Even the most common dental issues can also cause further complications for your smile. Learn how to protect your smile from cavities!
A cavity is the most common dental problem that affects children and adults of all ages. Whether your general dentist has told you that you have a cavity or you are just trying to learn more about them, turn to your Cockeysville, MD dentist for the answers you need.
What is a cavity?
Often referred to as tooth decay, this problem causes holes to form in the enamel of your teeth. Cavities can range in sizes and can grow and become more severe if left untreated by your dentist.
What causes cavities?
A cavity forms when plaque forms on the teeth and isn’t properly removed through daily brushings. Sugar is the number-one culprit for causing cavities. Whenever you consume foods or drinks with sugar, the substance is converted into acid by the bacteria naturally growing in your mouth.
The acid is what eats away at healthy enamel. The more sugar you consume, the more acid attacks your beautiful smile undergoes. This will make you more susceptible to cavities.
What are the symptoms?
Unfortunately, not all cavities cause symptoms, so it can be difficult to know when there is a problem. That’s why it’s important to maintain those six-month visits to see your dentist, who can detect problems right away. Some signs that you may have a cavity include:
- Tooth sensitivity
- A black stain on your tooth
- A hole in your tooth
If you don’t visit your dentist for cavity treatment, this can cause serious issues for your smile in the long run. Some complications that can occur as a result of ignoring or leaving your cavity untreated include:
Chronic or severe dental pain
- An abscess (an infected pus-like pocket that grows around the tooth)
- Pain or problems chewing food
- An increased risk for a cracked or broken tooth
If you don’t seek treatment right away, the cavity could cause damage to the point that the problem might not be reversible and the tooth will need to be removed and replaced with a dental restoration like an implant or dental bridge.
Cavities don’t have to be a serious problem. By coming in for those six-month dental exams, you can protect your teeth from common, but potentially serious dental issues like decay and gum disease. If you are overdue for your next cleaning and exam, then it’s time to call your preventive dentist today.
Here’s why so many people are turning to Invisalign for straight smiles.
Invisalign touts itself as “the invisible way to straighten your teeth” and it’s an amazing option for many older teens and adults who are looking to improve the appearance and health of their smile but feel a bit nervous about taking the plunge to get braces. Our Cockeysville, MD dentist has helped patients getting beautiful smile results through Invisalign. Could you be next? Let’s find out.
How does Invisalign work?
Invisalign is a unique system that uses a set of clear, custom-made aligners that fit over your teeth similarly to mouthguards or whitening trays; however, since each aligner is custom-molded to your mouth, each set applies the right amount of pressure to your teeth to move them gradually into place.
Will Invisalign work for me?
Invisalign is ideal for older teens and adults whose teeth have already fully developed and are no longer growing. This will ensure that each set of aligners provides a perfect fit throughout the treatment process. If you are an adult or teen who is dealing with a misaligned smile and is looking for a subtle way to straighten teeth that others aren’t as likely to notice then Invisalign could definitely be right for you.
Invisalign can treat a variety of common bad bites (also known as malocclusions) and dental problems including,
- Crooked teeth
- Gaps between teeth
- Open bites
If your teeth are out of alignment or if they don’t fit together properly when you bite then Invisalign may be able to help.
What are the steps involved in getting Invisalign?
Once your dentist has determined that you are an ideal candidate for treatment and they’ve taken impressions of your teeth you will come back into the office to receive your Invisalign aligners. Here are the steps involved in Invisalign treatment,
- You will wear your aligners for about two weeks at a time, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss
- You will replace your current aligners in two weeks for the next set in your treatment plan
- You should aim to wear your aligners for around 20-22 hours each day
- You will visit the dentist about every six weeks for checkups
- Most treatment plans last anywhere from 9-15 months but can take between 18-30 months
Wondering how Invisalign could improve your smile? If so, schedule a consultation with our Cockeysville, MD, cosmetic dentist here at Padonia Dental Associates by calling (410) 560-1400.
Keeping You Safe
We have exciting news! Padonia Dental Associates is now open for elective procedures. We want to reassure you that we are taking all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of our patients, providers and team members. It is important not to put your oral healthcare needs on hold during this time as neglect could lead to more severe problems in the future. We also have telemedicine options if you prefer a consultation with our doctors from home.
