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Missing teeth can be uncomfortable and embarrassing at times. Even activities that used to be simple like eating, smiling, and talking in public can suddenly become awkward and you might feel self-conscious. Most people with missing teeth tend to stay away from social situations. Needless to say, missing teeth can impact one's quality of life.

We at Preston Dental believe that nobody should go through the discomfort and embarrassment of missing teeth. That's why we offer dental implants to our patients.

Dental Implants have many health and aesthetic benefits. In general, having a single tooth or a full denture can help improve one's overall appearance, make eating and speaking easier and more comfortable, and boost one's confidence. With implants, you can enjoy life as you once did!

What is a Dental Implant?

Dental implants serve as the foundation of the bridges, crowns, and dentures that we use to replace a patient's missing teeth. An implant is made of titanium with screw threads. It functions as a replacement tooth root to support a new single tooth, a bridge, or a denture. Implants are inserted into the patient's jaw through a relatively pain-free procedure. Our highly-skilled dental professionals have done this procedure countless times so you don't have to worry.

Once the implants are in place, they would be left undisturbed for a certain period (usually a few months) to let the surrounding soft tissues and bone grow around the implants. This makes the implants as good as a permanent and natural tooth root. When the healing phase is over, we then move on to the restoration phase where you'll finally have your new replacement tooth or teeth attached to the implants.

What is an Abutment?

A dental implant abutment is a connecting part that allows the crown to be attached to the dental implant itself. Without the abutment, it would not be possible to connect the crown to the implant directly.

What is a Crown?

Simply put, an implant crown is a tooth that is visible and the one you will use for chewing food. It's the replacement tooth that would complete your smile!

What can Dental Implants be Used for?

Single tooth replacements make use of a single implant serving as a standalone unit to replace just one root. A single implant doesn't involve any treatment to the other surrounding teeth.

When replacing multiple teeth, we use what is known as a bridge. A dental implant bridge can replace multiple teeth with the use of just two implants.

If you are missing all of your teeth, a hybrid denture is your best option. Made with a combination of bridge and denture materials, a hybrid implant denture can replace all your missing teeth in just one prosthesis. It is often supported by four implants for the lower teeth and six for the upper teeth.

When considering a replacement for your missing tooth or teeth, dental implants are among your best options. They function and look just like your natural teeth. They feel just as comfortable too! With dental implants from Preston Dental, you can finally gain back your confidence and live your life to the fullest! If you're interested in dental implants or if you want to know if they're the best option for your situation, do not hesitate to give us a call and we'll schedule an appointment to see if you're a good candidate for dental implants! We'll wait for your call!

Young woman getting her teeth checked by a dentist.

Just as you would go to your doctor for regular check-ups, you should also visit your dentist to make sure that your teeth and gums get the same kind of attention. Oral health is important as it plays a huge part in your overall wellbeing.

Poor oral health leads to various issues like cavities and tooth decay, gum disease, tooth loss, and other problems that have been linked to more complicated illnesses like diabetes and heart disease.

The key to preventing and treating oral health issues is early detection. Regular visits to your trusted dentist are needed if you want to maintain optimal oral health. One of the many reasons you should visit your dentist at least twice a year is to receive professional cleaning.

Brushing and flossing regularly can really go a long way for your dental health, but having your teeth professionally cleaned is an entirely different league.

There's more to professional cleaning than just actual cleaning. Many things happen during your dental visit - your dentist checks your head, your neck, your jaw function, and of course, the tissues in your mouth. If necessary, x-rays may be taken as well.

Why are dental exams and professional cleaning important?

* To Catch and Nip Any Problems in the Bud: Treatment is easier when it is performed while the dental problem is in its early stages.

* To Prevent the Buildup of Plaque and Tartar: While regular brushing and flossing are important to keep your teeth clean and healthy, tartar and plaque can still accumulate in hard to reach areas like below the gum line and the back of your teeth. Professional cleaning is much more thorough, and it can help prevent plaque and tartar buildup in those hard-to-reach areas.

* To Help Prevent Gum Disease: Plaque and tartar are loaded with harmful bacteria that can cause gum disease. As professional cleaning removes plaque and tartar, it also stops bacteria from growing and reduces the risk of gum disease.

* To Prevent Tooth Loss: Dental decay and gum disease are the most common causes of tooth loss. Professional cleanings can help minimize tooth decay and gum disease, which in turn means you'll have lower chances of tooth loss.

* To Address Discoloration: Dental discoloration can affect how your smile looks. Professional cleaning can help prevent skin discoloration. During professional cleanings, the dentist polishes your teeth to restore their luster.

* To Help Keep Your Breath Fresh: Bad breath is never a good thing. When your teeth and gums are cleaned professionally, that can reduce the risk of you having bad breath.

You should always include your oral health care on your list of priorities. If you want to lower your risk of tooth and gum problems and enjoy a lifetime of having healthy teeth and beautiful smile, get your teeth professionally cleaned regularly! Schedule an appointment with Preston Dental today!

Dental visit

Did you know that at the top of the list of the most common childhood illnesses are pediatric dental diseases, including cavities and tooth decay? The consequences of ignoring these problems are worse than you probably think.

Kids do not really understand the importance of dental health and how it affects their overall wellbeing. That's why the responsibility of making sure their oral health is good falls into the hands of the parents. Remember that poor oral hygiene can have an impact not only on their health but also their self-esteem.

