Maybe you bit down too hard on a nut. Or maybe you noticed part of your teeth missing this morning while brushing. Maybe you even got hit in the face and noticed a piece of your tooth fly out of your mouth. No matter how it happened, if you’ve just chipped your tooth, don’t worry – you’re not alone. It’s a common problem, and there are several ways to fix it. In this blog post, we’ll walk you through the steps you need to take to make sure your tooth gets fixed as soon as possible. We’ll also give you a few options for how dentists fix chipped teeth. So read on and find out what to do if you chip your tooth!

What to Do

When you first chip a tooth, you may be unsure of what to do next.  But don’t worry – we’re here to help. Here are a few things you should do if you’ve just chipped your tooth:

Locate Tooth Fragments:

If you can find the pieces of your tooth, save them! They may be able to be reattached by your dentist. Be sure to keep any tooth fragments damp in a paper towel that has been soaked in milk or water.

Take Over the Counter Pain Medication:

If your tooth is causing you pain and you cannot see your dentist right away, take ibuprofen or another over the counter pain medication. This will help to ease any discomfort you’re feeling until you can see the dentist.

Use Ice if Necessary:

You may also want to use ice to reduce pain and swelling in the area around your chipped tooth. Apply ice to the outside of your cheek for 20 minutes at a time. Do this as often as necessary until you can see the dentist.

How to Fix a Chipped Tooth:

Depending on the location and extent of your chipped tooth, your dentist may recommend one of the following options for fixing a chipped tooth:

Dental Bonding

fixing chipped tooth with dental bonding

One popular option your dentist may recommend for fixing a chipped tooth is dental bonding. This is when a tooth-colored resin is used to fill in the chipped area. The resin is then hardened with a special light, and finally shaped and polished to match your natural tooth.

Veneers

Another option for fixing a chipped tooth is veneers. Veneers are thin pieces of porcelain that are custom-made to fit over the front surface of your teeth. They can be used to fix a chipped tooth as well as other dental problems, such as teeth that are stained or misshapen.

Crowns

A third option for fixing a chipped tooth is a crown. A crown is a “cap” that is placed over the entire surface of your tooth. Crowns can be made from different materials, such as porcelain, metal, or ceramic. However, many dentists opt for porcelain or ceramic due to its strength and natural appearance.

Dental Implants

A fourth option for fixing a chipped tooth is a dental implant. A dental implant is a titanium post that is surgically placed into your jawbone. Once the post has healed, an artificial tooth (crown) is then placed on top of the post. This option is generally only used if the damage is substantial and cannot be fixed with other methods.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we’ve walked you through the steps to take if you’ve just chipped your tooth. We’ve also given you a few options for how dentists fix chipped teeth. No matter which option you and your dentist choose, fixing a chipped tooth is an important way to maintain your oral health. Be sure to see your dentist as soon as possible after you’ve chipped your tooth, so they can determine the best course of action for you. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Do you feel self-conscious about your smile? Do you feel like you are always hiding your teeth because they are crooked or “less than perfect?” Crooked teeth affect millions of people around the world and can lead to both oral health and self-esteem problems. Luckily, however, crooked teeth don’t need to be forever and there are several benefits to having your teeth straightened. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of having your teeth straightened and the different options available to you.

Benefits of Straight Teeth

Healthier Teeth and Gums

One of the most important benefits of having your teeth straightened is that it can lead to healthier teeth. When teeth are crooked, they can be more difficult to clean properly which can lead to an increased build-up of plaque and bacteria. This can then lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Straightening your teeth makes it easier to brush and floss properly, which leads to healthier teeth and gums.

woman with straight teeth eating an apple

Easier Chewing

Another benefit of having your teeth straightened is that it can make chewing easier. When teeth are crooked, they don’t line up correctly and this can make it difficult to bite and chew food properly. This can lead to indigestion and other digestive problems. Straightening your teeth can help to align your bite and make it easier to chew food properly.

Clear Speech

Crooked teeth can also affect your speech. When teeth are not aligned correctly, it can cause you to slur your words or mispronounce certain sounds. This can be embarrassing and hard for people to understand you. Straightening your teeth can help to improve your speech and make it easier for people to understand you.

Reduced Wear and Risk of Injury

Crooked teeth can also lead to increased wear on your teeth. When teeth are not aligned properly, they can rub against each other and wear down over time. This can lead to tooth sensitivity and even damage to your teeth. Crooked teeth can also stick out and be more likely to get chipped or broken if you fall or are hit in the mouth. Straightening your teeth can help to reduce the wear on your teeth and reduce your risk of injury.

Improved Comfort

Crooked teeth can also be uncomfortable. When teeth are not aligned properly, they can rub against each other and cause pain in the mouth. Not only that, but they can strain your jaw joint and cause jaw pain and/or headaches. Straightening your teeth can help to improve comfort and reduce the pain in your mouth and jaw.

Increases Confidence

One of the most important benefits of having your teeth straightened is that it can increase your confidence. When you feel self-conscious about your smile, it can affect your confidence in social situations. Straightening your teeth can help you feel more confident about your smile and improve your self-esteem. Having straight teeth can also help you make a better first impression and be seen in a more positive light.

clear aligners for orthodontics

If you are considering having your teeth straightened, there are many options available to you. Metal braces and clear aligner therapy are two of the most popular options. Clear aligner therapy, such as Invisalign, is becoming increasingly popular due to its many benefits. At a glance, clear aligner therapy can offer the following benefits:

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we discussed the various benefits of having your teeth straightened. These benefits include healthier teeth and gums, easier chewing, clear speech, reduced wear and risk of injury, improved comfort, and increased confidence. Clear aligner therapy is a popular option for those considering straightening their teeth due to its many benefits. If you are considering having your teeth straightened, be sure to talk to your dentist about all of your options.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

If you’re one of the millions of people who experience tooth pain, you may be considering a root canal. This common dental procedure is often misunderstood, and as a result, many myths have developed around it. In this blog post, we will dispel some of these myths and provide accurate information about root canal therapy.

Root canal therapy is a procedure that is performed when the pulp of the tooth becomes infected. The pulp is the tissue that contains the blood vessels and nerves. During a root canal, the infected pulp is removed and the inside of the tooth is cleaned and sealed. This procedure is necessary when the infection has reached the root of the tooth. Root canal therapy is usually performed by a dentist or an endodontist, which is a dentist who specializes in this procedure.

There are many myths surrounding root canal therapy, and we will dispel seven of them here:

Myth #1: They Hurt

This is perhaps the most common myth about root canals. Many people believe that the procedure is painful, but this is not the case. In fact, root canal therapy relieves pain because it removes the infected pulp that is causing the pain. The procedure itself is usually not painful, and any discomfort that is experienced can be easily managed with local anesthesia.

Myth #2: Root Canal Therapy Makes You Sick

This myth is based on a belief that was popular in the 1920s. However, this is not true and it was quickly disproven in the 1950s. In fact, root canal therapy actually helps to prevent further infection by removing the source of the infection.

Myth #3: Root Canal Therapy Removes the Tooth Roots

hollow tooth after root canal

Another common myth is that root canal therapy removes the tooth roots. This is not true. The roots of the tooth are not removed during a root canal. The only thing that is removed is the infected pulp. The roots of the tooth remain in place, and the tooth is actually stronger after a root canal because the inside is sealed and protected from further infection.

Myth #4: I Don’t Need a Root Canal Because I Feel No Pain

Many people believe that they do not need a root canal because they are not experiencing any pain. However, this is not always the case. The pulp can become infected without causing any pain. In fact, the infection may not cause any symptoms until it has reached the root of the tooth. By this time, the infection can cause serious damage to the tooth and may even lead to tooth loss. So, if you are experiencing any type of dental pain or abnormality, it is important to see a dentist right away.

Myth #5: Teeth Usually Need to Be Extracted After a Root Canal

Another common myth is that teeth usually need to be extracted after a root canal. This is not true. In most cases, the tooth can be saved with root canal therapy. In fact, teeth that have been treated with a root canal are actually stronger than teeth that have not been treated.

Myth #6: There is No Sensation in the Affected Tooth After a Root Canal

Many people believe that there is no sensation in the tooth after a root canal. This is not true. The nerve inside the tooth is removed during a root canal, so you will not feel any sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet. However, you can still feel some pressure or tenderness in the tooth for a few days after the procedure. This is because there are still nerves in the tissues around the tooth roots. Some tenderness after a root canal is normal and will go away as the tooth heals.

Myth #7: I Don’t Need to Visit the Dentist After Having a Root Canal

The final myth we will dispel is that you do not need to visit the dentist after having a root canal. This is not true. It is important to visit the dentist for a follow-up appointment to make sure that the infection has been completely removed and that the tooth is healing properly.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have dispelled seven common myths about root canal therapy. We hope that this has helped to clear up any misconceptions that you may have had about this procedure. If you are experiencing any dental pain, we encourage you to see a dentist right away. Root canal therapy is a safe and effective treatment for tooth infection, and it can save your tooth from further damage.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

You may have heard the term “tooth cap” before, but you’re not sure what it means. In this blog post, we will provide a basic definition of a tooth cap and explain the difference between the terms dental cap and dental crown. We’ll also discuss some reasons why you might need a tooth cap, what materials they are made from, and what to expect when having one placed. Stay tuned!

What is a tooth cap?

zirconia crown

A tooth cap, also known as a dental crown, is a type of dental restoration that covers the entire tooth. Unlike a filling, which only fills in the cavity of the tooth, a crown encases the entire tooth. This is necessary when there is not enough healthy tooth remaining to support a filling. Crowns are also used:

What materials are dental crowns made from?

Dental crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, ceramic, metal, and composite resin. Porcelain and ceramic crowns are the most popular choice because they best match the color of your natural teeth. In fact, most dentists now recommend either porcelain or ceramic crowns. Metal crowns were once a good option, but they are highly visible and are no longer as common as they once were. In some cases, your dentist may recommend a porcelain fused to metal (PFM) option, which is made of a metal interior coated in porcelain. Composite resin crowns are less expensive than other options, but they are not as durable and can discolor over time. Because of this, composite crowns are often used as temporary dental crowns.

A temporary crown is made from a mold of your tooth and is used to protect the tooth while the permanent crown is being made. As mentioned above, temporary crowns are made of cheaper materials since they only need to last a few weeks. A permanent crown is made from quality dental materials and is meant to be a long-term solution. Once the permanent crown is ready, it will be cemented into place and the temporary crown will be removed.

What can I expect when having a dental crown placed?

