Dental Tips Blog

Oct
18

4 Benefits of Getting Braces While Young

Posted in Orthodontics

Is your child ready for orthodontic treatment? Here are the four benefits of getting braces during childhood.

  1. Teeth Move Quickly in Young Jaws

The main reason for getting braces at a young age is simply that it’s the most efficient time to do so. Bone tissue in young mouths is highly dynamic and heals quickly. This is necessary for teeth to respond quickly to pressure from braces and then stay firmly rooted in their new positions.

  1. Braces During Youth Can Reduce Need for Complex Treatment in Adulthood

Spacing issues such as crowding and bite problems can often be corrected with simple orthodontic procedures in childhood. If you were to wait until adulthood to address them, treatment would be much more complicated and could even involve reconstructive surgery. It’s easier and cheaper to fix these issues while young.

  1. Braces Don’t Majorly Impact Kids’ Lives

True, most kids who wear braces hate the look and/or feel of them. But braces are a relatively minor inconvenience for kids when compared with how they could adversely affect a busy adult schedule.

  1. Have More Control Over Kids’ Compliance

One other good reason to get braces in childhood is because there are responsible people over the youth who can ensure they comply with their treatment instructions. Older people with braces can have a hard time exercising self-control when it comes to their own treatment.

Has a dentist suggested that your child get braces soon? Given all the benefits of orthodontic treatment in kids you shouldn’t wait long to get started.

Contact an orthodontist to schedule a braces consultation for your kids. You’ll be glad to get this all over with as soon as possible!

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

Oct
18

Capped Tooth Hurting? What You Should Do

Posted in Crowns

A dental crown is supposed to keep your tooth safe and comfortable. So if a crowned tooth starts to bother you, you’re understandably disappointed and worried.

What should you do if your capped tooth hurts? The first step is to understand why it’s causing you discomfort.

Why Teeth with Crowns Hurt

What are some of the potential reasons a dental crown would hurt?

  • The tooth and gums may be sore immediately after getting a new crown
  • The capped tooth could be sensitive to extreme temperatures
  • The crown could be too high or incorrectly positioned
  • There may be a cavity under the crown
  • The capped tooth might have nerve damage

How do you know what’s wrong with your dental crown? The only way to find out for sure is to visit a dentist. In the meantime, you can try some other methods for getting relief.

What You Can Do About a Painful Capped Tooth

If your dental crown just seems a bit sensitive, try using a sensitivity toothpaste for a few weeks to see if it helps. You can temporarily get relief from dental pain by taking an over-the-counter painkiller that your doctor approves.

New dental crowns often cause a dull ache in the tooth. The discomfort fades with time. But if a crown that hasn’t bothered you for years suddenly starts hurting, then that’s probably not normal.

You need to schedule a dental checkup to identify the problem and effectively treat it. Your dentist can assess your crowned tooth with x-rays and bite tests to determine the problem and then recommend treatment.

You don’t have to keep living with a painful dental crown! Contact your dentist right away for help.

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

Oct
18

5 Problems Dental Crowns Can Solve

Posted in Crowns

Why get a dental crown? If you suffer from any of the following dental health problems, then you may soon find out just how important dental crowns can be.

Cavities: Most cavities are small enough that a simple filling is all that’s needed. But a crown may become necessary if the decay spreads and grows so large that a filling wouldn’t be sufficient.

Cracked Teeth: Teeth with cracks are at risk of fracturing apart completely. Whether you have just a hairline crack or are missing an entire piece of your tooth, a crown can hold everything together. Capping a cracked tooth could be the only way to save it from extraction.

Tooth Sensitivity: Do you have any teeth that are sensitive and worn down? An uneven bite, teeth grinding habit, or simply years of use can cause enamel to erode away and leave behind sensitive teeth.

Covering your sensitive teeth with a crown can give you significant relief while strengthening your weakened tooth.

Root Canals: Crowns are often necessary after root canals to keep the treated teeth strong. In some cases, getting a crown early enough can help you avoid the need for a root canal, altogether. Capping teeth that have been weakened by fracture or decay can help them hold up for many more years before needing any other treatment.

Stained Teeth: Dental crowns are often necessary for structurally reinforcing teeth. Did you know, however, that crowns also have cosmetic value?

You can completely cover up discolored or stained teeth with dental crowns. Caps mask tooth stains that won’t come out with whitening treatments.

What can dental crowns do for you? Contact your dentist to find out.

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

Oct
18

5 Ways to Avoid Sensitive Teeth This Winter

Does just the thought of the fast-approaching cool weather make your teeth sting? Many people struggle with having teeth that are unusually sensitive to cold air.

Here are a few ways you can minimize that wintery zing and keep your sensitive teeth comfortable in the upcoming chilly season.

  1. Use Fluoride Toothpaste and Mouthwash

Fluoride is a mineral that can fill in microscopic pores of weak and worn areas in your enamel. It’s important for preventing cavities, but this process also improves insulation on sensitive tooth surfaces. Increasing your teeth’s exposure to fluoride with toothpastes and rinses can reduce sensitivity.

