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How Long Will a Dental Crown Last?

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San Antonio endodontists, oral surgeons, and general dentists use dental crowns (sometimes called caps) in many restorative treatments. A crown adds strength to a tooth that has a large filling or has been injured, a crown can correct bite misalignments, and a crown is usually necessary after a root canal. In a dental implant procedure, attaching the crown to the abutment is the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for purely cosmetic problems: yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

1. All ceramic (porcelain-based)
2. Porcelain fused to metal
3. Gold alloys
4. Base metal alloys

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many San Antonio dentists provide a crown restoration, they use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last? Dental crowns can last for many years, but they are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

Sheenu Goel, DDS, Endodontist
Dayton Dental Specialties
937-802-0901
4235 Indian Ripple Rd Ste 200A
Dayton, OH 45440
http://www.daytondentalspecialties.com/

1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

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Dairy Products for the Health of Your Gums

periodontics in DaytonIs dairy a part of your diet? If not, it should be! A study from the American Academy of Periodontology (AAP) found that regular consumption of dairy products, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, can actually lower your chances of contracting periodontal disease (also known as gum disease). Results of the study also showed that adults who consume at least 55 grams of lactic acid a day are less at risk for gum disease.

Cheese is one of the healthiest snacks for your child’s teeth. In addition to providing large amounts of much-needed calcium, cheese also does its part to fight cavities. Cheddar, Swiss, Mozzarella, and Monterey Jack all stimulate the body’s salivary glands to clear the mouth of debris and protect them from acids that weaken them, according to the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. This means cheese disrupts the development of cavities, especially when eaten as a snack or at the end of a meal. Calcium and phosphorous found in cheese reduce or prevent decreases in the plaque’s ph level and work to re-mineralize the enamel of your child’s teeth.

Gum disease is caused by a bacterial infection in the mouth that affects the gums and jaw. Gum disease results in a loss of teeth and bone, and has been connected to certain cases of heart disease, stroke, diabetes, respiratory disease and osteoporosis.

Eating dairy is not just healthy for building strong bones, but is essential for maintaining a strong, healthy mouth. Next time you reach for a quick snack, choose some cheese, or a glass of milk, and remember with each bite, and every sip you are preserving your teeth for a lifetime of smiles and good oral health!

For more information about keeping your gums healthy, please give Dayton Dental Specialties a call!

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What Can You Expect From Your Dental Crown in San Antonio?

dental crowns in San AntonioDental crowns (also referred to as “caps”) are used in a number of restorative dental treatments. San Antonio dentists use crowns to add strength to a tooth that has a large filling or that has been damaged. Crowns can be used to correct bite misalignments. Crowns are also generally used after root canals to strengthen the existing tooth structure. In addition, crowns are used in a dental implant procedure, where the crown is attached to the abutment in the final step.

Crowns are also used extensively for dental issues that are strictly cosmetic, such as to replace yellow teeth, stained teeth, too-small teeth, and teeth that are misshapen.

Dental crowns are fabricated from a variety of materials that vary in appearance and strength:

  • All ceramic (porcelain-based)
  • Base metal alloys
  • Gold alloys
  • Porcelain fused to metal

Your dentist can help you determine which type is right for you. Factors to consider are the location of the crown in the mouth, your budget, and any allergies to metal.

When many San Antonio dentists provide a crown restoration, they often use a process that requires two office visits. On the first visit, the dentist will prepare the tooth and take an impression for the dental lab. Then, the dentist will make a temporary crown for the patient to use until the permanent crown is ready. Some dentists have special technology that allows them to fabricate and place crowns in one visit.

How Long Do Dental Crowns Last?

Dental crowns can last for many years, but they are not designed to last indefinitely. Even with proper care, dental patients should not expect crowns to be trouble-free for decades. There is encouraging evidence, however, that points to a high success rate: a 2009 study found that more than 90% of dental crowns will not require treatment within five years of placement. The study also found that 50% to 80% last from 15 to 20 years.1

Sheenu Goel, DDS, Endodontist
Dayton Dental Specialties
937-802-0901
4235 Indian Ripple Rd Ste 200A
Dayton, OH 45440

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1Bader JD1, Shugars DA., “Summary review of the survival of single crowns,” PubMed.gov, 2009, http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19146146, accessed June 16, 2014

 

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When You Might Need to Have a Root Canal

endodontist in Dayton OhioWhile a root canal is sometimes the necessary treatment to save a tooth, we ascribe to the old adage – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. We hope that our patients pay close attention to their oral health to avoid injury or infection.

