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Why Dental Abscesses Are Excruciating

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Anyone who has ever experienced a toothache knows excruciating pain. Dental abscess might have been growing quickly in your cavity. It is an accumulation of pus that starts on the tooth eventually extending into the bone or gums due to a bacterial infection. It may occur at the tips of tooth roots which are called periapical abscesses or at the surrounding area of the root called periodontal abscesses.

So Why Are Dental Abscesses Painful?

The pus buildup puts a significant pressure to the tooth and bone surface resulting in a persistent, severe oscillating pain that radiates to the jawbone, neck or ear. You may experience difficulty in chewing and swallowing due to swelling of the affected area and sensitivity to pressure that comes from chewing food. In addition, since there's a bacterial invasion taking place in your teeth, inflammation is present as body's way of responding and protecting itself from harmful microorganisms.

How To Treat It?

Painful abscess is definitely a pain you cannot ignore and endure. Although there are OTC medication that can alleviate the pain temporarily, it's best to take immediate dental treatment by consulting your dentist promptly. There are antibiotics that your dentist can prescribe to address the issue. Wait too long and invasive dental procedures such as root canal or even dental extraction could be required to resolve the issue. The key point here is this. The sooner you get your dental issue addressed, the better your outcome is going to be each and every time.

For proper assessment and treatment of your dental problem, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Advantages of Professional Teeth Whitening

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 05, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Teeth whitening

Many people are quick to opt for over-the-counter teeth whitening products because of the seemingly lower cost as compared to professional teeth whitening services. But most of these products are comparably ineffective and can be quite damaging to your teeth. Some can whiten your teeth a few shades lighter but its properties can damage your enamel. Some over the counter teeth whitening solutions are just simply totally ineffective and a gigantic waste of money.

If you want to know why In-Office Whitening Treatment is your best option for teeth whitening, consider the following regarding professional teeth whitening:

  • It removes extrinsic and intrinsic staining. This means it doesn't only take off stains that occur in the outer covering of the teeth but also, it eliminates stains that are within the enamel.
  • In BriteSmile Teeth Whitening System, the dental tray is personalized to fit the user's mouth perfectly. This reduces irritation and discomfort. OTC whitening trays only offer one-size which often causes problems because it doesn't fit all users.
  • You can see amazing results in just one appointment. Your teeth will be 4-9 shades brighter than before. As for OTC products, it might take months before you can actually see slight brightening.
  • Since most OTC whitening products have a bleach content, often users feel sensitivity or pain after using them. But in professional whitening system in Newport News, VA, we guarantee the treatment is safe and you won't feel any discomfort or sensitivity right after using it.

For more information about professional teeth whitening, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

What to Expect After Having A Dental Bridge

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

Dental bridges resolve dental functional problems associated with a missing teeth. After the procedure, you can eat and chew without any discomfort. However, your dentist may recommend slight modification to your usual dental care routine. This involve proper cleaning of the area under the false tooth.

How The Procedure Is Done

When fitting a dental bridge, the patient is instructed to go back to the dentist twice. On your first visit, the dentist will form a mold of the affected teeth. On your next visit, he/she will now fit and place the three-unit porcelain dental prosthesis permanently. Cantilever bridge is one type of dental bridge procedure. In this process, the bridge is cemented to the natural teeth. Another type is called the Maryland bridge, wherein a porcelain or metal wings is fixed into place.

How To Care For A Dental Bridge

Tooth Decay is the major threat of the setup. Food debris may be dislodge under the false teeth and cause a decay affecting the adjacent natural teeth. The bridge can fail when these are weakened. Preventative dental care must not be taken for granted especially when you have an artificial device installed in your mouth.

Here are tips on how to care for your dental bridge:

  • At least brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss under the false tooth as well as between your natural teeth once a day.
  • Have professional cleaning with your dentist regularly.

For more information, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

The Difference Between Dental Implants and Dental Bridge

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Losing a single tooth can make you feel conscious every time you speak or laugh. This can lower your self-esteem. Equally (or more) damaging is the fact that you will experience functional issues and discomfort. There are two dental options to restore your teeth, dental implants or dental bridges.

