Dental Health and Pregnancy

pregnancyPregnancy can be an exciting time and it affects the body in numerous ways, including oral health. Pregnant moms need to focus on taking care of their teeth and gums as well as planning for their new arrival. The following tips will help keep your smile looking its best during these vital months.

Planning for Pregnancy
Visit your dentist in Shreveport LA before you plan to conceive. This will give your dental team a chance to fully assess your dental health, and to attend to any problems before pregnancy. It’s your last chance to have dental x-rays as these are not recommended during pregnancy.

During Pregnancy
Let your dentist know you are pregnant, and if you didn’t have a chance to visit them beforehand, now’s a good time to schedule a checkup and cleaning. The hormones produced during pregnancy can affect your gums, and quite a few moms-to-be will develop a condition called pregnancy gingivitis.

Pregnancy gingivitis can cause the gums to become swollen and tender, and they may begin to bleed. Talk to your dentist in Shreveport if you experience any of these symptoms. It’s possible they may recommend additional checkups and cleanings to minimize this risk.

After Pregnancy
Once your baby is born, visit your dentist for a proper checkup and any dental x-rays if required. If you did develop pregnancy gingivitis, this should clear up shortly after your baby is born as your hormone levels begin to return to normal. Don’t forget to schedule your baby’s first checkup by age one.

 

 

Dr. Jennifer Cooper and Dr. Charlotte Banker are family dentists in Shreveport

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Choosing the Right Cosmetic Dentist

cosmetic-dentistry-3If you have decided you’d like to improve your smile, it’s important to select the best cosmetic dentist in Shreveport. Choosing an experienced and dedicated dentist can make all the difference to the final results. In addition, try to find a dentist you feel comfortable with and whom you can trust.

Bear the following questions in mind during your search for a cosmetic dentist:

Do They Have Extensive Cosmetic Dentistry Training?
While your general dentist might carry out cosmetic dentistry procedures, they may not have undertaken additional training or gained much experience. Take the time to read your dentist’s biography and find out if they are affiliated with any organizations such as the American Academy of Esthetic Dentistry, or the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry.

How Many Smile Makeovers Have They Completed?
Cosmetic dentistry combines artistry with the latest technology, so it’s important to select a dentist who has the technical skills combined with artistic flair. This type of expertise can take years to develop.

Can They Provide Any Photographs of Finished Cases?
A good cosmetic dentist will be proud of their work and should have plenty of before and after photographs showing numerous different cosmetic dentistry procedures. You’ll find quite a few dental offices have these pictures on their website.

What Do Patients Have to Say about This Dentist’s Work?
It’s a good idea to ask for patient referrals and to look online for reviews. It should be possible to find unbiased reviews for any dentist in Shreveport LA who has made it onto your shortlist. A great dentist is quite likely to proudly post these reviews on their website.

 

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Replace Silver Colored Amalgams with Tooth Colored Composite Fillings

fillingsSilver colored amalgams were the traditional filling of choice for many decades. This material is inexpensive and hard wearing and was frequently used for filling back teeth. Nowadays your family dentist in Shreveport is more likely to use tooth colored composite resin fillings to restore smiles. These are slightly more expensive so ultimately the choice is yours, but many dentists will only place amalgam-free restorations.

One of the problems with silver fillings is the way they weaken the natural tooth structure, as the material expands and contracts when in contact with hot and cold. This continual flexing can create micro fractures in the natural tooth structure, and the filling can crumble and leak over time. In addition there are concerns about the mercury content of amalgam fillings, a metal that can be toxic in large quantities.

Composite resin fillings can be closely matched to natural teeth, preserving the appearance of your smile. They are healthier for teeth as less tooth structure needs to be removed for their placement and the resin bonds to the natural tooth extremely strongly. There is no need to worry about the material flexing or changing shape.

Placement of composite fillings is quite technique sensitive, and your general dentist in Shreveport will thoroughly clean out the decay before completely drying the tooth. Next, they will gradually apply the filling material in tiny increments, curing it with a special light. Finally, the restoration will be shaped and polished and should be just about invisible.

If you currently have older style silver colored amalgam fillings, ask your dentist to evaluate their condition. Some people will choose to replace these fillings to improve their smile. Amalgam fillings only tend to last up to 10 years before they begin to leak or fracture, so it’s possible yours could do with replacing.

 

Contact our dental office in Shreveport if need to replace your old fillings.

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Enjoy a Stunning Smile with Porcelain Veneers

smile-3Have you often looked at photographs of smiling celebrities and wished your teeth looked that good? But their flawless smiles may not owe very much to Mother Nature. In fact it’s highly likely they have porcelain veneers to mask less-than-perfect teeth, creating that beautiful smile shown to the world. If you have teeth that are discolored, chipped or which have unsightly gaps in between them, porcelain veneers could help hide these imperfections.

Why Might I Need Porcelain Veneers?
Porcelain veneers are a popular way to refresh a smile. They are made from very thin shells of porcelain that fit closely over the front surfaces of teeth visible when smiling. They can change the shape, size or color of your teeth.

What Is the Process for Having Porcelain Veneers?
Your first step is to book a consultation with your dentist in Shreveport to find out more about treatment, and to discuss how veneers could be helpful. Your dentist will prepare your teeth at your next visit, before taking impressions which are sent to the dental laboratory. Your porcelain veneers will be handcrafted by a skilled ceramist. The veneers will be cemented onto your teeth at your next visit.

Are There Different Types of Veneers?
There are two main types of veneers that can be used which include traditional veneers and no-prep or prep-free veneers. Your dentist in Shreveport can recommend the most suitable type. Traditional veneers require teeth to be prepared through removing a tiny amount of tooth enamel and treatment is not reversible. No-prep, or prep-free veneers do not require the removal of any tooth enamel, and treatment may be reversible.

Are Veneers Permanent?
Traditional or conventional veneers should be considered permanent as these teeth will always need to be covered up due to the removal of some tooth structure. No-prep or prep-free veneers are usually reversible.

 

Schedule an appointment today at our Shreveport LA dental office to learn more about porcelain veneers.

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