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Dental Care: How to Care for Your Oral Health During Pregnancy

Dr. Matt Holley - Thursday, October 25, 2018

Pregnancy can be an exciting and scary time in any woman's life. Along with the anticipation of a new baby comes a whole lot of questions. These questions will usually be personal, financial, and health-care related. In particular, many women have questions about how to care for their teeth and gums during their pregnancy, particularly when suffering from morning sickness. However, there is no need to panic. By following a few simple instructions, you can safeguard your oral health.

 

Firstly, it is important to maintain your basic dental hygiene, similarly to how you would at any other point in your life. During pregnancy you are more susceptible to plaque, so it is important to brush twice a day, floss once a day, and avoid sugary foods and beverages. During pregnancy, it is also especially important to ensure that you get enough calcium in your diet; this will help to keep your teeth (and your baby) nice and strong. Dairy, broccoli, and spinach are all great sources of calcium, so be sure to include these in your diet.

 

There are also a few oral health issues to look out for during pregnancy. Pregnancy gingivitis is perhaps the one that you should be most vigilant of. Check your gums regularly for bleeding or tenderness. If you do find any issues, be sure to report them to your dentist who will be able to easily treat the issue.

 

Morning sickness can present another set of challenges for pregnant women. When suffering from this ailment, it can be tough to take adequate care of your oral health. However, there are some steps you can take to make things a little easier. If you do throw up due to morning sickness, be sure to rinse your mouth out with either mouthwash or a water and baking soda mixture. This is because the vomit that remains in your mouth may damage your tooth enamel, so you want to get rid of it as quickly as you can. It may then be best to delay brushing for an hour or two until your body has settled down. When it is time to brush, be sure to use a bland toothpaste (without any flavors) to avoid feeling nauseous.

 

Though these instructions are a great start to protecting your overall oral health during pregnancy, it is also important to continue to visit your dentist regularly so that they can monitor and treat any issues as quickly as possible.

​Sensitive Teeth - 4 Common Causes and Their Solutions

Dr. Matt Holley - Wednesday, September 05, 2018

 

An estimated one in eight people regularly suffer the pain and discomfort of sensitive teeth. Not only does this make some foods and drinks a misery to consume, but it can also lead to more serious dental problems. Painful teeth make proper oral hygiene unpleasant, and turn dental appointments into an experience to be dreaded.

 

But luckily, most cases of sensitive teeth can be treated very successfully. What you need to do depends on the underlying cause, which is usually one of four things.

 

1) Receding Gums

Your gums normally protect the sensitive parts of your teeth from direct contact and sudden changes in temperature. When your gums recede, they expose the softer dental areas, leading to over-sensitivity and pain.

 

Receding gums are often caused by brushing your teeth too hard using a worn-out or stiff brush. If your gums ever feel sore, then check with your Prattville dentist to make sure there's no other problem, but you can reduce the symptoms by switching to a new, soft-bristled brush and be a little more gentle than normal.

 

Also, receding gums can be caused by smoking, so if you're a smoker who hasn't yet quit, this is yet another reason to do so.

 

2) Gum Disease

 

Sometimes, however, gum problems go beyond just receding. Gum disease is caused by a build-up of bacteria, leading to damaging plaque, which eventually hardens into tartar. This will turn your gums swollen and bleeding, along with causing sensitivity as the delicate parts of your teeth become exposed or even infected.

 

Once gum disease has taken hold, your dentist will need to give your teeth a thorough deep-clean to remove all traces of plaque and tartar. They can then help you raise your oral hygiene game to prevent gingivitis from flaring up again.

 

3) Cavities

 

Decay doesn't always announce itself with an obvious, painful hole in your tooth. Sometimes, a tiny cavity can be enough to cause extreme sensitivity before it spreads enough to be noticeable in other ways. Regular check-ups at your dentist will help pick up these early stages of decay, and then the damage can be quickly repaired to reduce sensitivity.

 

4) Enamel Softening

 

Lastly, eating acidic foods can soften the enamel on your teeth's surface, making them weaker and more vulnerable to pressure and changes in temperature. Try and reduce the acid in your diet. For example, cut back on sodas.

 

Also, remember to rinse your mouth with water straight after eating fruit or sweet treats to dilute the acid they contain. Never brush straight after eating acidic foods, as this risks scraping the softened enamel away making the problem far worse. Allow half an hour between eating and brushing to be on the safe side.

