Dentures have come a long way from previous generations, and today they make a good tooth replacement option for people of all ages. Whether you are suffering from full or partial tooth loss, there are several different denture models to choose from to restore your smile and improve your oral (and general) health. Dr. Ilya Freyman, a dentist in Longwood, FL, offers a range of cosmetic and general dentistry services. Read below to learn more!
Invest in a New Smile and Improve Your Oral Health with Dentures in Longwood, FL
Living with tooth loss can cause a number of issues from poor nutrition to speech issues. Modern dentures are more comfortable and natural looking than previous models and can provide immediate improvement to your quality of life, self-esteem, and health. Whether you have recently experienced tooth loss or have been living with it for some time, it is never too late to restore your smile and invest in your oral health!
Types of Dentures
The two main categories of dentures are full and partial dentures, which are custom designed to replace all or some missing teeth. Most dentures are removable and attach to the gums through suction, but some patients may qualify for implant supported overdentures, which are secured in place with dental implants. Anyone can qualify for regular dentures, but implants require that patients also be in good overall health and have enough remaining bone density in the gums to support the implants.
Although dentures are custom designed for the most effective and comfortable fit, immediate dentures are a temporary pair that you can wear right away until your custom dentures are ready.
Find a Dentist in Longwood, FL
For more information about dentures and to find the restoration option that is best for you, contact our office by calling (407) 260-0224 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Freyman today!
If you’re brushing and flossing daily, as well as seeing your dentist at least every six months, you’re doing the top things needed to maintain your dental health. But all your hygiene efforts could be undermined if you’re not eating a dental-friendly diet. Simply put, there are foods that protect and promote dental health and those that increase your risk of dental disease.
Diets in the latter category are typically high in added sugar and low in natural food fiber. The largest sources of these are processed sugars from sugar cane or beets and high fructose corn syrup. With just a little knowledgeable label reading, you can find sugar and its various aliases added to thousands of processed food items including pastries, candies, sodas and energy drinks.
Heavy consumption of processed sugars also contributes to dental disease. Disease-causing bacteria thrive on sugar as a food source, which fuels both their growth and their production of oral acid. Elevated acid levels can dissolve the minerals in tooth enamel faster than saliva can keep up. Softened enamel opens the door to tooth decay, while increased bacterial growth can lead to periodontal (gum) disease.
A diet, however, low in added sugar and high in fiber can have the opposite effect. Although fresh fruits and vegetables contain natural sugars, they also have indigestible parts called fiber that slow the digestion of any sugars and allow the body to more efficiently process them. With the higher quantity of vitamins and minerals found in unprocessed foods, the overall effect of this diet is a decrease in your risk for dental disease.
Speaking of dental-friendly foods, we should also give honorable mentions to certain dairy items like cheese and milk that stimulate saliva production and are rich in calcium needed for tooth strength. Another beneficial category is both black and green tea, which contain antioxidants to fight disease and fluoride to strengthen enamel.
Adopting a low-sugar/high-fiber diet can have a profound impact on your overall health. Over time, you’ll also reap dental health rewards with stronger teeth and gums and a lower risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
If you would like more information on diet and oral health, 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 “Nutrition & Oral Health.”
A relatively easy and inexpensive way to improve your smile is to whiten your teeth. In fact, you may even be able to do it yourself at home. Although there are differences between at-home and professional whitening, the former can still be effective.
That effectiveness, though, might be dependent on how well you understand what home whitening can do and what it can’t. So before you purchase your kit, here are a few things to know about DIY teeth whitening.
Home kits are safe—when used as directed. Although nothing in life is completely risk-free, home whitening kits are relatively safe. But only if you follow the directions: If you overuse the bleaching solution beyond its intended use, you could wind up with permanent damage to your tooth enamel that can be costly to treat.
Bleaching solutions are relatively mild. Nearly all home kits use carbamide peroxide, a form of hydrogen peroxide, as their bleaching agent. Home kits usually contain no more than 10% of this agent, much lower than professional solutions. Used as directed, this amount of bleaching agent poses little to no risk to dental or general health. On the other hand, the weaker home kit solution does limit the extent of brightness you can achieve compared to stronger professional treatments.
For top results (or certain conditions), consider professional whitening. While you can obtain good results with a home whitening kit, professional whitening provides more precise brightness control and range, and may possibly last longer. That’s because your dentist has more advanced techniques and equipment, as well as stronger bleaching solutions. And, if your discoloration originates inside your teeth, a home kit won’t help—only a dentist can address that kind of discoloration.
