4 Reasons Why Fall Is The Best Season To Start Invisalign

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If you’ve been unhappy with crooked front teeth for years, it can feel even more challenging to take the straightening plunge. But with a treatment like Invisalign, the decision doesn’t need to be overwhelming. Alternative orthodontics allows adults to achieve their perfect smiles without the hassle and fuss of metal braces.

 

For patients already interested in Invisalign, the biggest question is: when should I get started?

 

Benefits of Invisalign

Invisalign allows for you to gradually and discreetly straighten your teeth over time with easy maintenance and fewer appointments than traditional braces. Some of the benefits of Invisalign over braces for adults include:

 

Easier Dental Hygiene

Invisalign clear trays can be taken in and out when you eat and brush your teeth which means there is less of a chance for white spots developing on the surface of your teeth. Additionally, you are less likely to have cavities with Invisalign because you can thoroughly clean your teeth without any obstructions.

 

Aesthetically Pleasing

Since Invisalign trays are transparent and nearly invisible, you’ll have the benefit of smiling and talking without worrying about people seeing brackets or wires in your mouth.

 

Comfortable

Aligners are manufactured from smooth, flexible plastic, and they are extremely comfortable to wear. There are no brackets and wires to potentially irritate your lips, cheeks, or inside of your mouth. After a few weeks, you won’t even realize you’re wearing them.

 

Time-Saving

Invisalign requires fewer follow-up appointments than traditional braces. You will be given multiple sets of trays at each check-up which means you won’t have to come back to our office as often, saving you time in your already busy schedule.

 

Appointment Flexibility

Scheduling check-up appointments can be difficult for those with busy schedules. The Fall and Winter seasons are typically excellent seasons for a wide-range of availability because people stay home as much as possible. On the same note, Fall and Winter check-ups mean you won’t miss any fun in the Summer sun due to scheduling conflicts. Kids going back to school also means parents tend to avoid pulling kids out of school for dental and orthodontist appointments, leaving more openings for you.

Treatment Will Be Finished In Time For Summer

Depending on your treatment plan and length of time Invisalign will need to straighten your smile, you could be looking at your dream smile by next summer. This means you will be able to flash your best grin in all of your summer vacation pictures next year. Since Invisalign is completely removable, you will also be able to eat and enjoy all of your favorite meals and treats during the Holiday season without interrupting your treatment.

You’ll Have More Time For Oral Hygiene

The Fall and Winter seasons are the times of the year where you spend more time indoors and take better care of yourself. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing after each meal is more simple because you will have easier access to dental hygiene products and supplies. Keeping your aligners clean and removing food particles from your teeth before placing them back is essential to your overall health. It also prevents your aligners from trapping food, sugar, and bacteria against your teeth which leads to decay and odor.

 

Fall In Love With Invisalign

Finding the best time of year to start your Invisalign treatment is easy. Whether you begin treatment in the Fall or Winter, rain or shine, your smile should always be a priority in your life. Fall in love with Invisalign this year and be one step closer to achieving the straight and healthy smile that you’ve always desired. Contact Cherrywood Dental Associates today to learn more about Invisalign and what the treatment can do for you!

Tips For Maintaining Your Smile Between Professional Cleanings

Maintain smile between cleanings

The best way to keep your teeth, gums, and mouth in excellent health is through regular professional teeth cleaning with a dental hygienist. In addition to your daily oral hygiene routine, we recommend maintaining your smile between professional cleanings. Not only will good teeth cleaning habits keep you in good oral health and hygiene, but it will also keep your mouth feeling fresh, prevent bad breath, and can keep your teeth white and bright.

 

Keeping Your Teeth Clean and Healthy

After having your teeth cleaned by a dental hygienist, it’s recommended to maintain your fresh smile by cleaning your teeth at least twice a day. Taking excellent care of your teeth after cleanings help your gums to heal quickly by reducing the triggers of sensitivity and discomfort.

 

Brush Effectively 

When brushing where your teeth and gums meet, place your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle. Gently rock your brush back and forth in circular movements. Do not scrub or brush vigorously since this can make your gums pull away from your teeth and can even scratch your tooth enamel. Finally, replace your toothbrush after every three months or as soon as the bristles become weak.

