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Edmond Dentist: Mouth Guards

Edmond Dentist: Why MouthGuards are Important

Many people have dreams in which your teeth fall out, but what would it feel like if it actually happened? Your Edmond Dentist knows that losing a few teeth would completely change the way you smile, eat, and talk everything would be affected. You can’t plan for every situation, but with sports and other recreational activities, you can. Mouthguards help cushion blows to the face protecting your upper and lower teeth from injury or getting knocked out completely. In most cases, the top teeth will receive the brunt of the injury because they stick out a little farther than a patient’s bottom teeth.

When should a patient wear a Mouthguard?

Your Edmond Dentist recommends that a patient wear a dentist during all sporting activities. High-risk activities like martial arts and collision sports are no-brainers but non-contact sports like Ice Skating and Gymnastics also require mouthguards. One bad spill during a non-contact sport could still mean losing a tooth. It’s important to know as adults but your Dentist in Edmond also recommends equipping children who play sports with mouthguards.

 

What kind of options do you have to choose from?

There are three kinds of mouthguards that a patient can choose from:

  1. Custom Made – Some Dentist will offer to make custom mouthguards, these aren’t cheap but offer the best protection as they’re individually crafted for the wearer.
  2. Boil and Bite – Perhaps the most common mouth guard options theses require a patient to boil the mouthguard, making it soft and then biting down to imprint their teeth into the guard. This is a semi-customized mouth guard as the exact sizes can only be estimated.
  3. Stock – There mouthguards come preformed and are the most inexpensive method. These mouthpieces are often the least comfortable and can make breathing difficult depending on how they fit in the patient’s mouth.

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Edmond Dentist: Root Canals

Edmond Dentist: What is a Root Canal

If you have a tooth that has been severely damaged, decayed, or has a serious infection your Edmond Dentist will perhaps recommend a root canal. When a dentist performs a root canal it’s to save the rest of the tooth from the decay or damage that’ s made its way into the interior of the tooth.

What can you expect from a Root Canal?

Inside the tooth is a soft pulp made out of nerves and blood vessels, these nourish the tooth and keep it healthy. If the pulp is exposed it can be opened up to infection, the main ways this happens is via a deep cavity, a cracked or fractured tooth, or trauma to the tooth. If these conditions are left untreated the tooth can become infected, which can be incredibly painful. In some cases, an abscess can form inside the tooth or bone around the root. The infection could also cause a patient to lose the tooth entirely

What happens during the procedure?

During the procedure, your Edmond Dentist will:

  1. Create the opening in the tooth to remove the root through.
  2. Extract the tooth’s nerve tissue.(The inside of the tooth may also be treated with a germ-killing medicine)
  3. Clean the inside of each tooth and the canal they’ve made.
  4. Fill and seal the root canal to prevent future infection.
  5. Place a crown or filling to be a definitive restoration.

A root canal treatment can take more than one office visit depending on the difficulty or number of root canal’s that have to be performed. Your Edmond Dentist is able to manufacture crowns on site so that will cut down on the time it would take most dentists to finish the procedure. Many patients worry about pain, but the use of local anesthetic ensures that a patient won’t feel pain during the procedure and once the problem tooth is removed a patient won’t feel the pain of the damaged tooth.

 

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Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Resin Fillings

Differences Between Two Types Of Fillings

There are several different materials that can be used by a dentist to fill your cavities. The severity of your problem can be a factor in how your cavities are addressed. The style of dentistry may also be what determined which material was used to fill your cavities in the past. Today, we’re going to talk about the differences between amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings.

Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. The benefits to having amalgam fillings is that they are strong, they last for many years, and they are one of the least expensive types of restorative material used. The downside to these is that they can become corroded over time. This can cause gaps between the teeth and the fillings and discoloration of the surrounding area. Additionally, cosmetically speaking, the metallic look may be a turn-off for some people.

If your amalgams have, in fact, corroded then they can be removed and replaced quickly, at our Edmond dentist office. If you have fillings on both sides of your mouth, it is recommended to allow amalgam fillings to be removed and replaced on one side at a time, but the option is yours. If you want your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with something else, composite resin is a commonly chosen option.

Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Direct fillings can be placed in and hardened right away using a bright blue light. Within minutes you’ll be ready to go with a brand new filling. The benefits to this option are that the filling will match the color of your tooth (unlike the metal color of amalgam fillings) and they can bond to the tooth making it stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling. Furthermore, there is much less drilling involved as the dentist doesn’t need to shape the space as much to hold the filling securely.

Want your amalgam fillings removed? Have new cavities that you need filled? Our staff is up to date with the latest advances in dental technology, procedures, and guidelines. If you have any questions or would like to visit our Edmond dentist, make an appointment by calling us at 405-340-0411 or click here.