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Don’t Want To Go To The Dentist? Now The Dentist Can Come To You: Pros And Cons Of A Dental House Call

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Don’t Want To Go To The Dentist? Now The Dentist Can Come To You: Pros And Cons Of A Dental House Call

If you need dental work or a checkup but think you can’t get to the dentist — maybe you’re housebound due to an injury or don’t have convenient transportation — you can now get a dentist to visit you. Dental equipment and technology have enabled dentists to start treating people at home, much like doctors who can now make house calls for urgent issues. While some procedures still need to be done in-office, you no longer have to avoid the dentist for basic procedures. But is the dental house call all it’s cracked up to be? No Travel for You This is a big pro for using a dental house call service. You don’t have to worry about parking or travel to get to an office. However, your dentist will have to deal with parking in your neighborhood if it is tight, and that can affect whether the dentist will come back to your neighborhood for followup treatment. Comforting Surroundings Being in your own home can definitely be comforting in addition to comfortable, especially if the person who needs the dental work is a child. Familiar surroundings can help ease any fright that might be compounded by being in a clinical setting with lots of pictures of tooth problems and lots of equipment hanging around. The drawbacks are that there’s only so much equipment that the dentist can bring to you — there will be times when you still have to go into the dentist’s office for more extensive treatment — and that means you may still end up having to deal with those clinical settings. Plus, the hygienic condition of your home could be less than optimal for dental work. For example, if you have a cat that sheds a lot of fur, taking an x-ray of your teeth won’t be a problem, but doing a basic tooth extraction (which really can be done at home) might not be advisable if cat fur is floating around. Potentially Lower Costs A traveling dentist will have higher travel-related costs but lower overhead — the person in your home doesn’t need a chair reserved for him or her in an office during the appointment. That can translate into lower costs for you. However, the traveling dentist might not take insurance and might not offer payment plans, which means you need to work out how to deal with payments before the work is done. If you’d like to find out if the dental procedures you need can be done at home, talk to your dentist. He or she may know of other dentists who can do the procedures you need — and your dentist may actually have someone in the office who can go to your home — or he or she can explain why you need to come into the office to have the procedures done. For a dentist in your area, contact an office such as Pike...

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Periodontal Surgeries To Best Prepare Your Mouth For Dental Implants

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Periodontal Surgeries To Best Prepare Your Mouth For Dental Implants

Dental implants are stable, natural-feeling dental replacement options but the implants require ideal bone and soft tissue conditions for best results. If you have weak or eroded jawbone or soft tissue issues, your cosmetic dentist might need to fix the problems using periodontal surgery techniques. The type of surgery required depends on the problem and the problem also dictates whether the surgery will be performed before or after dental implant placement. Here are a couple of the potential periodontal surgeries that can best prepare your mouth for dental implants. Bone Graft A bone graft is one of the most common periodontal surgeries required for dental implant placement. Your dentist will use donor bone to patch or thicken areas of jawbone that are currently too weak to properly support and heal around the dental implant root. Weak or missing bone can be due to systemic illness or poor oral healthcare. The donor bone can come from within your own body, which usually is taken from elsewhere in your jaw. If you lack enough healthy bone to donate to yourself, there are outside sources your dentist can use. Those donors include synthetic materials, cadaver bone, and even bovine bone. Your dentist will need to perform the bone graft well ahead of the implant procedure since the old bone and donor bone need time to heal and fuse together before the root is placed into the bone. Gum Graft The dental implant relies on the jawbone for stability but the blood vessels in the soft tissue covering the bone help keep the area healthy during the healing times involved in receiving dental implants. A lack of sufficient gum tissue could leave bone partially exposed once the natural tooth is removed. Receding gums are a common but irreversible condition caused by genetics or poor oral hygiene habits. If your gums have receded to the point that your dentist can’t close tissue over the implant root, you might have to undergo a gum graft. The graft works similarly to a bone graft in that donor tissue is stitched into existing tissue to better suit the implant’s needs. Graft tissue can again come from your own mouth – usually from the roof – or from an outside source. Gingivectomy or Gingivoplasty In rare cases, people actually have an overabundance of gum tissue. When natural teeth are present, the extra tissue tends to make teeth look smaller than normal. Once the natural tooth is removed, the excess tissue doesn’t fit tightly over the jawbone for optimal healing and bone promotion. Your dentist might recommend a gingivectomy to remove excess gum tissue ahead of your dental implant procedure. The dentist might leave a bit of extra gum to allow for some shaping room once the implant is placed. After the implant crown is successfully installed, the dentist can perform a gingivoplasty procedure to better shape the soft tissue around the base of the implant. The shaping is done via scalpel cuts and stitching the gums to heal in the new position. If you’re looking into having a cosmetic dental procedure, see or contact your local dentist for more...

