Dental Anxiety? Sedation Options May Help

Dental Anxiety? Sedation Options May HelpYou are in good company if you get anxious thinking about your dentist appointment. Many Americans have a genuine fear and anxiety of visiting the dentist. There is even such a thing as dentophobia, the fear of the dentist. This fear and anxiety keeps people from regularly visiting their dentist, which keeps them from receiving important preventative care. Because of this, dental anxiety actually increases the risk of developing oral health problems. The longer someone waits to go to the dentist, the longer a problem can be exacerbated. Something that could have been an easy treatment if caught early can become something that requires significant care.  (more…)

Can You Do More to Protect Your Teeth?

Can You Do More to Protect Your Teeth?Did you suffer from several cavities last year, or were you diagnosed with gum disease? If so, you may have started this year determined to take better care of your smile. But now that spring is here, do you wonder if there is actually more you can be doing to keep your teeth and gums in great shape? The great news for anyone hoping to protect his or her oral health is that preventive dental care doesn’t have to be complicated. You simply need to take several steps to keep your smile healthy! (more…)

Would You Like a Brighter Smile? A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help

Would You Like a Brighter Smile? A Cosmetic Dentist Can HelpAre you tired of feeling embarrassed by your smile? Tired of wishing for, or even dreaming about a whiter smile? If so, stop settling for a stained or discolored smile, and instead do something about it. By scheduling an appointment with your cosmetic dentist, you could likely enjoy a brighter and more beautiful smile, just in time for your big summer adventures! (more…)

Smile Confidently, Again, with Cosmetic Dentistry

Smile Confidently, Again, with Cosmetic DentistryDo you feel deeply embarrassed when it comes time to take a photo, because of the noticeable imperfections in your smile? In fact, have you shied away from selfies with friends, or even formal photos at family member’s wedding or graduations, all because of how much you hate the appearance of your smile? If so, stop hiding out or settling where your smile is concerned, and instead talk to your cosmetic dentist. Thanks to a number of treatment options, your dentist could help give you a more dazzling and beautiful smile in a relatively short amount of time. (more…)

What Foods Are the Best for Oral Health?

What Foods Are the Best for Oral Health?Are you getting sick of your dentist or doctor warning you about the dangers of consuming too much sugar? Tired of hearing from friends about all the foods you really shouldn’t be eating? Sometimes, healthy changes are best initiated by thinking of all you have to gain by making smart choices. In the case of your diet, there are plenty of foods that can do your body and your smile good, while still tasting delicious. So, what are the best foods for your oral health? (more…)

5 Benefits of Implant-Supported Dentures

Traditional dentures provide numerous fundamental benefits such as eating, speaking, and smiling to those that have lost teeth. However, the most common complaint of traditional dentures is that they become loose or shift. Implant-supported dentures alleviate this problem by anchoring to two or more dental implants in a patient’s upper or lower jaw.

Benefits

1)   Patients with implant-supported dentures can eat foods that were once impossible to chew. Compared to natural teeth, traditional dentures are only about 15% as efficient when it comes to chewing ability. Implant-supported dentures allow patients to keep their normal diets.

2)   Pressure from a traditional denture can create more recession along the gums and lead to bone loss. Implant-supported dentures, like natural teeth, conserve the jawbone and reduce bone loss.

3)   Implant-supported dentures also reduce facial contour changes and loss of muscle tone when a patient has no teeth. Rotation of the chin, progressive vertical bone loss, and deterioration of the bite relationship can all be minimized with implant-supported dentures.

4)   Since the new dentures snap or clip in place, adhesives are no longer necessary.

5)   Most importantly, patients will no longer have to worry about dentures becoming loose and will be able to smile confidently again!

Procedure

Implants made from titanium screws are placed in the jawbone where more bone is available for the implants to integrate. The front jaw is usually ideal since bone loss is more prevalent in the back of the jaw, especially if teeth have been missing for some time. The front jaw also has fewer nerves and other structures that could potentially interfere with the placement of the implants. Once complete, Dr. Hussong will fit special dentures that either clip or snap onto the implants for a secure placement.

About Our Polk City Doctor

Do you have loose or uncomfortable dentures? To learn more about implant-supported dentures, talk to your Polk City dentist today. Dr. Ryan Hussong can determine if implant-supported dentures are a good fit for you. To contact our office, call 515-984-6001. We serve patients living in and around Ankeny, Ames, Grimes, Des Moines, Urbandale. For the latest news and insights, follow Cornerstone Dental on Facebook.

FAQs: How Do I Fix a Broken Tooth?

brokentooth

We understand that accidents happen. Whether you bit down on something hard or were injured, you can often end up with a chipped or broken tooth. What do you do next? Fortunately, at Cornerstone Dental, your Polk City dentist, Dr. Ryan Hussong, offers a number of procedures designed to return a broken tooth to full function and health.

(more…)

Quiz: Restoring Your Smile with Porcelain Crowns

porcelaincrown

What happens when you chip or fracture a tooth? What about when advanced tooth decay hinders the dental health of your smile? To restore your smile once again to optimal health and function, you may benefit from the placement of a porcelain crown. Made from esthetically pleasing porcelain, our dental crowns offer natural looking and long lasting restoration.

(more…)