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Are you determined to keep those pearly whites at their whitest? If so, it is important to understand what causes different types of stains. It is well known that regular brushing and flossing are important to maintain dental health and avoid accumulating stain. Most people understand the importance of being tobacco-free to keep teeth from being stained, as well. Dentists now say that certain foods and drinks will stain teeth, too.
Many people experience tooth loss, mostly due to decay, periodontitis or injury. For many years, the only treatment option available for those with missing teeth was a bridge. However, dental implants are now available and are the best option for replacing a single missing tooth.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are used as a surgical procedure to not only replace the missing crown of the tooth, but also to infuse into the bone and act as a new tooth root. There are three parts to a dental implant:
What is it?
Bruxism, the dental term for the grinding or clenching of teeth, occurs in both children and adults. It puts excess pressure on the teeth and can have detrimental effects on the teeth, jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Some people have signs of bruxism without even knowing they grind, because it happens subconsciously during sleep.
You know the feeling of anxiety before going to the dentist's office. Your gums may be a little sensitive or bleed when you brush and floss and you fear the worst: gum disease. So what now? Does that mean dental surgery? Don't stress too much because there are a lot of ways to treat gum disease or keep it from progressing. Even if you have signs of gum disease like swollen gums, bleeding or sensitivity, there is a good chance the dentist will not send you straight to the surgeon.
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