Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Give Perfect White Teeth For The Holidays

Joseph Coupal - Monday, November 11, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Teeth whitening

he Holidays is a season of countless gatherings. A reunion with your relatives, a holiday date with your friends or a year-end party in your workplace. Since you will be smiling and chatting a lot on these occasions, November and December are the perfect months for your routine cleaning and/or cosmetic dental procedure.

Many of us out there are already being asked what we want for Holiday gifts. A significant percentage of us don’t know how to answer that question because we simply are not materialistic in nature. Why not consider asking for a highly affordable in-office whitening treatment. It's the most safe and effective way of restoring the whiteness of your teeth. It is a teeth bleaching performed by a licensed dental practitioner. It will give you remarkable results incomparable to over-the-counter alternatives. Britesmile teeth whitening system apply a very concentrated bleaching gel to the teeth and let it stay there for 15-30 minutes depending on the tone that is intended to achieve. The dentist will closely monitor the process. Then, a second coating is applied right after the first gel application is cleaned away. A blue light is then utilized to illuminate the gel which activates the oxidation process. And then, you'll see the results right away following the treatment.

So what are you waiting for? The holiday season is just around the corner. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry and schedule an In-office whitening treatment today!


Post-Halloween Dental Care Advice For Children

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 01, 2019
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Everybody loves Halloween, especially the treats that are traditionally served during the celebration. However, the sugary treats can play tricks to your teeth for the days and weeks following Halloween given the steady stream of sugary snacks that our children have just stocked up upon. So consider some managed dental care change for your kids until that new candy stock is gone and they return to normal eating habits.

Consider mandating an after-school brushing as it’s almost a given that some of that candy was consumed at lunch and on the bus ride home. Make it a condition for breaking into the stash both before and after the nightly dinner. It's a fine proactive preventative dental care practice. Candy, as you know, is loaded with sugar which feeds the bacteria that thrive within the human mouth. Bacteria produces an acid that degrades enamel. We are all in a constant battle against dental bacteria, thus the critical importance of our brushing regiments. But that battle is especially tough during the Halloween season.

This is a great time of year to research when you and your children had their last cleaning. If it’s been more than six months, contact Oyster Point Dentistry to schedule an appointment.


How To Take Care Of Your Dental Bridge

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

Once the dental bridge is in place, the dental prosthetic is obscure and people can't tell you're wearing them. You just need to properly take care of the setup including the remaining natural teeth. These following tips will help you get the full benefit of your dental bridge:

1. Regular Oral Hygiene

Make sure to toss away your old practice of neglecting oral hygiene. At least brush your teeth twice a day and make flossing a habit. Pay particular attention to the bridge and the teeth that support it. Flossing can remove food particles that are trapped in the nooks and crannies of your teeth. You may also use an antibacterial mouthwash to eliminate bacteria that will cause decay and bad breath.

2. Avoid Hard Foods

Dental bridges are not as strong as your natural teeth. Avoid hard snacks like candies and nuts for they can damage your dental bridge setup including the natural teeth that support it.

4. Avoid Eating Sugary Snacks

Sweets and sugary treats are the major cause of tooth decay. The sugar is turned into harmful acids by bacteria that reside in the mouth. The acid is damaging to your enamel. Since the anchor teeth serves as the foundation that supports the bridge, they can't afford to sustain cavities that will lead to serious issues to your dental bridge.

5. Regular Dental Visit

It is highly recommended to visit your dentist at least twice a year especially when you have a dental bridge. The dentist will see to it that your prosthetic is in place and assess the overall status of your oral health. In case they found out an issue developing in the prosthetic setup, they can address it right away. Professional cleaning is vital as well for keeping cavities at bay.

For more information about dental bridges in Newport News, VA, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Taking Care of Dental Veneers

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Worn down, chipped or severely stained teeth can be treated with dental veneers. This procedure will restore the teeth's natural appearance and structure. The setup can last a lifetime as long as you properly take care of them. Here are simple tips to ensure your veneers can last long.

1. Regular Brushing and Flossing

Porcelain veneers do not require major adjustments to the patient's dental routine. You just have to do your regular brushing and flossing at least twice a day.

Veneer setups are sturdy and can handle pressure. But it's advisable to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and a non-abrasive toothpaste to make sure that the veneers won't wear down. It's necessary to do regular brushing and flossing not merely to protect the veneers but also to protect your natural teeth from cavities.

2. Avoid Chewing Anything Hard

Although veneers are durable, they are not as strong as the natural teeth. Hard food may harm your dental porcelains. So avoid chewing on particularly hard objects. Skip those hard candies or nuts for they can break your veneers.

3. Visit Your Dentist Regularly

Always go back to your dentist for follow-up checkups. It's important to ensure that the porcelain setup are correctly in place. Your dentist can also inspect the teeth's general health and detect issues at early stage. There are some patient's which gums react adversely to veneers. Dentist can instantly perceive the issue and find fixes to it.