Floss Regularly

Flossing your teeth is another important aspect of home dental hygiene. Almost 80% of cavities form in the pits, grooves, or fissures of the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Pass the floss through your teeth, moving from side to side. Doing this will help you eliminate food particles that get caught between the teeth where a brush can’t reach. If left unchecked, such food particles cause tooth decay over time.

Avoid Bad Habits

Maintaining your oral hygiene after teeth cleaning extends to more than simply brushing and flossing. Avoid harmful foods, drinks, and habits that can wreak havoc on your teeth, including:

Soda. This type of beverage is full of excess sugar that causes your teeth to break down over time. The fizzy ingredients like citric acid and phosphoric acid erode your enamel and make you susceptible to cavities.

Sugars. Decreasing your intake of sugar will keep your teeth healthy and hygienic in between cleaning appointments. Sugar promotes acidity and the growth of bacteria in your mouth, which causes plaque to form. Plaque attacks your gums and tooth enamel and potentially leads to tooth decay.

Smoking. Tar and nicotine found in cigarettes destroy your gums, while smoking increases plaque and bacterial production in the mouth. Smoking is a terrible habit that makes you susceptible to tooth decay and gum disease while also increasing your risk for oral cancer and tooth loss.

Use Mouthwash

Using a mouthwash that contains fluoride can help to prevent tooth decay by helping to re-mineralize soft spots in your enamel. Don’t eat or drink for at least 30 minutes after using a mouthwash to allow the beneficial effects to take place.

Visit Your Dentist Every Six Months

Regular professional cleanings help you to maintain your oral health and alert you to potential issues before they become severe. Making regular visits to your dentist assures you that any oral care issues that may arise will be addressed immediately, saving you time, potential discomfort, and money. Teeth cleanings are not only designed to improve the appearance of your smile but also help to maintain your overall oral health.

Why Professional Teeth Cleaning Matters

Regardless of how healthy your smile appears to be, it does not mean you should avoid seeing your dentist if everything feels okay. Seeing your dentist every six months should be an essential part of your routine. Here are just some of the reasons why professional teeth cleaning matters and why you should see your dentist regularly:

 

  • ​To remove tartar and plaque buildup, two culprits for gum disease and decay.
  • To remove unsightly dental stains.
  • Detect small oral issues using sensitive x-ray technology.
  • Monitor small issues to prevent them from becoming worse.
  • Detect gum disease and start treatment to avoid tooth loss.
  • Use restorative options to improve your gums and teeth.
  • Detect oral cancer and any other precancerous growths in time.
  • Your dentist teaches you good at-home oral hygiene as well as how to floss and brush your teeth properly.
  • Provide preventive dental options like fluoride treatment and dental sealants to reduce future risk of decay.

 

Finding an Affordable Dentist

Regular teeth cleaning is essential. Brushing and flossing, in addition to these other tips, will help to maintain your oral health until your next dental exam. Frequent visits to your dentist are essential in preventing and managing dental issues, so call Cherrywood Dental Associates today!

 

7 Simple Steps to a Successful Dental Implant 

 

The best possible treatment option to replace a missing tooth is a dental implant. Implants can provide patients who are missing one or more teeth with a beautiful and long-lasting solution. Move through the entire dental implant experience with confidence and ease by knowing exactly what to expect ahead of time.

 

Initial X-Rays

The very first step towards having a successful dental implant is meeting with your dental implant specialist for an initial consultation. During this appointment, they will do a comprehensive dental exam, X-rays of your mouth, and impressions. During this appointment, your dentist will discuss with you their recommendations for a treatment plan. At this time, the steps of the entire procedure will be reviewed with you, including what you can do to promote healing during your recovery. The first stage of the process will then be scheduled after your consultation.

 

Tooth Extraction

If your dental implant is replacing an existing tooth that is unable to be saved, the tooth will need to be extracted to make room for the implant. During the extraction, your dentist’s goal will be to preserve as much of the buccal plate and surrounding bone as possible. Following careful removal of the tooth, the condition of the extraction site will be assessed by exploring the socket with an endodontic or periodontal probe to search for any bone defects. As long as the buccal plate and other bone surrounding the socket is intact, the process of placing the implant can then move forward.

