Do you flinch every time something hot or cold touches your teeth? What about brushing or flossing? If so, then you’re experiencing something called dentine hypersensitivity, now say that ten times fast! You’ve probably heard the term “sensitive” or “sensitivity”. Depending on the cause of this can result in tooth loss!
There are a few reasons behind this:
· Tooth Decay
· Periodontal Disease, (Gum Disease)
· Exposed Tooth Roots
· Broken or Fractured Teeth
· Worn Tooth Enamel
· Old and Worn Fillings
As soon as infection or also known as cavities or decay get past the enamel of the tooth then the process speeds up. It takes a lot of time for a cavity to move through the enamel because of how strong it is. But once it hits the dentine then it spreads. Once the infection reaches the pulp then you can get what is called an abscess. This results in having to get a root canal or having it extracted.
Gum Disease / Exposed Roots
Having gum disease causes you’re gums to be inflamed or irritated. They’ll bleed while brushing or flossing or simply out of nowhere. Gum disease is an infection to your gums and body. Once infection is below the gums it can only be removed by your dentist or hygienist. Left untreated the infecting can make its way through the dentin below the tooth. Enamel is only available at the top of the tooth, not on the entire tooth. So it makes it much easier for the decay to ruin the tooth. By getting your six month check-ups will eliminate this outcome.
Broken or Fractured
Having a broken tooth can cause you to have pain with sensitivity. You might even experience nothing while having a broken or fractured tooth but that does NOT mean you won’t. Decay is more likely to progress at a faster rate because of the loss of tooth structure and enamel. Maybe you have a tooth that looks perfectly fine with no decay, gum disease, or chips present on the surface, but you’re experiencing sensitivity to that tooth. You could possibly have a tiny crack in that tooth that is letting in infection. If that’s the case then hurry on in to get it checked out.
Warn Tooth Enamel
Do you grind your teeth at night or just have a really strong bite when you chew? Then this can happen to you! By grinding your teeth at night you are rubbing your top teeth and lower teeth together really heard left and right. Who knows how long you are even doing this. The enamel gets warn down and the dentin is wearing down too. Then the only thing left is the pulp! You do NOT want to get that far. So by stopping this you can get a special constructed night guard that fits perfectly to your own teeth. We can’t stop you from grinding; we can only stop you from wearing your teeth down.
Old and Warn Fillings
Yes, having old fillings can cause sensitivity to your teeth. Especially the big fillings you have on the back teeth. You use your back teeth to do all the chewing. How many times do you eat during the day? X’s that by 365. Now that’s a lot of chewing! You back teeth take a lot of force and having fillings right in the middle of the teeth will constantly push deeper into the tooth where the nerve is cause sensitivity. We recommend that you cap those teeth so they can take the force of chewing with no problem.
Here at our office’s Cumberland Dentistry and Monterey Dental Center we carefully examine the problem and see what is happening first hand. We’ll X-Ray the troubled tooth and then come up with a way to fix the tooth.
Here at our two friendly convent locations, Cumberland Dentistry & Monterey Dental Center, we offer Dental Implant Treatment.
There are various treatment plans to fix or restore natural looking teeth. You may have heard of crowns, caps, root canals, fixed prosthetics such as a bridge, or even a removable appliance which would be a partial or even a denture. The final option would be to completely extract a bad tooth or teeth.
Let’s talk about extractions. Extractions happen when decay has entered the tooth, and has caused significant loss to the structure of the entire tooth or even your tooth could have simply broken off. Extractions are the last thing anyone wants to do because you’re taking your natural tooth out which will cause a gap between your teeth. Now, depending where the gap is, either in the smile zone or in the back where no one can see, it’ll affect many different actions that could occur, such as teeth shifting, your speech, smiling, & most importantly how you eat! The entire propose of having teeth are to eat, right? Exactly! Well, once you lose those teeth that you like to eat with, you’re forcing more pressure on the teeth that are still there which is very bad. Not only is the pressure bad, but once your teeth start shifting they can go forward causing more plaque traps which leads to periodontal disease.
