3 Things To Know About Dental Crowns

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Most people understand the importance of proper brushing, flossing, and visiting a dentist, but certain issues that affect your teeth may still arise even with good oral hygiene. From a broken or chipped tooth that occurred while playing a sport or more involved damage due to gum disease, you may require a tooth restoration at one point in time. Thankfully, your dentist can restore your smile back to an appealing, functional state using crowns. With this guide, you will understand a few facts regarding dental crowns. Not Just Metal Anymore In the past, crowns were made out of a metal material, such as gold or silver. Restoring a damaged tooth with a metal crown is a great option, since it is such a durable material. However, the metal material is visible to others, making it a less appealing option for some people. Fortunately, dentists began designing crowns out of a porcelain material. While natural looking and more appealing, porcelain crowns were likely to chip. Today, more and more patients are opting for crowns that use a combination of metal and porcelain. The hybrid design uses metal for its interior with an outer layer made out of porcelain. Crowns Will Last A common misconception about crowns is that they are temporary fixes for damaged or broken teeth. This is partially true. Although surprising for most patients to learn, dental crowns will last between 10 and 20 years. Of course, proper care will prolong the lifespan of your crowns. Continue brushing and flossing your teeth as normal, since a crowned tooth may still break or develop cavities. It is also recommended that you wear a mouth guard when participating in any sports or strenuous activities. This will reduce the risk of excessive force to your crowns and teeth. Insurance Coverage Is Likely The cost of treating an infected or broken tooth and applying a crown may depend on a few factors including severity of damage and your specific dentist. However, your dental insurance plan will most likely cover at least a portion of the crown’s cost. Most dental insurance plans cover general cleanings, exams, and even X-rays completely while covering a percentage of other treatments such as root canals and extractions. If your crown is deemed medically necessary for the good of your oral health, your dentist can file a claim for coverage on your behalf. This will ensure you can restore your smile without paying a large chunk out of your pocket. Crowns are not fit for kings and queens only. Ask your dentist if a dental crown is the right option for your smile’s...

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Hybrid Dentures: An Introduction For Curious Patients

Posted by on Apr 10, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Losing your teeth means you lose your smile, which can be a disheartening situation to be in for sure. Thankfully, advances in dentistry over the last several decades have brought about many new options beyond just the basic dentures for those with missing teeth. One modern option is hybrid dentures. If hybrid dentures are a new idea for you, you are bound to have a few questions and concerns. Take a quick look at some of the most commonly asked questions about hybrid dentures so you can determine if they would be a good option for you.  What exactly are hybrid dentures? Hybrid dentures combine the idea of prosthetic teeth like dentures with fixed implants that keep the dentures firmly held in place. For this form of dental treatment, a series of anchors will be placed in the gumline that will allow the prosthetic teeth to attach to them for stability once the implants are healed. Hybrid dentures most often include a partial prosthetic gum as well as the teeth, much like traditional dentures. However, the prosthetic gum of the denture is much narrower in design because it is not necessary for holding the teeth in place like it is with traditional dentures.  Is everyone a good candidate for hybrid dentures? Just about any patient of any age could potentially be a candidate for hybrid dentures. As long as you have a generally healthy mouth, hybrid dentures will likely work for you. A few situations when hybrid dentures will not be recommended include: if there are not sufficient levels of bone in the gumline to hold the anchors in place if you are prone to periodontal disease if you have illnesses and diseases that will prevent the implants from healing in place If you believe you would be a good candidate for hybrid dentures, be sure to talk to your dentist for a full mouth assessment.  How long does it take for hybrid dentures to be completed? Hybrid dentures are a little more complex in design and will require a healing period because the placing of the anchors will be a surgical procedure. In most cases, the implants will be placed first, and your mouth will be allowed to heal for a bit before your dentures are installed on the anchors. However, some dentists use tiny anchoring implants that are installed right in the office, and the dentures can be immediately placed.  To learn more, contact a dental office like Port Orange...

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Can Flossing Help Eliminate Bad Breath?

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Uncategorized |

There are a lot of different things you can do each day to keep your teeth clean and your mouth fresh, and one activity is flossing. If you do not currently floss each day and you suffer from bad breath, you may want to start making time for this every single day. Flossing can not only help you keep your teeth clean, but it can also help you have fresher breath. The purpose of flossing People who suffer from bad breath and do not floss do not realize that this might be the key to obtaining fresher breath. Floss is something that is designed to clean areas of your mouth that your toothbrush cannot reach, and this primarily includes the areas between the teeth in your mouth. As you floss, you will clean out food debris and bacteria that are trapped in these areas, but that is not all. Each time you floss, you are actually cleaning your gum lines too. Your gum lines and areas in between your teeth are a great place for bacteria to hide and live; however, if they stay there too long, you can develop cavities and even gum disease. How it helps freshen your breath Taking time to floss each day will help you have fresher breath, simply because it will eliminate a lot of the sources that cause bad breath. If you clean your mouth well each day, it will have fewer bacteria in it. Because it is the bacteria that causes bad breath, you should naturally see an improvement in your breath if you start flossing each day. In addition, you will be protecting your mouth against cavities and gum disease. Options with floss Some people do not floss because they do not understand how important it is, but others do not floss because it can be tricky. If you have a hard time using regular floss, you may want to try an alternative option. For example, you could try a floss holder, which is a tool that makes flossing a little easier. Another option is to purchase a water flosser, which is a device that cleans teeth with pressurized water. Flossing your teeth is something that is very important if you want healthy teeth, and it is also helpful for eliminating bad breath. If you would like to learn more ways to freshen your breath, talk to a family dentist...

