If you have been recently diagnosed with an array of dental conditions, it is recommended to obtain a second opinion. It will not only confirm or contradict the opinion of the treating dentist, but it will also give you a peace of mind about the proposed course of treatment. It is especially true if a substantial cost is involved along with any serious existing dental discrepancies you may have such as multiple missing teeth or oral disease.
A second opinion should be sought after if:
• You do not feel comfortable with the treatment plan presented by your dentist
• You do not have good rapport with your dental provider
• Your insurance does not cover the procedures and you will have to pay out-of-pocket
• Serious medical conditions are present and may require the involvement of a specialist
• You have had dental work done, but it is not satisfactory
You know that ill-fitting dentures make it very difficult to eat and, if the fit is poor enough, can cause mouth sores and discomfort. But what you may not know is why a denture that fit yesterday doesn't today. There are several reasons why the fit of your denture may change.
If you just got your denture or plate after having teeth removed, you may need trips to the dentist to have your new denture adjusted. Your gums swell after teeth are removed and the shape of your jaw will shift rapidly as you heal. Be patient and make sure you keep all of your scheduled appointments. In a few weeks you will heal completely and your dentures will fit comfortably without the need for constant adjustments. Give your body time to heal and get used to the sensation of wearing a denture.
As you have aged, you've probably noticed several changes in your body. Though it may not be obvious, your mouth is changing too. Your jawbones deteriorate slowly over time, changing the shape of your jaws. Swelling due to gum disease also alters the shape of the jaws and gums. Like a photograph, the mold used to make your dentures
captured your mouth the way it was at one moment in time. Unfortunately, your dentures cannot change shape with you and the fit gradually declines as your body changes.
There was a time that when you wanted to have a dental procedure to fix crooked, misaligned or uneven teeth, the only available choice was metal braces. This was fine, actually, because it did deliver results – but it also came with disadvantages.
Today, we now see advances in present aesthetic dentistry, which provide us with modern (and better) alternatives to braces. Let’s take a look at them.
Traditional Metal Braces. Even traditional braces have improved over the years. Most of them are now smaller and less noticeable when compared to braces from the previous decades.
The one thing that almost all dentists will agree upon is that except in very rare and specific circumstances, a missing tooth should be replaced. There are multiple ways to replace a missing tooth. Each with its own set of risks, benefits, expected longevity, and costs.
Choices for replacing a missing tooth can be broken down into two major categories; removable and fixed. As the term implies, removable appliances can be taken out of one’s mouth, cleaned and reinserted by the patient. Fixed appliances are not intended to be removed and are generally cemented or bonded in place.