If you are missing teeth, then the most obvious problem is starring back at you every time you look in a mirror: that gap in your smile. But, there are other factors to consider beyond the way you look that make replacing missing teeth essential. Dental implants are an excellent choice for tooth replacement, because they restore your complete smile, and they help you avoid several oral and general health concerns. Would you like to learn if dental implants are right for you? Then schedule a consultation with a State College dentist. In the meantime, read on to learn more about dental implants and the implant surgery.
October 7, 2018
August 11, 2018
If you have recently had dental work performed by your dentist, such as a root canal, they may recommend the use of a temporary crown. Although you may feel that it is unnecessary, they are invaluable to the success of your permanent dental crowns in State College. While they are only in place for a short time, they serve an important role in your treatment plan.
August 10, 2017
Have you lost a tooth to decay or trauma? If so, your self-esteem was lost with it. An incomplete smile quickly causes you to feel self-conscious about your smile while you find it hard to speak clearly and difficult to eat your favorite foods. However, you can suffer from additional complications if you do not replace the tooth. To regain a complete smile, more than 500,000 people a year now turn to dental implants. This offers a permanent way to replace the tooth while improving your oral health. With dental implants in State College, you will boost your confidence and improve your quality of life.
October 14, 2016
You need consistently superior dental care. State College dentist, Dr. Chris Devlin, and his team would love to provide it for you. They are accepting new patients right now. While this experienced dentist in State College provides an amazing array of restorative and cosmetic dental services, his primary emphasis is prevention. It’s the mainstay of a healthy, good-looking smile you can enjoy for a lifetime.
September 8, 2016
Worried about dentures that slip unexpectedly? Tired of gooey denture adhesives and sore spots in your mouth? Concerned about bone loss in your jaw? Traditional dentures work in some cases, but not others. So,
Dr. Chris Devlin offers dental implants in Stage College which securely anchor full or partial dentures. The resulting smile is lifelike, stable and so comfortable.
August 31, 2016
First, it’s unnoticeable. Then, a small white spot forms. Next, a hole appears. Untreated, the hole deepens and destroys everything in its path. What is it? It’s tooth decay or a dental cavity, one of the most common and destructive oral health conditions around the globe. Dr. Chris Devlin, State College dentist, explains the signs of tooth decay, restores cavities and teaches patients how to prevent them. (more…)
December 21, 2015
Fixed bridges, dentures, non-implant supported dentures, crowns… the options in tooth replacement are many. Knowing which one to choose can be difficult, but Dr. Devlin is passionate about helping you make the best decisions for your oral health. With that in mind, we want to state, once and for all, that dental implants are by far the best option for replacing missing teeth. Keep reading to learn why you should choose dental implants in State College to complete your smile in 2016.
July 27, 2015
Periodontal disease affects more Americans each year. Some estimates suggest as much as 80% of the population of US adults are afflicted. Most people don’t consider periodontal (gum) disease to be a cause for grave concern because it’s treatable and it isn’t deadly. However, research has indicated that there may be a significant link between periodontal disease and numerous systemic or chronic illnesses. Dr. Chris Devlin and his State College, PA dental team recommend twice annual dental checkups and teeth cleanings to help prevent gum disease and its potential medical complications. If you’re suffering from gum disease or haven’t had a teeth cleaning and exam recently, call to schedule a checkup with us today.
Periodontal Disease and Systemic Illness
Periodontal disease generally begins as a mild irritation of gum tissue caused by bacterial growth below the gum line. This is frequently referred to as gingivitis and is easily treated with a thorough teeth cleaning from your dental hygienist. Left untreated or not properly cared for, gingivitis can develop into the more severe periodontitis. This form of gum disease can be quite painful, and is the leading cause of tooth loss in US adults. Periodontitis results when bacteria beneath the gums buildup creating pockets of plaque and tartar that separate the tooth from the gums. Over time, the fibers that connect the tooth to the gums and jawbone breakdown entirely. Indicators of periodontitis include redness or irritation, bleeding gums, loose feeling teeth, severe bad breath, and painful sores along gums. If you have any of these symptoms, call Dr. Devlin to schedule an appointment right away.
