Posts for category: Dental Procedures

By Baldwin Dental Group
January 20, 2021
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dentures  
FlexibleRPDs-aSoundTemporaryWayToReplaceMissingTeeth

The timing around losing a tooth may not always sync with your financial ability. It's not unusual for people to postpone getting a dental implant—by far the best option for replacing a missing tooth—because of its expense.

So, if you have to postpone dental implants until you can afford them, what do you do in the meantime to keep your smile intact? One affordable option is a temporary restoration known as a flexible removable partial denture (RPD).

Composed of a kind of nylon developed in the 1950s, flexible RPDs are made by first heating the nylon and injecting its softened form into a custom mold. This creates a gum-colored denture base to which prosthetic (false) teeth are affixed at the exact locations for missing teeth.

Differing from a permanent RPD made with rigid acrylic plastic, a nylon-based RPD is flexible and lightweight, making them comfortable to wear. They're kept in place with small nylon extensions that fit into the natural concave spaces of teeth. And, with a bit of custom crafting, they can look quite realistic.

RPDs are helpful in another way, especially if you're waiting for an implant down the road: They help preserve the missing tooth space. Without a prosthetic tooth occupying that space, neighboring teeth can drift in. You might then need orthodontic treatment to move errant teeth to where they should be before obtaining a permanent restoration.

Flexible RPDs may not be as durable as acrylic RPDs, and can be difficult to repair or reline if needed to adjust the fit. Though they may not stain as readily as acrylic dentures, you'll still need to clean them regularly to help them keep looking their best. This also aids in protecting the rest of your mouth from dental disease by removing any buildup of harmful bacterial plaque on the RPD.

But even with these limitations, patients choose RPDs for the simple fact that they're affordable and temporary. And the latter is their greatest benefit—providing you a “bridge” between losing a tooth and replacing it with a durable dental implant.

If you would like more information on tooth replacement options, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Flexible Partial Dentures.”

TwoGoodOptionsforTemporarilyReplacingaTeenagersMissingTooth

While anyone can lose a permanent tooth, the cause often varies by age group. Adults usually lose their teeth to disease, while those under twenty lose a tooth to accidents.

For adults, a dental implant is usually the best way to replace a missing tooth. Teenagers and younger, on the other hand, must wait to get implants until their jaws fully develop. An implant placed on an immature jaw will eventually look and feel out of place.

For most, their jaws won't reach full maturity until their early twenties. Even so, they still have a couple of good options for restoring their smiles in the meantime, albeit temporarily.

One is a removable partial denture or RPD, a device with the replacement prosthetic (false) tooth or teeth set in a gum-colored acrylic base. Of the various types of RPDs, most teenagers do well with a rigid but lightweight version called a “flipper,” called so because it can be flipped in and out of place with the tongue.

These RPDs are affordable, their fit easily adjusted, and they make cleaning the rest of the teeth easier. But they can break while biting down hard and—because they're dentures—aren't always well accepted among teenagers.

The other option is a bonded bridge. Unlike a traditional bridge secured with crowns cemented to natural teeth, a bonded bridge uses a strip of dental material affixed to the back of the prosthetic tooth with the ends of the strip extending outward horizontally. With the prosthetic tooth inserted into the empty space, these extended ends are bonded to the backs of the natural teeth on either side.

Though not as secure as a traditional bridge, a bonded bridge is more aesthetic and comfortable than an RPG. On the other hand, patients who have a deep bite or a teeth-grinding habit, both of which can generate abnormally high biting forces, run a higher risk of damaging the bridge. A bridge can also make hygiene tasks difficult and time-consuming, requiring a high degree of self-discipline from the patient.

Whichever you choose, both options can effectively replace a teenager's missing tooth while waiting for dental implants. Although temporary, they can make the long wait time for a teenager more bearable.

If you would like more information on restorations for children and teens, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation.

By Baldwin Dental Group
December 30, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: root canal  

Are you dealing with symptoms of an infected tooth?

If you are dealing with a toothache, sudden and increased tooth sensitivity, or pus coming from the gums around the tooth, it’s important that the next trip you make is to see our Madisonville, KY, dentists Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin for immediate root canal treatment. The sooner a dental infection is treated the better.

No, a root canal shouldn’t hurt
Many people cringe at hearing the words “root canal” because this common dental procedure has gotten a bad rap over the years. We’re not really sure why, but our dental team can assure you that when you get root canal treatment here at our Madisonville, KY, practice you won’t have to worry about pain.

A root canal is performed under local anesthesia, which means that your mouth will be fully numb before we even start. You won’t feel a thing throughout your procedure, but if you do notice any discomfort all you have to do is let us know. How the goal is to make any treatment you receive as comfortable as possible for you.

