Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Impacted Teeth Can Cause Larger Dental Issues

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

A tooth that only partially emerges from the gum is called an impacted tooth. This usually happens with the third set of molars. From about 17 to 21 years old, almost all of your teeth are in and the space in your gums are mostly entirely filled with teeth leaving these last molars with insufficient space. These teeth often stay stuck in the gum tissue because it erupts crookedly due to the lack of space.

Although pain and discomfort are rare, impacted teeth can still cause dental issues. When the tooth begins to come to surface, it can cause a gap in the gum where food and other debris can get trapped. This can often result in tooth infection and decay. Impacted teeth can also lead to the shifting of the other teeth because when they begin to erupt they can move the other teeth. This can result in a misaligned bite.

In order to prevent these potential dental problems caused by impacted teeth, wisdom teeth extraction is recommended before the patient reaches age 21 because younger gum tissues heals faster after extraction. However, regardless of your age, when an impacted tooth causes pain and discomfort, contact Oyster Point Dentistry immediately.


Choose In-Office Teeth Whitening Over Unsafe OTC Dental Strips

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Teeth whitening

Glistening white teeth are a common want. This is one of the reasons why so many choose over-the-counter dental bleaching believing they are as effective and a more affordable option than professional teeth whitening. Although you will see an improvement in the color of your teeth, long use of over-the-counter teeth whitening products may result in tooth sensitivity and root damage.

However, these products don't work on grey stains. Grey stains are often caused by cigarette smoking. T Because, DIY whitening strips or gel trays do not perfectly fit your teeth they can also cause serious damage to your gum line because most OTC whitening products contain peroxide. The lack of custom fit means there is unnecessary and unsafe contact of the peroxide with your gums. If you are one of the many who are looking for a safer and more effective way to whiten your teeth, in-office whitening treatment is the best option.

In-office teeth whitening uses customized trays that perfectly fit your teeth. Another benefit of this whitening option is that the whitening solution perfectly surrounds your teeth, it doesn't just sit on the front of your teeth, for better overall whitening results. This is also what makes its whitening effect last longer. With in-office whitening, teeth will be eight shades lighter than before in a matter of 2 weeks.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry for more details on professional teeth whitening.


Overcome Your Dental Phobia with Sedation Dentistry and Total Sleep Dentistry

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Phobia

Both kids and adults suffer from dental phobias. Fear of the dentist can be quite serious because it causes people to skip or indefinitely put off dental appointments which can result in bigger issues and worsen overall health.

If you suffer from this problem but need to see a dentist, there are two dental treatment options which can help you overcome your fear successfully.

  • Sedation Dentistry - In this procedure, the patient is put into a heavily sedated state to help them relax during their dental treatment.
  • Total Sleep Dentistry - This is reserved for patients with a very severe dental phobia. This procedure is performed in a medical operating room wherein the patient is administered general anesthesia by a licensed anesthesiologist.

These two dental techniques can help patients overcome their fear of the dentist to get the dental treatments they need to maintain their dental and physical health.

To learn more about these treatment options, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Invisible Dental Fillings For a More Attractive Smile

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisible Dental Filling in Newport News, VA

In the past, metal amalgam was used to restore or fill dental cavities. However, due to the growing concern over mercury vapor release from this material and its health effects on patients, invisible dental fillings were developed.

Invisible dental fillings are made from porcelain and composite resin. These fillings are customized to match the natural color of your teeth. This makes porcelain dental fillings virtually invisible to the naked eye. This treatment is minimally invasive and an increasing number of patients who previously had metal amalgam fillings are now considering invisible fillings instead.

Invisible dental fillings in Newport News, VA are longer lasting and more durable than metal. Also, the color is long lasting as well, so there will be no fading or staining. Because the color matches the existing teeth it an excellent remedy for chipped and decayed teeth especially those that are more visible. In addition, porcelain and composite resin can instantly bond to the tooth.

To find out more information on invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Halloween Dental Care Tips for Kids

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, October 02, 2018
Oyster Point Dentistry Invisalign clear aligners in Newport News, VA

Halloween is just around the corner. This means your kids will feast on candies and sweet treats. However, before you let them, sort the treats in their candy bucket if you don't want them to end up with a case of an aching teeth after Halloween.

Not all candy causes dental cavities, but there are also many sugary goodies which definitely will. Parents need to select which candy can be eaten in moderation so you won't completely spoil their Halloween fun. More importantly, have kids do preventative dental care every time after eating treats.

You may want to limit their intake of those gummy and sour candies. These types of candy has a high concentration of sugar and acid that can damage tooth enamel. Additionally, don't let them chew hard candies; it can possibly crack and break their teeth. Instead, let them have plain chocolate because it melts quickly and sugar won't stay long on their teeth. However, chocolate with caramel and nut fillings must be eaten in moderation.

Only allow them to eat their candy right after meals since saliva production at this time is at its peak. This can naturally rinse sugar particles away from the teeth. Another option, if brushing is not possible, always have them drink a glass of water right after eating candy and sweets. Sugar particles that are lodge on the teeth for a long period can feed bacteria and promote bacterial growth. This bacteria will eventually cause cavities and tooth decay.

Contact Oyster Point Dentistry to find out more preventative dental care tips for kids.