Month: April 2015

Weston Dentist: Dentures


What are Dentures?

Dentures are customized oral appliances which replace missing teeth. They are made of acrylic or resin, and may sometimes include metal. Dentures fit around your existing teeth or gums, and can be used for everything your original missing teeth were!

Why would I want Dentures?

Missing teeth can make eating or talking more difficult. They can also leave cosmetically ugly gaps in your smile. Dentures allow you to eat and talk normally, and nobody will be able to tell that you are missing teeth!

What are the different types of Dentures?

There are several different types of dentures. Complete dentures areston used for people that are missing all (or most of) their teeth. Partial dentures are more useful for those who still have some original teeth left.

Dentures can also be prepared immediately after any teeth are removed. These temporary dentures, allow you to never have to go without teeth.

What do I have to do to get Dentures?

At our Weston dentist office getting dentures requires several appointments over a timespan of approximately one month. The first step is to take an impression and measure the jaws to determine what shape and size the dentures will need to be. There will then be several appointments to try on a trial version and make any necessary adjustments to color, shape, or size. Finally, there will be a final fitting and adjustment with your completed dentures.

If you have questions about dentures or any general dentistry topic, give our dental office a call and our staff will be happy to help. Read more:

Weston dentist : Weston dentistry : Wisdom Teeth Extraction

Wisdom Teeth and Wisdom Teeth Extractions

What are Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth refer to the third molars, the very back teeth in the mouth. These teeth generally appear between the ages of 17 and 25. Although it is typical to have 4 wisdom teeth, some adults have fewer and in rare cases it is possible to have extra, supernumerary wisdom teeth. Unfortunately, there is frequently not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, and they usually have to be removed. Only a small number minority of adults are able to keep healthy wisdom teeth throughout their entire adult lives.

What can go wrong with wisdom teeth?

As there is often not enough room in the mouth for wisdom teeth, a variety of things can go wrong – in which case, the tooth is deemed to be “impacted”. The tooth is often packed tightly against either a flap of gum or another tooth. Food can accumulate in these crevices, but is often extremely difficult to remove since it is difficult to fit in a toothbrush or to floss in the enclosed space. This can lead to an increased risk of gum disease and tooth decay with impacted wisdom teeth.

Stephen J. Pyle DDS family dentistry is focused on the overall maintenance of your family’s oral hygiene and dental health including wisdom teeth. We recommend regular check-ups that can prevent the onset of oral health issues before symptoms appear.

What is the treatment for an impacted wisdom tooth?

Since wisdom teeth are not necessary, impacted wisdom teeth are extracted. In fact, it is common to remove even non-impacted wisdom teeth to prevent any chance of them becoming impacted later. The difficulty of the procedure depends on the particular wisdom tooth and its level of impaction. Some wisdom teeth can be easily removed in our Weston dental office while others require a visit to a specialist. Dr. Pyle will be able to refer you to one of the many top area specialists he has established relationships with.

Successful preventative dentistry is at the heart of what we practice. We would rather see you for frequent check-ups and cleanings to reduce the need for expensive and difficult procedures in the future. Read more:

General Dentistry : Davie : Horse Riding : Mouth Guard

Horse Riders at Risk for Serious Dental Injuries

General dentistry in Davie can often be presented with challenges not found in other South Florida communities. Davie is a western themed town of 90,000 that holds over 200 professional rodeos a year, has over a dozen stables and offers up riding trails scattered across the city.

In short, the people of Davie love their horses.

At our Weston dentist office we see our fair share of sports related dental issues like cracked teeth, broken teeth, gum injuries and loose teeth usually all the result of playing a contact sport without a mouth guard. It turns out that horse riding can result in the same dental injuries as a contact sport.

Horse Riding among the Most Injury Prone Sports

While there isn’t the same volume of data regarding injuries related to horse

riding as other more popular sports, one study described horse riding as “the highest risk of injury in an individual sport is associated with horse riding, as a result of falls or kicks.”

To avoid falls and kicks, or at least minimize the damage from those events horse riders should use a custom mouth guard when riding.

In our general dentistry practice, we make them for both kids and adults. A custom fitted mouth guard not only protects the teeth but it also assists in holding the jaw in place preventing dislocations.

A strap can be attached to the mouth guard which can then be attached to the strap on the helmet allowing the guard to be easily available. They are inexpensive, are available quickly and offer great protection for such a simple device. If your child is the horse rider, and particularly if that child has braces, you absolutely want them wearing a mouth guard when they are atop a horse.

If you have questions about mouth guards or any general dentistry topic, give our dental office a call and our staff will be happy to help. Read more:

Weston Dentist : dieting and Oral Health

Dieting and Oral Health

Many Americans resolve to live healthier lives and lose weight. However, they do not often consider the impact of dieting on their oral health.  Many diets either lack essential nutrients, or require a drink or supplement that is highly acidic or sugary.

Acidic foods and drinks attack both the enamel and the underlying dentin, which leads to tooth damage and if left untreated, could result in the need for a root canal or extraction. Sugary drinks or foods promote the growth of bacteria, which can lead to the same thing.

Diet sodas may be healthier in terms of calories, but they are no better in terms of acids. Sodas contain large amounts of citric and phosphoric acids, which can eat millions of holes in your enamel each time you drink one. Sports drinks and energy drinks are no healthier – they share the same flavor enhancing and preservative acids that are often used in sodas. In fact, energy drinks tend to be worse than sports drinks and many diet sodas.  Many sports drinks and diet supplements have a pH value of around 3 – in comparison, water has a pH value of 7, while battery acid has a pH value of 1. This means that with time and continued use, these ‘healthy’ alternatives will actually eat through your teeth!

Liquid diets are also of concern to dental health

Those that rely solely on a meal replacement drink are often damaging as these also have a very high acidic content, and there is no other food to help neutralize the acids.

If you do drink sodas, limit soda intake. It is also better to drink a soda all at once, and then wash it down with food or water – this limits the amount of time that the sticky, acidic residue has on your teeth. Drinking a soda over a long period of time allows the residue to continue to eat through your enamel, even when you are not actually drinking the soda.

Flavored waters are often touted as a healthier alternative to sodas and sports drinks. However, many of the flavors and additives in these waters are very high in acidity – although they are better for your teeth than sodas, they can still cause significant decay.

Call your family dentist in Weston, FL for more information on all of your Oral Health. Read more: