Dental Digest Monthly: It’s Called Gum Disease, But It Affects More Than Your Gums

Peridodontal Gum Disease - Bridge Creek

While no one wants gum disease—also known as periodontal disease—it can be easy to ignore if you believe that it only impacts your gums. However, that’s only what the early stages affect.

Untreated gum disease has a far more significant impact on your entire body, so it’s important you understand before you decide to wait to schedule your next Bridge Creek Dental visit.

Oral Health Is Directly Impacted By Gum Disease

When your dental hygiene is impacted by gum disease, you can expect the repercussions over the rest of your oral health, not just the signs like tender gums that can bleed easily. Some ways that gum disease impacts your oral health are:

  • Bad breath – We’ve all had bad breath, but when you have gum disease, the bacteria can cause perpetual bad breath that can’t be gotten rid of without addressing your periodontal disease.
  • Change in teeth position – As your gums become more swollen and damaged by the gum disease, your teeth can start to shift from their normal position. This shifting can cause issues with your bite, lead to gaps, and other issues.
  • Tooth loss – Gum disease can cause the nerves in your teeth to become infected and die, resulting in the loss of your teeth. You will likely see your teeth start to shift and become loose before you reach this point, so watch for those signs and take them seriously.
  • Jawbone density loss – Periodontal disease can also quickly spread to your jawbone, destroying the bone. The resulting bone density loss can cause changes in your facial features and also cause your teeth to fall out.
  • Abscess – You can also develop dangerous pockets of infection in your gums. These abscesses are especially risky if the built-up toxins reach your bloodstream, as it can make you critically ill and potentially lead to death.

As gum disease can be painless, it is important that you keep an eye on these other oral health impacts. That way, you can come into our dental clinic and have your gum disease treated.

White Blood Cells Can Be Destroyed

Your white blood cells are a key part of your immune system and work to destroy infections as well as harmful bacteria. But when gum disease takes a serious hold on your system and spreads beyond your gums, your white blood cells can become overwhelmed. It can reach the point where your white blood cells are being destroyed by the high load of gum disease pathogens.

With your white blood cells out of action or severely reduced in volume, you can become more prone to infectious disease from the common cold to more serious infections.

Your Liver Can Be Impacted

One of the functions of the liver is to reduce inflammation in your body, and gum disease can be the source of serious inflammation.

In response to the threat of gum disease inflammation, your liver can put out an enzyme that can help address the issue. Unfortunately, this same enzyme can also increase your risks of having cardiovascular problems such as strokes and heart attacks.

Dementia And Gum Disease Can Be Connected

In a surprising new study on the connection between dementia and gum disease, scientists found that the pathogen which makes up periodontitis was found in the brains of patients’ with Alzheimer’s disease.

Not only was the disease present in their brains, but when it was studied in mice, the presence of the gum disease pathogen added to the production of amyloid plaques. As amyloid plaques are a key factor in the cognitive decline in Alzheimer’s patients, this connection between the two diseases is very concerning.

Gum Disease Can Raise The Risk Of Certain Cancers

The chronic inflammation of your gums can also put you at a higher risk for certain types of cancers. While researchers haven’t pinpointed the exact connection, the people they have studied have had a history of gum disease linked to their higher rates of cancer. The cancers which have been linked to gum disease are:

  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Melanoma cancer
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Gallbladder cancer
  • Lung cancer

Ways To Prevent Periodontal Disease

By preventing periodontal disease from gaining a foothold in your life, you can better protect you from many of the connected health concerns.

  • Come in for biannual dental cleanings – Coming into our dental clinic for regular, preventative dental care can be one of your biggest protection against gum disease. With your twice a year cleaning and check up, our dentists can catch the beginning signs of gum disease and help effectively treat the problem.
  • Floss daily – By flossing in the evening, you can remove all the small food particles that have built up during the day that brushing is unable to remove. There are many types of flossing tools available to make flossing easier, so if you haven’t had much success with other types of flossing, you can ask our dentists about other tools.
  • Brush at least two times a day – Brushing in the morning removed the film of plaque which developed as you slept, while your evening brushing keeps from having food particles sit in your mouth overnight. Without these particles to eat, the bacteria which lead to gum disease will have nothing to eat and harm your teeth with.
  • Avoid nicotine use – Using nicotine, whether you chew, vape, or smoke, can hide the early signs of gum disease, as nicotine restricts blood flow. We recommend you cut nicotine out of your life so any gum disease symptoms can be quickly detected.