The process of having a dental crown placed usually takes two visits to the dentist. This is because your dentist will need to prepare the tooth, take a dental impression, and then send off the necessary information so that a dental lab can fabricate the final restoration. In cases where an in-office milling machine is present, the entire process can be completed in one appointment.

placing a dental crown

During the first visit, your tooth will be prepared for the crown by removing any decay or damaged tissue. Once the tooth is prepared, your dentist will take a dental impression of the tooth so that they can send it off to the lab. To protect your tooth until the second appointment, a temporary crown will be placed over the prepared tooth.

At your second appointment, the temporary crown will be removed and replaced with your permanent crown. Your dentist will check to make sure that the fit and bite are correct, and then they will cement the crown into place. Once the cement has hardened, your new dental crown is ready to use!

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed what a tooth cap is and some of the reasons why you might need one. We’ve also gone over the different materials that dental crowns can be made from and the difference between temporary and permanent crowns. Finally, we described the process of having a dental crown placed. We hope this blog post has helped answer some of your questions about tooth caps! If you’re considering getting a dental crown, be sure to talk to your dentist about which material is right for you. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Composite fillings are a great way to help strengthen teeth that may be weak or susceptible to cavities. If you have tooth pain or are in need of a filling, composite fillings may be the best option for you! In this blog post, we will discuss what composite fillings are made of, how they help to strengthen teeth, and the placement process.

What is a Composite Filling?

Composite fillings are made of a dental material known as composite resin, which is a mixture of plastic (acrylic) resin and glass. This combination makes the filling strong and durable, while also providing a natural look to the tooth. The filling is placed in the cavity or hole in the tooth, and then hardened with a special light. Once it is hardened, the filling will bond to the tooth and provide long-lasting support.

How Composite Fillings Strengthen Teeth

Besides the fact that composite fillings help the teeth maintain a natural appearance, they are also used for their ability to strengthen the teeth. Composite fillings help to strengthen teeth in a few different ways:

Preserve Natural Tooth Structure:

When a composite filling is placed, only the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth needs to be removed. This helps to preserve as much of the healthy tooth structure as possible. Since your natural tooth structure is also preferential to any type of dental material or restoration, preserving your natural tooth structure also preserves your tooth’s natural strength.

Have a Unique Bonding Process:

composite filling being hardened on tooth

The bonding process of composite fillings is unique in that it does not require the use of additional dental cements or adhesives. Instead, composite resin is able to bond directly to the tooth. This provides a strong, seamless bond that will help to keep the filling in place for many years.

Protect Against Tooth Sensitivity:

Composite fillings can help to protect against tooth sensitivity by sealing off the exposed dentin to protect the nerve endings inside the tooth. This will help to keep hot and cold temperatures from causing discomfort.

Can Be Repaired:

If a composite filling becomes damaged, it can usually be repaired by adding new filling material. This is not possible with other types of fillings, such as amalgam. Since repairing a filling requires less modification than removing and replacing a filling, this helps to preserve your natural tooth.

Versatile:

Composite fillings can be used in a variety of different situations. They can be used to fill cavities, repair cracked or broken teeth, and even to change the shape or color of teeth. They can also be used in both the front and back teeth. Overall their versatility allows them to be used for a variety of applications.

Placement of Composite Fillings

Composite fillings are placed in a few simple steps:

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed composite fillings and how they can help to strengthen teeth. We have also gone over what composite fillings are made of and the placement process. Composite fillings are a great way to help strengthen teeth. If you are in need of a filling, be sure to ask your dentist about composite fillings! Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in the United States. In fact, over 50% of American adults have had at least one cavity in their lifetime. Cavities are caused by bacteria that consume sugar and produce acid. This acid attacks your teeth, causing decay and eventually a cavity. If you want to keep your smile healthy and cavity-free, it is important to avoid bad habits that can damage your teeth! In this blog post, we will discuss ten bad habits that can give you cavities.

Drinking Soda

looking down on a glass of soda

Drinking soda is one of the worst things you can do for your teeth. Soda is full of sugar and acid, both of which contribute to cavities. The sugar in soda feeds the bacteria that produce acid, which attacks your teeth and causes cavities. It is important to avoid drinking soda if you want to keep your smile healthy. However, minimizing soda intake, using a straw, and rinsing your mouth with water after can all help decrease the damage done by soda.

Chewing on Gummy Snacks

Gummy snacks are another common source of sugar and acid. Like soda, the sugar in gummy snacks feeds the bacteria that produce acid. This acid then attacks your teeth and causes cavities. Gummy snacks also tend to accumulate on the rough surfaces of your teeth, where they can feed bacteria for hours. It is important to avoid chewing on gummy snacks if you want to keep your smile healthy. If you must have a gummy snack, go for the sugar-free options, brush your teeth afterwards, or at least rinse your mouth with water to remove the sugar and acid from your teeth.

Using Your Teeth as Tools

Many people use their teeth as tools, such as to open a bottle or package. However, this can damage your teeth and cause cavities. When you use your teeth as tools, you put them at risk of being chipped or cracked. This damage can provide an opening for bacteria to enter your tooth and cause a cavity. It is important to avoid using your teeth as tools if you want to keep your smile healthy.

Grinding Your Teeth

Grinding your teeth can damage your enamel and cause cavities. When you grind your teeth, you put them at risk of being chipped or cracked. This damage can provide an opening for bacteria to enter your tooth and cause a cavity. It is important to avoid grinding your teeth if you want to keep your smile healthy. If you think you grind your teeth, be sure to see your dentist right away so they can prescribe you a nightguard to protect your teeth.

Constant Snacking

If you are constantly snacking throughout the day, you are putting your teeth at risk of cavities. When you snack, you are exposing your teeth to sugar and acid. This sugar and acid can attack your teeth and cause cavities. It is important to avoid snacking constantly if you want to keep your smile healthy. If you must snack, be sure to pick foods that don’t cause plaque accumulation such as apples, carrots, or celery. You should also brush your teeth 30 minutes afterwards or rinse your mouth with water to remove the sugar and acid from your teeth.

Smoking

Smoking is bad for your overall health, but it is also bad for your oral health. Smoking can damage your teeth and cause cavities. When you smoke, you are exposing your teeth to tar and nicotine. These substances can attack your teeth and cause decay. It is important to avoid smoking if you want to keep your smile healthy.

Brushing Too Soon

Many people think that they should brush their teeth immediately after eating. However, this is not the case. When you brush your teeth immediately after eating, you are actually brushing away the enamel that protects your teeth. This can damage your teeth and cause cavities. It is important to wait 30 minutes after eating before you brush your teeth. This will give your saliva time to neutralize the acid in your mouth and protect your teeth.

Flossing Without Floss

woman holding up a toothpick

Many people think that they can floss their teeth without using floss. Instead, they may use things like fingernails, strands of hair, cutlery, toothpicks, or safety pins. However, by using these things to floss, you are actually damaging your teeth and risking injury to your gums. Not to mention, you are not effectively removing plaque and instead are allowing it to accumulate. It is important to only use floss when you floss your teeth.

Not Maintaining Your Toothbrush

Your toothbrush is an important tool in keeping your smile healthy. However, you need to maintain your toothbrush or it can become contaminated with bacteria. This bacteria can then be transferred to your teeth and cause cavities. It is important to allow your toothbrush to dry after use and replace it every three months when the bristles fade or fray.

Sharing Eating Utensils

Sharing eating utensils with someone who has cavities can put you at risk of getting cavities. When you share eating utensils, you are exposing your teeth to the bacteria that cause cavities, as well as possible cold or flu germs. It is important to avoid sharing eating utensils if you want to keep your smile healthy.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed ten bad habits that can damage your teeth and cause cavities. Cavities are a serious problem that can damage your teeth and cause pain. If you have cavities, be sure to see your dentist right away so they can fix the problem. There are many things you can do to prevent cavities, but the best way to avoid them is to see your dentist regularly and brush and floss your teeth daily.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Do you have unexplained tooth pain or sensitivity? If so, you may be suffering from cracked tooth syndrome. This condition is caused by a number of factors, and can lead to extensive damage to your teeth if left untreated. In this blog post, we will discuss what cracked tooth syndrome is, how to know if you have it, and the various causes and treatments for this condition. We hope that this information will help you get the relief that you need!

What is Cracked Tooth Syndrome?

Cracked tooth syndrome is a condition characterized by a crack in the tooth. Sometimes the crack may be visible, while other times it may only be detectable via x-ray. In some cases, it can be hard to diagnose, especially if the crack is very small, below the gum line, or in between two teeth.

cracked tooth

Cracked tooth syndrome is a condition that can be caused by a number of different factors. The most common cause is tooth decay, which weakens the structure of the tooth and makes it more susceptible to cracking. Other causes include:

Symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome include tooth pain or sensitivity, visible cracks in the tooth, and difficulty chewing. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to see a dentist as soon as possible.

How is Cracked Tooth Syndrome Diagnosed and Treated?

There are a few different ways that dentists can diagnose cracked tooth syndrome. The most common method is through dental x-rays, which can help to identify cracks that are not visible to the naked eye. Your dentist may also perform a physical examination of your mouth and teeth, and ask you questions about your symptoms.

If you have cracked tooth syndrome, it is important to get treatment as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the condition, treatment can involve:

Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a treatment option for cracked teeth that involves the use of a resin material. This material is applied to the tooth in order to fix the crack and restore the tooth’s strength and appearance. Dental bonding is a quick, easy, and affordable treatment that can be performed in a single visit to the dentist.

Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are another treatment option for cracked teeth. A dental crown is a “cap” that is placed over the tooth in order to protect it and restore its shape, size, and strength. Crowns can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, metal, or ceramic.

Root Canal Therapy

Root canal therapy is a treatment that is used to save a tooth that has been severely damaged by decay or injury. During this procedure, the dentist will remove the damaged tissue from inside the tooth, clean and disinfect the area, and then fill it with a special material. Root canal therapy can be performed in one or more visits to the dentist, depending on the severity of the damage.

Extraction

In some cases, the only way to treat cracked tooth syndrome is to have the tooth extracted. This is typically only done in cases where the tooth is so severely damaged that it cannot be saved with other treatment options.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed what cracked tooth syndrome is, how to know if you have it, and the various causes and treatments for this condition. We hope that this blog post has been informative and helpful! If you are experiencing any symptoms of cracked tooth syndrome, don’t hesitate to see a dentist. With prompt treatment, you can get relief from your symptoms and prevent further damage to your teeth. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Vaping is becoming an increasingly popular way to consume nicotine, and many people are under the impression that it is a safer alternative to smoking cigarettes. However, there is still much we don’t know about the long-term effects of vaping on our oral health. In this blog post, we will discuss the potential dangers of vaping and how it can affect your teeth and gums. If you are a vaper or have a child who vapes, then this information is important to know!

