Over time the normal wear and tear of our teeth may appear yellowed or stained. This is due to the intake of dark liquids such as coffee, tea or caffeinated beverages. It may also be due to smoking. One of the ways to bring your teeth back to their original brightness or even brighter, depending on your unique situation is with inexpensive professional teeth whitening.
By choosing professional teeth whitening over traditional home whitening kits, you will save not only money, but receive your results in one visit. Whitening kits require you to continuously use the strips until you reach your desired results. Our teeth whitening process allows us to get perfect impressions of your teeth, and our whitening trays are customized to fit your teeth.
Dental implants are used to replace your teeth that have been removed or lost. Dental Implants require a surgical procedure that allows the placement of artificial roots and teeth directly into the bone. This procedure will help relieve pain and improve your chewing ability. Dental Implants are very natural looking, strong and secure.
Decay and infection in a tooth is the most common reason a root canal may be needed. It will help relieve severe pain or sensitivity caused by decay. The affected tissue is removed and your nerve canal reshaped and filled and sealed to prevent future infection in the tooth.
Bridges are a permanent fixture that fits over your existing teeth. Bridges are used to solve many of the issues that dental implants also solve. This is simply an alternative option depending on your particular needs and circumstance. Bridges can last for years with the proper preventative care.
Dentures will replace missing teeth and are a removable option. Dentures can be a full appliance or a partial appliance depending on your needs. Your natural teeth will most likely have to be prepared in order for your denture whether partial or full will fit properly.
Crowns are a cap made of porcelain that is placed over your tooth surface so that you can restore the strength and appearance of your teeth. A crown is typically used when a filling is not enough to restructure your tooth due to fractures. Crowns also help in supporting your teeth if you have previously had or need bridges. Dr. Selby will consult with you and outline a personalized treatment plan that is needed to achieve your desired results.
Veneers are porcelain sheets which are adhered to the front of your teeth to help improve the shape, size and color of your teeth. They help you maintain the look of natural teeth and are used to fill in spaces, chipped teeth, crooked teeth and even stains.
With the advancement in dentistry methods, our office offers white fillings to help repair in the case of damaged or decay in the teeth. This filling will match your existing teeth and last throughout the years. The area of the tooth that needs repair is removed and replaced with the filling. Most fillings can be done in one appointment and anesthesia is used so that Dr. Selby can remove the decay and take the precautions necessary to protect nerve endings. You may notice a temporary period of time when you are sensitive to temperature change in the tooth, such as an aversion to cold or hot beverages. However, remember this is only temporary.
Periodontal disease is inflammation and infection that destroys the tissues that support the teeth, including the gums, the periodontal ligaments, and the bone around the teeth.
Calcified plaque (tartar) that is full of bacteria becomes trapped at the base of the tooth. The plaque and the tartar irritate and inflame the gum tissue causing further progression of the infection down the side of the tooth. The progression of the infection on the side of the tooth causes pocketing where the bone, tooth and gum tissue all meet. Periodontal disease is tricky, even with the inflammation, there may not be any pain or discomfort until the disease is advanced. Advanced gum disease can lead to tooth loss, infection, and longer looking teeth.
Many factors put you at higher risk for periodontal disease:
*Systemic infections or disease
*Poor or lack of brushing and home care
*Misaligned teeth, rough fillings, braces, unclean mouth appliances (bridges, crowns, dentures)
*Use of certain medications
Some indications that there may disease present include:
*Bleeding gums even with gentle brushing
*Bright red or purple gums
*Gums that are tender when touched but otherwise painless
*Shiny appearance to gums
Cleaning and Prevention
It is important that throughout your life you obtain preventive dental care, regardless of your age. Good oral hygiene starts at home and you should schedule regular checkups with your dentist every 6 months. Preventative dental care will help keep your smile bright and healthy for life.
Below are a few tips for maintaining strong and healthy teeth and gums throughout your life.
- Brushing your teeth at least twice a day with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste with fluoride helps prevent plaque and tarter build-up.
- Always brush the surface of your tongue. When you do this it removes any extra food particles and bacteria and helps you maintain fresh breath.
- Floss daily between your teeth.
- Mouthwash throughout the day after meals will help rid of those extra particles of food and prevent them from building up on and between your teeth and gums, which can lead to tooth decay. It also helps maintain that fresh breath feeling throughout your busy day.
- Schedule your regular checkup with our office at least every six months for professional teeth cleaning.
You know longer have to fear or avoid going to the dentist. Sedation Dentistry will provide you with a path to avoid your fears. Sunset Dental wants to make sure you are relaxed and comfortable during your dentist visit. Dr. Selby is a skilled general dentist in Corvallis that will prescribe sedation medication so that you are calm. Sedation medication is most commonly administrated orally and you will remain alert and are able to communicate with us, while diminishing your anxiety.
You no longer have to fear going to the dentist. Our primary goal here at Sunset Dental is to make sure that your dental visit leads you down the path to greater oral hygiene and a new smile so that you can smile with confidence.