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2 Tips To Help Ease Gum Sensitivity After A Sinus Augmentation

Posted by on Jul 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Tips To Help Ease Gum Sensitivity After A Sinus Augmentation

In order to place new bone into the areas of your mouth that have experienced bone loss, your doctor will have to cut into your gum tissues and expose your existing bone. After the procedure is complete, you may notice some sensitivity in your gums. The sensitivity will reduce dramatically as your gums begin to heal from the surgical process. Until that occurs, this can cause a lot of pain and discomfort when you eat or speak. Luckily, there are a few tips that you can use in order to help reduce gum sensitivity after a sinus augmentation. Rinse With an Analgesic Herbal Mouthwash Analgesic herbs are frequently used as natural pain relievers. They can be used to ease pain caused by sore muscles, open wounds, and even sensitive gums. In order to create your own analgesic herbal mouthwash, you can use either cloves or feverfew. Both herbs are ideal for relieving dental sensitivity. Place either herb in a small pot of water and allow it to boil. Set the pot aside and allow the herb to steep for several hours. Remove the herb from the pot and use the rinse to clean around your surgical site. Hold it around your gums for a few minutes before gently spitting. Use your own homemade analgesic rinse before bed and first thing in the morning in order to soothe your gum sensitivity. Avoid Hard to Chew Foods Your diet following a sinus augmentation will play a huge part in how your gum sensitivity subsides. Eating foods that are difficult to chew on a consistent basis will aggravate your gums and worsen your gum sensitivity. Foods like nuts and hard candies can end up getting caught in your gum tissues and reopening your surgical wound. This puts you at risk for developing a bacterial infection and also will increase any gum sensitivity that you may already be experiencing. Instead, you should look for foods that are gentle on your teeth, they will allow your gums to heal without any issues.Fruit smoothies, yogurt, pudding, and broths are all food options that you should consider eating after your sinus augmentation. You should be able to begin eating foods that are more solid a few weeks after the surgery is complete. Gum sensitivity can make your recovery process from sinus augmentation extremely painful. Therefore, it is important to use these tips in order to help ease your pain. For more information on how to handle healing gums after cosmetic dentistry, talk to a dentist in your...

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Oral Cancer – One More Reason To Keep Your Mouth Clean

Posted by on Jul 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Oral Cancer – One More Reason To Keep Your Mouth Clean

When people talk about keeping the mouth clean, they mostly care about dental consequences of poor oral hygiene. For example, poor hygiene can lead to teeth decay, gum disease and eventual loss of teeth. However, those dental issues aren’t the only consequences of poor oral hygiene you should be worried about. A new study has linked gum disease (which is mostly triggered by bad oral hygiene) to the deadly disease of oral cancer. The Connection According to the study, fatty acids from two bacteria that cause gum disease may cause Kaposi’s sarcoma (KS). KS is a form of cancer that causes abnormal tissue to grow under the skin, especially in the lining of different organs such as the throat, mouth, and nose. The specific bacteria responsible for producing the fatty acids are Porphyromonas gingivalis and Fusobacterium nucleatum, both of which have been linked to gum disease. The disease progresses fast in those who have HIV/AIDS. The Significance A potential benefit of this study is that testing for the bacteria can help in the fight of KS cancer. For example, if there is a high level of the offending bacteria in your saliva, you will not only be treated for the gum diseases but also monitored for early signs of the disease. That way you can receive early treatment if cancer strikes; hopefully, before it spreads too much. Symptoms of KS The signs and symptoms of KS include red, purple or brown lesions on the skin and mucous membranes, such as the inner linings of the mouth and eyelids. The lesions occur in patches slightly raised above the surrounding areas of the skin. Other symptoms of KS include: Painful swellings on legs and feet, these occur when lesions block the flow of fluids in these parts of the body. Shortness of breath when the lesions attack the lungs. Abdominal issues (including diarrhea and bloody stools) due to lesions in the stomach. Apart from gum disease, HIV also increases your risk of developing KS. This is mainly because HIV weakens your immunity and increases your vulnerability to other health conditions, including KS.  This is one more reason you ought to be extra careful with your oral hygiene and health if you are living with HIV. Your physician may also prescribe medication for managing the virus to reduce your risk of developing KS. Once more, the importance of regular teeth brushing and flossing cannot be overemphasized. Every time you notice a change in your oral tissues, whether they are lesions or other things, consult your dentist or physician. Early diagnosis of any dental or medical issue usually leads to better treatment.  Speak to a professional like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA for more...

