If you're about to get dental implants on one side of your mouth, you might wonder why you have to be on a soft diet for an extended time after the surgery. After all, half of your mouth is going to be untouched, so those teeth should be able to handle harder foods like apples and carrots, right? Being on a soft diet is not just about the food hitting the teeth directly as you chew.
Traditional dental implants have a screw-shaped metal root that the general dentist inserts into a hole drilled in your jawbone. The system ensures that the healing jawbone has plenty of surface area to cling to as the bone fuses around the root to hold the dental replacement firmly in place. But the screw-shaped root isn't the only type of dental implant available.
Here are the three main types of dental implants, the pros and cons of each kind, and why you might want to discuss these options with your general dentist or cosmetic dentistry office.
If you have a baby, the time to start proper dental care is before their first tooth erupts. You might not realize this but even toddlers can develop tooth decay. Unfortunately, without proper treatment, toddler tooth decay can lead to premature tooth loss of your baby's primary teeth. Luckily, there are some steps you can take to safeguard your baby's delicate teeth. Here are four tips for preventing tooth decay in your baby's teeth.
If your teeth are slightly misaligned, you may feel that the only way to achieve a perfect smile includes metal braces. However, there are many different cosmetic dentistry applications that can be used to make the teeth appear straighter. Here are two of them that did not include metal brackets:
Porcelain veneers do not actually straighten the teeth. However, they can be used to conceal minor misalignments.
Each porcelain veneer is actually a thin porcelain shell that is shaped like a tooth.
You've probably seen pictures of mouths with white patches caused by oral cancer. Many people assume that as long as they don't have these white patches, they don't have oral cancer. Sadly, that's not always the case. While white patches are one common symptom of oral cancer, you can develop oral cancer and only have other symptoms – but no white patches. Here's a look at some other symptoms that may indicate you have oral cancer.