Dental Trends of the Future: Leaving the Past Behind


2 Ways A Dentist Can Protect Damaged Pulp From Irreversible Pulpitis

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Pulp material inside the root canal carries a collection of nerve and tissue cells throughout the tooth, and the pulp is kept protected by the surrounding dentin layer of tooth. But trauma or cavities can compromise the dentin and risk exposing the pulp. Exposed pulp can become infected and inflamed in a condition called pulpitis. Left untreated, the pulpitis can become irreversible and cause pulp necrosis. The necrotic pulp can threaten the life of the tooth and require a dental extraction. There are a couple of ways your dentist can protect your pulp from irreversible pulpitis. The chosen treatment will depend on the nature of the dentin damage and whether or not the pulp has already become exposed or damaged.   Pulp Capping Pulp capping is a technique used when the dentist needs to cut into the dentin in order to remove a deep cavity. The capping is performed to ensure that the pulp doesn’t become exposed and vulnerable during the cavity removal. There are two different types of pulp capping: direct and indirect. Direct pulp capping involves the dentist applying an antibacterial film over the exposed pulp and then covering the film with a dental crown for further protection. The direct route is only an option if the dentin immediately over the pulp was healthy and the pulp itself has shown no signs of damage. Indirect pulp capping is an option when the surrounding dentin was weakened by infection but doesn’t have a thriving infection. Instead of removing all of the infected dentin with the cavity, the dentist will leave a small amount of that dentin in place to cover the pulp. A remineralization agent is applied to the dentin and then a temporary crown is placed over the dentin. The dentist will check the indirect pulp cap in a matter of months to make sure the dentin hardened. A permanent dental crown can then be placed over the dentin. A direct pulp cap also requires monitoring for a period to ensure that the film is holding. Root Canal Therapy Pulp that has already been damaged needs to be removed before the rest of the pulp and the root canal can be protected from irreversible pulpitis. Root canal therapy can remove the affected pulp and protect the incoming pulp from further damage. The dentist will open the dentin, if there’s not already a cavity opening, and use a narrow tool to scrape out the affected pulp. The dentist will then rinse the canal with an antibiotic solution then insert an expanding bio-material that will eventually be absorbed into the tooth. The absorbing material will then make room for new pulp to rise up into the upper chamber. Root canal procedures are finished off with a dental crown. The crown both covers the entry area and adds another layer of protection for the pulp and remaining dentin. If you have pulpitis or are having tooth problems and sensitivity, talk with a dentist, such as those at Health Centered Dentistry, about the treatment...

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Are You An Adult Whose Teeth Recently Got Crooked? What To Know

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If you have noticed as an adult that your teeth have started to shift, and they are shifting more every day and now your smile is crooked, you want to see an orthodontist. Not only can this be damaging your appearance, but it could also be causing problems for health of your mouth. For many adults a natural shift will occur, forcing the teeth to shift in the mouth, and this is the cause for the crookedness and misalignment. Here are a few reasons why you want to see an orthodontist to get braces put on, and things to consider when choosing braces.   Crooked Teeth Increase the Risk of Cavities When the teeth get pushed together and there isn’t room for the toothbrush bristles or floss to properly clean the teeth, the teeth are at the risk of getting cavities. Straightening the teeth back out makes it easy to brush the teeth to keep them strong and white and it makes it easy to preserve the tooth enamel that shields teeth from cavities. Trapped Bacteria Can Cause Gum Disease and Other Health Problems Not being able to floss the teeth means the gum tissue can’t be cared for, and this puts you at the risk of periodontal disease. Periodontal disease doesn’t just discolor the gums, cause foul breath and can cause tooth damage, but it can also lead to serious health complications. Organ problems like heart disease have been linked to gum disease. Clear Braces Can Help Many adults aren’t thrilled with the idea of having braces put on their teeth, but clear braces are an alternative to metal. Clear braces fit over the teeth in the form of a mouthpiece and shift the teeth into place just like bracket and wire braces. These are clear and are removed when you eat, so food doesn’t get caught. They are easy to clean, and the clear pieces are hardly noticeable to someone when having a conversation. If you are an adult and your teeth are suddenly crooked, don’t ignore the problem and make sure you get to an orthodontist before the problem gets worse. You don’t want to put your oral health at risk, or have other problems to treat because you let the shifting go without attention. If the shifting is causing you to grind your teeth or causes a misalignment, you could start to have jaw pain and jaw problems without...

