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4 Ways To Spot Gum Disease

Posted by Darren Martin on May 27, 2015 2:03:00 PM

Left untreated, gum disease could lead to a number of systemic issues—including increasing the risk of a heart attack. We can prevent, or treat, gum disease—but first you have to find out if you are at-risk for gum disease! Here are the top 4 ways to spot gum disease. 

Bad Breath That Won’t Go Away-

sores in mouth 

Gum disease is an accumulation of bacteria in the mouth. Improper brushing, flossing and overall oral healthcare can cause plaque build up. If you have persistent bad breath, your chances for gum disease are higher than others. While not all with bad breath have gum disease, it is an important factor to consider when visiting your dentist. 

Red or swollen gums-

swollen gums, gum disease 

Inflammation in the gums usually comes from accumulated bacteria that have attached to your healthy gums. If your gums are swollen or red, this is one of the largest signs of gum disease and you should consult with your dentist on proper steps to alleviate the problem.

Bleeding While Brushing, Flossing or Eating Hard Food

 bleeding while brushing or flossing

Gum disease makes your gums very weak and thus, brushing, flossing or even eating certain foods can make your gums bleed. Pay special attention to your gums as you floss or brush. Though not all bleeding comes from gum disease (sometimes you’re just brushing too hard), blood in the gums is something to monitor. Consult with your dentist if you have persistent bleeding while brushing or flossing.

Sores in your mouth

sores in mouth, gum disease

Sores in your mouth is a large sign of gum disease. It means bacteria has accumulated and is affecting the region so much that it is infiltrating your system. If you have sores in your mouth, see a dentist immediately to be tested for gum disease or other systemic issues. 

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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, oral health, Halitosis, get rid of bad breath, blood when brushing, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits, gum disease, heart problems

Let Your Smile Shine With Dental Implants

Posted by Darren Martin on Mar 5, 2013 1:18:00 PM

Are you tired of hiding your smile because of that badly chipped or missing tooth? Did you lose a tooth in a fall or a brawl and now can’t find that special someone because of the gap in your smile? Consider a dental implant.implants

 

Back in the day, dental implants used to be quite painful and laborious, sometimes taking almost a year to complete, and all the while burning a hole in your pocket. But today, you can receive a full dental implant in just a few months and at a fraction of what it used to cost

Dental implants are usually made of titanium and function as artificial roots for false teeth. A dentist or periodontist, working with a gum and bone specialist, surgically inserts the implant into the jaw bone. In a short amount of time, you have a durable, strong, stable, realistic looking new tooth or set of teeth.

 

A second type of dental implant functions as an anchor for dentures that can replace multiple teeth and be removed at will.

Dental implants are great for filling in that missing tooth and for replacing multiple missing teeth. They look and feel just like your real teeth and can greatly increase your chewing and flirting capacity.

A few other reasons to consider dental implants include:

 

 

  • Implants don’t slip like dentures or bridges.
  • Dental implants look more natural than dentures because the imitation tooth is directly attached to the implant in your jaw bone.
  • Implants require no annual or bi-annual maintenance and they last your whole life.
  • Implants create healthy, happy gums and bones since the anchor is not filled with bacteria from a sickly root or tooth.

The way it works is fairly straight forward, with the amount of time varying depending on the individual needs of each patient. It starts at your dentist’s office.

After the initial examination and consultation, you will receive a temporary cosmetic device to wear until your permanent dental implant is secured.

 

A team of dentists and specialist develop a surgical plant, which usually involves inserting a root replacement through the gum and into the jaw bone. Time is needed after the initial surgery for the implant to fuse to the bone before attaching the tooth. You feel no pain during this process as the anesthetic delivery is very sophisticated and effective.

The fusing of the bone and implant is a process called osseointegration. During this time, the gums also heal and become strong enough for the permanent tooth to be inserted by attaching the tooth to the implant. A custom designed crown can be attached to the post until the implant and gums are ready for the actual prosthetic tooth attachment. When the whole procedure is complete, the implant will be your new tooth or set of teeth for the remainder of your life – unless you find yourself in another brawl or fall.

 

So take care of your teeth.  They can make or break your smile and your smile can make or break that important interview, or that romantic date you’ve been trying to make happen.