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FAQs About Gagging While Wearing Dentures

Posted by on Dec 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on FAQs About Gagging While Wearing Dentures

New dentures or partials can take time to get used to. Unfortunately, until you are accustomed to the feel of the dentures in your mouth, you can experience gagging. Gagging is considered to be a natural response to the dentures, but it can sometimes be an indication of other problems. If you are experiencing gagging, here is what you need to know. What Causes Gagging? The gagging some denture wearers experience is the result of the glossopharyngeal or vagus nerve being stimulated by the dentures. The nerves are part of the system that your body has in place to keep you from choking. When the dentures comes into contact or is near the nerves, the gag reflex is triggered. For some people, the urge to gag goes away as they become accustomed to wearing the dentures. At some point, your mind stops identifying the dentures as a foreign object and the gagging stops. How Can You Avoid Gagging? Unfortunately, there is very little you can do to avoid gagging. However, there are things you can do to speed up the process of adapting to your dentures. For instance, practice speaking while wearing the dentures. You also should avoid putting more adhesive on the dentures than recommended. Too much adhesive can ooze out the borders of the dentures and trigger the gagging reflex. What if the Gagging Continues? Ideally, you should become accustomed to your dentures or partials within a few weeks. However, if you do not and the gagging continues, a more serious problem might exist. It is possible that the palate of the dentures is too long. If it is, your dentist can trim back the palate to reduce the amount of contact that it has with the roof of your mouth. As a result, the gagging should stop. It is important to note that trimming back the palate by too much can compromise the dentures. The palate helps to provide the suction needed for the dentures to remain securely in your mouth.   Another option your dentist has is to make a palateless denture. There is very little contact with upper roof of the mouth, but it is not as secure as a denture with a palate. Consult with clinics like Advanced Dental Professionals if you experience any other problems with the dentures. Your dentist can assess the issue and provide you with a solution that will help you more comfortably wear the...

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The Easiest and Best Way to Close the Gap Between Your Two Front Teeth

Posted by on Dec 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Easiest and Best Way to Close the Gap Between Your Two Front Teeth

If you have a gap between your two front teeth, your dentist would call this diastema. Diastema is not hazardous for your oral health, but it can be embarrassing. This can occur for a lot of different reasons, but it can also be corrected. Some people choose braces to move the teeth closer together, but this is not the most sensible or cost-effective option for adults. Instead, your dentist might recommend composite bonding to fix the problem. Here are three things to know about composite bonding. What is composite bonding? Composite bonding is a process used to fix a variety of issues with teeth. Bonding is a process that refers to attaching a material to a tooth, and composite is the material used. Composite is a resin-based material that can be tinted to match the color of a person’s teeth. It is used not only for filling in gaps between teeth, but also for filling in cavities, filling in chips in teeth, and fixing teeth that are discolored. It is an ideal material for these types of problems, primarily because it adheres well to teeth. This makes it strong and durable, and it offers a natural appearance. How is it used to close gaps in teeth? A dentist completes the process of closing a gap by applying the composite material to the two teeth next to the gap. The dentist then shapes the composite material and sands it down. The goal is to make the teeth slightly bigger so that they extend towards each other more. By doing this, the gap will be gone. What makes this the best method for filling in gaps? Composite bonding is not the only way a dentist can close the gap between teeth, but it is typically the most cost-effective way. Composite bonding costs around $300 to $600, while veneers cost $900 to $2,500 per tooth. Composite bonding may not last as long as the other methods, but it can last for around seven years if you take good care of your teeth. Another benefit of using composite bonding to close gaps is that it can be completed in one visit. If you choose braces, it may take months or years to achieve your goal. With veneers and crowns, you will typically need to visit the dentist at least two times to complete the process. If you are ready to find a way to close the gap between two of your teeth, contact a cosmetic dentist, such as Preferred Family Dental, to find out if composite bonding is right for...

