Root Canals Are Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Posted by on Nov 5, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Root Canals Are Nothing To Be Afraid Of

Fun days at the dentist are few and far between, but you don’t need to fear your visits. A great dentist, equipped with modern equipment and medicine, can make once painful procedures much more manageable. One off the most common, yet intense dental procedures is having a root canal. While having a root canal done on a large molar won’t be fun, the experience is relatively simple. For many patients, knowing the procedure makes it much less traumatic. This article explains the process of having a root canal performed and crown put on a tooth. What is a Root Canal? A root canal is done on a tooth with a cavity that has reached the nerves in the roots. Basically, the tooth is no longer able to remain in the mouth unless something is done because the nerves will start to decay and cause excruciating pain. This is why it is good to get a root canal done as soon as a problem is diagnosed. The longer the nerves are exposed, the more inflamed they get and the more painful the root canal will be. The Procedure When a dentist or oral surgeon performs a root canal, they essentially hollow out all of the roots in the tooth and fill them. The canals, even on the larger molars, are very narrow. The hollowing out and filling of the roots is very detailed work. First the dentist will grind away the center of your tooth to access all of the roots. Tiny drills penetrate deep into the roots, removing all of the nerves. Although the nerves are very sensitive, you will not feel anything during the drilling. You should be adequately numbed. If not, stop the dentist and ask for more! Many people can’t even stand the sound and smell of the dental drill, so they pay for sedation. This is great if you are particularly fearful of dental work, but it will cost a lot more to be sedated. Getting a Crown Most dentists will suggest that you have a crown put on the tooth. So much of the tooth is ground away that it might look best to have a crown put on. The texture of a crown is preferable to the texture of a large filling, especially on a large chewing tooth. The crown will need to be fitted and installed over the course of two visits. Neither of these visits are painful and they will not require any sedation or numbing. To learn more about root canals, speak to a dentist, such as Chris T. Thomas,...

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Bracing For Braces: Preparing For Your Teen’s New Accessories

Posted by on Oct 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bracing For Braces: Preparing For Your Teen’s New Accessories

For many kids, braces are simply a part of growing up, and there’s nothing wrong with that. As the person footing the bill for that coming of age experience, you should have a vested interest in making sure that the orthodontia you’re paying for is as positive a process as possible. There are a number of road bumps along the way, and by preparing for them now, you stand a better chance at avoiding them, thereby reducing the chance of lasting negative effects. Building Hygiene Habits Most teens and pre-teens who are in need of braces haven’t yet had the importance of personal oral hygiene driven home for them. As a result, building these habits in the months leading up to getting those braces can be crucial to reducing the chance of staining, or cavities developing while their braces are in place. Keeping your teen on task and making sure they’re thoroughly caring for their teeth isn’t always easy, but it will help to ensure that they get the most out of their time wearing braces. It might seem that clear bite tray appliances, which take the place of braces, wouldn’t require a wearer to be as diligent about dental hygiene, but the reverse is actually true. These appliances actually will hold food particles and bacteria close to the gums and teeth, concentrating it there between brushing. With this in mind, it’s actually even more important to keep your teen on schedule and brushing regularly to keep their teeth in good shape. Supplies to Stock Up On As the day rolls closer, look into stocking up on bulk supplies of disposable dental picks, toothbrushes designed to work around the metal brackets, and dental floss made for people with braces. This will help cut down on the number of shopping trips you’ll need to make to restock, and keep crucial supplies in the house. As a result, your teen won’t have an excuse for not keeping up with this critical part of wearing braces. For advice on brands or products, talk to your orthodontist and ask for samples prior to your teen’s braces being set. This will give you and your child a chance to try them out, get familiar with how they work, and get comfortable with building habits around them. If you’re going to invest up to $7,000 in your child’s teeth, it’s a good idea to make sure those teeth are protected and cared for. Building those habits and keeping necessary supplies on hand will give your teen the best chance to keep the teeth you’re paying to straighten. For more information, contact Braces Inc. or a similar...

