Why do I have sensitive teeth?
Teeth tend to become sensitive when the gums recede slightly. Gum recession exposes the underlying dentin, making it easier for food and water to access the sensitive nerve. Tooth sensitivity can be managed in several ways, including through special toothpastes, gels, and dental procedures, if necessary. You are always welcome to call our office to learn more about options for decreasing the sensitivity of your teeth.
What should I do to prevent tooth decay and gum disease?
One of the best ways to prevent tooth decay and gum disease is by consistently maintaining a proper hygiene routine at home. This includes brushing and flossing every day. In addition, remember to attend your regular appointments with our dentist. This will help ensure that your risk for gingivitis and tooth decay is minimized.
What is gingivitis?
Gingivitis, a gum disease, occurs when bacteria enters the gums. This causes the gums to become inflamed and irritated. In many cases, it also causes the gums to bleed. To help prevent the progression of gingivitis, it is very important that you attend your regular hygiene visits at our office. When you visit us, our dentist and hygiene team will teach you how to floss properly and other measures you can ensure to prevent periodontal disease.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal (gum) disease often begins with few symptoms. Gingivitis is the first stage of periodontal disease, where bacteria enters the gums and cause the gums to become inflamed, irritated, and to bleed. When gingivitis is left untreated, the condition becomes worse and more noticeable symptoms start to appear, including:
- Gum sensitivity to acidic foods
- Bad breath
- Recession of the gums
- Tooth pain
- Tooth loss
How can I treat periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease needs to be treated by a professional dentist, such as Dr. Regan. This condition requires immediate attention. Through a series of cleanings, including deep cleanings such as root planing and scaling, laser therapy, and local antibiotics, we can help control periodontal disease. Periodontal surgery is an option but is only necessary in severe cases of periodontal disease.
What is the difference between white fillings and silver fillings?
You probably already know about silver fillings (also called amalgams) since they have been around for many years. During that time, metal alloys were the best material for fillings available. Because the metal both contracts and expands with the cold and heat, it prevents most bacteria from entering the tooth so your tooth can remain strong and healthy.
White fillings (or composite fillings) are relatively new to the dental field. They are often made of glass or plastic polymers. A cosmetic treatment option, white fillings will look and feel like a natural part of your teeth. In addition, the resin material used to create the white fillings will fit tightly into a tooth to prevent further decay.
How can I improve my smile?
Modern dentistry offers many options for those who wish to enhance their smile. Some of the procedures we provide at our Huntington, IN dental practice include:
- Teeth Whitening
- Porcelain Veneers
- Porcelain Crowns
Using these and other procedures, we can help you meet your aesthetic oral goals. Call our office today to schedule your cosmetic consultation with our dentist!
What is bonding?
Bonding is an affordable cosmetic procedure that our dentist will perform to lighten the teeth and fill gaps in the front teeth. The results are immediate and incredible, giving you a beautiful new smile in just a few hours! Like other procedures, such as teeth whitening, bonding can change color over time due to external factors such as drinking wine, soda, coffee, or tea.
What is teeth whitening?
Professional teeth whitening is an effective, affordable, and safe way to improve the aesthetics of your smile. In addition, fluoride has recently been added to many whitening products to help reduce gum and tooth sensitivity and improve your oral health.
Professional whitening should be monitored by the dentist and should only be performed after a comprehensive exam and cleaning. If properly cared for, professional whitening can last for years. Drinks such as tea, wine, soda, and coffee will affect the whiteness of your teeth. If it can stain a white shirt, it can stain your teeth!
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are thin, tooth-colored and tooth-shaped shells that the dentist bonds to your natural teeth. They can change the shape, size, and color of your teeth in just two visits to our Huntington, IN dental practice. Veneers are an effective option for those with fractured teeth, stained teeth, or crooked teeth. With porcelain veneers, you can feel younger than ever with your straight teeth and dazzling smile!
What are crowns?
Crowns are permanent aesthetic treatments that completely cover a tooth. Usually placed in two visits, crowns can enhance the shape, size, and color of your teeth.