If you have a toothache that just won’t go away, you need to get it checked out, and rather quickly. More than simply addressing the pain, which we realize can be quite intense, not tending to the problem can lead to much larger issues down the road.
The pain can come from a buildup of pressure caused by swelling often due to an infection and/or abscess at the base of the tooth, or in the roots. The only way to alleviate the pain is to get to its source.
What is a Root Canal?
The singular term of the root can be misleading. Your back teeth have multiple roots, whereas a front tooth generally has one. None-the-less, when having a root canal, all roots of that particular tooth will need to be addressed. A root canal is a dental procedure in which all of the nerves and pulp are removed. The canals are then cleaned, filled and sealed.
The Need for Root Canal Therapy
In general, we recommend a root canal over the pulling of a tooth. Although extraction is less expensive, nothing can replace the function of your own teeth, or look as natural.
“Saving the natural tooth with root canal treatment has many advantages:
- Efficient chewing
- Normal biting force and sensation
- Natural appearance
- Protects other teeth from excessive wear or strain”
And replacement with an implant, or a bridge, can be more costly. Putting it off, or ignoring the issue, will only worsen it. The infection will heighten, can infect the bone, and can cause an overall infection throughout the body. “Leaving a tooth abscess untreated can lead to serious, even life-threatening, complications,” according to the Mayo Clinic.
What is Involved in Having a Root Canal?
Having a root canal is actually fairly easy. It can be done with local anesthesia. However, it does take time, and therefore patience.
- Your dentist must access the roots by removing or drilling through any previous filling or crown, and the tooth, to reach each of the roots. He or she will then begin the process of carefully clean out each of the canals.
- Sometimes this takes more than one visit, depending upon the severity of the infection, the number of roots, and the area which needs to be cleaned out. In between visits, you will receive a temporary filling. You should avoid chewing in the area.
- On the subsequent visit, the canals will receive further cleaning. When cleaning is finished, the roots will be filled with a specific material designed for this purpose. You will again receive a temporary filling.
- You’ll then set up an appointment for a permanent crown to further preserve your tooth.
Is Having a Root Canal Expensive?
The short answer is, it can be. A root canal is a lengthy, precise procedure. The cost will vary depending upon which tooth needs the work done, and how many roots it has. A front tooth will cost less than a back molar. It may also vary on the depth of the infection.
The good news here is that most dental plans cover root canals. Dental or health cards can also help meet the immediate expense, allowing payments over time.
Dispelling Some Falsehoods About Root Canal Therapy
- Root canals are painful – Let’s face it, you are already in pain! We have had patients describe the experience or a root canal as relieving. Often the pain you had been under will go away immediately or within a day or so of your first procedure.
- The root canal won’t work – A root canal does work when done properly by a trained dentist with experience in the procedure. Experts rate the average of root canal success to be 85% to 95%. There is the rare occasion when the base of the root may become infected again, even years later. If this is the case, an additional treatment procedure may need to be done in order to save the tooth and prevent further infection.
- A root canal may make me sick – Generally, when you have the need for a root canal, you are already sick. You have an infection. The infection can travel. Without a root canal, you may become sicker.
- Having your tooth pulled is a better alternative – There are cases when a tooth must simply be pulled when the decay is just too bad. But, as we said earlier, it is better to keep your own teeth, whenever possible. While functional, an implant or bridge just won’t work quite as well as your own natural teeth.
That’s Done, Now What?
Following your root canal, you’ll have your permanent crown placed. Nothing else needs to be done other than proper, routine dental care. If you have been remiss in having checkups, now would be a good time to have complete x-rays and professional cleaning.
Of course, not every pain you may feel in your mouth is caused by the roots of a tooth requiring a root canal. It could be from gum disease, known as gingivitis. Or it could be an old filling which cracked and is sensitive to hot and cold. This should be attended to quickly before a new cavity may have time to fester. It may simply require removal of the old filling and replacement with new material, an inlay, or possibly a crown.
We are Here for All Your Dentistry Needs
As with all forms of medicine, dentistry is keeping up with modern studies and techniques for meeting the health of the mouth, along with esthetic properties. Gone are the days of silver fillings, which would someday need replacement. At Cherrywood Dental Associates we not only welcome modern procedures and techniques, but we also embrace them.