If you are undecided as to which treatment is best for you, the following information might help you reach a decision.

Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

The Difference

In dental implants, the number of teeth that requires replacement defines the average cost of the treatment. If you only have a single tooth that needs replacement, placement and restoration with abutment and crown will likely equal or possibly cost you less. In terms of durability, dental implants are guaranteed long-lasting.

Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

On the other hand, dental bridge needs the adjacent teeth to be filed and be placed with a crown although they are in good shape unlike dental implants that only the affected teeth is manipulated. In dental bridge treatments, there's a tendency that the bone density will decrease over time in the bridged area. Dental implants on another note, is screwed in the jawbone maintaining bone health and supporting jaw strength.

Both the dental bridge and the dental implant are perfectly safe and effective dental treatments. All things considered, dental implants a proving to be the value dental treatment as they are considered permanent solutions whereas the dental bridge is somewhat more likely to become problematic years down the road.

If you are considering options, we invite you to contact Oyster Point Dentistry to help you out in determining the right treatment option for you.

Indications for Dental Implant

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

When a tooth can no longer be saved due to terminal dental condition, there's a solution to keep your dental set complete while preserving dental aesthetics. Dental implant treatments serve to replace lost teeth. It is a safe dental treatment for all ages other than growing kids. It is indicated even for the following patients with:

  • Medical conditions - Patients with high blood pressure and diabetes can still submit themselves for dental implant surgery with the right precautions and as long as their medical doctors have cleared them for the procedure.
  • Periodontal diseases - At Oyster Point Dentistry Clinic, we are particularly skilled in performing dental implants for clients with gum diseases. So far, it is our most recommended treatment for those who have lost their teeth due to the said disease.
  • Dentures - Removable bridges or dentures can be replaced by implants. It can also be utilized to support and stabilize the denture.
  • Bone Loss - Our dental surgeons have the competent skills and training to perform bone grafting to permanently secure the implant. So we can guarantee that the procedure is safe.

Dental implants perform all the function of your missing teeth. They feel and look the same. It provides you the ability to eat, speak and smile normally again.

For more information about dental implants, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Poor Dental Health Can Lead to Cardiovascular Diseases

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Your oral health has a big impact upon your general health. It is highly recommended that you pay attention to your dental health for clinically proven reasons. Preventative dental care and routine checkups are keys to maintaining healthy gums, teeth, and yes, a healthy heart.

Bacteria grows in the mouth due to food debris left in the nooks and crannies of your teeth. Drinking water right to wash it away may not be enough. Brushing and flossing are essential to mitigate the growth of bad germs. When bacteria is left uncontrolled, they can lead to infection which can spread out to other parts of the body.

Periodontal or gum disease is a dental condition that is linked to cardiovascular disease. It may increase the risk of heart disease because inflammation in the gums caused by bacteria can overtime lead to narrowing of significant arteries. Clogged arteries or stroke are just some condition that it may lead to.

Keeping your oral health in top shape can help lower your risk of developing these diseases. Regular brushing with fluoride toothpaste 2-3 times a day, flossing and drinking water right after eating can help the teeth stay clean and keep bad bacteria away. Also don't miss your regular trips to your dentist to have a thorough check of your dental status.

For more oral health care and preventative care, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Proper Care of Your Invisalign Braces

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 26, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisalign clear aligners in Newport News, VA

Invisalign brace provides liberty from uncomfortable traditional metal braces. With Invisalign, you and your mouth will feel much more comfortable than with the traditional metal braces. With that said, you are responsible to meticulously care for your teeth as to ensure that your aligner trays stay so that no debris builds up beneath the aligners.

Here are tips on how to properly care for your invisalign aligners:

Brush and Rinse Aligners

This make sure no bacteria will germinate on your aligners as well in or outside of your mouth.

