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By Advanced Dental Concepts
October 24, 2014
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Nutrition  
What is the definition of nutrition? It’s the process of consuming the right kind of food for your body. What’s the point of nutrition? It helps your body grow and become strong. And you should create meal plans that cater to your body and oral health. The condition of the teeth and gum tissue plays a vital role in overall health. 
 
At Advanced Dental Concepts, we hope to create an educational forum, so patients know what we can do as well as what they can do for healthier and happier smiles. 
 

Food For Your TeethRemember Your Nutritional Guidelines

By now it should be common sense that soda, sugary snacks and candy aren’t good for the body and teeth. These types of foods contain high levels of sugar, acid and simple carbohydrates—they stimulate bacteria and acid production. Excessive acid and bacteria in the mouth increases the chance of a patient developing tooth decay because the enamel is being broken down. 
 

The food items to focus on:

  • Organic protein
  • Organic, high quality fats
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Low-sugar, low-acidity fruits
  • Whole grains
  • Beans
  • Nuts (only if you don’t have allergies)
  • Dairy (milk, yogurt, cheese)
 
We don’t suggest that you eat greens all day. You need a balanced diet to keep you and your teeth healthy. The food items that are listed above can provide the right amount of protein, carbohydrates, fat and sugar for the best nutritional value. 
 

Get a Status Report from Our Andover Dentist Office 

If bad dietary habits resulted in tooth decay, there is a chance that dental issue could lead to gum issues—gingivitis and gum disease. That’s why annual appointments at the dentist office work to counter such dental problems. 
 
Do you want to know more about what is bad and good for your oral health? Contact our Andover dental practice at (978) 475-2431. 

By Advanced Dental Concepts
October 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
LeAnnRimesDentalDramaEmergencyRootCanal

Singer LeAnn Rimes was forced to cancel a string of performances recently, as a more pressing engagement came up: a late-night meeting with her endodontist. It turned out that the country-pop star needed some emergency dental work performed while she was on tour. But her die-hard fans needn't have felt left out — Rimes faithfully tweeted each stage of her dental treatment.

The trouble began before she was scheduled to play a show in Ohio. “Waiting on the endodontist to meet me and do a nighttime root canal,” she informed her twitter followers. Instead of performing, Rimes was advised to spend the next few days resting after the emergency treatment. “Happy Friday! I'll be spending mine in bed,” she tweeted after the previous evening's procedure. The following Monday, Rimes returned to the dentist's chair for follow-up treatment.

It turned out that the singer had been battling dental pain for months. “I am so disappointed that I can't make it to my fans tonight.” Rimes explained in a statement. “I had wanted to give them the show they deserved and only wish this tooth pain held out a little longer.”

If there's a moral to this story, it's this: If you have tooth pain, don't wait to see a dentist. Call us right away!

A feeling of constant pain and pressure in your mouth is a clear indication that you may need a root canal. Another telltale symptom is sharp pain when you bite down on food, or lingering pain after eating something hot or cold. Not every symptom is as clear-cut, however — the only way to know for sure whether you need treatment is to come in for an evaluation.

Pain in your teeth or gums may be a symptom of a serious condition. Even if the pain goes away temporarily, an underlying infection generally does not. If a treatment such as root canal therapy is needed, the sooner it is obtained, the better you'll feel. And remember, root canal treatment doesn't cause tooth pain — it relieves it!

If you have any concerns about tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “I'd Rather Have a Root Canal” and “Signs and Symptoms of a Future Root Canal.”


By Advanced Dental Concepts
October 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  
TheImplantProcesscanbeShortenedDependingontheToothType

Dental implants are considered the premier option for tooth replacement. While all implant procedures follow the same general concept — a titanium post surgically inserted into the jawbone with an attached life-like crown — the installation process can vary.

From their earliest history, implants have usually been installed through a two-stage process. In the first stage, the surgeon inserts the titanium post in the bone and leaves it “submerged” below the gum level to protect it from oral bacteria and the effects of chewing and biting. About three months later after the bone attaches to the titanium (a process called osseointegration), the surgeon then performs the second stage by re-exposing the implant and attaching a temporary abutment and crown for the patient to wear while the permanent abutment and crown are fabricated and later attached in 2-6 weeks.

In recent years, advancements in materials and design have made possible a one-stage process that allows the implant to protrude above the gum line during osseointegration and shortens the process. After the initial three-month healing period, the implant is ready for “loading” with the permanent crown.

The choice between which of these two procedures should be used for your implants will first depend on the type of tooth being replaced. A front tooth benefits from the one-stage procedure for cosmetic reasons because the surgeon can install a temporary crown to the exposed abutment during osseointegration (as long as the temporary tooth isn’t in functional contact with other teeth). An implant for a back tooth, on the other hand, doesn't have a large cosmetic demand so those one stage procedures usually end up with an exposed healing abutment but no temporary crown.

The strength of the bone is also a factor. Some bone tends to be softer, particularly in the back of the mouth. There’s a chance the implant could move in this softer bone, adversely affecting the outcome. For this reason, the two-stage procedure can be the preferred approach for posterior teeth as it offers more protection from movement.

You can be sure we’ll consider all these and other factors during your initial examination, and then advise you on the best approach. Above all, we want to make sure — whether a one-stage or a two-stage implant process — the result is a smile you can be proud of.

If you would like more information on dental implants, 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 “Staging Surgery in Implant Dentistry.”


By Advanced Dental Concepts
October 20, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Veneers   Dental Crowns  
Whether due to a sport injury or nagging tooth decay, you’ve been dealing with chipped, imperfect teeth and you’re looking for options. We are ready to help you make an informed decision about your smile. However, perhaps you’re not sure whether veneers or crowns would be the right alternative for you. We always recommend that our patients weigh the positive and negatives of each procedure to come up with an option that suits their needs. If you’re interested in getting dental veneers in Andover, be sure to measure this treatment against dental crowns to see which one you should opt for.
 

Veneers ImageWhat Are You Fixing?

 
Veneers are a great option for patients who want to improve either the shape or color of their smiles. If there is crowding or spacing between teeth, veneers can also solve this issue. On the other hand, crowns are used when there is less tooth structure available. This often happens if you have had serious tooth decay. If crowns are your only option because of severe decay, have no fear. Crowns are a great option and have all the aesthetics positives that Andover porcelain veneers promise.
 

How’s Your Oral Health?

 
In order for you to get veneers in Andover, there are a few health-related criteria that you have to be able to check off before you’re considered a good candidate. If you have gum disease, diabetes, have TMJ or teeth grinding issues, or smoke more than a pack a day, then dental veneers are not a good option for your lifestyle. But if your mouth gets the seal of approval in health, veneers might be the perfect solution.
 

Consider Your Situation

 
Are you a tooth grinder or a heavy chewer? If so, crowns might win out over veneers. Since veneers are wafer thin pieces of porcelain, they do better in environments in which they only handle light force. However, if you’re pretty easy on your teeth, veneers in Andover might be the ticket.
 

Call Advanced Dental Concepts for more on Veneers and Dental Crowns 

 
So stop wishing you could have the perfect smile and know that dental veneers in Andover are just a call away. Call our Andover office at (978) 475-2431 and let’s get you smiling again!