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Gingivoplasty for Periodontitis: What to Know

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Periodontal disease is a highly prevalent dental issue affecting one in every two Americans, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It occurs when bacteria infect the gums and cause inflammation. At advanced stages the infection causes loss of the soft tissue and bone that support your teeth, called the periodontium. In some cases surgical intervention is needed to repair and restore this important structure. Surgery helps eliminate pockets between the gum and tooth and regenerate a healthy gum line. Gingivoplasty is one such surgery, used to reduce periodontal pockets. If your dentist has recommended this surgery, here’s what you need to know. Why Your Dentist Recommends Gingivoplasty Our mouths are full of bacteria, making oral hygiene crucial. Each day a bacterial bio-film called plaque builds up around your teeth. The longer it’s there, the more it hardens into a calcified deposit called tartar. When plaque and tartar remain unabated, the bacteria spread below the gum-line and breakdown the soft tissue that holds your teeth in place. This process is called periodontitis. It causes gums to pull away from the gum line and form pockets. Dentists often recommend gingivoplasty when the periodontal pockets reach 3 to 5 millimeters in size. How Gingivoplasty Is Performed Gingivoplasty is an outpatient procedure that does not require general anesthesia. Your dentist will numb your gums using a local anesthetic so that you don’t experience pain during the surgery. Depending on a few factors, your dentist may use either scalpels or a laser which emits a concentrated beam of energy to remove soft tissue and reshape your gums. It’s helpful to be aware that using a laser reduces damage and speeds up healing time. Your dentist may also use specially angled tool to make it easier to navigate around each tooth. The time the procedure takes varies; extensive reshaping often takes about an hour. Post-Surgical Care You can expect to have a special dressing applied to cover and protect your gums while they heal. You’ll need to keep this in place for about seven to 10 days following your procedure. During this time, it’s also necessary to make some minor changes to your diet to prevent damage and assist healing. Avoid nuts, seeds and crunchy foods during this period. Your dentist will likely recommend that you adhere to a soft diet. This means that you’ll need to stick to foods that are soft in consistency and bland in flavor. For more information about periodontal care, read more...

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4 Common Myths About Cosmetic Dentistry

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When you hear the words, “cosmetic dentistry,” what do you think about? Do you immediately think about expensive dental procedures that can make you instantly more beautiful? Below are four of the common misconceptions that people have regarding cosmetic dentistry, and why they are not necessarily true.  Your Insurance Won’t Pay for Cosmetic Dentistry  Many insurance companies will not pay for procedures, such as teeth whitening, because they are considered elective as opposed to necessary. However, there are many aspects of cosmetic dentistry that go hand-in-hand with restorative dentistry. For example, having implants placed may improve your jaw function, and veneers may be necessary when you lose a certain amount of surface enamel. Going to a cosmetic dentist for these restorative issues ensures that your final dental solution looks good and is functional, but your dental insurance will likely still cover all or part of the bill.  Cosmetic Dentistry Is a Permanent Solution  Many cosmetic dental solutions, such as gum trimming or crowns, are meant to be permanent. However, with many solutions, you still have to keep up with routine dental care and possible future adjustments. For example, if you have a gap in your teeth closed, you may have to wear a retainer some or all of the time to keep your teeth in the correct position.   You Must Decide Between At-Home Care and Professional Solutions  There are benefits to both at-home cosmetic dental care and in-office solutions. For example, if you decide to opt for professional whitening, you should still maintain your white smile between visits with an appropriate toothbrush and whitening toothpaste. The most effective solution for a great smile will usually involve some aspect of at-home care along with some in-office, professional care.  Cosmetic Dentistry Is a Fast Process You may read signs that advertise a one-day smile or one-day implant. While these exist, they provide a narrow service for patients who already know exactly what they want. More thorough cosmetic dentistry will start with a full smile assessment, which may take an entire appointment on its own. You will then devise a treatment plan with your dentist to get the smile that you want, and some cosmetic procedures, such as tooth alignment, may take several months to complete.  If you are considering cosmetic dentistry, it is important to have a realistic idea of the results that can be achieved. You should talk with a cosmetic dentist like those at Carpenter Dental in your area to help you better understand what cosmetic dentistry can offer...