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FAQ About Temporary Anchorage Devices

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You’ve been struck by two dental dilemmas at the same time: a lost tooth and the need for braces. Your dentist has suggested a few different solutions, including the installation of temporary anchorage devices or TADs. What are these devices and how can they benefit you? And are they a permanent solution? What Are TADS? Temporary anchorage devices are devices that are temporarily installed in your mouth to take the place of a missing tooth and to help stabilize braces. They are about the size of a small screw and are inserted directly into the soft tissue of your gums. Once in place, they will help keep your gums in place and can be used to manipulate teeth that must be straightened TADS are designed to be easy to install and remove, which makes them easy to take care of via traditional teeth care methods, such as brushing. Insertion requires numbing the gums and can be done in less than a minute. Removal is also quick, but required only when maintenance (such as adjustment of position) needs to be done by the dentist. Who Benefits From TADS? There are a multitude of benefits of using TADs. These include the ease of installation, simple maintenance techniques (brushing regularly), their stability, and the ways they can be adjusted as straightening problems occur during your treatment procedure. As a result, a variety of people benefit from TADs, chief among them teens who may be impatient for their teeth to get straightened. And they are also useful for teens that don’t want to perform a variety of difficult maintenance techniques, as they only require brushing and occasional check ups. Can I Keep TADS Forever? While TADs are a useful tool for treating your dental problem, they simply can’t take the permanent place of a missing tooth. The word “temporary” is built right into their name and they will be removed after your treatment is over. However, you’ll still have an empty spot in your gums where your tooth once sat. That’s when you need to get a dental implant. Dental implants are artificial teeth installed directly into your jaw. They help not only to create a better smile, but also to preserve your jaw shape and keep your teeth straight. They are perfect for people who still have strong dental health and who only need to replace one or two teeth. Talk to your dentist about TADs and dental implants before attempting any teeth-straightening procedure. They can help you find a dental health solution that works for your needs. Contact a center like Mount Royal Dental for more...

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Age-Related Dental Issues That Veneers Can Correct

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As you age, there are multiple issues that may occur with your teeth. Veneers can help correct these cosmetic problems. Here are a few issues that may arise due to age and how they can be corrected with dental veneers: Loss of Enamel As a person gets older, his or her tooth enamel gradually wears away. The loss of the enamel is often due to repeated exposure to acids as well as mechanically abrasive substances. Tooth enamel is whiter then the underlying layer of tooth material, which is called dentin. As the enamel erodes, the teeth take on a yellow appearance. There is no way to recover lost tooth enamel. However, dental veneers can be applied to the teeth to conceal any yellow dentin and whiten the teeth. In addition, staining that is due to the absorption of pigments from food and drinks that you have consumed over the years can also be covered. To lessen the expense of the veneers, your dentist may suggest that they only be applied to the teeth that are displayed when you speak, laugh or smile. Shifted Teeth As the years progress, teeth tend to shift out of position. This shifting is a natural occurrence that is often due to changes in the density of the jawbone. Teeth that once appeared perfectly straight may seem a bit uneven over time. Dental veneers can be applied over the misaligned teeth to give the illusion of perfect alignment. Gaps In the same manner that teeth tend to become misaligned, they can also develop larger interdental spacing. Gaps between your teeth can give them an haphazard appearance. Dental veneers can be used to make your teeth appear closer together and more uniform. This can be achieved by your dentist through the designing of veneers that are slightly wider than the underlying teeth. The wide veneers give the appearance of more closely set teeth. Chips and Cracks Aging teeth tend to be more brittle. Thus, they may be more susceptible to chips and cracks. A veneer can be used to cover the chip or crack of a tooth. In addition, as the veneer covers the tooth, it helps reinforce its structure so that additional damage to the tooth becomes less likely. If your teeth are displaying unattractive signs of aging, veneers may be able to help. Schedule an appointment with a dentist in your area to learn more about veneers and to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for their application. For dental veneers, contact an office such as Elgazzar...

