What Is A Dental Implant?

Dental Implants have become the standard way to replace missing teeth. Dental implants have been around since the early fifties, however, they’ve reached enormous popularity in the last decade. A dental implant is composed of a metal frame that is surgically placed into the jawbone under the gums. Once the dental implant is in position, the dentist has a base to mount artificial teeth. We find that many of our dental patients prefer dental implants due to their natural look and the ability to eat, drink, and talk in a normal fashion.

Perfect Candidates For Dental Implants

The perfect candidate for dental implants is an individual that has a healthy bone structure in the mouth but missing one tooth or several teeth. Often, the first option presented to a person with missing teeth is to get fitted for a pair of dentures. This is the more affordable choice. However, the price for dental implants is very affordable today. Dental implants have one great advantage over dentures. The dental implants are permanent, and you will not be bothered with having to remove and replace. It is important to consult with one of our dental professional at Fairfield Dental Arts to determine if dental implants are the best dental treatment for you.

Dental Implant Maintenance

A question that often arises is how to take care of the dental implants. Most dental implants are easy to maintain. Treat dental implants in the same fashion that you would treat your own, natural teeth. First, practice good oral hygiene by brushing the teeth and flossing daily. Avoid chewing on hard foods that might crack or break your new dental implants. Make an appointment to visit our dental service at least twice a year for professional cleaning and to make sure that your implants stay in excellent condition.

Contact Fairfield Dental Arts for more information about dental implants or other dental treatment options that are available.

Best OTC Medications for Sensitive Teeth

Sensitive teeth can be as big of a pain as stubbing your toe! The dull ache temporary disappears after ibuprofen or Tylenol but is back within the hour. Many factors can contribute to tooth pain and sensitivity such as an acidic diet, a soft tooth core, lack of fluoride, receding gums, or a cavity. For some, this could be a problem as a sugary diet or certain foods will need to be avoided and taken out of the diet completely. Tooth sensitivity that does not go away should be looked at by one of our professionals at Fairfield Dental Arts. If your tooth feels sensitive, the following products can alleviate any pain or discomfort of your sensitive teeth.

SenzAway Tooth Desensitizing Gel

SenzAway provides immediate relief for edible items that are cold, sweet, or hot. One SenzAway treatment will last up to 6 months and can be applied to your entire mouth. The ingredients for this product are Distilled Water, Nitric Acid, Carbopol, and Potassium Binoxalate.

DenTek Instant Pain Relief Maximum Strength

DenTek Instant Pain Relief Maximum Strength temporarily relieves pain that is caused by canker sores, sore gums, toothaches, or cold sores. There are active and inactive ingredients in this product as follows: Carbowax 400, Peppermint Oil, Spearmint Oil, Sucralose, Benzocaine.

Crest Pro-Health Sensi-Stop Tooth Sensitivity Relief Strips

Crest Pro-Health Sensi-Stop Strips provide tooth sensitivity relief. Sensi-Stop Strips are used for only 10 minutes and provide immediate relief and protection for up to one month. The active ingredients for this product are Aqua, Carbomer, Glycerin, Dipotassium Oxalate, Cellulose Gum, Sodium Benzoate, Sodium Hydroxide, and Potassium Sorbate.

Orajel Instant Pain Relief Cream

Orajel Instant Pain Relief Cream provides a fast and effective sensitive tooth and gum pain relief. It states not to use the cream for more than 7 days. The ingredients for Orajel Instant Pain Relief Cream are Benzocaine, Menthol, Benzalkonium Chloride.

Zilactin-B Oral Pain Reliever

Zilactin-B Oral Pain Reliever gives temporary relief from pain that is caused by minor mouth sores and gum irritations, canker sores, brace pain, and denture. The ingredients in Zilactin-B are Benzocaine (10%). Inactive Ingredients: Boric Acid, Hydroxypropyl Cellulose, Propylene Glycol, Purified Water, Salicylic Acid, SD Alcohol 38-B, Tannic Acid.

Always consult your dentist before using any of the above products. If you have severe oral pain, a prescription may be needed. For any other questions or scheduling an appointment, contact us today!

Preventative Dentistry: What Does It Include

In some cases, preventative dentistry performed by a professional at Fairfield Dental Arts is necessary after at home preventatives were not a success. This is to prevent disease, decay, and possible rotten teeth. One of our dentists will perform several different procedures, but a few are more common than most. For instance, cleaning, filling cavities, and teeth whitening. In order to prevent cavities, you will receive a fluoride treatment that is not harmful to you or your teeth, and an x-ray will be performed to make sure there are no problems not visible to the eye. For missing teeth, implants, bridges or dentures may be suggested.