We are here to help you prevent problems, and if and when you have one, we want to help you catch it at an early onset. The beginning of a cavity, or the beginning of a dental or gum infection, best be caught early to prevent further problems, which can be painful to you and your pocketbook.
At Cherrywood Dental Associates, we address all of your dental needs. From a routine checkup to a root canal, we have you covered. Dr. Bazgar and Dr. Pakpour, who happen to be husband and wife, have nearly 20-years-experience in dentistry. Dr. Bazgar was honored placement on the Excellent 2010 America’s Top Dentists for Cosmetic and General Dentistry, from the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Whether you live in, or near, Greenbelt, MD or Woodbridge, VA, our local dental clinics are here to serve you. Give one of our offices a call and schedule your introductory consultation to let us help protect your teeth and meet your dental needs. Se Habla español. Our offices are handicap-accessible and we offer hearing-impaired communication assistance.
A person’s smile has a powerful impact on first impressions, how you’re perceived, how you feel, and even how you’re remembered. In fact, a smile can be remembered for ages. Unlike treasured people of the past, today’s cosmetic dentistry world provides a wide array of innovative opportunities to help you improve your smile, to help you be remembered for that beautiful grin. Let’s take a look at some of the most memorable and unforgettable smiles throughout history and how you can use cosmetic dentistry to maximize the impact of your smile.
The Power of a Smile
Though many may not like to admit it, your smile can have an impact on a variety of things. It is one of the first things people see and one of the most memorable features on a person. A person’s smile is also a reflection of complex, personal feelings. Your smile can reflect emotions you are feeling, such as happiness, pain, discomfort, fear, and love.
A smile, much like other gestures and expressions, has become a learned habit for humans. Though smiles can come naturally from laughter and happiness, smiles are also an expectation considered a “social norm.” For instance, it is considered normal to smile when meeting someone or interviewing for a job, even though it may not reflect any happiness on your part.
In some of the world’s earliest photographs, as another example, most people posed without smiles. In today’s photographs, the expectation for showing your happiness through a smile is considered the norm. This may also link to the improvement we’ve seen of medical and dental care over time to provide better smiles as well.
Smiles Throughout Art
As touched on above, the cultural and societal norms of our time help dictate that we smile in photographs, videos, etc. But throughout history, the norm was quite the opposite. Smiles, in fact, were largely frowned upon and not often seen in traditional art and portraits. But this may also be one of the reasons why we remember certain art pieces and their smiles in particular. Some of the most memorable smiles seen in art include:
- Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci: For a woman who doesn’t even show her teeth, her small, enigmatic grin is one of the most memorable throughout history. The smile you see in Mona Lisa has attracted, and confused, people for hundreds of years.
- Buddha: As the largest symbol and center of Buddhism, even those not familiar with the religion know Buddha for his smile. As a representation of peace, enlightenment, and love, Buddha is seen smiling in every piece of art depicting him. This happy depiction has made him a welcome piece of art in homes all over the world.
- Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol: Andy Warhol is one of the most remembered artists in the modern age. His well-known “pop” art changed the art industry, working with simple, but spectacular muses. Marilyn Monroe became one of these muses, and as one of the most beautiful women in the world, he captured her perfectly. Alongside bright colors, Marilyn’s smile reflects her personality, as well as her impact on society.
Smiles Throughout the Entertainment World
Whether it’s literature, film, or music, there are many people and characters that have made their way into our hearts with a simple smile. Beautiful, scary, or otherwise, here are some of the best smiles in entertainment:
- The Cheshire Cat: Kids and adults alike can recognize the smile of the Cheshire Cat. The amazing Alice in Wonderland has been made into a variety of movie and TV adaptations, but that silly cat’s smile always stays the same.
- The Joker: It doesn’t matter what actor plays this character since the Joker has been around since his debut in the Batman comics in 1940. It’s hard to forget his unique, sinister, and wide smile; making him one of the most popular characters/villains in the entire franchise.
- Frank Sinatra: Still regarded as one of the best singers and entertainers of all time, Sinatra captured people everywhere with his captivating voice, ice-blue eyes, and a warm, welcoming smile.