Periodontal disease can be unpleasant on its own, but recent studies have shown clear links between periodontitis and cardiovascular disease like strokes and arrhythmia. Additionally, periodontal disease has been linked to blood clots, liver disease, and is believed to adversely affect the insulin production and usage in patients with diabetes.
Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) is a cognitive disorder that affects a patient’s short term memory, concentration, and spatial orientation. AD affects an increasing number of US adults each year. Reports indicate the possibility of AD affecting more than 10 million people in the US before 2050. AD is a chronic inflammatory disease. Inflammation and infection in the body causes neurological synapses to work differently, and can lead to AD or other cognitive disorders.
Possible Bi-Directional Links
A recent study showed that a high percentage of patients with AD also had periodontal disease when compared to a comparable group of patients who did not suffer from AD. While a direct correlation has not as of yet been established, the findings are significant enough to prompt further research. Results indicate that the connection between AD and periodontal disease may be bi-directional much like the correlation between diabetes and gum disease. Diabetes results when the body is unable to utilize insulin properly, gum disease interferes with the body’s ability to use insulin when sugary plaque deposits enter the blood stream. Thus, as periodontal disease worsens, so do diabetic symptoms
AD and periodontal disease appear to have a similar relationship. Though it’s difficult to create a distinction between whether periodontal disease leads to AD or vice versa, it is easy to observe the cyclical relationship between the two. Patients who suffer from AD loose cognitive function as inflammation increases and causes more damage to brain tissues. When bacteria from the mouth travel to the brain via the blood stream, they can damage brain tissue leading to late-onset or periodic AD, or lead to inflammation which damages brain tissue and worsens AD. Further research has shown that as the body attempts to repair the chronic inflammation from AD, it is unable to repair the inflammation from periodontal disease or vice versa meaning that both worsen over time.
Call Your State College Dentist to Find Out More
Whether periodontal disease can be said to cause Alzheimer’s is still a matter for further discussion, but it is clear that inflammation and infection from periodontal disease makes it more difficult for our bodies to defend against the chronic inflammation caused by AD. A consistent, effective at-home dental care routine and twice annual dental examinations and cleanings are your first steps in preventing periodontal disease and avoiding its adverse effects on your body. Call Dr. Devlin to find out more about periodontal disease or schedule an appointment today. Our State College, PA office welcomes patients from surrounding areas including Centre Hall, Bellefonte, and Altoona.
June 22, 2015
You’re having a relaxing morning, but you take the first drink of coffee and your tooth feels like you took a bite of a Popsicle. You brush it off and continue about your day. Then, you take a bite of toast, and realize chewing hurts too. Time for some aspirin. A few hours later, you notice your face is swollen, and you’re feeling feverish and sick. Maybe you’re coming down with the flu, but chances are that sensitive tooth is causing your sudden illness. An abscess tooth can feel like a minor irritation or tooth sensitivity to cold or heat, but they quickly lead to more severe symptoms as infection spreads. What now? You need a dentist. In State College, PA Dr. Chris Devlin is always here to help. Whether you have an abscess or loose a tooth, dental emergencies don’t need to ruin your day. Call Dr. Devlin to make your dental emergency a memory.
Do I Have an Abscessed Tooth?
An abscess is an infection in the root or the gums near the root of your tooth. Generally, caused by tooth decay or gum disease, these infections can progress quickly. An abscessed tooth can be extremely painful. Patients often say they feel a stabbing pain each time they bite something, take a drink, and even swallowing or breathing air over the tooth can cause severe pain. As the root of the tooth is worn away by infection, the infection reaches the pulp (middle) of the tooth. This is usually what causes the pain. The abscess can kill the pulp. When this happens, the pain associated with the abscess often subsides. However, the infection will continue to spread. If you think you may have an abscess, have it examined immediately.
