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Can a Tooth Still Get a Cavity if It Has a Crown?

Your tooth may look well sealed-up after getting a pristine new dental crown. But the fact is, it’s not invincible. Watch Out for the Margin You’ve just had to go through a lot of “work” and possibly even a root canal. Before that, the tooth may have had a large cavity. You’d like to think […]

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Are You Protected Against This Contagious Dental Disease?

Contagious? Which dental disease? It’s not the latest viral epidemic to take over the media, but it is still a major health concern. This notorious dental disease is none other than a Streptococcus mutans infection. S. mutans is a species of bacteria. The clearest symptom of infection: Cavities. Cavities are a disease (technically called “caries”) […]

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Why a Night Guard Is Worth the Investment

A guard to prevent bruxing (grinding or clenching) in your sleep can cost up to $500 out of pocket, depending on the type you choose. If your insurance does cover the cost of a nightguard, it’s likely to apply only once in your lifetime. If you need a nightguard one time, you may need more […]

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Dental tips:

Can a Tooth Still Get a Cavity if It Has a Crown?

Your tooth may look well sealed-up after getting a pristine new dental crown. But the fact is, it’s not invincible.

Watch Out for the Margin

You’ve just had to go through a lot of “work” and possibly even a root canal. Before that, the tooth may have had a large cavity. You’d like to think your tooth is now set for life!

Dental crowns, however, have their limits. They only cover the tooth to a point that’s just below the gum line. Where the crown edge meets the tooth is called the margin.

Your dentist makes that margin as smooth as possible. But it’s still a prime area for collecting bacteria that cause cavities. When a cavity starts at the margin, it works its way under the tooth undetected.

Oral Hygiene a Must

To avoid getting a cavity under your new crown, you must do your part.

Brush daily with a fluoride toothpaste and carefully floss around your crown (and other teeth) to remove plaque.

If you are at high-risk for tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you extend the life of your crown by using a prescription fluoride gel.

No Crowns Last Forever

Gold crowns last a long time. Metal ones hold up to wear and tear. Porcelain crowns are strong and beautiful.

But there isn’t yet a crown that’s guaranteed to protect your tooth indefinitely.

That’s why you need to schedule routine dental check-ups. A dentist can evaluate your crown with examinations and x-rays to check for signs of weakness or decay in the tooth underneath.

So don’t put off your next dental visit! It could be just what your crown needs to avoid getting a cavity.

Posted on behalf of:
Les Belles NYC Dentistry
420 Lexington Ave #228
New York, NY 10170
212-804-8884

 

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Are You Protected Against This Contagious Dental Disease?

Contagious? Which dental disease?

It’s not the latest viral epidemic to take over the media, but it is still a major health concern.

This notorious dental disease is none other than a Streptococcus mutans infection.

S. mutans is a species of bacteria. The clearest symptom of infection: Cavities.

Cavities are a disease (technically called “caries”) and a contagious bacterial one, at that.

Where Do the Germs Come From?

S. mutans bacteria are found in every human’s mouth. We aren’t born with them, but these germs quickly find us when we’re exposed to our parents’ saliva as babies.

People with low counts of this bacterial species can pick up more germs if they share eating utensils with or kiss someone who has higher counts.

Yes, cavities are a contagious disease!

So What’s Sugar Got to Do with It?

Sugar (and other forms of simple carbohydrates) provide the fuel that cavity-causing bacteria eat. As they metabolize sugar, they produce an acidic waste product that eats away tooth enamel and creates a nice hole for the bacteria to live in.

Carbohydrates also make the oral environment more acidic than normal. Under acidic conditions, enamel will wear down. So exposing your teeth to sugar for long periods of time is a double-edged sword: it weakens tooth structure and feeds the bacteria that break down enamel.

You can’t totally avoid S. mutans to avoid getting cavities. Instead, you have to prevent them from overpopulating. Limit how frequently you eat sugary items, and brush and floss daily. Get lots of fluoride to make your enamel more resistant to decay and get regular routine dental cleanings and checkups.

Ask your dentist about specific ways you can reduce your risk of contracting contagious cavities.

