When we think of overall mouth health, both endodontics and periodontics can be crucial.
Periodontics focuses on the care and treatment of the gums and other structures in the mouth that support the teeth.
Here are some services Periodontists may provie:
- Scaling and planning of the root (especially when there is an infection)
- Removal of damaged tissue
- Regenerative procedures to reverse bone loss and tissue loss
- Gum surgeries
Because it is estimated that about half of all Americans have periodontal disease, the American Academy of Periodontology recommends an annual periodontal evaluation.
What are Endodontics?
Endodontics focuses on the care and treatment of the inside of the tooth, or the pulp and tissue that surround the roots of the tooth.
Endodontists can provide these services:
How Do I Know if I Need a Periodontic or Endodontic Treatment?
If you experience any pain in your gums or teeth, your first step is to go see your dentist. They will be able to determine the general issue you are facing and provide you with a referral to a periodontist or endodontist based on their assessment of your symptoms.
What Are the Costs of Periodontic and Endodontic Treatments?
Depending on the issue you are facing, the treatment you require, and the urgency of the problem, the cost of periodontal and endodontic care will vary wildly. Here at Dison Family Dentistry, we can talk to your insurance company on your behalf to help you determine what services are covered and at what rate.
Some insurance companies will offer some coverage for treatment, as long as the intervention or surgery is medically required but this too will vary widely from company to company. In some cases, a co-pay is required, while other companies require the full payment of a deductible before they cover any of the cost. Others will ask that you pay a percentage. It is worth it to talk to your insurance beforehand.
If you think you might need endodontic or periodontal treatment, we can help. Contact Dison Family Dentistry today to schedule a comprehensive evaluation.
A dental fistula is a pathological connection or passage between the inside of the mouth and the jawbone or sinus. It is a type of oral and maxillofacial lesion that can develop as a result of dental infection, trauma, or other underlying medical conditions.
If you think you have a dental fistula, do not wait to seek dental help. Call Dison Family Dental today for an appointment.
What Is a Dental Fistula?
A dental fistula can present as a small bump or opening in the gums. It can cause drainage of pus or other materials from the affected area.
If left untreated, dental fistulas can lead to further oral health problems, including jawbone destruction, recurrent infections, and spread of infection to other parts of the body, which is why immediate treatment is recommended.
Dental Sinus Tract vs. Fistula
A dental sinus tract and a dental fistula are similar in that they both refer to a pathological connection or passage between the inside of the mouth and the jawbone or sinus. However, there are some differences between the two.
A dental sinus tract is a narrow, tubular channel that originates from a dental infection and extends from the inside of the mouth to the surface of the face or neck. It can be associated with discharge of pus or other materials, and it is usually painful or uncomfortable.
A dental fistula, on the other hand, is a more broad term that refers to any abnormal connection between the inside of the mouth and the jawbone or sinuses. A dental fistula can present as an opening or bump in the gums, and it may be associated with drainage of pus or other materials.
Natural Treatment for Dental Fistula
Traditional treatment options for dental fistulas typically involve antibiotics, drainage of the infected area, and removal of the source of the infection, but some natural treatments may be effective in certain cases.
Some natural remedies that may be helpful include the following:
- Salt water rinse: Rinsing the mouth with warm salt water can help to reduce pain, swelling, and inflammation associated with dental fistulas.
- Tea tree oil: Tea tree oil has antiseptic and antimicrobial properties that can be helpful in managing infection.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Hydrogen peroxide has antimicrobial properties and may be an effective option.
- Turmeric: Turmeric has anti-inflammatory properties that may help to reduce swelling and pain associated with dental fistulas.
Get Dental Fistula Treatment Now
It is important to note that natural remedies should not be used as a substitute for professional medical treatment for dental fistulas because infection can worsen or spread to other parts of the body. It’s imperative to seek help from a dental professional.
If you have a dental fistula, reach out to Dison Family Dental for an appointment. If treatment is needed, you can get personalized information about the best options for your circumstances.
Use of Traditional Herbal Medicine as an Alternative in Dental Treatment in Mexican Dentistry: A Review. (July 2017). Pharmaceutical Biology.
For those who struggle with grinding their teeth at night, or bruxism, a dental appliance is often a good solution. Used to support the teeth and decrease the effects of bruxism, a dental splint can be a hugely helpful appliance to moderate pain and discomfort.
What Is a Dental Splint?
