Are Missing Teeth Ruining Your Smile?

Are Missing Teeth Ruining Your Smile?

Are Missing Teeth Ruining Your Smile?

 

 

Are missing teeth ruining your smile and causing other oral issues? All your teeth serve a function, so depending on which tooth is missing, issues with chewing, swallowing and speaking can cause unwanted dental issues. Replacing missing teeth with a bridge can ensure you maintain a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile.

Are Missing Teeth Ruining Your Smile

Bridge Savvy

Typically, a dental bridge has two crowns placed on either side of a missing tooth. The bridge can be attached to real teeth or dental implants. An artificial tooth called a pontic, fills the gap of the absent tooth. Bridges can be constructed from gold alloys, non-precious alloys, porcelain, or a combination of these materials. Porcelain is often bonded to either a precious or non-precious metal.

Bridges Can Be Permanently Attached or Removable

Fixed or permanent bridges are applied by one of two methods. The first method involves placing crowns on the abutment teeth. The second method bonds the artificial teeth directly to the abutment teeth.

Removable bridges are either attached to the teeth with metal clasps or by precision attachments.

Why Bridges are Important

Benefits of Dental Bridges Include:

• Restoring your natural smile.
• Maintaining your face’s natural shape.
• Restoring normal speech functions.
• Proper chewing habits to decrease stress on other teeth and alleviate TMJ.
• Preventing other teeth from shifting.
• Improving oral health which in turns improves overall health.

How Long Does the Process Take?

Fitting a crown requires at least two office visits. Initially, the dentist will remove any decay, shape the tooth, and fit you with a temporary crown of either plastic or metal. On the next visit, the temporary crown will be removed, and the final crown will be fitted and adjusted. Lastly, the crown is cemented into place and you have a new beautiful looking tooth.

Will My Bite Be Different?

Dental bridges are an integral part of modern dentistry. At Dr. Abeyta’s dental office, you will receive the strongest and properly fitted dental bridges in all of Albuquerque, NM.

The team at Dr. Abeyta’s creates natural-looking and well-fitting bridges for their patients. They are happy to give you the smile transformation you desire.

If you are curious about whether dental bridges are right for you or have any questions about the procedure, call (505) 293-7611 or fill out the contact form.

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

What your tongue says about your health and why you should be checking it regularly for signs of problems.  By examining your skin, throat and yes, your tongue, a trained doctor can assess your overall health.

What Your Tongue Says About Your Health

What a Healthy Tongue Looks Like

A healthy tongue should be pink in color with a thin white coating.  The shade of pink varies, based on the individual person.  A healthy tongue has little bumps or papillae on the sides and top. The papillae give the tongue its characteristic rough texture.

 What Tongue Colors Tell You

One of the first noticeable symptoms of an unhealthy tongue is a change in color from the normal pink shade.

The different colors can indicate conditions such as:  

  • A black tongue can signify poor oral hygiene. Some medications, dark liquids and tobacco may also be the culprit. In rare cases, diabetes and HIV have been linked to a black tongue.
  • A white tongue with patches can be signs of a fungal or yeast infection, or oral thrush.
  • A purple tongue can be a symptom of poor blood circulation or a heart condition.
  • A red tongue may mean a vitamin B Deficiency. It could also be the result of an allergic reaction.
  • A tongue grey in color with grayish-white patches can accompany Eczema.
  • Bacteria buildup can cause the tongue to turn either yellow or green.
  • A blue tongue indicates a lack of oxygen in the blood.

Acupuncture and Other Treatments

 

What Your Tongue Says About Your HealthA dentist can examine your tongue for indications of health issues. They will look at the color as well as the shape. Chinese medicine provides a map of the tongue, where issues correspond with problems to specific organs. The tongue is related to the internal organs and meridians that acupuncture is meant to address.

How to Keep the Tongue Healthy

  • Drink lots of water
  • Brush regularly
  • Rinse Well
  • Drink Green Tea
  • Have a professional examine the tongue

To learn more about how your tongue may be affecting your health, schedule an appointment with Dr. Abeyta’s in Albuquerque, NM at  (505) 293-7611. You will enjoy not only the peaceful and calm environment provided, but also customized care, from ONE doctor, which creates a unique experience for you and your entire family. Part of their commitment includes providing information that helps patients make better informed decisions about their oral health as well their overall health.

To Whiten or Not to Whiten?

To Whiten or Not to Whiten?

To whiten or not to whiten your teeth is a question dentists get asked regularly.   Many patients wish their teeth were whiter, but are worried about health risks such as tooth sensitivity and damage to the teeth’s’ roots.

On the upside, dentists may be able to predict if you will experience any problems with or sensitivities related to a treatment. They can also recommend different treatments and toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth.

What causes teeth to become darker or yellowed?

  • Coffee, tea and other dark liquids
  • Cigarettes and other tobacco products that contain tar
  • Not brushing your teeth often enough
  • Not brushing correctly
  • Tooth injury or trauma
  • Medications
  • Age
  • Dental Fluorosis
To Whiten or Not to Whiten?

As a rule, teeth that have yellowed react well to whitening whereas brownish-colored teeth don’t react as well.

Treatment Options

One option is to have your dentist do the procedure.  Another option is an over-the-counter product. The biggest difference is the amount of bleaching agent used.  A dentist’s office, with training and experience,  will use a higher concentration of peroxide.

