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By Arlington Dental
August 23, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: missing teeth  

When you look at the top row of a normal smile, you'll see symmetrical pairs: the central incisors in the middle, flanked by the lateral incisors and the canine (or eye) teeth on the outside of them.

Sometimes, though, teeth may not form as they should: in fact, it's one of the more common congenital defects with one in five people having missing or deformed teeth, often the upper lateral incisors. In the latter case, it's not uncommon for the eye teeth to drift into the missing lateral incisors' spaces next to the central incisors. This creates a smile even a layperson can tell is off.

There is a way to treat this with orthodontics and cosmetic dentistry that will transform that person's smile while restoring better mouth function too. It's often a long process, however, that's best begun early and must be precisely timed with dental development.

Using braces, we move the drifted teeth back to their proper positions, which will make room for a future dental restoration. It's usually best to begin this treatment during late childhood or early adolescence. The next step is to fill the newly-created space with prosthetic (false) teeth.

Dental implants are an ideal choice since they're durable and life-like, and won't require permanent alteration of adjacent teeth. They do, however, require a certain amount of bone volume at the site to support them; if the volume is insufficient we may have to place a bone graft to stimulate new growth.

It's also best not to install implants until the jaw has finished development, usually in the late teens or early adulthood. In the interim between tooth repositioning and implants we can customize a retainer or other removable appliance with a false tooth to occupy the space. This not only enhances the smile, it also prevents the repositioned teeth from drifting back.

These steps toward achieving a new smile take time and sometimes a team of specialists. But all the effort will be rewarded, as a person born without teeth can have a new smile and improved oral health.

If you would like more information on treating dental development deficiencies, 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 “When Permanent Teeth Don't Grow.”

By Arlington Dental
August 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: tooth pain  

How your dentist in Arlington, Texas can heal your pain

If you wake up in the morning and your tooth hurts, it’s easy to panic. You may be thinking about how long it has been since you’ve seen tooth paina dentist, and now you are embarrassed. Don’t be afraid or embarrassed because your dentist in Arlington, TX is here to help, not to judge. Dr. Joseph Reed of Arlington Dental wants you to know how he can help if you wake up with tooth pain.

If your tooth hurts, you should visit your dentist in Arlington as soon as you can. If you delay treatment, what starts as a small dental issue can become a serious dental problem. Consider:

  • Untreated dental decay can turn into the need for a root canal
  • Untreated deep dental decay can turn into the need for a tooth extraction
  • Untreated gum disease can turn into periodontal disease
  • Untreated periodontal disease can result in tooth loss

Your dentist in Arlington, Texas offers a full range of services to treat your painful tooth and get you smiling again. When you enter the office, he will get you comfortable immediately using anesthesia ranging from local anesthetic to complete sedation, depending on your preference. Your dentist also offers a unique procedure using OraVerse, for patients who don’t like to feel numb any longer than necessary.

Once you are comfortable, he can treat your painful tooth with all of today’s modern tools, techniques and technology. He may recommend:

  • A dental filling if your tooth has mild to moderate decay that has not reached the pulp of your tooth; you can choose your filling material from amalgam (metal) or composite (tooth-colored) depending on your preference and location in your mouth.
  • A dental crown if your tooth is badly damaged or broken; you can choose from gold, porcelain and metal, or pure porcelain crowns, depending on your preference. Your dentist also provides CEREC same-day crowns, a revolutionary process which creates a perfect crown while you wait in the office!

If you have decay that has reached the pulp of your tooth, or an infection called an abscess, you may need a root canal to save your tooth. Root canal therapy in Arlington is a state-of-the-art way to remove pain and keep your tooth.

If you wake up with tooth pain, don’t wait for the pain to get worse, especially when help is just a phone call away. Call Dr. Reed of Arlington Dental in Arlington, TX right away and protect your smile!

By Arlington Dental
August 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health

A woman as gorgeous and funny as Sofia Vergara surely planned to be a model and actress from the get-go, right? Wrong! Sofia’s first career choice actually was to be… a dentist! That’s right, the sexy star of TV’s Modern Family actually was only two semesters shy of finishing a dental degree in her native Columbia when she traded dental school for the small screen. Still, dental health remains a top priority for the actress and her son, Manolo.

“I’m obsessed,” she recently told People magazine. “My son thinks I’m crazy because I make him do a cleaning every three months. I try to bribe the dentist to make him to do it sooner!”

That’s what we call a healthy obsession (teeth-cleaning, not bribery). And while coming in for a professional cleaning every three months may not be necessary for everyone, some people — especially those who are particularly susceptible to gum disease — may benefit from professional cleanings on a three-month schedule. In fact, there is no one-size-fits-all approach to having professional teeth cleanings — but everyone needs this beneficial procedure on a regular basis.

Even if you are meticulous about your daily oral hygiene routine at home, there are plenty of reasons for regular checkups. They include:

  • Dental exam. Oral health problems such as tooth decay and gum disease are much easier — and less expensive — to treat in the earliest stages. You may not have symptoms of either disease early on, but we can spot the warning signs and take appropriate preventive or restorative measures.
  • Oral cancer screening. Oral cancer is not just a concern of the middle aged and elderly — young adults can be affected as well (even those who do not smoke). The survival rate for this deadly disease goes up tremendously if it is detected quickly, and an oral cancer screening is part of every routine dental visit.
  • Professional teeth cleaning. Calcified (hardened) dental plaque (tartar or calculus) can build up near the gum line over time — even if you brush and floss every day. These deposits can irritate your gums and create favorable conditions for tooth decay. You can’t remove tartar by flossing or brushing, but we can clear it away — and leave you with a bright, fresh-feeling smile!

So take a tip from Sofia Vergara, and don’t skimp on professional cleanings and checkups. If you want to know how often you should come in for routine dental checkups, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor articles “Dental Hygiene Visit” and “Dental Cleanings Using Ultrasonic Scalers.”