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How To Keep Dental Veneers In Good Shape Even If You Grind Your Teeth

Posted by on Aug 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Keep Dental Veneers In Good Shape Even If You Grind Your Teeth

Some people with bruxism worry that they won’t be able to get veneers or that they’ll become damaged and require frequent, expensive replacement. It’s true that people who grind their teeth have to take some extra care with their veneers; however, it’s definitely possible to have bruxism and still keep your veneers in good shape for years to come. How can you make them last as long as possible? Bite Guard The porcelain that veneers are made from is a very strong material; it has to be to hold up to the biting and chewing that people do. But grinding your teeth will exert extra pressure on it. If you don’t already have one, you should ask your dentist about getting a mouth guard to wear at night. Many people with bruxism avoid night guards; after all, they can be a bit embarrassing. However, they’re definitely better than having your veneers crack, leaving you covering your smile until you can see your dentist. Patients also often worry that they will be too uncomfortable to sleep in. But dental mouth guards aren’t the bulky plastic guards you find at a sporting goods store. They come in a wide variety of shapes, often made from soft, flexible plastics, and may even be custom-fitted to your mouth. Stress Reduction Bruxism doesn’t have a simple cure; most people find that wearing some type of mouth guard is the best way to reduce its effects. However, another effective way to reduce the amount of grinding you do is to reduce your stress. Most people find that, by reducing daytime stress, they grind their teeth less during the night. It’s worth trying some simple lifestyle choices to reduce stress. Taking up exercise – even simply walking outside – can be very good for this. You can also learn stress-reducing techniques like meditation or controlled breathing; meditating before bed each night is a good way to improve your rest and potentially decrease your grinding. Veneer Replacement Even for people who take perfect care of their veneers and never grind their teeth, replacement will eventually be necessary. Luckily, this isn’t a difficult procedure, simply requiring the old veneers and bonding to be removed and new veneers put on in their place. And there’s one important thing that many people don’t know about veneer replacement. Although initial installation of veneers is considered cosmetic and almost never covered by insurance, having damaged veneers replaced is a functional procedure, and many insurance companies will cover it – so be sure to ask. For more information, contact a professional such as Michael K Sakuda...

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3 Ways A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help Preserve Your Child’s Smile

Posted by on Aug 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Ways A Cosmetic Dentist Can Help Preserve Your Child’s Smile

It’s easy to think of a cosmetic dentist as someone who fixes cosmetic problems with your teeth – like chips, cracks, or stains – rather than as someone who prevents cosmetic problems from happening in the first place. But the truth is that taking your child to a cosmetic dentist early on can help ensure that their smile never needs to be fixed in the first place. Take a look at a few ways that your cosmetic dentist can help preserve your child’s smile for the future. Seal the Molars One important thing that a cosmetic dentist can do for your child is seal their permanent molars when they come in. Children get their first set of permanent molars between the ages of five and seven years old, and their second set of permanent molars between the ages of 11 and 14. Molars are in the back and harder to brush and floss than front teeth – especially for children – and therefore need extra protection. Your cosmetic dentist may also recommend sealing front teeth if they have pits and grooves that indicate that they also need more protection. To seal teeth, the dentist will clean and dry them and cover them with a thin plastic coating that will last for several years. This prevents germs from attacking those teeth and reduces the chances of decay. It will also keep decay from spreading if a sealed tooth already has a small cavity. Get Tooth Alignment Checked Currently, the American Association of Orthodontists recommend that children see an orthodontist for the first time around age seven. While not every child needs braces, early intervention can be very beneficial for children who have serious alignment issues, like a severe underbite. Getting orthodontic treatment early could help your child avoid surgery later. Even if no orthodontic treatment is needed, this is a good age to begin monitoring less severe alignment problems so that they can be dealt with at the proper time. As straight teeth are partially a cosmetic issue, many cosmetic dentists provide orthodontic treatments as well as other types of dental treatments. Often, cosmetic dentists can offer orthodontic solutions like removable clear braces that are preferable for children who are self-conscious about the idea of metal braces. Protect Teeth During Sports Another thing a cosmetic dentist can do to help protect your child’s teeth is to make them a custom mouth guard to use while participating in sports. If your child is active in sports – especially contact sports – they’re at great risk of breaking or chipping a tooth while playing. You can purchase mouth guards at sporting goods stores, but your child will get a better fit and more comfort if a cosmetic dentist designs a mouth guard specifically to fit your child’s teeth. Furthermore, if your child has braces or wears another type of orthodontic device regularly, a customized mouth guard can be designed to fit comfortably around them. Protecting your child’s teeth now will have a big payoff later on. You’ll save money on more extensive work later, and your child won’t have to deal with the expense and inconvenience of fixing decay, misalignment, or damage as an adult. Talk to a cosmetic dentist in your area about ways to ensure that your child’s smile stays...

