Implants vs. Bridges: Know The Facts

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In this blog post from Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX, we’re going to talk about dental bridges, and how they stack up against dental implants.

While dental bridges have restored smiles for generations, they are not without drawbacks. One is keeping them clean. Many people find it all but impossible to keep the small areas around and under the bridge clean. This is not surprising, because it can be hard to get toothbrush bristles or dental floss under the bridge.

Of course, harmful bacteria has no trouble moving in and taking over without you even knowing it. When the decay reaches the roots of the surrounding teeth, it is not only painful, you are at risk of losing those teeth.

That is one reason why a dental implant is superior to a dental bridge. Most people with missing teeth are viable candidates for implants. A dental implant is a metal post screwed directly into the jaw bone. The post goes where the tooth root used to be.

Dental implants do not have the same decay risk as the teeth that anchor dental bridges. They must be brushed and flossed, but this is not much different than cleaning a natural tooth.

To find out whether dental implants are right for you, please visit us at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX to find out. We offer this and other restorative dentistry options, and patients from Royse City, Backland, Heath, and Fate also come to our practice for general and cosmetic dentistry. Contact us today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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9 Tips For Preventing Gum Disease

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Unfortunately, periodontitis (advanced gum disease) is very common. But completely preventable.

Here’s some simple ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy.

If you keep your teeth and gums healthy, you will only need to visit the dentist for cleanings and checkups. Not major treatment.

1. Brush for two to three minutes, at least twice a day, with fluoridated toothpaste. Be sure to brush along the gumline. Clean away the particles of food Don’t brush too hard, but be thorough. Scrubbing your gums aggressively can be painful and is a BIG don’t.

2. Floss daily to remove plaque from places your toothbrush can’t reach. Don’t like to floss? Try a floss holder, which makes it much simpler to insert floss between teeth. But get over your aversion to flossing, unless you want cavities or gum disease.

3. Although not a substitute for brushing and flossing, using a mouth rinse can prevent plaque accumulation and keep your enamel strong. Remember that fluoride mouth rinses are not the same as mouthwashes. Mouthwashes have alcohol and are designed to freshen breath. (But they can worsen dry mouth which can cause other problems.)

4. Eat a healthy diet. Starchy and sugary foods increase plaque. A nutritious diet provides the nutrients necessary (Vitamins A and C, in particular) to keep teeth and gums healthy.

5. Avoid cigarettes and smokeless tobacco, which may result in gingivitis (gum disease) or oral cancer. While you’re at it, avoid E-cigs and vapors.

6. Be aware that certain medications can also threaten a healthy smile. These include oral contraceptives, antidepressants and heart medicines. If your medications are affecting your dental health, speak with dentist Williamson.

7. Exercise preventive care and schedule regular examinations — the best way to detect early signs of gum disease and make a plan to reverse it.

8. Talk to your dentist about dental health topics such as old, broken fillings or crowded teeth.

9. If you grind your teeth, talk to dentist Williamson about ways to safeguard your teeth.

Listed above are nine simple ways to ensure your teeth don’t decay, or worse, fall out completely. It’s crucial to brush your teeth in the morning and at night. Bonus points for brushing and/or rinsing after lunch. Daily dental hygiene also keeps your breath fresh. Your friends, family, and co-workers will appreciate that.

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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How Bright Can You Shine?

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Hello! Do you want brighter, whiter teeth? Most people notice their teeth dull as the years go by. But foods, drinks, and even mouthwashes can stain teeth at any age.

OTC tooth whitening products like kits, strips, or toothpaste may slightly lighten stains, but for a truly remarkable smile, see Karen Williamson!

If you have dental veneers, bonding, or bridges, teeth whitening bleach will not affect the stains and your whitened natural teeth may make your dental work look even duller in comparison. At Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A, we can advise you about new dental work, including veneers or bondings, if these have discolored with age.

Remember, anything that can stain a white t-shirt can stain teeth.

Brushing after meals can help prevent staining. But immediately after consuming acidic foods or drinks, just rinse your mouth with water. Brushing before the acids are neutralized or washed away can erode enamel.

In-office teeth whitening takes about an hour and bleaches teeth to a whiter-than-ever brilliance. Professional take-home whitening kits are also available at Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A and can produce wonderful results over time.

For more specifics about a younger and brighter smile, contact our friendly dental team for a smile brightening consultation today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants And Dental Bridges

Rockwall Dental Implants and Dental BridgesTooth replacement has been a highly requested dental service at Karen E Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. When our patients want information about tooth restoration, we usually tell them about fixed (or traditional) dental bridges and dental implants.

A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth—called a pontic—is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the extracted tooth.

Dental Implants Replace the Root and Crown

Dental implants are also popular and can often be a better choice. A dental implant includes a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then affixed. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields extraordinary results.

Preserving Facial Contour

Both of these tooth replacements maintain or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, as well.

Dental implants and bridges are among the restorative dentistry procedures available at Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall TX. Other services include complete family dentistry. Call for an appointment today!

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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Bridging The Gap

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Do you have a missing tooth that detracts from your otherwise pleasing smile? Let Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A in Rockwall fill the gap with a dental bridge.

A dental bridge could be the perfect solution for your missing tooth. A traditional dental bridge consists of one or more artificial teeth called pontics that are held in place by abutments (also called crowns). The abutments are cemented into place on either side of the missing tooth’s gap.

One drawback to the traditional bridge is that the enamel must be removed from the two supporting teeth, in order to make room for the abutments. That means these teeth will always have to be covered by a crown in order to protect them.

There are a couple of other types of bridges, aside from the traditional dental bridge:

  • Cantilever bridge. Similar to a traditional bridge, these only attach on one side of the gap.
  • Maryland bridge. A more conservative type of bridge, these are held in place by a metal or porcelain frame, which is bonded to the backs of the two teeth by the gap.
  • Implant-supported bridege. This type of bridge is supported by a dental implant. Because of this, they are more secure than the other types.

At Karen E. Williamson DDS PA in Rockwall, we work closely with you to be sure that your dental bridge is best for you, and is an exact fit. We also offer family dentistry. Schedule an appointment with us today.

Contact Karen E Williamson D.D.S., P.A:

469-402-0024

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

560 W Ralph Hall Pkwy, Rockwall, TX
Rockwall, Texas
75032

 

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