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5 Reasons Dentists Must Take X-Rays

5 Reasons Dentists Must Take X-Rays

When a dentist needs more than a superficial analysis provided by an oral examination of your mouth, we utilize X-rays to check the teeth, bones, and tissues, along with the upper and lower jaw. This procedure can help the practitioner discover minor problems ahead of time, before they get a chance to develop into something severe. The American Dental Association advocates dental X-rays are a useful diagnostic tool when helping the dentist detect damages and diseases.

Dentists must employ X-rays for conditions including:

  1. Looking for decay between teeth – Generally the Bitewing X-ray is employed to uncover the proximity of the upper and lower posterior teeth, and to verify if decomposition is present.
  2. Checking for bone loss – A Periapical X-ray can show us where gingivitis and the advance cases of periodontal diseases such as pyorrhea have formed, which result in swollen infected pus pockets of the gum, as well as the deterioration of the bones supporting the teeth.
  3. Searching for decay under existing fillings – Although the Bitewing X-ray is normally used for spotting decay between teeth, it has its limitation, it is used mostly for exterior purposes. For detecting dental caries beneath current fillings, a laser florescent cavity wand is needed in conjunction with the Bitewing process. This device emits a pulsating laser light that reverberates off the tooth, producing a transparent florescent aspect to the enamel, which exposes the affected area.
  4. Looking for infection at the tip of your tooth root – Just like the Periapical X-ray, the Panoramic X-ray recognizes abnormalities of entities connected with oral health including abscesses, which can lead to Pulpitis, a pathological state within the soft inner area of the tooth. This disease is initiated by inflammation of the interior chamber of the tooth that spreads to the root tip embedded in the jaw.
  5. Examining area before procedures – such as braces, implants and tooth removal – The Panoramic X-ray is often used to take a picture of every angle of the jawbone. This medical apparatus revolves completely around the head; this helps us see if there are any problems before placing implants, braces or removing a tooth.

The X-ray is usually combined with a Computer Tomography scanner, also known as a CT scan. This instrument scans the density of the jawbone and the oral tissues. It then uses a computer to constructs a sequence of the cross-sections of the scan to create three-dimensional imagery. From these pictures, we can discern the health of the gums and make a decision on what are the best options for the patient.

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5 Reasons to Choose Village Dental

5 Reasons to Choose Village Dental

Village Dental Offers Family Dentistry in Salt Lake City, Utah

Looking for a new dentist can be stressful. You want to know that the professional you choose will not only be the best in the field, but will offer the full range of service for every type of patient in your family. Small children, for instance, need a dentist able to not only handle their dental needs but work gently with them so that they become comfortable during dental visits and never fear going to the dentist. Some adults, for that matter, are very uncomfortable with dental visits and it’s important for your overall health to make certain that your oral hygiene is always on track.

5 Reasons to Choose Village Dental to Care for Your Family’s Smiles

Highly Trained, Friendly Dental Staff

village-dental-salt-lake-city-dentistVillage Dental’s staff is highly trained. The excellent receptionist can assist with all of your appointments, making your visits comfortable and convenient. Village Dental’s hygienists and dental assistants are seasoned professionals who treat you with the care you deserve. At Village Dental, dentists and staff regularly participate in ongoing education events, such as conferences and lectures to stay up-to-date on the latest technology and newest procedures.

State of the Art Dental Facility

Built in 2015, Village Dental offers the latest in dental care in a convenient location. Dental patients were the primary concern from the beginning. That’s why the facility is equipped with a children’s waiting area complete with toys and activities, large parking area, and the finest equipment in each of the dental exam rooms.

Environmentally Friendly

Village Dental believes in environmentally friendly alternatives. You can expect the convenience of email and text reminders to keep you up to date on your next scheduled appointments.

Free Teeth Whitening For Life

utah dentist specialWhile striving to maintain healthy oral care for patients, Village Dental believes that a large part of the reason most people see a dentist is because they want an attractive, bright smile. They offer free teeth whitening treatments for regular patients to go along with their scheduled appointments because when your teeth look their best, you’ll smile more often and feel a lot better, too.

Personalized Dental Care

Each individual person is different. Your comfort level with dental work as well as your oral needs are not going to be exactly like another person. Patients are treated based on their individual needs to keep their teeth and gums as healthy as possible for the duration of their lives. Care might be as simple as bi-yearly cleanings and the occasional filling. For some, it might include restorative and cosmetic dentistry. For those who need long term procedures, Village Dental takes time to develop a plan of action with the patient so that they are the most comfortable with the procedures and know what to expect with their results. Whether your smile needs a complete overhaul, or you just need a dentist you can trust for regular cleanings and check ups, Village Dental offers care you can trust.