How great will it feel to be able to smile without having to feel stressed out about your missing teeth? In fact, smiling is known to actually relieve stress. You deserve a smile that makes you feel good, not stressed. Consider a dental implant – talk with your dentist today and take your smile and your self seriously – and don’t forget to laugh too.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, oral health, missing teeth, childrens teeth, dentures, teeth implants, periodontal disease, Emergency Dentist, dental implants

The Price is Right: Inside look at cosmetic dentistry prices

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 2, 2012 1:49:00 PM

Cosmetic dentistry refers to any kind of dental procedure that is done to

improve the appearance of the teeth rather than their function. It is used to solve problems like teeth that are uneven, chipped, missing teeth and discoloration among others. The Oral Cost!

Cosmetic work is usually not covered under dental insurance which covers work that is done to restore the function of teeth.  It is therefore important to get an idea of the cost of the cosmetic dentistry procedure one wishes to have done.

Dental veneers
These are made of porcelain or compost and they are used to replace tooth enamel that is worn out, to correct teeth that are not aligned evenly,  abnormally spaced teeth and those that are chipped and cracked.  Dental veneers cost more than direct or indirect composite veneers but they last longer and look completely natural. 

Cost of dental veneers
Dental veneers cost between $ 925 and $ 2,500 per tooth and they are well worth it. They last for 10 to 15 years. Composite veneers on the other hand cost less, starting at $ 250 to $1, 500. They only last for 5 to 7 years.

Dental  implants
Implants are used where there is permanent tooth loss. When they are used to anchor a dental crown or bridge because more than one teeth is missing, they act as a foundation that is stable and resistant to cavities.  They are very effective for this and very durable.

Cost of dental implants
The cost depends on various factors. They include which type of implant is used, the dentist that performs the procedure,  where the procedure is performed and the material that is used for the implant.

Single implants cost from $900 to $ 3,000 depending on the factors above.  If the procedure is full mouth reconstruction using dental implants, the cost can reach as much as $ 24,000 to $ 96,000.

Teeth whitening
Teeth whitening is one of the most commonly performed cosmetic dentistry procedures. It is commonly sought by men and women alike and there is no one that is does not work for.  It lightens the teeth by several shades which gives you a brighter smile. It is also effective in lifting deeper tobacco stains that smokers inevitably get because of smoking.

It can be doneWe offer ZOOM! Whitening in a number of different ways. It can be done on the dentist's chair in an hour's time or it can be done through whitening products like toothpaste and whitening trays. The treatments done by dentists give the best results and in the shortest time. The effect also lasts longer.

Those interested in this cosmetic dentistry procedure should know that they are two options of teeth whitening. There is bleaching and whitening.  It is a stipulation of the FDA that bleaching is only done when it is not possible to whiten the teeth. This strictly applies to products that contain bleach as an ingredients which are usually carbamide peroxide and hydrogen peroxide. With whitening, the color of the tooth surface is restored by removing the dirt and debris on it.

Cost of teeth whitening
Whitening that is done in the dentist's office costs about $650 on average all around the country.  The option is take-home whitening kits that are professionally dispensed costs  between $100 to $400.  The third option is over the counter whitening products and these are the least expensive ranging from $ 20 to $100.

Dental bridges
Dental bridges are used to replace missing teeth much like partial dentures and implants. There are different types of fixed dental bridges including resin-bonded, cantilever bridges and the more common fixed bridges.

Cost of dental bridges
Several factors determine the cost of dental bridges.  One is whether additional cosmetic dentistry procedures such as fillings and root canals will be needed in one or more adjoining teeth. Where the dentist is located and the artistic technique they and the lab technician will use also influence cost. The material that will be used in the bridges and  the preparations that will needed on the teeth before the procedure can be carried out also come into play. The cost ranges from $ 700 to $ 1,500 per tooth depending on the factors above.

Invisalign
Invisalign are a type of invisible braces made of clear plastic that work like conventional braces to straighten teeth that are uneven and that have a poor bite.

Cost of Invisalign
The braces used are custom made so cost will depend on one's specific needs, the extent of the problem and how long treatment will last. On average though, this treatment costs $ 3,000 to 5,000 countrywide.

Smile again
A smile is one of the best gifts to give and receive. If you have been hiding yours because of the state of your teeth, look into one of these cosmetic dentistry treatments and get your smile back.


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Topics: Family dentistry, fillings, dental fillings, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants

Things you need to know about Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Sep 17, 2012 1:48:00 PM

First impressions mean a lot; that split second when you meet someone for the first time can set the tone for your whole relationship and even prevent a relationship from growing. As human beings, our primary mode of communication is verbal, words coming from our mouths. This means that we instinctively look at each other’s mouths and faces when we talk to each other. Having a mouth full of discolored, chipped, or missing teeth will be noticed immediately. Many a job, friendship and romance have been kept from people, purely based on these first impressions. Fortunately, thanks to the world of cosmetic dentistry, those missed opportunities can be turned into doorways to success and happiness.Bright Smiles

What is Cosmetic Dentistry?

