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Recovering from Root Canal Treatment

More often than not, patients that are new to the root canal procedure generally don’t know what to expect when they sit in the dentist’s chair.

If you’re one of those patients who has yet to sit in the dentist’s chair, you might be happy to know about a couple of the most popular misconceptions when it comes to root canal treatment. First, there’s that pesky rumor that says that root canal treatment is painful.

This one might have been true in the middle ages, but due to the leaps and bounds that dental technology has made over the years, root canal treatment is no more uncomfortable than getting a dental filling. Modern dental drills and anesthesia make it, literally, waiting with your mouth open (because that’s all you really need to do).

With anesthesia available to numb your mouth, nitrous oxide to put you at ease, and advanced dental cleaning equipment, your dentist can easily make short work of any infection or bacteria that’s causing a tooth ache.

Next we come to the next misconception, that root canal treatment is bloody. For some reason, plenty of patients think that root canal treatment is incredibly gory. While there can sometimes be a little bit of blood (due to the fact that your dentist is cleaning out blood vessels and nerve tissue), there generally isn’t too much and, what blood there is, your dentist will quickly suck away with a specialized tool.

After a root canal, your tooth might feel just a little sensitive when compared to your other teeth. This can last for some time, but shouldn’t persist for longer than a few days. Taking care of your tooth immediately after root canal treatment is relatively simple, just follow these tips:

  • Avoid eating until after numbness goes away
  • Do not chew on or bite with the affected tooth until it’s fully sealed and restored by your dentist
  • Make sure you continue flossing and brushing to eliminate future infection
  • Immediately contact your dentist if you notice swelling inside (or outside of ) your mouth, returning symptoms, hives or itching, or if your bite feels like it’s uneven.

A tooth that’s had professional endodontic treatment is fully capable of “living” as long as any of your natural teeth. Once the tooth has been fully restored and sealed, all you need to do after your initial recovery period is to remain dedicated to good oral hygiene habits, including daily brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings and check-ups by your dentist.

Dental Bridges: the How and Why

It’s only natural that your teeth are important to you. It’s also natural to want to replace a tooth as quickly as possible in the event you’re missing one. One of the most popular solutions for replacing missing teeth is the dental bridge.

At Cypress DDS, we’re Cypress, CA’s dental bridge experts. For years, our cosmetic and restorative dentists have put their skills to the test in order to help our patients restore confidence in their smiles, while simultaneously helping to restore functionality to their teeth. Fortunately, dental bridges help us accomplish both.

What is a Dental Bridge?

It might not surprise you, but a dental bridge is actually a lot like a bridge you would use to traverse a gap in the landscape. Except, in this case, the landscape is your smile and the bridge is a dental appliance (not a series of girders and supports). However, the concept is still the same.

One one of your teeth is missing, a dental bridge is used to replace it. In doing so, your dentist uses the adjacent healthy teeth as supports. These teeth are given crowns as additional reinforcement and support. Just like a bridge over a body of water, this is done to help spread the pressure and weight across the entire structure – rather than place it all on the bridge itself.

In your mouth, once the supports for the bridge have been created with crowns, your dentist installs a pontic. The pontic is an artificial tooth which is installed between the crowns and matched to your existing teeth in order to fill-in the space. As dental technology and the materials available have become better and better, dental bridges have also become stronger and more life-like. In many cases, friends and family alike won’t be able to tell you’ve had a replacement tooth installed at all.

Why Replacing a Missing Tooth is About More than Just “Looking Good”

Many patients don’t realize that getting a dental bridge is about more than just improving the look of your smile. In fact, filling the gaps made by missing teeth is actually an important step your dentist will encourage you to take for the good of your long-term oral health.

Dental bridges are about more than just appearance because the gaps they’re filling can make a very real impact in the balance of your bite.  Because the missing tooth is no longer there to help support the teeth adjacent to it,  losing a tooth can gradually cause your remaining teeth to fall out of alignment. This not only impacts your ability to eat, but it will also impact your ability to speak. By installing a dental bridge and filling the gap between your teeth, you ensure that your entire smile maintains its proper shape.

