Exploring The Effects of Gum Disease

Hey, it’s Jojo Figuroa here. I’d like to share my experience with gum disease with you. A strong family history of this disease caused it to strike relatively early in my life. I was stunned to find out that many of my teeth were wobbly and loose from advanced gum disease. I decided to make changes in an effort to save my teeth. If you’re diagnosed with gum disease, you may want to learn more information about its symptoms, diagnosis and treatment. To help you out, I will share information about my diagnosis and treatment journey on this site. Furthermore, I will explore all of the different ways gum disease manifests. As dental professionals make advancements in treatment for gum disease, I will cover stories on those items as well. Visit often to stay updated.

Crown Sensitivity: A Look At This Common Side Effect

After you have your new crown put into place, you may spend some time admiring the appearance of your newly improved tooth in the mirror. A dental crown will protect your tooth from damage for years to come and will likely allow you to keep that tooth in your mouth when it otherwise might have been lost. But there is one worrying symptom that might appear in the meantime: crown sensitivity. Here’s a closer look at this side effect and how it may affect you. What is crown sensitivity? Crown sensitivity is pain in a tooth that has been newly fitted with a crown. This pain typically appears when you expose the tooth to heat or cold. It may also appear if you bite down on something too strongly. Many patients with crown sensitivity panic and assume something is wrong with their crown, but this is rarely the case. Crown sensitivity is very normal and common after having a tooth capped. It subsides in a few weeks to a few months, depending on the patient. What causes crown sensitivity? Before the crown was placed on your tooth, your dentist probably did a procedure – such as a filling or repairing a crack. If the damage came close to the tooth pulp, which is the center portion of the tooth that contains the nerves, the procedure may have irritated these nerves slightly. They’re now a bit overly sensitive, so they’re causing you pain whenever you activate them with pressure, heat, or cold. In the following days and weeks, this inflammation will subside and your nerves will become less irritated. The...

Risks Of Leaving A Food Trap Untreated In Your Mouth

A food trap is a term that refers to a place in your mouth, in between two teeth, where food always gets trapped. This trap can be annoying, because you might have to floss after each meal, and it can also be painful if you have to floss too often. In addition, failing to get this fixed can lead to the following risks. Sore gums The first problem you are likely to incur is sore gums. If you are constantly feeling food trapped between two teeth and use dental floss to remove it, your gums in this area are likely to become very sore and sensitive. There is really no way to prevent this from happening if you leave the food trap untreated; but, it’s important to realize that the problems will not stop there. Cavities If your gums become too sore from flossing, or if you don’t realize there is food trapped in this area, you will be putting yourself at a higher risk for developing a cavity in this area. Food that is left in the mouth can lead to plaque, and plaque left in the mouth can lead to cavities. Gum disease Cavities destroy teeth and can cause problems to gums. If you continue to live with the food trap for long enough, you could end up developing gum disease. This occurs when gums become inflamed and irritated. Once this happens, bacteria can begin creeping into the gums causing an infection. The gums may also begin to recede at this point, and all of this can lead to a loss of bone mass in your jaw....

Tips For Choosing Between Traditional Lab And Same Day Dental Crowns

When a tooth is very decayed or broken or a root canal is needed, a crown may be necessary to repair the damage. While traditionally this meant going to the dentist once to prepare the tooth, make the impressions, and get a temporary crown and a second time about a month later to have the permanent crown placed, it’s now possible to get same day dental crowns from some dentists. Availability Approximately 10 to 15 percent of U.S. dentists now have the necessary equipment to make same day dental crowns in their offices. This means that some people might have to go to a different dentist to get this service or the service may not be available at all in their area. Cost In general, there isn’t any need to worry about cost differences between traditional and same day dental crowns. Most dentists charge the same amount as they can get the same amount back from insurance companies for the procedure and there are no lab fees to worry about with same day crowns. They also understand that many people are worried about cost and would be less likely to pay extra for this new service. However, some dentists who have just purchased the necessary equipment may charge extra for these crowns to try to recoup their investment a bit sooner, so check with the dentist to be sure. Aesthetics The aesthetics of the crown will depend on the material it’s made from. The same day dental crowns are typically made out of a single chunk of porcelain, while traditional crowns can be made out of porcelain, ceramic, metal...

