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Root Canal Vs. Extraction: Cost And Pain Considerations

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Root Canal Vs. Extraction: Cost And Pain Considerations

A tooth in which the nerve has died generally has two treatment options: extraction or root canal therapy, also called endodontic therapy. While you might be able to postpone your decision for a short time, eventually the tooth will become abscessed and painful; you might already be at this stage. While only your dentist can tell you the long-term prognosis for the tooth, here is information on two considerations that many patients consider first: cost and the pain involved. Cost One of your primary concerns might be how much your dental work will cost. While the cost of a root canal varies tremendously depending on where in the country you are, whether you see a specialist and other factors, the national median cost for a root canal is somewhere between $700 and $900, depending on whether you are having a front tooth (with one canal) or a molar (with up to four canals) treated. Conversely, a non-surgical extraction (which is when the tooth is not broken off below the gumline and can be extracted without the dentist cutting your gum) can cost between $75 and $450, depending on the tooth involved, whether a specialist is needed and whether the extraction needs to take place on an emergency basis. But wait! That’s not the whole story. Keep in mind that if you have a root canal, you will almost always need a crown; to neglect this part of the follow-up treatment could result in a tooth fracture, necessitating an extraction after all. And if you have a tooth extracted, it’s always wise to have it replaced with an implant or bridge to maintain the spacing of your other teeth. These costs should be discussed with your dentist ahead of time so you understand the full costs of the entire treatment plan for the tooth. Pain and Suffering When you have a root canal, you might be expecting the worst. The good news is that from the patient’s perspective, a root canal procedure is not much different than having a filling done. You’ll need to hold your mouth open for a long time and you’ll feel as though your mouth is filled with various dental materials, but you will not feel pain, since you’ll be given a local anesthetic. After the procedure is done, you’ll likely be advised to take an over-the-counter pain reliever (such as ibuprofen or naproxen) for a few days, as you will likely be sore. You will be able to return to work the next day in most cases. An extraction actually has roughly the same timeline of recuperation. You’ll be numb for the procedure, and once the anesthetic wears off, you’ll likely need an over-the-counter pain reliever. You will need to take some special care to avoid dislodging the blood clot that forms in the extraction site, but other than that, the pain should dissipate over the time span of a few days and you will be able to return to most jobs the day after the extraction. (If you have a highly physical job or you need to lift heavy items, mention this to your dentist, as he or she might advise taking an additional day or two off.) In general, apprehension over pain and suffering should not impact your decision much, if at all....

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Women And Premenopause Symptoms: Can Insomnia Threaten Your Oral Health?

Posted by on Aug 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Women And Premenopause Symptoms: Can Insomnia Threaten Your Oral Health?

