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Dentures

Are you tired of your dentures? You might have good reason to be! Most dentures are not created with consideration for your features or your bite and simply don’t look good. They can make your face look collapsed and age you well beyond your years. Worse, ill-fitting dentures can contribute to bone loss, with most of the loss occurring in the first 12 months after the teeth are removed. Some people lose over 40 percent of the height and width of the mouth structure in the first year.  This is one of the major contributors to ill-fitting dentures and discomfort when chewing.

Dr. Glenn Norton Offers a Comfortable and Beautiful Solution

You have probably heard about how dental implants can replace missing teeth for the ultimate in comfort and function. But you already wear full or partial  dentures – how could you possibly replace all those teeth with single dental implants? Most people can’t. That’s when Evansville dentist Dr. Norton recommends implant supported dentures to his dental patients. These incredible dentures are superior options to traditional dentures, not only because they are created to enhance your appearance, but also because they are held securely in place by implant posts. No adhesive is needed yet they remain comfortable all day, every day, with no fear of slippage. Even better, they support your bone to prevent that aging, collapsed appearance, and they look so much like natural teeth, many people never notice that they aren’t your own.

The Beautiful Benefits of Implant Supported Dentures

Because dentures don’t support the bones that once held your teeth, your bone will begin to deteriorate. Most of the bone loss occurs in the very first year of denture use, and the aging effect is almost instantaneous.  Lips begin to look significantly thinner, jowls become more prominent, and the mouth takes a downward turn. Because the mouth is compressed, sores often form at the corners. Even worse, if dentures don’t fit properly, eating, speaking, and laughing can become difficult and embarrassing ventures.
Not so with implant retained dentures from Dr. Glen Norton. Because the implant posts support the bone, the bone remains intact and the aging effect of tooth loss is avoided. Your lips remain full, your mouth upturned, and best of all, you can eat whatever you like and speak with complete confidence. For more information about implant retained dentures, call Dr. Glenn Norton at his Evansville dental office today.

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popcornWe all know that sugary foods are bad for your teeth. But did you know that some sugary foods are worse than others? And that some non-sugary snacks can also be dangerous to your smile? At the Evansville dental office of Glenn H. Norton, DMD,  we want to educate you on the harmful effects of certain tasty treats to help you protect your smile.

While it’s common knowledge that sugar and sugary foods can cause extensive damage to the mouth, it may surprise some to know that not all sugary foods are equally dangerous. Sticky foods, and particularly sugary sticky foods, are more detrimental to teeth than sugar alone.

The sticky texture of these types of foods, including caramel and taffy, causes them to become stuck on the surfaces and in crevices of teeth. When this happens, sugars linger in the mouth for longer, making teeth more prone to decay.

Foods other than sweets can also be harmful to teeth and oral health. Hard foods like popcorn kernels and ice cubes can cause damage and even lead to broken teeth in Evansville. While teeth are strong and meant to help us chew food, they do have a breaking point. Consistent crunching of ice can lead to little cracks and chips, while snacking on popcorn can lead to other problems in the mouth.

This movie theater favorite is particularly dangerous. Hard, unpopped kernels can hide easily and aren’t detected until it’s too late, which can no doubt lead to broken or chipped teeth. But the husks can also cause issues by getting stuck in the gums and causing irritation.

To help keep smiles healthy, it’s important to see your Evansville dentist regularly for routine cleanings and checkups – especially if you’re an ice cruncher or popcorn popper. If you do happen to catch that pesky hidden kernel with your molar, don’t wait. We’re not only here to help prevent problems, we’re also here to help fix any issues you may have and get you back to smiling. Contact us to schedule your appointment today!

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Sept1-Sensitive teeth

Having sensitive teeth is one of our patients’ most common complaints. In fact, at least 40 million adults in the US suffer from it. But why do your teeth become sensitive in the first place, and how can you ease the pain it causes? At the dental office of Glenn H. Norton, DMD, we’re here to help.