Cosmetic dentistry is one of medicine’s quickest growing areas. In recent year, the popularity of cosmetic procedures has grown and become an integral part of our oral hygiene and care. It not only improves your looks, but it also enhances your whole life by boosting confidence, contributing to oral health, and swaying that important first impression in your favor.

What Does a Cosmetic Dentist Do?

Today, cosmetic dentistry is more than just fixing a chip or fitting a bridge, that is ancient history. The field has grown to include simple non-invasive procedures like teeth whitening and more involved procedures like periodontal surgery. Of course, with this heightened interest in the field comes the creation of new technologies that aid in the ease and effectiveness of cosmetic dental procedures. Here are some of the most popular procedures.

  • Whitening
  • Orthodontics and straightening
  • Implants
  • Fillings
  • Veneers
  • Dentures
  • Periodontal surgery

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Clients Responsibility

After you have chosen your dentist, it is important to listen and follow the dentist’s instructions. Cosmetic dentistry is complicated because you are dealing with an area of you body that is in constant use, it’s relied on for communication an taking in sustenance and oxygen. Depending on the procedure, the look of your moth and teeth may be different from what you have been accustomed to, and that can take a little adjusting. Your teeth are extremely important and you dentist knows that; they will provide you with the options and aftercare plan that best suits your needs and lifestyle. People’s mouths are like fingerprints, each one is unique and special to that person. Your cosmetic dentist will solve your dental problems, address you individual needs and expectation, and most definitely enhance your life by restoring your beautiful, healthy smile.

What kind of Materials Will I be Living With?

We all know the story that our first President, George Washington, had wooden dentures. But don’t worry; those days are long gone. Technology has contributed greatly to the field of cosmetic dentistry. Dentists now work with a variety of materials so that everyone can smile easily for a long time. Here are some of the materials used in cosmetic dentistry today.

  • Ceramic and porcelain have long been popular materials to use. Over time the compounds have changed and helped the material to increase its strength and reliability.
  • Resin is a newer compound that allows cosmetic dentists to adhere bridges and crowns in a near permanent fashion. The result is strong products with little or no chance of having to repeat the repair.
  • Cast gold was commonly used for implants; repairs were primarily gold with porcelain facing. Thanks to technology we are able to use different materials to improve on these procedures. Even glass and gemstones have been viable alternatives.

You will be very happy with the outcome of your cosmetic dentistry adventure. Davis and Dingle Family Dentistry is here to help. Erase years of abuse and neglect; obtain that perfect yet natural healthy smile you, your loved ones and the new people you meet, deserve.

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Topics: fillings, dental fillings, bad breath, childrens teeth, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants, Dental Benefits

Dental Implants vs Crown and Bridge: Which is better?

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Jul 25, 2012 12:17:00 PM

To replace lost teeth, you can either get a dental bridge or you can rely on dental implants. Do you know the benefits and disadvantages of each option?

 

One of the biggest benefits of dental implants is that they protect the other teeth. In the case of a dental bridge, the natural teeth have to perform the function of support. The implant is not putting any strain on other teeth.

 

Another great advantage of implants is that they can be used to replace more than one missing natural tooth. In the case of a bridge, a dentist will need healthy adjacent teeth for support. Various combinations are possible in the case of implants. The dentist can replace a single missing tooth or a denture.

 

Implants require little maintenance. This is one of the biggest differences between this option and dental bridges. High quality implants can last a lifetime. Dental crowns and bridges will have to be replaced every 10 to 15 years.

 

If you are considering implants, you should take in consideration another important advantage – implants are easier to maintain. The cleaning process is very simple and flossing between implants is possible. In addition, implants look more natural and facilitate chewing, since the dental bridge may slip.

 

Dental bridges, on the other hand, come with a number of advantages, as well. To get a bridge, you will have to undergo a simple dental procedure that involves no surgery. In order to be placed in the mouth, dental implants require surgical intervention.

 

It is easier and quicker to get dental bridges. The entire procedure will visit in approximately two to three visits to your dentists.

 
A dental bridge is recommended in the case of jaw bone loss or significant damage. The process will be simpler, less painful and less expensive in such instances. It is important to know that the positioning of dental implants demands healthy bone.

 

Once fixed, the bridge is very stable. It will provide for effortless chewing of food and it will feel comfortable, once you get familiar with it. Dental bridges are also a less expensive option than other dental methods for the replacement of missing teeth.

