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Tips To Care for Your Dental Implants

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Your Dental Implants will last a lifetime, that is, if you take care of them. Here are some common sense care tips for anyone who elects dental implants to replace natural teeth:

Avoid Contact With the Implant

Any dental device attached to your mouth would feel strange. You might be tempted to touch but at any cost, prevent yourself from getting in contact with that area for the first few days.

After surgery, it’s expected that your gums will be more sensitive than ever due to swelling and bleeding around the area of the implant. Know that this is normal. Just make sure to prevent yourself from tampering that area of your mouth to let healing process takes place smoothly.

Get Back to Brushing As Soon As Possible

While dentists recommend to temporarily stop brushing and flossing for few days after your implant procedure, as soon as your mouth are fully healed, you should get back into proper oral hygiene habits right away. Do not put your mouth at risk by going back to your old habit of not brushing or flossing.

You can let your mouth rest for a day or two post-surgery, but then get right back into brushing and flossing every day when it is completely healed.

Avoid Some Foods and Beverages That Can Damage The Implants

For first few days, you should be on strict soft diet such as jello, pudding, and oatmeal. And try to use the other side of your mouth solely when chewing your food. If you take water and milk, careful not to swish those liquid at the affected side of the mouth as this can defer the healing process too. Definitely, you can’t still gnaw on hard candies or any rough meals. In addition, it’s important avoid taking overly hot liquids or meals.

For more tips on how to properly care for your implants or in case you have other dental concerns, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Dental Implants for Pediatric Patients?

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 08, 2020
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Some incidents or disease can cause kid's permanent teeth to fall off. However, it's regrettable to say that some dental treatments for adults can't be applied to pediatric patients. Dental implants, for instance, are often not a suitable treatment for them since their jaws are still developing.

If a dental surgeon sets an implant in a growing jaw, the bone may be capable of bonding with the implant. However, it may eventually shift out of its proper position since the child's jaw is still growing. As a result, the implant may not be positioned properly.

There are rare cases when dental implants are embedded as a replacement to a children's missing teeth as an integral element of a more extensive orthodontic treatment plan, however, this is very uncommon. When dental implant treatments became a part of an orthodontic treatment plan, usually, the orthodontist and oral surgeon will work together on the interventions.

A lot of parents may feel dismayed about their children not able to acquire dental implants, as it is the most comprehensive treatment choice. Good news is that children who suffer tooth loss can be qualified for dental implants when they get older.

When the child is not eligible to get dental implants right away following a tooth loss, it does not mean that they will be never be catered for this treatment. The orthodontist can maintain the area where the tooth had been the entire treatment, while the oral surgeon can install the implants later when the jaw is completely formed.

In this circumstance, the pediatric patient may be qualified for some type of device as a replacement of the tooth's crown part in order to not compromise the child's appearance until the patient is in the right age for dental implant placement.

Dental implants are now the most preferred choice for those who are in need of a tooth replacement. However, the intervention is mostly discouraged for children and teens with developing jaws. In case your child has missing teeth, consult your dentist or oral surgeon about the things that can be done in order to preserve the potential implant placement when the jaw's growth is fully complete.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to discuss the best treatment option for your child.

Dental Power Care Solution For Replacing Missing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

In order to have a fantastic first impression, it is important that you smile with confidence. A perfect smile goes with a white and healthy set of teeth. The absence of a tooth or multiple teeth will pose problems for the basic acts of chewing and speaking. This also effects self-confidence. And having one tooth will eventually affect other teeth in your mouth because they will loosen to move around without the other tooth holding them in place. The good news is that it is possible to resolve and replace this problem.

With today's dental advancement, you have multiple options to address the issues of missing teeth:

  1. A dental implant is a procedure through surgery in which a replacement tooth root is placed and fused with the jawbone. This will look natural and have a long lifespan. It is cost-effective in the long term.
  2. A fixed bridge that bridges the gap between one or more missing teeth. This bridge once fixed will look like natural teeth. However, several appointments with the dentist are needed.
  3. A resin-retained dental bridge that attaches into the neighboring teeth on each side. This costs less and does not endure much pressure.

Clearly the path to dental health and overall personal wellbeing regarding missing teeth is to consult your dentist. He or she will ensure that you will find the perfect treatment for you and your specific dental condition. Prepare yourself for the joy of a beautiful smile with and a return to a fully functional and complete dental state. For more information regarding how to address your missing teeth, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah to You and Yours this Season

Joseph Coupal - Monday, December 23, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry, Newport News, VA

Christmas and Chanukah share a similar spiritual message: that it is possible to bring light and hope into the world. These two holidays occur together this year, which makes this an even more special holiday season.