Even if you decide to “go solo,” your dentist can still give you advice on what to look for in a home kit, as well as tips for the actual procedure. But whether you whiten at home or let your dentist do it, teeth whitening can take years off your smile and give you a more attractive look.
If you would like more information on teeth whitening, 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 “Tooth Whitening Safety Tips: Are Bleaching Products Safe?”
Tooth decay is one of the most common diseases in the world, nearly as prevalent as the common cold. It’s also one of the two major dental diseases—the other being periodontal (gum) disease—most responsible for tooth and bone loss.
Tooth decay begins with high levels of acid, the byproduct of oral bacteria feeding on food remnants like sugar. Acid can erode tooth enamel, leading to a cavity that will require removal of decayed material around it and then a filling.
Sometimes, though, decay can spread deeper into the tooth reaching all the way to its core: the pulp with its bundle of nerves and blood vessels. From there it can travel through the root canals to the bone. The continuing damage could eventually lead to the loss of the infected tooth.
If decay reaches the tooth interior, the best course of action is usually a root canal treatment. In this procedure we access the pulp through the crown, the visible part of the tooth, to remove all of the diseased and dead tissue in the pulp chamber.
We then reshape it and the root canals to receive a filling. The filling is normally a substance called gutta percha that’s easily manipulated to conform to the shape of the root canals and pulp chamber. After filling we seal the access hole and later cap the tooth with a crown to protect it from re-infection.
Root canal treatments have literally saved millions of teeth. Unfortunately, they’ve gained an undeserved reputation for pain. But root canals don’t cause pain—they relieve the pain caused by tooth decay. More importantly, your tooth can gain a new lease on life.
But we’ll need to act promptly. If you experience any kind of tooth pain (even if it goes away) you should see us as soon as possible for an examination. Depending on the level of decay and the type of tooth involved, we may be able to perform the procedure in our office. Some cases, though, may have complications that require the skills, procedures and equipment of an endodontist, a specialist in root canal treatment.
So, don’t delay and allow tooth decay to go too far. Your tooth’s survival could hang in the balance.
If you would like more information on tooth decay treatment, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor article “Root Canal Treatment: What You Need to Know.”
What your dentist in Longwood wants you to know about the importance of good oral hygiene
Did you know that if your mouth is healthy, it helps the rest of your body stay healthy too? It’s true. In fact, an unhealthy mouth can put you at higher risk of heart disease, stroke, and even Alzheimer’s disease. So, how do you keep your mouth healthy? Dr. Ilya Freyman in Longwood, FL, wants to share the facts about how you can keep good oral hygiene habits.
Good oral hygiene habits can save your smile. When you practice good oral hygiene habits, you are eliminating the plaque clinging to your teeth. Why is this important? It’s important because plaque contains millions of harmful bacteria which produce toxins. These toxins can:
- Destroy your teeth, causing cavities
- Infect your gums, causing gum disease
- Reduce your supporting bone, causing periodontal disease
The truth is when you keep good oral hygiene habits you are saving your smile. A good oral hygiene routine doesn’t have to take a big chunk of your time. It only takes a few minutes. Just remember to:
Brush after meals and before bed using a soft-bristled toothbrush or sonic or electric toothbrush. Medium or hard-bristled toothbrushes can damage your gums and teeth over time. Always use fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen your tooth enamel. Brush in a gentle, circular motion over all surfaces of your teeth and along the gumline.
Floss every day, wrapping the floss around the widest part of each tooth as you go down in between your teeth. This wrapping technique keeps the floss from sliding off of the tooth surface. If you have dexterity issues or arthritis, floss picks or holders can be helpful.
Don’t forget to visit your dentist at least once each year for a complete dental exam and x-rays, so your dentist can check for decay and other dental issues. Early treatment of dental problems can prevent abscesses, infections, and tooth loss.
You should also schedule professional dental cleanings once every six months to remove hard deposits which can’t be removed with brushing and flossing. Your dental professional can also show you the newest tools and techniques you can use at home to keep your smile healthy.
If your oral hygiene habits aren’t what they should be, it’s time to get started taking care of your smile. To learn more about oral hygiene and other dental topics, call Dr. Freyman in Longwood, FL, today!
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