Archive for April 2013

Advice From Boise Dentists: FAQs About Dental Care During Pregnancy

Wondering how to take care of your teeth during pregnancy? These frequently asked questions will help you know when to schedule an appointment and how you can keep your teeth healthy during pregnancy!

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Should I Put Off My Preventative Dental Appointments Until After Pregnancy?

No. In fact, the American Pregnancy Association actually recommends that you pay more attention to dental care during pregnancy, and that includes preventative dental appointments. Pregnancy can make gums swell, causing cavities, irritation, and even gum disease. That’s why doctors recommend that you increase your preventative dental care during pregnancy.

Should I Get Crowns and Cavities Treated, Too?

Yes. By waiting to treat things like decay, you put yourself at a greater risk for infection.  What you should avoid is elective surgery like teeth whitening. Dental procedures like a tooth extraction or root canal fall in the middle—schedule them after the pregnancy if you can, but there is no harm in the procedure should an emergency come up during your pregnancy.

What About Dental X-Rays?

With very minimal radiation levels, dental X-rays are completely safe during pregnancy. Digital dental X-rays have even lower levels of radiation as well. However, many people avoid them during the first trimester to be extra cautious. So if you are looking at a non-emergency procedure that requires an x-ray, wait to get an X-ray until the second trimester to avoid any potential risks. The first trimester is when fetal organ development occurs, so it’s best to avoid any potential risks at this time.

Why Do Doctors Recommend I Schedule Any Dental Procedures Before the Third Trimester?

Many women have trouble being comfortable laying on their back long enough for a dental procedure during the third trimester, so you’ll be more comfortable if you get any procedures done before this time. It certainly isn’t harmful, though! And if you experience any pain, be sure to come in anyway. Our awesome team of Boise dentists and staff will work with you to keep the appointment short and you comfortable.

Do you have any questions about dental care during pregnancy? Stop by our office or email us, and we’ll be happy to answer your questions. We might even blog about it here!

Resources:

http://americanpregnancy.org/pregnancyhealth/dentalwork.html

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Advice from Boise Dentists: Boise Root Canal and Cavity Prevention

Our Boise dentists know that you would like to prevent the need for a root canal if you could, so here are the causes and symptoms of a root canal, and how you can avoid the procedure:

What Causes a Boise Root Canal?

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Trauma. When a patient experiences trauma to the face, it can crack or chip a tooth. If this crack or chip is not addressed, bacteria and infected material can find their way into the heart of the tooth, causing a root canal.

Tooth Decay. Wondering why cavity prevention is so important? Left untreated, the decay can reach all the way down to the tooth’s nerve, cause an infection and abscess, and lead to a root canal. A cavity treated early on almost never leads to a Boise root canal because the decay is removed and sealed, preventing the decay from spreading. An untreated cavity however, is another matter.

What Are the Symptoms?

The tricky part of a root canal is that sometimes there are no symptoms, so you aren’t aware that you need to go to the dentist until it gets worse. In many cases, however, you may notice one or more of these signs:

  • Sudden sensitivity to hot or cold foods.
  • Pain or swelling at the gum
  • Severe pain when chewing
  • A discolored tooth

What’s the Best Thing You Can Do to Prevent a Boise Root Canal?

Keep preventative, check-up appointments. One of the biggest myths about dental care is that you will always feel if something is wrong. Unfortunately, you may not feel any pain but still have a cavity or root canal. So keep your six-month dental check-up so that our Boise dentists can discover and take care of any cavities or other issues before they become bigger, more expensive, and more painful issues. Almost every dental insurance company covers preventative dental care like an annual or semi-annual dental cleaning and check-up, so you have nothing to lose!

Schedule an appointment with our Boise dentists if you experience pain. Many people have a tooth ache that then goes away after a few days or weeks. They assume the problem is resolved, and never go to the dentist. That’s a big problem! The problem could be a cavity, cracked tooth, or compromised filling or dental crown that is causing decay and infection and could lead to a Boise root canal. Make your appointment anyway to catch the problem earlier and avoid later complications. The pain will probably come back and be more severe if you don’t resolve the issue now.

By taking care of your teeth daily and addressing problems and pain as soon as they come up, you can often avoid a Boise root canal. Have more questions about preventative dentistry and when you can schedule a cleaning? Stop by or call our Boise dental office!

 

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When a Patient Needs Boise Dental Bridges

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While Boise dental implants are the preferred alternative for lost teeth, some patients may not be a good candidate for dental implants and may need a dental bridge. Boise patients may need a dental bridge if …

The Patient Has Lost Multiple Teeth

With this method, often called implant-supported Boise dental bridges, implants are still used for every lost tooth. However, instead of placing several independent crowns on each tooth, our Boise dentists will instead place a temporary bridge (a connected set of the missing teeth) with the Boise dental implants. This gives you, our dental patient, the benefit of implant support while also ensuring that neighboring teeth do not move and that you leave with a perfectly aligned bite. You can later get the needed individual crowns for each tooth.

The Patient Has Significant Bone Loss

If the teeth have been missing for a long time, you may require a bone graft to ensure that an implant will have enough bone around it to support it. If, however, you are not eligible for a bone graft, you may not be able to get dental implants and will instead need a dental bridge, Boise dental crown, or other cosmetic teeth dental fix.

The Patient Has a Chronic and Severe Disease

When getting Boise tooth implants, your body needs to have its natural ability to heal itself and ward off infection.  As this article explains, having a chronic illness does not immediately exclude you from getting a dental implant. It depends on the severity of the disease as well as other factors unique to your case. If you have severe issues with hemophilia or uncontrolled diabetes, or if you have significant immune deficiencies, you may not be a good candidate for a dental implant and may need Boise dental bridges or removable dental restorations.

The Unique Case for the Dental Bridge

Boise dental bridges were the standard for decades and can still be good options for those who cannot receive a dental implant. These are the unique cases when our Boise dentists may recommend an alternative treatment for Boise dental implants.

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