  1. Get a Professional Fluoride Treatment

Your dentist may be able to offer a special kind of fluoride varnish. This varnish sticks to your teeth for several hours. It allows your enamel to absorb the maximum amount of fluoride possible.

  1. Try Desensitizing Toothpaste

Desensitizing toothpastes contain potassium nitrate which helps block up open pores on the enamel surface. This provides extra insulation for sensitive or worn teeth.

  1. Switch to a Softer Toothbrush

Brushing gently with a toothbrush with soft bristles will help you avoid wearing away more enamel. Soft bristles also feel better on sensitive teeth.

  1. Avoid Acidic Foods

Foods high in acid can further dissolve your tooth enamel. Stay away from things like soda, citrus fruits, and vinegar.

  1. Ask Your Dentist About Treating Sensitive Teeth

When nothing else seems to work, ask your dentist for help in relieving tooth sensitivity. You may need a filling or crown to protect very sensitive teeth. Sometimes, dental sensitivity is due to a serious oral health issue.

Call your dentist today for more tips on preventing sensitive teeth.

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

Oct
17

Will Swollen Gums Go Away?

Posted in Gum Disease

Yes, you’ll be relieved to learn that swollen gums are reversible. Whether or not your gums get better, however, depends mainly on you.

Why Gums Swell

Swollen gums are marked by:

  • Puffiness
  • Tenderness
  • Itchiness
  • Bleeding

As you likely are experiencing, swollen gums can be quite uncomfortable. What’s causing this discomfort?

The tissues in your delicate gums are reacting to plaque bacteria left on your teeth. When these germs come in contact with your gums, they trigger an immune response that results in increased blood vessels and fluids in your gums.

If you have poor oral hygiene, then your gums may swell often from constantly being covered in plaque. At other times, hormone fluctuations in your body can make your gums more sensitive despite having great oral hygiene.

How to Reverse Gum Swelling Quickly

Swishing warm salt water around your mouth can give you instant relief from swollen gums. But the most effective step is to brush and floss thoroughly. Clean your teeth as best you can and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. The swelling should start to go down as soon as your teeth are cleaner.

Make a few small but important diet changes, as well. Malnutrition can cause gum swelling so it’s important to make sure you’re getting all your vitamins from a balanced diet.

Is it Time to See a Dentist for Gum Swelling?

If your gum swelling doesn’t improve within a week or two, it could be a sign of trouble. Chronic gum swelling may be due to a serious infection called periodontitis, commonly referred to as gum disease. Left untreated, this condition can lead to tooth loss.

Call your dentist for an appointment to learn more about preventative gum health.

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

Oct
17

What to Expect When You Get a Dental Crown

Posted in Crowns

Are you scheduled to get your very first “dental cap”? Here’s what you can expect.

Preparing Your Tooth for a Crown

First off, anesthetic will be used to numb your tooth. The dentist will start trimming your tooth once you can no longer feel anything. This doesn’t hurt; you may just feel a little pressure.

The dentist preps your tooth into a slight cone shape. This allows the crown to fit securely without feeling bulky. Next, he or she will take a scan or mold of your mouth to use as the base for designing the crown.

It takes time to fabricate the crown by hand. So you’ll be fitted out with a temporary cap to protect your tooth while you wait.

Getting Your Permanent Crown

This appointment is fairly quick. You will likely need more anesthetic to keep your tooth comfortable, but everything will go by much faster than the last procedure.

Your dentist will lift off your temporary crown and clean away traces of the cement. He or she then puts in the new crown to check the fit. Once you’re both happy with it, the dentist cements the crown in place with a permanent bonding material.

You may need an x-ray taken of the tooth to ensure there are no gaps or excess cement. Then you’re on your way!

Remember, your new crown is “permanent” in the sense that it’s stronger than the temporary one. But it likely won’t last forever. You need to take good care of it to help it last for several years.

Ask your dentist for more information on getting and maintaining dental crowns.

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

Oct
17

Will Insurance Cover Your Dental Implant?

Posted in Dental Implants

Dental implants are surgical quality metal rods/screws that bind themselves within your jawbone. They are the closest you can get to having your natural teeth back once they’re lost.

Implants are also notoriously known for being more expensive than traditional types of missing tooth treatments.

You might be interested in dental implants, but they might only be an option if your insurance will help out with the cost.

Will your insurance cover a dental implant procedure?

Dental Insurance and Dental Implants

Unfortunately, some dental insurance companies don’t have a policy that covers dental implants. That’s because they may consider them as non-medically-necessary. If so, they don’t fall under insurance coverage.

But more insurances are covering implants than ever before. Plus, you may also get coverage for the crown that restores your implant. This would make the implant and surgery even more affordable.

How to Afford Dental Implants

Even if your insurance doesn’t cover implants as you’d hoped, there are still ways to save money on this treatment.

