Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Why You Must See A Dentist Immediately After Sustaining A Chipped Tooth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 27, 2020
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A minor accident might have caused you a little chip on a tooth. You probably take it as something trivial and something that does not require immediate attention. Smaller chips are mostly not an immediate dental health issue except when they are sharp and they can potentially cut your gums. However, there are cases when the chip can result in more severe issues like pain, swollen glands, infected roots, bad breath and hot/cold sensitivity.

  • The sharp edges of the chipped teeth can cut your gums and tongue
  • Deep chips can affect the root of your teeth and it can be infected and inflamed.
  • It can also cause decay which can lead to sensitivity and bad breath
  • Minor chips can get bigger over time and can lead to more problems that may necessitate extractions or root canals

It is always advisable to see a dentist when you sustain a chipped tooth. Typically, small chips do not require major repairs. But a dentist will recommend to file it or fill it with a dermal bond to smoothen the sharp edges. However, major cracks may need more extensive treatment. The pulp can be damaged in some major chips. Since the dental pulp consists of blood vessels, nerves, and connective tissue the pain can be excruciating. It is also prone to infection and thus, requires a major dental procedure.

For more information about chipped tooth repairs, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


When To See Your Dentist?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 21, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry

A regular dental checkup is usually done every six months. However, there are circumstances wherein you may need to see your dentist between the regular checkups. The following are instances that require immediate dentist appointment:

1. You experiencing pain or sensitivity

Pain and discomfort usually coerced patients to seek immediate professional dental attention. Dental pain is sometimes unbearable and can cause disruption to daily activities. When the pain and discomfort affect your ability to eat, talk, and sleep, these signs of disability prompt the necessity to see the dentist as soon as possible.

2. A dental appliance isn't properly fitting anymore

Whether you have braces, dentures, bridges, or any appliance that no longer fits, your dentist needs to make adjustments right away in order to ease any discomfort and so as not to defeat the purpose of the dental appliance.

3. Bleeding when brushing or flossing

Normally, gums bleed a little especially when you floss. However, the bleeding shouldn't go beyond a few weeks. If you still notice bleeding every time you brush, this may indicate a periodontal problem. It needs to be treated early to prevent more severe issues like gum disease.

4. If you haven’t checked with your dentist for over 6 months

Many tend to delay or take for granted their dental appointments. Sometimes they endure minor dental pain or discomfort, thinking it can wait until the next appointment schedule. Without realizing the problem is exacerbating, the pain and discomfort become more agonizing than before.

If in case you are suffering from dental pain or discomfort or you have noticed some unusualities to your dental health, don't hesitate to schedule an appointment with your dentist. We want to help as our primary goal is to promote the best oral health to all our patients. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry today!


SEDATION DENTISTRY: Overcome That Dental Fears For A Beautiful Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 14, 2020
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Dental professionals are normally trained to assist patients with dental anxiety. If you deal with dental fears, you are not alone. Many patients avoid their dentist as much as possible because of the anxiety that comes along with every visit. It is either their past experiences or common worries like the fear of pain that makes many patients uncomfortable in the dental chair. But cheer up you will get the smile you have always wanted while feeling comfortable and completely relaxed. This is possible through Sedation dentistry.

Sedation dentistry is very safe. You will not feel any pain with this procedure. Dentists use a combination of sedation and anesthesia to keep the patient relaxed and pain-free throughout the procedure. It is intravenous sedation that is administered directly into the bloodstream by an anesthesiologist. As such the patient will experience a calming effect, drowsiness and tingling sensations. Many patients normally leave the appointment with little to no memory of their treatment and feel good afterward. Regardless of which type of sedation you receive, you will be using a local anesthetic, a numbing medication at the time where the dentist is working in the mouth in order to relieve pain if the procedure causes any discomfort.

Sedation will be used for all dental cases from invasive procedures to a simple tooth cleaning. It depends on the severity of the fear. Sedation dentistry uses some medication to help patients relax and feel calm during dental procedures. After about 45 minutes the patient recovers completely from general anesthesia. It is a case to case basis depending on the medications given during or after surgery. As a result, the patient will be wearing that confident and beautiful smile which is worth a thousand words.

For more tips on sedation dentistry, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


You Need Adequate Calcium Intake For Strong and Healthy Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 07, 2020
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Calcium is an essential nutrient in keeping bones and teeth healthy and strong. It is also an important mineral for many critical body processes such as nerve, muscle, and heart functions. Calcium deficiency will make bones and teeth brittle easily, making them more susceptible to decays and injuries. Fortunately, it is easy to prevent calcium deficiency as there is a bunch of food and drinks that are abundant with calcium.

Best Source of Calcium

Milk and Other Dairy Products - Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in calcium. They are the easiest products you can find in the grocery that contains lots of calcium. Here's an estimate of their calcium content:

  • Milk: 210mg to 660mg per 1 cup (depending on the kind of milk, evaporated milk has the highest)
  • Cheese: 220 to 335mg per serving (depending on the kind)
  • Yogurt: 275450mg per 8oz.

