Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Invisibility of Invisalign Means Less Disruption to Everyday Life

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 04, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisalign clear aligners in Hampton, VA

Invisalign clear aligners are making noise in the world of orthodontics. This newer technique appeals to many fans of conventional braces due to the the ease of use and improved aesthetics they offer with the same effect in alignment as the metallic and other counterparts. Though metallic braces are still the most common, the nature of metallic braces intrudes in the lifestyle of the user.

Invisalign by Oyster Point Dentistry in Hampton, VA allows wearers to temporaily remove the aligners during eating and brushing therefore users have the luxury to eat what they want. For some users with very busy schedules, eating fast is a non-issue with Invisalign. Moreover, since removable aligners make brushing or flossing easier as well, users are able to maintain oral hygiene in the most comfortable way.

The design matches uniquely with the user’s teeth. The clear color of aligners allows blending to the natural teeth’s color, which is why they are called invisible aligners. The teeth are moved little by little in a span of 9-15 months, and treatment involves 18-30 sets of aligners which may vary from case to case.

Invisalign treats the same dental issues like crowding, space closure, anteroir intrusion, narrow arches etc, more effectively. As far as Oyster Point Dentistry is concerned, 80% of the severe cases over the age of 15 are ensured treatable by this method. For details on Invisalign, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Invisible Fillings Bond Natural Teeth and Dental Restorations Forever

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 27, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisible Dental Filling in Newport News, VA

Are you worried about another detached dental filling? Do the colors of your dental fillings and natural teeth differ? Oyster Point Dentistry has just found a breakthrough solution to your weakened and discolored dental fillings.

Its new technique called Invisible Fillings which match the colors of the dental restorations to your natural teeth to look like nothing happened at all, thus the term invisible. More importantly, this technique closes the gap between your teeth and the filling, resulting in a stronger bond preventing resurgence of decay that causes cracking and eventual breaking of dental fillings. The strengthening technique fuses the filling and your teeth for a dental restoration that lasts.

Invisible fillings in Newport News, VA are successful because of the superb skill of the dentists. Our dentists are highly trained to deliver quality dental restorations and are the best of their field, upholding both function and aesthetics to restore your teeth to its natural look and feel. For details on Invisible Fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Happy Thanksgiving From Oyster Point Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Oyster Point Dentistry - Happy Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving week and a time each year when we reflect upon the blessing within our lives. Today our warmest Thanksgiving wishes go out to all of you, our clients, friends, and neighbors. Along with this note of thanks to you, this week we offer a special Thanksgiving “shout-out” to one of the more unsung Thanksgiving heroes, Sarah Hale. Historians credit Sara Hale as the originator of the Thanksgiving federal holiday.

Sara Hale undertook a 17-year letter writing campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday observed in all states. Before Hale, Thanksgiving was not a fixed holiday but rather an informal tradition. Presidents would select a day and make it known that it would be a day of thanksgiving and community. Hale lobbied five separate presidents for a set date until finally her request was granted by president Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln congratulated her tenacity and immortalized the holiday as part of American culture.

So thanks, Sara, for your 17 years of letter writing, for securing our day of Thanks on Thursday, and for your part in creating one of the most warm and celebrated day within our American culture!

Holiday Professional Teeth Whitening - Treat Yourself

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 17, 2017

As we approach the Holiday season, our phones here at Newport News Virginia's Oyster Point Dentistry begin to light up about teeth whitening services unlike any other time of the calendar year The reason makes perfect sense as this is by far the most social period of the calendar year.  You want to look your best, and frankly, you deserve to treat yourself. So we thought today we'd cover the things we commonly discuss on the phone regarding teeth whitening.

Dental teeth whitening is a safe, easy and effective way to get whiter and brighter teeth. It is one of the many ways that cosmetic dentistry can give you that dazzling smile you have always wanted.

Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News uses the latest technology in clinical teeth whitening. Clinical research proves that professional whitening is the safest way to secure teeth whitening treatment. Off the shelf teeth whitening products do not always give reliable outcomes and they do not always deliver safe results.

Why do people have their teeth whitened?

Tooth discoloration could be caused by any number of factors, including smoking, red wine, tea, coffee or even antibiotics. These lead to many people complaining of:

  • Ugly teeth
  • Yellow teeth
  • Dark or black teeth

Many of our patients have an important occasion, such as their weddingwhich they would like their smile to have that extra wow factor. Other patients have simply wanted to have whiter teeth for many years.

The benefits of dental teeth whitening:

  • Dental whitening is a safe and quick process
  • Teeth whitening makes a big difference to your smile
  • Teeth whitening can restore confidence with positive effect on overall mental health
  • Dental whitening is very affordable

Oyster Point Dentistry offers several teeth whitening service options with our most popular being the Britesmile system.  We’ll be glad to discuss then all with you. Just give us a call

Dental Crowns and Bridges Via FSA and HSA Savings

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 10, 2017

Many of you are calling us here at Oyster Point Dentistry (serving Hampton and Newport News Virginia) to schedule end of year cleanings and other dental treatments (such as dental implants) that for any number of reasons that you've delayed until now.  This is also the time of year when we increase the volume of dental crown and dental bridge work as corrective dental procedures are the perfect use for end of year flexible savings account and health savings account dollars that expire at year's end.

What are crowns and bridges?

A crown is a hard-wearing dental cap which restores a tooth’s shape and protects your own natural tooth below. The ceramic material of a crown strengthens your tooth and gives your smile a beautifully natural look.

Dental bridges replace a missing tooth or teeth by placing a ceramic tooth in a gap that is held in place by crowns on the surrounding teeth. Crowns and bridges are an excellent alternative to dentures that give you a strong and natural looking smile.

Crowns and bridges can be used to:

  • Replace missing teeth and strengthen remaining teeth
  • Dramatically improve the appearance of decayed, worn and broken teeth

Why seek dental crown or bridge work?

If you have lost or are missing a tooth and have a large gap, then your jaw will continue to shrink and weaken until the gap is filled. Bridgework (also known as fixed bridges) is an excellent non-removable way to stop this continuing damage and give you the closest result to having your own natural teeth back.

The benefits of having crowns and bridges by Oyster Point Dentisty here in Newport News:

  • Gives you a long lasting, reliable solution compared to dentures
  • More affordable than dental implants
  • You can chew steak again!

Painless crowns and bridges

Making the crowning and bridging procedure as painless as possible for you is our priority. Our patients usually find the procedure painless and our Newport News practice gives you every creature comfort to make your procedure as relaxing as possible. If you are anxious about crowns and fixed bridges, or any dental procedure, then there are a number of ways we can help and we are always happy to discuss these with you.

We give you all the options – you decide!

It is our policy to give you open and honest advice on all your options, alternatives and the associated costs, allowing you to make the most informed decision. We will then continue to work with you to ensure you enjoy the maximum amount of time from your treatment. Call us today to learn more!

Dental Implants - The #1 Alternative to Traditional Dentures

Darren Kincaid - Friday, November 03, 2017

To many, the subject of dental implants remain a mystery and cause of concern. However, for over thirty years now dental surgeons increasingly use implants in lieu of traditional dentures as the substitute for replacing natural teeth. So as a service to our patients and neighbors here in Hampton and Newport News Virginia, we here at Oyster Point Dentistry want to discuss the subject of dental implants and how they might be a good dental treatment option for you.

What is a dental implant?

A dental implant is a titanium screw that integrates with your jaw to replace the lost tooth root. A porcelain crowned tooth is then attached to the top of the implant to complete your smile.

The dental implant procedure has been around for over 30 years and gives you the closest result to having your own natural teeth back.

Dental implants can be used to:

  • Replace a single missing tooth with a single dental implant
  • Replace a row of missing teeth secured over multiple dental implants
  • Replace a whole mouthful of teeth if necessary.