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5 Ways to Prepare Young Children for a Dental Exam

5 Ways to Prepare Young Children for a Dental Exam

Your toddler’s first dental exam will be full of new experiences and can seem like a stressful, scary event in their eyes; but it’s also the perfect opportunity to begin to teach your child good oral hygiene habits and good associations with the dentist. When making the first appointment decide whether to take your toddler to a family dentist or a pediatric dentist.

Pediatric dentists specialize in working with small children and toddlers.

Pediatric dentist have offices and equipment that cater to children. Pediatric dentists also have a soothing bedside manner that will make your toddler feel safe and calm. Once you’ve made the appointment you should prepare your toddler. Here is a guide on preparing your child for their first dental exam:

Read Kid Friendly Dental Books to Your Child
Books are an easy way to get your toddler used to the idea of going to the dentist and having someone look in their mouth. When choosing a book make sure to read it first to make sure the book talks about dental exams in a positive, gentle way. Books let your toddler know what to expect at the dental exam. Going to the dentist is much less scary when you know what’s going to happen.

Here is a list of great books to get you started:

Provide Positive Explanations About What’s Going to Happen at the Dentist

Talk to your toddler about what’s going to happen at the dentist in a positive, easy to understand way. You don’t need to tell him or her every detail. Your pediatric dentist will walk your toddler through the details step by step during the exam. You simply tell your child the dentist is going to look at their teeth and clean them to keep them healthy. You don’t need to tell your toddler how the dentist will clean their teeth or explain how going to the dentist treats tooth decay.

It will also help to tell your toddler that everyone in the family goes to the dentist. Tell your toddler about how their parents, siblings, grandparents, aunts, and uncles go to the dentist. If you can, schedule the family’s dental exams the day before and bring your toddler so your child will see first-hand that going to the dentist is a normal part of everyone’s life.

Listen and Answer

Give your child an opportunity to voice their fears. To a toddler, having a strange person poke around their mouth with instruments is scary. Even adults are scared of dentists so it’s important to listen to your child’s fears and reassure them. If your toddler has misunderstandings about the dentist you can clear those up. Your toddler may also have a lot of questions through curiosity.

Get the Timing Right

The last thing you want is a fussy, cranky toddler at the dental exam. The child will perceive the exam as negative if they are already irritated from a long day. The calmer your child, the more cooperative they will be and the more positive the exam will be overall. Schedule the dental exam first thing in the morning or after your child’s afternoon nap.

Minimize Distractions

Minimize distractions during the exam as much as possible for both you and your child. If you have other children that have their appointments the same day, have them wait in the waiting room with another adult. If you can, schedule their appointments for different days. Focusing on your toddler’s first exam will help decrease stress for both you and your child. It’s also helpful to have another adult in the dental exam room with you and your child. This gives you the opportunity to discuss dental health issues with the dentist while the other adult keeps your baby calm.

This guide will help you and your toddler have a positive first dental exam. If you need more information or tips, contact Village Dental in Salt Lake City for a pediatric dental appointment today.

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Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider… and Dentist

Paul Revere: The Midnight Rider… and Dentist

As children, we learn of the legendary midnight ride of Paul Revere, who warned the colonists of Concord of approaching British troops. However, we seldom hear about Paul Revere’s other major accomplishments. In fact, Paul Revere worked as a silversmith, general blacksmith, and even a dentist in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. While these facts often escape our imaginations and memories in society, the most interesting facts remain Paul Revere’s significant contributions to the field of dentistry.

How Did Paul Revere Become a Dentist?

In colonial times, few occupations held long-standing success and protection from financial hardships, especially with the growing concerns over “no taxation without representation.” In the 1760s, English Dental Surgeon, John Baker arrived in the colonies with the intention of introducing the colonists to a healthier standard of dental hygiene. Paul Revere saw the surgeon’s arrival as an opportunity to expand his work repertoire, and soon, he began studying dentistry under Baker’s direction. Baker taught Revere how to create and insert false teeth.

