How long do teeth last: Teeth and Aging – American Dental Association
Teeth and Aging – American Dental Association
As you age, it becomes even more important to take good care of your teeth and dental health. One common misconception is that losing your teeth is inevitable. This is not true. If cared for properly, your teeth can last a lifetime.
Your mouth changes as you age. The nerves in your teeth can become smaller, making your teeth less sensitive to cavities or other problems. If you don’t get regular dental exams, this in turn can lead to these problems not being diagnosed until it is too late.
If you want to feel good, stay healthy, and look great throughout life, you might be surprised what a difference a healthy mouth makes.
Tips for Maintaining and Improving Your Oral Health
Brush twice a day with a toothbrush with soft bristles. You may also benefit from using an electric toothbrush.
Clean between your teeth once a day with floss or another flossing tool.
If you wear full or partial dentures, remember to clean them on a daily basis. Take your dentures out of your mouth for at least four hours every day. It’s best to remove them at night.
Drink tap water. Since most contains fluoride, it helps prevent tooth decay no matter how old you are.
Quit smoking. Besides putting you at greater risk for lung and other cancers, smoking increases problems with gum disease, tooth decay and tooth loss.
Visit your dentist. Visit your dentist regularly for a complete dental check-up.
By adopting healthy oral habits at home, making smart choices about diet and lifestyle, and seeking regular dental care, you can help your teeth last a lifetime—whether you have your natural teeth, implants or wear dentures.
Caregiving for a Disabled or Elderly Loved One
You may have a parent, spouse or friend who has difficulty maintaining a healthy mouth on their own. How can you help? Two things are critical:
- Help them keep their mouth clean with reminders to brush and floss daily.
- Make sure they get to a dentist regularly.
These steps can prevent many problems, but tasks that once seemed so simple can become very challenging. If your loved one is having difficulty with brushing and flossing, talk to a dentist or hygienist who can provide helpful tips or a different approach. There are dentists who specialize in caring for the elderly and disabled. You can locate a specialist through the Special Care Dentistry Association’s referral directory. For those who wear dentures, pay close attention to their eating habits. If they’re having difficulty eating or are not eating as much as usual, denture problems could be the cause.
When you’re caring for someone who is confined to bed, they may have so many health problems that it’s easy to forget about oral health. However, it’s still very important because bacteria from the mouth can be inhaled into the lungs and cause pneumonia.
If you are a representative for a nursing home resident who needs dental care and is enrolled in Medicaid, there is a regulation, called an Incurred Medical Expense, that may help pay for medically necessary care as determined by a dentist. The Medicaid caseworker at the nursing facility and the dentist providing care can work together to apply the Incurred Medical Expense to pay for needed dental benefits.
Caring for Your Teeth, From Age 1 to 100
Here’s a little secret: It’s possible to live 100 years and still have your natural teeth. Even if you grind them when you’re stressed out, eat a lot of sugary foods, drink too much coffee (which can stain), or occasionally forget to brush and floss, you can still have healthy teeth for many years to come.
“If, starting in the teen years, you develop good brushing and flossing habits, you are less likely to have dental problems as you age,” says Martha Cortes, DDS, who practices in Manhattan. “People with healthy teeth will actually reduce their risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and have lower blood pressure, if they follow what we ask them to do.
“I have some older people,” says Dr. Cortes, “who have actually started crying, saying, ‘If only someone had really made me understand this. If only I had really understood how important a simple thing like brushing and flossing is, and what a difference it would have made.'”
Good dental care starts in infancy, before teeth even appear, and requires daily attention throughout your lifetime. Here is an easy guide to help you keep your teeth and your smile as healthy as possible.
All children should be seen by a dentist by their first birthday, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. The dentist will instruct you on how to keep your baby’s mouth clean and tell you how to avoid problems such as baby bottle tooth decay. “There should be no bottles or sippy cups with milk or juice in bed,” says Beverly A. Largent, DMD, president of the AAPD. “When children go to bed, they do not swallow as often. The teeth are then constantly bathed in a sugary substance. Decay can be so rapid that people think their baby’s teeth came in that way.”
Even before an infant has teeth, you should wipe his or her mouth daily with a washcloth or specially formulated dental wipes to help eliminate bacteria that can cause thrush, an oral yeast infection marked by irritation and white patches in the mouth. Move on to a soft toothbrush once teeth erupt, brushing at least once a day, says Dr. Largent. As a rule, children cannot be expected to brush their own teeth properly until they have developed the fine motor control that allows them to write in cursive, around age 8. Flossing should start as soon as a child’s teeth are touching, usually by age 3.
Schedule dental visits twice a year, and ask your dentist about dental sealants, which can protect teeth against decay. If you use well water, be sure to ask whether fluoride supplements are necessary, advises Dr. Largent.
As children enter adolescence, their new set of adult teeth is at an increased risk for cavities and gum disease. That’s because brushing and flossing has now become their own responsibility and they might not be so vigilant about it. While away from home, they may consume large amounts of sugary beverages that feed destructive oral bacteria.
“We tend to see a lot of decay between the teeth of patients at that age,” says Kimberly Harms, DDS, consumer adviser for the American Dental Association. They know how to brush, she says, but flossing to get rid of bacteria between the teeth becomes just as important for healthy teeth.
Wisdom teeth also become an issue in the teen years. They should be removed, Dr. Harms says, because most people simply don’t have enough room in their mouths to accommodate them. “The advantage of getting them extracted early,” she says, “is that they are fairly easy to remove because the roots are not formed and your bone is more pliable.”
