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3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Sleep Dentistry

Whether you plan for a little routine dental work or a major procedure with an oral surgeon, you want to know what to expect when it comes to sleep dentistry. Here are four important questions to discuss with your care provider well before you schedule treatment. What should I do to prepare? You can’t just […]

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Why Do I Need a Crown if My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?

When a dentist recommends removing the outer layer of your tooth to make room for a costly crown, he or she has a good reason for doing so. But your tooth isn’t bothering you, so why bother with a dental cap at all?  Before it strikes a nerve A tooth starts to hurt when the […]

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What’s Making My Kid’s Teeth Orange?

You’ve just got to love those baby pearly-whites! Until they become not-so-white. Your child’s baby teeth are gradually being replaced by adult ones as their smile matures. But lately, that beautiful white smile has turned dull and rather . . . orange. Now you’re worried. What happened? Orange stain on teeth is typically attributed to […]

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3 Questions to Ask Your Dentist About Sleep Dentistry

Whether you plan for a little routine dental work or a major procedure with an oral surgeon, you want to know what to expect when it comes to sleep dentistry.

Here are four important questions to discuss with your care provider well before you schedule treatment.

  1. What should I do to prepare?

You can’t just walk in off the street and magically fall asleep for dental treatment. Before you can have any kind of sedation, you’ll need to carefully plan things out with your dentist.

For example, some medications require that you come in on an empty stomach. What you eat and when you take your regular medications can also affect the kind of sedation you have and what time to schedule your treatment.

Additionally, your sedative may require that you take it well before arriving for your procedure. This means you’d need to arrange for a friend to bring you to the dental office.

  1. Will I be conscious?

Not all “sleep dentistry” means that you’ll be completely knocked out. Most dental procedures can be done under a very mild sedation that keeps you conscious. The medications help you relax and forget about the stress of treatment.

Complex procedures like jaw surgery may require general anesthesia which does put you “fully under.”

  1. Could my current medications interact with the sedative?

Some sedatives can be dangerous if taken along with certain other meds. Your dentist will carefully review your medical history before prescribing a sedation technique. But it doesn’t hurt to get ahead and start asking now. The sooner you clear things up, the better.

Don’t hesitate to ask any other questions that come to mind!

Posted on behalf of:
Dr. David Kurtzman D.D.S.
611 Campbell Hill St. NW #101
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 980-6336

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Why Do I Need a Crown if My Tooth Doesn’t Hurt?

When a dentist recommends removing the outer layer of your tooth to make room for a costly crown, he or she has a good reason for doing so.

But your tooth isn’t bothering you, so why bother with a dental cap at all? 

Before it strikes a nerve

A tooth starts to hurt when the nerve deep inside is exposed to air or bacteria. Fracture and decay are the most common causes. It can take time for the damage to reach the nerve, however.

But therein lies the key: time.

These things don’t always happen overnight.

The damage can be well underway but you won’t realize it until it’s too late to save the tooth. By the time your it hurts, that could mean that the nerve is so damaged that you’re left with two options: extraction or root canal.

A dental crown is the way your dentist saves your tooth and protects the sensitive nerve within. This will buy you several more years to hold onto your natural tooth.

Need more proof?

Most dental offices are equipped with tools to detect problems and make them easier to avoid. Your dentist can use the following technology to show you where your situation lands in terms of seriousness:

  • X-rays
  • Photographs with an intraoral camera
  • Models and diagrams

Serious dental problems can take root long before you feel any symptoms. It’s scary news, but it’s the kind you can’t ignore.

Don’t let a fracture or abscess throw off your busy schedule and interfere with your life. Stay on top of your oral health by visiting your local dentist for regular dental checkups.

Posted on behalf of:
Soft Touch Dentistry
1214 Paragon Dr
O’Fallon, IL 62269
(618) 622-5050

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What’s Making My Kid’s Teeth Orange?