 

Graft The Socket

The process of bone grafting involves removing a piece of bone from another part of the jaw and transplanting it into the jawbone. Alternative options today include obtaining bone from a cadaver source or an animal source to replace the missing bone. These options provide less morbidity to the patient while preventing a second surgical site. It may take several months for the transplanted bone to grow enough new bone to support the placement of a dental implant. Once there has been an appropriate amount of time allowed for the grafted extraction site to heal properly, the implant process can move forward. This stage typically takes up to several months to heal.

 

Implant Placement

Once the jawbone can successfully support the new dental implant after months of healing, the dental implant process will resume. The dental implant will replace the tooth root, and also requires proper healing time. During this healing period, the integration of the bone with the implant itself (osseointegration) occurs. The bone cells attach to the implant rod, filling in any spaces to secure the implant in place permanently. Implant placement typically takes between three to six months to heal completely.

 

Abutment Placement

The abutment is a post that connects the implant to the prosthetic tooth. Essentially, the abutment is a bridge that spans through the gum line so that the implant can remain buried and undetectable. Just as with all of the other previous steps, the abutment has a healing period of its own. The gum around the abutment must heal and form a cuff, or collar, around it before the crown can be permanently placed.

 

Final Impressions

Roughly three months after abutment placement, the final impression can be taken, and the healing abutment can be removed if necessary. The removal process will reveal a healthy and esthetic soft-tissue collar around the implant site, which has been guided by the healing abutment during implant placement. An impression coping is then connected to the implant, and a closed-tray impression can be taken for the fabrication of the final restoration.

 

Permanent Crown

Once the implant site and abutment have successfully integrated, the prosthetic tooth that was fabricated from the final impressions can be placed. Crowns, which are the tooth-looking part of a dental implant, can either be screwed into the abutment or cemented into place. Having a permanent crown installed will be the final stage of the dental implant process.

 

Implants Aren’t a Single-Day Procedure

It is always our goal to establish realistic expectations of dental procedures during consultation appointments. While dental implants aren’t a single-day procedure, your new implant will last you a lifetime with proper care. We strive to help our patients recover from a dental implant procedure as quickly as possible, so be sure to follow the specific instructions provided to you after surgery to promote healing. Contact Cherrywood Dental Associates today if you have additional questions regarding the dental implant process.

The Real Reason Why Your Permanent Tooth Is Loose

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A loose baby tooth is a healthy life occurrence; however, a loose permanent tooth is hugely concerning. A loose tooth as an adult is typically an advanced sign of disease that could lead to losing the tooth entirely.

 

Some causes of loose teeth in adults are harmless, while others require the care of a dental professional to save the tooth before it’s too late.

 

Potential Causes of a Loose Tooth

Adults may be alarmed when they notice that a permanent tooth feels loose because adult teeth are designed to last a lifetime with proper care. Some causes of loose teeth are harmless. Others require the attention of a dental professional to save the tooth, and early detection is critical. If the tooth is unable to be saved, your dentist will likely recommend the tooth be removed and replaced with a dental implant or bridge.

 

Osteoporosis

Osteoporosis is a disease that causes the bones to weaken and become porous. As a result, even minor bumps and impacts can easily lead to broken bones. Osteoporosis most commonly affects the spine, hips, and wrists; however, it can also damage the bones in the jaw that support the teeth. Less-dense jawbones may cause the teeth to loosen and fall out.

 

Gum Disease

Also known as periodontitis, gum disease involves inflammation and infection of the gums. Poor dental hygiene habits typically cause gum disease to take form. When brushing and flossing aren’t performed correctly, gum disease can develop. Dental plaque, which contains bacteria, sticks to the teeth and hardens over time. Once hardened, this plaque is referred to as tartar. Tartar causes the gums to pull away from the teeth, creating pockets that become infected.

