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...

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....

Repairing Cosmetic Damage To Your Teeth After Chewing Tobacco

If you have been chewing tobacco for years, you are probably already well aware of its potentially adverse effects on your oral health. But what about after you decide to kick the habit? Will you be stuck with the same stained and damaged smile for the rest of your life? With the help of a cosmetic dentist and some strict dental hygiene habits, you may be able to restore your smile to its pre-tobacco glow. Restoring Your Dental Health Your first step after quitting chewing tobacco should be to focus on the health of your teeth rather than their appearance. Chewing tobacco is heavily linked to oral cancer, tooth decay and gum disease, all of which will continue to get worse even after you quit. There’s no point whitening teeth that will simply need to be pulled later on. Visit your dentist to undergo a full exam and begin treatment for any conditions that pop up. Once your teeth and gums are on the road to recovery, you can start to focus on aesthetics. Filling in Missing Teeth If you have lost teeth as a consequence of long-term tobacco chewing, you will need to decide whether or not you want to leave the gaps exposed. You may be able to fill in your gaps with fixed bridges, which attach a false tooth to a nearby one to anchor it in place, or dental implants, which are embedded in your jaw much like a real tooth. Dental implants tend to be more expensive than a fixed bridge, but they can also help slow the deterioration of your jaw bone that...

The Better To Eat With: 3 Ways To Get Kids Excited About Brushing Their Teeth

Getting kids excited about brushing their teeth can seem like an impossible dream for many parents. Children may try anything to get out of the nightly chore, but it’s not necessary to resort to begging and bribing kids to get them to take care of their dental health. Try these ideas to get your kids not only ready and willing to brush their teeth, but also happy about doing so! Offer a Reward System Always offer heaps of praise on children who brush their teeth well. This may be all the reward a very young child is seeking, but offering other rewards can help make kids want to stick to brushing their teeth regularly. You may set up a chart with each child’s name on it, then put a star sticker next to their name for each part of the dental care routine they do well each night. When a child gets 10 stars, you may then offer a reward, such as the chance to skip a chore or a small prize from a “treasure chest” of stickers or small trinkets. Make Brushing a Part of a Fun Routine While adults may daydream about living impulsively, children need routines in order to thrive. Set up a fun bedtime routine that starts with dental care and then continues with a few other activities before it’s time for sleep. Brushing, flossing, and swishing with mouthwash may be followed with story time, a small dance party with everyone in their pajamas, watching a short video online, going for a short walk, or another fun activity that all family members can enjoy together....