If you’re in the beginning stages of premenopause and experience insomnia, it’s essential that you protect your oral health now. Premenopause or perimenopause brings on a number of symptoms that affect the way your body functions. Symptoms, such as insomnia, inadvertently harm your teeth, gums and jawbones by changing how they appear and function. You can take steps to protect your oral health from one of the most bothersome symptoms of premenopause. Your Problem: Insomnia Your inability to sleep or insomnia at night can trigger problems with your oral health during premenopause. Your body requires 7-9 hours of sleep each night to regenerate or regrow new cells. If you don’t sleep throughout the night, your immune system can’t fight off bacterial infections, including the bacteria in your mouth that cause gum disease.  During premenopause, swelling and bleeding develops in your gums, which leaves these tissues vulnerable to bacterial inflammations and infections. Bacteria is the leading cause of gingivitis and periodontitis. Gingivitis and periodontitis are two types of gum disease. Although gingivitis is curable with the right dental cleanings and antimicrobial treatments, periodontitis isn’t. Once periodontitis develops, you can lose your teeth or develop infections of the sinuses, ears and eye sockets.  Your body also needs sufficient sleep to manage the hormones of your reproductive system. Although your hormones decline during perimenopause, getting sufficient sleep at night slows down this loss. Estrogen and progesterone protect your blood from bacteria, as well as keep your blood vessels strong and healthy. In addition to fluctuating hormones and gum inflammations, insomnia brought on by premenopause can aggravate your digestive system. You may experience bouts of gas and bloating that lead to periodic trips to the bathroom to find relief. If the bloating in your digestive system creates heartburn, you can develop tooth erosion and decay. Stomach acids are strong enough to eat through your tooth enamel. Finding ways to sleep better at night is the best way to protect your teeth and gums from insomnia-related dental problems.  Your Solutions for Insomnia: Retire to Bed Early and Eat Less for Dinner Try going to bed several hours ahead of your usual time. Even if you don’t fall to sleep right away, the extra rest gives your body time to relax and unwind. If retiring early doesn’t work, try other methods to help you sleep better at night. Drink Warm Unsweetened Coconut Milk Drinking warm unsweetened coconut milk is an excellent way to relax before bedtime. Coconut milk contains natural sleep nutrients that soothe away stress and anxious nerves. Drink one cup of coconut milk 15 minutes after dinner to soothe your digestive system and nerves. If you want to drink your milk sweet, add one teaspoon of honey to it.  Eat Smaller Meals That Fill You Up Eating a warm bowl of oatmeal for dinner instead of a full meal might also do the trick. Oatmeal contains fiber and other beneficial grains that make you feel full without overstressing your digestive system. You experience less gas in your intestines and fewer incidences of heartburn.  Oatmeal and other types of oats help balance your hormones. Hormone fluctuations can trigger problems in your thyroid, which is the gland that regulates your hormones and metabolism. If your hormones overwhelm your thyroid by making it work harder to control them, you may experience...

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4 Ways Dental Bonding Improves Your Smile

Posted by on Aug 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Ways Dental Bonding Improves Your Smile

Having a beautiful smile is possible thanks to all the advances in cosmetic dentistry, but so many cosmetic dental procedures as expensive. Dental bonding, however, offers an affordable way to fix many cosmetic dental concerns. If you aren’t happy with your smile, check out these four ways dental bonding improves your smile to see if it’s the right procedure for you. Makes Teeth Look Whiter If you have stained teeth, you’ve probably considered professional teeth whitening, which is an excellent idea. Professional teeth whitening is safe and extremely effective at getting rid of stains caused by foods and beverages, tobacco use or age. Unfortunately, some discoloration is immune to teeth whitening. Stains caused by overexposure to fluoride or trauma to the dentin can’t be corrected with whitening treatments. Luckily, you don’t have to suffer with discolored teeth, because dental bonding works to hide those stains. Like veneers, dental bonding is placed over your teeth, so it can hide any stain to make your teeth look whiter. The composite resin is even stain-resistant, but it isn’t as stain-resistant as porcelain. Fixes Broken and Chipped Teeth If you have some cracks or chips in your teeth, dental bonding doesn’t just give you back a beautiful smile. It can prevent further damage and decay by protecting the tooth. The dentist places the composite resin directly on your teeth and shapes it by hand to fill in any cracks or chips. Because the dentist can just fix the problem area, the rest of your tooth isn’t affected. If you get a veneer or crown instead, the entire tooth is permanently altered just to fix a small chip. Another advantage to dental bonding is that it is a much more affordable option. Porcelain crowns cost $500 to $3,000 per crown, and veneers cost $925 to $2,500 per veneer. Many people may not be able to immediately afford their high cost, forcing them to wait, which can be embarrassing or lead to further damage. Dental bonding, however, only costs about $100 to $400 per tooth. Creates Seamless Fillings There are definitely some advantages to metal fillings. They are more durable and last longer than composite resin fillings, but the advantages end there. Metal fillings are ugly, damage healthy tooth tissue and require the removal of more healthy tooth tissue. If you have a cavity and need a filling, you can choose a composite resin filling. Even if you already have metal fillings, you can swap it out for a tooth-colored filling. The material can be colored to match the rest of your tooth color, creating a seamless filling. However, while metal fillings last at least 10 to 15 years, composite fillings only last at least five. Makes Teeth Look Straighter When you think about correcting crooked teeth, your mind probably automatically thinks about braces, but braces aren’t the only way to make your teeth look straight. Dental bonding is a fast way to make your mild to moderately crooked teeth look straight. The dentist shapes the dental bonding material to give the illusion of straight teeth. The advantage of using dental bonding instead of veneers or crowns is that less tooth structure needs to be removed, so there is less risk of causing damage to the pulp. On the downside, however, dental bonding doesn’t give...

