The Top Reasons to Love Dental Implants

Missing teeth cause embarrassment as well as difficulty with chewing and talking. At River View Smile Center, we have many tooth replacement options including dental implants. The rumors about dental implants cause many people hesitation. Keep reading to learn the top four reasons you should consider dental implants today. No One Will be Able to Tell We love the realistic look of dental implants. Unless you tell someone – no one will know that you have them. We customize the appearance of your implants so they look identical to your other teeth. With the titanium screw ‘roots’ in your mouth fusing to your jawbone, no one will be able to tell that you have crowns or bridges in place of your natural teeth. Implants Stimulate Your Jawbone When you lose teeth, your...

Prepping for Oral Surgery

There are several times where we could end up needing oral surgery. No matter what occasion that may mean for you, there are a few things to make sure you do to be prepared. You need to make sure you have everything you need on hand, since going out right after is not realistic. Plus, you also need to make sure your home is ready before your surgery begins. Here are a few tips to make getting ready for oral surgery a bit easier. What to Have on Hand for Oral Surgery Recovery You want to make sure to have as many soft, yet healthy foods on hand as you can. You will need to eat carefully following the surgery. This can include things like eggs, yogurt, soup, and ice cream. Make sure you do not get anything that requires you to drink out of a straw, as that can lead...

Receding Gumlines

Gum recession is what happens when the gum tissue surrounding the teeth pulls away from the tooth, exposing more of the tooth and/or its root. In early stages, receding gumlines might be hard to notice. In fact, since it occurs gradually over time, you may not notice it as it typically does not initially present with pain. But as gum recession gets incrementally more severe, a quick glance at your smile may help you see where any recession may be present. Often, a tooth will appear longer when a gum recedes, and the gum area is higher than on other teeth. This recession at the gumline creates pockets, or gaps, between the teeth and the gums where bacteria can build up and damage the tooth. Often, as a gum recedes, a notch can be felt near the gumline of that...

Handling Dental Emergencies

Although none of us like to experience them, due to accidents and other potential causes, there are times when dental emergencies occur. When they do happen, it is important to know how to respond to ensure the best possible outcome and the greatest likelihood for minimal long-term damage to your teeth. With any emergency, we encourage you to first and foremost remain calm and keep a clear head to assess the situation. Although not all dental emergencies require immediate care and attention, if medical care is warranted, don’t hesitate to call 911 or make your way to the emergency room. Below we outline some of the most common dental emergencies and how to handle them: Cracked or Knocked-Out Tooth If an accident leads to the damage of your teeth, whether a crack...

Easing Dental Anxiety

Visits to the dentist have the potential to trigger high levels of anxiety for some people. Dental fears and anxieties are particularly common among children. If you or your child struggles with dental fears, it may be good to know there are options available to help ease the stress of your upcoming visit. One of these options is the use of nitrous oxide. Nitrous oxide is a safe and effective method of sedating a patient, which helps them to relax during a dental procedure. Here are some common questions and answers about nitrous oxide to help you better understand its use and determine if it is a good option for you or your loved one at your next dental visit: How does Nitrous Oxide Work? Often known as “laughing gas”, nitrous oxide is a sedative agent mixed...

Wisdom Teeth – Potential Problems

From birth, your mouth encounters many changes – from the breaking through of the first tooth in your first year of life to the loss of baby teeth and the growth of permanent, or adult, teeth throughout childhood. The last teeth to emerge from your gum line are known as wisdom teeth, or third molars. Wisdom teeth do not emerge in one’s mouth until later in adolescence, typically between the ages of 17-21. Due to many factors, wisdom teeth are often recommended for removal either before or after they emerge at the gum line, as they can be accompanied with many potential issues. We want to help you understand more about the potential problems with these late-breaking molars and what you should do about them. Here are the most common causes for removal of wisdom...