 

Other signs of gum disease include:

  • Gum recession
  • Gums that are tender, red, painful, or swollen
  • Changes in the way your teeth fit together when you bite down
  • Gums that bleed when you brush your teeth

 

Pregnancy

Elevated levels of estrogen and progesterone during pregnancy can affect the bones and tissues in your mouth. An oversupply of these hormones can alter the periodontium, which is the collection of bones and ligaments that support the teeth and keep them in place. When the periodontium is affected, one or more teeth may feel loose.

 

While feeling your teeth become loose can be terrifying, the changes to your periodontium levels are only temporary and will resolve after pregnancy. Even though they are not a cause for concern, anyone experiencing pain or loose teeth during pregnancy should still see a dentist to rule out gum disease and other oral health issues.

 

The American Dental Association and the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists state that it is perfectly safe for pregnant women to have dental checkups, cleanings, and X-rays.

 

Tooth-Related Injuries

Your teeth are pretty strong and durable, but an impact of force from a car accident or a blow to the face can damage teeth and surrounding tissue. The result may be chipped or loose teeth. Anyone who suspects that an injury has damaged the teeth should see a dentist as soon as possible. Sports injuries, accidents, and falls, for example, can easily cause dental damage that you might not even be aware of until it’s too late.

 

Teeth Grinding

Clenching the teeth during times of stress, or grinding your teeth at night can quickly wear down the tissues and cause the teeth to become loose. Many people are unaware of their teeth clenching or grinding habits until they result in jaw pain. A dentist may be able to detect the problem before the teeth are permanently damaged.

 

Signs of teeth grinding include:

  • Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Jaw, neck or face pain
  • A dull headache starting in the temples
  • Sleep disruption

 

When Your Dentist Can Help

These causes can be grave – and lead to more significant problems than a shifting bite. If you notice that a permanent tooth is feeling loose, it’s time to get professional help. Cherrywood Dental Associates can assist in treating the underlying cause of your loose teeth, and help you to take any other necessary steps to prevent further damage.

 

If you’re experiencing loose teeth, make an emergency appointment today!

 

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Repair a Cracked or Broken Tooth Quickly With These 7 Solutions 

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When it comes to a cracked tooth, there are a variety of common causes. From not wearing your mouthguard while playing sports to biting down on hard foods, your molars are more susceptible to breaks and cracks than your other teeth.

 

Depending on the severity of the damage, your repair may be superficial and cosmetic or more severe. The most important thing you can do after discovering a damaged tooth is to contact your dentist right away. Quickly repairing a cracked or broken tooth is our top priority, and one of these seven solutions will have your smile restored in no-time.

 

How To Care For a Chipped or Broken Tooth

Same-day emergency dental appointments are offered to our patients who need immediate care. However, until you can be seen, we advise patients to rinse their mouths with a warm saltwater rinse gently. One cup of tepid water mixed with a ½ teaspoon of salt will clean your teeth to help prevent infection. It is also recommended to avoid chewing on the side of your mouth where the cracked tooth is located.

 

Dental Bonding

Perhaps the least-involved dental procedure for repairing a damaged tooth is to have the tooth restored with dental bonding. Dentists can correct and improve the appearance of a tooth with the useful composite material. A small amount of bonding will be applied to the surface of the tooth, and a blue light will then harden the composite molding, repairing the tooth in the process. Bonding is the ultimate solution for minor cosmetic issues. Your dentist can quickly and efficiently make adjustments to a tooth allowing you to regain any lost confidence in your smile.

 

Filling

Dental fillings are one of the most effective options for repairing a cracked or broken tooth. Dentists often use restorative filling material as a way of temporarily fixing teeth that have suffered decay, are broken, or need to be fixed. Dental fillings are a painless and cost-effective option for minor tooth repair.

 

Sealants

Dental sealants can fix holes in the surface of a tooth in addition to protecting an infected or cracked tooth. Sealants act as a barrier against cavity-causing bacteria that leads to tooth damage. Often placed on the chewing surfaces of your back molars and premolars, sealants are a cost-effective way to repair a broken tooth.

