Tooth loss can occur for any number of reasons—ranging from infection to sporting accidents to poorly aligned bite surfaces. Once you lose a tooth, or multiple teeth, you want to seek treatment as soon as possible. There are obviously aesthetic issues to address, but, perhaps more importantly, untreated tooth loss can put you at risk for further dental damage or infection in the future.

So, what kinds of options do our San Francisco dentists offer when it comes to restoring your smile?

Bridges

This traditional tooth replacement option is designed to sit on top of the gum tissue. The bridge stays in place because it is attached to neighboring teeth. Bridges are used to replace single teeth as well as consecutive missing teeth.

Dentures

Dentures are large dental prostheses that can replace a full complement of upper or lower the teeth. The base of the denture is designed to look like gum tissue, and is molded to fit the patient’s jaw and gums. Denture adhesive can be used for extra stability.

Individual Dental Implants

Dental implant technology allows our dental team to replace the tooth root as well as the visible restoration. An individual dental implant is built of a titanium screw that extends into the jaw tissue, a connector piece called an “abutment,” and a porcelain dental restoration that is shaped, sized, and shaded to suit the patient. Dental implants stay in place permanently and are designed to last for decades.

Expanded Dental Implant Technology

Thanks to advancements in dental implant technology, our team can now use mini titanium roots to anchor larger prostheses, like dentures, into place. This technique allows you to replace consecutive teeth with just one treatment, while still reaping the benefits of permanent titanium stabilizers. This type of treatment can also be beneficial for people with diminished bone tissue.

Learn more by scheduling a consultation with our San Francisco dental implant dentists

 

In a perfect world, everyone would find their way to their general dentist once every six months to have their teeth cleaned and check for cavities and other potential problems, but the reality is that many people don’t get to the dentist as often as they should. According to the CDC, over a third of adults in the United States have not visited their dentist in the last year.

As your local San Francisco dentist, Dr. Robert M. Walley, DDS wants to ensure everyone in this part of California gets the dental attention they need, especially if they are experiencing one or more of the following signs that it’s been too long since visiting a dentist:

#1 You’ve Got a Toothache

No toothache is good, but if it’s especially painful and it lingers, we’d recommend getting into the dentist’s office soon to have a look at what’s causing the pain.

#2 Your Teeth Are Sensitive

At the same time, if your teeth are especially sensitive to heat or cold or pressure, there’s a good chance that something is wrong that a dentist could potentially fix.

#3 Your Teeth Are Crooked and Crowded

The thing about shifting teeth is that it happens slowly, but if one day you wake up and notice just how crooked and crowded certain bunches of teeth look, it may be time to meet with a dentist to make sure that crowding isn’t the result of a bigger problem.

#4 Your Teeth Are Chipped or Damaged

Chipped or cracked teeth allow all kinds of bigger damage and the potential for infection, so if the inside of your tooth is at all exposed, it’s time to see a dentist.

#5 You’ve Got Loose Teeth

Adult teeth should not be wiggly, so if one or more of your teeth are feeling loose, see a dentist as soon as possible to get advice on how not to lose those teeth.

#6 Your Gums Bleed

Bleeding gums are a sign of advanced gum disease, especially if it’s happening beyond flossing. Bleeding while flossing isn’t a great sign, either, but any kind of bleeding gums probably means you need the attention of your dentist.

#7 Your Breath is Bad

A lot of things can cause bad breath, from gum disease to tobacco consumption to poor oral hygiene, but if you’re finding (or hearing from loved ones) that your breath is worse than usual, it may mean you’ve waited too long since your dentist appointment.

#8 It’s Been Longer Than Six Months

Most importantly, keep in mind that even if you aren’t experiencing any of these symptoms, it’s still the recommendation of all dentists that you come in once every six months for a cleaning and a checkup. If it’s been longer than that, you should be scheduling an appointment with Dr. Walley regardless of what’s going on inside your mouth. Regular cleanings will go a long way toward preventing any of those things from happening!

Schedule an Appointment

For premier dental care, call Dr. Robert M. Walley’s office today to set up your next appointment, no longer how long it’s been since the last time you visited us!

 

We all get into ruts sometimes in our daily lives—it’s normal! But, when we do fall into ruts, it is crucial that we make some changes in our lives to help us get back on track.

This is truer than ever when it comes brushing your teeth. Over time, we can let bad habits creep in, and suddenly our mouths are not feeling as fresh and clean as they used to. This article from our San Francisco dentists will give you the information you need to jump-start your oral hygiene routine again.

Brush Smarter, Not Harder

The key goal of your at-home oral hygiene routine should be to brush gently but thoroughly twice a day. Applying too much pressure to your enamel, or using a toothbrush that is too firm, can actually cause your teeth to wear down. Your dental team can help you determine what type of toothbrush is appropriate for you.

Now, a quick note on thoroughness: the American Dental Association recommends that both adult and pediatric patients brush for two minutes at a time. This is probably a lot longer than you are used to brushing—it is so easy to overestimate how long you spend cleaning your smile.

Fresh Tools

It is also important for you to swap out old or worn down dental tools in a timely manner. After two or three months of use the bristles of your toothbrush will be worn, frayed, and less effective. Plus, old tools can harbor the very bacteria you are trying to clear away. Also, make sure that you grab a new toothbrush after you have recovered from an illness.

As always, our San Francisco dentists are here to give you additional information, and to help you optimize your oral hygiene routine! Get started with a personalized assessment with our dental team. 

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