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The ABC’s of Family Dentistry

Written by : Posted on December 8, 2014 : Comments Off on The ABC’s of Family Dentistry

far north dallas family dentistFinding the right family dentist is every bit as important as finding the right family doctor. You want to be sure your children have the best possible care so they’ll grow up with strong, healthy teeth. You’ll also want to be sure your dentist monitors the growth of your child’s teeth to be sure they are properly aligned.

Choosing a Family Dentist

When you choose a family dentist, you want to find someone who has experience with both adult and childhood dental issues. You should be able to find a dentist who can serve your whole family out of the same dental office. The office should be family-friendly, and the dentist and her staff should all have experience with patients of all ages. For children in particular, it’s important that the dental office provide a non-threatening experience and have a waiting area where a child feels welcome.

You should be able to find a dentist who can serve your whole family out of the same dental office.

Ways to choose a family dentist include:

  • Ask for referrals from friends
  • If you’re moving to a new area, ask a Realtor who in town has a good reputation
  • Look online for a practice that stresses family-friendliness

When you’re looking online for a dentist, you can check for experience in pediatric dentistry and see what kinds of certifications the dentist has. You might also be able to schedule a consultation so you can meet and talk to the dentist.

Taking Children to the Dentist

When you take your child to the family dentist, try to minimize his anxiety by talking to him before you go. You can watch recordings designed to teach children about the dentist and what will happen when he goes. You can also play games where you take turns pretending to be the dentist, which will help him feel more relaxed and comfortable when he’s in the dentist’s chair.

Making sure your child is anxiety-free when he sees the dentist will help him grow up accepting visits to the dentist as a normal, ordinary occurrence. Choosing the right family dentist can go a long way toward preventing dental anxiety as your child grows to adulthood.

Call Bliss Dental today and set up an appointment with our skilled and caring dentist.

Can Pregnant Women Have Their Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

Written by : Posted on November 7, 2014 : Comments Off on Can Pregnant Women Have Their Wisdom Teeth Pulled?

wisdom teeth removal carrolltonDuring pregnancy, it is generally best to avoid any major dental work, including wisdom teeth removal. This is particularly true if you will need to have general anesthetic. However, if your dentist feels it’s very important to have the oral surgery done, he might recommend that you go ahead and have the procedure.

Dental Work During Pregnancy

While you’re pregnant, your first priority is to protect your growing baby. Some types of medical and dental procedures are best avoided while your baby is growing. This includes dental X-rays and most forms of anesthesia. Even local anesthesia is best avoided if at all possible. Wisdom teeth removal often requires X-rays and always requires some sort of anesthesia. If a tooth is impacted, general anesthesia might be required to remove it.

If you have any questions or concerns about any type of dental procedure, talk them over with your dentist and your OB/GYN. If the tooth removal is an emergency, you can work with your doctors to determine an approach that will keep both you and your baby safe. If the tooth has become infected, removal might be recommended to keep the infection from spreading, or you and your doctor might decide to treat the infection with antibiotics. If the tooth is extremely uncomfortable, you might also decide to go ahead and have the extraction performed. The best-case scenario is to have your teeth evaluated by your dentist before your pregnancy and have any major issues dealt with at that time.

Why is Wisdom Tooth Extraction Necessary?

The majority of people have to have their wisdom teeth removed at some point in their adult life. This is because most people don’t have enough room in their mouths for the teeth to properly emerge. They often become impacted, wedged against adjacent teeth and unable to move completely into place. This can lead to severe infection. When wisdom teeth come in, they can also move other teeth out of alignment, leading to malocclusion, clenching and grinding, or temporomandibular joint disorder.

Set up an appointment with our dentist by calling 972-307-7777 to discuss wisdom teeth removal options.

How to Minimize Bite Stress

Written by : Posted on October 6, 2014 : Comments Off on How to Minimize Bite Stress

far north dallas dentistWhen we chew and bite, a great deal of stress is put on our teeth. Though the teeth and jawbone are built to stand up to this kind of pressure, excessive bite stress can lead to abnormal wear and tear as well as tooth damage and damage to the jaw joints. If you experience excessive bite stress, your dentist can help reduce it to prevent damage to your teeth and jaw.

