Fillings For Your Cavities

Posted by on Feb 17, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fillings For Your Cavities

Cavities often result from enamel damage caused by bacterial acid. When the bacteria in your oral cavity feed on carbohydrates from food particles in your mouth, they release byproducts of their digestive process. One of these byproducts is bacterial acid. As the acid dissolves essential minerals within the tooth enamel, cavities form. The cavities, which are also called dental caries, are essentially holes in the tooth enamel. Various types of fillings may be used, depending on the size and severity of a cavity. Here are a few examples: Bonding Material Sometimes, a cavity is relatively minor. It may only be superficial, affecting the outermost layer of tooth enamel. When there is little decay and only a small amount of tooth enamel missing, dental bonding material may be used.  Dental bonding material is applied to the cavity and mechanically molded into place. A light may be used to harden the material. The application may wear away over time, but reapplication is generally simple and quick.  Gold Fillings Gold fillings can be used for relatively large cavities, but they are sometimes not selected because of their expense and color. Still, these types of fillings are long-lasting and can withstand a large amount of bite force. In addition, it is not necessary to remove a large amount of healthy tooth material to place a gold filling.  Glass Ionomer Fillings Glass ionomer fillings are made from a mixture of glass and acrylic. These fillings are often applied to compromised tooth surfaces that are not above the gum line. In addition, they are sometimes used for kids.  One of the major benefits of this type of filling is its slow release of fluoride. The mineral, which is commonly found in toothpastes, can help make the teeth more resistant to damage from bacterial acid. Fluoride attracts displaced minerals back to the tooth enamel. As a result, glass ionomer fillings can discourage tooth decay.  Although the material does wear away a bit more easily than resin and metal fillings, these fillings are tooth-colored and difficult to discern on the teeth. Silver Amalgam Fillings Silver amalgam fillings can be used to fill large cavities and are quite durable. They are commonly used because of their ability to withstand large amounts of bite pressure.  Silver fillings are less expensive than gold and resin composite fillings.  For more information about fillings and how they may be used in your dental restoration, contact a company like Plymouth Valley Dental...

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3 Tips To Prepare For Dental Implant Surgery

Posted by on Jan 9, 2017 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Tips To Prepare For Dental Implant Surgery

If you have missing teeth, you might be looking forward to having dental implants put in so that you can be proud of your smile. However, you might be nervous about the actual surgery of having them put in. Luckily, following these tips can help you prepare for the procedure so that it will go as well as possible on your appointment date. 1. Talk to Your Dentist and Doctor About Your Medication Are you currently taking any medication? If so, your dental care professional needs to know about it. Certain medications can cause problems when you’re in surgery, so your dentist might recommend that you discontinue use of your medication before, during, and directly after your procedure. If this is the case, you may need to talk to your primary care physician or other doctors about this, since it can be dangerous to stop using certain medications suddenly. Your doctor and dentist should be able to work together to come up with a plan. 2. Avoid Eating or Drinking Since you will probably be going under anesthesia for your procedure, your dental surgeon might recommend that you do not eat or drink anything for a certain number of hours before your procedure. Doing so could interfere with your anesthesia, so you will want to make sure that your follow your surgeon’s recommendations. 3. Stock Up On Soft Foods In the days after your procedure, your dental care professional might recommend that you stick to a liquid and/or soft food diet. Shopping for beverages and soft foods might be a pain when you’re recovering from your procedure and when you may still be under the effects of anesthesia, but you’ll want to make sure that you have things to eat and drink as you are recovering. This is why it can be smart to stock up on soft foods—such as Jello, pudding, mashed potatoes and soups—before you have your procedure done. Then, you’ll have them on hand for when you are recovering, and you won’t have to worry about making a last-minute grocery trip after your procedure, when you might not be feeling up to going grocery shopping. Dental implant surgery can be an exciting and positive thing, but it might also be something that you are nervous about. Luckily, if you know that you are as prepared as possible for your procedure, you can feel more confident about it. These are just some of the steps that you should follow before having dental implants put in; your dentist may also provide you with additional instructions as...

