Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Tips For Invisalign® Aligner Tray Manipulation

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 15, 2019
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Invisalign® aligners are the new dental innovation in straightening misaligned teeth. The Invisalign system provides a much more comfortable solution to dental alignment when compared to conventional metal braces. While Invisalign® clear aligners are much comfortable to wear than its traditional counterpart, switching new trays every two weeks may cause some slight soreness around your mouth if not done correctly. Here are three tips to get you painlessly through aligner tray switching:

  • Prior to putting in your new set of Invisalign tray, take an anti-inflammatory drug to minimize the pain especially in the first few days. Taking in the anti-inflammatory one hour prior you set it. It can significantly reduce or eliminate pain associated with applying the new tray.
  • Inflammation may be present to some users of Invisalign® aligner trays. But you can easily treat the sore by swishing warm water around your mouth.
  • When switching a new tray set, put it in at night before going to bed. So the first several hours of getting used to with your new tray, you are asleep and feel less uncomfortable.

For more information about Invisalign® aligners, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

Dental Repairs and Restorations in One Sitting

Joseph Coupal - Thursday, August 08, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - E4D dental system, Newport News, VA

In the past, dental restorations and repairs usually take two or more dental visits to complete. Not true anymore. With Oyster Point Dentistry’s digital imaging technology, the need for multiple dental visits to repair and restore your teeth (except in rare circumstance) is a thing of the past. Our E4D dental system hastens the process of taking dental impression. Custom teeth restorations can be performed much more efficiently. Now, final crown, filling, or veneer can be completed in one sitting.

Digital imaging scans are completely safe to use. They provide us (and you) with clean and fast impression. Now, you don't have to go through the inconvenience of going back to your favorite dental clinic several times just to complete your treatment.

more information about dental digital imaging scan, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

How Dental Veneers Work

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 29, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Most people are not born with perfectly straight and attractively colored teeth. Numerous factors damage teeth and its appearance. Fortunately, dental technology is constantly improving, providing multiple options for patients who want to restore the look of their teeth. Veneers are one of the best dental procedures to restore or correct dental deficiencies.

So How Veneers Work?

Dental Veneers are custom-made thin shells that are attached over the surface of the defective teeth to regain its natural form and color. Veneers conceal teeth imperfections by covering chipped, stained or crooked teeth. They come in two types: composite resin or porcelain.

  • Composite Resin Veneers - In composite resin process, the dentist prepares the damaged teeth, sculpts the veneers and applied it in the office. It requires less tooth enamel removal and they are less costly. Veneers are attached to the defective teeth using resin cement. Apart from that, they are easy to fixed in case of damage.
  • Porcelain Veneers - Porcelain takes a longer process. The dentist will first take a mold or impression of your damaged teeth. The impression is sent out to the laboratory that designs and manufactures the veneers. Patients are required to come back after few days to set it in place. Porcelain dental veneers are strong and resilient once set. They don't stain easily and looks natural. They also need less enamel removal.

Veneers are easy to clean. Just care for them as you would care for your untreated teeth. Regular professional cleaning is also recommended to maintain it. For more information about dental veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

How Invisalign Aligners Are Fitted

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 22, 2019
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Invisalign is the most popular system for straightening teeth. They are custom-made clear plastic aligners to perfectly fit every tooth in both upper and lower arches of the patient's teeth. It's an improved alternative to metal braces in which majority of the clients find it uncomfortable to wear. Unlike the former, Invisalign Aligners look like a clear mouth guard that can be taken off when eating or brushing teeth. This makes it easier to do your dental care routine everyday. Comfort is the major reason why many patients are turning to Invisalign Dental Aligners.

So How Is Invisalign Fitted?

Your dentist will first determine if you are indeed a good candidate for dental treatment using Invisalign Aligner. Your dentist will then make a mold or take a 3D scan of your teeth. Dentists usually use PolyVinyl Siloxane to take an accurate impression of your entire dental set. Patient's records including photos, x-rays, PVS impressions and 3D scans are sent to dental technicians to create the patient's personalized Invisalign Aligner set. These are then shipped to the doctor's office. 2-5 sets of aligners are provided to the patient to wear alternately per dentist's instructions. Prior to taking them home, the dentist will make sure first they perfectly fit patient's teeth as it is supposed to.

If you are interested of getting an Invisalign Aligner, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. Our dentist will asses the condition of your teeth and verify whether you are indeed a good candidate for the treatment.

Common Mistakes When Brushing Teeth

Joseph Coupal - Monday, July 15, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA

There's a proper way to brush teeth. Brushing your teeth the wrong way can do harm. While brushing has been a routine of yours since you were a kid, you may never have learned the proper way to both protect and benefit your oral health. The following are common mistakes when brushing teeth.