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Avoiding A Teeth Cleaning Because Of Finances? It May Be More Affordable Then You Think

Posted by on Jul 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Avoiding A Teeth Cleaning Because Of Finances? It May Be More Affordable Then You Think

If you don’t go to the dentist because you don’t have dental insurance but you know you’re past due for a teeth cleaning, putting off a dental visit could have long term health effects. Going to the dentist is something that should be done at least annually, and your overall health could be suffering because your lack of oral care. Here are a few things to consider if you haven’t been to the dentist in years, when you try to make excuses why you haven’t gone. Low Cost People often assume the cost of dental appointments without insurance will be sky high. Without any type of dental coverage you may be able to find a local dental office that does cleanings for less than $100.00 a year. That is an affordable amount that is worth budgeting for annually. This is going to help remove plaque that is hard to reach between the teeth, and that can cause cavities. Prevention Saves Money Annual cleanings will help prevent cavities that require fillings. If the dentist can see that you have a small cavity, they can fill it for a low cost, even if you don’t have dental insurance. If you don’t get cleanings or fillings and the decay erodes at the tooth and the root, you may end up needing and emergency root canal that can cost hundreds or even over $1,000.00. Enhance Your Smile The cleaning will improve your smile in a variety of ways. Your teeth will be whiter, your breath will be a lot fresher, and gum tissue will have the plaque and debris that leads to gum disease removed. The cleaning is going to remove the film you feel when you rub your tongue across the teeth, and a fluoride treatment while at the dentist can help make your teeth a lot stronger. Not only is the cleaning more affordable that you maybe thought, but the dentist may not force you to pay for it all at once. Instead, you may be able to break the appointment cost up into multiple different payments, so you don’t have to worry about putting up the money all at once. If you need to have work done, like a cavity filled or a deep tissue cleaning, you can ask about potential payment plans. This way you can make your appointment without having to stress about the cost of improving your smile. To learn more, contact a dentist like Robert J Bauder...

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5 Things To Do After A Dental Extraction

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Things To Do After A Dental Extraction

Dental extractions are unavoidable and necessary for a number of reasons. You may need to have your wisdom teeth removed, for example, since wisdom teeth are difficult to brush and keep clean and cause shifts and changes in your mouth that can be damaging. You may also need to have a tooth that has suffered from decay removed before the decay spreads to other areas of the mouth. Once you have a dental extraction performed, you will want to do these five things afterwards: Take a Day or Two Off: After you have had an extraction performed, you shouldn’t be returning to work for at least a day. You need this time to rest and allow your mouth to recover as best as possible. It is best to request this day off from work as soon as you know about the appointment for the extraction. You also don’t want to be doing any exercise after for at least one day. Avoid Hot Foods: After you have an extraction, you aren’t going to be able to feel much in your mouth because of the anesthesia that is used. This takes some time to wear off, so you must be sure that you avoid hot foods and drinks. You may not be able to feel if you are causing any pain by burning your mouth when you consume something hot.  You Still Need to Brush: Don’t avoid brushing your teeth. You still want to brush as regularly as you normally do. Brushing is especially important during this time since you want to be the mouth clean after an extraction to avoid infection. Just be sure that while brushing, you brush really lightly near the extraction area.  Don’t Take Aspirin: If you are in any pain after an extraction, you can take medicine that you would take for pain relief from headaches. However, you shouldn’t take aspirin since this can cause your mouth to bleed during this sensitive time.  Stop Bleeding Properly: If you see any bleeding, don’t rinse out the mouth. Instead, you want to put pressure on the area with a piece of clean piece of cotton. The bleeding should slow down. If the bleeding becomes worse, then you want to be sure to contact your dentist. By knowing these five things to do after going through the process of a dental extraction, you can be sure that you are prepared and are able to help the heal process go by a bit more quickly. For more information, contact clinics like A Q Denture...