Teeth can become sensitive when the hard enamel of your teeth wears down or your gums recede, which causes the tiny tubes located in the dentin (the layer of tissue found beneath the hard enamel, containing the inner pulp) to be exposed. When this happens, the nerves are easily irritated and the result is sensitive tooth pain that is felt when eating or drinking hot or cold food, touching your teeth, or exposing them to cold air.

How to Avoid Sensitive Teeth in Evansville

There are some habits that make you more susceptible to having sensitive teeth. Eating or drinking foods that are highly acidic, such as citrus fruits or soda, can increase your risk of sensitivity. Avoid brushing too hard and don’t use a hard-bristled toothbrush. Also, ingredients in some whitening toothpastes may also lead to, or increase, sensitivity.

How Do You Treat Sensitive Teeth?

Easing the pain associated with sensitive teeth can be done by using a desensitizing toothpaste or by visiting our office for sealants and fluoride as both help with desensitizing. And if your teeth are really sensitive for prolonged periods and the pain becomes worse with hot and/or cold temperatures, it’s best to come see us at Glenn H. Norton, DMD as soon as possible. We will perform a full evaluation to make sure the pain isn’t associated with a cavity or abscess and we’ll help to ease your sensitive tooth pain.

If you’re experiencing sensitive teeth in Evansville, contact us today. We look forward to seeing you!

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Aug2-Gum Disease Part 3

At our dental office in Evansville, we take gum disease seriously and we want all of our patients to be aware of the signs of gum disease, how it can affect the rest of body, and how to prevent it.

What Is Periodontal Disease?

“Periodontal disease” is the technical name for gum disease, an infection of those tissues that support and surround your teeth. While there are times when gum disease doesn’t have any signs, common symptoms that could indicate a problem include:

  • Gums that bleed during and after tooth brushing

  • Red, swollen or tender gums

  • Persistent bad breath or bad taste in the mouth

  • Receding gums

  • Formation of deep pockets between teeth and gums

  • Loose or shifting teeth

Furthermore, gum disease not only causes issues in your mouth, it can also indicate other problems within your body and make you more susceptible to serious health issues and diseases.

In fact, people with gum disease are more prone to strokes, heart attacks, heart disease, certain cancers, and diabetes, among other severe health concerns.

How Can You Prevent Gum Disease?

  • Brush 2-3 times a day for 2-3 minutes with a soft toothbrush and an anti-plaque toothpaste.

  • Floss once a day, and rinse twice a day with a good mouthwash.

  • Avoid sticky sweet foods – prolonged contact can damage teeth.

  • Don’t smoke. Using tobacco multiplies your risk of gum disease by six times and makes it harder to treat.

  • Make sure to see your Evansville dentist at least twice a year.

Visiting the dental office of Glenn H. Norton, DMD regularly is a great way to keep an eye on your oral health and also to spot any trouble areas before they have a chance to become big problems. If we do happen to find active gum disease, don’t worry. Although gum disease is a scary thing, it is easily treatable with early detection.

If you’re due for a regular visit or if you have noticed any of the symptoms we’ve talked about

here, give us a call at our Evansville dental office at 855-270-0609 today.

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Wisdom Tooth

Our third molars, or wisdom teeth, start to appear in our late teens and early 20s, a time when we’re gaining wisdom as we go off to college or enter the workplace. If they come in only part way or not at all, this is called partial or fully impacted wisdom teeth. Generally, the solution is to extract them, and at the dental office of Dr. Glenn Norton in Evansville, we can determine if extraction is right for you.

But in addition to this basic knowledge about your wisdom teeth, there are other interesting facts about them as well:

  • In some populations in the world, almost no one develops wisdom teeth, while in others nearly 100 percent of the people do develop wisdom teeth! Scientists don’t know why, although several researchers are studying the phenomenon.

  • Impacted wisdom teeth are an ancient problem – The oldest known impacted wisdom tooth was discovered in a woman who lived approximately 15,000 years ago!