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Too Much Bacteria In Your Mouth? Keep Your Dental Implants Safe Before Surgery

Posted by on Nov 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Too Much Bacteria In Your Mouth? Keep Your Dental Implants Safe Before Surgery

If your mouth tends to build up with too much bacteria, and you plan to get dental implants very soon, take steps to get rid of the germs now. Although your mouth naturally contains different types of bacteria that protect it from disease and other problems, some types of bacteria can grow too much and place your teeth, gums and jawbones at risk for decay and infection. Because dental implants need to bond with your jawbones during the healing process, the excessive bacteria in your mouth can prevent this from happening. Keep your dental implants safe before surgery with the natural tips below. Clean Your Mouth Thoroughly  The first step to getting rid of the bacteria in your mouth is to clean it thoroughly with a water flosser. A traditional toothbrush removes plaque and germs from the surfaces of your teeth, but it may not reach the areas in your mouth that harbor hidden bacteria. In addition, the bristles of your toothbrush can build up with plaque, which creates more germs in your mouth every time you use it. A water flosser uses water to blast away hidden bacteria from the backs of your teeth and gumline. The flosser also removes germs from the areas between your gums and inner cheeks. The bristles of a toothbrush can tear and bruise the soft tissues in these locations and cause additional infections in your mouth. However, a water flosser can loosen up and wash away bacteria without damaging your soft tissues. Moisturize Your Mouth After you clean your mouth with the water flosser, improve the condition of the saliva inside your mouth with sesame seed oil. Saliva is a clear liquid that protects your mouth in many ways, including washing away bacteria and moisturizing your gums. If the gums over your jawbones dry out, they can’t cover and protect your dental implants after surgery. In most cases, your gums develop infections that must be treated before your dentist can place your dental implants. Healthy saliva contains up to 99 percent water. If your saliva is overwhelmed by bacteria, it loses its moisture content and becomes thick and stringy. Sesame seed oil contains natural antiseptics and anti-inflammatory properties that destroy the bacteria inside your saliva. The oil also forms a protective coating over your teeth, gums and soft tissues that keeps your mouth moisturized after you use it. To get started, purchase bottle of sesame seed oil, then follow the steps below: Place one teaspoon of oil in a small cup, then pour the contents into your mouth. You don’t want to place your mouth directly on the oil’s container to avoid contaminating it with bacteria. Swish the oil around in your mouth for 5 seconds, then stop. You want the oil to soak into your mouth tissues to help kill or remove the bacteria on them. Spit out the oil, then rinse your mouth with lukewarm or cool water.  It’s a good idea that you use the sesame seed oil twice a day to improve the condition of your saliva.  If the tips above don’t solve your bacteria problem after two weeks of use, contact your dentist for additional care. For professional dental care, contact a facility such as Pine Ridge Dental...

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3 Oral Health Tips To Protect A Porcelain Crown

Posted by on Oct 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Oral Health Tips To Protect A Porcelain Crown

Dental crowns are a general dentistry tool used to cap a natural tooth that has suffered substantial trauma- or decay-related damage. Crowns are available in full metal, which looks far from natural, or full porcelain, which looks natural but isn’t as strong as full metal. There are also metal-backed porcelain crowns, which have the strength of the metal backing but the natural yet somewhat weaker porcelain surface material. If you have decided to get either a full porcelain or metal-backed porcelain crown, there are a few oral health tips that can help protect and extend the lifespan of your new crown. Increase Attention on Gums and Flossing You will want to use a soft toothbrush and gentle toothbrush to prevent premature erosion to the surface of your porcelain crown. Erosion can lead to early failure or staining, which would also require your dentist to replace the crown as porcelain can’t be bleached like natural teeth. Make sure your oral healthcare routine also includes enough focus on flossing between teeth and gently brushing the front and back of your gums. Bacteria that can take hold between teeth and in the gums at the base of the teeth can cause infection. The infection can get inside the tooth and start causing further structural damage before you even notice it. An infection in the root canal will require your dentist to remove your existing crown in order to scrape out the infected pulp. Try to avoid any infections to the best of your ability, which should also include regular visits to the dentist for routine cleanings. No Hard Biting Porcelain crowns are more susceptible to bite force related chipping or breakage than full metal crowns. For this reason, your dentist will advise against using full porcelain crowns on teeth that naturally take on a lot of bite force such as the molars. But you can protect crowns on even less forceful teeth with some mindful chewing habits. Try your best not to use the crowned tooth for hard biting tasks such as chomping into an apple or mindlessly chewing ice out of your drink. If you tend to chew on items as a nervous habit, try to replace harder items with soft items such as gum or softer candies. Mouth Guard for Grinding Do you grind your teeth when stressed or as you sleep at night? The grinding causes premature erosion of a porcelain crown and causes the crown to crack or fail. Visit your dentist or orthodontist for treatment for teeth grinding before any problems can develop. You will likely receive a rigid mouth guard to wear while you sleep. The mouth guard will keep your upper and lower teeth propped away from each other so that contact is impossible. You might also need to see a physical therapist to learn stretches and other techniques to make you less likely to grind your teeth in the first place. To find out more, speak with a business like DSW...

