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Restorative dentistry: a term you might have heard tossed around, but what does it really mean, and why is it so important? Well, sit tight, because we're about to delve into the world of restorative dental care and uncover five compelling reasons why you might need it, as explained by seasoned Austin dentists.

Combatting Tooth Decay: A Battle Worth Fighting

Tooth decay is like an uninvited guest at a party. It shows up when you least expect it and can really ruin the mood. But, there's good news. Restorative dentistry is like the superhero swooping in to save the day. 

Dentists are equipped with an arsenal of tools to fight decay - think of fillings, crowns, and inlays as their superpowers. These aren't just quick fixes; they're long-term solutions to keep your smile in tip-top shape.

Picture this: you're enjoying your favorite ice cream, and suddenly, ouch: a sharp pain in your tooth. That's decay signaling it's time for action. Pro dentists jump into the fray, removing decay, and safeguarding your tooth against future villains. The goal? To keep your natural teeth healthy and intact for as long as possible. After all, nothing beats the originals.

So, remember, tackling tooth decay early is key. It's not just about avoiding pain; it's about keeping your smile bright, functional, and, most importantly, healthy. 

Tackling Tooth Loss: Bridging the Gaps

Imagine a puzzle with a missing piece; that's your smile with a missing tooth. It's not just about the aesthetics; it's about the whole picture. 

Losing a tooth can feel disheartening, but restorative dentistry offers hope. Dentists are like skilled puzzle masters, finding the perfect piece to complete your smile. Whether it's implants, bridges, or dentures, they've got the perfect fit for you.

When you lose a tooth, it's not just the gap that's a problem. The remaining teeth can shift, your bite can change, and your jawbone might even begin to weaken. But don't worry, Austin dentists are on it! They use restorative techniques to fill the gap, maintain your bite, and keep your jawbone strong. It's like building a bridge to restore the harmony of your mouth.

Restoring Damaged Teeth - More Than Just Aesthetic

Now, let's talk about those superheroes for your chipped, cracked, or worn teeth. Damaged teeth can be a real downer, not just for your smile, but for your overall oral health. Austin dentists, with their restorative magic, can turn this around. Veneers, crowns, bonding: these are not just fancy dental terms; they're your ticket to a renewed smile.

Imagine your tooth as a tiny warrior, braving the daily battles of biting, chewing, and the occasional teeth-grinding. Over time, this warrior can get weary, leading to chips or cracks. But fear not, dentists are like skilled blacksmiths, forging new armor for your teeth with veneers or crowns. These not only boost the appearance of your teeth but reinforce them against future battles. For more details contact us at Enamel Dentistry.

And it's not just about looking good. Restoring damaged teeth is crucial for your oral health. It's like fixing a chink in your armor before it becomes a bigger problem. Austin dentists focus on preserving your natural teeth and ensuring they can stand the test of time.

Easing Dental Pain: Relief is in Sight

Imagine dental pain as an annoying background noise that just won't go away. It can affect everything from your mood to your ability to enjoy food. But here's the good news: restorative dentistry is like the volume control that turns down this discomfort. 

Think of a root canal as a peace treaty with your troubled tooth. It might sound daunting, but it's a common procedure that Austin dentists handle with care and precision. They remove the infected pulp, which is the root of your pain, and seal the tooth to prevent further issues. It's not just about providing immediate relief; it's about ensuring long-term peace for your tooth.

So, if dental pain is your unwelcome companion, remember that professional dentists are here to help. They use the latest techniques and equipment to make the process as comfortable as possible. Say goodbye to dental pain and hello to a happier, healthier you.

Enhancing Overall Health: Your Mouth's Connection to Your Body

Your mouth is like a gateway to your overall health. It might surprise you, but issues like tooth decay and gum disease can have far-reaching effects beyond just your mouth. Austin dentists understand this connection and use restorative dentistry not just to fix your teeth, but to boost your overall well-being.

Imagine your oral health as a ripple in a pond. Issues like gum disease can send ripples throughout your body, potentially leading to conditions like heart disease and diabetes. Dentists are like the guardians of this gateway, ensuring that your oral health is in tip-top shape, which in turn keeps the rest of your body healthy.

So, think of restorative dentistry as an investment in your overall health. By taking care of your mouth, you're taking a big step towards a healthier, happier life. 

