Posts for: February, 2018
Twenty-six percent of American adults between 65 and 74 have lost all their teeth to dental disease. This isn’t an appearance problem only—lack of teeth can also harm nutrition and physical well-being.
Fortunately, we have advanced restorative options that can effectively replace missing teeth. Of these, there’s a tried and true one that’s both affordable and effective: removable dentures.
Dentures are simple in design: a plastic or resin base, colored with a pinkish-red hue to resemble gums to which we attach prosthetic (false) teeth. But while the design concept isn’t complicated, the process for creating and fitting them can be quite involved: they must conform to an individual patient’s jaws and facial structure if they’re going to appear natural.
If you’re considering dentures, here’s some of what it will take to achieve a successful outcome.
Positioning the teeth. The position of the prosthetic teeth on the base greatly determines how natural they’ll appear and how well they’ll function. So, we’ll need to plan tooth placement beforehand based on your facial and jaw structures, as well as photos taken of you before tooth loss. We’ll also consider how large the teeth should be, how far to place them forward or back from the lips, and whether to include “imperfections” from your old look that you see as part of your appearance.
Simulating the gums. While the teeth are your smile’s stars, the gums are the supporting cast. It’s important that we create a denture base that attractively frames the teeth by determining how much of the gums show when you smile, or adding color and even textures to better resemble gum tissue. We can also add ridges behind the upper teeth to support speech.
Balancing the bite. Upper and lower dentures don’t operate in and of themselves—they must work cooperatively and efficiently with each other during eating or speaking. So while appearance matters, the bite’s bite adjustment or balance might matter more. That’s why we place a lot of attention into balancing and adjusting the bite after you receive your dentures to make sure you’re comfortable.
This is a detailed process that we may need to revisit from time to time to make sure your dentures’ fit remains tight and comfortable. Even so, modern advances in this traditional restoration continue to make them a solid choice for total tooth loss.
If you would like more information on denture restorations, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Removable Dentures.”
Discover the many benefits you’ll enjoy when you have a family dentist you can turn to for care.
Sure, everyone understands the importance of oral hygiene and sure most people realize that they need to visit the dentist regularly. Of course, if you are looking for a dentist in Alexandria, VA, that your whole family can turn to then our very own Dr. Paul Gibberman, Dr. Lauren Gibberman and Dr. Maria Hodas are here to help.
Here are just some of the wonderful benefits you and your family will reap when everyone turns to our Alexandria, VA, family dentists for care:
A Versatile Dentist Who Can Care for the Whole Family
We don’t think that every member of the family should have to visit a separate dentist. What’s efficient about that? Nothing, of course! Why run to multiple dentists twice a year when everyone can get the care they need right here in our office? We can offer dental care for the whole family, whether it’s for you, your partner, your child or even your elderly parents.
We Can Save You Time and Money
Again, since you can get comprehensive dental treatment and care from our family dental team you won’t have to waste time or money driving to multiple doctors throughout the year. We will even work with your busy schedules to get an appointment for the whole family. Imagine being able to bring the whole family in for cleanings at the same time? We know you lead busy lives and the last thing we want to do is waste your precious time.
You’ll Receive Tailored Dental Care To Meet Your Needs
A family dentist specializes in handling a variety of dental issues no matter your age. Children, teens, adults and seniors all need different care so why wouldn’t you turn to a dentist that has the unique training necessary? Not only do we provide comprehensive dentistry, from cosmetic options to orthodontics, but also we really get to know your family. We know what health issues you have or whether you have a dental phobia and we can provide you with individualized, compassionate treatments based on your own specific health needs.
Whether you want to schedule a dental cleaning for the whole family or you have questions about the different dental services we offer, don’t hesitate to pick up the phone and call Gibberman Dental in Alexandria, VA, today.
Braces are a common part of many teenagers’ life experience — but not every bite problem is alike. Sometimes, there’s a need for accurately moving only a few teeth while making sure others don’t. This is where Temporary Anchorage Devices (TADs) can help streamline that effort and even reduce treatment time.
Orthodontics wouldn’t work at all if we didn’t already have a natural tooth movement mechanism in our mouths. That ability rests with the periodontal ligament, a tough, elastic tissue between the teeth and the bone that firmly attaches to both with tiny collagen fibers. Though quite secure in holding teeth in place, the ligament attachment also allows teeth to move in response to changes in the bone and jaw structure.
Braces are made of brackets cemented to tooth surfaces through which tiny wires pass. The wires are anchored, usually to other teeth or groups of teeth, and tightened to apply pressure against the other teeth. The ligament does the rest: as the teeth are “pressured” to move in a certain direction, new bone, ligament and an anchoring substance known as cementum forms behind it to secure the tooth in its new position.
The anchorage teeth are not intended to move. In some situations, though, it’s difficult to keep them from not moving — much like trying to keep a boat anchor from not dragging through sand on the sea bottom. TADs help alleviate this problem: it’s a mini-screw or mini-implant that’s temporarily placed in the jawbone to which the tension wire can be secured. They’re placed in the best positions for isolating the teeth that need to be moved without compromising the position of nearby teeth that don’t.
With the site numbed with a local anesthetic, we install the TAD through the gum tissue into the bone with a special device; their screw-shaped design holds them securely in place. They’re then removed when the orthodontic treatment is complete.
While a simple procedure, precise placement requires collaboration between the orthodontist and the oral surgeon or dentist who installs them. They also need special attention during daily hygiene to keep them clean. Still, with difficult bite situations they can help bring about the right outcome — a straight and beautiful smile.
If you would like more information on orthodontic treatment options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “What are TADs?”