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Is it Sinus Pressure or a Toothache?

The roots of the upper teeth are extremely close to the sinuses. Because these nerves are so close together, it can be difficult to pinpoint exactly where the pain comes from. This begs the question; should you see a doctor or a dentist for your pain? Here are a few ways to determine whether the pain is coming from your sinuses or your teeth.

Sinus Pressure

A sinus infection is often accompanied by a sore throat and nasal discharge. If you are having significant allergies, have been ill recently, or find yourself blowing your nose frequently, there is a good chance that your pain is caused by sinus pressure. The best course of action is to see your doctor, who will likely prescribe antibiotics to clear the sinus infection. Frequent sinus infections might indicate other factors, so it is important to see a doctor if they occur often.

Toothache

The biggest indication that your pain is caused by tooth decay or filling deterioration is temperature sensitivity. If the pain increases when exposed to hot or cold temperatures, the pain is likely caused by your teeth. Recent fillings or other dental work will increase the likelihood that your pain is related to your oral health.

Both

There are many symptoms that are the same for both sinus infections and dental problems. Both issues can cause a fever and pain. Sensitivity when pressure is put on the teeth is also the same for both conditions.

If you are still unsure whether your pain is coming from your sinuses or your teeth, you should schedule an appointment with your dentist. Your dentist will be able to take an x-ray that will show any problems with the teeth, as well as congestion in the sinuses. To schedule your dental appointment, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!

What to Do in Case of a Dental Emergency

Accidents happen and sometimes even taking precautions can’t prevent dental emergencies. So what is considered a dental emergency? What can wait for normal dentist’s office hours? What should you do in the event of a dental emergency?

 

Signs of an Emergency

There are specific situations that are always considered dental emergencies. Completely losing a tooth is one of these. If handled quickly and correctly, the dentist may be able to restore the tooth. Severe cracks, large chips, and nerve damage are other dental emergencies. An abscessed tooth is another emergency. Signs of a dental emergency include:

  • Severe pain
  • Infection
  • Bleeding

A chipped tooth or minor fracture that doesn’t have any of these signs is probably not a dental emergency. Make an appointment to see your dentist during their regular operating hours.

What to Do

Knowing what to do in case of a dental emergency can be the difference in saving or losing a tooth. Here is what to do in the case of some common dental emergencies.

Losing a Tooth

The time immediately after losing a tooth is vital in potentially saving the tooth. Try to put the tooth back in the socket for the journey to the dentist. Avoid touching the roots of the tooth. If you can’t reliably keep the tooth in the socket, make sure to keep it hydrated. You can place the tooth in a container of milk or your own saliva.

Abscessed Tooth

An abscessed tooth is extremely important to handle immediately. An abscessed tooth is caused by a pocket of pus that leads to an infection. The infection can potentially spread into your jaw, surrounding tissue, and other areas of the body. An abscessed tooth is a life-threatening condition. Signs of an abscessed tooth include:

  • Fever
  • Tooth sensitivity to extreme temperatures
  • A severe and persistent toothache
  • Swelling
  • A bump on the gums near the infected tooth

If you experience any of these symptoms, see your dentist immediately. Rinsing your mouth with salt water can help ease the pain and will coax the pus to the surface.

The best way to prevent an abscessed tooth is to practice good oral hygiene and see your dentist regularly. To set up an appointment, contact Hyde Park Dental today.

What Are Lumineers?

Research has shown that having a nice smile can greatly impact your self-esteem. Veneers are a way of drastically improving your smile in a short period of time. Lumineers are a brand of veneers that can be made to ultra-thin sizes. Veneers are basically thin shells that are placed over your teeth to cover unsightly chips, stains, or gaps. Both traditional veneers and Lumineers look natural and are comfortable, strong, and durable. Traditional veneers are usually about .5 mm, while Lumineers tend to be closer to .3 mm. Although this doesn’t seem like a significant difference, it does make a substantial change to the procedure.

Traditional Veneers

Traditional veneers require grinding down of the tooth enamel to be placed. Due to this, it is often necessary for patients to wear temporary veneers in between the preparation of the tooth and the arrival of the personalized veneer. Furthermore, this makes the procedure irreversible, because the tooth will already have been ground down. The procedure involves the use of shots, so it may not be a good choice for those who fear invasive dental work.

Lumineers

Lumineers are much thinner than traditional veneers, which actually eliminates the need for tooth reduction. They are durable and last over 20 years. Lumineers fit over the existing tooth’s surface, which might make them feel slightly thicker than traditional veneers. If you ever decide you no longer want the Lumineers, the process is reversible, with little or no damage to your natural teeth. The less invasive procedure eliminates the need for anesthesia.

How Much Do They Cost?

Most insurance companies won’t pay for Lumineers and veneers, because they are considered cosmetic procedures. Check with your insurance provider to determine if any part of the procedure will be covered. Traditional veneers and Lumineers are fairly comparable in cost. Traditional veneers run anywhere from $500-1,900 per tooth. Lumineers typically cost between $800-2,000 per tooth.

