Whether it happens as a result of a fall, a sports-related injury, or some other form of impact, a chipped tooth can be quite painful! For some, a chipped tooth repair is a no-brainer that should be done as soon as possible, but others may be wondering “is it really that big of deal?” The short answer to this question is yes- even if it is only a small piece of the tooth that has chipped off, it is important to have it repaired quickly.
Why Is It Important?
Even if the broken tooth is not visible when you smile and is not causing any noticeable pain, the tooth has an increased risk of developing problems such as an infection that could eventually lead to a root canal or the loss of the entire tooth. The sharp edge of a chipped tooth could cut your cheek or tongue, which is why you should be extra careful when eating until you are able to see a dentist.
The type of repair done on a chipped tooth depends on a few different factors including the severity of the break (how much of the tooth is missing) and the location of the tooth (is it a canine, molar, etc). One option the dentist may choose is tooth bonding, which involves the sculpting of a bonding material that is set in place with a high-intensity light. A larger break, however, may require the use of a dental crown. As long as the root of the tooth is in tact, a crown can make a great solution for a tooth with big structural problems. Another suggestion that your dentist may offer is the use of a veneer, which can usually be applied with little to no anesthesia needed.
Thanks to these great advances in dental technology, there’s no need to panic if you chip a tooth, it’s not something you’ll have to live with forever…just be sure not to wait too long before scheduling a dental appointment! And, as always, please give us a call at 619-858-8080 or send a message to Dr. Dave if you have any questions.
Do you ever find yourself staring at the overwhelming toothpaste display wondering why there are so many choices and what the differences are? You may be stuck on the fact that toothpastes are seen in paste, gel, and powder form, or the idea that baking soda can aid in dental health. A word of advice- fluoride is your best friend! When choosing toothpaste, fluoride is the most important ingredient due to its effectiveness in preventing tooth decay, strengthening enamel, and lowering the risk of cavities. In addition to fluoride, here are some other toothpaste options that may be of interest:
Depending on personal preferences, a whitening toothpaste may be of interest. Whitening toothpastes polish teeth to create that glowing Hollywood smile everyone dreams of. Professional whitening treatments can be costly; therefore purchasing whitening toothpaste could be a money saving opportunity. If you enjoy your daily espresso, but worry about the stains that could be left on your teeth, whitening toothpastes may be a good option for you.
If you tend to experience pain when your teeth are introduced to hot or cold temperatures, then a toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth may be the right choice. These types of toothpaste contain numbing components that allow for less painful brushing. The active ingredients strontium chloride and potassium nitrate allow for the desensitizing of nerves inside of teeth. Do not be frightened by these ingredients or the idea of desensitizing your teeth because it will not harm you in any way, it simply allows you to live more comfortably. Over time, repeated use will allow for stronger teeth, allowing you to enjoy hot soup on a rainy day or an ice cold drink by the pool.
Do not be alarmed when you stumble upon toothpaste made with baking soda. The benefits of using toothpaste with baking soda include stain removal, fresher breath, and plaque removal. The abrasiveness of baking soda allows for the breaking of bacterial colonies and particles that cause stains. Toothpaste with baking soda may be a less expensive alternative to a brighter smile. If you find your gums slightly inflamed, baking soda toothpaste has been known to reverse the inflammation, leaving you more comfortable. An alternative ingredient to baking soda is hydrogen peroxide. Similar to baking soda, hydrogen peroxide is known to aid in the whitening of teeth, leaving you with another way to save money.
If you are on a budget, bargain brand toothpastes are effective, as long as they have fluoride. With proper brushing and flossing, you can still look like a movie star, even if you do not purchase expensive whitening kits. Be sure to compare the ingredients in the bargain brand to those of the more expensive toothpaste, in order to make sure you are getting what you need out of your purchase.
The last piece of advice for choosing a toothpaste is to make sure it has an American Dental Association seal of approval. This seal ensures the safety and effectiveness of the product, easing any uncertainties you may have about the ingredients or brand. If you still find yourself staring at the mind-boggling toothpaste display, do not hesitate to contact your dentist for further advice.
Growing up, did you find yourself annoyed at the constant nagging by your dentist about flossing? Did the thought of going to the dentist bring feelings of terror and nightmares about cavities and root canals? You may have thought that brushing your teeth twice a day was enough to create a luminous smile and combat cavities, but little did you know that forming the habit of flossing every day would greatly advance your dental hygiene. Flossing has many benefits beyond simply getting rid of leftover food particles between your teeth.