Young adults often believe that if their teeth aren’t bothering them, they don’t need to see a dentist. Nothing could be further from the truth, Dr. Harms says. “You may not know you have a cavity until you need a root canal,” she says, “because the tooth doesn’t start to hurt until the nerve has been damaged.”
Adults should brush twice daily with fluoridated toothpaste and floss once a day. Electric or sonic toothbrushes work well, but not everyone needs them, says Jean Connor, a registered dental hygienist and president of the American Dental Hygienists’ Association. “You can clean just as well with a manual toothbrush as you can with a mechanical toothbrush,” she says, ‘but most patients have a tendency to brush longer with an electric toothbrush.”
Dental care is extremely important for pregnant women because studies have shown a link between gum disease and low-birth-weight babies. “Because of the hormonal changes that take place in your body during pregnancy, you are at a much higher risk of developing some gingivitis,” Dr. Harms says.
The frequency of dental visits depends on your dental history, hygiene skills, and genetics. Most people should have a checkup every six months.
This is the time when your teeth really start showing their age. Fillings you received decades ago start to break down. “We start to see more root canals and tend to see more crowns because these teeth have been filled to capacity because of repeated cavities and fillings,” Dr. Harms says.
Gum disease becomes a formidable foe in middle age, says Dr. Harms. You need to focus on daily flossing and brushing to keep your gums as healthy as possible — gum disease has been linked with a risk of heart disease, according to the American Academy of Periodontology.
Oral cancer becomes a concern as well, especially among smokers. “If you have a sore in your mouth that does not go away within two weeks, it needs to be looked at by your dentist,” Dr. Harms says.
As we age, medications can lengthen our lifespan and improve our quality of life. Unfortunately, a common side effect of many drugs is dry mouth. Saliva is a natural tooth protector, so having less of it increases the risk of cavities. Many people use candies or gum to combat dry mouth, but such a habit can actually add fuel to the fire, says Connor — sugar feeds bacteria in your mouth. To stimulate saliva, dentists prefer gum with the natural sugar substitute xylitol, because it mimics the action of fluoride. Sugarless candies and gum are also recommended.
If a condition such as arthritis or declining vision is making it difficult for you to brush, try an electric toothbrush. Continue to see a dentist twice a year.
By taking care of your teeth, you’re not just ensuring a pretty smile. Tooth loss can affect your self-esteem and make it hard to enjoy the foods you love. And if you aren’t eating properly, you’re putting yourself at risk for nutritional deficiencies. In addition, says Dr. Cortes, “poor dental hygiene can cause bacteria to enter the bloodstream,” which puts you at a higher risk for heart disease, lung infections, diabetes, and osteoporosis.
For these reasons, being proactive about your dental care is worth the effort. “It takes brushing twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting a dentist on a regular basis,” Dr. Harms says. The rewards are worth it — good oral hygiene can help you keep your teeth for a lifetime.
Reviewed by Dr. Holly Atkinson
How Long Do Fillings, Crowns, Root Canals Last? — Metro Dental Care Blog
You’ve probably heard of the body rejecting organs or other things the immune system considers foreign or invasive. What you might not know is that your immune system can also eventually flag root canals or dental crowns. Beyond that, dental technologies simply don’t last forever. So how long can you expect your filling, crown, or root canal to last?
Well, it depends.
There are several ways your fillings may fail, and which way and how soon is going to depend on what the filling is made out of and how skilled your Calgary dentist was. In general, fillings are (or were) made of gold, silver amalgam, or composite resins. Gold is the sturdiest and last between 15-30 years. Silver fillings usually last between 10-15 years, and composite has the shortest life span at 5-7. Any of these fillings can, with time, wear out or fall out. Silver and composite fillings (but not gold), can also crack or leak. Remember that excellent oral hygiene and regular visits to your Calgary dentist will help your filling to last longer. In general, we recommend composite resin fillings for front teeth as they’ll create a more aesthetic smile.
Regardless of your lifestyle and oral hygiene, a crown should last at least five years, and your dental insurance will likely pay for a replacement if it doesn’t. However, with daily brushing, occasional flossing, and very average oral health overall, we usually see crowns lasting 10-15 years. For patients with exceptional brushing, impeccable flossing, and semiannual visits to their Calgary dentist, 25-30 years isn’t unheard of. Whether the crown is attached to a titanium implant or your natural root will play a role in whether (and how fast) the crown is rejected by your body. Avoiding bad habits like chewing your nails or opening plastic packages with your teeth will also help your crown to last longer.
A root canal is often the last option for saving a tooth that is terrible infected. Your Calgary dentist will make a small hole in your tooth, remove the pulp (nerve and living tissue), and then fill up the hole. Given that the tooth is often quite sick before the procedure, it’s fair to say these teeth are weaker than most of your other natural teeth. After a root canal, it may only last another 10-15 years. However, there are ways to help your tooth last for the rest of your life. You can have it crowned, which will add extra strength and durability to the tooth. You can also carefully schedule and keep your semi annual appointments with your dentist and make sure to keep up your oral hygiene. It’s especially important to keep this tooth safe from further infection and injury, so don’t chew ice, avoid the habits previous mentioned, and make sure to brush and floss!
How long a particular dental technology will last in a particular person’s mouth is always going to be a bit up in the air. There’s a range of likely lifespans for any given technology, and the better care you take of your mouth, the longer things will last. If you want to learn more about how fillings, crowns, and root canals work to keep your smile healthy, contact the experts at Metro Dental today!
The Lifespan of Your Teeth
How Long Can They Last?
