Dental Tips Blog

Dec
28

6 Signs You Need Braces

Posted in Braces

Has anyone ever told you that you might need braces? Here are six signs that you could potentially benefit from orthodontic treatment.

  1. You Have Crooked Teeth

Twisted teeth are the most obvious sign that you need to consider getting braces. Different methods of orthodontic treatment can fix anything from a single crooked tooth to a whole row of misaligned teeth.

  1. Your Teeth Are Tightly Stuck Together

Very tight teeth are hard to keep clean, so they collect stain, food, and tartar faster than other teeth. Braces can open up healthy and comfortable spaces between your teeth.

  1. You Grind Your Teeth

Braces aren’t the cure for everyone who grinds their teeth, but they can help if uneven tooth alignment is the cause behind your grinding habit. You may be clenching and grinding them without realizing it if they don’t line up properly.

  1. You Have a Tooth Tipped Over

Are you missing a tooth? The tooth behind the empty space may have tipped over to fill in the gap. This tipped-over tooth is now prone to gum disease and decay. Straightening it out with braces will put in a safer position.

  1. You Have Gum Recession

Could receding gums mean that you need braces? It could if your gums are receding because of uneven pressure on particular teeth. Teeth that are tipped out of alignment can put a strain on the gum tissue and trigger gum loss.

  1. You Have Chronic Jaw Pain

TMJ pain may indicate jaw imbalance. Adjusting the height or position of certain teeth with braces can bring your jaw into balance and relieve TMJ pain.

Learn whether braces are right for you by scheduling an orthodontic consultation today.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Orthodontics & Children’s Dentistry
13075 Hwy 9, Suite 110
Milton, GA 30004
(770) 521-2100

Dec
28

How Can a Periodontist Help You?

Posted in Gum Disease

You know that an orthodontist is a dentist who puts braces on teeth. You may even recognize an endodontist as someone who performs root canals. But have you ever heard of a periodontist?

What Is a Periodontist?

A periodontist is a dental professional who specializes in treating the gums, ligaments, and bone structure around the roots of teeth. The word root “periodont-” literally means “around the tooth.”

Periodontists treat gum disease, place bone and gum grafts, perform deep tooth root cleanings, take biopsies, and place implants.

Your Gum Health Matters!

Your gums are so important that there are dental specialists dedicated to treating them! Gum health is closely linked to the rest of your body. Chronic tissue inflammation can lead to an increased risk for arthritis, stroke, heart disease, and many other conditions.

Not to mention, your gums and jaw bone are crucial to keeping your teeth in place. If you lose those supporting structures, your teeth will gradually loosen and fall out.

Taking care of your gums is an important part of maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile. Your smile will look balanced, your breath will be fresh, and your body will thank you.

Do You Need to See a Periodontist?

If you’re interested in a dental implant or have a concern that a periodontist can help you with, you can directly contact one in your area to set up an appointment. Otherwise, just schedule a visit with your regular dentist for advice.

Some gum health problems are minor and are easy to treat in the dental office. If you need the specialized help of a periodontist, then your dentist can refer you to a trusted professional.

Posted on behalf of:
Green Dental of Alexandria
1725 Duke St
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 549-1725

Dec
28

How Do You Know if You Need a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is a kind of restoration that covers a whole tooth. The dentist trims away the outer layer of a tooth until a smaller cone shape is left, then covers it with a “cap.”

Crowns can be made from materials such as ceramic, gold, or a combination of metal and porcelain.

Do you have a tooth that’s in need of a dental crown? Here are a few signs that suggest you might.

Your Tooth Has a Large Crack or Cavity

One of the most popular uses of dental crowns is to restore teeth with large amounts of damage. Fillings aren’t always sufficient for repairing teeth with deep cavities or with large portions missing. If you have a tooth that’s missing a big piece, then it may need a cap.

Your Tooth Has Deep Stain

Injury or disease can leave some teeth permanently stained from the inside. That kind of stain doesn’t go away with teeth whitening treatments. If you have a deeply stained tooth, then capping it can make it look more natural again.

