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What To Do If You Chip Your Teeth

It is never nice to experience a cracked or chipped tooth, but many of us will during the course of our lives because or teeth naturally get weaker as we age. When you combine that will tough food such as crunching apples or ice, contact sports such as football, or DIY accidents like falling off a ladder, you can see why so many people experience a cracked tooth or a chipped tooth during their lives. Thankfully dental techniques have vastly improved in the last few years, so that you can be confident that in most cases a competent dentist such as Dr Paige Woods will be able to offer you a tooth restoration.

When you first notice that there is a problem with your teeth, you should ensure that you do not have any further injuries that you may not be aware of. Depending on the way that you received the injury, you may have concussion, neck injuries, or perhaps cuts and scrapes to other parts of your body. If you have any indication this is so, then the ER is your first port of call. After you have been checked over, go to your dentist – preferably, if at all possible, with any parts of your teeth that have been chipped off. Some teeth restoration procedures can re-attach bits of your teeth, so keep them in milk to keep them hydrated. Other tooth restoration treatments include filling in cracks to prevent infection from getting into your tooth, and sometimes even a small filling.

Make sure you come along to Brighton Dental San Diego, the best tooth restoration San Diego can offer. Speed is always of the essence when it comes to fixing a cracked or chipped tooth, so as soon as you realize that there is something wrong make sure that you give us a call straight away.

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Giving Your Child A Beautiful Smile

Whether you are a child or young person that is considering having braces, or whether you are a parent who is being asked to make that sort of decision on behalf of your child, it is never an easy decision. On the one hand, you have slightly painful and discomforting braces that you will have to wear for a long time, and on the other hand you have straight and perfect teeth that are healthy and happy. You have to go through one to get the other, and it’s not always a pleasant process – but the end results are always so spectacular, Dr Paige Woods has never seen a patient regret their decision to have braces, and the best time to have them is when the patient is under eighteen.

This is because children’s teeth are still growing and moving around, making it easier to encourage them to move to a particular place. An adult’s teeth have settled, and it can be quite difficult to encourage them to move around the mouth. If you think that your child may need braces, then we recommend that they see an orthodontic dentist at around seven years old, so that if the expert believes that they will need to have braces, they can have them young so that the braces will not interfere with their lives for too long. The appointment will include a visual examination of the child’s mouth, including jawline, and an x-ray to see the future development of teeth that have not come through yet.

From this consultation a recommendation will be made, and if that is for the child to have braces then you have time to consider exactly how you want to broach this with your child. Fixed braces are often the best choice for under eighteens, as they cannot be lost, broken, or forgotten – and they have the added benefit of being the fastest treatment too.


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Why You Want To Get Invisalign (Invisible) Braces

Many people get to adulthood with teeth that they do not really like: cracked, crooked, overcrowded or just not straight enough, they believe that their chance to be able to change the way that their teeth look has passed. Braces are for children, and if you get to eighteen without having had them, then it is just too late . . . right? Not quite. Dental technology has advanced so greatly in the last few years that it is now possible for someone of any age to be able to receive Invisalign braces, a brilliant treatment procedure that is virtually painless, only takes about a year, and even better, are almost completely invisible. Unless you tell them, no one will even realize that you are wearing them!

They sound too good to be true, but that’s just the advancement of modern dental technology. Invisalign braces are made up of clear plastic trays that the patient wears almost every single hour of the day, every day, for around a year. When you go in for your consultation, a mold will be taken of your teeth to see exactly what state they are in right now, and then a mold will be made of how you want your teeth to look when the entire process has been completed. A series of trays will then be made that will be slightly different each time from the teeth that you have now to the teeth that you want, and over the year you will move from one set of trays to the other, gradually encouraging your teeth to move with them.

There are many benefits of Invisalign over traditional normal braces, and the fact that you can have them at any age is just the first. Why not talk to Dr Paige Woods about the difference that Invisalign braces could have to your teeth?


