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Do Dental Implants Look Like Natural Teeth?

Posted by on Jul 16, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do Dental Implants Look Like Natural Teeth?

People who are thinking about getting dental implants often have questions about how natural the implants look. Knowing whether or not implants will match your natural teeth can help you decide whether or not dental implants are right for you. Do dental implants look like natural teeth? Dental implants are made up of three pieces: a titanium post that sticks in the jaw (called the implant), a porcelain crown on top, and a piece in the middle called an abutment. The only visible part of the implant is the crown. Crowns are made to be shaped like the teeth that they’re replacing. In fact, crowns are even color matched to look just like the other teeth in your mouth. This way, your teeth and your crown will look like they’re all a part of one matching set.  Can your dental implant ever become stained or discolored? The porcelain crown is protected by a layer of glaze on top. The glaze is non-porous and impermeable, provided that it is intact. The only way that the porcelain could become stained is if the glaze itself become scratched or worn away. If this happened, the porous porcelain underneath the glaze could become stained by dark colored foods, foods containing high levels of tannins and acidic foods. What can you do to prevent the glaze from being damaged? You can prevent your dental implant’s glaze from being damaged and the implant from becoming stained by doing the following: Brush your dental implant with an implant-safe toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste. Dental implants need to be brushed by special soft-bristled toothbrushes in order to avoid becoming scratched. Using non-abrasive toothpaste is also important for protecting the glaze on top of the crown. Swish with sparkling water after drinking acidic drinks and eating acidic foods. This will help get rid of the acid in your mouth. Since acid can wear away at the glaze, this will help protect your crown. Visit your dentist on a regular basis. Your dentist will clean your teeth and your crown to prevent them from becoming stained. It’s important to visit your dentist on a regular basis after your crowns are installed if you wish to prevent the teeth from becoming stained and mismatched. Your dentist can remove plaque and food particles on your teeth and crowns, which helps to keep both of them polished and shiny. With the right care, your dental implant will keep looking naturally good for years to come. For more information on dental implants, check with companies like Riverdale Dental...

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How To Soothe Teething Pain

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Soothe Teething Pain

Teething can be just as stressful for parents as babies, as the increased amount of discomfort can lead to a great deal of crying and distress. Babies who are teething may sleep less or show little interest in eating. Thankfully, there are a number of simple things that you can do to ease your baby’s teething pain and bring relief to everyone involved. Cold Pacifiers Pacifiers can be used to soothe distressed gums by cooling them down in the fridge beforehand. The principle is similar to applying ice to a pulled or strained muscle, as it helps cut down on inflammation. Make sure that you do not freeze the pacifier, as this can be painful and cause more distress than relief. Look for pacifiers that are specifically designed for teething or explicitly state that they can be chilled, which can be found at most baby stores. Alternatively, chilled spoons or teething rings can be used. Cold Foods In a similar vein, feeding your baby cool or cold foods can have a therapeutic effect on gum inflammation. Things like cold applesauce and other soft foods can work wonders, and can help make feeding times much easier as your baby’s teething pain is reduced. Avoid hard foods, even if they’re cold, as this can increase discomfort. Soft, mushy solids, like bananas or apples, can provide relief if your baby is on a solid diet. Massages Massaging the inflamed area on your baby’s gums can help bring some relief to teething pain. Again, to use the pulled muscle analogy, a massage can help reduce inflammation and provide some degree of comfort. Use your clean finger or soak a washcloth in cool water and apply a light amount of pressure to the area where teeth are coming in. Take care to not use too much pressure, as this can increase discomfort. Medication There are a number of different medications available for babies who are suffering from severe teething pain. Some medicines are topical and are applied directly to the gums to provide relief at the source of the discomfort. However, if your baby is drooling significantly during their teething phase, this medication can simply be washed away. Painkillers are another alternative, which can increase comfort levels and make it easier for your baby to eat. Medication should be a last resort, of course, and you should always consult with a pediatrician (such as one from Stones River Dental) to ensure that the medication that your baby is given is safe....

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How Long Will A Dental Implant Last?

Posted by on Jun 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Long Will A Dental Implant Last?

