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Preparing for Root Canal Therapy

Tuesday, April 28th, 2015

Are you dreading an upcoming root canal treatment? With so many myths prevalent about the horrors of root canal therapy, it would be no surprise if you are not looking forward to the procedure. First of all, you should know that the goal of root canal therapy is to relieve you of pain, not to cause it. There are also several tips you can follow to make the experience easier and more successful:

  • Find out from your dentist if an antibiotic prescription will be necessary. Treating the infection around the tooth with an antibiotic can help rid the tissue of infection, which will also reduce potential swelling and improve healing after the procedure. Make sure you notify your dentist if you are allergic to any medications.
  • With your dentist’s consent, start taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen or naproxen several days prior to your root canal therapy. Continue the medication in the days following the procedure to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • If you are experiencing mild to severe anxiety, consult with your dentist about options for sedation during your root canal therapy. While mild anxiety is easily addressed with nitrous oxide, more severe cases may be helped by conscious or IV sedation.
  • Eat a healthy meal at least one hour prior to your root canal procedure. Treatment can take as long as three hours, followed by numbness that makes eating difficult, so eating a good meal prior to the procedure will make you feel more comfortable both during and after your root canal.
  • Follow-up with your dentist to schedule necessary restorative dental work in a timely manner. Your root canal treated tooth will require a crown or filling to ensure the treated tooth does not fracture.

Fortunately, with today’s dental technology, diseased and damaged teeth can be saved with root canal therapy. Following these simple tips will help you get through your root canal successfully and with minimal discomfort.

Interesting Dental Tidbits

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

While most people know the basics about dental health, like brush twice daily and schedule routine checkups, those facts may be all they know. You can expand your dental knowledge to learn more information about dentistry. Modern dental care has helped protect our oral health and smiles, but these little factoids will impress your friends and family!

  • Before anyone invented toothpaste, people used mixtures of lemon juice, charcoal, ashes or even a mixture of tobacco and honey to clean their teeth.
  • In China, September 20th is Love Your Teeth day.
  • At one time, people used twigs or their fingers to brush their teeth.
  • Years ago, bad teeth were considered an issue for rich people because only individuals with money could afford sweets, which created cavities and rotted teeth.
  • One poll found that 73 percent of people would rather grocery shop than floss their teeth.
  • The Ancient Greeks were the first to use pliers to extract teeth.
  • During the 1600s, Japanese women made their teeth black as a sign of loyalty to their husbands.
  • Blue toothbrushes are more popular than red ones.
  • A beautiful smile can make you seem more attractive, intelligent, and successful to people you meet.
  • On average, women smile 62 times a day, and men smile just 15.
  • George Washington’s famous dentures were constructed from ivory, gold, lead and a mixture of human, donkey and hippopotamus teeth.
  • Your tooth prints are just as unique as your fingerprints, even for identical twins.
  • In 1866, Lucy Hobbs became the first woman to earn a D.D.S. degree, graduating from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati, OH.

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Examining Dental Veneers

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Smiles that are unattractive or embarrassing can impact your whole personality and the way you present yourself to others. There’s no reason to go through life hiding your smile when it can easily be transformed with dental veneers.

What are veneers?
Dental veneers are thin shells that are bonded to the fronts of your teeth to cover all kinds of imperfections. They can improve the shape, color and size of the teeth underneath them.

Who should get veneers?
There are numerous reasons that people choose dental veneers to beautify their smiles. Some common problems that veneers hide include:

  • Stained or discolored teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Misshapen teeth, or teeth that are too big or small in your smile
  • Improperly positioned teeth
  • Unsightly fillings
  • Gaps between teeth or teeth that are too crowded
  • Smiles that show too much gum line (called gummy smiles)

Are there different types?
The most common kind of dental veneers are made of porcelain. They are durable, stain resistant, and natural-looking. They typically remain as white and bright as they were on the first day they were applied. Other choices are composite resin material or ceramic.

How are they applied?
Getting veneers is considered a minimally invasive process. Your tooth enamel is shaved a small amount so that the veneers can be securely attached to the fronts of your teeth. It is not painful and usually doesn’t require anesthesia. Once your teeth are prepared, the veneers are bonded and should stay in place for years. These are a permanent solution, so if your veneers ever fail they must be replaced. This is the most common way that veneers are applied. Another method is called “no prep” and uses very thin ceramic for the veneers that can be attached directly to the tooth surface without any sanding.

Protect Yourself from Oral Cancer

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015

Did you know that one person in the U.S. dies every hour from oral cancer? In fact, an estimated 30,000 Americans will receive an oral cancer diagnosis, and over 8000 people will not survive. Factors such as gender, age, alcohol consumption, and tobacco use may increase your risk for oral cancer. In about 25 percent of cases, patients have no risk factors at all.

Though oral cancer often starts with mild symptoms, certain signs may indicate cause for concern. Talk with your dentist if you experience any of the following potential warnings for oral cancer:

  • A mass or lump that you can feel inside the mouth or neck
  • Any sore or discolored area in the mouth that does not heal after two weeks
  • Continued hoarseness
  • Difficulty in speaking, swallowing, or chewing
  • Numbness affecting the oral/facial region
  • Persistent earache on one side

When caught early, the survival rate for oral cancer increases significantly. Many dentists regularly screen for oral cancer during checkup appointments. These steps can help you reduce your chances of developing oral cancer.