You’ve just got to love those baby pearly-whites!

Until they become not-so-white.

Your child’s baby teeth are gradually being replaced by adult ones as their smile matures. But lately, that beautiful white smile has turned dull and rather . . . orange.

Now you’re worried. What happened?

Orange stain on teeth is typically attributed to specific kinds of bacteria that can get pretty colorful themselves. When they collect in high numbers, they leave a characteristic orangey-yellow stain on the teeth.

These germs are associated with food debris and poor oral hygiene. Children’s mouths are the perfect host for these bacteria for a few reasons:

  • Kids are notoriously bad at brushing regularly (it can be like “pulling teeth” to get them to do so!)
  • Young children often don’t have the needed dexterity to move their toothbrush where needed
  • Food debris quickly gets trapped in the messy mix of outgoing baby teeth and incoming adult ones

What can you do if you notice your kid’s teeth turning orange?

Start off with a trip to the dental office. The orange should come right off in a thorough teeth cleaning. While you’re there, chat with the dentist and dental hygienist to get tips on improving your child’s oral hygiene.

Keep in mind that this orange plaque doesn’t just discolor teeth – it can also wear away enamel and cause cavities. That’s why it’s a good thing to worry about the color of your kid’s teeth. If you notice something a little off about your little one’s smile, you could have a potential problem on your hands.

Schedule a dental checkup and cleaning asap! For your child, a beautiful smile is a healthy one.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

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What Is a Denture Reline?

If your denture has started bothering you as of late, then a visit to the dentist for a reline may be in order.

Relining dentures isn’t an expensive procedure. But it can do a lot to improve the comfort of your bite.

Hard vs. Soft Relines

When a dentist relines a denture, he or she applies a layer of material to the inside to make it more comfortable and fit your mouth’s current shape.

A hard reline takes more time and usually requires sending your denture to a lab for a detailed job. Soft relines involve a simple liquid polymer and can often be done by your dentist right there their office.

Why a Reline?

The pressure of using a denture can actually wear down the bone beneath gum tissue. Eventually, this causes a change in the shape of your jaw so that your denture no longer fits the way it originally did. In a way, your denture outgrows your mouth.

Your bone may have already been affected if your denture:

  • Slips around a lot
  • Chafes and causes sores on your gums
  • Requires an adhesive now more than you did before

This process of bone resorption tends to happen most quickly during the first few months after you get dentures. After that, this continues to happen at a slower rate. This is why it’s common to need a reline within the first six months of getting a new prosthesis.

Don’t depend on a powder or paste to give your denture a secure fit. Tackle the problem right at the source. Contact your dentist today to schedule a denture reline appointment.

Posted on behalf of:
Pure Smiles Dentistry
2655 Dallas Highway Suite 510
Marietta, GA 30064
770.422.8776

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The Truth About Whitening with Activated Charcoal

You’ve heard all the hype on social media, DIY videos, and beauty blogs. Activated charcoal is touted for its ability to absorb toxins. It also has abrasive properties for exfoliation.

But how does it do when it comes to whitening teeth?

Please note that the charcoal people are talking about isn’t the kind you use in a backyard BBQ. This has to be the “activated” kind which has improved absorbency.

A lot of those “results” people see after just one brushing with activated charcoal are the same they would get with regular toothpaste. The charcoal just removed some of the surface plaque that naturally dulls teeth. So, don’t let a recently cleaned smile fool you into believing it’s been bleached.

Additionally, some people mistakenly believe charcoal is an alternative to fluoride. As an ingredient in most toothpastes, fluoride is an enamel-strengthener, not a whitener. Charcoal can help clean teeth, but it does not prevent cavities.

Before giving this latest fad a try, you should also think about a few of the drawbacks to using activated charcoal powder:

  • It gets very messy to brush with
  • You risk hurting your lungs if you breathe in the fine powder
  • The roughness can gradually damage enamel

If you’re the DIY enthusiast who just has to give this a try, dentists warn you to think twice. Charcoal isn’t known to actually seep into the tooth layers to bleach them and, if anything, could be harmful to teeth.

