Schedule Summer Dental Cleanings

Here at Bridge Creek Dental, our dentists recommend that people come in for dental cleanings twice a year. We understand life can be busy and it can be difficult during the school year to ensure that your whole family makes it to the dental office for their biannual dental cleanings.

Yet, summer is one of the perfect times to bring the whole family into the dental office for one of their dental cleanings.

Ways Summer Gives More Opportunities For Family Dental Care

Summertime doesn’t necessarily mean adults have more free time for dental hygiene appointments. However, school-aged children are far more available for dental cleanings at this time of year as children have fewer commitments during the summer. Other ways summer gives more opportunities for family dental care are:

  • It can be easier to schedule dental appointments as a group during the summer. This group scheduling can ensure no one accidentally misses one of their biannual cleanings.
  • Being available to go with your younger children can reassure them before their dental appointment.
  • A good dental cleaning can start off the summer right as well as catch any problems which may have cropped up since your last dental cleaning.
  • If problems are discovered during a summer dental checkup, summer is the perfect time to recover from a longer dental procedure.

Schedule Dental Cleanings Before Summer Family Vacations

Before you go on your much-anticipated family vacation, it is important to ensure everyone in your family has made it into our dental office for their summer dental cleaning. Encountering a dental emergency during vacation can ruin the family vacation for the whole family. Also, if you or your family member need emergency dentistry, the intervention can be very expensive as your family vacation spot is likely outside your insurance network.

By ensuring that everyone in the family has a dental cleaning this summer before the family vacation, you can avoid most dental emergencies as our dentists will be able to identify potential dental problems before they become serious issues.

Visit Bridge Creek Dental This Summer

Whether you are looking to have a dental cleaning, cavities filled, cosmetic dentistry or other dental services, you can have these things taken care of this summer at Bridge Creek Dental. Make the best use of the summer and contact us to set up an appointment for you and your whole family.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: What Happens When You Get A Crown

When it comes to visiting the dentist, part of the intimidation some people feel is due to not understanding how dental procedures work. Our dentists wanted to cover dental crowns, as they are one of the more common dental procedures that patients receive.

When You Need A Dental Crown

There are many instances where you may need a dental crown. They are commonly used after a root canal is performed to cover the cleaned out tooth. Other dental crown uses are:

  • Cover and protect a cracked tooth from further damage.
  • Crown a tooth which has been ground down by heavy teeth grinding.
  • Used in the creation of some styles of dental bridges.
  • Protects and covers deeply chipped teeth.
  • Hides discolored and/or misshapen teeth.
  • Crowns are part of a dental implant.

Material Of Your Dental Crown

Before you go in for your dental crown placement procedure, you will need to decide material you want your dental crown to consist of as you consult with our dentists. The basic materials are:

  • Porcelain
  • Stainless steel
  • Gold alloy
  • Resin

If you choose a metal dental crown, they are best for teeth out-of-sight if you want to preserve a natural look. Resin crowns are generally the most affordable but they do not tend to last as long as the other dental crown materials. Porcelain dental crowns are both strong and natural-looking as they can be color-matched to your teeth.

Receiving Your Dental Crown

The process of receiving your dental crown is a multi-step procedure when you work with our dentist at Bridge Creek Dental.

  1. Consult with one of our dentists concerning your dental crown and choose crown materials.
  2. A scan or mold is taken of the tooth which is to be crowned.
  3. The crown is constructed by a third-party partner then sent to our office.
  4. At your second appointment, the tooth to be crowned will be shaped to fit the new dental crown. This generally involves our dentists grinding down the natural tooth.
  5. Our dentist will place the dental crown with dental cement, which will keep the crown secure.
  6. If minor adjustments are needed to make your dental crown more comfortable and fit in naturally, our dentists can make adjustments.

If you want to work with highly-experienced dentists on your next dental crown or dental procedure, contact us today for an appointment.

