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A bridge can help restore your smile if you’re missing one or more teeth. An implant bridge attaches artificial teeth directly to the jaw or under the gum tissue. Depending on the type of bridge our dentist recommends, its success relies on the foundation or the remaining teeth it will attach to. So it’s very important to keep your remaining teeth healthy and strong.

Your dentist will paint the sealant onto your child’s tooth enamel where it bonds directly to the tooth and hardens. This plastic resin bonds into the depressions and grooves of the chewing surfaces of back teeth. The sealant acts as a barrier protecting enamel from plaque and acids. As long as the sealant remains intact, the tooth surfaces will be protected from decay.

Our dentist’s primary concern is to keep your teeth healthy and give you a bright smile that’s your crowning glory. We’ll recommend a crown for you for these conditions: restoring your tooth to its normal shape and size and improving its appearance; making your tooth stronger; covering a discolored or badly shaped tooth; cover a dental implant; and restoring a broken tooth.

As soon as your child’s first tooth appears, it’s time to schedule a dental visit. We follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation that a child should have his/her first dental visit within six months after the first tooth appears, but no later than your child’s first birthday. Don’t wait for your child to start school or until there’s a dental emergency.

Dentures are removable appliances that can replace your missing teeth. The benefits of dentures include: They make it easier for you to eat and speak better; fill out the appearance of your face and profile; can be made to closely resemble your natural teeth so that your appearance does not change much; and can help restore and improve the look of your smile.

Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They’re a plastic material usually applied to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth, where decay occurs most often. It’s a fact that toothbrush bristles can’t reach all the way into the depressions and grooves to extract food and plaque. Sealants protect these vulnerable areas by “sealing out” plaque and food.

A bridge replaces missing teeth with artificial teeth and “bridges” the gap where one or more teeth used to be. Bridges can be made from gold, alloys, porcelain or a combination of these materials. They’re attached to surrounding teeth for support. Unlike a removable bridge, which you can take out and clean, a fixed bridge can only be removed by a dentist.

Most dentists recommend that you teach your child how to brush his/her teeth at about 3 years of age. You child should be brushing his or her own teeth morning and night by age7 However, you should still supervise your child’s brushing to make sure he/she is cleaning teeth the proper way and spitting out extra toothpaste.

The benefits of crowns include: They cover a tooth to restore its normal shape and size; make your tooth stronger and improve its appearance; strengthen a tooth with a large filling when there aren’t enough remaining tooth to hold the filling; attach bridges; cover a tooth that is discolored or badly shaped; and protect a weak tooth from breaking; and restore a broken one.

Tips to make your baby feel better while teething: use a clean finger or cold teething ring to gently rub your baby’s gum for about 2 minutes at a time, since many babies find this soothing; and provide safe objects for your baby to chew on, such as teething rings.
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