Sedation Dentistry

If you need a surgical procedure at a dentist’s office, then using sedation might be recommended. Some of these surgeries include root canals or wisdom teeth removal. Sedation dentistry is also appropriate for anyone who has a fear of dentists or is unable to sit still during a procedure. Children who aren’t able to remain inactive during cleanings may need sedation, and senior citizens with dementia conditions may also need sedation dentistry. Sedation at the dentist’s office typically requires the use of oral medications that you make you relax and feel drowsy. During a procedure, you are not totally aware of the process, and despite sitting in a dental chair for a long amount of time, it may only feel as if the procedure required a few minutes.



Why Would You Need a Porcelain Dental Crown?

When you visit a dental office for an examination, the dentist may find a large cavity that requires a porcelain crown. These dental restorations are also used for covering teeth that are damaged during injuries from a vehicular accident or a fall while playing sports. In addition to porcelain crowns that are made to protect damaged or infected teeth, there are full-size crowns that are made to replace missing teeth. These types of crowns are attached to dental bridges, denture supports or dental implant posts. It is also possible for an old crown to degrade, and a dentist can replace it with a new one. In the past, it could take several days to have a porcelain crown made for a tooth, but today, many dentists can order the dental restoration in the morning, and the dental laboratory will have the crown ready in the afternoon.



Holiday Healthy Teeth Tips

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What are you looking forward to most about this holiday season? Whether your favorite part of the holidays involves going to parties with families and friends, baking sweet treats for your loved ones, or exchanging gifts, it’s important to be aware of how the holidays can affect your teeth. You’re at increased risk for damaging your teeth between Thanksgiving and New Year’s thanks to festive food and drink, among other things. Here’s how you can keep your smile healthy for the holidays.



Understanding Gingivitis and Gum Diseases

Your teeth are much more important than you might think. Most of us take our smile for granted until we begin to experience problems with it. One of the most common issues that people deal with are gingivitis and gum disease. These two problems, which are the same only better or worse than the other, can cause your teeth to become loose and for your smile to go from being bright and beautiful to unsightly.


Bruxism Leads To Physical and Dental Health Problems

Bruxism involves repetitively clenching the jaw or grinding the teeth, and it can lead to an assortment of physical and dental problems that include:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Eroded dental enamel
  • Headaches
  • Loose teeth
  • Jawbone malformations
  • Temporomandibular joint dysfunction
  • Cracked teeth
  • Sores on the inner cheeks
  • Misalignment of teeth
  • Facial painnight guard
  • Damaged dental restorations
  • Irritated tongue
  • Earaches
  • Poor sleep quality

Approximately 25 percent of the population has bruxism at sometime in their lives, but some individuals have chronic bruxism.


Dental Care for Pregnant Women

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“Can I go to the dentist while I am pregnant?” This is a question we hear often at our practice. Many women wonder whether or not they can safely visit their dentist for dental treatment during pregnancy. The short answer is, “Yes, most dental treatments are safe” [notes the American Dental Association]. In fact, pregnant women are at a higher risk of developing tooth decay and gingivitis.

Did you know that poor oral health during pregnancy can contribute to “premature delivery, intrauterine growth restriction. [according to the American Dental Association]? Dental care is vital during pregnancy and is not something that should be overlooked or ignored.

While you are pregnant, you will have an higher risk of developing gingivitis and will be more likely to have tooth decay or cavities. Pregnant women experience more acid in their mouth due to morning sickness, which can lead to cavities during pregnancy. There is a tendency to have an increase in inflammation and swelling in the gums due to hormonal changes as well as plaque buildup, more likely due to easy gag reflex and hardship of the brushing and flossing of the teeth in the back of the mouth.