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Easing Tooth Pain At Home

Springfield, MO – At Excel Dental, we know that tooth pain can sometimes strike at inconvenient times. The good news is, there are some things you can do to ease the pain yourself before you can make it into our office.

“Tooth pain can happen anytime, but can worsen quickly if you’ve got a problem you’ve been ignoring,” says Dr. Nick Matthews, one of the Ozark cosmetic dentists. “The most common sources of dental pain come from tooth sensitivity, cavities or a loose filling, an infection, cracked or chipped teeth, an exposed root or gum disease. It’s best to visit us as soon as a problem arises, even if you think it’s still small. A small issue can worsen and become a much bigger issue in no time.”

OZ cosmetic dentistryBut, until you can make it to your dentist’s office to have repair work, such as a dental crown, done, there are some things you can do to be more comfortable.

An ice pack on the outside of your mouth can ease pain and swelling. Never use heat, and avoid very hot or cold foods until your tooth has been repaired. An over the counter pain reliever will also help relieve pain. Orajel or another benzocaine gel can be placed directly on the sore tooth. Tylenol or another pain reliever can also help.

“To reduce inflammation and swelling, you can swish warm salt water in your mouth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “This can also help fight off the bad bacteria that can lead to infection.”

There are various home remedies online such as clove oil. Cloves have been touted since the early 1900s as an almost instant tooth pain reliever. Clove oil works as a natural sedative and calms the nerve, thereby alleviating the pain. Dab a small amount on a Q-tip and place directly on the tooth. We always recommend speaking with your dentist before trying a home remedy.

Never place aspirin directly on your tooth. Aspirin is acidic and may damage the surrounding gums. We know that many people probably turn to the internet to look for home remedies before they can get to our office. But, it’s best to follow the advice of a trained dentist.

When you have sensitive teeth or tooth pain caused by an infection, cavities, or another issue, it’s important to avoid certain habits and pay extra attention to your oral care routine. Tobacco use can exacerbate problems, so if you smoke or chew tobacco, you should stop until your tooth problem is fixed. Additionally, you shouldn’t chew on ice or other hard foods, and should avoid extreme temperature changes.

Brush and floss daily, using a fluoride toothpaste and fluoride mouth wash. The fluoride can work to ensure your teeth stay strong and healthy.

It’s important to schedule an appointment with your dentist as soon as you realize you have a problem. A small tooth problem today can turn into an infection or other issue in a short time, and can lead to tremendous pain.

If you experience a dental emergency that needs immediate attention, the dentists at Excel Dental are always on call. Simply call our toll-free emergency number and the answering service will contact our on-call dentist. Your call will be returned as soon as possible.

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One Third of Americans Don’t Visit the Dentist

Springfield, MO – According to a Gallup poll, in 2013, one third of Americans didn’t visit the dentist. Were you in that group?

Healthy teethWhile it is recommended that you see a dentist twice a year for check-ups, nearly one in three American adults still admitted they didn’t see the dentist even once in 2013. The poll found that women were more likely than men to visit the dentist regularly. African Americans and Hispanics are less likely than Caucasians and Asian Americans to see a dentist.

“This is troubling to us,” says Dr. Nick Matthews, one of the Ozark dentists at Excel Dental. “Study after study shows the intricate link between oral health and whole body health, and failing to maintain regular visits with your dentist can impact not just your mouth, but the rest of your body as well.”

While you may think all a dentist does at your yearly checkups is brush and floss your teeth, you’re wrong. Your dentist is looking closely at every aspect of your mouth to ensure proper oral health. More than 50 percent of Americans suffer from gingivitis, which can quickly lead to periodontal disease if not caught and treated quickly. And periodontal disease is closely linked to other serious health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes.

The Center for Disease Control estimates that one in three Americans has untreated tooth decay.

“Tooth decay occurs mainly in the back molars,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, an expert in Ozark dental care. “That’s because those teeth are harder to clean because they have more pits and grooves where food particles can get stuck. Plaque and bacteria can grow on these back teeth, and if you aren’t seeing a dentist regularly, you may not realize it until it’s too late.”

While modern advances, such as the addition of fluoride to toothpaste, are helping more Americans than ever maintain their natural teeth, failing to visit the dentist regularly may result in the need for tooth implants or dentures. At your twice yearly checkups, your dentist not only thoroughly cleans your teeth, he or she also looks for signs of decay and gum disease. Finding and addressing these as soon as possible can prevent serious damage from occurring.

