Find out what you should do if you end up having to deal with a chipped tooth.
You were so excited about your game that you completely forgot to put your mouthguard in. Of course, someone checked you right in the face and injured your tooth. Now you are faced with a chipped tooth. What should you do? First and foremost, you need to visit our Pearl River, NY, area dentist in Sparkill, Dr. Thomas Williams, just to be on the safe side.
A chipped tooth can sometimes cause pain, which may be your first indication that something is wrong; however, dental pain isn’t always present. How our Pearl River area general dentist will treat your chipped tooth will depend on the severity and size of the chip.
Minor Dental Chips
If you only have a very small chip in your tooth, then we may be able to get away with just smoothing out the chip to even out the shape of your tooth. If it’s small enough, this may be the only treatment necessary. In some situations, we may also combine tooth reshaping with dental bonding, in which we rebuild and reshape the tooth using a tooth-colored material.
Moderate Dental Chips
If there is a bit more extensive damage to the tooth, then we will need to determine whether a dental filling or crown may be necessary in order to fully restore the tooth. If the chip isn’t that large, a dental filling may be all that’s needed to preserve the tooth. If the chip is a bit more widespread, getting a dental crown to cover the whole tooth may be a better option for protecting the tooth in the long run.
Severe Dental Chips
If the chip is deep enough to reveal the nerves of the tooth (in many cases this will lead to a toothache or sensitivity), then a root canal procedure will often be necessary to remove the infected or inflamed nerve. After a root canal, we will decide whether a dental crown or a filling will need to be placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.
A damaged tooth should always get the proper treatment. Call Dedicated Dental Services in Sparkill, NY and serving the Sparkill, Orangetown, Orangeburg, Old Tappan and Pearl River areas today if you are dealing with a chipped or cracked tooth.
How preventive dental services from your Sparkill dentist can protect your smile
If you’ve thought about postponing your regular dental visits, don’t! Regular preventive dental examinations and x-rays are the only way to ensure your mouth and teeth are healthy. Many dental problems begin with no signs, symptoms or pain. Small dental issues can become large dental problems and you won’t even know what happened.
Dr. Thomas Williams at Dedicated Dental Services in Sparkill, NY, wants to share the facts about why preventive dentistry is important. At his office, he proudly serves the Old Tappan, Tappan, Blauvelt, Piermont, Palisades, Norwood & Orangeburg areas.
Dr. Williams offers a full range of preventive dental services to protect you and your family. These are just a few of the services available at Dedicated Dental Services:
For your children:
- Professional cleanings
- Fluoride treatments
- Dental sealants
- Sports mouthguards
- Oral hygiene instruction
- Professional cleanings
- Oral cancer screening
- Gum and periodontal disease therapy
- Dental x-rays
- Oral hygiene instruction
For a complete list of services available from Dr. Williams, please see the services page on the website at http://www.dedicateddentalservicespc.com/services.html
Regular visits to your dentist can prevent a small dental issue from turning into a big dental problem. Regular visits can save you time, money and a painful outcome. You don’t want to experience problems like these:
- Decay turning into a root canal or tooth extraction
- Gum infection turning into periodontal disease
- Periodontal disease turning into tooth extractions and expensive tooth replacement
Current recommendations are for you to see your dentist at least once each year for an exam and x-rays. You should have a professional cleaning at least once every six months, more often if you have gum or periodontal issues.
Don’t wait to seek out preventive dental services; it could save your smile and your health! For more information about preventing dental problems, call Dr. Williams at Dedicated Dental Services in Sparkill, NY and serving the Sparkill, Orangetown, Orangeburg, Old Tappan and Pearl River areas. Call today!
Could your mouth be trying to tell you that you have periodontal disease?
Gum disease doesn’t have to happen to you. Our Sparkill, NY, dentist Dr. Thomas Williams gives you tips on what to look out for when it comes to the warning signs of gum disease. Find out if you are experiencing symptoms that warrant a trip to our office.
There are three stages to gum disease:
- Advanced gum disease
When you come in for a routine checkup our Sparkill, NY, general dentist Dr. Williams will also be able to detect the presence of gum disease. While we will provide a proper diagnosis, it’s always important that you are able to recognize the signs right away so you can receive treatment fast.
Fortunately, this stage of gum disease is reversible if it is caught soon enough and proper measures have been put into place to get your gums back on track. Common signs of gingivitis include:
- Bleeding gums, typically when flossing or brushing
- Puffy, red gums
- Receding gums that make teeth appear longer
- Bad breath that doesn’t seem to go away
When gingivitis has gone undetected it will continue to get worse until it turns to periodontitis. At this point, this condition can start to affect the health of teeth and bones, as well as your gums. Common periodontitis symptoms include:
- Inflamed, tender and red gums
- Pockets forming between teeth and gums (gums pulling away from the teeth)
- The presence of pus between the gums and the teeth
- A change in your bite
- Bad breath
This is the most serious form of gum disease you can have. Besides all the symptoms listed above, it’s also fairly common to notice loose teeth or to have experienced tooth loss. While you won’t be able to see it, this disease can also affect the health of your jawbone, resulting in bone loss.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms then it’s time to seek medical care right away. Contact Dedicated Dental Services located in Sparkill, NY, and serving the Old Tappan, Tappan, Blauvelt, Piermont, Palisades, Norwood & Orangeburg areas.
