Archive for January, 2014

Finding the Right Endodontist

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

Hearing the news that you need a root canal procedure may not be the most welcome turn of events. Your dentist will examine your tooth and let you know if this treatment is the best way to correct the problem and save your tooth. With a procedure like this, you need to seek the help of an endodontist. This type of dentist specializes in the pulp and tissue that surrounds the roots of your teeth. An endodontist is the most qualified and experienced professional to perform root canal treatment.

Finding the right endodontist may seem overwhelming, especially when you might be experiencing pain and discomfort associated with a damaged or infected tooth. Here are some tips to help you in your search:

  • Ask your general dentist for recommendations of a reputable endodontist. This should not be an unusual request, so it is likely that your dentist’s office has that type of information readily available.
  • Don’t feel like you are locked into using your dentist’s recommendation, however. Find the right endodontist for you.
  • Ask family, friends, and coworkers for recommendations. You might be surprised about how many people you know have gone through root canal treatment. Their first-hand experience with the endodontist will provide you with helpful details.
  • Research on the internet to locate endodontists near you. Read the reviews and look for medical credentials.
  • Select an endodontist with experience so that you don’t feel like you are providing practice for a new doctor, but another case for someone who has performed many procedures like yours.
  • Schedule a consultation to make sure you feel comfortable and confident with the endodontist and staff. If you aren’t, you can always visit another endodontist until you find the one you like best.

Schedule your appointment today to learn more about root canal options at BRS Dentistry in Richmond Virginia

Understanding the Limitations of Teeth Whitening

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

Whitening your teeth to improve your smile is a popular cosmetic treatment, but you should understand that it does have some limitations to consider. If products are used correctly or if you seek the professional help from a qualified dentist, you can usually achieve a bright and appealing smile. Here are some things to think about when it comes to teeth whitening.

Methods
You should not expect over-the-counter methods to whiten your teeth more than a couple of shades. The whitening ingredients available in products at your drugstore are not as strong as those used at your dentist’s office. Consistent and correct use of over-the-counter options can help whiten your teeth, but it may not be as much as some patients hope will occur. On the other hand, professional methods can produce dramatic and quick improvements to the color of your teeth.

Habits
Certain habits contribute to stains on your teeth and if you don’t limit or stop activities prone to discoloring teeth, your newly whitened teeth may become discolored again. Foods like berries and curry, drinks such as coffee and red wine, and habits like smoking will all likely negatively affect your tooth color.

Restorations
Bridges, crowns, and laminates might not respond in the same way to whitening agents as your natural teeth do. Ask your dentist about how your restorations might react to teeth whitening.

Side effects
Tooth sensitivity is the most common side effect of whitening procedures, causing some patients to be unable to handle some methods of treatment. Gum sensitivity is another potential problem, but usually dissipates soon after the whitening procedure. Weakening of a restoration may also occur during whitening treatment, sometimes making it necessary to replace them.

Expectations
Teeth whitening must be occasionally repeated if you want your bright smile to remain for a lifetime. The effects do not last indefinitely, because aging and activities can stain your teeth. Excessive bleaching may damage your teeth though, so be sure to discuss your whitening treatment with your dentist.

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The Types of Dental Fillings

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Maintaining good oral health is possible when you brush and floss properly, eat right, and visit your dentist regularly. However, even the most dedicated dental hygiene sometimes isn’t enough to completely avoid tooth decay and cavities. If you see your dentist every six months, problems can be caught and treated early. This may include dental fillings. Your dentist will help you decide which kind of filling material is right for you, most likely among the following options.

Amalgam
Traditional silver-colored fillings made up of a combination of metals like silver, copper, mercury, and tin have been around for many years. They are strong, durable, and can withstand intense chewing demands in your back teeth. They are usually the least expensive option, but can corrode and discolor as they age.

Composite resin
A mixture of plastic and glass particles, composite resin is a white material that has become a very popular choice for fillings. Also called white fillings, composite is nearly invisible in your tooth.

Gold
A more expensive option for fillings is gold, even though they are not made of pure gold. These fillings usually cannot be placed in a single dental visit, but they are very durable and will not corrode with time.

Ceramic
Ceramic fillings are made of porcelain and can be created to closely match your tooth color. One benefit of ceramic fillings is that the material is stain resistant.

Glass ionomers
Consisting of acrylic and glass components, glass ionomer fillings are not as durable as some of the other materials. One benefit is that fluoride is released from the material, which can help prevent further tooth decay.

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What you Need to Know about Permanent Dentures

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

Dentures have been around a long time as a way to restore smiles plagued by missing teeth. They provide a solution for people who want to smile, talk, and eat as normally as possible. Unfortunately, removable dentures aren’t without issues. They can become loose or shift, making it uncomfortable to eat and talk. Messy denture adhesives are bothersome and ineffective for some patients. Therefore, advancements in dental technology have developed the option of permanent dentures.

What are permanent dentures?
Permanent, or fixed, dentures are suitable for patients missing one, two, or more teeth. The appliance is made up of a row of crowns or artificial teeth, which are connected together and the framework is supported by dental implants. The implants act like natural tooth roots, and the permanent dentures create a bite similar to natural teeth.

What are the benefits?
Fixed dentures definitely offers some advantages to removable ones. The need for messy adhesives is eliminated, and you don’t have to worry about loose or ill-fitting dentures affecting you. The force of your bite is also improved, so you can eat all kinds of foods without concern. Because a permanent upper denture doesn’t cover the roof of your mouth, your ability to taste and enjoy food is not sacrificed. This kind of denture stays in place for normal oral hygiene, so there are no special cleaning or soaking requirements. If properly maintained, permanent dentures can last for many years or even a lifetime.

Are there any disadvantages?
Permanent dentures are susceptible to oral problems like infection or inflammation because they are not removable. Also, it is possible that the crowns may require replacement in 10 to 15 years.

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