Posted on behalf of:
Kennesaw Mountain Dental Associates
1815 Old 41 Hwy NW #310
Kennesaw, GA 30152
(770) 927-7751

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Why a Night Guard Is Worth the Investment

A guard to prevent bruxing (grinding or clenching) in your sleep can cost up to $500 out of pocket, depending on the type you choose.

If your insurance does cover the cost of a nightguard, it’s likely to apply only once in your lifetime. If you need a nightguard one time, you may need more since one won’t last you forever. Those future appliances will have to be paid for out of pocket.

With so many generic one-size-fits-all mouthguards on the market, is it really worth investing in a professionally made mouth splint?

The Right Fit for Your Bite

Professional mouthguards are designed to fit unique needs like a cross-bite or crooked teeth. Generic guards may not be so comfortably accommodating.

Get Personalized Night Guard Adjustments

If you go with send-away or boil-and-bite mouthguard varieties, then you may not get much help if something doesn’t fit right.

It’s really worth the added cost to have your nightguard made by someone you can visit personally for adjustments.

Your Dental Work Is a Bigger Investment

A night guard isn’t just something you buy because all the cool kids are getting one. It’s an expensive appliance because it has a big role to play. A bruxism guard protects your teeth from biting and grinding forces and it also preserves any existing costly dental work you may have already invested in.

You’d hate to see hundreds or even thousands of dollars’ worth of crowns, fillings, and veneers go to waste because of your bruxism habit! If you want your dental restorations to last as long as possible, then a quality night guard is worth every penny.

For help in affording a high-quality and reasonably-priced night guard, ask your dentist about a financing plan.

Posted on behalf of:
Gwinnett Family Dental Care
3455 Lawrenceville Hwy
Lawrenceville, GA 30044
(770) 921-1115

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3 Ways to Reshape Your Tooth Without a Crown

Living with a misshaped front tooth can significantly impact your confidence. Whether your tooth is chipped or too small, you may be ashamed to show it when you smile or laugh.

Many cosmetic issues with front teeth are fixed with dental crowns. Crowns add strength and beauty in addition to filling out a damaged smile.

But if you’re looking for a more conservative way to reshape your tooth, then you may qualify for one of the following procedures:

Dental Bonding

Bonding is a procedure in which your dentist molds a simple putty-like filling onto your tooth to fill it out. It’s then cured with a light to chemically bond with the enamel. The result is a very subtle repair that makes a big difference.

Dental bonding is a very cost-effective procedure and it gets instant results. It’s best for only a couple of teeth at a time.

Enamel Contouring

It’s possible that your tooth just has a lot of excess enamel making it look misshaped. Your dentist can gently buff away just a tiny bit of the existing structure to make your tooth fits in with its neighbors.

Dental Veneers

Veneers are the perfect solution when you want dramatic results without capping the entire tooth. Porcelain dental veneers are essentially a facade – they just cover the front of a tooth to make it look different. But the don’t provide the strength or structural support that a crown does.

You may qualify for a dental veneer if your dentist determines that your tooth doesn’t need complete coverage with a crown.

Looking for a way to change your tooth’s shape without a crown? To find out whether bonding, enamel contouring, or a veneer is right for you, schedule a consultation with your local dentist.

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

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Tips for a Successful Recovery from Oral Surgery

Are you ready for your upcoming dental implant placement, tooth extraction or other oral surgery procedure? These reminders will help you recover quickly and keep discomfort to a minimum.

Rest well.

Avoid physical activity for at least 2-3 days after your procedure. This will help your body heal quickly and avoid disrupting any bandages, sutures, or blood clots. If you’re used to regular workouts, take things slow.

Take meds as directed.

Your dentist or surgeon may prescribe painkillers and/or antibiotics. But always ask before taking any over-the-counter drugs so that you don’t experience any unexpected interactions.

Eat soft foods.

Stay away from hard, crunchy, sticky foods or anything that has small bits that can get stuck in the surgical site. Opt for things like soup (not too hot), smoothies (not made from berries with seeds), pudding, macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes, and yogurt.

Expect some swelling.