Why have dental implants?

If you have lost or are missing a tooth and have a large gap, then your jaw will continue to shrink and weaken until the gap is filled. Dental implants are the best way to stop this continuing damage and give you the closest result to having your own natural teeth back.

A dental implant is also a great alternative for denture wearers that find dentures uncomfortable, sore or difficult to chew and speak with. There are plenty of reasons beyond those listed here for you to consider dental implants to replace lost or severely damaged teethCall us today to learn more!

Bye-Bye CPAP - Dental Treatment for Sleep Apnea

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, October 28, 2017

Sleep apnea is a medical condition and can only be diagnosed by a medical doctor.  With that said, more and more people today are turning to their dentist to deliver sleep apnea treatment in the form of custom fit dental devices.  If the notion of the possibility of throwing away your CPAP machine intrigues you...read on!

It's not just about the snoring and negative effect that snoring has on your bed partner and your self esteem.  Sleep apnea is a potentially fatal disease.  If you snore and/or gasp for air during sleep, see your doctor immediately.  Should you be diagnosed by your medical doctor, he/she should discuss several treatment options.  

What are the treatment options?

  • Lifestyle changes – being overweight, effects of alcohol, poor sleeping habits
  • Continuous Positive Airway Pressure – a CPAP machine is a mask worn during sleep to help you breathe more easily
  • Specialist, custom-made oral appliance

While a CPAP machine is considered the most effective treatment for OSA, an increasing percentage of apnea patients simply refuse to wear the CPAP mask for a host of reasons.  The most common reasons are include profound discomfort and the side effect of "dry mouth".

Working with sleep physicians, our team of dental professionals here at Oyster Point Dentistry (Newport News, Va) treat people very effectively with custom dental solutions for sleep apnea.

Does sleeping peacfully with a simple dental device vice as opposed to forced CPAP air sound inviting?  Call us to learn more!

Newborn Dental Health Starts in Pregnancy

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, October 21, 2017

Here at Oyster Point Dentistry (Newport News, VA) we consider ourselves to be a family dental clinic. We’re proud of the fact that we serve countless multi-generational families and that we’ve grown and matured along with the families that we’ve faithfully served over the years. Today, we’d like to briefly discuss the earliest stage of dental care: Pre-Pregnancy dentalplanning.

During pregnancy, you are at greater risk of certain dental problems, the most common of these is periodontal disease, also known as gum disease. Because of the hormonal changes that occur during pregnancy, your immune system becomes hypersensitive to the bacteria in dental plaque. So when you have a problem, it’s likely to develop and deteriorate at a much greater rate than it would at any other time.

So if you are planning a pregnancy, or have just found out you are pregnant it is wise to get your gums checked out to ensure there are no existing problems already, because periodontal disease can really accelerate throughout a pregnancy.

The other thing that’s important to know is that if you do develop gum disease during your pregnancy it can affect your baby because bacteria can be transmitted into your amniotic fluid. Researchers have found periodontal pathogens in amniotic fluid and placentas, which can lead to a greater risk of low birth weight for the baby. 

When the baby is born DNA testing has shown that 95% of the bacteria actually comes from mother. This means that if you have any of those nasty bacteria that can cause infection, be it gum disease, tooth cavities or any other form of infection in the mouth, then you’ve got a very high chance of passing them on to your baby.

OK, so just some thoughts here and certainly no need to panic.  The big takeaway, is simply to continue normal dental hygiene habits and to reach out to your dentist if you are (OR are considering getting pregnant).  Just like your pediatric medical doctor, your loving dental professionals here at Oyster Point Dentistry can offer you a wealth of advice and comfort about caring for you future family. Call us anytime to learn more!

Dental Veneer Service in Newport News Va

Darren Kincaid - Saturday, October 14, 2017

Here's a question we get often asked at Oyster Point Dentistry, our Hampton and Newport news Virginia dental clinic.  What are dental veneers and how do they work? Well, let's discuss them.