For more reliable, immediate and safer teeth whitening, you’re better off consulting your dentist. He or she will give you tips on effective home whitening and suggestions for more ideal methods than activated charcoal.

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

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Don’t Ignore That Pimple on Your Gums!

Any unusual growth on the gums should be looked at right away by a dentist, especially if it hurts. Most blemishes on the skin are linked to blocked pores. But what could cause that strange bump to grow on gum tissue?

Periodontal Abscess

This pocket of pus develops in gums severely affected by gum disease. You may notice a salty taste in your mouth because of the pus along with gum recession.

Dental Abscess

When a cavity reaches the pulp of a tooth, the nerve dies and pus inside the tooth eats its way outside via the root tip and jawbone.

How to Treat an Abscess

The next thing you want to know is how to get rid of a pimple on your gums.

You’ll definitely need a dentist to take a look to determine the cause of the infection. He or she will probably prescribe an antibiotic to start bringing down the swelling. A warm saltwater rinse is good for drawing out debris and soothing pain.

A periodontal abscess is treated with drainage and then thoroughly cleaning out irritants around the tooth. Dental abscesses usually require a root canal to remove the damaged nerve chamber and seal off the tooth against further infection.

In either case, you can avoid getting another abscess by improving your dental hygiene routine. Regular brushing and daily flossing will limit infectious debris in your mouth. Lots of fluoride will strengthen enamel against cavities.

Have you noticed an odd bump on your gums that wasn’t there last week? Don’t waste any more time – that “pimple” could spell out serious trouble for your smile. Call your dentist to plan a consultation, pronto.

Posted on behalf of:
Mundo Dentistry
3463 US-21 #101
Fort Mill, SC 29715
(704) 825-2018

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Should You Get a Filling Before or After Getting Braces?

Has it been years since you had a dental checkup? That first trip to the dental office can leave you with a to-do list of procedures. If you end up want both braces and needing a filling or two, which should come first?

It’s preferable (and usually more urgent) to treat decay before straightening teeth for a few reasons:

  • It’s easier to treat teeth without appliances in the way
  • Decay then won’t have the chance to spread to other teeth
  • Orthodontics can often be delayed, but treating tooth decay can’t

Braces are worn for around a year and a half. For some patients, even longer. There’s a good chance that you could develop a cavity or two during that time. 

What Then?

If necessary, most basic dental fillings can be done during orthodontic treatment. Although it’s not ideal, your orthodontist may be able to remove the wire and a bracket or two to let your dentist access teeth needing treatment.

Before Getting Braces

Get a complete professional tooth cleaning complete with x-rays and a gum exam. This will alert you to any underlying issues that could suddenly pop up while wearing braces. Ask your dentist about dental sealants, too. These can prevent cavities from forming on chewing surfaces.

While Wearing Braces

Your teeth will be more vulnerable to decay while in braces, since all of those extra surfaces can harbor bacteria. Reduce your risk of cavities by brushing several times a day. Use a flossing method that’s so easy for you that you’re willing to do it every day. Lastly, boost your fluoride use to strengthen all enamel surfaces.

To get an idea of your individual dental needs, schedule a checkup with your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Milton Dental Specialists
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

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Dentists Taking Steps to Combat Effects of Mercury

Starting in July 2017, a couple new initiatives are going into effect with the aim of reducing the effects of dental mercury on the environment.

Very few dental offices in the United States still offer amalgam (50% mercury) as an option for dental fillings. They are being phased out and replaced by composite tooth colored fillings which are more conservative and metal-free.

While getting a silver filling isn’t likely to put your body at risk of mercury poisoning, getting these fillings removed could gradually be doing damage to the environment.