Now, people might prefer a removable appliance, but they still have their own downfall. Examples are, stick adhesive, rocking of the prosthetics when trying to eat, the clasps that hold onto the teeth to keep the partial in place will show when you smile. Someone might also prefer a bridge. A bridge might sound like a great fix, but the point is to fill the gap and take constant pressure while eating. We have to file healthy teeth down to place a three or more connected bridge, just to have one tooth back. So therefore, Dental Implants are the absolute best way to go for these situations. The process might sound very intimidating, but you’ll be completely numb under local anesthetic, inhalation laughing gas, orally taking a pill, or IV intravenous.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is made up of three parts:
- The Implant
- The Abutment (Post)
- The Restoration (Crown or Cap)
The implant itself is made up of a titanium rod-like post that was made to fit the abutment like a screw. The abutment is what holds the restoration in place.
How it’s done!
We’ll extract the bad tooth and then place a bone graph in the area where the tooth was naturally positioned. Then the Implant is placed and a screw is placed to prevent any debris & gum tissue to enter. Now, the healing process takes awhile to heal. You Might experience some pain with tenderness, but that is completely normal with the healing process. The bone has to fuse to the implant in order to have stability in order to eat. Remember, that’s why we have teeth! Once the healing process is coming to the end, the doctor will remove the screw and place the abutment. The gums will then be allowed to heal around the post. Once healing is complete, the restorations is placed. It’ll look like your original tooth down to the shade color.
Now, the most important part is how you take care of the implant. Since the tooth is artificial you will not have to deal with tooth decay, but still brushing and flossing will keep the area clean and away from periodontal disease which causes bone loss. Also, you can get what’s called peri-implantitis which is very likely to happen if you smoke. So dump the cigarettes and start you journey with a healthy mouth. The final thought, The Cost.
The cost can differ if you have insurance or even if you don’t have insurance. We offer our own in house discount plan for people that do not have insurance, this is NOT an insurance plan. It saves anywhere up to 20% - 60% on most dental procedures. Also, we have a new patient special where you can get an Exam, X-Rays, and even a treatment plan for only $50!! Call us today to schedule you an appointment if you’re interested or just simply wanting to talk more about this subject.
Thank you so much for your time and we hope to help you start your success story soon! -Dr Manish Rana and Our team at Cumberland Dentistry and Monterey Dental Center.
As parents we are supposed to teach our children about their bodies. We teach our loved ones on how to dress, wash their bodies, brush their hair, how to wash their hand after each visit to the restroom, and even to brush their teeth. But what if I told you brushing their teeth might be more important than you think.
Start an everyday habit with your child or children when they are babies. Yes, even though they have no teeth! You can simply take a wash cloth that is slightly damp and gently rub their gums ever night at bath time and every morning after breakfast. Once they start gaining teeth is when you can introduce them to a soft baby tooth brush. Once they are old enough to hold their toothbrush you can let them take over for themselves. In the process if teaching them how to brush their teeth, you’re also teaching them responsibility, which is a BIG plus.
I recommend making it fun for the child while learning. The standard time for brushing teeth is two minutes. Now, two minutes is actually a long time if you think about it, so here’s a few ways to make it fun for them.
- Sing a funny song to your child
- Dance to a crazy tune, but not too crazy
- Brush your teeth together and make silly faces
- Or simply set a timer and celebrate afterwards
Teach your children that it’s very important to brush their teeth every morning and every night before bed. The reason why they have to brush is to brush the yucky germs away. Yucky germs are food that is left behind in your teeth that causes bad breath and scary cavities! It’s also very important to teach them how to floss the correct way and if you are not too sure how to properly floss then that’s okay! Just ask your dentist or your child’s dentist if he/she can teach you. Don’t feel embarrassed because it’s our job to help educate you and your families on the correct way to manage your oral health.
Also, taking them to their six month checkups are very important as well. They do not just get a cleaning, but they also get an exam as well. Taking the x-rays helps us find any cavities if present so we can stop them from progressing into root canals or other dental options.
By teaching your children on how to take care of their teeth at an early age will majorly help them as they get older. They will not have to get root canal, extractions or even simply fillings. We can teach them the awful facts about sugar. Us as parents can teach our kids the importance on taking care of themselves not only for today but for the rest of their lives. Lets teach our kids the a healthy mouth is a happy mouth!
Do you have bad breath? What about red swollen gums that bleed? If so, then you’re more than likely to have what’s called gum disease which is also called periodontal disease. The scary truth about this disease that it’s linked up to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and many other health risks! So the earlier you catch it, the better the outcome.
