Misconceptions About Porcelain Veneers

Looking for a perfect yet natural looking smile? Are you finally ready to fix the tooth you cracked ages ago? Veneers are the perfect way to transform your teeth and boost your self confidence. However, what are porcelain veneers and what do they treat exactly? Porcelain veneers have been used for years to fix a variety of dental problems such as chips and cracks, gaps between teeth, minor misalignments, and discoloration. They are thin, porcelain shells that are ‘glued’ to the tooth/teeth. What, though, are some common misconceptions about porcelain veneers?

  • The application is painful. Veneers are only applied after the patient is given a local anesthetic to eliminate any pain or discomfort.
  • You only need veneers for the front of your mouth. While it is most common for dental veneers to be placed in the most visible part of your mouth, they are also made for your lower and back teeth.
  • The entire tooth must be filed down before veneers can be placed. Minimal reshaping of the tooth is sometimes needed to place dental veneers. Our dentists at Dental Art, however, do everything to eliminate unnecessary filing.
  • Veneers can get put on in one visit. In order to get your perfect smile, more than one appointment is necessary. You will be given several temporary veneers to try out.
  • Veneers are unnaturally white and noticeable. With today’s technology, we can perfectly match to the color, thickness, and shape of your teeth.

Are porcelain veneers right for you? Call us today for an appointment at Dental Arts to see if porcelain veneers work for your teeth. Our staff will be more than happy to assist you!

Tips for Root Canal Aftercare & Recovery

So you’ve scheduled your root canal therapy? You are probably wondering what exactly you can do after your treatment for the quickest, easiest and most comfortable recovery. Well luckily for you, Dental Arts St. Pete Beach is here with root canal aftercare and recovery tips! We hope that your root canal treatment and recovery goes well.

Properly Take Prescriptions

If you are undergoing root canal treatment, chances are you know how painful a tooth infection can be! If your dentist prescribes any medications or antibiotics, it is important to take the prescription as directed. This can promote better healing and reduce your risk of additional complications.

Keep Your Mouth Clean

Following your root canal therapy, it is extremely important to keep the area as clean as possible. Be careful yet thorough when brushing, flossing and rinsing your mouth to avoid any discomfort while still removing any bacteria.

Watch What You Eat

When it comes to what you should eat and drink following a root canal, there are a few simple rules to follow. Your tooth will most likely be sensitive, so hot and cold foods may cause quite a bit of discomfort. You should also avoid foods that are crunchy, chewy, sticky or hard following your treatment.

Get a Dental Crown

At our St. Pete Beach dental office, we recommend every patient who receives a root canal also get a dental crown following their treatment. A dental crown can help protect your affected tooth from further decay, damage and infection along with improving the appearance, functionality, and strength of your tooth.

Do you have additional questions regarding your root canal treatment? Don’t hesitate to contact Dental Arts St. Pete Beach. We would be happy to answer any questions you may have about root canal therapy or anything dentistry related honestly. We hope that you have a quick and speedy recovery following your root canal therapy!

Do You Have Good Dental Care Habits?

We’ve all heard how important dental care can be for achieving optimal oral health but what exactly are good dental care habits? Visiting your St. Pete beach dentist, of course, is an essential component but what about when you are at home?

The Importance of Brushing

When it comes to taking care of those pearly whites, brushing might just be the most important thing you can do. We recommend brushing a minimum of at least two times a day, once in the morning and once before bed. Always purchase a soft-bristled toothbrush and be sure to also brush lightly.

When it comes to replacing your toothbrush, we recommend you replace it every 3 months. If you notice worn bristles or have been sick, we recommend replacing your brush immediately. Again, be sure to always buy soft-bristled toothbrushes.

The Importance of Flossing

While brushing is extremely important, there are some areas your brush is going to miss. Like in between your teeth! Flossing allows you to properly clean the areas between your teeth where bacteria and plaque love to hang out. Find flossing difficult? Try out some of the newer floss picks which allow you to reach areas easier and can easily be disposed of.

Got braces? A Waterpik can be a great dental addition which allows you to properly clean your braces and teeth without having to deal with the hassle of flossing between brackets, wires, and bands.

The Importance of Scraping

Another part of good dental care habits is cleaning your tongue! When people think of cleaning their “smile” they often just think of their teeth, however, did you know bacteria also love to hang out on your tongue? These bacteria can lead to bad breath, plaque buildup, dental decay and even gum disease! We recommend investing in a tongue scraper which can be used to remove leftover debris and bacteria.