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​Natural Food Stores In Billings Are A Great Resource For Oral Health

You may be surprised to know that the natural food movement is really growing in Billings, Montana. You might be even more surprised to find out that natural food is directly related to oral health.

These stores have some fantastic options not only for mouth-healthy foods that can help you keep your teeth in tip top condition, but natural products that have been found to be beneficial in caring for your dental needs.

Good Foods For Happy Teeth

  • Dairy – Milk is usually considered the magic tooth food and for good reason. It provides great calcium, along with many other minerals that keep teeth healthy. It also assists with acid production, reducing reflux that can damage teeth. However, other dairy such as yogurt and cheese are also fantastic for the teeth and shouldn’t be forgotten.
  • Celery – Did you know that eating some celery at the end of every meal can help act as a kind of cleaning? Made primarily of water, it is also hard enough that as you bite into it, it scrapes away leftover particles of food that might have remained stuck in your mouth for hours. Granted, it doesn’t replace a good old fashioned brushing. But it is a good way to care for teeth between meals.
  • Apples – What is just as important as healthy teeth? Healthy gums! Apples help to stimulate them and the fiber content is good for the entire body, as well as the gums themselves. Another benefit is that they make your mouth generate plenty of saliva. This helps you to wash away and swallow the bacteria that could have caused a build up of plaque.
  • Green, Leafy Veggies – Calcium and folic acid are both very important when it comes to keeping teeth strong and gums in good condition. One of the number one suggestions for pregnant women is to make kale and spinach a daily part of their diet to help protect against hormone related dental issues. But it works for anyone and should be a part of your care routine.
  • Almonds – Speaking of calcium, almonds have a ton of it. They are also high in protein, which help regenerate tissue and improve your overall oral health. Plus, they are super delicious and filling.

Here are some local stores around Billings you should check out.

Montana Harvest Natural Foods

Natural Grocers

Mary’s Health Foods

Bonanza Health Foods

Lucky’s Market

To find out more, visit Bridgecreek Dental.

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​Dentist Digest Monthly: Tooth Care During Pregnancy

Pregnancy is an amazing time, but it can also come with its share of challenges. When you have to have dental work done, it is important that all treatments are conducted with that pregnancy in mind. Aiming for reducing dental complications is also crucial, as any work can come with an increased risk of infection.

Here are some things you should know about caring for teeth during the months of pregnancy.

Pregnancy May Lead To Increased Dental Issues

When you are pregnant, a number of hormones are released into the body and remain there, at varying levels, until a few months post-partum. These hormones change the way the mouth responds to and fights plaque, one of the more dangerous threats to gum and tooth health.

Decaying teeth, receding gums and even gum disease risks are higher in pregnant women as a result of this fact. Some women may experience bleeding gums when brushing/flossing, or even pain and swelling in the mouth.

Dental Work May Be Done, But Is Not Recommended

Because of the increased risk of infection, any dental work beyond simple cleaning is not recommended until after the birth. However, emergency treatments can still be conducted. Your dentist will take special care to ensure all procedures combat against possible infection, including the potential use of preemptive antibiotics during recovery.

All of this is usually done during the first two trimesters. During the third trimester, outlying factors may impact the ability to work on teeth. Those factors include the woman’s ability to lay back in one spot for an increased amount of time, the type of local anesthetic that has to be used, or the need for painkillers following treatment.

Prevention Is The Best Course Of Action

The best thing a woman can do during pregnancy is to care for her dental hygiene diligently, to reduce the potential need for work before or after birth. Some tips are:

  • Wash out the mouth with water, then with mouthwash, following pregnancy related vomiting. Toothbrushing should be postponed between 20 and 60 minutes, but should be conducted within that frame.
  • Use a soft bristled toothbrush to protect against damage to the enamel.
  • Brush along the gumline each time the teeth are cleaned. If the gums are swollen, sensitive or bleeding, some toothpaste on a clean finger may be used to gently cleanse the gumline instead.
  • Increase calcium intake to replenish the nutrients lost to the fetus during pregnancy.

