How to Select a Cosmetic Dentist

September 28th, 2015

Thanks to the current popularity of cosmetic dental procedures and treatments, many dentists are offering cosmetic dentistry options within their practices. However, just because a dental professional has undergone training in the procedures you are seeking, that does not mean they are the most skilled or qualified person for the job. When considering undergoing cosmetic dentistry treatments, it is vital to do your homework and identify a dentist with the best training and most extensive experience in the procedures you are seeking.

First and foremost, when researching a potential cosmetic dentist, you should find out if they hold an accreditation with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentists. This designation means they have undergone extensive training and examination in cosmetic dentistry procedures. Several other guidelines to follow when choosing a cosmetic dentist include:

  • Ask to review before and after pictures of previous procedures they have performed on actual patients.
  • Find out how long they have been practicing cosmetic dentistry and how often they perform the actual procedures you are seeking.
  • Inquire about the equipment used in their practice. Are they utilizing the most modern and up-to-date technology available?
  • Find out what type of technology they provide to preview your potential treatment options.
  • Ask about the type of continuing education the dentist pursues in order to stay current on advancements in cosmetic dentistry.
  • Assess the comfort of the office, their options for sedation dentistry, the emergency procedures they have in place, and the professionalism and helpfulness of their staff.

With careful research and consideration of these guidelines, you should be able to successfully locate an experienced and qualified cosmetic dentist in Richmond VA to help achieve the improved smile you desire.

Who is Not a Good Teeth Whitening Candidate?

September 21st, 2015

Professional teeth whitening is an excellent option for improving your smile. However, there are some conditions and circumstances that may preclude you from being a good candidate for successful teeth whitening treatment. The following are some reasons your dental professional may recommend you forgo teeth whitening for another time or treatment option:

  • Because the nerve of the tooth is still enlarged and highly sensitive, teeth whitening is not recommended for patients under the age of 16.
  • Teeth bleaching is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing.
  • Patients who have sensitive teeth or gums, or are allergic to peroxide, should consult with their dentist before using any at-home bleaching products.
  • If you have gum disease, tooth decay, exposed roots, or worn enamel your dental professional may discourage you from undergoing any whitening treatments until those issues are addressed and corrected.
  • Patients with tooth-colored dental restorations such as crowns, fillings, or bridges should be aware that these will not whiten and could result in uneven whitening when compared to your natural teeth after whitening treatment.
  • Individuals with unrealistic expectations such as wanting neon-white teeth may be discouraged from pursuing whitening treatments. Teeth can potentially be whitened up to ten shades, but should only be slightly brighter than the whites of your eyes.
  • Smokers who do not intend to discontinue their habit will deter any long-term whitening results.

To find out if you are a good candidate for teeth whitening, either professional or at-home, it is best to schedule a consultation with your dentist. At this time your oral and general health, lifestyle, and expectations can be evaluated to determine it teeth whitening treatments would be a viable and potentially successful option for you to achieve a more perfect smile.

When Your Root Canal Treatment Fails

September 14th, 2015

Root canal treatments are extremely common and have a very high success rate; however, between five to fifteen percent of root canal therapies fail. Any successful root canal treatment is permanent; however, some complications aren’t immediately apparent after the procedure itself is completed. Any problem with the root canal that does not prevent bacteria from entering the tooth again is highly likely to result in a failed procedure.

Extra or hidden canal branches within the tooth can lead to root canal therapy failure. Because these canals can be very difficult to locate and reach with dental instruments alone, a dentist can treat one branch without finding or treating the other. This leads to the reoccurrence of bacteria and infection at the site.

Root fractures, tooth perforations or cracks, seals that aren’t tight, or tooth restorations that are incomplete or faulty can lead to failed root canal treatments. The area beneath the tooth must be sealed while it is bacteria-free, after a thorough cleaning, or the bacteria that are left (or that travel to the site from the outside) can reinfect the tooth and lead to treatment failure.

If you are wondering if your root canal treatment is successful, look for signs similar to those you observed when you were diagnosed and recommended for a root canal procedure. Pain, swelling or a pimple-like bulge on your gums that lasts beyond the normal period of healing can signal a hidden problem. Some signs of a problem take months to appear. If you think you are experiencing any symptoms of a failed root canal, contact your dentist immediately to have the tooth examined.

Some failed root canal procedures necessitate a second root canal, while some can lead to oral surgery or tooth extraction. Talk to your endodontist today to see what procedures might be necessary for your tooth needs.

Myths About Dental Bridges

September 8th, 2015

You might have heard several things about dental bridge therapy, but it might not all be true. Read on to see if what you think you know is a fact or a myth!

Myth: Dental bridges are the same thing as a dental crown. This isn’t true! A dental crown is placed on top of a tooth that has received a root canal treatment. A bridge is a completely false tooth that fills in the spaces in a patient’s mouth. Often a crown is used to help anchor the bridge to the adjoining teeth, but the bridge itself isn’t a crown, it’s a false tooth.