Fish - whether you like fresh or canned sardines, they are both good sources of calcium. A 3oz of canned sardines contain about 325mg of calcium.

Leafy Vegetables - Salads and other leafy greens are good sources of various vitamins and minerals that include calcium. The following are those with the highest content:

  • Spinach: 245mg per cup
  • Kale: 172mg per cup
  • Mustard greens: 165mg per cup

Nuts & Seeds - These healthy snacks are also good sources of calcium. Almonds are among the highest in calcium content — about 75mg per 1oz.

Tofu - if you are a vegetarian, tofu is the best option for firm tofu contains 832mg of calcium per cup.

Taking adequate daily dietary intake of calcium can benefit the health and condition of your teeth, bones, and aids the important body processes. To learn more preventative dental tips, contact OysterPoint Dentistry.


INVISALIGN: Get That Alluring Smile You Always Wanted

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 30, 2020
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There are advanced techniques with Invisalign® that drive this state of the art dental technology as America’s first choice. Invisalign is so comfortable and invisible that it will give you the time of your life to enjoy wherever it takes you. Once your straight teeth are staring right back at you in the mirror just for a few months after beginning the treatment, you will become a believer of Invisalign. There are new ways discovered to increase the speed and reliability of Invisalign for full satisfaction of patients.

Straightening your teeth is easier and faster than ever before. The potential of Invisalign is constantly surprising a lot of patients with how quickly they are getting their teeth straight. Invisalign is less noticeable than wire and bracket braces. The aligners are made from clear plastic and with proper cleaning, it will be very difficult for someone to detect that you are wearing anything at all on your teeth. The recent new methods discovered study the actual tooth movements which Invisalign is extraordinarily good at. A crooked tooth influences the shape of the face while a buck tooth will force your upper lip to protrude. But the recent design incorporates the maximum number of these particular movements and unlock the immense potential of Invisalign to achieve astonishing fast results for the patients.

With recent Invisalign® procedures, it has truly changed the face of orthodontic care. People make it easier to get their teeth straightened and enhance their face shape and appearance. Those enamel colored edges that stick to the teeth like braces brackets are invisible but with the aligners in it looks like you have clear braces. This thorough method of efficient Invisalign treatment is achieved and many people are enjoying their smile with clear sparkling white teeth.

For more tips on Invisalign, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Three Reasons to Strongly Consider Dental Implants to Replace Missing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 24, 2020
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Dental implants are one of the single most effective treatment options for missing teeth for several reasons that we’ll cover here today:

  1. Your Body Systematically Accepts the Artificial Tooth as a Natural Body Component

    When a tooth is removed, the adjacent bone tends to collapse and decay after a while. Oral implants are the closest thing that can perfectly resemble and replace real teeth. A dental implant is permanently set within your jaw’s bone structure. The bone structure actually grows around and incorporates the implant as a new part of the jaw’s structure.

  2. They Do Not Decay

    Since implants are made of sturdy titanium while the crown is screwed into the implant and is composed of metal and/or ceramic, they are unlikely to decay. They are not susceptible to corrosion and they are tough against bacteria and acids in the mouth. However, it is still necessary to take care of them like the way we take care of our natural teeth. This is because they are prone to gum diseases and bone loss around the implant can take place when it is not thoroughly cleaned.

  3. They Work Well With Other Traditional Treatments

    Traditional dentures can get loose eventually. This because the gums and bones that support it resorb over the years.

Implants can help prevent resorption of the bones at the sites to support the denture. Sometimes, implants serve as an anchor to keep the denture in place and improve stability.

If you think this dental treatment is right for you, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. We can provide you more elaborate information about dental implants and we will verify whether the above-mentioned procedure is the best option for your dental condition.


DENTAL VENEERS: Creates A Beautiful And Lasting Impression

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 16, 2020
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A perfect smile is timeless. It never fades. A smile is something you will be proud to show to the world and confidently show off your pearly white teeth. The smile that you wear reflects your emotions, self-confidence and your passion. Pearly white and perfectly aligned teeth are a reality for you no matter what you might think. One potential solution for you to consider are Dental Veneers.

In the dental world, veneers are thin like shell coatings made from resins or dental porcelains that are applied to the surfaces of front teeth. This is done for aesthetic reasons to make it more beautiful, shapely and functions properly. Before it is bonded to your teeth, veneers are normally fabricated in the dental laboratory. The dentist normally performs detailed clinical examination especially the teeth which will get veneers. This will ensure that the teeth are healthy and free of cavities. And in the case of chipped and stained teeth, veneers are extremely useful. There is a tooth whitening procedure for discolorations that with the help of veneers it is hidden and will restore your teeth that have developed with stains. Teeth veneers will also restore the shape and the structure of broken, crooked and fractured teeth.