For more information, visit Bridgecreek Dental.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: 6 Of The Worst Snacks For Your Kids’ Teeth

A common question our dentists at Bridge Creek Dental are asked by parents when their child has a cavity is “What could we have done to prevent their cavity?”

If the dental hygiene is already taken care of, then another key culprit of children’s dental issues are snacks. There are 6 kinds of snacks which can quickly wear down the enamel of your child’s teeth and cause cavities and other dental issues.

Starchy Snacks

It is important that children are given few starchy snacks. Not only can they be choking hazards for young children, but a starchy snack will quickly turn to sugar, which attracts bacteria. The bacteria will eat away not only the leftover snack but also chew into the enamel of the tooth. If you want your child to skip out on needing dental fillings, some of the things to cut down on giving them are:

  • Chips
  • Pretzels
  • Crackers
  • Cereal
  • Bread
  • Pasta

It is not necessary to cut out all starch out of your child’s diet. However, when it comes to pasta for dinner or other starch-heavy meals, the sooner you can make sure your child’s teeth are cleaned, the better.

Gummy Or Sticky Snacks

Many parents know not to indulge their child in eating too many treats such as toffee and gummy worms. But some companies have aggressively marketed their treats as “health” and may catch parents off-guard with how bad they are for your children’s teeth. Some of the foods to keep away or closely monitor consumption are:

  • Fruit snacks
  • Dried fruits
  • Candies vegetable or fruits

Juice

Aside from water, there are very few other kinds of drinks your children should be having on a regular basis. Many drinks, ranging from juice boxes to sports drinks, are packed with sugar. The sugar attracts the bacteria to eat at your kids’ teeth. Even diet soda should be restricted, even without sugar to attract bacteria. The acid in both types of soda will wear at your kids’ teeth.

Also, your children need the hydration from plain water to help their developing teeth stay strong. Some drinks to keep off your kids’ drink menu are:

  • Sports drink
  • Juices
  • Flavored milk
  • Soda (including diet)

Acidic Snacks Like Citrus

While citruses offer a lot of great vitamins and other nutritional benefits, you should limit your children’s intake of any citruses. As citruses are highly acidic, the acid will eat at the enamel of your children’s teeth and leave them vulnerable to cavity-causing bacteria.

Hard Candy

Just in case you were wondering, hard candy and kids don’t mix all that well. Many children cannot resist crunching down on hard candy, which can cause cracks in their teeth. Even if your children resist the urge to preemptively crunch their candy, the sugar lingering in their mouths is doing their teeth no favors.

Pre-packaged Snacks

Food companies try to target busy families with their fast and easy prepackaged snacks. Yet these snack packs tend to be full of all the foods which can quickly become a detriment to your children’s teeth. Some examples of pre-packaged snacks you should avoid are:

  • Lunchables
  • Filled crackers
  • Trail mixes

To help prevent dental issues for your children, contact us for your child’s bi-annual dental checkup. Our dentists are experienced in working with children and can put them at ease during their appointments. So, as you help cut the worst snacks out of your kids’ lives, allow our dentists help to make sure your kids’ teeth stay in top shape.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: Stress’ Relationship To Tooth Pain

Life can bring you to a state of constant stress and can affect your health if you aren’t careful. Not only does stress affect several other parts of your body as well as your mind, it mainly attacks your teeth and can cause pain you have never experienced before. Your oral health should be placed only in the best hands, and at Bridge Creek Dental we offer you only the best solutions to keep your teeth safe from the harm of stress.

Grinding Your Teeth Can Be A Sign Of Stress

Grinding your teeth in your sleep is often caused by underlying stress and anxiety that is trapped in your subconscious mind until you go to sleep. Once asleep, you begin to process that stress and you grind your teeth unconsciously. Because you are asleep when it happens, you should be aware of the signs that mean you grind your teeth frequently enough to cause damage. Some of the signs include:

  • The tips of your teeth are flat or dull
  • Your tongue has new indentations
  • The enamel has worn off the teeth affected and your teeth have become extremely sensitive
  • Tired or locked jaw
  • Pain that feels like an earache

The only way to protect your teeth against grinding at night is to have a mouth guard customized to your teeth to wear when you sleep. Come to us and let one of our skilled dentists at Bridge Creek Dental help you protect your teeth and prevent any further damage.