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2 Dental Applications For More Gentle Dental Treatment

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Dental Applications For More Gentle Dental Treatment

Going to the dentist can be scary, especially if you believe that you will be in pain throughout your appointment. Nowadays, there are multiple dental applications that are used to help lessen mental and physical discomfort that may otherwise be experienced during a dental procedure. Gentle dentistry employs the least invasive forms of treatment and the most advanced sedation to reduce dental pain and lessen anxiety. Here are two dental applications that are designed to ensure gentle dental treatment: Sedation Dentistry Sedation dentistry involves the use of medication and relaxation techniques to help ensure that you remain calm and relaxed during your dental appointment. Unlike general anesthesia, sedation generally does not render you unconscious. Several different forms of sedation are often used. Here are a few of them: Minimal Sedation This form is the lowest level of dental sedation. After its application, you may feel more calm, but you are still fully awake. Moderate Sedation When a dentist applies moderate sedation, you may feel more drowsy than you would with minimal sedation. Thus, your motor skills may be impaired, causing your speech to slur. In addition, you may not remember any component of your dental procedure, due to the temporary anesthesia produced by the medication. Deep Sedation The deepest dental sedation can cause you to fall asleep during treatment, but you are still conscious enough to be easily awakened. Each of these forms of sedation is designed to help you feel less anxious and promote a more gentle dental experience. Your dentist may prescribe a pill to incite sedation before your treatment. In addition, during your treatment other sedation medications, such as laughing gas, may be administered. In some cases, sedation medication is injected using a syringe. Sedation is not just for general dental anxiety. It can also help to calm a patient whose mouth is not easily numbed when local anesthesia is administered. In addition, sedation may be used to reduce anxiety during lengthy dental treatments. Prepless Veneers Some advancements in dental care remove the most painful aspects of a dental treatment. With standard veneers, the front surface of a treated tooth must be shaved away slightly. Local anesthesia is generally applied during this step in of the veneer application.  Some people experience pain as anesthesia or numbing medication is administered. Prepless veneers do not require the modification of the front surface of the teeth. Thus, not only is the procedure gentler to your teeth. It is also more comfortable. To learn more ways that a dentist can ensure that your treatment is comfortable, schedule an appointment with a gentle dentist in your...

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Options For Repairing A Chipped Tooth

Posted by on May 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Options For Repairing A Chipped Tooth

Chipped teeth occur for a number of reasons. You could have bitten into a fruit pit, had an accident with your bike or chipped it playing hockey. Whatever the reason, your tongue keeps returning to that rough chipped spot. What’s more, you know it’s affecting your smile. The chip could even be causing you pain or otherwise affecting your eating habits. Have your chipped tooth repaired to return your confidence in your smile and comfort with your teeth. Tooth Bonding One option for repairing a chipped tooth is having it bonded. With direct composite bonding, cosmetic dentists fuse dental porcelain to the tooth enamel. They do this by using composite resins as a bonding agent. Your dentist uses these materials to build up from the enamel, recreating the area of the tooth that chipped away. According to Your Smile Becomes You, direct composite bonding results in a fix that reliably matches your natural tooth color and is indiscernible from the rest of your teeth. Porcelain Veneer Another method for masking a chipped tooth is to put a mask on it – or, in this case, a porcelain veneer. With this process, dentists have to remove a thin layer of the tooth enamel to make space for the veneer. They then take a dental mold of the tooth and send it to a laboratory. Once the porcelain veneer has been manufactured, the dentist uses a dental cement to adhere the veneer to your tooth. The dentist may need to make small adjustments to the veneer itself or drill away excess cement afterward. This procedure is common if the chip is located in the smile zone. Dental Crown Your dentist may recommend a porcelain crown to repair your chipped tooth. The process for putting in crowns and veneers is similar in that dentists have to make a mold of the tooth to have the crown custom-made in a dental laboratory. However, they usually use a light-sensitive resin to adhere the crown to the tooth, meaning they use a curing light to set the resin. A crown is thicker than a veneer and covers the whole tooth. It’s also possible for dentists to put in a partial crown, or onlay, that only covers part of the tooth. However, the onlay is still thicker than a veneer, giving the whole tooth increased strength. If the chip is significant, the best bet may be to have a porcelain crown put in, whether full or partial. Crowns are the recommended treatment choice when the chipped tooth is a molar because of the force applied during chewing. Talk to your cosmetic dentistry specialist about the best method for repairing your chipped...