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Helping Your Child Feel More Comfortable Going To The Dentist: Tips For You

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When it comes time to take your child to the dentist, you may find it difficult to convince them that going to see a children’s dental care specialist is not in any way scary or something to be worried about. Many children have fear-based reactions to going to the dentist for a wide variety of reasons. As a parent, however, you want to do everything you can to help them have a more positive association with going to the dentist so that your children have lifelong, healthy oral care habits. Get to know some of the ways that you can help your child feel more comfortable going to the dentist so that you and your child can have an easier time on their next visit to the dentist. Get Them A Coloring Book And Children’s Books About Going To The Dentist One of the ways that you can help your child to get more comfortable going to the dentist is to get them a coloring book and/or children’s books about going to the dentist. This will help them to have more fun with the concept of going to the dentist. For younger children, the coloring book activities can help them to see what exactly goes on at the dentist’s office and associate it with a fun activity. The children’s books can further reinforce those positive associations and make your child see going to the dentist as something normal and routine rather than unfamiliar and frightening. If It Is Their First Trip Or A New Type Of Appointment, Take Them For A Practice Run The best pediatric dentists are very understanding when it comes to the ways children often react to dental visits. If you are taking your child into the dentist for the first time or they are having a new procedure performed like a tooth extraction, you may want to talk to your child’s dentist about having a “practice” dental visit. During this visit, your child’s dentist will walk them through the appointment and procedure without actually touching their teeth or mouth. Your child can see the tools that their dentist will use, ask questions, and even watch the dentist do a demonstration on artificial teeth to show them exactly what will be happening when they are in the dental chair. This will help them get to know their dentist better and be comfortable with those first few unfamiliar appointments. Now that you know some of the ways that you can help your child feel more comfortable going to the dentist, you can be sure that you are doing everything you can to make their associations with going to the dentist more positive going forward. To find a pediatric dentist, check out a site like...

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4 Reasons To Get Your Teen Braces Besides Appearance

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The most common time period when a child gets braces is just before their teens or during their teen years, after their baby teeth have all fallen out and permanent teeth have taken their place. You may have a teen who is concerned about the appearance of their smile, such as crooked teeth, a gap in their front teeth, or misalignment of their bite. If you are reluctant to get your older child braces simply so they can improve the look of their teeth, consider these 4 other benefits of braces that may change your mind. Better chewing One key reason for getting braces is to correct the alignment of the upper and lower jaws, allowing teeth to connect more positively. This can help your child chew their food better, which in turn can assist in healthier digestion. If your teen has trouble pronouncing certain letters or sounds, their speech may also be improved by getting their teeth aligned. Easier to clean Straight teeth are much easier to clean and get debris and bacteria out of than teeth that are overlapped or crooked. You can help preserve the health and life of your teen’s teeth by getting them braces at a younger age. Braces, along with a regular teeth cleaning routine, can improve your teen’s oral hygiene, potentially for the rest of their lives. Stronger teeth Teeth that are straight and aligned properly have a stronger foundation in the jaws and can be less prone to chipping, becoming loose, or getting hairline cracks. This is due also in part to proper support from surrounding teeth, especially for the front teeth. Stronger teeth mean that you will be less likely to encounter other kinds of dental issues with your teen after they have their braces removed. Better confidence Finally, allowing your teen to get braces on their teeth can help build confidence in their smile that can lead to many successes in their adult life. As your child learns to love their new teeth, they can laugh, smile, and encounter new situations with ease, knowing they have healthy, straight teeth they can be proud of. Your teenager may want to get braces simply to improve their smile, but you have plenty of reasons to get their teeth straightened that can benefit them for life. Talk to their orthodontist for more about this topic so your teen can start their journey to a healthier and more attractive...

