Saturday, November 26, 2016

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Monday, November 14, 2016

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

I Need a Root Canal: What Do I Expect? | Tulsa Dentist

OKC DDSYou've been dealing with a nasty toothache for a while now. The pain is becoming excruciating so you finally suck it up and make a dental appointment. Sadly, you need to have a root canal. Great. But, what exactly is that going to entail? Do you need a driver? Is it going to be painful? Why did this happen in the first place? Well, a root canal will require one or more office visits, depending on the severity of the case. It will either be performed by a dentist or endodontist. We all know what a dentist is, but an endodontist is a dentist who specializes in the diseases and injuries of the human dental pulp or the nerve of the tooth. The choice of which type of dentist to use depends to some degree on the difficulty of the root canal procedure needed in your particular tooth and the general dentist's comfort level in working on your tooth. After a brief consultation, your dentist will be better able to tell who might be best suited to perform the work in your particular case.

At your appointment, you will take an X-ray to see the shape of the root canals and determine if there are any signs of infection in a surrounding bone. Once everything is ready for surgery, your dentist or endodontist will then use local anesthesia to numb the area near the tooth. Anesthesia may not be necessary, since the nerve is dead, but most dentists still anesthetize the area to make the patient more relaxed and at ease. The anesthesia used will determine whether or not you will need to bring someone with you to drive you home.

Next, to keep the area dry and free of saliva during treatment, your dentist will place a rubber dam (a sheet of rubber) around the tooth. Once your mouth is prepared, an access hole will then be drilled into the tooth. The pulp along with bacteria, all of the decayed nerve tissue and other debris is then removed from the tooth using root canal files. A series of these files of increasing diameter are each subsequently placed into the access hole and worked the full length of the tooth to scrape and scrub the sides of the root canals. Water or sodium hypochlorite is used periodically to flush away the debris.

Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it is sealed, which may take up to a week, depending on the doctor. If there is an infection, your dentist may put a medication inside the tooth to clear it up. Others may choose to seal the tooth the same day. If the root canal is not completed on the same day, a temporary filling is placed in the exterior hole in the tooth to keep out contaminants like saliva and food between appointments.

At the next appointment, to fill the interior of the tooth, a sealer paste and a rubber compound called gutta percha is placed into the tooth's root canal. To fill the exterior access hole created at the beginning of treatment, a filling is placed. Once filled, you may have a tooth restoration procedure, but that's it. You're done and no more toothache. Because a tooth that needs a root canal often is one that has a large filling or extensive decay or other weakness, a crown, crown and post, or other restoration often needs to be placed on the tooth to protect it, prevent it from breaking, and restore it to full function. Your dentist will discuss the need for any additional dental work with you. Pain will be involved, but you are already in pain. This pain will eventually go away and your tooth will be good as new.

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

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Saturday, August 6, 2016

The Pros and Cons of Chewing Gum | Tulsa Dentist

Ever since we were old enough to have candy, we have been more than delighted by the offer of a stick of gum. As kids, it was a sweet treat to chew on as we challenged each other to blow the biggest bubbles. As adults, we pop in a stick when we have a hot date and want fresh breath. But regardless of our ages, chewing gum has been a go-to candy staple we've loved as far back as the Neolithic period. Yes, the actual Neolithic period! It isn't exactly what we now know as chewing gum. Originally, it was made from trees and thought to have medicinal benefits. Today, chewing gum is more of a confection than it is a medicine. So is it still good for us? While sugar is never going to be considered an all-around good thing for us, you'd be surprised just how good gum actually is.

Of all of the reasons we decide to chew a stick of gum, fresh breath is one of the main ones. Something that may surprise you is the fact that lots of gum contains natural oils that fight bad breath causing germs, instead of just covering them up. Some of the best odor-fighting flavors are cinnamon, citrus and any minty flavor you can get your hands on. But beyond the fresh burst of flavor, chewing gum also perpetuates saliva production. Saliva helps fight against dry mouth and the odors created as it helps clean your teeth and stave off sugary snacks in between meals, thus further combatting bad breath.

While there is lots of sugary gum is available on the market, there have also been advances in chewing gum production that can help PREVENT cavities and promote other health benefits than the more cavity-inducing versions. The substitution of Xylitol for sugar has not only reduced cavity production, but it also attacks micro-organisms that damage teeth so our teeth can re-mineralize faster. Add calcium lactate to the mix and now Xylitol has help in the re-mineralization of our tooth enamel.

If you want to go even further with the health benefits of chewing gum, doctors have also used chewing gum to help patients with their cognitive brain functions, gastroesophageal reflux disease, and even abdominal or gastrointestinal surgery recovery time. So not only is gum good for your oral health, it can also help out lots of other issues!

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Saturday, July 9, 2016

Headaches and How They Affect Toothaches | Tulsa Dentist

It never seems to fail…you are just about to indulge in your favorite food when all of a sudden, you have a shooting pain in your mouth. That food has now forever been tainted. It seems you've gotten yourself a whopper of a toothache and it's time to visit the dentist.

