Dental Tips Blog

Oct
16

What Stress is Doing to Your Smile

Almost all of us experience some severe and even chronic stress in our lives. Taking a good look at your oral health can alert you to any possible changes you should be making in your routine.

Bad Habits

Nail-biting, lip-chewing, cheek-chomping, pen-nibbling . . . none of these are good for you or your teeth. Yet they’re so hard to break!

Bruxism

This unconscious habit of grinding and/or clenching the teeth is a dangerous one. It can lead to TMJ issues, a chipped tooth, gum recession, and worn enamel, to name a few problems.

Poor Nutrition

Poor eating habits often piggyback on stressful situations. Stress is behind excessive alcohol, sugar, and fat consumption. You might even be prone to skipping meals. At any rate, poor nutrition deprives your mouth of the vitamins it needs to fight disease.

Cosmetic Damage

It’s no surprise that stress can trigger those dreaded worry lines around the eyebrows and mouth. Constant tension can simply reduce the number of times you smile in a day and that’s certainly not attractive.

Gum Disease

Studies have shown a link between stress and the rate at which gum disease (periodontitis) progresses. This is likely because anxiety levels impair your body’s ability to fight off infection.

We’ve considered just a few areas of oral health that are affected by stress. But you probably get the idea by now that your teeth are closely connected to virtually every other body system. Take care of your health, take care of your smile! Talk with your doctor about reducing stress in your life and ask your dentist how to keep stress from taking a toll on your teeth.

Posted on behalf of:
Midgette Family Dentistry
3326 Taylor Rd
Chesapeake, VA 23321
757-214-9649

Jun
20

Will a Filling Be Enough for My Chipped Tooth?

Posted in Crowns

If you’ve recently chipped your tooth, you probably want it fixed yesterday.

Not every dental problem can be fixed with a simple filling. What are your options?

Dental Bonding For A Cosmetic Fix

Are you worried about how a chipped front tooth looks? Dental bonding is your most helpful solution.

Bonding is when your dentist uses a little putty-like resin to reshape the missing part of your tooth. He or she chooses a color that matches your tooth, cures the material after shaping it, and polishes it for a seamless finish.

Cosmetically bonded teeth are not very strong, so this fix is best for front teeth that don’t experience a lot of chewing force.

Filling-Crown Hybrid For Strength

Onlays and inlays are considered “indirect fillings.”

That means they are created outside the mouth and then cemented into your tooth like a piece in a puzzle. They are sometimes called partial crowns for this reason, as well.

Although they don’t cover the entire tooth the way a crown does, indirect fillings will provide more support for teeth like molars that are missing a big chunk of their structure.

When Damage Runs Deep

Do you know how badly your tooth is fractured?

Even if it looks like only a small piece broke off, you should still get it x-rayed. An x-ray is the only way to see inside your tooth to find out whether the fracture is endangering the nerve chamber.

If the nerve, or pulp, of your tooth is compromised, your dentist may recommend a root canal and dental crown.

Clearly, a filling isn’t always the fix your tooth needs! For all of your dental restoration questions and concerns, contact your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Definition Dental
12850 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
(503) 644-8900

Feb
5

Correcting Small Chips in the Edges of Your Front Teeth

Are your front teeth worn or chipped? While these small areas might not seem like much, to most of us they are very noticeable. Depending on what is causing them, they can become worse over time and greatly impact the way your smile looks. Even if they are completely harmless, chipped edges of your enamel can make your teeth look much older than they actually are. What can you do about it?

The first step in correcting your problem is to find out the cause. Are you clenching your teeth during the day or grinding them together at night? Stress is often a key factor. Or perhaps you’ve had old restorations that simply won’t last much longer. Your dentist can get you back on track to prevent the problem from becoming worse.

Restoring the damage will depend on how large the chip is and what part of your tooth it is on. Some people can have the area bonded with a small tooth colored filling. Unfortunately the edges of the teeth are not always a good place for this because the bonding can pop off during meals, depending on the tooth. Other options also include placing a veneer over the front of the tooth or even covering the damaged tooth with a crown.

If the chip is extremely small, it may be possible to have your dentist simply smooth it out without the need for any type of restoration.

Tooth enamel is strong, but once it begins to wear down or break, it quickly becomes more susceptible to future damage. Tackling these concerns as early as possible will keep your teeth stronger and more beautiful for the life of your smile.

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

Aug
31

You Chipped Your Front Tooth – Now What?

You’ve just chipped your front tooth – it might have been during a meal, a child butting against your head, or an accidental fall. Now what do you do? It may not hurt per se, but it’s definitely noticeable!

Step 1: Save any tooth fragments

If a large portion of tooth broke off and you can find it, save it! Place it in a cup of milk or saline. It’s important to not attempt to clean the fragment, as this can make it impossible to bond back into place. Large tooth fragments may be bonded back into place in some circumstances. If it is only a very small sliver of enamel, then it most likely won’t be an option.

Step 2: Call your dentist

As soon as you’ve chipped your tooth, call your dentist. Most dental practices will have set times of the day that they have set aside for emergency dental visits. If it is after hours, leave a message and contact number with the answering service or on the emergency line.  Once you’re at the office, your dentist can discuss whether or not the tooth needs to be smoothed, have a restoration, or the chipped enamel can be bonded back into place. Severe fractures may need more extensive treatment to prevent nerve damage and loss of the tooth.

Step 3: Follow up

After your accident, monitor your tooth for any changes in color, swelling, or continued enamel breakage. Trauma such as hits or falls can cause nerve damage that may not appear until years later. Your dentist will conduct routine exams and x-rays to monitor the health of your tooth and its nerve. He or she will also check the stability of any restorations that have been placed to ensure they are holding up adequately.

Posted on behalf of Dr. David Janash, Park South Dentistry

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