 

Some people are more naturally prone to sensitive teeth than others, but you don't need to put up with constant discomfort. Careful dental hygiene along with regular check-up visits will see the problem reduced or even cured completely, helping you take back control of your oral care.

 

 

Dental Care: Smoking and Your Oral Health

Dr. Matt Holley - Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Smoking is bad - the vast majority of the population is very aware of this. Smoking leads to cancer, heart disease and it can even impact your oral health. Some of the oral issues that smoking causes include:

 

1.Tooth discoloration

2.Loss of bone within your jaw

3.Bad breath

4.Increased plaque and tartar build-up

5.Increased risk of gum disease, which may lead to tooth loss

 

Perhaps the most serious of these concerns is gum disease. Smoking affects the attachment between your bone and soft tissue to your teeth. This disruption contributes to making smokers much more likely to suffer from infections, such as periodontal disease.

 

It is also worth noting that cigarettes are not the only cause for concern when it comes to smoking. Pipes, cigars and even smokeless tobacco products, such as chewing tobacco can also lead to a multitude of oral health problems. It is clear to see that no matter what you smoke or how you smoke it, you are going to run into these issues.

 

The obvious solution is to quit smoking. While this is no easy task, the benefits of smoking cessation can be huge for your oral health. Studies have found that approximately eleven years after quitting smoking an individual's risk of gum disease will be comparable to that of a lifelong non-smoker.

 

If quitting entirely seems like an insurmountable task to you, it is at least worth considering cutting back your tobacco intake. Research shows that individuals who smoke less than half a pack each day will have a 50% better chance of avoiding gum disease than individuals who smoke in excess of a pack and a half every day.

 

If any further motivation were required, the American Cancer Society also presents one more vital piece of information when it comes to how smoking may impact your oral health. They note that in patients suffering from cancer of the throat, tongue, mouth, or lips about 90% of them regularly use a tobacco product.

 

Should this information give you the boost you need in order to quit smoking, your best first step is visiting a Prattville Dentist. They will be able to guide you in the right direction and prescribe any medications you may need to quit smoking for good, and begin to restore your oral health.

 

​The Surprising Truth About Wisdom Teeth

Dr. Matt Holley - Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The Surprising Truth About Wisdom Teeth

 

 

One of the most colorful terms in dentistry is "wisdom teeth," referring to the third molars that usually erupt between the ages of 17 to 25. It's easy to guess how the term came about; these teeth come in around the same time that people are finishing school and entering the world as adults, demonstrating at least a little bit of wisdom. For some people, wisdom teeth are nothing but trouble, while others have them come in without difficulty, and others seem to lack them entirely. So, when it comes to wisdom teeth, what exactly is normal?

 

Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each quadrant of the mouth. Since these teeth are typically the last to come in, when they do, there's often too little space in the mouth for them to fit neatly. So, when these wisdom teeth do erupt, they usually come in crooked and put pressure on the teeth around them. Wisdom teeth that come in improperly in this way are referred to as impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause severe pain, as well as damage other teeth around them.

 

When wisdom teeth become impacted, they must be carefully monitored and often need removal entirely. In fact, over 10 million wisdom teeth are extracted each year in the U.S., making it one of the most common dental procedures. Most people heal quickly from this extraction and can return to work within two or three days. Removing your wisdom teeth should not cause any long-term pain or complications.

 

Other people get lucky and have their wisdom teeth come in with no crowding or other difficulties. While there are typically four third molars, some people only have one, two, or three of them erupt. A smaller group may have even more teeth, called supernumerary teeth, which may cause difficulty.

 

Surprisingly, up to a third of all people have no wisdom teeth at all! If you're one of those third, you can rest easy. Lacking wisdom teeth has no ill effects on your health or chewing ability. In fact, some scientists suggest that it may be a sign that you're more highly evolved.

 

That's because experts say the lack of wisdom teeth is due to an evolutionary adaptation that occurs in some people. In the past, when human beings were primarily hunter-gatherers, they needed extra molars to help them grind and chew tough foods. At the time, the average jaw was wider, leaving more room for the teeth to come in without being impacted, and most people's wisdom teeth came in without difficulty.

