What is the Problem with Teeth That Don’t Erupt?

If you have a tooth that just never erupts through your gums, that’s no big deal, right? Actually, that can be quite a big deal. A tooth that is unable to erupt can lead to problems with other teeth, and can even lead to an infection in your mouth where the tooth is stuck.

If you have teeth that are unable to erupt, you need to go in and see your dentist as soon as possible.

The sooner they can begin treating those teeth to help them erupt, the less likely you are to face long-term problems with your teeth.

When a Tooth Get Stuck, It Can Push on Everything Around It

An impacted tooth is going to keep trying to push its way out. This means that it will shove your other teeth around to erupt into your mouth. If the tooth cannot erupt simply because there is no space, this can damage the teeth around where it wants to come in. However, if the tooth is coming in at the wrong angle, this can be a lot more problematic.

Many impacted, or stuck, teeth that are not able to erupt are angled the wrong direction. That is what is causing the tooth to be stuck in the first place. If that tooth continues to push its way in, it could damage the teeth in its path. Consider what could happen if the angle of that tooth was straight into the roots of a nearby tooth. This could damage the root of the tooth and cause the tooth to die, leading to much larger problems.

If you have a tooth that cannot erupt, make sure you contact our office about it as soon. Take the time to figure out what can be done, and treat the problem before it gets out of hand.

What Is Restorative Dentistry?

Restorative dentistry is defined as the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of oral diseases, the teeth and supporting structures. Dentists who specialize in restorative dentistry basically rehab your teeth.

They determine what the problems are, the best materials that can be used to fix the problem teeth and the best method to do so. Restorative dentistry requires the skills of multiple dental specialties working together to solve complex problems.

What Can Restorative Dentists Do for Me?

Restorative dentists can do a lot for you. You are probably most familiar with cavities in your teeth. These used to be routinely treated with silver or gold fillings, but now there are a host of other options available that will help to make the filling material to match your teeth.

You’re probably familiar with crowns as well. Crowns have been around a long time and are used to cover and protect teeth that have deteriorated past the point of a filling, but have enough dental area left to support a crown, It’s simply a cap that fits over your tooth replacing the structure that is lost by utilizing the structure that remains.

Restorative dentists can construct bridges that are appliances that fit between the teeth to replace a missing tooth. These devices can be permanent or can be removable. What your dentist does will depend on the teeth that are adjacent to the missing tooth. If these structures are stable you may be a candidate for a fixed bridge that you don’t have to remove.

Implants are also an option for a restorative dentist to use. If you have a missing tooth, the dentist can install a post that screws into your jaw. This post becomes the base for the crown that is placed over it. The crown is made to match the color of your teeth and is a permanent solution.

If all else fails and your teeth are in such bad shape that they simply can’t be saved the restorative dentist can make dentures for you. These can be a complete set, for all of your teeth, a partial denture that just replaces some of your teeth. The partial denture is held in place with clips on your natural teeth.

If you need restorative work contact our office. We will work with you to get your problems solved.

 

How Gaps Between Your Teeth Can Harm Your Oral Health

When you smile, people instantly take note of your teeth. Dental imperfections, no matter how minor, can cause self-consciousness, making you make every attempt to hide your mouth. And a refusal to smile can negatively impact a person’s initial impression.

Gaps between your teeth, while viewed by some as cute and endearing, are one of these imperfections, and one that can harm your oral health.

What Causes Gaps Between Teeth?

Gaps between your teeth, often referred to as diastemas, have several causes. They are often caused by a discrepancy between the size of your jaw and the size of your teeth. They are common in children, because their mouths outgrow their baby teeth, but adults can have them too. Gaps can be caused by an upper lip tie (the labial frenulum has a low attachment), gum disease (bone loss leads to spaces), and missing teeth

Gum Disease

Not only does gum disease cause diastemas, diastemas can cause gum disease. This is because if you have gaps between your teeth, food is more likely to become lodged there. Plaque can build up and bacteria can collect. If the spaces aren’t properly cared for (flossed), bacteria can continue to grow, causing cavities and leaving you more susceptible to gum disease.

