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Posted by on 4:08 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Signs Your Cosmetic Dentistry Is Necessary

One of the things you may notice on your dental insurance is an area for medically necessary cosmetic procedures. You may be wondering what this refers to and what procedures may fall under this categorization. Knowing this information could mean the difference between not having enough money for the procedure or not being able to have the procedure covered by your insurance at all. Here are some signs that your planned cosmetic dentistry procedure is necessary. Preventative Medical Necessity One of the categories your dentist may use for the procedure, such as implants, is having them labeled as preventative medical necessity. This means that the dentist has decided that a cosmetic procedure, like dentures or dental implants, is necessary for your oral health and to prevent further issues. For example, if you are having degenerative bone issues in your jaw, your dentist may decide that anchoring implants are necessary to prevent further degeneration in areas or from issues with current cosmetic procedures like dentures. Dental Referral In some cases, it is not the actual procedure that is marked as necessary, but the referral to a specialist, that does the trick. For example, you may go see your dentist to have a cosmetic procedure, such as dentures or dental implants, done. The dentist may find something during the consultation that shows an underlying medical issue requiring a referral to a specialist. Your insurance may consider this referral, and anything the dental specialist orders for treatment, as a necessity. This moves the procedure from a desire to have done to a medical need thus changing what amount is covered under insurance. Emergency Cosmetic Procedures There are some cases when you may have a dental emergency that requires what would normally be considered as cosmetic to be done. For example, you may be in a situation like a car accident that has knocked out several of your teeth and damaged your gum line and jaw. Dental implants to replace the missing teeth may be the first step while bone grafting may be used to rebuild the jawline and form an even layer for the implants may also be ordered in extreme conditions. This would place them as cosmetic but necessary. These are only a few of the examples that may arise which would change a typical cosmetic dental procedure from a request or option to a medical necessity. Again, this change does change what is covered under insurance and how much is covered of the dental procedure. If you are unsure what your insurance will cover, ask your dental office like that of Davis R Troup DDS PA or contact your insurance provider when the procedure has been...

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Posted by on 8:23 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Welcoming a Baby? What Every New Parent Should Know About Dental Health During the First Year of Life

With a whirlwind of preparations to make before the birth of a new baby, many parents give little thought to what their child’s dental health needs will be during infancy. Since their infant’s teeth will not be expected to erupt for several months, many may believe that they can safely put off the question of oral health until that time. But even a child who does not yet have visible teeth can benefit from basic dental-care routines beginning at birth. If you are a new parent or are about to become one, the following information can help you get your child’s dental health off to a great start.  Take care of baby’s gums It is never too early to begin teaching your child the basic routines that will help them to enjoy the best possible dental health throughout their lives. To do this, parents can begin at birth to gently clean and massage their baby’s gums after each feeding with a small square of sterile gauze wrapped around the end of their finger. Gently insert the gauze-covered fingertip into your infant’s mount, wiping away pooled milk as you gently massage their gums. By your doing this ritual before the teeth erupt, your baby will be able to more easily accept the use of a soft toothbrush, and the massaging motion may even help to make the teething process more comfortable for your child. Avoid feeding habits that can endanger dental health Another way in which parents can help to ensure their child will enjoy good dental health is to make sure to avoid any feeding habits that may cause dental issues for their child later. One such habit to avoid is putting your child to bed with a bottle of sugary fruit juice, pop, or even formula because it can pool in the mouth after they fall asleep and damage tooth enamel once the teeth begin to erupt. Instead, choose to hold your child during a feeding, and always take a moment after they have eaten to wipe their gums to remove leftover liquids from the feeding.  Consult your child’s pediatric dentist if in doubt While most children will not need to see a pediatric dentist until about the age of one year, parents who have concerns about their child’s dental health should feel free to take their child in for a checkup before their first birthday. A pediatric dentist such as one at New England Dental Specialists of Norwood can check your infant’s mouth for abnormalities that may need to be addressed as well as offer you additional information to help your child enjoy the best possible dental...

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Posted by on 10:46 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 2 Prosthodontic Treatment Options For A First Premolar With A Frontal Chip

The first premolar tooth starts the grinding down of food that finishes with the rear molars so you can swallow safe, small pieces of food. A first premolar with a chip on the front or outward face of the tooth can cause you difficulties in chewing and grinding while causing discomfort and cosmetic concerns. There are a few different prosthodontic or cosmetic dentistry techniques that can correct a first premolar with frontal chipping. The right treatment will depend on the severity of the chip. Discuss your specific case with your general, family, or cosmetic dentistry specialist. Mild Frontal Chip: Resin Dental Bond Does the first premolar have a small chip on the front of the tooth? The dentist can correct the problem easily and cheaply with a resin dental bond, which involves one office visit and the use of a clay-like resin that has natural adhesion properties. Many prosthodontic treatments require the dentist to use a dental cement, which can’t adhere to the slick surface of a natural tooth. The dentist will then have to shave the front of the tooth to create texture that can allow the cement to adhere. The shaving removes enamel from the natural tooth, which means the piece can’t be removed at a later date and left off since the tooth front is now naked and exposed. Resin bonds can prevent that entire process because there’s no need for cement or shaving. The dentist can remove the bond later with no damage to the tooth. So if budget and time are a factor now, you can receive a bond and change your mind to another treatment at a later date. Moderate to Severe Frontal Chip: Porcelain Dental Bond Resin bonds are great at treating small chips but don’t provide the dentist with a lot of precision due to the on-tooth molding. If your first premolar has a moderate to severe chip on the front of the tooth, the dentist will need to go with a prosthodontic piece made in a lab off of a mold of the damaged tooth. A lab-crafted porcelain veneer can cover a moderate to severe frontal chip with the precision missing from the resin bond. The veneer will require the cementing and shaving process, but this simply means that you will need to replace the veneer with a veneer or crown if it should fail or become damaged. The porcelain material has a natural tooth color and translucency that can further enhance the look of your damaged premolar. For more information, contact a dental clinic like TLC Dental...