Causes of Excessive Bite Stress

Excessive bite stress occurs when force is exerted on the teeth beyond that normally used for biting and chewing. This force is exerted when the jaw muscles contract repeatedly or are held in a contracted position for a period of time, for example when you grind or clench your teeth. Some causes of bite stress include:

  • Stress and tension that lead to clenching and grinding
  • Biting non-food objects, like pencils or pens
  • Chewing sticky or hard foods on a regular basis
  • Jaw misalignment that causes stress to be unevenly distributed

This type of bite stress can lead to long-term, serious side effects that can cause tooth damage or even tooth loss. Your dentist can determine if you are experiencing bite stress during your regular visits to the dental office for checkups. 

If your dentist notices signs of excessive bite stress, she will recommend treatment based on its apparent causes.

Treatment for Excessive Bite Stress

If your dentist notices signs of excessive bite stress, she will recommend treatment based on its apparent causes. If you are clenching and grinding your teeth due to stress or tension, he might recommend relaxation techniques or lifestyle changes. Changing your habits, if those habits contribute to the stress on your teeth, can also help, so if you habitually chew on ice or excessively hard foods, eliminate this habit to protect your teeth.

Bite stress caused by misalignment should be treated by your dentist or orthodontist. You might require braces or other orthodontic procedures to return your teeth to proper alignment. This type of treatment can also help reduce stress on the jaw joints to prevent or treat temporomandibular joint disorder.

For more tips on managing bite stress, contact our team at Bliss Dental today.

Cosmetic Dentistry can Fix Unsightly Dental Work

Written by : Posted on September 4, 2014 : Comments Off on Cosmetic Dentistry can Fix Unsightly Dental Work

dental crowns carrolltonIt can be very disappointing to have dental work and have it turn out differently than you expected. If you’ve had dental work that has left your teeth looking uneven, discolored, or just not the way you want them to look, a cosmetic dentist can help correct the issues so you can be proud of your smile again.

Problems with Your Dental Work

In most cases, dental work helps successfully restore or repair damaged or decayed teeth. Usually, the results do not detract from the look of your smile. Fillings or dental crowns in the back teeth are not readily visible, and work done on front teeth is placed in such a way that it is invisible, or is performed with tooth-colored materials.

Sometimes, however, dental work can result in problems like cracked teeth, discoloration, misalignment, or dark-colored fillings that are easily visible. In these cases, you can work with a cosmetic dentist to determine the best approach to restoring your smile to normal.

Options for Restoring Your Smile

The first step for repairing your teeth is to consult with a cosmetic dentist. You’ll discuss what it is about your teeth you don’t like and what the best options are to repair them. For example, if past dental work has led your teeth to crack or chip, your teeth can be restored with tooth-colored dental crowns or with veneers, depending upon the type of damage.

Some cosmetic dentistry options that can help fix dental work you’re not pleased with include:

  • Replacing metal fillings with tooth-colored fillings
  • Tooth-colored dental crowns
  • Porcelain veneers
  • Invisalign
  • Inlays and onlays

These procedures, or a combination of procedures, can correct the problems that exist with your smile. You and your dentist will decide together on what the right approach is to give you the results you want.

To find out more about cosmetic dentistry and how it can help you achieve a smile you can be proud of, please contact the office of Dr. Sweta Sheth at 972-307-7777 to schedule a consultation.

What to Avoid for Better Teeth & Breath

Written by : Posted on August 14, 2014 : Comments Off on What to Avoid for Better Teeth & Breath

It takes more than simply brushing and flossing to keep your teeth white and bright with fresh breath. You need to consider which foods and drinks you’re consuming each day!  Here is a great article listing seven things to avoid if you want to keep your mouth minty fresh!

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Can I Whiten My Teeth While Pregnant Or Nursing?

Written by : Posted on August 5, 2014 : Comments Off on Can I Whiten My Teeth While Pregnant Or Nursing?

teeth whitening carrolltonTeeth whitening is popular and safe, and can make a dramatic difference in the look of your smile. However, most dentists recommend avoiding whitening treatment while you are pregnant or nursing.

Whitening While Pregnant or Nursing

Teeth whitening uses strong concentrations of hydrogen peroxide to bleach the surfaces of your teeth. The amount of whitening agent is required to be below a certain level, making whitening very safe under normal conditions. However, if you are pregnant or nursing, it’s recommended that you should avoid whitening treatment.

Whitening has not been proven to be dangerous to pregnant or nursing mothers or to their babies. There has not been enough study yet to determine if it’s safe, though, so it’s best to avoid exposure just in case. If you are unhappy with the way your teeth look and are planning to have a child, have them whitened before you get pregnant. It’s a good idea anyway to have dental work taken care of prior to pregnancy, since pregnancy itself can have a detrimental effect on the health of your teeth and gums. 