What is Vaping?

vapes and vape juice

Vaping is the act of inhaling and exhaling vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device. The vapor typically contains nicotine, propylene glycol, and flavorings, however the exact formulation can vary. Vaping is different from smoking cigarettes because there is no combustion involved. This means that there is no tobacco smoke being inhaled into the lungs.

Because of this, many people are under the impression that vaping is healthier than smoking cigarettes. Although there is some research that suggests vaping may have less oral health risks than smoking, there is little evidence available to support this theory. Not to mention, there has been little research on the long-term effects of vaping since it is a rather new phenomenon.

How Vaping Affects Your Oral Health

Whether or not the risks associated with vaping are comparable to smoking, it is important to note that vaping is not risk-free. In fact, there are several ways that vaping can affect your oral health.

Dry Mouth

One of the most common effects of vaping is dry mouth, or a lack of saliva production. This occurs because the propylene glycol in the vapor pulls moisture from your mouth and throat. Vape juice that contains nicotine can also make dry mouth worse. This can lead to an increase in cavities and gum disease, since saliva is used to keep the mouth clean.

Tooth Decay

Additionally, vaping can cause tooth decay by increasing the amount of acid-producing bacteria in your mouth. This acid can break down the enamel on your teeth, making them more susceptible to decay. Vape juice containing nicotine can increase the risk of tooth decay since nicotine can increase the amount of plaque accumulation on the teeth.

teeth before and after nicotine stains

Stained Teeth

Vaping can also stain your teeth. The nicotine in the vapor turns yellow when it comes into contact with oxygen, and this can cause your teeth to become discolored. Additionally, the propylene glycol in the vapor can attach to plaque and cause it to become more difficult to remove.

Bad Breath

Another common effect of vaping is bad breath. This is because the vapor from the electronic cigarette can cause bacteria to build up in your mouth and throat. Additionally, the propylene glycol in the vapor can make your saliva thicker, which can lead to a buildup of bacteria.

Gum Disease

Finally, vaping can also cause gum disease. The propylene glycol in the vapor can irritate your gums and lead to inflammation. This inflammation can eventually lead to periodontal disease, which is a serious form of gum disease that can damage the tissues and bone supporting your teeth. Gum inflammation is also more likely to occur in people who use vape juice containing nicotine and/or artificial flavorings.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed the potential risks of vaping on oral health. Although more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of vaping, it is clear that there are some potential dangers associated with this habit. If you are a vaper or have a child who vapes, be sure to talk to your dentist about the best way to protect your teeth and gums. Remember, it’s important to take care of your mouth so that you can enjoy a healthy smile for years to come!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Most people know the obvious dangers of not taking care of their teeth: Tooth Decay, Gum Disease, Bad Breath. But what about the hidden dangers? Did you know that Pneumonia, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Heart Disease are all linked to poor oral health? That’s right! It is vitally important to take care of your teeth and gums if you want to stay healthy and avoid these serious illnesses. In this blog post, we will discuss the hidden dangers of not taking care of your teeth, as well as some tips on how to properly care for them.

Obvious Dangers

Tooth Decay:

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that build up on the teeth and release acids that eat away at the enamel. This can lead to cavities, which are holes in the teeth. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause pain, infection, and even tooth loss.

man with horrible teeth

Gum Disease:

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can lead to tooth loss. It is caused by plaque, a sticky film of bacteria that forms on the teeth. If not removed with regular oral hygiene, plaque hardens into tartar, which irritates the gums and leads to inflammation. Over time, the bacteria that accumulates will eventually infect the gum tissue.

Bad Breath:

Bad breath is caused by bacteria in the mouth that release sulfur compounds. These compounds make the breath smell unpleasant. Bad breath can be embarrassing and cause social anxiety. It can also be a symptom of gum disease or tooth decay.

Low Self-Esteem:

Poor oral health can lead to low self-esteem. This is because people who are not confident in their smile are often less likely to interact with others. This can lead to social isolation and depression.

Hidden Dangers

Pneumonia:

Pneumonia is a lung infection that can be deadly. It is caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungi that enter the lungs through the mouth. Poor oral health increases the risk of pneumonia because it allows bacteria to travel from the mouth to the lungs.

Diabetes:

There is a close relationship between diabetes and gum disease. People with diabetes are more likely to develop gum disease. This is because diabetes lowers the body’s ability to fight infection. Gum disease can also make it harder to control blood sugar levels. On the other side, people with gum disease are also more likely to develop diabetes, since gum disease causes inflammation within the body.

Rheumatoid Arthritis:

stethoscope and blood pressure cuff

Rheumatoid arthritis is an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation of the joints. RA can be caused by bacteria in the mouth that enter the bloodstream and trigger the immune system. Poor oral health increases the risk of rheumatoid arthritis because it allows these bacteria to enter the bloodstream. Once bacteria has entered the bloodstream, it continues the inflammation and makes RA symptoms more severe.

Heart Disease:

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. It is caused by plaque buildup in the arteries, which can restrict blood flow and lead to a heart attack. Poor oral health increases the risk of heart disease because it allows plaque to build up in the arteries.

There are many ways to prevent these hidden dangers. The best way to avoid them is to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing daily, and visiting the dentist regularly. By taking care of your teeth, you can avoid these serious illnesses and keep your mouth healthy!

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed the hidden dangers of not taking care of your teeth. We have also listed some tips on how to properly care for them. Remember, it is vitally important to take care of your teeth and gums if you want to stay healthy and avoid these serious illnesses. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us. We would be more than happy to help you in any way we can. Thanks for reading!

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Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get in their late teens or early twenties. Also known as “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each quadrant of the mouth. Wisdom teeth are so named because they are generally the last teeth to come in – hence, the “wisdom” part of their name. In this blog post, we will discuss wisdom teeth eruption, symptoms of eruption, when to see a dentist, and extraction procedures.

What are Wisdom Teeth?

wisdom teeth in skull

As mentioned above, wisdom teeth are the third and final set of molars that most people get. They are so named because they are generally the last teeth to come in – hence, the “wisdom” part of their name. Wisdom teeth usually erupt between the ages of 17 and 25. Most people have four wisdom teeth, one in each quadrant of the mouth.

It is believed that wisdom teeth exist because our ancestors had a diet that was much tougher to chew than what we eat today. The extra set of molars helped them to grind down food so they could get the nutrients they needed. However, as our diets have changed and become softer, we no longer need that extra set of molars.

In fact, wisdom teeth can actually cause problems because they often become impacted, meaning they grow in at an angle and get stuck. This can crowd or damage other teeth, and it can also be quite painful. Impacted wisdom teeth will usually need to be extracted by a dentist.

Symptoms of Wisdom Teeth Eruptions

There are a few symptoms that may indicate that your wisdom teeth are coming in. These include:

impacted wisdom tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should see a dentist as soon as possible. They will be able to take x-rays and determine if your wisdom teeth are impacted and need to be extracted.

Impacted wisdom teeth can lead to a variety of complications if left untreated. They can crowd or damage other teeth, cause pain and swelling, and even lead to infection, cysts, or tumors. That’s why it’s important to see a dentist as soon as you notice any symptoms of wisdom teeth eruption.

Wisdom Teeth Extraction

There are two main types of wisdom teeth extractions: simple and surgical. A simple extraction is when the tooth is visible and can be removed with forceps and an elevator tool. A surgical extraction is more complex and requires cutting through the gum tissue to remove the tooth. This type of procedure is usually only necessary if the tooth is impacted or otherwise difficult to remove. Some dentists may only offer one type of extraction, so it is important to speak with your dentist about this.

In Conclusion

In this blog post, we have discussed wisdom teeth: what they are, when they come in, and why they need to be extracted. We have also gone over the symptoms of wisdom teeth eruption and when you should see a dentist. Finally, we explained the difference between simple and surgical extractions.

If you are experiencing any wisdom tooth pain or other symptoms, don’t hesitate to see a dentist. They will be able to determine if your wisdom teeth need to be extracted and recommend the best course of action. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

If you are experiencing pain or discomfort when chewing, it might be time to visit your dentist. Chances are, you will need a dental restoration to fix the problem. There are two main types of indirect fillings: inlays and onlays. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t know the difference between an inlay and an onlay. And that’s okay!  In this blog post, we will compare the two and help you decide which is best for you!

What is an indirect filling?

Before discussing which is best for you, we need to understand the basics of dental inlays and onlays. For starters, both restorations are known as indirect fillings. An indirect filling is a type of dental restoration that is used to fill cavities or repair cracked or broken teeth. Indirect fillings are made outside of the mouth and are then bonded to the tooth. They are usually made from materials such as gold, porcelain, or composite resin.

Dental Inlay
Dental Inlay

The main difference between an inlay and onlay is the size of the restoration, as well as where it is located. An inlay is used to restore a small area of tooth decay and is bonded to within the center of the tooth’s chewing surface. Onlays, on the other hand, are used to restore larger areas of tooth decay or damage. With an onlay, either the entire chewing surface is restored and/or one or more of the tooth’s cusps.

To place an inlay or onlay, two dental appointments are generally required. During the first appointment, the tooth is prepared for restoration. This involves removing any decay or damaged tissue. Once the tooth is prepared, an impression is made and sent to a dental laboratory where the inlay or onlay will be fabricated.

During your second appointment, the inlay or onlay will be checked for fit and then bonded to the tooth using dental cement. The margins are then polished to ensure a seamless fit between the restoration and your natural tooth structure.

Which is Best?

Dental Onlay
Dental Onlay

Inlays and onlays are often used in cases where the area affected by tooth decay is too large to adequately restore with a composite filling, but not severe enough to warrant the placement of a dental crown. In these cases, an inlay or onlay can be placed as a way of restoring the tooth, while preserving the majority of its natural, healthy structure.

So, which type of indirect filling is best for you? The answer to this question depends on several factors. These include the size of the cavity, the location of the cavity, and the severity of the tooth decay.

In general, inlays are best for small cavities located within the center of the tooth’s chewing surface. Onlays are best for larger cavities that affect one or more of the tooth’s cusps.