Many people consider losing teeth as just a part of getting old. In fact, by the time the average American reaches seventy years of age, they’ve lost at least a tooth or two. One report says that over 25% of adults from age 65 to 74 have lost all their teeth. Another survey reported that the average person in the same age group has about 10 teeth remaining. Fortunately, those are just averages. Many individuals make it to 90 years or more with a full set of undamaged teeth. What’s their secret? Is tooth loss really just a part of getting old, or can it be avoided?
Your teeth are a finite feature of your body. You have 32 adult teeth, each covered with enamel – the strongest substance in your body. Your teeth chomp, chew, bite, and break down the foods you eat. That daily wear and tear, even with a healthy diet, takes a toll on them over time.
Thankfully, your body has systems in place to support your teeth, but decades of unhealthy foods, bad habits, or neglect are often too much for your body systems to combat on their own. What’s more, if tooth enamel or dentin deteriorate beyond a certain point, they cannot be repaired or replaced without professional help from the Placerville Dental Group. Our dentists have several options to restore your smile, from fillings and crowns to dental bridges and dental implants.
Other Factors for Increased Tooth Loss
As age increases, certain dental circumstances come into play. You might experience gum recession, a common issue with increased age. Another development is dry mouth, a side effect of over 500 different medications used to treat things like asthma, high blood pressure or cholesterol, and even depression. Dry mouth often leads to tooth decay, since saliva contains important minerals for rebuilding the tooth enamel. That’s why it’s important to let your dentist know what medications you are currently taking.
Preserving Your Teeth
Even with all these factors, you can help your teeth stay healthy and clean by brushing them twice a day, supplemented with flossing, and as needed mouthwash use. Good oral hygiene hinders the bacteria that try to compromise your teeth. This simply daily routine significantly increases the chances of keeping your teeth for life!
Visiting your dentist for checkups and tooth cleanings every six months improves those chances even further. Even under current COVID-19 restrictions, the Placerville Dental Group is ready to support you and your teeth safely and successfully. We monitor your teeth and inspect them with every visit to make sure any developments are noted and addressed. Granted, if you need restorative dentistry to bring back your smile, we will certainly help you, but we’d rather help you maintain all your natural teeth for the rest of your life. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online for more information.
Edward L. Loev, DMD: Dentist
The number of teeth you keep as you get older could indicate just how long you will keep getting older. We recently sat in our lounge at San Francisco Cosmetic Dentist Edward L. Loev’s office celebrating a longtime team member’s birthday, joking and lovingly teasing her about aging. It’s funny how things like extra pounds and wrinkles as we get older aren’t too popular but keeping teeth and one’s own body parts (hips, knees, etc.) are. It got us thinking is there a correlation between how many teeth we have and how long we will live. Recent research says, yes! Studies found a direct connection between tooth loss due to “stress” during an individual’s life, including specific social, emotional, economic, and educational experiences as well as health issues like chronic disease, genetic conditions, nutritional intake, and lifestyle choices and longevity. Their research showed that people who had lost 5 or more teeth by the age of 65 years were more likely to suffer from cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and osteoporosis, all of which could severely limit life expectancy. Increased societal importance has been placed on staying healthy in our society. But it appears that there may be quality of life and socioeconomic factors at play as well when it comes to the tie between the aforementioned illnesses. The study concludes that the number of teeth in aging humans can affect longevity and life expectancy primarily because they are reflective of an individual’s overall health. “People lose their teeth for many reasons says,” said Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD “Sometimes it’s due to an accident or some type of trauma or heredity but more commonly it’s a result of, smoking, a poor oral health routine or extended neglect. Secondarily it can be related to gum disease, which is closely linked to health conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.” Our lives are busy and teeth and dentist don’t usual top most people to-do lists but paying close attention to one’s mouth and to visiting their dental team regularly to check for any signs of disease can help save teeth and actually extend one’s life. Another similar study found that people who have a full set of teeth when they are 74 years old are significantly more likely to reach the age of 100. Can you imagine… living to that age being a norm rather than an exception? It can happen, if we all watch our overall health and stay conscious of the correlation between oral health and overall body health.
Cosmetic Dentist Dr. Edward L. Loev, DMD has been practicing dentistry in his Downtown, Union Square San Francisco dental office for over 40 years. He has surrounded himself with an amazing team of individuals who are committed to patient care and service. Call them today at 415-392-2072 to set-up a complimentary cosmetic consultation or even just a new patient visit if you are in need/want of a new dentist.
Team Loev is comprised of highly dedicated professionals who along with San Francisco Cosmetic, Restorative and Implant Dentist Dr. Edward Loev are committed to educating and hopefully entertaining in-person and virtual patients and making their lives a bit healthier and brighter
Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry
Dr. David Blaustein at Chelsea Dental Aesthetics offers the latest technology to provide patients with teeth in a day.
Given the past process that may have included bone grafting, fittings for temporary dentures, and up to 18 months of dental visits, you may be thinking this sounds “too good to be true.” That is understandable, but fast, long-lasting, high-quality implants are, in fact, available for most individuals.
What are teeth-in-a-day?
Admittedly, the name is a little bit of a misnomer, since most “same day implants” and “teeth in a day” dentistry requires two or three appointments. The basic gist is that all the tooth fabrication and placement is done in one brief, convenient visit. Even the complex work of multiple implants or grafting can now be completed in just one day, thanks to computer and 3-D printing technology. At your first visit, you’ll be measured and images of your teeth will be taken for planning purposes. All the initial prep and temporary dental work is done in one day. Finally, the temporary teeth are replaced with more permanent ones once the implant posts fuse more permanently with the jawbone.
How long will teeth in a day last?
Dental implants – even those done in a single day – should last for decades if they are well cared for, just like normal teeth. Generally speaking, if you are over 45 years old, your same day dental implant posts can last a lifetime. The crown typically needs replacement every 10-15 years due to the normal wear and tear of chewing. Long-term studies are limited, but the literature suggests success rates ranging from 93 to 98 percent in the first decade.