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Taking Care Of A Dental Post

Posted by on Dec 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Taking Care Of A Dental Post

Dental posts are made from two main components: a titanium root and a porcelain crown. If you have received a dental post, also known as an implant, you might think that based on this description, your implant is impervious to tooth decay. You would be wrong. A dental implant can still fail, so it is critical to take care of your implant so that you can enjoy it for years to come.  The Lifespan of an Implant The titanium root portion of a dental implant is anchored right to the bone. The porcelain crown is then attached to the root with dental cement. These components can last for decades, so if you have an implant, you don’t have to worry about the post itself failing. Instead, you have to worry about the gums and bone around it rotting and failing. Thus, even if you replace all of your teeth with implants, proper oral hygiene is still of utmost importance. At-Home Care You do not have to worry that plaque will eat away at your porcelain crown, so you might think that you can skip brushing and flossing every once in a while without consequences. You might not have to worry about porcelain or titanium rotting, but you still have to worry about gum disease. If your gums get infected or start to recede, they can cause your crown to get lose and fail. Thus, you still need to brush and floss everyday to make sure that your gums stay healthy. At-the-Office Care When you go into the dentist’s office, your work is not done. Dental implants require special care at the dentist’s office just like they do at home. The biggest thing to remember is to advise your hygienists that you have an implant so that they can choose the right tools. Metal tools can scratch the titanium root, and these scratches can allow bacteria to get down under gums and cause infection. Plastic tools will bend before they scratch your root, so they are the right choice for an implant.  Anchoring a titanium post to your jawbone can be a painful, expensive procedure, but it is worth it. An implant will look and behave like a natural tooth. Thus, if you have a prosthetic tooth, your focus should be on making sure your replacement tooth is successful so that you don’t have to go through he whole procedure again if your implant...

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Questions About Dental Crowns

Posted by on Dec 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Questions About Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are commonly used during many different dental applications. Nevertheless, many people know little about these dental devices. Here is a bit of information about dental crowns and their uses: What are dental crowns made of? Dental crowns can be made from a number of materials, such as porcelain, metal alloy, stainless steel, resin, porcelain-over-metal or even gold. The crown material must be durable enough to withstand normal bite pressure from mastication. Each material has its own benefits. Porcelain, resin, and porcelain-over-metal are white, so they tend to look like natural tooth enamel. Porcelain is even luminous like enamel. The porcelain alone can be abrasive against enamel, so porcelain-over-metal is sometimes preferred. Resin is a type of plastic and is generally not abrasive against the teeth but may wear away more quickly than porcelain or other materials.  Metal alloy and stainless steel are not white and therefore may be more suitable for back teeth. Stainless steel crowns are also often applied to primary teeth since they will be eventually shed. The stainless steel requires little preparation for placement and can be positioned during a single appointment.  How are crowns made? For porcelain, resin, and porcelain-over-metal crowns, a mold of your mouth is made before the crowns can be fabricated. The mold is used to guide the shape and size of the crown. Porcelain, resin and porcelain-over-metal crowns are usually made in a dental laboratory. Thus, they may require a couple of dental visits for placement. In some instances, dental offices have CAD/CAM machines that permit the fabrication of a crown onsite during a single visit. The machine uses computerized images to design a dental crown that fits your mouth. Then the fabrication instructions are sent to a milling machine that produces the crown.  Stainless steel and other metal crowns can be mechanically molded around the desired tooth by the dentist. When are dental crowns used? Dental crowns are often used to repair teeth that have incurred a chip, crack or other damage. They are also used to cover teeth that have received extensive dental treatments, such as root canals. They may also be applied to teeth that have large cavities. The crowns protect teeth from further damage and offer additional fortification when structural integrity has been compromised. To learn more about dental crowns and whether or not they are appropriate for your mouth, schedule an appointment with a local dentist, like one from Leidenheimer Dental Group...

