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At Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud, we welcome questions from our patients. Educating patients on how best to take care of their oral health is one of the most important aspects of what our team does. We have also found that patients who take the time to ask questions tend to be more involved in their own health, which is always a good thing!
We tend to hear some of the same questions over and over, so for your convenience, we have gathered some of those questions and included the responses here. But if your question isn’t listed below, we invite you to ask it anyway. Chances are, if you have the question, so does someone else.
You can call us with your questions, or make note of them so you can ask at your next appointment. We look forward to sharing our knowledge!
Getting a crown put on after a root canal is highly recommended. One of the most common failures of RCT treatment is not having a crown placed after treatment. Root canal treatment makes the tooth weak and brittle. Crowns strengthen the teeth and make it less likely that there will be complications and additional trips to the dentist in the future.\
Dental Crowns Help The Structure of Your Smile
Crowns are able to fill the gap in your teeth and support the teeth surrounding it. When there is a gap in your smile, your teeth want to naturally fill that gap and may spread into that space. This causes complications in your smile. When your alignment collapses it makes it harder to restore your smile through orthodontic treatment.
Occasionally, patients feel sensitivity after a filling is done when drinking cold water or chewing. There are a couple reasons for this. For one, some patients have inflamed soft tissue that will act up right after the filling is done. Second, sometimes the filling materials are deep and close to the nerve, It can cause some discomfort for a couple of days after the filling.
Treating Sensitive Fillings
If you have sensitive fillings for an extended period of time, we advise you to contact our office immediately to get the solution.
If your gums bleed when you brush and floss, this could be an early sign of gum disease. It’s important to get to the dentist immediately to determine the health of your gums.
Gum disease in its earliest stages is treatable. But if you let it go, it will only get worse and can even lead to tooth loss. Many people are not aware of this, but gum disease is the main reason for tooth loss among adults in this country.
Gum Disease and Your Overall Health
Gum disease can also cause negative ramifications for your overall health. More and more studies are showing a connection between oral and systemic health. Gum disease is thought to contribute to serious health conditions, including heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and some kinds of cancers. If you have gum disease, your overall health will likely suffer as well.
Many people are walking around who have no idea they have gum disease. The only way to know for sure is to see your dentist regularly for examinations. The earlier gum disease is detected, the easier it is to treat. Gum disease in its later stages often requires a procedure called planing and scaling, which is a deep cleaning below the gum line. Call our office to schedule your initial exam.
Biotene products are great for patients with dry mouth. There are also prescription strength products if Biotene does not bring the ideal results.
Over the years, stress-induced clenching can wear your teeth down faster than what is normal. This is what we call bruxism. 60% of adults experience this and one of the most common symptoms are worn front teeth and a sore jaw when you wake up in the morning. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, contact Dr. Hua for a consultation today!
At Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud, we only provide tooth-colored fillings made of resin materials. We recommend replacing old silver amalgam fillings when they are in the front teeth (for aesthetic reasons) or when the silver fillings are cracked.
Call Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud
Contact our St. Cloud, FL dental office today if you have further questions or want to schedule your dental appointment. Our entire dental team can't wait to meet you and the entire family!
It is very important to maintain regular dental visits when you are diagnosed with cancer, especially head and neck cancer. Chemotherapy and radiation cause dry mouths in most patients, thus high risks for cavities. By having regular dental appointments, we will prevent, diagnose, and treat early if necessary.
Scheduling an Appointment
By scheduling regular dental cleanings and exams, you can keep your dental health up while you are going through this hard time. Our staff will make sure you are as comfortable as possible, call our office.
Our occlusal guards are custom made for patients that want to keep their teeth from breaking if they're grinding their teeth from stress. Instead of having your teeth grinding against each other, night guard makes sure your teeth are gliding on the night guard, thus, prolonging the lifetime of your teeth.
Having cold sensitivity is not uncommon and usually occurs when nerves are exposed because your gums have receded or your tooth enamel is worn. If your teeth hurt when you are not eating or drinking something that is cold, it might mean you have tooth decay or are in the early stages of gum disease. Other reasons for cold sensitivity include cracks in your teeth that provide a pathway to the nerves, giving you a jolt every time something cold touches your tooth.
Dealing With Sensitive Teeth
If you are dealing with cold sensitivity, here are some suggestions for putting on the brakes:
- Don’t brush too hard, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush.
- Avoid acidic foods and drinks that can be attacking your tooth enamel. Stick to foods you can buy at the outer edge of the store, including fruits and vegetables and dairy products such as milk, cheese, and unsweetened yogurt.
- Drink green or black tea or chew sugarless gum.
- Make sure you are not grinding your teeth.
- Take a break from teeth whitening, which can often cause temporary sensitivity.
- Make sure your gums are healthy and that recession is not at the root of the problem.
You can also try one of the many different toothpastes on the market that are specifically designed for teeth that are sensitive.
Unfortunately, even the best at-home oral care cannot always prevent cavities. Other factors come into play when it comes to your susceptibility to tooth decay, including your diet and your genes. The biggest problem? Overconsumption of sugar. And some people succumb to its nasty effects more easily than others.
Cavities are caused by bacteria in our mouths that feed on sugar. If you have particularly deep crevices in your teeth, it's easier for bacteria to get in deep and cause decay.
There are ways to help level the playing field if you are particularly prone to developing cavities:
- Continue brushing and flossing, particularly after enjoying sweet treats.
- Try to keep your enjoyment of sugary foods and beverages to occasional use only.
- Use a toothpaste with fluoride in it.
You can also inquire with your dentist about getting a sealant, which acts as a barrier between the deep crevices in your back molars and the development of tooth decay.
Be sure to visit your dentist twice each year for examinations and cleanings. Regular trips to the dentist will ensure that tooth decay is spotted while it is still small, so if you are prone to more fillings, at least they will be small ones. Call our office to schedule your appointment!
One of the most common complaints we hear from patients is that their night guard does not fit. At Modern Dentistry of St. Cloud, all of our night guards are custom made and adjusted here in our office to ensure maximum comfort and longevity.