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Back To School Preventative Dental Care Tips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Preventative Dental Care in Newport News, VA

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
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

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
Oyster Point Dentistry Sleep Apnea Treatment in Newport News, VA

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
Oyster Point Dentistry - Teeth whitening

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
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

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
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

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.


Improved Root Canal Process Offers Painless Dental Treatment

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, August 07, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry, Newport News, VA - Root Canal Treatment

Endodontic treatment, commonly known as a root canal, is a dental procedure where the infected tooth pulp is removed and the clean cavity is filled and sealed. This is the recommended treatment to preserve a tooth that has an infected nerve. However, root canal treatments have been extremely painful in the past to the point where the point that some patients opt out of this treatment option.

However, improvements have been made to make root canal treatment much more tolerable with minimal to no pain, especially when it is done at the early stage. Often, anesthesia is ineffective because the nerve has already decayed. Thus, patients are highly advised to seek consultation at the earliest onset of gum pain. This makes the procedure easier to undertake and a less painful treatment.

The process of a dental root canal includes numbing the affected site and extracting the infected tissue. Antiseptic solutions are then applied. After a couple of weeks, the site is checked for proper healing before sealing. Dental root canal treatment in Newport News, VA is the only method to effectively preserve and re-strengthen your teeth.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry immediately if you are suffering from dental pain. Early treatment can save your teeth from total decay.


Preventative Dental Care For Pregnant Women

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 31, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry Preventative Dental Care For Pregnant Women in Newport News, VA

Pregnant women will often complain of toothaches and other dental issues during the course of their pregnancy. The change in hormones can affect the teeth. Periodontal or gum disease is the most common problem that affects pregnant women. Due to hormonal changes, the immune system becomes hypersensitive to bacterial infection particularly to those causing dental plaque. Teeth deterioration can progress at a much faster rate than at other times. Thus, preventative dental care is highly advised by dentist and obstetricians to keep the teeth healthy during pregnancy.

Pregnancy is a critical time to kill infections. As much as possible, while pregnant a woman should be free from any infection. Bacteria in dental cavities can be transmitted through the amniotic fluid which protects the baby in the uterus. Dentist in Newport News, VA have extensive experience in caring for the teeth and maintaining the dental health of expectant moms.

Pre-pregnancy dental planning is also offered to patients who are planning to get pregnant in the near future. This is a preventative dental care inspection to detect and address any gum problems before getting pregnant. To learn more about dental care for pregnant women, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Same Day Tooth Repairs With the E4D Dental System

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 24, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Audio Visual Relaxation Techniques

More often than not, people postpone or put off dental visits due to hectic schedules or any other excuse. Although, dental health should be a priority, it seems too many only visit the dentist when pain is involved. Often this is when the condition has already turned severe. Fortunately, a new breakthrough in dental health industry now makes same day dental restorations possible.

Oyster Point Dentistry offers same day/single visit dental experiences to residents across Hampton Roads Virginia. With the use of the E4D Dental System, restorative dental needs can now be addressed in a single visit. Digital imaging enables the dentist to scan the tooth so a custom restoration process is possible in a single day. This digital scan applies the most recent laser technology to ensure precision and safety. It is incomparable to conventional impressions in which the process can get messy and cumbersome.

Dental digital imaging eliminates the need for multiple dental visits. The new technology allows various tooth repairs to be done in just one siting. Stop enduring your dental pain, contact Oyster Point Dentistry and schedule an appointment.


Audio Visual Relaxation Techniques To Provide Patients with Soothing Dental Experiences

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 17, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Audio Visual Relaxation Techniques

Dental procedures are scary for some patients. Between the sounds, smells, and sensations, this can all add to a patient's anxiety. Thus, audio-visual relaxation techniques can be used to ease dental anxiety.

Soothing audio-visual relaxation technology is offered at no extra charge to relieve "dental anxiety" in patients who suffer from fear of the dentist. This technique aims to relax patients who have minor dental anxiety. Audtio-visual technology in Newport News, VA can calm the "fear of the dentist"

At Oyster Point Dentistry, we make sure every patient has a comfortable dental experience. We believe in quality dental care and that includes taking away the anxiety of patients through different relaxation options. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry, we can help find solutions to any dental concerns that you may have.