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Personal Tooth Care 101 in Charlotte NC

In the time between your regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, the proper care for your teeth falls to you. It is important that you establish and maintain a good, daily regimen to keep your teeth and gums in great shape between visits.

The trouble for many people — and maybe for you, as well — is knowing what constitutes an effective dental care routine. To ensure that you are armed with the information you need to keep your mouth in great shape, we offer this basic guide. Follow it daily to keep the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve gained through your visits to  Adult Dentistry.

Brush your teeth after each meal and before going to bed. This is the cornerstone of your personal dental care routine and will do the most good of any single activity. Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and a fluoride-enhanced toothpaste. On the outer and inner surfaces, brush along the gum line at a 45-degree angle using short strokes. On chewing surfaces, hold the brush flat and brush back and forth. On the inside surfaces of front teeth, tilt the brush vertically and use gentle up and down strokes with the topmost edge of the brush. Lastly, brush your tongue with a back-to-front sweeping motion to remove food particles and freshen your mouth. Remember that it takes two minutes of brushing to effectively clean your teeth.

Use dental floss to remove food particles from between your teeth every day. If you have tight contacts between your teeth that cause the floss to snag or break, a wax covered floss will make things easier. To clean, slide the floss up and down along the edge of every tooth, going slightly below the gumline. Start with your upper left back tooth and work your way across and back around to your lower left back tooth. (If you find that wrapping the floss around your fingertips creates an uncomfortable amount of pressure or you have limited mobility in your hands, there are many brands of disposable flossers you may want to try.) After flossing, you should always brush your teeth.

Replace your toothbrush or brush head (for electrics) every three to four months, or sooner if the bristles start to fray. And, of course, visit Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne regularly for professional cleanings and exams. Working together, we can ensure that your brilliant smile remains healthy for years and years to come.

To make an appointment, call us today at 704-541-9888 or use the contact form on this page.

Regain Smile Stability With Dental Implant Supported Dentures

If ill-fitting dentures are slipping and sliding around in your mouth, you are not alone. Dr. Robert Harrell and his experienced, caring team at Harrell Dental Implant Center have been securing patients’ smiles with dental implants for years. Imagine having no more fears of embarrassment. Imagine no more sore gums from the constant rubbing. Imagine laughing, smiling and eating as if you have your natural teeth. Dental implants make all this possible. Discover more about this life-changing procedure below:

An implant-supported denture is used when a person doesn’t have any teeth in the jaw, but has enough bone in the jaw to support implants. An implant-supported denture has special attachments that snap onto attachments on the implants.

Implant-supported dentures usually are made for the lower jaw because regular dentures tend to be less stable there. Usually, a regular denture made to fit an upper jaw is quite stable on its own and doesn’t need the extra support offered by implants. However, you can receive an implant-supported denture in either the upper or lower jaw.

You should remove an implant-supported denture daily to clean the denture and gum area. Just as with regular dentures, you should not sleep with the implant-supported dentures at night. Some people prefer to have fixed (permanent) crown and bridgework in their mouths that can’t be removed. Your dentist will consider your particular needs and preferences when suggesting fixed or removable options.

Detail of the bar of a dental implant for removable prosthesis with hooks pressure of the prosthesis.

First surgery 
Month 1 (if no denture needs to be made)
Month 2 (if denture needs to be made)

The first surgery involves placing the implants in the jawbone. During the first surgery, an incision is made in the gum where the implant will be placed. A hole is drilled in the bone, the implant is placed into the hole, and the incision is stitched closed.

After this surgery, you should avoid putting pressure on the implants. The temporary denture can be made so that direct pressure is placed on other areas, not on the implants. It may also be given a soft reline (new lining next to your gums) to help to reduce the pressure on your gums.

After the first surgery, the dentist will wait three or four months if implants were placed in the lower jaw, and five or six months if they were placed in the upper jaw, before scheduling the second surgery. During this time, the bone and the implants integrate (attach and fuse). Learn more from Colgate

Avoid A Sunken Facial Profile

Your traditional dentures are affixed to a denture plate that continually grinds against your jawbones. Even the best-fitting dentures become loose over time due to their reliance on suction and adhesion. The continuous friction of traditional dentures eventually wears away healthy bone tissue. Dental implant therapy protects the integrity of your jaw and helps to maintain your facial profile, minimizing the risk of the traditional denture hallmark of a sunken appearance.

Senior couple in love, still make each other laugh.

Taste Your Food Again

While the lack of chewing capacity with dentures gets all of the attention, it’s important to note that traditional dentures also dramatically influence taste. Having a hard, plastic denture plate masks your palate and a variety of taste receptors. The pasty adhesives required also affect your ability to enjoy foods and beverages. Implant supported dentures are a better option for all facets of eating and drinking.

There is a much wider distribution of taste buds in the fetus, infant, and children than in the adult. Our sense of taste diminishes, therefore, as we grow older.

The sense of taste may be interfered with or even interrupted by the interjection of an outside stimulus such as a denture or dentures.

Pressure or pain acting as a counterirritant may interrupt the sense of taste.

Mastication of food on the anterior teeth or undermastication of food may preclude the actual penetration of the material or food in solution into the taste pore. Learn more at Science Direct

Book Your Dental Implant Consultation Today!

Oftentimes, Dr. Harrell can adapt a client’s current denture into an implant supported appliance. Once we look at the state of your existing dentures and your oral health, we will be able to determine your custom solution.

Schedule a free consultation with Harrell Dental Implant Center to discuss denture stabilization with dental implants. Call 704-206-1330 or use the contact form on the website to make your appointment. During your consultation a complimentary digital smile preview (an $85 value) will be created to show how you will appear when your implants are in place. We look forward to hearing from you.

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Personal Tooth Care 101 in Charlotte NC

In the time between your regularly scheduled check-ups and cleanings at Adult Dentistry of Ballantyne, the proper care for your teeth falls to you. It is important that you establish and maintain a good, daily regimen to keep your teeth and gums in great shape between visits.

The trouble for many people — and maybe for you, as well — is knowing what constitutes an effective dental care routine. To ensure that you are armed with the information you need to keep your mouth in great shape, we offer this basic guide. Follow it daily to keep the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve gained through your visits to  Adult Dentistry.

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