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If You Have to Drink Soda, Drink Root Beer

If You Have to Drink Soda, Drink Root Beer

If you regularly consume soft drinks, here’s something to keep in mind. If you have to drink soda, drink root beer.

Exposing teeth to soft drinks, even for a short period of time, causes dental erosion, which over time can lead to significant enamel loss. Drinking any type of soft drink poses risk to the health of your teeth, If you’re looking for a soft drink that’s a bit less damaging, seek out root beer products. Root beer is non-carbonated and according to a recent report in General Dentistry, does not contain the acids that harm teeth.

Many people opt for “diet” drinks in an effort to lessen tooth damage caused by sugars in soda, but diet drinks often contain phosphoric acid and/or citric acid and still cause dental erosion, though considerably less than their sugared counterparts.

Dental erosion is characterized by the loss of tooth enamel and at times deeper parts of the tooth. Erosion results in a scooped out, smooth depression on the tooth’s surface. In many cases, tooth erosion causes sensitivity to hot and cold substances or painful sensitivity if the enamel is worn to such a degree that the dentin is exposed. Beneath the enamel, dentin protects the pulp—the innermost part of the tooth that contains nerves and blood vessels.

Route 66 Smiles recommends that patients consume fewer soft drinks by limiting their intake to meals. We also advise patients to drink with a straw, which reduces soda’s contact with teeth. Many patients are shocked to hear that many of the soft drinks they consume contain 9 to 12 teaspoons of sugar, Researchers concluded that non-colas cause a greater amount of erosion than colas. Citric acid is the predominant acid in non-cola drinks and is a major factor in why non-cola drinks are especially erosive. There is a significant difference between sugared and diet colas.

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Tooth Replacement Options

Tooth Replacement Options

Looking for tooth replacement options for missing or damaged teeth can be difficult to understand. With so many options available, how do you know which is the best for your unique oral health situation? Route 66 Smiles Dentists are experts in restoring missing teeth and can provide you with guidance on the best solution for your needs.

Outlined below are some of the options available to patients searching for restorative work. If you are interested in learning more, we encourage you to schedule an initial consultation at Route 66 Smiles by calling (405) 494-7227 and talking to a member of our kind dental team.

Here is a listing of general procedures and practices that we get the most questions about.

Dental implant features:

  1. Improves smiles and aesthetics
  2. Replaces one tooth, multiple teeth, or a full arch of teeth
  3. No removable pieces
  4. Prevents bone loss and dental shifting
  5. Increases comfort in chewing, speaking, and breathing
  6. Provides a permanent solution for your dental arch with proper care

Dental implants are a complete tooth replacement option solution, restoring the entire missing tooth with their unique three-part design. The implant post acts as a replacement root and integrates firmly with the jaw. The custom-made crown blends seamlessly with the rest of the healthy teeth in the mouth. Held together by the final piece, the abutment, a dental implant provides a strong foundation for oral functions, such as chewing. Unlike other options, dental implants are not removable, and patients often forget they even have an implant in their mouth.

 Full-Arch restoration features:

  1. No removable parts
  2. Replaces an entire arch of missing teeth
  3. Prevents bone loss in the jaw
  4. Improves facial appearance and restores the smile
  5. Eat and drink more easily
  6. A sturdy foundation, without the need for adhesives

A full-arch restoration is a transformational procedure used to restore an entire upper or lower arch of teeth. The new set of teeth is fixed firmly in the mouth using a sturdy foundation of four or more dental implants. Most appealing to patients is that many times, a temporary set of teeth can be fixed to the implants after placement, allowing them to smile again immediately. The dental implant base allows patients to maintain a healthy jaw bone, as they act as replacements for the missing tooth roots.

Bridge features:

  1. Secure replacement treatment connected to your original teeth
  2. No removable pieces
  3. Long-lasting, but require replacement treatments later
  4. Improve the ability to eat and drink easily
  5. Increase confidence in smiling
Bridges are a common tooth replacement options used treatment option used to replace a single missing tooth or multiple missing teeth in a row. A bridge is prosthetic of three or more attached teeth which are attached to two healthy teeth on either end for support. Traditionally, the healthy teeth used to support the bridge must be ground down for the bridge to lay in line with the rest of the teeth in the arch. This new set of teeth bridges the gap over the area that the teeth were missing, allowing patients to eat and smile again.

It is important to know that bridges do not stimulate the jaw bone where the tooth is missing, which can result in bone deterioration over time. They can also wear down with use and often must be replaced in the future.

Dentures features:

  1. No dental shifting
  2. Option to receive removable teeth
  3. Partial and full denture options
  4. Increase the ability to eat, drink, and breathe comfortably
  5. Semi-permanent replacement solution

Dentures are the most widely known treatment option to restore a full arch of missing teeth. Removable dentures have been in use for decades, and advances in prosthodontics and dental laboratory techniques allow patients to get a better fit than ever before. Dentures are a cost-effective option and many patients who enjoy a removable restoration choose this route. Route 66 Smiles Dentists can ensure a comfortable denture fit.

How long does the dental implant procedure take?