 

Now, the average human jaw is much narrower, making it harder for wisdom teeth to fit in. This feature coincides with the development of the modern diet, with its softer, easier-to-digest foods. People no longer need extra molars to chew their meals, and since they can cause serious problems, the forces of natural selection may be reducing the total number of people born with wisdom teeth. Therefore, in a sense, wisdom teeth are a holdover from the past, and those who lack them are a product of human evolution.

 

Fortunately, human beings have also developed modern dentistry to go along with the modern diet. While impacted third molars would have been dangerous to humans thousands of years ago, that's no longer necessarily the case. Now that removing third molars is a safe, standard procedure, there's no need to deal with pain from them. If you're having trouble with your wisdom teeth, your dentist can help. If you don't have any third molars, don't worry: you don't need them.

 

Tooth Brushing Tips: Are You Using Your Toothbrush Ineffectively?

Dr. Matt Holley - Monday, October 30, 2017

 

Tooth Brushing Tips: Are You Using Your Toothbrush Ineffectively?


 

If you brush your teeth regularly, using toothpaste containing protective fluoride, you're likely to have good teeth. But your teeth may be less well protected than you think, depending how effectively you're brushing them. If your dentist is finding cavities, despite your efforts, this may be because you're using your toothbrush ineffectively. By adopting a logical approach and applying it systematically to every area of your teeth and gums, you can keep a handle on decay. Here are some guidelines to help.

 

1. Brush upwards from the lower gum, and downwards from the upper gum. This will sweep the sides of your teeth clean, just as a broom sweeps dust from a carpet. You'll need to almost close your jaw and stretch out your lips to reach this part of the back teeth, and pull your lips away when brushing the front area. Start each sweep at the gum, to ensure no food particles get lodged between gum and tooth, where rot and infection can quickly set in.

 

2. Brush the insides of your teeth. When you've brushed down all around the outside, do the same on the inside. This is not so easy, and you'll have to tilt the brush different ways to reach every part, so you'll need a loose wrist. As with the outsides, sweep food particles and plaque away from the gums to the tips of your teeth, from where they can be washed away.

 

3. Brush the backs of your furthest teeth. The 4 wisdom teeth at the back of your mouth may be hard to reach, but they need brushing like the rest, from gum to tip, including the backs of them, that face your tonsils and throat. To maintain effective sweeps of the brush right around this area, open your mouth wide and hold the brush loosely, tilting it at different angles, as necessary.

 

4. Brush the flat tops of your teeth - the parts you bite and chew with. This is the easiest area to reach, so keep it as a reward for all that fiddly maneuvering. Work your way systematically around both lower and upper sets of teeth, brushing at different angles to sweep out every last crumb from all the little dents and dips.

 

5. Hold the toothpaste froth in your mouth for a minute or so before rinsing out, to allow the fluoride to start taking effect. When you finally rinse your mouth out, don't rinse away every last drop of the toothpaste foam. If you can still faintly taste it, that's a good sign as it means you still have a tiny trace of fluoride left in your mouth to fend off the bacteria for a while.

 

6. Use a good toothbrush, and when the bristles start to wear down or go out of shape, exchange it for a new one. The bristles need to be straight and strong to be effective. When choosing between hard, medium and soft brushes, consider your personal needs. If your gums are swollen or liable to bleeding, a soft brush will be gentle on the damaged skin, whereas a hard one could interfere with healing. A hard brush, used with pressure, could possibly wear down your teeth's protective enamel, too, especially if it is already thin. However, you may feel the need of a hard brush for more effective brushing. If in doubt, ask your dentist for advice, or consult the online dental care sites and forums.

 

If you're brushing your teeth effectively and regularly, you're looking after them well. If you cut down on your sugar intake, you'll be protecting them even more. True, that may be easier said than done when you're passing a tempting cake stall, but an extra brushing after your sugar-drenched doughnut will help.

 

Top 5 Steps to Keeping Your Teeth Whiter for Longer

Dr. Matt Holley - Wednesday, May 17, 2017

 

Dr. Matt Holley, a Prattville dentist, doesn’t just want to restore your smile, he wants to give you information that can empower you to keep your smile brighter for longer.

 

Diet/Beverages

Food and beverages can stain your teeth, causing your smile to look dull. Even healthy foods or beverages can cause staining like, beets and carrots. You should avoid tea, coffee, red wine, for a daily consumption, and only partake in occasional use. When you drink or eat these things, be sure to not let any remanence rest on your teeth. You should brush and floss immediately afterward, including using mouthwash.