Enamel Dentistry: A Cut Above the Rest

When it comes to restorative dentistry, Enamel Dentistry in Austin stands out. They're not just about fixing teeth; they're about creating an experience. From their laid-back office vibe to their high-quality care, they make every visit enjoyable. Need a dental implant or a cosmetic touch-up? Enamel Dentistry makes it easy and fun.

At Enamel Dentistry, they blend cutting-edge technology with a warm, inclusive atmosphere. They offer a full range of services, from general to restorative to cosmetic dentistry, ensuring that all your dental needs are met under one roof.

Summary

Restorative dentistry is more than just fixing teeth; it's about restoring your quality of life. And when it comes to choosing a dental office in Austin, Enamel Dentistry is a choice you won't regret. Their commitment to quality care, combined with a unique approach to dental visits, makes them a standout choice. 

Remember, a healthy smile is a gateway to a healthier you. So, why wait? Schedule an appointment with the best dentists in Austin at Enamel Dentistry today.

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Post - OP Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

February 20, 2024

Post – Op Instructions: Crowns & Bridges

Dental crowns and bridges usually take 2-3 appointments to complete. On the first appointment, the tooth/teeth are prepared, scans are taken, and a temporary crown/bridge is placed on the tooth/teeth. A custom fit temporary restoration will be fabricated to protect your teeth and gum tissue while your permanent crown or bridge is being created at the dental laboratory. The temporary prevents the tooth from shifting or moving, so it is essential that it stay in place for the duration of the time in between appointments.

A temporary, however, is not as durable as a permanent restoration, nor is it sealed completely, so it is important to be very careful chewing on that side, as well as keeping the area clean. Having sensitivity on the tooth/teeth while the temporary is in place is normal and will subside when the permanent restoration is placed, however, If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks after the permanent restoration is placed, please contact our office.

Home Care

While your temporary is in place it is important to keep your gum tissue as clean and healthy as possible. You may need to alter your oral hygiene habits in the interim as temporary restorations are cemented with a special cement that is designed to come off easily. Continue to thoroughly brush and floss every day.

However, when flossing, take special care to pull the floss out from the side rather than out from the top. Pulling out from the top can cause the temporary to come loose. If your temporary does come off, call us immediately so we can arrange to cement it back into place.

Do not attempt to “glue” the temporary crown back in yourself or “go without it” as the teeth may become sensitive or shift slightly, preventing placement of the permanent crown. You can use a denture adhesive like Fixodent or toothpaste to hold the crown or bridge temporarily until you can get to our office.

Once your permanent crown or bridge is cemented, it is important to remember that these ceramic or zirconia restorations do not decay, but the teeth underneath them do. The most susceptible area for decay is at, or below, the area where the tooth and restoration meet. If this area is not routinely cleaned bacterial plaque will form around the restoration, which oftentimes lead to decay. This is the most common reason for needing to replace permanent crowns and/or bridges. Therefore, it is important that you maintain a diligent daily home care program to clean your teeth and gums.

Fixed dental bridges require additional cleaning under the pontic (missing tooth). Since this “false tooth” is connected to the adjacent teeth a bridge threader is used to thread floss under it to remove plaque. These are available at most pharmacies.

Chewing

Although your temporary restoration should be very comfortable, you will need to alter your chewing habits to ensure the temporary stays in place in the interim in between appointments. 

Avoid chewing hard and sticky foods on the temporary crown such as gum, caramels, taffy, or hard candy. Also, if possible, chew on the opposite side of your mouth. If your bite feels uneven or your teeth do not come together as they did before, please contact us immediately.

After the permanent restoration is placed it is normal to feel slight pressure and sensitivity to hot or cold for a few days up to a few weeks. If, however, after 2-3 days your bite still feels uneven, contact our office. Delaying the necessary adjustments may damage the tooth permanently. If the sensitivity gets increasingly worse or does not begin to subside after several weeks, please contact your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post - OP Instructions: Fillings

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Post – Operative Instructions: Fillings

Your anesthesia will wear off in approximately 1 to 3 hours after the procedure. It is very important not to chew on the numb side (to prevent biting tongue, lip, etc.) until the anesthesia wears off.

Children should be observed until the anesthesia has worn off. Due to the strange feeling of the anesthetic, many children chew on the inside of their cheeks, lips and tongue which can cause serious damage.