Wondering how well you are doing with your dental care habits? Contact Dental Arts in St. Pete Beach today! We’d be happy to evaluate your smile and overall oral health to determine if you could be taking better care of your smile!

Facts About Sedation Dentistry

If you have anxiety when going to the dentist, or your young child is prone to meltdowns or freak-outs when faced with potential pain, then sedation dentistry might be for you and your family. Many people today are under-informed when it comes to sedation dentistry and believe that it could be dangerous like anesthesia during surgery.

Fact: Sedation Dentistry Is Safe

 Nitrous oxide is given to the patient before any procedure starts and when the procedure is over the gas leaves your system just as fast as it started. You will constantly be monitored by your dentist at all times, and there is virtually no added risk with the use of laughing gas, or nitrous oxide.

Fact: There Are Different Levels of Sedation Dentistry Available

 If you wish to be minimally sedated, then you can receive just enough sedative to remain awake, yet relaxed. You will remain conscious throughout the procedure, and the nitrous oxide will be just enough to make sure you feel no pain and are completely relaxed.

Fact: Sedation Dentistry Has Been Around for Many Years

 Sedation dentistry and the use of laughing gas can be dated all the way back to the 19th century! It is well understood and very safe.

Fact: Sedation Dentistry Can Be Used for More than Relieving Dental Anxiety

While laughing gas does a good job at keeping you from becoming overly anxious, it is also extremely useful for your dentist when they have to perform multiple procedures at once or when dealing with a client who has a sensitive gag reflex! It is also great when dealing with kids or patients who can’t cooperate or who have trouble sitting still.

Whether or not sedation dentistry from the dental office is right for you is completely up to you to choose. You should know, however, that it is renowned to make for a more pleasant dental experience and is very safe!

Brighten Your Smile with Teeth Whitening!

It might not seem like it, but your teeth are like sponges. They are porous, which means they have little holes all over them that are ready to absorb whatever is thrown against them. This can be a good thing or a bad thing. For most people, it means that your teeth absorb staining liquids like coffee and wine. Over time, the natural shine of your pearly-whites can start to lose its luster. Thankfully, though, these little pores also open up the possibility for teeth whitening treatments to take care of those stains!

What You Can Do

There are a lot of options out there in terms of teeth whitening. Teeth whitening kits, teeth whitening strips, teeth bleaching, and other teeth whitening products are all easily obtainable and completely safe. Many people believe that they are damaging to teeth, but if you use them correctly then that simply isn’t the case!

There are many differences between the whitening products out there. Most of them use the same basic ingredients because every company and dentist knows what works. The difference, though, is the delivery method. All of the methods work but to varying degrees.

Whitening toothpastes, for example, are diluted with water and then lathered onto your teeth, but quickly washed off seconds later. Whitening strips are held against the teeth by an adhesive, which works better than the toothpaste. However, the absolute best way to get your teeth white fast would be to stop in to your local dentist and get a whitening treatment. Dentists use a thick gel that makes its way through all the crevices of your teeth and is held securely by a tray. It is safe and effective.

The teeth whitening you choose is up to you, but it’s important to know that each method will yield varying results, so choose wisely!

Foods to Avoid for a Healthier Smile

Are you interested in a bright, healthy, cavity-free smile? Wondering what else you can do besides proper at-home dental care and professional dental treatments? Address your diet! Much like other parts of your body, what you consume can have a big impact on how healthy your smile is. Wondering which foods and beverages to avoid? Here are just a few:

Citrus

Although citrus fruits pack an amazing dose of Vitamin C, the acidity found in these foods can actually be harmful to your smile. The acid contained in acidic foods such as citrus can erode your tooth enamel, leaving you more at risk for decay, cavities, and infections.

Coffee

For most adults in America, the thought of life without coffee can be a scary one. However, if you are looking for a bright, white, healthy smile, it may be best to at least cut-down. Coffee can not only stain teeth but can also result in dry mouth and bacterial overgrowth. If coffee is a must, try using a straw and rinsing it down with a nice glass of water.

Sticky Foods

Sticky foods such as dried fruits, candies and taffies can all be especially bad for your dental health. These foods often get stuck to teeth and have high amounts of sugar, increasing your risk of decay and cavities.

Soda

Soda has become a staple in the American diet for most; however, for those interested in optimal oral health, it may be better just to drink some water. The sugar found in these beverages is consumed by bacteria, creating acid which in turn erodes enamel. When enamel has been eroded, a patient is much more likely to have decay and cavities.

Much like the rest of your body, diet has a huge impact on your oral health. When it comes to keeping your smile healthy, be sure to avoid foods high in sugar, acidity or that are overly sticky.