A dental splint is a device used to support and stabilize teeth, jaws, and temporomandibular joints (TMJ). A custom-made appliance, a splint is worn in the mouth, typically at night, and can help to relieve symptoms of bruxism (teeth grinding) and temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD).
There are several types of dental splints available to patients, including these:
- Bite splint or occlusal splint: This device fits over the upper or lower teeth and helps to redistribute bite forces, which in turn reduces the wearing down of the teeth caused by bruxism.
- TMJ splint: This splint fits over the lower teeth and helps to stabilize the temporomandibular joint, thereby reducing the pain and discomfort of TMD.
- Stabilization splint: This device fits over both the upper and lower teeth and helps to stabilize the jaw in order to reduce symptoms of TMD.
Dental splints are typically made from a hard plastic material and are custom made to fit the patient’s mouth. They are designed to be comfortable, and they are often worn at night while the person is sleeping.
The use of a dental splint can help to relieve pain and discomfort, prevent further damage to the teeth, and improve the function of the jaw and TMJ.
What Is a Tooth Splint?
A dental splint and a tooth splint can refer to the same thing in some cases, as both terms are used interchangeably in dentistry. However, in some instances, the term tooth splint may refer specifically to a device used to stabilize a loose or injured tooth.
A tooth splint is a type of dental splint that is used to immobilize and protect a loose, fractured, or displaced tooth. It is typically made from a thin piece of wire or plastic material, and it is bonded to the affected tooth and adjacent teeth to provide stability and support. Tooth splints are used to promote healing and prevent further damage to the affected tooth.
How Does a Splint Work?
There are different types of splints available, and all of them work a little bit differently. Some are bonded to the teeth in order to create stability, while others are removable appliances that are worn as needed, usually at night, to support the teeth and surrounding structure of the mouth.
Do I Need a Dental Split?
If you struggle with pain in the joints of your jaw, or you grind or clench your teeth, reach out to Dison Family Dentistry to set up an appointment and learn more about the options available to you.
Dental Splints: Types and Time of Immobilization Post Tooth Avulsion. (December 2017). Journal of Istanbul University Faculty of Dentistry.
Dental procedures for children can sometimes incite fear in children. In some cases, there is pain or discomfort attached to the process as well.
For this reason, it may be necessary to sedate a child prior to a dental procedure, but it is important to note that there can be potential side effects of sedation in a child.
If your child is in need of a dental procedure that requires sedation, reach out to Dison Family Dental first for a second opinion. We can help you decide if it’s the right choice in your situation.
Child Sedation Dentistry Side Effects
There can be side effects associated with sedation for children undergoing dental procedures. In some cases, the side effects can negate the benefits of the sedation, depending on what the alternatives are.
The most common side effects of dental sedation in children include the following:
- Drowsiness: Just like adults feel drowsy after sedation and cannot drive themselves home, children may feel sleepy after the procedure and need to rest for a while until they are back to normal.
- Nausea and vomiting: Some children experience nausea and vomiting after the procedure, especially if they have a history of motion sickness. Depending on the type of medication used for sedation, it may cause nausea and vomiting during the procedure, which is why it is usually recommended that the patient avoid eating or drinking beforehand.
- Dry mouth: It is a mild side effect, but children may have a dry mouth due to the effects of the medication used for sedation when they wake up. They may find it noticeably uncomfortable and/or complain that drinking water doesn’t help, but it will go away in time.
- Headache: Headache is not uncommon after undergoing dental sedation, and children may need to rest until it goes away.
- Disorientation: Children may feel disoriented and confused after the procedure, especially if they have been sedated for a longer period of time.
Side Effects Due to Child Dental Sedation Are Usually Mild
It’s important to note that side effects in children caused by the use of sedation in a dental procedure are typically mild and short-lived. In most cases, they resolve on their own within a few hours or, at most, a day after the procedure.
If your child experiences any severe or persistent side effects, it’s important to contact the dentist or a medical professional for further evaluation and treatment. In most cases, your child will be kept in the office for observation for some time after the procedure, but if any serious issues occur after you return home, call for emergency medical help.
Alternatives to Child Dentistry Sedation
In some cases, it may be possible to avoid “going under” when your child needs a dental surgery or intervention. Nitrous oxide and local anesthesia may be a better choice, and it’s always a good idea to ask about all your options before committing to one.
If your child needs a dental procedure, contact Dison Family Dental for an appointment today.
Post-Sedation Events in Children Sedated for Dental Care. (Summer 2013). Anesthesia Progress: The Journal of Sedation and Anesthesiology in Dentistry.
