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Pericoronitis

 

Pericoronitis

Pericoronitis is when gum tissue becomes red, swollen and infected around the 3rd molars (wisdom teeth) area. These are the final set of molars that begin to erupt in the late teen or early twenties. Usually when there isn’t enough space for the 3rd molar to erupt, it will only grow partially out of the tissue or in some cases it will not grow at all. When it does grow partially out of the tissue it can create a flap on the area where the tooth is erupting. This flap or gum tissue can hold bacteria and food particles causing the area to become swollen and infected. In some instances, pericoronitis can occur on a wisdom tooth that is still under the gums. The symptoms desk-topfor pericoronitis can be pain and swollen tissue, bad smell or taste in the mouth, discharge of pus near the tooth area, difficulty opening mouth and feeling ill. Pericoronitis can be diagnose by visiting your dental office, in the visit your dentist will recommend an x-ray and will evaluate visually and look for any red, swollen, or pus around the wisdom tooth. Pericoronitis can be treated by rinsing your mouth with warm salt water. This is of course if the redness and swollenness has not spread. If the infection is growing your dentist can treat the infection with antibiotics. If inflammation is severe and pericoronitis recurs it may be necessary to have oral surgery to remove gum flap or wisdom tooth. Once the flap or the wisdom tooth is removed you shouldn’t have a problem with pericoronitis. If the wisdom tooth is removed it is highly recommended to extract the opposing wisdom tooth so that you won’t bite down on the tissue. The dentist might also prescribe pain medication to help relieve some pain. You can prevent pericoronitis by maintaining good oral hygiene and making sure that no food particles and bacteria do not accumulate under the flap when there is a wisdom tooth erupting. If you are experiencing some pericoronitis symptoms you can always contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Kalantari or your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

Gingivitis

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Gingivitis

Gingivitis is the inflammation of the gums, related to periodontal disease. If gingivitis is left untreated it can cause major dental problems. A patient with gingivitis will have swollen red gums, that most likely bleed when they brush their teeth. The beginning stages of gingivitis are the most crucial, If the gingivitis is treated early with brushing and flossing there’s a chance that it doesn’t have a negative effect on your gums. If left untreated it can lead to periodontitis, and that will affect your bone and gums.

Gingivitis is caused by plaque deposits that are on the teeth. Plaque is a sticky film that build up on your teeth that contain bacteria. The bacteria in the plaque causes tooth decay and gum disease. Plaque that is not removed turns into calculus and that irritates the gums, causing them to become infected, swell, and tender. Plaque isn’t the only thing that causes gingivitis, certain infections also cause gums to swell and become red. Poor oral hygiene, uncontrolled diabetes, and misaligned teeth can also raise the risk of gingivitis. The hormonal changes in pregnancy can also affect the gums. gingivitis

In your dental exam your dentist will look for the following conditions, bleeding gums, swelling, and pocked depth. The pocket depth is the space between the gums and tooth, the bigger the pocket the more severe is the periodontal disease. Caries and teeth alignment are also important conditions your dentist will look for. Gingivitis can be treated at home with brushing and flossing daily to remove any plaque that’s on the teeth. Professional teeth cleanings are also a way to treat gingivitis, correcting misaligned teeth, and using antibacterial rinses can help with gingivitis.

Gingivitis can be prevented by brushing and flossing daily. Our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry recommends a check-up every six months. Antiplaque toothpaste and mouth rinses are also a good help to prevent gingivitis. If you would like to schedule an exam with your dentist in Santa Ana, Dr. Danial Kalantari please feel free to contact our office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

Dental Emergencies

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Dental Emergencies

Dental emergencies can be very frightening and painful. Patients are sometimes unaware of what to do when they are involved with a dental emergency.  The best advice is to go to your dental office as soon as the dental emergency occurs. If you can’t make it to your office go to the nearest emergency room. Your dental office will usually have an emergency contact phone number to reach your dentist, if the dentist is not available. The dentist can guide you on what steps to take for your dental emergency.

