Yearly Archives: 2011

Dental Repairs – Your Smile Is A Big Deal

When it comes to dental repairs you want to make sure you’re getting the best value around.

emergencydentist sacramento057 150x150 Dental Repairs   Your Smile Is A Big DealThe perfect fix is one that lasts a long time, because teeth aren’t like bones or organs, they do not heal themselves.

Once you get work done on that tooth it is there to stay, and if it ever erodes or chips it will have to be fixed again.

The best way to take care of your mouth is to get routine check ups, x rays, and dental repairs when needed. The earlier that you get problems fixed the less money you’re going to spend.

If you have a cavity it is much cheaper and faster to get a filling put in the cavity, if you let the cavity continue to get worse you’ll end up having a root canal or crown. Both of which usually cost thousands out of pocket, and are very painful.

If you do end up having a root canal, crown, or filling you have several different options to you that can save you money. There are different compounds that dentists use to cover and protect teeth, or fill cavities.

The cheaper of the options is amalgam, a mix of metals that will last for years. The coloring is silver. Another option is porcelain, it performs as well as amalgam but it costs over twice as much, and the coloring is matched to your natural tooth color.

Your smile is a big part of who you are, everybody that you know is going to see your teeth at some point.

If you want to really take care of them you’re going to need to take good care of them with regular brushing and flossing, but if you do have to get some dental work done hopefully now you have a better idea of what you want.

Dental Braces

Emergency Dentist Sacramento takes  a look at Dental Braces.

emergency dentist sacramento058 150x150 Dental BracesDental braces, Also called braces, are used to straighten a patient’s teeth, improve a bite, and improve overall dental health.  They are used to correct over and under bites, crooked teeth, fill gaps, and align the jaw.  Usually the process of correcting teeth with braces can be sped up by using different dental procedures.

By applying pressure the braces move teeth into desired locations, usually over a period of months or years depending on the severity of the condition.  They are constructed out of various types of metal, usually steel or titanium, and placed on the teeth by an orthodontist.  Once the braces are on they require monthly checkups for tightening and alignment.

Any type of gum disease can make the process of getting braces more difficult, the mouth has to be in fairly good health before any orthodontist will apply the braces.  Deep cleanings can be performed along with regular dental care that will improve the health of the mouth and make it possible for a patient to get braces.

Orthodontists go to school for an extra two to three years to obtain the skills necessary for putting braces in someone’s mouth.  There are many different kinds of braces that are targeted to different age and severity levels, and there are different options available to reduce cost for patients that are on a budget.

As soon as the braces are removed patients will see that their teeth are healthier and straighter.  For those that have severe dental problems such as under/over bites the results are even more amazing, they will finally be able to eat food and talk.  The first step to getting braces is going in and getting some X rays and an exam.

Crowns – An Overview

Crowns are one of the most popular dental procedures used to save teeth from decay.

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An Overview:

The process involves encompassing the entire tooth in a material that will prevent decay, reduce sensitivity, and still keep the tooth alive.

They are usually used when a cavity has gotten so large that a filling would be inadequate and the cavity is threatening to kill the tooth.

There are several different materials that can be used to cover the tooth, and then bonded to the tooth using special cement.

Depending on where the tooth is located and the cosmetic appeal patients may choose a material that blends with the natural teeth they already have.

A dentist will take an impression of the decaying tooth, as well as those alongside it, and send the mold off to a lab where that tooth impression will be used to sculpt a cover.

The desired material has to be chosen by this point because that is what the cover is made out of.  While the crown is being made the dentist will give the patient a temporary crown that is cemented on, which is meant to last up to a few weeks while the other tooth is being prepared.

Once the crown is ready it can be placed on the tooth in a single visit, usually without the need of any pain medications.

As soon as the crown is placed on the tooth and the cement has dried the patient can use that tooth like they would any other.

Crowns are good for up to fifteen years.  Crowns are a good choice for people of all ages, even young children with dental problems.

They can be redone fairly easily and are much more cost effective when compared to root canals and other procedures.

TMJ – A Closer Look

TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint disorder) affects thousands of people, and it is something that rarely gets better on its own.

emergencydentist sacramento031 150x150 TMJ   A Closer LookThe fact of the matter is that TMJ is known to get worse with time!  What it comes down to is, TMJ is swelling and inflammation where the jawbone and skull come together.

Most of the time the pain is located to the jaw area and sometimes the ears, but it has been known to cause severe head aches and other health related problems

If you think that you’re suffering from TMJ the best thing you can do is get into your dentist right away and have them take some x rays and do an examination.

The dentist will be able to feel the joints in your jaw and determine how much inflammation there is, and what type of treatment is necessary.

Sometimes the simplest treatment can be the one that provides the most comfort to a patient.  First, you can take over the counter anti-inflammatory drugs to see if that will help.

The dentist will probably tell you that as well, but if that doesn’t work they may try something a little different.  They can refer you to a specialist that will teach you how to do exercises that will relax your jaw and hopefully relieve some of that tension.

Another great thing that dentists can do for people that have TMJ is to create a bite plate for that person.  Bite plates are used to make sure that every time that person bites down their teeth are coming into just the right place.

This will relieve much of the grinding and pressure exerted on the jaws by one another.  Many patients have found that this gives them the most relief from their TMJ symptoms.