Dental implants are a revolutionary dental procedure which can overhaul your smile whether you have one gap, several gaps or no teeth at all. But what can dental implants do for you? Learn about the benefits of this popular tooth replacement option with help from your Bay City, MI dentist, Dr. Gregory Rosecrans.
The Benefits of Dental Implants
Dental implants are a permanent part of your mouth.
The implant’s fixture is a small, titanium post which your Bay City dentist implants into the jawbone beneath your missing tooth. Over time, the fixture integrates with the bone, growing into and eventually becoming a part of it. With the fixture successfully integrated, it is a permanent part of your smile.
Your implants are secure in your smile.
Since the fixture integrates into the bone, it stays put. Unlike other tooth replacement options, implants do not use the surrounding natural teeth or gum tissue to stay in place. Dentures, which rely on suction or gravity to stay in the mouth, may move around or even fall out. Bridges use dental crowns and depend on the surrounding natural teeth to stay in place. Dental implants stand alone, relying only on successful implantation into the jawbone.
Dental implants are the next best thing to real teeth.
Not only will your implants stay in your mouth permanently, they will also look, feel, and function just like regular teeth. The part of the implant which replaces the tooth itself, called a dental crown, is made of porcelain. This material has the same light-reflecting qualities as natural teeth, providing a highly natural appearance. Additionally, the dental laboratory which creates the dental crown can color-match it to your natural teeth, allowing it to blend flawlessly with your existing smile.
Caring for dental implants is easy.
Caring for your implants is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush your teeth twice daily for at least two minutes, or about as long as a song on the radio lasts. Be sure to replace your toothbrush when it begins to show signs of wear, usually about every month. Floss at least once daily. See your dentist for regular dental examinations and cleanings at least twice a year to keep your teeth and implants alike healthy.
For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Rosecrans in Bay City, MI. Call (989) 892-7832 to schedule your consultation for dental implants today.
The National Cancer Institute says that smoking adversely affects every bodily organ system--heart, lung, skin, brain and of course, your teeth, gums and other soft tissues of the mouth and throat. Dr. Gregory A. Rosecrans, your Bay City, MI dentist, joins with his colleagues in the dental and medical professions in asking you to "Kick the Habit."
Smoking Changes Your Smile
Your smile says a lot about your personality and self-image. It also tells people whether or not you smoke. That's right. Many smokers reveal their tobacco habit by simply smiling or laughing because tobacco smoke stains both teeth AND tongue. Your naturally white teeth and pink tongue take on a brownish, yellowed hue.n From the office of your Bay City, MI dentist, Dr. Gregory Rosecrans, learn more about this habit affects your smile.
As far as what goes on inside your mouth, smoking burns delicate oral mucosa. The heat from cigarette--and cigar/pipe--smoke changes the top layer of gums, cheeks, tongue and roof of the mouth through a destructive process called keratosis. The result is conditions such as xerostomia, or dry mouth, a leading contributor to dental decay and gum disease.
In turn, dry mouth and gum disease lead to tooth loss and to failure of one of today's most successful tooth replacement options--the dental implant. While dentists in Bay City and across the country place implants in the mouths of patients who smoke, they will follow these individuals more carefully than their non-smoking counterparts because of the toxins in cigarette smoke. In Spain, medical researchers find that out of 100 implant patients, 1.5 non-smokers will experience implant failure as opposed to 15.8 smokers.
Typically, smokers have bad breath and reduced senses of taste and smell. Additionally, when they have dental work done by Bay City, MI dentist, Dr. Rosecrans, the sites take longer to heal--for example, when gums are sutured after tooth extraction.
Additionally, smoking correlates with an increased incidence of oral cancers. The Oral Cancer Foundation cites one study by the University of California at San Francisco. It says that more than 8 out of 10 oral cancers are found in people who smoke.
Just Stop Smoking
You can kick the habit with the help of your Bay City. He, in conjunction with your primary care physician, can suggest several paths to smoking cessation, better overall health and a smoke-free smile. Your doctor is the go-to person for smoking cessation medications, and resources from the American Cancer Society and www.smokefree.gov will direct you toward:
- online, telephone and local support groups
- step-by-step quit plans
- testimonials from people who have quit once and for all
Are you ready? Call Dr. Rosecrans at his office for a one-on-one consultation on your oral health and smoking cessation at (989) 892-7832 today!
Find out if dental veneers may be the right choice for improving your smile.
Perhaps you’ve heard dental veneers can makeover your smile without needing extensive dental preparations or invasive procedures. Well, you would be right! Find out what to expect when you turn to your Bay City, MI cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gregory Rosecrans, for veneers.
What exactly are dental veneers?
Sometimes referred to as porcelain or composite veneers, these thin custom-made shells are bonded to the front surface of your teeth to alter their shape, color or size. You can opt for a single veneer or a full set, depending on the look you are going for.
What issues can veneers address?