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Important Things to Do Before Wisdom-Teeth Surgery

Posted by on Nov 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Things to Do Before Wisdom-Teeth Surgery

Have you been told by your dentist that you need to have your wisdom teeth removed? Are you wondering how you can prepare for your upcoming surgery? Although some people don’t have wisdom teeth that need to be removed, the surgery is still extremely common. Getting ready for the big day isn’t complicated, but there are still a few things that you need to remember before that dental appointment. Some of the most important ones to remember are the following. Stock up on soft foods: After you have your wisdom teeth removed, you may not feel like eating any solid foods for a while. Your dentist will probably also tell you that you need to avoid eating actual food for a certain number of days after your surgery. And most people won’t want to go shopping for a while either, so you should make sure that you have a supply of food and beverages on hand before your surgery. Once you do eat, your mouth may be too sore for anything but the softest of foods. Broth, yogurt, and applesauce can make good liquid and semi-liquid meals. Ice cream or frozen yogurt may also work, but the cold temperatures may cause pain instead of being soothing. Avoid anything with noodles, rice, or other substances that could get stuck between your teeth or in your stitches. Get extra pillows: After your wisdom teeth are removed, it may be uncomfortable for you to lie flat in any position for at least a few days. If you don’t have a reclining chair that you can sleep in while recovering, it’s a good idea to buy several extra cushions or pillows to help you make a “nest” either in your bed or on your couch. Since you’ll probably be using these pillows for a week or less, they don’t need to be the expensive premium pillows that you may be used to; spending just a couple dollars on each pillow should be sufficient for your needs. If you don’t want to spend money on buying more pillows, spare blankets and comforters can also be used to pile up and make a soft area for you to recline and sleep in. Have a ride home: If you don’t have any family in the area, it can be a challenge to find someone to drive you home. However, if you can’t find any friends or relatives to do the driving, then you should call a taxi to take you home. Whether your wisdom teeth are removed under general or local anesthesia, the painkillers you receive afterward will make it so that you’re in no condition to drive. To avoid being involved in an accident, don’t even drive yourself to the dentist lest you think that you’re capable of driving when you’re not. Take a bus or taxi to the appointment, and then take a taxi...

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3 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Don’t Have Dental Insurance

Posted by on Nov 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things You Shouldn’t Do When You Don’t Have Dental Insurance

If you don’t have dental insurance, you shouldn’t fall into the trap of not taking care of your teeth because you feel you can’t go to the dentist. Many health problems can develop if you aren’t taking care of your teeth, and those will end up costing you much more money than the amount you are saving by not paying for dental insurance. Here are three of the major things you shouldn’t do when you don’t have dental insurance. Not Visit the Dentist At All Just because you don’t have dental insurance doesn’t mean that you cannot visit a dentist. Many dentists accept patients who do not have dental insurance for basic dental care, such as regular teeth cleanings. You will need to pay a fee for dental cleanings; however, you can find dental offices that are offering discounts for regular teeth cleanings throughout the year that will ensure your teeth are getting the care that you need without having to spend a ton of money on it. Just keep in mind that if the dentist discovers some kind of oral health problem during the cleaning, they may not treat it if you don’t have dental insurance.  Avoid Treatments  If your dentist does point out some kind of problem, such as a cavity, during your regular teeth cleaning, you will want to have it treated right away. If the dentist you have visited for your teeth cleaning won’t do it unless you have dental insurance, you should actively seek out a dentist who will. The longer you wait to have these issues taken care of, the worse they become, which is going to lead to you having to spend much more money once you can no longer wait to take care of it.  Use the Emergency Room for Dental Pain  Many times, people without dental insurance will go to the emergency room when suffering from dental pain. The problem with this is that emergency rooms do not have the proper tools or medical knowledge to properly treat tooth pain. In fact, you will usually leave with antibiotics to help ease the pain, but, once the antibiotics wear off, you will experience the pain once again because there is an underlying dental problem that you need to take care of. Don’t spend tons on emergency room care just to keep having the same problem reoccur. Visit a dentist that will work with you even if you don’t have insurance, or look into getting insurance. When you know these three things that people commonly do when they do not have dental insurance, you can be sure that you don’t fall into making the same mistakes. You will save more money by avoiding these three things and be able to maintain a healthy smile despite not having insurance for...