In any ideal smile, all your front teeth are visible. In case of gaps between your adjacent teeth, with the help of veneers it will restore the gap. As such, porcelain veneers provide big help in attaining an ideal smile. Everyone aspires for a beautiful and shapely smile with whiter than white teeth and no oral health problems. You do not have to live with your stained and misaligned teeth because with dental veneers you will transform your smile and get a brand new, lovely and gorgeous smile.

For more tips on Veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


DENTAL BRIDGES: Natural Looking Lost Tooth Treatment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, June 09, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

Having beautiful and naturally looking teeth is very important. It will help you maintain your natural smile, continue eating the foods you love and limit the need for ongoing dental work. With proper care like regular brushing and flossing along with regular check-ups from your dentist will help keep your teeth for a lifetime. Sometimes your teeth will have infection or other problems as such you will need additional care. It is in this situation wherein you will always consider treatments to save your teeth like a Dental Bridge that will not only save your teeth but will make it look natural. Of course nothing looks, feels or functions like a natural tooth.

Dental Crown bridges are strong and reliable and mostly it will make you feel and look very much like natural teeth. It helps control shifting and moving of your adjoining teeth. It is so lightweight that it provides excellent chewing comfort. The crowns placed in your teeth will fit like a glove onto your anchor teeth because once your final bridge is cemented into place it will be with you for a long time. The end results will produce an exact model which will be used in the fabrication of your bridge as compared to the digital scan of your mouth before making your dental bridge. It is important that you maintain a high level of oral hygiene and home care in order to maintain the stability of your bridge.

With so many advanced technologies and procedures, it will give you many treatment options to save your natural teeth. It is important to understand your choices and how you will impact both your tooth and your future dental health. It is necessary to act immediately whenever you experience problems in your teeth like swelling, pain or other cases. The missing teeth will cause other teeth to shift, affect your ability to properly chew and worst of all ruin your smile. Furthermore, it enhances your natural speaking and eating ability and helps maintain the shape of your face.

For more tips on dental bridges, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


How to Make Brushing Routine for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, May 28, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care

All parents of young children know the struggle related to their kid’s routine dental hygiene. Brushing teeth comes either too early (or too late) for some parents to deal with it. We get that…we’ve been there too. But twice a day brushing is just as critical to kids as it is for adults.

The following tips can help kids develop a habit of brushing teeth twice daily:

  • Make toothbrushing a bonding time - Toothbrushing together will make the experience fun and exciting every time. Make it a routine in the morning and at nighttime so every day they will look forward to brushing with you.
  • Offer rewards - This works every time when training kids with any tasks and that includes toothbrushing. The reward will encourage them to perform the proper toothbrushing technique and doing it routinely.
  • Set a two-minute timer - This will challenge your kid to brush their teeth for the whole 2 minutes continuously.
  • Use dental hygiene products that are made specially for kids. Providing them with kiddy toothbrush that has fun designs or with their favorite cartoon characters on it plus a fruity mouthwash will see brushing as an enjoyable daily activity.

For more dental tips for kids, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Oyster Point Dentistry's Covid-19 Update

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 19, 2020
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Although there is still no evidence which suggests that maintaining good oral hygiene can prevent Covid-19 from infecting our body, it's affirmative that keeping our oral health at its optimal state can minimize cavities and periodontal diseases which are potential threats to general health. When you have good oral hygiene, you will less likely need to visit your dentist frequently or get invasive dental procedures at these difficult times.

While the CDC provided some recommendations on how to prevent contracting the disease and does not specifically involve maintaining dental hygiene as a protective measure, it is a no-brainer that keeping your family's dental health in good condition can benefit your overall health. It is observed that those patients with severe cases of COVID-19 have pre-existing diseases. They deteriorate more as their immune systems are already compromised. Thus, the CDC stresses that as we continue to practice social distancing despite the extensive community quarantine has been lifted, let stay healthy to prevent the disease from attacking our system and as a way to prevent it from spreading further.

At this time we have resumed our normal hours and services.

We want to lend our sympathy to those affected by COVID-19 Coronavirus. Our office has and always will strive to keep our patients and staff healthy. We want to assure you that we are taking extra precautions to protect the health and safety of our patients and staff.

All of our staff members are being screened for increased body temperatures daily.

We will also be screening every patient for fever/increased temperatures.

When to reschedule:

In an effort to remain open during normal hours, and to keep our staff healthy and do our part in helping to stall the spread of COVID-19, we kindly ask any patients who are currently experiencing the following symptoms to call and reschedule their appointments with NO PENALTY.

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Chills
  • Has been exposed to the flu, cold, or COVID-19
  • Have traveled outside of the United States within the last 2 months.

Emergencies:

If you are experiencing any of the above-listed symptoms, and need emergency dental care, please visit your local ER as they are better equipped to serve you while also helping to contain the COVID-19 virus.

Updates:

We are closely monitoring updates from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) to ensure we’re prepared and taking necessary precautions to address this evolving situation as the health and safety of our patients and our staff is our top priority.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for more information.