Hyde Park Dental thinks that Lumineers might be one of the best ways to instantly improve a patient’s smile. It is easy, effective, and affordable. To find out more about Lumineers and schedule a consultation, contact Hyde Park Dental today.

What You Need to Know About Root Canals

Endodontic therapy is the term for what is commonly known as a root canal. Endodontic means “inside the tooth,” and that’s exactly what a root canal is. A root canal is a treatment for removing infection from the inside of a tooth.

Why Do People Need Root Canals?

The tooth consists of two parts- the crown and the roots. The crown is mostly above your gum, while the roots attach the tooth to the jawbone. Inside the tooth is a hollow section that contains the nerve tissue, blood vessels, and other cells. This is the root canal, which is also referred to as the pulp. If there is a way for bacteria to enter the root canal, it will eventually destroy the pulp. If it can penetrate through the root openings, it can cause an infection in the bone. When the pulp becomes infected or inflamed, it will cause sensitivity and pain. This can be caused by decay, repeated dental procedures, or a crack/chip in the tooth.

What Happens During A Root Canal?

There are three general steps to a root canal. First, the dentist cleans the root canal, removing the nerves and tissue. Second, the dentist shapes the space for the filling and fills the root canals. Finally, they protect the tooth by adding a crown or filling.

Will It Hurt?

Contrary to popular belief, a root canal should be relatively painless. The pain comes from the infection, which the procedure is intended to alleviate. Some tenderness and sensitivity afterwards is normal, and can usually be treated with over the counter painkillers.

How Much Does It Cost?

The cost varies depending on the situation. Generally speaking, a root canal is cheaper than having a tooth extracted and replacing it with a crown or bridge. They are typically covered at least partially by dental insurance, as well.

How Do I Know if I Need a Root Canal?

Signs of infection include:

  • Pain when eating or applying pressure to the tooth
  • Pain and sensitivity caused by hot or cold temperatures
  • Inflammation of the gums near the tooth

 

For more information on endodontic therapy, contact Hyde Park Dental today!

Should I Get a Dental Bridge?

Dental bridges are an option for replacing gaps in your gums caused by missing teeth. Dental bridges can often be used in situations where dental implants aren’t an option, due to inadequate jawbone density. They are also especially useful for replacing multiple missing teeth.

What are Dental Bridges?

Dental bridges are designed to use the surrounding teeth as support. This eliminates the need for implants to fill the gaps in your smile. Dental bridges often require the removal of enamel in the healthy, supporting teeth to make room for the bridge to fit securely.

Benefits of Dental Bridges

Dental bridges can last 10 years or longer. They create a natural looking appearance for your smile. Dental bridges can help prevent shifting around of the remaining teeth. When teeth shift, they can become more difficult to clean, which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Dental bridges can help maintain the facial structure and restore the ability to chew properly. They can also help improve speech problems caused by missing teeth.

Dental bridges can go a long way toward improving the appearance of your smile. They can also prevent oral health problems, such as shifting of teeth and loss of bone mass. For more information about dental bridges, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!

Benefits of In-Office Whitening

A white, bright smile can greatly increase your confidence. One of the most effective ways to whiten your teeth is through an in-office whitening treatment. Other treatments take much longer and won’t provide the same results.

Benefits of In-Office Whitening

In-office whitening treatments, as well as our take-home kits, can use a stronger bleaching agent than the kind you can buy in store. It will provide a faster whitening effect, while still remaining safe. These kits use customized mouthpiece trays, which will create a comfortable, effective fit. You can be confident that our take-home kits are all dentist approved.

In-office whitening will allow your dentist to protect your gums and lips. Your dentist will be able to limit sensitivity, as well as other whitening side effects. They can also prevent uneven whitening caused by fillings, which won’t whiten with the use of bleach. An in-office whitening treatment can brighten your teeth by several shades in an hour.

Insurance

Unfortunately, though in-office whitening treatments are the most effective, they are also the most expensive. Insurance providers will not cover cosmetic procedures, which is what a whitening treatment is considered. A take-home treatment from our office will be much more affordable than an in-office treatment, and either solution will go a long way toward whitening your smile.

In-office whitening is one of the best ways to brighten your smile. These procedures work quickly and effectively. For more information about our teeth whitening services, contact us at Hyde Park today.

The First 24 Hours after Dental Implant Surgery

A dental implant surgery can be a harrowing ordeal. The first 24 hours are absolutely vital in allowing the healing process to function as efficiently as possible. Make sure that you follow these steps during the first 24 hours after your surgery.

No Rinsing, Spitting, or Touching

Avoid all contact with the surgical site immediately following your surgery. Don’t brush your teeth for the first 24 hours. Refrain from using a straw for the first 24 hours and avoid smoking during the healing process.

Gauze Padding

Leave the gauze padding on for an hour after surgery. If bleeding continues after you remove the pad, apply pressure to the area with the use of a clean gauze pad for 30 minute intervals. If this doesn’t help, you can try biting down on a teabag to promote blood clotting. If this doesn’t help, contact us for further instructions.