The most important fact about wisdom teeth is that if you experience any pain or soreness, call our dental office in Evansville as soon as possible. Additionally, keeping up with regular dental visits can help us determine if there are any potential problems with your wisdom teeth, even if they haven’t come in yet. If you’re due for a dental checkup, give us a call at our Evansville dentist today!

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…biting and chewing food, talking, and giving your face its support and structure. Tooth enamel may feel like a hard surface, but it’s not made to withstand excess pressure or habits that erode it. At the dental office of Dr. Glenn Norton in Evansville, we hear many interesting stories of how people chipped or cracked their teeth!

Do any of these actions sound familiar to you?

      Crunching and sipping

Now that may sound like what teeth are made for, but we’re talking about crunching things like ice cubes, or even popcorn kernels. Bite down on them the wrong way, and you could end up with a cracked tooth.

Sipping? Yes! Soda (even diet), tea, and other acidic beverages can eventually erode your teeth, especially if you habitually consume them.

      Using teeth as tools

Teeth aren’t nutcrackers or bottle openers! Or any other tool!

      Tooth grinding

If you grind your teeth, even in your sleep, you can wear them down without even noticing! You may need a night guard or other dental appliance to help stop grinding; and if your teeth are worn down, you may need further dental treatment to rebuild your bite.

      Hard-bristled toothbrush

A toothbrush with hard bristles might seem like a good idea, but it’s better to use a soft- or medium-bristled brush, and brush regularly and longer! Set your timer for two minutes as a reminder of how long you should brush.

      Not brushing or flossing enough

Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day, in the morning and before bedtime. If you can’t brush during the day, try to drink plain water so you can at least “rinse” out any food particles or acidic drinks.

If you have any of these habits, it’s never too late to change! If you have tooth or gum pain for any reason, please call our dental office in Evansville at 855-790-9336.

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You know if you’re close to home and a dental emergency or sudden toothache happens, you can call our Evansville dental office and we’ll do everything we can to help you. But accidents can happen anywhere – whether it’s one mile from home or 1,000.

If you have kids, it’s not a bad idea to carry a first aid kit with you everywhere! There are also small dental emergency kits available as well. They often will contain oil of cloves, an applicator, and a small container to hold lost teeth or pieces of a tooth. If you have active children, or a child losing baby teeth, a kit like this isn’t a bad idea.

Sites like WebMD offer dental first aid tips:

Knocked-out tooth: Retrieve the tooth, hold it by the crown (the part that is usually exposed in the mouth), and gently rinse off the tooth root with water if it’s dirty. If possible, try to put the tooth back in place. If it’s not possible to reinsert the tooth in the socket, put the tooth in a small container of milk (or cup of water that contains a pinch of table salt, if milk is not available) or a product containing a cell growth medium, such as Save-a-Tooth.

Abscess: See a dentist as soon as possible if you discover a pimple-like swelling on your gum, especially if it’s painful. In the meantime, to ease the pain and draw the pus toward the surface, try rinsing your mouth with a mild salt-water solution (1/2 teaspoon of table salt in 8 ounces of water) several times a day.

Lost crown. If you can’t get to a dentist right away and the tooth is causing pain, use a cotton swab to apply a little clove oil to the sensitive area (clove oil can be purchased at your local drug store or in the spice aisle of your grocery store). If possible, slip the crown back over the tooth. Before doing so, coat the inner surface with an over-the-counter dental cement, toothpaste, or denture adhesive, to help hold the crown in place. Do not use super glue!

Many of these techniques can apply to nearly any dental emergency during the first few minutes.. And get to a dentist as soon as possible, even if you’re out of town. The sooner your emergency receives appropriate care, the better your chances are of saving your tooth.

Once you return home, schedule an appointment at our dental office in Evansville at 855-270-0609 to make sure you haven’t sustained any injuries to your tooth’s root or any other part of your teeth and gums.