A flipper tooth is a simple dental prosthesis that can be used to replace a missing tooth or teeth temporarily. Usually made of a lightweight plastic material that is designed to fit over the existing teeth, this appliance fills in the gap caused by a missing tooth.
As convenient as a flipper tooth may be, they are not for everyone. Call Dison Family Dental to set up an appointment to determine the best solution for your needs.
Temporary Flipper Tooth
The flipper tooth is held in place by the surrounding teeth. It is made to be removable, making it a convenient solution for people who are looking for a temporary tooth replacement or who worry about dental hygiene with other appliances.
Flipper teeth are commonly used as a temporary solution for people who have lost a tooth due to injury, extraction, or other reasons. In these cases, the flipper tooth can be used to fill the gap created by the missing tooth, restoring the person’s smile and helping to maintain their oral health.
This can be especially important for people who have lost a front tooth, as this can have a significant impact on their appearance and self-esteem.
Flipper Tooth: Made to Order
Flipper teeth are typically made to order by a dental laboratory based on an impression of the patient’s mouth. This ensures that the flipper tooth fits precisely over the existing teeth and is comfortable to wear.
The type of material used to make a flipper tooth can be chosen based on the person’s preference as well, but it is usually made of a flexible plastic material that is easy to clean and maintain. It is designed to last for several months or longer.
Low-Cost Tooth Replacement Solution
One of the main benefits of a flipper tooth is that it is relatively inexpensive compared to other tooth replacement options, such as dental implants or bridges. This makes it a popular choice for people who are looking for a temporary solution while they consider a more permanent tooth replacement.
Flipper Teeth Are Low-Maintenance Options
Another benefit of a flipper tooth is that it is easy to clean and maintain. Unlike dental implants or bridges, which require special cleaning and maintenance, flipper teeth can be removed and cleaned as needed. This can make it a convenient solution for people who are looking for a temporary tooth replacement but are not ready for a more permanent option.
Is a Flipper Tooth Right for Me?
There are some limitations to flipper teeth that may not make them the right choice for everyone. For example, they are not as stable as other tooth replacement options, and they may be more likely to slip or move out of place. This can be especially problematic for people who are missing multiple teeth, as it can make it more difficult to eat, talk, or smile with confidence.
Another limitation of flipper teeth is that they may not be as durable as other tooth replacement options, so they may not be able to withstand daily wear and tear.
If you think that a flipper tooth may be right for you, schedule an appointment at Dison Family Dentistry today to find out.
Impact of Dental Disorders and Its Influence on Self Esteem Levels Among Adolescents. (April 2017). Journal of Clinical & Diagnostic Research.
Dental anesthesia without needles, or needle-free anesthesia, is a method of numbing the mouth for dental procedures without the use of traditional needles. This method can be beneficial for patients who have a fear of needles or experience pain with traditional injections. Children, especially, may do better with anesthesia without a needle when they need a dental procedure.
There are a number of different ways to get anesthesia into the body without using a needle. Here are just a few:
Jet Injectors Offer an Alternative to Needles
One option for needle-free anesthesia is the use of a jet injector. This device uses high-pressure air to deliver anesthetic under the skin rather than via a needle. This method is fast-acting and can provide a deep level of anesthesia that will allow for a more comfortable invasive dental procedure.
VibraJect Reduces Pain Associated with Needles
While VibraJect does not remove the need for a needle, it does reduce the pain associated with the use of a needle for injection. This device attaches to a traditional needle and uses a high-frequency vibration to reduce the pain associated with a needle injection.
The Wand Is Less Painful Than a Traditional Needle
Another option is a device called the Wand. It is a computer-controlled device that utilizes a slow and steady flow of anesthetic for painless injections. This device is less painful than traditional needles, and it is also more accurate.
Lidocaine Spray May Be an Alternative
No needles are used to apply liposomal lidocaine. When administered in spray form, the substance is spritzed directly onto the gums before a dental procedure, which can provide a numbing effect that lasts for a brief period of time.
This method is not as effective as traditional needles in providing deep anesthesia, but it can be a good option for patients with a fear of needles. It should be noted, however, that any invasive dental procedure will be painful even with the lidocaine at its peak.
Homeopathic Options Diminish Pain but Do Not Replace Anesthesia
There are a handful of homeopathic options that may help to diminish the experience of pain or provide a sense of numbness. For example, clove oil can be applied topically to the gums before a procedure to provide a numbing effect. However, like lidocaine, it is not as effective as traditional needles in providing deep anesthesia.