That being said, there are times when a root canal is needed. Here are situations where it might be time to talk to Sheenu Goel, DDS, Endodontist at Dayton Dental Specialties about a root canal:

  1. Intense tooth pain, especially when chewing or applying pressure on the tooth.
  2. A tooth injury that causes visible trauma to the tooth.
  3. Darkening of the tooth.
  4. Sensitivity to temperature that continues even after the hot or cold item has been removed.
  5. Swelling in the gums, or lesions that look like pimples recurring on the gums.

Take heart, Beavercreek – if you have any of these symptoms, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you need a root canal. What it does mean is that you need to call Dayton Dental Specialties at 937-802-0901 and schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheenu Goel to determine the cause of the problem and the best way to move forward.

Remember, waiting can only make the problem worse. Now is always the best time to address your dental health issues. Not only do we offer root canals, but we also have singular experience and expertise in orthodontics, oral surgery, and periodontics. Dayton Dental Specialties treats Beavercreek, Dayton, and Centerville OH patients with unparalleled service and emergency scheduling. Call today!

Dayton Dental Specialties
937-802-0901
4235 Indian Ripple Rd Ste 200A
Dayton, OH 45440
http://www.daytondentalspecialties.com/specialties/

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Dental Implants–An Excellent Solution for Missing Teeth

Many people are surprised to learn that tooth loss affects many people in the United States, and it is not limited to only the elderly. Even those with impeccable dental hygiene may lose teeth for myriad reasons. It is important to treat tooth loss as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the overall health and structure of your mouth and to prevent further tooth loss. Instead of walking around and hiding your smile in shame, there are options available that will allow you to smile again.

Dental Implants Are Affordable and Convenient

Dental implants are a very cost-effective and long-term solution for anyone who is looking to replace a missing tooth. Instead of having to remember to remove and care for dentures, which can be uncomfortable to wear, dental implants allow you to enjoy the same freedoms that you enjoy with your natural teeth.

You can benefit from dental implants because they:

  • Are a durable and long-lasting replacement option for missing teeth
  • Provide a boost in self-confidence and appearance
  • Help maintain natural face and jaw structure and shape
  • Prevent bone loss
  • Remain free of cativities
  • Do not shift or move
  • Protect the remaining natural teeth

Dental Implant Process

Dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss, and the process does take several months to complete. The procedure occurs in three phases, with phase one, the placement of the implants, taking the most time. On average, after the implants have been placed, it takes a few months for your gums to heal properly before we can proceed to phase two, which is the placement of the posts for your teeth implants. Phase three occurs a few weeks after phase two and involves the placement of your new teeth. In some cases, if there is a need for gum and bone grafts, the dental implant process can take longer.

Whether you are replacing one tooth or several, Dayton Dental Specialists can give you a reason to smile again. Give us a call at 937-790-4552 to learn more about dental implants in Dayton, OH, and to make an appointment today.

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How Dental Implants Can Replace Missing Teeth

Tooth loss is something that impacts millions of Americans each and every year. There are a number of reasons people might lose their tooth, and sometimes it has nothing to do with oral hygiene. It is important to treat tooth loss as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the overall health and structure of your mouth and to prevent further tooth loss. Instead of walking around and hiding your smile in shame, there are options available that will allow you to smile again.

Dental Implants Offer an Effective Solution for Missing Teeth

Dental implants are a very cost-effective and long-term solution for anyone who is looking to replace a missing tooth. Instead of having to remember to remove and care for dentures, which can be uncomfortable to wear, dental implants allow you to enjoy the same freedoms that you enjoy with your natural teeth.

You can benefit from dental implants because they:

  • Are a durable and long-lasting replacement option for missing teeth
    • Provide a boost in self-confidence and appearance
    • Help maintain natural face and jaw structure and shape
    • Prevent bone loss
    • Remain free of cavities
    • Do not shift or move
    • Protect the remaining natural teeth

How Dental Implants Work

Dental implants are a long-term solution for tooth loss, and the process does take several months to complete. The procedure occurs in three phases, with phase one, the placement of the implants, taking the most time. On average, after the implants have been placed, it takes a few months for your gums to heal properly before Dr. Field can proceed to phase two, which is the placement of the posts for your teeth implants. Phase three occurs a few weeks after phase two and involves the placement of your new teeth. In some cases, if there is a need for gum and bone grafts, the dental implant process can take longer.

