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Overcome Your Dental Phobia with Sedation Dentistry and Total Sleep Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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Both kids and adults suffer from dental phobias. Fear of the dentist can be quite serious because it causes people to skip or indefinitely put off dental appointments which can result in bigger issues and worsen overall health.

If you suffer from this problem but need to see a dentist, there are two dental treatment options which can help you overcome your fear successfully.

  • Sedation Dentistry - In this procedure, the patient is put into a heavily sedated state to help them relax during their dental treatment.
  • Total Sleep Dentistry - This is reserved for patients with a very severe dental phobia. This procedure is performed in a medical operating room wherein the patient is administered general anesthesia by a licensed anesthesiologist.

These two dental techniques can help patients overcome their fear of the dentist to get the dental treatments they need to maintain their dental and physical health.

To learn more about these treatment options, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Invisible Dental Fillings For a More Attractive Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 09, 2018
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In the past, metal amalgam was used to restore or fill dental cavities. However, due to the growing concern over mercury vapor release from this material and its health effects on patients, invisible dental fillings were developed.

Invisible dental fillings are made from porcelain and composite resin. These fillings are customized to match the natural color of your teeth. This makes porcelain dental fillings virtually invisible to the naked eye. This treatment is minimally invasive and an increasing number of patients who previously had metal amalgam fillings are now considering invisible fillings instead.

Invisible dental fillings in Newport News, VA are longer lasting and more durable than metal. Also, the color is long lasting as well, so there will be no fading or staining. Because the color matches the existing teeth it an excellent remedy for chipped and decayed teeth especially those that are more visible. In addition, porcelain and composite resin can instantly bond to the tooth.

To find out more information on invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Halloween Dental Care Tips for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
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Halloween is just around the corner. This means your kids will feast on candies and sweet treats. However, before you let them, sort the treats in their candy bucket if you don't want them to end up with a case of an aching teeth after Halloween.

Not all candy causes dental cavities, but there are also many sugary goodies which definitely will. Parents need to select which candy can be eaten in moderation so you won't completely spoil their Halloween fun. More importantly, have kids do preventative dental care every time after eating treats.

You may want to limit their intake of those gummy and sour candies. These types of candy has a high concentration of sugar and acid that can damage tooth enamel. Additionally, don't let them chew hard candies; it can possibly crack and break their teeth. Instead, let them have plain chocolate because it melts quickly and sugar won't stay long on their teeth. However, chocolate with caramel and nut fillings must be eaten in moderation.

Only allow them to eat their candy right after meals since saliva production at this time is at its peak. This can naturally rinse sugar particles away from the teeth. Another option, if brushing is not possible, always have them drink a glass of water right after eating candy and sweets. Sugar particles that are lodge on the teeth for a long period can feed bacteria and promote bacterial growth. This bacteria will eventually cause cavities and tooth decay.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to find out more preventative dental care tips for kids.


Invisalign Braces Correcting Fix Crooked Teeth for a Radiant Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 25, 2018
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Teens do not want crooked teeth and they also do not want metal braces. With selfies, for teens appearance is everything. Social media has made them a bit more conscious of their outer appearance. As a result, crooked and uneven teeth greatly affect their self-esteem and social interactions.

However, there are now better treatments available that can correct this concern. Invisalign braces can be a life-changing dental procedure for your teen. Invisalign braces can straighten the teeth without the use of metal braces. Gone are the days when teens need worry about metal dental brackets and years of discomfort in order to achieve straighter, healthier teeth. We all want our teens to have perfect, healthy teeth without the discomfort and inconvenience of traditional braces. With invisible braces in Newport News, VA, crooked teeth can be corrected without seeing any braces at all.

Having a perfect set of even teeth will make your teens smile radiant. When they can smile confidently they put their best look, and foot, forward. This can help their self-esteem and get them more involved socially, without hiding their smile. For corrective and restorative dentistry in Newport News, VA, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Back To School Preventative Dental Care Tips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
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Another school year has begun. Parents tick off their kids' back-to-school checklist as the excitement for the first day at school builds. When you run down your list again, make sure you have included your kids oral health.

Here are dental health tips that you might want to include on your list:

  • Dental Visit - Take your kids to the dentist in Newport News, VA for dental cleanings and check-ups. Any tooth decay must be treated right away to prevent further damage of the teeth. Dentists may also do preventative treatments to prevent cavities in addition to recommending regular brushing.
  • Prepare Healthy Snacks - Avoid giving chips and starchy foods because they are as bad as sugary snacks. Nuts are a good alternative as are crunchy treats like apple wedges and carrot sticks.
  • Pay Attention To Oral Hygiene - Encourage brushing and flossing by making it fun every time. Let your child pick their own toothbrush out. You can also play music or sing songs while they brush and floss.

Your kids will be immersed at their school and this is where most social interaction starts. Help your kids present themselves with confidence by taking good care of their oral health. To find out more about preventative dental care tips for kids, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Restore Chipped Teeth with Dental Veneers

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 11, 2018
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Your may have a sport's injury or other injury that has caused chipped teeth. Although, teeth injury may just be unattractive, chipped teeth should never be taken lightly. The damage could have possibly caused internal trauma or it could cause the other teeth to no longer line up properly. There are many solutions for chipped or fractured teeth however, one in particular can fix the appearance as well as the function of the damaged teeth.