An expert implant dentist will be able to evaluate the process of osseointegration to tell whether or not your jawbone has completely absorbed the titanium post. In addition to the dentist’s skill in assessing and placing the implants, a patient’s genetics, overall health, nutritional habits and lifestyle will also influence longevity. Patients with diabetes, cancer, or heart disease may require more frequent dental work, for instance, so it is important to be candid in discussing your complete medical history with your dentist.
You can also ensure that your teeth in a day last longer by:
- Brushing and flossing at least twice a day.
- Scheduling regular checkups with a dental hygienist.
- Not smoking or drinking through straws.
- Eating healthy and keeping blood sugar levels in check.
Same day dentistry in Midtown Manhattan
With shorter procedure times, lower cost and equally good outcomes, same day implants are an excellent choice for many patients. Contact Dr. David Blaustein at 347-773-4917 for more information about same day dental implants in NYC.
- Dental Implant Cost Guide – FAQs http://www.dentalimplantcostguide.com/faqs/
- Journal of Oral Implantologists – 7-year follow-up of 93 immediately loaded titanium dental implants http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15751385
- International Journal of Oral Maxillofacial Implants – A resonance frequency analysis assessment of maxillary and mandibular immediately loaded implants http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16161743
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Comprehensive, Cosmetic, and Implant Dentistry located in Chelsea, New York, NY
What are Dead Teeth? | MGA Dental
POSTED: Friday, January 31st, 2020
What are Dead Teeth?
Did you know that teeth are actually living things? That’s right, this means it’s also possible for teeth to die. Tooth death most often happens due to physical trauma, such as s deep cavity or cracked tooth. Dead teeth can be reclaimed through the use of root canal therapy, but to fully understand how this works it’s important to first know the anatomy of a tooth.
The end of the tooth that you can see in an open mouth is called the crown, while the base of the teeth that lies buried in gums and bone is called the root. Each tooth has three basic layers. The outer layer is called the enamel, and the inner layer around the root is called cementum. Inside these layers you find the last layer, the dentin. Underneath the dentin lies the pulp, which is made up of nerves, blood vessels and other tissue. People often refer to the pulp as the “nerve.” This is not technically accurate, since nerves and blood vessels are only partially in the tooth and partially in the bones and gums through the roots.
The pulp can get harmed if the layers of the teeth get cracked or rot away, and this can lead to infection caused by liquid pressure, gasses, pus, or invading germs. This will result in swelling and a good deal of pain, signaling the death of your tooth.
How long can a dead tooth stay in your mouth?
Teeth that are referred to as “dead” are called so because there is no more blood flowing to it, hence it cannot sustain life. You’ve got various terms for dead teeth, including “non-vital tooth,” or “necrotic pulp.”
Once a tooth dies, it’s only a matter of time before it falls out of its own accord. It is not a wise decision to allow this to happen, however, as it can harm your other teeth and jaw and can actually be pretty dangerous. Depending on the type and extent of the damage, it may be days, weeks, months, and sometimes even years before the tooth falls out. This doesn’t mean you should wait around for it to happen, and it’s strongly recommended you go to your dentist and get the tooth dealt with as soon as possible after noticing the death of your tooth.
It’s generally not possible to tell if a tooth is dead by simply looking at it, and it’s always better to get a dentist to give you a proper diagnosis instead trying to guess or figure it out yourself. Yet another reason to go for regular dentist check-ups.
Two sure signs that you should go and get your teeth looked at by a dental professional include discomfort or pain, and if your teeth are changing in color or getting darker.
Pain will often mean that the pulp is infected or the tooth nerve is dying. Many people think that once the nerve is dead you won’t feel anything. This is not the case, as the pain doesn’t come from inside the tooth, but from nerve endings on the tooth’s exterior. These are referred to as the periodontal membrane.
How long does it take for a tooth to die?
Once a tooth is damaged or decaying, it’s only a matter of time before it dies. Depending on how heavy the damage, the tooth could die within a matter of days or even a couple of months. Darkened or discolored teeth are often the first sign that your tooth is on its way out. Teeth that are healthy should be a shade of white. Depending on how you upkeep your teeth on a daily basis, your teeth will be whiter or more yellowish. Coffee, red wine, smoke and blueberries are just a few of the things that could darken your teeth. When consumed on a daily basis, these could all have adverse effects on your teeth (although blueberries are by far the most harmless of the lot).
If you have a tooth that’s dying, it will appear different than the other teeth, shifting more towards yellow, gray, light brown, and, in some cases, black.
Once you experience any of these symptoms, instead of waiting for your tooth to die or fall out, you should definitely visit a dentist and deal with it before it gets too serious or does any heavier damage. A dead or dying tooth left in the mouth may not do a whole lot of immediate damage right off the bat, but leaving it in for too long can cause other teeth to rot and even cause problems and unwanted issues with your jaw.
What happens if you leave a dead tooth in?
As we’ve covered above, leaving a tooth in your head once it’s already dead or dying can cause further complications if the infection spreads. But that’s not all. Some more immediate results include a marred appearance and foul breath. When a tooth is dead, it’s generally very visible, and if it’s one of the teeth in the forefront of your smile it can be very distracting and unpleasant to look at, especially if it’s a black tooth. And nobody appreciates speaking to someone whose breath smells bad.
Once the nerves fizzle out and die, you might have to get root canal therapy. It’s a painless procedure that consists of a couple simple steps. First, you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the area of your mouth that will be operated on. Next, an opening is created so your dentist can access the area with the pulp. The pulp is then removed and the canals get cleaned out to prepare the space for the filling, after which the filling is placed and the process is done.