If you have any questions about dental veneers in Newport News, VA, our team of dentists are happy to entertain your inquiries and concerns. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to set an appointment.


Total Sleep “Operating Room” Services Now Available at Oyster Point Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - SleepGuardian’s medical doctors in Newport News, VA

Many people suffer such extreme fear and phobia of dental treatment that they completely ignore their dental health. This is dangerous and can be deadly. For years we’ve offered sedation dentistry services, however, we discovered that sedation dentistry does not serve those with extreme fear. So, for those with extreme fear and phobias of dental treatment, Oyster Point Dentistry now teams with Board Certified Medical Doctors right here in our Oyster Point dental clinic to provide total sleep dental treatment where patients are treated under general anesthesia.

By teaming with SleepGuardian’s medical doctors, we are able to provide dental services that were previously required to occur within a costly hospital and surgery centers. You, the patient, realize significant cost savings by us bringing anesthesiologists to you rather than you going to them. We deliver hospital quality care here in your familiar and comfortable Oyster Point Dentistry clinic.

Whether it’s a full mouth extraction, installation of crown(s), implant(s), cleaning, bridge, root canal(s), or even routine cleanings, SleepGuardian is your answer for the most stress-free dental treatment possible. For more information about our total sleep dental services, contact Oysterpoint Dentistry.


The Celebrated Success of the Invisalign Aligner

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, September 29, 2019
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Invisalign might very well be the greatest advancement in dental industry in the past decade. . If you have been discussing Invisalign with your dentist, or even just researching it on your own, you likely have a lot of questions. This blog post will explore what you need to know about Invisalign—from whether it is actually invisible to how well it works to get the results successfully.

Invisalign is a method of straightening teeth that, unlike braces, has made its name in the industry for being invisible. Invisalign is not completely invisible, though. It is, however, a functional and aesthetic option that uses incremental transparent aligners to straighten and realign teeth without the obvious physical appearance of braces. It is, in many cases, an aesthetic improvement over conventional braces.

Choosing Invisalign is primarily a lifestyle choice due to the advantages of aesthetics and hygiene. With aesthetics, you get clear liners that are nearly invisible compared to conventional braces. Some Invisalign cases will be quicker than conventional braces by nature of the design since they will move many teeth at once. The comfort is great. There are no wires and sharp corners like with conventional braces. As such Invisalign will move teeth in ways braces cannot. Another advantage with Invisalign, there is less risk of shrinking of teeth roots due to the excessive force that can be applied with conventional braces.

Another factor is also time-saving. There are fewer dental visits than conventional braces. With Invisalign, you will remove your aligners completely to floss and brush normally. There is also less risk of gingivitis and hyperplasia (gums growing up over the brackets) because you are able to clean your teeth better.

They will be Aligners to keep for life. Your Invisalign aligners will double as whitening trays or a mouth guard during and after treatment.

For more information on Invisalign aligners, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Source: askthedentist.com

Revolutionize your Smile With Dental Veneers

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, September 22, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

For teeth that are severely discolored, chipped or misshapen, veneers create a durable and pleasing smile. Veneers are difficult to stain, making them popular for people seeking a perfect smile. Dental veneers are thin shells of porcelain or composite resin that are custom made to fit over teeth, providing a natural, attractive look. They can be used to fix chipped, stained, misaligned, worn down, uneven or abnormally spaced teeth. Do you want to have a priceless smile?

Here are six things to think about and discuss with your dentist: .

  1. Easily Whiten Your Smile. Years of drinking coffee, smoking cigarettes or eating highly pigmented foods eventually take their toll on your teeth, turning them an unattractive shade of yellow or brown. If you are looking for an easier way to whiten your smile for good, dental veneers may be a good fit for you. Veneers are largely stain-resistant so you will not have to worry about discoloration or needing to have your veneers whitened.
  2. Fix Minor Cosmetic Problems. Slightly crooked or gapped teeth can be treated with braces or other orthodontic treatments, but according to Dentistry Today, these problems will sometimes be helped with veneers as well. Veneers are attached to the front surfaces of your teeth – so although they do not change their positions, they do camouflage minor orthodontic problems once they are applied.
  3. Replace Damaged Enamel. Enamel is strong, but not indestructible. Your enamel may still be worn down from overzealous tooth brushing or eaten away by highly acidic foods and drinks. The stomach acid associated with acid reflux disease will also damage your enamel. This will become a cause for concern because lost enamel does not grow back. Fortunately, it will be replaced. Veneers are an excellent treatment for teeth with enamel abrasion or enamel erosion and are aesthetically pleasing at the same time.

It is a fact that veneers does not ruin your teeth or hurt the tooth underneath. Also, porcelain veneers are not made of enamel like the front of your natural teeth. In fact, they actually have the advantage over natural teeth in terms of resistance to damage or staining.