 

Knowing these factors will help you make an informed decision about dental implants and bridges. Each option has its advantages that need to be compared for an informed decision to be made.

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Dental Implants: Get Your Natural Smile Back

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Mar 20, 2012 5:23:00 PM

Most people will admit that teeth are one of the features that really stand out in a person as a smile is truly a way to express joy and so a good looking set of teeth has always been something that people yearn for. Some people however have missing teeth due to an injury, a disease or even decay but would still like to have a bright smile with a complete set of teeth. Dentists however can solve this problem and you will be able to get your natural smile back with dental implants. If you are serious about really having a beautiful smile, you should think about dental implants and how they can help fix your smile.

What are dental implants? 

Dental implants are essentially just substitutes for the roots of your missing teeth and so they will be the anchor for your new teeth or crowns. It is truly a breakthrough in dentistry and dentists are very excited to be able to replace missing natural teeth with healthy ones that are anchored in your bone. This is arguably the best option for those who do not want to have dentures and would like to have natural looking teeth. If you are looking to truly fix your missing teeth, this is ultimately the best option for you.

Are there different kinds of implants? 


There are plenty of options to choose from as you will be able to choose different shapes and sizes to help give you the best looking teeth. Having the right dentists to work with will surely make the process go by smoother to ensure a safe procedure. Finding the right dentists to work with will also give you the knowledge of whether or not you are a candidate for implants.


Am I a candidate for implants?

Anyone of any age can get dental implants as long as you need the procedure to be done. If you are someone that can no longer wear your removable dentures, then it is highly recommended that you contact your dentist to see if you can get implants. Your dentist will surely be able to determine if you are able to get dental implants after an evaluation of your medical and dental history. If you are looking for a great dentist to work with to help you determine if you are able to get implants, you should visit davisanddingle.com for more information.describe the image

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10 Tips to Eliminating that Unpleasant Bad Breath

Posted by Floretta Sutton on Nov 9, 2011 3:20:00 PM

One of the questions that is often asked to practitioners of family dentistry is, "How do I get rid of bad breath?" We would like to offer 10 tips to help you eliminbad breathate bad breath so that you can be at your best and have a healthy, fresh, and clean mouth all day long.
1. See your dentist or doctor. In some cases, bad breath is a symptom of a dental or medical condition. If you have persistent bad breath, please see your family dental professional or your family doctor to address the root of this symptom.
2. Floss every night. Really. At least once a night, if not after every meal. If you are serious about correcting bad breath, you need to floss and remove the tiny bits of food that your brush misses. Dental professionals recommend the "tiny tree" single use flossing devices - many dentists and men and women on the go keep a bag of these on hand in their car, workplace, gym bag, and handbag to be ready to floss whenever necessary.
3. Use mouthwash. Antiseptic mouthwashes, used frequently, can kill germs that lead to bad breath. Find a flavor you like and keep a bottle in your desk drawer or in your car so that you can rinse after every meal.
4. Carry a toothbrush. You really should brush after every meal to prevent food from getting trapped between your teeth, which can lead to bad breath and tooth decay. Having a toothbrush on hand will help keep your breath fresh.
5. Use a tongue scraper. Tongue scrapers, available at grocery stores, health food markets, pharmacies, and at family dentistry centers, help you scrape away the germs and buildup that lead to bad breath.
6. Buy a pack of Waterpik. Your floss and brush can't reach everywhere. Use a Waterpik to get rid of the germs that lead to bad breath. Family dental centers sell or can recommend the perfect Waterpik and brushing system for you and your family to use.
7. Consider your diet. Your diet affects your breath. Pay close attention to foods that give you bad breath and avoid them whenever you need your breath to be in top form
8. Quit smoking. This is a surefire way to get rid of bad breath and other medical problems. Not to mention, it'll get you that extra step closer to a whiter smile!
9. Drink more water. By staying hydrated, you can help your body flush out the toxins that lead to bad breath
10. Chew some parsley. There is a reason that parsley is used as a garnish - it's great at correcting bad breath! While it might not be practical to carry a sprig with you at all times, family dentistry professionals recommend keeping some on hand in the refrigerator.
We wish you the best of luck and hope that our tips help you eliminate bad breath. As a family ourselves, we want to ensure that your entire family has healthy and clean teeth and feels great about their smiles and breath!
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Topics: Family dentistry, bad breath, oral health, childrens teeth, periodontal disease, Cosmetic Dentistry, dental implants