Dental Hygiene And Periodontal Health
When visiting our office, we make sure that you receive the highest level of service and ensure that our dental work is of the highest quality. To ensure that you maintain great oral health, this level of quality needs to extend into your personal oral hygiene routine. We can help you begin a dental hygiene routine that keeps your teeth healthy and white. If you have any questions about your current hygiene plan, feel free to ask us.
Your teeth aren't the only part of your mouth that needs care. Your gums are essential to oral hygiene as well. Our office provides periodontal cleanings and treatment or can refer you to one of our recommended specialists. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Oral Cancer Screenings
Oral cancer screenings are an essential part of the dental visit for our patients. With the advances in modern technology, we are now able to pinpoint the start of a potential problem in its early stages. The ability to do so is extremely important in aiding us in treating any issues prior to them becoming a major and irreversible problem.
The oral cancer screening is typically performed with an ultraviolet light or similar device that allows us to see issues that can’t be detected by the human eye under usual conditions.
Certain lifestyle choices can have a great impact on the health of tissues and your overall health in the mouth. If you frequently drink or are a habitual smoker, we implore that you receive screenings regularly.
Plaque and tartar have a habit of accumulating below the gum line. In this scenario, we will clean and smooth the area with our state-of-the-art instruments to ensure that the area is completely spotless. If this area is not maintained, the gums can become irritated with the bacteria that resides in the tartar and plaque. If your gums bleed during brushing, it is very important that receive this procedure.
Root Canal (Endodontics)
Endodontics is a specialized dental field that deals with the nerves within the teeth. Root canals are most widely known in endodontics and the most notorious dental procedure. When a tooth becomes infected, it is typically related to the nerves in the root of the tooth. The infected nerves need to be removed. If it is left untreated, an infection can turn into an abscess, which is a very serious problem that includes bone loss in the jaw.
We numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic before the procedure is started. The dentist then drills down into the tooth to create an opening into the canal. The dentist then removes infected tissue and cleans the canal. After the infection has been removed, the space is sealed with a sealant called gutta percha. It is highly recommended a crown is installed after a root canal is performed. This will improve the appearance of the tooth and will also ensure the likelihood of a successful procedure.
“Root canal” has become a frightening term for many patients to hear, but the advances in dental technology along with the benefits of the procedure have made it much less “scary.” Local anesthetics and proper pain medication allow the procedure to be performed with hardly any pain at all. Some soreness may be present following the procedure, but that is normal for most dental procedures. Over-the-counter painkillers are usually sufficient to relieve any irritation afterwards, but your dentist may prescribe medication, depending on your circumstance. The procedure will also relieve you from pain caused by the infection, allowing you to enjoy eating the food you love without pain due to heat, cold, or biting too hard. If you are experiencing pain, consult your dentist today.
It is important to follow instructions after you receive an operation to ensure proper healing and to avoid any problems. As a general rule in dentistry, you should always wait two hours after surgery before eating to let the anesthesia wear off. Trying to eat before this could result in soft tissue damage due to the inability to feel the whole of your mouth. The instructions found below are guidelines. After your surgery, the doctor or dental assistant will give you detailed instructions on how to properly recover from your specific surgery.
Root Canal Therapy
It's normal to expect soreness after a root canal procedure for a few days. You should avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the procedure was performed so as not to irritate the area and to ensure that the temporary restorative material sets properly. You will also need to take antibiotics to get rid of any remaining infection in your tooth. If you notice an increasing amount of pain or tenderness, a reaction to the medication or the loss of the temporary restoration (filling), call your dentist immediately.
Crowns and Bridges
Before you receive your permanent crown or bridge, you will first receive a temporary restoration. The temporary crowns/bridges aren't as strong as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing or else it may be dislodged. The same goes for eating. Avoid eating sticky or chewy foods while you have a temporary crown or bridge.
There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the crown or bridge is placed. This is normal and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt-water rinse will help and taking Advil or Tylenol is advisable if the pain does not subside.
When the permanent crown or bridge is placed, it may feel a little strange for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel natural in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, please let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.
White Fillings And Bonding
After the anesthesia wears off, your teeth will likely be sensitive. You should avoid hot and cold food or drink for the next few days. After that initial period, your treated teeth will feel pain-free and natural again. Continue your normal hygiene plan to make sure your fillings last a long time.
Scaling and Root Planing
After this procedure, your gums will probably be slightly sore and irritated for a few days. You should rinse your mouth with warm salt water (1 tsp salt/8 oz water) two or three times a day. Doing so will relieve the pain and keep the area clean. Brushing and flossing should be continued right after the procedure, but you should do so gently so that you do not further irritate the area. If you experience any swelling or stiffness in the area, place a cold compress on the area and take some pain relieving medication. Avoid any hard or chewy foods for two or three days after the surgery to ensure the area heals correctly. If you are still feeling pain or swelling after a few days, contact your dentist.
Before you receive your permanent veneer, you will first receive a temporary version. This is not as sturdy as the permanent version, so you should be careful when cleaning and eating. You should brush the area gently and should not pull up on the tooth when flossing due to the possibility of dislodging it. The same goes for eating. You should avoid sticky or chewy foods while you have the temporary set in place.
There may be some sensitivity and irritation after the temporary or permanent veneer is placed. This irritation is expected and will subside after the soft tissue heals. A warm salt water rinse will help, and you can also take Advil or Tylenol to help.
When the veneer is placed, it may feel a little strange for a few days. Your mouth needs to adjust to the new tooth, and it should feel natural in less than a week. If your bite feels abnormal in any way, please let your dentist know. Caring for your bridge or crown is just like caring for your own teeth. You should brush and floss regularly.
After the surgery, you will need to rest. Due to the anesthesia, you'll need to be driven home by a friend or family member. You should expect the extraction site to bleed for a little while after the surgery. Gauze will be applied at the completion of the surgery, and you will need to change it regularly when the gauze becomes soaked. If bleeding continues for longer than 24 hours, you should call your dentist right away. Rest when you return home, but do not lie flat. This could prolong the bleeding. Prop your head up on a pillow when lying down. You will be prescribed pain medication, so if you become sore, take it as directed. An ice pack is also advisable. Your dentist might also provide you with a cleaning solution to clean the extraction site.
You will be limited to soft foods for a few days after your surgery. Some recommended foods are:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Ice Cream
- Thin Soups