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Dental Implants or Dentures? Which One is Right for me?

Posted by Julie Berger on Sun, Jul 1, 2018 @ 12:07 PM


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When you lose teeth, you want them replaced soon. How to replace them can be a tricky decision! With the high cost of dental work, it's important to educate yourself on the options available. Let's take a look at the differences between dental implants and dentures.

Implants

A dental implant is a post which the dentist surgically implants into the jawbone. This post acts as an anchor for a replacement tooth. Many people find implants a good choice for replacing just one or two missing teeth. However, implants can also be used to replace several or even all teeth. Today it is often possible to remove teeth and place new, fixed teeth all on the same day. (TeethXpress)

Advantages of Implants

  • Once the implant is in your mouth, the replacement tooth can be treated like a normal tooth.
  • There are no food or drink restrictions.
  • Dental implants last a long time, often for the rest of the patient's life.
  • Implants are good for your dental health! They act like a normal tooth, protecting the teeth around them and stimulating the surrounding bone.
  • Implants help keep the jaw bone structure from melting away.

Disadvantages of Implants

  • Implants require some surgery.
  • The initial cost of the implants can be higher than other ways of replacing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are a removable appliance which replaces missing teeth. A partial denture replaces teeth where there are gaps, and the denture is anchored onto existing teeth. A complete denture replaces all the teeth in the upper and/or lower jaw.

Advantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be made to look like the rest of your teeth. They are customized for your mouth.
  • Dentures are easily adjusted. If another tooth falls out, the denture can often be modified so it contains a new replacement tooth.
  • Getting dentures does not require surgery.
  • Dentures are usually not as expensive as implants.

Disadvantages of Dentures

  • Dentures can be uncomfortable and even harmful to your overall dental health.
  • Dentures can shift inside your mouth. Dental adhesives do not always work to keep them in place.
  • Dentures should be removed at night.
  • Foods can get trapped under dentures and cause discomfort or decay to remaining teeth.
  • Dentures will require replacements and relines as the jaw ridges shrink.
  • Dentures will not prevent jaw bone structures from melting away.

Which one is right for you?

Today you have more choices than ever for getting back a beautiful, natural smile. Talk to prosthodontist about all the most up to date options.

 

Julie C Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

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Smile Gaps?  Dental Implants in Gettysburg can Help.

Posted by Peter Samuels on Sun, Apr 8, 2018 @ 19:04 PM

 

 

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Millions of Americans suffer from tooth loss due to a variety of factors, ranging from periodontitis to sports-related injuries. Untreated tooth loss can lead to a number of other concerns, including speech problems, nutritional deficiencies, shifting of the bite, and loss of self-esteem.

In the past, treatment for tooth loss was limited to dental bridges or dentures. Due to technological advances over the last several years, another option is now available: dental implants. Dental implants are becoming increasingly common due to their longevity, durability, and ease of use.

What are dental implants?

First of all, implants are widely misunderstood. The actual implant is a titanium post that is surgically implanted in the patient's jaw. This post serves as a replacement tooth root. After placement, the artificial tooth root fuses to the bone surrounding it. This results in a secure anchor so that a replacement tooth (or teeth) can be attached to it. The result is a natural looking-- and feeling-- smile.

Why should I choose implants?

If you are missing one or more teeth, implants might be an excellent option for you. There are many benefits to dental implants. Consider the following:

  • Aesthetic benefits. Unfortunately, many patients who are missing teeth report a loss of self-esteem. Often, they go to great lengths to avoid smiling. Implants help to restore a patient's natural smile and thereby also result in a boost in confidence.
  • User friendly. Compared to removable dentures, dental implants are very low maintenance. They do not require additional care; patients can simply brush twice a day, floss daily, and attend their regularly scheduled dental check-ups.
  • Long-lasting. Perhaps the best news is that dental implants are made to last! If well taken care of, implants can last a few decades-- or even a lifetime.

Need all your teeth removed?

It is often possible today to have all your teeth removed and replaced on the same day with fixed, dental implant teeth. With this technique called TeethXpress you never have to go without teeth. 4 or more implants are placed in the upper or lower jaw and fixed teeth are attached. Only your dentist can remove them. You can eat out, meet people, smile, and laugh like with natural teeth.

It's time to stop hiding your smile from the world! Contact us today to learn more about dental implants.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg Dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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Snore Much? Sleep Apnea is nothing to Laugh About!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Apr 2, 2018 @ 17:04 PM

 

Snoring and Sleep Apnea

 

Sleep apnea is an extremely common disorder affecting nearly 22 million adults and children in the United States. Snoring is probably the most noticeable symptom of sleep apnea, although it can also cause sore throats, morning headaches, and attention problems. The overall effects of disrupted sleep can build up overtime, leading to more serious consequences, such as high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, and cardiovascular problems. Drowsiness can also be a factor in many traffic accidents. In children, it can lead to learning, behavior, and growth disorders. In fact, studies suggest that about 25 percent of children who have been diagnosed with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) may actually suffer from sleep apnea.