Maintaining a relationship with a dental clinic can also be helpful to your oral health. Once you’ve established a relationship with a dentist, he or she can learn everything needed to ensure your healthiest mouth. For some patients, genetic factors may affect their oral health, so it’s important your dentist gets to know you and your complete medical and family history, as needed.

Another interesting fact the Gallup survey found is that visits to the dentist seem to increase along with income. The higher the income, the more likely one is to maintain regular visits with the dentist. Dental rates have remained virtually the same for higher incomes since 2008, while they have dropped for other groups, particularly low and middle income Americans.

The price of dental care is one factor that keeps Americans from visiting their dentist regularly. One survey found that 44 percent of the people who don’t regularly visit the dentist don’t go because they don’t have dental insurance.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, there is an estimated 108 million Americans without dental insurance. At Excel Dental, we never want a lack of insurance to keep you from our office. We offer the highest quality of care at reasonable fees. But in addition to that, we offer flexible financing and payment options to ensure our care can comfortably fit in any budget.

If you are currently in the percentage of Americans who hasn’t seen a dentist in a while, schedule an appointment today for a comprehensive checkup. Don’t let your oral health suffer any longer.
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Common Gum Disease Myths

Springfield, MO – It is estimated that nearly three out of four Americans suffer from some form of gum disease. But while 75 percent of us may suffer from the disease, roughly three percent actually seek out treatment for the disease. And with more research indicated gum disease has significant connections to other serious health issues such as heart disease and diabetes, it’s important that Americans know the facts.

Teeth“Periodontal disease is a serious issue for a majority of patients, and there can be potentially dangerous ramifications from failing to treat the disease properly,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, one of the Nixa dentists at Excel Dental. “There are a lot of myths associated with gum disease, and dental clinics across the country need to do more to educate patients about the seriousness of the disease and the importance of treating it.”

So what are some of those myths?

  1. Bleeding gums are no big deal. Many people who suffer from bleeding when brushing their teeth may brush it off as a simple case of brushing too vigorously. But bleeding and swollen gums is one of the first signs of potential gum disease. If you experience bleeding when brushing, it’s important to schedule a consultation with your dentist. This is especially true for pregnant women. Bleeding gums can be a side effect of pregnancy, but it’s important to rule out gum disease because periodontal disease during pregnancy can be attributed to both premature labor and low birth weight babies.
  2. I don’t have cavities so I can’t have gum disease. Unfortunately, being cavity-free doesn’t mean you’re in the clear from suffering from gingivitis. Gum disease affects the gums, and while teeth can be affected, it doesn’t cause cavities. Your teeth can be cavity-free, but you could still suffer tooth loss and be in in need of a tooth implant if your gum disease progresses too far.
  3. I don’t need to floss every day. Routine oral care, including brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, are the best defense against periodontal disease. Yet, only about 13 percent of Americans floss every day! Regular and consistent flossing and brushing helps remove the plaque build-up that leads to periodontal disease.
  4. If I have gum disease, I’ll lose my teeth. This is no longer the case – especially if your gum disease is caught early. By taking proper care of your teeth and maintaining regular visits with your Ozark dentistry expert, you’ll be able to maintain your smile.
  5. I brush and floss every day, so I’m not at risk for gum disease. Unfortunately, this just isn’t true. There are some habits, such as smoking and chewing tobacco, which can make you more susceptible to gum disease. But for some people, it can simply be a case of bad genetics. If your parents experienced gum disease, you may as well. This is why it is important to maintain proper oral care.

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What Does the ADA Seal of Approval Mean?

OZ dentistrySpringfield, MO – When you buy dental products, do you pay attention to whether that product has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Approval? Do you know why that might be important to you?

“As far back as 1866, the ADA was helping consumers protect themselves against extravagant claims,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “The ADA Seal of Approval has been around since 1931 to protect consumers against claims that aren’t true or haven’t been proven. The program is voluntary, but brands understand the power the seal holds, and more than 300 products currently hold the seal of approval.”

Not every product that applies will be granted the seal. To earn the seal of approval, a company must follow several guidelines, including:

  • Submit a list of ingredients and other important information
  • Provide objective clinical data and lab studies that support the product’s safety, effectiveness and claims.
  • Conduct clinical trials that are in compliance with ADA guidelines and procedures.
  • Submit evidence that the facilities the product is produced and tested in are supervised properly to ensure purity and that the product is manufactured in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices.
  • Submit packaging and labeling for review and approval by the ADA, and comply with all ADA standards for accuracy and truth in advertising.

