A denture is a good replacement option when all of your teeth are missing or need to be removed. It can give you a functional bite and improve the looks of your smile. For more information please go to our denture page on our website and make sure to take a look at the before and after photos in our smile gallery.
This is a question that we are asked daily. There are many factors which relate to this. We will discuss the most common.
Many of our patients come in complaining of their teeth hurting, their jaw aching or sore and their bite not feel right. All of these can be caused by your bite being off slightly.
We first look to see if the problem could be a tooth or gum tissue related. Then we look at the bite.
Many times we can adjust the bite (Equilbration or Occulsal adjustment), which removes very small areas on your teeth. This allow the jaw to function more smoothly. We do not change how far your teeth close, just make it easier for you jaw to move and not trigger spots which your jaw does not want to go to. Which in turn can cause grinding, sore teeth or a sore jaw.
Many times we also recommend a Bite Splint or an Occlusal guard to wear at night and prevents our patients from grinding their teeth.
A look at how Dr. Wildern likes to spend a special weekend!
As many of you know Dr. Wildern has a passion for skiing when he is not doing dentistry. He recently took a long weekend and went up to Canada to enjoy some time skiing in the mountains. This is not just your ordinary ski trip. Dr. Wildern likes to go back country skiing. This is when a group of people get dropped off on the side or top of a mountain and they ski down the mountain where they will later pick them up and do it all over again. These are not groomed trails and you never know what kind of conditions or terrain you will be getting into. Here is an inside look from Dr. Wildern’s helmet at what he sees when he is going down one of these mountains.
We had a very interesting conversation with a young mother this week about flossing. It really made me think about flossing.
We recommend our patients (parents) start flossing their children’s teeth at a very young age. This greatly reduces the decay rate which occurs between the teeth. I am always encouraging young adults, 11 and up to floss their own teeth, with help of course, and discuss with them that they now have the set of teeth they need to keep for a life time.
When I was discussing this with an eleven year old, her mother said they should increase the allowance a little with proper flossing. I said really and she said yes, if the kids do not floss then the parents have to pay for fillings, so why not spend less and skip the fillings.
Dr. Wildern here, As a college student I thought all was good and there was no need for having my teeth checked, as I had growing up. Well when I got to dental school I had a reality check and needed a lot of work. It did not happen all at once but with a college life style and no time for anything but school and fun my dental health had gotten in trouble.
We encourage young adults to continue their dental health and have healthy teeth for a life time. Regular check ups and cleanings for healthy tissues and X-rays to check for decay and wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth usually should be removed and the ages 17 to 22 are the best time to do this. Wisdom teeth come out easier and have less bone loss post op if done at the right age.