Ever since childhood, when her career as a model and actress took off, Brooke Shields has enjoyed worldwide recognition — through advertisements for designer jeans, appearances on The Muppet Show, and starring roles in big-screen films. But not long ago, that familiar face was spotted in an unusual place: wearing a nasal anesthesia mask at the dentist's office. In fact, Shields posted the photo to her own Instagram account, with the caption “More dental surgery! I grind my teeth!” And judging by the number of comments the post received, she's far from alone.
In fact, researchers estimate that around one in ten adults have dental issues that stem from teeth grinding, which is also called bruxism. (Many children also grind their teeth, but it rarely causes serious problems, and is often outgrown.) About half of the people who are teeth grinders report problems like persistent headaches, jaw tenderness and sore teeth. Bruxism may also result in excessive tooth wear, and may damage dental work like crowns and bridges; in severe cases, loosened or fractured teeth have been reported.
Researchers have been studying teeth grinding for many years; their findings seem to indicate that it has no single cause. However, there are a number of factors that play a significant role in this condition. One is the anatomy of the jaw itself, and the effect of worn or misaligned teeth on the bite. Another factor relates to changes in brain activity that occur during the sleep cycle. In fact, nocturnal (nighttime) bruxism is now classified as a sleep-related movement disorder. Still other factors, such as the use of tobacco, alcohol and drugs, and a high level of stress or anxiety, can make an individual more likely to experience bruxism.
What can be done for people whose teeth grinding is causing problems? Since this condition may have many causes, a number of different treatments are available. Successful management of bruxism often begins by striving to eliminate the factors that may cause problems — for example, making lifestyle changes to improve your health, creating a soothing nighttime environment, and trying stress-reduction techniques; these may include anything from warm baths and soft music at bedtime, to meditation and mindfulness exercises.
Several dental treatments are also available, including a custom-made occlusal guard (night guard) that can keep your teeth from being damaged by grinding. In some cases, a bite adjustment may also be recommended: In this procedure, a small amount of enamel is removed from a tooth to change the way it contacts the opposite tooth, thereby lessening the biting force on it. More invasive techniques (such as surgery) are rarely needed.
A little tooth grinding once in a while can be a normal response to stress; in fact, becoming aware of the condition is often the first step to controlling it. But if you begin to notice issues that could stem from bruxism — or if the loud grinding sounds cause problems for your sleeping partner — it may be time to contact us or schedule an appointment. You can read more about bruxism in the Dear Doctor magazine article “Stress and Tooth Habits.”
Everyone knows that in the game of football, quarterbacks are looked up to as team leaders. That's why we're so pleased to see some NFL QB's setting great examples of… wait for it… excellent oral hygiene.
First, at the 2016 season opener against the Broncos, Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers was spotted on the bench; in his hands was a strand of dental floss. In between plays, the 2105 MVP was observed giving his hard-to-reach tooth surfaces a good cleaning with the floss.
Later, Buffalo Bills QB Tyrod Taylor was seen on the sideline of a game against the 49ers — with a bottle of mouthwash. Taylor took a swig, swished it around his mouth for a minute, and spit it out. Was he trying to make his breath fresher in the huddle when he called out plays?
Maybe… but in fact, a good mouthrinse can be much more than a short-lived breath freshener.
Cosmetic rinses can leave your breath with a minty taste or pleasant smell — but the sensation is only temporary. And while there's nothing wrong with having good-smelling breath, using a cosmetic mouthwash doesn't improve your oral hygiene — in fact, it can actually mask odors that may indicate a problem, such as tooth decay or gum disease.
Using a therapeutic mouthrinse, however, can actually enhance your oral health. Many commonly available therapeutic rinses contain anti-cariogenic (cavity-fighting) ingredients, such as fluoride; these can help prevent tooth decay and cavity formation by strengthening tooth enamel. Others contain antibacterial ingredients; these can help control the harmful oral bacteria found in plaque — the sticky film that can build up on your teeth in between cleanings. Some antibacterial mouthrinses are available over-the-counter, while others are prescription-only. When used along with brushing and flossing, they can reduce gum disease (gingivitis) and promote good oral health.
So why did Taylor rinse? His coach Rex Ryan later explained that he was cleaning out his mouth after a hard hit, which may have caused some bleeding. Ryan also noted, “He [Taylor] does have the best smelling breath in the league for any quarterback.” The coach didn't explain how he knows that — but never mind. The takeaway is that a cosmetic rinse may be OK for a quick fix — but when it comes to good oral hygiene, using a therapeutic mouthrinse as a part of your daily routine (along with flossing and brushing) can really step up your game.
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