 

Tobacco Usage

It is not a secret that smoking can kill you. Sadly, that is not where it stops. It destroys your oral health as well. Tobacco of any kind, whether chewing or smoking, you are prone to get cancer, in addition, tobacco stains your teeth and causes gum diseases. It is essential to avoid smoking or chewing tobacco, and if you already are using tobacco, quit.

 

Regular Professional Cleanings

Routinely going to your dentist is so important. I cannot stress that enough. Maintenance and preventative maintenance can save your oral health. Untreated tooth decay can cause infections throughout the entire body. If you have a regular dentist, ask about scheduling routine cleanings throughout the year. Professional cleanings remove all the bacteria that gets into the grooves of your teeth that brushing cannot remove. Professional cleanings also remove plaque that builds up between visits. Consistency is key. Regular cleanings can keep your smile brighter for a longer period.

 

Professional Whitening/At Home Whitening

Teeth Whitening is a sure way to a brighter smile, and scheduling a professional whitening with your dentist at least once a year can ensure a brighter smile. However, there are a variety of whitening methods that can be used. Between home remedies and professional whitening, the safest route is professional whitening of course, and here is why. At home remedies are not monitored or rationed by a professional. Even if you purchase an at home whitening kit from your dentist, it is still best to go with a professional whitening at the dental office. It is just too easy to use to much of the whitening substance and causing sensitivity to your teeth and gums. None of the products are designed to be overused. Using more product will not make your teeth whiter, so keep that in mind. Home remedies like lemons and baking soda can do damage to your tooth enamel, as acid wreaks havoc on your smile.

 

Dental Sealants

My suggestion to you would be, that you go in to your dental office for regular checkups and routine cleanings. I would get a tooth whitening treatment or cleaning and then invest in dental sealants. Your teeth have grooves in them, and that is where bacteria get in and cannot be completely removed. It is the hardest to clean on your own, and beverages and food that stains your teeth, like coffee or tobacco, can get in those grooves as well, and the stain is deep. Dental sealants work as a protective layer on your teeth, keeping your tooth enamel strong and your teeth whiter, longer. Ask your dentist about dental sealants today.

 

 

 

 

Daily Brushing and Flossing and Fluoride usage is of course a sure way to ensure a brighter smile, and whiter teeth that will last longer. It is always good to take extra measures in caring for your oral health, and keeping a cleaner mouth, will not only keep your smile brighter, it will improve your oral health.


 

Frenectomy: We Offer It Here at Diamond Dental Solutions

Dr. Matt Holley - Sunday, April 16, 2017

 

Frenectomy or also known as frenotomy, is the removal, or alteration of Frenulum. Frenulum is a small fold of tissue found throughout the body, that is attached to an organ to keep it in place to avoid it moving about through the body (Medical Dictionary Inc., 2017). For this purpose, we will discuss Dental Frenectomy.

 

As a service that Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley provides at Diamond Dental Solutions, a Frenectomy procedure can save a patient from more discomfort and periodontal issues. A Frenectomy procedure can serve as an alternative procedure to some treatments for a periodontal issue (Medical Dictionary Inc., 2017).

 

Technological advances have enabled the dental industry to propel in altering the way we perform surgical procedures, to minimizing the trauma caused to the body from surgical procedures, to recovery time for patients, and minimizing the scar tissue that develops from most surgeries. Laser Dentistry has changed the face of general and cosmetic dentistry, bringing positive strides forward for all parties; patients and doctors. What used to be mechanical and invasive for dental surgery, can now, for many procedures, be done much more efficiently today. Laser dentistry, and soft tissue lasering has made procedures like the Frenectomy procedure an easy process (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).

 

There are a few reasons a patient may need, or even want a Frenectomy procedure versus some of the alternative oral procedures. The most common of which, would be a receding gum line or gap between the two top front teeth. To put in laymen terms, the part of your gums that folds over the base of the tooth where it emerges from the gums is not bonded or attached to anything, therefore, it is movable. Hence many complications with the varied forms of periodontal disease. However, not everyone that is a candidate for a Frenectomy procedure has periodontal disease. Patients that have a gap between their top two front teeth are also a good candidate for a Frenectomy (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).