- Grace Kelly: This woman was iconic for more than her brilliant, beautiful smile. Though she was already well known for her beauty and talent, the American entertainer became part of her own, real-life “Cinderella” story, marrying the Prince of Monaco in 1956.
- Marlon Brando: With more of a bad-boy-but-still-sweet smile, Brando made his way into the hearts of millions of women across the globe. Even today, his carefree, majestic smile is remembered and revered.
Though these celebrities and entertainers have not been around for as long as some of the others you’ll find on this list, they are still noted and remembered for their beautiful smiles- sure to be remembered for years to come:
- Julia Roberts
- Chris Pine
- Anne Hathaway
- James Franco
- Eva Mendes
- Patrick Dempsey
- Angelina Jolie
- Mila Kunis
Cosmetic Dentistry Today
Today’s dental industry is about more than just preventing serious issues and providing care for your oral health. Cosmetic dentistry today strives to do more than focus on the health of your smile, but also the appearance and the impact your smile has on your life.
Teeth whitening is a simple, yet effective procedure that helps whiten and brighten your teeth, with the help of a dental professional either in the office or at home. Other realistic options for correcting a smile like veneers and bonding provide life-like beauty to your smile while fixing any problems with your teeth at the same time. Highly customizable, these cosmetic options can perfect any smile, while more subtle options for straightening your teeth, like Invisalign, can provide comfort and simplicity to straightening and correcting any smile.
At Cherrywood Dental, we know the importance of a great smile. Our trusted professionals offer an array of cosmetic dentistry services to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment or consultation for a free digital smile makeover. Come see what our team at Cherrywood Dental can do for you.
Imagine the option of permanent, reliable teeth in a single procedure. All-On-4 dental implants give you a full dental replacement in one visit. Four implants are positioned into bone – one on top and one on the bottom – allowing full-arch prosthesis on the same day of surgery. This special procedure of dental implants doesn’t replace just one tooth at a time; it allows your dental professional to attach an entire set of artificial teeth onto titanium inserts leaving you with a fresh set of chompers on the very same day.
We Know Dental Implants
The dentists of Cherrywood Dental Associates are proud to share their implant dentistry expertise with our patients hoping to replace lost teeth. Our dentists have undergone extensive specialized training for implant placement, and have practiced implant dentistry for over 13 years. We can answer all of your questions about dental implants and let you know if All-On-4 implants are right for you.
The All-On-4 Advantage
Conventional dentures are tough to keep secure. The time spent caring for your removable teeth combined with the cost of adhesives and adjustments adds up. All-On-4 implants provides the convenience of a full-arch prosthesis with standard dental care.
Same-day implants are a game-changer for your schedule, with the majority of your procedure happening in one visit. While there is recovery and rehabilitation just like any oral surgery, single-day implant placement for patients eager to restore teeth quickly cuts out months of healing time typically associated with dental implants.
What Will This Cost Me?
Due to the accomplishments of the All-On-4 dental implants, it can be costly. The average cost for an entire All-On-4 can range between $15,000 and $35,000 depending on additional procedures needed and style of the denture. It is imperative to check with your insurance company to determine what type of coverage is available to you. At Cherrywood Dental, we will discuss dental financing options, too.
We want to see you smile. Schedule a free consultation today to learn if All-On-4 implants are the right choice for you. We have two convenient locations in Woodbridge, VA, and Greenbelt, MD. Hablamos Español.
Modern dental restorations are both durable and beautiful. With the option of dental implants, you can have a replacement tooth which feels, functions, and looks like the original. At Cherrywood Dental, we create new foundations for your teeth with dental implants.
What is a Dental Implant?
A dental implant is an artificial tooth permanently replacing a missing tooth. It is often made of titanium and bone-like components which can be compatible with the jaw and support a full denture. There are 2 types of dental implants: a subperiosteal implant is attached under the gum tissue via a metal frame while an endosteal implant is positioned directly into the bone. With your dental implants fused to your jawbones, they actually feel just like natural tooth roots.
Dental implants can replace any number of teeth from a single implant to a replacement of every tooth in both arches. At Cherrywood Dental, our office is unique in its potential to provide a same-day implant and restoration placement.