Dental implant placement is a surgical process that is meant to produce lasting results. If you’re thinking about getting an implant, you should be aware of how long implants are supposed to last and what you can do to ensure a long life for your dental implant. How long will a dental implant last? Dental implants are divided into three parts: the post in the jaw, the abutment that attaches to the crown, and the crown itself. The post in the jaw is meant to last a lifetime and will endure for many decades if properly cared for. The crown part of the implant may have a shorter lifespan because it experiences the majority of wear and tear in the mouth. At the bare minimum, you can expect to get several years of use out of the crown. According to studies, 95% of dental implants last for more than 5 years with proper care. What can cause dental implant failure? There are many different factors that can cause dental implant failure, including: Tooth grinding. Tooth grinding places a lot of pressure on the teeth. This habit can cause premature failure of the crown. Poor dental hygiene practices. Poor dental hygiene practices can cause gum inflammation and bone loss. Bone is needed to hold the surgical post in place, and without it, the entire implant could fail. Smoking. Smoking places patients at high risk for periodontal disease, causing bone loss and infection that can also lead to the failure of a dental implant. What can you do to ensure a long life for your dental implant? See your dentist as often as recommended. Many dentists will recommend that their patients see them once or twice per year. Come to the dentist as often as you are asked to ensure that you have good oral hygiene. Take good care of your oral hygiene. Brush your teeth twice each day, and use any special dental implant brushes and toothpaste to care for your implant to ensure that your mouth is healthy and your implant is clean. Don’t smoke or stop smoking. It’s best to stop smoking before your implant is put into your mouth because smoking draws out the healing process after the implant is installed. Wear a night guard if you are affected by bruxism. Night guards protect your teeth (including your implant) when you grind them at night. For more information about how you can protect your dental implant and extend its lifespan, talk your...

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Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Following A Root Canal

Posted by on May 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Frequently Asked Questions About Pain Following A Root Canal

If you need a root canal, you may be worried about how much pain you will feel after the procedure and what should be done if you feel any. Here are a few frequently asked questions about pain following a root canal. Is it Normal to Feel Pain After a Root Canal? It is completely normal to feel some pain immediately following a root canal. The area that has been worked on can be irritated and stretched from the procedure and from the infection itself. It will take time for the swelling and irritation to decrease. Until this occurs, you may feel some pain. What Can Be Done About Pain After a Root Canal? Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever can help to reduce the amount of pain you experience after a root canal and keep swelling to a minimum. Placing an ice pack on the side of your face can also help with the pain and swelling. It is recommended that you can keep an ice pack on the face for 10 minutes and then off the face for 10 minutes for the first eight hours after the procedure.  Another way to minimize the pain you experience after a root canal is to be careful about what foods you eat. Chewing on hard foods can cause you pain. Eating or drinking hot or cold foods and drinks can also cause pain from sensitivity in the area. Stick to soft foods served slightly cooled or warmed to decrease your pain level. Lastly, be sure to brush the affected area gently. Do not brush vigorously, or the area can bleed or begin to swell. Saltwater rinses can also help to keep the area clean. When Should the Pain Subside? The pain you experience following a root canal should last a few days. If the pain does not begin to subside within a few days or you begin to have discharge from the affected area, you should contact the dentist who performed the root canal. This can be a sign of infection. The dentist will likely have you come into their office and visually look at the tooth and gums where the root canal was performed. If needed, x-rays may also be taken as they can shown an infection in the root and nerve system. If an infection is present, antibiotics will likely be given. In some instances, a second root canal may be needed. If you have never had a root canal before, you may be unsure what to expect as far as pain goes after the procedure. Getting answers to your questions will help you to learn if pain is normal, how to minimize pain and when the pain should subside after a root canal is...

