Is It Worth Repairing My Failing Teeth?
The answer to this question is a resounding, YES! Fear of the dentist, lack of insurance or even funds for the deductible are reasons to avoid regular dentist check ups to our local dental health professional. But it is important to take care of your failing teeth before it’s too late.
Why Are My Teeth Failing?
Tooth enamel is one of the hardest tissues in your body. Your teeth begin to fail because the enamel covering them begins to fade, leaving the tooth compromised. There are numerous reasons for the need for tooth repair such as:
Poor dental hygiene
Daily brushing, rinsing with fluoride and flossing is imperative to keep your teeth healthy.
Things such as smoking, ice chewing, and excessive intake of things such as wine, coffee or sugary snacks can lead to the downfall of your teeth’s regular health.
Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism)
This is a common thing for people, especially in times of great stress. This weakens the teeth causing cracks and discomfort.
Other factors also include things from playing contact sports without a mouth guard to tongue piercings. Accidents are also a common cause for a problematic mouth.
How Do I Know My Teeth Are Failing?
There are many levels of failing teeth, but the signs will show you quickly if you learn to pay attention to what your mouth is telling you.
This is caused by the beginnings of tooth decay and/or gum disease. This also includes hypersensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. It can be quite painful and is not fixed simply by over the counter pain relievers and chewing with the other side of your mouth. A toothache is caused by an underlying issue such as infection or worn off enamel.
Many factors can affect the teeth causing discoloration. Things such as what we ingest, play a major role. If you’ve ever eaten a grape popsicle and ended up with a purple mouth, you know this feeling. Other factors such as smoking and coffee may lead to surface stains as well. However, gum disease may also be the cause of your teeth being stained from the inside.
Cavities or a chipped/cracked tooth
When the enamel becomes worn, it leaves our teeth susceptible to debris. This can cause holes in our teeth that will need to be repaired by a dental professional before an infection develops, which can sometimes lead to heart problems, stroke, and even death.
Rotting teeth, gum disease (gingivitis) and impacted teeth are also common ailments that will need attention. As well as crooked teeth, which can bring about pain in the jaw.
How Do I Repair My Failing Teeth?
Modern dentistry has an array of options to help you with your teeth woes. Depending on the severity of your problem they can guide you swiftly through the process. Whether you need something as simple as a sealant to keep your teeth strong or as complex as a root canal or a crown. A simple consultation can easily get your teeth on the road to recovery.
Are you ready to start your journey towards better oral health? Call us today at (912) 354-1366 to schedule your appointment.
Are Porcelain Veneers Worth the Investment?
Although it can be frustrating, the truth is that first impressions make a difference. Whether you are on a first date or a job interview, a gorgeous, relaxed smile conveys trustworthiness, confidence, and sincerity. If your teeth do not look their best, though, you may be tempted to hide them. Fortunately, porcelain veneers are an excellent way to fix staining, chipping, and other cosmetic imperfections. Yet many people wonder whether they are truly worth the investment. Here is what you should know.
What Are Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are very thin shells of top-quality dental porcelain that slip over the teeth. Strong, durable, and chemically bonded to the teeth, they can last for many years. Porcelain veneers are color-matched to your natural teeth, ensuring that they are not noticeable.
What Conditions Can Veneers Fix?
If you have existing oral health problems, such as tooth decay or gum disease, we must correct them before placing your veneers. Porcelain veneers can fix a wide range of cosmetic issues, such as:
Wear and tear: All teeth wear down over time, especially if you use them as a tool or are prone to chewing on pens, ice, or other hard objects.
Mild breakage: Teeth may crack or chip from light trauma such as a fall or a sports injury. Extensive damage must be repaired, but porcelain veneers can hide minor breaks.
Discoloration: Deep staining and discoloration that cannot be fixed with teeth whitening may be caused by large fillings, root canals, excessive fluoride, and even some medications.
Misshapen or uneven teeth: Teeth that are truly perfect are quite rare. Porcelain veneers can cover teeth that are uneven or misshapen.
Minor crookedness or gapping: Severe misalignment typically requires orthodontic treatment, but porcelain veneers are a great way to hide small gaps and minor crookedness.
The Lifespan of Porcelain Veneers
Few dental restorations last a lifetime, but porcelain veneers are among the longest-lasting solutions. They are durable enough to withstand biting and chewing and, with proper care, they can easily last for a decade or more.
Porcelain veneers are stain-resistant. While teeth whitening must be regularly repeated, your porcelain veneers will remain bright and healthy-looking with excellent oral hygiene.
Do Porcelain Veneers Look Natural?
Many people worry that porcelain veneers will give them a “game show host” look, but veneers are actually designed to look quite natural. The dental porcelain mimics the sheen and translucency of natural teeth, and we will color-match them to your adjacent teeth.
We can give you a brighter smile by whitening your teeth and then color-matching your veneers to your new tooth shade. Just keep in mind that you will need to whiten regularly to maintain the match.
Whether porcelain veneers are worth the investment is a decision only you can make, based on your budget, goals, and the issues you want to correct. If you are unhappy with the appearance of your smile, though, porcelain veneers are an excellent way to boost your self-confidence for a decade or more.
Want to Learn More?
If you want to learn more about how we can keep your entire family’s smiles in tip top shape, contact Savannah Dental Solutions today at (912) 354-1366 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
A variety of activities can create an emergency visit to the dentist: Eating, playing, exercising, and random acts of clumsiness. Knowing what to do and planning for such dental emergencies can reduce stress and potentially save your teeth.
What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen when a tooth cracks, breaks, becomes loose or gets completely knocked out. Existing dental work can become loose or fall out. In either situation your mouth, cheeks, gums, and lips can be cut.
Prevention is the best approach. If you are playing sports, wear a mouth guard. Don’t bite foreign objects.
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
If you lose a tooth completely, call us for an appointment. If you can get here within an hour of losing the tooth, chances are better for saving the tooth. Remember, to bring us the tooth. Many trauma’s create panic and patients forget to retrieve the tooth from the scene. Handle it by the part that bites, not the root.
Touching the root can harm the cells necessary to reattaching the tooth. If you can rinse the tooth (don’t scrub) and place the tooth in your mouth (between the cheek and gum) it will keep the tooth moist. Don’t let the tooth dry out. If you cannot put the tooth between your cheek and gum, wrap the tooth in cloth saturated in milk or saline solution (contact lens solution).
What if my tooth is cracked or chipped?
Chipped teeth are actually minor fractures. If you chip or fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth in warm water and apply an icepack to reduce swelling. Call us for an appointment as soon as possible.
What if my mouth is injured?
Damage to your teeth can cause tears, cuts, punctures and lacerations to your mouth, cheek, tongue or lips. Clean the area with warm water. Contact an oral surgeon for treatment. A trip to the emergency room may be necessary. Areas bleeding heavily will need direct pressure using the hand with gauze.
Keep a dental emergency kit handy
• Savannah Dental Solution’s phone number (912) 354-1366
• Handkerchief and gauze
• Saline solution
• Small lidded container
• Ibuprofen (Don’t use aspirin. It will thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding)
A cracked or broken tooth can happen for a variety of reasons- brittle teeth, teeth grinding, injury. The crack may be invisible to the naked eye and even X-ray, but they can be incredibly painful and create bigger problems if left untreated. If you experience pain when chewing see your dentist. They can diagnose the cause and develop a plan for treatment.
Above article from: MouthHealthy.org
Savannah Dental Solutions
Drs. Chad and Alexandra Schnabel
9A Medical Arts Center
Savannah, GA 31405
Phone: (912) 354-1366