Keeping a healthy lifestyle, eating healthy, and maintaining good oral health by brushing and flossing daily can help you avoid any dead teeth altogether. Couple that with regular dentist visits and you can honestly say you’re doing your best to safeguard your oral health.
90,000 Service life of veneers: how long they hold on the teeth, service life and durability
How long veneers on teeth installed at TopSmile clinic serve
To understand how long veneers can last, let’s figure out what it is and how they are installed.
Dental veneers are special coatings or thin plates that are applied to the anterior part of the front teeth. Today
this is the most effective and quickest way to get rid of cosmetic imperfections such as darkening of the enamel, chips, curvature
teeth, etc.The service life of veneers largely depends on the material from which they are made and on the method of installation. V
TopSmile dentistry uses two methods of dental restoration – direct and indirect.
Indirect manufacturing method
This method is used to install ceramic veneers, ceramics and lumineers – ultra-thin plates. They are all manufactured
in the technical laboratory of the clinic using special equipment. Ceramic plates are ultra-thin material,
with the help of which, with minimal processing of teeth, you can achieve the natural whiteness of the teeth and hide minor imperfections,
and also become the owner of a real Hollywood smile.
The service life of ceramic veneers directly depends on the quality of their manufacture. In our laboratory, ceramic onlays
the teeth are made according to the impression, which is made by the doctor after the preparation of the teeth. Porcelain, or in other words, ceramics,
in terms of its properties, it largely resembles human teeth, and it changes little over time. Although the plates are made
very thin, with proper care they do not darken or crack. Another major advantage of ceramic plates
and the indirect method of restoration is that the tooth underneath remains “alive”, that is, the doctor does not remove the nerve.Absence
polymerization shrinkage, prevents caries from forming under veneers, leaving teeth healthy at the junction between veneers
and a tooth.
90,000 How long do the prostheses last for express basal implantation
The service life of the prosthetic systems installed on implants (basal implantation with immediate loading) is determined by the selected materials. In this case, the root part of the implants will last about 20 years or more. Metal plastic prostheses – no more than 3 years.Sintered metal is a more durable material. Its service life exceeds ten years. The most durable and strongest category includes prosthetic systems made of zirconium oxide. If they are qualitatively fixed on implants, then they will stand until the end of their owner’s life.
But it is not possible to determine the exact service life of all prosthetic structures without exception. These terms depend not only on the material, the conscientious work of the dentist, but also on the behavior of the owner of the prostheses.All necessary hygiene rules are expected to be observed, which include:
- Daily cleaning of tooth surfaces with a soft or medium brush. At the same time, do not forget about high-quality toothpaste. Brushing your teeth is carried out at least a couple of times a day, and if possible – after each meal.
- Scrupulous and thorough disposal of harmful microorganisms in the oral cavity (mouthwash, use of toothbrushes, dental floss).
- Particular attention should be paid to irrigator , which is able to remove micro particles of food from the most inaccessible places.
- Regular visits to the dental office for a professional examination. Only a professional is able to adequately assess the condition of prosthetic systems, as well as implants. With regular visits, the dentist will be able to start treatment at an early stage, which will have a beneficial effect on the duration of the implants and crowns.
You should be aware that artificial systems introduced into the jaw bone mass will serve their owner for several decades, and with a favorable clinical picture – all his life.But for this, the patient needs to carefully monitor not only the hygienic state of his oral cavity, but also the health of the whole organism as a whole. A person wearing implants must have good immunity and well-being. He should not allow the transition of his existing chronic diseases into an acute form, as well as injuries to the jaw.
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90,000 Scientists: the poor have eight teeth less in old age
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People living in poverty lose teeth faster with age than their wealthy peers, scientists have found out
Representatives of the poorest strata of the population by the age of 70 have, on average, eight teeth less than their wealthier peers.
This is evidenced by the results of a study by British scientists published in the journal of Dental Research.
More than 6000 people took part in the study. It turned out that the poorest of the participants were significantly more likely to suffer from tooth decay and gum disease.
In addition, they had fewer teeth in old age, so their teeth were less densely spaced than usual.
Eight teeth are a quarter of the complete set of teeth in an adult.
“The fact that the poor, in contrast to the rich, have a less healthy oral cavity is perhaps not the biggest surprise. The surprise is how significant these differences can be and how much they affect people’s lives” – so Professor Jimmy Steele from the University of Newcastle commented on the results.
Without milk and eggs
For example, 68-year-old Sydney Elcock, who lives in the north-east of England, lost all his teeth at an early age due to gum disease caused by poor oral hygiene.
Photo author, SPL
The poorest of the study participants suffered from caries much more often
“I had false teeth, but they do not last long. The fact that I have no teeth makes my life very difficult. And it costs a lot of money to insert normal teeth, “said Elcock.
“When I was young, we didn’t have milk or eggs, we didn’t have any dairy products. We had to eat egg powder. I’m sure this is what caused me to lose my teeth,” he added in an interview with Bee -bi-si.
According to another previously published study, today’s youth generally have healthier teeth than older people.
According to Dr. Sandra White, Public Health England has developed guidelines specifically for local authorities on how to make dental care available to young Britons from low-income families.
“We are also developing similar guidelines to support the most vulnerable adults,” Dr. White told the BBC.
