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If you’re like many patients with missing teeth, you most likely have a dental bridge or denture. While these restorations provide a proven way to address missing teeth, dental implants improve upon these traditional methods through unmatched stability. Dental implants are one of the best ways to replace missing teeth.

Why is it Important to Replace a Missing Tooth?

Despite common belief, dentures don’t really replace the entire tooth. Dentures only replace the visible portion of teeth, providing minor dental functionality. Dentures are a convenient, economical way to replace lost teeth.

On the other hand, dental implants can be a procedure that replaces the entire tooth, from crown to root. This is important because when a tooth goes missing, the jaw goes through a process which shrinks and weakens the jaw bone. If left unaddressed, the jaw will continue to diminish over time, leading to signs of premature aging. Replacing the roots of teeth directly prevents the accelerated jaw bone deterioration.

Additionally, the implant post, the root of the implant, is made from titanium. This material is able to fuse with bone and fully support both existing bone and the replacement prosthesis.

Other benefits of dental implants over traditional methods include:

  • Improved performance
  • Enhanced functionality
  • No diet restrictions
  • Permanent Fix
  • Prevention of Accelerated Jaw Bone Deterioration
  • Restorations with Dental Implants

Dental implants can address a single missing tooth with a crown, a series of teeth with bridges, and an entire arch of teeth with the assistance of a dentures. Furthermore, patients seeking replacement for an entire arch have the choice between implant-supported removable or fixed dentures to suit their particular lifestyle.

Dental implants are easy to clean and maintain—patients only need to brush and floss normally or treat their removable dentures as they would regular dentures. Furthermore, should dental implants become damaged or malfunction, replacing the restoration is a straightforward process that only involves replacing the prosthetic. Once dental implants are placed into the jaw, they become a permanent part restoration for the patient.

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Find out more about dental implants by calling or visiting our practice in Midlothian, VA. Schedule your consultation with Dr. Robert Sorenson and Dr. William Monacell and learn how dental implants can improve your restorations and your smile.

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With all of the latest innovative techniques and equipment used in dentistry today, people with missing teeth have several options to complete their smile. Dental implants are the latest, most advanced solution to missing teeth solutions. This technology saves more than just the patient’s smile, but will also strengthen their jaw bone to uphold the implant over time producing long-term oral health benefits. Mini implants were created to give patients with bone loss or have inadequate bone strength the opportunity for better fitting dentures.

Dental solutions, like mini implants, are important to the long-term health of those patients whose mouth conditions have already be affected by severe damage, gum disease or bone loss.

What are Mini Implants?

Mini implants are smaller than typical dental implants will integrate into the bone as their larger counterpart. They are significantly smaller and require a less invasive procedure to place them. This process is most often completed in one visit. Standard dental implant placement involves more complex surgery and months of healing before restorations are placed.

The amount of mini implants used is unique to the patient’s situation, but a lower denture can most often be supported by only 4 mini implants.

Diagnostic imaging tools assist in marking the exact placement location. The dentist will only have to make a small hole in the soft tissue and the implants are then secured to the ridge of bone.

Mini Implants Provide a Strong Foundation for Dentures

Dentures are created to ‘snap’ onto the ball shaped heads of the mini implants. Patients leave the office with a more secure and better fitting denture than traditional ones.

Benefits of mini implant supported dentures

- Procedure completed in one visit
- Little recuperation time
- More secure dentures
- No diet limitations
- No speech interruptions
- Improved smile and oral health
- Improved quality of life

If you have missing teeth and want to explore your available options, contact your Richmonddentist for more information. Midlothian Family Dentistry offers patients several options to rebuild your smile. Schedule an appointment today!

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When it comes to keeping your smile beautiful and healthy, it is incredibly important to incorporate a preventive dental habit into your daily routine. While brushing and flossing your teeth can help reduce your chances of dental decay and damage, patients still need to regularly visit their dentist for deep cleanings and routine checkups.

In Richmond, VA, Midlothian Family Dentistry believes that proactive dentistry is the key to maintaining a beautiful and healthy smile. Our family-oriented practice offers a variety of specialty treatments designed to protect your oral health at every age.

Protect Your Changing Smile with Preventive Dentistry

As you age, your dental needs also change. Here at Midlothian Family Dentistry, Dr. Monacell and Dr. Sorenson provide patients of all ages with the consistent treatment that takes changing dentition into account. Starting with patients as young as one, we can identify potential dental problems before they start and provide the right long-term treatment.

Preventive dentistry provides patients with the education they need to practice oral hygiene correctly and effectively. All of our procedures are tailored to meet each patient’s unique needs and are thoroughly explained so patients of all ages know what to expect. Our Richmond dentists have found that this to be the most effective way to ensure great oral health well into the future.

