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Teeth Cleaning

The 101 on Teeth Cleaning and Prevention

We have all gone to the dentist to get our teeth cleaned at some point in our lives, usually every year since we were children. The process is more in-depth than just a simple brushing. So what exactly is going on during a teeth cleaning and what is the purpose?

Dental cleaning is very important in preventing gum disease, cavities, tooth decay, and gingivitis that can cause you to lose your teeth. It involves the dentist removing and scraping away plaque and tartar that builds up on the teeth and gums using a variety of tools that can reach the areas between the teeth that brushing, flossing and even mouth wash can’t get to.

First, a high-powered water pic blasts away all the food particles from your teeth, followed by a special toothbrush and paste that deep cleanses and polishes the tooth’s surface. Finally, the dentist will finish up with a fluoride treatment to help keep your teeth strong and your protective enamel barrier intact.

Regular brushing and flossing, using a quality mouth wash with fluoride, and scheduling regular cleanings will go far in preventing your food from turning into the plaque that destroys your teeth and gums, leading to unwanted cavities, diseases and missing teeth. Another added benefit to routine teeth cleaning is that it allows your dentist to catch any abnormalities early on, so you can prevent any potential problems from worsening and ultimately becoming a serious issue.

What most people don’t think of when discussing good oral hygiene is the importance that a healthy diet can have on the condition of your gums and teeth. Diet and dental health go hand in hand. For one, eating too much sugar increases your risk of getting tooth decay. The sugar that gets built up as plaque on your teeth causes acid to attack it, which ultimately causes your teeth to corrode. Remember when you were a child on Halloween night and your parents would always warn you about eating too much candy or you’ll rot your teeth out? That was not just a figure of speech. Another way your diet affects your teeth has to do with nutrition. If you are eating a diet that is lacking in essential nutrients and minerals, your hair, teeth, and nails will all suffer. A poor diet also leads to a weakened immune system, which makes it more difficult for your gums to fight off disease and infections that lead to gum disease, and tooth loss and decay.

Eating a well-rounded diet that consists of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat, and healthy fats like salmon and nuts, drinking a lot of water, and limiting your snacking between brushings are all great ways to keep your teeth healthy. A large meal is actually less damaging to your teeth than frequent snacking because when you eat a larger meal, you produce more saliva that assists in washing food particles from the mouth and teeth, which decreases the negative effects the acid will have on our teeth.

Following these tips will go a long way in keeping your mouth and smile healthy and beautiful for years to come.

 

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Special Needs Dentistry

What is Special Needs Dentistry?

Special needs dentistry is an extension of traditional dentistry. It requires that dentists go through supplementary training in order to successfully provide dental care to adults and children that suffer from mental, physical, emotional, developmental, cognitive, or sensory restrictions. It is mandatory for special needs dentists to take three extra years of training after they receive their dental degree, where they can then become board certified to practice special needs dentistry. Virtually all dentists will accommodate for special needs, but to truly work with and meet the needs of these individuals, going to a special needs certified dentist may be the better choice.

Special needs patients come from all walks of life and backgrounds including, but not limited to, those with Alzheimer’s or Down’s syndrome, deaf or blind, or with some form of spinal cord injury. Sometimes these individuals need to go to a certified special needs dentist because they have unique needs that practitioners not certified in special needs dentistry are unable to adequately meet. For instance, a child with special needs may require extra time, so the dentist should ensure that the appointment is made during the least busy time of the day to guarantee they get quality care. Special needs patients are also given general anesthesia at times to help keep them calm, allowing for the dentist to adequately care for them. It is also common for special needs dentists to have specialized equipment specifically for special needs patients.

Patients who are paraplegic, or who are paralyzed and confined to a wheelchair will need to find alternatives to normal oral care because they physically cannot brush their teeth. Individuals with cancer or other illnesses will need specified treatment to avoid and prevent further complications with their disease and management, or patients with cerebral palsy or muscular dystrophy will need extra care regarding the effect the anesthesia might have on them.