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Posted by on 10:55 am in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Do You Know What Coffee Is Doing to Your Oral Health?

If you start your day with a cup of coffee, you’re not alone. Over 80 percent of adults enjoy not just one cup of coffee, but around three cups a day. Have you taken the time to consider what drinking coffee might be doing to your oral health? If not, you should investigate. Coffee Can Cause Discoloration When drinking a cup of coffee, the last thing you want to do is spill it on your clothes. If it stains your clothes, rest assured that it’s also staining your teeth. The reason for this is the high acid level of coffee. While enamel naturally wears away overtime, acid only accelerates the process. As your enamel deteriorates, it makes it easier for stain producing substances, like coffee, to travel deep inside the enamel and cause discoloration, leading to yellow or off white teeth. Coffee Can Cause Bad Breath Drinking coffee can also lead to a mini case of halitosis. When you drink a cup of coffee, some of the coffee stays behind by latching on to your tongue. This might seem harmless, but any substance that stays on the tongue will eventually start to smell. If you’re drinking coffee on your way to work, by midday, the coffee probably has your breath smelling less than fresh. If you’re drinking several cups throughout the day, it’s probably even worse. Protecting Your Teeth Fortunately, if coffee is the only thing that’s getting you focused in the morning, you don’t necessarily have to avoid it.  However, you do want to make some changes to limit any negative effects on your oral health.    Drink it First—Try to have your coffee when you first wake up in the morning. When you have coffee on your way out the door or you stop on your way to work, you don’t have a chance to brush your teeth again. Having the coffee earlier gives you ample time to brush which can help reduce the likelihood of staining. Have Some Fruit—If you’re having coffee while out and about, have some fruit nearby to snack on. Fruits like strawberries are rich in fiber and they can help clean your teeth. When you don’t have an opportunity to brush, the fruit can somewhat semi-clean your teeth until you get home. Skip the Creamer—Try to avoid adding creamer and sugar to your coffee. These ingredients only increase the already high acidity of the coffee, which accelerates enamel erosion and staining. If you can’t completely give them up, at least try to cut down your portions or skip it on some days. If you’re concerned about coffee staining your teeth, make sure you’re discussing this topic with your...

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Posted by on 2:44 pm in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Good Oral Hygiene For Expectant Mothers

So much is going on with you during pregnancy that you may not be thinking about teeth – not even yours, much less your baby’s. However, good oral hygiene improves you and your baby’s health. What’s more, certain conditions can develop because of your pregnancy. Take care of your teeth while you’re pregnant, and help develop your baby’s teeth as well. Importance of Standard Dental Care Standard dental care is not only safe, it’s recommended to promote overall good health. This includes deep cleaning because it helps you avoid oral infections and gum disease. Indeed, gum disease can lead to premature low birth weight babies. The bacteria can travel from your mouth, through the blood stream and all the way to the uterus. The bacteria can even trigger premature labor. General Dental Procedures You should postpone cosmetic procedures such as teeth whitening until after birth. However, it’s safe to have your cavities filled or crowns implanted during pregnancy. Most typical medications used during routine dental work are safe for developing fetuses. What’s more, according to the Mayo Clinic, a single diagnostic X-ray won’t be detrimental to the baby. Nonetheless, only get an X-ray for emergency procedures – postpone your annual exam until after giving birth. Pregnancy-Related Dental Conditions Your pregnancy can exacerbate or create new dental issues. Many pregnant women experience increased tooth decay. One reason for this is succumbing to cravings, especially for sugary or carbohydrate-rich snacks. Good dental hygiene – brushing and flossing – is the recommended counteraction. If morning sickness is the culprit, make sure you rinse with water after every episode. Likewise, switch to bland toothpaste to avoid triggering nausea. Because of hormonal changes, you can also be more prone to gingivitis. This results in swollen and tender gums which can bleed when you floss. Be gentle in how you care for your teeth. However, you should also talk to your dentist about getting an extra cleaning to prevent gingivitis. Eating Right for the Baby’s Teeth You’ve probably done a lot of research about what you can and cannot eat. You surely also know that a healthy diet is essential in promoting health in your unborn child. That said, your baby’s teeth begin developing three months into your pregnancy. Your diet should include milk and other dairy products such as yogurt and cheese. Dairy products are an ideal source of the minerals that help develop the baby’s teeth and gums. Talk to a dentist like Paul Dona DDS about your pregnancy to get personalized advice for promoting good oral...

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