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Reasons to Consider Getting Dental Veneers
Posted on 8/20/2019 by office
Many people who are candidates for veneers never stop to consider all the reasons they might want to try them. Dental veneers are useful both for purely cosmetic purposes as well as for minor adjustments in the size and spacing of your teeth. If you have never given any thought to getting dental veneers, there are a few things you should think about. What Are Dental Veneers? Dental veneers are small pieces of ceramic material that are affixed to the outside of your tooth. They are held in place with a special dental adhesive, and look just like your natural teeth. With the proper care, dental veneers can last many years. What Can Dental Veneers Do for You? The most common reason people get dental veneers is to correct discoloration of the teeth. As you age, the hard outer part of your tooth (called the “enamel”) begins to thin, exposing the softer inner tissue (the “dentin”). The dentin is darker in color, meaning that your teeth will begin to change color. In addition to the issue with the enamel wearing thin, eating certain kinds of foods such as dark berries and other strongly pigmented foods can stain your teeth. Of course, drinking coffee, tea, and even some soft drinks can cause the teeth to yellow and darken over time. Finally, smoking or using other forms of tobacco can stain the teeth. Regardless of the source, if you want teeth that are whiter, dental veneers are a great choice for you. What's more, dental veneers can be used to correct minor gaps or crooked teeth. As such, if you look in the mirror and feel that your smile could use a facelift, dental veneers may be for you. If you'd like more information on veneers, please contact us and we'll be glad to help you....

Why You Need to Call Us if You Have a Fever with a Toothache
Posted on 7/25/2019 by office
A simple toothache generally isn't a dental emergency. However, if you experience a toothache along with a fever and swelling in the face, you should call us right away. These symptoms could indicate a dangerous infection known as a tooth abscess. What is an Abscess? A tooth abscess is a problem caused by a bacterial infection, and it creates a pocket of pus. There are two main types of an abscess, a periapical abscess that occurs at the root tip and a periodontal abscess that occurs at the side of the root in the gums. An abscess occurs when bacteria invades the dental pulp via a cavity, a crack in the tooth, or spread of the bacteria down to the root. Risk factors include poor dental hygiene, dry mouth, and a diet that is high in sugar. What Are the Symptoms of an Abscess? The greatest symptom of an abscess is a severe, throbbing, and persistent toothache. It can radiate into the ear, neck, or jawbone, and sensitivity may increase with cold and hot temperatures or biting pressures. Other symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, swelling in the face, and difficulty swallowing or breathing. Why Are Abscesses a Serious Concern? Unfortunately, a tooth abscess cannot go away on its own, and it needs immediate treatment. If the abscess does not drain, the infection can spread into the jaw, neck, and head. Sepsis is also a real concern, and this potentially deadly infection could spread throughout the body. Treatment options may include draining the abscess, use of antibiotics, and performing a root canal. If you are suffering from a toothache and a fever, don't wait any longer. Call our office today to get the next available appointment and let us evaluate whether or not you have a dental abscess....

What Happens When We Do a Dental Cleaning?
Posted on 7/15/2019 by office
Many of our patients wonder why it is so important to have us clean their teeth when they do a fine job themselves. The teeth look and feel clean and they floss regularly. What our patients don't realize is that we do not simply “brush” your teeth with a fancy tool and good tasting toothpaste. We do far more than that when we do a cleaning, some of which falls under the inspection category rather than the cleaning category. Let us explain. What All Do We Do? First, cleaning is usually performed by our dental hygienist. These are highly trained professionals who went to school specifically to get a degree in this field. The first thing our hygienist does is look in your mouth with a small mirror. This mirror can help them detect problems you can't see by looking in a mirror. They are the first line of defense against gum disease. If no gum disease is detected, we then move to tartar removal. Though you brush your teeth well you can't get into all of the areas that can have plaque buildup, particularly in between your teeth. If plaque is not removed, it turns into tartar. These will then result in tooth decay. Our hygienist and a specialized mirror locate these areas and use a scraping tool to remove the plaque and tartar. Like they say on tv, don't try this at home. If you are not trained you can damage the enamel on your teeth. When you brush and floss, you prevent plaque buildup, but once it becomes tartar, we must remove it. Next, your teeth are cleaned with a brush that has more power than your electric toothbrush. It removes any remaining plaque and tartar. The brush has a special toothpaste that is a bit gritty which is why deep cleaning is only done twice a year. Next, our hygienist will floss your teeth and then give you a liquid fluoride solution with which to rinse your mouth. Give us a call for your cleaning as it is important for your oral health....

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