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2 Natural Mouthwashes To Protect Your Dental Implant From Bacteria Buildup During Pregnancy

Posted by on May 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Natural Mouthwashes To Protect Your Dental Implant From Bacteria Buildup During Pregnancy

Pregnancy causes the estrogen levels in your body to spike. The fluctuation in hormones leaves your mouth more prone to bacterial infection and gum disease. If you wear a dental device like a dental implant, then this can cause bacteria buildup around the implant. Excessive bacteria around your dental implant can weaken the gum tissue that it uses as a foundation. This may cause your dental implant to fall out during your pregnancy. If the bacteria buildup continues around your dental implant and gum line then this will eventually result in severe forms of gum disease. As a result, it is extra important to practice good dental hygiene during this time. This can be done by adding a few natural mouthwashes to your daily oral care routine. Cranberry Mouthwash Cranberries contain a large source of antioxidants that help to flush toxins from the body. The plant also has antibacterial properties that are often used to help treat tooth decay and oral infections. In order to create your own cranberry mouthwash from home, add a spoonful of cranberry powder to a cup of hot water. Mix the powder into the water for a few minutes until it fully dissolves. Once the mixture cools, use the mouthwash to cleanse your gums and around your dental implant. Hold the rinse in your mouth for several minutes before rinsing with warm water. Use the mouthwash immediately after meals in order to ensure that you are able to limit bacteria growth. Hibiscus Mouthwash Hibiscus is a staple in gardens because of its vibrant colors and gentle aroma. However, the real beauty lies in the plant’s antibacterial properties. These properties are what make the flower a commonly used ingredient in herbal teas. It is effective in reducing infection both externally and internally. Hibiscus can be transformed into a mouthwash by soaking a few spoonfuls of the dried herb in a small bowl of hot water. Place the bowl to the side and allow it to soak for a few hours. Once ready, use the mouthwash to cleanse your mouth and focus it at the base of your dental implant. Move the rinse throughout your entire mouth for a few minutes before spitting it out. It is important to take care of your dental implants during pregnancy as they are more susceptible to infection during this time. Therefore, use these mouthwashes to help keep your dental implant bacteria-free during pregnancy. Contact a family dentist like Scott Brenner, DDS for more ideas on how to take better care of your mouth during...

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How To Prevent Dry Socket After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Prevent Dry Socket After Having Your Wisdom Teeth Removed

Healing from wisdom tooth extraction is not usually as painful as you might imagine. After a few days of rest, soft foods, and pain killers, you should be able to return to your normal routine. That is, as long as you avoid dry socket. Dry socket is a painful condition in which the blood clot that forms in your empty tooth socket becomes dislodged, exposing the nerves in this area and causing intense pain. Luckily, there are several ways to reduce your risk of dry socket after wisdom tooth removal surgery. Don’t smoke. If you’re a smoker, you’ll have to stay away from the habit for at least a few days after surgery. The toxins in cigarettes as well as the suction action of inhalation can increase your risk of dry socket greatly. If your cravings are too intense, use a nicotine patch to keep them at bay. (Don’t chew nicotine gum – this will expose your surgical sites to nicotine much like smoking would). Avoid straws. You’re going to be enjoying a lot of soft foods and fluids, like smoothies and shakes, in the days following your surgery. Though it might seem easier to drink these through a straw than to sip them from a cup, you should stay away from straws. The suction action of sipping though a straw can physically pull the blood clot out of your socket. Be gentle when you rinse. Rinsing your mouth out with salt water or an antiseptic rinse prescribed by your dentist is important for the healing process. However, you need to make sure you do this gently so you do not dislodge your blood clots. Do not vigorously swish the rinse around your mouth and through your teeth like you would when you regularly use mouthwash. Instead, gently swirl it around your mouth and let it cascade over your surgical sites. Rinse over a sink to avoid making messes. Avoid intense exercise. There’s nothing wrong with taking a walk or a low-key bike ride in the days following your surgery. In fact, this can be good for your mindset and for healing. However, you want to avoid very intense exercise like running, swimming, or hard cycling. Exercise that raises your pulse and blood pressure too much might loosen your blood clots and contribute to dry socket formation. Ask your dentist when it is safe for you to return to vigorous exercise; this will depend on what specific exercise you intend to perform and how deeply impacted your teeth were....