Do you have questions about dental bridges? The dental team at Cypress DDS is here to help. If you’re a patient in the Cypress area, schedule a free consultation today. To learn more, come back to visit our blog often. 

A Brief Introduction to Your Baby’s Teeth by a Family Dentist in CYPRESS, CA

Whether you just had your first child or you’re making a lovely addition to an already very busy family, it’s never uncommon for questions to arise from parents, whether they’re new to being parents, or seasoned pros — hardened in the battlefield of bottles and late-night diaper duty.

More often than not, the most common questions parents ask about new babies pertain to the odd rash, stomach ache, fever, and a litany of other issues ranging from how long it’s normal for a baby to cry to how a baby should be sleeping at night.

Unfortunately, few of the questions asked about newborn health tend to be about a newborn’s teeth. We don’t particularly blame parents for this. After-all,  a newborn doesn’t have teeth. With that said, it’s easy to let oral health fly under the radar.

However, even though your baby doesn’t have teeth, it’s important to find your newborn family dentist nearby, especially if you can find a dentist that specializes in pediatric care. One of the best reasons? An oral health risk assessment

Your Baby’s First Dentist Appointment (by 6 months of age) 

According to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, performing an oral health risk assessment is incredibly important for infants. Put simply: this visit allows your dentist to spot the potential for any problems that could arise in the future. It assesses your baby’s risk for conditions relating to the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, as well as the potential risk for dental caries, and make suggestions for your baby’s fluoride needs.

Why baby teeth are Important

Parents occasionally believe that their baby’s teeth aren’t incredibly important because they’re just (eventually) replaced with adult teeth. This is one of the first misconceptions a good family dentist will squash right away.  Your baby’s first teeth are important for the development of healthy adult teeth by helping to properly space permanent teeth, while also aiding the development of speech and the ability to chew.

How to Brush a Baby’s Teeth

Even if your baby is “all gums” it’s still important to gently brush, it’s still important to brush very gently with a small amount of fluoridated toothpaste. If teeth have not yet come-in, a warm and damp washcloth will do. If possible, this should be done twice a day. The overarching goal: clean out the bacteria. Gently doing whatever you can to clean the bacteria out of your baby’s mouth is the name of the game.

Helpful Tip for Better Teeth: Follow Meals with Water (and bottle feeding before bed)

Many parents don’t realize that simply following every infant’s meal with water is a sure-fire way to reduce the risk for gingivitis and decay. By preventing gingivitis and decay early on, your baby’s teeth get an oral-health head start that can impact his or her smile for years and years to come.

On top of this, it’s important to remember that bottle-feeding anything but water before bed means that the bacteria from that food will continue to live in your child’s mouth all night – which can contribute to decay  and gingivitis.

Cypress Family Dentistry: 3 Simple Tips for Better Teeth

One of the most important tasks any good family dental clinic will undertake is the task of educating patients.

But education goes far beyond informing patients about how to instruct their children to properly brush their teeth, or when a dental bridge  should be used. While most patients understand that sugary drinks and candy can be detrimental to your teeth, many patients don’t realize that it’s all sugar that should be avoided, which leads us to our first tip:

For Healthier Teeth: Don’t Just Beware Sugar, Beware Carbs and Starches

While you might not look at potato chips and other starchy snacks as a dental risk, that’s because you’re not thinking about their chemistry. While they might not have a lot of sugar on their ingredient’s list, the starch in potato chips (and other starch-filled items) converts into sugar after you’ve eaten them. If you’ve eaten or served snacks like these, follow them up with water whenever you can. Or, at the best you can opt instead for mixed nuts – which are ultimately more healthy and less likely to allow sugars to bathe your teeth.

