Dental Tips Blog

Oct
8

Should You Get a Crown or a Filling?

Posted in Crowns

You’ve noticed a suspicious dark spot on your tooth and now you’re wondering what you should do about it. If that’s actually a cavity, then it will need some kind of treatment.

Two of the most common methods for repairing tooth decay are fillings and dental crowns. Which will you need?

How Traditional Fillings Work

A filling is a flowable material placed inside a hollowed out space in the tooth. It’s usually light-cured and sets up in a matter of minutes. Fillings are your first line of defense in repairing cavities.

What Makes A Crown Different?

A crown, or cap, is a solid piece of material like porcelain that covers your entire tooth. If a lot of your tooth is damaged from decay, a crown can restore its shape.

Deciding Which Restoration You Need

Which restoration you need depends mainly on how much of your tooth is affected. If the cavity isn’t too deep, a filling is usually enough. But if the decay has reached deeper layers of your tooth or has caused large pieces to chip away, then you’ll need the extra protection of a crown.

What if the damage to your tooth falls somewhere in-between?

Your dentist may recommend a hybrid restoration called an indirect filling (inlay/onlay.) It’s like a filling-crown combo created outside the mouth and then cemented into the tooth like a piece in a puzzle.

It’s impossible to figure out exactly what your tooth needs without having a professional examine it. Call your dentist today to schedule an exam. He or she will help you decide on the restoration that matches your needs.

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7117

Oct
8

Is Your Smile Ready for Retirement?

Posted in Teeth Whitening

What do you look forward to the most in retirement?

You’re probably eager to give more attention to hobbies like golfing, boating, art, or music. You also may look forward to extra time spent with family.

One thing that should never retire, however, is your beautiful smile. Here are a few ways you can keep your smile strong and healthy long past retirement.

Stay Hydrated

Getting lots of water is important to many healthy bodily functions. Your mouth depends on adequate water to work smoothly. Dry mouth (often caused by medication) leads to discomfort and increases your risk for decay and gum disease.

Strengthen Tooth Enamel

Your teeth may have started to show signs of wear from years of use. Now is a critical time to reinforce them. Professional fluoride treatments are good for worn enamel. Tooth roots exposed by gum recession need a special level of attention.

Don’t Neglect Basic Hygiene

Just because you may not be heading into an office from 9-5 doesn’t mean you can skip the brushing. Regular plaque removal is essential for every single person with teeth for as long as they have them. Floss daily in addition to brushing.

You Deserve The Best!

There’s no need to accept a deteriorating smile as a normal part of aging. Today, folks in their 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, and beyond are enjoying dental treatments like:

Why not make a gorgeous smile one of your retirement projects? Let’s face it, after years of faithful service, your teeth deserve this gift! Remember to visit your dentist at least twice a year to ensure healthy teeth for a lifetime.

Posted on behalf of:
Sycamore Hills Dentistry
10082 Illinois Rd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
(260) 213-4400

Oct
8

Not Ready to Commit to Veneers? Try Lumineers

Posted in Veneers

Like many other people, you may find yourself hiding your teeth behind your a closed-lipped smile.

Are you ashamed of your teeth? Have you ever wished you could just cover them up?

With the help of dental veneers, you can do just that. Veneers are commonly made of porcelain and they slip right over your front teeth to create a new look.

But, getting veneers is quite the commitment. Your tooth enamel has to be adjusted and prepared so it can fit a new porcelain “glove” without making your teeth feel bulky. If your veneers pop off or get damaged, you’ll have to get them replaced.

Fortunately, Lumineers® is a brand of no-prep veneers that typically eliminates the need for:

  • Numbing shots
  • Enamel prepping and reshaping
  • Temporary veneers

Your Certified Lumineers® Dentist will simply take a mold of your teeth as they are and send it off to a Lumineers® lab. You’ll get back a complete set of all the veneers you need at the same time. After using just a dab of bonding agent on your teeth, your dentist will place your finished restorations. That’s it!

Lumineers® can get away with such little work because they are ultra-thin. They’re so lightweight that you’ll hardly notice them on your teeth. When your dentist places your Lumineers®, they will be carefully adjusted so that they can’t easily chip off.

The best part about Lumineers®? Even though they’ll give you a killer smile in an instant, you can have them removed anytime you wish to go back to your original smile without needing to replace them with something else.

To find out whether Lumineers® are right for you, schedule a smile consultation with your dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Park Slope Dental Arts
506 3rd St
Brooklyn, NY 11215
(718) 962-0300

Oct
8

Will My Insurance Cover Dental Sedation?

Sedation as used in dentistry can help patients who:

  • Need lengthy or multiple treatments
  • Have a hard time sitting still in the dental chair
  • Suffer from dental phobia
  • Can’t tolerate needles

You may be thinking about getting sedation to improve your next dental treatment experience. Whether laughing gas, an oral medication, or an IV drip, there’s a method that’s sure to fit your needs. But who is going to foot the bill? 

