Having trouble distinguishing between cosmetic dentistry and reconstructive dentistry? Many dental procedures can be done for either reasons, or sometimes both. Cosmetic dental procedures improve the look of your teeth and enhance your smile. Typically insurance companies will not cover purely cosmetic procedures. Restorative dentistry restores function to damaged or genetically defective teeth. Many restorative procedures are desired for aesthetic reason, but are covered by insurance because they are considered medically necessary. Some cosmetic procedures include teeth whitening, teeth contouring, and porcelain veneers. Reconstructive procedures include dental implants, root canels, and gum disease treatment. It is always important to remember that beauty depends on good health. If your teeth and gums are unhealthy, restoring dental health will usually improve dental beauty. If you would like any more information on any of the procedures or insurance coverage questions, consult your Dentist. For Your Dental Health, I’m Dr. Richard Caron.
At times physicians and dentists recommend patients take antibiotics before certain dental procedures. This is called antibiotic prophylaxis. But why do healthcare providers suggest this extra step? We all have bacteria in our mouths, and a number of dental treatments can allow bacteria to enter the bloodstream. For most of us, this isn’t a problem; however patients with heart conditions should be more cautious. The American Heart Association has guidelines identifying people who should take antibiotics prior to dental care. The list includes people with: Artificial heart valves, heart transplant, unrepaired cyanotic congenital heart disease, and people with palliative shunts. If you have any questions regarding premedication before a dental procedure consult your dentist, For your dental health, I’m Dr. John Kenney.
Gum disease prevention is closely linked to Vitamin C. Vitamin C is required for the development of collagen, a structural protein that strengthens tissues like our gums. Our gums are regularly exposed to harmful bacteria. Infection and disease in the gums is much more likely if your Vitamin C intake is not optimal. It is very important to take care of your gums by brushing and flossing on a regular basis and by using mouthwashes. A great way to take care of your gums is by increasing your Vitamin C intake. If you experience bleeding gums regularly and feel like your teeth maybe getting longer, that’s a sign that your gums are receding. Vitamin C can greatly increase the health of your gums. Consult your dentist if you’re concerned about the health of your gums. For Your Dental Health, I’m Dr. Richard Caron.
Root canal treatment is necessary when the pulp (soft tissue inside your teeth containing blood vessels, nerves and connective tissue) becomes inflamed or diseased. During root canal treatment, your dentist or endodontist (a dentist who specializes in treating the insides of teeth) removes the diseased pulp. The pulp chamber and root canal(s) of the tooth are then cleaned and sealed. If the infected pulp is not removed, pain and swelling can result, and your tooth may have to be removed.
Causes of an infected pulp could include:
• a deep cavity
• repeated dental procedures
• a cracked or broken tooth
• injury to the tooth (even if there’s not a visible crack or chip)
If you continue to care for your teeth and gums your restored tooth could last a lifetime. However, regular checkups are necessary; a tooth without its nerve can still develop cavities or gum disease. Most of the time, a root canal is a relatively simple procedure with little or no discomfort involving one to three visits. Best of all, it can save your tooth and your smile
Conservative Dental Care is focused on preserving as much of your natural tooth and gum structure as possible. New minimally invasive dental techniques enable us to skillfully and accurately perform the necessary work on teeth and gums while being less invasive. Here are some examples: Laser Dentistry, uses state of the art water laser technology that can treat cavities, gums, abnormalities, and can perform a root canal. Durathin Veneers, are as thin as contact lenses and adhere directly to your teeth without any drilling, grinding, or shaving. Bonding is the thin tooth-colored material that is applied to the surface of the tooth. It can cover discoloration, repair chips, and close gaps between teeth. Six Month Orthodontics is able to discreetly straighten crooked teeth in six months or less and are ideal for most adults. For Your Dental Health, I’m Dr. Richard Caron.
Periodontal disease is a common infection around your tooth affecting your gums. There are many risk factors, including tobacco use, medications, hormone fluctuations and genetics. A deep cleaning and consultation with your dentist can help correct this problem.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome is a real problem for many people but can be hard to diagnose. Watch this video to learn about the 3 phases of Cracked Tooth Syndrome.