There are many factors to consider when estimating your treatment time. The number of dental implants placed, the position of the missing teeth, the health of your mouth, and the need for additional treatments, such as bone grafting, are all considerations in your treatment program. Typically, your VIP Dentist places the implant post during a single surgical procedure. Following the surgery, it usually takes three to four months for the implant to integrate with the jaw bone. Once we have confirmed that the implant is strong and fully healed, Route 66 Smiles will place the crown in a final appointment. When you visit our practice for your initial consultation, we will develop a treatment plan personalized to your oral health needs. This will determine the length of your treatment, and we will provide you with all the information needed for a smooth restorative process.

What if there is not enough bone left to place a dental implant properly?

Patients who have been missing teeth for an extended period often experience jaw bone loss. This occurs because the tooth root is not present to stimulate the growth of healthy bone. Advances in implant dentistry now allow us to address this issue and provide patients with a solution to their restorative needs. We offer a wide variety of bone grafting options to restore lost bone, including socket preservation, sinus lift procedures, and ridge preservation, and much more. Now, more than ever, it is possible to restore missing teeth with dental implants. During your initial consultation, we will complete 3D imaging to assess the height and width of your jaw bone and develop a treatment plan for successful implant placement.

Is dental implant surgery painful?

At VIP dental, our team wants every patient to feel relaxed and comfortable during treatment. We offer many tooth replacement options and anesthetic options to ease any discomfort associated with surgery. Many simple procedures can be performed using local anesthesia.

What is recovery like for dental implant procedures?

We aim to provide patients with safe and effective treatment to ensure an efficient and comfortable recovery process. Most patients report returning to work quickly after surgery, with minimal pain and swelling. We also require patients to brush carefully around the implant and to avoid eating certain foods during the healing period. During your initial consultation, we will instruct you on proper post-surgical care for your mouth. Following these guidelines will be critical in providing you with easy recovery from surgery and successful implant integration.

Dental Implants in Yukon

Why dental implants?

Dental implants in Yukon are widely considered to be the most successful method of tooth replacement used today because they provide Dental Implants in Yukon patients with a number of benefits over other solutions. Dr. Stepniewski is a BioHorizons implant dentist in Yukon.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant functions as the root of a new tooth. Made out of titanium, only a few millimeters long, and carefully engineered, this small screw is placed in your jawbone by your dental provider and serves as the foundation for your new tooth. Advances in bio-materials and computerized production can provide you with an individually customized high strength restoration designed to provide long term function and fulfill your appearance expectations.

Healthy natural-looking smile

Modern dental restorations, supported by Dental Implants in Yukon, look, feel, and function like your natural teeth. Their color, shape, and contour are made to match that of your natural teeth as closely as possible.

Healthy remaining teeth

Diagram of a jaw with a dental implant. Dental implants do not sacrifice neighboring teeth to provide support as alternative treatments can. A Dental Implants in Yukon can also lessen the loads to your remaining natural teeth while chewing by replacing structural support for your biting forces. By replacing the root structure of a missing tooth you are also replacing support for your bite that has been distributed to your other teeth. Previous bridge solutions replaced the top of a tooth but depended on your remaining teeth to provide the increased support necessary.

Stable comfortable fit

Dental implants are fixed in your jawbone, providing a comfortable and stable foundation for your restoration. Moreover, they are made of biocompatible materials and your body tolerates them easily.

Long-lasting proven solution

Implant solutions are very durable. With proper care and good oral hygiene, they will last many years, or even a lifetime. The first patient was treated with modern dental implants in 1965. When the patient died in 2006, the implants had worked without problems as the foundation for a series of oral prostheses for 40 years. Since then, millions of implants have been placed successfully all over the world. See dental implant history for more information.

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Teeth Whitening for the Holidays

Yukon may not have a white Christmas this year, with teeth whitening for the holidays!

VIP dental teeth whitening services offer a quick and cost-effective way to improve your smile.

Ask about your teeth whitening treatment options, like 1 Hour Colgate whitening system. We can help you dramatically whiten your teeth with either an in office or take home method.

Whitening is one of the safest and most conservative dental procedures available. The procedure is simple. The in-office method begins with a short preparation to cover your lips and gums, leaving only the teeth exposed. We then apply a whitening gel to the teeth, causing it to gently penetrate the enamel, breaking up stains and discoloration. The whitening gel’s active ingredient is a peroxide-based product causing the breakdown of organic stains that accumulate in the enamel over the years. Teeth also naturally darken through the course of your life. These stains, typically caused by tea, coffee, dark fruits, tobacco, and red wine, are removed, restoring the teeth to their natural color.

The complete in-office procedure takes approximately an hour. You also receive take-home trays to continue the lightening process and maintain your new, lighter color. Continued use of the product home will lighten the teeth with no side effects. You are in complete control of your desired outcome, depending on how often you use the system.

You may also have trays made without the in office procedure. The in office procedure gives your smile a significant boost in whitening. The take home system is more gradual, but very effective.

With proper care, your teeth will always be lighter prior to the service and your smile should sparkle for years from teeth whitening for the holidays! VIP dental recommends flossing, brushing twice daily, and using the home system at least once a month.

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