We have implemented rigorous measures and infection control protocols in the office to ensure your safety, including the following:
- PPE will be worn by all of our providers, including N95 masks, gowns, face shields, and hair covers; masks will be worn by all other team members
- Office and treatment rooms will be sanitized between appointments and constantly throughout the day
- Team members and patients' temperature will be taken before entering the building
- To reduce face to face interaction, insurance and financial related inquiries, medical history and a COVID 19 screening will be handled before your visit
- Please call our office if you have an upcoming appointment and are experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms, including fever, cough, shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, or chills
- Patients will call the office upon arrival and wait in their cars until their appointment time
- Patients are required to wear a mask upon entering the building
- Adults accompanying other adults must wait in their car unless their assistance is medically necessary
- Children under 18 may be accompanied by one parental guardian
- Please remain 6 feet from any other patient while you are in building and follow social distance markings
- A peroxyl rinse will be done before every appointment to reduce bacterial and viral counts in the mouth
We will help guide you through your appointment and ensure your safety as well as ours. If you have an appointment that was cancelled, we will be giving you a call to reschedule. If you would like to schedule a routine or elective procedure or if you have a dental emergency, please give our office a call at 410-560-1400 so we can get you scheduled.
We may look a little different the next time we see you, but we assure you we are still smiling under our masks! We look forward to seeing you!
~ Padonia Dental Associates
Did you know that the bacteria actively growing in your mouths is one of the major factors for tooth decay and gum disease? Although gum disease may not cause tooth pain, it is a contributing factor that will weaken your teeth and even jaw bone causing tooth pain. Although regular brushing, flossing, rinsing, and visits to your dentists at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, twice a year could help keep tooth pain at bay, it helps to know its common causes as well:
A Decayed Tooth
This is the most common cause of tooth pain in both young and adults. A decayed tooth could be the result of years of neglect allowing the acid formed by the plaque bacteria to destroy the enamel of your teeth. This causes progressive mineral loss resulting in pain from the pulp.
A Damaged Tooth
Decay isn’t the only thing that could damage a tooth. Damage could likewise happen due to carelessness or an accident. This results in a cracked, chipped, or broken tooth. If left untreated, this can quickly progress to a decayed tooth.
Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction
This is pain associated with the joint connecting your lower jaw to your skull allowing you to talk and eat. The additional stress on the jaw muscle will result in tooth pain. Warm compression can help ease this tooth pain, but it requires immediate attention from your dentist.
This pain is commonly associated with some dental care products that penetrate the teeth or damage to the teeth. Some over-the-counter whitening agents, for example, could result in tooth sensitivity pain.
Common Home Remedies for Tooth Pain
- Take an over-the-counter medication like ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
- Rest with your head and elevate it to prevent blood from rushing to it and intensifying the pain.
- Keep away from acidic food or drinks, which could act as a trigger for the pain.
- Use a mouthwash to rinse your teeth to numb the pain and disinfect it at the same time. You can also try rinsing with a saltwater solution.
- Place an ice pack on the painful side of the face to dull the pain.
Professional Care for Tooth Pain
You may feel better the morning after using home remedies. However, there are instances wherein you must visit your Cockeysville dentist in the soonest possible moment. These situations include:
- Over-the-counter medication does not relieve pain.
- The pain is accompanied by the swelling of your gums or your face.
- Your teeth got broken or knocked out because of an injury.
- You feel when you open your mouth widely.
- The pain extends to your jaw and ear.
- You have difficulty swallowing because of the pain.
For Dental Emergencies or Advice on Oral Care, Call Us
Dial (410) 560-1400 to set up a consultation with one of the dentists here at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD.
Your smile is one of your most valuable possessions. Treasure it, and take care of it with a good oral care routine. At Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, your team of five dentists is here to help you preserve it for life.
Good care begins with you
Home is where the heart is, and it's where the best dental care begins and continues every day. You brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and soft brush, floss daily to remove plaque and avoid tartar, and eat a tooth-friendly diet. But, what else should you do?
Other at-home care includes:
- Drink as much water as possible. Good hydration promotes saliva production with its anti-bacterial action.
- Wear a mouthguard when playing sports or if you habitually grind or clench your teeth.
- Increase the fiber in your diet. In addition to being good for your digestive system, fiber scrubs your teeth clean and decreases your chances of developing gum disease and oral cancer.
- Use mouthwash, as your dentist advises, to freshen breath, limit plaque, and whiten tooth enamel.
Your dentist provides excellent in-office care
Here at our Cockeysville office, care plans are comprehensive, treating you throughout your life with the latest in preventive, restorative, and cosmetic services.
Be sure to see us every six months as the American Dental Association (ADA) recommends. Your hygienist will scale your teeth to eliminate harmful plaque and tartar, take X-rays to check for hidden decay and other problems, and measure your gum pockets as indicators of your periodontal health.
Next, your preventive care continues with a full examination to include:
- A check for decay and gum disease
- Visual inspection of dental bite
- Examination of all existing restorations such as veneers, crowns and fillings
- An oral cancer examination
Additionally, your routine exam and cleaning provides the opportunity to ask your dental team questions about your oral health, smile appearance, and the best methods of home care for your unique smile.
Keep your smile bright and healthy with consistent at-home and in-office oral care. Your dentist and support staff at Padonia Dental Associates in Cockeysville, MD, will be with you every step of the way. Call us for your routine dental check-up: (410) 560-1400.
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