Gum Disease Is Increased With Stress

Life changes can be stressful and take a toll on you in more ways that one, especially in ways you don’t notice right off the bat. In fact:

  • Gum disease sneaks in when you least expect it, and thrives on any emotional stress you might have.
  • Stress and emotional strain can make gum disease more severe.
  • If you are worried you might suffer from severe gum disease due to high stress, call us and one of our skilled dentists can give you the treatment you may need.

Canker Sores Can Be A Trigger of Stress

Canker sores, also known as mouth ulcers, are typically caused by biting your cheek, brushing too hard, or jabbing your toothbrush against your gums. They can also be triggered by stress and appear more frequently when you are experiencing more emotional or physical strain than usual. They will typically decrease once your stress levels are lower.

Continue to Keep Up Good Oral Hygiene

When you are stressed it is easy to forget to do the simple things you normally do to keep your body healthy. If you have a tendency to skip brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash, your teeth are bound to take a hit as well. It’s important to remember that keeping up daily dental hygiene habits can save you from further damage, and preventable dental work like filling cavities. Even in times of stress, make sure to be consistent with brushing and flossing so you don’t have to happen upon more stress from future dental issues. If you need an extra shove, come see us at Bridge Creek Dental and we will talk you through the steps necessary to have healthy teeth, and essentially, a healthy life.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: 10 Things You Should Know About Your Lips

Your lips play a part in your overall oral health as well as being the frame for your smile. To highlight their importance, here at Bridge Creek Dental, we have gathered 10 facts about your lips which you should know.

Lips Are Incredibly Sensitive

You may have noticed that your lips are pretty sensitive. Well, that’s because there are millions of nerve endings in your lips, far more than are in your fingers.

Protect Your Thin-Skinned Lips

The rest of your body has 16 layers of skin to protect itself with. Your lips only have three to six layers. This also allows the blood vessels show through and give our lips a pinkish hue.

Your Lips Need Moisture

If you feel like you need to apply lip balm too often, don’t worry about it. Since there are no sweat glands in your lips, they can become dried out and crack under the lightest pressure. Make sure your lips are well moisturized before coming into a dental appointment so you don’t experience any discomfort during while having dental work done.

Teeth Position Can Affect The Shape Of The Lips

Teeth are incredibly important to the overall shape of your mouth. If someone is missing all their teeth, their mouth will appear sunken. An overbite or underbite can cause lips to jut out and create an uneven appearance. Our dentists can perform a range of cosmetic dentistry services to correct your teeth’s position so your lips present an even appearance.

More Men Suffer From Oral Cancer Than Women

Lip balm isn’t just to keep your lips from cracking at the dentist office. Since men apply lip balm less often than women, they are more prone to certain oral cancers than women as the sun’s UV rays hit men’s unprotected lips. Our dentists can perform oral cancer examinations to help alleviate your concerns.

Lips Can Be Temporarily Paralyzed

A temporary paralysis of your facial muscle, including your lips, can be caused by Bell’s Palsy. Those who suffer from diabetes and upper respiratory infections are at higher risk to have an attack of Bell’s Palsy.

Collagen Keeps Your Lips Full

While your teeth are important to the overall shape of your lips, the collagen in your lips keeps them full and plump. However, as we become older, collagen production slows down and lips begin to thin.

Lip Fillers Can Endanger Your Oral Health

To achieve fuller lips, many people have turned to lip injections. When working with a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, you are less likely to suffer side-effect. But many chose to try and have lips injection cheaply and end up endangering their oral health. Some side-effects are:

  • Bleeding at injection sites
  • Cold sores and canker sore reactivation
  • Infection
  • Scars developing
  • Ulcerated lips

Why Cold Sores Develop On Lips

The tissue that makes up your lips comes from the mucous membrane. Combined this with their thinness, and it leaves your lips vulnerable to herpes simplex virus. Laser dentistry can help speed up the healing of a cold sore.

