Dental problems can happen to anyone. Educating yourself about common dental problems and their causes can help prevent those problems. Common dental problems include bad breath, toothache, and abscessed tooth. If you have been suffering from any dental problem, then contact NY cosmetic dentist Dr. Aki Shirakura at 914-303-6150.
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A dental emergency can happen at any time. You might find yourself in pain and panicked about what to do. When you have a dental emergency, consult a dentist as early as possible.
Dental emergencies can include:
Broken tooth: To reduce pain and discomfort, avoid eating cold foods until you consult a dentist.
Knocked-out tooth: There is a possibility a dentist can reinsert a knocked-out tooth. Hold the tooth by the crown, and avoid touching the root. Rinse the tooth, and then reinsert the tooth into the socket. Immediately see a dentist. If you can’t reinsert the tooth, store it in milk to keep it from drying out, and then consult a dentist. The longer the tooth is out of the socket, the less likely reinsertion is to work.
Cut inside the mouth: Clean the affected area. Do not attempt to remove any object stuck in the cut. Apply pressure to avoid bleeding from the wound until you consult a dentist or a doctor.
Jaw fracture: A fractured jaw can affect teeth alignment, which in turn affects your bite. You will want to see a dentist after a medical doctor treats the fracture.
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Under cosmetic dentistry other associated procedures are:
Veneers:Dental Veneers, also referred to as Porcelain Veneers or Dental Porcelain Laminates, are thin, custom made shells of tooth colored materials. Veneers are designed to cover the front surface of teeth to change or improve their appearance. Veneers are used to fix a number of dental issues, including discoloration, worn down teeth, chipped or broken teeth, misaligned, uneven, or irregularly shaped teeth, and teeth with gaps between them.
Crowns: Crowns are synthetic caps, usually made of a material like porcelain, placed on the top of a tooth. Crowns are typically used to restore a tooth’s function and appearance following a restorative procedure such as a root canal. Crowns are also used to attach bridges, cover implants, prevent a cracked tooth from becoming worse, or an existing filling is in jeopardy of becoming loose or dislocated. Crowns also serve an aesthetic use, and are applied when a discolored or stained tooth needs to be restored to its natural appearance.
Crowns are sometimes confused with veneers, but veneers are typically applied only to relatively small areas.
Implants: Dental implants are replacement tooth roots. Implants are synthetic structures that are placed in the area of the tooth normally occupied by the root. Implants are anchored to the jawbone or metal framework on the bone and act as a foundation for an artificial tooth or permanent bridge. In some cases, implants can be used to attach dentures. Implants provide a strong foundation for fixed permanent teeth, or removable replacement teeth that are made to match your natural teeth.
Whitening: Over time, teeth can become stained or discolored, especially after smoking, taking certain medications, or consuming foods and beverages such as coffee and tea. Whitening procedures have effectively restored the smile of people with stained, dull, or discolored teeth. Tooth whitening involves the use of peroxide-based materials to whiten teeth.
What is flossing?
Flossing is a method for removing bacteria and other debris that cannot be reached by a toothbrush. It generally entails a very thin piece of synthetic cord you insert and move up and down between the sides of two adjoining teeth.
Why is flossing important?
Many dentists believe that flossing is the single most important weapon against plaque. In any event, daily flossing is an excellent and proven method for complementing your brushing routine and helping to prevent cavities, periodontal disease, and other dental problems later in life. It also increases blood circulation in your gums. Floss removes plaque and debris that stick to your teeth and gums.
How often to floss
Floss at least once every day. Like brushing, flossing should take about three minutes and can easily be done while doing another activity, such as watching television. Do not attempt to floss your teeth while operating a motor vehicle or other machinery.
There are two common methods for flossing, the “spool method” and the “loop method”.
The spool method is the most popular for those who do not have problems with stiff joints or fingers. The spool method works like this: Break off about 18 inches of floss and wind most of it around your middle finger. Wind the rest of the floss similarly around the middle finger of your other hand. This finger takes up the floss as it becomes soiled or frayed. Move the floss between your teeth with your index fingers and thumbs. Maneuver the floss up and down several times forming a “C” shape around the tooth. While doing this, make sure you go below the gum line, where bacteria are known to collect heavily.
The loop method is often effective for children or adults with dexterity problems like arthritis. The loop method works like this: Break off about 18 inches of floss and form it into a circle. Tie it securely with two or three knots. Place all of your fingers, except the thumb, within the loop. Use your index fingers to guide the floss through your lower teeth, and use your thumbs to guide the floss through the upper teeth, going below the gum line and forming a “C” on the side of the tooth.
With either method of flossing, never “snap” the floss because this can cut your gums. Make sure that you gently scrape the side of each tooth with the floss.
Your gums may be tender or even bleed for the first few days after flossing – a condition that generally heals within a few days.
People choose esthetic dental procedures/surgery for various reasons—to repair a defect such as a malformed bite or crooked teeth, treat an injury, or just improve their overall appearance. Whatever the reason, the ultimate goal is to restore a beautiful smile.
For these and many other reasons, esthetic dentistry has become a vital and important part of the dental profession.
Common esthetic dental procedures can be performed to correct misshaped, discolored, chipped or missing teeth. They also can be used to change the overall shape of teeth—from teeth that are too long or short, have gaps, or simply need to be reshaped.
Some of the more common procedures involve:
Which techniques should be used to improve your smile? A dental exam will take many factors into consideration, including your overall oral health.