Oral Health Therapists are amazing people that are qualified as both a dental therapist and dental hygienist that can provide diagnosis, as well as management, treatment, assessments, and preventative services and recommendations to both adults and children that require special needs However, they can only practice under a licensed dentist and therefore cannot practice on their own. The oral health therapist can also provide personal care and self-maintenance duties for patients that are physically or mentally unable to. Oral health therapists are professionally trained to work with people with special needs and usually have an empathetic and patient personality to ensure the patients’ needs are met and fully understood. Regardless of the disability, special needs dentist and oral health therapists need to be ready to accommodate their diverse patient’s needs, or be prepared to have a failing practice and face a possible lawsuit.

The biggest problem in terms of receiving quality dental care among the special needs community tends to be the financial barriers that lie between them. Many individuals that require special needs care are usually at an economic disadvantage or do not have private health insurance, forcing them to rely on Medicare or Medicaid, which is not tailored to accommodate special needs patients.

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composite bonding

Is Composite Bonding Right for You?

When talking to everyday citizens about composite bonding, it is clear not much is known about what it actually is, and what it is capable of in the world of dentistry. The truth of the matter is composite bonding can give you a beautiful smile, be used to fill cavities, and fix other dental issues. Dental bonding is essentially the process of adhering a tooth-colored resin composite to repair decayed, damaged, short, misshapen, cracked, or discolored teeth and cavities. It really is a versatile procedure that can help boost your self-esteem and the overall functionality of your mouth. The most common reason people have for getting the composite bonding procedures are for cosmetic purposes. If you have ever wanted to change aspects about your smile but did not necessarily need anything drastic like a full set of dentures or braces, composite bonding could be an excellent choice to achieve the big, white, toothy smile everyone is aiming for. Despite how hard we try to achieve or maintain a perfect smile throughout our lives, accidents happen, and let’s face it, not everyone is born with a perfect smile. Very common ailments or embarrassments like tooth decay that leads to damaged teeth, chipped teeth, teeth with large spaces, gapped teeth, and short stubby teeth that result in a gummy smile can all be fixed with composite bonding!

Dental bonding procedures are done using two different methods: Direct composite bonding, and adhesive bonding. Direct composite requires dentists to use white colored resins to repair chips or cracks, fill cavities, strengthen worn-down edges, and close gaps between your teeth. The resin can be used directly to the surfaces of teeth that are the most visible if you’re wanting great results for something like a simple smile makeover. Every now and then you may hear this procedure being referred to as direct composite veneers, but please don’t let that confuse you, it is more commonly referred to as “bonding “because you can use composite bonding for a multitude of things, not just on veneers.

The other type of dental bonding, adhesive bonding, focuses more on tooth restoration. This procedure is commonly used for bridges, crowns, veneers, inlays, and onlays. After you and your dentist have decided on a color that matches your natural teeth, they will abrade the surface of the tooth with an acid solution. Once they remove the roughing agent, a liquid bonding agent is used to apply the tooth-colored resin to the natural tooth where they mold it into the desired shape, then use an ultraviolet light to cure and harden the resin. Once the composite has dried, your dentist will polish your new teeth until it has the same luster and sheen as the rest of your new, beautiful smile.

Caring for newly bonded teeth require the same maintenance as your natural teeth, and it is always stressed that in order to maintain a healthy beautiful smile, practicing good oral habits consistently is crucial; you can’t have a beautiful smile with unhealthy teeth and gums. Brushing a minimum of twice a day, daily flossing and scheduling routine check-ups to your dentist will guarantee clean teeth and a healthy, beautiful smile!

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Spring Hill Sedation dentist

Top Sedation Methods Used by Dentists

Over the past couple of decades, medical and dental pain management advancements have made significant strides. Thankfully we no longer live in a time we will ever hear a dentist tell a patient to “have another shot of whisky!” to help dull the pain, which used to be a common phrase not that long ago. Today, our dentists and surgeons have a variety of safe and effective sedation options for the comfort of both patients and dentists.

