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By Jackson County Dental
February 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Wondering about the perks of dental implants? We've got the information here!

Has your dentist suggested dental implants to replace one or more of your teeth? You may be wondering why these dental restorations are so popular when other options - bridges and dentures, for example - still exist. The dentists at Jackson County Dental, Dr. Matthew Dental ImplantsPierce and Dr. Jennifer Terhaar, in Seymour, Indiana have a few reasons why dental implants are beneficial to your dental health. Learn about them here:

Attractive

Unlike other dental restorations, which can look artificial or have exposed metal framework, dental implants from your Seymour dentist seamlessly fill in gaps in your smile. The visible portion of the implant is called the crown and is expertly designed to look like one of your natural teeth. The porcelain is carefully buffed, shined and shaped to be nearly identical to a natural tooth's appearance. Once placed, your dental implant finishes out your smile beautifully!

Functional

Perhaps the most beneficial part of having dental implants is how well they work. Since they are stabilized by your jawbone, they stay in place with no messy pastes to apply and no unreliable clasps. With dental implants, you can comfortably enjoy your favorite foods although your Seymour dentist cautions against biting down on ice, hard candies or any other excessively crunchy or chewy foods.

Long-lasting

With time, restorations like dentures and partials will need to be refitted. This is due to the natural process of jawbone recession that comes with the absence of natural teeth. However, the post of a dental implant stands in for the roots of a natural tooth, keeping your jawbone stable and the implants in place. With proper care, dental implants from Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Jennifer Terhaar can last decades, even a lifetime!

If you have further questions about the benefits of dental implants, contact Jackson County Dental in Seymour, Indiana to set up a consultation with one of our experienced dentists!


By Jackson County Dental
February 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
TheCaseforMovingJustaFewTeethOrthodontically

We often associate orthodontics with moving several teeth on the upper or lower arches (or both) with braces or clear aligners. But not all patients require a major endeavor — sometimes only one or a few teeth need to be moved, and not very far.

A slight gap between the two upper front teeth is one type of situation that only requires minor tooth movement: just a few teeth need to be moved and usually just a millimeter or two. The appliances needed to achieve this are also relatively simple in design: removable retainers or small scale fixed braces with small springs or elastics that place pressure against the teeth. The process may also only take a few months rather than two years as with major tooth movement.

Preparing for the procedure, though, must be undertaken with great care. We need to first determine if moving the teeth even slightly could affect the bite with the opposite teeth. We must also ensure the roots of the teeth intended for movement are in good position for allowing the space to be closed.

We must then consider the other supporting structures for the teeth. It’s important for gums and bone to be healthy — if not, treating any found disease may be necessary first before beginning orthodontics. And, if the gap between the two upper teeth was created by an abnormally large frenum, the small strip of tissue connecting the lip to the upper gum, it may be necessary to remove it before tooth movement can begin to ensure the closed gap stays closed.

Like any other orthodontic treatment, minor tooth movement first requires a thorough examination with x-ray imaging to determine the exact tooth position, bite issues and the surrounding gum and bone health. We can then be reasonably certain if this straightforward procedure is right for you, and could help you obtain a more attractive smile.

If you would like more information on different orthodontic treatment choices, 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 “Minor Tooth Movement.”