Posts for: April, 2016
If you're missing all or several of your teeth, you may have considered dentures but want to know more about them. At the dental office of Dr. David Wadas in Portage, MI, you have several options for replacing your natural teeth. We offer the two main types of dentures: full and partial. Both implements consist of porcelain teeth attached to a plastic gum-colored base, but they serve different purposes. Full dentures are for people who are missing all the natural teeth on one or both gum ridges (upper and lower). Partial dentures fill in spaces where only a few teeth are missing. Within both of these types of dentures, your dentist offers a variety of choices. Find out more here.
Full dentures have three different styles that your Portage dentist will help you choose, based on your dental health and your budget.
Temporary dentures are often used as a means of adjusting to the feel of dentures. They aren't usually made to fit perfectly, but they do help Dr. Wadas' patients transition to the more precisely-designed permanent dentures styles, the first being conventional full dentures. These are crafted from a series of measurements of the mouth, and fit over the gum ridges using a combination of suction and an adhesive paste that your dentist will recommend.
After wearing temporary dentures, you may find that you want more stability in your restorations. In these cases, Dr. Wadas may recommend implant-supported dentures. These dentures are held in place with two or more dental implants that fasten to their base.
For those patients who still have natural teeth remaining, dentists often recommends partial dentures as a way to fill in the gaps and make eating, taking and smiling easier. You may start with a transitional plastic partial, which have sections cut out to fit around your natural teeth. They can serve as a space maintainer for dental implants or other restorations, or can be used in the same manner as temporary full dentures.
The permanent partials, called removable partial dentures, are lighter-weight and more durable than plastic dentures. They typically have metal clasps in order to attach them to the natural teeth.
We here at Dr. David Wadas' dental office know that this information can be overwhelming. You can be assured that whatever style of denture you need, your Portage, MI dentist will help you make the best decision.
Contact us today at (269) 323-1802 for your denture consultation!
A few days before the Oscars, Vanity Fair magazine asked Academy Awards host Neil Patrick Harris to name his most treasured possession. Was it his Tony award statuette for best leading actor in a musical? His star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? The stethoscope he wore while playing teenaged doctor Doogie Howser on TV? No, as it turns out, the 41-year-old actor’s most treasured possession is… his wisdom teeth. Yes, you read that correctly. “Oddly, I still have my four wisdom teeth,” Harris said. “I refuse to let them go or I’ll lose my wise parts.”
How odd is it for a 41-year-old to have wisdom teeth? Actually, not that odd at all. While it is true that wisdom teeth are often removed, there’s no one-size-fits-all approach to this. It all depends on whether they are causing problems now, or are likely to cause problems in the future.
The trouble wisdom teeth cause is related to the fact that they are the last molars to come in, and that molars are large in size. By the time wisdom teeth appear between the ages of 17 and 21, there often is not enough room for them in the jaw. Sometimes it’s because you may have inherited a jaw size that’s too small for your tooth size; and generally speaking, the size of the human jaw has evolved to become smaller over time.
If room is lacking, the adjacent molar (that came in earlier) can interfere with the path of eruption — causing the wisdom tooth to come in at an odd angle. The wisdom tooth can hit up against that other tooth, possibly causing pain or damaging the adjacent tooth. This is known as “impaction.” Sometimes the wisdom tooth breaks only partway through the gum tissue, leaving a space beneath the gum line that’s almost impossible to clean, causing infection. A serious oral infection can jeopardize the survival of teeth, and even spread to other parts of the body.
If a wisdom tooth is impacted, will you know it? Not necessarily. A tooth can be impacted without causing pain. But we can see the position of your wisdom teeth on a dental x-ray and help you make an informed decision as to whether they should stay or go. If removal is the best course of action, rest assured that this procedure is completely routine and that your comfort and safety is our highest priority. If there is no great risk to keeping them, as Neil Patrick Harris has done, we can simply continue to monitor their condition at your regular dental checkups. It will be particularly important to make sure you are reaching those teeth with your brush and floss, and that you keep to your schedule of regular professional cleanings at the dental office. All healthy teeth are indeed worth treasuring.
If you would like more information about wisdom teeth, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”
It would seem the best time to turn your attention to orthodontic problems with your child is when their permanent teeth have come in around early puberty. In fact, you should be attentive much earlier at around 6 years of age.
Here are 3 reasons why an early orthodontic evaluation could be beneficial to your child’s dental health.
We may be able to detect the first signs of a malocclusion. Also known as a poor bite, it’s possible for an experienced dentist or orthodontist to notice the beginning of a malocclusion as the permanent teeth start coming in between ages 6 and 12. Crowding of teeth, abnormal space between teeth, crooked, protruding or missing teeth are all signs that the teeth are not or will not be coming in properly and some type of treatment will eventually be necessary to correct it.
We might spot problems with jaw or facial development. Not all malocclusions arise from faulty erupting teeth position: sometimes they’re caused by abnormal development of the jaw and facial structure. For example, an orthodontist can detect if the upper jaw is developing too narrowly, which can create a malocclusion known as a cross bite. The difference in the source of a malocclusion will determine what present or future treatment will be needed.
We can perform “interceptive” treatment. While braces won’t typically be undertaken until the permanent teeth have come in, there are other treatments that can “intercept” a growing problem to eliminate or lessen future treatment needs. Orthodontists may recommend appliances that help guide incoming teeth, coax impacted teeth to come in fully or expand portions of the upper jaw to normal dimensions.
As with other areas of health, the earlier orthodontic problems are found the better the chances of a successful and less interventional outcome. By having your child examined orthodontically you may be saving money and future difficulties.
If you would like more information on when to begin monitoring bite development in your child, 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 “Early Orthodontic Evaluation.”