Dental Sedation Insurance Coverage

Most insurances treat sedation therapy as an unnecessary “extra” in dental care. Veneers, teeth whitening, and dental sedation tend to be lumped together in the luxury category. If you want to try a sedative method, then you’ll likely have to pay for that out of pocket.

Medical insurance may pick up the cost if sedation is absolutely necessary to ensure you get the dental treatment you need. Your dental insurance may also provide some coverage, but the sedation cost will probably be taken out of your regular dental benefits.

Your best bet is to contact your insurer directly to find out what benefits you’re entitled to and even to get a pre-determination.

How To Afford Dental Sedation

You may try a dental savings plan which doesn’t cap your benefits but helps you get a discount on any procedure. Talk with your local dental office about in-office financing and payment plans that can make sedation dentistry a reality. Some types of sedation are more affordable than others!

Don’t let worry over the cost of dental sedation hold you back from giving it a try. Your dental office will help you find the best way to afford any procedure you need.

Posted on behalf of:
Cane Bay Family Dentistry
1724 State Rd #4D
Summerville, SC 29483
(843) 376-4157

Oct
8

Does It Hurt to Get a Tooth Pulled?

The idea of getting a tooth pulled can be a scary one if you’ve never had it done before. But don’t stress out over it too much – it’s a lot easier than you might imagine.

You Won’t Feel A Thing!

For most patients, a little local anesthetic is enough to help them get through the procedure. As long as the area around your tooth is numbed up, the tooth extraction won’t hurt, at all.

Doze Your Way Through An Extraction

What if numbing shots don’t work on you? Or what if you’re still terrified at the mere thought of getting a tooth pulled?

Your dentist likely has methods for sedating anxious patients so that they can relax during treatment. Ask about dental sedation for your extraction appointment.

Encourage Fast Healing

As long as you follow your dentist’s directs post-extraction, recovery should be quick and easily managed when it comes to discomfort. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may be able to take an over-the-counter painkiller to ward off any discomfort.

Imagine The Relief!

A tooth extraction is always for the benefit of your smile. Teeth may have to go because they or the surrounding tissues are diseased or damaged. In that case, an extraction will only bring you relief. It’ll feel so good to have that painful bother out of your mouth.

Focus on how much better your smile will look once the problem tooth is gone. Today’s dentistry offers a variety of options for replacing lost teeth. You’ll soon have your smile looking better than ever before.

Contact your dentist to discuss any other concerns you have about getting a tooth pulled.

Posted on behalf of:
Salt Run Family Dentistry
700 Anastasia Blvd
St. Augustine, FL 32080
(904) 824-3540

Oct
8

How to Get a Dental Implant

Posted in Dental Implants

A dental implant is today’s tooth replacement option of choice. It’s quite simply a metal “root” inserted into the jawbone. Implants support crowns, bridges, or dentures to complete a smile.

Can your smile benefit from an implant (or two or three)?

Implant Consultation

The very first thing you need to do is visit a dentist with experience in placing dental implants. A series of x-rays and other imaging will help your provider estimate how well your mouth can support an implant.

You’ll discuss some important factors like:

  • Amount and quality of bone in your jaw
  • Your overall health
  • Factors that may inhibit healing
  • Your short and long-term smile goals

If it’s determined that an implant is right for you, your dentist will move on to the treatment planning phase.

Implant Placement Planning

Today’s technology allows implant professionals to basically perform virtual surgery to find out the best way to place your new restorations. This takes out the guesswork and secures the chances for successful healing.

Digital imaging and virtual planning will give your dentist an idea of how many implants are needed, what size they should be, and how they should be positioned to make the most of existing bone.

If you need bone grafting to build up your jaw, this will happen in advance of getting an implant or at the time of your surgery.

What’s It Like To Get An Implant?

Your actual implant doesn’t take long to place. Most appointments are less than an hour. With just a numbing shot or two, you won’t feel a thing. Follow post-op directions for healing and you should enjoy a speedy recovery.

Contact your dentist today to get started!

Posted on behalf of:
Bayshore Dental Center
810 W Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd #2900
Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 330-2006

Oct
8

3 Signs You Will Probably Need a Root Canal

Posted in Root Canals

A root canal is a procedure in which a dentist empties a tooth of bacteria and a dying nerve. Doing so heads off a potentially dangerous infection, relieves pain, and saves your tooth to avoid an extraction.

If you notice any of the following problems with your teeth, there’s a possibility you might need a root canal:

  1. Discoloration

A dark-colored tooth can indicate that there is nerve damage on the inside. Darkening could be a result of either trauma or decay. Some teeth change color after an injury but don’t always need root canal treatment. If your tooth starts to turn gray or brown, it’s a good idea to get it checked out.

  1. Swelling/Pus

When a tooth’s nerve starts to break down, the infection will try to escape the tooth. The only way out is through the channel that leads out the root tip. The infection then invades the surrounding bone tissue and eats away a small hole. As a result, you can end up with an oozing abscess on your gums near the tip of your root.