Root canals actually get rid of the pain
When you have an infected tooth, you’ll certainly know it. While the outside of the tooth doesn’t contain any nerves, the inside of the tooth (known as the dental pulp) does. This means that when you suddenly notice a throbbing or aching pain within the tooth this is often a sign that the tooth is infected or inflamed. This can cause some pretty horrible pain. The good news is that this procedure can remove the infected parts of the tooth, disinfect the tooth, and get rid of pain almost instantly.

Root canals save teeth
Nothing is better than being able to preserve your own natural teeth and a root canal can help. After all, an infected tooth that isn’t treated right away can lead to irreparable damage. This is why it’s so important that you visit your dentist as soon as symptoms such as a toothache appear. We can remove the infected pulp and save the tooth, so you don’t need to have it extracted.

If you are ever concerned about the health of your teeth or suspect that you may need root canal treatment, don’t hesitate to call Baldwin Dental Group in Madisonville, KY, today at (270) 245-1547. We provide immediate care for those dealing with true dental emergencies.

By Baldwin Dental Group
December 11, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental implants  

Are you unhappy with the way your smile looks after tooth loss? Dental implants, one of the treatments and services provided by your dentists in Madisonville, KY, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group, can make your smile whole again.

How dental implants replace lost teeth

Just like buildings need strong foundations, teeth require strong roots to function optimally. Roots give your teeth the strength they need to bite, tear, grind and chew a variety of foods. Unlike other tooth restoration options, dental implants not only restore the crowns (tops) of teeth but also replace the roots.

The dental implant process starts when small titanium posts called implants are placed in your jawbone during minor oral surgery. In just three to six months, the implants bond to your jawbone, becoming just as strong as your natural tooth roots.

Dental crowns are added to the tops of implants once they're securely attached to your jawbone to complete the restoration of your missing teeth. Crowns are created from an impression of your mouth made during a visit to the Madisonville dental office.

Dental implants are an excellent option for most people

Your dentist may recommend dental implants if:

  • You don't like the way your smile looks: Dental implants fill the gaps in your smile, helping you feel more confident.
  • You're having trouble chewing: Biting and chewing can become difficult after tooth loss. Dental implants improve your appearance but also give you the biting power you need to eat hard, tough and sticky foods.
  • You're in good oral and general health: If you're healthy, you're probably a good candidate for dental implants. If you have an immune system condition or take medications that suppress your immune system, implants may not be a good idea. Immune conditions and immune-suppressing medications interfere with healing.
  • You don't smoke: Smoking also affects healing and makes it difficult for dental implants to bond to your jawbone.
  • You practice good oral hygiene: Daily brushing and flossing will keep your implants in good condition and help you avoid infections.

Restore your lost teeth with dental implants. Call your Madisonville, KY, dentists, Drs. Ben and Stuart Baldwin of Baldwin Dental Group, at (270) 245-1547 to schedule your appointment.

NoTimeforaMakeoverTryTheseOne-VisitSmileEnhancementsBeforetheHolidays

Despite your best intentions to plan ahead, the holidays have sneaked up on you. And what good intentions you had: presents to buy, halls to deck, parties to throw. Perhaps you even aspired to a little something for yourself to prepare for all the festivities—a more attractive smile!

But, alas, the calendar bell tolls and it tolls for thee—and now you have little time for any major work on your smile. But fear not! Although a full makeover might not be possible right now, there are a few smile enhancements you can get in a single dental visit. And that might be just what you need for a “merry” smile this holiday season.

Here then are three things you can do to get a little smile pizzazz right before the holidays.

Dental cleaning. The main purpose for a dental office cleaning every six months is to prevent disease by removing any plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) you might have missed during daily hygiene. But ridding your teeth of yellowing plaque deposits followed by a bit of polishing can also improve your smile appearance. You can do your dental health and your smile some good with a dental cleaning before the holidays.

Teeth whitening. A whitening procedure can turn a dull, yellowed smile into a bright and beautiful one. Although you can use a whitening kit at home, you can enjoy better results with a trained dentist. A professional whitening tends to last longer, and there's more control over the level of brightness. With a fine-tuned whitening, we can help you get a smile that's subtly natural or Hollywood dazzling.

Bonding. You might think repairing a chipped tooth requires veneers or crowns that could take weeks to get. But we may be able to rectify mild to moderate dental flaws in just one visit with dental bonding. This technique uses a dental material called composite resin that's applied in layers to a tooth in paste-like form. After shaping, it's then hard-cured with a special light to produce a durable finish that looks and feels like a normal tooth.

These simple one-visit procedures could make a big difference in your smile and your confidence this holiday season. Now, about that smile makeover…sounds perfect for a New Year's resolution!

If you would like more information about improving your smile, please contact us or schedule a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Teeth Whitening” and “Repairing Chipped Teeth.”



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Baldwin Dental Group

(270) 245-1547
32 East Broadway Madisonville, KY 42431