Dentists can often detect some signs of sleep apnea, especially since many people who suffer from the disorder tend to grind their teeth. While a visit to a physician is generally still necessary, dentists can assist in treating the disorder. Oral appliances are a noninvasive treatment of sleep apnea that are created to specifically fit inside the mouth, much like a mouth guard or retainer. They can help keep the jaw in a forward position to maintain an open airway, or gradually expand the diameter of the hard palate, which has successfully worked in children as young as six years old. These devices are only worn at night, helping those with sleep apnea get the sleep they require without disrupting daily activities.

Fittings for the oral appliances can be completed in the dentist's office. Examinations of the teeth, jaw, tongue, and airway are conducted before the dentist makes a physical or digital impression of the teeth. These models are sent to a lab for the actual creation, but final fittings are also conducted in the office. The dentist will also explain how to properly care for the appliance.

Sleep apnea can have serious consequences, both mental and physical. If you or someone in your family snores or shows signs of inadequate sleep, consider discussing possible treatment with your dentist.

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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Preventive Dentistry is Affordable Dentistry. Neglect is Expensive!

Posted by Peter Samuels on Tue, Jan 16, 2018 @ 10:01 AM

 

 


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The cost of preventing oral issues is minimal compared to the cost of having to treat them. We believe that each penny saved on dental health is a penny that can be spent on something you can enjoy. Here are several ways that you can save money through taking an active role in your preventive dentistry.

Proper Nutrition Is Vital

A vital part of optimizing the lifespan of your teeth is through nutritional education and the dental consequences of eating certain foods. Proper nutrition is critical to maintaining overall health, as well as oral health!

  • Sugar: It is pretty common knowledge that sugar can have adverse effects on teeth and it is in a lot more products than you think! The trick is knowing how to read the label. Many companies don't use the word "sugar" in the packaging even though a form of it is included. Any word ending in "-ose" on the label is a sugar ingredient. The Food and Drug Administration recommends that we cap our sugar intake at 12.5 teaspoons a day (that's about one can of soda.)
  • Foods: Foods that benefit your oral health are calcium-rich (dairy, leafy greens, and almonds), protein-rich (like meat, seafood, and eggs), and water-rich (vegetables and fruits.) These kinds of foods provide healthy minerals that aid in strengthening tooth enamel, cleaning plaque and bacteria from teeth, and increase saliva to wash away particulates.
  • Water: Hydration is vital! Water cleanses your mouth of food particles, acids, and sugars. Water also increases the saliva content in your mouth, which is the front-line warrior in the battle against cavities.

Visit Your Gettysburg Dentist Before There's a Problem

Your family dentist doesn't just exist to provide relief when you have a dental problem. Your dentist is there to assist you in maintaining the best dental practices and oral health for life. They offer some preventative services that can preserve the health of your mouth. Sometimes it is essential to spend a little money now to save a lot of money down the road. According to the American Dental Association, the cost of restorative dental procedures can cost up to ten times more than investing in some standard preventative dental services.


  • For example, the national average cost of an annual cleaning is around $60 for a child and $80 for an adult, along with a roughly $50 examination fee. A root canal can be close to $1000 excluding the finishing touches of a crown! Definitely worth the preventive dental visits, such as cleanings.

Prevention is everything. See your dentist and hygienist regularly and save a bundle!

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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I’d rather have a Root Canal than…(fill in blank!) Root canal Treatment in Gettysburg

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 18, 2017 @ 19:12 PM

 

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The dental procedure known as a root canal is often employed to save a natural tooth. Dentists commonly perform this operation as part of their general resume. Endodontists and oral surgeons are specialists who can provide root canal treatments as well. In general, root canal treatment means the removal of the pulp tissue from within a tooth and its replacements with a material to seal the hollowed our root system. Root canals become necessary in a variety of situations. Here are some reasons why your dentist could decide this procedure is the best option in your case.

  • Tooth decay can wreak havoc on a tooth. Infections due to bacteria can eat away at the enamel and delve farther if left unchecked. While early intervention with a bonded filling or a crown can often prevent the need for invasive treatment, many times an infection damages and weakens the tooth to the point that a root canal is necessary. This generally occurs when the pulp (the inner portion of the tooth) becomes inflamed or dies. If left untreated infection can form around the root. Eventually the infection can spread to the face and cause swelling and even life threatening systemic infection. A root canal can usually effectively clear the infection and save the tooth.
  • Trauma can lead to the need for a root canal. This happens when forceful impact occurs to a tooth. A blow to the mouth, a bad fall, a car accident can cause trauma to the tooth and the pulp tissue. Sometimes, even many years after the trauma, the pulp can die and become infected. Root canal treatment to remove the infected pulp can save the tooth.
  • A deep filling due to deep decay often will cause a tooth to be temperature sensitive. This is normal. Occasionally, even years later, the pulp will become inflamed or infected and require root canal treatment.

