Below you will find a wealth of information regarding common
dental questions. If you should have any additional questions
regarding these topics, please contact our office.
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disease is characterized by bone loss around your teeth. Bone loss
and gum irritation is caused by bacteria that collect within the
sulcus of teeth (v-shaped space between the gum tissue and tooth).
Once bone loss occurs, it does not grow back; therefore it is of
great importance to stop bone loss before it starts. Regular
cleanings at our dental office as well as flossing and brushing
daily help prevent gum disease and bone loss around teeth. See below
website for more information.
affects millions of people every year. Whether you have Type I or
Type II diabetes, it is important to realize your oral health
affects your diabetes. Uncontrolled diabetes or inattention to oral
care can have severe consequences. It is of great importance to
realize oral care and diabetes must stay under control. See the
below website for more information. http://www.perio.org/consumer/mbc.diabetes.htm
disease affects millions of people nation wide. New studies have
shown possible links between gum disease and heart disease. Bacteria
in your mouth can travel through your blood stream and affect not
only your heart, but body and overall health. This is why it is of
extreme importance to keep your mouth healthy and infection free.
See below website for more information.
office utilizes up-to-date techniques to ensure your protection. A
rigorous process is employed for cleaning and sterilizing that
observes the highest quality standards.
constitutes a Dental Emergency?
- Tooth Avulsion - (tooth knocked out, but still in one piece)
- Place your tooth in a glass of milk or keep tooth under your
- Call or have someone call our office for emergency contact
- Extreme pain and/or swelling.
- Either from a broken tooth, cracked tooth or infected area.
- It is important to keep swelling to a minimum so if swelling
is present, call our office immediately.
- Jaw Popping/Clicking upon opening and closing your mouth may
be a predecessor to TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder). This
should be evaluated by your dentist. In some cases a TMD
specialist may be recommended.
- Grinding (bruxism) - a frequent cause of headaches and tooth
pain, grinding your teeth may lead to TMD and excessive tooth
wear. Many patients grind their teeth at night and are not aware
they do so. Patterns of grinding and wear on teeth can be
identified by your dentist. To treat this, a night guard may be
recommended and an evaluation from your dentist is needed.
- Dental cavities (decay) are caused by acid-producing bacteria
that collect on teeth. If acid producing bacteria is not removed
from the teeth (by brushing properly and flossing regularly), the
bacteria sticks and multiplies, causing a cavity. Regular
cleanings and good oral care at home can help prevent cavities
from developing. For many patients, from children to young adults,
sealants and fluoride treatments are important to prevent decay.
- Depending on the extent of decay, teeth may be restored
(filled) with a white (composite), silver (amalgam) filling, or a
crown. If the cavity is too large, in some cases the tooth may
need to be extracted.
- It is important to remove the cavity and restore the tooth to
proper function as soon as possible so as not to allow the cavity
to continue to grow.
- Each of your teeth have root canals within them that house the
tooth's nerve. When a tooth nerve becomes diseased, it is
necessary to remove the nerve from the canal and meticulously
clean, shape and fill the canal so that bacteria and infection may
- When nerves of teeth are diseased, constant pain and swelling
may be present. Extreme or lingering sensitivity to hot, cold, or
biting may also occur. At times a "pimple" may form on the gum or
the patient may get a bad taste in their mouth. It is important if
you are experiencing any of these symptoms to call our office for
an appointment to evaluate the area.
- During root canal treatment a rubber dam is used to isolate
the tooth during the procedure and keep the area sterile.