  • Perform a monthly self-exam. If you notice anything suspicious, contact your dentist immediately.
  • Schedule regular checkups. Even when you perform home checks, you may miss something. Your dentist is trained to look for signs of oral cancer.
  • Choose a healthy lifestyle. Eating right, cutting out tobacco use, and limiting alcohol will help protect your oral health and overall wellbeing.
  • Limit exposure to the sun. If you are outside, cover your lips and face with a UVA/UVB sun block.

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Preventing a Root Canal Procedure

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

Everyone would like to have beautiful, natural, healthy teeth. No one looks forward to a dental procedure like a root canal, and there are steps that you and your dentist can take now to keep your likelihood of a root canal procedure low.

Prevention is the key to avoiding a root canal procedure, and this begins with the patient at home. The development of good dental hygiene habits is the greatest step you can take toward overall good dental health. Brush at least twice a day, after each meal, and especially before you retire for the night. Don’t give the bacteria a chance to eat away at your teeth overnight while you sleep! Flossing daily eliminates stuck food particles and bacteria your brush can’t reach.

Keep your tooth enamel strong by using a toothpaste or mouthwash with fluoride. Do not use fluoridated toothpastes on children under the age of two, and children under six shouldn’t use fluoridated mouth rinses.
Ensure that your teeth and body receive all of the nutrients needed for maximum health by eating healthy and well. Crunchy foods such as hard fruits and raw vegetables can also help keep the surfaces of teeth clean.

Stopping smoking is a huge factor to life-long health, not just for your teeth, but for your body. It contributes to heart disease, lung disease, cancer, and other serious health problems. It’s never too late to stop! Ask your dentist or caregiver for help if you are having trouble quitting.

Drinking lots of water has benefits throughout your body, and keeps the mouth hydrated and clear of harmful acids, sugar, and bacteria. Avoid soda, energy drinks, juice, and coffee, or if you must consume them, drink water afterwards to keep their damaging effects at a minimum.

These steps are all important in the goal of preventing cavities and therefore preventing root canal procedures. If you do have a cavity, address it immediately when the decay is small, before it grows larger and reaches the inner areas of the tooth.

Talk to your dentist in Richmond today about these and the other steps you can take to reduce your risk of a root canal procedure.

Benefits of Cosmetic Dentistry

Saturday, March 21st, 2015

When you think of cosmetic dentistry, you may believe its only purpose is to improve the aesthetic appearance of your smile. While many cosmetic procedures are elective, they do have restorative functions as well. If you are unhappy with the condition of your smile, consider these benefits of cosmetic dentistry:

  • You will experience increased self-confidence with a beautifully restored smile. First impressions are important, and nine out of ten adults believe personal and professional success is affected by the condition of your smile.
  • Enhance your career opportunities with an improved smile. Studies show that people who take care of their teeth have better chances of getting the job in interviews.
  • Restore your youthful appearance by whitening dingy teeth and repairing cracks and chips that are aging you.
  • Relieve headaches and joint pain caused by misaligned teeth and bruxism. A bite that is not aligned properly will cause headaches and tooth and joint pain.
  • Restore your oral health and decrease the chances periodontal disease with teeth that are whole, straight, and easily cleaned.
  • Improve your overall health by receiving proper dental care which improves your oral health and helps to prevent related health conditions.
  • Repair decayed areas of a tooth to restore vital function.
  • Stop worrying about the appearance of your smile and enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you are facing the world looking your best.

The advantages of cosmetic dentistry in our Richmond dental office are many, and the results can be life changing. If you find yourself with imperfections in your teeth and smile that make you uncomfortable, schedule a consultation with a qualified dental professional to find out how today’s advances in cosmetic dentistry can create a smile you will be proud to share with the world.

Choosing a Type of Dental Veneers

Saturday, March 14th, 2015

Dental veneers are thin, wafer-like shells that are placed on top of your natural teeth in order to address issues such as discoloration, gapped or misaligned teeth, or teeth that are worn down with age.

Veneers are typically made from composite resin or porcelain. Depending on your smile needs, your veneers may be made by a dental technician outside your mouth in a dental laboratory, a process known as indirect veneers. Your cosmetic dentist can also create veneers from composite resin onto your tooth during your visit in the dental office. This is known as direct veneers.

Porcelain veneers using the indirect process are best used for dull, discolored or worn teeth, as well as teeth that have extensive cracking, chipping or uneven spacing or gaps. Composite bonding through direct application can minimize smaller tooth issues such as minor cracks or small chips and minor discoloration.

The veneer process of removing some of the natural tooth surface is permanent. You cannot go back and add enamel to your tooth. Because of this, many cosmetic dentists will steer you toward the most minimally invasive veneer option in the beginning. If your natural teeth are functioning well and your smile is aesthetically pleasing, dental veneers may not be the best choice for you.

