We seal our concrete sidewalks. We seal envelopes. But, did you know you can seal teeth? Your Rigby family dentists, Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen, offer plastic sealants at Towne Square Dental. These thin, biocompatible coatings guard children's molars against the ravages of tooth decay. Could they help your child?
How do dental sealants work?
Back teeth are deeply grooved and pitted. That's what makes them efficient chewers. However, this same surface variability harms tooth enamel because it holds onto organic matter from the foods we eat. Even the best of toothbrushers cannot completely remove plaque and tartar from back teeth.
Dentists back in the Seventies developed plastic sealants to serve as a long-term barrier against the oral bacteria which lead to decay. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research says 42 percent of all children under the age of 11 have at least one cavity. Underserved populations in the US have most of this decay.
So, your Rigby family dentists see great value in sealants. They are easily applied, painless, economical, long-lasting, and best of all, effective.
Dr. George or Dr. Allen identifies the teeth which would benefit most from this preventive service. Then, he cleans the chewing surface, dries it and using a little brush, paints on the tooth-colored plastic.
When fully coated, the dentist hardens the material with a special blue light. Then, as required, he goes on to the other teeth. Each treatment takes about ten minutes to complete.
Living with sealants
Honestly, only your dentist will know the sealants are there. Dental bite and color do not change, and rarely does the coating chip, crack or wear thin. In all, sealants should last about ten years. Then, they may be re-applied as needed. Even adults may experience the protection afforded by dental sealants.
Plastic sealants, along with a healthy diet, brushing, flossing, and routine in-office care at Towne Square Dental will help your child enjoy healthy, decay-free teeth for years. To book his or her next appointment, please contact the office in Rigby, ID, at (208) 745-8704. Your family dentist or hygienist will be happy to tell you more about sealants and other ways to prevent decay.
Imagine it’s still winter … you’re standing at the door, ready to brave the cold. You’re layered-up with three shirts and a sweatshirt, your heavy winter coat, and two layers of socks underneath your waterproof winter boots. Then you’ve got those awesome jeans with the flannel on the inside, your comfy hat, scarf, and gloves. You’re set! But wait. As you step toward the door, you suddenly realize you have an itch … and it’s deep down … buried beneath all those layers. And, try as you may, every attempt to reach that bugger-of-an-itch fails. Defeated, you realize the only relief you’re ever gonna’ get is to remove each one of those layers. Where are we going with this?!
We’re going inside your mouth, of course, to your tongue – this is a dental article, after all! Because whether you know it or not, like you in the wintertime, your tongue is also “all covered up” – buried beneath layers of bacteria, fungi, and food residue that can inhibit your ability to taste, let alone cause your tongue to appear various shades of yellow, white, or green! Remove the bacteria, though, and your food will once again directly interact with those taste buds, and return to its natural hue. So how does one do that? With a tongue scraper, of course!
WHAT is a tongue scraper?
A tongue scraper is a U-shaped device designed to “scrape” the top layer of scum from your tongue. They have been in use since ancient times, and have been made of everything from wood to whalebone. Nowadays, they are made of more hygienic material, and come in a variety of shapes, sizes, designs and colors.
WHY use a tongue scraper?
The residue on your tongue includes things like the cavity-inducing Streptococcus mutans bacterium, fungi, rotting food (that’s not good), and what’s referred to as “volatile sulfur compounds.” In other words, sulfur – that “rotting egg smell.” Talk about ew! So, as you can see, there are several reasons why you’d want to get rid of this gunk in your mouth. Let’s tackle them one by one:
- Reduce your risk of periodontal disease and cavities: Bad bacteria contribute to plaque and tartar on teeth, making them more susceptible to cavities. Bacteria build-up can also lead to inflammation of gum tissue (gingivitis). If left untreated, gingivitis can lead to periodontal disease, which means a more expensive dental visit (plus other unwanted consequences!). Speaking of avoiding an expensive dental visit, when was the last time you came in to see us? Come see us now if it’s been awhile, by calling in at (208) 745-8704.
- Make room for good bacteria: see our article here on probiotics for your mouth.
- Prevent heart disease? While the debate is still up in the air, some studies suggest there could be a correlation between gum disease and heart disease.
HOW does one use a tongue scraper?
In general, make sure to rinse your tongue scraper before and after use. Apply the tongue scraper to the back of your tongue and drag it forward. Then, rinse and repeat. Make sure to get the sides of your tongue as well, not just the center! Make sure not to press too hard or you can cause yourself to bleed. And, if you’re wondering if you should scrape your tongue while recovering from a dental procedure, that’s a good question ask your dentist for the best advice particular to your situation. Still not sure how this thing really works? The next time you’re in ask Dr. Richard George for a quick tutorial!
WHERE do I buy one? Your first choice is, believe it or not, your dentist. They may even have a sample they could provide to you at no cost. Tongue scrapers are relatively inexpensive, and can also be found at any local drugstore. It doesn’t matter the material, color, or brand – just find the one you like and get scraping!
Interested in getting dental implants Rigby, ID? Get all of your questions answered first.
