RESTORATIVE OPTIONS EXPLAINED
This Wesbsite contains various photographs of treatment methods/modalities to restore teeth. It is not all inclusive, but shows some of the basic issues that occur or are done to correct teeth. It is up to a trained dentist to diagnose and treatment plan your needs. At times, we can simply fill or re-fill teeth with metal or plastic tooth colored restorations. At other times, it will be necessary to crown (cap) a tooth. To restore teeth, advanced methods are sometimes needed – such as root canal treatment, surgical procedures or other procedures to restore the dentition. Finally, some teeth cannot be saved and extraction makes better sense (with a graft commonly advised to aid with future implant replacement). This may mean that patients can have their tooth replaced with a dental implant or perhaps an implant supported prosthesis of some sort. Finally, other patients may elect to wear either a transitional interim denture (flipper), a complete denture or a removable partial denture. Doctor Kiser can answer many of your questions pertaining to various modes of care. It is important to know that treatment planning and approaches to care for kids and teens will often vary from that of the adult. As you can see, restoring the oral structures/teeth can be a simple procedure or an involved project; and so it is always important to direct any questions you may have with a trained dentist.
Maintaining Your Dentition, Restorative Care Rendered, or Devices Installed
It would be wise to have and maintain good oral hygiene care at home (brush, floss and rinse), to have regular check-ups, to not smoke, and to live a healthy lifestyle with a healthy diet, so that teeth can endure. Smoking and eating an inappropriate amount of carbohydrates causes many patients to have problems with their teeth. Talk to a dentist about these issues if you are not well informed about these matters. It is my opinion, as well as that of other dental professionals, that smoking is one of the main reasons that many patients have problems with their dentition and supporting structures. “Smokers Bone Loss” (a.k.a. periodontal disease) is an issue that causes accelerated structural loss of bone and supporting structures of the roots of the teeth. Also, smoking is a participating factor in dental decay patterns that we see. It helps to amplify decay issues related to carbohydrate abuse (sugars/starches). Drug abuse, smoking and sugar/starch consumption patterns all lead to accelerated dental decay. If you have concerns, you are encouraged to talk to us about these issues.
What Causes Dental Decay?
Drug abuse, alcohol consumption and smoking can obviously, directly or indirectly, be a part of your dental problems with decay (caries), gingivitis and periodontal disease. This can also create problems with dental implants, and additionally lead to root canal problems. It is not usually acceptable to blame your decay or other problems on being pregnant (and losing all the calcium in your teeth to your babies), or on the fact that your parents had bad teeth, and so must you. Becoming accountable for dental decay or other dental/bone problems is imperative if one’s situation is going to improve. It is okay to have a pop, a candy bar or snack of some sort as a treat. But it is not ok to let a baby nurse a bottle of sugary fruit juices or milk (with its sugar) all day or night. It is not okay to eat sweets or sip on pop or sweetened tea all day long. Have a sugary beverage, have a sweet treat; but do not eat one after the other all day long. Bacteria will turn the constant carbohydrate resources in your mouth into lactic acid and other components, promoting further events that lead to dental decay. Always brush before going to bed! If you need further education to raise your awareness, we can help.
Name Some Carbohydrates
Sugars (dextrose, glucose, fructose, maltose, sweets, etc…)
(diet pop does not have sugar in it, but probably has another set of risks)
Starches (rice, wheat/flour/breads, oats, potato, tapioca, corn, etc.)
*pop, candy, ice cream, milk, chips, Cheetos, Fritos, crackers, cereal, Pop Tarts, donuts, sweetened tea or coffee, pastries, fries, jelly, honey, fruits, juices, punches, booze….all of these types of things are carbohydrates; and if overly consumed, lead to problems with dental decay.