Benefits of Dental Implants
If you’re ready to replace missing teeth, our team at Cherrywood Dental is equipped to restore your smile as quickly as possible. Here are some of the benefits of dental implants:z
- An improvement in your overall oral health can be achieved with dental implants. Gaps caused by missing teeth are breeding grounds for bacteria which can lead to an increase in plaque, tartar, cavities and periodontal diseases such as gingivitis.
- An implanted tooth does not shift or slip, which allows you to have the same security and stability as the natural teeth.
- You can clean implants in the same way as the natural teeth. There is no need to take these units out at night for soaking or cleaning.
- Implanted teeth do not rely on other neighboring teeth for the right support. As a result, no tooth structure would be lost.
- Implants can prevent nearby teeth from shifting and preserve the contour of your face and jawbone.
- Implanted teeth are a great cosmetic solution to your missing teeth, providing you with a symmetrical gap-free smile and improved facial structure.
Healing Time for Dental Implants
The timeline for your procedure and recovery will, of course, depend on the amount of work required for your specific dental needs. Our team at Cherrywood Dental will help you plan out your schedule and discuss what can be expected during your recovery. Read more about an overview of what to expect during an implant healing process, and why the treatment time is as long as it is in order to have a successful implant. (internal link: )
Considering Dental Implants?
You may have many questions concerning the option of dental implants, especially the initial inquiry of whether or not you’re a likely candidate. Our staff at Cherrywood Dental can assist you in this decision process and evaluate your own special circumstance. We will review with you the conditions necessary to perform a dental implant procedure.
The cost of dental implants is an understandable concern for our patients. Most insurance companies including Medicare do not offer dental implant coverage. We’d be happy to discuss financing options that may be available to you for your dental care.
Let Us Fill in Your Smile
At Cherrywood Dental, our dentists pair dental implants with restorations to provide the stability that superficial restorations lack. Implants replace missing tooth roots and will support restorations for a lifetime. Our dentists have practiced implant dentistry for over 13 years and provide a unique same-day implant and restoration placement. Call or text us today to schedule your free consultation.
Gum disease, known as gingivitis, affects nearly half of all U.S. adults over the age of 30 according to a recent study by the Center for Disease Control (CDC). In addition to early warning signs, there are ways to prevent gum disease as well as ways to effectively treat your condition. At Cherrywood Dental, we offer a variety of options to get your gums back in working order.
What Does Gum Disease Look Like?
Gum disease is caused by a surplus of bacteria in your mouth. As bacteria linger on your teeth, it can turn to a plaque which, without proper cleaning, will harden to tartar. Once the bacteria have reached this calcified state, it must be removed by a dental professional to prevent the onset of periodontal disease.
There are several ways to detect the early warning signs of gum disease, which would warrant a visit to the dental professional. The most prominent symptom would be swollen or tender gums that could result in sensitivity to temperatures and difficulty chewing. Another (rather unpleasant) sign is persistent bad breath. On rare occasions, a gum abscess can leave pus oozing from the teeth.
Ways to Prevent Gum Disease
Gum disease can be prevented by a strict course of action that controls bacteria and prevents the build-up of plaque. Daily flossing and brushing are de rigueur, as well as regular professional cleanings to get those hard to reach areas extra clean. At Cherrywood Dental, we offer incentives to encourage you to make your oral health a priority.
Additional steps you can take to prevent gum disease include:
Stop smoking. Smokers are seven times more likely to acquire periodontitis than non-smokers, and some treatments can be less successful for those who smoke.
Eat a healthy diet. Eating a diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables can help your teeth. Avoiding processed foods and too many fizzy, sugary drinks is also important, as well as trying steering clear of bathing your teeth in sweets like lollipops and sugar-rich gum.
Reduce your daily levels of stress: Too much stress weakens the immune system opening the door for bacteria to form on your teeth and gums – the precursor to gingivitis and other periodontal diseases.
Stop wear & tear on your teeth: Let our team at Cherrywood Dental know if you struggle with bruxism – excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching. These involuntary habits can wear away the teeth and eventually have an effect on your gums. We can help you address this issue and let you know the options available to decrease the frequency and long-term effects.
