Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

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.