Paul Revere Fashions Denture Teeth for the Colonists

In 1768, Revere began performing dental work in his own shop for the colonists. However, Paul Revere began to notice problems with artificial teeth, commonly carved out of ivory, when it came to placing the teeth. Legend goes that Paul Revere also created a set of wooden dentures for George Washington, but no evidence has ever been found to support this notion. Paul Revere did, however, use his silversmith and copper-smith skills to effectively wire artificial teeth into his patients’ mouths as well as several artificial, ivory sets of teeth for George Washington.

In 1768, Paul Revere used his skills as a copper-smith to create a printing copper-plate for the Boston Gazette to promote his new dental practice. The field of dentistry had been so new that many newspapers did not feel any advertisement for dentistry was worth wasting a copper-plate on. Therefore, Paul Revere took the risk of creating the plate himself. Famously, the story exclaimed, “Paul Revere can fix [teeth] as well as any surgeon dentist who came from London. He fixes them in such a manner that they are not only an ornament, but of real use in speaking and eating.” Previously, false teeth were used as simply a way to appear normal to others, but rarely, did the artificial teeth have any real use beyond appearance.

Paul Revere Becomes the First Forensic Dentist

Today, forensic experts use dental imprints and records to identify bodies when other means of visible identification have failed, especially if the body has decomposed or otherwise been altered. In 1776, Paul Revere became the first forensic dentist without even knowing it. A friend, who had been killed in the Battle of Bunker Hill, had been buried without identification or notifying his family members. Nine months following the battle, Paul Revere identified Joseph Warren’s body by correctly identifying the wiring in the body’s mouth as belonging to that of Joseph Warren. Ironically, the notion of using dental records and information may not have progressed to its common use today if Paul Revere had not been both a silversmith and dentist.

Salt Lake City, Utah Dentist

At Village Dental, we understand the long history and value of dentistry in America. Paul Revere transformed an ornamental industry into something all the colonists could use. He saw outside of the existing dentistry box with his use of wiring to insert teeth and ability to identify his friend by reviewing his teeth. In America, we have a long-standing tradition of honoring our founding fathers. While the Revolutionary War may have taken an even greater toll without Paul Revere’s Midnight Ride, he brought dentistry to the forefront of colonial concerns.

If you’d like to learn more about your teeth or find out if you need any dental work completed, contact Village Dental, located conveniently in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

A Guide to Cosmetic Dentistry Options

Why Live with a Smile You Do Not Like?

Do you smile broadly when someone takes your photograph or do you try to hide your teeth?  Does your smile project the image that you want or do you cringe every time you see it? With so many modern advances in cosmetic dentistry, there is no reason to live with a smile you hate. No matter the problem, we have a solution that will have you smiling in no time.

Whitening

Teeth can become stained due to soda, tea, and coffee consumption as well as lifestyle choices such as smoking. Teeth whitening is a simple procedure that can vastly improve the look of your smile. Non-bleaching products contain ingredients that work at the surface level only through a physical or chemical process to brighten teeth.

Bonding

Dental bonding is perfect to make small cosmetic repairs or changes to teeth.  If a tooth is chipped or cracked, oddly shaped, or too small, dental bonding can be used to make the shape of the tooth more regular.  An advantage to bonding over crowns and veneers is that it can generally be done in a single office visit and the process removes less enamel.

Enamel shaping

Enamel shaping is a quick, inexpensive way to repair a rough spot on a tooth or make a minor correction. Sometimes this procedure is called re-contouring.  The dentist uses the very same tools employed for a routine cleaning to remove a very small amount of enamel from the affected area, thus removing the rough spot and making a smoother tooth surface.

Veneers

A dental veneer is a custom made, extremely thin covering for a tooth made from porcelain or resin composite materials.  The veneer is bonded to the tooth for a number of reasons:

  • To hide discolored teeth. There are some stains and discolorations that cannot be improved through teeth whitening.
  • To cover extraordinary tooth wear, possibly from grinding the teeth.
  • To close the gap between teeth that have too much space between them.

A veneer usually requires several trips to the Salt Lake City dentist to plan the course of treatment and to make and apply the veneers.

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Crowns and bridgework

Sometimes a tooth can crack. This might be the result of a sports injury or biting down on a hard substance such as ice or a popcorn kernel. A skilled dental professional may be able to help you avoid extraction of the cracked tooth with a crown and/or supporting bridgework.

Crowns:

A crown is a tooth shaped cap that fully covers the visible part of the tooth.  While this is commonly done to prevent a tooth from cracking below the gum line thus require extraction, crowns also can be used to restore a broken tooth, cover badly misshapen teeth, to cover a dental implant, or to make a cosmetic modification.