Modern root canal treatment is usually comfortable and painless. Dental IV sedation anesthesia is available for apprehensive patients.  Contrary to popular belief root canals do not cause pain, they relieve pain!

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a local Gettysburg dentist.

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Sedation Dentistry in Gettysburg

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 11, 2017 @ 19:12 PM

 

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For many people just the thought of a visit to the dentist immediately results in extreme anxiety. The fear of a painful experience often results in putting off simple dental issues until they require a more drastic course of action. But it doesn't have to be that way! Sedation dentistry, sometimes called sleep dentistry, allows those with dental anxiety to receive the care they need in a relaxed and comfortable environment. Time goes by very quickly. Most patients finish treatment feeling like they were only in the chair for a few minutes. Years of catch-up work can often be accomplished in one, relaxing visit.

To ensure patient safety sedation for dental treatment is administered by a medical anesthesiologist, and only after a comprehensive dental exam and a medical history review. You will be continually monitored during the entire procedure. Monitoring continues after treatment until the effects of the dental sedation have worn off and it is safe to leave. You will need to have someone with you to drive you home.

A variety of IV medications are given during the procedure to keep you nicely sedated. Ever have an endoscopy or similar procedure with sedation anesthesia? The same medications are used for dental procedures.

Sedation dentistry allows those with dental phobia or even just a little nervousness to receive the care necessary to correct existing issues, prevent further damage, and address conditions that may cause problems in the future. An added benefit is that more treatment can be finished during your visit when you are relaxed and free of anxiety. If you have a busy work schedule, sedation for dental treatment can often minimize the number of dental appointments you will need.

Sedation dentistry allows many patients who have avoided the dentist for years to receive necessary care comfortably and anxiety free!

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and a local Gettysburg dentist.

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Composite or Silver Mercury; What is meant by Mercury Free Dentistry?

Posted by Peter Samuels on Mon, Dec 4, 2017 @ 17:12 PM

 

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Nobody is excited about getting a cavity filled. Fortunately, however, due to advances in modern dental technology, the process is way easier than it used to be. What's more, depending on the type of filling, the results don't have to be obvious to the world. Unlike the dark, silver-mercury fillings of days gone by, composite or ceramic fillings leave your newly restored tooth virtually indistinguishable from its next-door neighbors.

That means you can smile, laugh, and cheer without fear that the people around you will be counting your fillings.

But that's not the only advantage to leaving amalgam fillings behind. In addition to the aesthetic aspect, there are practical benefits to considering bonded composite and porcelain fillings instead of mercury-silver.

For one thing, composite fillings bond directly to your tooth structure, ensuring a more stable connection and decreasing the likelihood that the filling will eventually fall out. Bonded fillings can actually strengthen a tooth. Silver-mercury fillings, on the other hand, are not chemically bonded to the enamel and and can weaken the tooth.

There are pros and cons to all kinds of fillings. Talk to your dentist about the best recommendation for your particular situation.

 

Peter J. Samuels DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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Got a Gap in your Smile?  Dental Implants to the Rescue!

Posted by Julie Berger on Tue, Sep 12, 2017 @ 11:09 AM

 

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Remember when you were a child, and you looked forward with giddy excitement to the day when you would lose your first tooth? Finally, you would have tangible evidence that you were growing up! You would proudly display your gap-toothed grin and prove once and for all that you were a Big Kid at last!

These days, however, the thought of losing a tooth probably isn't so thrilling. 

Everyone's situation is different, of course, but no matter how many teeth you've lost or why you've lost them, on this you can rest assured: you are not alone. According to the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, 35 million Americans are missing teeth on one or both jaws. So you are in good company.

In a paper detailing current trends in dental implant procedures, the U.S. National Library of Medicine offers this further statistical breakdown:

69% of adults ages 35 to 44 have lost at least one permanent tooth to an accident, gum disease, a failed root canal or tooth decay. 

Losing a tooth or two may prove embarrassing, but it is actually not unusual, and you definitely have options to restoring your smile to its former glory. One of the best ways to restore lost teeth is with dental implants. It’s the next best thing to growing a new tooth!

So don't despair.

Instead, look ahead to your next step!

Your Next Step

If your goal is to restore your smile, then your next step should be to schedule a consultation with your dentist to discuss your cosmetic dentistry options. After evaluating your particular situation, we'll work together to form a plan best suited to your needs. Did you know that today we are often able to replace all the teeth in one day?  Hopeless teeth are removed, dental implants are placed and you leave with a new smile!