Getting a one-time dental implant could save you more money in the long run than a denture. Removable dental appliances need to be regularly repaired and replaced over the years adding up to tens of thousands in dental costs. But once you get an implant, that’s it. An implant is made to last for life.

Talk with a dental implant provider to learn about what financing options the clinic can offer. Dental financing like CareCredit can make it easier to afford your necessary procedures.

Lastly, look into what your health insurance covers. Your health insurance provider may cover them if they are deemed medically-necessary.

Visit a dental implant specialist to learn more about ways to afford a dental implant.

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

Oct
17

Smile Makeover vs. Full Mouth Reconstruction: Which Do You Need?

Do you hope to make some radical changes to your smile? You might have heard about smile makeovers and full mouth rehabilitation or reconstruction (FMR). These terms are both used to describe the process of restoring the entire smile, but they are actually two different things.

The Difference Between FMR and Smile Makeovers

A full mouth reconstruction is a project your dentist undertakes to restore the function and health of your smile. You may have gum disease, multiple missing teeth, or trauma to your jaw that requires surgery. Ultimately, you’re in need of treatment that will help you eat and speak comfortably.

A smile makeover, on the other hand, doesn’t fix any serious health problems. It’s simply something you choose to do in order to enhance how your smile looks. Your smile makeover may include a handful of cosmetic procedures such as:

Where Smile Makeovers and FMR Overlap

Nearly all modern dental treatments incorporate aesthetics. So even if you need restorative treatment like crowns or fillings you can be assured that they’ll also help enhance your smile’s appearance.

Which Do You Need?

The best way to find out what kind of restorative procedures you need is to visit a dentist. You may require medically-necessary dental treatment without even realizing it. Only a qualified dental professional can determine whether you need treatment or just cosmetic enhancements.

Remember, too, that given the overlap in function and esthetics in dentistry that you can still get a beautiful smile no matter whether you choose FMR or a smile makeover!

Call a dentist today to get started.

Posted on behalf of:
Crabapple Dental
12670 Crabapple Rd #110
Alpharetta, GA 30004
(678) 319-0123

Oct
17

Painful Dentures? What That Could Mean

Posted in Dentures

Dentures don’t feel or work exactly like natural teeth, but that doesn’t mean it’s normal for them to hurt.

If your dentures are causing you pain, it could be related to a serious problem you need to discuss with your dentist.

Poorly Fitting Dentures

The most common cause of denture pain is having an appliance that doesn’t fit right. Your denture may chafe your gums, pinch your jaw, or press painfully on one part of your mouth. A simple denture adjustment should give you some relief.

Loose Dentures

Have you worn the same dentures for many years now? Your mouth may have shrunk to the point that they’ve gotten loose. Loose dentures can rub painfully against your gums and cause sores.

Dirty Dentures

Are you not in the habit of cleaning your dentures daily? Dirty dentures are loaded with germs and food debris that can cause tender sores and fungal infections on your mouth.

Inadequate Denture Surface

Some dentures are made with materials that are highly porous or prone to cracking. These surfaces can easily host millions of bacteria that irritate your gums and cause painful infections.

TMJ Damage

No matter how much you reline your denture, it may never give you relief if the pain is centered on your TMJ. Your jaw can suffer serious damage if you’ve been chewing with an uneven bite for years. You may need an entirely new denture that’s designed to balance out your jaw.

Get Help for Your Denture Pain!

Visit a denture dentist for a checkup to see what could be causing your pain. You’ll learn suggestions for getting immediate relief as well as long-term solutions for preventing future discomfort.

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

Oct
17

Don’t Pull Baby Teeth, Dentists Warn

Finding creative ways to pull a loose baby tooth can be a riotous family affair, fun for kids and parents alike. Losing teeth is a milestone in childhood that parents want to be a part of. But dentist warn that you should be extremely careful about “helping” your child pull a tooth.

Why Pulling Teeth Is Dangerous

You might not think that tugging out a baby tooth with a piece of string tied to a doorknob is dangerous. After all, it’s just going to fall out soon anyway, right?

The problem is that the tooth may not be as ready to come out as you think. Yanking it prematurely can cause pain to your child, excessive bleeding, damage to the gums, and can even cause the baby tooth to fracture and leave behind part of the root.

The Best Way to Lose Baby Teeth

What’s the best way to pull kids’ baby teeth? Let them do it themselves.

Encourage your child to wiggle their loose teeth with their tongue and fingers. They should do so gently over time, not forcefully. As they do so, the ligaments and old tooth enamel break down painlessly and naturally until the baby tooth is good and ready to come out.

Help for Stubborn Baby Teeth

What if your child has a loose tooth that seems stuck? It very well could be. Occasionally, tooth alignment issues lead to a baby tooth becoming trapped between two others. In this case, simply pulling the tooth straight out won’t work. It needs a simple, but professional extraction.

Do you think your child needs help with pulling out their loose teeth? Bring them to see a pediatric dentist for an evaluation.

Posted on behalf of:
Dunwoody Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
1816 Independence Square, Suite B
Dunwoody, GA 30338
(770) 399-9199

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