Have you ever been on a date with someone who you could not sit next to because of their breath? Did you feel that you were that person? You may not be aware that flossing can lower the risk of bad breath by removing food particles and plaque buildup that cause the displeasing smell. Regular flossing will leave you with healthier gums and fresher breath!
While toothbrushes are able to clean most of the tooth’s surface, flossing allows for a more in depth clean. The bristles on the toothbrush are not able to fully remove plaque built up on your gums and in between your teeth. The thin strand of floss is able to clean around your teeth and dig deeper in your gums to ensure more plaque and bacteria are removed. Neglecting to floss will let plaque build a home in your mouth, and will potentially causing you a multitude of dental problems.
If you feel like flossing takes too much time out of your morning routine, you may be a candidate for disposable floss picks. These allow you to floss on the go, giving you no excuse to skip this important step to perfect dental hygiene. Another benefit of flossing is that it assists in the prevention of gum disease. Gum disease can lead to tooth loss, so if you feel that you have formed a connection with all 32 of your teeth, you may want to add flossing to your daily routine!
Finally, flossing will save you money! If you want to avoid costly procedures such as root canals and tooth extractions, routine dental visits are crucial. These visits will go a lot smoother if you have proper routines to ensure adequate dental hygiene. Taking preventative measures will decrease the risk of gum disease and other complications, therefore saving you money on dental care in the long run. Isn’t it amazing to think that buying a dollar roll of floss could save you a significant amount of dental work?
If you do not want your childhood fears to come true, make sure you are flossing!
Although flossing may seem like a hassle, it is important to form this habit before you find yourself battling gum disease or other infections. If you begin to notice bleeding gums or any unusual pain while flossing, do not hesitate to contact your dentist for advice on how to modify your dental routine.
Most children give up pacifiers and thumb sucking on their own sometime between the ages of 2 and 4, but in some cases, parents may have to intervene to help persuade them to give up the habit.
Both habits tend to help babies relax by offering them an extra sense of security. If given the choice between thumb sucking or pacifiers, however, many dentists prefer that children have pacifiers because their use can be more easily controlled by the parents. There is also the option of orthodontic pacifiers that are designed to help reduce the risk of dental problems.
Once the baby’s teeth start to come in, the chances of dental complications increases significantly. Examples of these problems include:
- The constant sucking causes pressure that can affect jaw alignment.
- Bottom teeth can be pressed inward while upper teeth can be pushed outward.
- Bite problems such as a crossbite can develop.
Breaking the Habit
If your child does not break the thumb sucking or pacifier habit on his own, the following tips may be helpful:
- Gradually decreasing the amount of time your child uses a pacifier each day can be less traumatic than suddenly taking it away completely.
- Develop a reward system to praise your child for times when he stops sucking on his thumb or pacifier.
- If your child is turning to thumb sucking as a soothing aid when he is upset, try to find a replacement such as soothing words or a stuffed animal to hug.
If your child is having a hard time breaking his pacifier or thumb sucking habit, Dr. David Chotiner and the Coastal Dental Arts team would be happy to help do what we can to try to prevent some of the previously mentioned dental problems from occurring.
Dental implants offer a stable, long-term solution for missing teeth. They provide a much more natural feel than traditional dentures or bridges do, and they can even help stimulate healthy bone growth in the jaw.
Why should you consider a dental implant?
Even a single missing tooth can have significant effects on your smile. A missing front tooth can alter the appearance of your smile, but even if the missing tooth is in the back of your mouth, the extra space can cause other teeth to shift. If treatment is delayed for too long, bone loss can occur.
Missing teeth can also affect your speech and the way you chew. A bridge is one option for tooth replacement, however in order to do so, two adjacent teeth must be ground down and then have crowns placed over them. This is clearly not ideal for teeth that are otherwise healthy. With a dental implant, however, no modifications need to be made to other teeth. Dental implants may need minor adjustments on occasion, but they can last a lifetime if they are properly cared for.
Who is a good candidate?
Almost anyone can make a good candidate for dental implants as long as you have healthy gums and good bone structure. They tend to be a good option for patients missing multiple teeth as well. Those who might not make good candidates include individuals with ongoing dental issues such as bruxism or systemic diseases such as diabetes. Smoking can also affect your chances of being a good candidate.
Since dental implants involve surgery, the cost may be higher than other tooth replacement options such as a bridge, however some insurance companies can help cover the expense.
If you would like to learn more about dental implants, call Coastal Dental Arts at 619-858-8080 to schedule a consultation. Click Here for more information.