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Treatment of Damaged or Missing Teeth

Treating damaged or missing teeth requires a good foundation for supporting new teeth. Both the remaining natural teeth and/or new dental implants can be used to provide this support. Additionally, there are a number of alternatives for new teeth.

Using natural teeth

The most common method for repairing a damaged single tooth is a dental crown, cemented onto the existing natural tooth. Dr Abedi prepares the existing tooth by grinding it down. After taking an impression, he attaches a temporary crown while the final restoration is at the lab.

Another alternative for restoring one or more missing teeth is a bridge, using adjacent natural teeth as anchors. To secure the bridge, Dr Abedi prepares the adjacent teeth just like the single tooth above.

There are two main drawbacks to using natural teeth as anchors for replacing your missing tooth. First, your jawbone isn’t supported because the tooth root is missing, resulting in eventual shrinkage and gum recession. Second, your healthy teeth are unnecessary modified.

In both cases, you must return to XO Dentistry to have the final restoration, which looks and feels like your natural teeth, permanently cemented in place.

Using dental implants

When you are missing a tooth, or one must be extracted, dental implants can be used as the foundation to which a new tooth is attached. Because dental implants are inserted into your jawbone they function like tooth roots, providing support for the jawbone. Additionally, your healthy teeth are left untouched. 

New teeth from day one

In nearly all treatment cases, Dr Abedi will attach a temporary prosthesis in your mouth while the final crown or bridge is being made. This temporary tooth will allow you to leave XO Dentistry, eating and smiling normally.

New teeth material

New teeth can be produced from a number of materials. Thanks to material advancements, the most attractive restorations are produced with 100% ceramic materials. These are incredibly strong and provide the best available esthetics.

In the past, dentists have had to offer metal crowns and bridges with porcelain (ceramic paint) fused on top. At the time this was the strongest solution available. Unfortunately, if your gum receded, a black metal line became visible at the lower edge of the restoration. 

Today, all-ceramic crowns and bridges can be used in all locations of your mouth. For the best aesthetics, ask Dr Abedi for an all-ceramic restoration.

Contact XO Dentistry for your free consultation to see how dental implants can help improve your smile.

(480) 900-0001

The Ultimate Toothpaste Guide

You need some more toothpaste, and you’re in the store, starting at a host of different options.  There is toothpaste to whiten teeth, toothpaste for sensitive teeth…. and does the brand really matter??  So how do you choose? What really is the best option?

Whitening Toothpaste

For those that want a camera-ready white smile, but cannot afford professional whitening; whitening toothpastes are an option.  As a general rule, watch out for those that use abrasive ingredients to scrub away stains on the surface of the teeth. A better option is toothpastes that use peroxide as a whitener. Always check the ingredients list and make sure you’re comfortable with the product you are using.

Sensitive Teeth Toothpaste

This toothpaste is a great option for those that suffer with overly sensitive teeth. By helping strengthen the enamel on our teeth, fluoride can also help reduce tooth sensitivity to hot and cold. Most sensitive toothpastes contain high amounts of fluoride designed to help with the problem of sensitivity.

Does the Brand Matter???!?

Brand certainly doesn’t matter as much as the television commercials say it does. In most cases the brand doesn’t matter at all. More expensive brands may have a higher percentage of helpful ingredients however this is not always true.

Ask Dr. Abedi if the toothpaste your using is good enough! He may recommend a specific variety for your teeth, or be able to give you suggestions.

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TMJ and Jaw Tension Treatments

Dr Abedi recommends Botox® as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When Botox® is injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort; it relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, this non-surgical procedure can even minimize lock jaw.

Treating TMJ with Botox® is a relatively quick and painless procedure.  Depending on the number of injections needed, as determined by Dr Abedi.  It is reasonable for the appointment to be completed within 10-30 minutes. Most patients describe the Botox injection pain as a “bug bite” or a “prick”

The Botox® treatment for TMJ disorder and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. Dr Abedi recommends this non-surgical procedure as patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment.

Dr Abedi, at  XO Dentistry, encourages patients who suffer with TMJ and jaw tension to call (480) 900-0001 to schedule a complimentary consultation to determine if you are a candidate for Botox® treatment.

Warning Signs and Symptoms of Impacted Wisdom Teeth

There are few oral health issues that can be as painful or disruptive to daily life as impacted wisdom teeth.  Although the pain of impacted wisdom teeth is often enough to let you know that something is wrong, it is still important that you are able to identify the issue as early as possible.  Most of the time your dentist can detect impacted wisdom teeth early using an orthopantogram, a special type of x-ray,  before they begin to cause debilitating pain. Any patient with impacted wisdom teeth will begin to notice a few symptoms that will worsen as the condition continues to develop.

The most common symptoms of impacted wisdom teeth are:

  1. Throbbing Pain in the Back of the Mouth – When wisdom teeth become impacted, it causes a great deal of pain. You may notice pain radiating from the back of the mouth. This pain will get worse as the surrounding teeth become affected.
  2. Swollen, Tender, and Bleeding Gums – Impacted wisdom teeth or wisdom teeth in general can cause serious gum issues. The gums may come swollen and tender to the touch. Additionally, the gums may start to bleed when pressure is applied.  This may make brushing and flossing difficult and painful.  If you notice this symptom, it is important to contact your dentist immediately as it could also be a symptom of severe gum disease.
  3. Swelling Around the Jaw – Impacted wisdom teeth are often accompanied by swelling of both the gums and jaw. This symptom can be subtle at first, but can worsen quickly to the point that it can become painful and difficult to open your mouth.
  4. Swollen Glands in the Shoulder and Neck – Impacted wisdom teeth are often accompanied by swollen glands in the shoulder and neck. This combined with other symptoms should be discussed with your doctor right away.

Complications may arise if treatment isn’t sought out to treat the impacted wisdom teeth.  Damage to adjacent teeth is the most common complication, this can cause infection or force the teeth out of place.

If you feel you are experiencing one or more of these warning signs and fear that you may have impacted wisdom teeth, you should contact your dentist immediately.

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