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Coffee & Your Teeth: How To Minimize Staining

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If coffee is a staple of your day, you may think that you’re doing irreparable harm to your teeth by drinking it and that there’s nothing you can do to lessen the impact that it has. Fortunately, there are a few ways to minimize the impact that drinking coffee has on your teeth. Don’t Sip Throughout the Day The lesst amount of time that you spend throughout the day consuming your coffee, the better off your teeth will be. While your tooth enamel is the strongest substance in your body, it’s porous, meaning that coffee and other staining substances, such as tea and wine, can make their way in and set up shop. While cutting out coffee would be best overall, it’s not always a workable solution. Instead, you may have to compromise by shortening the time period in which you drink your coffee or decreasing the amount of coffee you drink daily. Know the Dos and Don’ts of After-Coffee Care To minimize the impact that coffee has on your teeth, it’s important to know how to care for your teeth immediately following your daily cup of Joe. Rinsing your mouth out with water immediately after finishing can reduce the amount of time that stains have to settle and decrease the overall staining. While brushing is advised, it’s important, however, to wait at least 30 minutes. This is because coffee is highly acidic, and brushing too soon could lead to enamel removal. This would leave your teeth more vulnerable to staining and decay. Have Your Teeth Whitened If the stains on your teeth are becoming too much to ignore, consider having your teeth professionally whitened. Whitening is a common cosmetic procedure that can brighten your smile and lessen the guilt you feel over your love of coffee. Teeth whitening isn’t a permanent solution, but the length of time that it will last for you will depend on a number of factors, including what you eat and how much staining is present. There are a number of options available, including whitening toothpastes, whitening strips, and even whitening trays. If you’d rather let a professional handle the procedure, you can have your teeth whitened by a cosmetic dentist. With all of the whitening options available, you no longer have to worry about coffee-related staining. To learn more about keeping your teeth healthy and stain free, or to find out if teeth whitening is right for you, contact Elk Plaza Dental or a similar...

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Three Valuable Methods You Can Use To Get Your Kids To Brush Their Teeth

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A child who learns proper habits related to dental care at an early age will be able to continue these habits in the years and decades ahead. As a parent, one of your responsibilities is to ensure that, even at a young age, your children understand the value in brushing their teeth and make it a part of their daily routine at least twice per day. Invariably, some children will gravitate toward regular dental care, while others will show little interest in it. You can often find success in converting a member of the latter group through the use of these three tactics. Increase The Fun Factor While adults know that brushing their teeth is beneficial, kids might not immediately see the benefits. You can improve the situation by making the activity more fun. Don’t try to change the actual tooth-brushing time; it’s important that the child is able to concentrate on the task at hand. You can, however, sing a toothbrush song on your way to the bathroom or upon completing the task. There are number of resources on the Internet that feature songs about brushing your teeth that are easy for children to learn and sing with you. Provide An Incentive Bribing your children to ensure that they brush their teeth isn’t ideal, as bribing can lead to behavioral issues down the road. You can, however, provide a fun incentive that will encourage your kids to get brushing. Put together a chart that features empty boxes for the days of the week, list your children’s names beside the boxes and place the chart on the fridge where your kids can see it. Each time they successfully brush their teeth twice per day, place a checkmark or a sticker in the designated box. Each child will be encouraged to “fill” his or her given week with checks or stickers, which can help the child have an incentive to brush. Join Them Children will inherently see the importance of any activity upon watching their parent do it, so it’s valuable to make a point of brushing your teeth in front of your children. If you commonly perform this activity in private in your own bathroom, consider relocating your toothbrush to the children’s bathroom and spend time brushing together. You can also reinforce the importance of this task after meals—instead of jumping right into a post-meal activity, head to the bathroom together and brush your teeth...

