Porcelain Veneers – Your Questions Answered For a Better Smile

Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic dentistry option to improve the appearance of your smile. This treatment utilizes thin shells of ceramic that are adhered directly to the front surfaces of your teeth. If you are considering porcelain veneers as a solution to your imperfect smile, here are some of your possible questions answered:

  • How will my veneers look? Porcelain veneers provide you with a realistic, bright and beautiful smile thanks to glass-like ceramic that closely resembles the translucent effect and color of natural tooth enamel.
  • What are the advantages of porcelain veneers? The natural look provided by porcelain veneers gives them a distinct advantage over other types of cosmetic dental bonds. Porcelain veneers are not susceptible to staining, with a surface that is smooth and impervious.
  • How should I prepare for porcelain veneers? The process of placing veneers is simple and requires little preparation on your part. Talk to your dentist about the procedure to make sure you know what to expect before and after your veneers are placed.
  • Why do I need porcelain veneers? Veneers are utilized to cosmetically enhance the appearance of chipped, misaligned, stained, or discolored teeth.
  • Can you explain the process of placing dental veneers? An experienced cosmetic dentist should be able to complete the placement process in no more than three visits. The first visit will be a consultation about the size and shape of veneers that would best suit your needs. At the second visit, your dentist will prepare your teeth by removing some enamel from the surface of the teeth and placing temporary veneers. The last visit will be to place your permanent veneers.

If you are suffering from teeth imperfections that cause you concern and embarrassment, porcelain veneers may be the solution to your problem. Consult with the cosmetic dentists at Broadmoor Family Dental in Shreveport LA to learn more about porcelain veneers and how they can help you achieve a better, brighter smile.

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How to Care for Your Hybrid Dentures Properly

Do you have hybrid dentures? You definitely want to take care of them so they’ll last a lifetime. Your oral hygiene habits can make all the difference to the longevity of your hybrid dentures, as can your diet and personal habits. Learning how to care for them properly is essential.

First and foremost, you’ll need to remember to brush and floss. Brush twice daily, at minimum, and floss once, preferably just before bed. Never sleep with a dirty mouth! You’ll just allow bacteria to grow that could lead to implant failure down the line. See your dentist regularly for checkups and professional cleanings.

Do not use tobacco products or smoke. Dipping and smoking are extremely bad for your teeth and for your overall oral and physical health. Hybrid denture wearers who smoke can have complications such as gum inflammation, redness, gum disease and poor bone health, all issues directly linked to smoking. You need to stop smoking. Talk to your dentist if you’re trying to quit and need help.

Eat healthily and well to ensure that you’re receiving proper nutrition to build optimum teeth and bones. Protect your mouth by keeping your mind and body fit.

Keep feeding your bones with calcium and vitamin D supplements. Your bone density depends upon your heath and consumption of these two vital supplements. Female patients over the age of sixty-five are especially encouraged to take these supplements to maintain optimal bone density.

Talk to the dentists at Broadmoor Family dental in Shreveport LA to determine if you’re doing everything you can to ensure a long life for your hybrid dentures.

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Tooth Abscess: The Potential Outcome of Avoiding Root Canal Treatment

When a tooth become severely decayed, it can cause an infection in the pulp chamber at the interior of your tooth. This type of infection inside a tooth is called a tooth abscess. If the bacteria goes untreated and is allowed to multiply, it can even spread into your jaw bone or neck. Abscesses can result from severe decay, mouth trauma, or long-term teeth grinding or jaw clenching. No matter the cause, a tooth abscess is a serious situation that requires treatment.

Symptoms of an abscess
The first sign of an abscessed tooth for most patients is pain. It can occur when you eat or when you press on the tooth, and can also cause jaw pain if the infection has spread. Another sign is the tooth becoming a darker color than the teeth around it. Swelling is another common symptom of a tooth abscess, and can occur in your mouth, jaw, or neck. A pimple containing pus on the gum near the problem tooth is a clear sign of infection.

Diagnosing an abscess
Patients who experience symptoms should realize that something is wrong and see a dentist right away. An examination and tests such as X-rays will diagnose the abscess. Patients who neglect visiting the dentist out of fear of treatment should realize that untreated infection can become extremely serious, affecting your overall health. Your dentist can offer options for your comfort such as sedation to get you through the process if you are anxious.

Treating an abscess
Usually oral antibiotics are prescribed to treat the infection. Then your dentist or endodontist will perform root canal therapy to clean out the tooth, eliminate infection, and seal the tooth to prevent future infections. Often a crown is placed on top of the tooth to complete the process. Root canal treatment is not as scary as its reputation, and the benefits of saving your tooth and correcting the abscess are invaluable.

If you live in the Shreveport LA area and you need a root canal, contact our office to schedule a consultation.

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Tips for a Brighter Smile

White teeth are a sign of beauty and health. Having pearly whites shows that you take pride in your appearance and gives you a confident air. There are many ways to achieve a brighter smile; here are some tips to help you get that shiny glow.

Professional whitening is a sure-fire way to brighten your smile by numerous shades. In only an hour, your smile can go from dull and dingy to white and polished. Your dental professional can guide you in the best ways to enhance your look with tools such as lasers or whitening trays. Professional methods are the quickest route to a dramatic improvement in the shade of your teeth.

If you prefer methods in your own home, drugstores have lots of options. Whitening strips, gels, and toothpastes are only a few of the choices available. These typically require consistent use for an extended period, but they can improve the color of your teeth with proper use. Follow the instructions carefully for the best results.

There are also natural ways to whiten your teeth at home. Rubbing your teeth with the back of a lemon or orange peel can help, and adding a little salt can make it even more effective. Strawberries may be directly rubbed onto your teeth, or made into a paste by mashing them up with a little water and then brushing onto your teeth for five minutes. Each of these methods should be followed by thorough rinsing of the mouth to eliminate residue or acids left behind.

Baking soda is a proven ingredient to help brighten your smile. Mixing baking soda and water to form a paste that can then be brushed onto your teeth is a great tip. Follow up by rinsing with water or hydrogen peroxide, and then brushing normally with toothpaste.

Consult with Shreveport, LA dentists Dr. Cooper and Dr. Banker to make sure you aren’t harming your teeth or mouth when you try any whitening methods yourself. If you experience pain, stop and ask your dentist for advice. Do not use over-the-counter or professional whitening methods during pregnancy without consulting your doctor first.

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