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How Invisalign Braces Can Help Improve Troubling Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Posted by on May 9, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Invisalign Braces Can Help Improve Troubling Sleep Apnea Symptoms

Sleep apnea sufferers can benefit from wearing Invisalign braces at night for helping them to breathe easier. If you deal with sleep apnea, you know well how disruptive it can be to you getting restful sleep. The side effects of sleep apnea can cause dangerous drowsiness during daytime hours. Sleep apnea can also cause other health problems due oxygen deprivation. If you suffer from sleep apnea, learn more about how visiting your dentist may be the best way to get a restful night of sleep.   Your Jaw And Night Time Breathing Difficulties Dental researchers have learned that patients–both adults and children–with small jawbones also have a higher rate of sleep apnea symptoms. In the past, when traditional braces were put on, bicuspids were sometimes removed to make more room in the mouth for teeth. While this did make more room on the jawbone for the other teeth to spread out and grown accordingly, it did not provide greater room in the oral cavity, the jaw itself. Because a small oral cavity is common in sleep apnea sufferers, it is has been found that increasing the size of the oral cavity, not just the jaw, is one step in reducing the obstructive symptoms of sleep apnea.    Growing The Dental Arch To Make More Room For Airflow Tooth extraction is not the way to increase the size of the oral cavity. However, dental professionals do find that Invisalign braces do increase it by helping the dental arch to grow. When the dental arch grows in the right way, there is more room for the tongue. When someone has a small oral cavity, it may not leave enough room for the tongue. When you sleep, the muscles in your tongue relax and easily cause restricted airflow in an oral cavity that is too small. Invisalign braces can help over time to manipulate the dental arch so that your tongue will have plenty of room inside your mouth. Combining CPAP And Invisalign Oral Appliances Only mild to moderate cases of sleep apnea have shown successful results using only an Invisalign oral appliance. If you have severe sleep apnea and have to wear the face mask of a CPAP machine at night to breathe, you can still benefit from an Invisalign appliance because it will help align your bite so the mask will be more comfortable to wear. Being deprived of restful sleep every night can have a huge impact on your life and daily activities. Learn more about how talking with your dentist (such as one from Sunshine Dentistry) can help you deal with sleep apnea...

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How To Tell That It Is Time To Visit The Periodontist

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Tell That It Is Time To Visit The Periodontist

If you want to make sure that you are keeping up with your oral health, you will need to know when it is time to visit a periodontist. To help you figure out when you need to set up an appointment with this type of dental specialist, check out the following points. You Have Chronic Bad Breath Many people wake up with bad breath or have some lingering odor after eating certain types of food, but this is a problem that is usually easily corrected with proper brushing of the teeth and the use of mouthwash. However, should you find that no matter how often you clean your teeth, gums, and tongue you still have a lot of bad breath that you are dealing with, it might be time to speak to a reputable periodontist. This is because chronic bad breath can be a sign of gum disease or a major cavity in one of your teeth. When the root cause of the bad breath is treated, the foul odor will subside. Your Teeth Are Starting To Look Longer If you have recently noticed that your teeth are looking a lot longer than they used to, you will want to quickly schedule an appointment with a local periodontist. After all, the longer looking teeth is not a result of a sudden grow spurt of the teeth. This is generally a sign of receding gums that would be caused by gum disease, and you will want for it to be treated right away. You Spot Pus Coming Out Of Your Gums Pus is a sure sign that you have a major dental infection that will need to be treated as quickly as possible. Do not make the mistake of assuming that simply because you do not feel any pain there is nothing to worry about. The infection might just be in the beginning stages or you may have some damaged nerves, which is causing you to not feel the pain that you would expect to feel. Never assume that you can just clean out the pus, as there will still be an internal infection that you cannot reach. You may need an antibiotic and dental treatment to correct the issue that is causing the infection in the first place. With those few signs of trouble in mind, you should have little trouble deciding whether you need to contact a trusted...