Dentistry Goes Beyond Your Teeth

Much like any other part of the body, when your oral health is compromised, so is your overall health. Misaligned bites, gum disease, and other dental issues can have a domino-like effect on other parts of the body in the form of heart disease, diabetes and stroke. As a result, effective treatment must be comprehensive to reverse any consequences.

At Midlothian Family Dentistry, we use cutting-edge equipment and techniques to plan the right procedures that will leave patients with the best results. Our Richmond dentists are also experienced in treating conditions that are indirectly related to oral health, such as sleep apnea and dental anxiety. By focusing on treating the patient’s overall health, Midlothian Family Dentistry can help identify the best treatment for these debilitating conditions.

Practicing preventive dentistry throughout life can eliminate the need for invasive restorative treatments in the future. To schedule your next routine checkup, contact our dental office today and learn more about the importance of early prevention and preventive dental treatments. 

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Sleep Apnea is a common condition in which an individual stops breathing momentarily during sleep due to a blockage of their airways. While commonly confused with particularly loud snoring, the long term effects of sleep apnea can quickly become life-threatening. If left untreated, sleep apnea can lead to high blood pressure and heart problems. Midlothian Family Dentistry, your Richmond dentists, will find the right treatment for sleep apnea problems.

Symptoms of Sleep Apnea

Since sleep apnea occurs when the patient is sleeping, patients often don’t realize they are exhibiting symptoms of sleep apnea. However, excessive sleepiness, morning headaches, insomnia, or attention problems the following morning may be indicators of sleep apnea.

Diagnosing Sleep Apnea

The best way to seek help for sleep apnea is through a sleep analysis screening. Conducted at home or at a certified sleep study center, the patient sleeps normally while doctors evaluate your brain waves, blood oxygen levels, heart rate, and breathing. This examination of your body’s nocturnal functions can help doctors determine if your airways are being obstructed during sleep.

Treating Sleep Apnea

After initial diagnosis by your doctor, you have several options for treatment. Among the most common are continuous positive airway pressure therapy (CPAP) and oral appliances.

CPAP therapy uses a mask connected to a machine that blows mildly pressurized air into the patient’s airway. This prevents any obstruction of the airway during sleep and ensuring an uninterrupted night for the patient. While this treatment is very popular, some individuals with sleep apnea may find the mask uncomfortable or ineffective for their specific sleep apnea. For those patients, oral appliances offer a more compact solution.

Oral appliances, such as night guards are another popular sleep apnea treatment. Unlike CPAP therapy, night guards do not require machines or alternate air flow. Rather, night guards simply readjust the placement of the tongue or jaw based on the needs of the patient. This prevents the collapse of soft tissue at the back of the throat which ultimately causes sleep apnea. As the night guards are customized to the patient’s specific needs, the oral appliance is comfortable and easy to sleep in. For patients with difficulty breathing during the day, day guards are also available.

Find Sleep Apnea Treatment in Richmond

Are you or a loved one having trouble sleeping through the night? Do you think sleep apnea might be the cause of your dry mouth or fragmented sleep? Contact your Richmond dentist at Midlothian Family Dentistry

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The connection between oral health and overall physical health is greater than people would think. Most people grew up with a daily brushing routine to fight cavities, not to prevent other physical problems. Dentists are fully aware of the effects that oral complications they have on the body, as well as using oral health conditions as a guide to detect the presence of disease.

Detecting Oral health Complications

Regular dental visits play an important role in disease prevention. There are several systemic diseases that show early signs and symptoms within the mouth. A routine dental visit could help detect the presence of diabetes, Leukemia, oral cancer, pancreatic cancer, heart disease and kidney disease. A dental x-ray may highlight lesions that are missed in a visual exam, Dentists will advise patients to see their physician if any potential threat is detected during a routine exam. The sooner these life-threatening diseases are caught, the greater the opportunity for your doctor will have to treat it.

Poor Oral Health can lead to Greater Health Problems

When oral hygiene is not top priority, physical problems are likely to occur. It is important to maintain a twice daily brushing and flossing routine in order to ward-off problems such as:Oral pain– Tooth aches are an obvious connection to tooth decay, but it could potentially be worse than a simple cavity. Decay that affects the nerves and/or roots of teeth requires more extensive dental and gum disease treatment. Routine dental cleanings will keep larger problems at bay.
Problems with Heart and other Major Organs– These potential complications ring especially true for patients who have current medical conditions. Letting an oral infection spread elsewhere, or spark further problems connected to vital organs, can be life-threatening. Managed dental care will help to alleviate interference in whole -body health caused by dental problems.
Digestion problems – Not being able to chew food properly, or avoiding certain kinds of foods that are necessary for proper nutrition, could lead to digestive disorders. When eating habits change to avoid pain, or food is only partially chewed food, this can disrupt the intestinal tract and lead to additional physical problems.
A Dose of Prevention
People have more control over the health of their body by focusing on good oral hygiene.
-       Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste
-       Floss daily
-       Eat a healthy diet
-       Avoid tobacco products that may contribute to gum disease and oral cancer
-       Make routine dental visits a priority

Prioritize your health with preventive check-ups!