That is not all. If left untreated, tooth decay in children can lead to eating, speaking, and even learning problems. It can also result in a bacterial infection that is linked to diabetes, heart disease, and more.

A child who has dental health problems is at risk of developing oral health problems as an adult as well. If the tissue around a tooth gets infected, it can result in an abscess which has an effect on permanent teeth. This may also cause adult teeth to grow misaligned and be more susceptible to cavities. It can also result in gum disease.

See, dental health problems during early childhood can get amplified and can result in other issues like ear infections.

One important thing that you should remember, however, is that tooth decay can be prevented. Here are some things that you can do:

* Keep your infant's bottle nipple or pacifier clean. Bacteria love these things and they can cause problems inside your child's mouth.
* If your child is too young to brush, keep his or her mouth clean using a soft cloth to wipe the gums and teeth.
* Avoid serving your child with sugary snacks and beverages. Encourage him or her to eat veggies and drink water instead of juices and soda.
* Once your child is old enough, have him or her set dental goals. Be ready to give your little one small rewards when those goals are met.
* Make sure your child sees you brush and floss twice a day Kids are more likely to do things they see their parents do.
* Don't forget to bring your child to the dentist at least twice a year.

Kids never think about their dental health. As a parent, it is your duty to think and be worried about it. What you should do is teach your child from a very early age to have good dental habits - starting from the appearance of his or her first tooth and continuing until he or she is an adult as well. However, you don't have to be alone in this undertaking. Take your child for a dental consultation at Preston Dental and we'll be happy to be your partner in making sure your child has strong and healthy teeth.

Dentist examining a patient teeth

As you probably already know, it is highly recommended that you make a trip to the dentist at least once every six months. Those regular visits can help ensure that your teeth and gums stay healthy. Of course, if you are needing additional care, those visits will have to be more frequent than that.

During your dental visit, you'll go through a very thorough examination to determine any existing or potential dental issues. The dentist will examine not just the teeth, but also your tongue, gums, your bite, your face, and your jaw movements. The assessment should be enough to identify if there's gum disease, decayed tooth, loose or broken teeth, or damaged fillings. If you wear dental appliances, the dentist will inspect their condition during your checkup as well. Of course, the thorough exam conducted by your dentist is not only to check if there are dental issues but also to see if there are any signs of vitamin deficiencies, diabetes, or oral cancer.

After your checkup, your dentist will then recommend the best course of action If there is no problem to address, your teeth will be professionally cleaned and then you can go home and be back on your next scheduled visit. Professional cleaning is also important because brushing and flossing at home can only do so much, and there are hard to reach areas that only your dentist can reach.

These are all reasons enough for a patient to keep their appointments but surprisingly, many people fail to show up for their scheduled dental checkups. Some book appointments only to cancel them. But no matter how busy you are, you should keep your dental appointments. There are tests and procedures that have to be done to ensure that you maintain optimal dental health.

By keeping your dental appointment, any potential dental issues can be identified early enough so they won't progress to something worse. Keeping your dental appointment will save you a lot of money later on. Those checkups can help prevent dental problems that may require expensive cosmetic procedures. If you want to keep your teeth and gums in good health, make time - visit your dentist!

When was the last time you had a dental checkup? What's keeping you from visiting again? If you are looking for a dentist to provide you with the best dental care possible, reach out to us at Preston Dental. We'll gladly schedule an appointment for you!

"Do I need a mouthguard that is custom-fitted for me or will an over-the-counter mouthguard work just as well?" We encounter this question often from patients who are looking for a mouthguard to protect their teeth from bruxism or sports-related dental problems. The question is a valid one. Of course, the answer depends on various factors such as the patient's personal preferences for budget, comfort, and level of protection. To help you decide, we have here for you some of the similarities and differences between the two kinds of mouthguards. Over-the-Counter Mouthguard These are similar to the mouthguards that many athletes wear when they play sports, except over-the-counter mouthguards are designed to keep teeth safe from teeth-grinding at night. Over-the-counter mouthguards are made of plastic. While sports mouthguards are thicker and more brittle, over-the-counter mouthguards are thinner and are made of more pliable plastic so that they are suitable for more applications. Over-the-counter mouthguards are formed through a process that requires the mouthguard to be placed in boiling water for a specified amount of time until the plastic gets soft and pliable and can then be molded to the teeth. This process is called boil and bite. Using an over-the-counter mouthguard to protect your teeth is better than not protecting them at all. Make note that if you move your jaw a lot during sleep, the mouthguard will not function as intended. Custom-Fit Mouthguards These are mouthguards that are prescribed and created by a dentist. They are made from a thermoplastic material. To create this kind of mouthguard, a detailed mold of your mouth and teeth is taken. Since they are highly personalized, the thickness of the mouthguard can be adjusted to perfectly fit based on the amount that you clench and grind your teeth. Custom mouthguards can be created for nighttime grinding or for use while playing sports. Since custom mouthguards are made with such precision, they can provide the wearer with the highest level of comfort and safety. This is the main advantage of custom-fit mouthguards when comparing to over-the-counter mouthguards. Custom-fit mouthguards are highly durable and unlike the over-the-counter variety, they do not lose their shape. They will last years before they need to be replaced. At Preston Dental Centre, we produce custom-fit mouthguards. Your dentist can do an evaluation to see if you are eligible, and if so, you can be fitted with a mold to create a top-quality mouthguard of your own. Don't let teeth grinding ruin your smile. Call Preston Dental Centre to make an appointment with your dentist!