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Enjoy These Strawberry Recipes To Keep Your Teeth White Between Dental Visits

Posted by on Jul 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Enjoy These Strawberry Recipes To Keep Your Teeth White Between Dental Visits

Regular dental visits help to keep your teeth clean, healthy, and bright, but things like coffee, tea, and even dark berries can stain and dull the look of your teeth between visits to see your dentist. However, thanks to their astringent properties, strawberries happen to have a positive effect when it comes to keeping your teeth bright and white between dental treatments. Here are a few tasty strawberry recipes you can add to your meal and oral care regimen to maintain a brightly beautiful smile until you see your dentist again: Fresh Strawberry Lemonade Strawberries and lemons go great together, offering a sweet, yet tangy flavor that tends to delight even the most discerning of taste buds. The strawberries in this lemonade concoction offer teeth whitening power and the lemons offer a breath freshening effect. Here’s how to make a batch: 4 cups water 1 pound of fresh or frozen strawberries 3 whole lemons 6 medjool dates 2 cups ice cubes Handful of fresh mint leaves Start by cutting the strawberries up into small bite-sized pieces and transfer them to a blender. Juice the lemons, adding the juice to the blender full of strawberries as you go. Then add the dates and a cup of water before blending the mixture until it’s smooth and runny. Pour the mixture into a pitcher and add the ice cubes, as well as your mint leaves, along with three more cups of water. Put the lemonade in your fridge to chill for about thirty minutes before enjoying the first sip. Very Berry Toothpaste Baking soda works to remove tooth stains and even helps to keep breath fresh. Combined with strawberries, baking soda makes the perfect homemade toothpaste that’s healthy, easy to use, and tasty too. You can make your own tooth scrub with these ingredients: 3 fresh or frozen strawberries (if using frozen, let them thaw first) 1 tbsp baking soda 2 teaspoons water In a small bowl, mash the strawberries and baking soda together with a fork until well combined and lumpy. Then add the water and keep mashing until the paste turns into a smooth consistency. Use a spoon to spread a little paste on your toothbrush or simply dip a wet toothbrush into the paste before use. You can keep the leftovers in your fridge to use for up to a week. Berry Cider Mouthwash Using mouthwash between brushing sessions is a great way to keep your teeth fresh throughout the day, and when strawberries are introduced to mouthwash, you have yourself a whitening tool to rely on between dental visits. Forget about expensive mouthwashes at the store and make your own bottle at home using a reusable container with a lid and the following ingredients: 2 cups water ½ cup apple cider vinegar 6 fresh or frozen strawberries 1 tbsp baking soda Use a piece of cheesecloth to squeeze as much strawberry  juice as possible into a bowl and then transfer the juice into your reusable container. Pour the water and apple cider vinegar into the container, put the lid on, and shake the mixture vigorously for about 20 seconds so all the ingredients have a chance to fully combine. Then add the baking soda to the container and reclose the lid – shake the mixture for another 30 seconds or until the...

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Living With Osteoporosis: Can Dental Implants Improve Your Quality Of Life?

Posted by on Jul 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Living With Osteoporosis: Can Dental Implants Improve Your Quality Of Life?