Because an abscess affects the root of the tooth, root canal therapy is often necessary to remove the infection. Additionally, infection to the gum tissue may have to be drained, and antibiotics are usually prescribed to fight the infection. Once the tooth is free from infection, Dr. Devlin will work to restore your tooth to its natural look and feel. Because an abscess is an infection, the longer it is left untreated you are at risk for serious health effects related to infection, and the further the infection spreads the more difficult it is to treat. Don’t hesitate to call us as if you fear you may have an abscess. We will try to see you right away, and begin treatment to remove the infection before it can spread.
Dental emergencies are often not life threatening, but that doesn’t make it any easier to keep calm. However, Dr. Devlin is here to help you no matter what your emergency, his years of experience in restorative dentistry means he is capable of returning your teeth to their natural strength and beauty after almost any accident, and his numerous relationships with local dental surgeons will ensure that any serious trauma will be repaired by a skilled professional you can trust.
If you experience any trauma related dental emergencies, a few tips can help you stay calm, and keep you healthy and safe until we can get your smile back in place. For a lost tooth or soft tissue damage, you want to make sure that your wound is cleaned and that the blood flow is reduced or stopped. Don’t use any toothpaste, mouthwash or other dental hygiene product to clean your cut. Start with just warm water. Once you have cleaned the affected area, you’ll need a cool, sterile compress to stop the bleeding and reduce swelling. Wrapping a small ice cube in a cool, damp cloth and holding it to the wound is extremely affective in slowing blood flow.
Once you have cleaned the area and stopped blood flow, assess the damage. Injuries to the mouth and face are frequently much less serious than they initially appear because any injury to the head will bleed heavily. If you have lost or chipped a tooth or you believe you need stitches or other repair, you will need to come in to see us as soon as possible. Even if you determine that the injury was not severe, it is still a good idea to come in for an examination to make sure there is no unseen damage.
Don’t Panic – Call Dr. Devlin
If you think you have an abscess tooth or have any other dental emergency, we are here to help. Don’t panic. Call Dr. Devlin for an emergency examination. As your family dentist, we’re here to help your whole family in State College, PA and surrounding communities including Centre Hall, Bellefonte, and Altoona.
April 13, 2015
When a tooth is lost due to decay, gum disease, or injury, replacing it should be your top priority. A missing tooth leads to a variety of problems, including everything from difficulty eating and slurred speech to feelings of embarrassment when you smile. At the State College, PA dental office of Dr. Chris J. Devlin, we offer a comprehensive menu of restorative dentistry solutions, including crowns and bridges for tooth replacement.
Benefits of Crowns and Bridges
Following the loss of a tooth, remaining teeth in the area begin to shift and rotate in an attempt to take on some of the burden of daily use. Over time, this shifting can greatly affect your oral health as well as the appearance of your smile. A bridge is comprised of one or more false teeth (pontics) that are placed where a natural tooth or teeth once stood. Unlike removable prosthetics like dentures and partials, a bridge is fixed in place by a dental crown.
A crown is a custom restoration that is placed over an existing tooth to hold the bridge in place. Porcelain crowns can be shaded and sculpted to match your surrounding teeth for a seamlessly natural look. With a quality restoration from Dr. Devlin, no one will be able to tell that you have bridgework; they’ll only see your complete and healthy smile.
In addition to crown and bridgework, Dr. Devlin offers a more permanent tooth replacement option: dental implants. If you are looking for the most secure, natural-looking replacement tooth solution, ask us about dental implants and their benefits. We want to help you smile with comfort and confidence again.
Schedule Your Consultation Today
If you are missing one or more consecutive teeth and you’d like to learn more about your tooth replacement options, we invite you to contact our office today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Devlin and our caring, experienced team. We’ll talk with you about our restorative options and develop a customized treatment plan that’s perfect for you. Conveniently located in State College, PA, our practice is privileged to serve patients from throughout the surrounding areas, including Bellefonte, Centre Hall, Altoona, and beyond.