Archive for September, 2017
There are times when your smile needs help from two different dental specialists, an orthodontist and an implants dentist. Such patients may find that they have crooked, gapped or misaligned teeth as well as one or more missing teeth. Undergoing orthodontic treatment and getting a dental implant are both complex procedures. If you find yourself in need of both, it is common to ask, “which one first?”.
It is generally recommended that patients complete all of their orthodontic treatment before getting a dental implant. The premise for this order is based on the fact that dental implants don’t move like natural teeth. Orthodontics are designed to shift or move your teeth into their ideal position to create better spacing and harmony within your bite. However, once dental implants are implanted and fuse to the jawbone, they do not budge. Therefore, a dental implant before orthodontics could compromise ideal treatment goals. continue reading
If you have a dry mouth, you know what a disruption it can be to your everyday comfort. A dry mouth may make it hard to swallow, eat and even speak. But did you know that saliva plays a critical role in your oral health too? It is needed to rinse away food debris and bacteria as well as neutralize acids in your mouth after you eat and drink. Patients with dry mouth, also called xerostomia, are subject to a number of dental health problems, ranging from bad breath to recurrent decay. continue reading