Oral Health For Hillsboro Diabetics

Oral Health For Hillsboro Diabetics

Today’s Hillsboro dental article is entitled ‘Oral Health For Hillsboro Diabetics.’ Many Hillsboro people with diabetes have dental problems. However, gum disease, tooth loss, and periodontal disease are not unavoidable.

Blood sugar is the complicating factor. Hillsboro diabetics who control their blood sugar have lower rates of dental problems. In fact, many Hillsboro dentists have noticed no increased risk of dental disease among diabetics who maintain healthy blood sugar levels.

When blood sugar levels rise, the amount of sugars and starches increase in your mouth. These substances combine with the bacteria naturally present to create enamel-eroding plaque. Untreated plaque creates cavities.

In addition to cavities, Hillsboro dental patients with diabetes need to be vigilant about gum health. Because diabetes can make it harder to control the growth of bacteria, the amount of plaque in your mouth can multiply quicker. Plaque not only causes cavities, it inflames and weakens gum tissue and eventually the bone surrounding teeth.

Untreated gum disease progresses to periodontitis, a more severe infection. Because diabetics have a lower resistance to infection, it can be difficult to reverse periodontitis in people with diabetes. To make matters even worse, the presence of infection can make it harder to maintain a healthy blood sugar level.

Bottom line? 1: Brush and floss regularly to prevent plaque build-up. 2: See your dentist for twice-yearly cleanings to remove any plaque and tartar that has accumulated under the gumline.

Dr. Skinner of Hillsboro Dental Excellence is accepting new patients in the Hillsboro, West Forest Grove North Plains, and East 185th Avenue area. We can help diabetic dental patients keep their smile beautiful. If you are in need of cosmetic dentistry because of diabetes related decay or gum disease, we can restore your beautiful smile with the latest tooth restoration options. Ask us about crowns, dental implants, implant anchored dentures, porcelain veneers, inlays/onlays, and same-day restorations.

Hillsboro Dental Excellence is located at 324 SE 9th Ave Ste B in Hillsboro. Call us at 503-648-6671 to schedule a consultation.

 

Contact Hillsboro Dental Excellence:

503-648-6671

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

324 SE 9th Ave Ste B
Hillsboro, OR
97123

 


Unexplained Headaches Or Jaw Pain?

unexplained jaw pain

Hello! I’m Geoffrey Skinner, DDS, of Hillsboro Dental Excellence in Hillsboro. I have been practicing quality general and cosmetic dentistry since 1978. Today’s post focuses on malocclusion, or bad bite.

Malocclusion is the dental term for a problem in the way your top and bottom teeth come together. The ideal bite is when the upper teeth are slightly forward of the lower teeth. You have probably heard of “overbites” and “underbites” but the two arches can be misaligned in many other ways as well. Crowded teeth can also cause a bad bite, as well as the opposite situation – teeth that are too far apart.

If the misalignment is very slight, there are often no related troubles. However, if the malocclusion is moderate to severe, the patient is at risk for many other health issues such as difficulty chewing and speaking, headaches, hearing problems, increased decay, jaw pain, and gum disease.

The domino effect of these issues can get pretty serious. For example, chewing difficulty can trigger ulcers and gum disease increases the risk of stroke and heart disease. Consider also how these problems can impact a patient’s emotional well-being and capacity to perform their job.

Putting health issues aside, these problems can get pretty pricey to treat.

There are several effective treatments for malocclusion, but first you need a diagnosis. If you suspect that you have a misaligned bite, I hope this post has given you some good reasons to communicate with Dr. Geoffrey Skinner. Call 503-648-6671 to schedule a consultation and exam.

 

Contact Hillsboro Dental Excellence:

503-648-6671

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

324 SE 9th Ave Ste B
Hillsboro, OR
97123

 


Tooth Restoration: Dental Implants And Dental Bridges

Hillsboro Dental Implants and Dental Bridges When my patients ask me about Hillsboro tooth restoration, I usually tell them about fixed (or ‘traditional’) dental bridges or tooth implants. A dental bridge is an artificial tooth which replaces a missing tooth. The false tooth (called a ‘pontic’) is fused to porcelain crowns on either side of the missing tooth.

Tooth replacement has been a highly requested procedure at my Hillsboro dental practice. Patients from the North Plains area and East 185th Avenue area have expressed concern about tooth replacement for many years. Most of my questions in the Hillsboro area have to do with the strength of the tooth replacement and durability.

Dental implants are also popular in Hillsboro. A dental implant consists of a titanium post surgically inserted into the jaw bone to replace the root of the missing tooth. The post integrates with the bone to provide a stable foundation for the replacement tooth.

After it has bonded with the bone (it usually takes three to six months), a smaller post is attached. This post extends above the gum line. The artificial tooth (crown) is then attached. The entire process takes several months, but consistently yields terrific results for Hillsboro tooth restoration patients.

Both smile restoration options preserve or restore facial contour and allow you to talk and eat normally. Tooth replacements prevent adjoining teeth from gradually shifting and can help correct bite problems, also.

Tooth implants and dental bridges can replace one or more missing teeth. Many dental patients have been treated successfully with these tooth restoration alternatives.

Call Hillsboro Dental Excellence and ask for Geoffrey Skinner to schedule an evaluation for tooth restoration. You can schedule your tooth restoration by calling us at 503-648-6671.

 

Contact Hillsboro Dental Excellence:

503-648-6671

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

324 SE 9th Ave Ste B
Hillsboro, OR
97123

 


How Long Will A Dental Crown Last?

cost of dental crowns Hillsboro

Hillsboro endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are: the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

At Hillsboro Dental Excellence in Hillsboro, we provide quality restorative and cosmetic dentistry. In addition to dental crowns, we offer cosmetic dentistry, sedation dentistry, and dental implants

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

Contact Hillsboro Dental Excellence:

503-648-6671

Location (Tap to open in Google Maps):

324 SE 9th Ave Ste B
Hillsboro, OR
97123