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What’s Involved In Having a Dental Crown?

Dental crowns and caps are often something that a person becomes nervous about, because they assume that it is going to mean a lot of dental surgery, pain, and discomfort – when in fact, in many cases that could not be further from the truth! Dental crowns and caps are used by dentists as a tool to prevent further deterioration of the tooth in the future, and so will save the patient discomfort and pain, as this is one of the best ways to maintain a healthy tooth. When you consider dental crowns San Diego residents should think about Brighton Dental San Diego, a renowned dental practice full of dentists who have years of experience of giving their patients expert dental crowns.

So what is involved in having a dental crown? For a start, your dentist will need to give you a full examination to understand exactly what is going on with your tooth, and then they will start to find a porcelain style that matches. Unlike decades ago when dental crowns used to stand out a mile away, it is now possible to have dental crowns made up in porcelain, and shapes and colored to look exactly like the actual tooth, and the teeth around it. Although porcelain is not indestructible, if you look after it properly then you will find that it can last many years without you having to think twice about it, as long as you are brushing your teeth properly and following good dental hygiene.

In most cases, you will only need to have two dental appointments to have your dental crown fitted. After all of the mold has been removed from the tooth, a mold will be taken so the dental crown can be made uniquely to fit you, and then at a second appointment you can walk out with a beautiful new smile.

Read on – http://sandiegodentist.org/cosmetic-dentistry/dental-crowns/

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free dental crown consultation.

What Are Composite Fillings?

Most of the time when a person experiences severe, or even a continuing dull pain in their mouth, it is due to tooth decay. Sometimes it is a fracture in a tooth that has allowed the infection to get in, and sometimes it is just something like hairline crack. Perhaps you have had a tooth that has already had a little decay in it, and despite having that decay removed it has come back. However it happens, many people will come to a point where their dentist recommends composite fillings.

Although dental fillings have been around for many years, it is only with new dental technology that dentists are able to offer composite fillings. The key difference is the material that is used to fill up the hole in the tooth; composite material is all natural and does not come with any of the safety concerns that mercury fillings do, and even better composite materials can be made to look exactly like your other teeth. In many cases, it is not possible for the untrained eye to be able to tell what is a composite filling and what is just a normal tooth.

Further benefits of receiving a composite filling include the fact that composite fillings are very strong and durable, and can last many years – sometimes even up to a decade if they are looked after properly. After some initial sensitivity after receiving the composite fillings has disappeared, you will be able to use your composite filling just like a normal tooth, so make sure that you look after it.

For the best in care when it comes to composite fillings San Diego dentist Dr Paige Woods is highly recommended. Make an appointment with her to discuss your unique situation, and see whether or not composite fillings are a good choice for you.

More about composite fillings – http://sandiegodentist.org/cosmetic-dentistry/composite-fillings/

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation with Dr. Paige Woods.

Is A Porcelain Fixed-Bridge Right For You?

When you have several missing teeth that are all in a line, you can start to notice that your other teeth start to shift around your mouth. This is a common problem, and it has a simple solution: having what is called a ‘bridge’, or a dental bridge, which is a series of false teeth that are connected together and slot into the gap that you have in your mouth. False teeth may not sound very appetising, but in fact dental technology has completely transformed the way that they work, and today you will find that they are made of porcelain, and in many cases cannot be told apart from natural teeth because they are made to look purposefully like your other teeth.

The best way to have a bridge fitted is to have a porcelain fixed bridge. Some bridges can be removed, and although this may seem like a good idea, it actually leads to food getting trapped within it and a huge amount of rubbing and chafing on your gum line. The alternative, the porcelain fixed bridge, means that your expert dentist – such as someone from Brighton Dental San Diego – will be able to delicately and carefully created a fixed bridge that perfectly fits your mouth, and then glue it into place with special medical glue. Then you won’t have your porcelain fixed bridge moving around your mouth and being uncomfortable.

Many porcelain fixed bridges can be fitted into a patient’s mouth with just two dentist visits: one to establish exactly what is required by taking a mold of your mouth, and a second for the dental bridge to be fitted. As long as you take good care of it and follow your dentist’s instructions, then your dental bridge should last years – and sometimes you may find that you completely forget that it is in your mouth at all!