Periodontal disease is caused by bacteria left behind by food that affects the tissue that surrounds and support your teeth. This bacterium is also known as plaque, the white/yellowish sticky film that covers your teeth. Over time this plaque hardens into calculus also called tartar, which is only removed by the dentist or hygienist. Bacteria are forming under the calculus because floss or even a toothbrush cannot keep below the gums clean. As a result, the bacteria are infecting your gums! Your body is trying to fight off this harmful infection, but this is a losing battle. Once you’re body is trying to fight off the infection you start to lose bone that hold your teeth in place. So what happens when there is few or no bone to hold a tooth in place? It can fall out! This is why we recommend that you get your teeth cleaned every six months. Some cases have cleanings every three or four months.
So let’s break it down:
(Food = Bacteria) (Bacteria = Plaque) (Plaque = Calculus) (Calculus = Infection) (Infection = Gum Disease) Gum Disease = Bone Loss) (Bone Loss = No Teeth)
Caring for gum disease is surprisingly simple depending on the severity level of the tooth, gums, and bone. Early stages are the red swollen gums that bleed when flossing or brushing. This stage is called Gingivitis. A professional cleaning along with excellent Oral Hygiene Care at home, flossing and brushing twice a day, will completely reverse the disease. Other stage of the disease is redder gums that also bleed, minimal calculus ( food that has become hard or calcified) has built up on the tooth near the gum line, and periodontal pockets measurement of four or more. A periodontal pocket is the area between the tooth and gum that the dentist or hygienist measure to see how much bone has been lost. Some people will lose a good portion of the bone and might even have to have some teeth extracted.
Healthy gums are supposed to look pink with periodontal pockets no higher than 3mm with no build up, calculus, tartar, plaque, or bacteria! The ones that care about their teeth and want to keep eating that delicious food will brush twice a day, floss at least once a day, and come to their 6 month check up. Not only do they get their teeth cleaned but also catch cavities at an early stage so they don’t lead to root canal or extractions.
Now remember, the sooner you get a check up the better! Thank you for reading and we hope that now you are aware of the outcomes that you’ll choose to save that gorgeous smile!
If you are looking for Dentist in Cookeville, Dentist in Jamestown, Dentist in Monterey, Dentist in Rockwood or a Dentist in Sparta, Cumberland Dentistry offers specialized oral hygiene treatments for your dental requirements.
From Dr. Manish Rana, DDS and our team at Monterey Dental Center & Cumberland Dentistry.
The difference between a general cleaning or a scaling can sometimes be confusing for patients. Our office gets this question often and to better assist our patients we have provided information on general cleanings, deeper cleanings and why oral hygiene is of high importance in overall health.
A simple cleaning is when there is little or no build up of calculus, but maybe there is some discoloration such as yellowing stains. Coronal polishing (prophylaxis) takes care of that by buffing the stains away with a rubber cup and a polishing paste. This process leaves your Teeth Feeling completely smooth and incredibly clean. Coronal polishing is also final stage when someone gets their teeth scaled.
Scaling and Root Planning (a deep root cleaning below the gums) is a process where the doctor or dental hygienist carefully Remove heavy calculus. We recommended that you get x-rays every 6 months so we can check to see if there is any build up that is latched to your teeth below the gums. This will help us greatly in efforts to inform patients on possible bone loss.
No matter which cleaning type you require we provide the most comfortable cleaning experience possible. Dr. Rana or our hygienist will go over the best treatment plan perfectly fit for your needs.
At our office we use a state of the art cleaning device called an ultrasonic scaler. Say “good-bye” to the dental tools that scrap, poke, and tug on your gums and teeth! The ultrasonic scaler is an effective way to clean your teeth in half the time by using water vibrations. The water comes from the tip of the scaler that cools off the generated heat cause by the ultrasonic scaler powerfrequency which is where you get the powerful cleaning action! Sounds pretty cool, right?
Here are a few GREAT reasons as to why keeping a healthy mouth is more important than you think:
• Prevent Halitosis (Bad Breath) – No one wants bad breath!
•Prevent Oral Cancer – Especially if you use tobacco.
•Prevent Gum Disease or Gingivitis
•Prevent Heart Attacks or Strokes
•To have a Perfect Smile!
•To keep ORIGINAL teeth.
If you are looking for Dentist in Jamestown, dentist in Monterey, dentist in Rockwood or a dentist in Sparta, Cumberland Dentistry offers specialized oral hygiene treatments for your dental requirements.
Remember, if you get your routine cleanings every SIX months we can stop heavy calculus which causes gum disease. Remember, x-rays are very important too!
Thank you from Monterey Dental Center and Cumberland Dentistry
Dr. Rana & Our Team