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You may brush your teeth twice or more every single day, floss to make sure you’re reaching every nook and cranny in your mouth, and you might even use an oral rinse to top it off. But somehow you are still getting cavities. Maybe you’ve noticed friends or family members whose oral cleaning routines aren’t as diligent as yours but don’t get cavities nearly as often as you do. Why is that?
Some people are more susceptible to cavities for a number of reasons, not all of which are to do with improper teeth cleaning. Read on to find out what they are.
The culprit for why you might be more prone to cavities could be as simple as what you’re eating. Eating too many snacks and beverages filled with sugar is a major issue when it comes to your oral health and should be the first place you look to cut down for the sake of your teeth. Unless immediately cleaned with a toothbrush and fluoridated toothpaste, sugars sit around and between teeth, and along the gum line. These sugars become fuel for destructive bacteria which multiply and erode tooth enamel, which is the protective layer of teeth that protect against decay which leads to cavities.
Sugary foods to avoid include sodas, juices, sweets, and carbohydrates, such as white breads. To combat cavities, replace these foods with crunchy fruits and vegetables that are naturally low in sugars, such as carrots and celery, and drink water to flush away food debris and sugars that may be lingering among teeth. Bring your toothbrush and toothpaste with you to work to brush your teeth after lunch to ensure that no particles or sugars are left behind.
There are oral bacteria, or microbes, that are more aggressive than others when reacting with sugars in the mouth. This means that the bacteria that naturally forms in some people’s mouths can be more damaging than the bacteria that forms in other people’s mouths. This destructive bacteria is what breaks down the protective barriers of the teeth and can cause decay down through the root of the tooth, which is how cavities are formed. To combat aggressive oral bacteria, couple your regular brushing and flossing routine with an oral rinse that fights cavities by enhancing the tooth’s natural protection.
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If you experience a feeling of dryness in your mouth regularly, this could affect your oral health. Saliva is essential to combat cavities because it washes away destructive food particles, sugars, and bacteria in the mouth naturally. There could be various reasons why dry mouth occurs, including medication side effects, chemotherapy treatments, and sickness. To combat dry mouth and protect your teeth from cavities, rinse daily with an enamel enhancing mouth wash to protect teeth, and try to drink plenty of water throughout the day to make up for the lack of natural moisture in your mouth. Consult your healthcare professional for additional treatment for dry mouth symptoms.
If gums recede far enough, the roots of the teeth can become exposed past where the tooth enamel naturally covers. This means that the base of the tooth is vulnerable and any bacteria that would naturally build could cause decay much easier, which results in cavities. Brushing lightly with an ultra soft toothbrush away from the gums is important to avoid causing further recession. Couple this technique with fluoridated toothpaste, an enamel enhancing oral rinse, and counsel from your dental professional to ensure that gum recession is not due to a larger health issue.
Teeth that have naturally deep grooves are more susceptible to cavities because they are likely to catch food particles, sugars, and destructive bacteria easily. These grooves are more difficult to properly clean regularly and are closer to the root of the tooth so any erosion that does happen is more likely to have more destructive results because of its proximity to the vulnerable part of the tooth. Decay in these grooves is much more likely to cause cavities. Ensuring that these troublesome teeth shapes are cleaned fully twice each day and that no food particles are left behind after eating is the best way to combat and prevent cavities.
For further information about any of these issues, and for any other questions you may have about cavities and your oral health in general, consult your dental professional.
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If you have a cavity and the damage isn’t too extensive, your dentist will suggest you get a filling. Fillings protect teeth from further damage, and they restore them to their natural function. There are four kinds of materials you can choose from for fillings: gold, porcelain, amalgam, and composite resin. The type of material you choose will ultimately determine what the procedure looks like to apply the filling.
Filling a Cavity — The Procedure
No matter the type of material, the procedure for filling a cavity begins the same way. The dentist first makes sure the patient is comfortable. For a filling, dentists will sometimes begin by drying the gum around where they will apply the filling and applying a numbing gel. The gel keeps the patient from feeling The Needle, with which the dentist injects a local anesthetic.
