Most teeth can be bleached for a whiter, brighter, smile. If a patient has crowns or veneers, these will not bleach. A patient can get crowns or veneers whiter then their natural teeth and then bleach the others to match. A "yellow" tooth bleaches much easier then a "gray" or "brown" tinted tooth. Sometimes it is suggested to have your teeth cleaned and polished before bleaching since any plaque or build up on the teeth won't bleach or the tooth underneath.
Most insurances are on a calendar year for benefits. Dental offices will get very busy and full when the year end approaches. It is suggested that if you have unused dental benefits that you not wait to get in to your dentist. In some cases, patients lost their left over benefits simply because they couldn't get an appointment to be seen. Some insurances are on a benefit year and start over the same date they began. In this case check with your human resources to confirm your benefit year to ensure you don't lose out on your benefits.
If you have dentures and are in need of a repair, reline or a new set, it is a good idea to use a dentist with a lab on the premises. They don't send your denture anywhere and can fix it right on the spot. Also, you are there to try it in and confirm fit and look without having to send it back again. There are some denture labs that don't have a dentist on site. It isn't suggested to use these labs. There work isn't regulated, and is illegal.
The bones in your mouth stabilize your teeth. The upper and lower jawbone can shrink when teeth have been lost or removed. When bone shrinks and there is not enough support, surrounding teeth can become loose and dentures have a difficult time staying in place. Many problems associated with dentures such as poor fit, movement and pain are the result of bone loss. The problem is that the denture were designed to replace the mising teeth, but the missing teeth have caused the bone to shrink. Because of the effect the missing teeth have on the bone, the dentures have a hard time staying in place. This cycle is the cause of immense frustration for many denture wearers.
Advantages of posterior composite resin fillings over silver fillings: Amalgam (silver) remains an acceptable restorative material. However, composite resin fillings offer two main advantages: 1. They are bonded to the components of the tooth which may add additional strength to the tooth structure; 2. They are tooth colored and thus allow for a more aesthetic restoration.
Disadvantages of posterior composite resin fillings: 1. Posterior composite resin fillings take more time, skill, and effort to complete than amalgam (silver) restorations. Therefore, it may be neccessary for the dentist to charge a higher fee for placeing them. 2. Often after placement of composite fillings, the involved teeth may exhibit sensitivity. The sensitivity may be mild to severe. The sensitivty may last only for a short period of time or much longer. If such sensitivity is persistent or lasts for much extended periods of time, this may be a sign of a more serious problem. Composite fillings have potential for bond failure or fracture which may result in leakage and potential for rapid development of decay. At times, this may lead to exposure or trauma to underlying pulp tissue. Should the pulp not heal, which oftentimes is exhibited by extreme sensitivity or possible abcess, root canal treatment or extraction may be required.
Most insurances have a yearly maximum that renews. Sometimes it's fiscal, but most of the time it's calander. When you are close to the end of the year it is smart to use up your benefits since they don't carry over to the next year and are lost. And, usually there is an annual deductible that needs to be satisfied. Paying it at the end of the year and not using all your benefits isn't suggested. Most dental offices schedule is filled at the end of the year for these individuals that put off utilizing their benefits until the last minute. Call and schedule well ahead of time to guarentee time and money to get needed treatment done before your year is up. Some treatment can even be split between the two years to maximize treatment without going over your allowable. There just may ba another year deductible that would have to be satisfied.
* Proper care of the mouth following most dental procedures can reduce complications and spped the healing of the surgical area.
1. Protection of blood clot: maintain gentle pressure by biting on the gauze sponge that has been placed over the surgical area, or on a tea bag that has been gently moistened and wrapped in a piece of gauze. Keep steady firm pressure for 45 minutes. Repeat as often as needed.
2. Do Not Rinse: or use mouthwash for at least 24 hours. After 24 hours rinse with warm salt water ( 1/2 teaspoon table salt in 8 oz of warm water.) every 1-2 hours is recommended. ( The use of commercial mouthwash during the healing period is not encouraged.)
3. Discomfort: following dental surgery it is normal to experience some discomfort. If medication has been prescribed, take as instructed.
4. The toothbrush: may be carefully used in the area of the mouth not involved in the surgical procedures. A clean mouth heals faster.
5. Eating: adequate food and fluid intake following surgery and/or general extractions is most important. If you find that eating your regular diet is too difficult, you may supplement your diet with liquid protein shakes and/or instant breakfast.
6. Avoid: all excessive activity. Don't pick/poke at surgical area. Don't consume liquids through a straw. Avoid alcoholic beverages and refrain from smoking until healing is well established.
7. Sutures: if they were used, do not fail to return for their removal. It is only a five minute appointment that can be easily be set the day of. Typically 7-10 days after surgery.
8. Control of swelling: genly apply ice packs to area for periods of 20 minutes on, 10 minutes off. This procedure should continue for the first 24 hours only. NO Heating pads/compress.
9. Allergic reactions..for generalized rash, itching, etc. Call dentist immediately.
10. Do not hesitate to call if any q
The first layer of tissue around your teeth forms an inportant band of protective tissue called the attached gingiva. This band of tissue covers and protects the roots and the bone supporting the teeth. Recession is when there is a loss or inadequate amount of this protective tissue
When a tooth fails to come fully into the mouth and has no potential to ever do so, it is said to be "impacted". In general, impacted teeth are unable to erupt into the mouth because there is not enough room. Nine out of ten people have at least one impacted wisdom tooth.
If you have been told you have periodontal (gum) disease, you're not alone. An estimated 80 percent of American adults currently have some form of the disease. Periodontal disease is a bacterial infection of the gum tissue, the tooth's root surface and the bone around the teeth. Periodontal diseases range from swollen gums to severe bone loss. In the worst cases, this results in tooth loss. The main cause of Periodntal Disease is bacterial plaque; a sticky colorless film that constantly forms on your teeth. If this bacteria is not removed daily, it will build up and start periodontal infection. This infection is usually painless. Beyond its earliest stages, this infection needs to be treated professionally.
Dr. James L. Johnson