Myth: A dental bridge is just another word for dentures. Dental bridges are not dentures. Both utilize artificial teeth, but dentures are made to be removed daily, and must be cleaned and brushed outside of the mouth. Dental bridges remain fixed in the mouth and are cleaned just as you would your natural teeth.

Myth: Dental bridges are obvious and everyone will know I have one. This is completely untrue. The only people who will know you have a dental bridge are those you personally tell and those who worked on you in the dentist’s office. Bridges are extremely natural and will not affect your speech patterns.

Myth: Dental bridges break or fall out all the time. A quality bridge applied by a trained dental professional is made to last a lifetime. Patients who eat foods that aren’t recommended (very hard or chewy foods, for example) might discover that the bridge has become loose and is in need of tightening. Dental bridges rarely break.

Myth: Dental bridges are the same thing as dental implants. Implants and bridges are very different. They are only similar in that they are both treatments for missing or gapped teeth. Dental implants are screwed directly into the jawbone, while dental bridges sit on top of the gum tissue.

Talk to the Richmond VA dentists at BRS Dentistry today if you have any lingering questions about dental bridges. Don’t let misconceptions prevent you from moving forward with your dental care!

Preventative Therapies Provided by Your Family Dentist

August 28th, 2015

Preventative dental care is the best dental care, stopping small problems before they become larger ones. Your family dentist has all of the training and knowledge required to provide you the best preventative dentistry care available.

Preventative dentistry helps you keep your mouth healthy and your natural teeth in place, thereby allowing you to need fewer dental therapies. Tooth decay and gum disease are the two leading causes of tooth loss. Addressing these two issues with your family dentist before they become larger problems gives you a greater chance of keeping your natural teeth for life.

Your family dentist’s team will examine your teeth and gums and recommend any necessary treatment. The team will remove all tartar, plaque and debris from your teeth in a process sometimes called “scale and polish.” Any existing fillings will be checked for problems. Fluoride treatments can be used to help teeth resist decay. Biting surfaces of the teeth can be strengthened by the application of sealants, helping to prevent decay in hard-to-reach areas like natural pits and fissures.

Your family dentist will educate you about developing good dental hygiene habits. If you don’t already know how to brush and floss properly, now is the time to learn! Your dietary habits will be examined. Are you eating foods that are staining your teeth, or do you have habits such as chewing ice that can lead to small breaks and a weakening of the teeth? Are you getting the right nutrients your body needs to maintain good bone and mouth health?

When you see your family dentist for regular checkups and cleanings, you are taking important steps toward keeping a healthy mouth and avoiding future complications. If you’ve missed an appointment or two, now is the time to contact your family dentist to have the protection good preventative dentistry care can offer.

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Enjoy the Advantages of a Smile Makeover

August 21st, 2015

Do you find yourself fading into the background at social events? Are you overlooked at meetings or in groups of people? Have you noticed that you don’t smile in photos? Are you uncomfortable eating, drinking or speaking because your teeth aren’t their best? Do you look at the beautiful smiles of those around you and wish you could have a similar smile?

When we meet someone for the first time, our smiles are often the first thing anyone notices. If your smile is less than its best, if it’s stained or unsightly, you could be making a bad first impression. These first impressions, whether valid or not, stick with people. A hesitant smile can signal low self-confidence or unhappiness. You could be projecting ill health or a lack of prosperity. Do you look friendly to others, or off-putting?

When you are confident about your smile, you can feel free to smile openly at others or for the camera. You can be more at ease about speaking up in public or at meetings at work. Don’t be stressed about that upcoming presentation or oral report. If you talk to your dentist today, you can begin enjoying the advantages a beautiful and bright smile can bring, beginning with your own self-confidence.

Talking to a cosmetic dentist can begin a path toward a short goal such as teeth whitening, or it can lead you to an orthodontist for alignment issues and orthodontia. Flaws such as cracks, chips or malformation can be easily corrected using resin composite materials. Larger problems such as tooth gaps or missing teeth can be corrected using dental implants or dental bridges. You might be suited for porcelain dental veneers for your therapy, or you may need a crown or two.

Your cosmetic dentist can help you plan for your dream smile. Your treatment might take one or two visits, or it might be ongoing, but beginning this smile makeover journey will never be something you regret. Begin enjoying the advantages a bright smile can bring you, both socially and professionally.

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Why Does My Child Need A Root Canal Treatment?

August 14th, 2015

If your child has been complaining of pain in a tooth that has no visible cause, or if he or she has a tooth that is very sensitive to extreme temperatures, that tooth may have a deep infection in the pulp that must be resolved with root canal treatment. Broken teeth can also lead to this necessary result.

If your child needs root canal therapy, you have probably been to an endodontist. Endodontic treatment addresses the pulp of a tooth. The pulp is full of the blood vessels that bring oxygen and nutrients to the tooth, as well as the nerve of the tooth. If the pulp is injured through some trauma or becomes infected, a root canal therapy can be performed in an attempt to save the tooth.

