Oyster Point Dentistry Blog

Tips on Caring for Your Porcelain Veneers

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

Porcelain veneers are a treatment that restores the natural look of your teeth. It also serves as a protection for the underlying tooth surface. Porcelain veneers can last for 10 to 15 years depending on how you take care of it. If you have a veneer, you need to keep it clean and hygienic to extend its life expectancy. So here are some tips on how to care for your veneers:

1. Brush and floss regularly.

Veneer will not decay but the tooth under it can and could discolor as well. Unfortunately, it can affect the appearance of the veneer. You may still develop gum disease even with the veneers on if not properly cleaned. An ultra-soft manual or electric toothbrush can be used, floss gently, and rinse it with a mouthwash.

2. Use a whitening toothpaste.

Your veneer color is matched to the rest of your natural teeth. In order to prevent the porcelain veneers from becoming stained, use a whitening toothpaste. Also, use a non-abrasive toothpaste or a toothpaste with natural whitener like baking soda.

3. Gently floss to prevent breakage.

Use minimal pressure on the veneer when brushing or flossing in order to prevent chips and cracks.

4. Avoid or minimize intake of tooth-staining foods and drinks.

Consume less coffee, tea, wine and other tooth-staining foods and drinks. Drink water and brush as soon as possible after you have an intake of these goods.

5. Quit cigarettes and tobacco.

Cigarettes and tobacco products can shorten the lifespan and beauty of your veneer. It's nicotine content can turn your white veneers yellow quickly.

Aside from the abovementioned tips, it's important to visit your dentist every six months for checkup and professional cleaning. The dentist will also check the condition of your veneer and make adjustments if necessary. For more tips about porcelain veneers, contact Oyster Point Dentistry.


Discreet Repair Solution for Tooth Cavity

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 22, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Sedation Dentistry and Total Sleep Sedation, Newport News, VA

Cavities are at best an embarrassing condition as they appear as black marks on the teeth. Much worse, however, they become a more dangerous condition over time as they lead to pain and infection. In some cases, the infection can become life threatening.

You need to address cavities as soon as possible. We’ll be glad to treat you with tooth-colored dental fillings or “invisible fillings” to make the end result completely transparent.

Tooth-colored fillings or invisible filling are the latest trend for repairing a cavity. After the infection is treated, the hole needs to be filled. Dental porcelain and translucent dental resin are discreet restoration treatment for the affected tooth. They both reflect light in the same way the natural tooth would. The repair is unnoticeable since they are set to blend into the color of the natural tooth. Opting one of these treatment options will restore the function as well as the cosmetic appeal of your teeth. Don’t be alarmed as we are experts in making this a very comfortable procedure

To learn more about invisible dental fillings, contact Oyster Point Dentistry. Our licensed dentist is happy to discuss with you more about the procedure.


Tips To Care for Your Dental Implants

Joseph Coupal - Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

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
Oyster Point Dentistry - Dental Implants in Newport News, VA

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.