There has not been enough study yet to determine if it’s safe, though, so it’s best to avoid exposure just in case.

Taking Care of Your Teeth During Pregnancy

Pregnancy creates a variety of changes in your body. This includes your oral tissues. While you’re pregnant, the hormone changes can lead to a variety of symptoms and potential issues, including:

  • Teeth that feel slightly loose
  • Bleeding or sensitive gums
  • Increased likelihood of tooth decay
  • Increased likelihood of gum disease

Before you get pregnant, it’s a good idea to see your dentist for a thorough checkup and cleaning. During pregnancy, be sure to see the dentist regularly for cleanings and to assess the condition of your teeth and gums. If you develop cavities, you can have them treated, but you should avoid X-rays during your pregnancy and also avoid general anesthesia. If you have any questions about whether you should have specific treatments during pregnancy, be sure to discuss your options with your dentist at Bliss Dental as well as your obstetrician.

Can Crowns Improve the Appearance of Natural Teeth?

Written by : Posted on June 8, 2014 : Comments Off on Can Crowns Improve the Appearance of Natural Teeth?

dental crowns carrolltonDental crowns are one of many available treatments to correct the look of your teeth. They’re also used to restore damaged teeth and to protect teeth that have undergone root canal procedures. If your teeth are damaged or decayed, crowns can greatly improve their appearance.

Uses for Dental Crowns

Crowns are primarily used for restorations. This includes teeth that have been broken off, severely cracked, or that are seriously decayed. Treatment with dental crowns can dramatically improve the way these teeth look as well as protecting them from further damage.

If a tooth has suffered severe nerve damage, it might require a root canal. After the root canal procedure is performed, the dentist will place a crown on the tooth to protect it. With a tooth-colored crown, your tooth will appear natural. Tooth-colored crowns are usually made of porcelain, a strong, durable material that can be color-matched to your teeth. They can also be made of metal covered with porcelain, which will also give you a natural-looking, long-lasting restoration.

Getting a Dental Crown

Your dentist uses a two-part procedure to place a crown. First, your dentist makes a mold of your unaltered tooth. Then the tooth is prepared to make room for the crown. A portion of the tooth must be removed, then the dentist makes a mold of the modified tooth and places a temporary crown. This temporary crown helps protect your tooth while the permanent crown is being manufactured.

After about two or three days, your permanent crown will be ready. You then return to the office to have it cemented into place. After the crown is set into place, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to be sure your bite is restored to normal. This can involve minute modifications to the crown’s surface. If you experience any discomfort after going home with your new crown, you should let your dentist know. This kind of discomfort often occurs because your bite has not been completely adjusted.

Contact the dental office of Dr. Sweta Sheth at 972-307-7777 to reserve your appointment today.

What causes white spots on my teeth?

Written by : Posted on May 9, 2014 : Comments Off on What causes white spots on my teeth?

far north dallas dental officeWhite spots that formed on teeth before they grew in usually indicate regions of the tooth that grew without sufficient calcium. Certain medications have been known to create spotting on teeth as well, but this is usually in a combination of white, brown, and yellow spotting as opposed to straight white spots. Other white spotting can develop from poor oral hygiene habits, especially during orthodontic treatment, or from worn enamel, which is of concern to dentists because it leaves teeth vulnerable to decay.

Most dentists feel that white spots on teeth come from a loss of minerals in that particular spot, usually the loss of enamel. Enamel can erode from excessive acid exposure, such as from diet, eating disorders, an acid-reflux or GERD. Over time, the acid wears down the enamel protecting teeth, revealing discoloration including white spotting, and possibly an increase in tooth decay. Regular dental office visits will result in the early discovery of this type of mineral loss. 

Most dentists feel that white spots on teeth come from a loss of minerals in that particular spot, usually the loss of enamel.

During orthodontic treatment, patients with poor brushing and flossing habits are often left with white spots on their teeth, located in hard-to-reach spots from when braces were on. This type of decalcification or demineralization is generally permanent. The best way to prevent it is with diligent brushing and oral hygiene habits all throughout the entire orthodontic treatment process. Although discoloration after wearing braces is most common with younger patients, it is found on orthodontic patients of all ages.

