A Tooth Severely Fractured by Decay Might Require a Bridge Restoration

If you have a bad habit of skipping your routine dental exam at Dr. Gonzalez‘s Alamogordo New Mexico clinic, you are at heightened risk of tooth decay and gum disease problems. If a cavity goes untreated it will gradually grow in size. Sometimes the bacterial presence compromises so much of the tooth’s structure that the tooth can severely fracture.

When this happens Dr. Gonzalez may be able to treat the tooth with a root canal. If there are other complications, such as an infection in the root, or an abscess in the gums, the tooth might not be salvaged by endodontic therapies. In an extreme case like this he might recommend extracting all remnants of the tooth from your mouth and suturing the gums over the socket.

Once all the tissues have knit together and any concerns about infection have passed Dr. Gonzalez can replace the missing tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge restoration.

This is a solid piece of dental work with a replicate tooth fused on each end by hollow crowns. It is mounted onto abutments formed from the healthy dentin and internal structures of the two closest neighboring teeth.

Once Dr. Gonzalez cements the bridge in place, it will restore the tooth’s presence and function in your mouth for many years to come.

If you live in Alamogordo, New Mexico and you have a badly decayed or damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling 575.437.7473 to have it treated and restored by Dr. Gonzalez.

Why Are Dental Implants So Beneficial?

If you’re missing a tooth, you’ve probably already heard your many tooth-replacement options, which usually include complete dentures, partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. But what sets dental implants apart from all the other treatments? Well, Dr. Gonzalez and our dental team are happy to help you find the answer to that question by telling you all about the benefits of dental implants.

First, a dental implant can enhance your appearance. Having an incomplete smile can hinder your self-confidence and self-esteem. But, once you close the space with a dental implant, you can have the stunning and attractive smile of your dreams. This should dramatically improve your appearance and help you feel better about yourself.

Second, a dental implant can make eating easier. If you fill the gap in your smile with this dental restoration, you will be able to chew with every section of your mouth. You will also be able to chew, eat, and enjoy your favorite meals, treats, and dessert without any discomfort or inconvenience.

Third, a dental implant can improve your oral health. Oftentimes, a missing tooth can severely alter your oral health, especially because the surrounding teeth tend move and close the gap. This results in a misaligned smile that is vulnerable to cavities. However, once you replace your missing tooth, your surrounding chompers will remain in place and your jawbone will stay in tip-top shape, which can help prevent bone degeneration as well.

As you can see, dental implants can help you, your smile, and your oral health in a myriad of ways. So, if you’ve decided to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant in Alamogordo, New Mexico, don’t be afraid to call Alamogordo Dental Group and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 575.437.7473 and our dental team will be more than happy to help you!

How You Can Avoid Staining Your Teeth

If you enjoy tooth-staining foods regularly and are torn between your taste buds and a bright smile, there are ways to prevent tooth enamel from discoloring your pearly whites when you eat and drink.

Dr. Gonzalez and our team in Alamogordo, New Mexico understand that enjoying your daily coffee or cranberry juice with breakfast is important even though these beverages can stain teeth. Check out the following ways you can limit tooth stains without changing your lifestyle.

–Using a straw: Sipping staining beverages from a straw can effectively limit their ability to discolor your teeth. Straws allow you to continue drinking your favorite fruit juices, soda, lattes, or tea. Not only that but drinking through a straw will help keep them from discoloring the visible areas of your smile while also preventing tooth sensitivity.

–Brush, floss and use mouthwash: By removing oral debris after eating or drinking staining foods helps limit their ability to discolor enamel. Cleaning removes lingering staining agents while rinsing with an antibacterial mouthwash helps prevent plaque from developing. Plaque is that sticky substance in the mouth that allows staining agents a foothold to cling to.

–Six-month dental cleanings: Professional dental cleanings are indispensable when it comes to a healthy smile. These cleanings let us remove hardened plaque which otherwise provides a surface that stains can adhere to.

–Say NO to tobacco: Okay, so this is the one tooth staining habit we do recommend quitting. Tobacco stains are notorious no matter whether you chew it or smoke it. Tobacco is unhealthy for your smile and or your body. Fortunately, there are tobacco cessation programs available to help you quit. Talk to your doctor if you would like to know more and your smile will thank you!

Our Alamogordo Dental Group team is here to help you keep your smile its healthiest. We also offer teeth whitening options for our patients in Alamogordo, New Mexico who need help brightening their smiles. We invite you to call 575.437.7473 today to find out more or to schedule an appointment.

