Archive for October, 2015

Why Your Family Dentist Would Advise You to Maintain Good Oral Health

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Your family dentist has all the right advice regarding good oral health. Maintaining or developing good oral hygiene habits is essential to lifelong dental and overall health. Your family dentist will tell you to brush twice a day (or following meals) and to floss at night, before bedtime. He or she will recommend that you come in twice a year for checkups and professional cleanings to detect problems early.

Serious overall health issues can stem from poor oral hygiene. Your family dentist knows that the mouth is a gateway to the body for large numbers of micro-organisms. These can lead to infections that affect your internal organs and can be present in the digestive tract and in the bloodstream.

Your family dentist can tell you about studies linking several systemic diseases to being caused by or exacerbated by oral infections. Diabetes can cause trouble healing, and diabetics who also have periodontitis may have problems with infection increasing on a daily basis. Infections of the inner layer of the heart, known as infective endocarditis, can affect heart valves and is caused by pathogenic bacteria and fungi reaching the heart through the bloodstream from oral infections. Another type of heart disease, subacute bacterial endocarditis, is also caused by bacteria that damage the heart.

Untreated infections in a tooth can lead to sepsis, or infection in the blood. In 2007 and 2012, patients died when untreated tooth infections led to infection spreading to the brain, causing swelling and death. Once infection reaches the bloodstream, it can go anywhere in the body, into organs, glands and tissues, leading to serious health issues.

Periodontal disease may lead to stroke or heart attack. In pregnant women, it can lead to low birth weight in babies. Impacted wisdom teeth (wisdom teeth that push against other teeth) that are left in place can create underactive thyroid. It can also weaken the bones in the jaw and face.

Health problems aren’t the only problems that stem from bad teeth. Problems with self-esteem and other psychological effects can be present. Do your mind and your body a favor and seek help from your Richmond family dentist today.

Reasons You Might Need Root Canal Treatment

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

Good oral hygiene and routine dental checkups are the steps to avoiding problems like severe tooth decay or infected tooth pulp. These conditions can lead to needing a treatment called root canal therapy to clean out the interior of the tooth and save it from loss or future complications. However, even patients who diligently perform dental care can end up with root canal treatment. Here are some of the most common reasons behind this kind of procedure.

The main cause for root canal treatment is severe tooth decay. If decay worsens to the point that it accesses the pulp chamber of the tooth, tooth sensitivity will often make the patient aware of a problem. If the decay progresses further, an infection or abscess can develop. To avoid tooth extraction, root canal treatment is the best solution.

Tooth fracture
It is possible to break a tooth by chewing ice or other hard foods, or grinding or clenching the teeth. Even hairline fractures may allow bacteria to enter the tooth’s pulp and cause infections. Root canal therapy is needed to clean out the infection and save the tooth.

Deep cavity
Cavities that go deep into the tooth let bacteria creep in and multiply. Sometimes patients do not even feel pain, but a harmful problem exists. Small cavities that go undetected can develop into deep cavities that require extensive treatment.

Significant damage can result if a tooth sustains a forceful blow such as in a car accident, sports injury, or a fall. The nerve can sever and die, and root canal treatment is needed to save the tooth.

Dental work
Extensive or repetitive dental work on a tooth may cause the need for root canal therapy. A tooth can experience trauma from procedures like deep fillings or multiple treatments.

Some people inherit negative oral traits from parents like soft teeth that easily decay. If patients prone to tooth problems don’t carefully maintain them, decay can occur quickly and lead to root canal treatment.

If you need a root canal dentist in the Richmond VA area, schedule your consultation today.

Don’t Rely on Photo Retouching for That Perfect Smile, Get a Smile Makeover!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Do you have a special occasion coming up? Will you have photos taken of you that you’ll want to enjoy for years to come? Occasions like weddings, anniversaries, graduations or milestone birthdays can all be remembered with photographs. In the past, photo retouching could ensure that you look your best. Less than perfect smiles are whitened, straightened and otherwise corrected photo by photo, a costly and time-consuming process. What if you could have the perfect smile in each photo? What if you could look your best each time, before any retouching? A smile makeover could be the perfect choice for you!

Photo retouching can correct the brightness of your teeth for a photograph, but with just a single visit to your cosmetic dentist, you can brighten your teeth and whiten your smile by levels that will be noticeable in your everyday life, everywhere you go. Teeth whitening is one of the most popular, risk-free and fast-acting therapies chosen by patients visiting cosmetic dentist today. Your cosmetic dentist can advise you as to the best method of whitening for you and your smile makeover needs.

Is your smile a little crooked? Don’t turn to retouching to correct the problem, have your teeth reshaped by a cosmetic dentist. Your smile can be made over with bonding, when a resin composite dental material is applied to the tooth’s surface and then sculpted into an attractive shape by your cosmetic dentist. If you are looking to correct several teeth, dental veneers may be the best choice for you. Veneers made of porcelain or resin composite can be made to look like natural teeth, giving you a “Hollywood smile” and a huge boost of self-confidence.

If you are looking ahead to a special occasion, talk to the Richmond Virginia cosmetic dentists at BRS Dentistry now about a smile makeover. With only one or two visits to the dentist’s office, you could have a smile that is camera-ready all the time!

Should You Choose Braces or Veneers?

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

A large majority of adults suffer from crooked or misaligned teeth. Also known as malocclusion, this problem can create stress on the teeth which can result in early wear, chips, cracks and periodontal disease. Left untreated, this pressure can also lead to jaw pain, receding gums, loose teeth and tooth loss. Because crooked teeth are difficult to clean properly, the result is often gum disease which eventually can travel to your bloodstream, affecting your general health. Crooked teeth also affect the aesthetics of your smile, and ultimately your self-confidence.

There are several options to correct or mask misaligned teeth, including braces and veneers. While both achieve similar results to your appearance, there are several differences that are important to consider when evaluating your treatment options:

  • Veneers can change the tooth’s shape, size, or color. Braces can correct your bite, the spacing of your teeth, or the tooth’s position.
  • A veneer is a thin layer of porcelain or composite material that covers the surface of the tooth, masking chips, stains, or gaps. Braces are an appliance that exerts pressure on the teeth to correct alignment and bite problems.
  • Veneers take ten days to create and require the removal of a small part of the tooth’s enamel. Braces can take anywhere from one to three years to complete treatment, and then require the regular use of a retainer to ensure the teeth stay in place.
  • Veneers will last ten to fifteen years before needing replacement. With the consistent use of a retainer, the results of orthodontia can last a lifetime.

In some cases, it may be appropriate to combine braces with veneers to achieve the look and function you desire. Orthodontia can correct the malocclusion, followed by veneers to cover chips, cracks or stains. Consult with Richmond cosmetic dentists at BRS Dentistry to determine if veneers, braces, or a combination of both, would be the best option to achieve your healthiest smile.

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