If you’re not sure which type of indirect filling is right for you, schedule an appointment with your dentist. They will be able to assess your needs and make a recommendation based on your individual case.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we have compared dental inlays and onlays. We’ve discussed the basics of indirect fillings and the difference between an inlay and onlay. And finally, we’ve helped you decide which type of restoration is best for you!

If you think you might need a dental inlay or onlay, don’t hesitate to contact our office to schedule an appointment. We would be more than happy to help you restore your smile!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

We all know that person. The one who always has bad breath, no matter what they do. It can be embarrassing and oftentimes, people don’t even want to be around them. But did you know that bad breath is more than just a social inconvenience? In fact, it can be a sign of something much more serious. In this blog post, we will discuss the many causes of bad breath and how to get rid of it for good!

What is halitosis?

So, what exactly is halitosis? Halitosis is the medical term for bad breath. It can be caused by a number of different factors and oftentimes, it is a symptom of another underlying condition. Some common symptoms of halitosis include bad breath that persists even after brushing your teeth and/or a sour or metallic taste in your mouth.

Causes of Bad Breath

There are many different factors that can cause bad breath. Some of the most common include:

bacteria

Bacteria:

The bacteria that live in your mouth thrive on leftover food particles. When these particles are not removed, bacteria feed on them and release foul-smelling waste products. More bacteria equals more odors.

Foods/Drinks:

Certain foods and drinks can cause bad breath. Common offenders include garlic, onions, coffee, and alcohol. This is because they have strong odors that linger in the mouth. They can also affect the way you breath smells once they are digested and absorbed into the body.

Poor Oral Hygiene:

If you don’t brush and floss your teeth regularly, the food and bacteria in your mouth will begin to decompose and cause bad breath. In addition, if you don’t remove plaque from your teeth, it can harden and turn into tartar. Tartar is a breeding ground for bacteria and can cause bad breath.

Sugar:

Sugar is a food source for the bacteria in your mouth. When these bacteria break down sugar, they release acidic gasses that can cause bad breath.

Smoking:

Smoking is a major cause of bad breath. The tar and nicotine in cigarettes coat your teeth and tongue, which leads to an increase in bacteria. In addition, smoking dries out your mouth and decreases saliva production. Saliva is important because it helps to remove food particles and bacteria from your mouth.

Digestive Problems:

Digestive problems such as GERD, gastritis, and Crohn’s disease can cause bad breath. This is because they allow stomach acids to flow back up into the esophagus. When these acids mix with the bacteria in your mouth, they release foul-smelling gases.

Dry Mouth:

Dry mouth is a condition where there is not enough saliva in your mouth. This can be caused by medications, medical conditions, or simply not drinking enough water. Without saliva to remove food particles and bacteria, they begin to decompose and cause bad breath.

Gum Disease:

Gum disease is an infection of the gums that can be caused by plaque buildup. When plaque hardens into tartar, it irritates the gums and causes them to become inflamed. This inflammation can lead to gum disease, which can cause bad breath.

How to Get Rid of Bad Breath

toothpaste on toothbrush

Now that we know the many different causes of bad breath, let’s discuss how to get rid of it. The first step is to practice good oral hygiene. This means brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once a day. In addition, you should brush your tongue or use a tongue scraper to remove bacteria. You should also see your dentist regularly for professional cleanings.

If you are a smoker, quitting smoking is the best way to get rid of bad breath. If you have a dry mouth, there are a few things you can do to help. Chew sugar-free gum or suck on sugar-free candy to stimulate saliva production. You should also avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can cause dehydration. In addition, try to drink six to eight glasses of water each day.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we have discussed bad breath and its many causes. We have also discussed how to get rid of bad breath. If you are concerned about your breath, the best thing to do is to see your dentist. They will be able to determine if you have gum disease or another condition that is causing your bad breath. Thanks for reading!

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Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

We all know that a beautiful smile is important. It can make us feel more confident and help us get ahead in life. That’s why it’s no surprise that one of the most common reasons people visit a cosmetic dentist is because they are unhappy with the appearance of their teeth. However, do you know what the number one reason for visiting a cosmetic dentist is? In this blog, we’ll discuss the number one reason to visit a cosmetic dentist: stained teeth. We will also mention other reasons why people might visit a cosmetic dentist, such as crooked teeth, receding gums, and spaces between the teeth, as well as some treatments that can help.

The Number One Cosmetic Dental Concern

woman covering her teeth in embarrassment

A recent article by the New York Post notes that 7 out of 10 people feel self-conscious about their smile. When asked what their reasons were, the top concern was that their teeth were not white and instead appeared stained.

Teeth can become stained for a variety of reasons. For example, many foods and drinks can cause staining, including coffee, tea, and red wine. Smoking is also a major culprit when it comes to staining teeth. Over time, these stains can become more and more difficult to remove with basic brushing and flossing.

Cosmetic Whitening Treatments

Fortunately, there are treatments available that can help. Teeth whitening is a popular treatment for stained teeth. This procedure uses bleaching agents to remove the stains from your teeth, giving you a brighter, whiter smile. If your teeth are severely stained or yellowed, you may need to visit a cosmetic dentist for professional teeth whitening.

Another option for treating stained teeth is veneers. Veneers are thin, porcelain shells that are placed over the front of your teeth. They can be used to cover up stains as well as other imperfections, such as chips or cracks.

Composite bonding is another treatment that can be used to cover up stained teeth. With this procedure, a tooth-colored resin is applied to the teeth and then hardened with a special light. This helps to improve the appearance of your smile and can also be used to fill in spaces between the teeth.

Other Common Cosmetic Dental Concerns

While stained teeth are one of the most common reasons people visit a cosmetic dentist, the article also noted that crooked teeth, receding gums, and spaces between the teeth also made the list of common cosmetic concerns.

Luckily, these imperfections can also be corrected using one or more cosmetic dental treatments. Like stained teeth, crooked teeth or teeth with spaces between them can be corrected using veneers or composite bonding. Orthodontic treatment can also provide a permanent solution. Even gum recession can be treated using periodontal procedures aimed at improving the health and appearance of the gum tissue.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we’ve discussed the number one reason why people visit a cosmetic dentist: stained teeth. We’ve also mentioned some other common reasons, such as crooked teeth, receding gums, and spaces between the teeth. Finally, we’ve provided some information on treatments that can help improve the appearance of your smile, including teeth whitening, veneers, and composite bonding. Nowadays, having a beautiful smile that you can be proud of is easier than ever. If you’re unhappy with your smile, be sure to consult a cosmetic dentist to find out what treatment options are available to you.

If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please contact our office. We would be happy to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!

Thank you for reading! We hope this blog was helpful.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Do you have one or more missing teeth? Are your dentures loose and uncomfortable? Do you struggle to chew your food? If so, dental implants may be the right solution for you! Dental implants are artificial tooth roots (posts) that are implanted into the jawbone. The post is then connected to an artificial tooth or teeth. Dental implants can be used to replace a single tooth or an entire set of teeth. They look and feel like natural teeth, and they allow you to eat and speak normally. Here are nine signs that you need a dental implant:

You have an Infected Tooth

Teeth can become infected for a variety of reasons, including decay, gum disease, and trauma. If you have an infected tooth, you will often have the choice between root canal therapy and extracting the tooth. Your dentist may recommend an extraction if you have already had a failed root canal or if the infection is severe. Once the tooth is removed, you can choose to replace it with a dental implant.

You Have a Broken Tooth

If you have a broken tooth, it can be extremely painful. In some cases, the tooth can be repaired with a filling, crown, or veneer. However, if the tooth is severely damaged or the root has been affected, your dentist may recommend that it be extracted. Once the tooth is removed, you can replace it with a dental implant.

You Have One or More Missing Teeth

before and after dental implants

If you have one or more missing teeth, you may be self-conscious about your smile. Not to mention you are at an increased risk for other dental issues down the line. Dental implants can be used to replace one or more missing teeth, giving you a natural-looking smile and preventing future issues that are common with missing teeth.

You Struggle to Chew Food

If you have lost one or more teeth, you may struggle to chew your food. This can make eating a difficult and uncomfortable experience. Dental implants can help you to eat normally by restoring your ability to chew properly.

Your Dental Bridge is Loose

If you have a dental bridge, you may have noticed that it is becoming loose. This can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult to eat and speak normally. A loose bridge can also damage the surrounding teeth and gums. Dental implants can be used to secure your dental bridge, so you can feel confident that it will stay in place.

You Feel Insecure About Your Smile

If you are self-conscious about your smile due to damaged, decayed, or missing teeth, dental implants can help you to feel more confident. Dental implants look and feel like natural teeth, so no one will be able to tell that you have them.

Your Face Has a Sunken-In Appearance

If you have lost one or more teeth, your face may have a sunken-in appearance. This is because the bone that supports the tooth roots starts to deteriorate when the teeth are lost. Dental implants can help to prevent this bone loss and keep your face looking youthful.

Your Dentures Are Loose

If you wear dentures, you may have noticed that they are becoming loose. This can be extremely uncomfortable and make it difficult to eat and speak normally. Dental implants can be used to secure your dentures, so you can feel confident that they will stay in place.

You Don’t Want to Deal With Dentures

If you are tired of dealing with dentures that are loose and uncomfortable, dental implants may be the right solution for you. Dental implants are permanent and will not need to be replaced like dentures.

In Conclusion

If you are experiencing any of these problems, dental implants may be the right solution for you. Be sure to talk to your dentist about whether or not dental implants are right for you.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Are you looking for a way to improve the look of your smile? If you’re considering dental veneers to improve your smile, you’re in good company! Veneers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures in the world. A veneer is a thin shell of porcelain or composite that is bonded to the front surface of a tooth. They are made of durable materials that can last for many years with proper care. In this blog post, we will discuss how to keep your veneers white and looking their best!

What are Veneers?

There are two types of veneers: porcelain and composite. Porcelain veneers are made of a ceramic material that is durable and can last for many years. Porcelain veneers are usually placed in two appointments. The first appointment is to take impressions of your teeth and to place a temporary veneer on your tooth. A dental lab will then fabricate the veneers and the second appointment is used to place the permanent porcelain veneer on your tooth.

scattered veneers on a black background

Composite veneers are made of a plastic material that is less durable than porcelain, but can be less expensive. Composite veneers are placed in a single appointment. The dentist will roughen the surface of your tooth and then apply a bonding agent. The composite material is then placed on top of the bonding agent and sculpted into shape. A curing light is then used to harden the composite material.

