Archive for January, 2015

Cosmetic Dentistry Surgery Aftercare

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

If you are undergoing a cosmetic dental surgical procedure such as the placement of mini or traditional implants, following some basic aftercare instructions will get you on your way to a successful recovery. Here are some helpful tips:

· Keep the teeth and treated areas as clean as possible. Your cosmetic dentist may provide you with a special mouthwash to aid this process, or you can use a warm salt-water rinse. Use a soft toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste to brush normally, taking care not to disturb the surgical areas.

· While most cosmetic dentistry procedures are relatively painless, some discomfort can be expected in the teeth and adjacent tissues for 24 to 48 hours after treatment. Your cosmetic dentist might prescribe pain medication, or you may take an over-the-counter pain reliever such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. You will experience the most successful pain relief by taking medication on a regular basis and before significant discomfort occurs.

· It is advised that you stick to a soft diet of foods such as eggs, pasta, and oatmeal while your mouth is healing. It is important to stay hydrated, but try to drink liquids at room temperature as you may experience some sensitivity to hot and cold. Avoid using straws because they can cause blood clots to dislodge.

· Swelling may occur depending on the type of procedure. If swelling occurs, place an ice pack on your face adjacent to the area treated in 10-minute intervals until the swelling has subsided.

Be sure to consult your cosmetic dentist in Richmond VA with any specific questions or concerns you might have regarding aftercare from your cosmetic dental surgical procedure.

Maintaining Dental Veneers

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

Porcelain veneers have a lifespan of 7 to 20 years. However, in order to extend their life to the fullest, proper care is important.

Maintaining your veneers is relatively simple, and you should treat them as you would your natural teeth. Brush with a non-abrasive fluoride toothpaste and floss regularly. There is no need to be afraid of damaging your laminates with routine oral hygiene.

Generally your dentist will have you return for an evaluation shortly after your veneers are placed to determine how your mouth is accepting the veneers. This visit is an important step towards successful oral health. This visit would also be an opportunity for you to ask your dentist any questions or voice any concerns you might have about your new veneers.

If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you should notify your dentist so they may fit you with a protective night bite guard. Regular use of this type of guard will ensure your veneers do not suffer involuntary damage while you are sleeping.

Porcelain veneers are very durable and should not stain. However, if you have concerns about staining, you may want to consider avoiding or minimizing food and drinks which are known to cause staining issues. Porcelain is strong but also brittle. Chewing on bones or hard candies or opening nuts with your teeth is not advisable. As with natural teeth, it is advised that you keep your sugar intake low and confined to meal times.

When properly cared for, there is no higher occurrence of tooth decay with dental veneers. Proper oral hygiene, routine checkups, and professional cleanings by your dentist will allow you to keep your bright new smile for years to come.

If you are looking for a cosmetic dentist in Richmond VA for dental veneers, contact our office today to schedule your appointment today.

How to Choose a Family Dentist

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Choosing a family dentist is about trust. A good family dentist will care deeply about his or her work, and is deeply passionate about providing the best dental care for you and your family. A family dentist wants to create a life-long relationship with your family and wants to see you for years to come.

If you are looking for a new family dentistry practice, be sure to visit the office of anyone you are considering before making an appointment. Talk to the staff and see the facilities. Is it a good fit for each member of your family? Talk to your friends, family, or colleagues for recommendations, and look online for further options and reviews.

A family dentist’s office should be warm and comfortable for patients of all ages, from pediatric to geriatric. Often, a family dentist’s office contains games, children’s books, or toys to help younger patients pass the time. Video screens are common and are to be enjoyed by everyone. Seating will be comfortable, allowing for some space between older patients and younger.

A family dentist’s team will be friendly and kind, and will greet you with a warm smile. Children will often be addressed by name upon entering, to put them at ease. A family dentist wants each child with whom he or she interacts to leave with a positive impression of a dental visit. Children who have a positive foundation for good dental hygiene and dental visits inevitably grow up to be adults who continue to place oral health at the forefront of their priorities.

If at all possible, choose a family dentistry office in your area. It will help you save time and prevent you from sitting in traffic while trying to visit a dental office across town. Choosing a neighborhood family dentist can also ensure close proximity in case of a dental emergency.

With the right family dentistry choice, your entire family will look forward to dental visits. Check-ups will be completed in comfort and with ease. You, too, can enjoy the benefits of a family dentist today.

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Is it Possible to Whiten One Tooth?

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Do you have a single tooth that has darkened due to trauma? The first step in determining if a damaged tooth can be lightened is to visit your dentist for a thorough examination.

Your dentist will need to identify what is causing the dark staining. To do this, your dentist may perform x-rays or other tests to learn if the pulp of the tooth is “vital” or alive. If the tooth is deemed to be alive, external bleaching may yield the whitening results you are seeking. Your dentist can create a single-tooth bleaching tray to whiten the traumatized tooth effectively. This type of tray keeps the bleach away from other teeth, producing the best color match for your overall smile.

However, if it is determined that the nerves have died and it is no longer a living tooth, your dentist may need to perform a root canal. Darkening of a dead tooth can happen immediately or may develop over time after a root canal procedure has been performed. For this type of tooth trauma, your dentist or endodontist may recommend bleaching the tooth from the inside.

Stains from a non-vital tooth come from the inside, rather than outside, of the tooth. Therefore, your dentist needs to put the bleach inside the tooth. This type of teeth whitening is a routine procedure that involves making a small opening in the tooth through which to bleach the tooth. Once this procedure is complete, you can assess with your dentist whether the desired results have been achieved. If the whitening is not enough, the tooth can then be bleached externally as well. If the results are still not acceptable, you may want to consider a tooth-colored veneer or crown.

If you have a darkened tooth marring your smile, consult your dentist to determine the best teeth whitening treatment to return your smile to its bright, white best.

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