NO CHEWING TEETH | END DEFECT
Problem: End defect (no chewing teeth)
End defect is the absence of extreme teeth in the row of the upper or lower jaw. The reasons for the loss can be different: from diseases of the oral cavity to age factors. The absence of extreme teeth is one of the most unpleasant problems, since the patient’s bite is disturbed, problems with the digestive system appear – after all, it is the lateral teeth that serve for thorough and high-quality chewing of food.In addition, as a result of the absence of teeth, the bone tissue is noticeably reduced in volume, and the cheeks literally fall into the oral cavity, which noticeably affects the aesthetics of the face.
Emir Romanovich Omerelli
Maxillofacial surgeon, implantologist
Experience: more than 13 years
Sunken cheeks, stomach problems, inability to eat your favorite food and other problems – all these are the consequences of the absence of chewing teeth.If your teeth have recently been removed, do not delay going to the dentist to develop a plan for their restoration. These can be prostheses or implants – according to your preferences. If a long time has passed and the bone under the missing chewing teeth has atrophied, additional bone grafting or implantation will be required, or osteoplasty can be dispensed with using the basal implantation method.
End defect is one of the most difficult problems, since many prostheses must have at least two supports in the form of regular teeth for reliable fixation (for this reason, it is impossible to install permanent bridges on natural teeth).In addition, artificial teeth must withstand maximum loads, because they have the greatest pressure when chewing food.
Option 1: Basal dental implantation is an excellent alternative to removable prosthetics. In the area of the chewing teeth, from 2 to 4 basal implants are installed, on which a permanent metal-plastic prosthesis is installed on the third – fourth day. After the expiration of the service life of the prosthesis, it can be replaced, while the implants do not need to be changed.More>
The use of both implants and natural teeth as supports for a bridge is not recommended, since such a design leads to a rapid destruction of the abutment teeth, which will also have to be replaced with implants.
Option 2: Nylon removable dentures are constructions that are made of soft and highly flexible nylon. The peculiarity of these prostheses is that they can be fixed both on the abutment teeth and exclusively on the gums.In the case of the end effect, the nylon prosthesis will have hooks that will allow it to be fixed on only one side of the abutment teeth. In addition, the prosthesis will envelop the gums, so that the structure will not cause discomfort and will be securely fixed in the oral cavity. The prosthesis will last from 7 years, however, closer to the middle of the service life, the patient will have to introduce additional methods of fixation: for example, cream and ointment, since one support in the form of natural teeth is still not enough for the long-term use of the structure.More>
Option 3: Plate removable dentures are constructions made of plastic. They are much cheaper than nylon prostheses, they are fixed in the same way: with the help of plastic hooks and securely enveloping the gums. However, plate designs are less comfortable, due to the excessive density of the material used. In addition, their service life is about five years. More>
Teeth augmentation. Views. Application. Pros and cons of
Everyone dreams of a beautiful, healthy and brilliant smile.A smile has always been the hallmark of a person. But with age, due to various negative factors, dental health deteriorates, teeth darken, microcracks and caries appear. Any of the negative processes can lead to the loss of a part of the tooth, or the formation of a hole.
What is tooth augmentation?
Teeth augmentation can help in this case. In our time, few people, at least once in their life, have not heard this expression. This is a modern, progressive and most importantly effective method of correcting dental imperfections and dental problems.Extension allows not only to restore the full value of the tooth in terms of functionality, but also looks great aesthetically. Most often, after a high-quality augmentation of a tooth or teeth, it seems impossible to determine that any dental procedures were performed on the teeth, the tooth looks healthy, and the smile is beautiful.
Contrary to popular belief, dental augmentation is not the name of a procedure. This is a whole system, a set of measures for the restoration of a tooth or dentition as a whole.In any particular situation, the doctor makes a decision about the method of treatment and methods of correcting the problem. The tooth can be grown on a filling or on a post. You can also build up a tooth and place it under a crown. In this case, the tooth is completely protected from external influences, and the crown protects it from possible destruction. In any situation, it is necessary to consult with an experienced doctor, only a specialist can advise the optimal solution to the problem. After all, the question is not only in aesthetic beauty, but more in functionality and preservation of a healthy dentition.Each patient should understand for himself that the main thing is to preserve his own teeth.
Advantages of building up teeth
Teeth augmentation has no analogues in terms of tooth restoration. In view of these features, the procedure itself and the execution technology have both a number of positive and negative aspects. Although it should be noted right away that there are much fewer disadvantages to dental augmentation than advantages, and in terms of importance, they are insignificant. The main advantages of the technology include:
- Complete restoration of the tooth.Every dentist can say without thinking that the main task of any dental treatment procedures is aimed at preserving the patient’s healthy tooth. No matter how technologies develop, no matter how progressive implants are now, but the human tooth cannot be replaced by any world technology. Therefore, complete restoration of the tooth preserves healthy roots and healthy teeth of the patient. This is the most noticeable plus of this procedure.
- Cosmetic effect. Restoration of a tooth by means of augmentation, not only returns it to full functionality, but also completely solves the cosmetic effect.After augmentation, the tooth has its original natural and natural shape. Also, the composite material is matched to the color of the teeth of a particular patient. Each person has a different color of teeth, for some it is perfectly white, for others with different shades of yellowness. Thanks to the well-chosen material, the color and appearance of the tooth is no different from other adjacent teeth. Thus, the aesthetics of either the exposed tooth or the entire dentition is not compromised.
- Durability.A tooth restored in this way has excellent strength and is not inferior in this regard to healthy teeth. With proper nutrition, subject to the recommendations of the doctor, such a tooth will last for many years.
- Several teeth can be restored in one session with a doctor. Thus, in one visit, you can get rid of problems in different parts of the oral cavity. But it all depends on the complexity, on the size of the destruction and the number of teeth that are to be built up. During the initial dental examination, the doctor himself will tell you how best to proceed.