To start taking better care of your oral health—as well as the health of the rest of your body—contact us for an appointment today. Our dentists are ready to make sure your smile is as healthy as possible.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: Can I Be Asleep for A Root Canal?


Root canals are a common dental procedure. Typically, the reason you may need a root canal is to preserve a dead tooth. By the time a root canal is necessary, the tooth in question is already beyond saving. While the tooth may be dead, it’s still beneficial to keep it because it offers you the structure of the tooth needed to chew your food and speak properly.

Root canals, like any dental procedure, can make patients nervous. You are probably concerned about the pain and have a genuine fear about what’s happening inside your mouth as you sit in the dental chair. Many of our patients do ask about being put to sleep for a root canal.

Let’s explore what to expect from a root canal procedure and if you can be put to sleep.

Root Canal Procedures

A root canal has six specific steps as performed by Bridge Creek Dental. The entire procedure can be lengthy depending on the damage and will require your mouth to be open for an extended time. Here are the six standard steps we take during a procedure.

First, the dentist will drill through the top of the tooth until the inner chamber is accessible. Next, the infected tissue is removed from the tooth and the pulp chamber is cleaned to ensure all infection is gone. Then, a sterile dental material, gutta-percha, is injected into the canals. This will prohibit any new infection and support the tooth. During this part, a post may be added for additional support. The fourth step is to apply a sealant to fill the hole caused by the drilling. Finally, a temporary crown is on the tooth until the permanent crown is created. You will then come back to the office for your follow-up where the permanent crown will be applied. The new crown is cemented over the reshaped tooth.

Anesthetic is used to numb the mouth and gums prior to the procedure. After the procedure, it’s normal to have pain and soreness. Beyond just an anesthetic, there are ways to make the process less painful and scary with sedation dentistry.

Sedation Dentistry for Root Canals

There are different kinds of sedation dentistry to consider during a root canal or any other dental procedure, especially for those who have anxiety about visiting the dentist or have a low pain threshold. At Bridge Creek Dental, we can offer you several ways to be sedated, some of which you would actually be awake for, while others render you asleep.

  • Minimal sedation: you’ll feel relaxed but still be awake and is typically provided using nitrous oxide gas
  • Moderate sedation: you’ll likely not remember the procedure but still be awake and is delivered via oral medication, such as Valium
  • Deep sedation: you won’t have a memory of the procedure, but you will still be aware of your surroundings. This type of sedation is usually done via an IV.
  • General anesthesia: with anesthesia, an anesthesiologist will put you to sleep for the entire procedure

Is Sedation Dentistry Right for You?

Determining what level of sedation is right for you should be discussed with your dentist. Be sure to let your dentist know about your anxiety, pain tolerance, and if you have ever had an adverse reaction to sedation.

Our dental clinic has performed many successful root canals with a variety of sedation methods. Contact us today to schedule your appointment and get back to a happy, healthy mouth.

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Our Take On Smile Direct Club — Does It Really Work?

Smile Direct Club

Having whiter, straighter teeth is often a dental dream for most people, but the expense can put it outside of the reach of many individuals. But a new organization, called the Smile Direct Club, offers fast and affordable invisible aligners, much like Invisalign’s invisible braces.

Our dentists at Bridge Creek Dental have been asked by our patients for their opinion of Smile Direct Club. While some patients may benefit from this type of service, others (most) will not. Results will vary case by case and patients with mild to severe dental occlusions and misalignments are likely not a candidate for this type of treatment. We’re happy to talk with you about this line of treatment to see if you could benefit from these services.

The Smile Direct Club Process

On the surface, the Smile Direct Club has a straightforward process. First, a person will need to either order an at-home impression kit or go into a SmileShop for a 3D scan. Currently, the nearest SmileShop for Billings residents is located in Boise, Idaho. If you choose to order the impression kit, the impression you make at home will be used to make your invisible braces.