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Understanding Common Wisdom Teeth Problems

Posted by on Oct 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding Common Wisdom Teeth Problems

For some people, their wisdom teeth come in without any problems. However, there are many others who suffer difficulties when their wisdom teeth start to come in. This article will explain some of the problems that can happen with wisdom teeth. Wisdom tooth becomes impacted: You can have a wisdom tooth that tries to come in, but gets stuck between your already existing teeth. This problem can cause you to experience a great deal of pain. It can also lead to issues such as swollen gums and infection. If you have an impacted wisdom tooth, the dentist will more than likely recommend removing it early before it can become a major problem. Wisdom tooth comes in the wrong way: A wisdom tooth can come in pointing in the wrong direction. This means it can come in pointing toward your tongue or the inside of your cheek. This can cause you to experience pain and develop sores infect delicate tissue. The dentist will need to remove the wisdom tooth to correct the problem. Wisdom tooth doesn’t come in completely: Sometimes a wisdom tooth will come in part way before it gets blocked by the surrounding teeth. This can lead to the gum growing back over the top of the tooth which leaves you at risk of infection. The dentist will more than likely want to remove the tooth altogether. What are symptoms of wisdom teeth problems? Pain: Pain in the area where your wisdom teeth are located is one of the first symptoms you may experience as a red flag of a potential problem. Infection: If you notice pain, accompanied by swelling and a bad taste in your mouth then you may have a wisdom tooth trying to come in that has caused an infection. Bumps on the side of your gum: Developing bumps on the inside or outside side of your gum can indicate that your wisdom tooth is starting to grow in thr wrong direction. If you notice this, you should get in to see the dentist as soon as possible so you can avoid unnecessary pain. A wisdom tooth that appears and disappears: If you notice your wisdom tooth comes out a little and then goes back in, you may want to have it checked. It could indicate that there is a problem with the spacing and this can lead to worse issues if you don’t have the problem taken care of as soon as possible. By knowing what to look for with regards to your wisdom teeth, you will know when you should go in to see the dentist for treatment. For more information, contact a company like Arbor Dental Care...

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Understanding The Negative Effect Of Oral Piercings On Your Dental Health

Posted by on Sep 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Understanding The Negative Effect Of Oral Piercings On Your Dental Health

Body art is considered a form of self-expression. Many teenagers and young adults get tattoos and oral piercings because they think that they look cool. Equally, they think that it will help them become popular or fit in with the “cool kids”. While that may be true, it doesn’t mean that getting an oral piercing is worth the risk. Oral piercings can be particularly damaging to your dental health. What Science Says About It According to a study published in the Journal of Periodontology Online, there is a significant link between tongue piercings, chipped teeth and gum recession. The study consisted of 52 adult participants who all had tongue piercings. They were grouped according to the number of years that they had worn the piercing. In the group of zero to two years, there was no tooth chipping or gum recession. For those with long barbells for two or more years, it was found that 50 percent of them had recession on their mandibular central incisors. For those with tongue piercings for four or more years, it was found that 47 percent of them had been subjected to tooth chipping on premolars and molars. How Piercings Hurt Your Teeth The chipped teeth in the above study likely occurred when the piercing wearer played with the piercer, knocking it up against the teeth. Due to the location of the barbell, you will primarily be clanking it against the back of your two front teeth. This can lead to a gap in between those teeth, which may require expensive dental work in the future. In addition, according to one study, oral piercing may cause problems in athletes who wear the jewelry while playing sports. This is why all oral piercings should be removed while on the field, on the court, etc.  How Piercings Create Problems for Your General Oral Health Your tongue piercing creates the perfect location and environment for bacteria and plaque to thrive. If you fail to maintain proper brushing and tongue-cleaning habits, you may find that you have exceedingly bad breath. You may also put yourself at risk for an unnecessary infection. How to Protect Your Mouth If You Have a Piercing Because of the risk of oral health damage, it is crucial that you maintain your twice-yearly appointments with your dentist if you already have or intend to get an oral piercing. In some cases, you may be asked to come in more regularly. With oral piercings, you are increasing your risk of infection, gum disease, chipped teeth, nerve damage and periodontitis (which leads to tooth loss and the potential need for a dental bridge or implant). If you have a piercing and you have not seen your dentist since having it done, schedule an appointment today with a dentist like those at Clark Family Dentistry. If you are suffering from a small gap, you may be able to get braces to straighten your teeth and repair your...

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Battling Bulimia? This Is What It Can Do To Your Teeth

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Battling Bulimia? This Is What It Can Do To Your Teeth

