Archive for August, 2015

Preventative Therapies Provided by Your Family Dentist

Friday, 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

Friday, 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?

Friday, 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

Friday, 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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