Which Solution Is Best For You – Dental Implants Or A Dental Bridge?

Having a missing tooth in your mouth can be a very strange feeling. So much so that it may make tasks such as eating, drinking, or even speaking more difficult. When you live your entire life with a full set of teeth, it can feel as if your entire oral health is completely off. In reality, this is a fair assessment and it’s something that you should have fixed as quickly as possible.

For those that have a missing tooth, or even multiple missing teeth, your dentist may recommend that you either get a dental implant or a dental bridge. Since you have two options, here is what you should consider to help you make your choice.

A Dental Will Help To Preserve The Bone

When you get a dental bridge placed in your mouth, your dentist will affix it by drilling into the jaw. While this may sound painful, the good news is that this helps to preserver the bone itself. For those that are looking to avoid damage to their teeth or the rest of their oral health in the future, a bridge is a great alternative to their natural tooth.

Dental Implants Are Incredibly Strong

Since dental implants are placed directly into the jaw, they are also incredibly strong. Most dental implants will last many decades, which means that patients will have a healthy set of teeth that will feel comfortable.

Dental Implants Look And Feel Natural

What might be the most important concern for any patient who needs a dental treatment is how natural it will look once it’s completed.A dental implant looks and feels like a natural tooth, which is one reason that many people prefer this option over a dental bridge.

A Dental Bridge Is Less Expensive

The main benefit about a dental bridge is that it’s going to be much less expensive than a dental implant. Dental bridges don’t require nearly the amount of work that a dental implant does, so patients can rely on this as a financially appealing option.

A Dental Bridge May Require Less Time At The Dentists Office

Not only is a dental bridge going to be less expensive, but it may also require less treatment at the dentists office as well. For those that have a hectic schedule and find it difficult making time to visit the dentist, then a dental bridge may be the best option because it won’t require as many trips to the dentist.

The Bottom Line

When you get a dental implant, you are looking at longevity, durability, and a likeliness that looks just like a natural tooth. However, a dental bridge is going to be a much less intensive procedure, which could be something that people who have a difficult time with dental treatments are looking for. What may be the best way to look at it is that a dental implant is more of an investment into the future of your oral health, while a dental bridge may be ideal for someone that is looking for a more expedited resolution.


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The New Parents Guide for Children’s Dental Care

As a new parent, the list of things to learn and prepare for seems endless, but luckily dealing with teething and caring for your child’s teeth comes a little later. But nevertheless, it is important to have some idea of what to do since children’s teeth need to be cared fore in a slightly different way than adult teeth.

As soon as the baby is born you can start “brushing” by wiping the gums down with a wet (preferably warm) washcloth. Take special note of the milk that usually pools under the tongue because it will sit there and cause bad breath or begin to cause cavities as soon as the teeth erupt.
• When more teeth come in, you should help your children brush their teeth by using a small child-sized toothbrush. The bristles should be very soft, but to make them softer you can soak the brush in warm water before brushing.
• Consult your dentist to determine your child’s fluoride needs, this may then be a factor for deciding the kind of toothpaste to use.
• Because children often develop cavities in their molars first, spend extra time brushing this area.
• A child should begin flossing as soon as teeth begin touching. To make the process easier, using a flossing stick can help.
• Fluoride-free toothpaste is available if you want the flavoring and breath fresher without worrying about the child swallowing too much toothpaste.

Other advice to help keep your child’s teeth healthy and cavity free:
• Don’t let your infant or child sleep with a bottle or juice of any kind. If left with their cup or bottle, children can fall asleep with them in their mouths, giving more opportunity for sugars from the beverage to harm their teeth.
• Avoid giving children soda or excessively sugary drinks that could lead to cavities.
• Similarly, sticky candies and sugar gum can also be very damaging to children’s teeth.
• Brushing in the morning and just before bed for 2 minutes at a time will help to keep bacteria from building up.
• Flavored mouthwashes can be another great way to get kids to care for their teeth post brushing.
• Provide cheese as a healthy snack that also helps prevent tooth decay.1

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Flossing Flops

You’ve probably heard over and over again about the importance of flossing (because it is!), but many people still make these common mistakes:

Not flossing at all. This is the biggest mistake you can make because it means that you are leaving a ton of bacteria in your mouth, making you susceptible to gum disease.

Your technique is wrong. When flossing, you should slide the floss through the teeth, making a C around it to get down into the crevices.

