Posts for: April, 2015
January 2, 2015
For a cosmetic dentist, the majority of our focus is the aesthetics of your teeth. This means we are going to do everything we can to ensure that you have the brightest, most beautiful smile you could possibly have. This does not mean that we do not also have a hand in ensuring that your teeth are extremely healthy. We know that the more healthy your teeth, and the more functional, the better they will look. Since, however, our focus is largely on their appearance, we have honed a number of different procedures that have become very well known to the general public.
If you have an aesthetic challenge that needs fixing, coming to a cosmetic dentist is your best option. Some of the most common procedures we do are replacing lost teeth with devices like dental implants, bridges, and dental crowns. We also do teeth whitening, install dental veneers, contour or reshape your teeth, and straighten teeth with the help of braces. All of these are bread and butter procedures for us. We also do a number of procedures, as a cosmetic dentist, that are not so widely known. The two describe in this blog actually find their roots in solving a medical problem with the gums, for which they are still used. Since these procedures also have an aesthetic application, they are now performed largely by cosmetic dentists.
As a cosmetic dentist, we perform a procedure known as a gingivectomy. Often times this procedure is done to prevent further damage to the gums from periodontitis or other gum diseases. When you have a disease that affects you in this way, your gums become separate from the teeth. This creates a deep pocket under the gum. These deep pockets are potential breeding grounds for all kinds of infections since they are hard to clean and are perfect hiding spots for plaque. From our point of view, these pockets create an unsightly appearance and can eventually lead to tooth loss which is why we also perform this surgery. The surgery itself is actually very simple, and only requires a few days to recover unless there is extensive work to be done. Under a local anesthesia, we will remove the excess and loose gum tissue with a scalpel or a laser. Once all the needed gum tissue has been removed, we will place putty over the gum line, which will give it a chance to heal completely. At the same time, we will work to ensure that the contour of your gums, which frequently changes during this process, remains symmetrical and pleasing to view.
Gum reshaping is a procedure done during a gingivectomy and can also be done as a separate procedure. Known as tissue sculpting this procedure is done when people have gums that are either too long or too short which creates an unattractive look to the teeth. Often people who have gum recession will want their gums lengthened using reshaping. The procedure is done under local anesthetic, using either laser, radiosurgery or traditional scalpels in our dentist office. To learn more about procedures that can improve your gum health and appearance, schedule a consultation with our dental office.
When was the last time you visited the family dentist? If you notice that your breath is smelling worse than normal, this may be an indication that it has been too long. Even if you brush and floss regularly, it can be difficult to reach all of the places in your mouth. As a result, plaque and bacteria can build up in these hard to reach places and begin to produce an odor. If you come in for a teeth cleaning, we can remove it, and your breath will typically start to smell better.
Another reason to call our office is that the smell of your breath may be caused by a health problem. Most people are aware that things like a fever or the flu can cause bad breath but did you know that your oral health can as well? If you have a problem like a tooth infection or gum disease, your breath may start to smell. We believe in the importance of early detection and, for this reason, recommend that you pay attention to how your breath smells on a regular basis. If you notice that it smells worse than normal, give our office a call so that we can investigate.
In addition to cleaning your teeth, one of the first things that we will do is look for signs of an infection. An infected tooth will emit a strong odor, and as the infection grows, that odor will become worse. Typically tooth infections cause some form of sensitivity or discomfort, however, in some cases, people don’t notice irritation until the tooth requires immediate treatment. Your breath, however, may start to change right away so this can be a valuable tool for catching it early. If you do have an infection, we may need to perform a root canal to remove the infected area, prior to sealing it up and using a crown to protect the tooth. Once the tooth has been restored, your breath should start to smell better. As a family dentist, we restore infected and damaged teeth on a daily basis and find that the earlier we can catch the infection, the less discomfort you will feel.
We will also look for signs of gum disease. This is such a common condition, and most people experience some form of gum disease throughout their lifetime. The severity of it is different for each person but when caught early, we can prevent much of the damage. For example, gingivitis can make the gums swell or become red and sensitive. During this stage, we can treat the condition with a deep cleaning to remove the plaque and tartar from below the surface of the gums. If, however, the condition is left untreated, the gum tissue may start to recede. As it does, pockets are created in the tissue, leaving teeth susceptible to attack and bone loss. Fortunately, your breath may provide the warning you need to schedule an appointment and have your gums treated early.
In our family dentist office, we can help to improve your breath and treat whatever infection or disease is causing it in the first place.
If you have ever needed the help of an Emergency Dentist Chandler, AZ | Dental Emergency Specialist, then you know how important it is to see someone right away. In our dental office, we offer extended hours and will return your call as quickly as possible. This is of critical importance because the hospital emergency room does not treat teeth. If, for example, you crack your tooth, the doctors there will not be able to restore it but will instead, refer you to a dentist for assistance. With that in mind, it is far better to simply head to our office in the first place.
If you want to reduce your risk of needing emergency dental care, we suggest having your teeth cleaned at least twice a year and getting a fluoride treatment for your children. Adults can further strengthen their teeth by brushing with a fluoride toothpaste, as can children. Fluoride helps to remineralize teeth and strengthen them so that there is a decreased risk of tooth decay or damage, in general. You can also help your teeth by limiting your intake of sugar or acidic foods since they can put teeth in further jeopardy of tooth decay. After all, when teeth are strong, they are less likely to become damaged, in general.
As an emergency dentist, we know that healthy teeth are less likely to become damaged but it is impossible to prevent all types of emergencies. For example, you cannot plan for or avoid a car accident, on the job injury or sports accident. With that in mind, we can help you after hours and when you need us the most. This is important because if you crack or chip your tooth, delaying treatment can lead to an infection as bacteria enter the damaged tooth. This can lead to the need for a root canal and a restoration, something that can be avoided with access to emergency dental care.
Who needs emergency care?
Everyone is susceptible to a dental emergency, both children, and adults. In fact, statistically one-third of five-year-olds has already damaged a tooth and one-quarter of twelve-year-olds have damaged a permanent tooth. From a very young age, this sets a pattern for oral health problems and if your child damages one of them, as an adult this pattern may continue. Simultaneously, adults are likely to damage a tooth while playing sports. Studies have shown that this is a leading cause of tooth injuries, impacting adults that play casually and on recreational teams. In order to address this issue and prevent emergencies, we recommend wearing a mouth guard while playing sports or practicing. A mouth guard is simple and easy to use but prevents hundreds of thousands of injuries ever year. Even sports like basketball can lead to a tooth injury so taking the time to protect yourself is important.
As an emergency dentist, if you do injure your tooth, we want to see you right away. You can help yourself to be more comfortable while waiting