Only Humans Have These Kinds Of Lips

The line of color which separates your lips from the rest of your skin is called the vermillion border. Only humans have been found to have these kinds of lips.

Our dentists, Dr. Wassmer and Dr. Taylor, are ready to help you achieve the perfect smile from the shape of your lips to your teeth. Contact us today to set up an appointment and begin the process to achieve your best smile.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: Why Do Some Dental Implants Fail?

Dentist Digest Monthly: Why Do Some Dental Implants Fail?

As technology improves and the options for patients widen, more people are choosing dental implants to meet their needs. These little wonders are metallic mounts that are placed inside of a patient’s gums, with a surface area exposed. That area contains a setting, where a doctor can attach replacement teeth.

dental implantWhat makes this such a great alternative to dentures is the permanence. Dental implants are a long term solution that doesn’t require you as the patient to remove or reinsert dentures. They are as strong (sometimes stronger) than natural teeth, so they can bite into tougher foods that might usually be difficult to eat, like apples, steak or hard candies.

Maintenance is as simple as with your naturally born teeth. You brush, floss and have them checked regularly by a dentist. They don’t require special adhesives or solvents, which can be costly, inconvenient and sometimes ineffective.

Aesthetically, they are also more appealing. Dental implants stay in your mouth at all times and have the appearance of normal teeth. Dentists strive to place them in as straight as possible, giving you a full mouth of beautiful pearly whites that will brighten your smile permanently.

There are some stories of dental implants failing. But according to most sources, the average success rate of these tools are 98%.

What’s Happening When Your Dental Implant “Fails”

While most patients will have no complications related to their dental implants, they can occasionally fail. When that happens, you may feel the following symptoms:

  • Severe pain or discomfort in the gums or teeth.
  • Swelling or inflammation of the gums.
  • Tenderness at the site of implants.
  • Excessive gum bleeding or the gathering of pus.
  • The implant being loose, wiggly or not remaining in place.

These complications are rare, but serious. If you experience any of the above it could be a sign that your dental implants have failed and your mouth is rejecting the foreign body. You should contact our office immediately to set an appointment, or if problems are severe or you are experiencing a fever (sign of infection) you should call for an emergency visit or go to your nearest emergency room (ER).

Common Reasons Why An Implant Would Fail

Foreign body rejection- Sometimes your body will read a dental or biomedical device as a dangerous invader, such as an infectious bacteria or virus. When this happens your system will reject that object and refuse to allow the area to heal. Fever, pain and other symptoms can develop.

Peri-implantitis – Not all rejection happens the same way. Occasionally the hard and soft tissues surrounding the implant will begin to degrade, soften to break down. The effect is similar to periodontal disease, or the recession of gums away from the teeth.

Nerve and tissue damage- Both the tissue and nerves around an implant can become damaged, especially if there was nerve exposure prior to the placement of the implant. This can cause serious pain in the patient.

Failed osseointegration- In a successful procedure, the implant will fuse with the jaw bone and the replacement tooth will settle securely on the implant site, creating an integrated tooth. When osseointegration fails, the bone will not fuse and so the tooth will be loose or painful.

Failure of the implant itself- At times there may not be a failure with the procedure but with the implant itself. If the metal fixture is in some way defective it can compromise the integrity of the entire site. It also may cause the above conditions to occur.

Sinus problems- When the implant intersections with the sinus cavity, or if it is close enough to cause agitation, the patient can develop sinus infections. Getting a bone graft or sinus lift prior to implantation can reduce the risks of this problem.

