Posts Categorized: Tooth Loss

The Importance of Flossing Your Teeth

Flossing for healthy teeth and gums

Do you brush your teeth regularly? Perhaps you wouldn’t think of skipping a brushing. There are many people that brush religiously, yet do not floss. Less than half of Americans floss daily and 10 percent don’t floss at all. Both brushing and flossing are important to your dental health. Flossing helps prevent cavities, gingivitis, and… Read more »

Good News About Tooth Loss

We may never be able to completely prevent tooth loss for everyone, but the good news is that today’s dentistry offers a wealth of preventive measures to help most patients avoid it. It also offers highly lifelike materials and techniques for replacing lost teeth so that patients can regain their confidence in their smiles. While… Read more »

Why You Should Plan For Prompt Action Against Tooth Loss

When you experience tooth loss, prompt action can benefit you. Seeking a prosthetic restoration for a missing tooth, or missing teeth, will help you avoid the issues this problem can create. Individuals who do leave a smile gap untreated can have a harder time biting and chewing food, and may feel reluctant to smile because… Read more »

Why Is Tooth Loss Still Common?

Compared to dental health care in the past, today’s methods have made many common dental problems much less of a hassle. For example, instances of tooth loss are dramatically lower than they used to be thanks to restorative measures that help patients repair and rebuild compromised tooth structure. However, tooth loss is still common for… Read more »

How Do Dental Bridges Work?

When it comes to rebuilding your smile after tooth loss, the right dental prosthesis must serve a number of different functions. For instance, besides restoring your smile’s appearance, it also has to restore your bite’s ability to function and your teeth’s ability to enunciate your words clearly. For many patients, that prosthesis is a custom-designed… Read more »

What Tooth Loss Does to Your Smile

The most obvious thing that tooth loss does to your smile is affect the way it looks. The gap or gaps left in your smile can diminish its cosmetic appeal, which in turn, can lower your overall self-confidence. However, your teeth serve several functions beyond filling out your smile, and when you lose even one… Read more »

How Does Tooth Loss Actually Happen?

Today, most dental health issues are highly preventable and treatable, even in their more severe stages. Tooth loss, for instance, is much less of a problem than it used to be thanks to advances in dentistry that help you successfully address its most common causes. Nevertheless, tooth loss still remains a problem for a large… Read more »

Is a Bridge the Right Answer to Tooth Loss?

Visiting your dentist after you lose a tooth can be exciting as well as intimidating. You can finally take the first step to restoring your smile, but you may worry whether or not you’re choosing the best option for replacing your lost tooth. In many cases, the best option is a custom-designed dental bridge, which… Read more »

How Should You Handle Tooth Loss?

If you’ve never experienced tooth loss as an adult, then the best way to handle your risks of it is to keep your smile healthy through consistently good hygiene and regular preventive dental care. If you have lost a tooth, however, then the best way to handle it is to replace the tooth as soon… Read more »

Do You Need to Replace a Lost Tooth? Part One

Do You Need to Replace a Lost Tooth? Part One

Did you lose a tooth last year, or have to schedule an extraction? Many adults feel the frustration of tooth loss, and subsequently the many struggles it can cause. For instance, adults that have lost teeth may initially feel embarrassed and self-conscious about their incomplete smiles. Unfortunately, over time, lost teeth can also lead to alignment… Read more »

What’s the Right Form Of Dental Prostheses for You?

What’s the Right Form Of Dental Prostheses for You?

When was the last time you went out to eat with your family and truly enjoyed the experience without worrying about being able to chew comfortably and confidently? If you have suffered from adult tooth loss then you likely know all too well how frustrating and embarrassing missing teeth can be. Yet ill-fitting dental prostheses… Read more »

Are You Ready for a More Secure Dental Prostheses? Part Two

Are You Ready for a More Secure Dental Prostheses? Part Two

Dental bridges and dentures are popular forms of dental prostheses, because they represent relatively fast and affordable ways to complete the smile after tooth loss. Unfortunately, many patients find that dentures can shift annoyingly, and often uncomfortably, during meals. Fortunately, dental implants are a more secure way to address tooth loss, one that can inspire… Read more »

Is It Time to Get a Dental Bridge or a Dental Implant?