Bulimia is a serious condition where you alternate between gorging on food and then vomiting it back up. It can destroy your health because of the lack of nutrition your body receives. Bulimia is also very hard on your teeth. As part of your recovery from bulimia, you’ll need to work closely with your dentist to repair damage to your gums and teeth in order to restore your oral health. Here’s what you need to know about bulimia and dental health. How Bulimia Affects Your Teeth Vomit is acidic, so when you vomit frequently, your teeth are exposed to a lot more acid than they would be otherwise. This wears away tooth enamel, which leads to the development of cavities and discoloration. Gum disease is common too, so your teeth may even become loose, and you may experience bleeding from your teeth and gums. In addition to pain from toothaches, you’ll probably have sensitive teeth because the enamel is worn away. Another way bulimia affects your teeth relates to your daily diet. It’s likely you gorge on sugary foods like cake, cookies, and junk food. While too much sugar is bad for your teeth, lack of proper nutrition is also bad. If you vomit frequently, your body may not be absorbing the nutrients needed to maintain the health of your teeth and gums. To mask the odor and taste of vomit, you may brush your teeth vigorously, use harsh toothpastes and mouthwash, or chew on gum and candy all the time. This aggressive oral care can cause more harm than good when your teeth are already weakened. How Your Dentist Can Help Your dentist can restore your teeth to a healthy state, but you should be on the road to recovery from your illness if you want the results of your dental work to last. If you have extensive discoloration, your dentist may apply veneers to protect the enamel and whiten your teeth. You may need fillings or crowns to address tooth decay. If your teeth are in bad shape, the dentist may need to extract them and put in implants or dentures. You may need treatment for gum disease too. The sooner you seek dental help, the better. It is easier to reverse gum disease and repair decay when it is in the early stages. While dental work won’t cure your bulimia, it can go a long way towards helping build self-esteem if your teeth are badly damaged. While it’s important to stop gorging and purging for the health of your teeth, it’s just as important to the rest of your body as well. You can look in your mouth and see how bulimia is affecting your teeth, but it may be easy to ignore its effects on the rest of your body since you can’t see it. However, every organ system in your body is under stress when you have bulimia, and although the road to recovery may be hard, it is definitely worth it to try. For more information, contact a practice like Health Centered...

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Go Electric with Brushing: 3 Reasons You Should Throw Out the Manual Toothbrush

Posted by on Aug 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Go Electric with Brushing: 3 Reasons You Should Throw Out the Manual Toothbrush

If you don’t currently have an electric toothbrush in your bathroom that you use at least every once in a while to brush your teeth with, then it is about time that you did. Electric or power toothbrushes offer a number of benefits that manual toothbrushes do not. Although they may cost more initially and require battery changing or recharging, the benefits of electric toothbrushes far outweigh the drawbacks. 1. Power Toothbrushes Are More Effective at Getting All the Gunk Off Your Teeth. Did you that with a manual toothbrush, you apply roughly 300 strokes per minute when brushing your teeth? This may sound like a lot, but when you compare it to electric and sonic toothbrushes, it isn’t at all. In fact, power toothbrushes will rotate between 3,000 and 40,000 strokes every minute, depending on the exact type of toothbrush you’re using. This means that you are able to remove a significantly higher amount of plaque each time you brush, which helps to keep your teeth cleaner and healthier. In addition, most electric toothbrushes contain a built-in timer. This helps to ensure that you are brushing your teeth for the appropriate amount of time every single time. Some may even alert you when it is time to change areas of the mouth. 2. Electric Brushes Ensure the Appropriate Amount of Pressure Is Applied While Brushing. It isn’t uncommon to not know how soft or how hard to brush your teeth. Sometimes, brushing too hard can cause bleeding, enamel stress, and gum recession, which can then lead to eventually needing to undergo root canals and fillings. However, brushing too softly can allow plaque to build up and tooth decay to develop. Luckily, electric toothbrushes apply the right amount of pressure for you so that you don’t have to worry about it. All you have to do is hold your toothbrush at the appropriate 45-degree angle and switch it on. It does the heavy lifting for you thanks to its internal programming. 3. Power Toothbrushes Are Much Easier to Handle by Children and Senior Citizens. Children, the elderly, and individuals with hand or wrist arthritis may find it difficult to brush their teeth properly. In some cases, enough force may not be applied or there is too much pain to brush back and forth. Electric toothbrushes help to combat these difficulties by making the entire process much easier. There is no straining of the wrists or hands when brushing your teeth with a power toothbrush since you only have to guide the brush in the right direction. If you still need more convincing on why electric toothbrushes are better than manual brushes, contact a family dentist, like one from Havendale Dental Office PA, to discuss the benefits in more detail. The most important thing, though, is that you maintain a consistent oral health...