Your Tooth Is Very Sensitive

If you have any teeth that are extremely sensitive to temperature changes, then they may need crowns. Dental caps can protect and soothe teeth that have lost much of their insulating enamel layer due to wear and tear or acid exposure.

Other Uses for Dental Crowns

Crowns can also be used in supporting and finishing other restorations such as implants and dental bridges. Your dentist may also recommend a crown as part of a smile makeover if you have an unevenly-shaped tooth.

Schedule a visit with your dentist if you think you need a crown to find out what your treatment options are.

Posted on behalf of:
Grateful Dental
2000 Powers Ferry Rd SE #1
Marietta, GA 30067
(678) 593-2979

Dec
27

Dental Sedation Makes Dentistry Safer for Your Children

As a parent, you may wonder how the trend of dental sedation for kids can affect your family.

Dental sedation can actually make dentistry a safer and more positive experience for children, especially for those with special needs or heightened anxiety.

Types of Sedation Used in Pediatric Dentistry

Dental sedation for is administered in four main methods:

  • Local anesthesia (numbing shots)
  • Nitrous oxide (laughing gas)
  • Oral medication
  • IV sedation

Each of these methods are perfectly safe for children. Your child’s dentist will help you decide which kind your kids need based upon their unique treatment circumstances.

Benefits of Sedation During Dentistry for Children

How can sedation make dentistry safer for kids?

The goal of dental sedation is not to render your child unconscious. Rather, low levels of sedation will help your child relax and remain calm during dental treatment.

Children who get nervous or excited or upset at the dentist’s office can move around a lot. This makes it difficult and sometimes dangerous to try working on their teeth. By calming your child with sedation, they will stay still, cooperative, and safe during treatment.

Additionally, some children suffer high levels of anxiety when they visit the doctor or dentist. Elevated stress levels can take a toll on their bodies. Dental sedation helps kids to relax and remain stress-free.

Finally, sedation can help your child to develop a positive view of dental treatment. If waking up from a nap is all they can remember from their procedure, then they won’t have any reason to develop a negative view of their dental experience.

Is sedation necessary for your child’s next dental visit? Find out by scheduling a one-one-one consultation with your family dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Gold Hill Dentistry
2848 Pleasant Road #104
Fort Mill,  South Carolina 29708
(803) 566-8055

Dec
27

5 Reasons to Have That Tooth Pulled

Posted in Dental Implants

Why do teeth sometimes need to be extracted even when they don’t hurt? Here are five possible reasons why your tooth’s time has come.

  1. It’s impacted.

Wisdom teeth are notorious for impaction. They can press on the roots of other teeth and mess up your smile’s alignment. Impacted teeth can also lead to pain and infection. Your dentist may want to remove an impacted wisdom tooth before it can start trouble.

  1. It’s lost all support.

Your tooth may be healthy, but it won’t last long if there’s nothing to hold it in place. Gum disease, bone resorption, and gum recession may have combined to leave your tooth swaying in the breeze, so to speak.

  1. The tooth’s nerve is in danger.

An infected or exposed tooth nerve is extremely painful. Your dentist may recommend extracting the tooth to avoid this problem if a root canal isn’t worth attempting.

  1. It’s compromising the health of your other teeth.

Maybe that tooth is an extra one, or it’s come in at an angle that makes it hard to clean your other teeth. Your tooth may not hurt, but it could still host bacteria that could move to other teeth if it isn’t removed.

  1. It’s time to make room for the new.

Is that one tooth all alone? You might be better off pulling it so that you can get a whole new row of teeth in the form of dental implants, a dental bridge or denture.

Get rid of that problematic tooth and then move forward with treatments to restore your smile and enjoy better oral health and fresh breath. Contact your dentist to learn more about tooth extraction and replacement.

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

Dec
24

Young and Living with Dentures—How You Can Overcome the Challenges

Posted in Dentures

No matter what your age, losing teeth and getting dentures can be traumatic and life-changing. This transition, however, is especially difficult if it happens when you’re quite young.