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Non-Toxic Root Canals (yes there is such a thing)

Root canal treatments are never enjoyable, but your dentist will always ensure that you only have to ever go through them once. This is sometimes easier said than done, because the special dental filler that is used to cover up the tooth is called guttapercha, and is actually very toxic. When it reacts to the moisture that is naturally present in your mouth it can sometimes break, and this can allow infection right back into the root canal where your dentist had spent so much time ensuring that it had all been removed! There is another type of filler which more and more dentists, including Dr Paige Woods, are using instead of the toxic guttapercha, and that is called calcium hydroxide sealer. As well as being more biocompatible with your tooth and mouth, it also naturally stimulates bone growth.

This holistic alternative to a typical root canal is starting to become more and more popular as patients and dentists alike realize the differences between the two, but not every single patient is a viable subject for receiving calcium hydroxide sealer. After all, the idea of putting something in your mouth permanently that you know will have a toxic effect on the rest of your mouth is madness! Dental technology has come so far in the last few years, and it is treatment procedures like biocompatible root canals that go to prove that.

This could be a great treatment option for you, if you know that you will need to have a root canal treatment soon. If you have had any long term health problems then you must make your dentist aware of this, as it may affect the success of the treatment. Dr Paige Woods always enjoys being able to talk through the different options with her patients so that they can understand exactly what their choices are.


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What Are All On Four Dentures?

For many people, the idea of having something fixed in their mouths, that they cannot take out even if they wanted to, is quite a frightening prospect – but when you consider that it would be constructed by the leading experts in dental technology, personally shaped for your unique mouth, and far more comfortable than anything temporary that you would have to remove and clean everyday, something fixed starts to sound a lot better. This is often the dilemma that people who are considering dentures are in: they have to decide between temporary and fixed dentures. So why are so many dentists recommending fixed dentures to their patients?

For a start, permanent dentures fit better. They have been created to the millimeter to fit perfectly for your mouth, and no one else’s, and because they are fixed they don’t move around. This may not seem like much, but to anyone who has suffered through constantly moving dentures – a source of embarrassment when you try to talk and eat, and a source of pain due to all the sores they create – the idea of a fixed and immoveable set of dentures sounds like a wonderful thing. Fixed dentures have a shorter recovery time, believe it or not, and so are less painful to receive than your standard temporary dentures.

So if permanent fixed dentures are the way forward, how can you go about getting them? Dr Paige Woods sees hundreds of patients each year interested to learn more about fixed dentures, and for all that are suitable she recommends the All On Four treatment: fixed permanent dentures that are affixed to just four small dental implants. The entire structure will be strong and stable on these four dental implants, and the healing time is minimal – unlike some denture treatments which require eight or more dental implants. Why not discuss your options with Dr Paige Woods today?


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Is A Fixed Dental Bridge Right For You?

When you start to lose your teeth, that does not necessarily mean that you have to move straight away to a full set of dentures. You still have many healthy teeth that do work, after all, and this isn’t the Victorian era where we just give up! Dental research has developed hugely over the last few years, and one of the greatest advancements is the fixed dental bridge, a clever piece of dental design that can be customized uniquely for the patient that it is going to be fitted to, and then placed in the gap of two or more teeth to fill in the space in the patient’s smile. Most people will not even know that they are ‘false’ teeth because they would have been colored and shaped to match the other natural teeth, and because the dental bridge is fixed in the mouth, there is no movement and therefore no painful sores to consider.

Sounds too good to be true? That is down to the clever dental research that has been going on for so long. When taken care of properly, a fixed dental bridge can last for years, if not decades, and will happily work exactly like any of your other teeth. If you want to have a fixed dental bridge then you will need to have a full consultation with your dentist, one like Dr Paige Woods who is an expert in these matters. She will consider your own teeth and dental health, and decide whether or not a fixed dental bridge is a good option for you – and then take a mold of your mouth so that the dental bridge can be created to fit you perfectly. At your second appointment it will arrive, ready to be fitted into your mouth carefully by your dentist, and then you can walk out of there with a really beautiful smile on your face.


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What Are Implant Supported Dentures?