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Choose Your Own Adventure: 3 Dental Specialties You Should Consider

Posted by on Mar 29, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Even though the image that probably jumps into your mind when you hear the word dentistry is your local dentist’s office, there are actually quite a few specialties when it comes to dentistry, just like in any other area of medicine. But if you’re looking into dentistry as a future career, it’s important that you know what your options are as far as specialization goes and what careers come out of those specialties. So if you’re looking for a quick guide on three of the more common dental specialties and what exactly they entail in practice, then here’s what you need to know. Orthodontia The specialty you’ll probably use once in your lifetime (and the first specialty to exist within the field of dentistry), generally around middle school age, orthodontia is the field of working with a person’s mouth to improve their bite and tooth alignment, usually through the use of tools such as spacers, expanders, and – most often – braces. The word itself demonstrates its purpose; it comes from the Greek roots orthos, which means straight, and odont, which simply means tooth. Dentists who mean to become orthodontists must go through additional schooling to earn their specialty; after graduating with a DDS, a dentist must then go through a two to three year course that culminates with a written test given by the American Board of Orthodontics. If the new orthodontist wants to take it a step further, they can be certified by that same Board, presenting 10 cases that they worked on and justifying the decisions they made in those cases to a panel of orthodontists. Oral Surgery The most “doctor-y” specialty for dentists, oral surgeons are those dentists that commonly work in hospital-like environments such as clinics, performing extractions and (most commonly) wisdom tooth surgery. Oral surgery isn’t limited to just teeth, however – oral surgeons can correct jaw shape, jaw disorders (such as TMJ) and can even perform cosmetic surgery on the bones of the face (usually the jawbone) to alter their patients’ appearance. In order to become an oral surgeon, a dentist must train an additional 4-6 years (6 being the most common duration in order to get an MD) past their dental degree, and can choose to go on for another two years after that if they wish to specialize further within their specialty in trauma or reconstruction (after tumors etc. have been removed from a jaw, for example). Cosmetic The fastest-growing specialty in dentistry, cosmetic dentistry is primarily concerned with aesthetics – how the mouth and jaw look and what can be done to improve their appearance. This is where teeth whitening, veneers, and small problems like slight overbites, a gummy...

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4 Things To Know About Treating A Cavity

Posted by on Mar 22, 2017 in Uncategorized |

Cavities can be a nuisance to deal with throughout each day. For instance, a cavity can make it difficult to enjoy both hot and cold foods, as it can lead to a lot of pain. When a cavity becomes severe to the extent of the pain going away, it means that the pulp chamber has likely been exposes to bacteria. The reason why the pain goes away is because the nerves inside of the pulp chamber can die after being exposed to bacteria. Take a look at this article for some general information about what might go on when a dentist treats a cavity. 1. Infections Will Be Treated Before moving forward with taking care of your cavity, the dentist will have to treat infections that are present. The extent of treatment will be based on how severe the infection has progressed, such as if you are suffering from periodontitis. In the simplest case, you will simply have to take antibiotics for a short while before returning to the dental clinic. 2. A Root Canal Might Be Necessary If the dentist happens to find an abscess when your cavity is examined, you will likely need a root canal done. An abscess is dangerous because it has toxic fluid inside of it that can eventually harm your overall health. During the procedure, the dentist will not only release the toxic fluid, but will also get rid of diseased pulp. Basically, diseased pulp consists of dead nerves and tissue. 3. The Cavity Will Be Filled After infections and abscesses have been treated, the dentist will have to fill the cavity to close the hole it created. You can opt for different types of fillings based on how you want the results to look, as well as your budget. There are fillings that are the same color as your teeth, and there are also the cheaper ones that are dark and easily noticeable. Once the cavity has been filled in, you should be able to eat without the resin coming out, but it might need to be refilled in the long run if it gets loose. 4. A Crown Might Be Placed on Your Tooth Sometimes simply filling in a cavity in isn’t enough, such as if your enamel is severely decayed. In such a tooth, the dentist might have to put a crown on your tooth after it has been filled in. A crown will cover the entire tooth and prevent the enamel from breaking...

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