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The Process Of Getting A Dental Implant

Posted by on Oct 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The Process Of Getting A Dental Implant

The process of getting a dental implant is expensive and painful. It is a drawn out process because you need to make multiple return visits to the dentist for the different steps. However, if you know what to expect during the process, you will find it is nothing to be afraid of. Some of the procedures might seem traumatic, but in actuality most of the work is not too painful because the teeth have already lost their feeling. This article explains the general process so you can feel more relaxed about it. Tooth Extraction The tooth extraction is usually the most painful part of the entire process. However, you have the option of being sedated during the operation. This will cost a few hundred more dollars, but if it’s well worth it if you are particularly afraid of dental work. Every tooth extraction is it a little bit different. In some cases the teeth will come out quite easily, but in others the dentist will have to struggle to do a lot of prying and pulling in your mouth. You will be sore for a few days after. Bone Graft After the tooth is extracted, the dentist will immediately apply a bone graft paste in your socket. This bone will graft with your bone and form a stable ground for the implant. The bone graft usually needs to settle and solidify in your mouth for at least 3 months before the implant can be installed. So, after the bone paste is applied, the dentist stitch up the hole and send you on your way. You will not need to return to the dentist for 3 months, but you will need to take it easy on that side of your mouth and avoid chewing hard stuff or sucking on straws for the first week. The Implant You will need to return to a dentist for a fitting for the crown. This is usually done a couple weeks before the implant surgery. Implant surgery is actually not too painful, because the dentist this drilling into the grafted bone which should have no feeling. Nonetheless, you will be locally numbed in your mouth to make the surgery quicker and less painful. Remember, the gum will grow around the bone graft, so the dentist (such as one from Hartman Gary DDS MS Limited) will need to cut through it to install the implant. Luckily, gums heal very quickly and you should not feel any of this during the procedure. All in all, the process might take several months, but it is nothing to fear. And, if you have dental insurance, you can feel even more comfortable....

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Warding Off Bad Breath

Posted by on Sep 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Warding Off Bad Breath

If you seem to have bad breath frequently, you will want to take extra steps in your oral hygiene routine to help remove odor so others do not have to suffer when you are nearby. Bad breath affects up to 65% of the population in the United States at some point in time. To reduce pungency within your mouth, follow these steps for fresher breath. Increase The Moisture If your mouth is dry, bad breath will be more noticeable. To get your salivary glands moving, try eating a quick snack. This will increase moisture naturally, whisking away some of the bacteria that causes the bad smells in your mouth. Drink water frequently to keep your mouth hydrated as well. If these methods do not work on their own, your dentist can prescribe a medication that will increase the saliva in your mouth to help keep bad breath away. Select The Right Foods The foods you eat can have an impact on your breath, hence why people who suffer from halitosis will usually stay away from onions or garlic. Instead of strong-smelling foods, stick with crunchy vegetables, fruits, or spices. Raw, green vegetables such as celery and parsley contain chlorophyll, which is a known bad breath eliminator. Citrus fruits and some spices, including cloves and cinnamon, can stop bad breath in its tracks.  Make sure you keep something in your belly at all times, as skipping meals will cause an acid build-up in your stomach. This in turn will cause gas, making you prone to burping. This will increase the odor in your mouth.  Keep Dental Appointments Bad breath can be an indicator that there is a bigger problem within the mouth. Often when a person has gingivitis or gum disease, bad breath will be a sign of the condition. Bacteria on the teeth and under the gums will start to emit an odor if it is not eliminated. Seeing your dentist twice a year will ensure you do not fall victim of this condition, as they will alert you if there are any symptoms present during your cleaning appointments. Scrape Away Grime When bacteria coats your tongue, it can contribute to the smells people notice when you talk. Brush your tongue each time you brush your teeth to keep bacteria from embedding itself in the tongue’s pores. If you are unable to get to a toothbrush when you are away from home, scraping the tongue with the edge of a spoon, or even with your teeth, will remove bacteria from the surface, helping to keep bad odor...