Once the demineralization appears, whitening the teeth at home is usually insufficient and may make the spots more noticeable. Professional bleaching, however, can reduce the difference in color between natural teeth and the white spots that developed, leaving patients happier with their smiles. Special concentrated fluoride treatments are also used with some patients with moderate success at reducing the stark difference in color between the regular tooth and the white spots.

Once the demineralization has caused noticeable spots on teeth, the process is almost always irreversible. The visible effects can be reduced with some treatments, depending on the cause of the white spots, the patient, and any coexisting symptoms. For more information and learn which treatment options are possible for a specific case, contact our skilled dental team at Bliss Dental today!

What Steps Are Taken in Having a Veneer Made?

Written by : Posted on April 10, 2014 : Comments Off on What Steps Are Taken in Having a Veneer Made?

veneers carroltonTreatment with veneers is a suitable approach for numerous cosmetic dentistry issues. The procedure is relatively non-invasive, and each veneer is carefully custom made and color-matched so your smile looks as good as new after treatment.

Steps in Making a Veneer

Each veneer is custom-made for each individual patient and, in fact, for each individual tooth. They are usually produced in a dedicated laboratory based on molds your dentist takes of your teeth. The color is also determined by the color of your natural teeth, so your veneers won’t look out of place when they’re permanently affixed to your tooth surfaces.

On your first visit to the cosmetic dentist, you’ll have molds made of your teeth. In order to make room for the veneer, a small amount of enamel must be removed from the surface of each tooth. Another mold is made after this process is finished. The two molds form the front and back of each individual veneer, so they’ll fit perfectly against your teeth and will have the same shape and contours as the original surface of your tooth. These molds go to an off-site lab, where your veneers are manufactured. When they arrive back from the lab after a few days, they’re permanently cemented to your teeth, giving you a bright, perfect smile.

Advantages of Treatment with Veneers

The non-invasive nature of this kind of treatment gives it many advantages over other types of cosmetic treatment. A veneer requires very little room, so only minor alterations are necessary to the original tooth. The porcelain in a veneer is durable yet thin, and its semitranslucent nature helps it reflect light just like natural enamel. This quality of porcelain combined with the careful color-matching means your treated teeth will look just like your natural teeth.

Veneers can also be used to treat a wide variety of cosmetic issues including:

  • Severe discoloration
  • Surface damage such as pits or chips
  • Minor gaps or misalignment

To learn more about how a veneer can dramatically improve the look of a tooth, please schedule a consultation with our skilled cosmetic dentist by calling 972-307-7777 today.

How Does a Root Canal Become Infected?

Written by : Posted on March 10, 2014 : Comments Off on How Does a Root Canal Become Infected?

root canal carrolltonMany people associate the term “root canal” with a dental procedure. However, it is actually the name of a part of your tooth. This interior portion of the tooth houses nerve tissue that can become infected. If infection sets in, the dental procedure is used to clear out the area and remove all the affected tissue.

The Root Canal and How It Becomes Infected

The root canal is a hollow space on the inside of your tooth. Inside this space is nerve-rich tissue called the pulp. The individual nerve that serves the tooth, allowing it to feel pressure and changes in temperature, is also housed in this space. Blood vessels can also be found here, as well as connective tissues that are important to the tooth’s health. 

If infection sets in, the dental procedure is used to clear out the area and remove all the affected tissue.

Nerve tissue inside the root canal can become infected under several circumstances. These include:

  • Extensive tooth decay
  • Damage to the tooth
  • Multiple restoration procedures
  • Facial trauma
  • Cracks or chips in the tooth

When the tooth is damaged or otherwise disrupted, bacteria finds its way into the root canal and can cause an infection. In some cases, infection can become severe, causing extreme discomfort. A root canal procedure is necessary to remove the infection completely.

The Root Canal Procedure

The root canal procedure has an undeserved reputation as a difficult process. It is in actually no more unpleasant than having a tooth filled. To remove the infected tissue, the dentist makes a small hole in the tooth. The pulp, nerve, and other tissues in the root canal are removed through this hole. When the infected tissue is completely evacuated, the interior of the tooth is refilled with a sealant. In some cases, your dentist might choose to fill the tooth temporarily with medication to ensure the infection is completely eliminated before sealing the tooth. The hole used to evacuate the tooth’s interior is closed with a filling. The tooth is then treated with a crown to keep it strong and ensure it will be functional for many years to come.

To schedule an appointment, contact the office of Bliss Dental today.