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3 Cosmetic Dental Applications That Whiten Teeth

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If your teeth are not their whitest, their discoloration may be affecting your overall appearance. People with white, straight teeth are often deemed more attractive. One study used digitally altered photographs to present pictures of the same models having teeth that were a brownish yellow color, a healthy shade of white, and a sparkling white color. The models presented with the discolored teeth were considered less attractive by observers than those whose teeth were a healthy white or sparkling white color. Still, tooth color is something that can be easily improved. Here are three cosmetic dental applications that can be used to whiten your teeth. Over-the-counter Teeth Whitening Whitening kits can be purchased at local stores without a prescription. The kits contain bleaching ingredients to help remove stains from your tooth enamel. These kits do whiten the teeth. However, if your teeth are severely stained, these products may not produce a satisfactory level of whiteness. In addition, over-the-counter kits can cause dental sensitivity if they are used more often than directed.  Professional Bleaching Your teeth can achieve a higher level of whitening with a professional teeth-whitening application. Professional bleaching is performed at a dental office by a dental professional, so the procedure tends to be safer than self-applied bleaching kits. In addition, professional teeth whitening typically yields better results. After applying the teeth-whitening gel to your teeth, your dentist may subject your teeth to a special ultraviolet light that enhances the whitening results.  To achieve the highest level of whiteness, it may be necessary for your dentist to conduct several bleaching applications. Thus, you may be scheduled for a few appointments. In addition, to maintain the new color of your teeth, your dentist may prescribe a special toothpaste, gel or mouth rinse for use at home. Veneers If your teeth are prone to sensitivity or have permanent discoloration, veneers may be the best option to brighten your teeth. Veneers are thin, tooth-shaped pieces of porcelain or resin that can be bonded to your teeth to make them look white and straight.  Since veneers cover your teeth, they are appropriate for staining that does not lighten from teeth-whitening solutions. In addition, veneers can be used to correct the look of teeth that are misshapen or too small. If you would like to lighten the color of your teeth, schedule an appointment with a cosmetic dentist like Larsen-Haslem Dental in your area. He or she can assess your individual needs to find a whitening application that will work for...

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5 Types of Dental Fillings

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Being able to have good teeth is critical to your overall health. You will rely on your teeth throughout every stage of your life. It’s important to visit the dentist every six months for a thorough checkup of your teeth and to determine if any decay does exist. If your dentist finds a cavity, you will need to have it filled as soon as possible to prevent further damage.  By knowing the various types of fillings that are available for you, this can keep you well-informed. Type #1: Gold fillings It’s common for many dentists to fill your molars with gold. This is because this is one of the most durable options and can allow your filling to last for a very long time. Studies indicate that fillings of this type can last up to 15 years in some cases. However, the disadvantage of gold fillings is the cost. This type of filling is one of the most expensive to choose. Type #2: Silver anagram fillings Anagram fillings may often be selected because of the lower costs involved. However, the downside of getting this type of filling includes the possibility of expansion occurring more frequently and this could potentially lead to a tooth chipping or cracking. Type #3: Composite fillings This filling type is often used for a front tooth that has to be filled. If the color of your tooth needs to match the filling, you can typically count on your dental professional choosing a composite filling for the job. However, this type of filling is strong enough to use on back teeth, and if you’re concerned about the cosmetic look of your tooth, you may want to talk to your dentist about this. Type#4: Ceramic fillings If you want to have a filling that resembles a natural tooth the most, you may want to choose a ceramic filling. These are made out of porcelain and are the most atheistically appealing, but may not last as long as some of the other options for restoring your teeth. A local dentist, such as Drs. Phipps, Levin, Hebeka, & Associates Ltd., is the best resource for determining if ceramic fillings are one of the best options for you. Being able to keep your teeth healthy may require you to have a dental filling at some stage in your life. The benefits of doing so include being able to maintain your teeth. Be sure to schedule your appointment today with a cosmetic dentist to ensure your health for the...