Needles aren’t always required though, For small fillings or if you have higher threshold to discomfort.
After preparing the patient, the dentist will remove decayed tooth material with a high-speed hand piece, commonly referred to as a dental drill. After the dentist uses the high-speed hand piece, they will switch to a low-speed hand piece and then hand tools to remove remaining decay.
After they have removed decay, the dentist will clean and disinfect the area around the cavity.
amalgam fillings, the dentist then mixes ingredients that make up the amalgam. When amalgam is first mixed, it’s soft and pliable, which allows dentists to shape it. The dentist then compacts the soft amalgam onto the tooth and carves it into a tooth shape. The amalgam will harden in a few minutes. Composite Resin Fillings
composite resin filling, the dentist will next take note of the patient’s tooth color and select or mix a resin that matches. They may do this before preparing the patient.
After selecting a resin, they’ll wash the affected tooth with acid. The acid forms tiny holes in the tooth into which the resin will take hold and bond.
After applying acid, the dentist will then dry the tooth and prime it with a priming and bonding agent. They will then apply the resin. Once applied, the dentist will shape it and place a UV light over it. The light will cure the resin so it hardens.
Gold and Porcelain Fillings
The procedure for applying
gold and porcelain inlays and onlays is much the same. After preparing the teeth, the dentist will take an imprint or scan of the teeth, which they will send to a dental lab. The lab will make and prepare the inlay (a filling placed inside or in the middle of a tooth) or onlay (a filling place on the top or edge of a tooth).
During a second visit, the dentist will place the inlays/onlays using a dental cement or adhesive agent.
All Filling Procedures End the Same
At the end of a procedure, the last thing a dentist will do is to always adjust the filling to make sure it doesn’t hit other teeth. The dentist will have their patient bite down on a piece of carbon paper to determine if the filling is too high. The carbon will rub off in the place where the filling touches opposing teeth. If a filling is too high, the dentist will file it down.
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If a dental filling won’t adequately restore the structural integrity of your tooth, you may need a dental crown.
Dental crowns are made from a variety of materials to look like your original tooth. They fit around your tooth to protect it from physical damage and bacterial infection. Your dentist takes measurements of your teeth to ensure that your crown is custom-fitted for your tooth. Your crown will act like a shield against anything that could further hurt your vulnerable tooth. This is the best option for teeth that have sustained damage that a filling cannot fix.
Dental Crowns Have a Variety of Applications for Oral Health.
Dental crowns don’t just protect teeth that have suffered significant cavities. Dental crowns can be used in a range of applications to improve your oral health. Crowns are also used on teeth that need root canals, again to protect a tooth with compromised structural integrity. Crowns are also used on abutment teeth when creating a dental bridge. The crowns hold replacement teeth in place
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Some adult patients are reluctant to have a conventional orthodontic treatment as recommended. They feel that wearing awkward metal braces for a number of years is too high a price to pay for straight teeth. They want immediate results to correct misalignment of their overcrowded front teeth and other conditions such as protrusion. Some patients want to close the gaps in between their teeth, recontour poorly shaped teeth, or correct their open bites or cross bites.
Placement of dental veneers is sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they can be used to cover a variety of dental problems involving teeth in the “smile zone
For many patients of our practice, instant orthodontics has provided an outstanding alternative to braces. Not all orthodontic issues, however, can be resolved with porcelain veneers. The best candidates for instant orthodontics with porcelain veneers include those who
Instant orthodontics use a dental veneers, which can be made of either Porcelain or a Composite Veneer. These materials are thin shells of specially crafted dental materials.
Most tooth bonding will last anywhere from 3-10 years, depending on which teeth are bonded and how well you care for them. There is
ongoing research about the products used in the dental bonding process, with hopes of further improving the materials most commonly used.
The cost of teeth straightening can vary depending on the complexity of the treatment and the type of veneering materials and the the type of treatment you choose.
It depends on how much work there but roughly you are looking at 2-4 appointments versus about more or less 2 years of traditional braces
BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS WITH COMPOSITE RESIN VENEERS / DENTAL BONDING