When your Bay City dentist places your veneers, you will get an instantly more attractive and even smile. Since this treatment affects teeth in the “aesthetic zone” (teeth that are visible when you smile) people will only see a brighter, straighter and more ideally shaped smile. Some of the problems that veneers can improve include:
- Gaps between teeth
- Chipped, cracked or broken teeth
- Crooked or malformed teeth
- Teeth with severe stains
Veneers can improve the outward appearance of your teeth but cannot do things like realign your jaw or correct malocclusions. However, veneers can help change the look of your smile for the better.
What are the benefits of this cosmetic treatment?
There are many advantages to choosing dental veneers:
- They are durable. Porcelain veneers may look thin, but they are a great way to provide additional strength to your teeth. They can last several years before needing to be replaced.
- They are lifelike. Porcelain mimics the look and color of a real tooth. In fact, the porcelain even reflects light similarly to natural teeth, so you’ll get veneers that are a natural as possible.
- Porcelain is also resistant to stains caused by dark foods and drinks, and cigarette smoking. Of course, it’s never a bad idea to limit stain-producing foods and beverages or to brush your teeth right after, but you shouldn’t have to worry about dealing with nasty stains with your new teeth.
- This treatment is more conservative in how it improves your smile. Unlike dental crowns that require more tooth preparation, dental veneers only require a minimal amount of tooth structure to be removed prior to placing the veneers.
Veneers have been giving patients around the Bay City, MI area a new lease on life and could do the same for you. To find out if you’re a good candidate for treatment, it’s time to book a consultation with Gentle Family Dentistry today.
Find out more about this procedure so you know exactly what to expect.
When it comes to dental procedures people worry about them so much that they forget to actually find out more about what they entail. Learning more about getting a root canal from your Bay City dentist Dr. Gregory A. Rosecrans will help make the process a lot easier.
Antibiotics Aren’t an Alternative
If your dentist in Bay City, MI has discovered that you are dealing with a bacterial infection you may wonder why we haven’t just written a prescription for antibiotics, but antibiotics only work by going through the blood to reach the infected area. But because the bacteria that caused this dental infection is in the root canals of the tooth antibiotics just won’t be able to reach and treat this problem. Only a root canal can properly treat the infected dental pulp and preserve the rest of your tooth.
Root Canals Shouldn’t be Painful
Despite everything you may have heard about root canals, there is one thing that we want to get straight: root canals shouldn’t hurt. Of course, many patients needing a root canal in Bay City are already coming into our office experiencing dental pain, but the purpose of root canal therapy is to go inside the tooth and remove the infected pulp to provide the relief you need. The whole process is no more invasive than getting a tooth filled.
You May Experience some Discomfort Afterwards
Even though you shouldn’t experience pain during your procedure it is fairly common for patients to feel some discomfort or soreness after local anesthesia has worn off. Talk to your restorative dentist in Bay City about whether over-the-counter or prescription medications could help alleviate your symptoms.
You Still Need to Practice Good Oral Hygiene
Even though we’ve placed a dental crown over your tooth and it feels strong and good as new again you will still want to make sure that you continue to brush and floss regularly and visit us for routine exams to ensure that your smile remains healthy and free of further infections. Dental crowns don’t last forever and it’s important to know when your dental crown is damaged or needs to be replaced. Only we can determine whether you will need repairs.
Do you have questions about your root canal? Are you experiencing any dental pain or issues? If so, turn to your Bay City, MI general dentist for all your dental concerns or needs.
Ever stare at the huge selection of toothbrushes in a store and wonder what the difference is between them all? As it turns out, different people have different needs in a toothbrush. Let Gentle Family Dentistry guide you towards picking the best brush for you. If you still have questions afterwards, visit Dr. Gregory A. Rosecrans of Gentle Family Dentistry in Bay City, MI and have a professional dentist address your concerns.
Here are a few considerations in choosing your toothbrush:
You'll want a toothbrush that can easily access all your teeth, so that you can clean them. If your toothbrush is too large, you may not be able to maneuver it to reach places like the back of your mouth. And if you have a small mouth, you may wish to pick up a kid's toothbrush even if you're an adult! So test out a range of sizes and see what works best. Or ask your Bay City, MI dentist, who will have recommendations for you.
Toothbrushes can have harder or softer bristles. What's best for you will depend on how hard you brush your teeth. For instance, if you brush very vigorously, hard bristles could in fact damage your gums and cause them to recede. On the other hand, an overly soft brush may not clean your teeth effectively. Again, if you have concerns, visit your dentist's office in Bay City, MI, where Dr. Rosecrans can determine how effectively you are cleaning your teeth.
Manual or electric?
Good news: so long as used properly, both are equally effective for cleaning your teeth! So pick whichever fits your lifestyle and preferences the best. If you have motor problems or limited mobility, for instance, it might be much easier for you to use an electric toothbrush. Electric toothbrushes can be more expensive, however, so take your budget into account.
Have more questions about brushing your teeth? Visit Gentle Family Dentistry in Bay City, MI, today. Or pick up the phone and call (989) 892-7832 to make an appointment today!
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