If you have lost front or back teeth due to osteoporosis, you may wonder if there’s anything your dentist can do to improve your dental health. Your dental provider may restore the natural functions and appearance of your mouth with dental implants. Dental implants are designed to replace extracted or missing front and back teeth. However, there are a number of things you must know about osteoporosis, tooth loss and dental implants before you get your new teeth replacements. Here’s how osteoporosis’ affects on your oral health and how dental implants encourage a better quality of life. How Does Osteoporosis and Tooth Loss Affect Your Jaws? Your primary doctor may already discuss the effects of osteoporosis on the bones of your body. However, the doctor may suggest that you speak to your dental provider about the health of your jaws. It’s critical that you do so before you lose additional teeth. Your jaw bones are made of different types of cells, including osteoclasts. Although osteoclasts are found in many other bones in the body, they play a huge role in the growth and development of your jaws.  Osteoclast bone cells renew, rebuild and strengthen your jaw bones throughout your lifetime. The cells rely on your teeth to carry out their functions. When you lose teeth, your jaws no longer need bone cells to support them. As a result, your jaw bones absorb or take back the cells. Combined with osteoporosis, jaw bones that are weakened by tooth loss may have a devastating effect on your health. Your jaws may fracture easily when you bite down on meat or hard vegetables. Your jaw bones may become sore and irritated when you place pressure on them, such as lying your head down on a pillow at night. In addition, if your primary doctor doesn’t regulate or make changes in your diet to accommodate your jaw bone problems and osteoporosis, you may lose the beneficial nutrients your body needs to maintain a healthy weight and functions.  To avoid the critical problems above, consult with your dentist about dental implants. What Are Dental Implants? Dental implants may be a good option for you because they encourage new bone cells to form in your jaw bones. Unlike other types of teeth replacements, such as dentures, dental implants are permanently placed inside the jaw bones.  Implants may preserve the bone tissue you have left, as well as keep your jaw bones from shrinking over time. Because dental implants are made with bone-compatible materials, such as titanium, your jaw bones may accept them better.  How Do Dental Implants Affect Your Quality of Life?  Osteoporosis and tooth loss may change the way your face and jaws look over time. If you lose teeth in the lower jaw, your chin and jawline may recede. Tooth loss in the upper jaw may affect the height and smoothness of your cheekbones. In addition, the skin beneath your lower eyelids may sag or appear loose and wrinkled.  Your dental implants may help repair the physical changes in your face by rebuilding the bone tissue in your jaws. Not only do dental implants encourage your jaw bone cells to grow, they may actually improve your quality of life. Sources report that women who use dental implants to restore their missing teeth instead of other restorations, such as dentures,...

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Is A Root Canal Treatment Safe If You Have A Latex Allergy?

Posted by on Jun 17, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is A Root Canal Treatment Safe If You Have A Latex Allergy?