 

Toothaches: The Causes

Have you ever experienced a toothache? Do you ever wonder if there is more you could be doing to avoid this problem? Similarly, do you ever wonder what could be causing your toothache? While toothaches may not seem like something you should be too worried about, they can actually be a sign of more serious trouble.

You see, toothaches can be caused by many different issues. In fact, would you be surprised to learn that toothaches might be caused by an infection located in your tooth or in your gums? In other words, if you are suffering from gum disease, the ligaments that hold your pearly whites in place could be impacted, ultimately leading to your toothache. Similarly, if the center of your tooth becomes infected, you could have a toothache.

Another common cause of toothaches is teeth grinding, which is often referred to as bruxism. If you grind your teeth, you place a huge amount of pressure on your jaw. This pressure could actually lead to tooth injuries like cracks and chips in your smile. To make matters worse, you may not know that you suffer from bruxism. This is especially true if you only grind your teeth at night while you sleep.

Luckily, there are a number of things you may be able to do to deal with your toothache. Generally, if you use over-the-counter medicines, you’ll experience temporary relief. However, if you’re interested in a more permanent solution, we can help you prevent and avoid toothaches by treating the underlying cause.

If you would like to learn more about the care you can receive from our dental team at Alamogordo Dental Group, or have any concerns about dealing with a toothache in Alamogordo, New Mexico, please call us at 575.437.7473. Dr. Gonzalez, Dr. Samaniego, Dr. Samaniego, and our team will be happy to inspect your teeth and gums and offer you personalized advice. We’re eager to receive your call soon.

The Four Steps Involved in Fixing a Broken Bracket on Your Braces

Do you have a broken bracket? If so, it’s important to do all you can to treat the problem so you can avoid delaying your smile transformation progress. To help you do so, our Alamogordo Dental Group orthodontic team encourages you to take the following steps:

Step No. 1: Check the damage. Look to see if the bracket is still attached to the wire. If it is, leave it in place and cover it with orthodontic wax. This will keep it from sliding and also make it more comfortable for your cheeks and gums. If it’s not attached to the wire, remove it and bring it into the office with you.

Step No. 2: Control the situation. If the broken bracket caused a wire to protrude out of place, clip the wire with some fingernail clippers if it’s bothering you. Try to clip the wire as close to the bracket as possible. This will prevent injury to your lips, cheeks,and tongue.

Step No. 3: Make an appointment with Dr. Gonzalez. The sooner you come into the office to get your bracket fixed, the sooner you’ll get back on track toward the beautiful and stunning smile you deserve.

Doing these things can help you progress toward your perfect smile. If you have any questions about our advice or if you would like to know more about how to take care of a broken bracket in Alamogordo, New Mexico, please remember that you can always call our office at 575.437.7473 and talk to a member of our team. We are happy to give you the answers and information you’re looking for!

How Does Flossing Help My Smile?

Do you ever wonder if flossing is actually beneficial for your smile? If so, our Alamogordo Dental Group dental team is happy to help you feel more confident in your flossing technique. Flossing is vital for your smile and oral health. This is because flossing can:

Remove plaque: Plaque is the dangerous substance that can create tooth decay and gum disease. It’s a white, sticky substance that is usually unnoticeable. Unfortunately, it can crawl between your teeth and live there. So, flossing is your only option for removing the plaque and saving your smile.

Promote good breath: If you eat an odorous meal, there is a chance the food particles can get stuck between your teeth. This promotes bad breath. However, when you floss your smile and remove those particles, you can have a fresher and more pristine breath.

Provide a clean smile: No one likes the embarrassing moments when they realize they have food stuck in their smile, right? Right. This is why flossing can be so beneficial. If you floss after each meal and snack, you can avoid those embarrassing moments and you can have a clean and attractive smile.

As you can see, flossing can help your smile and oral health in a myriad of ways. If you floss at least once a day, you can remove the plaque from your teeth, promote good breath, and maintain a clean and pristine smile.

If you have any questions about how to properly floss in Alamogordo, New Mexico, please feel free to call Alamogordo Dental Group at 575.437.7473 and talk to a member of our dental team. We also encourage you to schedule an appointment with Jaime R Gonzalez DDS, Mario Samaniego DDS, David Samaniego DDS, Julia Eron Crane DDS, if you have any concerns for your oral health.

A Loose Bridge Needs Timely Attention and Treatment

When Dr. Gonzalez installed your bridge at Alamogordo Dental Group, he used a strong dental adhesive to bond it to the anchoring abutments within. As strong as this bond is, there are still some forms of oral trauma or complications from periodontal disease that can weaken the connection.