Let’s take a look at more in-depth problems that can be prevented, and sometimes reversed with preventative dentistry. If you are already practicing proper dental care, then you are already preventing or lessening many of problems listed below:

  • cavities
  • gingivitis
  • enamel loss
  • periodontitis

When it comes to preventive procedures, anyone and everyone can benefit. Children would be the ones to benefit the most because they have a chance to develop healthy adult teeth. Oral health is a direct correlation to our health within. When you develop a good dental hygiene routine, you are reducing future disease, aches, and surgeries. Poor oral health can also lead to more serious problems that involve your body’s system. Some of these problems are as follows:

  • diabetes
  • heart disease
  • osteoporosis
  • respiratory disease
  • cancer

Preventive care is extremely important, because having poor oral health can add up costing you more money in the long run. For more information on preventative care and what you can do at home, contact Fairfield Dental Arts today!

How Do Wisdom Teeth Work?

What Are Wisdom Teeth?

Humans have three sets of molars. The last set that that form are often referred to as wisdom teeth. Most people have four wisdom teeth. In rare cases, some people have extra wisdom teeth. It is also possible to lack one or more wisdom teeth. Wisdom teeth helped our ancestors eat hard to chew foods, but today they have no use. Most people have their wisdom teeth removed. In fact, wisdom teeth are the most commonly removed teeth because they can cause shifts or damage to the rest of the mouth.

Why Are They Called Wisdom Teeth?

Wisdom teeth get their name because they are usually the last teeth that develop. For most people they do not come in until the person is a teenager or in their twenties. Of course, some people may get them sooner or later, but this is the most common age group.

Why Are Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Wisdom teeth are removed because our mouths are usually too small to allow room for them. Our mouths are smaller than our ancestors’ mouths, due to changed diets and evolving. Wisdom teeth can become impacted, unable to come in properly, or they can cause issues with other teeth. Wisdom teeth are far back in the mouth, so they are hard to keep clean. We recommend having an x-ray to check the location of your wisdom teeth, because a lack of space for the teeth can lead to tooth misalignment.

Will I Need to Have My Wisdom Teeth Removed?

Not everyone will need to have their wisdom teeth removed. However, we do recommend it as wisdom teeth can cause issues even when they come in properly causing a lot of problems. Wisdom teeth removal is not bad, and we will do everything we can do to make the procedure quick and easy.

For more information on wisdom teeth, removal, and scheduling an appointment, contact Fairfield Dental Arts today!

Taking Care of Your Braces When It Comes To Food

Have you been wearing braces? If yes, how do you ensure you always provide exceptional care to your teeth? The following are some of the essential things that you’ll need to know.

Avoid Consuming Hard Foods

Hard foods like carrots, pretzels, apples,  and candies can be problematic for your braces. They have the potential to cause bands or wires to snap. When it comes to some of the harder healthier foods, we don’t want you to abstain just because of your braces. Try chopping them into small pieces before eating. Cooking or steaming can also help soften them in texture.

Regularly Brush your Teeth

With braces, you need to brush your teeth more than twice a day. Food particles are easily trapped within the wiring. If they are not properly cleaned it could lead to cavities or even destroy your braces. To avoid this scenario, we recommend brushing your teeth after every meal.

Rinse your Mouth with Clean Water

Swishing water inside your mouth is an extremely effective way of removing any food particles that may be stuck. It is advisable you perform this procedure before and after brushing just in case anything is left over that could erode the enamel.

Remember, it is your job to ensure your teeth clean and in good shape while out of the office. If you need further assistance or help cleaning with braces, contact us!

How Soda Affects Your Teeth

Most Americans drink soda or some kind of sugary beverage at least once a day. Why? Because they taste good! Foods and drinks that taste good are not always good for your diet, and soda happens to be one of them. Not only does is soda associated with obesity and other common health problems, it’s also bad for your teeth! Depending on the type of soda, various oral complications can arise from use of these sugary drinks.

Teeth Staining

Dark colored soft drinks can leave a semi-permanent stain on the teeth that cannot be removed without a deep cleaning, whitening, or professional help. This discoloration occurs when the soda becomes embedded in the natural structures of the enamel, or outer layer of the tooth.

Cavities

Soda is high in sugar, and sugar erodes the teeth’s enamel by reducing its hardness. When cavities occur, often times the damage is going deeper than the enamel and hitting the dentin underneath.

Bacteria Growth

The sugars in soda combines with the natural bacteria of your mouth, forming an unwanted acid. This damages the teeth by attacking them. Think again before you take that next sip, because with each one your mouth is under attack!

Even with continuous dental check ups and keeping up with your oral hygiene, it is not recommended to have a high intake of soda. You can help your mouth and your body by choosing alternate beverage options!

If you have questions of concerns on how soda affects your teeth, teeth whitening, stain removal, and more, contact Fairfield Dental Arts today!

The Process of a Root Canal: Problems and Treatments

Experiencing a toothache? Can’t bite or chew normally? Unable to smile due to pain? All of these symptoms can be characteristic of a root canal problem.

Before we begin, a brief understanding of the anatomy of the tooth will be helpful. Inside the tooth—after passing both the white enamel and a hard layer called dentin—exists a pulp chamber, which houses the root canal system and pulp. The pulp, a soft tissue, consisting of nerves, blood vessels and connective tissues, is needed during tooth development; however, after maturation, a tooth can survive without the pulp. Root canal, or endodontic treatment becomes necessary when the pulp becomes inflamed or infected; left untreated, it can cause abscess and further damage to the surrounding tissues and bone.