Your tooth (or teeth) may be sensitive to hot, cold or pressure following the placement of fillings. This is completely normal. The possible symptoms of hot, cold or pressure sensitivity will cease within a few days to a couple of weeks. In very few instances, this sensitivity could last longer than a couple of weeks. As long as your teeth or gums are continuing to feel better (not getting worse), everything is fine, and there is no need for concern. However if you have any concerns, do not hesitate to reach out to your local dentist.

Once the anesthesia has worn off, if you feel as though any of the teeth we have worked on are hitting first when you bite down, please give our office a call immediately. This imbalance with your bite may cause further discomfort and should be adjusted.

The gum tissue can sometimes be irritated during the procedure and may be sore for a few days. The anesthetic injection site may also feel sore or bruised. If your gums are tender, rinse with warm salt water, dissolving 1/2 teaspoon of salt in an 8 oz. glass of warm water. An analgesic such as Tylenol or Advil will help to decrease discomfort.

Composite (tooth colored) fillings set up right away and can be chewed on as soon as the anesthetic wears off.

Home Care

Although the treatment that was performed is quite durable, the underlying tooth is still vulnerable to decay, especially at the interface between the tooth and filling. It is important to resume regular brushing and flossing immediately. Daily home care and regulating your intake of sugar-containing foods will increase the longevity of your new restoration. If you have any other questions or concerns, please call your local office.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns

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Post – Operative Instructions: Deep Cleaning

Scaling and root planing is a non-surgical treatment for periodontal disease. The purpose of the treatment is to remove bacterial plaque and tartar from around teeth and under the gum line and smooth out rough target areas thereby eliminating the inflammation and infection that is the causative factor in gum disease. The progression of gum disease can be halted by removing inflammation and disrupting bacterial bio-film development with regular maintenance visits and meticulous home care.

After treatment you can expect to notice less redness, less bleeding, and less swelling of your gum tissues. Your teeth may feel smoother, and your mouth will taste and feel better. The following tips will make you more comfortable, help to prevent any possible compilations and ensure the success of the procedure.

Discomfort

You may take an over-the-counter pain reliever for any tenderness or discomfort. Take ibuprofen (Advil/Motrin) or acetaminophen (Tylenol) unless you have medical conditions or allergies.

It is not unusual for the teeth to be more sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, and/or sweets. This is normal. This occurs as the gum tissue heals and shrinks in size and should gradually resolve in a few weeks with proper home care. Consistently brushing two to three times daily with sensitivity toothpaste or using fluoride rinses may alleviate this over time. Avoid toothpastes with “whitening” or baking soda, as this will contribute to the problem. If sensitivity continues or is severe, professional application of a desensitizing agent may be required.

Home Care

To help soothe the area, rinse your mouth 2-3 times a day with warm salt water rinses. If CloSYS is prescribed, use as directed.

Resume your home care regimen of brushing twice a day with a soft bristled toothbrush and daily flossing immediately, but be gentle with the area recently treated. Your gum health must be maintained with proper home care, as instructed, and regular dental visits. You may use a WaterPik if recommended as well.

Refrain from smoking for 24 to 48 hours after scaling and root planing as tobacco will delay healing of the tissues. Smoking cessation is highly recommended.

Diet

After scaling and root planing, avoid chewing in the area until the anesthetic has worn off completely. It is easy to bite or burn your cheek, tongue or lip while numb.

For several days following treatment, a soft diet is recommended. Avoid any hard foods such as tortilla chips, potato chips, popcorn, or seeds.

Bleeding

Minor bleeding that results in a pinkish tinge to your saliva is normal and may occur during the first 48 hours following treatment. You may rinse your mouth with warm salt water. If excessive bleeding should occur, apply light pressure to the area with a moistened gauze or moistened tea bag and call the office immediately for more assistance.

Follow – Up Care

We ask patients to return in 3-4 months following scaling and root planing for an additional periodontal evaluation. At this appointment the healing response of your periodontal tissues will be evaluated as well as the effectiveness of your oral self-care in order to determine if further periodontal treatments are necessary as well as the frequency of your recall interval. This appointment will include re-probing the periodontal tissues as well as a maintenance cleaning.

Please contact your office if you have any questions or concerns