You’re not using floss. While there may be times when you desperately need to un-lodge something from between your teeth and there is no floss around, but this should never be a substitute, so put down your paper clip, fingernail, or whatever object you’ve grabbed and get flossing properly!1

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Permanent or Removable Retainers: Which is right for you?

When the time comes for removal of your braces, it is very exciting. Unfortunately, it can be somewhat confusing, too, because you are faced with choosing between two kinds of retainers. Should you go with permanent, removable, or a combination of the two? It is always wise to follow Orthodontist recommendations at Smiles n more, but knowing more about the two types of retainer beforehand can be helpful.

Removable Retainers

Removable retainers offer the advantage of easy use: you will generally put a removable retainer in at night and take it out in the morning. Regardless of your retainer schedule, you’ll be able to enjoy some time with no retainer. However, a removable retainer can easily be forgotten at times, and this means you won’t be taking full advantage of teeth retention.

Another potential advantage of a removable retainer is that you can take it out and brush and floss your teeth with ease, which is more of a challenge with a permanent retainer. Although removable retainers can be very effective, they don’t tend to be as effective as permanent retainers, especially if they are not used as directed.

Permanent Retainers

Permanent retainers are the clear choice for patients who want to “get it and forget it.” Once your permanent retainer is placed in your mouth, you won’t need to worry about daily retainer schedules, since it is permanently affixed to your teeth.

Because teeth begin to shift naturally as we age, a permanent retainer typically offers better long-term results for teeth straightening than a removable one. You can’t forget to put it in — it’s already there! Temporary retainers get lost or are forgotten on trips, and often fail to get used as often as they should be.

One drawback to permanent retainers is flossing. Some patients find it more difficult to floss with a permanent retainer, but we can show you effective ways to floss fairly quickly with your permanent retainer.

Some orthodontists may recommend a combination of the two; for example, a removable retainer for the top teeth and a permanent one for the lower ones because the lower teeth are smaller and tend to shift more.

Ultimately, the most important thing to remember is that wearing your retainer as directed is extremely important. As long as you follow our orthodontist’s advice, you will get the best results from your retainer, regardless of its type.

If you’re still not sure whether the choice you’ve made is truly right for you, get in touch with us at our Smiles n more Orthodontic Centre, HSR Layout, Bangalore, India right away!

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How do I know if I need braces?

Perhaps you feel your teeth are not perfectly straight, or you think your bite could be adjusted. It’s quite possible that braces and other orthodontic treatments might be the right choice for you. As orthodontic professionals, our team at Smiles n more works with your general dentist in order to determine the best options for your oral health and cosmetic appearance.

You might need braces if …

  • You lost your baby teeth relatively early in life. If your baby teeth fell out too early and your adult teeth did not come in for a while, this could have affected the way your adult teeth grew and developed.
  • Your teeth look crowded or crooked. If you are embarrassed to smile because your teeth are not straight, it might be time to consider the cosmetic options available to you.
  • Your jaw shifts or makes sounds. This can signify a developmental issue with your teeth and your jaw line, and orthodontic treatment may be able to help. Set up an appointment with Dr. Divyashree if your jaw is recessed or protruding as well.
  • You are constantly biting the sides of your cheek or hitting the roof of your mouth. This could indicate that your teeth are not properly aligned. Braces can address an underbite or an overbite.
  • You have a difficult time chewing your food. This is not only an inconvenience, but it can also be detrimental for your health. Braces can help fix the alignment of your teeth.
  • You have to breathe through your mouth on a regular basis. You may not attribute this to an issue with the development of your teeth or jaw, but orthodontic treatment might be able to help.
  • The ideal age for a child to be seen by an orthodontist is age seven. However, there are many orthodontic treatment options available to adults. It is becoming increasingly common for adults to wear braces and other orthodontic devices. We recommend that people who are interested in braces and other orthodontic treatment options set up a consultation appointment with Dr.Divyashree Leading Orthodontist in Bangalore, India today.
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Is It Possible to Treat All Orthodontic Patients without Removing Teeth?

No subject has attracted more attention than the removal of permanent teeth. A few skeptical readers have suggested that orthodontists remove teeth to make more money, because they are uneducated or old fashioned, or even that they just don’t care about the looks of their patients after treatment.  I would like to use this month’s post to address these three concerns.