Drink More Water

You would likely hear the same advice from your doctor, but don’t be surprised to hear it from your family dentist as well, that is: drink more water. Most dental patients don’t drink nearly enough water. Not only is it helpful to your body, but it also helps to wash away the bacteria in your mouth while neutralizing acid residue as well. If you’re consuming food or beverages that are acidic always remember to rinse, rinse rinse.  On top of this, if your children participate in sports and feel inclined to the occasional sports drink, be careful. While these drinks are okay from time to time, water is always better than a sugary sports drink that not only contains calories, but can also be an unnecessary burden on the teeth.

Brush: At the Right Time, with the Right Force

Nobody needs to be told that brushing your teeth is important. However, many patients do need to hear a few not-said-enough warnings about their teeth. First, don’t brush too hard. Brushing too hard for too long can eventually wear down your tooth’s enamel, while also contributing to gum erosion (which can contribute to sensitivity and other problems down the road). On top of not brushing too hard, it’s also important to consider the acid in your diet. Just like we mentioned it being important to wash away acid from your diet, it’s also important not to help it attack your teeth. Brushing too soon after eating acidic can contribute to accelerated erosion and abrasion. Due to this, it’s best to wait for about 30 minutes after eating to brush.

3 Reasons Patients Postpone Visits to the Dentist (and Why they Shouldn’t!)

Welcome to My Downey Family Dentist. No matter what part of the country you live in, or what your personal dental history is like, there comes a time for the average person when they feel a tingle in a molar or a slight prick of sensitivity in their gums, and wonder, “When was the last time I went to the dentist?”.

It’s at that moment when many patients realize the reason they haven’t been to the dentist, and frankly – the reasons tend to vary. But three of the most popular reasons remain; finances, fear, and fancy. As our first blog post on our brand new website, we’d like to take the opportunity to work through a couple of these reasons, and maybe even make a case for some of the reluctant patients out there to try out a new dentist for a change (maybe it could make all the difference)!

Let’s start with “fancy” or rather, the simple fact that many people around the world simply don’t like to go to the dentist because it’s not an experience they particularly look forward to or they don’t exactly enjoy their chosen dentist. For those patients, it’s important to remember that you’re never stuck! As the patient, it’s always your right to move on to a new dentist if something doesn’t quite click. Whether it’s the environment, your personalities, or the level of care that you don’t  like – trying out a new dentist to get the right fit could mean the difference between seeing the dentist every 2 years and seeing the dentist every 6 months – which can make a difference for your teeth.

Another major reason patients tend to put off dental visits is finances. This can be a a big one. While many employers offer dental insurance, many still do not – which can make getting routine dental care a burden, especially when it comes to procedures like x-rays, fillings, and crowns. However, many dentist are happy to work with uninsured patients to make the costs of regular-dental visits (or even specific procedures) more manageable. As the saying goes, “It never hurts to ask.”

Next, we come to “Fear”. Dental fear and anxiety are very real reasons that many patients postpone or completely avoid getting the dental care they need. However, it’s important to remember, whether it’s a root canal or a simple filling, your time in the dental chair never has to be characterized by fear or anxiety. In fact, dental technology has come so far that fear about dental procedures should almost be totally nonexistent due to the widespread availability of sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry uses a number of tools to eliminate the pain and anxiety felt by patients in the dental chair with a combination of pain relievers (usually anesthetics) and sedatives, the most common being nitrous oxide (otherwise known as laughing gas). In its simplest form, this means that you won’t even feel the ultra-precise dental drill cleaning the cavity in your tooth, all you’ll feel is the first tiny prick from the anesthesia needle. Afraid of needles? No problem – nitrous oxide ensures you won’t have a care in the world (but don’t worry, it wears off at the end of your appointment). For every kind of patient, there’s a solution to make dental visits easy.

So, what’s keeping you from the dentist? Fear? Finances? Anxiety? Chances are we can help.

If you’re thinking, “Maybe I will look for a new dentist near me, contact us to learn more about our new dental office in Downey, or schedule a consultation today!