Tips to Make Healing After Your Gum-Tissue Graft Surgery Easier

It’s common for people to not notice their gums receding until it becomes a problem because it’s such a gradual process. However, when your gums recede to the point that the root of the tooth starts to become exposed, your teeth may become overly sensitive, and the bone supporting your teeth could become damaged. To correct receding gums, you need to have oral reconstructive surgery—specifically gum-tissue graft surgery. The process and recovery can be difficult for some people to deal with, but following these tips makes it easier. Graft One Tooth at a Time The more teeth you have grafted at once, the longer and more difficult your recovery. So instead of getting all of your teeth grafted at the same time, talk to your dentist about working on each one individually. At the very least, you should only have one half of your mouth grafted at once so that your entire mouth isn’t out of commission during the recovery process. Avoid Talking After Surgery The more you talk, the more the inside of your mouth stretches. While talking shouldn’t harm your stitches or reverse the effects of your oral reconstructive surgery, it could cause you to heal slower and make your recovery more painful. So keep talking to a minimum, at least for the first few days after your surgery. Get a Stent, If Possible Most oral surgeons will provide a dissolvable dressing to protect the stitches on the roof of your mouth until the area heals. However, it can be very hard to resist messing with the dressing with your tongue, and that could cause the area...

2 Reasons To Consider Dental Implants

One of the most versatile resources at your disposal when trying to improve your oral health are dental implants. Listed below are two reasons to consider dental implants. Stabilize Dentures One of the most useful ways to utilize dental implants is to help alleviate some of the problems that will typically come up when wearing dentures. For example, dentures are often loose enough for many people that they can scratch the gums as they move around inside your mouth, which can lead to painful scratches and even infections. In addition, wearing loose dentures can also lead to slurred speech or difficulty speaking while also making it very difficult to eat without having to stop frequently to adjust the dentures to prevent them from falling out.  However, dental implants can help you avoid all of those problems by giving you a means to stabilize and hold those dentures in place. This works by installing dental implants that will have a ball at the top end of the implants. When you put your dentures in, there will be sockets on the underside of those dentures that are meant to snap onto the top of the dental implants, which will work to keep those dentures from being able to slip around.  Protect Your Facial Structure Another reason to use dental implants is that they can protect your facial structure and appearance. One of the biggest side effects of losing your teeth is that it can lead to you losing bone mass in your jawline over time, which can cause a dramatic shift in your appearance. The reason for this loss of bone...

What Are Overdentures And What Patients Make Good Candidates For The Treatment?

Narrowing down the best dental replacement option often starts at how many missing teeth you need to replace. Once you move past three or four missing teeth, individual dental implants become less practical and overly expensive. But you can still achieve some of the stability and the natural appearance of dental implants if you choose partial or full overdentures, which combine the jawbone-implanted metal roots of dental implants and a plate of artificial dental crowns that snap onto the roots. What patients are the best candidates for overdentures? You should always discuss the details with your cosmetic dentistry specialist or family dentist, but here are a few general guidelines. Patient Has Numerous Missing Teeth But Has Strong Bone Support Overdentures require that you have a number of missing teeth in one area of the mouth, which would make you a candidate for partial overdentures, or a full mouth of missing teeth in need of replacement. But you also need to have strong, dense jawbone in the areas where the teeth are missing in order to properly support the dental implant roots. The combination of missing teeth and healthy jawbone is harder to find than you might imagine. The loss of a natural tooth removes the natural friction the roots provided that kept the jawbone thriving and healthy. Jawbone health can quickly deteriorate once you lose your teeth. If you schedule the overdenture procedure to start right after your teeth extraction, you might be one of the few who easily qualify for the implants. Your dentist will drill holes in strategic locations to insert the dental roots that will hold...

Have Dental Pain But You’re Too Afraid To See A Dentist? What To Know About Getting Put Under

If your mouth has had some pain and you haven’t been to the dentist in years because you’re afraid, your appointment for a cleaning and inspection couldn’t come soon enough. To help with your fear, you’ll want to find a local dentist that offers sedation during their appointments so you can be at ease while you have to sit in the chair. You don’t want to jeopardize your oral health because you are scared to get work done. It doesn’t matter if you’re in the chair for a short amount of time or all day, the sedation dentist can make things much easier for you. Ask each dentist you are considering using about the following things. Sedation Options The sedation options that will work for you may vary. Ask about the following options, if your insurance will cover it, or what the additional costs will be: Oral medications to cause drowsiness that are taken at home IV sedation options given at the office that will put you asleep during your appointment A gas mask to put you at ease during the appointment and potentially cause drowsiness Along with these different options, you’ll be given numbing medication to help with the pain. Your dentist can recommend what you should have based on the procedures you’re having done and your level of fear. All-in-One Appointment Ask if you can get the cleaning, any fillings, root canals or other work that needs to be done in one appointment. If you are worried you will need a lot of work done, have x-rays done in advance. This way the dentist can plan accordingly...

