Posts for: September, 2016
So you’re tearing up the dance floor at a friend’s wedding, when all of a sudden one of your pals lands an accidental blow to your face — chipping out part of your front tooth, which lands right on the floorboards! Meanwhile, your wife (who is nine months pregnant) is expecting you home in one piece, and you may have to pose for a picture with the baby at any moment. What will you do now?
Take a tip from Prince William of England. According to the British tabloid The Daily Mail, the future king found himself in just this situation in 2013. His solution: Pay a late-night visit to a discreet dentist and get it fixed up — then stay calm and carry on!
Actually, dental emergencies of this type are fairly common. While nobody at the palace is saying exactly what was done for the damaged tooth, there are several ways to remedy this dental dilemma.
If the broken part is relatively small, chances are the tooth can be repaired by bonding with composite resin. In this process, tooth-colored material is used to replace the damaged, chipped or discolored region. Composite resin is a super-strong mixture of plastic and glass components that not only looks quite natural, but bonds tightly to the natural tooth structure. Best of all, the bonding procedure can usually be accomplished in just one visit to the dental office — there’s no lab work involved. And while it won’t last forever, a bonded tooth should hold up well for at least several years with only routine dental care.
If a larger piece of the tooth is broken off and recovered, it is sometimes possible to reattach it via bonding. However, for more serious damage — like a severely fractured or broken tooth — a crown (cap) may be required. In this restoration process, the entire visible portion of the tooth may be capped with a sturdy covering made of porcelain, gold, or porcelain fused to a gold metal alloy.
A crown restoration is more involved than bonding. It begins with making a 3-D model of the damaged tooth and its neighbors. From this model, a tooth replica will be fabricated by a skilled technician; it will match the existing teeth closely and fit into the bite perfectly. Next, the damaged tooth will be prepared, and the crown will be securely attached to it. Crown restorations are strong, lifelike and permanent.
Was the future king “crowned” — or was his tooth bonded? We may never know for sure. But it’s good to know that even if we’ll never be royals, we still have several options for fixing a damaged tooth. If you would like more information, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Repairing Chipped Teeth” and “Crowns and Bridgework.”
Find out if it’s time you picked up the phone to schedule your next dental cleaning.
Caring for your smile is of the utmost importance but so many people seem to forget this or neglect their smile due to busy schedules, tired evenings or rushed days. Of course, if you want to maintain a healthy smile then it might be time you visited our Prior Lake, MN dentists Dr. Michael Babcock, Dr. Tom Morgan for the care you deserve. Find out what might warrant a trip to our office.
The hard and fast rule is that everyone should visit us every six months for dental cleanings and exams. Of course, clumping everyone into the same group may not be entirely fair. After all, you have some people who often forget to brush their teeth and never floss while you may have others who meticulously brush and floss every day. When it comes to factors such as these this may change how often you need to come in for routine care.
Your Prior Lake general dentist likes having patients come in every six months just to make sure teeth and gums are looking healthy and free of disease or decay. Coming in twice a year will really depend on your hygiene, lifestyle, health and other habits.
Of course, even if you provide your smile with proper care it doesn’t mean you can just nix seeing your dentist regularly. After all, there are problems that you may not even be able to see that we can. Plus, many dental issues won’t cause pain or other symptoms until they’ve become more serious. It’s only through these regular visits that we can catch these problems right away.
While twice a year tends to be the rule when it comes to professional dental care, there are some people who can get away with only coming in once a year. Of course, there are also people who should come in about every three to four months. This includes people who are at a very high risk of developing gum disease or decay such as smokers, pregnant women, those with diabetes, people who currently have gum disease, those with weakened immune systems and people who have a lot of plaque and tartar buildup.
Your dental cleaning schedule may change depending on your health and other factors, but if you haven’t been keeping up with your dental cleanings like you should, then it’s time to visit our Prior Lake, MN dental office for a routine visit to get the care your smile deserves. Call Babcock & Morgan Family Dental today!
We all have habits: things we do every day often without consciously thinking. Some of them are good; some not so much. And many of them took root in childhood.
That's why it's important to help your children form good habits in their formative years, especially regarding oral health. Here are 4 areas to focus on developing good dental habits — and avoiding bad ones.
Keep teeth and gums clean. The best defense against dental disease is stopping plaque, a thin film of bacteria and food particles, from building up on tooth surfaces. That means brushing and flossing each day, along with regular dental cleanings and checkups. You should begin cleaning your child's teeth as soon as they appear in the mouth with a clean towel or rag at first and later brushing them. Eventually, teach your children to brush and floss for themselves. Dental visits should also begin around their first birthday.
A nutritious diet equals healthy teeth. The saying, “You are what you eat,” is especially true about teeth. Help your child form a nutritious diet habit by providing meals rich in fresh fruits and vegetables, quality protein and dairy products. You should also restrict their sugar intake, a primary food for bacteria that cause tooth decay; try to limit sweets to mealtimes and avoid constant snacking.
Avoid habits with hidden dangers. Actually, this one is about you — and what you might be doing to increase your child's risk for dental disease. Avoid actions that increase the chances of transmitting oral bacteria from you to your infant, like kissing on the lips or licking a pacifier to clean it. You should also avoid giving your child night-time bottles or sippy cups filled with milk, formula or any sweetened liquid — likewise for pacifiers dipped in something sweet.
Steer them away from future bad habits. As children become teenagers, they're eager to stretch their wings. While this is normal and good, they can get into habits with dire consequences for oral health. You should by all means steer them away from tobacco use or oral piercings (tongue and lip bolts especially can wreak havoc on tooth structure) that can harm their teeth and gums.
If you would like more information on dental care for children, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Dentistry & Oral Health for Children.”