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Fillings used to be anything but subtle. Every time you opened your mouth, the people around you saw a flash of silver and knew you'd had a cavity. Today, tooth-colored fillings from Dr. Angela Toy of Newberg, Oregon's Arbor Hills Dental offers an effective, discreet alternative to silver amalgam fillings!
Tooth-colored fillings look just like natural enamel
Tooth-colored fillings are tinted to match common tooth shades to ensure that your smile, not your dental work, is the first thing that people notice about you. The fillings are made of composite resin, a durable material created from powdered glass and plastic.
The advantages of tooth-colored fillings
Tooth-colored fillings offer several important advantages, including:
- Less Destruction of Healthy Tooth Structure: Before the filling is placed in your tooth, your Newberg dentist must remove the decayed area and a portion of the healthy structure surrounding the cavity. The step is crucial but can also slightly weaken teeth. Tooth-colored fillings only require removal of a small amount of healthy structure, which helps your treated tooth remain strong.
- Stronger Teeth: Exposing composite resin to a curing light bonds the material to your tooth and strengthens it.
- Lower Risk of Cracks: Like any metal, silver amalgam expands and contracts when exposed to hot and cold temperatures. Eventually, constant expansion and contraction may cause a crack in your tooth. Cracks increase your risk of cavities, inflammations, and infections in your tooth pulp. Luckily, composite resin doesn't react to temperature changes, which can help reduce your risk of cracks.
- No Discoloration: Silver amalgam fillings may darken your teeth if you've had them for a while. However, discoloration isn't an issue with tooth-colored fillings. In fact, the color of your filling won't change no matter how long you've had it.
Do you think you may have a cavity? Call your Newberg, OR, dentist, Dr. Angela Toy of Arbor Hills Dental, at (503) 538-2143 to schedule an appointment today!
The American Dental Association recommends that most people schedule an appointment for a check up and professional dental cleaningevery six months in order to prevent or lower the risk of common problems like tooth decay and gum (periodontal) disease. But despite heightened awareness of the dangers of gum disease and the risks of tooth loss, many adults struggle to get to the dentist until something goes wrong. But if an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure as the old saying goes, taking the time to schedule regular dental appointments can save a significant amount of time and money in the long run in additional dental work. Dr. Reina Garcia, a family dentist in Sudbury, MA, offers general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family.
Preventive Dentistry in Sudbury, MA
Even if you brush and floss regularly, regular professional dental care is still an important part of a comprehensive oral healthcare routine. During your appointment, the dentist will check your gums for pockets, gum recession, screen for oral cancer and tooth decay, and perform a deep clean between the teeth to eliminate the plaque and tartar buildup that your toothbrush may leave behind.
The Advantages of Seeing a Family Dentist
Family dentists offer a comprehensive range of services for patients of all ages, from children to senior citizens. A family dentist offers a number of benefits for busy parents who might otherwise struggle to get everyone to the dentist for preventive care and other dental work, from saving time by treating everyone at the same practice, to familiarity with the family history that can help to predict and lower the risk of hereditary issues.
Find a Family Dentist in Sudbury, MA
For more information about preventive dentistry services for the entire family, contact Millbrook Smiles by calling (978) 443-5500 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Garcia today.
A toothache might mean you have tooth decay—or maybe not. It could also be a sign of other problems that will take a dental exam to uncover. But we can get some initial clues about the underlying cause from how much it hurts, when and for how long it hurts and where you feel the pain most.
Let's say, for instance, you have a sharp pain while consuming something cold or hot, but only for a second or two. This could indicate isolated tooth decay or a loose filling. But it could also mean your gums have receded and exposed some of the tooth's hypersensitive root surface.
While over-aggressive brushing can be the culprit, gum recession is most often caused by periodontal (gum) disease. Untreated, this bacterial infection triggered by accumulated dental plaque could eventually cause tooth and bone loss, so the sooner it's attended to the better.
On the other hand, if the pain seems to linger after encountering hot or cold foods and liquids, or you have a continuous throbbing pain, you could have advanced tooth decay that's entered the inner pulp where infected tooth nerves are reacting painfully. If so, you may need a root canal treatment to remove the diseased pulp tissue and fill the empty pulp and root canals to prevent further infection.
If you have this kind of pain, see a dentist as soon as possible, even if the pain stops. Cessation of pain may only mean the nerves have died and can no longer transmit pain; the infection, on the other hand, is still active and will continue to advance to the roots and bone.