The most common forms of sedation include gas, pills, IV and deep sedation. Gas sedation uses nitrous oxide and oxygen to make laughing gas, which is a very fun yet effective way to help patients relax and be immune to pain. Sedation via pills can take up to an hour to take effect, but they can create different sensations including a range from a mild relaxation to a deep sleep. The IV is one of the preferential methods because it goes directly to your blood stream and dosage can be adjusted and monitored more easily than other methods.

The type of surgery you’re scheduled for depends on the type of sedation you will receive. The types of sedation include local, general, regional anesthetics – or a cocktail of two or more. A local is an anesthetic delivered to a certain area of the body, usually the gums for oral surgery, dental implant procedure, or a root canal. A local sedation will require you to stay awake, but it will significantly dull or eliminate the pain completely. If you are more on the anxious side, you can talk to your dentist about other methods that don’t require you to remain awake or will help you become less nervous.

 

General anesthesia is typically used for more serious oral surgeries or if the patient is extremely nervous to the point it negatively impacts how well the dentist can do their job. General anesthesia is delivered intravenously or inhaled via a mask that is placed over your mouth and nose, and will leave you unaware and unconscious while the surgery is being done. The IV is a popular way of delivering the anesthesia because the amount of sedative can continually be increased (at safe levels) if it seems the patient is experiencing pain, or if the sedative is wearing off. Both IV and mask work instantaneously and will put the patient into a deep sleep, and both methods are a perfect solution for those too scared to be awake during dental procedures, even minor ones.

Regional anesthesia is used to completely eliminate pain in larger areas than local, but it does not put you to sleep. Think of an epidural that is given to women during childbirth; it completely numbs a large area but leaves the mom completely aware of what is going on. Dentists commonly use a nerve block as method of regional anesthesia because it numbs the extremities, including the face but leaves the patient conscious.

We have undoubtedly come a long way from taking shots of whiskey before and during surgery, but one thing remains the same: people hate pain and will avoid it if at all possible. I’m a firm believer that in some instances, like going to the dentist, ignorance is bliss. The less you feel and experience the better off you’ll be.

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Nashville Cosmetic dentistry

Benefits Of Cosmetic Dentistry – Inlays, Onlays, & Composite Bonding

Cosmetic dentistry involves professional dental care that focuses on correcting or enhancing the appearance of your teeth, mouth, and smile.  Cosmetic dental treatments provide restorative benefits as well as aesthetic improvements that could boost your overall oral health and aesthetic appeal.

What Are The Benefits Of Having Dental Cosmetic Treatments?
Out of the many types of cosmetic procedures available, the top five cosmetic dentistry treatments include inlays and onlays, implants, composite bonding, dental veneers, and teeth whitening.
Benefits Of Inlays and Onlays
Inlays and onlays are referred to as indirect fillings that are made of composite resin materials in a dental laboratory.  Both inlays and onlays are used when a tooth has mild to moderate tooth decay, or when the tooth structure is too damaged to support a normal filling.  As long as teeth do not already have damaged tooth cusps, inlays can be placed directly onto the surface of the tooth. In the event a tooth is damaged beyond the cusps, an onlay is used as an alternative method to cover the entire surface of a tooth.  The benefits of having these cosmetic procedures is that they do not take a long time to have completed and they offer a almost painless solution to improve your smile.

Benefits Of Composite Bonding
Composite bonding is performed to repair decayed, damaged and discolored teeth.  Composite bonding materials resemble the color of tooth enamel and can come in several different shades to match your other teeth.  During the dental procedure the dentist drills out the tooth decay and applies the composite onto the tooth’s surface to seal the cavity.  Once the composite dries, the dentist will sculpt the composite into the right shape and then finally apply a high-intensity light to cure the composite bond.  The benefits of composite bonding is that it effectively covers the damaged areas of the tooth while improving the appearance and structure of decayed, chipped or cracked teeth.  Composite bonding is also the least expensive method to achieving great tooth integrity.