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The Role Saliva Plays In Cleaning Your Teeth

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When you think of saliva, the thought probably does not trigger pleasant thoughts or sensations in your mind; however, you might be surprised to find out that saliva plays a huge role in oral care. Here are several things you should know about saliva and the way it helps keep your teeth clean and healthy. What Is Saliva For? Saliva is present in your mouth for several key reasons, and it is produced by glands inside your mouth. When you chew or suck on things, it triggers these glands to produce saliva. The saliva produced helps you taste and swallow food you eat, and it prevents your mouth from drying out. On top of all these roles, saliva also works as a natural cleanser for your teeth. It has the ability to flush bacteria out of your mouth, and it can help keep plaque off your teeth. Each time you eat, the saliva produced is actually performing a self-cleaning service to your teeth, and this helps prevent cavities. How Can You Make Sure You Have Enough? If you ever experience feelings of a dry mouth, there is a chance your body is not producing enough saliva. If you can relate to this, you may want to chew sugar-free gum after eating. The gum will help trigger the glands to produce saliva, and this will help. Another option is to suck on hard candies, as long as you choose sugar-free options. Hard candy will also trigger your glands to produce more saliva. If dry mouth continues to be a problem for you, you may want to talk to your dentist about it. You may have a condition known as xerostomia, and this condition can be caused by a number of things. How Is Xerostomia Treated? Having xerostomia can put you at risk for having bad breath and developing more cavities. Saliva does not only help decrease the risks of developing cavities, but it also assists in keeping breath fresh. If you have this condition, the first step in treating it will be determining what is causing it. Medication is a common cause of xerostomia, but this is not something you might be able to change. Other causes of xerostomia include illnesses, smoking, and dehydration. Once your dentist determines the cause, he or she may have some suggestions as to how to treat it. Treating this condition is vital if you want to keep your teeth healthy. If you have any questions about the health of your teeth and mouth, schedule an appointment with a general dentist...

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Fruity Ways To Whiten Your Teeth

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If your teeth are looking a little yellow, there are many different methods you can use to whiten your teeth. However, some of these methods can be costly or require you to purchase specialty items at a store. If you are looking for something that is inexpensive and/or uses items you likely already have in your home, look to fruit. Here are a few different ways you can attempt to whiten your teeth with different types of fruit. Eat Apples If you have stubborn stains on your teeth, eating an apple a day is one of the best ways to slowly but steadily break down these stains and whiten your teeth. An apple has a crunchy, yet fleshy texture to it that helps to scrub your teeth without being damaging. Additionally, eating an apple a day helps to clean your teeth between brushing sessions and naturally increases the saliva in your mouth, helping to fight bad breath. Rub Banana Peels On Your Teeth Another fruit that you can use to whiten your teeth is bananas. While eating the banana won’t whiten your teeth, rubbing the inside of the peel on your teeth and allowing it to sit in place for a couple of minutes before rinsing it clean can. The vitamins and nutrients found in a banana peel are rubbed on to the teeth and absorbed, which is why this method whitens. This method can be repeated daily until your teeth reach your desired level of white. Create a Strawberry Treatment The last way that you can whiten your teeth with fruit is to create a strawberry mixture. Crush one strawberry to a pulp and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda. Your mixture should have a consistency that is similar to toothpaste. Spread the mixture onto your teeth and allow it to sit for about five minutes. Brush and floss your teeth to remove the mixture and any leftover strawberry seeds. The strawberry pulp has an abrasive texture that gently helps to lift stains, while baking soda is one of the most effective ways to safely whiten your teeth. Repeat this process weekly for best results. Apples, bananas and strawberries can all be used to whiten your teeth. However, these methods are not fast and may not provide dramatic results. If you are looking to whiten your teeth quickly or whiten them by several shades, visit a dentist who offers teeth whitening. They can help you whiten your teeth quickly and dramatically, giving you the bright, white smile you...

