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How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Maintain Your Dental Crown

Dental crowns are a popular tooth restoration that is done to protect your natural tooth. It might be placed after having a root canal, or to protect a tooth that is cracking and at risk of breaking off. Regardless of the reason, you need to take good care of the tooth so that it lasts as long as possible. These tips help you to maintain your new dental crown. Wear a Mouth Guard If you have a history of clenching or grinding your teeth at night, you should have a custom mouth guard made to wear at night. This does a lot of damage to your natural teeth by wearing down the enamel, but it can do even more damage to your crown. You can actually crack the crown and cause it to become loose, which severely reduces how long it remains in place. Try to be fitted for the mouth guard or night guard after you get the permanent crown so the impressions match the crown perfectly. Don’t Bite Anything But Food With the tooth that has the crown, be gentle with it. It won’t break just from mild chewing or biting, but you shouldn’t use it for excessive force. For example, don’t try to rip tags off new clothing or open up plastic packaging with your teeth. This is a good general rule to follow even without a crown, but dental crowns usually can’t handle this type of excessive force. Also avoid bad chewing habits like biting your fingernails or chewing on the erasers of pencils. These are bad habits that tend to do a number on your crown. Be Careful With Hard and Sticky Foods When you get a dental crown, you should be able to eat mostly like you used to. However, it will never be as strong as your natural teeth, so you do need to be careful with certain things. While you can have crunchy food like crackers and chips, be careful with foods that are extremely hard like almonds or certain raw vegetables. Also watch out for anything that is overly sticky or chewy that could dislodge the crown, such as caramel and chewing gum. Brush Close to the Gumline Keeping your mouth clean and practicing good oral hygiene is also good when you have a dental crown. In addition to brushing and flossing regularly, pay close attention to brushing the edge of the crown close to the gumline. This area is prone to decay, so it needs to be cleaned very well. For more information, talk to a...

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Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Follow These 5 Tips to Prevent Dry Socket

Posted by on Jul 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Getting Your Wisdom Teeth Removed? Follow These 5 Tips to Prevent Dry Socket

Getting a wisdom tooth removed is a safe procedure, but developing dry socket can prolong your recovery time. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot that forms in the extraction site dislodges before the damaged gum tissue has had time to heal. When dry socket occurs, it can be very painful, but thankfully there are things you can do to prevent it. 1. Avoid Touching the Clot The more you touch the clot, the more likely you are to dislodge it before the gum beneath has finished healing. Avoid the temptation to probe the extraction site with your tongue and keep your fingers out of your mouth unless you are changing a dressing or cleaning your teeth. 2. Don’t Smoke Smokers are much more likely to develop dry socket than non-smokers. This is partly because drawing smoke into the mouth creates forces that can suck the clot out of its socket. The chemicals in cigarettes are also harmful, as they slow down the rate at which the gum tissue can heal. Your dentist may advise that you can smoke once 24 hours have passed since the extraction, although kicking the habit for good is the best option for your overall dental health. 3. Don’t Use a Straw You might think that using a straw limits contact between liquids and your extraction site, but in fact using a straw can increase the risk of dry socket. This is because sucking forces can shift a clot out of place. Instead, take small sips of water to keep your mouth moist throughout the day. 4. Choose Beverages Carefully The bubbles in carbonated soft drinks can increase the risk of a clot dissolving early. After your extraction, replace your favourite soft drinks with cool water. Avoid hot drinks like tea or coffee, as your mouth is likely to be very sensitive to heat after you wisdom teeth removal. 5. Consider Your Cycle Women who use hormonal contraception have an additional consideration when planning to have their wisdom teeth taken out. While you are taking the active pills, your chance of developing dry socket can be as much as 30 percent higher than usual. Reduce your risk of dry socket by scheduling the procedure during your placebo or pill-free week, when you have your withdrawal bleed. The level of hormones in your blood is lower during this time, which means that it can form a strong and stable clot. For more information, talk to your...