How did we end up in this kind of pain? A toothache is one of the most jarring pains we have and it seems like we never know we're about to have one when it sneaks up on you. There are actually lots of different ways a toothache can occur. It can be as simple as a cracked tooth, cavities or exposed roots from not taking care of our teeth like we should. But it can also be something more serious, like your ears or sinuses causing the issue.

When it comes to pain, each one of us has a different degree pain tolerance. Some of us can work through a headache, while others are taken out at the first signs of one developing. Denying yourself a solution to your frequent headaches is only delaying the inevitable, and possibly making your situation worse. If your headaches persist, you need to figure out what is causing these frequent migraines or they will only continue to worsen. Similarly, headaches and toothaches are detected by the same trigeminal nerve in your head, which means one can be the cause of the other without being aware that is the case. Unfortunately, there is no real way to dissect the problem without the help of your dental professional.

There are, however, ways for you to give yourself some temporary relief while you are waiting to see the dentist. Of course there are always over-the-counter remedies, like Ibuprofen or pain relieving gels, but there are also some natural ways to help ease your pain. Try chewing on a piece of garlic for a while every day. In addition to being a pain reliever, it is also a way to strengthen your teeth. The soothing heat and salt combination your mouth gets from gargling with hot saltwater for a few minutes also help relieve a toothache. Vitamin C from citrus juice also does a great job with pain relief. If it's sinuses or another infection causing the pain, take a day to relax. Lots of water and sleep in a dark room will do wonders to help your aches and pains.

In the end, it is important to pay attention to the signals your body gives you when something is wrong. Ignoring the pain will only lead to more problems, so make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as you find headaches or toothaches are persistent. The technological advancements in dentistry makes dental procedures easily accessible, convenient and virtually painless. The best solution is to take care of your teeth. Good oral hygiene is the best line of defense.

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Friday, June 17, 2016

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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Caring For Your New Porcelain Veneers

Porcelain veneers are an excellent option to revamp or improve your smile. From fixing slightly misaligned teeth to transforming your entire smile, porcelain veneers can be quite versatile. Though, how long your porcelain veneers last is completely up you.

As durable and stain resistant as porcelain veneers may be, they won't last the as long as they are intended to without proper care and maintenance. The following list includes a few tips to ensure you get to enjoy you beautiful porcelain veneers for years, and years to come:

  • Properly Care for Your Veneers- Practicing proper oral hygiene is the best way to ensure a healthy mouth. This includes brushing twice a day, flossing at least once and using a mouthwash. This is one of the most important actions you can take to prolong the life of your porcelain veneers.

  • Toss The Hard-Bristled Toothbrush- Porcelain veneers are very durable, however they can be damaged by brushing with a hard-bristled tooth brush. Be sure to toss your hard-bristled toothbrush and replace it with a soft-bristled tooth brush. Also, be sure to avoid toothpastes that contain harsh abrasives. If you need recommendation on what type of toothpaste you should use, be sure to ask your dentist.

  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly- It's recommended that you see you dentist every six months for routine checkups and cleanings. Not only does visiting your dentist regularly keep your teeth and gums healthy, but it allows your dentist to monitor your porcelain veneers and make repairs, if needed.

  • Prevent Periodontal Disease- Periodontal disease, also known as gum disease, is an infection of the gums that can lead to inflammation and gum recession. If gum recession is severe enough it can expose the top edge of your veneer. Gum disease can be prevent with good oral hygiene and visiting your dentist for routine checkups and professional cleanings.

Avoid Bad Habits

As mentioned earlier, porcelain veneers are durable and stain resistant, however, they are still vulnerable to your daily habits. To properly maintain the appearance and health off your veneers also includes avoiding bad habits, stain causing food, beverages or products.

  • Avoid Chewing Hard Items- While porcelain veneers may be durable, they aren't quite as strong as your natural teeth. So avoid chewing on hard items such as ice cubes, pen caps, and you nails. Chewing on such hard items can cause your veneer to break or chip. The same applies to clenching and grinding your teeth.

  • Avoid Stain Causing Foods And Drinks- Porcelain veneers may be stain resistant, however, the same can't be said for the adhesive dentists use to bond the veneer. So be sure to avoid stain causing foods and beverages that could possible stain your teeth. If you enjoy to drink coffee or soda, try drinking them through a straw to minimize the exposed the beverage has with your teeth.

  • Avoid Tobacco Products- The public has long known the detrimental effects smoking has overall health, yet people are still using tobacco products. Even big tobacco companies point out that their products are exactly safe. If you ever needed another reason to kick the bad habit, this may be it. Again, while veneers are rather stain resistant, smoking can result in staining and discoloration.

As you can clearly see, there are many way to ensure you enjoy and get the most out of your porcelain veneers for years to come.