Dentists and endodontists carry out over 15 million root canal treatments every year. This procedure helps remove infected or damaged pulp from a tooth, sealing the remaining cavity with a filling. A root canal treatment is a relatively simple, safe procedure, but if you have certain allergies, your dentist may need to take certain precautions. If you or a loved one has an allergy to rubber latex, find out what you need to do if your dentist suggests a root canal treatment. How rubber latex allergies affect your body Rubber latex allergies are relatively common in the United States, and the American Latex Allergy Association estimates that around 3 million people suffer with this problem. What’s more, some people are at higher risk. For example, around 68 per cent of children with spina bifida also have this allergy, and up to 17 per cent of health care workers develop the problem due to their exposure to the material. You can suffer an allergic reaction to latex when antibodies in your body react to the proteins in these products. The reaction can occur through skin contact or inhalation, and symptoms can vary. Some people come out in a rash, while others suffer asthma-like symptoms. In severe cases, you can suffer from serious anaphylaxis, which can cause death. How root canal treatment can expose you to latex rubber Dentists routinely carry out root canal treatments almost every day, but the process can potentially expose you to rubber latex in several ways. The dentist or dental nurse may use sterile latex gloves. Your skin is then likely to come into contact with the material. To make it easy to carry out the work on your tooth, your dentist will normally use a rubber dam. This is a sheet of latex that the dentist clamps around the tooth. The latex can then easily touch your lips and mouth, causing a reaction. If you have a latex allergy, just a few tiny particles can cause a reaction. Even if a dentist used latex with an earlier patient, you can still come into contact with particles in the surgery. Managing the risk during the procedure It’s important to tell your dentist if you have a latex allergy. He or she can use latex-free equipment in the surgery at all times, and you can also use latex-free dental dams during a root canal treatment. Make sure you tell your dentist about any history of latex allergy for you or anybody else in your family. You may suffer from the problem without even knowing, particularly if you haven’t seen any symptoms before. Your dentist can also use rubber-free endodontic instruments. For example, some tools normally have rubber stoppers on the end, so your dentist will switch to another variety. Your dentist will probably also suggest that you book the first appointment of the day, so he or she has not yet used any latex-based equipment or supplies. The risk of gutta-percha After they remove diseased material from the root canal, dentists fill the cavity with a material called gutta-percha. Some people believe that people with a latex allergy can have an allergic reaction to the gutta-percha. According to the American Association of Endodontists, only two patients have suffered from a hypersensitive reaction to the gutta-percha that dentists use during a root canal treatment....

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Proactive Advice To Help Seniors Maintain Good Oral Health Throughout The Golden Years

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Proactive Advice To Help Seniors Maintain Good Oral Health Throughout The Golden Years

Genetics and environmental factors surely have much to do with the length of our lifespan and our general level of health as we age. However, recent medical findings indicate that oral health has a direct bearing on our risk for developing certain serious diseases and conditions. Although most people take good care of their teeth from childhood through middle age, maintaining dental health may not be given as much priority later in life, even though it certainly should. If you are in your fifties or beyond, taking time to incorporate the following dental health tips into your daily routine might just help you remain healthy and active for decades to come! Continue to Brush & Floss Daily Dentists know that daily brushing and flossing helps clean the teeth, increase circulation to the gums and decrease the risk of many serious dental conditions. However, some seniors who wear dentures are less likely to perform this daily hygiene task, opting to just clean their dentures, instead. If you are guilty of this, you should know that even as a denture wearer, brushing your gums and tongue with a soft brush and a gentle toothpaste or baking soda offers many benefits, including: freshening the mouth and breath increasing healthy blood flow throughout the oral tissues decreasing the bacteria levels in the mouth decreasing the risk of developing sores  removing particles of food that could make wearing dentures uncomfortable  Examine Your Mouth For Tissue Changes  The risk for oral cancer increases with age. In fact, statistics show that more than two thirds of oral cancer patients are age 55 or older.  One of the first signs of oral cancer is often a change in the appearance or texture of the tissues inside the mouth, including the tongue, floor of the mouth, gums, lips or interior lining of the cheek. As with all cancers, early detection and diagnosis are the keys to a positive outcome and seniors who learn to perform a periodic oral exam at home are taking a proactive step prevent this type of cancer and to remain healthy as they age.  To perform a home exam on yourself, you will need a small, freestanding, lighted, magnifying mirror and a square of sterile gauze. Begin the exam by opening your mouth and using the lighted mirror to look for any discolorations, lumps, sores or textural changes in all parts of your mouth and any visible areas of your throat. Using the gauze, grasp your tongue and extend it up and out to allow you to see underneath and along the bottom surface of the tongue. If you wear any type of denture or oral appliance, remember to remove them before performing the examination. Since every mouth will look different, performing this exam frequently will help familiarize you with what is normal for you and enable you to spot minor changes as they occur. Any change, no matter how small, should be checked by your dentist as soon as possible after discovery.  Continue to Utilize Professional Dental Care Even if you wear full or partial dentures and have no known dental problems, seeing your dentist regularly is an investment in your overall health and wellness. Your dentist is trained to notice subtle changes in your oral health levels, as well as ensure that your...