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Factors That Affect Dental Implant Success

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Factors That Affect Dental Implant Success

Many people are anxious to know the success rate of dental implants before they undergo the procedure. This article discusses some of the factors that may influence how successful dental implants will be for you. Your General Health Status The success of having dental implants inserted in your mouth may be affected by the health status of the rest of your body. For instance, people who have a compromised immune system may easily develop dental diseases that may cause the implants to fail. An example of a dental disease that can cause implant failure is peri-implantitis. This disease can cause the bone tissue around the implants to erode so much that that the implants will no longer be firm in your mouth. To prevent such failures, dental surgeons first evaluate a patient in order to identify any general health factors that may hinder the success of dental implantation. The dentist or dental surgeon will then find a way around the health challenge that you have before the dental implants are inserted. For instance, you may be advised to stop smoking prior to undergoing dental implant surgery. Site-specific Issues Local factors at the site where dental implants have been placed can also affect the success of dental implants. For instance, someone with low bone quantity and quality may experience implant failure. This is because the limited bone quantity at the placement site may hinder the long-term stability of the implant. Over time, the unstable implant may become looser until the only option left will be to remove it. Another example of a site-specific issue that may affect the success of dental implant placement is excessive stress placed on an implant by individuals who clench their teeth. Dental surgeons usually design a treatment plan that will implement solutions to the site-specific issues that a patient faces. For instance, bone-grafting procedures can be performed to improve bone quality or quantity at a proposed implant site. Maintenance Issues How you maintain and take care of your oral hygiene once dental implants have been inserted into your mouth can also affect the success of the dental implants. For instance, someone who ignores to brush and floss regularly may compromise his or her dental implants. This is because the implants will fail when that person develops periodontal diseases that destroy the tissues (bone and gum) that surround the implants. It is therefore very important to adhere to all the care and maintenance advice given by your dentist so that your dental implants do not fail. As you can see, many of the issues that may lower the success rate of dental implants depend on the specific issues an individual patient has. It is advisable that you are truthful as you talk to your dentist or a dental surgeon prior to dental implant surgery. That candid discussion will help the professionals to do their best to address any factors that may compromise the success of your dental...

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Everything You Need to Know About Sinus Perforation Following Tooth Extraction

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Everything You Need to Know About Sinus Perforation Following Tooth Extraction

Most tooth extractions will go off without a hitch, but there are some problems that can occur. One of these is a perforation of the sinus. Your sinuses are in charge of keeping your nose moist and your head from feeling too heavy; unfortunately, one of the sinus pathways runs quite close to the roots of the teeth in your upper jaw. When one of those upper teeth has to be removed, it is possible for the thin section of bone that serves as a boundary between the root and the sinus to break. This is especially likely to occur if the root is slightly curved since these teeth will require more force in order to be extracted. A piece of bone separating the sinus from the root may be broken off at the same time, essentially making a direct connection between the mouth and the sinus. The Problems of Sinus Perforation This is problematic since your mouth is full of bacteria. This is natural, and proper oral hygiene can make sure that your mouth doesn’t suffer. However, sinuses are not meant to be open to such bacteria, so infection can often occur as a result of perforation. Infection is quite rare, but you may find that you’re experiencing pain in the mouth and nose, with swelling possibly occurring at the same time. You may also experience headaches. Though it sounds slightly odd, the best way to test for sinus perforation after the extraction of a tooth is to try and suck up a drink through a straw. If you find this hard or cannot do it at all, it is likely that the perforation is making it impossible to form a vacuum within your mouth. The Treatment of Sinus Perforation This all probably sounds very serious, and it can be. However, most perforations are quite small, so a dentist will be able to pack the socket with special material that accelerates the growth of tissue. This will cover the perforation. In more extreme cases, a bone graft or sutures will be used to help speed that process up. While the perforation is healing, you will need to resist placing any pressure on the clot. Sinus perforation isn’t something that should put you off having a tooth extracted if your dentist tells you that that tooth should come out, but it is something that you should be aware of. If you think that a sinus might have been perforated, make sure you contact an emergency dentist as soon as...