Whether you are replacing one tooth or several, at Dayton Dental Specialties, we can give you a reason to smile again. Give us a call at 937-790-4539 to learn more about dental implants in Dayton and to make an appointment today.

 

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Brushing Tips You Can Use

dentist-lurking-gumsHello Dayton residents! Your overall oral health depends not only on healthy teeth but also healthy gums. Proper oral hygiene helps keep both your teeth and gums in good shape.

When brushing, hold your toothbrush at a 45-degree angle with the bristle tips aimed at the line where the tooth and gum meet. The bristles of a soft toothbrush can clean the food particles in the pockets in front and in back of the tooth, but you need floss to clean between the teeth. Make sure you get the floss into the pocket between the teeth and scrape food particles up and out of the pocket.

Back to toothbrushing: if the toothbrush is not held at the correct angle, the bristles can’t get in the pockets to clean out the bacteria before it turns into enamel-damaging plaque. If plaque multiplies in the pockets around the teeth, the gum will start pulling away. Eventually, the pockets will become too deep for your toothbrush bristles to reach. Unfortunately, the tooth structure below the gumline is more susceptible to decay than the enamel above the gumline.

There is more than one way to damage your teeth – even if the visible parts of your teeth are cavity-free, gum disease can cause problems with the parts you can’t see.

We are Dayton Dental Specialties. If you are experiencing gum soreness or recession, call us today at (937) 790-4467 to schedule an exam During your exam, we will will measure the depth of the pockets around each tooth. If you already have gum disease, we will help you restore gum health.

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4235 Indian Ripple Rd Ste 200A
Dayton, OH 45440

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Types of Cracked Teeth

tooth extraction BeavercreekIf you’ve been to Dayton Dental Specialties, you know how detail-oriented our dental specialists are. It shouldn’t surprise you, then, that we have several names for a “cracked tooth.” We like to be specific. Here we will outline 5 types of cracked teeth:

  1. Vertical Root Fracture. We’ll start with one of the most extreme (and least common) kinds of cracks. A vertical root fracture is where the tooth breaks up the middle, starting at the root and going out toward the surface of the tooth. Sometimes the tooth can be saved with endodontic surgery, but this kind of fracture often requires extraction. Luckily, these make up less than 5% of fractures in Dayton.
  2. Fractured Cusp. In layman’s terms, the “cusp” of a tooth is basically a bump that sticks out and helps you chew your food. Your bicuspids have two cusps (see what they did there?). Your molars usually have four or five cusps. A fractured cusp means that a cusp weakens and either breaks off or needs to be removed by your Beavercreek dentist. Depending on the extent of the break, the tooth’s pulp may or may not be affected. Sometimes a root canal is needed, and in either case the tooth is usually restored with a dental crown.
  3. Craze Lines. These are very common, almost microscopic cracks in the enamel of the teeth. The superficial cracks usually don’t go any farther than the enamel and do not affect the health of the teeth. Craze lines don’t usually affect oral health or require treatment, although it’s a good idea to schedule twice-yearly dental appointments with your local Centerville dentist to have them watched.
  4. Cracked Tooth. A cracked tooth is usually caused by some kind of trauma or tooth grinding. It involves a crack that starts at the chewing surface of the teeth and extends into the tooth toward the root. The tooth pulp is often damaged, and a root canal is usually needed. After the root canal, a full dental crown is placed to protect the tooth from further damage.
  5. Split Tooth. These are most often caused by ignoring a cracked tooth. If a cracked tooth is not treated, the crack can grow and spread until the tooth actually splits. These can be extremely painful, and the tooth cannot be saved completely intact. Depending on where and how extreme the split is, a portion of the tooth can often be saved.

As you can see, there is more than one way to split a tooth! If you have a cracked, split, fractured, or otherwise damaged tooth and live near the Dayton area, please come in and see us as soon as possible. The earlier we can treat your problem, the better the outcome will be. Call us at 937-802-0901 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sheenu Goel, endodontist.

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Keeping Your Teeth Clean With Orthodontics

Smiling beautiful young womanHello, welcome to the Dayton Dental Specialties blog. Today’s post is for orthodontic patients. There is no doubt about it – it is harder to keep your teeth clean if you wear braces. It’s unfortunate (and ironic) when brace wearers develop tooth decay and weaken their teeth while simultaneously trying to improve their smile with braces. A classic example of “one step forward and two steps back.”

