Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

The Multiple Benefits of Dental Implants

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Let us face it, no matter how effective our dental hygiene regiment is, time takes its toll on all of our teeth. No matter how good we are at brushing and flossing, we are eventually going to lose teeth. While we cannot stop changes as we grow old, we can address those changes effectively with modern dental technology. The dental implants that we provide here in Hampton, VA put an end to the deficits we all suffer when losing teeth. Dental implants provide tooth replacements that both look and feel natural at all times: while you eat, smile, and talk. Serving exactly like natural teeth, these implants are often considered better options when compared to conventional bridges and dentures.

Dental implants revive not just one’s natural smile but also one’s oral health. These implants are synthetic roots in the shape of a post and are usually made of titanium so they become compatible with the human bone. They are surgically implanted into the jawbones. While the dental implants will typically last a lifetime it is important for patients to care for them as they do their natural teeth.

To find out more about this tooth restoration treatment, consult a dentist at Oyster Point Dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry Relieves Severe Dental Anxiety

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Anxiety over dental procedures is a natural fear. Far too many endure dental discomfort and the risks to personal health by procrastinating routine and corrective dental treatment. Oyster Point Dentistry take this into account which is why we specialize in treating patients with severe dental anxiety. We do this by offering oral sedation services to our patients here in Newport News, VA.

Sedation dentistry helps patient relax during the course of the dental procedure through the administration of sedative medication. In some cases, patient don't even recall the application because it is absolutely pain free. The great advantage of oral sedation services is that patient stays awake and still be able to communicate during the dental treatment process.

Prolonging professional dental care and treatment is a risk to your overall health. Dental sedation helps in speed up the process from the patient’s perspective. The dental appointment seems like minutes when treated via sedation dentistry. If you still have reservations about scheduling much needed dental care, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. We can explain more about the oral sedation process to eliminate your concerns.

Dental Bridge Options in Newport News, VA

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 12, 2019
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Missing or gapped teeth effects a person's overall appearance and self-esteem. The perfect situation is where you accept and identify with gapped teeth but, and this is the important part, it does not negatively affect overall dental structure. Given dental gap acceptance is the exception to the rule, one way to fix dental gaps is to seek dental prosthesis. Dental prosthesis bridges the gap and replaces one or more missing teeth by permanently joining an artificial tooth to nearby teeth. This oral prosthesis is also known as Dental Bridge.

There are several types of dental bridge. Here are most common dental bridge options offered in Newport News, VA:

  • Traditional Bridge: The bridge has a pontic in the middle and crown on both sides. They are made of either porcelain fused to metal or ceramics.
  • Cantilever Bridge: It is indicated on missing teeth that are situated at the end of the jaw and there is only one adjacent tooth.
  • Maryland bonded bridge: These are made of plastic teeth and gums supported by a metal framework. Metal wings on each side of the bridge are bonded to your existing teeth.

Aside from aesthetic problems, missing teeth have other greater complications. Adjacent teeth may tend to tilt or drift into the empty space. The drifted teeth can fall off easily and affect your bite. Teeth misalignment of the opposite jaw might also occur.

So if you think you are a candidate of this dental treatment, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. Book an appointment and have our dentists assess your dental condition.

Teeth Hypersensitivity Explained?

Joseph Coupal - Tuesday, March 05, 2019
Oyster Point Dentistry - Newport News, VA

Do you experience periodic (or even systemic) sharp, shooting oral pain or the occasional brain freeze when drinking something cold or hot? This sensitivity is linked to various causes that include cavities, gum diseases, exposed tooth root or worn out fillings. If you experience this frustrating and painful ailment when you drink cold drinks, eat ice cream, or sip hot coffee, know that this dental condition can be treated by your dentist.

We’ll discuss the most common cause which is an abnormality related to dentin. Dentin is the enamel that protects the underlying soft layer of the tooth. Cavities, cracked teeth, gum recession, enamel and root erosion are all conditions that eliminates dentin to the point that the soft/sensitive part of the tooth is exposed to heat and cold. This leads to hypersensitivity which can cause severe pain and discomfort.

Oyster Point Dentistry in Newport News, VA recommends the following dental treatment options:

  • Desensitizing toothpaste. Desensitizing toothpaste can help block pain associated with sensitive teeth. It is available over-the-counter but it is best to ask for Dentist's recommendation as to what product may work best for your condition.
  • Fluoride. Application of fluoride can help reduce pain and strengthen your enamel.
  • Desensitizing or bonding. Application of bonding resin can treat exposed root surfaces.
  • Surgical gum graft. This dental procedure aims to take a small amount of gum tissue from some part of your oral cavity and append to the site where tooth root has lost gum tissue. This treats exposed root issue and hypersensitivity.
  • Root canal. If other treatment fails, root canal is the next ideal treatment. This treats the problem in the tooth's dental pulp. It's most successful surgical procedure for treating tooth sensitivity.

For an more detailed consult regarding any dental treatment or ailment that you might have, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.