Smile Direct Club uses your impressions to create a course of treatment, then sends you your first set of invisible aligners, instructions, and a free whitening kit.

At the end of the treatment, Smile Direct Club advises their customers to visit their local dentist for a final check. You can order a retainer from Smile Direct Club to maintain the position and alignment of your teeth.

Should You Consider Using Smile Direct Club?

It’s important to remember that Smile Direct Club is not a viable option for patients in need of serious correction to the alignment of their teeth. Smile Direct Club is only a suitable treatment option for light to moderate realignment. If you have previously had an orthodontic correction and have since seen a subtle shift in your teeth, Smile Direct Club could be a good option to re-straightening slightly shifted teeth. But if your bite contributes to the shifting of your teeth, your results from Smile Direct Club will be temporary as they do not correct the shifting issue caused by your bite.

  • Minimal changes only – These aligners are not designed to correct anything more than slightly misaligned teeth. If you have rotated teeth, bite issues, or other significant teeth misalignment, then the Smile Direct Club isn’t a sufficient form of treatment. Consult with our dentists on what cosmetic dentistry can do for you to achieve your smile goals.
  • Affordable pricing – With an upfront cost of $1,850, the Smile Direct Club is an affordable option for aligning your teeth. While they do not accept dental insurance, you may use an existing HSA or FSA. They also allow financing through CareCredit. Smile Direct Club’s in-house financing will result in a total cost of $2,170 after interest rates and fees are applied.
  • Brief treatment time – Smile Direct Club says that the treatment process generally takes about 6 months, which is a fast approach to teeth alignment.
  • Simple process – Smile Direct Club offers a simple startup process for achieving straighter teeth.
  • Customer service – The main complaints reviewers mention when reviewing the Smile Direct Club is their customer service. Long wait times, confusing directions, and many dropped calls are common complaints. By working with our dentists, you can always enough prompt service and personalized help.

Work With Bridge Creek Dental For Straighter, Whiter Teeth

If you’re looking to make dramatic alterations to the alignment of your teeth, Smile Direct Club is likely a poor approach to treatment. Wondering whether or not Smile Direct Club is a good option for achieving a straighter smile? Meet with one of our dentists to see if you’re a candidate for invisible ortho liners. Here at Bridge Creek Dental, we offer a variety of dental services, from regular dental cleanings to more cosmetic dentistry such as teeth whitening and Invisalign.

If you are ready to have your cosmetic dentistry care customized to your needs, contact us for a consultation with one of our dentists. With their expert help, you can finally achieve the smile of your dreams.

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Understanding Your Teeth: Are Your Crooked Teeth Genetic?

3 Generations of Teeth

For people who dislike their crooked or misaligned teeth, an age-old question comes to mind: “Is the problem due to nature or nurture?” The answer is, it can result from either factor.

Whatever issues your teeth present—and whatever the cause—they can be made straighter and more uniform. We encourage you to take a look at our smile gallery on the Bridgecreek Dental website. We’ve achieved some miraculous smile makeovers through cosmetic procedures like:

  • Bonding
  • Crowns
  • Invisalign Braces
  • Veneers

In the meantime, let’s talk more about various types of crooked teeth and their potential causes.

The Size And Shape Of Your Jaw Can Cause Crooked Teeth

When you have crooked or misaligned teeth, it’s known as malocclusion. If your parents have malocclusion, there’s a good chance you do too.

One of the main contributors to malocclusion is the size and shape of your jaw. If you doubt these characteristics are controlled by genetics, take a gander at famous father/son look-alikes like the cleft-chinned Kirk and Michael Douglas and the long-jawed Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.

If a small jaw is your genetic legacy, your teeth are likely to be crooked because of overcrowding. You can also inherit a misaligned jaw, where the size of our upper and lower jaws differ significantly. This leads to abnormal bite patterns that range from harmless to problematic.

Abnormal bite patterns can be mild, as when your upper teeth slightly overlap your lower teeth. This may cause no physical problems and even add to a person’s charm. Take, for instance, noted beauties Eva Mendes and Julia Roberts. Both have smiles marked by slight overbites, as well as white and regular teeth.