 

The frenum in your mouth is the tissue between the top indention where the gums meet the beginning of the upper lip. That tissue can create a tension that begins to pull the protective away from the tooth. That tension can also cause a larger gap between the top two front teeth in many patients. By removing this tissue, the Frenum, the gingival margin (the gum that overlays the tooth) can be reduced. By means of the soft tissue lasering, a general or cosmetic dentist trained in laser dentistry can perform this procedure rather simply, and quickly in the dentist’s office. Patients endure minimal pain, have a faster recovery time, develop little to no scarring, and can see results far quicker than those from the traditional mechanical procedures to address these issues (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).

 

When soft tissue lasers for Dentistry were first introduced, doctors had to work quickly with the lasers in the procedures to avoid damaging the surrounding tissues from thermal temperatures. Today, dental soft tissue lasers have come a long way, and now, doctors are allotted more time for each procedure, expanding the amount of work that can be accomplished each session. Most surgical procedures can be done in one session, and in the office of the dental practice. Patients experience very little discomfort during and after the laser procedure. The Frenectomy performed by soft tissue lasering is especially held in high regard for the preferred technique. Dentists are able to get in and out in a fraction of the time it used to take doing the surgical procedure with mechanical devices and tools, and they are able to do so without causing damage to the surrounding tissue (PennWell Corporation Inc., 2017).

 

Diamond Dental Solutions provides the most up-to-date technology and procedures for their patients, enabling them to better serve you, and practice dentistry more efficiently. If you suffer from the tension caused by the frenum in your mouth, and you have a gap present, or notice a large gingival margin on your upper teeth, call us and schedule a consult today. Come and see what we can do for you.

 

 

References:

Medical Dictionary Inc. (2017). Medical Dictionary. Retrieved from http://www.medical-dictionary.com

PennWell Corporation Inc. (2017). Dentistry IQ. Retrieved from http://dentistryiq.com


 

Many Adults Don’t Know How to Properly Brush their Teeth

Dr. Matt Holley - Monday, March 27, 2017

Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley wants to remind us on the basic to good oral hygiene. The truth is, that most people do not even practice the recommended basic regimen of daily practice for one’s dental health. Many of you out there are probably thinking, “well I brush and floss twice a day, so I know I have good oral hygiene”, but that does not ensure that you do.

 

Firstly, let’s break down what exactly is the best practice for your oral health, and why you should practice these things. Health thrives in routine. Whether it is a healthy diet, work ethics, parenting, our relationships, and yes, your hygiene; all of these things thrive with success when regularly practiced. Did you know that it takes 10 consecutive days to form a new habit? It takes a lot longer to break a bad one, however, 10 consecutive days is a good start to breaking a bad habit, the trick is sticking to it, whether it is good practice or bad practice.

 

So, with routine, there are positive aspects and negative aspects. The positive aspects are obvious ones, but what are the negative aspects of routine? Well, as humans, we tend to go through the motions when we get comfortable in our routines, and not necessarily pay attention to our efficiency of action. We see signs in our relationships, the husband comes home, kisses his wife, then goes to the TV to decompress and relax. He may still be going through the motions of showing affection, but is he efficiently expressing his love? In a relationship, you have the feedback of a spouse speaking aloud and bringing your attention to things that fall in the cracks. With your oral hygiene, however; it may take longer before you receive the feedback, and it doesn’t speak as loudly until it gets serious. But, the fact of the matter, is that it is always serious. So, while routine provides the opportunity for your oral hygiene to thrive, it is essential to pay attention to your efficiency. Most of you know the recommended time for brushing your teeth, 2-3 minutes. But, how many of you actually brush for even 2 minutes? You may think you do, but I challenge you to time yourself next time; you will be surprised. At Diamond Dental Solutions, they see a plethora of general dentistry cases where patients simply are not practicing good oral health routines. The patients are going through the motions, but without fully understanding why they should be practicing these things, they lose touch with their efficiency in their practices. Did you know that if you are not flossing regularly, you most likely have bad breath? Do you know what the main culprit of that bad breath is? Rotting food. Tiny pieces of food leave trails of bacteria lingering between your teeth and gum lining that cannot necessarily be seen with the naked eye. But who needs to see it, when you can smell it? Flossing isn’t the only practice that often gets skipped over, brushing your tongue is actually very important to your overall oral hygiene. What is the purpose of brushing your teeth and flossing, if you’re not going to remove the bacteria from your tongue? Brushing your tongue promotes fresh breath because you are removing bacteria. Gingivitis and gum disease are caused by the buildup of plaque and lingering bacteria. You are addressing plaque buildup by brushing regularly, and even if you are brushing properly and efficiently, if you are not incorporating regular flossing and tongue brushing with each time you routinely brush your teeth, you are creating the opportunity for gum disease and gingivitis.

