These days, more people are retaining their natural teeth than ever before. Direct reasons for this include better oral health care, better informed dental patients, and advanced, tooth-saving procedures like tooth-colored, composite resin fillings and one-visit root canals. Attributing a restorative procedure like dental implants to saving teeth may seem counterintuitive, being that implants replace already lost teeth, but that is indeed the case. Wynnewood dentist Dr. Thomas DeFinnis explains how.
Summertime: a season for beach trips, relaxation, and barbeques. Don’t risk ruining your summer fun with a dental injury that could have easily been avoided. Your Wynnewood family dentist understands that accidents do happen, and we want you to know, we’re here when you need us – even in a dental emergency.
First Response for an Oral Injury
When you experience a dental emergency, call Dr. DeFinnis as soon as possible for an appointment. For accidents occur when you aren’t near a phone, be prepared by learning these tips. They could tide you over until you can see Dr. DeFinnis.
The growing popularity of sedation dentistry is helping many people overcome their dental phobias, but there are still other reasons why people avoid regular dentist visits. One of these reasons is embarrassment. If you have not made a dental appointment recently because you are embarrassed by the current state of your teeth, your problems will only worsen over time. Your Wynnewood dentist, Dr. DeFinnis, explains the importance of regular dental checkups.
With summer quickly approaching, there is so much to think about. Kids are being let out of school, families are planning trips to the beach, and the warm weather is making everyone smile. But what if your smile is not as white as you had hoped? If that’s the case, Dr. DeFinnis of Wynnewood Dental Arts is here to offer some solutions that will have your teeth looking bright white in no time.
Injury or decay to a tooth can be treated in a variety of ways. For minor damage and small cavities, composite resin fillings are an effective and conservative treatment. However, decay or tooth breakage is sometimes too extensive to be covered by a filling, and stronger restorations are needed to ensure that the integrity of the tooth structure is not compromised. In these cases, your Wynnewood family dentist Dr. DeFinnis offers dental crowns, inlays, and onlays to help protect and strengthen a tooth.
A dental crown is a restoration that covers the portion of the tooth that shows above the gum line, also known as the tooth crown. Crowns are used to strengthen teeth that are weakened from large cavities or fractures, restore broken teeth, support a bridge, or cover teeth that need cosmetic enhancement. Dr. DeFinnis places all-ceramic crowns on front teeth, as they are more natural looking than most other types of crowns. For molars, which must withstand stronger chewing forces, your Wynnewood family dentist places crowns made of more durable materials, including metal, porcelain-fused-to-metal, or zirconia.
You may already know about the foods that are harmful for your teeth like coffee, red wine, and tea which stain your teeth, sweets and snacks that cause cavities, and acidic fruits that wear away enamel. Wynnewood dentist, Dr. DeFinnis will discuss the other end of the spectrum, nutrition that is beneficial for your dental health.
Not all mouthwashes are the same. Some mouthwashes only temporarily cover bad breath. These mouthwashes often have a pleasant taste, but lack the ingredients to prevent cavities, gingivitis, and bad breath. These superficial mouthwashes are called cosmetic mouthrinses.
Therapeutic mouthwashes can be beneficial for your oral health when used correctly. These mouthrinses include ingredients like antimicrobials to fight the bacteria that can create plaque and worsen gum disease. Additionally, these mouthwashes contain bad breath fighting substances like astringent salts and odor neutralizers. These ingredients capture bad breath and eliminate the source of foul odors. Odor neutralizers target VSC, or volatile sulfur compounds which excrete a substance that creates bad breath.
Actually, most Americans do not forget to floss but rather choose not to altogether. Some people believe brushing is enough for healthy teeth. While brushing is an integral part of an oral hygiene routine, it is not adequate for removing food particles from between teeth. Floss cleans the hard-to-reach places where bacteria collects and forms plaque. Preventing plaque from developing along the gum line is vital to keeping gum disease at bay. Remind yourself to floss by keeping the container out on the bathroom counter or next to your tooth brush.
Do you grind or clench your teeth? Do you experience facial pain or difficulty opening your mouth? Bruxism, the habitual grinding and clenching of teeth, is destructive to your teeth and may result in tooth wear or tooth fracture. In many cases, TMJ dysfunction contributes to bruxism. Each person has two temporomandibular joints located on each side of his or her lower jawbone. The TMJ assists with opening and closing the mouth along with chewing and speaking. If your bite is misaligned, it stresses the TMJ and your facial muscles—often causing pain and discomfort. TMJ dysfunction and malocclusions also cause the upper and lower sets of teeth to scrape against each other unnecessarily.Read More