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Once upon a time, celebrities tried hard to maintain the appearance of red-carpet glamour at all times. That meant keeping the more mundane aspects of their lives out of the spotlight: things like shopping, walking the dog and having oral surgery, for example.

That was then. Today, you can find plenty of celebs posting pictures from the dentist on social media. Take Julianne Hough, for example: In 2011 and 2013, she tweeted from the dental office. Then, not long ago, she shared a video taken after her wisdom teeth were removed in December 2016. In it, the 28-year-old actress and dancer cracked jokes and sang a loopy rendition of a Christmas carol, her mouth filled with gauze. Clearly, she was feeling relaxed and comfortable!

Lots of us enjoy seeing the human side of celebrities. But as dentists, we’re also glad when posts such as these help demystify a procedure that could be scary for some people.

Like having a root canal, the thought of extracting wisdom teeth (also called third molars) makes some folks shudder. Yet this routine procedure is performed more often than any other type of oral surgery. Why? Because wisdom teeth, which usually begin to erupt (emerge from beneath the gums) around age 17-25, have the potential to cause serious problems in the mouth. When these molars lack enough space to fully erupt in their normal positions, they are said to be “impacted.”

One potential problem with impacted wisdom teeth is crowding. Many people don’t have enough space in the jaw to accommodate another set of molars; when their wisdom teeth come in, other teeth can be damaged. Impacted wisdom teeth may also have an increased potential to cause periodontal disease, bacterial infection, and other issues.

Not all wisdom teeth need to be removed; after a complete examination, including x-rays and/or other diagnostic imaging, a recommendation will be made based on each individual’s situation. It may involve continued monitoring of the situation, orthodontics or extraction.

Wisdom tooth extraction is usually done right in the office, often with a type of anesthesia called “conscious sedation.”  Here, the patient is able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli (such as verbal directions), but remains free from pain. For people who are especially apprehensive about dental procedures, anti-anxiety mediation may also be given. After the procedure, prescription or over-the-counter pain medication may be used for a few days. If you feel like singing a few bars, as Julianne did, it’s up to you.

If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to arrange a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Denton Family Dentistry
January 18, 2019
Category: Procedures

Find out more about the different types of braces you can get in Denton.

It’s never too late to get braces. In fact, everyone from young children to older adults is turning to our Denton, TX, dentist Dr. Christopher Edmondson to receive a comfortable smile with the help of braces. Here in our dental office, we provide a variety of orthodontic options to cater to your specific needs, goals, and lifestyle. Not sure which orthodontic treatment to choose? Let us help you!

Traditional Metal Braces
This is most often the type of braces that probably pop into your mind when you think about getting braces. Traditional braces have been around a while, but they have certainly made some positive changes over the year.
Now the stainless steel that our Denton, TX, family dentist uses is thinner and more lightweight so it’s less cumbersome. The metal brackets are bonded to the front of your teeth where they are interconnected through a set of wires that apply the proper amount of pressure to shift teeth around.

Good Candidates: Anyone can be a good candidate for traditional braces. Since it can handle a wide range of minor to more serious and complicated tooth movements, it’s an ideal and effective treatment for any dental case. In fact, if you are dealing with more serious misalignments, traditional braces are often the best approach.

Ceramic Braces
If you are looking for a subtler approach to traditional braces then you may want to turn your attention to ceramic braces. While they function and look just like traditional braces the major difference is that instead of being made from stainless steel these braces are made from tooth-colored material to help it blend in with your teeth.

Good Candidates: Since ceramic braces function like traditional braces, this treatment is ideal for patients of all ages dealing with a variety of malocclusions. Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that ceramic braces are prone to staining. So you should maintain good oral hygiene if you want to keep your brackets stain-free.

Clear Braces
If you are looking for a nearly invisible treatment option to straighten your smile then clear aligners are the way to go. This unique orthodontic system uses a set of custom-made aligners that look similar to retainers, which fit over your teeth to move them around. No brackets, wires or metal.
Good Candidates: Any older teen or adult who is looking to correct more minimal dental issues with a more discreet orthodontic option may be an ideal candidate for Invisalign or other clear orthodontic systems. An ideal candidate will be dedicated to getting their smile straighter and will wear their aligners as often as possible each and every day.

If you or your child is living with crooked teeth, and wants to find out how orthodontics can help then it’s time to call Denton Family Dentistry today to schedule a free consultation with us. A straighter smile starts now!

By Denton Family Dentistry
October 02, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Are you currently considering your tooth replacement options? Dental implants may offer the ideal way to restore your smile. Denton, TX,Dental Implant dentist Dr. Christoper Edmondson of Denton Family Dentistry can help you maintain a full, healthy smile with dental implants and other services and procedures.

Dental Implant Requirements

Your Denton dentist will consider these factors when determining if you're a good candidate for implants:

  • Oral Health: Gum disease or other oral health problems may prevent you from receiving implants or delay the process until the issue is successfully treated.
  • General Health: Some diseases, such as uncontrolled diabetes, can slow healing. Poor healing may also be a problem if you're undergoing chemotherapy, taking medications that suppress the immune system, or have HIV/AIDS or another immune system disorder. As long as you're in good health, however, dental implants will be an excellent tooth restoration option.
  • Smoking: Smoking also slows healing and may lower the success rate for dental implants.
  • Jawbone Depth: Your jawbone must be deep enough to support dental implants. If it's not, your dentist may recommend bone grafts.
  • Nerve Placement: In some cases, implants may not be the best option due to inconvenient nerve placement.

