Encouraging Proper Dental Hygiene
At our Centennial dental office, we are always looking for ways to keep our patients informed. We want to help you pursue proper dental hygiene habits. Our goal is to help you keep your teeth healthy and happy. For answers to some commonly asked questions, see below.
How can I tell if I have a cracked tooth?
Many people suffer from cracked or weakened teeth. It may be difficult to tell which tooth is causing the pain or discomfort at first, especially if crack is hidden. Some cracks don’t even show up on X-rays, despite the fact that they are causing extreme pain. Foods that are sweet, sticky, sour, or have an extreme temperatures may cause irritation. When you notice this, it’s time to talk with your dentist.
Tooth cracks may be caused by the following:
Chewing on hard objects
Accidents, such as a blow to the mouth
Grinding or clenching teeth
Uneven chewing pressure
How will my cracked tooth be treated?
Treatment will always depend on the size and location of the crack. Crowns and bonding can easily hold the crack together, preventing further damage. If your tooth is severely cracked, it may need to be extracted, requiring an implant. Most people will have tiny cracks in their teeth, which don’t cause too much pain or trouble. If you are in pain from a cracked tooth, you should see a Centennial dentist immediately.
What does it mean if my teeth are sensitive?
Each tooth has a lawyer of enamel that is mean to protect the crown of a tooth. It is the strongest substance in the body, preventing decay and infection. There is a layer under the tooth that is mean to protect the tooth root under the cementum and gum line, which is called the dentin. When this layer loses its protective covering, you will be susceptible to pain when eating sticky or acidic foods.
Sometimes cold or hot liquid will also bother the tooth. You may have periodontal disease, which is commonly known as gum disease. It plagues three out of every four Americans, causing damage and decay. Routine checkups and regular dental hygiene will help prevent or catch gum disease in its early stages.
Should I get dental implants?
Nearly 40 million Americans have lost some or all of their teeth, making dental implants a viable option. Our cosmetic dentistry services include realistic dental implants, which is a metallic titanium object that will act like a natural tooth-root. The body doesn’t recognize titanium, so it cannot reject it like other implants. It will provide firm support to the artificial replacement, which look and feel like natural teeth. If you don’t want to use dentures, bridges or partials, implants may be the best option for you.
How much will my cosmetic dental work cost?
Since each patient’s oral needs are different, it is difficult to list an exact amount for their treatment costs. Most insurance companies don’t cover all cosmetic treatments, which is why we offer affordable payment options. We will evaluate your current dental situation to determine how much your requested treatments will cost. We have patient financing programs that make improving your smile an affordable option.
Will my dental health be affected during pregnancy?
When women become pregnant, their bodies will experience a surge in hormones and emotions. Your body may respond in different ways to things like plaque buildup. If you don’t maintain good dental habits, such as daily brushing and flossing, you could be susceptible to gum irritation. This is called pregnancy gingivitis, which causes the gums to become red, swollen, and prone to bleeding. This can cause women to develop tumors or inflammatory, benign growths on the gums. These tumors can lead to periodontal or gum disease. Scheduling regular dental visits and checkups will help you maintain healthy oral hygiene.