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3 Signs That Your Wisdom Teeth Need To Be Removed

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Wisdom teeth, which are the third molars, are the last teeth to present in the mouth, and they can cause quite a bit of discomfort. In fact, many wisdom teeth should be removed due to oral health issues that stem from their placement in the mouth. Here are a few signs that your wisdom teeth may need to be removed: Pain Around the Teeth Wisdom teeth sometimes cause pain as they erupt. Some discomfort is to be expected as the teeth push through the gums. However, persistent pain could be caused by the positioning of the teeth. For instance, wisdom teeth that are not properly aligned may present in a sideways manner that places great amounts of pressure on adjacent teeth and consequently causes discomfort. Painful, Swollen Gums Around the Teeth Pain can also be caused by gum inflammation around a wisdom tooth. Sometimes, a wisdom tooth only presents partially. The rear portion of the tooth may remain covered by a hood of gums that forms a pocket around the tooth. This pocket can trap food, bacteria and plaque that can irritate the gums. The resulting inflammation can cause swelling, pain, and bleeding. The inflammation may remain until the trapped material is cleaned from the pocket. Although removing the matter may improve the condition of the gums, unless the wisdom tooth is extracted, the condition can recur.  Misaligned Teeth Wisdom teeth that present in a sideways manner can cause dental misalignment even if the teeth do not erupt from the gums. If your teeth start to take on a crowded appearance even though you have had no prior problems, the issue could be caused by your wisdom teeth.  To determine the placement of a wisdom tooth that has not presented, your dentist can take dental x-rays. If he or she determines that the wisdom teeth are unable to present in a normal manner, the dentist may prescribe surgical extraction. Since the teeth are below the gum line, the gums need to be cut away to access the teeth for removal. Once the teeth are removed, the other teeth may settle back into proper position. However, if they do not, alignment applications, such as braces, may be required. If your wisdom teeth have not been removed, schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area to have them assessed. He or she can advise of whether or not the teeth should be extracted. For wisdom teeth removal, contact an office such as Family Medical Dental...

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Three Common Questions Concerning Getting A Dental Crown

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When you are unfortunate enough to suffer damage to your teeth, there are a number of treatments that can be used to correct this damage. Yet, there are many dental patients that are not as informed about these treatments as they need to be. In particular, patients may benefit from having questions concerning dental crowns answered so that they can better weigh this dental repair option. What Types Of Problems Are Crowns Used To Correct? A dental crown can be used in a range of situations where the patient’s tooth has suffered severe structural damage. This damage can be due to decay, infection, cracks and splits. Essentially, a crown is an extremely hard shell that will protect the tooth. By structurally reinforcing the tooth, it may be possible to avoid the need to extract it. These shells are made to closely resemble a natural tooth so as to minimize any aesthetic issues that may arise.   How Will Your Dentist Install A Crown? The process for installing a crown is fairly straightforward. The dentist will use a drill to remove as much of the decay or damage as possible. Once these parts of the tooth are removed, a dental adhesive will be applied to the surface of the tooth before the crown will be placed over it. How Do You Care For A Dental Crown? It can be common for some patients to make the assumption that a dental crown will require intense maintenance and care. Fortunately, you should be relieved to realize that a dental crown does not require much in terms of regular care. You will still need to brush the crown on a regular basis, and it will need to be professionally serviced each year. While the crown will not be subject to decay, it is possible for food to get under the crown where it can decay the tooth, but this problem will be mitigated by regular brushing and routine cleanings. When the crown is serviced, a dentist will closely examine the crown to ensure that it is still securely attached to the tooth. If it is discovered to be loose, the dentist will be able to apply more adhesive to help keep it securely in place. Being told that you will need to receive a dental crown can be a stressful thing to hear because you may not be sure of what to expect. By making sure to understand the types of problems that a crown can repair, the process of installing a crown and the type of care a crown will need, you will be better positioned to make decisions as an informed patient. Talk to a dental professional like Barry Groder DDS for more...