“The seal is awarded for a five year period,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “This ensures that companies don’t get complacent. The ADA also requires that if any component of the product changes, the company must resubmit it for approval. This protects consumers by guaranteeing that companies continue to meet the ADA’s high standards and are truthful in their claims.”

The products are evaluated by 100 consultants who are members of the ADA’s Council on Scientific Affairs as well as staff scientists. These scientists represent all fields that are relevant to the dental products they are reviewing, including pharmacology, chemistry, toxicology and microbiology. The product must demonstrate its safety and effectiveness as claimed by the company to be awarded the seal.

The ADA accepts products in a variety of categories. They include:

  • Denture products
  • Dental floss and interdental cleaners
  • Mouthrinses
  • Sugar free chewing gum for reducing cavities
  • Temporary pain relief
  • Tooth whitening bleaches
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpastes
  • Topical fluoride gel
  • Water filters that don’t remove fluoride

“The seal is important not only for consumers, but for dental professionals, as well,” says Dr. Davis. “We know when we recommend a product that it has been rigorously tested and any claims associated with it have been validated. There are so many products out there, it can be hard to know which to choose. With the seal, our patients know the product they are choosing have been tested and meet the ADA’s high standards.”

To see a complete list of products that have been awarded the ADA seal, you can visit the ADA website. The next time you are shopping for dental care products, be sure you look for the ADA seal. You’ll know this product has been properly tested and any claims made by the company have been proven true. If you have questions about which ADA approved products may be right for you, ask your dental professional at Excel Dental for recommendations.

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Rethink That Sugary Drink

OZ DentistrySpringfield, MO – When you feel yourself dragging in the middle of the day, do you reach for a soda or other sugary beverage for a pick me up? A steady consumption of soft drinks is the leading cause of tooth decay.

“We’ve seen a large increase in the number of sugary drinks Americans consume on a daily basis,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “We saw a huge peak in 1998 where the average American consumed 54 gallons of soda a year. In 2013, that number had fallen to 38.6 gallons. We like seeing that consumption of sugary drinks is falling, but we continue to educate our patients on its dangers so they can avoid dental caries.”

When you drink something with sugar in it, those sugars can combine with bacteria that are already in your mouth to form acid. This acid then attacks your teeth. This occurs every time you take a drink of a sugary beverage and each acid attack can last 20 minutes. You may think drinking diet or even sugar-free drinks can help, but those contain their own acid. Likewise, fruit juice, energy drinks and sports drinks also contain acid that can damage the teeth.

Over time, these acid attacks weaken the enamel on your teeth. Children are especially susceptible to cavities and tooth decay because the enamel on their teeth is still forming and developing.

But you can fight back against these acid attacks.

“We encourage our patients to limit the number of soft drinks or other sugary beverages they consume,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “If you do drink these beverages, a straw can help limit the exposure of your teeth to the acid and sugar. We also encourage our patients to drink water after to help wash away any lingering sugars.”

Don’t sip for a prolonged period of time. This just lengthens the number of acid attacks your mouth undergoes.

Avoid drinking sugary beverages right before bed. This allows the sugars to collect and pool in your mouth, causing more damage overnight.

Protect your teeth with fluoride. Use toothpaste with fluoride and drink plenty of fluoridated water. Fluoride strengthens the enamel and can help fight off decay.

Brush and floss daily and maintain regular checkups with your dentist. Visiting your dentist will ensure your mouth is healthy, and your dentist will be able to attack problems before they worsen. Maintaining your oral health is important, and Excel Dental will be with you every step of the way.

If it’s been a while since your last appointment, or if you’re looking for a new dental home, schedule a consultation today and ensure a beautiful and healthy smile for years to come.

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The Importance of Treating Gum Disease

Springfield, MO – Did you know that gum disease is linked to a host of other medical issues, including heart disease, diabetes and stroke? It’s crucial that if you suffer from periodontal disease, you maintain regular visits with your dentist to have it treated and ensure it doesn’t relapse.