How to Treat Gum Disease
There are many ways in which gum disease is treated, depending on how much the condition has progressed. Surgical treatments include:
Pocket Reduction Surgery: Gum tissue is folded back and the bacteria that has built up in the “pocket” is cleaned away. Surfaces of damaged bone can also be smoothed at the same time to make it easy for the tissue to reattach itself to the bone.
Soft Tissue Grafts: Using a flap of tissue from the gum or mouth to enlarge the existing gums.
Guided Tissue Regeneration: This procedure helps bone and tissue to regrow around a tooth that is in danger. The soft tissue is pulled away, the tooth is cleaned and the infected tissues are removed. A small GTR membrane is then placed between the tooth and the tissue to separate them so that slow-growing fibers will advance to the area along with bone cells.
Bone Grafts: Similar to a Guided Tissue Regeneration, the bone is filled in with graft material to encourage re-growth after the tooth has been cleaned and pulled away from the soft tissue.
We’re Here to Help
At Cherrywood Dental, our goal is to promote healthy teeth and gums for life. We can guide you in the habits needed to keep your smile beautiful and robust. And if you’ve reached a point where prevention has turned to treatment, we are here for you. From dental cleanings to full mouth reconstruction, all procedures are performed by our caring, gentle and knowledgeable doctors and staff. Contact us today. We’d love to see your smile. Cherrywood Dental is a proud customer of dentist SEO services.
Full mouth reconstruction takes restorative dentistry a step further by giving your smile a magnetic appeal in addition to returning dental function lost from age, injury or disease. FMR addresses years of wear and tear on your once-pearly whites and gives you the confidence and livelihood associated with a dental makeover. At Cherrywood Dental, we specialize in full mouth reconstruction and rehabilitation, restoring your dental health and aesthetics.
When to Consider Full Mouth Reconstruction
The purpose of FMR is to restore your oral health and leave you with a bright and improved smile. This combination of goals ensures dental competence for years to come along with an increased confidence in your appearance and willingness to crack a grin more often!
If your permanent teeth are broken, chipped or missing, reconstruction is something to consider. Even teeth with excessive wear can benefit from FMR. Also, the consequences of incorrect bites and pain related to TMJ (chronic jaw) can benefit from procedures performed during full mouth rehabilitation.
An obvious consideration is that your dental professional recommended a full mouth reconstruction. When you schedule a consultation at Cherrywood Dental, we will address all of your concerns. After a visual exam including detailed x-rays, we will discuss an outline of recommended procedures.
Common Procedures for a Full Mouth Reconstruction
Our goal during your full mouth reconstruction is to conserve your remaining natural teeth and restore your overall health. While each mouth is different, common procedures include crowns, bridges, fillings, teeth whitening, root canal therapy, and periodontal treatment. At Cherrywood Dental, we specialize in the following FMR procedures:
Is Full Mouth Reconstruction Painful?
The gentle and knowledgeable doctors and staff at Cherrywood Dental are committed to making your dental care as comfortable and pain-free as possible. We offer sedation options at our locations including local and general anesthesia. We also specialize in laser dentistry to assist with periodontal treatment, gum surgery, and other gum procedures.
We are diligent in our care instructions and assistance to you during your recovery period. Your entire experience will be handled with care and professionalism ensuring that your end result was worth the effort.
Let’s Get This Started
Give us a call and we’ll give you a smile. Schedule your consultation with Cherrywood Dental and let’s discuss improving your overall oral health with a full mouth reconstruction. Cherrywood Dental is a proud investor of dental SEO services.
Kids are naturally drawn to foods that are high in sugars or starches, because they taste delicious to their tiny taste buds, and kids don’t view foods the same way as an adult would. For moms and dads, it’s vital to feed your children nutritious foods that will promote healthy growing and learning.
Convert your picky eater into a fruit and veggie lover with these 5 ways to encourage healthy eating habits for your kids.
Getting Your Kids Involved
Start at the source and teach your kids where their food comes from. A Saturday morning outing to the local farmer’s market allows your kids to see foods in a different setting than in the traditional supermarket. Introduce them to the working hands that grew the produce, and let them pick out the foods your family will eat for the next week together.