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Four Common Little Habits That Are Bad For Your Dental Health

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Four Common Little Habits That Are Bad For Your Dental Health

If you’re brushing, flossing and seeing your dentist for checkups, then you’re doing all you can to keep your teeth healthy, right? Wrong. While these are the first steps towards great dental health, there are a lot of little habits that people develop that can lead to issues like tooth decay and gum disease. Here’s a look at four common little habits that may be unhinging your dental health. Sipping coffee all day. Drinking coffee all day is often recommended against because it is costly and will stain your teeth – but if you put milk or sugar in your coffee, it can do more than cause stains. Constantly bathing your teeth in sugary coffee all day feeds oral bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. To protect your teeth, consider replacing your coffee with unsweetened herbal tea, or better yet, water. If you just can’t kick the coffee habit, try using a sugarless sweetener like sucralose or stevia extract instead of sugar. And stay away from creamers and milk – they both contain sugar, too. Crunching on ice and hard candy. Ice and hard candy are too hard for you to be safely crunching on. Even if you don’t immediately crack your teeth while munching on these items, you will be weakening your enamel by doing so. Weak enamel is more prone to cracks in the future and is also prone to cavities. Try to avoid munching on anything that’s crunchier than the average pretzel. Brushing too hard. The more pressure you apply with your tooth brush, the better – right? Sadly, this is not the case. You want to brush your teeth rather gently to remove the plaque without actually causing any damage to the tooth enamel. If your toothbrush’s bristles are bending after just a few uses, you’re brushing too hard. If your fingers grow tired after brushing, this is another sign that you’re brushing too hard. Lighten up a bit, and your enamel will stay in better shape. Putting lemon in your water. Enjoying a slice of lemon in your water every now and then is not a problem, but you should not be making a regular habit of putting lemon slices or lemon juice (or lime, for that matter) in your water. Lemon and lime juice are acidic, and constantly exposing your teeth to them can lead to enamel damage. If you have any of the bad habits above, start breaking them today. Your teeth will thank you! Contact a dentist, such as Hughes Thomas R, for more information....

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Down Syndrome And Hypodontia: 3 Things Parents Need To Know

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Down Syndrome And Hypodontia: 3 Things Parents Need To Know

Hypodontia is a dental term that refers to congenitally missing permanent teeth. This means that some of the permanent teeth fail to develop, so when the baby teeth fall out, there is nothing underneath to replace them. Hypodontia is very common among people with Down syndrome. Here are three things parents need to know about Down syndrome and hypodontia. How common is hypodontia? Hypodontia is a very common problem for people with Down syndrome. A Canadian study of 25 children with Down syndrome found that 92% of them were suffering from hypodontia. The female patients were missing an average of 5.38 permanent teeth, while the males were missing an average of 4.10. To put these numbers into perspective, the prevalence of hypodontia in the general population is between 3% and 7%. How is hypodontia diagnosed? Hypodontia is diagnosed through x-ray imaging. Your dentist will take x-rays of your child’s mouth to see if any of their permanent teeth are missing. The dentist can take a panoramic x-ray to make your child more comfortable during the procedure. Unlike traditional dental x-rays, panoramic x-rays don’t require the patient to bite down on a plastic film. Since people with Down syndrome can have a strong gag reflex, not needing to put anything in your child’s mouth will make the experience much more pleasant for them. These x-rays also produce an image quickly, which makes them a good choice for children with short attention spans. In this panoramic image, your dentist will be able to see all of your child’s permanent teeth beneath their gums and will be able to easily identify any missing teeth. How is hypodontia treated? Once your child’s permanent teeth have all erupted, they may require orthodontic treatment to move the teeth into their proper positions. This is because teeth may drift out of place to fill any open spaces. Orthodontic treatment includes familiar techniques like retainers and braces. Once the teeth have been repositioned, dental implants can be placed in the gaps left by the missing permanent teeth. These implants are surgically attached to the jawbone and are permanent, so your child will have them for the rest of their life. People with Down syndrome are good candidate for dental implants as long as they’re able to maintain good oral hygiene, either alone or with the help of a caregiver. If your child has Down syndrome, they may have hypodontia and should be examined by a dentist (like Dr. Jon Douglas Lesan, DDS, RpH, PA or another professional) as soon as...