Are you trying to figure out the best way to replace your missing tooth or teeth? Want to know more about implants before you decide whether you should sit down with our Rigby, ID, dentists Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen to discuss your tooth loss options? Here’s what most people want to know about dental implants.
What is a dental implant?
These titanium posts are designed to replace the roots of your missing tooth. In order to do this our Rigby, ID, general dentist will need to place the implant into the jawbone where it will integrate with bone and tissue to provide a long-term support for a false tooth or teeth (often a dental crown).
Who is a good candidate for implants?
Any adult who is missing at least one tooth and is in good health could be a candidate for implants. In order to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for treatment you will need to come in for a consultation. Good candidates will:
- Be non-smokers
- Possess good oral and general health
- Not have any uncontrolled or unmanaged chronic health conditions (e.g. diabetes)
- Not have a compromised immune system
- Not be pregnant or breastfeeding
- Not be undergoing chemotherapy or radiation
- Be dedicated to maintaining good oral hygiene
Does getting an implant hurt?
No, the process should not be painful. After all, the implant is placed under local anesthesia and sometimes sedation so the area will be completely numb. Your dentist may also provide a pain reliever for any post-surgical pain you may experience.
What should I expect from the treatment process?
There are several steps involved in getting dental implants and it can take up to one year or more to place your implants based on how many you are getting and how long it takes your mouth to heal. During you evaluation we will be able to provide you with an estimate regarding the length of treatment.
Here are the steps involved:
- Placing the implant
- 3-6 months healing period where the implant and jawbone fuse together
- Placing the abutment (this structure connects the implant and false tooth together)
- Placing the permanent crown or dentures
How long do implants last?
With the proper care, implants can last several decades. In fact, many patients have had their implants for well over 40 years.
If you are living with tooth loss and want to find out if dental implants can turn your smile around then call Towne Square Dental in Rigby, ID, today to schedule a consultation.
These little restorations might be what you need to preserve the health of a tooth.
While a dental crown may not turn you into royalty, it will protect and restore a tooth after its been damaged. If you are currently dealing with a weak, cracked, fractured or decaying tooth it’s important that you turn to our Rigby, ID, dentists Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen right away for treatment. In many cases, a simple dental crown may be all you need to restore the damaged tooth.
How do dental crowns work?
A crown is a custom-made restoration that is designed to look just like the crown of a tooth. The restoration is hollow, which allows it to fully cover and encapsulate the natural tooth structure to prevent further damage to the natural structure and to strengthen the tooth. You can think of a crown as a protective barrier or fort around the tooth. A crown is designed to fit all the way down to the gumline where it is cemented into place.
While crowns can be made from different types of material, our Rigby, ID, restorative dentists know that you want a restoration that looks as close to a natural tooth as possible. This is why crowns are often made from a tooth-colored material like porcelain, which creates an extremely realistic look. Crowns are made uniquely based on your own measurements, so only you will know which tooth has a crown. We pride ourselves on creating beautiful and lifelike restorations that blend right in with the rest of your smile.
Who can benefit from dental crowns?
As we mentioned earlier, a dental crown is usually meant to be restorative. This means that you may be able to benefit from getting a dental crown if you:
- Need to strengthen a tooth
- Have a weak, fractured, or severely decayed tooth
- Are dealing with a severely malformed or discolored tooth (crowns can also improve your smile’s appearance)
- Have a large dental filling that can no longer support the natural tooth’s structure
- Are getting a dental implant to replace a missing tooth (crowns cover the implant)
- Are getting a dental bridge to replace a tooth (crowns are placed to hold the false tooth or teeth in place)
If you are living in Rigby, ID, and are interested in finding out more about dental crowns and whether they could benefit your smile then call our TowneSquare Dental today to schedule your no-risk consultation with your dentist!
How dental implants from your dentists in Rigby, Idaho can give you back your smile
Dental implants can give you a smile you can be proud of. You may be wondering if dental implants are right for your smile. Chances are dental implants are the perfect choice to replace your missing teeth. Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, Idaho can help you get your smile back with dental implants.
Dental implants are a great choice for replacing one missing tooth, or multiple missing teeth. They are also an excellent alternative if you’ve worn a denture and want more natural looking, naturally-functioning tooth replacement.
Dental require you to practice excellent oral hygiene habits. If you aren’t brushing and flossing regularly, it’s never too late to start. Ideally, in order to maintain your dental implants, you should be brushing after meals and before bed, and flossing at least once each day.
Dental implants are right for you if you want to enjoy naturally beautiful tooth replacement that is completely stable. Dental implant crowns are made of translucent materials like high-grade dental ceramic which looks just like tooth enamel so your dental implants will look just like natural teeth. Dental implants are firmly embedded and surrounded by jawbone, so you know they will be stable.
Dental implants are right for most people. In fact, they have a success rate of over 95 percent, according to the American Academy of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgeons. That’s the highest success rate of any surgical implant, so you know you will enjoy successful tooth replacement too!
You deserve to be proud of your smile, and dental implants can give you a beautiful smile. Just pick up your phone and call Dr. Richard George and Dr. Boone Allen at Townesquare Dental in Rigby, Idaho today!
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