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Dental Implant: Tips to Handle Your Dental Implant Appointment Anxiety Correctly

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Dental Implant: Tips to Handle Your Dental Implant Appointment Anxiety Correctly

Anxiety may creep up in your mind as your dental implant appointment approaches. Being nervous about visiting your dentist is not abnormal, yet it may cause you turn to nerve-busters that could complicate your visit. The following are a few nerve-busters that may help your visit and a few substances to stay away from.  Nerve-Busters You Should Avoid 1. Alcohol The first thing you want to avoid is alcohol. For one, alcohol can clash with any medications that your dentist may administer. So be sure to tell your dentist if you had some alcohol before your visit. You should also know that alcohol thins your blood. This is not an effect that you want to have, especially since your dentist will be performing a dental implant surgery. Alcohol could make you bleed too much, and this might put you in danger. Alcohol also slows your immune system, which may increase your chances of infection. 2. Cigarettes The second thing you want to avoid is cigarettes. Cigarettes can damage your blood vessels, making it hard for your blood to flow normally. Blood contains several healing contents that you will need to heal, such as collagen, which helps rebuild gum and tooth tissue. Damaged blood vessels could also make it hard for medications to flow through your body and affect you as your dentist intended. So what can you do instead to avoid these nerve-busters before visiting your dentist? Safe Nerve-Calming Solutions Believe it or not, you do have other options that can help calm your nerves before visiting the dentist. Consider the following options: 1. Chocolate You could try a little raw chocolate before visiting the dentist. Chocolate contains special feel-good ingredients like cannabinoids. Cannabinoids affect your brain and help you feel better, which can help fight off any stress that you might feel before visiting your dentist. Look for raw, naturally sweetened chocolate at your local health food store. 2. Lavender You could also sniff a little lavender essential oil before visiting your dentist. Lavender contains several ingredients like linalyl acetate, which can help activate relaxing neurotransmitters in your brain. As you can see, there is a good way and a bad way to deal with your nerves. Hopefully this guide sheds some light on how to deal with your dental-related stress. And, as always, you can talk to your dentist, one like Arrowhead Family Dentistry, about other ways to calm down during your dental implant...

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4 Things To Expect After You Start Wearing Dentures

Posted by on May 26, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Things To Expect After You Start Wearing Dentures

New dentures might restore your beautiful smile, but you should expect a little time to pass before you get used to wearing them. Among the common issues new denture wearers face are getting used to speaking, eating, and wearing dentures. Here are 4 things to expect when wearing dentures that you didn’t experience before you got them. Gum Irritation Dentures will most likely irritate your gums. The main issue is that the shape of your gums changes over time—especially after you’ve had your teeth removed. You should make regular appointments to see your dentist so they can see where the dentures are rubbing against your gums and irritating them. The irritation can get so bad you might not wear your dentures until you see your dentist again. However, you should put your dentures back in your mouth a day or two before your dental appointment so the dentist can see what part of the dentures need adjusting. Speaking Be prepared to mispronounce words you’ve never had trouble with before you got dentures. This is a common condition and should only last for a few days. You tongue is going to have to get used to the dentures in your mouth before it starts to work well again. The key thing is to take is slow. Your tongue is used to working in a certain way based on the condition of your teeth, and when that condition changes, it will throw your tongue off until it gets used to the new conditions. The process of your tongue getting used to its new environment can take a few days or more, but it will get used to it. Eating Eating, like speaking, won’t feel normal right away. One thing that you have to learn not to do anymore is pulling your food off of your fork, because this can also pull your dentures off your gums. You typically have to get used to chewing with the dentures—especially hard-to-chew foods. You should start eating things like sliced fruits, soups, and eggs. After a few days, you can start on tougher foods like steak and submarine sandwiches. Slippage A unique experience that new denture wearers aren’t necessarily ready to experience your dentures slip off of your gums—this will happen. You might feel that your teeth might be getting ready to shoot out of your mouth, but in most cases, all you have to do is quickly bite down and swallow. This action will set the dentures back in place on your gums. However, you have to act as soon as you feel the dentures move, or they could come out of your mouth (at least partially). For further assistance, contact a dentures specialist, such as Michele A Bibeau...