6 Tips For Keeping Your Dental Implants Healthy

If you have had dental implant surgery, you likely spent a good amount of money to have the work done. For this reason, it’s even more important to take care of your smile. This way, you don’t have to worry about paying these same out of pocket expenses again in the future. Here are six tips to help your dental implants recover in a healthy way: Avoid Unnecessary Pressure: During the time that you are actually healing from your dental implant surgery, you need to avoid putting pressure on your implants. This helps you avoid the possibility of infection, as well as inflammation, in order to improve healing. This also means you need to avoid eating foods that are difficult to chew, such as steak.  Inspect the Area: You should regularly be inspecting the area of the dental implants to be sure that they are healing properly. Once they do heal, you should continue checking the area for potential problems. If you notice anything unusual, make an appointment with your dentist right away. This way, you avoid the possibility of the dental implant falling out prematurely.  Drink a Lot of Water: The gum tissues in your mouth will heal much more quickly if they are kept moist. Just be sure that, while you are healing from the surgery, you are drinking room temperature water because cold water can make the area sensitive and painful.  Take All Medications: Once you have had the dental implant surgery, your dentist is likely to prescribe you a number of medications to help with healing. Be sure that you take them as directed. This will help you avoid...

2 Ways To Protect Your Teeth When You Eat Out

If you eat out often, you may be concerned that you are not caring for your oral health properly.  Since you are dining away from your home, you may not find it easy to brush and floss immediately following your meal or snack.  Still, there are measures that you can take to help protect your teeth when you dine at a restaurant. Here are a few of them: Drink Water Although there will likely be multiple drink options on the restaurant menu, the best is water.  Sodas are highly acidic and can eat away at tooth enamel in the same manner as bacterial acids. In addition, if the sodas are not sugar-free, the simple carbohydrates present in the beverages offer a ready food supply for oral microbes.  As these microbes feed, they release acid as a by-product of their digestion, and this acid often results in tooth decay. Water contains no carbohydrate content and thus, does not promote tooth decay. Additionally, the neutral pH of the water helps to dilute any acid that may be present in the oral cavity. It also helps rinse away particles of food that may become stuck to the teeth or along the gum line. This can discourage the development of plaque.  Some restaurants offer water that is fluoridated.  As a result, additional benefits are available. Fluoride helps attract minerals, such as phosphorus and calcium, back to the tooth enamel. There, the fluoride combines with these substances to form a new tooth material that is more acid-resistant than your original teeth enamel. Water can also help rinse away deeply pigmented foods before the colorants are absorbed into the pores of the teeth, where they can cause discoloration....

Start Off the School Year with a Healthy Smile

The fun and carelessness of summer will soon fade. If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, you know this means the school bell will soon ring. While you’re undoubtedly taking the time to ensure your children have all the school supplies, uniforms, and other tools they need, you should also make sure not to forget their oral health. Make sure you’re starting your child off with a healthy smile. Oral Checkup If your child hasn’t had a dental checkup lately, schedule one for before the school year begins. Dental checkups are all about prevention. Whether the problem is incorrect development, an alignment issue, decay, or oral disease, a dental provider can more readily address these issues if they are caught early on. The longer the time span between checkups, the more advanced the condition may be when it is caught. A dental disease in an advanced stage may have an effect on a child’s academic performance, as 51 million school hours are missed each year due to dental disease. Being proactive with regular checkups keeps your child healthier and minimizes school absences. School Lunch If you make your child’s lunch each day, make sure you are sending them to school with healthy selections and avoiding harmful food options. Your child’s lunch should primarily be made up of a combination of fresh fruits and vegetables, such as oranges, tangerines, broccoli, and celery. Stay away from seemingly healthy snacks like dried fruit and fruit juices, as both of these selections generally have high sugar content, which can increase the risk of decay. It’s okay to give your child a sweet...