerned about your child's thumb-sucking consult your dentist.
One of the most exciting times in a young person’s life is losing that first set of “baby” teeth and moving on to a bigger and more permanent adult smile. This rite of passage doesn’t always go smoothly though, and many people retain baby teeth into adulthood.
Delayed DevelopmentAn incredible amount of growth happens from birth to age 13. So, it’s a good thing that the jaw grows quickly with the rest of the body. Sometimes, however, a person’s jaw just doesn’t develop at the correct rate and teeth become crowded as they try to make an appearance. This crowding may not allow adult teeth to come in properly, leaving baby teeth retained. Orthodontic interception is the most common way to make room for adult teeth. In some cases, baby teeth have to be removed if they don’t get loose on their own. As long as the adult teeth are all accounted for, the results are consistently great.
Something’s MissingThe process for losing baby teeth is really interesting. As adult tooth buds far under the gum line grow larger, the anchor roots of the baby teeth are dissolved completely.
This mostly painless process causes the baby teeth to become loose and pushed right out of the way. Sometimes, adult tooth buds just never develop at all. In cases like this, the baby teeth won’t get any pressure so they stay put. These situations usually call for dental implants at some point because the short roots of baby teeth were not meant to last a lifetime. They are also not as strong, so they tend to break under years of wear and tear. It’s important to recognize this and plan ahead for replacement teeth.
The first set of teeth act like space holders for future adult teeth. If your teeth develop perfectly according to eruption schedules, the 12 year molars should be coming in to replace the last set of primary teeth around the age they are named after. It’s common to have a year or two delay but anything beyond that should be evaluated by a dentist. So, adults walking around with baby teeth isn’t considered “normal,” but it is a very common occurrence and one that we can treat.
That’s a very common question and it’s one that is difficult to give a definitive yes or no answer. Although there has been no conclusive research that shows that silver mercury fillings are harmful to your health (regarding mercury leeching), In my experience we have seen a lot of problems that occur underneath these old fillings. These are problems are not easily observed from the surface or with X-Rays and is primarily to do with decay getting under the fillings and cracks in the teeth.
Silver fillings can hide decay Because silver fillings are opaque to X-Rays, it’s difficult to see a cavity under the filling until they are quite extensive. Research has shown that when you’re examining a patient with silver fillings, if you don’t use any X-Rays you can see 50% of what is going on and with a full set of X-Rays you will still only see about 80 – 85% of what’s going on. So there is 15% – 20% of cavities that we wont be able to see because the metal blocks out this damage.
In some cases, this can mean the difference between getting another filling or having to have a root canal treatment.
Silver fillings are also a factor in teeth cracking. Another factor to consider is the cracks in the teeth, which also won’t show on X-Rays at all. We see this commonly in people in their 40’s or 50’s. For instance Darryl had some fillings put in when he was in his teens and at his last hygiene appointment Robyn noted some cracks coming off those teeth. He has had some sensitivity, which means the cracks are getting deeper, and closer to the nerve and he will have to have those teeth crowned. In his case there’s no new decay there, it’s just a wear and tear issue that is unavoidable with aging.
Do tooth coloured fillings prevent teeth cracks or decay?We know from the research that silver fillings do not strengthen teeth at all. So a silver filling in a tooth, essentially acts like a wedge, and when you bite down on the filling the forces are transmitted to the remaining tooth structure. If the filling is more than about a half of the width of the tooth there is a good chance that the tooth is going to crack, break or chip. If the filling is a third of the size of the tooth it is less likely but still a risk.
Because the silver filling material was usually just packed in, there is no adhesion of the silver filling to the tooth, which we get with the tooth colored materials. This adhesion means that the chewing forces are distributed over a greater amount of tooth, making the tooth about 15 – 20% stronger with the tooth colored compared to silver filling.
The force of biting down with the chewing is also distributed across the whole tooth structure more evenly than it is with silver filling, meaning less likelihood of tooth cracking.
The complexities of horizontal and vertical teeth cracksIf you get cracked teeth, the cracks can sometimes be horizontal, which means a piece of tooth will fall off, and that looks very spectacular, but it’s usually self limiting. The real problem is when the crack is oblique or vertical (where a tooth splits in half and goes down to the nerve). This can lead to tooth abscesses, fractures into the roots and lots of other potential complications. All of this can come with little or no warning at all.