  • Use anti-bacterial soap. They make sure they are not colored and unscented. Then, rinse it with warm water instead of toothpaste for it can discolor the aligner trays.
  • Use soft-bristled toothbrush and gently brush it. Make sure you won't scratch or dent the plastic trays.

Soak The Aligners

Soak aligners in a retainer cleaner, or Invisalign crystals not more than once a week.

Safely Store Aligners

Your invisalign clear aligners come with a case. When you put them off, make sure to place inside its case to avoid losing or misplacing it. It also protects it from other elements that can stain or damage it.

Don't Eat or Drink While You Wear Aligners

Except for water, under any circumstances do not eat or drink while your aligners on. Food can cause damage to your aligner trays.

Keep Teeth Clean

Do usual oral hygiene to get rid of food debris in the nooks and crannies of the mouth. Food particles can cause cavities and it can prevent invisalign aligner trays from fitting into the mouth correctly.

For more information about invisalign retainers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Tips to Care For Dental Veneers

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 19, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Dental veneers are preferred treatment for fixing discolored, worn down, chipped, misaligned, or irregularly shaped teeth. The procedure involves the pain-free trimming of 1/2 millimeter of the tooth enamel. The veneer is permanently bonded to the tooth. A common question that patients have is how to maintain the veneer so that it lasts a lifetime.

Most find it surprising that cosmetic dental veneers do not require special care. They are made of porcelain which is extremely dense and extremely non-porous so they do not require any special modification to your usual dental hygiene.

But here are simple tips that you may want to follow keep your dental veneers clean and intact:

  • Brush teeth every after meal.
  • Floss teeth at least once a day.
  • Rinse mouth with an antiseptic mouthwash once or twice a day.
  • Use soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste
  • Schedule regular check-ups with your dentist.

For more information, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Invisible Dental Fillings - Aesthetic Functionality

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 12, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Invisible Dental Fillings - Aesthetic Functionality

Conventional dental fillings aren't aesthetically satisfying for most in the modern dental age. The traditional amalgam or silver metal fillings of the past are readily visible to the naked eye. Dental professionals like us here at Oyster Point Dentistry increasingly (due to patient demand) employ composite resigns as an alternative to the aforementioned traditional dental filling solutions.

Invisible Fillings delivers a more celebrated result as the fillings are comparatively invisible. These fillings match the natural color of the teeth because each filling is custom matched to the exact color of the patient’s tooth. Equally important is that the invisible filling compound is more durable than the traditional options as the solution produces a stronger bond between the natural tooth and the filling. This prevents re-emergence of dental issues on a much more dependable scale when compared to traditional amalgam or silver metal fillings.

If you are interested with this dental treatment, Invisible Filling Procedure in Newport News, VA is highly recommended. Our dental practitioners have competitive skills and years of experience in general and cosmetic dentistry.

For more information about Invisible Dental Fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Tips to Temporarily Relieve Dental Pain

Joseph Coupal - Friday, April 05, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Toothaches can produce excruciating pain sensations. Toothaches can produce all the way to pain level 10….the absolute worst. An inflamed dental pulp can affect the many nerves and blood vessels inside the teeth causing tremendous pain.

To permanently address the cause pain, you need to seek a professional dental treatment as soon as you can. But you can try these methods to relieve pain until you reach your Oyster Point dentist here in Newport News, VA.

  • Food particles that dislodge on tooth cavities can induce pain. Try rinsing your mouth with warm water to flush away food fragments. You may also use floss to remove debris trapped in the gap.
  • Apply ice pack on the affected side of the face.
  • Take pain relievers such as Ibuprofen or Mefenamic Acid every 6 hours as necessary.
  • You may also use a local anesthetic like Benzocaine. It's a topical pain reliever that is effective to numb dental pain temporarily.
  • Until your dental condition is completely resolved, avoid eating foods that are too hot and cold.

Toothaches are caused by an underlying dental problem. Only dentists can diagnose your condition and recommend effective treatment options. Remember though that prevention is the best policy. Proper oral hygiene as ultimate preventative care keeps cavities and toothaches away.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA right away, if you are suffering from any dental pain or discomfort.