When teeth are in need of additional TLC, more invasive and expensive cosmetic dentistry services are recommended.  Having implants and veneers are two more aggressive types of options that patients can benefit from.

For more information, contact Creative Dentistry today and make your appointment for Cosmetic Dentistry Services!

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Dental services in Nashville

Top 6 Most Popular Dental Services In Nashville

The field of dentistry often gets a bad reputation.  This is often due to the common misconception of people having ‘terrible experiences’ when they receive dental services. The truth is, dental services are meant to help people improve on their health, hygiene, and facial aesthetics.

Having an awesome set of teeth and a great smile are very important to most Americans, especially when first impressions are concerned.  There are many benefits to getting dental cleanings as well as other dental services offered by most local dentists in Nashville.  Services like sedation, special needs dentistry, veneers and implants, dental restoration, and periodontal maintenance can help people improve on their appearance as well as have a fresh and clean mouth.

Dentists, like Creative Dentistry, offer some of the most sought after dental services, which include:

  • Sedation Dentistry
    Sedation dentistry is the use of anesthesia and pain relief medicine to reduce anxiety and pain during a dental treatment. Patients who have a fear of going to the dentist or who are special needs greatly benefit from receiving this type of dental service.
  • Special Needs Dentistry
    Special needs dentistry is a specialized category of dentistry since it caters to people who have disabilities. Patients who have disorders and disabilities benefit from having these types of services since it provides additional care and support in order to provide excellent dental cleanings, tooth implants and restorations, and any other dental services the patient may require.
  • Dental Implants
    There are many benefits to having dental implants. Depending on what type of dental implant a patient needs, the overall purpose of having implants are to restore a person’s appearance and structure integrity of a patient’s mouth.
  • Cosmetic Dentistry
    The main benefit patients receive from having cosmetic dentistry is the improvement of the smile and overall appearance. Patients who suffer from jagged, crooked, or missing teeth often turn to cosmetic dental surgery as a way to resolve these oral issues. Patients also receive a boost of confidence when their teeth are no longer causing them to feel insecure or inadequate.
  • Dental Restoration
    Dental restorations have several benefits as they involve using dental fillings that are made up of strong tooth like materials for restoring the function, integrity and morphology of tooth structure. It overall helps restore the structural loss of a tooth that is typically a result from external trauma or caries.
  • Periodontal Maintenance
    Periodontal maintenance is a dental service offered to patients who suffer from periodontal disease (periodontitis) or patients who are otherwise at risk of developing gum disease. Periodontitis is a chronic bacterial infection of the gums that can cause poor gum health and if not treated on a routine basis, the infection can cause tooth loss. The main benefit patients receive from this type of service is to prevent gum disease or if periodontitis already exists, the treatments are to keep the disease from progressing.
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pediatric dentistry

Finding an Excellent Pediatric Dentist

Oral health is extremely important for people. Children are no exception. If you want your child to make dental health a priority, you need to make sure he has positive experiences at an early age. That’s why you should take the time to find a quality pediatric dentist. If you want to find a great clinic that specializes in children’s dentistry, you need to take your time. A good pediatric dentistry experience can do a lot for your little one. A poor experience, on the other hand, can make your child fear dental care.

Request recommendations from other parents. If you want to choose the perfect pediatric dentist, talk to other people you know who are parents. Get names from them. There’s a good chance they know of pediatric dentists who are experienced, gentle and patient. Don’t worry if you don’t have any family members or friends who have children, either. It can also be a great idea to request suggestions from your little one’s pediatrician.

Set up consultations. Most pediatric dentistry clinics are like other practices in that they offer potential patients free consultations. If you want to choose the best pediatric dentist, you should set aside some time to speak with suitable candidates. When you meet these dentists face-to-face, pay careful attention to them. Assess how your child responds to them. You should try to select a pediatric dentist who has a pleasant and approachable personality. You should aim to choose one who is a natural around youngsters as well. It’s also critical, last but not least, to pick a children’s dentist who appears to have a passion for the field. Never go with a dentist who seems to be phoning things in. Reliable dentists are always more than delighted to answer patient questions.