Dental veneers are an excellent way to improve the look of your smile. They can be used to correct a wide variety of imperfections, including:

How to Keep Your Veneers White

When it comes to keeping your veneers white, it is important to note that composite veneers stain easier than porcelain. Porcelain veneers are made to be stain-resistant, although they can still stain if they become damaged. With proper care, your veneers can last for many years. Here are some tips on how to keep your veneers looking their best:

Good Oral Hygiene:

This is the most important factor in keeping your veneers white and healthy. Be sure to brush twice a day and floss regularly. This removes plaque from the surface of your veneers and minimizes the chances of it hardening into tartar.

Schedule Regular Teeth Cleanings:

Be sure to see your dentist or hygienist every six months for a professional cleaning. Professional cleanings remove plaque and tartar, which keeps your veneers looking clean. They also keep the underlying teeth healthy and free from decay.

stained cartoon tooth in coffee next to a white tooth in water

Minimize Drinking Certain Beverages:

Dark colas, coffee, tea, and red wine can all cause staining on teeth. If you do drink these beverages, try using a straw and be sure to brush afterwards or rinse your mouth with water.

Use a Soft Bristled Toothbrush:

Hard bristled toothbrushes can be damaging to veneers since they can scratch the porcelain and lead to stains. Instead, using a soft bristled toothbrush will help avoid scratching the surface of your veneers.

Wear a Night Guard:

If you grind your teeth at night, be sure to wear a night guard to protect your veneers. Night guards are designed to fit over the teeth in order to prevent your teeth and veneers from being chipped, cracked, or worn down from excess grinding.

By following these simple tips, you can keep your veneers looking their best for many years to come! Thanks for reading! And be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist if you have any questions.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

When you are considering a smile makeover, one of the first things you need to decide is what treatment to use. Two common cosmetic dental treatments used for smile makeovers are teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding. Although these procedures are often performed individually, they can also be performed in coordination to offer more dramatic results. In this blog post, we will discuss the benefits of both procedures and why teeth whitening should always be done before dental bonding.

Teeth Whitening

woman with shade guide for teeth whitening

Teeth whitening is a popular cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile. The treatment involves using a bleaching agent to remove stains and discoloration from your teeth. Teeth whitening is an affordable, non-invasive way to achieve a brighter, more youthful-looking smile.

There are two types of teeth whitening: in-office and at-home. In-office teeth whitening is performed by a dental professional and offers the quickest, most dramatic results. At-home teeth whitening uses a bleaching kit that you can use in the comfort of your own home. Although it takes longer to see results, at-home teeth whitening is a more affordable option.

No matter which type of teeth whitening you choose, the results are not permanent. The length of time your results will last depends on the type of staining you have and how well you take care of your teeth. You can help prolong your teeth whitening results by avoiding foods and drinks that can stain your teeth and by practicing good oral hygiene.

Cosmetic Bonding

dental bonding repairing a chipped tooth

Cosmetic bonding is another popular cosmetic dental procedure that can be used to improve the appearance of your smile. The treatment involves using a tooth-colored resin to repair chipped, cracked, or discolored teeth. Cosmetic bonding can also be used to close gaps between teeth and change the shape or size of teeth.

Cosmetic bonding is a quick, easy, and affordable way to improve the appearance of your smile. The procedure can be completed in one office visit and does not require any anesthesia. Unlike veneers or crowns, cosmetic bonding does not require any alteration to your natural teeth.

Although cosmetic bonding can be performed on its own, it is often used in conjunction with other cosmetic dental procedures, such as teeth whitening. When used together, these procedures can offer dramatic results.

Why Teeth Whitening Should Be Done Before Dental Bonding

If you are considering a smile makeover with both teeth whitening and cosmetic bonding, it is important to have your teeth whitened first. Teeth whitening will remove any existing stains or discoloration from your teeth. This will ensure that your bonding resin is the same color as your natural teeth.

If you have your cosmetic bonding done first, any staining or discoloration that occurs after the procedure will be visible and can make your bonding material stand out. By having your teeth whitened first, you can avoid this issue and achieve a more natural-looking result.

In Conclusion

If you are considering a smile makeover and have questions about which treatment is right for you, contact our office today to schedule a consultation with our experienced cosmetic dentist. Dr. Sadati will work with you to create a personalized treatment plan that meets your unique needs and goals.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Did you know that the best way to floss is to floss correctly? Flossing is an essential component of oral health, but it might be tough to know how to do it correctly. In this blog post, we will describe the best way to floss your teeth. First, we will explain the importance of flossing and how it benefits oral health. Then, we will provide a step-by-step explanation on how to properly floss. Finally, we will list additional flossing tips to help improve your flossing routine.

To Floss or Not to Floss…

…that is the question. Ask any dental professional and the answer is a resounding “to floss!” Flossing helps remove plaque and bacteria from teeth and gums that brushing alone cannot reach. Plaque is a sticky film of food debris, bacteria, and saliva. When plaque is not removed, it hardens into tartar (calculus). This can happen 48 hours after plaque first forms on the surface of the teeth. Not only is tartar unsightly and unable to be removed by a toothbrush, it can also contribute to gum disease and tooth decay. This is why it is necessary to floss daily to ensure that as much plaque is removed as possible.

The Best Way to Floss Your Teeth

Step 1:

The first step in flossing correctly is to choose the right type of floss for your needs. There are many different types of floss on the market, so be sure to ask your dentist or hygienist for a recommendation. Once you have the right type of floss, you can move on to the next step.

Step 2:

The second step is to cut off a piece of floss that is about 18 inches long. This will give you enough floss to work with and will help avoid waste.

view of woman flossing from the side

Step 3:

Once you have your piece of floss, the third step is to wind the extra floss around your middle fingers. Then, use your thumbs and index fingers to hold the floss so that you have about two inches of floss to work with.

Step 4:

The fourth step is to hold the floss tightly between your thumbs and index fingers and gently work it in between two teeth. Then, slide the floss up and down against each tooth, taking care not to smack the gums. When you reach the gums, you will then want to curve the floss into a C shape so that it can move into the space between the tooth and gums.

Step 5:

The fifth and final step is to repeat this process, being sure to use a clean section of floss for each tooth. This will help ensure that you are not re-introducing plaque and bacteria into your mouth. Also, don’t forget to floss behind your back teeth!

Additional Flossing Tips:

water flosser

In Conclusion

Flossing correctly is an important part of oral health. By following the steps above, you can be sure that you are doing everything possible to keep your teeth and gums healthy. In addition, be sure to visit your dentist or hygienist regularly for professional cleanings and check-ups. They will be able to give you additional tips on how to improve your oral health routine.

Happy flossing!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Dental sedation has become a popular option for people who are fearful of the dentist. It can help to calm patients and make their dental visit more comfortable. But is sedation dentistry safe? In this blog post, we will discuss the different types of dental sedation and how they are administered. We will also talk about how sedation affects the body and what to expect when under sedation. Finally, we will talk about who is an ideal candidate for dental sedation and who may be at an increased risk of complications. We will list specific conditions where dental sedation is not recommended.

Types of Dental Sedation

Oral sedation is taken by pill form an hour before the appointment. The pill will make you drowsy but you will still be awake during your appointment.

Inhaled sedation, also known as nitrous oxide or laughing gas, is a gas that you will breathe in through a small mask during your appointment. It will make you feel relaxed but you will still be awake during your procedure.

How Sedation Affects the Body

inhaled sedation

Dental sedation affects the body by causing drowsiness and relaxation. There are different levels of sedation that can affect your body differently:

Minimal Sedation – You will be awake and responsive but relaxed.

Moderate Sedation – You will be awake and drowsy, however you may slur your words and not remember the procedure.

Deep Sedation – You will be on the verge of passing out, may fall into a light sleep, and will not remember the procedure.

After undergoing dental sedation, you may not be able to drive yourself home after your appointment. You will need someone to drive you home and stay with you for at least 24 hours after your procedure. Sedation can cause memory loss, so you may not remember much of your appointment. You may also have trouble speaking and moving during your procedure.

Candidates for Dental Sedation

Ideal candidates for dental sedation are people who have a fear of the dentist, a sensitive gag reflex, or who need to have a lengthy or complex procedure done. People with heart conditions, lung disease, or severe allergies are at an increased risk of complications and are not ideal candidates for dental sedation.

Is Sedation Dentistry Safe?

Yes, sedation dentistry is safe when administered by a licensed dentist. The level of sedation will be determined by the dentist based on your medical history and the procedure that you are having done. Dental sedation is a safe and effective way to make your dental appointment more comfortable. Talk to your dentist about whether sedation dentistry is right for you.

In Conclusion

In this blog, we discussed the different types of dental sedation and how they are administered. We also talked about how sedation affects the body and what to expect when under sedation. Finally, we talked about who is an ideal candidate for dental sedation and who may be at an increased risk of complications. As you can see, dental sedation is a safe and effective way to make your dental appointment more comfortable. Talk to your dentist about whether sedation dentistry is right for you.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

If you’re missing a tooth, you may be considering getting a prosthetic tooth. Prosthetic teeth come in many different shapes and sizes, and can be made from a variety of materials. In this blog post, we will describe the steps involved in making a prosthetic tooth, from taking impressions to fitting the tooth in your mouth. We’ll also discuss the different types of prosthetics and materials that can be used to make a prosthetic tooth.

problems caused by missing tooth

Do You Need a Prosthetic?

If you’re missing one or more teeth, chances are that your dentist will recommend having a dental prosthetic placed. It is important to replace missing teeth with a prosthetic in order to avoid future complications such as problems eating and speaking, overgrowth, bite problems, shifting teeth, and damaged teeth.

Types of Prosthetics

There are many different types of prosthetics available, and the type that is right for you will depend on the number of teeth you are missing, your budget, and your personal preferences.

Dental Bridge

A dental bridge is used to replace one or more missing teeth. The bridge is made up of two crowns (caps) that are placed over the adjacent teeth, and one or more false teeth (pontics) in between. The pontics are usually made from porcelain or ceramic.

Dental Implant

A dental implant is a metal post that is placed into the jawbone to serve as a tooth root replacement. A dental prosthetic (crown, bridge, or denture) is then attached to the metal post. Dental implants are considered to be the most stable and durable type of prosthetic.

Dentures

Dentures are used to replace all of the teeth in the upper or lower jaw. They are made up of false teeth (pontics) that are attached to a pink-colored base that resembles gum tissue. The base is then held in place by suction or adhesive. Complete dentures can be made from a variety of materials, including porcelain, plastic, or metal.