Dentists have to clean out the metal, which generates a mercury vapor that can be harmful if they breathe in a lot of it over the course of their career. In addition, the waste gets washed down the drain and into the water supply, where it can accumulate in drinking water and seafood.

After decades of efforts to completely eliminate the use and effects of mercury-based fillings, a couple of major steps have been taken.

US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA): Clean Water Act

A part of this act requires that all dental offices in the United States install amalgam separators that trap mercury debris so it can be properly disposed of.

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP): Minamata Convention on Mercury

This initiative goes into effect as of August 2017 and aims to phase out mercury use in dental offices on a global level. As a start, dentists are encouraged to not provide silver fillings for children and pregnant or breastfeeding women. Later talks will work toward the goal of eliminating mercury use entirely by 2030.

Want to know more about smile-safe dental restorations? Talk with your local dentist about your options.

Posted on behalf of:
Montevallo Family Dentistry
711 Wadsworth St
Montevallo, AL 35115
(205) 665-2224

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7 Types of Cosmetic Dental Procedures to Consider

What’s wrong with wanting a beautiful smile?

Your smile is likely one of the firsts things people will notice about you. It has the potential to be your best and most permanent accessory if you really invest in it.

Investing in your teeth means keeping them healthy and doing what you can to make your smile stand out from the crowd.

Check out these seven trusted cosmetic dental procedures for revolutionizing the appearance of your teeth:

  1. Whitening

Bleaching your teeth can start with a simple at-home kit or you can go all the way and get a professional in-office treatment. This is a great option if you don’t want to make any permanent changes to your smile but still want to take years off your appearance.

  1. Veneers

Veneers are false fronts that can instantly upgrade the look of your upper front teeth to make them look brighter and straighter.

  1. Porcelain Crowns

Sometimes, you just have to bite the bullet and cover up an entire tooth that can be fixed any other way. Crowns provide teeth with both strength and beauty.

  1. Implants

Permanently fill in that gap in your smile with a brand-new tooth. No one will ever have to know it’s not the real thing.

  1. Bonding

Bonding is a great way to patch up small chips and reshape rough edges.

  1. Inlays and Onlays

What do you do when a filling isn’t enough but a crown is too much? Meet halfway with an inlay or onlay.

  1. Gum Contouring

Sometimes your teeth aren’t even the problem. Trimming back and reshaping a little gum tissue can lengthen and even out teeth.

Which treatment is right for you? Find out by scheduling a smile consultation with your cosmetic dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Marietta Dental Professionals
550 Franklin Gateway SE
Marietta, GA 30067
(770) 514-5055

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5 Benefits of Dental Implants

A dental implant is a metal post placed in the jawbone that supports and anchors a tooth replacement such as a dental crown or even a removable denture.

Implants represent the ultimate, gold standard in restorative dentistry, the end-all dental solution. Why? Because of these unparalleled benefits:

  1. Better Diet

Implants let you chew with more security than dentures do. You can bite into healthy foods and enjoy a greater variety of the meals you love. An implant can also eliminate that annoying “food trap” created by a missing tooth.

  1. Permanent Solution

Tired of constantly getting your denture adjusted or having new partials made? Dental implants get rid of all of that. Once an implant heals in place, it’s basically set for life, as long as you take care of it.

  1. Easier Oral Hygiene

Caring for your implants is just like brushing and flossing your natural teeth. You need to work to keep an implant healthy and strong, but that’s usually easier than flossing under a fixed bridge or cleaning a denture every day.

  1. Enhanced Comfort and Convenience

An implant is designed to feel just like a natural tooth, so there will be no fear of it slipping out of place, pinching, or chafing your gums. It’s secure and ready to go all day long.

  1. Improved Confidence

It almost goes without saying that you’ll look great by completing your smile with an implant! Knowing you can smile, laugh, chew, and talk with confidence will help you live your life worry-free.

Find out how one or more dental implants could change your life. Call your dentist today to schedule a consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

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