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3 Ways To Have An Improved Smile

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Being proud of your teeth is sure to make you feel more confident and prepared to face the day. However, you simply may not have been born with the teeth that you’d like to have. There are dental procedures that are effective at altering your teeth and giving you a smile that you’re proud to have. By knowing what these procedures may be, you can then decide which one is best for you. Teeth Whitening Having a whiter smile is sure to be one of the best ways to improve your teeth with the greatest amount of ease. This can typically be done in only one visit to the dental office, and the results are immediate for whiter teeth. This process will involve the dental professional making molds that fit directly to your teeth and feeling these with a high concentrated amount of peroxide. This will stay in place for a set amount of time and when removed, your teeth will be whiter. It’s ideal to take the molds home with you and do routine maintenance. The average cost of teeth whitening is $500–700. Dental Bonding If you have a gap between your teeth, you may want to consider dental bonding. This process involves filling in the gap with a dental material that closely resembles the color of your existing teeth. Your dentist will determine the best color match, and this will be used to fill in the gap. It only requires one dental visit to have this completed and is typically a painless procedure. The average cost for dental bonding is $300–600 per tooth. Veneers There are many advantages to getting veneers placed on your teeth, and one of the greatest is having a more even smile.  Veneers are thinly porcelain laminates that will fit over your existing teeth. In some cases, it may be necessary to shave off a few your teeth to put these in place. Veneers are durable and can last up to ten years or longer for some patients. The average cost of veneers is $500–1,100 per tooth, but this will vary based on your location. The benefits of having a smile you’re proud to share with the world are numerous and is certainly worth the investment of time to achieve. Be sure to talk to your cosmetic dentist about the dental procedures that are best for you and will provide you with long-term...

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Rooting Out The Problem: Cosmetic Dentistry That Addresses Unerupted Teeth And Buried Roots

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There are so many things that can go wrong with teeth and some of them are just downright bizarre. Some people experience unerupted teeth, while others have trauma to their teeth that breaks the crowns off and leaves the roots in the gum tissue. Unless these problems are addressed right away, they can become an oral nightmare for both you and your dentist. Not only will they cause more oral problems and infections, but also an unaesthetic appearance. A cosmetic dentist is the right choice for someone to see about these problems, because he or she will perform oral surgeries to correct the issues. Here is how that works. Cosmetic Dentistry, Broken Teeth and Buried Roots When some of your teeth either A) do not develop crowns because of malformations, or B) an accident has broken the crowns off your teeth leaving behind just the roots, you need a cosmetic dentist to remove these roots. Many general dentists do not perform oral surgery, but a cosmetic dentist can and will. Additionally, while the cosmetic dentist is busy fishing the roots out of your gums, he or she can put dental implants in place of the roots. That way, you have working teeth that can keep your other, natural teeth in alignment and keep your smile looking its best. Cosmetic Dentistry and Unerupted Teeth Many unerupted teeth are impacted teeth, meaning that they are trapped by one or more crowns of the surrounding teeth that have erupted. To correct this problem, your cosmetic dentist will cut open the gum tissue, gently try to push aside the erupted teeth that are blocking the unerupted/impacted teeth from coming through, and then either remove the impacted/unerupted teeth, or use orthodontia to keep the erupted teeth out of the way of the impacted teeth to give them time to grow up out of the gumline. If the impacted teeth are removed, you may have the option of getting dental implants, a bridge or a partial to replace the teeth that were removed. If there was more than enough room for the teeth to erupt and nothing was blocking their way and they still did not break through the gums, it is unlikely that these teeth ever will come through. In that case, the dentist will remove them and replace them with some type of false teeth, if needed. Regardless of which of these situations applies to you, a cosmetic dentist is the right one to see to fix these problems. For cosmetic dentistry, contact an office such as Advanced Dental...

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