                                                           

 

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Have you been thinking about cosmetic dentistry to improve your smile? If you have crooked teeth, or gaps, you might think you’ll need extensive work to correct what seems like big problems.

But the reality is much different! At Dr. Glenn Norton’s dental office in Evansville, we will usually have different options at different price points to choose from, and to fit your budget. We can also spread your treatment out through several phases so you don’t have to pay it all at once.

Mike’s story is a good example of a patient who definitely needed some changes to improve his smile.

Mike came to us in January of this year to discuss fixing his teeth. You can see his teeth were pretty yellow, he had some gaps in his teeth, and some that were very crooked. They had always been that way, but it was just never the right time to get them fixed.

Mike’s a field superintendent in the construction industry. He’s married and has two children. Like any good parent, his family’s needs came first and both kids needed orthodontic work. After their work was complete, he decided it was time to take care of himself. We gave Mike different options to make over his smile, and he chose to have dental bonding.

First, we gave Mike a tooth whitening treatment, to reveal the whitest color his teeth could be. We custom-colored the dental bonding materials to match.

Dental bonding involves applying thin layers of the composite bonding material that form a chemical bond to each other. Dr. Norton carefully sculpted and shaped each layer to create the best look and function of Mike’s teeth.

The results? Well, you can see for yourself. Mike’s like a new person! And what’s also amazing is the procedure was completed in just one appointment, with one follow-up to fine-tune the work.

Dental bonding is just one of many cosmetic dentistry options you have at Dr. Norton’s dental office in Evansville. And cosmetic dentistry is part of our comprehensive dental care, which includes general and restorative dentistry, and placement of dental implants.

Contact us at to find out what your options are to transform your own smile, just like Mike did!

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Additions and Upgrades in our Evansville Dental Office

We’re always looking for ways to improve our skills, upgrade our technology, and make our office efficient and as patient-friendly as possible.

Our goal right now is to become as paperless an office as we can. We’ve implemented the Dentrix system, which helps us manage the office electronically, including appointment scheduling, patient records management, and on-demand patient education resources.

Waiting Room

We’ve been a metal-free office since 1995. There are concerns about the mercury contained in some of the old metal filings. But the simple truth is that the tooth-colored resin fillings provide a tighter seal so bacteria can’t sneak into your tooth, and they’re certainly more attractive than metal fillings. No one will know how many of your teeth have fillings, because they’ll look just the same as every other tooth!

We have also converted all our imaging from X-rays to digital x-rays. X-rays require much less radiation, the results are much more detailed, and they’re much better for the environment.

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My wife and I will be taking some time this summer to catch up with our children and grandchildren. We’re proud of all them and love watching our grandkids grow up. They change so much! We wish they lived closer to our home and dental practice in Evansville, but we see them as much as we can.

My son, Scott, is an Endodontist, living in Louisville, KY. He’s married with two boys, Alex, 10, and Ben, 7, who both play lacrosse for their school. Scott and his wife, Kim, are very involved with their activities, and Scott likes to play tennis in his spare time. We get to see them about once a month. Whew! They wear us out with all their energy!

Son, Brett, and his wife, Michele, also have two children, Hannah and Lev. Brett’s a computer whiz and works as a software developer for pharmaceutical companies in New Jersey. Michele helps run a day care center for child development. We’ll be seeing them in Florida in June for a beach vacation and can’t wait to hug and kiss them, and spend time with them.

Alex and Ben are going to camp this summer, and all the grandkids are getting to be good swimmers.

Taking Time for Family — My 3 Sons!

Our son, Craig, has a chemical engineering degree and a Ph.D. in polymer science. He’s currently working for Bridgestone Tire in Iowa. He’s an American history buff, and likes to read and cook. He plays tennis on a USTA traveling team. Last year, he bought a snowmobile and enjoys riding in Utah on the weekends.

If you’re visiting family this summer, tell us about it next time you visit our dental office in Evansville. We love to hear about our patients’ families!