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Managing Pain Safely After Oral Surgery

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Managing Pain Safely After Oral Surgery

If you’re putting off having a dental surgical procedure because you’re afraid of the pain, rest easy that it’s a fairly common anxiety to have. In addition, many patients worry about not wanting to become addicted to painkillers following their procedures. If these two concerns have you feeling afraid about your surgery, rest easy, and follow these tips to manage your pain safely after your procedure. Topical Numbing Agents Before you have your surgery, talk to your dentist about whether the surgical site will be accessible during your recovery. Using a topical pain killer like a oral numbing agent can help to desensitize the area, reducing the inherent pain you’re in without taking any oral drugs. This can potentially help you to actually cut down on the amount of prescribed pain killers you take.  Procaine Another option is to ask your surgeon to use an ample amount of procaine during the procedure. If you’re put under general anesthesia, some surgeons will refrain from using procaine, since you won’t feel anything during the procedure. However, procaine can potentially last for hours after the procedure. For the first day you’re home, you may not need pain killers at all if your procaine is still in effect. Over-the-Counter Pain Killers Ask your surgeon whether or not you can take over the counter pain killers like ibuprofen and aspirin with your prescribed pain killers. Some medications interact, while others don’t, so your surgeon will know what’s best. However, if there are any over-the-counter medications you can take, they can help a lot. Taking an over-the-counter medication to reduce your pain means you’ll need less of any prescribed medications that are more dangerous for you. Reducing your dose will mean you have a lower risk of addiction, so this is a great step to follow if you can. Acupuncture Acupuncture may be a good way to help reduce pain following oral surgery. Acupuncturists believe that they can divert energy to the area that’s hurting, speeding up the healing process and providing comfort.  Studies have been mixed, with some finding that acupuncture significantly reduced post-operative pain levels, while others have found that a placebo had the same effect. However, whether it was the power of the mind or not, the test subjects felt relief, so you should give it a try. It’s difficult to be afraid of pain but also afraid of taking too many of the medications that can help to ease it. With these steps, you can significantly reduce any discomfort you’re in following you procedure, and nearly eliminate the risk of addiction. For more information, talk to a dentist like Peak Family Dentistry &...

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3 Mouthwashes To Prevent Infection After A Root Canal

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Mouthwashes To Prevent Infection After A Root Canal

If you suffer from an infected dental pulp, then your dentist may recommend is a root canal. Once your dental pulp is infected, it needs to be removed immediately or this can lead to an abscessed tooth. In order to do this, your dentist has to drill a hole in your tooth to access the infected pulp. Once the root canal procedure is completed, it is important to keep the area clean to ensure that it is not reinfected. Fortunately, there are a few types of mouthwashes that you can use to ward off bacteria until your tooth fully heals. Calendula Mouth Wash Calendula is often used for medicinal purposes because it promotes healing in open wounds and prevents inflammation that is caused by bacteria. A calendula mouthwash can be created by placing a handful of the fresh herb in hot water. Allow the herb to soak in the water for a few minutes until the water is no longer clear. Gargle with the mixture and move the mouthwash throughout your entire mouth for a few minutes. Use the calendula mouthwash daily in order to keep your wound and mouth clean. Cinnamon Mouthwash Cinnamon is frequently used in commercial mouthwashes because it contains antibacterial and antifungal properties. Cinnamon can kill off bacteria before it has a chance to multiply in your mouth. In order to create your own cinnamon mouthwash, add cinnamon sticks to a pot of boiling water. Allow the sticks to boil for a few minutes before removing the pot from the heat. Place the mixture in a cup and allow it to cool. Once cool, use the cinnamon to gargle. This mouthwash should be used after each meal in order to successfully remove bacteria. Saltwater Mouthwash Salt water is often recommended after a dental procedure because the salt can kill off bacteria and remove food debris. Add a spoonful of salt to a cup of hot water and wait for the salt to dissolve. Once the water cools, move the mixture around in your mouth. You should use this rinse in the morning and night in order to get the best results. A root canal can be effective at restoring life to an infected and damaged tooth. In order for that tooth to fully heal, you need to keep your mouth bacteria free. Therefore, use these mouthwashes to help prevent an infection after a root canal...

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