Diet

Ensure that you drink plenty of liquids following your surgery. Avoid any hot foods or liquids. Eat only soft foods and avoid chewing in the area surrounding the surgical site. Try to eat as much food as is comfortable, because the additional nutrition will aid your body in the healing process.

Pain Medication

You should take pain medication as soon as the anesthetic begins to wear off. If your dentist has prescribed pain medication, make sure to follow the directions carefully. If your dentist hasn’t prescribed medication, Ibuprofen or Tylenol should be sufficient to control the pain.

The first 24 hours after surgery are vital in setting yourself up for success. Avoid physical exertion, because this can cause throbbing and bleeding. For more information about how to care for your mouth following surgery, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today!

The Types of Dental Crowns

Dental crowns are used to preserve a tooth that has withstood significant damage. This damage can be caused by decay, injury, or other possible reasons. A dental crown will help keep the tooth intact, preventing the need for extractions and dental implants.

Types of Dental Crowns

There are many materials that dental crowns can be made out of. The different materials are used for different purposes. The ideal material depends on the situation.

Stainless Steel:

Stainless steel crowns are usually only used as temporary crowns. They are not as durable as complete metal-alloy based crowns and they are not as aesthetically-pleasing as ceramic crowns.

Ceramic:

Ceramic crowns are typically used for front, visible teeth. The use of ceramic helps the crown blend with natural teeth better than other materials.

Porcelain fused to metal:

These crowns consist of porcelain fused on top of a metal base. This increases the strength of the crown, while still providing a relatively natural appearance. These crowns are more durable than ceramic crowns.

Gold alloys:

These crowns are made of a combination of gold, copper, and other metals. They are strong and resist fracturing and wear. They look less natural than ceramic or porcelain fused to metal crowns.

Metal alloys:

Metal alloy crowns are made of non-noble metals. They are resistant to corrosion and are much stronger than most other types of crowns. They are usually used for back teeth, because they are much more noticeable than other types of crowns.

The material of the dental crown will vary depending on the location of the tooth, the extent of the damage to the tooth, and other factors. Your dentist will be able to determine the best material for your dental crown. For more information about dental crowns, contact us at Hyde Park Dental today.

Understanding Composites and Bonding

healthy teeth North LoganWhen you head to your Cache Valley Dentist for a yearly cleaning, it’s common to find out that you have tooth decay or cavities. Just about everyone will have a cavity in their lifetime due to the amount of plaque and bacteria that is starting to break down the enamel on your teeth. So what happens next? If you have a cavity, your Dentist will use special tools to remove the cavity and replace it with composites and bonding.

Bonding simply means that you are having special dental materials secured to your teeth. This happens by using a curing light that will harden the material to your tooth, proving you with a strong tooth again. What is composite material? This is the “white” filling we will place into the tooth where they have removed the cavity. Composites are often used to replace other issues with the teeth like gaps in the teeth or stains on the front of the teeth.

Composite material comes in a number of different shades, making it ideal for anyone that would like to repair their smile. The filling material can be matched perfectly so that no one will even notice that you have had dental work done.

If you have old fillings that are sliver (amalgam) it is common for a dentist to recommend replacement of these fillings. This will improve your smile, especially if you open your mouth and others can see your silver fillings.

Depending upon how large your cavity is and how much work you need done, it will only take the dentist a few minutes or an hour to work on your teeth. Smaller fillings that do not go deep into the dentin (inner part) of the tooth may not even require anesthesia to treat the tooth and to bond the composite material to the tooth.

Call Hyde Park Dental today to schedule your cleaning and examination!

Why You Shouldn’t Skip Dental Cleanings

dental cleaningsIs brushing and flossing enough to protect your teeth against serious dental problems? No matter how well you brush or floss your teeth, nothing can take the place of a regular dental cleaning. Professional cleanings are designed to remove plaque and tartar from the teeth and gums. If left to their own devices, plaque and tartar will cause gum disease and can easily cause serious damage to your teeth, leaving you with limited options when it comes to caring for your teeth.

Our Cache Valley Dentist is ready to protect your teeth against tooth decay and gum disease. Our trained staff will help you feel comfortable if you do suffer from dental anxiety and are concerned about the cleaning process. We treat our patients like members of our family and want to make sure you are receiving the right procedures for your unique needs. Some patients have health conditions that need to be considered prior to a cleaning, other patients may have a history of oral health problems. We recommend coming into the office every six months for regular cleanings and examinations.

Alot of things can change in six months and many patients will end up seeing serious differences in their oral health. We do take x-rays to help us identify issues below the gums and possibly within the root of the tooth. If you are at a higher risk for gum disease, it is important to contact our office. We recommend frequent cleanings for patients with soft teeth or those with a greater risk of oral health problems.

Contact our office if you are ready to have your teeth and gums cleaned and to prevent serious oral health problems.