Poor Alignment

Gaps can also lead to poor alignment. This is because when there is extra space between your teeth, your teeth may shift. If the teeth shift, they no longer line up properly, which throws off your bite. An off bite can cause uneven tooth wear, problems with your TMJ and pain.

Correcting Gaps

There are a few different ways in which gaps can be corrected. First, however, the underlying cause needs to be diagnosed. If gum disease has caused gaps, treatment is needed first. Common ways to fix gaps between teeth include:

• Oral surgery (such as a frenectomy).

• Cosmetic procedures (porcelain veneers or dental bonding).

• Replacing missing teeth (bridges, partial dentures, dental implants).

If the gaps between your teeth are affecting your confidence, or your oral health, be sure to contact our office about the best options for you. The right fix can give you a beautiful, and healthy, smile that everyone will notice.

How Dentists Can Help if You Snore

Snoring is not a normal sound that people make simply because they are in a deep sleep. Typically, snoring is a symptom of a much larger issue, and that is having trouble breathing while asleep.

Letting your dentist know that you are having trouble with snoring may not make much sense, as most people think of telling their doctor first.

However, your dentist is actually the go-to person to help with snoring in most cases. Plus, they can help protect your teeth if you are snoring with your mouth open.

Your Dentist Wants to Know if You Snore

Snoring is a signal that there is a problem. Usually the problem is that you have too much tissue between your sinuses and your lungs, somewhere. This tissue is vibrating when you sleep, causing the noise we know as snoring. Sometimes the problem is congestion of the nose, while other times, people are actually in the early stages of sleep apnea when they snore. If the trouble is from a breathing issue, your dentist can help.

The main thing they can do is to help protect your teeth during this time. Most people do not realize how much damage can happen when your mouth stays open during the night. Your saliva is meant to keep your teeth and gums clean and healthy all night.

If it is all dried up off of your teeth and gums, then caries and gum disease can run rampant in your mouth. Sleep night guards can help hold your jaw open the right way to alleviate the issue with too much tissue, and can keep your mouth moist while you sleep, keeping you healthier.

If you have been told by a loved one, or even a neighbor, that you snore, contact our office. They can help you get better sleep, and stay healthier, too.

Discreet Options for Keeping Your Teeth Clean While at Work

Oral hygiene is important. While the minimum recommendation is to brush your teeth twice a day (first thing in the morning and then again before bed), it never hurts to make an effort to keep your teeth during the day too. After all, you eat several meals and snacks in between brushing sessions.

If you’re like most Americans, you spend several hours a day at work, away from the comforts of your own bathroom.

Having a clean mouth and fresh breath at work can be beneficial not just your oral health, but your confidence as well. However, brushing your teeth at work may not be all that appealing. Here are a few discreet ways to keep your teeth clean.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing sugar-free gum 30 minutes after a meal or beverage has several benefits for your mouth. First, it helps to freshen your breath. Second, chewing on gum stimulates saliva production. Saliva is your mouth’s natural defense against bacteria, containing enzymes that destroy them. It also neutralizes acids and helps to wash your mouth clean.

Pack Lunch Thoughtfully

What you eat can play a role in keeping your teeth clean. Certain foods, such as hard, crunchy fruits and vegetables (apples, pears, carrots, celery, etc.), scrape your teeth as you chew them, scrubbing away plaque and bacteria, without any extra added effort. Cheeses clean your teeth as well, and provide you with calcium. The extra chewing also stimulates saliva production, which, again, is important for destroying oral bacteria.

Stay Hydrated

Drinking water is good for your whole body, including the health of your mouth. Not only does it help keep you hydrated (which is important for all of the processes in your body, brain function, and staying energized), it also helps to wash away lingering food particles and bacteria. And, staying hydrated helps to keep your saliva flow strong.

Keeping your mouth clean at work can greatly improve your oral health. Contact our office if you have any questions about your oral health.