 

Dental Crown

If a tooth is severely broken or chipped, a crown may be required to protect what remains of the tooth. Crowns are useful in covering an entire affected portion of a tooth, and they are a convenient solution. Dental crowns are typically made of metal, porcelain, or ceramic material, yet they are thicker than veneers. A tooth’s shape and function can be completely restored with a crown.

 

Veneers

Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic solutions for restoring your smile. Lumineers are a minimally invasive way to correct imperfections while giving you the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted. Unlike traditional veneers, Lumineers allow for a beautiful smile without the drilling of sensitive tooth structure. Your teeth can be reshaped entirely and brightened all while keeping the natural structure untouched.

 

Root Canal

For critical situations, root canal therapy may be the most beneficial repair option if bacteria have gained access to the inner portion of your tooth from the crack. During root canal therapy, any damaged or infected tissue will be removed, and your tooth will then be topped with a filling or dental crown. Not only does root canal therapy protect your tooth from additional damage, but the functionality of the tooth will also be completely restored.

 

Dental Implant

If your broken tooth is damaged beyond repair, it’s likely that the next step recommended to you by your dentist will be to have the broken tooth extracted. Once the damaged tooth has been removed, a dental implant can take its place. This extensive procedure is used to restore teeth that have been broken near the gum line, in addition to teeth that cannot be repaired.

 

Don’t Delay Repairing Your Broken Tooth

Only your dentist can determine if your cracked, chipped, or broken tooth is a dental emergency. It is vital to contact your dentist right away upon discovering a damaged tooth. Delaying repair of a broken tooth can cause further damage and make the tooth unable to be saved. Contact Cherrywood Dental Associates for any guidance on what the best repair option is for your broken tooth. Our highly trained staff is here to help!

Teach Your Children about Dental Health with the Tooth Fairy

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Parents have the role of keeping their children healthy and happy. When it comes to dental health, the Tooth Fairy is an exciting approach to introducing your child to oral hygiene.

Most toddlers have a complete set of teeth when they are about two years. By the time they are turning five or six, baby teeth start to loosen and fall off giving way to permanent teeth. It’s vital to cultivate a dental hygiene routine during this period

What Is the Tooth Fairy?

Many parents from various cultures take the loss of their children’s baby teeth as a rite of passage. They want to make it a smooth experience.

The Tooth Fairy is folklore adopted in many civilizations. It advises children to place each lost baby tooth under their pillow when going to bed.

As they sleep, the Tooth Fairy (usually the child’s parent or guardian) visits and takes it for a cash reward. The average American the Tooth Fairy payout is $3.70, according to research.

Clean Teeth Under the Pillow

For infants, wipe their teeth with a gauze square or clean cloth. Teach your child to brush by age two or three. Let them use a child’s toothbrush with a pea-sized dab of toothpaste. They can remove plaque with fine back and forth strokes. Help them to brush the areas they miss and rinse the mouth thoroughly.

As your kids grow older, teach them these dental care practices.

  • Brushing the inside, outside, and chewing surfaces of each tooth
  • Brushing the tongue gently to remove debris
  • Flossing between teeth

Reward your children for upholding good oral hygiene.

Professional Pediatric Dental Care

Ensure your children understand the importance of dental health at a tender age. Take them to a pediatric dentist for checkups regularly. They will less likely develop dental-phobia or tooth complications in the future.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we can offer excellent pediatric dental services to your child for a beautiful smile.

Book an appointment with us and enjoy free dental examination.

Is Acid Reflux Damaging Your Teeth?

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Many patients are surprised to learn that undiagnosed acid reflux is damaging their teeth. Acid reflux is a common health problem that develops when the acid in the stomach begins to leak into the esophagus. Regurgitation and heartburn are both common indicators of acid reflux; however, it is possible for no symptoms to appear and the disease to go completely undiagnosed.

Is acid reflux affecting your oral health and increasing your probability of developing periodontal disease?

The Damages of GERD

If you have been diagnosed with gastroesophageal acid reflux disease, or GERD, your dental health could be at risk. GERD causes stomach acids to back up into the esophagus and sometimes into the mouth. Patients suffering from GERD are at a higher risk for developing severe damage to the throat, including developing esophageal cancer.