This is a season to reflect upon how fortunate we are to have you as our customers: our friends and neighbors. During these holidays, we wish you, your family, and your friends a safe, joy-filled, and relaxing season.

Warm wishes for a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, and a most Happy New Year! With peace, joy, and love this holiday season and beyond!

New Year's Resolutions for Your Dental Health

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

2019 is coming to a close. As we embark on a new year and ring in 2020, let's talk about our new year's resolution for the improvement of our dental health. It is something we often take for granted. We only pay attention with it when dental issues are worsened to the extent that it disrupts our daily activities because of tremendous pain. There are loads of ways to keep dental carries at bay and also prevent those costly dental treatments.

  • Brush Regularly - Brust at least twice a day. Set a reminder of your brushing schedule for first few weeks. After few weeks of practice, brushing twice a day will now become a habit.
  • Floss Daily - Flossing daily will ensure you teeth is cleaned thoroughly. It will further remove food debris that your toothbrush are unable to reach.
  • Choose Healthier Food Options - Avoid certain food and drink not only sugary ones. Drinks like coffee and wine can permanently stain your teeth and lose its lustrous white glow. Eat vegetables, nuts, fruits and other foods with antioxidants will help reduce inflammation and fight bacteria that can cause gum disease.
  • Quit Bad Habits - Smoking for instance will stain your teeth, cause gum defects and oral cancer. Those addicted to coffee will notice significant staining to their teeth eventually and if you like chewing your nails or lips you can develop oral sores while increasing risk of infection and damage to enamel.There's no better time to start quitting cigarettes and cutting back coffee in take than the beginning of new year.
  • Visit Your Dentist Regularly - If you have been putting off your dental appointments, change this habit and visit the clinic as scheduled. Prioritize your dental health and continue to make it a habit for the coming year.

For more preventative dental care tips, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Professional Dentist Teeth Whitening – The Only Safe Way to Do It

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Teeth Whitening, Newport News, VA

Live life with a smile! Whiter teeth will make you appear more successful and knock off your age to a younger you. Putting a smile on your pretty face will boost your mood and increase your attractiveness making you more confident with yourself. And wearing a dazzling set of whiter teeth achieves the smile of your dreams. With that said professional dentist-provided teeth whitening should be your sole whitening consideration. There is a lot of potential whitening-related threat out there directly related to the over-the-counter products themselves, how those OTC products are used, or both.

In Office Teeth Whitening is the safest and most effective teeth whitening procedure that works best in removing stains and restoring teeth's natural shine and pearly white shade. Apart from that, it will provide you instant results. You'll notice the difference before you leave our clinic.

With white teeth confidence your smile will give you more positive effects in your emotional issues thereby relieving stress and lowering your blood pressure. Basically the impact on your brains, your whole body and the people around you gives a plethora of emotions that will make you feel comfortable, make you more good-looking and you will make the world a better place just by smiling more often. To top it all, if you smile at others not only will it elevate your mood but also bring positive things to your life and to the lives of those around you.

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

Timeless Personal Dental Care Advice

Joseph Coupal - Friday, November 29, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

You can achieve that picture perfect smile and maintain great dental health with very simple dental hygiene practices. We’ll summarize them here and encourage you to visit our preventative care page..

First, see you dentist for routine cleanings and checkups. This affords your dentist the ability to identify existing problems and to get them resolved before they become serious. Other things to consider:

  • Use a soft toothbrush
  • Use proper bruising technique
  • Brush for 3-4 minutes
  • Brush after every meal
  • Floss

For more tips on preventive dental care or to schedule your next dental appointment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Now is the Time for Us to Say "Thanks" to YOU!

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, November 27, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Thanksgiving Day is the perfect time to remind one another of the many reasons there are to be grateful. We gather on this day to be thankful for what we have, for the family we love, the friends we cherish, the success we have had, and for the blessings that will come.

Thanksgiving is more than the festivities, it gives us time to ponder the lessons that we have learned and how we can spread happiness around, to look back at all the great memories and good people who came into our lives. We appreciate you, our customers and clients, so much.

At this time of year our thoughts turn gratefully to you with warm appreciation. Our best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving.

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.