The most common type of dental emergency for when patients seek dental care is an abscessed tooth. The symptoms include pain on the tooth where the abscess formed, swelling, and response to heat or cold.  This a sign that the tooth is infected and the abscess grow because the fluid has no way of releasing from the bone.  If the tooth goes untreated it may cause severe pain, especially at night time when the patient is resting.  Your dentist will treat abscess with antibiotic and dental treatment.  The dental treatment will depend on the infection and how bad the tooth is affected. dental emergency

Another type of dental emergency is Alveolitis. This is more known as dry socket, a dry socket can occur after a dental extraction. This happens when a blood clot does not form or is washed away out of the socket exposing the nerve endings. This exposure causes great discomfort and increases the chance of infections.  The way this is treated is by carefully rinsing the area and then placing a special dry socket paste.  This material can be placed for one or two days until the discomfort starts diminishing.  The patient might need to take pain medication along with the dry socket paste treatment to control discomfort.

Broken tooth is also a common dental emergency. The anterior (front) teeth are most common to become fractured or broken. The anterior teeth are more exposed, to the rest of the teeth. The fracture or broken teeth usually happen on young children when they are playing and fall or adults involved in an accident. Another common way for teeth to break is from dental caries, the tooth becomes weak and when the patients bites down on something hard the tooth breaks. This can be treated with dental treatment, and the treatment depends on how bad the fracture is and how it’s affecting the patient.

Broken Prosthesis can also be a dental emergency. This is normally not a physical pain but more concern with esthetics or loss of function. The broken prosthesis can usually be fixed in office, but for major repairs will need to be sent out to a dental lab for best results.

Temporary crowns may become loose and may require re-cementation.  These are very common to come off because they are cemented with temporary cement. If your temporary crown comes off or breaks visit your dentist for re-cementation of the crown. If you have any questions regarding any type of dental emergency please contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

 

 

Dental Health With Crooked Teeth

Dental Health With Crooked Teeth

Dental health with crooked teeth, there are many reasons why peoples teeth grown in crooked or misaligned. Some people’s mouths are too small for their teeth, the limited space causes the teeth to shift position and become crooked. There are some cases where the upper and lower jaw aren’t the same size which causes to form an over bite or under bite. When baby teeth or adult teeth come off at an age where they shouldn’t, it causes spaces to close and permanent teeth grow misaligned. Misaligned or crooked teeth can also be heredity.

With crooked teeth it’s very difficult for a patient to clean properly between the teeth. This may increase the chance of the patient to have cavities in between the teeth or build up to grown in that area. Misaligned teeth also create pressure on the jaw, because the way the teeth occlude is not correct. This can also cause teeth to break, if the pressure is constant on a tooth. Crooked or misaligned teeth can also hurt a patients self esteem.

The way you fix crooked or misaligned teeth are with orthodontic treatment. Orthodontic treatment begins with a visit to your dental office. Your dentist will need to do a general exam, after the exam your dentist will determine if you have to visit an Orthodontist or can be done in office (if your office offers orthodontic treatment). Your Orthodontist will need records of his own, so x-rays will be taken with impressions and photos of your mouth. With this information the orthodontist can create a treatment plan for you and depending on the severity of the case the longer you will use braces.before-after-02

Depending on the case, your orthodontist can align your teeth with traditional braces or the Invisalign method. The traditional braces are placed in the teeth, and with wire your teeth begin to move in the position that your orthodontist wants your teeth to move to. With Invisalign it works with a set of aligners that are custom made to your teeth, and with time the aligners begin to shift your teeth to move into the desired position. At Smiles on Bristol Dentistry we do offer the Invisalign method to our patients if needed.