Odds are high that dental implants will be right for you; but if not, we'll discuss your options and select the best and most efficient route. Everyone deserves a great smile!

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a local Gettysburg dentist and prosthodontist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

717-334-0555 GettysburgCosmeticDental.com

Not Your Grandfather's Dentures

Posted by Julie Berger on Mon, Jul 31, 2017 @ 18:07 PM

Missing teeth can be a serious issue that affects your speech, your appearance, and your ability to eat. Equally important, missing teeth can also negatively affect how you feel about yourself and how you appear to others. If you want to recapture the old you and become the person you used to be, dentures may be the perfect solution for you.

Modern dentures are available in a variety of options that can maximize both your appearance and you comfort, while simultaneously restoring your ability to both eat and speak.

Here are a few of the many denture options available from your dentist. Your dentist will be able to help you chose the best denture options to both greatly improve your quality of life and help you regain your winning smile:

  • A Complete Denture: This is what most people picture when they think of dentures. As its name implies, a complete denture replaces all of a patient's top or bottom teeth and is used when a patient has had those teeth removed. A complete denture consists of a removable plate, made of a pink material designed to look like the patient's natural gums, with the false teeth permanently affixed to the plate. This plate is then carefully fitted over the patient's gums. This is the most basic kind of denture. A properly fitted complete denture can change a patient's life by giving the patient the confidence that comes with having perfect, straight teeth that to the casual observer are indistinguishable from the patient's nature teeth.
  • A Partial Denture: As the name implies, a partial denture is smaller or partial version of the complete denture, and is used when a patient is missing only a few consecutive teeth. A partial denture attaches to the adjacent or nearby teeth to remain in place. Your dentist will be able to match the color and tint of the false teeth with the existing natural teeth, making the partial denture undetectable to both family and friends.
  • An Implant-Supported Denture: A recent innovation in teeth replacement is the implant-supported denture. This type of denture offers significant advantages to the patient in terms of appearance, durability and comfort compared to traditional denture options. Implant-supported dentures consist of two parts: false teeth mounted on a clear acrylic base, and implants or attachment studs which are placed in the jaw bone. The implant-supported dentures simply fit over the gum and click into place on the stud or attachment point, giving the dentures a firm, comfortable fit that will not loosen or fall out. This unmatched fit means that implant-supported dentures will stay in much more solidly than conventional dentures. Many of the problems associated with traditional dentures, such as irritation or sores or embarrassement may be avoided. 
  • Fixed Teeth with Implants  New techniques often allow us to replace bad teeth with teeth fixed to the jaw with dental implants in one day.  Only your dentist can take the teeth out. You can eat, talk, socialize, and date without worrying about dentures moving or loosening.

Julie C. Berger, DDS, MS is a Gettysburg dentist and board certified prosthodontist.  She is a former full time instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

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Can't Tolerate CPAP?

Posted by Julie Berger on Fri, Jun 9, 2017 @ 16:06 PM

 

 

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Many people believe that CPAP or continuous positive airway pressure machines are the only treatment options for sleep apnea sufferers. However, that is not the case. Dental appliances can also be used to effectively treat snoring and obstructive sleep apnea.

Do dental sleep appliances work like a CPAP machine?

Dental sleep appliances do not work in the same manner as a CPAP machine, but they do encourage uninterrupted breathing. A CPAP machine directs a stream of air into the face of the sleeper to promote a continuous breathing cycle. A dental appliance does not provide additional airflow. Instead, the device promotes proper placement of the structural components of the mouth. 

The intervals of interrupted breathing that are associated with sleep apnea often occur when the soft tissues within the mouth collapse into the throat to obstruct airflow. A dental appliance can keep the lower jaw in proper position during rest to discourage soft tissue collapse.

Are dental appliances for sleep apnea bulky?

One reason that many people find it difficult to sleep while using a CPAP machine is the bulk of the device. The mask covers a significant portion of the face, making some sleep positions awkward and uncomfortable. 

Dental sleep appliances fit in the mouth like a custom mouth-guard. The appliance fits onto the upper teeth and the lower teeth. Most people find the appliance quite comfortable.

Is the process for obtaining a dental sleep appliance lengthy?

Only a few appointments are needed for the creation of your dental sleep appliance. During one appointment, a mold of your mouth is made to use as a guide for the dental lab that will fabricate the appliance. Once the appliance is complete, a fitting appointment is scheduled to ensure that the device fits and performs as it should.  You will be monitored with several appointments over a period of time to make sure the appliance is working optimally.

Does insurance pay for oral sleep appliances?

Oral sleep appliance therapy is a recognized effective treatment for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea.  It is often covered by medical insurance.

 

Peter J. Samuels, DDS is a local Gettysburg dentist and a clinical instructor at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry.

 

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