Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Permanent Bridges

Missing teeth wreak havoc on your mouth over time.  Gaps in the teeth can cause problems with eating and speech, and when a tooth is missing long enough the jaw bone is vulnerable and the structure becomes compromised. At Southern Cross Dental, we install permanent bridges that replace missing teeth and still look natural.


Permanent bridges use healthy teeth on either side of a missing or damaged tooth to anchor a replacement in the appropriate location.  The replacement tooth is held in place by caps on the teeth on either side.  This can typically be accomplished in two visits.  First, an impression of the area is taken so that a dental laboratory can create the perfect and natural looking bridge that will be your replacement.  While your new bridge is being fabricated, we can provide a temporary bridge for you to wear.  On your second visit, the bridge will be cemented into place.  With proper care bridges can last a lifetime, but can be replaced if needed.


To learn more about permanent bridges and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Mouth Guards for Sports

Summer is typically a more active time for families. Southern Cross Dental wants the community we serve to know we can help them take an important safety precaution for sports activities.  Athletes participating in any contact sport are advised to wear some kind of mouth protection. Wearing a mouth guard during sports helps prevent damage to the teeth, jaw, cheeks, and even the tongue and lips!


Most sporting goods stores carry mouth guards, but they are generic in size and fit.  These mouth guards often end up feeling bulky and uncomfortable, leading to child and teenage athletes in particular not wearing the protection at all. An ill-fitting mouth guard can even interrupt breathing and speaking.  Come see us and have a dentist perform a custom mouth guard fitting.  You’ll get a mouth guard made of thin, hard plastic that protects your teeth and still fits comfortably, and you can go right back to playing your best!


To learn more about mouth guards and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Dry Mouth Causes and Treatment

Dry Mouth Causes and Treatment


Dry mouth, also known as xerostomia, is a condition that develops when the body isn’t producing enough saliva. This is a common condition, which can cause discomfort to one in four adults. The number one cause of dry mouth is that it occurs as a side effect from medication use. Fortunately, our doctors at Southern Cross Dental can treat the problem.


Saliva is an essential part of a healthy mouth. Saliva not only aids in the digestion of the food and beverages we consume, it protects the oral tissues in the mouth that are prone to infection and decay. Dry mouth commonly occurs as a side effect of blood pressure medications, antihistamines, antidepressants, and many others. Other causes of dry mouth may include dehydration, diabetes, smoking, and/or autoimmune disorders. To treat dry mouth, you will first need a proper diagnosis. After this has been determined, our doctors may suggest an over-the-counter prescription that helps stimulate saliva flow and/or artificial saliva to help keep your mouth wet.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dry mouth, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Dental Crown Procedure

Dental Crown Procedure


Our doctors at Southern Cross Dental usually recommend dental crowns to patients who have large fillings, broken teeth or cracked teeth. A dental crown is a fixed prosthetic device that is cemented onto existing teeth or implants. The purpose a dental crown serves is to strengthen a particularly weak tooth that needs to be held together or requires a dental bridge, or to enhance the appearance of a tooth if it is extremely discolored.  If you’ve been told you need a dental crown, allow us to explain how the procedure works to prepare you for your appointment.


The procedure for installing a dental crown is usually completed in two separate visits to the office. During your first appointment, one of our doctors will examine the tooth in question to guarantee that it will support a dental crown. Once this is confirmed, the doctor will begin preparing the tooth for the crown. You will then be fitted for a temporary crown while your permanent one is constructed in a dental lab. Once your permanent crown is ready, you will have your second appointment where it will be placed.


If you have questions or concerns regarding dental crowns, please give us a call. To learn about the services we provide at our practice, visit www.scdsmile.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Dry Sockets

We regularly carry out extractions at Southern Cross Dental and our patients always leave with clear post-operation instructions. Nevertheless, we are on the lookout for complications and want our patients to know how to recognize signs of a dry socket.


When a tooth is removed, a hole leading down to the jawbone will be left open. It is necessary for the patient to develop a blood clot to seal this off until it naturally closes, or else the socket will painfully dry out, leaving the patient vulnerable to infection. Therefore, we will need to know all the medications the patient is on before the extraction in order to determine if any of them will interfere with clot formation. Patients will also have to abstain from sipping through straws or otherwise creating suction in their mouths which could dislodge the clot once it’s been formed.


Dry sockets are most likely after difficult extractions that required incisions and sutures. They usually develop within two days of the extraction. Patients who are in severe pain should request an emergency appointment. We will clean the socket and provide medicated wound dressing in place of the clot. We will monitor the patient’s recovery much more closely after that and provide prescriptions if painkillers or antibiotics are necessary.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit SouthernCrossFamilyDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Acid Reflux

We see many causes of aching teeth and gum disease at Southern Cross Dental. Some of them are due to smoking or bad hygiene, but diet, medications, and lifestyle can also be a contributing factor. This is particularly the case with people suffering from gastroesophageal reflux disease, also known as GERD or acid reflux.


Hydrochloric acid is necessary for the breakdown of foods, but people are in for a lot of discomfort if it leaves the stomach. Unfortunately, the sphincter separating the stomach from the esophagus sometimes fails, allowing acid to back up into the throat and mouth. Some ways of preventing this from happening are to avoid slouching and to cut back on acidic foods and drinks such as garlic, onions, citrus juice, tomatoes, and alcohol. Smoking and caffeine are also known to contribute to acid reflux.


Acid reflux not only corrodes the teeth and gums, it also damages the salivary glands. Without enough saliva, the mouth will dry out, putting it at risk of infection and making sleeping much more difficult. Chewing sugarless gum is one easy way to stimulate new saliva production. People who have suffered acid reflux for a long time may also require a fluoride treatment in our office to restore the minerals to their enamel.


Drs. Navid and Faranak Rahimpour operate Southern Cross Dental at 1855 S Nevada Ave, Colorado Springs, Colorado, 80905-2516. To schedule an appointment, call 719-471-1717 or visit SouthernCrossFamilyDentistry.com and fill out a contact sheet.


 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Scaling and Root Planing

At Southern Cross Dental, we see patients experiencing every stage of gum disease.  In its most advanced stages gum disease can lead to gum recession and even tooth loss, but we can help you make sure it won’t get to that point.  When sticky bacteria called plaque builds up on a tooth, the gum starts to pull away from the tooth and form a pocket around the buildup.  A scaling and root planing procedure is performed to treat this buildup and prevent the later stages of gum disease. 


Scaling and root planing are two parts of a deep cleaning procedure your dentist can perform to repair your gums.  Scaling is the process of removing sticky plaque from the surface of your teeth all the way down to your gums, and root planing involves minor contouring to smooth the surface of a tooth near the root.  Once the plaque has been removed and the tooth root has been smoothed, the gums that had pulled away have a clean, smooth surface to reattach to.  


To learn more about gum disease prevention and all the services we provide at our practice, visit www.southerncrossfamilydentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with one of our doctors at Southern Cross Dental in Colorado Springs, CO, call 719-471-1717.