Posts for: January, 2019
While orthodontists can effectively correct most poor bites (malocclusions), some can be quite complex requiring much time and expense. But there's good news—we often don't have to wait on a malocclusion to fully develop if we catch it in time. Thanks to interceptive orthodontics, we may be able to intervene much earlier and eliminate or reduce the degree of difficulty with treatment.
Interceptive orthodontics is a group of techniques and devices used in early childhood to help deter a possible malocclusion. Here are 3 ways this approach could make a difference in your child's bite development.
Guiding jaw growth. On a normal-sized upper jaw, the permanent teeth usually have ample room to erupt. Not so with a smaller jaw: incoming teeth become crowded and may erupt out of alignment or too close to each other. Orthodontists often use a device called a palatal expander to aid an under-sized jaw in its development. The device fits along the roof of the mouth between the teeth and applies gradual outward pressure on them. This encourages the jaw to widen as it grows, thus providing more room for erupting teeth to come in properly and decrease the chances of obstructive sleep apnea in the future.
Reshaping and repositioning jaw bones. An overbite can occur when the jaws aren't properly aligned, often due to poor muscle and bone development. This is where devices like the Herbst appliance are useful. Its hinge mechanism encourages the lower jaw to grow further forward. The jaws can thus develop in a more normal way, minimizing the development of a malocclusion.
Maintaining space. Primary ("baby") teeth are important for dental development because they help guide future permanent teeth to erupt properly; they also keep nearby teeth from drifting into the intended space. But when a primary tooth is lost prematurely due to disease or trauma, the space can become vulnerable to this kind of "drift." With a simple mechanism called a space maintainer we can hold open the space created by a prematurely lost primary tooth until the permanent tooth is ready to erupt.
These and other techniques can help stop bad bites from developing in young children, minimizing or even eliminating the need for future orthodontic treatment. That means a healthier mouth for your child and less impact on your wallet.
If you would like more information on interceptive orthodontics, 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 “Interceptive Orthodontics: Timely Intervention can make Treatment Easier.”
Find out how dental implants can replace your missing teeth for life.
Are you dealing with tooth loss in Seymour, IN? If so, our dentists Dr. Matthew Pierce and Dr. Lane Severe can replace your missing tooth or teeth with a simple restoration known as dental implants, which both function and look just like real teeth. Read on to learn more!
So, how do dental implants work?
A dental implant is a very small metal post that functions just like tooth roots. In order for it to fulfill this function, it will need to be placed into the jawbone. The only way to do this is through minor surgery, which can be performed right here in our office under local anesthesia. Once the implant is placed it will take several months for the jawbone to fuse together with the implant. Once this occurs the implant is now a permanent part of the jawbone.
How can dental implants restore your smile?
Dental implants have been giving many of our patients in Seymour a brand new smile and a better quality of life. After all, this restoration can be used to replace one, several, or even an entire mouthful of missing teeth. While a single dental implant is designed to support a dental crown, several dental implants can be placed along the jawbone to support a full set of dentures and keep them locked in place.
In addition to their versatility, dental implants truly look just like a real tooth. No one will be able to tell which tooth is the implant and which teeth are yours. This is because out dentist prides himself on creating only the best dental restorations that look and feel just like a natural tooth. Dental crowns are custom-made just for your smile so that it blends in once it’s cemented into place over the implant.
Since dental implants function just like real teeth you better believe that you’ll feel confident chewing, speaking, and smiling again. One complaint that denture wearers often have is that their teeth shift or move around, making it difficult to properly chew certain foods. By using dental implants to support your false teeth, chewing will be fully restored without ever having to worry about your teeth moving or shifting around.
Interested? Give Us a Call!
Jackson County Dental in Seymour, IN, is ready to help you get your oral health back on track. If you want to find out if dental implants are the right option for replacing your missing teeth then call our office today at (812) 522-8608 to learn more.
People have depended on dentures for generations—and they still do. That's because they work, both in restoring dental function and a smile marred by missing teeth.
But they have one major drawback related to bone health. That's because living bone has a life cycle: as older cells die, new ones form to take their place. The pressure generated when we chew stimulates this growth. But when this stimulus goes missing along with the teeth, the cell replacement rate slows and bone volume and density gradually diminishes.
Traditional dentures can't transmit this chewing pressure stimulus. And because they rest directly on the gum ridges, they can adversely affect the underlying bone and actually accelerate bone loss.
But implant technology potentially solves this bone loss problem with dentures by using implants rather than the gums to support them. It's a two-fold benefit: first, the implants relieve much of the irritation to the gums and bone caused by traditional dentures. Primarily, though, the implants themselves can slow or even stop continuing bone loss.
Most implants are made of titanium, not only because it's compatible with the body, but also because it has an affinity with bone. Over time bone cells grow on the titanium post imbedded in the jawbone. This process not only creates stability and durability, it can improve bone health.
In recent years dentists have incorporated implants with dentures to create two exciting treatment options. With one option, the dentist installs two or more implants in the jaw, to which a specially fitted removable denture can be attached. You would still have the ease of removing the denture for cleaning, while gaining greater stability and a reduced risk of bone loss.
The other option is a fixed denture (or bridge) attached permanently to implants. For this option, a patient's jawbone must be adequate and healthy enough to support at least four to six implants. A fixed denture is also often costlier and more complex than a removable denture, but it can feel more like real teeth. It also promotes better bone health too.
Although both options are more expensive than traditional dentures, they can pay dividends for long-term dental health. Implants could help you enjoy your new dentures and resulting smile for a long time to come.
If you would like more information on dental implant-supported restorations, 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 “Overdentures & Fixed Dentures.”