Read more about porcelain bridges: http://sandiegodentist.org/cosmetic-dentistry/porcelain-fixed-bridges/

Or call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation with Dr. Woods.

Cavitations and Lyme Disease

X-ray Cavity

Most people know cavitations as cavities, but they are basically the same thing: a hole in a tooth where decay has got in, and it always needs to be sorted by a dentist. Although many people will experience having a cavitation at some point in their lives, there are some people who are much more predisposed to having them, and people with Lyme Disease definitely fall into that category. It is very possible that someone with Lyme Disease could suffer from three or more cavitations during their lifetime, and in some cases the individual will have them all at the same time.

At Brighton Dental, every dentist there is fully trained to be able to support, diagnose, and treat a patient who has a cavity, and Dr Paige Woods in particular takes an interest in helping those patients who have Lyme Disease. This is because she knows that cavitations are hugely problematic for the immune system, which is something that anyone with Lyme Disease is going to be particularly concerned about. Their health is greatly affected by things such as cavitations and so they may also have symptoms and side effects of the cavitation which they are not even are aware are really connected.

The best thing for someone with Lyme Disease to do is make sure that you go and have a dental check up every year, or even every six months if you want to make sure that you do not have a cavitation developing. The quicker that you can have an expert such as Dr Paige Woods look at your teeth and detect a cavitation, the less damage will be done to your teeth and immune system, and the sooner the treatment plan can be put into place – essential for anyone also battling with Lyme Disease.

For a free consultation with Dr. Woods, call (619) 359-6569 today.

Lyme Disease and Sugar

Sugar free Anyone who has Lyme Disease is often tired of being told what they can and cannot do, eat, and drink. The trouble with Lyme Disease, as anyone who has it knows, is that it can greatly affect many parts of the body without the individual being able to do much about it, but the few tools that an individual can have at their disposal is controlling your diet. Unfortunately, that can often mean that you just have to cut out a huge amount of food types and groups that are really delicious, and the one that almost anyone with Chronic Lyme Disease will eventually try is going sugar free.

Now, any dentist will tell you that eating a huge amount of sugar is bad for you – and that goes for absolutely anyone! However, people with Lyme Disease are affected to a much greater extent when they consume large amounts of sugar, and it often means that in order to reduce their symptoms, they have no choice but to cut out as much sugar as possible. Some people go completely sugar free and even avoid foods that have natural sugars occurring in them such as fruit, whereas others will just make sure that they don’t binge on food and drinks with lots of added sugar.

No matter how you go about it, Dr Paige Woods offers those with Lyme Disease the same advice that she gives all of her patients: cutting out sugar should not mean just removing things from your diet – you should make sure that you replace them with something healthy! When you focus on just all of the things that you can no longer eat or drink it can be hard to remain strong, so make sure that you enjoy sugar-free alternatives so that you can enjoy your food and help your Lyme Disease.

To book an appointment for a free consultation with Dr. Woods, call (619) 359-6569.

How Does Zoom Whitening Work?

It’s no surprise that research has shown that people who have a brilliant white smile are much more confident in the way that they look – more likely to smile, more likely to speak to a stranger, more likely to be comfortable going out with friends. If you are looking for a quick, easy, and virtually painless whitening treatment so that you can get some of that confidence then you should consider Zoom Whitening, a treatment offered that can completely transform the way that you look and feel.

You do not have to feel embarrassed about wanting to have your teeth whitened, as teeth will become stained naturally during our lives due to a variety of factors, including drinking tea and coffee, alcohol, and particularly smoking. Another key factor in the yellowing of our teeth is purely and simply aging, something that none of us can avoid! Zoom whitening is recommended in particular because it is suitable for people with sensitive teeth, and it works the same with natural teeth as it does fillings.

The process of Zoom whitening is very simple. Your dentist will use a special gel that uses oxygen to bubble up which will take all of the stains with it, and then a special infrared light, not too hot, will be used to lock in the bleaching. Before you know it, the entire process will be over and you will be able to leave the dental practice with noticeably whiter and cleaner looking teeth, so you can be more confident when you smile.
For the best zoom whitening San Diego dentist Dr Paige Woods is the person to go and see; she has offered this treatment to many before you, and is a true professional who understands that different people are looking for different looks. Make sure you talk to her about the results that you are hoping for from Zoom whitening.