Many dentists, like Dr. Abeyta, will design custom bleach splints that are ready in a day. She will provide a special bleaching agent to put into the clear, nearly invisible splints. With only a few hours of wear per day, their special bleaching agent bubbles stains right out of your enamel without altering tooth structure or existing dental work in any way.

Once your teeth are as white as you want, only occasional treatments are needed to maintain your dazzling smile.

If you decide to use an over-the counter product, be sure to follow the directions on the package very carefully.  Each one has its own guidelines for how long it should remain on your teeth and how often you should apply the whitener.

Other Considerations

While the American Dental Association considers teething whitening safe, it is generally not recommended for nursing mothers or pregnant women or nursing mothers.

Dr. Abeyta and her team can help you decide whether teeth whitening is right for you, and what approach might work best to get the smile you are looking for. Contact their office at (505)-293-7611 to learn more about their comprehensive, same day services. Remember your best defense is your daily oral health habits like brushing and flossing and yearly checkups and cleanings.

Happy Holidays from Dr Abeyta and her staff in Albuquerque, NM!

 

Children, Dentists and Facial Growth

Children, Dentists and Facial Growth

It is easy to see how our ancestors who ate traditional foods, from the garden and the hoof, and were breastfed, grew to have splendid facial form with broad dental arches and free of cavities.
This one huge difference in diet has greatly affected facial growth and a large range of facial features.  Dentists might see children with no cavities but rarely see a child with good facial form. According to research, it is actually more common to see children with crooked or crowded teeth and other issues that can have long range effects on children then not.

We define good facial form as having the following characteristics:

• Attractive Face
• Proper Airway (no sleeping issues etc.)
• Straight teeth
• Balanced jaw Joints

We define poor facial form as having the following characteristics:

• Less attractive face (long, lower jaw behind upper or lower jaw ahead of upper jaw)
• Breathing issues (snoring, restless sleeper, nightmares, bed wetting, asthma, allergies, ENT problems)
• Crooked or Crowded teeth
• Clicking jaws or Teeth grinding

In a perfect world, we would want to spot these issues before they develop.

 Thankfully, there are signs and symptoms we can look for: 
• Unusual or recurring illnesses such as ear, nose and throat issues.
• Snoring
• Sleep apnea
• Fainting
• Allergies

Other conditions to look for are low or ultra-high energy levels or attention spans and bed wetting.
And even though some of the above conditions are commonly found in kids, these may also be warning signs that our children are not experiencing normal growth patterns in their teeth or jaws that would surely lead to more serious issues later in life.

Dentist are in a unique position to identify the signs, symptoms, and risk factors for facial growth conditions. Choosing a dentist with the necessary training to detect issues could greatly impact your life.

Call Dr. Abeyta’s office today at (505) 293-7611, or Contact us by email, to learn more.

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for Healthy Teeth

Superfoods for healthy teeth because constant eating, drinking and age take a toll on our teeth.  Did you know that your smile can tell her how healthy you are? Healthy teeth and jaws translates to a pretty smile, healthy breathing, and a healthy body.  Thankfully, by including a few foods to our diet, we can minimize the negative effects of harmful foods while improving oral and overall health.  

What are Superfoods?

Superfoods are basically foods that contain a high amount of micronutrients to the point where the food has empirical health benefits.  Most superfoods are low in calories and high in nutritional value. These foods provide a wide variety of vitamins, antioxidants and healthy fats while not adding any bad fats or processed sugars. 

How Do Superfoods Impact Health?

Studies have shown superfoods can improve overall health, help to prevent cancer by binding the free radicals, reduce high blood pressure and regulate blood sugar levels.  In addition, superfoods are packed with vitamins and minerals to keep your body running like a well oiled machine.   

How Do Superfoods Help Teeth

Calcium!  It’s one of the most important minerals for our teeth and can be found in seeds, cheese, canned salmon and yogurt.  It builds strong jaws and healthy teeth.  But… in order for calcium to do its job it needs phosphorus.  

Phosphorus is a mineral found in superfoods such as flax, pumpkin seeds and bran.  

Another beneficial super food is vitamin D.  Vitamin D helps reduce inflammation that is associated with gum disease.  

To ensure our bodies absorb vitamin D, we must consume it with good fats. While sunlight is the best way to absorb vitamin D, foods such as salmon, anchovies and pork loin are rich with this beneficial vitamin.  

Below is a list of a few superfoods for the teeth:

  • Butter, cheese and milk from grass-fed cows to ensure the nutrients were absorbed properly by the animal. 
  • Salmon, cod and herring that comes from the sea.  Farm-raised seafood will not contain the essential nutrients.
  • Animal organs are rich sources of fat-soluble vitamins A and D.  Make sure the organs are from grass-fed animals. 
  • Egg yolks from free-range, grass-raised hens to ensure the eggs contain Vitamin D3.
  • Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi and kefir have numerous positive impacts on the gut, which directly affects oral health. 

To learn more about the impact of Superfoods on the body and ultimately, oral health, schedule your appointment today with the office of Dr. Abeyta in Albuquerque, NM at (505) 293-7611.  Dr. Abeyta and her team practice an integrative approach in creating a beautiful smile and healthy functioning body.