  • Scrubbing so hard - If you brush so hard, your enamel can easily be damaged and it will cause gums to recede. You may also scratch your gums and bleed. So when brushing your teeth, just apply gentle pressure and small brush strokes.
  • Using toothbrush with hard bristles - Always opt for soft bristled toothbrush when buying a new set from your local grocery store. Bristles must be able to bend to clean under the gum line.
  • Using toothbrush longer than 3 months - You must change your toothbrush at least every 3 months. Many dentists say that a new toothbrush is 90% more effective than a 3-month old one.
  • Missing a section of your teeth - You should brush the front, back, top and side of your teeth. People usually skip the inside surface because they are out of sight. But plaque do buildup on this sites even though you don't instantly see them.
  • Not brushing long enough - Proper brushing requires 2 full minutes to properly clean the entire teeth. 40% of dental plaque can be removed when can manage to brush for 2 minutes. Remaining plaques can be removed during your professional dental cleaning which recommended to be done twice a year.

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

Traditional Dental Braces and the Threat of Gum Disease

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, July 09, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Are you wearing traditional braces or retainers? If not properly fit, you may experience gum bleeding and general discomfort. Gum disease is a common occurrence among dental brace users. We all possess a certain amount of plaque bacteria in their mouth. This needs to be removed through proper oral hygiene. Accumulation of plaque bacteria can attack damaged gums caused by poorly fitted braces and thus can lead to gum disease.

If you notice blood associated with regular brushing and flossing you need to inform your dentist so they can provide you with proper consult. Likewise, let your dentist know when you are uncomfortable wearing your dental braces or retainer. It might require some adjustments to fit correctly.

Although dental braces are corrective device to straighten your teeth evenly, they can make your gums vulnerable to gum problems. In some cases food debris can be trapped within and/or around them. This leads to the accumulation of plaque bacteria. Proper brushing, flossing, and regular professional teeth cleaning is the best preventative dental care to fend off oral bacteria build up and keep your gums and teeth healthy and strong.

Other alternative solution for traditional braces are invasalign braces. They are convenient to wear and cleaner as compared to traditional metal brackets. Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to find out what treatment option is right for you.

What are the Signs of a Dying or Dead Tooth?

Joseph Coupal - Sunday, June 30, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Sedation Dentistry and Total Sleep Sedation, Newport News, VA

When a tooth is no longer taking fresh blood supply it is referred to as a dead tooth. Generally, a dead or dying tooth appears discolored. Also, the patient may feel moderate to severe pain in the tooth and gums. Healthy teeth are white although its shade varies depending on a person's diet and oral hygiene. But a dying tooth's color looks different from the rest of the set, which can easily be spotted. They will come up as light brown, grey or even black. Over time, the affected tooth will turn even more darker as it further decays together with the nerve. Since the nerve is affected as well, pain is eminent to most patients. Pain and gum swelling may also be attributed to the inflammation stimulated by an infection. The breath of the patient may also smell bad due to the decay.

A person experiencing any of these symptoms, must seek the help of a dentist as soon as possible. Only your dentist can provide effective treatment options for your condition as they have the proper tools and right skills to inspect the status of your tooth thoroughly and perform the dental procedures necessary to protect your health.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry and schedule a dental appointment today.

Common Diseases That Can Cause Oral Problems

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, June 19, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Sedation Dentistry and Total Sleep Sedation, Newport News, VA

Do you know that the condition of your teeth represents the health status of your entire body? It may surprise you that tooth decay is not entirely caused by poor oral hygiene. In some cases it's a sign of a much more serious health condition. There are several diseases that present (in part) in the form of oral problems:

  • Diabetes Mellitus- Blood sugar regulation is impaired when you have diabetes, regardless of the type. Those who are suffering from this disease commonly have dry mouth due to lack of saliva. Saliva helps fend off tooth decay-causing bacteria. Inadequate saliva production makes a person susceptible to developing oral cavities. Furthermore, bacteria accumulation can also cause gum problems. Gum problems can make the condition of the patient worse as it can cause the blood sugar to further elevate complicating the severity of diabetes. It's a downward spiral that requires immediate attention at earliest detection.
  • Sjögren’s syndrome - It is an autoimmune condition where in the mouth is unable to produce saliva which has the same effect to your oral health like diabetes. People suffering from this disease is recommended to have more frequent visits to their dentists for close monitoring of their oral health.
  • Eating Disorders - Anorexia and Bulimia are two severe eating disorders. Those who have intense fear of gaining weight tries to eat very less or purge out their intake. Since the body is not taking adequate nutrients, their oral health is compromised. In the case of the bulimics, their constant binging and purging of food afterwards, cause stomach acids to regurgitate. The acid can gradually damage the enamel making it prone to cavities. Most bulimics have bad breath due damaged teeth.

This is exactly the reason why your dentist asks questions about your medical history and lifestyle. They want to look at all aspects of your body and their condition. For more information about dental health, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.

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.