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Getting Same Day Dental Crown Treatments

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Cracking a tooth can lead to serious pain and serious problems. In order to solve those problems, you will need to see if your dentist can provide you with same day dental crowns. A dental crown is a cap that covers the hole or crack in your tooth, using materials like porcelain, metal-alloy and stainless steel. Think about these tips for same day dental crowns in order to fix your tooth.  The benefits of getting same-day crowns If you are considering getting same-day crowns, you will be glad that you did because of these benefits: The process is cleaner – When you get regular crowns, the dentist will typically take an impression, which can be messy and uncomfortable. But with a same-day crown, the dentist will map your gums and teeth digitally with no worry about discomfort. The process is far less time-consuming – You will be able to get in and out since it will take one appointment. By not having follow-up appointments, you won’t miss as much time from work or have to take any paid leave. The teeth are very natural looking – There are many different shades and materials that you can choose from with same-day crowns in order to match it to your natural dentistry. The process of same-day grounds The first step for getting same-day dental crowns is to allow the dentist to take a digital impression of your teeth with a special machine and camera. Rather than manually cast an impression, the photograph will create an impression that will be used to craft a custom fit dental crown in the office that day. This happens rapidly, as the creation of your same-day dental crown can be done in approximately 6 minutes or less. Speak to your dental professional for eligibility and costs If you would like to receive same day crowns, your dentist will determine your eligibility based on a number of reasons. Things like severe discoloration, chipped and cracked teeth, weakened dental support and discomfort while eating are all potential reasons that you might be eligible for dental crowns. These prices vary greatly, as the exam might cost between $40 and $120, x-rays might cost up to $150 and the materials and treatment for the dental crown might cost anywhere between $500 and $2500 for each tooth. This will largely hinge upon the kind of dental insurance plan that you have as well. Use these tips if you are considering getting same-day dental crowns. Click here for more information on dental crowns....

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Dental Bonding, Crown, Or Implant? How To Choose Which One Fits Your Needs

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No one wants to have to deal with a broken or damaged tooth, but life happens. Fortunately, there are many options at your disposal when you have to deal with life’s obstacles. Ultimately, which repair options you choose all depends on the severity of the damage that has been done. Here are three options that you have: Dental Bonding If the tooth damage that you have endured is minor, for example a chip of the tooth, then it can likely be repaired with dental bonding. Usually, dental bonding is reserved for when the majority of your tooth is still in one piece and when your tooth’s structural integrity has not been impaired in any way. How is dental bonding applied? Well, the dentist will first apply a resin to the tooth that is the same color as your tooth’s current enamel. He or she will then work with the resin so that it blends in with the rest of the tooth and looks just like the rest of the teeth. A UV light will then be used to harden the resin. Finally, he or she will smooth the surface and, if necessary, trim off any extra resin. Dental Crowns If part of your tooth has broken off, however, dental bonding is likely not a practical option. Instead, your dentist may recommend a dental crown, which is placed over your existing tooth. So, how does this process work? First, your tooth has to be prepared for a crown. This consists of having your tooth filed down and possibly having filling material applied to ensure your tooth can adequately support the dental crown. Then, an impression is made of the mouth so that a custom-made crown can be made to ensure that the crown fits appropriately. There are different types of crowns, but the most popular are ceramic, porcelain, metal and porcelain-fused to metal. Depending on the dentist, the crown may be made in the office or the impression may be sent to an independent laboratory where the crown will be made. When the crown is ready, a special adhesive is used to secure the crown in place. Dental Implants When dental bonding and dental crowns aren’t feasible options, you may need to consider alternatives. In some cases, there may be no saving your tooth. Unfortunately, it isn’t a good idea to leave a gap, so a dental implant should be considered. Dental implants consist of an artificial tooth on the exterior (sort of like a dental crown) and a small titanium post in the jawbone. A dentist will need to confirm that your jawbone is strong enough for this procedure. Once the titanium post is placed, a temporary tooth option can be worn until the area has fully healed and the permanent implant can be attached. For more information and options, talk with a dentist, such as those at NYC Center for Dental...

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