Allergic reaction– Very few patients will have an allergic reaction to an implant because negative reactions and allergies to the metals most commonly used (titanium, nickel, chromium, molybdenum and cobalt) affect such a tiny portion of the population. However, if there is an allergy that is unknown or not in past medical history, it will often become apparent due to symptoms during the initial preparation stages, prior to inserting an implant.

Overloading- Overloading occurs when there is improper support for an implant, or if there is too much pressure put on the use of too few implants. For example, a patient may choose not to get jaw reconstruction because it is too expensive, but that provides an unstable foundation for the implant. Or they may get one implant when three are needed, so too much force is put on the one.

Bridge Creek Dental Can Treat Implant Failure

There are many ways that Bridge Creek Dental can help you in cases of dental implant failure. We can assist you:

  • If you have peri-implantitis and are experiencing tissue loss, softening or abscess.
  • If the bone around your implant has been damaged in some way, including the bone.
  • If you’re experiencing nerve and tissue damage, or pain associated with either.
  • If osseointegration fails and your implants are not properly securing your replacement teeth.
  • If you experience an allergic reaction or suspect you may be allergic to the metals of your implant.
  • If your body simply rejects the foreign object and you are not properly healing.

Ways You Can Prevent Failure Of An Implant

Always follow your dentist’s instructions for care both before and after your procedure. It is important that you are aware of what is necessary to care for implants and replacement teeth, including cleaning.

If a bone graft is recommended before placing an implant, you should do so. The dentist performs bone gradfts to ensure the best possible outcome for your dental implant. Contact your dentist right away if you are experiencing abnormal discomfort or symptoms.

Take all antibiotics and medications for the duration of the prescription, as ordered by your dentist. And during your aftercare, you can avoid causing damage by avoiding hard foods, or foods that easily get stuck between your teeth.

Are You A Candidate For Dental Implants?

You may be a candidate for dental implants if:

  • You are missing one or several teeth, including front teeth
  • You want something more durable than dentures
  • You are looking for options that last a lifetime
  • You desire natural, real looking teeth
  • You want more comfortable options
  • You want to improve your smile
  • Your speech is currently impacted by your teeth
  • Your self esteem has been hurt by tooth health
  • You are looking for a way to eat easier
  • You want to improve your oral health
  • You are looking for something cost effective

If you experience any of these things, then speak with our dentist about possible alternatives to a dental implant:

  • Insufficient bone density and volume
  • Tooth grinding or clenching (bruxism)
  • Osteoporosis
  • Uncontrolled type 2 diabetes
  • Smoking

Don’t worry if you suffer from any of the above, there are treatments available to you. However, addressing those conditions before getting implants will reduce the chances of implant failure in the future. Talk to your dentist about creating a plan for treatment.

Dental Implants And Your Dentures

Dental implants can be used in conjunction with full or partial dentures. The dental implant is used to secure your prosthetic appliance to your jaw. This elliminates the need for denture adhesives. Those with dentures also appreciate the confidence that comes with an implant secured set of dentures. They no longer fear that their dentures might slip or fall out in public while either talking or eating with others.

Receiving A Dental Implant At Bridge Creek Dental

At Bridge Creek Dental, we are dedicated to giving you the best possible experience and to assist you in making choices that work with your individual needs and health plan. We offer several services, including full dental implant procedures.

The first step is to set a consultation. An examination will be conducted and x-rays of the mouth taken to see the extent of damage to teeth, the jawbone and surrounding tissues. From there you and your dentist can discuss options.

If approved for dental implants, it may be necessary to perform a bone or tissue graft in order to properly secure the metal settings. This is done in a multi-step process and ensures a reduced risk of rejection or complications.

More Services You Can Receive at Bridge Creek Dental

COSMETIC DENTISTRY
BRIDGES
CROWNS
FILLINGS
IMPLANTS
DENTURES
EMERGENCY DENTISTRY
INVISALIGN
PREVENTIVE
ROOT CANALS
SEDATION DENTISTRY
TEETH WHITENING
VENEERS

Contact Bridge Creek Dental for your consultation today.