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Replacing A White Filling With A Dental Crown

Posted by on Sep 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Replacing A White Filling With A Dental Crown

If you have a filling on the front of one of your teeth, and it is becoming loosened due to aging, your dentist may recommend you have a dental crown placed over this tooth to repair the damage in an aesthetically pleasing way. White fillings work well temporarily, but when they disintegrate and become stained from regular food and drink consumption, placing a crown in its place is a better choice in making your tooth look like new. Here is a summary of what will happen when your dentist replaces a filling with a crown. What Is A Crown? A crown is a restorative cap that fits over the entire surface of your existing tooth up to and including a portion of underneath your gum line. Your old tooth is still present, but it is enclosed by this ceramic tooth and is kept intact to be used as an anchor for the crown to be adhered to. When you have a crown, the tooth underneath will still be rooted. How Is The Existing Tooth Prepared? When you go to the dentist (like those at Wigwam Dental Care) to be fitted for a crown, the first job to be done is preparing your existing tooth to be enclosed. You will be given anesthesia to numb the area the dentist will be working on. Since your filling is falling off, it will be removed completely so the cement used to adhere the crown will not have an obstruction in the way. If there is a portion of the tooth missing under the filling, the dentist will need to buildup this area with a filler so the crown will have enough surface to grab onto when it is placed. The dentist will use a drill to remove any of the old filling and then will use a compound to add substance to your existing tooth. The dentist will take an impression of the tooth so a temporary crown can be fitted. How Is The Crown Prepared? Your dentist will take photographs of your existing teeth so a laboratory can match your new crown with the same coloring. Your dentist will use the impressions made of your existing tooth to make a temporary crown from resin or acrylic. This may not have a perfect match in color, but will be used to hide the anchoring tooth as you new crown is constructed. It will need to be made in a laboratory, so it can take a week or two to be completed. In the interim, the resin or acrylic crown is cemented to your existing tooth using temporary cement. When your new crown is completed, you will go back to the dentist to remove the temporary crown and have the real crown cemented in its place with permanent...

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Fun Ways To Present The Tooth Fairy To Your Child

Posted by on Aug 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Fun Ways To Present The Tooth Fairy To Your Child

When you are able to convince your child to take good care of their teeth, you can help them avoid cavities and other dental problems. Good oral habits are habits that will help your child throughout their entire life. You can use the tooth fairy to help your child look forward to keeping their teeth in good condition. Learn about some fun ways you can present the tooth fairy to your little one in this article. These ideas may even become traditions your child passes on to their own children. Leave a trail of glitter Have your child leave their tooth under their pillow when they lose one. When they are sleeping, you can go in their room, take the tooth and replace it with a reward, such as money or another small gift that fits under their pillow. You can even go a step beyond and leave a trail of glitter from the window sill to their bed. When they wake up in the morning, they will have a fun time tracing the tooth fairy’s trail. For even more fun, take your finger and put little footprints in the glitter on the window sill. Take it outside You can have your child put their tooth in a small bag with a little draw string. Go outside with them and hang the bag from a tree outside. In the morning, they won’t be able to wait to get their shoes on and go back to the tree for the sac. When they open it, the tooth will be gone and a surprise will be in its place. Make a necklace When your child leaves their tooth under their pillow, you can surprise them by quickly turning it into a necklace they will think the fairy constructed for them. To do this, you will need a clear plastic bubble bead, a glue gun and a piece of yarn. Take the tooth and put it in the plastic bead. Use the glue gun to seal the top of the bead and to glue the yarn to the bead. Hang the necklace where your child will see it when they wake up. These unique tooth fairy ideas will create fun memories for both you and your child. Explain to them the tooth fairy only wants teeth in good condition. This should help get your child more interested in taking good care of their teeth. To learn more, contact a dental office like Family Dental...

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