Your dentist may be the first health care professional to notice signs and symptoms of acid reflux in a patient. Tooth erosion or other oral signs, including sinus infections, heartburn, difficulty swallowing, and bad breath are all common indications of GERD that your dentist may detect.

Symptoms of Acid Reflux

The most common symptom of acid reflux causing enamel erosion is persistent pain and sensitivity in the mouth. Many patients find it difficult to eat or drink certain items that are sweet, hot, and cold. Feeling the inside of your mouth with your tongue can also reveal sharp edges to the teeth.

General symptoms of acid reflux are:

Heartburn
Chest pain
Sensitive teeth
Tooth erosion
Discolored or see-through tongue
Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)
Persistent dry cough
Sore throat
Rough or hoarse voice
Regurgitation of food or a sour liquid (acid reflux)
The feeling of a lump in your throat

Signs Acid Reflux Is Damaging Your Teeth

Regurgitation and heartburn are both indicators of acid reflux, but sometimes, symptoms can go undetected. Acid reflux can wear away the enamel on the inside surfaces of your teeth, as well as the chewing surfaces. Your dentist may spot signs of enamel erosion during regular dental checkups.

Common indications of acid reflux damaging your teeth are:
Enamel Erosion
Persistent pain
Tooth sensitivity
Tooth discoloration
Sharp tooth edges

Protecting Your Teeth and Getting Relief

If you suffer from acid reflux, visiting your dentist regularly will help to keep your teeth healthy. Other ways to protect your teeth from acid erosion include:

Sugar-Free Gum – Chewing sugar-free gum can encourage saliva production. Saliva helps to neutralize and wash away acids in your mouth. When selecting a sugar-free gum, look for one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance.

Avoid Alcohol – Avoiding alcohol and tobacco products may reduce the frequency of acid reflux.

Eat Smaller Meals – You can lower your risk of acid reflux by eating smaller meals.

Changing Your Diet – Eliminate trigger foods and drinks, including tomatoes, citric fruits, chocolate, coffee, garlic, onions, and foods that are spicy, acidic, or high in fat.

Talk With Your Physician – If you are suffering from heartburn and other uncomfortable side effects of acid reflux, discuss your concerns with your physician to treat the underlying causes of your symptoms.

How Your Dentist Can Help

Loss of tooth enamel is permanent and can increase your risk of developing tooth decay. GERD can cause other long-term damage, including irritation and inflammation of your esophagus, making you more susceptible to developing esophageal cancer.

Regular oral exams from a dentist are vital to maintaining your tooth enamel. Your dentist is trained to detect early symptoms of potentially dangerous conditions before they progress. More than 90% of systemic diseases have oral manifestations that can be detected by a dentist during an exam. Call Cherrywood Dental Associates today if you have identified any of the signs of symptoms of GERD.

Do You Need a Full Mouth Reconstruction Surgery?

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Everybody dreams of having that perfect smile with the perfect set of white teeth. However, few people can sincerely say that they are satisfied with the state of their teeth, bite, and other aspects of their smile. If you feel that there are more than two aspects of your smile that you would like to change, perhaps you should consider full mouth reconstruction surgery. Here are the questions that you need to ask:

Am I a Candidate for a Full Mouth Reconstruction?

You may qualify for full mouth reconstruction if your teeth have been damaged beyond individual repair and restoration. For instance, if you have lost more than six teeth to decay or your teeth are fractured and injured. You may also qualify if your teeth are excessively worn out. Other people that qualify for FMR include those with persistent jaw pains, muscle, and headaches as a result of occlusions.

What Kind of Procedures Might be Involved?

The specific procedures that you undergo will depend on your specific problem. They could include getting crowns, bridges, and veneers. For instance, teeth whitening will be performed on stained teeth. Bridges will help restore lost teeth while veneers will cover up chipped and broken teeth.  If the damage is more extensive, an oral surgeon, endodontist, or orthodontist might be involved in the procedures.  An orthodontist corrects the bite and tooth movements while the endodontist deals with problems affecting the tooth pulp.

How Much Does the Procedure Cost?