Assess the setting. It’s important to get a feel for any pediatric dentist who is on your “consideration” list. It’s also essential to get a feel for the actual clinic. Tour the dental practice. Ask yourself if it has a comfortable ambiance that’s suitable for children. Ask yourself if it looks clean. A children’s dentistry office should make youngsters feel at ease. Look around the waiting room. Do you see toys and children’s books? If so, those are good signs.

Focus on Dentist Credentials
Your goal should be to select a pediatric dentist who is credentialed, qualified and experienced. Reach out to a nearby university or state society to get some background on any pediatric dentist who catches your interest. Get details about any specialized training he or she may have. Learn about his ties to professional associations as well.

Reach Out to Creative Dentistry to Learn About Our Dental Procedures
Get in contact with Creative Dentistry today to learn more about cosmetic dentistry and beyond. We offer children all types of dental procedures. We offer people of all ages many treatment choices, too. Contact us to learn about dental cosmetic surgery, dental veneers, root canal treatment, dental restoration, dental implants and more. We can answer in-depth questions that involve root canal choices that are available. We can talk to you in significant detail about dental veneers, dental cosmetic surgery, dental restoration, cosmetic dentistry and dental implants.

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Cosmetic Dentistry

The Positive Impact Of Cosmetic Dentistry at Creative Dentistry

Creative Dentistry is an all-encompassing care of the mouth and teeth that offers cosmetic dentistry services.  Although it focuses more on the general aesthetics of the mouth and teeth, it also covers some other areas of dentistry.  It is dedicated to improving the look of your set of teeth and other parts of the mouth. Beautiful and well-arranged set of teeth plays a major role in your general look and it also makes you “kiss-worthy”.  Nobody likes to kiss someone with a jagged or badly looking set of teeth.

This is why cosmetic dentistry covers a major part of creative dentistry.  With this service, corrective measures can now be taken on discolored, cracked or even chipped teeth.  Cosmetic dentistry is not only known for the correction of a dental anomaly, it is also known for its fast and painless techniques like the use of dental bonding and dental veneer.

The creative part of creative dentistry is the carrying out the makeovers that are tailored towards each patient’s need and look.  Creative Dentistry is a big umbrella that covers other areas of dentistry like different kinds of dental procedures, dental cleanings, dental surgery, sedation dentistry, special needs dentistry and pediatric dentistry that is commonly known as children’s dentistry.

Pediatric dentistry or children’s dentistry involves all kinds of oral care given to children especially the teeth and gum.  With different types of dental procedures under creative dentistry, there is virtually no dental condition that cannot be corrected.

Most times, bad or discolored set of teeth can hinder your self-confidence.  People with such issues usually do not like to speak or laugh in public.  It is even worse with kids as their mates will keep picking on them on the issue.  So, it is not out of place to state categorically that creative dentistry does not only make you look better, it also restores or boosts your self-esteem and self-confidence.

Do you know that a badly aligned set of teeth sometimes gives headaches, tooth pain, and pain in the gum?  It is true.  When your teeth are not arranged properly, they will exert more pressure on your gum and some of your teeth while eating. This pressure leads to different kinds of pain.

All these pains will be completely eliminated once the dental condition has been corrected with the appropriate dental procedure. Cosmetic dentistry which is a major part of creative dentistry helps to treat concealed cavities and it also prevents tooth infection or decay. One thing that cosmetic dentistry is commonly known for is natural looking dental fillings that last so long.

Some dental conditions prevent patients from chewing properly because they chew with pain.  They sometimes avoid their favorite dishes or snacks because they may not be able to chew them properly.  Dental procedures can be used to correct virtually all the medical conditions.  Once the dental issue has been corrected, they can now begin to eat their favorite meals.

