Sunday, October 7, 2012

Dental Bridges

Dental Fixed Bridge

A dental bridge is a fixed (non-removable) appliance and is an excellent way to replace missing teeth.
There are several types of bridges.  The “traditional bridge” is the most popular type and is usually made of porcelain fused to metal. This type of bridge consists to two crowns that go over two anchoring teeth (abutment teeth) and are attached to pontics (artificial teeth), filling the gap created by one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges are highly durable and will last many years, however they may need replacement or need to be re-cemented due to normal wear.

Reasons for a fixed bridge:

  • Fill space of missing teeth.
  • Maintain facial shape.
  • Prevent remaining teeth from drifting out of position.
  • Restore chewing and speaking ability.
  • Restore your smile.
  • Upgrade from a removable partial denture to a permanent dental appliance
Alternative to fixed bridge
   - Implants
   - Removable bridge

Friday, May 18, 2012

Diabetes and Dental Health
According to the ADA
Dentists play a major role as part of an allied health team in providing oral care to patients with diabetes. They may detect undiagnosed cases of diabetes and refer patients to physicians for further evaluation.Working with the physician, nutritionist and dental hygienist, the dentist can maintain the patient’s oral health and possibly improve the patient’s metabolic control of diabetes. Working with the patient’s physician, the dentist can discuss the indications and contraindications of medications for the treatment of oral complications resulting from diabetes. Using a glucometer may avert emergencies related to diabetes. The dental team can help improve the control of a patient’s diabetes by maintaining optimal oral health.