Tooth pain could also indicate other situations: a cracked tooth, an abscess or even a sinus problem where you're feeling the pain radiating through the teeth. So whatever kind of pain you're feeling, it's your body's alarm signal that something's wrong. Promptly seeing your dentist is the best course of action for preserving your health.
If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!”
The various structures in your mouth — your teeth and gums, of course, as well as periodontal tissues that hold teeth in place within the jaw — all function together to create your smile. This includes muscles like the frenum, a fold of muscle tissue that connects the gums to the upper lip, which helps pull the lip upward when you smile.
Unfortunately, an overly large frenum could contribute to an unattractive space between your two upper front teeth. The problem occurs when the frenum grows beyond its normal range and runs between the front teeth to connect with the gums behind them at the forefront of the roof of your mouth. The resulting space that may develop can be closed with orthodontics, but unless the excess frenum tissue is addressed the space may eventually reopen.
The frenum is just one cause among many for a noticeably wide space, including bite problems (malocclusions), finger-sucking habits or missing teeth. We would, therefore, need to examine your mouth to determine the exact cause before beginning any treatment. If indeed the frenum is the source of the problem, it will be necessary to ultimately remove the excess portion through a procedure known as a frenectomy.
A frenectomy is a minor surgical procedure performed by a periodontist, oral surgeon or a general dentist with surgical training. After numbing the area with local anesthesia, the tissue behind the teeth is dissected or reduced in size with a small scalpel or a surgical laser. The wound is then closed with a few stitches; any post-surgical discomfort is usually minimal and managed with non-steroidal anti-inflammatory pain medication. The wound will completely heal within a few weeks.
Most frenectomies are performed after orthodontics to close the space. Removing it prior to tooth movement may result in scar tissue that prevents the space from closing. It’s also easier for the surgeon to gauge how much tissue to remove after space closure to avoid removing too much, which can leave a “black” triangular hole where gum tissue should normally be.
Treating an abnormally large frenum isn’t difficult, but it needs to be coordinated with orthodontic treatment for the best outcome. The end result is a smile that’s both healthy and attractive.
If you would like more information on teeth spacing problems, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Space between Front Teeth.”
Multi-platinum recording artist Janet Jackson has long been known for her dazzling smile. And yet, Jackson admitted to InStyle Magazine that her trademark smile was once a major source of insecurity. The entertainer said, “To me, I looked like the Joker!” It was only after age 30 that the pop icon came to accept her unique look.
Jackson is not alone. A study commissioned by the American Association of Orthodontists found that more than one third of U.S. adults are dissatisfied with their smile. But there’s good news—modern dentistry can correct many flaws that can keep you from loving your smile, whether you’re unhappy with the color, size, or shape of your teeth. Here are some popular treatments:
Professional teeth whitening: Sometimes a professional teeth whitening will give you the boost you need. In-office whitening can dramatically brighten your smile in just one visit.
Tooth-colored fillings: If you have silver-colored fillings on teeth that show when you smile, consider replacing them with unnoticeable tooth-colored fillings.
Dental bonding: If you have chipped, cracked, or misshapen teeth, cosmetic bonding may be the fix you’re looking for. In this procedure, tooth colored material is applied to the tooth’s surface, sculpted into the desired shape, hardened with a special light, and polished for a smooth finish.
Porcelain veneers: Dental veneers provide a natural-looking, long-lasting solution to many dental problems. These very thin shells fit over your teeth, essentially replacing your tooth enamel to give you the smile you desire.
Replacement teeth: Is a missing tooth affecting your self-confidence? There are several options for replacing missing teeth, from a removable partial denture to a traditional fixed bridge to a state-of-the-art implant-supported replacement tooth. Removable partial dentures are an inexpensive way to replace one or more missing teeth, but they are less stable than non-removable options. Dental bridges, as the name implies, span the gap where a tooth is missing by attaching an artificial tooth to the teeth on either side of the space. In this procedure, the teeth on both sides of the gap must be filed down in order to support the bridgework. Dental implants, considered the gold standard in tooth replacement technology, anchor long-lasting, lifelike replacements that function like natural teeth.
After coming to embrace her smile, Jackson asserted, “Beautiful comes in all shapes, sizes, and colors." If you don’t feel that your smile expresses the beauty you have inside, call our office to schedule a consultation. It’s possible to love your smile. We can help.
For more information, read Dear Doctor magazine article “How Your Dentist Can Help You Look Younger.”