In some cases, however, an overbite can be so pronounced it is a cosmetic issue. A major overbite can also lead to physical complications, as can a severe underbite. An underbite is when the lower jaw juts forward, causing your bottom teeth and jaw to overlap your upper teeth and jaw. Your jaw misalignment is a problem if:

  • It’s damaging your gums
  • It makes you feel unattractive
  • It’s uncomfortable to bite or chew
  • It spurs speech problems like a lisp
  • You breathe through your mouth, not your nose
  • You have jaw pain
  • You have tooth damage and enamel wear
  • You’ve have sleep apnea
  • You often bite your cheeks or tongue

Extra Teeth Can Also Cause Your Teeth To Be Crooked

There are other genetic factors besides your jaw that can lead to crooked teeth. Among these is the presence of extra teeth. Hyperdontia is the growth of extra teeth beyond our usual 20 baby teeth and 32 permanent adult teeth.

Extra teeth can come in many forms, from complete teeth to ones that are malformed. They can take root behind or near your regular teeth. Whatever your hyperdontia looks like, the resulting overcrowding makes for crooked teeth.

Sometimes a dentist or orthodontist will pull one or more extra teeth. This can take uncomfortable pressure off a patient’s jaws and gums and allow the regular teeth to thrive in a roomier environment.

Certain Behaviors and Habits Can Cause Malocclusion

Common childhood habits like thumb-sucking and prolonged use of a bottle or pacifier use can cause or exacerbate an overbite. Other behaviors that can lead to malocclusion include the tendency to thrust your tongue behind your teeth.

You may have thought you had to grin and bear it when it comes to your crooked teeth or misaligned jaw. In nearly all cases, though, malocclusion can be corrected through cosmetic dental procedures or orthodontia like braces. Want to discuss how you can correct a problem or simply beautify your smile? Contact us for your appointment today.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: Do’s and Don’ts of Pulling Out Baby Teeth

Baby Teeth

Dentists, and parents, never approach the process of pulling a baby tooth lightly. Kids feel a great deal of apprehension about tooth extraction, even at a family-friendly office like Bridge Creek Dental. This fear may be exacerbated by tooth pain they’re already experiencing.

Sometimes, though, tooth extraction is unavoidable. Your child’s primary tooth may be so badly decayed even a root canal can’t save it. It’s a common scenario, given 20 percent of children between age 5 and 11 have at least one untreated decayed tooth. Baby teeth may also need to be pulled if they’re fractured beyond repair; your child’s mouth is too crowded; a stubborn baby tooth refuses to make way for an erupting secondary tooth; or in preparation for getting braces.

While a tooth-pulling is never cause for celebration, a good dentist will work to make the procedure as painless as possible. There are also a number of dos and don’ts for parents when it comes to handling damaged baby teeth, which can lessen your child’s fear and discomfort.

Dental Do’s And Don’ts

Do explain the tooth-pulling procedure to your child ahead of time. Talk to your dentist so you know exactly what the procedure and recovery will look like, step-by-step. This includes any pain-killing measures, like numbing with a generalized anesthetic or sedation via laughing gas or an IV. It’s unlikely your child will be completely at ease about tooth extraction, but being in the know will ease their worry.

Don’t panic. If your child is experiencing severe tooth pain or has damaged their teeth through a mishap, do your best to remain calm. Your composure can reassure a frightened kid. Dentistry has become increasingly advanced and children are often more resilient than we think. Childhood dental issues can usually be resolved without any lasting physical or emotional damage.

Do consult with your dentist to find out how to prepare for the procedure. They may advise you to avoid giving your child food or liquids for a certain amount of time before the scheduled tooth-pulling, especially if sedation is involved.

Don’t ignore your child’s tooth decay because “they’re just baby teeth” and your child will get replacements soon. Tooth decay should always be addressed, because the infection involved can put your child’s health and even their at risk. An unresolved tooth infection can also spread to adult teeth that have yet to erupt.

Do plan ahead for the period immediately after the procedure. You’ll want to have over-the-counter pain medication at the ready as well as some soft foods that feel good on a sore gum.