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The Dental Veneer Process Explained

Posted by on Mar 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Dental Veneer Process Explained

Dental veneers are a technique used in modern dentistry to enhance the aesthetics of crooked, damaged, or chipped teeth. Unfortunately, many people shy away from veneers from a lack of knowledge about this process. If your dentist has mentioned veneers as an appropriate treatment option and you would like to learn more, read on. This article will list the three principal phases of the veneer process. Pre-Impression The dental veneer process begins with the creation of what is known as a pre-impression. Here your dentist presses a material known as polyvinyl siloxane around your teeth. This quickly drying elastomer soon hardens and is removed, thus providing a template for the shape of your teeth. Using this impression, the dentist is then able to manufacture temporary veneers. These will allow you to maintain a normal appearance during the time it takes for the rest of the process to be completed. Preparation Next, a dental technician will remove a thin slice of enamel—between 0.8 and 1.0mm—from the surface of the tooth being corrected. The small indentation provided by this removal will make room for the veneer so that it can be effectively “blended in” with the teeth on either side. Otherwise, the veneer would jut out from surrounding teeth, thus being easy to notice. In order to remove the layer of enamel, the dentist will use an array of specialized drills. Sometimes this process can involve a localized discomfort. For that reason, your dentist may opt to anesthetize the area before beginning. Once the enamel has been successfully removed, the dentist will create a second impression, which will be used as a model when creating the permanent veneers. Temporary Veneers It may take up to several weeks for your permanent veneers to be fabricated at a dental laboratory. In the meantime, your dentist will attach the temporary veneers that were created using the pre-impression. These temporary veneers are affixed to the tooth using a special cement that can be loosened when the time comes for the permanent veneers to take their place. Permanent Veneers Once your permanent veneers are ready, you will meet with your dentist one last time. During this visit, the temporary veneers will be removed. Then your teeth will be thoroughly cleaned and etched with a mild form of acid. This improves the bonding strength between tooth and veneer. Now a permanent adhesive cement is applied and the veneers are carefully fitted into place. Minor adjustments can be made to promote the most natural fit and appearance. Then, once the veneers are in their final resting place, the teeth are irradiated with a blue light. This causes the bonding cement to cure, thus permanently affixing the veneers to the surface of your teeth. If you’re interested in dental veneers, contact a dentist like Michael G Landy DDS for more...

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Five Important Dental Care Steps To Follow After Dental Implant Surgery

Posted by on Feb 15, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Five Important Dental Care Steps To Follow After Dental Implant Surgery

Dental implants may be your best option for replacing missing or damaged teeth in your mouth. This will give you a full smile that can boost your confidence, as well as to help continue normal speech and normal eating. When you decide that dental implant surgery is the right solution for you, you will want to know what you should be doing after the surgery to ensure that the process is as successful as possible and you prevent certain complications from arising, such as infection. Here are five important dental care steps to follow after dental implant surgery: Brushing: Although your mouth is going to be sore after the surgery, you must be sure that you continue brushing as normal. You will need to brush more gently than normal, but as long as every tooth is being brushed to remove bacteria, you can avoid infection and ensure that the recovery process is successful.  Mouth Rinse: Twice daily, you should be rinsing out your mouth, which is especially helpful since you cannot brush as vigorously as you normally do. Using salt water is a great way to rinse out your mouth to help kill bacteria that causes infection. This is going to help keep your mouth clean even further during a time that is more difficult to brush normally. You also won’t be able to floss during this time, which is why a mouth rinse is even more important. Stretch Jaw Muscles: After dental implant surgery, many people experience the stiffening of the jaw, which is normal. However, this can be quite uncomfortable and can even prevent you from easily being able to eat and drink. In order to help speed the recovery of the stiffening of the jaw muscles, you should stretch them often by opening and closing your mouth as wide as you can.  Avoid Extreme Food Temperatures: During the first couple days after implant surgery, you want to be sure that you avoid extreme food temperatures. This is because extremely hot and cold foods cause sensitivity in the mouth. This can slow down recovery and make you more uncomfortable.  Minimize Swelling With Ice: Swelling is a common problem after dental implant surgery. You will want to reduce the swelling with ice, which can help speed the recovery and ensure that you continue to be comfortable. You also want to do this if you have to return to work in a few days. This will help ensure that your appearance is pretty much back to normal when you return.  By following these dental care tips for the first few days after surgery, you can be sure that you recover from the dental implant surgery as successfully as possible. Contact a company like Gordon Dental for more...

