Posts for: February, 2017
What your dentists in Prior Lake want you to know
You’ve been thinking about dental implants but you want to know more. What are the different parts of a dental implant? How do dental implants work? Your dentists at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, MN want to share the facts about dental implants and what they can do for your smile.
When you lose teeth, it dramatically affects the way you look, but it also can dramatically affect your health. Without a full set of teeth, your chewing is impaired, causing problems with your digestion and your overall health. You also can lose self-confidence because you don’t have a complete, beautiful smile.
It’s time to change all that with dental implants, the permanent, stable solution to tooth replacement. It all begins with the first part of the implant, called a “fixture” which looks like a screw. The fixture is made of titanium, a unique, biocompatible material the bone in your jaw can fuse with. The fixture is placed in your jaw with a simple procedure done in the office.
Over time, your bone will fuse with the fixture, locking it in place. The next piece, called the “abutment” is placed over the fixture. The abutment is the piece that secures your permanent implant crown over the fixture.
Finally, the restorative treatment is placed over the abutment. If you are missing a single tooth, an implant crown is placed. If you are missing multiple teeth, a dental bridge, partial or denture can be placed over the abutments.
Dental implants are the treatment-of-choice to replace missing teeth and restore your full smile. When you choose dental implants you will experience:
- Highly successful treatment, because the success rate of dental implants is over 95 percent, according to the American Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons.
- Beautiful, natural-looking results, because dental implants look and feel like your natural teeth
- Worry-free results, because dental implants won’t ever decay and they resist stains, giving you a permanently beautiful smile
Dental implants can help you look great and feel great about yourself. For more information on dental implant treatment call your dentists at Babcock & Morgan Family Dental in Prior Lake, MN. Call today and renew your smile with dental implants!
Teething is an important phase in your baby's dental maturity. During the approximate two-year process, they will acquire their first set of teeth.
It can also be an unpleasant two years as each tooth sequentially breaks through the gums. The severity of teething problems differs with each child, but there are common signs: irritability, biting and gnawing, chin rash, drooling or ear rubbing among them. Although for most babies the discomfort isn't that great, the pain can occasionally be a lot for them — and their care-givers — to handle.
Although having a very unhappy infant can be nerve-jangling, there's no real cause for concern health-wise. If, however, they begin to run a fever or experience diarrhea, that could be a sign of something more serious. In those cases, you should see a doctor as soon as possible.
Otherwise, there are some things you can do to make them more comfortable during teething episodes. One thing to remember: cold items for biting or gnawing usually work wonders. So, be sure you have chilled teething rings or pacifiers (but not frozen — the extreme temperature could burn their gums). For older children, an occasional cold food like a popsicle can bring relief.
You can also try massaging the gums with your clean finger, which will help counteract the pressure of an erupting tooth. But avoid rubbing alcohol or aspirin on the gums, and you shouldn't apply numbing agents to children less than two years of age unless advised by your doctor.
If their pain persists, it's permissible to give them a mild pain reliever like the appropriate dosage for their age of baby acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Again, you should give this by mouth and avoid rubbing it on the gums.
By the time they're three, all their primary teeth should be in and teething symptoms should have largely dissipated. In the meantime, make them as comfortable as you can â?? in no time the unpleasantness of teething will pass.
If you would like more information on coping with your child's teething, 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 “Teething Troubles: How to Help Keep your Baby Comfortable.”