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Welcome to our informative guide on recognizing tartar build-up! Tartar, also known as dental calculus, is a common oral health concern that affects many individuals. It starts as plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, and hardens over time if not adequately removed. Understanding the signs of tartar build-up is crucial in maintaining oral hygiene and preventing more serious dental issues. In this blog, we'll explore the key indicators of tartar accumulation and offer expert advice on how to address it. Remember, regular visits to your Austin Dentist are essential in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. So, let's dive into the tell-tale signs that suggest you might be dealing with tartar build-up.

Change in Tooth Texture and Appearance

One of the earliest signs of tartar build-up is a noticeable change in the texture and appearance of your teeth. When plaque hardens into tartar, it creates a rough and porous surface on your teeth, which you might feel when running your tongue over them. This texture differs significantly from the smooth feel of healthy enamel. Additionally, tartar often manifests as a yellow or brownish deposit at the base of the teeth, near the gum line. If you notice these changes, it's time to consult your Austin Dentist for a professional cleaning and guidance on preventing further accumulation.

Persistent Bad Breath or Unpleasant Taste

Persistent bad breath, medically known as halitosis, and an unpleasant taste in your mouth can also be indicators of tartar build-up. Tartar provides a breeding ground for bacteria, which can lead to these symptoms. These bacteria release toxins and compounds that not only affect your oral health but also contribute to bad breath and a lingering bad taste. Regular brushing and flossing may temporarily mask these symptoms, but they often persist until the tartar is professionally removed by an Austin Dentist. It's crucial to address these symptoms promptly, as they can also be signs of other oral health issues.

Inflammation and Bleeding of the Gums

Gum inflammation and bleeding, especially during brushing or flossing, can be a sign of tartar build-up leading to gingivitis, the early stage of gum disease. Tartar irritates and inflames the gums, causing them to become red, swollen, and sensitive. This inflammation can progress to more severe forms of gum disease if left untreated. Regular check-ups with your Austin Dentist can help identify these issues early and provide appropriate treatment, such as a professional cleaning or specific oral hygiene instructions, to reverse the effects of tartar on your gums.

Gum Recession

Gum recession is another sign of tartar accumulation. When tartar builds up at the gum line, it can cause the gums to recede or pull away from the teeth. This recession exposes the roots of the teeth, leading to sensitivity and an increased risk of cavities. If you notice your gums receding, it's a signal to visit your Austin Dentist. Early intervention can help manage tartar build-up and prevent further gum recession with preventive care.

Increased Tooth Sensitivity

As tartar accumulates and gums recede, you may experience increased sensitivity in your teeth, particularly when consuming hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. The exposed roots, due to receding gums, contain tiny tubes leading to the nerve center of the tooth, and when these are exposed, it results in heightened sensitivity. Regular dental check-ups with your Austin Dentist can help address this issue by removing tartar and providing advice on reducing sensitivity.

Difficulty in Cleaning Teeth

When tartar builds up, it can make cleaning your teeth more challenging. Tartar is much harder than plaque and cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing. This can lead to further plaque accumulation and worsening oral health. If you find it increasingly difficult to keep your teeth clean, it’s a sign to visit your Austin Dentist for a professional cleaning.

In Summary

Tartar build-up is a common dental issue that can lead to more severe problems if not addressed timely. Recognizing the signs – changes in tooth texture and appearance, persistent bad breath or unpleasant taste, gum inflammation and bleeding, gum recession, increased tooth sensitivity, and difficulty in cleaning teeth – is the first step toward maintaining good oral health. Regular dental visits for professional cleanings, along with good oral hygiene practices, are essential in preventing tartar build-up. Remember, your Austin Dentist is your ally in keeping your smile healthy and bright. Don't hesitate to reach out for professional advice and treatment to ensure your oral health remains in top condition.

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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

February 20, 2024

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 - OP Instructions: Deep Cleaning

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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