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Tooth Stains That Don’t Respond To Bleaching: What To Do About Intrinsic Discoloration

Posted by on Jul 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tooth Stains That Don’t Respond To Bleaching: What To Do About Intrinsic Discoloration

Tooth bleaching is one of the most common ways for people to improve the appearance of their teeth. Bright white teeth can make any smile seem more attractive, and the procedure is simple, whether it’s done through at-home whitening strips or professional bleaching by a dentist. However, if you have tooth stains that haven’t responded to whitening, you should know that you’re not alone. Bleaching is very effective for people with stains on the enamel of their teeth, such as those caused by smoking or drinking staining drinks like coffee; this is extrinsic discoloration. But there’s another category of tooth discoloration called intrinsic discoloration. What is intrinsic discoloration? If extrinsic discoloration is discoloration of the surface enamel of the teeth, intrinsic discoloration is the opposite: discoloration within the tooth. Specifically, it happens when the dentin – the layer right below the enamel – becomes stained or discolored. Since the enamel on teeth is translucent, this shows through and may look like stains on the surface of the tooth. What causes intrinsic discoloration? There are a few causes for discoloration within teeth. It can be a hereditary problem, so if your family has many people with stained teeth, this may be the case. Certain antibiotics, like tetracycline and doxycyline, can cause intrinsic discoloration when taken by children, and overexposure to fluoride during childhood can also cause staining. For staining that begins during adulthood, other medications may be to blame; the possible causes range from antihistamines to antipsychotics, so discuss your medical history with your dentist if you suspect you may have this type of staining. And finally, injuries and disease within teeth can cause intrinsic discoloration. Decay within the root or pulp of the tooth may lead to discoloration of the dentin; for this reason, if you notice new discoloration, it’s important to bring it up with your dentist so you can check for any underlying dental problems. What can be done about intrinsic discoloration? Since the discoloration is under the surface of the teeth, surface bleaching is not usually effective in treating intrinsic discoloration. Instead, the best way to get rid of intrinsic stains is to mask them by covering the surface of the teeth, either with bonding or veneers. Bonding means applying tooth-colored resin to the surface of your teeth. It is sometimes used to fix small chips and other cosmetic issues in teeth; because the resin is matched to the color of your teeth, it can also be used to cover discoloration. The surface of the tooth must be roughened slightly, which means removing some enamel; however, less is removed than for veneers. The bonding will also wear down over time and must be kept touched up by your dentist. Veneers are thin shells of porcelain or resin that are attached to the fronts of your teeth. They are stronger than bonding and last longer without wearing down, but more enamel must be removed to attach them, so they may not be a good option for people with worn enamel. A cosmetic dentist can help you decide which treatment is a better choice for your...

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6 Conditions That Can Be Corrected By Braces

Posted by on Jun 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Conditions That Can Be Corrected By Braces

After assessing your teeth, your orthodontist may prescribe braces to force your teeth to align correctly. Braces are designed to correct several different types of bites. When a misalignment, which is sometimes called a “malocclusion,” does not permit the teeth to meet properly, it can damage the jaw muscles or even weaken the jaw bones. Here are a few bite types that are corrected by braces: Open Bite An open bite occurs when the teeth of the upper and lower jaw don’t meet. Tongue thrusting, which occurs when the tongue thrusts itself between your teeth when you swallow. is usually involved in the production of an open bite.  Overbite If you are diagnosed with an overbite, your upper teeth in the front of your mouth rest in front of your lower teeth. An overbite is usually caused by genetics. In other words, the condition just runs in your family. However, it can also result from thumb-sucking. Overjet Overjet is commonly called “bucked teeth.” The misalignment of the front teeth cause them to protrude from the mouth. Overjet can be caused by the the way that your skeleton has formed. However, it can also be caused by behaviors that force the teeth outward, such as sucking your thumb. Underbite An underbite is characterized by upper front teeth that seem recessed behind the lower front teeth. An underbite can result from heredity, thumb-sucking or poor chewing habits. However, underbites only affect between 5 and 10 percent of people, and they tend to be more common among those of Asian descent. Crowding If you suffer from crowding, adjacent teeth may overlap throughout your mouth because of insufficient space. Yet, crowding is not always caused by too little space in your mouth; it can be caused by a gradual drifting of your teeth over time. People who originally have straight teeth can suffer from crowding as they age. Wide Spacing Teeth that are spaced widely often occur because the size of the jaw bone and the size of your teeth don’t match up. The condition occurs temporarily in children as a normal part of growth. However, in adults, it can be due to the continued growth of your jawbone.  According to, of the over 4 million people who wear braces, one fourth are adults. If you suffer from a bite problem, braces may be able to correct your condition. For more information, contact Wright Center For Orthodontics or a similar...