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free Zoom Whitening consultation.

Painless Fillings?

painless cavity detectionWho would not want painless fillings? It is the absolute dream of many people who have suffered through absolute agony in the past who often avoid the fact that they may need another filling, but they cannot stand to even think about the sound of the drill going round and round in their mouth another time. Thankfully, dental technology has moved on since then and there is now a way that dentists can offer completely painless cavity treatment that would have been unheard of even five years ago. One of the best examples of this new technology is the DIANOdent laser, a clever bit of kit that is able to detect tooth decay without any sort of invasive procedure whatsoever. In fact, this is a dental wand that is able to scan the inside of your teeth without even touching them!

The DIANOdent laser is being used now by more and more San Diego dentists, including Dr. Woods, in order to prevent fillings from ever being needed at all, because the decay of the tooth can be caught at an early stage, rather than letting it progress to the point where a filling is inevitable. Detecting tooth decay before the DIANOdent laser was almost impossible, especially if the exterior of the tooth was in good shape, because there were just no exterior visible signs that there was anything wrong. With the DIANOdent laser, on the other hand, your dentist will now be able to preempt potential problems that are associated with tooth decay, because the DIANOdent laser will be able to indicate which teeth are going to have the problem, which can then be treated with micro-abrasion, a technique that requires no drilling in order to do a filling (when caught early).

Approved by the FDA and the American Dental Association, make sure that you are being seen by Dr. Woods to take advantage of this world class technology.

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation to see how this technology can work for you.

Your Tooth Extraction Options

A diseased tooth will eventually get to a point where it is not possible to save it, and that is when your dentist will start to talk to you about tooth extraction. It can be quite upsetting to realize that there are no further treatment options, and we get very attached to the teeth that we have grown up with and had for years – but sometimes that is just the best course of action, especially if your dentist is concerned that the infection could spread to other teeth in your mouth. Many tooth extractions San Diego dentists perform are quite simple, and can be done in just one appointment without the need for you to stay in overnight.

Patients who are struggling with baby teeth that are not getting out of the way of adult teeth that are coming through, patients who need teeth removed in order to receive braces, patients who have a fractured tooth or a tooth that is so decayed that even a root canal would not save it: these are all examples of when you may need to have a tooth extraction. In order for your dentist to be absolutely sure that it is the right decision, they will perform an x-ray to see the entire problem. After they have decided on an extraction method, they will numb the area completely so that you do not feel a thing except pressure, and then go ahead and remove the tooth. In the rare occasions where the tooth does not want to leave the gum, it may be broken up in the gum and the pieces removed carefully.

Having a tooth removed is not the end of the world, and it will often lead to much greater dental health, so do not put off having a tooth extraction Dr. Woods can perform will little pain and discomfort at all.

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free consultation about your tooth extraction needs.

Tooth Restoration Measures

chipped tooth san diego patientIt is almost impossible to go through life without, at some point, cracking a tooth. In many cases you may not even realize that you have done it! It may only be at a check up with your dentist that they point out a hairline crack down the enamel of one of your teeth, and then you will have to wrack your brains to try and remember how you could ever have done it. For some people it is far more obvious than that: a sporting injury that is very painful, or a trip and fall that makes you taste blood and feel a crack along a tooth with your tongue. However it happens, for the best tooth restorations San Diego is the place to go.

If you have to wait until you can see a dentist, even though you should go to see them immediately, then the best way to prevent swelling and severe pain is to use cold. An ice pack or a bag of peas applied directly to the side of the face where the crack happened will help to cool down the inflammation, and hopefully make it less swollen for the dentist to examine. You may find that they recommend a tooth restoration, which could be a variety of different treatment options. Tooth restorations San Diego dentists, including Dr. Woods, often perform include a filling or bonding, a cap or crown, some extra enamel added to the tooth with sculpting, or even a veneer. Whichever treatment your dentist thinks is best, it will not only make your teeth stronger and healthier by preventing infection from getting into the tooth, but it will also look better from a cosmetic point of view.

The most important thing is to not leave it too late. As soon as you realize that you have a cracked tooth, then you need to go to your dentist.

Call (619) 359-6569 for a free tooth restoration consultation with Dr. Woods.