Porcelain dental veneers can address various dental issues including chipped and cracked teeth. Tooth-colored porcelain shells are applied over the surface of the defective teeth to restore its natural appearance. This will repair the affected teeth and completely resemble the teeth's natural color. With this treatment, your teeth will look and feel natural. More importantly, a thorough inspection of the dental injury will be performed prior to treatment.

Dental issues should never be ignored. Chipped teeth can cause deeper issues and can also affect self-esteem and confidence. If you think you may be a candidate for porcelain veneers contact Oyster Point Dentistry to schedule an appointment. Our dentists can explain more about the procedure.


Dental Solutions For Sleep Apnea are Effective In Mild and Moderate Cases

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 04, 2018
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Obstructive sleep apnea is a medical condition, and a dental solution for sleep apnea is prescribed by medical doctors due to the effectiveness in treating the disease. When a doctor confirms a suitable treatment for this condition, patients are amazed at how this treatment works and how it can change their life.

The dental device used in treating sleep apnea looks like a sport's mouthpiece. They are custom-fit in the mouth and works by slightly pressing the lower jaw and tongue forward preventing the throat muscles from collapsing into the airways. This enables the patient to have normal breathing during sleep. They are adjustable and will conveniently position the jaw for greater comfort and effectiveness. The device will spare you from the discomforts of CPAP masks which can disrupt the sleep of your partner. With this treatment option patients will never have to suffer from the inconvenience of other treatment options.

In order to find out if this is the right solution for sleep apnea, speak with your doctors or dentist for an assessment on the severity of your case. Mild and moderate sleep apnea cases respond effectively to this treatment. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to find out more about this alternative treatment for sleep apnea.


BriteSmile In-Office Teeth Whitening For the Perfect Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 28, 2018
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A pleasing personality and an attractive and neat appearance is always required in the job seeking process. A perfect set of white teeth can contribute to your overall appearance. However, it's hard to maintain teeth whiteness due to aging, genetics, food and lifestyle habits. However, there is a safe solution to whiten stained and discolored teeth.

In-office whitening treatment offers safe and reliable teeth bleaching and is performed by a licensed dental practitioner. This teeth whitening process offers superior results when compared to over-the-counter options. A higher concentration of bleaching gels are uses and closely monitored during this he procedure protecting both teeth and gums. The process of Britesmile teeth whitening systems has remarkable results. Prior to the actual treatment, the dentist will properly prepare the teeth by removing plaque for smoother application of the bleaching gel. In fact, a meticulous dental exam is conducted to make certain that the teeth and gums are in perfect condition.

The actual treatments starts with the application of cheek retractors to further expose the teeth. A rubbery resin is then applied to the surrounding gums to serve as protection. The hydrogen peroxide bleaching gel is then applied and sits for 15-30 minutes, depending on the desired tone. A second coating then is applied after the first gel application is cleaned away. The Britesmile blue light is then used to illuminate the gel which activates and stimulates the oxidation process. Results can be seen immediately following the session. Your licensed dentists in Newport News, VA will then provide each patient with post-treatment instructions to ensure that results will last.

With BriteSmile teeth whitening treatment, you can confidently walk into job interviews. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to find out more about this teeth whitening treatment.


What is TMJ Disorder and How to Treat IT?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 21, 2018
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Are you suffering from a headache upon waking up in the morning? Does the pain run from your head to your neck and shoulders? If you are experiencing this pain on a daily basis, you may have a TMJ disorder. These manifestations can be brought about by a dental problem. Misaligned teeth or jaw, an injury, severe teeth grinding and arthritis are factors that can result in TMJ syndrome. Anything that can cause too much pressure on the nerves and muscles that surround your tempomandibular joint can cause migraines and facial pain.

TMJ disorder can also lead to broken teeth which causes severe toothaches. In order to ease the pain, see a dental practitioner to provide the right treatment. Commonly, customized dental splints are applied that precisely fit the patient's upper and lower teeth. Dental splints are orthodontic devices that can stabilize loose teeth and protect them from further damage. The device will prevent the patient from grinding or clenching their teeth repeatedly during the night.

There are other treatment options offered for treating TMJ which include using steroids to relieve the inflammation. In worst cases, dental surgery is recommended to fully treat the disorder. If you think you may be suffering from TMJ, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


A Dental Implant can Replace a Missing Tooth without Compromising Aesthetics or Comfort

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 14, 2018
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Due to the annoying discomforts that are experienced with traditional dentures, many now choose dental implants as a replacement for missing teeth. The titanium root is embedded in the bone to serve as an orthodontic anchor. At the top of the implant, a porcelain crowned tooth is attached.

Replacing a missing tooth is possible with a single dental implant or, for multiple missing teeth, they can be replaced with multiple dental implants. When you lose a tooth, the void will continue to diminish and deteriorate, filling the gap is necessary for many reasons, not the least of which are function, self-confidence, and aesthetics. Dental implants are recommended to eliminate tooth and gum decay caused by missing teeth. Additionally, this treatment option looks essentially identical to natural teeth.

Don't settle on conventional dentures that can compromise both aesthetics and comfort. In lieu of classic dentures, dental implants offers long lasting solutions without sacrificing other important aspects. To find out if you are a candidate for dental implant treatment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry for a consultation.