 

Let’s recap: Brushing your teeth regularly, 2-3 times a day for a minimum of 2-3 minutes each time should be a part of your regular oral hygiene routine. If you really want to practice good oral hygiene, you would brush after every snack and meal, including after chewing gum or drinking any beverage other than water.

Flossing your teeth every time you brush is also essential and plays a vital role in your oral hygiene.

Brushing your tongue and mouthwash help carry the torch of efficiency for the removal of any bad breath causing bacteria, in addition, it helps prevent gingivitis and gum disease.

Brushing your gums should never be omitted, and should be a part of your regimen of brushing your teeth. Brushing your gums as you brush your teeth, will help you reach that 3-minute goal for your routine. Remember, people see your smile first, and remember your smile after you leave the room. Why not make your smile your number one attribute?


The Repercussions of Untreated Tooth Decay

Dr. Matt Holley - Saturday, February 11, 2017

What happens when you let tooth decay go untreated?

 

Well, for one, you are going to be in a World of pain and discomfort. The simplest tasks like eating and drinking beverages will be painful. Hot or cold beverages will be out of the question. But let’s say, you let it go and accept the fact that you’re going to live in discomfort until it becomes unbearable (My Tooth, 2017).

 

What are the implications that could arise from putting off addressing the issue?

 

  • Cavities and Tooth Decay are unsightly. Yellowing and dark holes in your pearly whites tend to show when you smile. Even decay below the gums can show if it is close to the line of the gums and tooth. Even if the decay is at the back of the jaw on your, molars, when you laugh, people can see the dark spots (My Tooth, 2017).
  • Cavities and Tooth Decay can cause bad breath. Plaque and bacteria build up in our mouths daily, that is why we are on constant defense combatting build up by brushing and flossing consistently (My Tooth, 2017).
  • Medical Issues can arise from tooth decay if you let it go untreated. Even putting it off, treating it later rather than sooner can cause serious implications. Abscess, which is an infection, can cause tooth loss through extraction. This can be very costly (My Tooth, 2017).
  • Abscesses and bacterial infections can travel through your blood stream and cause a far more serious, systematic infection. This can lead to life-threatening health complications.
  • Headaches, earaches, and jaw pain can occur as a result from untreated tooth decay.
  • Believe it or not, allowing tooth decay to go untreated can actually shift the lining of your jaw and change the makeup of your facial structure. Have you ever looked at before and after photos of people with other issues that have led to tooth decay, and their after photos, their entire facial structure has altered? In many cases, this is due to untreated tooth decay and oral infections.
  • When tooth decay causes infection, the infection can move throughout your system causing other health issues that are not oral related. Pierre Fauchard, the “Father of Dentistry”, identified in the 17th century that your oral health can directly affect your overall general health. He identified the links between the two (Soratur, 2002). As infection moves through your body, you have a blood stream that is all interconnected. There have been cases when a bacterial infection from a blemish around the nose has traveled into the brain causing irreversible damage.
  • Tooth Loss has more of a long-term effect than you would think. When you lose teeth from tooth decay, gum disease sets in, and functionality of your mouth for chewing digresses dramatically. When you are unable to chew properly and chew your food small enough, your body does not break down the foods and digest them efficiently. A very uncomfortable side effect of this is GERD, or also known as Gastroesophageal reflux disease (Sharecare, Inc., 2016).
  • Scientific studies show that when you feel pain and discomforts, your concentration level is poor. You tend to sleep less, and become more distressed as time goes on. It is like the domino effect. Tooth decay is infested with bacteria in your mouth, and yes, that spreads from tooth to tooth (Sharecare, Inc., 2016).
  • Root canals are very unpleasant and can be costly. Allowing tooth decay to go untreated can lead to the deterioration of the pulp of the tooth, severe gum disease, the list goes on. Multiple dental treatments and procedures will be required to bring your oral health up to par, and a lot of extra costs too. It is best to address the problem at the first sign of sensitivity, or visual appearance.
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Prattville dentists at Diamond Dental Solutions bring you affordable dental care, so that putting off treating tooth decay or early stages of cavities is not an option. Efficient and affordable oral health care is essential in maintaining good oral hygiene. We strive to make patients feel comfortable through treatment programs as well as through the payment process. Keep your smile in good health, call for a consult today!