Don’t assume your child’s damaged tooth is beyond repair. A knocked-out tooth may be successfully re-implanted if you get to a dentist within a couple hours. Save the tooth, keep it moist and call you your dentist. If it’s after-hours, you may be able to schedule an appointment with an emergency dentist. Trying to save a knocked-out tooth is particularly important if your child is younger than three or they’ve managed to dislodge a permanent tooth.

If your child’s tooth is knocked loose rather than knocked out, it can generally re-implant itself into your child’s jawbone. Give your dentist a call as soon as possible. They may recommend giving your youngster a soft diet for a couple days and that you make an appointment to have X-rays taken.

Do prepare to be surprised at how easily your child rolls with the punches. If you had your front two teeth knocked out, you’d be beside yourself. You’d worry about the way you look as well as complication with routine activities like eating.

A kid already in the stages of losing baby teeth, by contrast, is likely to be laughing at cartoons or pushing their toy cars around within a few hours of tooth extraction or injury. This resilience comes courtesy of a special superpower reserved for children. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said, “It is a happy talent to know how to play.”

Whether you’re in need of a tooth-extraction or just some sound advice, our dentists and staff are ready to help you. Contact us today.

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Steps Towards Getting Dental Implants

If you have been considering receiving a dental implant to replace a missing or damaged tooth but aren’t sure what goes into the process, our dentists are here to explain just what steps you may take as you prepare to receive a dental implant.

Potential Pre-Implant Steps

Before we dive into what goes on during the dental implant procedures, it is important to cover the potential pre-implant steps you may be required to undergo. Along with an in-depth consultation with one of our dentists, other preparation steps may be:

  • Bone grafting – Since a dental implant will be securely rooted in your jawbone, it is important that there is enough bone for the implant to be placed. If the bone has become thin in the implant area, then our dentists will perform a bone graft to build up your jawbone and prepare it for the implanted post.
  • Tooth extraction – If you are looking to have a damaged tooth removed and replaced with a dental implant, you will need to have the tooth extracted, and our dentists will allow the site to heal before proceeding.
  • Resolve oral issues – Should you have any other lingering oral problems such as gingivitis, our dentists will work with you to resolve them before going forward with your implant.

Procedures To Receive Dental Implants

Once any pre-implant steps are resolved, you can move forward with the actual procedures to receive your new dental implant. Our dental implant steps are:

  1. The titanium post will be placed in the implant area. If everything goes according to plan, an abutment for healing will be set instead of a cover screw as your jawbone merges with the post.
  2. After three months of the implant post healing in your mouth, the healing abutment will be removed in favor of taking an impression of your teeth and gum alignment so a new tooth can be fabricated. Our dentists will also work with you to color-match your teeth to your new implant.
  3. Once the crown of the implant has been created and delivered, our dentists will bring you in and place your new implant.

There will be a follow-up appointment to ensure that everything is working out well with your new implant. Aside from that, you should be able to enjoy your new implant without even noticing a difference between your natural teeth and the implant.

If you would want to work with some of the best dentists in Billings, MT, to receive your dental implant, contact us for a consultation with one of our dentists today!

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Survey Finds That Americans Wish They Saw Their Dentist More, Come See Us In 2019

In a 2018 survey, it was revealed that out of all the health care professionals Americans could see, from primary care doctors to endocrinologists, most Americans said they would like to visit their dentists more often.

This information wasn’t a huge surprise to our dental staff at Bridge Creek Dental, as we see firsthand every day how superior dental care can improve someone’s quality of life. To help you make it into our dental office in 2019, we want to help you overcome your dental visit excuses and help you see why our dental office is the best choice in Billings, Montana.

How To Overcome Your Dental Excuses

There are common excuses people have for not visiting the dentist. Some of them, such as a concern over the cost, is more understandable. To help you work through any excuses you may have to put off seeing our dentists, we have listed the most common reasons people skip their dentist appointments and how to overcome these excuses for the sake of your oral health.