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3 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment Immediately

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Reasons Why You Should Make Your Child’s First Dentist Appointment Immediately

Adequate dental care is important for children and adults alike. Despite this importance, a recent study by the University of Adelaide showed that more than 40% of children aged between five and ten years have decay in their teeth. Perhaps even more alarming are the results which show that one in nine children up to the age of 14 have never even visited a dentist. If you’re a parent and you haven’t yet taken your children for a dental visit, then here are three reasons why you should make that appointment as soon as possible. 1. Oral health education A solid understanding of the importance of caring for teeth and gums is important for children’s ongoing oral health. A visit to the dentist can educate children on brushing techniques, flossing techniques, and why regular brushing is so important. Many dentists will also provide children with a chart which depicts correct brushing and flossing techniques with easy to follow pictures. Early oral health education sets your child up for good dental health throughout their childhood and into adulthood. 2. Vulnerable primary teeth A child’s first set of teeth are called primary teeth, and are also known as baby teeth. Although these teeth will eventually fall out, usually starting at around six years of age, it’s still important to take good care of them. Primary teeth have a less robust enamel coating than secondary teeth, or adult teeth, and this makes them even more vulnerable to decay and cavities. Untreated cavities in primary teeth can also lead to decay of the secondary teeth, which are located in the child’s jawbone, even before they emerge after the loss of primary teeth. 3. Good general health Good oral health in both children and adults is linked with good overall health. If you neglect your child’s oral health, this can lead to other health problems such cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, respiratory diseases, and kidney diseases. Infection of the gums or tooth decay can also weaken a child’s immune system and make them more susceptible to more frequent childhood illnesses such as colds, flus, and throat infections. As you can see, ensuring that you children receive regular dental care from a young age is vitally important to their future oral and general health. Fortunately, for low income families, the federal Government offers Child Dental Benefits. This provides children with up to $1000 in dental treatment over each two-year period. Most dental practices accept Child Dental Benefits as payment, and you can find out if you’re eligible by contacting the Department of Human...

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Signs You Need to Make the Trip to the Emergency Dental Clinic

Posted by on May 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs You Need to Make the Trip to the Emergency Dental Clinic

When you have tooth pain or issues, it seems like they tend to come when you normal family dentist is out of the office or on holiday. Though the pain may be awful, you probably battle with yourself on the choice to wait until your dentist is back in the office or to go into the emergency dental clinic. The problem is, there are times when waiting could make things worse or allow infection to spread and cause other issues with your health. Before that happens, consider the signs that point you to the emergency dental clinic rather than waiting for your family dentist. Ongoing Swelling When you notice swelling, or feel it, in your jawline and gum area you will probably grab a medication with anti-inflammatory properties. In some cases, these medications tend to work and the swelling goes down after a time. If you notice that the swelling has not gone down, or that it has increased, this could be a sign of a much bigger issue. You may have something like vitamin C deficiency or it  could be something worse, like gingivitis. If the swelling hasn’t reduced, and the pain has increased, you may want to go ahead and make the trip to the emergency dental clinic. Pus Drainage If you have a toothache, and start to notice pus or other substances draining from the area, then take it as a sign to go to the emergency dental clinic. This kind of discharge, especially combined with pain, could be the sign of an abscess. An abscess can lead to infection spreading throughout your entire body. This spread of infection can cause major issues that go far beyond your dental health.  If you do need to wait, even for an emergency dental clinic to open or to have room for you, consider rinsing with salt water off and on until you can get into the dental clinic or your family dentist. Pain with Broken Teeth When you have a broken tooth, you may want to wait until your family dentist is back in the office. There are times where this may be okay, but there are signs you should look for that may make you go to the emergency dental clinic instead. As with most dental issues, you should take extreme pain as a sign that something more is going on. If you have a slight chip, you may not have tooth pain, but if you have a major crack or break and pain along with that break it could mean that you may have deeper issues that require a root canal. These are only three signs to look for that should send you to the emergency dental clinic instead of waiting for your family dentist. If you aren’t sure, and the pain is bad enough, go ahead and seek out emergency dental care as a...

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What You Need To Know About Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What You Need To Know About Cosmetic Dental Bonding