 

 

References:

My Tooth. (2017). My Tooth: The Ultimate Resource for Teeth. Retrieved from http://mytooth.net

Sharecare, Inc. (2016). Know Your Health: How does tooth decay affect my body? Retrieved from http://sharcare.com


Veneers: It's Possible to Have a Perfect Smile

Dr. Matt Holley - Saturday, January 07, 2017

Your smile is the first thing people notice about you; it’s the lasting impression you don’t have to work for. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if your smile was a beautiful, perfect smile? Today, your dentist can make that possible for you with affordable cosmetic dentistry by way of veneers. What exactly are veneers?

 

Well, veneers are a shell that goes over your existing tooth. They are made from two different types of material; there are porcelain veneers, and resin veneers. Either choice offers you the opportunity of a beautifully constructed smile. Covering any kind of anomalies, veneers offer you a solution to your problematic smile that can last for several years (WebMd, LLC, 2017).

 

What is the Difference Between Porcelain and Resin Veneers?

 

Porcelain Veneers are made from porcelain while resin veneers are made from resin composite materials. Veneers a permanent, and are placed over the tooth with a bonding agent. This bonding agent sticks to your existing tooth. However, in order for the veneer to look natural and not bulky, most cases, the process may require the removal of some of the surface of the existing tooth. Because the surface of your existing tooth is partially removed, take the necessary time to consider all the factors in this procedure. You should have several consultations with your dentist before beginning the process. Speak to your loved ones and family to share thoughts on the total procedure and its benefits. Once you come to feel confident in your decision, then you can proceed with the treatment plan (WebMd, LLC, 2017).

 

Once you are certain veneers are for you, it usually takes just a couple more doctor visits following your consultations. The first visit is to make the veneers specifically customized for your teeth, and the second is to apply the veneers (WebMd, LLC, 2017).

Porcelain is a thicker material than the resin composite. Because of the difference in density, resin veneers require less removal of the surface of your existing tooth. There are many patients that report little to no discomfort during this process. However, note, that the removal of some of the tooth surface may cause a little sensitivity. This generally goes away in a matter of days following the procedure (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Porcelain veneers tend to have that glistening luster that natural healthy teeth have. The resin composite material for resin veneers look great, they just don’t shine as much as porcelain veneers do (WebMd, LLC, 2017).

 

What Are Some of the Reasons to Get Veneers?

 

If your teeth are stained, veneers can help the discoloration by using a brighter color that makes your smile priceless! The same goes for yellowing teeth, veneers can give you bright white teeth. If your teeth are malformed veneers can hide the appearance of that. A great option for veneers, is the fact that you can have individual teeth done versus having to get veneers on all of your teeth. You may have just one or two teeth that do not match the rest of your teeth. You can have those two teeth covered with veneers to make a consistent, cohesive smile (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Perhaps you do not like the way your teeth look after having braces removed, you could have veneers put on your upper teeth in the front to create a beautiful smile. The options are plentiful when it comes to choosing veneers for your treatment plan in creating a perfect smile.

 

Porcelain veneers have several advantages over resin composite veneers. In addition to more luster, porcelain veneers are able can make dark, stained teeth appear much whiter (WebMd, LLC, 2017). Porcelain veneers are also more resistant to stains than resin veneers. The material is stronger, and porcelain is a material that the gums can tolerate well (WebMd, LLC, 2017).

 

Important Factors:

 

While this is a wonderful, natural looking solution for a perfect smile, veneers are irreversible. Because your existing teeth must have some of the surface partially removed for the bonding process, if you are not happy with the look of the veneers, you would not have strong or sustainable teeth if removed. Veneers can last up to ten years, and in some cases, up to twenty years. If you are having just a couple teeth covered by veneers, know that the veneers will not be able to match the color of your existing teeth exactly. There may be some difference. Once veneers are set in place, they cannot be altered, so make sure you have a good idea of possible outcomes before delving into this direction for your smile solution (WebMd, LLC, 2017).

 

Prattville dentist, Dr. Matt Holley can help you come to the best decision in your smile solution at Diamond Dental Solutions. Call for a consult today.

 

 

References:

WebMd, LLC. (2017). Web MD. Retrieved from http://webbed.com



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