Veneers are a purely cosmetic dental procedure and can be somewhat compared to false fingernails.  Dental veneers fit over your tooth to improve their appearance. They are perfect if you have:

  • worn teeth
  • a chipped tooth
  • teeth out of alignment
  • gaps in your teeth
  • stained teeth
  • crooked teeth

There are two types of dental veneers offered here in Newport News and Hampton:

  • Resin Veneers, also known as Dental Bonding or Composite Bonding. These are used to repair smaller chips or stains. They are economical and can be completed in one visit to Today’s Dentistry’s practice in Brisbane.
  • Porcelain Veneers are the best overall cosmetic dentistry option for achieving a beautiful smile that is just as strong as naturally healthy teeth.

The benefits of Porcelain Veneers:

  • Long lasting: An investment in porcelain veneers will reward you with dazzling white and straight teeth for decades to come
  • Natural and strong: The high quality porcelain we use is the closest thing to your natural tooth enamel

Porcelain Veneers give you that instantly beautiful straight smile without the need for orthodontic braces or whitening treatments.

Care to learn more?  Contact us anytime.

Dental Root Canals - Fear Not The Pains of Yesterday

Darren Kincaid - Friday, September 29, 2017

There remains a lot of mystery and fear out there about the common dental procedure known as "root canal". What is a root canal and why are they necessary?

Root canal’ is a term for a dental operation where the infected pulp of a tooth is cleaned out, the space disinfected and then filled and sealed. A diseased or infected tooth nerve can be very painful for some people or if it is in its early stages it may not be causing pain just yet.

Root canal symptoms – what are they and why might I need a root canal treatment?

The reason we do root canal treatments here in Newport News and Hampton Virginia is to save a tooth that has a diseased or infected nerve. Root canals are an alternative to tooth extraction. We can tell that the nerve in the tooth is dying because of the symptoms of:

  • Sensitive teeth – particularly sensitivity between hot and cold temperatures
  • Sore or painful tooth to bite on
  • Darkening of the tooth
  • Swelling or tenderness of the surrounding gum
  • X-Rays: after time the disease in the tooth will spread to the jawbone and the X-Ray will reveal where the jawbone has been eaten away.

Are root canal procedures painful? In the past root canal treatments have had the reputation for being terribly painful and troublesome. That is not so much the case these days – the methods that we have to treat the infected nerves in the tooth are far more predictable. The treatment should really be no more uncomfortable than when you have a filling – which we are able to do with a minimum of pain.

The most pain is felt during a root canal treatment when the nerve is in the process of dying, as sometimes the anaesthetic won’t work properly. We encourage people to call us before this stage, when they first have symptoms of tooth or gum pain.

What is the process for a root canal? Step one: get rid of the infection. Anytime there is an infection anywhere in the body, there is need for immediate treatment.  Dental infection is no different as infections that go untreated can cause the body to go septic and can become life threatening situations.  The first half of the treatment focuses primarily on addressing the infection. So we will numb the tooth, remove the infected tissue, then we clean the tooth out and dress the tooth with an antiseptic material. We will then review the state of the tooth in a couple of weeks to check the healing process. If it all looks good then we seal the root up.

Step two: strengthen the tooth. The second half of a root canal treatment is all about strengthening the tooth. The major reason people loose teeth once they have had root canal treatments are that the teeth fracture. Research advises that teeth that have undergone root canal treatment is that we then need to strengthen that tooth by putting a crown in the tooth rather than a filling – a tooth which has been root treated then restored with a filling may not be strong enough to resist fracture.

This two-step process means that a long lasting root canal treatment can be expensive but it really is the only option to save a tooth. If there is sufficient tooth left and the root canal is done well then it is a very reliable procedure.

So if you are suffering dental pain and even remotely suspect you might have a dental infection, please contact your Hampton or Newport News dentist immediately. The situation could be more serious than you think.