Have a green thumb? Planting things like tomatoes, lettuce, and berries in pots is a great way to show your kids the process of how foods grow and encourages a child to try the fruits of their own labor.
Keep Healthy Snacks An Arm’s Length Away
Keeping your kitchen and pantry stocked with exclusively healthy treats in convenient grab-and-go bags is the best way to get your kids reaching for the healthy alternatives. Keep the snacks in convenient places so kids can help themselves.
Mom Hack: Invest in a few plastic containers and label them with the days of the week for snacks. Taking a few extra minutes on grocery day and planning snacks out ahead of time will help to eliminate the “mom, I’m hungry” complaints and make your kids more self sufficient.
Let Them Decide
Kids love to get their way – don’t we all? But no parent wants to be a short order cook for their little ones, especially if you are cooking for multiple people in your family. Instead of fully assembling meals and plating everything for your kids, try the fixings bar approach, like this example for taco Tuesday:
- As you prepare ingredients and components, place items like rice, beans, whole wheat tortillas, and taco meat like chicken or beef on plates.
- Let your kids dress up their own tacos with fresh tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, salsa and sour cream
- Your kids eat exactly what they like and choose for themselves without being forced to eat
The fixings bar approach works well for family meals like taco bars, pasta bars, veggie bars and snack time with veggies and dips. Get your kids involved and give them the responsibility to make their own choices.
Monkey See, Monkey Do
A recent study found that young children’s food tastes are significantly related to foods that their parents like and dislike. Having your child watch you order fresh and healthy options at restaurants rather than a burger and fries through the drive-thru encourages them to cultivate healthy eating habits both at home and out.
Keep Offering Foods In Different Ways
Studies show that most children require multiple exposures to new foods before they willingly eat them on their own. Offering broccoli between 5-10 times, prepared different ways, will help the new food become familiar to your child – then they’ll be more willing to eat it when it’s put on their plate.
Establish Healthy Eating Habits Early On
Getting your kids to eat healthy foods starts when they’re babies, and the process continues as they develop into their toddler years. If you need help in coming up with some tips and strategies for getting your little ones on board with healthy changes, ask us for some recommendations at your child’s next dental checkup. Just like healthy eating, your child’s oral health begins at a young age too!
Teeth grinding is an involuntary habit which causes destructive effects in the mouth as well as other facial structures, and it is a condition that affects individuals at any age. People are often made aware of the fact that they are grinding their teeth in different ways, whether it’s by being told by your partner, your dentist noticing signs of damage, or by catching yourself mid-clench in the car or during a stressful situation.
To be able to successfully manage teeth grinding, the first step is to figure out the cause.
Possible Reasons You’re Grinding Your Teeth
Stress and Anxiety.
The most common cause of teeth grinding is stress and anxiety. A person who is constantly stressed and is often put in a stressful state manifests their stress during sleep. The over-activity of the muscles in your jaw cause you to unintentionally clench and grind your teeth together without you even realizing you’re doing it.
Sleeping disorders such as sleep apnea are often found to be associated and related to teeth grinding in patients. Studies have shown that those who suffer from various types of sleep disorders are at a higher risk of developing the habit of teeth grinding.
Side Effects of Certain Medications.
Teeth grinding is a known side effect of medications that patients take for psychotropic drugs including antidepressants and antipsychotics. Teeth grinding can also be one of the side effects of a digestive issue.
When a patient loses a tooth or is missing teeth, migration of the teeth changes the way a patient bites down causing an uneven alignment. An uneven bite destabilizes the occlusion of the jaw, bringing considerable stress that causes one to grind their teeth.
Long-Term Side Effects of Bruxism
Long-term effects of grinding your teeth come when the short-term effects are not given remedies. People with severe Bruxism often suffer from:
- Facial muscles that are taut and tight around the jaw area
- Popping or clicking of the jaw
- Tooth loss
- Tooth wear
Can I stop grinding my teeth on my own?
If you think you grind your teeth, the first step is to see a dentist who can check your symptoms and look for typical wear spots on your teeth to indicate if you are in fact suffering from Bruxism.