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Important Information About Restorative Dentistry

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Important Information About Restorative Dentistry

If you have damaged or missing teeth, they could be impacting other aspects of your dental health, your physical well-being and the way you are perceived by others. Unfortunately, many people experience significant problems with their teeth as the result of accidents, injuries, medications or genetic pre-dispositions. The good news is that restorative dentistry includes several different types of dental services that work together to give you the healthy, beautiful smile you deserve. What Is Restorative Dentistry? Cosmetic dentistry and restorative dentistry are often confused for one another. One important difference between the two is that cosmetic dentistry cannot be provided until your gums and teeth are intact and healthy. In comparison, restorative dentistry is available to damaged teeth to make them whole and usable once again, by restoring function and an attractive appearance to your teeth, gums and jaw. It includes the following types of professional services: Endodontics Periodontics Prosthodontics     Do You Understand The Role of Endodontics In Modern Dental Care? Endodontics is a field of dentistry that is devoted to saving natural teeth whenever it is possible to do so. For instance, many dentists will recommend pulling a severely damaged tooth that needs a root canal. Your Endodontist is more likely to recommend additional options like a white filling that will match the surrounding teeth and then rebuilding the existing tooth structure. If you have many teeth that are no longer intact, it is not always possible to save each one. However, saving even a single tooth provides more options to treat other teeth, as dental implants are often appropriate.  At its most basic level, endodontics works to improve your oral and dental health so that other dental specialists can build your smile on a sturdy base of natural teeth whenever possible. So, What About Periodontics? Although you may know periodontal disease as gum disease, they are actually the same thing, and when left untreated, tooth loss is probable. Therefore, your periodontist may clean the root when it is infected or remove damaged tissue from the tooth or gums in order to jump-start the healing process. Severe gum problems will worsen over time, so your periodontist will examine your teeth and gums in detail to form a care plan. It is also important to note that they are trained to install, maintain and repair dental implants if your teeth have already been compromised or are beyond repair. Do You Need Prosthodontics? Prosthodontics is a dental specialty that provides dental prosthetics. Sleep apnea, the disease TMJ and an impaired ability to bite are only a few of the problems that can be effectively managed with specially designed prosthetics. Damage to the face, chin, jaw or head can often benefit from a prosthesis that molds to the affected feature and strengthens, supports, or replaces missing or unusable parts. A false eye or an intact nose will require collaboration between your prosthodontist and a doctor specializing in prosthetic rehabilitation for the entire body. In conclusion, when you need more than you can get from a cosmetic dentist and extensive repairs are needed before you can beautify your smile, it is essential to consider restorative dentistry. Your smile will never return to its original glory if untreated dental problems are still there. For more information, contact a business such as Alliance Family...

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Natural Homemade Compress For Relieving Your Symptoms After A Root Canal

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Natural Homemade Compress For Relieving Your Symptoms After A Root Canal

After a root canal, you may experience some pain in your tooth and swelling in the surrounding gums. If so, use the following natural, homemade compress to relieve your symptoms and prevent infection using ingredients found in pharmacies and grocery stores. What You Will Need Before making your compress, gather the supplies and ingredients listed below. Small bowl One 2×2-inch gauze Three tablespoons of water One tablespoon of salt Two drops of clove essential oil Five drops of peppermint essential oil Small glass of cool water The salt used in the treatment acts as an anti-inflammatory that pulls the inflammation out of the gums. It also kills germs around the root canal site, helping to prevent infection. The clove and peppermint oils soothe the pain by numbing the nerves in the tooth and gums on contact. The peppermint oil also gives the compress a slightly better flavor. When using the clove oil, make sure you use the amount listed above. While it does help with the pain, using too much undiluted oil can cause irritation if you are sensitive to it. If you are allergic to cloves, you can omit the oil and increase the peppermint oil’s amount by two drops. Directions Once you have what you need, follow the direction below to make and use the compress. Mix the water and salt together in the bowl, allowing time for the salt to dissolve completely. Add the oils to the salt water mixture and stir thoroughly. Place the gauze in the bowl to saturate it. Remove the gauze and wring it out slightly. Fold the gauze lengthwise then in half to form four layers. Rinse your mouth with cool water to remove any food particles. Place the compress directly on the tooth. Gently bite down on the compress to hold it in place. Do not bite too hard or grind your teeth because the fabric of the gauze could irritate your already sore gums. Keep the compress in for the amount of time you would normally use an ice pack, about 10 minutes. Remove the compress. Rinse your mouth with cool water. Using the above natural treatment should help relieve your symptoms. However, if you start to have an increase in pain and inflammation, you may want to contact your dentist who performed the root canal therapy. They may want to examine the tooth and prescribe other treatment options for your symptoms. For more information, contact Michels & Gauquie Cosmetic and Family Dentistry or a similar...

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