Wednesday, October 31, 2012

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Tooth decay is the unpleasant result of plaque reacting with sugary and starchy deposits from food. This reaction produces an acidic substance that eats away at your tooth enamel. Over time, this weakens the tooth and will eventually lead to advanced decay if left untreated. Cavities, abcsesses or gum disease are possible consequences of tooth decay.

A few symptoms of tooth decay include pain around the tooth (or teeth), bad breath, white, gray, brown or black spots on the teeth, or a tooth that is sensitive to pressure. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, do not hesitate to contact us. Call 919-782-0548 for an appointment.

The best way to avoid tooth decay is to maintain a healthy oral hygeine routine. Bushing and flossing after meals (or at least twice a day) will greatly reduce your chances of tooth decay. In addition to at-home dental care, you should make every effort to schedule regular cleanings with your dentist.

By keeping up with your excellent dental hygiene, healthy eating habits, and regular six-month cleanings and check-ups, you will avoid having to come see us for more serious treatments later on!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Why Does My Jaw Pop When I Open It?

A popping sensation in the jaw is not uncommon. It happens most often when people open their mouths wide or when they eat. Unless your jaw locks or you experience pain when this happens, it's probably not something you need to worry about.

The jaw bone is separated from the base of the skull by a pad or disk, similar to the pad in other joints of the body. The primary cause of popping in your jaw is when the jaw bone 'pops' off that pad or disk.

The best way to avoid popping your jaw is to refrain from overextending it and try to be aware of any tension in the jaw muscles. Sometimes that 'pop' is unavoidable and will occur even when you aren't opening very wide. There are also people who are just predisposed to it.

Although an occasional jaw popping without any pain or locking is normal, you shouldn't try to pop your jaw deliberately. This may cause discomfort and possibly serious damage.

If you have more questions about your jaw or your dental health, please contact us at Implant and General Dentistry in Raleigh to schedule an appointment or consultation: 919-782-0548.

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Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Dental Insurance at Implant and General Dentistry of Raleigh NC

At Implant and General Dentistry of Raleigh, we want to do whatever we can to make your billing experience as hassle-free as possible.

To ensure this, we do our best to inform our patients of their financial responsibilities up front. We are happy to file insurance claims as a courtesy to our patients, but we ask that they pay for services at the time of treatment.

Due to the changing and developing nature of your teeth and gums, it can be helpful to have dental insurance to help offset costs of treatments necessary to maintain your dental health. Dental insurance will usually cover a certain percentage of most treatments, but depending on your plan, some preventive care services, such as routine teeth cleaning, may be fully covered. Speak with your insurance provider or someone in our billing department for more information.

To learn more, please visit the Dental Insurance page of our website or call us directly at 919-782-0548.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Will Bleaching Damage My Teeth?

A bright, white smile is a great asset. It makes you look healthy and improves your confidence. But many people are nervous about getting their teeth whitened, mainly due the fear of putting any sort of chemical in their mouth. While this is an understandable concern, we want our patients to know that dental bleaching is a safe procedure that should NOT damage their teeth.

Here's how it works: When carbamide peroxide (the active whitening agent) comes in contact with water, hydrogen peroxide is released which whitens the teeth. Bleaching does not soften, demineralize or weaken the teeth, as many people presume.

Of course, bleaching may not be a good choice for every patient. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not have their teeth bleached. Patients with active cavities or gum disease also should avoid whitening - at least until the other issues are resolved.

For more information on teeth whitening services in Raleigh, contact us today at 919-782-0548.