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10 Sensational Before-and-After Photos Of Happy Patients Who’ve Had Cosmetic Dental Procedures

10 Sensational Before-and-After Photos Of Happy Patients Who've Had Cosmetic Dental Procedures

We love our patients at Bridge Creek Dental as well as the members in our surrounding community. A great part of our job as oral health specialists is our ability to put a happier, more beautiful smile on their faces. Cosmetic dentistry requires skill that our doctors and supporting staff specialize in. When you consider cosmetic dentistry, we want you to think of the many ways cosmetic dentistry can be used to enhance your smile.

  • Teeth whitening
  • Eliminating gaps
  • mending cracks
  • Restoring teeth
  • Changing the shape of a tooth
  • Adjusting the gum line
  • Combination of services
  • Replacing silver fillings with white 

These are just a few ways your smile can be altered to reveal a brighter, whiter grin.  If you have concerns about your smile, ask us what we can do to fix those concerns the next time you’re in our office. Our staff can design a treatment plan with estimated payments for services. This plan will outline the procedures and timeline for making corrections to your smile that you’ve always dreamed of having. 

At Bridge Creek Dental, we really wish every one of our patients understood the opportunities available to them when it comes to having an amazing smile. You’ll find just 10 incredible smile makeovers below of patients who have had various cosmetic dental procedures done in our office. Let us know what we can help you with during your quest to obtaining a healthy, happy, confident smile.

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Should My Teeth Be Sensitive After A Filling?

Should My Teeth Be Sensitive After A Filling?

It is very common to have sensitive teeth after you’ve undergone a cavity filling. Many people come into our dental office to have a cavity filled and expect for all their tooth pain to go away. So it can be startling for those people to experience tooth pain post-filling. This newfound sensitivity can last from days to even a few weeks.

Reasons Why Teeth Are Sensitive After Cavity Fillings

There are several reasons why your teeth may remain sensitive for a while after you have a cavity filled.

  • Healing – Depending on the location of the cavity, the decay may have inflamed the nearby gums. This can leave the area affected and sensitive as it heals.
  • Less insulation – If the dentist had to drill close to the nerve of your tooth, there may be less insulating material between your tooth’s nerve and things like temperature changes via food consumption. Your nerve will grow more accustomed to the lessening of insulation, but it will take time.
  • Bite change – Our dentist will do the best he can to replicate your tooth’s bite. However, there may be a margin of error and you may experience some discomfort as you adjust to your new bite. If the filling created too high a bite for you, be sure to come see us so we can make a simple adjustment to eliminate your discomfort.
  • Stress – Fillings can be very stressful for your teeth, so they may require days or even weeks to overcome the stress of a dental filling.

Common Types Of Tooth Pain Post-Filling

Even knowing the reasons behind tooth pain post-filling is not always reassuring. To help you identify your own filling pain, below are the common types of pain experienced after you have received a filling.

  • Cold/Hot sensitivity – Brief feelings of sharp discomfort can be experienced when something cold or hot comes into contact with your new filling. This should go away within a few weeks at most. If the pain remains after taking away the hot or cold irritant, then you may have nerve damage – so give us a call and we can help you.
  • Bite discomfort – If you have pain when biting down, your mouth may just be sensitive post-filling and becoming used to a slightly different bite. However, if the bite sparks a throbbing pain, you may have cracked your filling. Again, give us a call and we can fix this problem.
  • Allergic reaction – A very uncommon source of post-cavity pain is from an allergic reaction to the filling material. Be sure to mention any allergies prior to your appointment and let us know if you think you are experiencing any post-filling allergy irritation.
  • Throbbing pain – We may have needed to drill deep into your tooth to clean out the decay. This can cause lingering, throbbing pain. However, if the pain goes on without improving over the course of a few weeks, let us know. The tooth’s nerve may be irritated and need attention.

Overall, some pain and hot/cold sensitivity after a dental filling is to be expected. Just be sure to keep track of how long the pain lasts and be sure to let us know if the pain lasts more than a few weeks.

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