“It is estimated that as many as three fourths of Americans suffer from some form of gum disease,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Nick Matthews. “What makes this important is that research shows patients who suffer from gum disease are at higher risk for diabetes, heart disease and even some forms of cancer. So visiting your dentist isn’t just for a pretty smile – it could save your life.”

What is periodontal disease?
Ozark dentistPeriodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is inflammation and infection of the gum and bone tissue that surrounds the teeth. It is a primary cause of tooth loss in adults.

It is caused by plaque buildup on the teeth and is usually painless so you may not even know you have it.

If you experience any of the following, it’s important to visit a dentist as soon as possible:

  • Bleeding gums
  • Gums that are red, swollen or tender
  • Gums that have started to pull away from your teeth
  • Consistently bad breath or a bad taste in your mouth that won’t go away
  • Loose teeth
  • Any change in your bite or in the fit of your dentures

There are also some factors that can increase the risk of developing gum disease. If you have poor oral hygiene, smoke or chew tobacco, are pregnant, have diabetes or take certain medications, your chances for developing the disease are increased. Likewise, some people may simply be predisposed genetically to develop the disease.

Why treat periodontal disease?
Approximately 75 percent of adult tooth loss is due to periodontal disease. Untreated gum disease can turn into periodontitis. Chronic periodontitis leads to the loss of the tissue and bone that support your teeth. As they are lost, your teeth begin to loosen and eventually fall out.

But if you aren’t concerned about tooth loss, you should be concerned about your overall health.

Research on the link between gum disease and other health issues is ongoing. But there are several findings that are of interest.

The American Academy of Periodontology has reported that patients who have periodontal disease are twice as likely to suffer from heart disease. Periodontal disease patients are also more likely to have higher cholesterol levels.

How is what happens in your mouth linked to the rest of your body?

One study found that patients who have higher levels of disease-causing bacteria in their mouths were also more likely to have atherosclerosis of the carotid artery. That means the artery has started to harden as substances stick to it. This can cause clogs, which can lead to stroke or heart attack.

Experts have determined that bacteria can enter a person’s bloodstream though their gums. From there, it can travel through the body and clog arteries.

“When we fight off infection, our body’s natural defense mechanism is inflammation or swelling,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “If you suffer from periodontal disease, you most likely have red and swollen gums. Think then about what happens when that same bacteria travels through your bloodstream and does the same thing. This can increase your risk for a clot to form in your artery.”

But preventing gum disease, or treating it before it becomes too severe, is as easy as maintaining regular visits with your dentist. If you have experienced any of the signs mentioned previously, schedule a visit with your dentist as soon as possible.

Diagnosing and treating periodontal disease before it progresses will not only allow you to smile bigger, it might just lower your risk for heart disease.

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Home Remedies Shouldn’t Replace Traditional Care

Springfield, MO – Oil pulling, an oral care regimen that involves using oil essentially as a mouthwash, is gaining new followers in Western culture. While there is nothing dangerous about the practice, and it can actually be a nice supplement to a traditional dental care regimen, it should not replace traditional dental treatment with a trained dentist.

Tooth Care“The theory behind oil pulling is a rather simple one,” says Ozark dentist Dr. Tracy Davis. “The oil is used in the same way a traditional mouthwash would be. The patient swishes a tablespoon of oil, and the oil works to essentially pull tiny microbes away from the teeth. The oil works like a magnet, pulling bacteria that is hiding in the small crevices of your mouth out and trapping them.”

So how does it work? The tiny microorganisms that live in our mouths are covered with a fatty membrane that that is attracted to the fat in the oil. When they come into contact with one another, the fat of the bacteria will naturally adhere to the oil.

The best type of oil to use is refined coconut oil because of the lauric acid it contains. Laurid acid has antimicrobial properties that inhibit the type of bacteria that are the primary cause of tooth decay.

“A clean mouth can have anywhere between 1,000 and 10,000 bacteria living on each teeth,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “An unclean mouth can have between 100 million and one billion bacteria on each tooth. Oil pulling can help reduce the number of these bacteria that live in the mouth. But, while it can certainly help, it should never be a replacement for standard brushing and flossing and visits to the dentist.”

For patients who like more natural and holistic approaches to their health and dental care, oil pulling can be a wonderful added practice.

The longer the oil is swished in the mouth, the more bacteria it can remove. To reach maximum effectiveness, the oil should be swished through the teeth until it turns a milky white color. This indicates bacteria has been pulled off, and can take up to 20 minutes. Once you’ve thoroughly swished the oil, spit it out and rinse with water.