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3 Potential Dental Treatments For A Partly Broken Tooth

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you lose part of a tooth to trauma, there are a few ways the dentist can make your tooth look good as new. The exact treatment method will depend on the severity and location of your break. Severity comes down to which dental structures suffered the break. A simply crack in the upper dentin would be a mild break. Loss of more than half a tooth with damage to the interior pulp and root structures would be a severe break. Here are a few potential treatment options you can discuss with your dentist. 1. Mild Break: Filling or Crown A filling or crown is often enough to fix a break in the tooth’s dentin. If the crack is deeper than it is wide, a filling material might be used to seal the hole and protect the inner tooth from bacteria and exposure. Dental crowns are used when more of the tooth surface needs to be restored. The crown essentially serves as an artificial tooth cap and helps protect the existing dentin and enamel the crown covers. 2. Moderate to Severe Break: Root Canal and Crown Damage to the pulp inside the tooth might require a root canal before the tooth’s exterior is restored. Pulp is a collection of nerves, blood cells, and tissue inside the tooth’s root canal. In a root canal procedure, the dentist gains access to the pulp and cleans out any infected or damaged material. A filling material is then injected into the root canal to seal it closed to prevent infection from taking hold in the emptied space. The dentist will then close the tooth back up with an artificial crown. Sometimes a tooth is broken to such a degree that there’s not enough surface for the crown to adhere. The dentist might be able to perform a crown lengthening. This involves removing some of the gum and/or bone in order to expose more of the base of the tooth so that a dental crown can be attached. 3. Severe Break: Extraction and Dental Implant It’s not always possible to save a partly damaged tooth. If the damage has severed the root canal and the roots themselves, or if one entire side of the tooth is gone, it would be difficult to fix the problem with a crown. Your dentist might recommend extraction. An extracted tooth needs to be replaced by an artificial tooth to prevent neighboring teeth from leaning into the hole and throwing off your bite. Dental implants are a popular option because their jawbone-inserted metal roots offer stability and a natural feeling bite. To learn more, contact Welch Dental...

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3 Tips For Emergency Dental Care

Posted by on Apr 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you ever end up breaking a tooth, dealing with a toothache or otherwise encountering a dental problem after regular hours, you’ll need to be sure that you are able to get the help and service that you need. The way to go about this is to reach out an emergency dental care professional who can help you. These 24-hour dentists will help you out, so that you are able to get all that you need to make your pain and discomfort go away, even though you might not be seeing your primary care dentist, and are getting care outside of regular hours. If you want to be sure that you are able to get the dental care that you need, consider some of the following information.  #1: Care For Your Dental Problem Prior To Getting To The Emergency Dentist The best way to take advantage of your emergency dental care is to protect your tooth and make sure that you’re proactive in giving yourself the service that you need. Consider some of the following practical ways to look after yourself and protect your teeth while waiting to see a dentist: If you’re undergoing a toothache, rinse and gargle with warm salt water For a broken tooth, save the tooth and any fragments, rinse it off and put a cold pack on your jaw in the area of the missing tooth When dealing with broken braces, cover sharp wire with gauze or wax and remove any wire that is protruding #2: Find The Right Emergency Dental Provider One of the first places you should look when searching for an emergency dental provider is with the state licensing board. This board will point you in the right direction of quality 24-hour emergency dentists, so that you are able to get the help and service that they can provide. In doing this, you will also be able to get an understanding for what forms of insurance that they accept, so that you know how you’ll be able to pay for it.  #3: Pay Close Attention To Aftercare Instructions The most important thing to do once you’ve gotten your care is to follow the aftercare instructions that the doctor provides. This can include over-the-counter drugs, prescription pain killers, stopping bleeding with gauze and followup visits with your primary care dentist. Your primary care dentist will help you to make sure that the work is permanent and can curb any issues that you are dealing with as a side effect.  Take advantage of these tips, so that you are able to get the most of your dentistry in the case of an...