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5 Important Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dentures

Posted by on Oct 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Important Tips For Taking Care Of Your Dentures

If you have had cosmetic dental work done in the past that has lead to you being fitted for dentures, you need to ensure that you are taking care of those dentures properly. This can save you a ton of money since replacing your dentures will be just as expensive as paying for the dentures you received in the first place. On top of this, you will have to go through the process of being fitted and then having to wait for a couple of weeks before your dentures are ready for you, which means you are going to go quite some time without a full smile. To prevent this from happening, it’s important that you know these five important tips for taking care of your dentures: Clean Them Daily: Just as you would brush your teeth at least twice a day, you also need to be practicing daily cleaning habits for your dentures. This means gently brushing the dentures to remove harmful bacteria that would otherwise potentially cause gum disease. This will also prevent your gums from becoming inflamed due to the exposure to certain bacteria, which ensures that your dentures stay fitted properly. If your gums are inflamed, your dentures aren’t going to fit as they normally should.  Never Put Your Dentures in Hot Water: Although hot water kills bacteria, you should never put your dentures in hot water. Yes, it will kill the bacteria, but it can also warp the dentures, which means you will need to have them either adjusted or replaced. Both of these things can be expensive.  Keep the Dentures in Cold Water at Night: Since you can’t put dentures in hot water, the best thing to do is leave them in cold or room temperature water overnight with a denture cleaning solution. This is the best possible way to remove bacteria that your daily brushing isn’t getting for you.  Don’t Wear Your Dentures All the Time: It’s important to take a break from wearing your dentures, which is why you should leave them in water overnight instead of wearing them. The reason for this is that it gives your gums a break, which is important for preventing inflammation.  Get Them Cleaned Once a Year: Just as you would have your teeth cleaned by a dentist at least once a year, you should also visit your cosmetic dentist for a professional denture cleaning. This can usually be done quickly while you are still in the office or other cosmetic dentists may require you to drop the dentures off for a day or two until the cleaning is done.  When you know these five important tips for taking care of your dentures, you can be sure that your dentures last you a long time before you ever need to pay to have them replaced. For more information, contact local professionals like Timothy...

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Aging Gracefully Through Dental Care: Strategies For Keeping A Youthful Smile

Posted by on Sep 30, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Aging Gracefully Through Dental Care: Strategies For Keeping A Youthful Smile

Your smile is one of the features that keeps you looking healthy and strong, but time can take its toll on how you look when you smile unless you take care of yourself. However, with the right actions and care, you can make an aging mouth full and bright again. Proper nutrition, proper dental care, and proper dental devices can all help restore your smile. Get Enough Nutrition As you get older, your nutrition needs change. Sometimes, you need less of a nutrient, such as iron (post-menopausal women need less iron than pre-menopausal women, for example). Other times, you may need more instead. Your metabolism can also change and make your diet requirements more nutrient-dense because you can’t burn as many calories as you could before. By ensuring that you get the right amount of nutrients and eat a diet that is full of fiber and other good stuff, rather than full of empty calories like sugar, you can help keep your skin and teeth in better shape as you age. Remember Basic Dental Care The basic routine of brushing, flossing, and (if you want) using mouthwash goes a long way toward keeping those teeth in good shape, too. Some people do have better dental luck than others, of course, but overall, if you brush and floss regularly, you can really stave off a lot of damage to your teeth and gums. Also pay attention to any clenching or tooth grinding you might be doing in your sleep. If you wake up with a sore jaw every morning, that’s a sign you’ve got some tension action happening with your teeth when you sleep, and that needs to be checked out. If you leave your mouth alone and continue to clench or grind, you could wear down your teeth. If your teeth become worn, your lower and upper jaws would have to move even more to close fully, giving your face an oddly smushed look that is reminiscent of people with no teeth. Don’t Ignore the Need for Implants If you have missing teeth, especially molars, your cheeks can cave in because those molars aren’t there to support the skin in your cheeks. The same effect can occur if you have worn molars that have moved out of alignment. Getting dental implants in place of using dentures is vital for keeping those teeth in place and keeping your cheeks from caving in. Remember, you don’t wear dentures all the time, so your teeth have a chance to move around slightly every time you remove the dentures. Add Veneers to Fill out Your Face Finally, see about having veneers added to your non-implant teeth. Veneers can fill out worn teeth and cover up stained teeth that are beyond the help of whitening treatments. The veneers can make your teeth look more even, too. For a better result, have the veneers and implants added by the same dentist to ensure they match in size. Having a full, bright, even smile can help you look younger. Your dentist can give you more information on avoiding looking older than you are by taking care of your teeth. Anti-aging strategies involving dental care are becoming more common, and you should be able to devise a plan that will improve your smile quickly. For more information,...

