Enjoy the New Year with Your New Smile Thanks to Dental Damage Prevention

Did you know that the lifestyle habits you partake in can severely hinder your oral health? One of the easiest ways to cause harm to your teeth is through dental damage that arises from lifestyle choices and high-risk activities in your daily life. Although it is important always make sure you are doing your part to clean your teeth daily, make sure you’re protecting your teeth from a physical standpoint on a daily basis as well.

In order to protect your smile, it is a good idea to always avoid bad habits and lifestyle choices that can severely hinder your oral health. This includes products such as smoking or chewing tobacco as well as using drugs. Any one of these bad habits can destroy your oral health immediately, including causing dental damage in the form of stained teeth or bad breath. In addition, they can cause serious infections to arise and can even lead to tooth loss and oral throat cancer.

Another common form of dental damage arises due to sports. Sports, specifically contact sports, are extremely hazardous to an individual’s oral health because they can easily cause dental damage to occur. Even a single blow to the face can disrupt your smile and knock out multiple teeth. Thus, it is always a good idea to wear the appropriate safety equipment to protect your smile whenever possible. This includes wearing helmets, face masks, and mouth guards when applicable.

Another common form of dental damage arises due to mouth jewelry. Although mouth jewelry is often worn as an aesthetic statement and a fashion choice, it can severely hinder your oral health in numerous ways. Lip and tongue rings often require additional care, as oral ailments including infections can arise. In addition, nerve damage can occur, as well as cracked teeth, oral inflammation, and severe gum tissue laceration. Furthermore, broken pieces from mouth jewelry can pose as choking hazards.

There truly is no better way to enhance your smile than with dental damage prevention treatments. If you would like to discuss dental damage prevention treatments and have your teeth examined by our team at Gill Family Dentistry, please book an appointment with Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team at our dentist office.  To initiate a visit with us in Modesto, California, call our office at (209) 549-1721.

 

The Pros and Cons of Contouring and Shaping Your Teeth

Do you have overlapping teeth or crooked teeth? Similarly, do you have one or more cracked teeth? If you do—and even if you don’t—you probably understand that these types of imperfections can be embarrassing. Fortunately, there are several things you can do to address the flaws in your smile. Contouring, which is also known as reshaping, has many advantages and a few things you should be aware of.

You see, in order for a dentist to contour your teeth, a small amount of enamel will need to be removed. This can be used to change your tooth’s length, shape, and appearance. Generally, this treatment is conservative and used as a cosmetic treatment. Luckily, this treatment can be used to address several issues, including irregularly shaped teeth or teeth with small chips or bulges.

Fortunately, contouring is usually very inexpensive—especially because you will almost never need anesthesia with contouring. Furthermore, this procedure is far less expensive than getting braces of having orthodontic work done. Contouring can also improve the health of your teeth. You see, plaque and tartar may get caught in your imperfections, making it difficult to keep your teeth clean. Sadly, this can lead to gum disease and tooth decay.

Please remember that there are a few things you should know about having your teeth contoured. In order for this treatment to be performed, our dentist will need to remove some of your enamel. As you may know, your enamel is the protective outer layer of your teeth. In other words, if you remove enamel from your teeth, you’ll need to practice good oral hygiene to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.

Do you have more questions about what contours could do for you? Would you like to learn more about what you can do to have a beautiful, attractive smile? If so, please don’t hesitate to give Gill Family Dentistry a call at (209) 549-1721. Dr. Amandeep S Gill will examine the health of your mouth and help you develop a plan that will help you attain the smile of your dreams. We look forward to hearing from you soon.

What is an Abscessed Tooth?

Just like any other part other of our body, we can injure the inside of our mouth. If this happens, bacteria can potentially enter and cause an infection—which can lead to a painful swelling filled with pus. If the pus can’t escape the area will become even more swollen and painful. This is known as an abscess. Essentially, an abscess is a barrier that keeps the infection from spreading to the rest of your body.

There are two types of abscesses. The first is a gum abscess. This is an infection that occurs in between the tooth and the gum. The second kind of abscess, known as a tooth related abscess, occurs inside your tooth. This happens when a nerve is dead or dying and typically shows itself at the tip of the root.

These are several symptoms of an abscess. These symptoms include a fever, pain when chewing, sensitivity to hot or cold, a bitter taste in your mouth, bad breath, swollen neck glands, discomfort, redness or swelling of your gums, and an open, draining sore on the side of your gums.

Treatment of an abscessed tooth can be complicated, however the goal is to eliminate the infection, preserve the tooth, and prevent complications. Our dentist will first need to drain the abscess and they will perform root canal therapy. A crown will then go over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

If you worry that you may have an abscessed tooth, we recommend getting to our dentist right away. Dr. Amandeep S Gill and our team are highly qualified and will help with any issue you may have. Just call Gill Family Dentistry at (209) 549-1721 to schedule an appointment. We are eager to hear from you.