How Prosthetic Teeth are Made

If you’re missing a tooth, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. During this appointment, your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. These impressions will be used to make a model of your mouth, which will be used to create your prosthetic tooth.

prosthetic teeth being fabricated by hand

Once the model of your mouth is created, your dentist will select the materials that will be used to make your prosthetic tooth. There are many different types of materials that can be used, including porcelain, composite resin, and acrylic. Your dentist will select the material that is best suited for your individual needs.

Once the material is selected, a dental lab will create the prosthetic tooth. This process will vary depending on the type of material that is used. After the prosthetic tooth is created, it will be fitted into your mouth. Your dentist will make any necessary adjustments to ensure a comfortable and secure fit.

If you’re considering getting a prosthetic tooth, we hope this blog post has been helpful. If you have any questions, we encourage you to schedule an appointment with your dentist. They will be able to answer any questions you may have and help you decide if a prosthetic tooth is right for you. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Did you know that April is National Facial Protection Month? This is a time to raise awareness about the importance of wearing mouthguards. A mouthguard is a piece of plastic that fits over your teeth and helps protect them from injuries. Wearing a mouthguard can prevent many dental problems, including tooth loss, chipped teeth, fractures, and even concussions! In this blog post, we will discuss the different dental problems that can be avoided by using a mouthguard.

What is a mouthguard?

orange mouthguard

A mouthguard is a piece of plastic that fits over your teeth and helps protect them from injuries. Mouthguards are usually worn during sports, but they can also be worn at night to help prevent grinding of the teeth (bruxism). There are three different types of mouthguards:

– Stock mouthguards: These are the least expensive and are ready-made. They are not as comfortable or effective as the other types of mouthguards.

– Boil-and-bite mouthguards: These are made from a piece of plastic that you soften in boiling water and then bite into to form it to your teeth. These are more comfortable and effective than stock mouthguards, but they can still be bulky. Be sure to look for the ADA Seal of Approval to get the best over the counter mouthguard. 

– Custom-made mouthguards: These are made by your dentist to fit your teeth exactly. They are the most comfortable and effective type of mouthguard, but they are also the most expensive.

Why should you wear a mouthguard?

There are many reasons why you should wear a mouthguard, but the most important reason is to protect your teeth! Here are some other reasons why you should wear a mouthguard:

– To prevent tooth loss:

A blow to the face can cause your teeth to be knocked out. Depending on the damage, knocked out teeth may be restored, but in many cases they need to be replaced by a dental prosthetic, such as an implant. Wearing a mouthguard can help protect your teeth and reduce the risk of tooth loss.

chipped tooth

– To prevent chipped teeth:

A blow to the face can also cause your teeth to chip. Chipped teeth can be painful and require treatment by a dentist. Besides affecting the look of your smile, chipped teeth can also allow bacteria inside the tooth, which increases your risk of developing a pulp infection. Wearing a mouthguard can help prevent chipped teeth.

– To prevent fractures:

A blow to the face can cause a fracture of the jawbone or the teeth. Treatment of a jaw fracture usually requires surgery, which can be costly and may require a lengthy recovery period. A tooth fracture can usually be restored when it occurs on the crown, however fractures that occur on the tooth roots are harder to treat. Oftentimes, a tooth with fractured roots will need to be extracted to prevent infection. Wearing a mouthguard can help prevent fractures of both the teeth and jaw.

– To prevent concussions:

A concussion is a type of brain injury that can occur after a blow to the head. Concussions can cause symptoms such as headache, dizziness, nausea, and confusion. In some cases, concussions can also cause long-term damage. Wearing a mouthguard can help reduce the risk of concussions by absorbing some of the impact from a blow to the face.

In Conclusion

Mouthguards are an important part of protecting your teeth and should be worn any time you are participating in a sport or activity where there is a risk of injury to the face. Custom-made mouthguards are the most effective, but even stock mouthguards can provide some protection. Be sure to talk to your dentist about which type of mouthguard is right for you.

Happy National Facial Protection Month! Wear a mouthguard and help protect your smile!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

This blog is in honor of Oral Cancer Awareness Month. This month is a time when we focus on educating people about the dangers of oral cancer and how to prevent it. Oral cancer is a type of cancer that affects various structures in the mouth and and throat. In this blog post, we will discuss what oral cancer is, as well as some common symptoms and risk factors of oral cancer. We will also provide five tips for preventing this type of cancer.

What is Oral Cancer?

Oral cancer is a broad term that includes cancers of the lips, tongue, cheeks, floor of the mouth, hard and soft palate, sinuses, and pharynx (throat). Oral cancer is often first detected by a dentist during a routine checkup. This is why it is important to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.

Early detection of oral cancer is important because it can often be cured if caught in the early stages. However, if oral cancer is not detected early, it can spread to other parts of the body and become more difficult to treat.

oral cancer on tongue

Some common symptoms of oral cancer include:

Risk Factors of Oral Cancer

There are several risk factors that can increase your risk of developing oral cancer, including:

-Tobacco use: This is the most common risk factor for oral cancer. Cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and chew are all forms of tobacco that can increase your risk.

-Alcohol use: Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol also increases your risk of developing oral cancer.

-UV light exposure: Spending time in the sun or using tanning beds can increase your risk of developing lip cancer.

-HPV exposure: Individuals who have had the human papillomavirus (HPV) are more likely to develop oral cancer. 

-Age: The risk of developing oral cancer increases with age. Most people are over the age of 55 when diagnosed.

-Gender: Men are two times more likely than women to develop oral cancer.

Preventing Oral Cancer

There are several things you can do to reduce your risk of developing oral cancer, including:

Quit smoking:

dental exam

This is the most important thing you can do to reduce your risk. In fact, stopping the use of any and all tobacco products is highly recommended to decrease the risk of oral cancer.

Limit alcohol consumption:

If you drink alcohol, be sure to limit the amount of drinks you consume weekly. The CDC notes that 8 drinks or more per week for women and 15 or more drinkers per week for men is considered heavy drinking.

Practice safe sun exposure:

Avoid spending too much time in the sun and use sunscreen when you are outdoors. You can also use an SPF lip balm to protect your lips when you are outside.

Visit Your Dentist

Be sure to see your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. During your regular checkups, your dentist will perform a basic oral cancer screening where they will look for any early signs of oral cancer. You should be examined at least twice a year.

Eat a healthy diet:

Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables and limit processed foods. This keeps you more healthy overall and can reduce the risk of cancer.

In Conclusion

Oral cancer is a serious disease that can be deadly if not detected early. By following these tips, you can help prevent oral cancer. Remember, if you notice any changes in your mouth or throat, see your dentist right away. Thanks for reading and have a healthy day!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

When it comes to severe tooth decay, there are two main treatment options: root canal treatment or tooth extractions. Both treatments have their pros and cons, and it can be difficult to decide which option is best for you. In this blog post, we will compare root canal treatment and tooth extractions in detail. We will define both treatments, explain the steps involved, and discuss the pros and cons of each option. Finally, we will decide which treatment option is best and explain why.

Root Canal Treatment

Root canal treatment is a common procedure that is used to treat severe tooth decay. Root canal treatment is performed in cases where tooth decay has reached the innermost layer, known as the dental pulp. Since this layer is composed of blood vessels and the tooth nerve, infected pulp tissue tends to cause moderate to severe tooth pain. Unfortunately, once the pulp tissue has been infected, the only way to treat the infection is to completely remove all the infected tissue.

root canal therapy

Root canal treatment is performed to remove the infected tissue from the tooth. The first step of root canal treatment is to make a small hole in the tooth. Special tools are then placed into this hole and used to remove the infected tissue. Next, the empty pulp chamber and root canals are cleaned and sealed. Finally, a crown or filling is placed over the tooth to protect it from further damage.

The main pro of root canal treatment is that it can save the tooth. In many cases, root canal treatment is able to preserve the natural structure of the tooth and prevent the need for a tooth extraction. The main con of root canal treatment is that it can be expensive and time-consuming. There is also the risk that a root canal may fail and the tooth may become infected again.

Tooth Extractions

tooth extraction

Tooth extractions are a procedure that is used to remove damaged or infected teeth. The first step of a tooth extraction is to numb the area around the tooth. Next, the dentist will use special tools to loosen the tooth and remove it from the socket. Finally, the socket will be cleaned. In some cases, a dental implant may also be placed immediately after a tooth extraction.

The main pro of a tooth extraction is that it is usually less expensive than root canal treatment. The main con of a tooth extraction is that it can cause long-term problems if the affected tooth is not immediately replaced. In some cases, tooth extractions can lead to jawbone loss or changes in bite.

Which is Best?

So, which treatment option is best? It depends on the individual situation. If you have severe tooth decay, root canal treatment may be the best option for you. However, if you have a severely damaged tooth or recurring pulp infection, a tooth extraction may be the best option. Ultimately, the decision should be made by you and your dentist since there are multiple factors that go into making this decision.

We hope this blog post was helpful in deciding whether root canal treatment or tooth extractions is best for you. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

In order to have healthy teeth, it is important to know the truth about them. Unfortunately, there are many myths out there that can lead people astray when it comes to taking care of their pearly whites. In this blog post, we will debunk seven of the most common myths about teeth. Stay informed and keep your teeth healthy by reading on!

Myth #1: White teeth are healthy teeth.

teeth shade guide

The Truth: While white teeth may look good, they are not always an indication of a healthy mouth. In fact, many people can have perfectly healthy teeth that are not white. Conversely, some people may have unhealthy teeth that are still very white. This is because the natural tooth color is actually slightly tinted with yellow, red, or gray. The health of your teeth is more dependent on your oral hygiene habits than the color of your teeth.

Myth #2: Sugar rots teeth.

The Truth: It is not sugar itself that harms teeth, but rather the bacteria that feed on sugar. These bacteria produce acids that can break down tooth enamel and lead to decay. Therefore, it is important to brush and floss regularly to remove the sugar and bacteria from your mouth.

Myth #3: Baby teeth are not important.

The Truth: Baby teeth are actually very important for several reasons. First, they help guide permanent teeth into place. Second, they aid in chewing and speaking properly. Finally, baby teeth serve as a placeholder for adult teeth. Therefore, it is important to take care of baby teeth just as you would permanent teeth.

Myth #4: Teeth deteriorate with age.

The Truth: While it is true that teeth may yellow or become less strong with age, this does not mean that they will automatically deteriorate. Tooth loss is not a normal part of aging and it can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene. With proper care, your teeth can stay healthy and strong well into old age.

Myth #5: Teeth whitening can hurt your teeth.