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How Having Your Tooth Replaced By A Dental Implant Can Benefit Your Oral Health And Your Wallet

Posted by on Jan 25, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Having Your Tooth Replaced By A Dental Implant Can Benefit Your Oral Health And Your Wallet

If you have had a tooth extracted, you may be tempted to leave the resulting empty space in your mouth. After all, you will be able to save money, right? That is not necessarily the case in the long run. Having your tooth replaced by a dental implant can be beneficial to your health and to your wallet. Here is how: Your Oral Health Jaw Bone Density The density of your jawbone is maintained by the renewal of bone cells. This renewal process is stimulated by the bite pressure that is transferred to the bone when you chew. However, when a tooth is extracted, the area of the bone at the extraction site no longer receives the stimulation needed to keep the jawbone from atrophying.  Since a dental implant is actually installed or planted into the jawbone, bone stimulation continues to promote a healthy bone density. Dental Alignment Each of your teeth helps keep the teeth adjacent to it in proper position. However, when a gap is present in your mouth, there is room for the remaining teeth to shift and move out of alignment. Braces may be needed to correct the misalignment, but as long as the empty space remains unfilled, the teeth still have room to move. Appearance of Your Teeth The dental implant also preserves the look of your smile. Once the implant is in place, the unseemly gap in your mouth is erased. The crown affixed to a dental implant can be matched to the color of your other teeth, so to observers, your smile looks as though there was never a missing tooth. In addition, the area of your cheek or jaw that rests over the empty space will no longer appear hollow or sunken. Your Wallet A dental implant that is used to replace a single tooth may cost about $4,250 if it includes an abutment and a crown. However, the cost of braces, especially those that straighten your teeth discreetly, can be substantially higher. Ceramic braces cost between $4,000 and $8,000. Lingual braces are priced even higher at $8,000 to $10,000. In addition, if you decide to procrastinate and receive a dental implant after your jawbone atrophies, you may have to spend more. The cost of a bone graft to correct improper jawbone density for a dental implant is added to the cost of the implant. The price is $200 to $1,300 for a simple bone graft that corrects a socket, but a complex bone graft, such as a sinus or block grafting, costs between $1,800 and $3,300.  If you are considering a dental implant to replace an extracted tooth, contact a dentist in your area for an appointment. Contact a dentist, such as Benjamin D Hull DDS, for more...

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Three Foods That Can Have You Smiling During Your Next Dental Checkup

Posted by on Jan 6, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Foods That Can Have You Smiling During Your Next Dental Checkup

Visiting your dentist for a tooth cleaning and general checkup every six months is an important way to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In between visits, brushing, flossing and using mouthwash are ideal ways to maintain a healthy smile, but your diet can also play a role in promoting your oral health. While some foods can stain and otherwise damage your teeth, others can actually promote better oral health. It’s ideal to include these foods in your diet as much as possible. By doing so, you’re more likely to hear good news during your next dental checkup. Mackerel If you enjoy the taste of fish, visit the fish department of your local supermarket and buy a couple fillets of Atlantic mackerel. This strong-tasting fish contains high levels of vitamin D. This vitamin can benefit your overall health in several ways, but is advantageous to your oral health because of its ability to help you absorb calcium from various dietary sources. Calcium, of course, is widely recognized for its ability to improve the overall health of your teeth and even your gums. To enjoy a calcium-rich food with your mackerel, consider adding some green leafy vegetables such as kale or enjoying a bowl of unsweetened yogurt for dessert after your meal. Carrots Although many people include carrots in their diets for this sweet, crunchy vegetable’s ability to improve eyesight, carrots can also provide a boost to your oral health. Because of their hard texture, carrots can actually clean your teeth and gums as you chew; the longer you keep this veggie in your mouth, the more benefits it will provide. Because carrots require a significant amount of chewing before you can swallow them, they stimulate your mouth’s production of saliva. This saliva is beneficial because it helps to wash away the acidic bacteria inside your mouth that can contribute to tooth decay and cavities. Cranberries You don’t have to wait for Thanksgiving or Christmas to enjoy the oral health benefits of cranberries. This dark red fruit provides a layer on your teeth that can inhibit bacteria from coating the enamel. When bacteria are able to form on your teeth, you’re more likely to develop cavities due to the release of acid. By including cranberries in your diet, you’ll be limiting your risk of damage to your teeth. When you’re enjoying this fruit, opt for the unsweetened variety to avoid excess sugar from coating your...

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