Bridgework:

In the case that a tooth has to be extracted, the empty space can be filled with a porcelain tooth connected to a bridge.  A bridge is a dental appliance that connects to the surrounding teeth, which are called abutment teeth, and holds the false tooth in place.

With proper, routine care, a dental bridge can be expected to last 5 to 15 years or even longer.

Dental Implants

A dental implant is an artificial tooth that is actually anchored into the mouth to fill the gap left by a missing tooth.  An implant may be endosteal or subperiosteal.  An endosteal implant uses various types of screws placed surgically in the jawbone.  Each implant can hold one or more teeth.  A subperiosteal implant is placed on top of the jaw with the posts coming through the gums. These implants are best for those who are unable to wear conventional dentures.

Gum contouring

Also called gum reshaping or tissue sculpting, gum contouring is used to even out a jagged gum line. Gums may cover too much of your tooth due to your genetic make-up or perhaps they have receded leaving your teeth vulnerable to gum disease and tooth loss.

Cosmetic Dentistry Salt Lake City

Why live with a smile you don’t like?  Contact Village Dental to discuss the cosmetic dentistry procedures that will make the most of your toothy grin.

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Early Tooth Loss in Children

Early Tooth Loss in Children

What to do if Your Children Begin Losing Primary Teeth Early

Parents are often left with a conundrum once their children begin losing their teeth. When the tooth fairy gives your child the idea their mouth has become a money pit, a parent should take note if a primary tooth is lost before it’s ready. A major issue with a baby tooth being lost too early is that it can cause problems if action isn’t taken to preserve the space where the tooth was. With many of these issues depending on the child’s stage of dental development, it can cause impaction or misalignment of the incoming permanent teeth if the mouth isn’t ready. Although baby teeth seem transitional, these teeth provide:

  • Chewing with the teeth help your child’s jaw bones develop and grow properly.
  • For proper language and speech, teeth are necessary for development.
  • Baby teeth are important for well-being and self-esteem.

Normal Age and Order of Tooth Loss in Children

As each child has their own internal clock regarding when their baby teeth and adult teeth develop, there’s a few general ages when the processes begin taking place. By the time the child reaches two to two and a half years, all of its baby teeth should have erupted into the mouth with teeth beginning to come in at six months old. By the time the child reaches twelve, all of the baby teeth should have fallen out and the permanent teeth have replaced them. A healthy time frame to expect teeth falling out is between four and eight, but the average child begins to lose these teeth around age six.

Why Do Kids Lose Teeth Prematurely?

Children lose baby teeth early for many reasons, including but not limited to:Normal Age and Order of Tooth Loss in Children

  • Immunity Problems
  • Dental/Periodontal Disease
  • Blood Disease
  • Traumatic Experiences
  • Diabetes/Metabolic Disorders

Dental Space Maintainers

To avoid future complications with speech or development after a child loses baby their teeth, it may be necessary to fill the space that the baby teeth once occupied. If you feel as if the missing baby tooth can present problems, a dentist may apply space retainers to fill spots that could take some time to be filled with a permanent tooth. You can have removable space retainers applied, but if the permanent tooth is on its way to erupt… the spacers may not be needed. A space retainer may be needed if space is an important issue or the child is in need of braces. What’s great about space maintainers is that they can be custom made by an orthodontist or dentist. Although they keep space in the mouth until the permanent teeth come in, they still require upkeep and cleaning because they can still trap debris and food which results in gum irritation or cavities to the surrounding teeth.

Response to Traumatic Loss of Tooth?

If your child happens to lose a tooth that is permanent, there’s still hope it can be replaced. The best approach is to stay calm and control any bleeding that may be taking place. If you can find the tooth, place it in milk or saline solution to keep it alive until you can receive attention from a doctor if the injury is severe enough. Once possible, schedule an appointment with a dentist to get the tooth back where it belongs. Since the tooth is important if it happens to be permanent, rinse it off with milk and replant the tooth immediately. To handle the situation until you can meet with a dentist, you’ll need:

  • Gauze
  • A handkerchief
  • Saline solution
  • A container with a lid
  • Ibuprofen

Taking an aspirin thins the blood, which can cause a problem if the bleeding is severe. Ibuprofen is the safe bet and less hazardous if you’re bleeding and in pain.