To top it all, dental veneers will provide a natural tooth appearance. Your gum tissue tolerates porcelain as well. They are stain-resistant. You can select the color such that it makes dark teeth appear whiter. Veneers offer a conservative approach to changing a tooth's color and shape and do not require the extensive shaping prior to the procedure that crowns do, yet offer a stronger and more aesthetic alternative.

For more information on dental veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

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Sedation Dentistry for a More Relaxing Dental Visit

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, September 15, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

The thought of sitting in a dentist’s chair has filled many with terror. The fear often starts as a child. Sedation dentistry promises that it allows anxious patients to spend a dental visit relaxed and unaware of the unpleasant procedures taking place.

Dental phobia is common, and it can prevent people from getting needed care. It’s like a fear of heights: There’s no rationale for the fear, so you can’t just tell people not to worry. Different degrees of sedation can leave the patient merely relaxed or pushed to the edge of consciousness. Sedation is usually achieved using a variety of techniques, to help patients relax before and during their dental procedures so that they come away feeling more at ease with the notion of in-office oral care.

Oral sedation is safe and it’s a good choice for a phobic patient who needs extensive work that will require multiple hours in the dentist’s chair. Oral and intravenous sedation are two options that are more commonly used.

Though both types of sedation are generally safe when properly used, intravenous sedation has a greater effect on breathing and requires more training on the dentist’s part.

Before you agree to sedation, make sure you understand what drugs you’ll be given and what their side effects and risks are. Ask how your vital signs will be monitored while you’re sedated and who will be doing the monitoring.

Before giving you any kind of anesthesia or sedative drugs, the clinician should take a complete medical history. Especially important are such questions as: Do you have a history of heart disease? What surgical procedures have you had previously? Do you have any allergies? If you’re not asked any of those questions, that’s a red flag.

A consultation should be scheduled before the sedation visit to collect a medical history, discuss which procedures will be done and obtain consent for the treatment plan.

Some health issues, such as heart problems, lung disease and obstructive sleep apnea, can make sedation more risky. Also, the low blood pressure that can occur with sedation may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke in people who are already vulnerable.

Sedation dentistry is generally safe for kids, but you should ask lots of questions before allowing a dentist to sedate your child. The AAPD and the American Academy of Pediatrics have a joint set of guidelines for sedation in children, and you will want to make sure your dentist is familiar with them.

Regardless of the type of sedation you get, it will take some time for your body to return to normal. You’ll need someone to take you home after the visit, and you should plan to take the rest of the day off from work.

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

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How To Keep Your Breath Fresh

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, September 08, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

Having fresh breath throughout the day and night can be challenging for many reasons. But you can take proactive measures to keep your breath fresh. Here are some simple things to do:

  • Drink Water - Drink water to keep your mouth from becoming dry. A dehydrated mouth induces bacterial growth that can cause halitosis or bad breath. Take sips of water every after eating or drinking coffee/alcoholic beverages.
  • Avoid Eating Food With Strong Odor - Avoid ordering dishes loaded with garlic, onions and other strong spices. Although they are absolutely appetizing, they contain compounds that can be absorbed in to your bloodstream, making it hard to instantly eliminate the odor even if you brush or take a mouthwash. Make sure to skip those food when you are out on a date.
  • Chew A Sugarless Gum - Chewing a sugarless gum will help dispel smelly exhales as it will also aid in increasing saliva production. Saliva naturally rinses out your mouth and prevent bacteria to linger and multiply inside your mouth.
  • Proper Dental Hygiene Prior To Date - Do your usual preventative dental care routine which includes brushing, flossing and taking mouthwash. Also, include your tongue when brushing to eliminate bacteria that likes to set a camp and spoil your breath.

Following the aforementioned tips will keep your breath fresh and will help you feel more confident to converse with people.

For more dental care tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Multiple Dental Implant Treatment

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 29, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Bridges, Newport, News, VA

Although dental implant treatment has been around for quite some time now, still lot of patients are unfamiliar with the procedure. For those who are frustrated over their missing teeth, this is by far the most recommended solution. However, patients with multiple missing teeth have more concerns regarding the procedure for they require several dental implant posts. Here's an overview on what to expect when you have several dental implant requirement.

How It Is Different?

Placement of multiple dental implant applies the same process as placing single implant. A gum tissue is incised so the titanium implant post can be inserted into the jawbone. However, in multiple dental implant, this process is repeated several times depending on the number and position of missing teeth. After all the posts are fixed in place, protective cap is applied over the setup to protect the site surrounding the implant posts. It also provides protection to the soft tissue so it will maintain its form until the implant completely merges with the jawbone and full dental restoration is achieved. After several months, the implant will effectively imitate and replace the lost tooth roots.

If you have multiple teeth that requires dental implant treatment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. We will first assess your current dental condition and present you with treatment options. We will help you decide the best tooth replacement solution for your distinct concerns.