Your Richmond dentists atMidlothian Family Dentistry emphasize complete oral care to help patients maintain both oral and overall physical health. Callthe office today and make an appointment for a routine cleaning.

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Does the thought of going to the dentist cause you to feel nauseous, dizzy, or experience palpitations? Do you put off going to the dentist until you can’t bear tooth pain any longer? You are not alone! There are many adults and children who experience some level of anxiety when going to the dentist. Anxiety and phobias can result in extremely disruptive symptoms such as nervousness, sleeplessness and even vomiting. Some people who experience dental anxieties are aware that their fears are irrational, yet feel powerless or unable to overcome them.

Some commonly-used methods to address dental anxiety include:

  • Distraction
  • Dentist-Patient education
  • Sedation therapy
Infrequent or a total absence of professional dental care can severely impact a person's health. Through oral conscious sedation patients are aware of their surroundings, but less responsive to the experience. The resulting benefits include:
  • Significantly reduced fear and anxiety
  • Full consciousness throughout visit
  • Less likelihood of creating side effects common with other types of sedation
  • Relaxing and comfortable experience

To help all our patients, the Richmond dentists at Midlothain Family Dentistry suggests the following:

  1. Talk to us:  We want you to tell us your fears and concerns – be specific, so we know exactly what areas to address and the severity of your anxiety. You will be treated with respect and kindness.
  2. Explore the types of treatment we offer.
  3. Be honest about the process. If you are still feeling anxious about your treatment, please tell us! We can look at moving onto a deeper sedation treatment if necessary.
We are focused on our patients' comfort, as well as their dental health with our sedation dentistry options. Please don't allow your anxiety and fears to prevent you from getting the dental care you need and deserve! Contact your Richmond dentists, Dr. Sorenson and Dr. Monacell today and find out how we can provide you with an anxiety-free appointment.

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We'd all love to have a fabulous Hollywood-perfect smile, but if you have multiple oral health problems—like tooth discoloration, uneven teeth, or gaps between your teeth—it can seem like an impossible goal. For most people, however, it's absolutely achievable. Thanks to porcelain veneers and your Richmond dentists at Midlothian Family Dentistry, your smile can get a mini-makeover in as little as two office visits.

Veneers Work for Multiple Problems

Veneers are very thin slices of porcelain that are bonded to the surface of your teeth. The veneers are designed by your dentist to fit your teeth perfectly. They correct dental problems that leave your teeth looking-less-than-perfect such as: stubborn stains, teeth that are too large or too small, teeth that are misaligned, or teeth that have large gaps between them.

If you're affected by one or more of these problems, veneers may be the perfect solution. The beauty of this cosmetic treatment is that it can fix multiple problems at once. Even if your teeth are discolored, misaligned, and unevenly shaped, veneers can improve your smile.

Veneers can Improve Your Self-Image

If your teeth are affected by one or more aesthetic tooth problems, a set of porcelain veneers fitted to the teeth in your smile zone—meaning the teeth that are visible when you smile—can radically improve your smile, and your overall appearance.

The benefits of veneers go far beyond the way you look, however. Many people who have porcelain veneers fitted say that for them, the biggest benefit is how they feel about themselves. Improved self-esteem and confidence, and especially the confidence and freedom to smile and laugh, are all benefits of this cosmetic dental treatment.

If you've ever caught yourself avoiding smiling or laughing because you're self-conscious about your teeth, talk to our Richmond dentist about veneers.

Veneers Provide a Near-Instant Solution

It's true that veneers don't solve problems the way orthodontic and other dental treatments do. The advantage of veneers, however, is that a full set of smile-zone veneers can be fitted in as few as two dental visits, whereas orthodontic treatments take months and even years to complete.

The fact is, there are no other dental treatments that can do what veneers can: provide a quick solution for multiple oral health problems, giving you a great-looking smile, and the boost of confidence to show them off.

Contact MidlothianFamily Dentistry, to schedule an appointment with your Richmond dentist to find out more about porcelain veneers to improve your smile.

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We're excited to announce the official launch of our Midlothian Family Dentistry blog.

We'll be posting helpful dental tips, news from the dental industry, news from our practice, and more about the latest in dentistry.

We built our practice on the notion that we're there for our patients when they need us and we want our online presence to be a reflection of that principle. We hope this blog provides an extra level of service to our current and future patients.

If you would like to stay up to date on the latest from Midlothian Family Dentistry, simply click the RSS “Subscribe to feed” link located on our website and subscribe. Our subscribers will be updated when we make a new blog post.

Here's to your best oral health ever!