Complete Your Smile

Do you have a hard time enjoying meals, because of an ill-fitting denture, or even an incomplete smile? Have you spent months or even years making do with an ill-fitting prostheses, because you didn’t think you could afford  better options? Dental bridges and dental implants make it possible to complete the smile beautifully, and functionally,… Read more »

Lost a Tooth? Consider a Dental Implant and Crown

Depending on its location, a missing tooth may or may not be obvious, but every tooth’s importance goes much deeper than its appearance. When even a single tooth is lost, the teeth that remain will have to absorb additional pressure to take up the slack. With an implant-supported dental crown, however, you can replace your lost… Read more »

Lost a Tooth? Prosthetic Options for Smile Completion: Part Two

Complete Your Smile with Prosthetic

Are you still worried about how your smile will look after prosthetic treatment to deal with the loss of a tooth? Adult tooth loss can be a frustrating and frightening thing. Fortunately, there are now more ways than ever to help complete a smile after the loss of a tooth. So if you don’t want… Read more »

Would You Like a More Stable Prosthetic? Consider Dental Implants

Dental Implants Can Complete Smiles

For years, dentures have been the most prominent form of prosthetic dentistry. But that doesn’t mean they are the only, or even the best, option. In fact, most dentists recommend dental implants, above other forms of dental prosthetics, because of how comprehensively they can complete a smile after tooth loss. They are the only form… Read more »

The Prosthetic Options for Completing a Smile

Prosthetic Dentistry for Smile Completion

Looking to recover after the loss of a tooth or teeth? It can be difficult to get back to normal when your smile still looks and feels incomplete. Thankfully, modern restorative dentistry provides a number of ways for rebounding, including dental bridges and dental implants, which have both become popular forms of prosthetic dentistry. Each… Read more »

Where Do Dental Prosthetics Come From?

When you visit us because you are concerned with tooth loss – or cosmetic improvements to your existing smile – you may find that we suggest dental prosthetics. A prosthetic is an artificial tooth or portion of a tooth that will improve the function or beauty of your smile. For instance, we may suggest porcelain… Read more »

Do You Need To Brush Before Bed?

Do you brush before bed? It’s a very important time to brush if you don’t. Otherwise, everything from throughout the day sits in your mouth collecting bad bacteria. In today’s blog, your Lake Forest Dentist, Dr. Fondriest, discusses the need to brush your teeth before bed.

Vitamins For Gum Health?

There are various reasons people choose to take vitamins. Some take vitamins to keep their minds sharp, some take vitamins for energy. Women who are expecting are prescribed vitamins to keep them and their baby healthy. Has it ever occurred to you to take vitamins to keep your gums healthy? Research has shown that gum… Read more »

What Your Oral Health Can Tell You

Your body is made up of many different systems. But no one system exists in and of itself. Each system is dependent on the others. For instance, your brain (nervous system) tells your heart to beat (circulatory system). Our muscles, skin, and organs rely on our skeletal system (our bones) to hold them up, but… Read more »

What You Should Know About Periodontal Disease

Other than tooth decay, periodontitis is the leading threat to dental health. Numerous studies have indicated a link between dental health, mental health, and your overall health.  Poor oral health has been associated with heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and lung infections. When it was believed that oral health was a problem in and of… Read more »

Dental Facts For Seniors

As you age you probably don’t think about how your body is changing. Okay…that’s not true. You notice your aches and pains, but did you realize that your teeth and gums are aging too? You need to take special care of your body as it gets older, and that goes for your teeth, as well…. Read more »

Gum Disease in Women

Women tend to be caretakers. They take care of their children, their husbands, their parents, stray animals, even their children’s friends. If there is someone to take care of, they will do it. Research shows that women also take better care of their teeth than men. This can be an important factor regarding men’s health…. Read more »

Can Red Wine And Beer Fight Cavities?

Few people in the world are immune to cavities. In fact, 60 to 90 percent of the world’s population have cavities, periodontal disease, and tooth loss. Can beer and red wine help combat dental disease? We know that red wine has certain health benefits such as lowering cholesterol and protecting your heart. Beer also has… Read more »

Dental Health and Mental Health

What does loss of teeth have to do with cognitive function? Not much one would think. However, research indicates that as dental health affects your overall health by contributing to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and respiratory illnesses, it also contributes to the health of your mind. The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducted… Read more »

Is There a Better Dental Bridge?

To say something has room for improvement doesn’t necessarily mean that it isn’t an effective solution. For instance, a dental bridge is a highly-effective means of replacing a lost tooth, or more than one, if they’re lost in a row. While dental bridges have stood the test of time as replacement teeth, they still lack… Read more »

The Tooth Loss Phenomenon, and the Dental Implant Solution

The unavoidable truth is that tooth loss is one of the most devastating things that can happen to your smile. Losing teeth, however, isn’t necessarily unavoidable; in fact, it’s highly-avoidable in most instances. Adult teeth are frequently referred to as permanent teeth because they were meant to last for life; yet adult tooth loss remains… Read more »

How to Keep, Lose, or Replace Your Teeth

Technically, your permanent teeth should last a lifetime. Realistically, however, that isn’t always the case. Tooth loss can affect anyone, given the right circumstances. With its astounding prevalence (statistics show that 69% of adults aged 35-44 have lost at least one permanent tooth), you might wonder if tooth loss is preventable at all. By understanding… Read more »