After your braces or Invisalign your treatment isn’t complete. You need a set of retainers to maintain the teeth in the aligned position. Once your teeth are aligned the risk of developing dental cavities, periodontal diseases, and broken teeth minimize. If you would like a free orthodontic consultation you can contact your friendly office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry, or your Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari. Contact Us

 

 

Anorexia

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Anorexia
 
Anorexia is an eating disorder and there is an estimate that some type of eating disordered affects around 10 million Americans. Anorexia is more common on teens and young adults. Individuals suffering from anorexia have extreme weight loss, and the weight loss is usually 15% below the person’s normal body weight. People suffering from anorexia are very skinny, but are convinced that they are overweight. Weight loss is obtained by many ways. Some of the common techniques used are excessive exercise, intake of laxatives and not eating. Anorexics have an intense fear of becoming fat. Their dieting habits develop from this fear. People with anorexia continue to think they are overweight even after they become extremely thin, are very ill or near death. Often they will develop strange eating habits such as refusing to eat in front of other people. Sometimes the individuals will prepare big meals for others while refusing to eat any of it. The disorder is thought to be most common among people of higher socioeconomic classes and people involved in activities where thinness is especially looked upon, such as dancing, theater, and distance running.
 
Anorexia affects your oral health in many ways. With anorexia the frequent vomiting can cause salivary glands to enlarge and the person may develop dry mouth. Dry mouth can lead to caries and periodontal disease. Tooth erosion is very common in bulimic patients due to the powerful effects of the stomach acid. With time the erosion can cause the enamel to change length, color, or shape. The lips may become cracked, red, or cracked and patient might also experience bad breath.
 
Treatment often can be extremely challenging because someone with anorexia will not cooperate or resists participation in any treatment program. Initially, treatment must focus on stabilizing any life-threatening complications of starvation. In severe cases, the medical team will assist in regaining weight, possibly using nutrition replacement through an IV. The team must educate the person about the disease and its medical complications, as well as teach proper nutritional requirements. For treatment of the oral health patients who purge by vomiting should not brush after vomiting but instead rinse with water to neutralize the effect of the stomach acid. Regular check ups are important, the dentist will usually be the first line of defense.
 
 
Recognizing that a problem may exist is crucial. Rarely are people aware of this problem themselves because this disease is defined by a distorted view of their own body image or weight. A family member or friend must recognize the possibility of a medical or psychiatric problem. A person with anorexia nervosa often resists questioning and is extremely secretive, usually denying any problem and making excuses for weight loss or eating habits. If pressed on the subject, the person may become angry or withdrawn, further complicating attempts by others to help. If you think a friend or family member has a problem, get that person to a physician, even if she or he strongly resists cooperating. You can also contact our dentist in Santa Ana Dr. Danial Kalantari, or our friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us

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Asthma

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Asthma
 
 
 

Asthma is a condition that affects a person’s airways, which are also called breathing tubes or bronchial tubes. For most people, breathing is simple. They breathe in through their noses or mouths and the air goes into the windpipe. From there, it travels through the airways and into the lungs. But for people with asthma, breathing can be a lot more difficult because their airways are very sensitive. An asthma flare up, which some people call an asthma attack or episode, happens when a person’s airways get swollen and narrower and it becomes a lot harder for air to get in and out of the lungs. In between flare-ups, a person breathing can be totally normal or seem that way. But during a flare-up, it can feel like the person is breathing through a straw. A person with asthma may wheeze (a whistling sound when he or she breathes), cough, and feel tightness in the chest. An asthma flare-up can get worse and worse if the person doesn’t use asthma medicine. After an asthma flare-up, the airways almost always return to the way they were before, although it can take several days.Blue asthma inhaler isolated on white background

 

 
So how does asthma affect your oral health? People who have asthma are more than likely to suffer from dry mouth. Having a good amount of saliva in the mouth is important, it helps prevent cavities. Using an inhaler may irritate the back of the mouth and it can cause mouth ulcers or thrush. The medication for asthma can also lead to bad breath, gum disease, or other oral health problems.
 
Here are a few tips on how to protect your teeth and gums from any oral health problems related to asthma. Drink plenty of water to avoid having dry mouth and to stop any bacteria from forming after using your inhaler. Limit yourself from sugary foods to lower your chance of developing dental cavities. Avoid smoking to help prevent any periodontal disease. The most important tip is to brush and floss regularly, you can use toothpaste that helps with dry mouth. If you are scheduled for a dental appointment make sure to bring your dental inhaler to your appointment with you.
 