Tips for Preventing Tooth Decay in Primary Teeth

Regular teeth upkeep can be followed often once the teeth arrive. For baby teeth, clean them with gauze, finger-cot, or a clean wet washcloth to keep them safe from lingering food and perform this once a day. Once more teeth are present you can begin to use soft bristled toothbrushes for cleaning their teeth.  Make sure you schedule a dentist appointment near the child’s first birthday to make sure their baby teeth are looking great and coming in properly. Although baby teeth are temporary, they still need upkeep that permanent teeth require such as limiting sugar consumption and fluoride/sealant protection.

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10 Animals with Teeth You Won’t Believe

10 Animals with Teeth You Won’t Believe

From the fanged water deer to the fantastic and unreal looking narwhal, these members of the animal kingdom have truly unique and noteworthy teeth.  Most of these unusual features are designed to be useful, either for defense, hunting prey or in simply to impress the ladies of the species.

Chinese Water Deer

chinese water deer tusk

Photo Credit: Distractify

This petite member of the deer family has some serious fangs! He’s not from Transylvania, though; you’ll only find this unusual species in parts of Asia. The Chinese water deer’s fangs are actually tusks, and take the place of antlers on the male of the species. Like most other male tusked animals, this tiny deer uses his fangs to fight with foes during mating season and to impress the ladies, too.

Pacu Fish

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This fresh water fish, cousin to the cow-devouring piranha can be found in bodies of water around the world, including the US.  The unusual denture eerily mimics human teeth – and packs a powerful bite. These fish are considered good for aquariums because they are primarily vegetarian and won’t eat the other, smaller fish in a tank. Their powerful jaw is designed to crack nuts and chew through ropey vegetation can also be harmful to human fingers, so handle these oversized fish with care.

Ghost Shark

Australian Ghost Shark by Dr Tony Ayling and from Wikimedia Common

Photo Credit Dr Tony Ayling from Wikimedia Commons

As if being an apex predator with multiple rows of teeth and prey-finding sonar wasn’t enough, the ghost shark also has an amazing tooth and jaw setup. While the jaw is normally held close to the head, it can extend quickly to snag prey; this protruding jaw can be seen in action in rare video footage of a ghost shark pursuing prey. This shy, deep water fish has been called a living fossil, thanks to its oddly primitive body and jaw.

Narwhal

Photo Credit: National Geographic -PHOTOGRAPH BY FLIP NICKLIN/MINDEN PICTURES/CORBIS

Photo Credit: National Geographic – PHOTOGRAPH BY FLIP NICKLIN/MINDEN PICTURES/CORBIS

This unusual ocean mammal looks like a whale crossed with a unicorn – and despite its mythical looks, it is a real animal. The narwhal is a small, toothed whale related to the beluga whale; about 50,000 narwhals swim in the cold waters of the arctic region. The elongated horn isn’t a horn at all; it’s actually an oversized (very oversized) incisor. Occasionally, narwhals can have two oversized horns, but most feature a single, long tooth protruding from the front of the head like a unicorn’s horn.

Goosander Duck

Photo Credit: Listverse

Photo Credit: Listverse

This European waterfowl looks like a regular duck – until you take a closer look at his bill! Each Goosander Duck has a row of small, sharp saw like teeth along the edges of its bill; these teeth are used to efficiently trap and kill small fish. As a predator, the serrated jaw gives this duck a distinct advantage over its smooth beaked counterparts and thrives in lakes and rivers in the UK and northern Europe.

Dragonfish

Photo Credit: Discovery Channel

Photo Credit: Discovery Channel

This deep sea dweller lives in darkness – so its survival depends on bioluminescence and an amazing set of teeth.  The prehistoric looking Dragonfish can produce a bobbing bit of dazzling light to tempt passing fish; once a fish wanders into his territory, the dragon fish’s impressive teeth make quick work of his prey. Notable not only for their sheer size and fanglike shape, the Dragonfish can actually grow teeth on its tongue, so once prey is caught, it has no chance of escaping the jaw of this modem day monster.

Snails

Photo Credit: Pirx.com

Photo Credit: Pirx.com

These slimy mollusks have radulae in place of teeth – small, ribbon shaped organs aligned on the tongue and used to grind and crush food. Like everything the snail does, the chewing process is slow, and the teeth down so much as chew food as grind it into powered overtime. Radula won’t fall out, but can wear down over time and be replaced by newer versions.