Conclusively, creative dentistry improves general oral health and does not only focus on aesthetics.  It prevents a lot of dental conditions.  Remember that chipped or cracked teeth are prone to tooth decay.  Fixing them prevents tooth decay.

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Anxiety Free Dental Health Care Begins With Sedation Dentistry Services

Sedation Dentistry Services For Anxiety Free Dental Health Care

Some people can go get routine dental procedures and not have any issue with what’s being done, while other folks get full of fear and begin to freak out.  Getting anxiety is a legitimate concern with some people, which is why sedation dentistry is a very important service provided by dentists. You can rest assured that your dentist won’t try and kill you during your dental exam.  However, there is something about someone inserting things in your mouth that just gives some people serious anxiety.  Also, dental treatments like deep cleanings can give anyone going to the dentist a little anxiety. Children can become even more concerned, especially when someone is putting tools in their mouths.

Luckily for dental patients, services like sedation dentistry help solve the problem with anxiety and with alleviating pain.  Sedation dentistry is the dental practice of giving the patient general anesthesia either before or during a dental exam so that they can relax and not focus too much on what is going on inside their mouths.  Sedation dentistry makes a huge difference between being able to have necessary dental work done and having a panic attack at the dentist. Patients, whether they are adults or children, who panic at the very mention of going to a dentist are the perfect candidates for sedation dentistry.

Pediatric dentistry is a specialized service offered by dentists who provide kids with dental care.  Since children do not have the same facilities for grasping what’s going on in the same way that adults do.  And even a sizeable number of adults have a fear of having dental procedures done to the point of not going to the dentist, so it’s perfectly rational that a number of kids have the same fears. If you aren’t afraid of dental work it might seem illogical when your child is deathly scared of the dentist – but then you can’t always overcome phobias with logic. As such, it’s important to look at other solutions. Not to worry though, as Creative Dentistry offers some great children’s dentistry services to fit these special needs.

Working with children comes with a unique set of challenges, and children’s dentistry is hardly an exception – if anything, these challenges are emphasized here. The folks at Creative Dentistry are familiar with all sorts of special needs dentistry and can do whatever it takes to make your child comfortable with the procedures they need, so if you’re looking for a dentist who can deal with the special requirements of pediatric dentistry then look no further than Creative Dentistry.

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Effective Dental Cleanings That Help Prevent Cavities

Dental Cleanings Are Effective For Preventing Cavities & Gum Disease
Taking care of your mouth, gums and teeth are worthy goals that all start with getting routine dental cleanings with your general dentist.  Starting your child early on helps them successfully learn how to take care of their teeth and gums.

Having good oral hygiene and dental health also increase the health of your gums and teeth.  Dental cleanings involve having a dental hygienist using dental equipment and specialized cleaning mixtures to clean teeth and gums.  Routine dental cleanings help your dentist determine what type of dental treatment is needed.  Normally, before anything major takes place (like having a root canal or getting implants) preventive dental procedures are performed to treat issues of the gums and teeth.

Preventive dentistry is dental care treatments that are meant to prevent oral health problems from causing further damage to teeth and gums. An example of a preventative dentistry treatment includes getting sealants, which is a coating of bonded protective plastic that goes over ridges and creases in the teeth that are at risk of collecting bacteria.

There are two primary reasons that surgery might be necessary. The first is that the patient’s teeth are decayed, which is very common when you do not receive consistent dental care. Luckily, tooth decay is very easy to treat before cavities cause pain or spread to affect other teeth in the mouth. Too many people do not visit the dentist regularly and this allows infections to set in. On occasion, the decay becomes bad enough that the tooth needs to be removed completely. At other times it can be saved with a root canal.

The second reason a patient may need dental surgery is to remove their wisdom teeth. While they do not always pose an emergency health risk, they can grow in impacted and cause the patient a lot of pain. Removing impacted teeth can prevent future infections and stop their wisdom teeth from pushing their other teeth forward and out of position.

Having dental cleanings routinely help patients to have great oral hygiene and increases the overall dental health of your gums and teeth.

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