  • “I just don’t have the time to go” – While our lives can become very busy, making time for a biannual, maybe hour-long dental cleaning is more of an issue of mind over matter. Go over your week, and see if there really isn’t any free hour where you can squeeze in a dental visit.
  • “As long as I brush and floss, I don’t need to go” – While we highly encourage good oral care, brushing and flossing isn’t always enough. Coming in for regular dental hygiene care can help ensure your at-home dental care is sufficient, or our dentists can make recommendations to improve on your current routine.
  • “Dental visits make me anxious” – Dental anxiety can be tough to overcome, and you don’t have to do it alone. Our dentists and staff members are more than happy to work with you to help you overcome your dental anxiety. We also offer sedation dentistry to help ease your anxiety.
  • “The dentist is too expensive” – We understand that not all health insurances cover dental care, and that many people don’t have any kind of insurance. With financing options available, we help more people to access dental care. Also, by making it to your biannual dental appointments, problems which could become expensive issues can be caught before they reach that point.

Why Choose Bridge Creek Dental For Your 2019 Dental Care

Here at Bridge Creek Dental, we provide some of the best dental care in the Billings area thanks to our caring and experienced dentists as well as our skilled staff of dental hygienists. We do our best to meet your concerns and help you have an ideal dental visit every time you come to our clinic.

So, if you are ready to receive the best dental care in the Billings, MT area, contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our excellent dentists.

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Tips On How To Fight Gingivitis

Gingivitis

Gingivitis is a mild form of periodontal disease that presents itself as irritation, redness and swelling on the gingiva, the portion of your gums around the base of your teeth. It’s an uncomfortable condition that should be addressed as soon as possible because it can lead to more serious gum disease, tooth decay and even tooth loss.

If you suspect you have gingivitis or any other issues with your teeth and gums, you should see your local dentist to nip the problem in the bud. There are also measures you can take at home to ward off gingivitis.

Recognizing Gingivitis

When your gums are in good shape, they should be a pale pink color and fit firmly around your teeth. Gums with gingivitis, by contrast, have a red hue. Your diseased gums are likely to be tender, recede from your teeth and may bleed when you brush or floss. Further, gingivitis can cause bad breath.

Causes Of Gingivitis

The most common reason people get gingivitis is poor dental hygiene, but it’s possible for someone who’s conscientious about brushing and flossing to fall prey to gum disease.

Some people are genetically predisposed to gingivitis, while others develop it after taking certain pharmaceutical drugs or contracting a viral or fungal infection.

Other causes of gingivitis include:

  • Crooked, hard-to-clean teeth
  • Dry mouth
  • Hormonal changes like pregnancy or taking birth control pills
  • Immune disorders
  • Old age
  • Poor nutrition, especially vitamin C deficiency
  • Smoking or chewing tobacco

Gingivitis starts when plaque builds up and hardens into a crusty deposit called tartar. Tartar provides a breeding ground for bacteria and also irritates your gum-line, which can lead to inflammation of your gingiva.

Treating Gingivitis

The best treatment for gingivitis is professional dental hygiene care. Your dentist or oral hygienist will scale your teeth and conduct root planing on any exposed roots to remove plaque, bacteria and tartar. Your teeth and gums will also be examined to detect if there are any other problems that need to be addressed.

Preventing Gingivitis

The best treatment for gingivitis is to fend it off by brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing regularly.
You should also use a soft toothbrush and get a new one every three to four months— earlier if the bristles look worn and frayed. Some people find an electric toothbrush is better at getting rid of plaque and tartar.

It’s recommended that you also get your teeth professionally cleaned at your dentist’s office at least twice a year. Other ways to prevent gingivitis include avoiding tobacco products; using an antimicrobial mouthwash; and supplementing brushing and flossing with the use of an interdental cleaner like a dental pick.

If you want to prevent and reverse gum disease, address issues like cavities or learn how you can beautify and brighten your smile, contact us for an appointment at Bridge Creek Dental.

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Dentist Digest Monthly: Why Your Teeth May Hurt In Colder Weather

Colder Weather

Plenty of people with sensitive teeth expect that their teeth will react to hot or cold drinks and food. However, cold weather can hurt the teeth of those who don’t have sensitive teeth.