If your teeth are severely discolored, dull or cracked, porcelain dental veneers may be the best first step for you. Dental veneers last for many years and are proven to improve and enhance the overall appearance of your smile, mouth and the shape of your face.

Some veneers available today come able to be placed on the natural tooth with little to no grinding away of the natural tooth surface. These are known as “no preparation” veneers. While some veneer procedures may still require minor tooth modifications, these minimal to “no prep” veneers require that less of the tooth be removed, typically affecting only the enamel layer, with no effect to the dentin of the tooth beneath the enamel.

Your cosmetic dentist will give you all the information you need to choose a veneer type that is suited for your particular smile needs. Talk to your dentist today!

How Your Family Dentist Makes the Waiting Room Fun

Saturday, March 7th, 2015

Family dentistry practices are rising in popularity. As parents discover the convenience and expertise of a family dentist, more are turning to them to care for their family’s oral health. The trust and long-term relationships developed with family dentistry practices are excellent reasons for choosing a family dentist for your family, but as these practices grow, their offices prioritize high-quality dental care while offering you the most relaxed setting available for you and for your children.

Younger patients can be especially anxious or fearful at the dentist’s office, and your family dentist understands. Offices are offering many distractions for these younger patients in an effort to provide a stress-free visit for everyone, both child and parent! When you are choosing a family dentist, ask what amenities are present. You may find some of the following:

  • Family appointments made in one block, sometimes congruently
  • Video games appropriate for all ages
  • Television screens playing popular kids’ programming
  • Complimentary snacks for those after-school patients
  • Complimentary beverages, including coffee, tea, bottled juice or water
  • Free wi-fi
  • Access to a computer with a high-speed internet connection
  • Electronic massage chairs

Once your appointment has begun, you may be provided:

  • Headrest pillows
  • Warm, soft blankets
  • Custom video playing in your exam room
  • Music players with headphones for relaxation
  • Safety glasses to shield your eyes from the glare of the exam room lights
  • Sedation dentistry, including oral or inhaled sedation options
  • Hot towels and a private area to freshen up following treatment
  • Toy chest for pediatric patients as a final thank you

As you begin your search for a family dentist, do some research through phone calls and visiting the office’s website. If a family dentistry practice looks appealing to you, visit their offices and see if you like it. An inviting, warm reception area, friendly staff, and modern amenities should be present, ensuring that you and your family will have the most positive dental experience possible, leading to a lifetime of good oral hygiene habits.

Family Dentistry – The Most Convenient Choice

Friday, February 27th, 2015

It seems that with each passing year, our lives become more hectic, scheduled, and harried. If you have children, there are the endless school events and music lessons and sports practices. Running from here to there can leave you less time for some of the most important things, like your oral hygiene.

Have you found yourself putting off your regular dental check-up? Has it been more than a year since you saw your dentist? Are your children up-to-date with their dental visits, but you’re falling behind? This can happen, especially as we place the care of others over the care of ourselves.

By choosing a family dentistry practice, this can be a thing of the past when it comes to your teeth! A family dentist can see each member of your family, from the youngest infant to the oldest retiree. All of your dental visits occur in the same office, so you won’t be jumping in the car to go yet somewhere else, stuck in traffic and feeling overwhelmed.

With family dentistry, you can schedule your appointments to have multiple family members seen back-to-back or at the same time. This is especially of interest to families with multiple children. Imagine having three or four appointments going on at the same time, and being done after the time of a single visit! Reduce the time you spend in the waiting room with squirming or unhappy children by choosing a family dentistry practice.

Your family dentist realizes that your time is extremely important, and that each member of your family is important and valued. A family dentist knows about all of the changes your teeth undergo over time, and is sensitive to this. It’s easy to make smile goals with your family dentist, as he or she will be there from the start to the finish.

Make the choice to simplify your life. Make it easy to keep you and your entire family smiling brightly. Choose a family dentistry practice today.

Tooth Restoration After Root Canal Treatment

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Root canal therapy treats the interior of the tooth. The final step in root canal treatment is placing a permanent restoration to protect the tooth and restore it to full form and function. This procedure should be performed within one month of your root canal treatment to decrease the risk of re-contamination or breakage of the treated tooth. Having a permanent dental restoration placed will extend the success of root canal treatment by preventing damaging leakage or fracture.

The general condition of the treated tooth and the amount of tooth structure lost will determine if the tooth would be best restored with a permanent composite filling or a dental crown. For small cavities in front teeth with insignificant tooth structure loss, your dental professional may place a tooth-colored filling after a root canal procedure.

More often, your dentist will recommend the placement of a dental crown to restore a root canal treated tooth. Teeth that have had root canal therapy can be fragile, and a dental crown provides the best protection against future bacterial contamination and fracture. A dental crown is made in a laboratory and custom fit your tooth. Crowns are made of porcelain, metal, or a combination of the two. Dental crowns can be placed on front or back teeth, and are especially appropriate for molars that must withstand heavy chewing forces.

Having a root canal treated tooth restored with a dental crown or permanent filling will extend the success of your treatment. If you are showing symptoms of a damaged or diseased tooth, a properly performed root canal treatment and permanent restoration can save your tooth and extend its function for a lifetime.

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