Dolphins

Photo Credit: Factzoo.com

Photo Credit: Factzoo.com

These popular sea-dwelling mammals use their cone shaped teeth to rip apart prey, which they then swallow whole. While individuals may vary, most adults have an average of 250 teeth; these unusual cone shaped teeth are sharp and can be used for defense as well as predation.  While the dolphin’s teeth have a distinctly unusual shape, they also thicken with age as more enamel is added each passing year. You can tell the age of a tree by counting the rings on a cross section; scientists can tell the age of a dolphin the same way simply by examining the teeth.  

Elephants

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Photo Credit: Greedygyal.com

Humans lose their initial baby teeth as they grow – the second set, considered the adult teeth are the permanent teeth. Elephants differ from humans in more ways than one – including the teeth; elephants constantly lose and replace teeth throughout their long lives. Flat and designed for chewing the massive amounts of vegetation an elephant consumes each day; these giant teeth are inside the mouth. The elephant’s massive incisors are seen as tusks on the outside of the body and used for defense, fighting and impressing other elephants.

While humans may not have the impressive number or variety of teeth found in the animal kingdom, every person is unique – and your dental care should be too. Patient centered, caring dentistry is a must if you want to care for –and keep—your own unique set of chompers!

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Understanding Why Gums Bleed

Understanding Why Gums Bleed

Basics of Bleeding Gums

Bleeding is your body’s way of communicating that something has gone wrong. It’s like a giant, scarlet time-out signal in the game of life. If you encounter bleeding gums while brushing your teeth, it’s generally a sign that your oral health needs to be addressed.
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When bacterial growth is left to foster on the teeth, gingivitis (gum disease) is often the result. Bacteria-infested plague will cause the gum to swell and become more vulnerable to bleeding. Though dangerous, gingivitis doesn’t do irreversible damage. If left unchecked, this could progress to periodontitis, serious inflammation of the gums. Periodontitis creates pockets of space between the tooth and the gum which then attract pernicious bacteria. These toxins then break down the bone and connective tissue. This damage, unlike that of gingivitis, is no longer irreversible.

When weakened enough, teeth loosen and eventually fall out.

Why Gums Randomly Bleed?

If your gums are bleeding seemingly at random, the following could be the cause:

  • Poor dental hygienewhy-gums-bleed-woman
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Unstable hormones
  • Chronic smoking
  • Stress
  • Crooked teeth
  • Genetics
  • Medication side effect
  • Diabetes or cancer symptoms

Any of these preceding stressors may trigger random gum bleeding individually, and are further exacerbated when combined with one another. Though not all of these causes may be your fault, their consequences must be dealt with regardless.

Why Gums Bleed When Brushing Teeth?

Aside from general poor oral hygiene, the most common sources of bleeding while brushing are the toothbrush and your brushing technique.

Contrary to what many may think, soft-bristled toothbrushes are no less effective at removing plaque and stains than any other toothbrush. They’re practical and comfortable to use.

When brushing your teeth, keep the brush at a 45° and gently brush away from the gumline in a back-and-forth kind of fashion. Do so on the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth. Brushing too hard yields no tangible benefit, and can irritate gums and cause them to bleed.

Why Gums Bleed When Flossing?

Flossing is one of the most quintessentially important parts of proper oral hygiene; it’s also the part that most often yields bleeding gums. Like with brushing, proper technique is key for effective and safe flossing.

Don’t pull or stress the floss too tightly against the teeth and gums; this may cause unnecessary stress and aggravation. Instead, carefully follow the contours of the tooth and slide the floss up and down. Push enough for a thorough cleaning but not enough to do damage.

If flossing proves too difficult or painful, consider using a water pick instead. Many find them more comfortable to use.

Why Gums Bleed During Pregnancy?

pregnancy-gingivitisAs any expecting mother can attest, the joys of creating life are often preceded by a series of less-than-joyful experiences. In addition to the usual inconveniences, pregnancy can also bring on “pregnancy gingivitis.”

Pregnancy gingivitis is caused by the hormonal imbalance associated with pregnancy. An increased level of progesterone facilitates bacteria growth, and increases the odds of gingivitis. With this risk, it’s even more vital for women to maintain proper oral hygiene. Researchers from the Journal of the American Dental Association have linked gum disease with premature birth and underweight babies. Pregnancy gingivitis is more than an inconvenience; it’s a serious health concern.

How to Prevent Swollen or Bleeding Gums?