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3 Ways Veneers Shine Brighter Than Their Competition

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

In today’s world no one has to be stuck with the curse of a lackluster smile. As dentistry techniques have been perfected over the years it is now easier then ever to get dental care to keep your mouth happy and healthy. One particular device which has grown more popular over the years is the porcelain veneer. Veneers offer many benefits when compared to their more traditional counterparts, the denture:. Combine Multiple Treatments At Once While it is true that dental veneers can be a steeper investment then other treatment options, most patients that get them see them as a very worthwhile investment. That is because a dental veneer can help with multiple problems all at once, allowing your smile to be at its finest. A dental veneer can usually cover whitening, crowning, and other orthodontic procedures all at once in a nice little package. This means that the cost is often offset by how expensive each treatment would be when combined. Not to mention that veneers are incredibly lifelike, and able to fool even the keenest of eyes. After all, it’s all about making your smile look healthy and natural. Durable Results Veneers are also incredibly resilient. This goes particularly for staining, as the porcelain material resist almost any form of stain, even from the harshest of sources. This makes them great for coffee or tea drinkers and even smokers. Not to mention that the veneer is custom crafted for your mouth, so once its set in place it is there to stay, The only real upkeep that a veneer needs is the same upkeep you’d give your own natural teeth, meaning you don’t have to go out of your way soaking them unlike dentures.  Rebuild, Not Replace Veneers also have an upside compared to more traditional crowns as well. Unlike crowns which often deal with the removal of damaged teeth a veneer is simply an addition. A veneer typically only requires the minimalist of enamel to be removed from the tooth in order to be set. This means no painful pulling of teeth or other highly-invasive procedures which can make a trip to a dentist office unpleasant. Still, as long as you have enough of a base left to build off of, a veneer can restore any amount of damage back to looking virtually new.  So, as you can see, porcelain veneers are a pretty good option if you’re in the market to fix your smile. After all, you should feel like yourself and having a bright smile is a big part of that. To learn more, contact a company like Virginia Crown and Bridge with any questions or concerns you...

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Braces 101: Four Tips For A Better Meal

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you recently had braces installed, you may be wondering how you are supposed to eat with a “metal mouth.” Although it may seem a bit daunting at first, it will soon become second nature. In the meantime, follow these four tips for eating with braces: 1. Eat Smaller Bites, Slower It might seem hard—especially if you are starving—but it is important that you eat smaller bites when you first get your braces. It can take some time for your mouth to get used to all that metal, and taking big bites can be potentially dangerous. During your first week, make sure you pay attention to how you are eating and eat slower. Take smaller bites and cut food into smaller pieces, if you need to. This will ensure that you eat properly and do not cause any brackets or wires to come loose. 2. Stick to Soft Foods At first, your gums may be a little sore. It is normal and the pain will subside, usually within 24-48 hours. If you do experience pain, give your gums a break and stick to soft foods. Not only will it make it easier to eat, but it will also ensure you don’t pop off a bracket. In addition, you may want to avoid sticky and chewy foods, too. Those can be very difficult to eat with braces—and even harder to clean off. 3. Avoid Specific Foods It is likely that you will need to avoid specific foods during your first week—or entire duration of your treatment. If you are unsure about what is okay to eat, always phone your orthodontist and ask. In general, avoid eating anything very hard (nuts and seeds), popcorn, and sticky candies. You may also want to avoid sugary drinks, such as soda, because stains are harder to clean with braces. 4. Bite with Your Side Teeth During the first week with your braces, you may find that it is hard to bite into things with your front teeth. Again, this is something that is to be expected. If you find that it is hard to bite into foods with your front teeth, use your side teeth. If that is too hard, consider cutting all of your food into bite-sized pieces. This way you won’t need to use your front—or side—teeth to bite into foods. Although eating with your new orthodontics may be hard during the first week or two, it will soon be much easier. Use these tips, along with the advice of your orthodontist, to make eating easier and more...

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