The advantage of tooth colored fillings in detecting dental problems. There is a lot of variation in the materials that tooth colored fillings are made from and how they show on X-Rays, so I can’t unequivocally say they are all better to see dental problems using X-Rays.
Where their advantage lies is that on the tooth colored fillings you can see the problems starting more easily because of staining around the edges. This means the seal between the tooth and the filling is breaking down, which is a sign that something needs to be done. With silver fillings they tarnish and corrode so its much more difficult to identify when there is a problem.
The bottom line: Replacing silver fillings depends on your dental pro activity ultimately, Whether you replace all your fillings depends on how proactive you want to be. Some patients approach is to only come to the dentist when they are in pain and this isn’t for them.
For other people their approach might be: “My teeth are more important to me and I know it’s going to be more cost effective in the long run. Yes I have to pay more upfront, but its going to be more cost effective to fix problems when they are small rather than when they are big, so I’ll do it sooner rather than waiting till it hurts.”
The different strategies for replacing silver amalgam fillings with white fillings. The strategies I have seen people use vary and there is no ‘one size fits all’. Some people will want to do everything at once and then sleep tight knowing that it’s all sorted out. Others will pick the part of their mouth that is worst and together we will break it up into sections: do the top right this year, the bottom left next year, and so on.
If you are replacing your fillings in stages I would recommend that you replace the bigger ones first as these cause more problems. If you think of your jaw like a nut cracker, you have the hinge at the back, the forces on those molar teeth are eight times the force on the incisor teeth, so those molars are always under more load. The fillings in those teeth also tend to be bigger and better at hiding or decay or causing tooth cracks.
It's probably safe to say after your denture has been mauled by your dog it won't be recovering. 9 out of 10 dog attacks result in a new denture. So here are some tips on How to Protect Your Dentures from Dogs.
It's actually fairly common for dogs to chew dentures, So how do you protect your dentures from becoming dog treats?
Clean Dentures Thoroughly
We all get tired and take our dentures out and go to bed without cleaning them, Which means they probably have pizza (from last nights dinner) residue on them, making them a tasty treat for the dog.
Making sure to brush your dentures thoroughly and soaking them in a cleaning solution will remove all food particles and ensure your dentures don’t smell appealing to your dog.
Keep Dentures out of Reach
If you have dogs, it’s important to know their limits when looking for food. Don’t assume it’s just where the dogs can reach easily. Some dogs can climb quite high on counters and tables. During the day, your dog may seem lazy, But at night they sometimes have an amazing amount of energy they can employ to get a secret “treat.”
Get Dentures That Stay in
Although removable dentures can and should be taken out every night to clean them properly and help avoid disease risks, some dentures are designed to remain in your mouth. Hybrid dentures are a form of implant dentures, have many benefits above and beyond keeping your dentures out of your dog’s reach. They can support proper airway and jaw health while you sleep, making your sleep more comfortable and restful.
Receding gums, as the name itself suggests, occurs when the gum tissue around your teeth wear away and the gums seem to recede backwards making a larger area of the surface of tooth more visible. When your gums recede, it gives rise to gaps between your teeth and gum line. This makes it easy for bacteria to build up and survive there. If you do not contain receding gums, even the root of teeth may become exposed which can then cause pain making your teeth extremely sensitive. Not only this, due to the damage caused to the supporting tissue and bone structures of your teeth, you may eventually lose teeth.
Symptoms of receding gumsAlthough gum recession is very general dental problem, most of the people suffering from it doesn’t seem to notice it timely because the process is very slow and it occurs gradually. However, if your tooth has become sensitive, you should check for receding gums because this one of the very first signs of receding gums. Also when you feel your tooth or teeth appear to be larger than earlier, immediately start treating your tooth as this is nothing but a receding gum problem. You can list the symptoms of receding gums as follows:
Causes of receding gumsReceding gums often indicate some gum disease. However, there are many more other causes of receding gums as listed here:
Dr. James L. Johnson