- Materials used for building are environmentally friendly and do not cause allergic reactions. Reactions to drugs and materials are not uncommon in modern medicine. Therefore, the use of materials that do not cause allergic reactions is undoubtedly an advantage.
- Cost. Despite a number of important advantages, dental augmentation is also cheaper in terms of cost. This procedure will be cheaper than dental prosthetics. Despite the fact that the prosthetics procedure is extremely complicated and does not give one hundred percent guarantees.On the other hand, an extended tooth is the same natural and natural tooth as it was before the restoration, so, as a rule, no problems arise.
Cons of technology
It should be noted that there are no serious disadvantages as such. It all depends on the quality of the materials that the doctor will use to build the tooth, on the experience and professionalism of the doctor himself. One tooth can last for about 5 years, the other for more than 20. For some, it can collapse in a few months.It all depends on a number of subjective factors. It is also worth noting that the attitude of the patient himself plays an important role in this. It is necessary to follow a certain diet, the restored tooth should not experience extreme stress and so on. With a strong impact or other mechanical impact, the tooth may split again and partially collapse.
One way or another, even if after 5 or 10 years the tooth decays again, with a timely visit to the doctor, it will be possible to carry out the restoration procedure again.In any case, it is better, and financially cheaper than dental prosthetics.
Extension with composite materials
If the decay of the tooth is relatively small in nature and location, a decision can be made to restore the tooth by building up with composite materials, for example, photopolymers. Such a decision is agreed with the patients and nominated by the doctor, after the initial examination of the tooth. Also, before making any decision at all regarding the method and method of restoration, most likely, you will need to take a picture of the tooth to see the degree of destruction and the condition of the roots and canals of the tooth.The doctor may recommend this method of recovery in a number of cases. Such indicators can be small chips, noticeable cracks, which in the future can cause partial destruction of the tooth tissue, severely worn out tooth enamel. If the damage is minor, then the restoration of the tooth takes place, as a rule, in just one session. In addition, the procedure is not very painful if the tooth is not severely damaged.
The so-called photopolymers are used as a material for such a build-up.By and large, this is practically the same as a filling, but such material retains its color as much as possible. Also, photopolymers are highly durable and reliable in use. With proper care and use, a restored tooth will last for years and decades.
Extension of anterior teeth
Working with front teeth is different for the doctor. These teeth have a slightly different structure, and therefore anterior tooth augmentation requires a different approach than in the treatment of molars.In a procedure such as anterior teeth augmentation, a special material is used, a type of photopolymer. This material quickly solidifies, but under the influence of a special lamp, most often ultraviolet radiation. Thanks to this, the doctor has the opportunity to thoroughly restore the tooth, giving it a natural and natural shape. This is important when restoring, for example, large chips. After the material has hardened, the polymer practically fuses together with the healthy part of the tooth, creating a coherent whole.This has advantages both in terms of the reliability and strength of the tooth and in terms of aesthetic considerations. If the work is done with high quality, then the junction of the tooth tissue and polymer will not be noticeable.
Tooth augmentation on a pin
Tooth augmentation on a pin has a number of features and main differences from other types of work. First of all, the main difference lies in the tooth itself, which is treated with a build-up on the post. If the tooth is badly damaged, half or more, then there is simply nowhere to attach the photopolymer itself.If you build up a tooth with a polymer, then the material will not stick and quickly collapse. In simple terms, there is no base for a composite material, it has nothing to cling to. In this case, it is necessary to build up the tooth on the pin, this will make it possible to save the patient’s native tooth. The pin is a special metal pin that is installed deep into the tooth and serves as a basis for further filling and augmentation. The metal rod itself is implanted into the root canal. Then builds up with photopolymer.
This method of recovery is less reliable than recovery with simple polymers. And this is not really surprising. After all, work is being carried out with an almost completely destroyed tooth or a badly destroyed one. Be that as it may, but it is better to try to save your tooth than to completely lose it and engage in prosthetics.
When using any type of augmentation, it must be remembered that the most perfect tooth is a healthy human tooth. If there is an opportunity to save a tooth by building up, then you should definitely take advantage of this opportunity.
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What are dental implants?
Dental implants are metal posts or frames that are implanted into the bone of the upper or lower jaw. Once the implants are in place, the dentist can attach the dentures to them.
Why are dental implants needed?
Since implants are placed in the jawbone, they provide a stable base for artificial teeth.Dentures and bridges attached to implants will not slip or move in your mouth, which is especially important when you are eating or talking. Thanks to this attachment, dentures, bridges, as well as individual crowns fixed on implants, feel closer to natural teeth than conventional bridges or dentures.
For some, conventional bridges and dentures are not comfortable or not suitable at all, due to diseases of the oral mucosa, poorly expressed alveolar ridge or due to the feeling of nausea caused by these constructions.In addition, conventional bridges need to be attached to the teeth on either side of the gap resulting from tooth loss. The advantage of the implant is that it does not grind adjacent teeth in order to hold the new tooth or teeth in place.
To be able to place the implants, you must have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant. In addition, it is imperative that you keep these areas of your mouth in good hygienic condition.Thorough oral hygiene and regular dental visits are imperative for the long-term success of dental implants.
Implants are usually more expensive than other dental replacement methods, and most insurances usually do not cover the cost.
Today, intraosseous implants are considered by dentists to be the most reliable. It is implanted directly into the jawbone. As soon as the surrounding tissue heals and the bone grows together with the implant installed in it, a second operation is performed to attach the post to the implanted implant.Finally, the artificial tooth (or teeth) are attached to the post, one at a time or grouped together on a bridge or denture.
How long will dental implants last?