Dental bonding has become such a popular treatment option due to the fact that it provides a strong attachment between the tooth’s original dentin and enamel and the filling material. As a matter of fact, a person who has gone through dental bonding has teeth looking like the original and functioning just as well. This article looks at the dental bonding procedure, when it is applicable as well as its merits. The Dental Bonding Process The bonding procedure involves a tooth-coloured resin material which is commonly a durable plastic that is applied and then hardened using a special light. This completely bonds the material to the tooth structure thereby restoring or improving your smile. Normally, anesthesia is not used during bonding unless the case involves filling a decayed tooth. To further help the bonding material to stick to the tooth, the tooth surface is usually roughened and thereafter, a conditioning liquid applied. After the material is sufficiently hardened, the dentist trims and shapes your tooth before polishing it to match the rest of the teeth. Advantages of Dental Bonding This procedure is among the least expensive and easiest of all dental cosmetic procedures. The time to completion of the dental bonding process is about thirty to sixty minutes for every tooth and all is done in just a single office visit. Unlike crowns and veneers, bonding doesn’t involve removal of huge amounts of enamel which means your teeth still remains strong with its natural material. Caring for Bonded Teeth You may have heard the things that people with dentures go through when it comes to cleaning and hygiene. In dental bonding, you don’t require specialised care; all you need is a simple good oral hygiene discipline. Ensure you brush your teeth daily and do flossing at least once per day. When rinsing, use an antiseptic mouthwash and regularly visit your dentist for professional cleanings and checkups. Bonding material may from time to time chip. This means habits such as biting fingernails, opening bottles with your teeth, chewing on hard food substances, pens, and ice must be avoided at all times. The moment your teeth feels a bit strange and odd when biting, inform your dentist right away. Depending on the degree of bonding and your oral habits, bonding materials may last anything from 3 to 10 years before the need for replacement or touch up. Dental bonding is best suited for temporary alignments of cosmetic defects and small cosmetic...

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Oral Lichen Planus: Working With Your Dentist To Minimise Pain And Complications

Posted by on Apr 19, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Oral Lichen Planus: Working With Your Dentist To Minimise Pain And Complications

Despite the enormous leaps and bounds that oral and dental medical science have made in recent years, there are still some conditions which can affect the mouth and cannot be cured. Lichen planus, a mysterious illness that can affect various parts of the body including the mouth, is one of them. However, all that scientific progress wasn’t for nothing, and although a case of oral lichen planus cannot be cured (yet), your dentist can offer you a range of palliative treatments to minimise the discomfort of living with this chronic illness. What is lichen planus, and how can it affect the mouth?  Despite its name, suffering from lichen planus does not mean that you’re going mouldy. Instead the name comes from the lesions that develop on the skin of some suffers, which can resemble the lichen and moss which grows on walls. However, lichen planus does not devote its attentions wholly to the skin, and some people who suffer from lichen planus can develop lesions on the mucosal linings of their mouths. This is referred to as oral lichen planus. The causes of lichen planus are largely unknown, although it has been established that the disease is not contagious and cannot be passed from person to person through any form of contact. Instead, medical researchers believe that lichen planus is caused by an autoimmune reaction, during which the body’s immune system becomes ‘confused’ and attacks its own tissues, causing the characteristic lesions.  When lichen planus attacks the mouth and causes oral lichen planus, it can cause the following symptoms: Oral lesions — These may appear on the lips, mucous membranes (the lining of the mouth), gums and tongue, and can take a variety of forms. Some lesions present themselves as ‘spider webs’ of pale, raised tissue, while others manifest as tender patches of localised swelling or fluid-filled abscesses which can resemble more common bacterial oral infections. Ulcers and sores — These can resemble ordinary canker sores or more serious patches of damaged tissue, and can affect the gums and, by extension, the teeth. Pain — Most cases of oral lichen planus are painless when not provoked, although some patients report a burning, dry sensation that may be associated with the illness. However, lichen planus can also become painful when you are eating notably spicy or acidic foods, and can leave your oral tissues too tender to practise proper oral hygiene. How can my dentist help treat oral lichen planus? If you suspect that you are suffering from oral lichen planus you should book an appointment with your dentist as promptly as possible. Your dentist will inspect your mouth and the lesions that have formed, and determine whether or not oral lichen planus is causing the illness. This is an important step, as oral lichen planus can resemble other, more common oral illnesses such as thrush, which need to be discounted before treatments can begin. Oral lichen planus can be a painful, uncomfortable and unsightly illness, but in most cases it is fundamentally harmless and causes no significant permanent effects. However, in some rare cases the damage caused by oral lichen planus can lead to the formation of cancerous growths. Your dentist, therefore, will also check for early signs of malignant growth. As for treating the illness itself, dentists can offer a number...

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Can Home Whitening Treatments Bleach Tetracycline Stains?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Can Home Whitening Treatments Bleach Tetracycline Stains?