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Bleeding Gums: What Could They Mean?

Posted by on May 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Bleeding Gums: What Could They Mean?

Although most likely innocuous, bleeding gums are a phenomenon you should take seriously straight from the get go. Many times bleeding gums are simply a sign of brushing too hard, while others merely have sensitive gums and are susceptible to the use of floss, or even a less than a vigorous tooth brushing. Other times, the reason for bleeding gums could be more malignant than benign. This brief article will address several potentialities for what this could mean for your gums. A Lack Of Oral Hygiene Brushing daily is an integral part of not only the health of your teeth, but your gums as well. If you do not brush daily, plaque and yellowing can begin to form on the teeth within 24 to 36 hours. Likewise, gums can become swollen and red, and studies have shown that within mere days, the gums can easily become diseased. There is, of course, an easy solution to this problem: take better care of your mouth. Brush and floss daily, as well as take oral probiotic mints and rinse with anti-bacterial mouthwash. Your Diet Is Poor Although having a solid diet is an integral part of living a healthy lifestyle, having a healthy diet is not only important for your waistline, but also important towards protecting your gums. It is strongly recommended that you indulge yourself in fruits, vegetables and fish. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in Vitamins C and D will embolden the strength of your gums, while fish are rich in Vitamin E and is a natural anti-inflammatory, which will ensure that your gums will not succumb to swelling. You’re A Smoker Smoking is one of the worst things you can possibly do for your gums. It will quickly make your gums swollen, as well as impairing proper blood flow to the gums, which means that they can easily succumb to disease and bacteria. This means that your gums will easily bleed as well. Smoking with open sores in the gums means that the additives can easily enter the blood stream, which is not only poor for your gums, it is quite awful for your entire body. Stress Even though most causes of bleeding gums are physical, there are psychological reasons why your gums may not be enjoying the healthiest lifestyle that they possibly could. Stress, depression and anxiety can actually increase inflammation within the gums. This is believed to be caused by heightened levels of cortisol in the body, which spikes when you are stressed, causing them to bleed and eventually giving way to gum disease. You Have A Genetic Predisposition Towards Gum Disease Those with a family history of gum disease are actually more likely to contract gum disease than those without such a family history. Around 30% of the population is actually born with a genetic predisposition to contracting gum disease. Luckily, DNA testing actually makes it quite easy to discover whether or not you have this predisposition to gum disease or not. There are many different strains of bacteria that are known to cause gum disease, and some families are more likely to be sensitive to these bacteria than others. If you do discover that you have a family history of gum disease, there are actually several options that you can pursue, including laser surgery,...

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Stopping The Daily Grind: Treatment Options For Bruxism