To maintain superior oral hygiene and reduce the onset of inflamed, swollen, or bleeding gums, consider these actions:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Stop smoking or consuming other tobacco products
  • Try non-alcoholic mouthwash
  • Maintain a healthy diet
  • Reduce intake of carbohydrate or sugar-heavy foods
  • Talk to your doctor about side effects of current medications
  • Regularly visit your dentist

Undertaking these measures will present pain, bleeding, and long-term damage on-set by gum disease.

See a Holladay, Utah Dentist for Bleeding Gums Treatment

holladay utah dentistGum disease, when left unchecked, can lead to tender, swollen, and receding gums, unexpected blood loss, loose and ejected teeth, and myriad health problems that affect the entire body. Gum disease has even been linked to oral cancer.

If you’re experiencing any of the preceding issues or have questions regarding your personal oral health, seek out Village Dental, conveniently located in Holladay, Utah. With our 50 years in the industry, we have the professional expertise and guidance to help your gums get into optimum shape. Don’t hesitate; contact us today.

 

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Selecting Metal Dental Fillings vs Composite Dental Fillings

Selecting Metal Dental Fillings vs Composite Dental Fillings

Metal vs White Dental Fillings

For more than a century, the primary source of dental fillings has been a combination of silver and other metals, including mercury.
Mercury, a unique and controversial metal, has caused some patients to demand other filling options. Although many dental and health organizations have found little risk to the small amounts of Mercury released in the dental  filling process, it still has led to dental researchers experimenting with new filling technology that doesn’t involve metal, such as composite resins.

Composite resins generally don’t last as long, but are easier to repair or replace than metal. Some health officials also warn that though the risk of metal contamination is reduced, there may be other risks in the resin’s chemical make-up.

Though the ultimate goal of either method is the same – fill in cavities and preserve teeth – it’s important that patients be educated on the advantages and disadvantages of both.

Metal (Amalgram) Fillings

According to the American Dental Association, metal-based fillings have been used on more than 150 million patients over the last 100 years. The traditional mixture uses silver and a combination of other minerals.

Pros of Amalgram Dental Fillings:

  • An established standard method of filling.
  • Long lifespan, especially in the mouth’s moist environment.

Cons of Amalgram Dental Fillings:

  • Some patients may have sensitivities or allergies to minerals, including tin, zinc or copper.
  • The tooth also may weaken, decay or break over time.
  • It can be a challenge to repair or replace.
  • The presence of mercury.
  • The dark metal appearance of fillings could mar bright smiles.
  • The metal has potential to stain adjoining teeth.

White (Amalgram) Dental Fillings

Composite resins are typically a mix of plastic that holds up under the pressure of chewing and grinding and also isn’t excessively damaged by saliva. More people are choosing them: according to a critical review of dental amalgams for the National Institutes of Health, 71 million amalgam restorations were performed in 1999, compared to 86 million composite restorations.

Pros of Composite Dental Fillings:

  • Composite fillings can closely match the tooth and not ruin the mouth’s esthetics.
  • Composites have better hot and cold insulating properties.
  • Composites help make teeth stronger and help prevent fractures.
  • They are easier to repair or replace than metal.
  • Installing metallic fillings may require a larger prep area, and drilling vs. a laser. Composites can require small cavity preparations which can be better for the tooth’s overall integrity.
  • Composite fillings match the natural color of your teeth.

Cons of Composite Dental Fillings:

  • Don’t last for as long as metal fillings for larger fillings.
  • Possible shrinkage over time, although research is working on decreasing this.

 Mercury Poisoning from Amalgram Dental Fillings

Much of the concern over the safety of amalgams arises from the use of mercury as a bonding agent. But when mercury is combined with other materials in dental amalgam, its’ chemical nature changes, rendering it harmless.

Though large quantities of mercury have been linked to serious damage to the brain and major organs, most standard health organizations conclude that there is only a small amount released during the filing process or even day-to-day chewing. The FDA, the ADA, the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Mayo Clinic, the New England Journal of Medicine and similar organizations have studied the vapor contained in fillings and concluded that this filling type is safe for anyone over 6 years of age or older.