Implants typically last 10-20 years, depending on the location of the implant and whether the patient is good oral hygiene and visits the dentist regularly. Since the chewing group of teeth (molars) creates and experiences heavy loads, implants replacing them do not last as long as implants replacing the anterior group of teeth.
|Pins are anchored in the bone under the gums||Artificial teeth mounted on pins|
|Implants provide a very secure fit||Implants serve as the basis for individual dentures|
Dental care rules after artistic restoration
The Smile-at-Once clinic uses new generation composites – increased strength with the use of nanoparticles.Despite the fact that they are stronger than classical materials, the patient in any case needs to follow the rules for caring for extended teeth.
Extension is very similar to a normal filling, as the same materials are used. Therefore, the rules for leaving are very similar. However, there are also differences – the artistic restoration is carried out more elaborately, since a small piece or even a whole crown is built up. The composite is fixed from above, and does not fit inside the cavity, therefore, the absence of walls imposes certain obligations in terms of caring for such teeth.
Why does it feel like my teeth are too large?
After augmentation, especially of the front teeth, you will have the feeling that the teeth are too massive. If you look in the mirror, you can make sure they look completely natural. This is completely normal as the teeth have indeed grown a little thicker. You need to be patient and get used to the new sensation – full adaptation takes about two weeks on average.
How much you can not eat after teeth augmentation
Since anesthesia is used for recovery, food should be discontinued within 2-3 hours after the end of treatment.You need to wait until the numbness is completely gone, otherwise you may accidentally bite your lip, tongue or cheek while chewing.
Modern photopolymer dental fillings harden under the influence of a special lamp almost instantly, so the load on them will not lead to shrinkage of the material – if you have not used anesthesia, you can eat right away. But it is better to give preference to softer and warmer foods.
If the tooth was significantly decayed and a pin or stump tab was used as an additional support, you should refuse to take hot or very cold food during the first day, since special dental cement was used – with a temperature load, its fixing properties may become worse.
What are the dietary restrictions after dental restoration?
Modern composites, despite their high performance characteristics, are subject to staining, which is why even if the filling is good, after a few years it becomes darker than natural enamel. Over time, a clear contrast will be felt between a living tooth and an enlarged piece.
The grown teeth are rather weak – under load, a piece of filling material can break off.Especially when carrying out restoration of the frontal zone. All this requires adherence to a certain diet.
- coffee, tea, red wine, sweet colored soda, beets, sauces (especially tomato and soy), berries, candies and caramel are not recommended – that is, all products that will eventually lead to a change in the shade of the extended piece,
- Avoid whole solid vegetables and fruits – it is better to cut them into pieces and chew them with non-grown teeth.This is especially true if the restoration of the front teeth was carried out – they cannot bite off solid foods, gnaw seeds,
- give up the habit of cracking nuts or snapping seeds, gnawing crackers with extended teeth,
- Chew food slowly, especially if it is hard or fibrous,
- Refuse food that is too hot or cold – it can provoke cracks and chips of the material.
In the presence of extended front teeth, it is better for women to refuse bright lipsticks, since composites can again become stained.
How to carry out oral hygiene
If it is impossible to refuse drinks and products that stain filling materials, you need to pay increased attention to hygiene. Cleaning after every meal is a must in such situations.
- Brushing in the morning and evening (before and after breakfast and after the last meal) with a medium brush,
- Irrigator, floss, brushes and rinse to clean the interdental spaces after every meal and even after a regular snack.
What hygiene products can be used for extended teeth
- medium hard brush. Hard can lead to the formation of microcracks and gaps on the filling material, soft will not cope with the removal of plaque,
- paste should be WITHOUT the addition of abrasive substances, which will again lead to damage to the material,
- Pastes and rinses with chlorhexidine and difluoride should be prohibited – they can change the shade of the restored teeth to a darker and even brownish one.
Can I floss?
You can and should use dental floss, but with extreme caution. If the movement is difficult and the thread does not pass in the area of the extension piece, you do not need to be zealous – make the opposite movement and pull it out in a wider place. With awkward movement or strong pressure, the piece may break off, especially after several years of active use, when the material sags a little.
Can I smoke after the restoration procedure
In general, smoking will not affect the state of the restoration.But, of course, it is better to abandon the bad habit, or at least reduce the amount of cigarettes consumed to a minimum – nicotine leads to the accumulation of a large amount of plaque and the enamel turns yellow. And if the teeth can be whitened, then the restoration will forever change its shade, so a color imbalance will occur.
Why regularly polish the material
The composite material gradually wears out and becomes roughened, so the extended teeth need regular grinding.This will get rid of micropores – so less plaque and coloring pigments will accumulate, so the original color of the restoration will be retained for much longer.
Therefore, the main recommendation is to visit a dentist 1-2 times a year: to carry out professional teeth cleaning, polish composites and assess the quality of their fixation.
Do I need to change the restoration and when might it be necessary?
The average service life of a composite build-up is about 3-5 years.Such a filling may last longer, but it will stand out on the front teeth in 3-4 years. Composites shrink, albeit small, so a small step will appear between the tooth and the filling material over time. This is especially noticeable on the front teeth, if they are partially restored. In such a situation, you can update the restoration, that is, completely grind it off and replace it with a new one. Or, simply re-build up with a composite on top – in certain situations, this is also allowed.
What to do if a piece of restoration breaks off?
In such a situation, you should immediately consult a doctor, especially if, in addition to visual changes, a painful reaction to temperature and mechanical stimuli is felt – this may indicate exposure of dentin or even a nerve if the lesion is voluminous.The dentist-therapist will carry out re-augmentation, and if it is not possible, he will suggest an alternative method of prosthetics using veneers, inlays or crowns.