Patients who have added oil pulling to their oral care regimen claim that it has helped to whiten their teeth, reduces symptoms of gingivitis and alleviates bad breath. Other claims include helping to prevent cavities and relieving gum and tooth sensitivity.

“The primary cause of tooth decay is bacteria,” says Dr. Davis. “So from that perspective, it certainly makes sense that if oil pulling is effective at removing the bacteria from your mouth, it could then prevent tooth decay. However, there are additional problems that can lead to tooth decay or gingivitis, such as a genetic predisposition or unhealthy habits.”

Adding oil pulling to your dental care routine is a wonderful step, but should never replace care or advice of a trained dentist. If you would like to know more about how oil pulling can help you, ask your dentist at your next check-up what benefits you might be able to reap from the practice.

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Treating Tooth Sensitivity

Springfield, MO – Do you cringe every time you take a sip of hot coffee or iced tea? Sensitive teeth are a common problem, but there are some ways you can lessen your sensitivity.

But what causes sensitive teeth in the first place? Teeth are made of enamel, the hard surface that protects the crowns of the teeth, and cementum, which protects the root of the tooth under the gum line. Underneath both of these is something called dentin, which is more sensitive than enamel and cementum.

visit to the dentist“The dentin contains tiny, hollow tubes that, when the dentin’s protective covering is lost, allow heat and cold to touch the nerves inside the tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis, an Ozark dentist. “This causes sensitivity when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and even when breathing through your mouth.”

The first step in preventing sensitive teeth is proper oral care. If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to brush and floss regularly, but not to be too aggressive as you may increase your sensitivity by causing damage to the protective structures of your teeth.

If you suffer from periodontal disease, sensitive teeth may be a by-product of that. If left untreated, periodontal disease can progress until the bone and supporting tissue around the teeth are destroyed, leaving the root of the tooth exposed. Regular dental check-ups can catch and treat periodontal disease in its early stages.

What are the best sensitive tooth treatments?

“First, it’s important to visit your dentist so we can rule out any underlying issues that might be causing your sensitivity,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “Our first step is typically recommending a desensitizing toothpaste. These toothpastes contain special compounds that can block the sensation from traveling through the surface of the tooth. Always look for one that has the American Dental Association’s Seal of Acceptance.”

It’s important to remember that it may take several applications of this toothpaste before you notice a difference. Multiple applications will help the compounds build up on the tooth enough to prevent the sensitivity.

Fluoride can be applied to strengthen the surface of the tooth, and decrease sensitivity. Fluoride can be applied in the dentist’s office, and you may also be given a prescription fluoride treatment to apply at home.

If the root of the tooth is exposed or enamel has been lost, bonding resin can be applied to the root surface. If a lack of gum tissue is the cause of the problem, gum tissue can be taken from another area of the mouth and grafted to the affected area. This will then protect the tooth root and reduce sensitivity.

If other treatments don’t work, you may need a root canal. This will target the problems in the pulp of the tooth and is the most successful way to eliminate tooth sensitivity.

The best way to avoid tooth sensitivity is to maintain a proper oral care routine. Brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush, using a fluoride toothpaste, twice a day. Floss your teeth once a day. If you have sensitive teeth, it is important to avoid brushing your teeth too hard or using an abrasive toothpaste.

You may also be encouraged to make some changes to your diet. Acidic foods and drinks, such as soft drinks and citrus fruits, should be avoided. Highly acidic foods remove small amounts of tooth enamel every time they come into contact with your teeth. Always use a straw for acidic drinks to limit their contact with your teeth. Drinking milk or water after having an acidic food or drink can balance out the levels of acid in your mouth.

It’s also important to remember to wait to brush your teeth until at least 20 minutes after you’ve eaten. Acid softens enamel, so brushing while they are still at work can actually ae your teeth more vulnerable.

If you’ve been suffering from sensitive teeth, schedule a consultation with one of the trained dentists at Excel Dental today. Help is on the way.


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Steps to Avoid Halitosis

Springfield, MO – Are you embarrassed by your chronic bad breath, and are looking for a way to keep it at bay? The Springfield, MO dentists at Excel Dental have several tips to help.