The brackets and wires on traditional metal braces create hard to reach places where harmful bacteria can thrive. If brace wearers don’t pay continual and careful attention to oral hygiene, their teeth can be permanently damaged. The cycle of decay goes like this: 1. Food particles are trapped in the tiny spaces in and around the wires. 2. The bacteria in the food particles multiply. 3. The bacteria creates plaque. 4. The plaque erodes the enamel. 5. Cavities form.

Teeth are not the only thing at risk here, Dayton orthodontic patients can also develop gum disease (gingivitis) which can progress quickly into periodontitis and eventual bone recession and tooth loss.

Bottom line: orthodontic patients need to be vigilant about a healthy diet and effective oral hygiene.

Most Dayton Dental Specialties braces wearers know that they should avoid sticky, sugary foods that stick to their braces, but some don’t realize that any carbohydrate-based food turns into sugar. Thus, a cracker can be just as bad for your teeth as a Tootsie Roll if the particles are not removed.

Brace wearers should also watch their intake of highly-acidic foods and beverages. Though some acidic foods are very healthy – think tomatoes, oranges, raspberries – it is wise to substitute less acidic foods that contain similar nutrients. There are few beverages as harmful as soda and sports drinks, both of which have the detrimental duo of acid and sugar.

Here are the ten steps to effective brushing while wearing braces, courtesy of Colgate:

1. If your orthodontist has fitted you with elastics, remove them before brushing.
2. Using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft, compact toothbrush, place your brush at an angle of 45 degrees against the gums. Gently brush along the gum line where the gums and teeth meet, using a small circular motion on each tooth.
3. Spend about 10 seconds on each tooth before moving onto the next tooth, brushing in a set pattern so that you don’t miss any teeth.
4. Gently brush the braces. Press your toothbrush firmly enough so that the bristles spread into the gaps between the wire and the tooth. Brush in and around all of the brackets and wires. Ensure that you brush under the wires. A battery powered brush may be helpful.
5. Brush both the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth using a gentle circular motion on each tooth. Brush the inside and the outside surfaces of your teeth.
6. For the chewing surfaces, use a firm back and forth motion.
7. Spit out excess paste, then closely inspect your teeth and braces in the mirror to check that they are clean and shiny.
8. Replace your elastics in accordance with your orthodontist’s recommendation.
9. After brushing, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash for 1 minute to help prevent cavities and white spots.
10. Use other oral care products as prescribed by your dental professional.1

It is also important to floss while wearing braces, but that is a topic for another article.

Dayton Dental Specialties provides endodontics, orthodontics, oral surgery, and periodintics. Our personable team is enthusiastic about oral health and brilliant smiles.

1″Protecting Your Healthy Smile while Wearing Braces,” Colgate Professional, http://www.colgateprofessional.com/patient-education/articles/protecting-your-healthy-smile-while-wearing-braces, accessed on February 20, 2015

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When the Pain Lingers

oral surgery BeavercreekHello, Dayton. I’m Dr. Sheenu Goel, and I specialize in providing exceptional endodontic care for my Dayton, Centerville OH, and Beavercreek dental patients. One treatment I offer at our Dayton office, Dayton Dental Specialties, is endodontic retreatment.

Sometimes, a root canal is necessary to relieve pain associated with an infection in a tooth’s root. During a root canal, I remove the infected pulp in the root, fill the space with a special rubberized material, and place a crown over the tooth to restore its shape and strength.

Most root canal patients are surprised by how little pain they feel during and after a root canal. Some patients even report having no pain at all. That being said, many patients do still experience some pain during the healing period after having a root canal.

Some pain is normal. However, if your levels of pain return to what they were before you had your root canal, or if the pain won’t go away, please call 937-802-0901 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Sheenu Goel. This may indicate that the infection has returned.

Here are a few signs that endodontic retreatment may be needed:

  1. Your original symptoms return
  2. You experience an uneven bite
  3. You have visible swelling, whether outside or inside your mouth

As with any medical or dental treatment, sometimes the body just doesn’t heal as expected. If you’ve had a root canal and are still experiencing pain, don’t despair and don’t delay. Call Dr. Sheenu Goel right away at 937-802-0901.

Sheenu Goel, DDS, Endodontist
Dayton Dental Specialties
937-802-0901
4235 Indian Ripple Rd Ste 200A
Dayton, OH 45440
http://www.daytondentalspecialties.com/

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