While FDA officials don’t say there’s a higher risk to pregnant women, fetuses or children under 6, the organization does declares that’s there’s limited clinical information. The FDA recommends that anyone concerned about existing mercury fillings should leave them in, especially if teeth are in good shape. Removing them could damage your teeth and possibly release mercury.

holladay utah dentistDental Fillings in Holladay, Utah

Village Dental is conveniently located in the Holladay, UT. area, and we will be happy to discuss the filling options that will work best for your dental needs. Though metallic fillings bring a long tradition of reliability, advances in the design and structure of composites also make them a fine alternative. Possible factors influencing your decision could include the size and location of the cavity to be filled, your dental history, possible esthetics, and possible cost. Call 801-277-1916 to schedule a dental appointment with Holladay, Utah’s favorite dentist!

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Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns and Fillings in Utah

Everything You Need to Know About Dental Crowns and Fillings in Utah

Dental Fillings

Getting a dental filling or dental crown is often necessary to maintain oral hygiene. Whether you are told you require a filling during a regular checkup or if you haven’t visited a dentist in years and require a crown, understanding the steps for each procedure and the materials involved can help to put your mind at ease before scheduling an upcoming appointment.

Dental Filling Procedure

Numbing the area is necessary prior to filling any cavity, regardless of its size. A dentist will often place a numbing substance surrounding the area of the gums where the injection will take place. The numbing shot is quick and helps to keep patients from feeling any pain or discomfort during the filling process itself.

Dentists often provide rubber dams or bite blocks to patients during filling procedures depending on the location of the filling and the severity of the procedure. Rubber dams include material that helps to catch tooth debris, potential bacteria and additional saliva that falls to the back of the mouth and throat during the filling procedure. Using a bite block is often recommended for patients that require their mouths and jaws to be propped open without the use of their own jaw muscles, allowing them to relax.

A high-speed hand piece is used first to help with spraying water to clean the tooth and surrounding area near the tooth that requires a filling. Afterwards, a high or low-volume suction is used to remove debris and remaining water in the mouth once the dentist has completed the initial cleaning.

Finally, the dentist will use hand tools made of metal to help clear remaining areas necessary where the filling materials will be placed and set.

Dental Filling Materials

Amalgam

Amalgam fillings (silver fillings) have been used in dentistry for more than 180 years with a mixture of mercury and other various metals. Although mercury in itself is known to be toxic, the material used with Amalgam fillings allows the filling to help assist the tooth to form back to its natural shape and formation without exposing the mouth or tooth itself to mercury. Amalgam fillings are stronger than composite fillings, therefore they are recommended for back teeth which are used more for chewing and require additional strength. Amalgam fillings are known to last longer than composite fillings, although some individuals prefer composite fillings due to the lack of mercury and other metals.

Composite Fillings

Composite resin fillings look similar to modeling clay and form to blend with the natural appearance of the teeth once applied. Composite fillings are newer are do not contain metals or any form of mercury. They are also less noticeable than traditional amalgam fillings, which are often silver and shiny even after years of having the procedure. Composite fillings are known to be more pricey than amalgam fillings, with amalgam fillings averaging at $88 per filling and composite fillings averaging around $135 for each procedure.

What is a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns are materials that are placed over a damaged tooth, appearing as a new tooth altogether. Unlike dentures and removable caps, dental crowns are cemented permanently within the mouth. Dental crowns are also referred to as “caps” and “porcelain jackets” in dental terminology and within general conversation.

Why Are Crowns Necessary for Some Patients?

Although dental fillings are one of the most popular procedures known in a dentist office, crowns are necessary for patients that have more severe damage or extensive decay to their teeth. Crowns are often needed for patients who have worn or broken teeth that require more than a simple filling to repair.

Popular Dental Crown Materials

The most popular dental crown materials include porcelain, ceramic, and metal alloy.

How Much Does a Dental Crown Cost?

Dental crowns help patients to keep their teeth intact while avoiding an entire root canal, which is often a much more intense procedure. Crowns are also ideal for cosmetic purposes, not requiring the removal of a tooth to fully repair prior damage. The cost will vary depending on the difficulty of the crown, and your insurance.

Properly Caring for Your Crowns and Teeth After a Procedure

After a crown procedure, brushing twice a day in addition to using fluoride is essential to keep your mouth and teeth healthy while healing. Additionally, keep in mind a healthy diet is also advisable. Drink plenty of water and steer clear of sugary sodas and foods to keep your teeth in the best condition possible.

When seeking a gentle dentist who understands the importance of caring for patients during any filling or crown procedure, consider Village Dental in Holladay, Utah. Our professional staff not only provides the best dental care, but also an atmosphere that is comfortable and welcoming for all of our patients. For more information on our services and how to schedule your appointment today, visit http://www.village-dental.com/.

 

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