  1. Temperature And Pressure Sensitivity

If you have one tooth in particular that you can’t even chew on, then its nerve could be in jeopardy. An infection inside the tooth will put a lot of pressure on it from the inside, making it extremely sensitive.

See your dentist anytime you suspect something is off. But a dangerous nerve problem can crop up painlessly. That’s why it’s so important that you visit your dentist on a regular basis. This is how you stay on top of dental problems and anticipate the need for treatment such as root canals.

Posted on behalf of:
Greencastle Dental
195 Greencastle Road
Tyrone, GA 30290
(770) 486-5585

Oct
8

How Do I Know If I Have Gum Disease?

Posted in Gum Disease

Also known as gum disease, periodontitis is one of those conditions that can be considered a “silent killer” for your smile.

Gum disease is not likely to be deadly in the way that heart disease or cancer can be. But it is connected to serious ailments such as pneumonia and stroke. That’s because the gums are a gateway to the rest of your body. A chronic infection in your mouth can negatively impact other areas.

How do you know if you’re susceptible to this underestimated yet common disease?

Your Gums Easily Bleed

Contrary to popular belief, your gums don’t bleed because your hygienist “stabs” them. Neither is it normal for gums to bleed when you floss. Inflamed gum tissue is loaded with blood vessels that are easily damaged. So, if you notice pink in the sink, that could be a sign of infection.

Your Bad Breath Just Won’t Go Away

Not all kinds of halitosis can be masked with a breath mint. Chronic gum disease can leave a frustrating odor on your breath that causes people to keep their distance.

Gum Recession Is Driving Your Crazy

Do your teeth look a little long? Gums will shrink away from teeth as a result of inflammation from periodontitis. If you notice that more of your tooth roots are exposed, then it’s worth seeing a dentist to find out whether gum disease is to blame.

Don’t wait much longer if any of these signs are plaguing your smile! Taking quick action to treat or prevent gum disease could save not just your teeth but possibly lower your risk for other serious health problems.

Posted on behalf of:
Moores Chapel Dentistry
9115 Samlen Lane #105
Charlotte, NC 28214
(704) 389-9299

Oct
8

Benefits of Early Dental Care for Kids

Many parents make the mistake of putting off dental treatment until their child has a serious problem in their mouth.

Why does your pediatric dentist want to see your child as soon as possible? Consider a few ways early dental care is good for kids…

Treat Problems While Small

Trying to repair a mouth full of cavities is hard on everyone – the dentist, your child, and you. It’s much easier to just get a simple filling when it’s recommended in the first place. You’ll get a good idea of what your child needs by bringing them in for a dental visit as soon as possible.

Avoid Problems Altogether

Kids’ smiles are clean slates. Keep their teeth strong and healthy, and your children may never have to get a dental crown or tooth extraction. Preventative dental care is easier on young smiles as well as on your wallet.

Track Smile Development

No two kids’ smiles will develop in the same way. There’s no need to panic if you feel your child’s teeth aren’t growing in on schedule. Just plan a trip to the dentist to find out where everything is at.

Set Healthy Habits

Getting your child started on a routine of regular dental visits will help them develop a positive view of the dentist. Your son or daughter can avoid an irrational fear of dentistry and they’ll pick up effective techniques for keeping their own teeth in great shape.

Why put it off any longer? Your family has nothing to lose and so much to gain from getting those first dental visits out of the way!

Posted on behalf of:
Precision Digital Dentistry
674 US-202/206
Suite 7
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
(908) 955-6999

Oct
8

How to Brush if You Have Braces

Posted in Orthodontics

Getting braces means that you can expect some big changes down the road. Not only can you expect to get an improved smile, but you can expect your oral hygiene routine to become a little trickier.

Proper brushing can make or break your orthodontic treatment. If your teeth are kept clean and healthy, treatment will proceed as planned and your teeth will look great afterward.

But neglect the hygiene, and you could have a metal mouth for a lot longer than you wanted.

How can you make sure your teeth and braces stay clean with proper brushing?

Take A New Angle

The most important thing to remember with braces is that you have many different angles to work from. It’s not enough to just scrub across outer-facing surfaces. You’ll need to tip your brush bristles in a few directions:

  • Against the gum line
  • Down against the top of the brackets
  • Up toward the underside of the brackets

Save The Easiest For Last

Make it a habit to do the toughest or most time-consuming tasks first. Brushing around the brackets or flossing, for example, may be annoying chores. Get them out of the way and then take care of the easier stuff (like brushing the chewing surfaces of your teeth).

Automate Your Routine

An automatic helping hand could make a big difference in your brushing technique. Powered toothbrushes and water flossers are fantastic at blasting away the plaque you just don’t have time for.

Want a few more tips on keeping your teeth and gums in tip-top shape while wearing braces? Frequent dental visits throughout your treatment are a great way to get both professional cleanings and hygiene suggestions.

Posted on behalf of:
Gastonia Family Dentistry
2557 Pembroke Rd
Gastonia, NC 28054
(704) 854-8887

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