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Tips To Help You Recover From Your Dental Implant Procedure

Posted by on Sep 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips To Help You Recover From Your Dental Implant Procedure

When you are needing to have missing teeth replaced, dental implants can be an excellent option. Yet, receiving a dental implant is a fairly complicated surgery, and you may not be sure of the steps that you should take to ensure you are prepared for your recovery. To help you ensure you are a prepared patient, you should use these simple after surgery tips. Arrange For A Ride Home Following This Procedure In order to minimize the amount of pain that you experience during these surgeries, your dentist will use an anaesthetic to numb your senses or you may be completely sedated. While these substances can greatly reduce your pain, you are unlikely to be able to drive following this procedure. For this reason, you will need to ensure that you arrange for a ride home from the dentist. Plan On Missing A Couple Of Days Of Work It can be common for individuals to be concerned about missing a significant amount of work after this procedure. However, your mouth will heal reasonably quickly, which will greatly reduce the amount of time that you miss from work. Despite your mouth’s ability to heal quickly, you should still plan on missing at least a couple of days of work due to discomfort and minor bleeding. Appreciate The Benefits Of Keeping Your Mouth Clean Making sure that you keep your mouth clean can be essential for avoiding the risk of a serious infection developing. If you develop a serious infection, it can inhibit the ability of the implant to correctly bond to the mouth. When this occurs, the implant may need to be replaced. Fortunately, keeping your mouth clean can be a relatively simple task for you to do. Brushing after each meal, avoiding surgery beverages and rinsing your mouth throughout the day should be sufficient to greatly reduce this risk. In some instances, your dentist may prescribe a special antibacterial mouthwash. Recovering from dental implant surgery can be a somewhat intimidating process. However, you should be aware that there are some simple steps that you can take greatly reduce the chance that you experience problems following your dental implant procedure. By ensuring that you arrange for a ride home, plan to miss at least a couple of days of work and keep your mouth as clean as possible, it will be possible for you to help ensure that your experience receiving dental implants goes as smoothly as possible. For more information, talk to a professional like Rose City Dental...

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3 Common Oral Surgeries

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Common Oral Surgeries

The thought of having oral surgery is enough to make many people cringe. However, oral surgery can be necessary and can often help alleviate discomfort and improve function of the teeth and jaw. Such procedures are also often quick and simple, meaning they are little to worry about.  Impacted Wisdom Teeth Wisdom teeth, also known as third molars, are the set of teeth that grow at the back of the gums. Wisdom teeth develop later than the other adult teeth, usually erupting in the late teens or early twenties. Whilst the wisdom teeth often emerge easily and painlessly, there isn’t always space for them to grow properly. This means the wisdom teeth may emerge at an angle, only partially emerge, or get ‘stuck’. Such a case is known as an impacted wisdom tooth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause discomfort and swelling, lead to infection, and even damage the surrounding teeth. As a result, they may need to be surgically removed. This procedure may be carried out by your dentist or by a more specialist surgeon at a hospital. It is a relatively quick procedure which is carried out under local anaesthesia. Dental Implants  A dental implant is a replacement tooth that is fitted when there is damage to a real tooth, for example, trauma or infection. The implant replaces both the tooth itself and the root. The implant consists of an internal rod, which replaces the root, and a ‘screw’ called an abutment, onto with the false tooth will fit.  The procedure will be carried out by a dentist, with the patient under anaesthesia. The dentist will drill a hole into the jawbone, into which the implant will fit. Depending on the circumstances, the dentist will either fit the abutment and false tooth immediately, or in a second procedure a few months later (to allow the mouth to heal). Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) TMD is a condition in which the small joint that connects the skull and lower jaw suffers a dysfunction. This impedes the function of the jaw, leading to difficulty and pain when moving the jaw (for example, when chewing or opening the mouth). TMD can also cause headaches and migraines. Whilst TMD can be often be treated with oral medication and physiotherapy, more severe cases may require surgery. This surgery will be carried out by a specialist maxillofacial surgeon and can involve the replacement of the joint with an artificial...

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