Posts for: April, 2016
Tooth loss is usually not something most adults spend a lot of time worrying about (until it actually happens). Even with readily available access to more progressive and professional dental and oral hygiene care than ever before, studies from the Centers for Disease Control show that nearly half of all Americans suffer from some form of periodontal disease, with the percentages - and the risk of tooth loss as a result - increasing dramatically with age.
While strong oral hygiene practices and preventive care remain the best defense against gum disease and tooth loss, chances are that it will affect many of us at some point. But there is good news. When tooth loss does occur, dental implants offer the most permanent replacement option available.
Smile Restoration in Cedar Park, TX
Dental implants are designed to recreate the form and function of a natural tooth - from root to crown. While dentures and crowns are great options, an implant is designed to last longer, and can support as little as a single crown to replace one missing tooth, or serve as an anchor for partial dentures when several teeth are missing. Once the implant is in place, it fuses with the surrounding bone tissue in the gums, making it a secure and permanent anchor for a crown or set of dentures.
Learn More About Dental Implants in Cedar Park
If you are in good health and have sufficient bone density to support an implant, you may be a good candidate for the procedure. For more information, contact Dr. Jason W. Dyson at Parmer Oaks Dental Care by calling (512) 528-8900 to schedule an appointment today.
Learn more about the advantages of getting composite dental fillings in Beaverton.
Unfortunately, cavities are something that affects the majority of the population at some point in their lifetime. If your Beaverton dentist Dr. Paul Brooks Noland has told you that you have a cavity then the next step is to have the decaying part of your tooth removed and a filling placed. When it comes to getting dental fillings there are a variety of different materials to consider:
- Silver amalgam
- Composite resin
All fillings have their own pros and cons but the most popular dental filling used is made from composite resin. Why? Because it offers the most attractive and realistic option for those looking to repair their smiles without other people being able to tell. After all, silver and gold are extremely strong materials but they are very visible and can be a turnoff for some patients.
While composite resin fillings can be used on any teeth they are most often used on teeth that are visible when you smile. This way, no one will know that you even have fillings. Composite resin is made from tooth-colored plastic and other materials so it blends perfectly with the color of your tooth. Plus, your general dentist in Beaverton also matches the resin to the color of your teeth before applying, that way you’ll have a restoration that is impossible to see.
Aside from the aesthetic benefits of choosing a composite filing, there is also less tooth structure removed to accommodate a composite resin filling over a traditional silver filling. More tooth enamel removed can affect the integrity of the tooth over time, so the less preparation and removal necessary the better.
Getting dental fillings is a fairly easy and simple procedure and you know that at the end of your procedure you’ll have a healthy, restored tooth again. Whether you have questions getting a dental filling or you need to schedule your six-month cleaning you can always turn to our Beaverton, OR dental office for all of your needs. Noland Dental offers a comprehensive range of services so that everyone can get the smile they deserve.
Home whitening kits are a popular way to turn a dull smile into a dazzling one. But these self-applied products only work for teeth with outer enamel stains — if the discoloration originates inside a tooth, you’ll need professional treatment.
Known as “intrinsic staining,” this type of discoloration most often occurs within a tooth’s pulp or dentin layers. There are a number of causes like tooth trauma or tetracycline use at an early age. A root canal treatment used to remove infection from deep within a tooth can also cause discoloration: sometimes blood pigments left after tissue removal or the filling materials themselves can stain a tooth’s interior.
Intrinsic staining can often be treated by placing a bleaching agent, usually sodium perborate, into the tooth’s pulp chamber. But before undertaking this procedure on a tooth that’s undergone a root canal treatment,Â we want to first ensure the filling is intact and still adequately sealing the tooth from infection. We also want to make sure the supporting bone is also healthy.
If all’s well, we access the pulp in the same way as the root canal treatment, and preferably through the same access hole. We then clean out the pulp chamber of any stained matter and then ensure the root canals remain filled and sealed off from the pulp chamber.
We can then place the bleaching agent into the pulp, a process that will need to be repeated every three or four days to achieve the desired level of brightness. After each session we place a cotton pellet over the opening and held in place with a temporary adhesive; we can easily remove and re-apply this covering during subsequent sessions. Once we’ve achieved the desired color change, we seal the tooth with a permanent filling and restore the access cavity with a tooth-colored composite resin material bonded to the enamel and dentin.
There are other options for an intrinsically stained tooth like veneers or crowns that outwardly cover the discoloration. Internal bleaching, however, is a more conservative approach that causes less alteration of the tooth. If successful, it can restore a stained tooth to a brighter, more attractive shade.
If you would like more information on internal bleaching, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Whitening Traumatized Teeth.”
Fans of the primetime TV show The Middle were delighted to see that high school senior Sue, played by Eden Sher, finally got her braces off at the start of Season 6. But since this popular sitcom wouldn’t be complete without some slapstick comedy, this happy event is not without its trials and tribulations: The episode ends with Sue’s whole family diving into a dumpster in search of the teen’s lost retainer. Sue finds it in the garbage and immediately pops it in her mouth. But wait — it doesn’t fit, it’s not even hers!
If you think this scenario is far-fetched, guess again. OK, maybe the part about Sue not washing the retainer upon reclaiming it was just a gag (literally and figuratively), but lost retainers are all too common. Unfortunately, they’re also expensive to replace — so they need to be handled with care. What’s the best way to do that? Retainers should be brushed daily with a soft toothbrush and liquid soap (dish soap works well), and then placed immediately back in your mouth or into the case that came with the retainer. When you are eating a meal at a restaurant, do not wrap your retainer in a napkin and leave it on the table — this is a great way to lose it! Instead, take the case with you, and keep the retainer in it while you’re eating. When you get home, brush your teeth and then put the retainer back in your mouth.
If you do lose your retainer though, let us know right away. Retention is the last step of your orthodontic treatment, and it’s extremely important. You’ve worked hard to get a beautiful smile, and no one wants to see that effort wasted. Yet if you neglect to wear your retainer as instructed, your teeth are likely to shift out of position. Why does this happen?
As you’ve seen firsthand, teeth aren’t rigidly fixed in the jaw — they can be moved in response to light and continuous force. That’s what orthodontic appliances do: apply the right amount of force in a carefully controlled manner. But there are other forces at work on your teeth that can move them in less predictable ways. For example, normal biting and chewing can, over time, cause your teeth to shift position. To get teeth to stay where they’ve been moved orthodontically, new bone needs to form around them and anchor them where they are. That will happen over time, but only if they are held in place with a retainer. That’s why it is so important to wear yours as directed — and notify us immediately if it gets lost.
And if ever you do have to dig your retainer out of a dumpster… be sure to wash it before putting in in your mouth!
If you would like more information on retainers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “The Importance of Orthodontic Retainers” and “Why Orthodontic Retainers?”