‘Dentures’ is a word that many people shiver to hear, because they assume that dentures are the sort of thing that the elderly and the infirm have to suffer through – not something that someone like them should have to consider! However, as we live longer lives we are naturally going to have to more health concerns and losing teeth is very common. Because dentures used to be incredibly painful, uncomfortable, and expensive, many people think that this is still the case, but that is because they are not aware of all the advances that have been made in dental research and technology. Now it is possible to not just have permanent fixed dentures that do not move around when you eat, drink, or chat, but also to have them supported by dental implants rather than your natural teeth.

This cost effective treatment has worked wonders for hundreds upon thousands of patients, and it’s not surprising. Research has demonstrated that potentially up to 90% of the people who currently have dentures are not happy with them, and that is undoubtedly because they have the old style that has not taken into account all of the new technology. Having a non invasive procedure to have a few dental implants placed into a patient’s mouth, and then having a set of customized and personally made for the patient dentures placed on them is a much better way to transform a person’s dental health, and more and more people are starting to realize this.

You don’t have to settle for ill-fitting dentures that give you sores on your gums: talk to Dr Paige Woods today about implant supported dentures to discover all of the benefits of modern dental technology that you may have been missing out on – but hopefully not for long. Smile with confidence and without pain with implant supported dentures.


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TMJ Treatment

Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction, otherwise known as its much more easily remembered shortened version TMJ, is a type of problem with the jawbone that affect far more people than you would imagine: experts believe that over ten million Americans alone could have the condition, many of them completely unknowingly. The symptoms of TMJ include facial pain, teeth grinding, terribly painful headphones, and even tinnitus, or ringing in the ears. As these types of problems can just be one off problems with patients, TMJ is often misdiagnosed as just a few of these symptoms in one person.

The causes of TMJ are varied depending on the patient, but there are two main causes that dentists see over and over again. Firstly, intense periods of stress can start off the symptoms of TMJ, and many people will put the pain down to general stress without realizing that it is actually a medical condition. Secondly, a major cause of TMJ is misaligned teeth, as they will put pressure on the wrong parts of the jawbone and often create teeth grinding in cases where there is no stress. As simple teeth grinding puts a huge amount of strain on the jawline, that exacerbates the initial problems and causes more symptoms to continue, and in some cases to get worse.

However, living with TMJ can be incredibly painful and difficult, and so the sooner that you receive a diagnosis and the care and attention that a dentist such as Dr Paige Woods can give you, the better. As every patient will be slightly different, your treatment plan will be slightly different to any other, but it should mean that you see a decrease in the pain and discomfort that you have been suffering with. That does not mean that you have to live that way, so talk to Dr Paige Woods as soon as possible and see whether there is a simple explanation to the symptoms that you are experiencing.


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Pocket Reduction Surgery (Prevention & Treatment)

If gum disease is left to continue for too long without any intervention, which is often the case in many patients because they do not even realize that they have gum disease, then eventually the bacteria will eat away at the gum itself and start to leave little pockets. Too tiny at first to be seen by the human eye, eventually these pockets will get so large that bits of food will start to get stuck in them, rotting and causing not only a horrible stench, but even more bacteria and decay, which will only accelerate the gum disease – and eventually lead to tooth decay and eventually a tooth to fall out. One easy way to prevent this from happening is to be vigilant about checking for gum disease, but if it is too late for that then you need to consider pocket reduction surgery.

Pocket reduction surgery is a very simple procedure which closes up the gaps in your gums where the pockets have developed, making sure that the gum area is completely clean of any debris or decay before they do so. When your dentist has suggested the pocket reduction surgery they will take an x-ray of your mouth and jawline to see the full extent of the damage. Some people will want to be under a local anaesthetic and some under a general: it is up to you. The surgery is undertaken as an outpatient, and although your gums will be more sensitive after the surgery, you will soon start to notice a huge difference.

For the best possible care in pocket reduction San Diego dentist Dr Paige Woods can help you. Her years of experience will quickly show in her consultation and advice, and if you decide that you want to go ahead with the pocket reduction surgery then there is no one better to take care of you and help you to improve the health of your smile.


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