Adult (permanent) or baby (primary) teeth can undergo root canal treatment. Even though baby teeth fall out eventually, it is important to attempt to save the natural baby tooth unless the tooth is going to fall out soon. Baby teeth hold the space for any erupting adult teeth, forming a path for the adult tooth. If a baby tooth is removed too soon, the surrounding natural teeth can begin to move into the empty space and potentially block the adult tooth from erupting or causing it to erupt crookedly.

If the pulp of a baby tooth is too decayed and damaged to preserve, root canal therapy is necessary. The infected pulp is removed, the tooth is cleaned completely out, and then the tooth is filled and sealed with a special material that prevents future infections and saves the structure of the tooth. A crown is placed on the top of the tooth that protects and preserves it. These crowns can be made of stainless steel or a more natural colored material.

If your child has tooth pain and you’ve been advised that he or she needs root canal treatment, don’t wait. Your child is likely in pain and the cause needs to be addressed immediately.

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Risks Associated with Dental Implants

August 7th, 2015

Dental implants provide an innovative solution for replacing missing teeth. A titanium rod is surgically placed in the jaw so that it can fuse with the bone, and ultimately an artificial tooth is placed on top to complete the process. This type of surgery is an intricate process that should be performed by a qualified and experienced dentist or oral surgeon. Even patients under the care of the most skilled professionals sometimes encounter problems with dental implants. Here are some risks to watch out for with this procedure.

The most common concern with nearly any type of surgery is the possibility of infection. Oral surgery is no different, with the risk of infection related to tissue and gums. Carefully following the dentist’s instructions for aftercare and any restrictions is vital in avoiding infection.

Nerve and tissue damage
During dental implant surgery, various nerves and tissue are involved. A qualified healthcare professional should have years of experience in carefully performing the surgery so that tissue and nerves are not damaged in the process.

Improper fusing
One key element of a successful dental implant is for it to fuse properly with the jaw bone. If that does not occur, pain or other issues may result. The dental implant must be attached carefully and the patient must follow the recovery guidelines in order to help guarantee a successful outcome.

Dental implants are becoming more and more common to restore the function and appearance of a healthy mouth. The best way to steer clear of the risks associated with this procedure is to seek treatment from a reputable and well-established professional. Between having a high-quality procedure and making smart choices throughout recovery, the likelihood of a successful dental implant increases.

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Is Your Smile Aging You?

July 28th, 2015

The first impression you make on the world often starts with your smile. Dingy, dull, crooked or chipped teeth create the appearance of an “old” smile, making you look older than your actual years. Restoring your smile’s youthful look is an easy way to subtract years from the image you portray to the world. Thanks to advances in modern cosmetic dentistry, your smile can appear as young as you feel.

As tooth enamel thins with age, teeth lose their shine and appear darker. Thin enamel also causes teeth to weaken, making them easier to chip and causing wear and shifting. Cosmetic dentistry offers many procedures and treatments to address these problems and help return your smile to a younger, more vibrant state. Just a few options you may want to consider include:

  • Professional teeth whitening to improve the color of teeth that have been darkened by stains or discolored from age.
  • Porcelain veneers and bonding to correct gaps, chips, and teeth with uneven lengths. Veneers can also reshape teeth, restoring the youthful appearance created by longer teeth. Veneers can also be used to build up your back teeth to support the cheekbones, replacing the fullness lost with aging and giving your face the appearance of a “lift”.
  • Orthodontia with either clear or traditional braces corrects the misalignment caused by teeth that shift as you age.

If your desire is to look as youthful as you feel, cosmetic dentistry in Richmond may be a perfect solution to address the problems of an aging smile. Many procedures can be completed in as little as one office visit, with little to no recovery time. Consult with a qualified cosmetic dentist to find out how you can achieve a younger, more perfect smile.

Fun at Your Family Dentist

July 21st, 2015

Does your family dread visits to the dentist? Pardon the pun, but getting your family to the dentist should not have to be like pulling teeth. You may be pleasantly surprised to find many family dental practices are now offering amenities and amusements to appeal to every member of your family. These extras are designed to help them feel relaxed and comfortable when they get in the dental chair.

In the waiting room, the adults in your family may be treated with gourmet coffee, tea, and juices, as well as complimentary wi-fi and high-speed internet. For the younger members of your family, many offices provide after-school snacks, along with video gaming equipment, kid-friendly movies, and toys for kids of all ages.

Once in in the exam room, your entire family may be able to relax in Tempurpedic, massage, or child-size dental chairs while watching your selection of movies on high-definition flat screen TV’s. You may also be offered headrest pillows, warm blankets, and iPods with headphones to listen to while undergoing treatment. If anyone in your family suffers from dental anxiety, many family dentists now offer a variety of sedation dentistry options to make their experience more relaxing. After treatment, you can enjoy warm towels to help you freshen up.

To make your visits more convenient, your family dentist may also offer early or late appointments to help you avoid missing school or work. Another option for your convenience is block appointment scheduling so your family can get their visits completed all at once. When searching for a family dental practice to meet your needs, be sure to ask about what types of amenities they offer to make every member of your family more comfortable and less anxious about their dental visits. Regular dental care is an important aspect of your family’s overall health, so a family dental practice that is welcome and inviting will help get your family to the dentist without reservations.

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