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your smile is an important part of your appearance and self-esteem, but the underlying health of your teeth should be a priority. While surprising to hear, a simple act of grinding your teeth can be a serious problem for the look and health of your mouth, teeth, and gums. The condition, known as bruxism, affects an estimated 30 to 40 million children and adults. If you are currently experiencing pain in you jaw or dealing with eroded tooth enamel and decay, you may be grinding your teeth at night. Using this guide, and with the help of professionals at a site like http://www.vfdental.com you can treat your bruxism and have an attractive, healthy smile. Stress Relief Your dentist will need to determine the cause of your specific case, but approximately 70 percent of cases are caused by stress. Of course, stress is difficult to avoid, so consulting your physician is smart.  Prescription medications may be helpful to ease anxiety, but using natural stress relievers is a healthier alternative. Exercise is a great way to relieve stress. Consider walking or jogging daily to ease tense muscles and relax your mind. Following a healthy diet is also important for your physical and mental health. Incorporate more foods that are rich in vitamin C to fight stress. Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries are all delicious, but they are also beneficial to your emotional and physical health. Professional Relief If you have a misaligned bite and are undergoing orthodontic care, consider the following options to prevent further damage and discomfort from bruxism: Mouth Guard – Ask your orthodontist to create a custom mouth guard to wear while sleeping. Wearing a guard each night will protect your teeth from further grinding damage. In addition, the guards decrease morning discomfort after a full night of grinding and clenching. Braces – Your orthodontist may suggest correcting your bite with a set of braces. While you may not find this appealing as an adult, braces are effective solutions for realigning your bite and preventing further damage from tooth grinding. Surgery – In severe cases of bruxism, dentists may recommend a surgical procedure to realign your jaw. Although invasive, surgery may be the best option if you are suffering with a severely misaligned bite. At Home Relief Treating your stress and visiting your dentist are both important for treating bruxism. However, you can also ease your discomfort at home. Consider the following techniques to reduce the discomfort: Compress – Soak a towel in hot water and wring out the excess liquid. Place the towel on your face and jaw area before going to sleep. Allow it to rest on the area for 20 minutes for instant relaxation. You can also use a heating pad. Massage – Ever night before going to sleep, ease the tension by massaging your facial muscles and jawbone. Apply a teaspoon of warming massage oil to your fingertips and massage your face using gentle circular motions. The pleasant act decreases the tension in your face and jaw, resulting in fewer episodes of grinding and clenching. Oil Pulling – Swish a teaspoon of coconut oil in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes. After the time, spit the oil into a trash can and brush your teeth as normal. This act of oil pulling removes...

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How Can You Tell Whether Your Dental Implants Are The Right Size?

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Millions of Americans enhance their smiles with dental implants each year, but the American Academy of Implant Dentistry reports that only 10% of dentists who practice in the United States offer this procedure. Applying implants requires special training and/or board certification in some areas, which may explain why the insertion of dental implants has a 95% or higher overall success rate. Unfortunately, sometimes issues still occur. Here are some ways to figure out whether an installed dental implant is the right size for your mouth. Alignment With Other Teeth When you request a dental implant procedure, you probably want to enhance the function of your teeth, but you also may want to improve the appearance of your smile. Implants, when installed correctly, can fill gaps in your grin with smooth, white teeth. If an implant is not placed correctly, it may appear to be longer or shorter than its surrounding teeth.  An experienced dental practitioner knows to measure the area carefully where the implants will be applied, but a measurement that is even a couple of millimeters off can impact a patient’s smile dramatically. A tooth may also end up being the wrong size if measurements were taken before the gums had time to heal from a tooth extraction. When a tooth is removed, the bones and gum shrink around the area where the tooth originally sat. A bone graft can help prevent this issue, and a tissue graft can help repair it if you are already dealing with misaligned implants. Loose Dentures Some patients choose to wear dentures over their dental implants. Your dentures should fit snugly but comfortably around your regular teeth and implants. If your dentures feel too tight, then one — or all — of your implants may be too big. Loose dentures that slide out of place may be the result of a too-small implant or an implant in need of maintenance.  The same set of dental implants can remain in your mouth throughout your entire life, but they do require ongoing maintenance. You may need multiple adjustments over the years, but the exact number depends on your lifestyle and how well you care for your implants. It’s important to have a trusted dental expert examine your implants if you notice that your dentures are slipping out of place frequently, as loose dentures may cause discomfort or even leave painful lacerations on your gums.  Sinus Issues After having implants installed, you may notice some pain in the sinus region. This area is located around your nose and below your eyes. The symptoms may be temporary, especially if you were diagnosed with sinus problems prior to your implant procedure. If symptoms do not improve within a week or two, your implants might be responsible for your discomfort. Some skilled surgeons perform a sinus augmentation prior to installing dental implants. This procedure frees up room for a bone graft, which helps make a patient’s mouth strong enough to support a set of implants. If this procedure is skipped or performed incorrectly, dental implants in the back of the mouth may end up being too large for the patient. Sometimes this issue causes pain without infection, but there are times when bacteria can get trapped in the sinus region. If you experience severe, post-implant sinus pain, pay a visit...

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