Benefits of Dental Implants

Dental implants permit the replacement of your entire missing tooth, unlike other restoration options that only replace the crown, the part of the tooth you see above the gum line. Made of titanium, your implant bonds to your jawbone and serves as a secure foundation for an artificial crown. Thanks to the bonding process, your new tooth will feel just like a natural tooth and won't affect your biting power nor wobble or slip when you chew.

Have you ever noticed that people with missing teeth tend to look older than they are? This problem occurs when the jawbone shrinks, causing facing muscles to sag. A shrinking jawbone can also lead to the loss of otherwise healthy teeth. Luckily, adding dental implants to your jawbone provides stimulation that the bone needs to remain full and strong.

No matter what degree of tooth loss you've experienced, you can benefit from dental implants. In addition to supporting a single missing tooth, implants also support bridges and dentures. You may only need as few as four implants to support one denture.

Contact Us Today!

Restore your smile with dental implants! Call Denton, TX, dentist Dr. Christoper Edmondson of Denton Family Dentistry at (940) 591-9700 to schedule an appointment.

By Denton Family Dentistry
July 12, 2018
Category: Procedures
Tags: Dental Implants  

Dental ImplantsIf you believe that your missing teeth mean that you will have gaps in your smile permanently, you are mistaken. With dental implants, you can fill in the gaps and restore your teeth along with your mouth’s bite. Learning more about dental implants will help you to ensure you make the best decision about your teeth. Find out more about dental implants with Dr. Christopher Edmondson at Denton Family Dentistry in Denton, TX.

What is a dental implant? 
A dental implant replaces a missing tooth using a surgical procedure to place an implant fixture into the bone below the missing tooth. Made from titanium, the fixture resembles a screw and essentially replaces a missing tooth’s root below the gumline. An abutment connects the fixture to the customized prosthetic tooth which replaces the missing tooth. A dental laboratory customizes the prosthetic to fit exactly into your smile, ensuring a seamless and natural look.

Can dental implants help me? 
A good candidate for dental implants should have a strong at-home oral care to keep their implants and natural teeth healthy and clean between regular biannual dental examinations and cleanings. A missing tooth results in a lack of stimulation of the bone in which it sits. In turn, a process called bone atrophy occurs, causing the bone to degrade. Traditional tooth replacement options like bridges do not stimulate the bone as they lie above the gumline. Implants, however, do provide this necessary stimulation to keep the bone healthy. A good candidate for dental implants should have adequate bone volume in the area of their implant.

Dental Implants in Denton, TX
If you think you can benefit from a dental implant, you will need a consultation with your dentist to confirm that this is the best tooth replacement option for you and your smile. Your dentist will examine your teeth and ensure that you do not have any teeth decay or gum disease which would require treatment prior to placing your implants. Imagining techniques like x-rays help your dentist investigate the bone volume to ensure that you have a sturdy foundation to support your new implant.

For more information on dental implants, please contact Dr. Christopher Edmondson at Denton Family Dentistry in Denton, TX. Call (940) 591-9700 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Edmondson today!

By Denton Family Dentistry
April 17, 2018
Category: Procedures

You can benefit from orthodontic treatment if you want a straighter smile. Orthodontic treatment straightens and aligns teeth that are orthodonticsoverlapped, crowded, or crooked. Orthodontics can also correct bites that are not properly aligned, as in the case of an overbite or an underbite. Correcting a misaligned bite can also alleviate jaw tension, which can be a problem when the upper or lower jaw is not properly aligned. At Denton Family Dentistry, Dr. Christopher Edmondson is your dentist for orthodontics in Denton, TX.

Types of Orthodontics

In Denton, orthodontic options include several types of braces, as well as clear aligners. Dr. Edmondson can help you select the best orthodontic option for your needs. Available types of orthodontics include the following:

  • Metal braces
  • Clear braces
  • Clear aligners

Metal braces have long been the traditional method for straightening teeth. Silver tone metal brackets are affixed to the teeth and joined together by metal wire. The brackets are permanently cemented to the teeth during the course of treatment and can only be removed by your dentist or orthodontist. Clear braces are similar to metal braces, but are made of a ceramic or plastic material that is barely visible to others. Clear braces are a great option for adults interested in a more discreet option than traditional metal braces.

Lingual braces are another type of braces utilizing brackets and wires to gently straighten the teeth. Lingual braces differ from both metal and ceramic braces because the brackets and wires are affixed to the back of the teeth rather than the front, which also makes them a more discreet option than traditional metal braces.

Metal, clear, and lingual braces are all semi-permanent orthodontics. The brackets cannot be removed once installed. Only the dentist or orthodontist can remove them when treatment has concluded. Clear aligners do not utilize brackets and wires to straighten the teeth. Soft, removable aligner trays are used instead. Not only are the trays conveniently removable, they are also clear, making them an extremely discreet orthodontic option for straightening your teeth.

If you have a misaligned bite or teeth that are crooked, crowded, and overlapping, orthodontics can benefit you. Dr. Edmondson can help you decide which orthodontic option is best for you. To schedule an appointment with your Denton, TX area orthodontics dentist, call Denton Family Dentistry at (940) 591-9700.

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