Our dentists at Bridge Creek Dental wanted to help explain why your teeth may hurt in colder weather and how you can fix the problem.

Winter Causes Changes In Our Teeth

While our teeth have some protection from the elements, when our teeth are exposed to exposed to the cold, they contract in response. Heat has the opposite effect and makes our teeth expand.

This contraction and expansion can cause small cracks in our enamel, leaving bacteria an area to gain a foothold. It can also work cavity fillings and dental crowns loose, leaving you in need of replacement. Setting up one of your bi-annual preventative dental cleanings during a winter month is a great way to catch these issues before they become too serious.

Ways To Correct Cold-Sensitive Teeth

You don’t have to simply live with the pain of cold-sensitive teeth. Some of the best ways to correct this problem are:

  • Sensitive toothpaste – A simple fix you may want to try is switching your toothpaste to specific sensitive toothpaste, which will help protect your teeth from changes in temperature.
  • Sealant treatment – If receding gums are behind your teeth sensitivity, our dentists can help by offering sealant treatment. The sealant will be applied to the exposed roots of your teeth and will help protect your teeth against both tooth decay and cold-sensitivity.
  • Cavity fillings – Replacing your cavity fillings may correct your dental sensitivity. As dental fillings don’t last forever, it is important to have them periodically checked and replaced, which our dentists can do for you.
  • Flouride application – Another way to strengthen your teeth against both cold-sensitivity and tooth decay is with fluoride applications, which adds a strengthening natural mineral to your teeth to boost your enamel’s protection. Our dentists can easily provide you with an application of fluoride and recommend toothpaste with high concentrations of fluoride.
  • Mouthguard – If your teeth are sensitive due to being worn down by grinding them, our dentists can fit you with a custom mouthguard to protect your teeth. Without the grinding motion to continually expose the dentin, you should have less sensitivity to cold weather.

Bridge Creek Dental is dedicated to providing top-quality dental care in Billings, MT. So, if you are looking for a reliable dentist who can help you with all your dental needs, contact us today.

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When Should You Consider Sedation Dentistry?

Sedation Dentistry

Sedation dentistry exists to help people manage their issues with the dentist. There are several levels of sedation dentistry—minimal, moderate, and deep—so everyone can receive the help they need.

Here at Bridge Creek Dental, we offer sedation dentistry to our patients to help make their dental appointments easier. Whether they struggle with dental anxiety or have physical restrictions which makes a dental appointment nearly impossible, sedation dentistry can help.

Sedation Dentistry Can Help With Anxiety

Dental anxiety is a real issue for many people, especially those who have previously had bad experiences with other dentists. With just minimal sedation dentistry, you can relax as you have your dental work done.

This level of sedation is considered safe for young children, and often can help them overcome their initial fears concerning dental checkups and cleanings. Whether or not your child can undergo sedation dentistry will be determined by their age and weight, so be sure to talk to our dentists if this is an option you would like to explore for your child.

Also, if you choose minimal sedation for your dental appointments, you can drive yourself home after your visit to our office and not have to worry about who will pick you up.

Undergo Multiple Dental Procedures At Once

It can physically and emotionally taxing to undergo multiple dental procedures such as two or more root canals back-to-back. Some people can become more anxious as time goes on while others who have smaller mouths can begin to feel sore and tense up.

With minimal-to-moderate sedation dentistry, you can more easily sit through multiple dental procedures. However, with moderate sedation dentistry, you may be a bit groggy afterward and need help going home.

Consider Sedation Dentistry To Correct Oral Sensitivity

For some dental patients, oral sensitivity can’t be blocked out with local anesthesia. To avoid any pain responses during your dental work, minimal sedation can be used to take that last bit of painful feedback away.

Sedation Dentistry Can Ease Physical Discomfort

If you struggle with sitting still for long periods of time due to physical limitations such as restless leg syndrome, Parkinson’s disease, or other issues, sedation dentistry is a good option to explore. Depending on your needs, our dentists may offer anywhere from minimal-to-deep sedation dentistry to help you through your appointment.

So, if you would like assistance with your dental struggles, inform us when you contact us for an appointment. Our dentists will be happy to make the process easier for you.

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