Thursday, March 24, 2016

Bonding with the Dentist

What is bonding? Bonding is the direct application of tooth colored material to restore or change the appearance of teeth. Layers of bonding material may be added to the fronts and the edges of teeth to change the color or the shape and size. Often times, this procedure is totally painless and doesn't require the use of local anesthetic. Teeth can be recontoured and changed to give the illusion of straight teeth without orthodontics. Bonding material is slightly thicker than toothpaste and is applied to the tooth surface in increments. It comes in a variety of shades so it can be matched to your teeth. It can also be used to change the appearance of your original tooth by applying a lighter color. It is then cured (or hardened) by a bright light, finished and polished smooth to look and feel like natural tooth. Dramatic improvements in your smile can be painlessly accomplished in just one visit. If you would like to improve the appearance of your front teeth in just one visit, quickly and easily, consider bonding!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Cracked Teeth

A cracked tooth can be very difficult to diagnose. It often hurts when you bite but the pain disappears quickly. It can make your tooth sensitive to temperature or certain foods. It is important to tell your dentist if you are having these symptoms because a cracked tooth, if left untreated can lead to root canal treatment or even extraction. Although the dentist may not be able to see the crack on an x-ray, there are simple tests that can be performed to be sure that a tooth is cracked. Teeth can fracture as a result of many things. For example, traumas to the mouth, tooth grinding or chewing on hard objects like ice or nuts. Teeth with large fillings are especially prone to cracking since they are already in a weakened state. Crowns (caps) may be used to cover the tooth and keep it together allowing it to function normally again.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sleep Tight? ...You May Need a Night Guard

Typically, most people don’t think of headaches as a dental problem but grinding or clenching your teeth while you sleep can create significant pain in your head and facial muscles. It is unnatural for your jaws to touch tightly together all night long. Muscles in your face, head and in front of your ears can go into spasm, causing great pain and headaches the next day. Since this grinding or clenching occurs during sleep, many people are not aware that they are doing it. A dentist can fabricate a custom hard acrylic night guard which will keep the jaws apart during sleep so it forces the muscles to relax. If your muscles are relaxed, there is no pain. It is a simple solution for a complex problem.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Halitosis: Bad Breath

Bad breath or halitosis can come from many sources. The most obvious cause of halitosis is of course, food, but gum disease, tooth decay, and tobacco are also common causes. The most frequent reason for bad breath is inadequate hygiene which can lead to more serious problems if not addressed. When food particles and debris are not cleaned from your teeth and tongue, bacteria can collect and result in unpleasant mouth odors. Bad breath is often the first indicator of periodontal (gum) disease. This may be a warning sign of a more serious problem and should not be ignored.

In certain cases, dry mouth can cause bad breath as well. This condition results from sleeping with an open mouth or daytime mouth breathing. Certain medical conditions, medications or sinus and respiratory infections can also lead to halitosis. It is important to see a dentist to determine the origin of the odor so it can be treated properly. Depending upon the source of your problem an individual treatment program can be set up to control your bad breath.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Toothpaste

Tartar control toothpaste does not remove tartar. It must be removed by professional cleaning. Plaque is the soft yellowish film that forms on your teeth and can be brushed away with toothpaste. Tartar, however, is calcified plaque and can not be removed with simple tooth brushing. Tartar control toothpaste can help prevent tartar from forming above the gumline with the help of active ingredients like pyrophosphates. It is important to remove plaque daily to keep the minerals in your saliva from causing it to harden.

Many people believe that baking soda in toothpaste prevents tartar. It is a mild abrasive and can help remove stain. Companies now offer whitening toothpastes that they advertise lighten teeth. However, many toothpastes that make this claim do not actually contain any whitening ingredients such as peroxide. Like baking soda products, they simply contain abrasive material that removes surface stain, causing the teeth to appear whiter. It is important to make this distinction because some toothpastes, do in fact contain peroxide and will directly whiten the enamel. The concentration of peroxide in toothpaste is generally not enough to bleach your teeth and does not remain in the your mouth long enough to have any significant effect.

It is important to note there is no evidence that baking soda or peroxide prevents gum disease, which is vital to oral health. You should use these abrasive and peroxide-containing products carefully because they can lead to sensitivity as the top layer of enamel is removed. This effect can also be exacerbated by aggressive brushing. When searching for a toothpaste, always look to see that it has been approved by the American Dental Association (ADA) and check the ingredients for peroxide if it promises to whiten teeth.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crowns....Not Just For Kings

Contrary to what you may think, a crown and a root canal are two separate procedures.  You don’t necessarily need a root canal if you need a crown but your dentist may recommend a crown on the tooth after it has had root canal treatment.  After a root canal is completed the dentist will generally place a temporary filling until the tooth can be restored.  Most dentists will recommend a crown for a molar. Teeth get brittle after root canal therapy because they no longer have a blood supply.  Teeth like this are more likely to break than others, especially in the molar region where there is more pressure from chewing.  To insure that the tooth doesn’t crack, the dentist may need to protect it with a crown.

There are many other reasons why a tooth may require a crown. The most common reasons include, cracks and severe decay. Sometimes a tooth that has an existing filling may have a problem and require a new restoration but there is too much filling material to refill the tooth. In a situations like these, the dentist may also recommend a crown.

Monday, August 12, 2013

What are sealants?

Sealants are a quick and painless way to prevent tooth decay on the biting surfaces of back teeth. Molar teeth usually have pits and grooves on the biting surfaces where bacteria hides. When you brush your teeth, your tooth brush glides over the top of the tooth but it is difficult for the bristles to remove germs and tiny food particles deep in the grooves. A thin plastic coating called a sealant can provide an effective barrier against tooth decay. There is no needle or drilling necessary. The sealant is a liquid plastic that is applied to the tooth with a tiny brush. Although a sealant can be placed at any age, this is generally done first at age 6-8 and then again at age 11-13 when the first and second molars appear in the mouth. Sealants are a very simple, inexpensive way to prevent cavities in permanent teeth at a very young age. For additional information please contact our office.