- After a root canal treatment, a crown (cap) may be needed to
protect the tooth. The nerve of the tooth is about 90% water. When
the nerve is removed, most water within the tooth is removed
making the tooth very brittle and more subject to fracture. A
crown will surround the brittle tooth and protect it from
fracture. This is especially important on back teeth as they are
essential to chewing.
may be sensitive for a number of reasons. Many patients complain of
sensitivity when brushing and/or may have some brief sensitivity to
cold. Reasons for this may be:
- Gum recession - gum tissue may recede over
time due to brushing too hard, tooth reaction to orthodontic
movement, or, for many adults, simply a result of the normal aging
process. When gums recede they expose part of the tooth that is
actually the root of the tooth. The root of the tooth is much more
sensitive in the mouth and may react to cold with a quick
sensation. Sensitivity due to root exposure tends to come and go
in phases. To reduce sensitivity, patients may want to try
SensodyneTM toothpaste for a short period of time (2-3
weeks) to see if this helps. If sensitivity continues or the tooth
begins to ache, it is advised that the patient make an appointment
to evaluate the affected area. In some cases a fluoride treatment
or a filling may be appropriate to treat the sensitivity, but
proper evaluation is necessary.
- Bleaching - Sensitivity is the most common
side effect of bleaching. This sensitivity is temporary and will
subside after bleaching is stopped. If needed, adjust the
frequency of bleaching to help decrease sensitivity. For example -
for NiteWhiteTM - bleach every other night or every 3rd
night to help decrease sensitivity, For Day WhiteTM - bleach once a day or once every other day to help decrease
- Cracked tooth or filling - Many times cracks
cannot be seen visibly in affected teeth. If a tooth is cracked,
the first symptom noticed by the patient may be sensitivity to
cold and/or chewing. It is important for our office evaluate the
sensitive area with an exam to ensure proper treatment. It is
recommended an appointment be made to do so.
- Tooth sensitivity that does not subside over
time or "lingers" long after cold is removed may be indicative of
pulpal (nerve of the tooth) involvement. An appointment is
recommended to evaluate the area for a possible root canal
- It is important to distinguish between slight
cold sensitivity that does not linger and extreme cold sensitivity
that causes a lingering throbbing sensation after the cold is
removed. If you are experiencing a lingering throbbing sensation
to cold, hot or chewing, it is advised to schedule an evaluation
of the affected area. Please call our office to do so.
an unpleasant topic that no one likes to talk about, but it happens
to many people. Bad breath can be caused by:
- What you eat - certain foods like garlic and
onions may contribute to bad breath.
- If you don't brush/floss regularly - Small
particles of food will remain in and between your teeth and on
your tongue that will cause bad breath. This is a good reason to
brush and floss regularly
- Dry mouth - Lack of saliva to help clean food
off teeth can lead to xerostomia (dry mouth) and contribute to bad
breath. Some medications may cause dry mouth. Over the counter
options are available. Ask our office about it.
- Tobacco products - Lets face it, tobacco
products are not good for your health, your mouth, or your breath.
If you are thinking of quitting, now is a great time! Oral cancer
information related to tobacco use is available on the American
Dental Association website: http://www.ada.org/3016.aspx?currentTab=1
|Do You See Children at your
see many children at our office! It is our goal to provide excellent
dental care for the entire family. We love seeing children, however
there are some cases when it is best to involve a pediatric dentist.
Should this be the case, we can recommend specialists and help
arrange for your child to see one of them.
sealants (or pit and fissure sealants) are professionally applied by
the dentist or hygienist and form a protective coating on the biting
surface of back teeth to help prevent cavities. Sealants provide a
physical barrier so that cavity-causing bacteria cannot invade the
pits and fissures (grooves) on the chewing surfaces of teeth.
is an important factor in dental health. Fluoride is found in most
of our tap water, however, with the increasing trend of drinking
bottled water, many of us are not getting enough fluoride to help
keep our teeth strong. Fluoride is particularly important to the
oral health of growing children as it has cavity fighting ability.
Usually we recommend fluoride treatments for children, and sometimes
for adults, to prevent cavities.
|What is Nitrous Oxide?
- Nitrous Oxide ("laughing gas") is available at our office and
can be used to help decrease patient anxiety. It is administered
while the patient is in the chair and is cleared from the patient's system prior to leaving the office.
- Nitrous Oxide is a safe method for helping to decrease patient
anxiety. All members of our clinical team are trained in the use
of Nitrous Oxide and are certified by the State of Texas. Ask us