 
 Not every person’s asthma is the same, some asthma flare-ups can be cause by allergies and other can be cause by anxiety. People who have asthma should try to avoid things that can cause their airways to tighten. For many people visiting the dental office can cause anxiety. Scheduling early appointments or weekend appointments to prevent any asthma flare-ups might help. Avoid caffeine if you are visiting your dental office, caffeine can intensify anxiety. Many people know when they are beginning to have a flare up, if this is the case try to alert the dentist as soon as possible. Dental offices should be equipped with an asthma inhaler. If you have any questions regarding asthma and your oral health please contact your dentist in Santa Ana Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us

Local Anesthesia

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Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is a type of anesthetic administered by the dentist to help prevent discomfort on an area of your mouth that needs dental treatment needed. (Some states allow dental hygienist to administer local anesthesia.) Many people fear or do not visit the dentist regularly because they are afraid of the anesthetic needles. They put their self at higher risk in developing major dental problems. Local anesthesia works by blocking the nerves that sense or transmit pain. Making the dental treatment easier on the patient without feeling any pain or discomfort.

First, before any local anesthesia is administered the dentist will use a topical anesthetic on the injection site. The topical anesthetic is placed in the oral mucosa for at least one minute. The topical anesthesia will help eliminate sensation, making the patient feel less discomfort when the anesthetic is administered. Topical anesthetic can also be used to depress the gag reflex that occur when taking x-rays or impressions. Topical anesthetic can come in gel, ointments, liquids, and metered sprays. It is commonly found in gel form, and comes in different flavors.

Injectable anesthetic comes in liquid form and it’s in a cartridge. There are many types of injectable anesthetics, they are labeled with different color cartridges. Some anesthetics contain vasoconstrictor; vasoconstrictor increases the duration of the anesthetic. There are some types of anesthetics that contain no vasoconstrictor and the duration of the anesthetic is less than one with vasoconstrictor. These are mostly used on patients with high blood pressure, and come in a light brown-labeled cartridge.carpules

Local anesthesia can be used for most dental treatment. Including dental fillings, root canals, crown preparations, extractions, and deep cleanings. There are some cases were your dentist will recommend sedation for wisdom teeth extractions. Local anesthesia can last from 3 to 5 hours so it’s very important to avoid hot foods and drinks, and avoid biting your lips and cheeks.

Local anesthesia is not the most fun part in dentistry, but it does help you from feeling any sensitivity or pain while in dental treatment. If you have any questions regarding local anesthesia in the dental field, you can contact our dentist in Santa Ana, Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry.Contact Us

 

 

How Long Does A Dental Filling Last?

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How Long Does A Dental Filling Last?

How long does a dental filling last ? There isn’t a correct answer to this questions because there is a lot of factors when a dental filling is placed. Factors include what type of material is being used, if the technique of placing the filling was correct, and patients oral hygiene. There are also different life spans for certain dental materials.
Amalgam fillings or better known as silver fillings are very strong, durable, and can withstand a lot of the wearing down. The life span of amalgam can last from 10 to 15 years plus depending on patients oral hygiene. Your dentist will notice when it’s time to replace the filling. The silver fillings will begin to break, leak or shrink, and it’s at this moment the filling will need replacing. This material works great when it’s allowed to set correctly. a-guide-to-sensitive-teeth-1140x995
Composite fillings or white fillings are the most popular type of filling restoration. This type of fillings require to drill less keeping more of your tooth structure. The average life span of white fillings is about 7-10 years. These filling also shrink with time, they can also break or come off. It requires a good technique to place this material, the working area has to be kept dry at all times to see the best results.
Oral hygiene plays a huge role in maintaining  your current restorations. Brushing and flossing daily to keep any bacteria from forming on the restorations. Wearing a night guard if you suffer from bruxism. If you grind your teeth and don’t wear a night guard it’s a good idea to speak to your dentist. This will prevent any wearing down of the teeth and fillings. Visiting your dentist when schedule or whenever there is a dental emergency will also extend the restorations life span.
It is very important to replace any broken or worn off fillings because there can be a chance of recurrent decay.  This means that there can be a chance of another cavity forming around or underneath the current restoration. The best way to find out if you need any fillings replace is when you schedule your check ups. If you have any questions you can contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