One visitor suggested that orthodontists recommend the removal of teeth to make more money. The truth is that extraction treatment is more difficult, takes longer, requires more appointments, and is unquestionably LESS profitable. Another reader commented that we recommend removing teeth so that we can charge more. Keep in mind that as specialists, orthodontists do not remove teeth. Instead, we refer patients back to their primary care dentists or oral surgeons for the necessary procedures. In truth, we make more money when teeth are NOT removed. If you honestly believe that your treatment plan was influenced by fees or profit, you really should seek a second opinion.

A few visitors have inferred that orthodontists who recommend removing teeth are uneducated or old fashioned. The truth is that no matter how young or innovative an orthodontist may be it is still the size of the lower jaw that determines how many teeth will fit. While there are alternatives to extraction in the upper arch (expanders, interproximal reduction, TADS, headgear, functional appliances, and numerous gizmos that push the top teeth backwards and create space), there are not as many options in the lower jaw. Unlike the upper arch which has a growth plate and extra room behind the molars, the lower arch has more defined limits. Since there is no growth plate in the lower arch, the amount of space available down there is set after the patient has stopped growing.

All expansion in the lower arch occurs by tipping the teeth outward away from the center of the supporting bone. While abnormally constricted arches benefit by dental expansion, pushing them too far can move teeth right out of the gums and bone. Interproximal enamel reduction can be used in mild to moderately crowded patients, but not enough space can be created for those with severe crowding by merely sanding the sides of individual teeth. The lower teeth cannot be scooted back as far as in the upper arch because of the shape of the lower jaw. Additionally, even when patients choose surgery to move the entire lower jaw forward, this does not produce extra room in the arch for the alignment of crowded teeth. Although there are some heroic procedures like distraction osteogenesis and Wilkodontics, these procedures are invasive, expensive, and rare.

The most puzzling comments I receive about extractions imply that orthodontists just don’t care how their patients’ faces look at the end of treatment. I outline my three primary objectives in treatment: 1) attractive smiles and faces, 2) healthy teeth, bones, and gums, and 3) post-treatment stability. Sometimes NOT extracting teeth produces smiles that are protrusive and lips that cannot close. Other times NOT extracting teeth pushes teeth out of the gums and bone. Many times NOT extracting teeth produces results which just snap back to their original positions as soon as treatment is complete and retainer wear is relaxed. If removing teeth will give you a smile that is more attractive, healthier, and more stable, that’s the treatment plan that I will recommend.

The vast majority of orthodontic patients can be treated without removing teeth (over 80% in my practice). For those who just don’t have enough room however, extraction treatment still provides the most attractive, healthiest, and most stable results available.

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The Advantages of Dental Implants over False Teeth

Dental implants are the most advanced, effective way to replace teeth. This is a permanent fix that avoids all the embarrassing slip-ups and fall-outs associated with removable dentures. You won’t have to worry about the embarrassment of having your true toothless-ness being revealed: dental implants look and feel like real teeth.

Technically, the implant is not the part that looks like a tooth, but rather a small, titanium screw-like surgical component that interfaces with the jaw for lower teeth and the skull for upper teeth. The implant supports a prosthetic: this is the part that looks like a tooth.

There are more reasons to get dental implants than just the obvious benefit than not having to deal with the constant hassle of taking your teeth in and out of your mouth. One benefit is that dental implants are better for your bones.

Your jawbone is accustomed to supporting teeth. When you lose teeth, the jawbone deteriorates. Removable dentures simply cover the problem and let the jawbone crumble away, leading to an elderly sunken-mouth look. Dental implants stimulate your jawbone, so you can maintain a strong and youthful profile.

If removable dentures feel unnatural, it’s because they are. Your mouth wasn’t made to house a clunky set of false teeth. Removable dentures can be uncomfortable, especially when you’re eating. They can also make some words difficult to pronounce. These issues are not present with dental implants.

Dental implants aren’t only better than false teeth: they offer advantages over bridges, too. Bridges require one of both of the neighboring natural teeth to be filed down to fit in the bridge. So, for bridges, you have to damage your natural teeth in order to replace your missing teeth.  Unlike bridges, the process of installing dental implants does not require the health of your remaining natural teeth to be adversely affected.