“It’s important to first understand what can cause halitosis,” says Dr. Nick Matthews. “First, we can look to the bacteria that live inside your mouth. Our mouths are host to millions of bacteria. These bacteria can give off toxins and bad odors as they multiply in our mouths. This is why conscientious brushing and flossing, especially after meals, is so important.”

MO DentistryBut what else can cause bad breath?

Did you know that your tonsils have what are known as crypts, which are essentially just big holes? Smelly substances can sometimes collect in these holes, emitting a bad odor from our mouths.

Foods such as onions, garlic and fish can give off odors, even hours after we brush our teeth.

Smoking, chewing tobacco and other bad habits can also leave our breath smelling bad.

Additionally, some gastrointestinal issues can cause bad breath. GERD and ulcers can lead to burping, which leads to smelly gas being released. And many are now on low-carb diets, which can cause ketosis. Ketosis is a fat-burning state that can result in bad breath.

So what can you do to banish halitosis?

  1. Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Brush with fluoride toothpaste and don’t forget to brush your tongue. Smelly bacteria can linger on the tongue, so pay close attention when brushing.
  2. Don’t forget to floss. Flossing will remove those tiny particles of food that get stuck in places your toothbrush can’t reach. It also removes plaque, which is bacteria that coats your teeth. Flossing is also a good prevention for periodontal disease, which is a common cause of bad breath.
  3. Remember to gargle. Using an antimicrobial mouthwash will help you fight halitosis and then a fluoride mouth rinse will make your breath sweeter.
  4. Drink water throughout the day. Dry mouth can cause bad breath, so be sure you’re drinking your 8 glasses of water a day.
  5. Add yogurt to your diet. Yogurt works to replenish the good bacteria in your stomach and can make for a healthier mouth. Other foods thought to help include celery and parsley.
  6. Chew gum with xylitol. Chewing gum produces saliva, which helps to wash away the stinky bacteria.
  7. Visit your dentist regularly. See a dentist every six months to be sure your mouth is healthy, and to catch issues such as gum disease that can cause bad breath.

“Bad breath is annoying and sometimes embarrassing,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “But it is easy to treat, and with an understanding of some healthy habits, it can be avoided. If you have chronic bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away after regular care, schedule an appointment with a dentist because it could be a sign of an underlying issue.”

Knowing the main causes of halitosis can help you avoid a smelly situation. Maintain proper oral health for a healthy smile and better smelling breath.


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Dental Implants to Repair Broken or Missing Teeth

dental implantSpringfield, MO – Do you have some missing teeth and are looking for a permanent solution to correct them, but aren’t excited about the idea of traditional dentures? Dental implants might be your answer.

The Ozark dentists at Excel Dental are trained in helping you find the right solution to repair teeth that can’t be restored. It’s important that once a tooth has been lost or removed that it gets replaced, not just for esthetics, but for function as well.

“Dental implants provide the stability we need to then place a replacement tooth,” says Dr. Tracy Davis. “The implant keeps replacement teeth from moving around in your mouth.”

Implants fuse directly into the jawbone, which patients love because it means the replacement tooth or teeth can’t slip around in the mouth, and they will feel more natural and comfortable. They are an option for almost all patients, unlike standard dentures and bridges. Some patients can’t wear regular dentures because there may be painful spots in their mouths, or they have bad ridges. Others might not have surrounding teeth that are healthy enough for a bridge to affix to. But with implants, none of that is a concern.

Typically, patients who are healthy enough to visit their dentist for an extraction or oral surgery are good candidates for implants. Patients need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant in place. Patients who may not be proper candidates are those who are heavy smokers, who have uncontrolled chronic disorders such as diabetes and heart disease, who patients who have had radiation therapy to the head or neck.

Prior to the procedure, your dentist will work with you to create a custom treatment plant that meets your specific dental needs.

During the procedure, the titanium implant will be placed in the bone where the missing tooth was. The jaw will heal around the implant, anchoring it to the jaw. This process can take up to 12 weeks.

Once the implant is secured, a connector post is attached. This will hold your new tooth in place. Your dentist will make impressions of your teeth and create a mold of your bite to ensure the replacement tooth fits properly. Because it is secured to your jawbone, not only will it look like your natural teeth, it will also feel like your own teeth.

Advantages include:

  • Improved appearance and comfort
  • Improved speech
  • Better function
  • Durability and convenience

There are several types of implants available. The option that is best for you will be determined by a dental consultation, during which your dentist will take into account the amount of bone you have left, your general health and your preferences.