How can you deal with the particular challenge of wearing dentures at a relatively young age?

Remember That Dentures Are Common

Older people often need dentures because their teeth are worn out after years of use and disease. But age isn’t the only reason teeth go missing.

The fact is that people of all ages can need dentures because teeth are lost for different reasons completely unrelated to age. Cancer, gum disease, trauma, a genetic condition, or even major acid reflux can all result in tooth damage that necessitates dentures.

You have no need to feel ashamed for needing dentures any more than an amputee needs a wheelchair or prosthetic arm.

Dentures are more common among young people than you may even know. Your denture dentist can connect you with support groups that will help you realize just how common dentures are.

With Time and Practice, You Will Get Used to Your Denture

Dentures don’t feel natural at first. But you can boost your confidence by practicing at home: singing, laughing, chewing food, reading out loud. Do everything until you feel more comfortable. A denture adhesive can also help.

You’re Not Limited to Dentures

You’ve got your whole life ahead of you; it’s far from over just because you have dentures! Being young, you likely have the health and time to invest in a more permanent and natural tooth replacement such as dental implants.

Ask your dentist for more information on modern denture alternatives that won’t interfere with your lifestyle.

Posted on behalf of:
Feather Touch Dental Care
1175 Peachtree St. NW Ste 1204
Atlanta, GA 30361
(404) 892-2097

Dec
24

Why Wear a Retainer? Three Main Reasons to Consider

Posted in Braces

Dental retainers serve a number of purposes. Depending on your unique oral health needs, there’s a good chance that you may need to wear a retainer at some point in your life.

Here are the three main uses of retainers in dentistry.

  1. To Straighten Teeth

A retainer can be worn alone to correct small problems with tooth alignment. Invisalign, for example, is a popular teeth-straightening retainer system. Retainers are often necessary after treatment with regular braces to ensure that teeth don’t revert to their old positions.

  1. To Prevent Bad Habits

Some children develop the habit of poking their tongue out of their mouths when they speak. This can lead to speech problems and even put unnatural pressure on the front teeth and cause them to splay outwards.

Special retainers can be designed to prevent the tongue from thrusting towards the front of the mouth. Kids may need to wear a retainer like this to break habits that are harmful to tooth alignment or their speech. Correcting these problems early in life can actually prevent the need for braces later on down the road.

  1. To Correct Jaw Problems

Not all bite alignment issues manifest as crooked teeth. Poor jaw alignment can lead to teeth grinding. If your entire jaw doesn’t line up correctly, you may suffer from TMJ pain and tooth enamel damage.

If you suffer from jaw pain, you may qualify for a special kind of mouthpiece called a splint that prevents your teeth from closing down together while you sleep. This protects your tooth enamel and minimizes some of the strain on your jaw joint.

Is a dental retainer right for you? Find out by visiting your local dentist for an oral health checkup.

Posted on behalf of:
East Cobb Orthodontics
2810 Lassiter Rd
Marietta, GA 30062
(770) 993-7118

Dec
24

Why Do I Have So Many Gaps Between My Teeth?

Posted in Braces

Having multiple spaces between your teeth can make you self-conscious about your smile. Why do you have so many gaps? There are a few possible reasons.

Missing Teeth

If you were born with one or two congenitally-missing permanent teeth, this can lead to increased spacing between the rest of them. The same is true of losing teeth to trauma or disease. Over time, the remaining teeth will shift their positions, opening up more spaces across your smile.

Naturally Small Teeth

Genetics and certain health conditions can result in teeth that are proportionately too small for the mouth. They may be evenly spaced and healthy, but such teeth can have large gaps of empty space between one another.

Enamel Erosion or Decay

Your teeth may appear to have widening gaps between them because they’re being actively worn away. Rough tooth brushing, excessive acid exposure, and cavities can all cause enamel to erode.