If you’re going to replace your missing teeth, do it right. Schedule an appointment with oue Dental Implantologist2 to see if you’re a good candidate for dental implant surgery at


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True or False: Cavities

There are a lot of myths and old-wives-tales that have been floating around over the years with regard to cavities. We thought we’d dispel some of them for our latest post.

Acidic Foods Cause Them
This is true. While acidic foods like citrus juice don’t actually cause cavities, acids weaken your teeth, which makes them more likely to decay.

Kids Are More Prone to Them
This is false. Thanks to things like preventative caution, sealants and fluorides in our water, tooth decay in younger children has been cut significantly. Senior citizens, on the other hand, have been increasing their amount of cavities in recent years. This has been partly due to factors such as medicines that make the mouth dry—saliva is a big combatant of tooth decay.

Sugar Is the Main Cause of Them
This is false. Acid causes cavities. Bacteria creates acids when you eat anything with carbohydrates, which includes things like fruits and starches, but also anything sugary. When you have too many carbs, the acids make a tiny hole in your teeth to live.

You’ll Know If You Have a Cavity
This is false. Not all types of tooth decay cause pain. You’ll only feel a cavity when tooth decay has gotten bad enough to cause nerve damage. This is why it’s important to have regular check-ups with your dentist.

Cavities are Most Common Between Your Teeth
This is true. Wherever is hard to reach with your toothbrush or floss is exactly where decay likes to live. Because of this, it’s a good idea to use mouthwash regularly.

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Fun Facts About Your Teeth

We obviously love teeth, more than the average person, but that’s because we know so much about them! Here are some fun facts that will hopefully get you thinking about how cool your choppers really are!

  • Your teeth are much bigger than they look – 2/3 of your tooth is above the gum line
  • Your teeth are unique – no two people have the same teeth
  • Teeth are not created equal – humans have four different kinds of teeth
  • Your teeth start developing before you are born1
  • The hardest part of your body is the enamel on your teeth
  • After the common cold, tooth decay is the next common ailment
  • Over a quarter of Americans over the age of 65 have lost all of their teeth
  • They’re the attention grabber – most people first notice another’s smile first
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Smoking and Dental Implants

You already know that smoking can lead to lung disease.

Yet smoking also can lead to a great variety of oral health issues, several of them serious: yellow and stained teeth, periodontal disease, tissue and bone loss, loss of teeth, peri-implantitis (a destructive, inflammatory process affecting the tissue that surrounds a dental implant), dental implant failure, and more.

In fact, most dentists recommend that smokers looking to get dental implants quit smoking before undergoing the procedure!

“But,” you may be wondering, “the smoke goes in my lungs; it doesn’t lie on my teeth. Why does it affect my teeth/mouth?”

The smoke you inhale – or the tobacco you chew – can change the type of bacteria that lives in dental plaque (all of us have plaque to one degree or another) and increase the amount of harmful bacteria. Smoking also reduces the blood flow to your gums as well as to the tissue that supports your teeth, making the tissue more likely to become inflamed, possibly loosening the tissue around your teeth, resulting in loose teeth, or even tooth loss.

Gum disease in smokers also worsens more quickly than in non-smokers. What’s more, smokers may not see the tell-tale symptoms of gum disease (bleeding gums) as quickly as non-smokers due to the decreased blood flow. They therefore may not go to a dentist as early for treatment, allowing the disease to continue longer and do more damage.

As for dental implants, because smoking decreases blood flow to the bone and tissues that surround your teeth, your bone doesn’t heal as well following the implant surgery. Smoking also can mean the implant will fail because it will not integrate with the surrounding bone tissue.

A Study found that about 15 percent of dental implants performed on smokers failed while the failure rate of implants on non-smokers was just a bit more than 1 percent.

Still, while the study found that about 85 percent of smokers’ dental implants did not fail, your dentist may still consider it too high a risk, considering the cost of the procedure and the greater risk of inflammation and even infection (sepsis, anyone?)

You smoke and that destroys your teeth or causes tooth loss, so you decide you need dental implants to replace the damaged or lost teeth. But you smoke, so your dentist says he can’t provide you with dental implants.

Still, if you and/or your dentist have noticed considerable bone loss, tissue inflammation, and so on, you really must decide to quit smoking. Your doctor or dentist can help you with advice and even smoking cessation aids.

Then, if your teeth are truly in bad shape and you’d like dental implants, your dentist will be able to perform the procedure with a much higher chance of success.

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