If the bacteria manage to infiltrate the seam between one of the abutments and the bridge, it can weaken the dental adhesive that is holding it in place. Should this happen, you need to seek timely treatment at our clinic.

While you await your appointment, there are a few things you can keep in mind to minimize further complications.

Even a small amount of wiggle and play with a loose bridge can cause damage to the abutment inside. You should never try cleaning or playing with the loose bridge. If you have blood or debris in your mouth from an accident, you can rinse them away with lukewarm saltwater. Otherwise, all other attempts at cleaning should be left to Dr. Gonzalez’s tools and training.

If chronic gum disease has allowed bacteria access to the base of the abutments, it could loosen their direct relationship with the structures of their sockets. This can sometimes cause pain, a dull ache or heightened sensitivity when biting down or grinding food.

If you have a loose dental bridge in Alamogordo, New Mexico, you should call 575.437.7473 to have it examined as soon as possible at our clinic.

Keep Your Mouth Healthy This Valentine’s Day

Are you ready to enjoy the festivities that await you this Valentine’s Day? Even if you find yourself without a significant other to shower your love and affection on, your teeth and gums could use a little affection as well. We often neglect our teeth because we often think they will never leave us, but the truth is, if you don’t care for them, they will leave, just not by choice. Avoid tooth decay and gum disease from striking, by always caring for your teeth.

Keep your mouth healthy this Valentine’s Day. Limit or avoid the following treats:

– Avoid highly acidic treats such as sour sweets. The acidity in some sour sweets is nearly that of car battery acid!
– If you wish to indulge this year, chocolate is a better choice than most options, as it is much easier to clean off your mouth than sticky, chewy, or hard candies.
– Exercise caution when consuming any hard snacks that can easily crack or chip teeth.
– Sticky candies such as caramels, taffies, and gummies stick to your teeth and gums and can be difficult to remove. Also, be mindful of treats that can get dislodged between your teeth. Floss daily to remove food particles that brushing cannot reach.

Don’t let Valentine’s Day set your smile back all year. If you are looking to set up an appointment for an oral examination or if you need a professional cleaning from Alamogordo Dental Group, you can schedule an appointment by calling us at 575.437.7473. We are ready to assist you with a wide variety of dental services and treatments. Call us today, and see what we can do for your smile!

Custom Dental Veneers Can Give You a White and Even Smile

If the teeth in your smile struggle from cosmetic imperfections like chips, discoloration, old fillings, or significant stains, you likely feel self-conscious about your appearance. For a case like this, your dentists will often recommend improving your smile with custom dental veneers.

These porcelain veneers replace the front surfaces of the teeth with a porcelain material that is scintillatingly white. They also will not be as receptive to future stains as your natural tooth enamel. The net result is that your teeth will remain bright white for many years to come!

Our dentists will start by examining each tooth in your smile. If one of your teeth lacks sufficient enamel to anchor a veneer, they will likely recommend having the tooth restored with a porcelain dental crown.

Then, they will use a drill to remove a minuscule amount of enamel from the face of each tooth. Next, our dentists will take a detailed impression of each tooth intended for a veneer. This will be sent to a dental lab where the porcelain veneers are custom crafted.

Our dentists will call you to schedule a second appointment when your veneers are ready. During this appointment, the veneers will then be carefully cemented into place.

If the teeth in your smile are suffering from multiple cosmetic imperfections, you should call Alamogordo Dental Group at 575.437.7473 to ask about porcelain dental veneers in Alamogordo, New Mexico.

Dental Veneers: How to Take Care of Them

If you aren’t happy with the appearance of your teeth, don’t forget to consider the benefits of dental veneers. Veneers are thin shells placed over your natural teeth. These shells are made to match the color of your teeth and to cover imperfections such as gaps, chips, and spots on your pearly whites. While your veneers are strong and built to last, there are a few things you should do to care for them.

Brushing your teeth well is one thing you should consider doing if you’d like to prolong the life of your veneers. Sadly, there are a number of things many Americans could actually do better when it comes to brushing. For instance, did you know that you should brush for two minutes at a time twice a day? You should also start brushing at a different spot every time. You should also floss daily.

However, when you brush your teeth, please use non-abrasive toothpaste. Some toothpastes often have particles of silica or calcium carbonate, which can damage veneers. We recommend using toothpastes designed for sensitive teeth that omit these ingredients. You can also consider visiting our dentist to discuss the type of toothpaste that could work best for you.

Finally, please remember that you shouldn’t bite down on ice, pens, or metal. Doing so can crack your veneers. If you’d like to learn more about how you can care for your veneers, please don’t hesitate to give us a call. Our team is excited to hear from you soon!