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At Eric Mehler, D.D.S., P.A. we offer bonding. We are proud of the ways in which dentistry can restore broken or decayed teeth to full beauty and function.

FAQS About Getting Dentures

Eric Mehler DDS is a general dentist serving the Sunrise, FL area with quality care. One of the services that his patients want to know more about is dentures. Dentures are replacement teeth that can help patients “reclaim” their smiles. Here are a few FAQs (frequently asked questions) about getting dentures that can help you make a decision about getting them for yourself or someone you love.

How Are Dentures Made?
Dentures are special dental appliances that are created to comfortably fit over the gums of the mouth when a patient has missing teeth. Full dentures cover the entire gumline while partials cover a smaller space and hook onto the remaining teeth. They are made in a laboratory from a material designed to simulate pink gums. The white artificial teeth (usually made of acrylic) are carefully placed in the base to complete the appliance.

How Long Does it Take to Get Dentures?
The first appointment to get your dentures is necessary to take impressions of your mouth and to also ensure that your gums are healthy and clean. Allow a few weeks for the first denture to come back—then you’ll have to go through a series of fittings until they’re just right. Ask your Sunrise, FL dentist if you can have a temporary device made while you wait.

Is There an Alternative to Dentures?
There are other alternatives that you might want to explore with Dr. Mehler at your initial consultation. Dental implantation is a popular service that provides you with a more permanent solution. When there are just one or two missing teeth, bridgework may be the solution (two crowns with a fill-in tooth in the middle).

Dentures by Dr. Mehler
If you think it’s time to get your very own custom dentures or you want to talk about additional solutions, call on Dr. Eric Mehler. He is committed to delivering “gentle, compassionate care” to his Sunrise, FL patients. Pick up the phone and dial (954) 741-5006 or click the “Request an Appointment” button to suggest a time online.

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Photo Of Implant, Abutment, and Crown

Issues to Consider Before Dental Implants

With their durability, versatility and life-likeness, there’s no doubt dental implants have revolutionized teeth replacement. If you’re considering dental implants, however, there are some issues that could impact how and when you receive implants, or if you should consider another type of restoration.

Cost. Dental implants are initially more expensive than other tooth restorations, especially for multiple tooth replacement. However, be sure you consider the projected cost over the long-term, not just installation costs. Because of their durability, implants can last decades with little maintenance cost. In the long run, you may actually pay more for dental care with other types of restorations.

Bone health. Dental implants depend on a certain amount of bone to properly situate them for the best crown placement. If you’ve experienced extensive bone loss, however, there may not be enough to support the implant. This can often be overcome with grafting — immediately after extraction, at the time of implantation or a few months before implantation — to encourage bone growth. In some cases, though, bone loss may be so extensive you may need to consider an alternative restoration.

Gum Health. While implants themselves are impervious to infection, they’re supported by gum and bone tissues that can be affected. Infected tissues around an implant could eventually detach and lead to implant failure. If you have periodontal (gum) disease, we must first bring it under control and render your gums infection-free before installing implants. It’s also important to maintain effective oral hygiene and regular dental cleanings and checkups for optimum implant health.

Complications from osteoporosis. People with osteoporosis — in which the bones lose bone density and are more prone to fracture — are often treated with drugs known as bisphosphonates. In less than 1% of cases of long-term use, a patient may develop osteonecrosis in which the bone in the jaw may lose its vitality and die. As with bone loss, this condition could make implant placement difficult or impractical. Most dentists recommend stopping treatment of bisphosphonates for about three months before implant surgery.

If you have any of these issues or other complications with your oral health, be sure to discuss those with us before considering dental implants. With proper planning and care, most of these difficulties can be overcome for a successful outcome.

If you would like more information on pre-existing conditions that may affect implants, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Osteoporosis & Dental Implants” and “Infections around Implants.”

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If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys. If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

Gallery Post America’s (Dentists) Got Talent – for Fixing Damaged or Missing Teeth!

A recent episode of “America’s Got Talent” featured an engaging 93-year-old strongman called The Mighty Atom Jr. The mature muscleman’s stunt: moving a full-sized car (laden with his octogenarian “kid brother,” his brother’s wife, plus Atom’s “lady friend”) using just his teeth. Grinning for host Howie Mandel, Atom proudly told the TV audience that his teeth were all his own; then he grasped a leather strap in his mouth, and successfully pulled the car from a standstill. We’re pleased to see that the Atom has kept his natural teeth in good shape: He must have found time for brushing and flossing in between stunts. Needless to say, his “talent” isn’t one we’d recommend trying at home. But aside from pulling vehicles, teeth can also be chipped or fractured by more mundane (yet still risky) activities — playing sports, nibbling on pencils, or biting too hard on ice. What can you do if that happens to your teeth? Fortunately, we have a number of ways to repair cracked or chipped teeth. One of the easiest and fastest is cosmetic bonding with tooth-colored resins. Bonding can be used to fill in small chips, cracks and discolorations in the teeth. The bonding material is a high-tech mixture of plastic and glass components that’s extremely lifelike, and can last for several years. Plus, it’s a procedure that can be done right in the office, with minimal preparation or discomfort. However, it may not be suitable for larger chips, and it isn’t the longest-lasting type of restoration. When more of the tooth structure is missing, a crown (or cap) might be needed to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. This involves creating a replacement for the entire visible part of the tooth in a dental lab — or in some cases, right in the office. It typically involves making a model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors, then fabricating a replica, which will fit perfectly into the bite. Finally, the replacement crown is permanently cemented to the damaged tooth. A crown replacement can last for many years if the tooth’s roots are in good shape. But what if the roots have been dislodged? In some cases it’s possible to re-implant a tooth that has been knocked out — especially if it has been carefully preserved, and receives immediate professional attention. But if a tooth can’t be saved (due to a deeply fractured root, for example) a dental implant offers today’s best option for tooth replacement. This procedure has a success rate of over 95 percent, and gives you a natural looking replacement tooth that can last for the rest of your life. So what have we learned? If you take care of your teeth, like strongman Atom, they can last a long time — but if you need to move your car, go get the keys. If you would like more information about tooth restoration, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Crowns & Bridgework.”

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