The Truth: When done correctly, teeth whitening is a safe and effective way to brighten your smile. However, it is important to consult with your dentist before undergoing any teeth whitening treatment, as certain products may not be suitable for your individual needs. In some cases, over the counter whitening products can potentially damage your teeth when they are not used properly. To prevent the risk of damage, you can have your teeth professionally whitened in a dental office.

three layers of a tooth

Myth #6: Teeth are bones.

The Truth: Teeth are not actually bones, but rather a combination of hard and soft tissues. The hard outer layer of teeth is called enamel, while the softer inner layer is called dental pulp. In between the two layers lies the dentin, which is a porous layer that is weaker than enamel, but stronger than dental pulp. Together, these three tissues make up the tooth’s structure.

Myth #7: Tooth sensitivity is only caused by a loss of tooth enamel.

The Truth: While tooth enamel erosion can certainly lead to tooth sensitivity, there are other causes as well. Some common reasons for tooth sensitivity include gum recession, dental cavities, and exposed roots. If you are experiencing sensitivity in your teeth, be sure to consult with your dentist to find the underlying cause.

In Conclusion

We hope that this blog post has helped to debunk some of the myths about teeth. Remember, proper oral hygiene is essential for keeping your teeth healthy and strong. If you have any concerns about your oral health, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Do you grind your teeth at night? If so, you may have bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that causes people to grind their teeth and clench their jaw involuntarily. It can lead to a number of problems, including worn enamel, damaged teeth, tooth sensitivity, pain, and sleep problems. Luckily, there is treatment available for bruxism. In this blog post, we will discuss how to tell if you have bruxism and what treatments are available.

What is Bruxism?

First things first, we need to define bruxism. Bruxism is a condition that causes people to grind their teeth and clench their jaw involuntarily. It can occur during the day or at night, but most people do not realize they are doing it. In many cases, bruxism occurs at night while sleeping. Bruxism is often caused by stress or anxiety, but it can also be caused by other factors, such as sleep apnea or misaligned teeth.

What are the Symptoms of Bruxism?

Since most cases of bruxism occur at night while sleeping, it can be hard to know if you are a bruxer or not. However, one effective way to tell is by looking for symptoms. There are a number of symptoms that can indicate you have bruxism. These include:

Worn enamel

If you notice that your teeth are looking more worn than usual, it could be a sign that you are grinding your teeth at night. For example, if the grooves and pits of your molars are becoming flatter, then this could indicate that you are a bruxer.

fractured tooth and root

Damaged teeth

Teeth grinding can also cause significant damage to your teeth. If you notice that your teeth are cracked, chipped, or broken, and you cannot account for a reason why, then it is likely because of bruxism.

Tooth sensitivity

Bruxism can also lead to tooth sensitivity. If you are experiencing pain when drinking hot or cold beverages, it may be a sign that you are a bruxer. However, tooth sensitivity can have a number of causes, so it is important that you discuss this with your dentist to determine what is causing your sensitivity.

Pain

Grinding your teeth can also cause pain in your jaw, head, or neck. If you are experiencing any of these types of pain, it could be a sign that you have bruxism. Another common location for pain is inside the ear canal, just above the jaw joint. In some cases, you may also experience tinnitus, or a ringing in your ears.

Sleep problems

Bruxism can also lead to sleep problems. People who grind their teeth at night may have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep. If you are having difficulty sleeping or are waking up feeling not well rested, it could be due to bruxism.

How is bruxism treated?

One of the most common treatments for bruxism is wearing a night guard. A night guard is a mouthguard that you wear while you sleep. It protects your teeth and jaw from grinding and clenching. If you think you may have bruxism, talk to your dentist about whether a night guard is right for you.

If you think you may have bruxism, don’t wait to get treatment. The sooner you start treatment, the better. If you have any questions about bruxism or night guards, please feel free to contact us. We would be happy to help! Thank you for reading.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

It’s no secret that dental fillings are an important part of oral care. They are also one of the most commonly performed dental procedures. But what do you really know about them? In this blog post, we will be filling you in all about dental fillings. First, we will discuss the different types of fillings and why they are necessary. We’ll also talk about how they are placed and how long they last. Finally, we’ll discuss signs that you may need to have your fillings replaced.

Dental fillings are a type of dental restoration that are used to fill in cavities. Fillings are necessary because they help to restore a tooth’s function and structure. When a tooth is damaged, it can cause pain and make it difficult to eat or speak. Fillings also help to prevent further damage to the tooth by sealing off any cracks or cavities.

They are made of a variety of materials, including metal, porcelain, and composite resin. There are two main types of dental fillings:

Direct Fillings

Direct fillings are placed into a tooth cavity that has been cleaned and prepared by a dentist. Composite, or tooth-colored, fillings are one of the most common types of direct fillings used today. Another type is amalgam fillings, although these are not nearly as common since they have a metallic appearance.

indirect filling

Indirect Fillings

Indirect fillings are made outside of the mouth and then bonded or cemented into place. There are two types of indirect fillings: inlays and onlays. An inlay is a type of indirect filling that is used to fill cavities located on the biting surface of a tooth. Onlays are similar to inlays, but they are used to fill the space on the biting surface of a tooth in addition to one or more of the tooth’s cusps.

Placing a Dental Filling

composite filling

Fillings are placed by a dentist. The procedure is relatively simple and direct fillings can be completed in one visit. Indirect fillings, on the other hand, usually require a minimum of two appointments. To place a composite filling, your dentist will first clean the tooth and then remove any decay. Next, they will place the composite resin material into the cavity and shape it to match the surrounding teeth. Finally, they will harden the filling with a light or laser.

Like direct fillings, an indirect filling is placed by first cleaning the tooth and removing the decayed tissue. Then, your dentist will take an impression of the teeth and provide you with a temporary restoration. This impression is then sent to a dental lab, where the permanent inlay or onlay is made. The permanent inlay or onlay is then bonded or cemented into place.

Fillings can last for many years, but eventually they may need to be replaced. Direct fillings tend to last about 5-7 years, while inlays and onlays usually last around 10-15 years. This discrepancy is simply due to the fact that different dental materials are used.

Regardless of the type of filling you get, signs that you may need a new filling include pain, sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, and visible cracks or chips in the filling. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to schedule an appointment with your dentist.

We hope that this blog post has filled you in on all you need to know about dental fillings. If you have any questions, be sure to ask your dentist at your next appointment. Thanks for reading!

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Sinus pressure is a common problem that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort. But did you know that sinus pressure can also cause toothaches? Many people don’t realize this. In this blog post, we will discuss the link between sinus pressure and toothaches, and how to tell the difference between sinus pressure and an actual toothache caused by a dental problem. We will also provide some tips on how to relieve sinus pressure and get rid of your toothache!

How the Sinuses and Teeth are Related

sketch of toothache caused by maxillary sinus pressure

You may be surprised to find out that your sinuses can affect your teeth. However this will start to make sense once you learn a little about facial anatomy. For starters, your teeth have roots that extend underneath your gums into the jawbone. In your upper teeth, these roots extend upwards.

Your sinus cavities are located right above your upper teeth on either side of your nose. The openings of these cavities are called the ostia, and they are located in the ethmoid bone between your eyes. When you have a cold or sinus infection, the mucous membranes inside your nose become swollen and congested. This can block the ostia and prevent drainage from the sinuses. This can lead to pressure and pain in the sinuses, which can also cause pressure on the tooth roots just below the sinus cavities.

Sinus Pressure vs. Toothache

Now that we know a little more about facial anatomy and how your sinuses can affect your teeth, let’s look at how to tell the difference between a toothache due to sinus pressure and a toothache due to dental issues.

Sinus pressure is caused by inflammation and swelling in the sinus cavities. This can be due to a number of factors, such as allergies, a cold or flu, or nasal polyps. When the sinuses are inflamed, they can put pressure on the teeth and cause toothache-like pain. The pain may be sharp and stabbing, or it may be a dull ache. It can be difficult to tell the difference between sinus pressure and an actual toothache caused by a dental problem. However, there are some clues that can help you differentiate between the two.

If your toothache is accompanied by fever, facial swelling, and discharge from the nose, then it is likely that you are experiencing a sinus infection. In this case, the best thing to do is see your doctor for treatment. You may also experience a toothache due to sinus pressure that isn’t an infection. In these cases, you can use steam therapy by taking a hot shower or putting your head over a bowl of hot water and inhaling steam. This helps to relieve sinus pressure and alleviate the toothache. However, if your toothache does not go away, then it may be caused by a dental issue. If you are experiencing severe pain, it is best to see a dentist right away so they can determine the cause of your toothache and provide appropriate treatment.

In Conclusion

If you are experiencing sinus pressure or toothache, we recommend seeing your dentist as soon as possible to determine the cause of your pain and get appropriate treatment! We can help figure out if it’s just a simple case of sinus congestion causing pressure on the teeth, or something more serious like an infection or cavity that needs to be treated by a professional.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Did you know there are many different types of dental specialists? Dental specialists are dentists who have completed an additional two to three years of training in a specific area of dentistry. There are many different types of dental specialists, each with their own unique set of skills and knowledge. In some cases, your dentist may refer you to one if they feel that you need specialized care. In this blog post, we will discuss the six most common types of dental specialists and when your dentist may refer you to one.

Cosmetic Dentist:

A cosmetic dentist is a dentist who specializes in improving the appearance of your smile. They often perform procedures such as teeth whitening, dental veneers, and/or other treatments to improve the look of your smile. If you have concerns about the aesthetic aspects of your smile, or if you would like to make improvements to it, your dentist may refer you to a cosmetic dentist. While many general dentists claim to perform cosmetic dentistry, there is a huge difference between a general dentist and a cosmetic dentist. For this reason, it is important to look for a cosmetic dentist who is certified by the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry, such as Dr. Sadati.

Endodontist:

An endodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating the nerves and tissues inside of the teeth. They often perform root canal therapy, which is when they remove the infected or damaged tissue from inside of the tooth. If you are experiencing pain or other symptoms that may be indicative of a problem with your nerves or tissues, your dentist may refer you to an endodontist. Although most general dentists can perform root canals, they may refer you to an endodontist if you have narrow or twisting root canals, or if root canal treatment fails.

Orthodontist:

colorful braces

An orthodontist is a dentist who specializes in straightening teeth and correcting bite problems. They often use braces, clear aligners, and/or other orthodontic devices to achieve these results. If you are experiencing problems with your teeth or jaw alignment, your dentist may refer you to an orthodontist. While some dentists do offer Invisalign® treatment for mild cases, they may recommend seeing an orthodontist if your case is moderate or severe.

Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon:

An oral and maxillofacial surgeon is a dentist who specializes in surgery on the mouth, jaws, and face. They perform surgeries such as wisdom tooth removal, corrective jaw surgery, and reconstructive surgeries. If you are experiencing problems with your teeth, gums, or jaw that require surgery, your dentist may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon. Although many dentists can perform wisdom teeth extractions, they may refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgeon if your anatomy may complicate a basic extraction.

Periodontist:

A periodontist is a dentist who specializes in treating gum disease. They often perform procedures such as scaling and root planing, which are used to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. They can also perform gum grafts and other types of gum surgery. If you are experiencing symptoms of gum disease, such as redness, swelling, or bleeding gums, your dentist may refer you to a periodontist.

Prosthodontist:

A prosthodontist is a dentist who specializes in dental restorations. They often perform procedures such as dental implants, dentures, and crowns. If you are in need of extensive dental restoration, your dentist may refer you to a prosthodontist. Your dentist may also refer you to a prosthodontist in order to maintain an existing or new dental restoration.

As you can see, there are many different types of dental specialists. If you are experiencing any problems with your teeth or gums, your dentist may refer you to one of these specialists.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Most people know that alcohol can have negative effects on the body, but many don’t realize how it can also affect oral health. In this blog post, we will discuss how alcohol can cause cavities, gum disease, and other dental problems. We will also provide tips for reducing the risks of these problems. So if you’re a fan of happy hours or like to indulge in a glass of wine with dinner, read on! You’ll learn what you need to do to protect your teeth and gums.

Alcohol and Your Oral Health

Like other things that you eat or drink, alcohol does have an effect on your oral health. Generally speaking, however, the effect that alcohol has on your oral health is due to the amount of alcohol that you consume, as well as how regularly you consume alcoholic beverages. This is where it is important to know the difference between moderate and excessive alcohol consumption.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines moderate alcohol consumption as one drink per day for women and up to two drinks a day for men, and heavy drinking as more than eight drinks per week for women and more than fifteen drinks per week for men. In most cases, the risk of oral health complications is greatest for those who consume excessive amounts of alcohol. However, these risks still exist for moderate drinkers as well. Here are some of the ways that alcohol can affect your oral health:

mojito

Increases the Risk of Tooth Decay

One of the most well-known effects of alcohol on oral health is that it increases the risk of tooth decay and cavities. This is because alcohol breaks down into sugar, which is then consumed by oral bacteria. Oral bacteria convert these sugars into acidic waste that erodes the enamel. The more erosion that takes place, the weaker the enamel becomes until eventually a cavity forms.

Increases Risk of Gum Disease

Not only does alcohol break down into sugars that make tooth decay more likely, but it can also cause more plaque to form. Plaque is a sticky film that builds up on teeth and contains oral bacteria. If not removed, plaque can harden into tartar over time, which leads to the development of gum disease (also known as periodontal disease). Not only that, but a recent study found that people who drink more alcohol have higher levels of “bad” bacteria and lower levels of “good” bacteria. This can also increase the risk for gum disease.

Dry Mouth

Another effect of alcohol on oral health is that it can cause dry mouth. This is because the salivary glands in your mouth produce less saliva when you drink, which means there’s less to wash away bacteria from food particles and other debris in the mouth. Dry mouths are more prone to tooth decay and gum disease than those with normal levels of saliva. Dry mouth can also lead to bad breath.

How to Reduce Risks from Alcohol Consumption

Now that you know some of the ways that alcohol consumption can affect your oral health, you’re probably wondering how to reduce the risks. One of the best ways to keep your teeth and gums healthy is by brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, as well as flossing at least once per day. Another important way to protect your oral health is by making sure to stay hydrated while drinking alcohol and to minimize sipping on sugary drinks. Finally, regular dental exams and cleanings are recommended.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

If you’re like most people, you probably think of cavities as those little holes that form in your teeth. But what about cavities that form along the gum line? These are known as gum line cavities, and they can be a real problem for your oral health. In this blog post, we will discuss what causes gum line cavities, how to prevent them, and how to treat them if they do occur.

When it comes to cavities, there are three main types. These include smooth surface cavities, biting surface cavities, and root cavities. Smooth surface cavities are those that form on the smooth surfaces of your teeth, such as the fronts, backs, sides, and in between your teeth. Biting surface cavities, also known as pit and fissure cavities, form on the chewing surfaces of your teeth. Root cavities are cavities that occur below the gum line on the tooth roots.

A gum line cavity is not a specific type of cavity, rather it can be classified as either a smooth surface or root cavity.  Cavities that form near the gums, but above the gum line are considered smooth surface cavities, while those that develop on the tooth roots below the gums are known as root cavities. In some cases, gum recession can also cause cavities to form on exposed tooth roots. These would also be considered root cavities.

What Causes Gum Line Cavities?

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Like other cavities, the main cause of gum line cavities is plaque accumulation. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on your teeth and can cause tooth decay and other dental problems if not removed regularly with brushing and flossing. This is because the bacteria in plaque produce acids that can erode your tooth enamel, leading to the development of cavities.

Gum line cavities can form when plaque accumulates along the gum line. When plaque is not removed regularly, it can harden into calculus (tartar). Calculus is a mineralized plaque that cannot be removed with brushing and flossing. The combination of plaque, tartar, and bacteria can cause gum inflammation (gingivitis). When this happens, it leads to gum recession, which is when the gums pull away from the teeth.

As the gums recede, they expose the tooth roots. Since tooth roots are coated with cementum instead of enamel, gum recession makes them more susceptible to cavities. Root cavities are also more likely to develop at a faster rate since cementum is weak compared to enamel and bacteria can erode through it faster.

How to Treat Gum Line Cavities

The best way to treat gum line cavities is to prevent them from occurring in the first place. This can be done by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, using a fluoride toothpaste, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups.

If you do develop a gum line cavity, your dentist will likely recommend a dental treatment plan that depends on the exact location of your gum line cavity. For example, smooth surface cavities that have eroded through the tooth enamel can usually be repaired with composite fillings. Some root cavities may be able to be restored this way as well.

However, root cavities that have extended below the gums may require more extensive treatment. This is usually due to the fact that your dentist is unable to visualize and treat the entire cavity since it is concealed below the gums. In these cases, a root canal and/or minor gum surgery may be required. Ultimately, only your dentist can determine the best course of action once they evaluate your cavity.

In Conclusion

Gum line cavities are a type of cavity that can form on the smooth surfaces of your teeth or on exposed tooth roots. The main cause of gum line cavities is plaque accumulation, which can lead to tooth decay and gingivitis. If you develop a gum line cavity, your dentist will likely recommend a treatment plan that depends on the exact location of your cavity. In most cases, gum line cavities can be treated with composite fillings or a root canal and/or minor gum surgery. Prevention is the best way to avoid developing gum line cavities in the first place. This can be done by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, using a fluoride toothpaste, and seeing your dentist for regular checkups.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.

Dental implants are the closest to natural teeth as you can get. Just like natural teeth, however, dental implants are not invincible. The success of dental implants is dependent on a number of factors, from the dentist who places them to the patient’s compliance with post-operative guidelines. This article will discuss how to prevent implant failure by looking at two important topics: common causes for implant failure and prevention strategies that will help increase your odds of successful dental implant placement.

Common Causes of Implant Failure

Infection

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Infection is the number one cause of implant failure because infection around the implant site can damage the surrounding bone and compromise the implant. In most cases, infections are due to bacteria that accumulates along the gum line. Infections that affect the implants are known as peri-implant diseases.

Poor Implant Placement

Poor implant placement is another common reason for implant failure. When implants are not placed correctly, they can become loose and eventually fail. Implants may also be placed incorrectly due to inaccurate dental impressions that leave tiny gaps between the implant and the gums where bacteria can enter.

Inadequate Oral Hygiene

Inadequate oral hygiene is also a leading cause of implant failure. If plaque and bacteria are not regularly cleaned from the implant site, an infection can form in the gums and spread to the bone eventually leading to implant failure.

Smoking/Alcohol Consumption

Smoking and excess alcohol consumption can also increase the risk of implant failure. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes can damage the bone and gum tissue around the implant, while alcohol can interfere with the healing process.

Strategies to Prevent Dental Implant Failure

There are a number of things you can do to prevent dental implant failure. These include:

Selecting a Qualified Implant Dentist

First, it is important to select a qualified implant dentist. Although many dentists advertise they can place dental implants, not all dentists have the same level of experience. Someone who has extensive experience placing implants and has a good track record for success is more likely to give you a good outcome. Therefore, it is important to do your research and find an implant dentist with the necessary expertise.

Follow Postoperative Guidelines

Second, follow the postoperative guidelines closely. Even if you choose the best implant dentist in your area, failing to follow the postoperative guidelines can easily lead to implant failure. Oftentimes these guidelines include brushing and flossing regularly, avoiding hard food items, and scheduling regular checkups and cleanings. You may also be instructed to take certain medications or abstain from certain activities.

Practice Good Oral Hygiene

Third, practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss daily. This is not only important in the weeks following your implant placement, but it is important to maintain your implants over time. As mentioned above, inadequate oral hygiene can cause bacteria to accumulate around the implant. This can lead to infection, even once the implant has healed.

Avoid Smoking & Excess Alcohol Consumption

Fourth, avoid smoking and excess alcohol consumption. Both smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can weaken bone and gum tissue, lead to dry mouth, and alter blood flow, all of which can negatively affect your dental implants, oral health, and overall health.

Schedule Regular Checkups and Cleanings

Finally, you will need to schedule regular dental checkups and cleanings. A professional cleaning every six months will remove plaque and bacteria from your implant-supported restorations and gums, helping to prevent implant failure. Checkups every six months will also allow your dentist to ensure that your implants are healthy and functioning properly. In the case that something is wrong, regular checkups also allow your dentist to correct the problem before it gets really bad.

Preventing dental implant failure can seem like a daunting task, but if you follow these simple steps, you can increase your chances of a successful implant outcome. By selecting a qualified implant dentist, following postoperative guidelines, practicing good oral hygiene, avoiding smoking and excess alcohol consumption, and scheduling regular checkups and cleanings you can help to ensure the long-term success of your dental implants.

Dr. Sam Sadati wearing black suite portrait

Dr. Sadati possesses extensive experience in all aspects of advanced restorative dentistry, with an emphasis in cosmetic and implant dentistry.  He has attained Accredited Fellow status in the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD), the most rigorous, demanding credentialing process in the world. He is the only AACD Accredited Fellow in South Florida.