Your dentist will more than likely recommend a mouthguard that is made of a soft moulded plastic that fits over your teeth while you sleep to protect them from the effects of grinding.
While a mouthguard will help to reduce the effects on your teeth from grinding, it will not make the habit go away. If you’re grinding your teeth from stress or anxiety, seeking counseling or stress-management services may be a way for you to treat underlying drivers behind your bruxism.
When to See a Professional
Teeth grinding can cause different symptoms including facial pain, headaches, and abnormal tooth wear. If you notice any of these symptoms, schedule an appointment with your dentist to have your teeth evaluated before you cause permanent damage.
Possible symptoms of teeth grinding include:
- Facial muscle pain
- Tightness and stiffness in the shoulders
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw joint
- Disruption of sleep for either you or your partner
- Worn teeth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Tooth loss
- Gum inflammation or receding gums
- Loose teeth
- Difficulty opening your mouth
Making an appointment and talking with your dentist will help you work out the possible causes of why you’re grinding your teeth, and together we can create an appropriate treatment plan. Schedule a consultation with Cherrywood Dental Associates to help manage your stress and keep your teeth healthy.
When you think of traditional dental veneers, your mind may immediately go to thoughts of drilling away enamel and your natural teeth to set the veneers into place. But forget about everything that you think you know, because the dental game is changing and Lumineers are the new key players in establishing positive aspects of tooth restoration.
Why your veneer type matters
Lumineers are specially made porcelain veneers that allow a patient to get even better results than traditional veneers without the extreme commitment. Ultra-thin veneers combine incredible aesthetics with lasting power, and offer a no-prep procedure to boot.
Depending on your personal preferences and cosmetic needs, lumineers will leave you completely satisfied with stand-out features like:
- Looking as natural as real teeth
- Matching the appearance of your natural enamel color so they blend into your existing teeth
- Lasting through many years of life with consistent brushing and flossing
- A no-prep procedure that allows you to retain most to all of your natural teeth
- Strengthening your existing teeth by covering exposed roots and lowering sensitivity
Overcoming dental anxiety through comfortable treatment
If you’ve dealt with dental anxiety for years, it’s probably kept you from the dentist’s office and those changes you’ve always wanted to see in your smile. The fear of what might happen in the dental chair is typically much worse than anything that would actually take place, and there are things you can do to help relieve some of that dental anxiety to make your appointments more relaxing.
If you suffer from dental anxiety, try some of the following at your next appointment:
Once we know that you’re feeling nervous, we can help by talking you through your appointment so you know exactly what to expect and nothing is left to your imagination.
- Book a morning appointment.
Being one of the first appointments of the morning will help to get your exam over with and you on with your day.
- Ask for nitrous oxide.
Dental sedation helps prevent your body from triggering anxiety responses, and keeps you feeling calm throughout your appointment. Even better, nitrous is administered by a small mask over your nose and there are no needles involved.
- Listen to music.
Listening to soothing music during your appointment will help to block out some of the background noises that might be causing your tension.
- Find a dentist that you love.
Being comfortable with your provider that makes you feel listened to is a big step in feeling comfortable and cared for. Read patient reviews based on previous patient experiences when looking for a new office.
Why we offer Lumineers
Porcelain veneers are superior in their durability, thinness, and ability to mimic light in the way natural tooth enamel does. Our dentists want to provide our patients with the best possible porcelain veneers, to make treatment as pleasant as possible with the best outcome possible.
Dr. Barzgar has been providing Lumineers for over a decade and is skilled with the delicate placement and contouring. Our Lumineers smiles are so natural they are indistinguishable from regular teeth leaving our patients feeling confident and happy.
Am I a candidate for Lumineers?
Schedule a consultation with Dr. Barzgar or Dr. Pakpour and learn more about how Lumineers can transform your smile and if you are a good candidate for the procedure. A few of the most common changes patients seek with Lumineers include:
- Gapped teeth
- Short, or worn down teeth from grinding
- Sensitive teeth
- Stained teeth that refuse to whiten
- Dramatic transformation without invasive treatment
- Smile makeovers with subtle changes
Ready to take the first step in transforming your smile into a stunner with the help of Lumineers? Call Cherrywood Dental and schedule your consultation today!