Swelling is a normal outcome from surgery. You can reduce it by keeping your head elevated even when you rest, and placing an icepack on the outside of your face.

Have a friend drive you home.

Even if your surgery was a small procedure, you absolutely cannot drive yourself home if you’ve had sedation. You MUST have plans in place for a friend or family member to transport you back home safely to rest after your surgery. 

Have someone stay with you.

You will likely be on some high grade pain medication after your operation. You may even still be feeling the effects of the sedation or anesthesia. It’s a good idea to make sure someone can stay with you for the first few hours after the surgery.

Your companion can also make sure you take medications as directed, do cooking for you, and contact help if you experience an allergic reaction or some other emergency.

Posted on behalf of:
Georgia Denture and Implant Specialists
203 Woodpark Pl #102
Woodstock, GA 30188
(770) 926-0021

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Signs You Have a Periodontal Abscess

What is a gum abscess?

When you hear the word “abscess,” you might think of a decayed tooth. But gums can be affected too.

A gum (periodontal) abscess can result from an infection caused by food trapped between a tooth and the gums. An abscess may also be caused by gum disease.

What are some signs that you have a periodontal abscess?

Pain – Usually an abscess is quite tender to the touch and while eating. You may also experience throbbing and constant pain – not only in the affected area, but also throughout your jaw.

A bad taste in the mouth – Foul breath accompanied by a nasty taste is caused by the draining pus, which is made up of bacteria and is a sure sign that something is wrong.

A swollen, pimple-like bump on your gum – This would be the abscess itself and is the site where pus drains out if it ruptures.

If you think you are suffering from a gum or tooth abscess, what can you do?

The best thing to do is seek help from a dentist or periodontist immediately. You may find home remedies (such as a salt/water mixture) can lessen the pain for a while, but it’s important to remember that the infection won’t go away on its own.

On rare occasions, a periodontal abscess may not cause very much pain at all. But in any case, it’s a serious infection that can spread to other parts of the body, so you should get it taken care of as soon as possible.

Your local dentist can help you find out the cause of an abscess and treat your infection quickly,  so call right away if you suspect one.

Posted on behalf of:
Group Health Dental
230 W 41st St
New York, NY 10036
(212) 398-9690

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Maximize Your Dental Insurance Benefits

If your dental insurance runs on a calendar year, then all of your benefits reset as of January 1st on an annual basis.

This is both good and bad news. Bad because this means you lose benefits that you’ve paid for over the course of the past year if you haven’t even used them. But it’s also good because you still have time to take advantage of the coverage you’re entitled to!

To save the most money on dental treatment, use up as much of your coverage each year before time runs out and benefits reset.

Why Use Up Your Benefits Now?

With only a month left in this year and the same benefits to come next year, it may seem like there’s no need to hurry.

But maximizing your remaining benefits now is a good idea because:

  • Dental costs and insurance fees may go up next year
  • You’ve probably already met your deductible this year (if you have one)
  • You’ll be saving money on treatment you need right now
  • Your dental issues could get worse next year and require more costly treatment

What to Use Your Benefits On

Has it been six months or more since your last dental cleaning? Then it’s most likely covered 100% by your insurance. Treat yourself to a professional smile polishing right before that holiday party! You’ve practically already paid for it, anyways.

Split major treatment such as dental implants half now, half later. Get work done this month to use up your benefits. Your dentist will help you plan the remainder for early next year when your benefits reset and you have more to draw from, minimizing your out of pocket costs.

Talk with your local dental office for more tips on getting the most of your dental insurance benefits.

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

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Is Sugar-Free Gum Good for Your Teeth?

It’s easy to assume that gum is just as bad as (or worse than) other candy and sweets.

But sugar-free gum doesn’t have the junky acidic carbohydrates that wear away enamel.

Instead, it packs a load of great benefits for your smile.

Freshens Breath

Who of us hasn’t popped a piece of instant-minty-freshness after a meal?

Chewing gum is a great way to mask unwanted odors and it can even pick up small pieces of food debris which otherwise could contribute to cavities.