Staining on your teeth is sometimes caused by food, drinks and habits such as smoking. In some cases, it may be caused by medications, including some antibiotics such as tetracycline. If your mother took this kind of antibiotic when she was pregnant or you had regular doses in childhood when your teeth were developing, you may end up with discoloured teeth that you want to whiten. Do home whitening kits bleach out these stains, and what other whitening options do you have? Home Whitening Kits and Tetracycline Staining The first problem you have with tetracycline staining is its location. Unlike stains from food and drink, antibiotic staining doesn’t sit on the surface of the tooth but is lodged inside it. While home whitening kits may be good at brightening up teeth with external imperfections, they aren’t designed to deal with internal staining or discoloration and aren’t really strong enough to make a difference. By law, home whitening kits have a limited ability to bleach teeth. According to CHOICE, these treatments are not allowed to contain a mix of more than 6% hydrogen and 18% carbamide peroxide. The same limits apply to salon whitening treatments. This percentage limit reduces the effectiveness that a home whitening kit might have on tetracycline staining. While you can try to whiten your teeth with a DIY kit, you aren’t likely to see a significant improvement in your discolouration. Other Treatment Options for Tetracycline Stains Although you may not be able to deal with tetracycline staining yourself, your dentist may have more effective options for you. For example, your dentist may suggest that you try a professional whitening treatment or other cosmetic solution to cover up the staining. Dentists can use stronger whitening concentrations of up to 38% hydrogen peroxide and have other tools in their arsenal that may help deal with antibiotic stains. For example, your dentist may feel that a whitening treatment in surgery combined with whitening trays that you wear at night may be a good solution. According to the National Center for Biotechnology Information, laser techniques have had some success at dealing with tetracycline staining, and your dentist may use lasers during the whitening procedure to boost its results. If your dentist doesn’t feel that a regular whitening treatment will have good enough effects or if you prefer a different solution, you may want to consider other options. For example, the following treatments are also effective on tetracycline-stained teeth: Internal bleaching procedures that whiten the tooth from the inside out. Veneers that cover the front surface of the tooth. Crowns that cover the whole tooth. Contact a cosmetic dentist for more...

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Do Antihistamines Cause Tooth Decay?

Posted by on Mar 17, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do Antihistamines Cause Tooth Decay?

If you regularly take antihistamines and start to notice decay on your teeth, your dentist may tell you that your medication is part of the problem. How do antihistamines affect your teeth and how can you manage their effects? Antihistamines and Dry Mouth Antihistamines don’t cause tooth decay directly; however, they may change the state of your oral health, leading to possible decay issues. One of the common side effects of antihistamines is a dry mouth. If your medication dries out your mouth, you can’t produce as much saliva as you need. While you may think that this is just an irritating problem that you have to live with, a persistently dry mouth can also make your teeth more liable to decay. Your mouth needs saliva to help keep your teeth healthy. For example, according to the Better Health Channel, saliva helps manage harmful bacteria and plaque that may otherwise cause problems with your teeth. If you don’t produce enough saliva, your mouth isn’t able to deal with bacteria and plaque, leaving room for them to attack your teeth and cause decay on them. How to Manage a Dry Mouth If your antihistamines make your mouth dry all the time, you can take steps to boost the saliva coming into your mouth. This will not only make your mouth feel better but may also minimise potential damage to your teeth. You may be able to do this by making a few changes to the things you eat and drink. For example, the following tips may help encourage your saliva to flow more: Eat more crunchy foods with a high water content such as apples and celery. Consider adding more sauces, gravy or moist foods to your diet, especially if you are eating meals that would otherwise be dry. Chew sugar free gum or suck sugar free sweets or lozenges between meals. Tip: As well as finding ways to improve saliva flow, it’s also important to avoid things that reduce it further. For example, smoking usually dries out your mouth, so it should be avoided. It’s also a good idea to cut down on drinking alcohol and caffeinated drinks and eating salty foods, all of which can have dehydrating effects that may make your mouth even drier. If these solutions don’t help enough or if you feel you have a longer-term problem, talk to your dentist to find out if there are any suitable dental products that may help improve your mouth’s dryness. For example, your dentist may recommend that you try the following saliva boosters: Toothpastes, mouthwashes and gels designed for dry mouth syndrome. Saliva substitute...

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