As you grow and evolve in life, so do the potential risks for causing harm to your teeth. Find out what the main risks are to avoid dental decay at every stage of life.
Negative Impacts On Baby’s Teeth
From the moment your child was born, you have done everything in your power to ensure they are living a healthy and happy life. Make yourself aware of the common threats to your child’s teeth and give your toddler a chance to stay cavity-free while developing strong teeth.
Baby Bottle Decay.
Your baby’s bottle may be a symbol of comfort and nurturing, but after a certain age the bottle may be doing more harm than good. While it’s perfectly safe for your tot to use their bottle during the day, falling asleep while sucking on the bottle is harmful to their developing teeth. Remaining milk in the mouth causes tooth decay throughout the night.
Pacifiers and Thumb Sucking.
Crooked teeth can happen from some unavoidable causes such as genetics, but others can be easily prevented. If your toddler continues to use a pacifier after the age of four, or sucks their thumb as a way of comfort, they’re at risk for changing the alignment of their front teeth. Help them quit these habits early on to avoid braces down the line.
Transitioning to a sippy cup and away from the bottle is a milestone all parents are happy to see. Selecting the right type of sippy cup is just as important as filling the cup with nutritious liquids that don’t cause early tooth decay. Offer your child water over sugary juices, and if they do drink juice, have them rinse their mouth with water afterwards.
Proper Care For Young Children
Even though your child’s baby teeth do eventually fall out, baby teeth play an important role in helping your child eat, speak correctly, and also save space for the important permanent teeth helping guide them into the correct placement.
Properly care for your child’s teeth from the very beginning by:
- Scheduling a dental checkup for your baby by their first birthday
- Wiping your child’s gums with a clean, damp washcloth as an infant
- Brushing your child’s teeth twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and water
- Introducing a fluoride-free toothpaste to your child if under the age of two
- Once your child learns to properly spit, begin using a fluoride toothpaste as part of your brushing routine
- Avoiding sugary snacks and drinks in your child’s diet
Adolescents and Negative Impacts On Their Oral Health
Transitioning into the teenage years comes with many new body changes and your child’s oral health is one of them. Teens often place a low priority on maintaining good daily oral hygiene and contributing factors are:
Tooth decay is the most common childhood disease among youth 6 to 19 years old. Poor eating habits that contribute to tooth decay include frequent snacking on refined carbohydrates, sugary snacks and sweetened beverages. Help your teen’s teeth fight back by ensuring your child has proper brushing habits that include using a fluoride toothpaste and dental floss.
You may not be a big fan of your teen’s tongue ring or lip ring, and neither are their teeth. Oral health problems associated with oral jewelry include swallowed jewelry, speech impairment, fractured or chipped teeth, and gingival recession.
Smoking and Alcohol Consumption.
Along with other major health risks, there is an increased chance of developing cancer of the mouth with tobacco usage, and excessive consumption of alcohol. Negative dental outcomes are also linked to smokeless tobacco, such as gingival recession, periodontal disease and bone loss.
Dental Risks For Adults
The longest period of your life is the time you are an adult. You’re at a higher risk of developing oral health problems if you:
Use Tobacco Products.
Adults who use tobacco products, either smoking or chewing tobacco, have a higher risk of severe gum disease and tooth loss. Tobacco users are also at high risk of developing cancers of the throat, mouth, tongue or lips.
Have Poor Oral Hygiene.
Not properly brushing for a full two minutes, twice a day and flossing can cause tooth decay which left untreated can lead to tooth loss.
Have a Genetic Predisposition.
Unfortunately, some oral health problems may be genetic. If you have a close family member that experiences more tooth decay or gum issues, that same problem may run in your family.
Don’t Follow Healthy Diet and Nutrition Habits.
Not eating a balanced diet full of nutrients can have a negative impact on your oral health. If your diet consists of processed foods with refined sugars and carbohydrates, you are directly impacting your teeth in a negative way.
Perfect Your Oral Hygiene
Establishing good oral hygiene starts at the very beginning stages of life and never fades. Ask us how you can improve on your child’s oral health, or maybe even your own, at your next appointment.
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