Lowers Cavity Risk

The action of chewing a mouth-watering piece of gum is good for just that. It stimulates your saliva flow.

One reason that’s a good thing is because saliva neutralizes acid in the mouth and rinses away bacteria. Both of those are notorious for weakening teeth and starting cavities.

Fights Dry Mouth

If you struggle with dry mouth, then you know how frustrating it can be. You can’t drink water nonstop all day long unless you have frequent access to a toilet!

Instead, chew on some sugar-free gum to encourage more saliva flow. This can help you stay comfortable if dry mouth is a side-effect or symptom you have to live with.

Strengthens Enamel

That extra saliva has one more great benefit. It contains minerals that can be absorbed by tooth enamel. Your enamel needs these nutrients to stay strong and fight off things like bacteria and acid. The more saliva you have washing over your teeth, the better.

So pop a piece of gum now and then and enjoy the benefits! Just remember that it has to be sugar-free and it can’t replace good old brushing and flossing or regular dental checkups and cleanings.

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

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Is Cosmetic Ortho Right for Your Teen?

Your teenage son or daughter has been complaining about their teeth for a while now.

It’s a small gap or twisted tooth that doesn’t seem to be causing any trouble.

The family dentist says it’s nothing to worry about as long as your teen keeps all their teeth clean and healthy.

But your son or daughter just wants an even smile they can show off with confidence.

Are they ready for a course of cosmetic orthodontic treatment?

See an Orthodontist

The first step is to see a specialist who knows everything about tooth alignment.

You want to make sure that your teen’s cosmetic issue isn’t connected to something larger. What may look like a little gap could actually be an anatomical problem with bite alignment. A couple overlapping teeth may even signify that wisdom teeth are coming in.

At the consultation, you’ll find out your teen’s best options for correcting tooth positioning.

Is Your Teen Physically and Mentally Ready?

When it comes to cosmetic orthodontia, the most popular route is a removable aligner or tray. These are commonly called invisible braces because the aligners are clear and barely noticeable.  Removable aligners require a little more self-discipline than traditional braces.

Your teen must be prepared for the responsibility of wearing the aligner as directed. Failure to comply can negate any progress made.

Another thing you have to consider is physical development.

Most kids’ jaws don’t stop forming until they’ve reached age 16, 18, or even older. Your dentist and orthodontist will help you determine an age-appropriate method for straightening teeth in a still-maturing jaw.

Weigh Your Options

In the end, a cosmetic issue may be resolved with something as simple as dental bonding. You just won’t know the right solution until you’ve discussed them all with your dentist or orthodontist. Call today to schedule a consultation.

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

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Can You Have Dental Sedation While Pregnant?

Seeing a dentist during your pregnancy usually isn’t a problem, especially for preventive care. However, more routine “work” might need to be postponed until after delivery.

What if you absolutely need treatment? Such as if you’re experiencing severe pain or a dental emergency?

In some cases, treatment can’t wait. Simply letting a serious dental or gum infection rage on could be dangerous to your baby. If that’s the case, then it’s best to schedule treatment during the second trimester.

The first trimester is a sensitive time for a developing fetus. Growing babies can be affected in many ways, so talking with your obstetrician and dentist is important. The last trimester, on the other hand, is another delicate timeframe in which premature labor could potentially be triggered by dental work and anxiety.

If you have dental treatment during the second trimester of your pregnancy, then you may need some way to dull the pain and ease anxiety.

There are some classes of injectable anesthetics that are considered fairly safe for pregnant women. This injection can help numb you to any treatment that’s going on.

But when it comes to dental sedation, your options are a bit more limited.

Pregnant women should not have nitrous oxide (laughing gas). Diazepam and other similar drugs are likewise dangerous. Working with your obstetrician, general care practitioner, and dentist will help you determine a safe method of reducing dental anxiety for a necessary procedure.

You may even consider some anxiety-reducing treatment alternatives:

  • Aroma therapy
  • Relaxing music
  • Acupuncture

Get a dental check-up early in your pregnancy to make sure everything is in good shape. Take good care of your oral health before and during pregnancy for a healthier mom and baby.

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

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