Gum Disease

Gum disease is a bacterial infection that attacks the bone and gum tissue around tooth roots. As teeth lose support, they drift out of alignment and the gums shrink away. This can make them start to look flared-out and widely spaced.

How to Fix Gaps Between Your Teeth

Get started by scheduling a checkup with your local dentist. This will determine whether the gaps in your smile are caused by disease. Once your mouth is free of infection, your dentist will recommend cosmetic treatments to decrease the spacing between your teeth.

Treatment may include:

  • Physically closing the distance between teeth with braces
  • Hiding gaps with dental veneers or dental bonding
  • Enlarging teeth by capping them with dental crowns
  • Gum grafting to restore lost tissue

Contact your dentist today to schedule consultation.

Posted on behalf of:
Broad Street Braces
2010 South Juniper Street
Philadelphia, PA 19148
213-234-3030

Dec
24

What Is That Gunk on Your Teeth?

Have you ever scraped a fingernail against your tooth and noticed an accumulation of sticky film? You’ve probably heard the terms “plaque” and “tartar” before. But you may not know exactly what they are.

What Is Dental Plaque?

Dental plaque is a pasty deposit made up of bacteria, food, and fluids from your gums. A plaque layer develops on all surfaces of your teeth within hours after brushing and keeps getting thicker until you remove it by brushing and flossing.

Plaque is clear until it reaches a certain thickness of growth. It can look white or take on a yellow hue. Plaque grows faster after you eat, especially after eating sugar and other carbohydrates.

Dental plaque is the stuff that comes off when you scrape your teeth with your fingernail or clean them with a toothbrush.

Where Does Tartar Come From?

Tartar, also known as dental calculus, is mineralized plaque. It forms in areas where the plaque was left behind to mix with minerals in the saliva which cause it to harden.

Calculus is chalky and hard. It can be white or yellow like plaque and it can even turn brown or black from stain. This tartar buildup won’t come off with a toothbrush or fingernail no matter how hard you try. It stays on your teeth until it’s taken off with special dental tools.

How to Keep Your Teeth Gunk-Free

You can slow down the growth of debris on your teeth by brushing and flossing thoroughly every day. In order to prevent plaque and tartar from causing dental problems, however, you’ll need professional dental cleanings.

Contact your local dentist to schedule a teeth cleaning and to learn more about keeping your teeth free of unwanted buildup!

Posted on behalf of:
Gainesville Dental Group
1026 Thompson Bridge Rd
Gainesville, GA 30501
(770) 297-0401

Dec
24

How Long Does it Take to Get a Dental Crown?

Posted in Crowns

Getting a dental crown put on a tooth usually takes two separate appointments over the course of a couple of weeks. Here’s what you can expect.

Your First Dental Crown Appointment

The first visit usually takes less than an hour and involves preparing and measuring your tooth for the crown. After the dentist numbs the tooth, he or she will shape it down to a smaller size so that the crown fits over it.

The dentist then pushes a putty-filled mold against your teeth. This putty captures a perfect map of the way your surrounding teeth should fit against the crowned tooth when it’s done.

Your peg tooth is then capped with a temporary crown. Temporaries are usually made of a stainless steel or composite material, so they don’t feel very natural, but it will protect your tooth in the meantime. While you wait, your dentist sends the mold off to a dental lab where your permanent crown is crafted.

The Second Dental Crown Appointment

Your next appointment will likely follow a week or two after your first one and it goes fairly quick. Your tooth will once again be numbed up and the dentist will pop off the temporary crown. You’ll then get to try out the new permanent dental crown.

Once both you and your dentist are happy with the look and feel, the crown is cemented into place. The dentist will floss it to ensure smooth edges and perhaps even check the fit with an x-ray.

Some dental offices now offer crown fabrication technology that lets you get a crown from start-to-finish within a single two-hour appointment. Ask your dentist about what kind of dental crown placement techniques are available in your area.

Posted on behalf of:
Elegant Smiles
1955 Cliff Valley Way NE #100
Brookhaven, GA 30329
404-634-4224

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