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ABondedRetainerCouldbeaPreferredChoiceoveraRemovableOne

If you've known anyone who has worn braces, you know what comes after — wearing a retainer. This can be kind of a letdown after all those months with braces, but it's absolutely necessary.

That's because teeth have a tendency to “rebound” to their pre-orthodontic positions once the force to move them stops after the braces are removed. Retainers help keep or “retain” moved teeth in their new positions and prevent them from reverting to the old.

When you think “retainer,” you probably picture a removable appliance with a wire that fits over the front of the teeth. While that may be the most common type, it isn't the only one. There's another called a bonded retainer, a thin piece of wire bonded to the back of the teeth that need to be retained. Unlike the other type, a dentist must remove a bonded retainer when it's no longer needed.

The biggest advantage of a bonded retainer is its invisibility — the wire is behind the teeth so no one can see it as with a removable retainer. The wire is bonded to the teeth with a dental composite material and then light-cured to create a strong attachment.

Another advantage is especially pertinent to younger patients. Because it's permanently attached and can't be taken out, there's no constant reminding of the patient to wear it — and no more worries about replacing a lost one.

They can, though, be difficult to floss around leading to potential plaque buildup that increases disease risk. It's very important you receive proper hygiene instruction for cleaning under the bonded retainer. Another concern is that they can break under excessive chewing pressure. And as with the more common retainer, we wouldn't want to remove it as that will result in the teeth's relapse to their old positions.

To learn which retainer is best for your situation, you should discuss the options with your orthodontist. Regardless of which type you choose, though, a retainer is a must for protecting your investment in that new smile.

If you would like more information on orthodontics and retainers, 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 “Bonded Retainers.”


By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
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Is a chipped tooth big news? It is if you’re Justin Bieber. When the pop singer recently posted a picture from the dental office to his instagram account, it got over 2.6 million “likes.” The snapshot shows him reclining in the chair, making peace signs with his hands as he opens wide; meanwhile, his dentist is busy working on his smile. The caption reads: “I chipped my tooth.”

Bieber may have a few more social media followers than the average person, but his dental problem is not unique. Sports injuries, mishaps at home, playground accidents and auto collisions are among the more common causes of dental trauma.

Some dental problems need to be treated as soon as possible, while others can wait a few days. Do you know which is which? Here are some basic guidelines:

A tooth that’s knocked out needs attention right away. First, try and locate the missing tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid holding the tooth’s roots. Next, grasp the crown of the tooth and place it back in the socket facing the correct way. If that isn’t possible, place it between the cheek and gum, in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva or a special tooth preservative, or in a glass of cold milk. Then rush to the dental office or emergency room right away. For the best chance of saving the tooth, it should be treated within five minutes.

If a tooth is loosened or displaced (pushed sideways, deeper into or out of its socket), it’s best to seek dental treatment within 6 hours. A complete examination will be needed to find out exactly what’s wrong and how best to treat it. Loosened or displaced teeth may be splinted to give them stability while they heal. In some situations, a root canal may be necessary to save the tooth.

Broken or fractured (cracked) teeth should receive treatment within 12 hours. If the injury extends into the tooth’s inner pulp tissue, root canal treatment will be needed. Depending on the severity of the injury, the tooth may need a crown (cap) to restore its function and appearance. If pieces of the tooth have been recovered, bring them with you to the office.

Chipped teeth are among the most common dental injuries, and can generally be restored successfully. Minor chips or rough edges can be polished off with a dental instrument. Teeth with slightly larger chips can often be restored via cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. When more of the tooth structure is missing, the best solution may be porcelain veneers or crowns. These procedures can generally be accomplished at a scheduled office visit. However, if the tooth is painful, sensitive to heat or cold or producing other symptoms, don’t wait for an appointment — seek help right away.

Justin Bieber earned lots of “likes” by sharing a picture from the dental office. But maybe the take-home from his post is this: If you have a dental injury, be sure to get treatment when it’s needed. The ability to restore a damaged smile is one of the best things about modern dentistry.

If you have questions about dental injury, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Porcelain Crowns & Veneers.”


By Curt P. Posey, DDS, Inc.
August 02, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Tooth loss can affect your appearance and have many negative effects on your oral health. Dental implants are the gold standard in the dental implantsreplacement of missing teeth. Dr. Curt Posey is one of the finest dentists in Fresno, CA. He offers state-of-the-art dental implants to his patients. Read on to find out how dental implants can preserve your smile.

Improve Your Look

Your smile is one of the first things people notice about you. The absence of teeth can ruin a nice smile. Dental implant treatment can improve aesthetics- with teeth that look like your natural teeth. With dental implants, you will look and feel younger and more attractive. The confidence and joy a beautiful smile brings you is priceless. 

Improve Your Speech

With implants, the shape and function of the jaw are restored, improving speech. Dental implants allow you to speak normally, so you're not embarrassed. Wearing a conventional denture can mean struggling to pronounce words. Not so with implants, which function like real teeth.

Prevent Teeth Shifting

The absence of teeth is one of the most common causes for shifting teeth. Once a tooth is lost, the existing teeth begin to drift out of place. It can be disheartening for people with missing teeth to see their teeth drifting out of place. Dental implants will prevent your existing teeth from shifting and keep your smile healthy. 

Stop Bone Loss

The natural erosion of jawbone begins as soon as a tooth is lost, and if left untreated, this may result in the loss of other teeth and could cause facial sagging. Dental implants integrate with the jawbone, providing a stimulus that keeps the bone from deteriorating.

Help You Chew Food

Tooth loss can make eating difficult. Dental implants will allow you to eat your favorite foods without discomfort. Implants restore lost teeth so that they function like natural teeth. With strong, full functioning dental implants, patients can expand their diets and eat healthier foods again. Consult with a dentist in Fresno to find out if dental implants are right for you.

Dental implants will give you more than just beautiful teeth. They will also improve the quality of your life. Don't wait another minute- call Dr. Curt Posey at 559-227-6755 right now to schedule an appointment in Fresno, CA. Don't you owe it to yourself to get your smile back?




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