Discomfort After Dental Fillings

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Discomfort After Dental Fillings

Discomfort after dental fillings, is very common. You might feel sensitivity to cold liquids, sweet foods, and when biting down. These are very common for a few weeks but get better during time. The best option is to avoid anything that’s causing the sensitivity on your teeth. It is also recommended to switch to a toothpaste that helps with sensitivity. Sensitivity is normal for a few weeks, throbbing pain is not. If you feel throbbing pain consult with your treating dentist to make sure there isn’t a major problem. discomfort after fills ft

Fillings are used to replace the decayed area of a tooth. The decay area has to be removed so the cavity doesn’t grow and create a major problem. The type of filling depends on your dentist and what works best for you. In Smiles on Bristol Dentistry in Santa Ana we use white composite fillings for our patients. If there is a large cavity there is options to protect the tooth, like a base liner that works like a wall between the dentin and filling creating less sensitivity. There are other options you have like desensitizer, this all depends on your dentist choice and what works best for you.

Discomfort when biting down is also very common. This can mean that the occlusion of your teeth can be a little high causing the discomfort when you bite down. This can be fixed by your dentist; he has to adjust the occlusion of the filling. If the discomfort stays, then there might be a bigger problem. If you have throbbing pain it can be that the tooth is no longer healthy. You might need a root canal treatment to get rid of the throbbing pain.

In some rare cases, some patients might be allergic to amalgam fillings. If this is the case it’s very important to let your dentist know about any medical condition. If the treating dentist is informed, he will put the filling that works best for you. If your discomfort is from cold liquids and sweet foods, this usually takes a couple weeks for the sensitivity to go away. There is also a slight chance that you might feel discomfort when flossing after an interproximal filling has been placed. This can be that the tissues are irritated and the discomfort will go away. It’s very important to continue to floss.

If it’s past a couple weeks and you have persistent consult with your treating dentist. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari or your friendly staff of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us

 

Desensitizer

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Desensitizer

Have you ever experience sensitivity on a tooth after it has been filled? If your answer is yes, then you are not alone. It is common to feel sensitivity on a tooth that has been filled for a couple of days sometimes weeks. This all depends on how large was the cavity that was filled and what type of restoration was used to replace the missing tooth structure. The type of restoration that is used, plays a very important role in how much sensitivity you are going to feel. Amalgam restorations are known to cause little to no sensitivity. White composite fillings are more common for patients to feel some type of sensitivity.GlumaD

At Smiles on Bristol Dentistry our Santa Ana Dentist Dr. Danial Kalantari recommends to his patients desensitizer if the cavity is large. Desensitizer is a material that is placed before the filling so that the patient doesn’t feel sensitivity on the tooth after the treatment. The brand of desensitizer that is used in the office is called Gluma. Gluma works by blocking the microscopic tubules that compose the dentin. The objective of desensitizer is too reduce and prevent hypersensitivity.

Desensitizer can be used on more than just dental fillings. Desensitizer can be used on crown preparations, bridges, inlays and onlays, veneers and temporary restorations, tooth neck erosion, exposed dentin, and hypersensitive teeth due to gingiva recession. Once it’s placed it can treat and prevent hypersensitivity for about 9 months sometimes longer. Having the option of a desensitizer is great because it can eliminate the option of brushing with a toothbrush that treats sensitivity.

So if you are still experiencing sensitivity you should contact your dentist, and ask if desensitizer is an option for your case. The dentist can best inform you if desensitizer will work or if it’s a different problem. If you have any questions you can contact your friendly dental office of Smiles on Bristol Dentistry. Contact Us