Endodontic treatment may take a day or two, depending on the condition and severity of the symptoms. Briefly, here are the steps of a root canal treatment:

1. The very first step is to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum area, so the patient doesn’t feel any pain.

2. A dental dam is applied to isolate the tooth being treated. This avoids contamination from bacteria present in the rest of the mouth, including those in saliva; in this sterile environment, a hole is drilled to access the pulp chamber and root canals.

3. The unwarranted pulp tissues are removed; the root canals are cleaned and disinfected with antiseptic and antibacterial solutions.

4. A rubber-like material called gutta-percha is filled into the canals. Since gutta-percha is prepared with adhesives, it essentially seals the canals, preventing further access points for bacteria.

5. A filling is inserted to seal the access hole. Occasionally, a post (metal or extremely sturdy plastic) may be placed in the canals to hold the filling in place for a weaker tooth.

6. Finally, a crown or filling is placed to completely restore and seal the top of the tooth.

A few weeks after the procedure, pain should be non-existent, and tooth restored completely. If pain persists, please see us for a follow up visit immediately!

Can Brushing Your Teeth Too Much Be Bad?

Many of us brush our teeth several times a day. This begs the question of whether or not that may be too much. Is there such a thing as brushing too often? The answer may surprise you.

When you brush your teeth, you should always do so with a fluoride toothpaste. This helps prevent cavities, tooth decay, gum disease, and all kinds of other dental issues. At Fairfield Dental Arts, we recommend you brush for two minutes, three times a day.

Should you brush your teeth less, it could lead to plaque buildup. Although you may have heard this term before,  plaque is a buildup of bacteria on the teeth. This build-up creates a thin, sticky film on the teeth and having too much of it can eventually lead to tooth decay and cavities. Gum disease can also occur by not brushing your teeth enough.

Brushing too often can also cause trouble. A common misconception is that teeth get cleaner the harder you brush. The opposite is true as the amount of pressure applied has no effect on how clean your teeth get. This could potentially lead to damaging the enamel on your teeth. This protective covering plays an important role in keeping teeth from becoming too sensitive and exposing the nerve. Existing dental work such as fillings and root canals can become damaged due to over brushing. 

The staff of Fairfield Dental Arts is happy to bring you this information and remind you that regular dental checkups will help keep your smile looking youthful and vibrant. For more information, you can visit our website and be on your way to a bright, beautiful smile.

Which Toothbrush Is Right For You?

We all have a preference on feel when it comes to oral hygiene and how we take care of ourselves. With toothbrushes, there are so many shapes, sizes, brands, bristle strength, and more, so how do we know which one is right for us? Here’s what you should look for:

Reach

The smaller the head, the farther a toothbrush can reach and the more plaque/debris it can remove. The back teeth are the ones doing the most work when it comes to chewing your food, so make sure you can give them enough attention for a clean mouth!

 

Flexibility

A toothbrush handle can vary from non-slip or smooth grips, arched or straight necks, and skinny to wide in shape. This really depends on what feels right to you. Everyone’s mouth is different, so choose a brush that gives you the ability to easily provide your teeth a thorough cleaning.

 

Try an Electric Brush

Manual brushes might seem like your #1 choice, but with electric toothbrushes, we tend to brush more thoroughly and for longer periods of time. This is especially true with an electric toothbrush that has a quadrant timer. Another plus to electric toothbrushes is ease for children or the elderly allowing an easier brush overall.

 

If you have more questions on toothbrushes and which one is right for you, contact us.

How to Brighten Your Smile this Holiday Season

Believe it or not, the holiday season is officially here! Are you ready for all of those parties, gatherings, and photos? If you’re looking to bump up the brightness of your teeth (without a phone app), then we have you covered! Without further ado, here are some helpful teeth whitening tips you’ll be sure to love:

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  • Teeth Whitening Toothpaste – There are several different teeth whitening toothpaste brands out there. While these will not provide immediate or dramatic results, they can help prevent buildup.
  • Drink Plenty of Water – Remember to stay hydrated! Drinking water will help keep your teeth bright and healthy.
  • ZOOM® Whitening – We offer in-office whitening treatments! This treatment is safe, effective and fast. Unlike with other teeth whitening methods — you leave the office with a brighter smile, right away!
  • At-Home Whitening – If you prefer to brighten your smile in the comfort of your own home, we can create customer teeth whitening trays that are designed to fit your unique smile. You can fill these trays with whitening gel and wear them for 2 hours each day, for 1-2 weeks. At the end of the treatment, you’ll have a noticeably brighter smile!

Is it time to schedule your dental cleaning or looking into our teeth whitening options? Contact our office to schedule an appointment today! In addition: we’ll be glad to answer any dental floss related questions you may have!