A full smile makeover involves several procedures. The cost will depend on the procedures. If oral surgery is involved, the procedure might cost as much as $30,000 and even more. However, this is a reasonable price to pay for that perfect smile.

Healing and Recovery

The recovery time after a full mouth reconstruction depends on the procedures that we perform. The crucial thing is to follow the dentists’ instructions when cleaning the teeth to avoid infections.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we believe that it is possible to fully restore the beauty and function of your teeth, regardless of the extent of the damage. Visit us and get a consultation on the state of your smile and how we can improve it.

Are You Suffering From Dry Mouth?

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Many people aren’t sure if they are really suffering from dry mouth, or if they are just abnormally thirsty. Dry mouth is a common issue that can be resolved with some simple steps.

What Causes Dry Mouth?

There are multiple possible causes of dry mouth. Figuring out what is causing it is the first step in determining a treatment plan.

Common causes of dry mouth include:

  • Prescription medication. Dry mouth is a side effect of many commonly prescribed medicines.
  • Medical conditions such as diabetes and cystic fibrosis.
  • Lifestyle choices such as tobacco or alcohol use.
  • Changes in lifestyle such as pregnancy, menopause, and anxiety.

What Can I Do to Minimize Dry Mouth?

You will need to be sure you are eliminating the possible causes as much as you can. This includes lifestyle changes and also seeking help from a professional.

Some simple ways to reduce dry mouth are:

  • Staying hydrated. Drinking enough water is important to your overall health and will reduce your symptoms.
  • Chewing sugar-free gum. This may help keep your mouth naturally moist.
  • Rinsing your mouth with an over-the-counter symptom-relieving mouthwash. These are specially formulated to help reduce the symptoms of dry mouth.

When Should I Seek Professional Help?

If you have tried to change the lifestyle factors that could cause dry mouth but still do not have any relief, you should contact a professional. A professional will be able to help you determine the root cause of your symptoms. Once the cause is diagnosed by your dentist, it can be treated in order to give you relief from symptoms.

If you are suffering from dry mouth with no relief, we understand your frustration. Our team at Cherrywood Dental Associates has over 18 years of dental experience and is here to help you with all of your dental needs.

Contact us today to schedule an appointment and begin your path to relief.

Periodontitis: Causes, Symptoms, and Periodontal Therapy

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Periodontitis is a bacterial infection that affects the gums and the supportive structure of the teeth. Its primary cause is poor oral hygiene, which creates a conducive environment for periodontal bacteria to thrive.

The American Dental Association estimates 42 percent of American adults above 30 years to have some level of periodontitis. Overall, 80 percent of Americans have periodontal disease. It’s the leading cause of tooth loss and a risk factor for lung and heart disease.

Development of Periodontitis

Periodontal bacteria produce a sticky substance called plaque in the patient’s mouth. It covers the teeth and hardens into tartar. Tartar is an insoluble substance that causes inflammation in the gum leading to infection.

Early symptoms of periodontitis include redness, swelling, and bleeding of the gum. Your gums pull away from the teeth as the disease advances.

What to Expect From Periodontal Therapy

Your doctor may employ standard periodontal treatment or soft tissue laser according to your situation.

Scaling and Root Planing (SRT)

SRT is another name for deep cleaning. The procedure acts on the plaque and tooth roots, targeting the periodontal pockets beneath the gum line. Antibiotic treatment and careful cleaning are essential to prevent gum disease from recurring.

Soft Tissue Laser

Laser-assisted therapy is more effective in treating gum disease. It’s less invasive, yet it reaches deep periodontal pockets with high precision using a thin laser beam.

The treatment is more comfortable for the patient. For this reason, it reduces the need for local anesthesia.

Soft tissue laser also speeds up healing and stimulates tissue growth. This is a notable advantage since it reverses the damage of periodontitis to the gum tissue.

Book an Appointment with the Experts

Consult an experienced dentist immediately you note the first signs of gum disease. Early diagnosis and treatment will spare you the pain of gum disease and the possibility of tooth loss.

At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we approach dental care with the latest technology. We can restore the health, strength, and beauty of your teeth once and for all.

Contact us now to request an appointment.

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