Which Is the Best Anesthesia Option for Me?
Each alternative to needles has its own advantages and disadvantages, and the best option will depend on your specific needs as well as the type of procedure being performed. If you are in need of a dental procedure that requires anesthesia, contact Dison Family Dentistry to set up a consultation and learn more about your options.
A flipper tooth is a removable dental appliance that is used to replace one or more missing teeth. It is made of acrylic and has a replacement tooth attached to it. The flipper tooth is held in place by a wire that fits over the remaining teeth, and it can be easily removed and inserted by the patient.
For many, flipper teeth are the best option for the time between losing a tooth or having a tooth pulled and getting a more long-term solution for the problem, like dentures or bridges.
What Are Flipper Teeth?
Flipper teeth are typically used as a temporary solution for missing teeth while the patient is waiting for a permanent replacement, such as a dental implant or bridge. They are also used as a replacement option for patients who are not suitable candidates for more invasive procedures.
They can be a good option for children who have lost a baby tooth and are waiting for the adult tooth to come in, especially when the missing baby tooth is a key tooth for eating and/or the adult tooth is taking a long time to erupt.
Can You Eat With a Flipper Tooth?
Yes, you can eat with a flipper tooth. In fact, it’s pretty easy to clean a flipper tooth after eating because it is removable and easy for a patient to take in and out.
What Are Some Considerations When Getting Flipper Teeth?
Flipper teeth are generally less expensive than other options, such as bridges or dental implants, but they are also less durable and may not last as long. Additionally, flipper teeth can cause some discomfort, as the appliance can rub against the gums and cause soreness. They may also affect speech, and they may not feel as natural as other options.
Flipper Teeth vs. Partial Denture
Flipper teeth and partial dentures are two different types of dental prosthetics that are used to replace missing teeth.
Flipper teeth are a temporary option that is relatively flimsy compared to a partial denture. A partial denture is a removable appliance that replaces multiple missing teeth. It is made of acrylic or metal and attaches to remaining natural teeth with clasps. It is more durable and provides more stability than a flipper tooth.
Both flipper teeth and partial dentures have advantages and disadvantages. The best option will depend on your specific needs, including the number of missing teeth and the condition of your remaining teeth.
Are Flipper Teeth the Right Choice for Me?
There are a number of different dental options when you lose a tooth or multiple teeth. The one that is right for you will depend on where the teeth are located, the quality of the teeth on either side of the gap, and your personal preferences. Reach out to Dison Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today.
Enamel hypoplasia is a condition that affects the development of the enamel on the teeth. Enamel is the hard, protective coating on the surface of the teeth that helps to protect against decay and damage.
For those who are living with enamel hypoplasia, the enamel is either malformed or underdeveloped, making the teeth more susceptible to decay, sensitivity, and discoloration.
The good news is that there are a number of treatments for enamel hypoplasia, including enamel hypoplasia treatment for children and babies that are natural and safe.
Enamel Hypoplasia Treatment Options
There are several treatment options available for enamel hypoplasia that may be more or less appropriate depending on the severity of the case, including these:
- Bonding: A composite resin material is applied to the affected tooth and shaped to resemble a normal tooth. This is a relatively inexpensive and noninvasive option that can improve the appearance of the affected tooth.
- Veneers: A thin shell of porcelain is applied to the front of the affected tooth. Veneers are more durable than bonding and can improve the appearance of the affected tooth. They are more expensive than bonding and require some tooth reduction.
- Crowns: A dental crown is used to cover the entire affected tooth. Crowns are the most durable option, but they are also the most invasive and expensive. They can be used to restore the affected tooth to its normal shape, size, and function.
- Preventive measures: In some cases, fluoride treatments or sealants can be used to prevent further damage to the affected teeth. This can include fluoride supplements, fluoride gels or varnishes, and dental sealants.
Natural Enamel Hypoplasia Treatments
Natural or holistic dentistry emphasizes the use of the least invasive treatment option and the use of materials that are safe for the individual and the environment. When it comes to the treatment of enamel hypoplasia, there are a number of options that speak to that world view, providing patients — even babies and children — with safe treatment for the issue.
For less severe cases, natural options like fluoride supplements or dental sealants may be a simple solution. When a more intensive response is needed, the most holistic and natural choice would be to use safe materials when creating crowns, veneers, and bonding.
Which Enamel Hypoplasia Treatment Is Right for Me?
Ultimately, the best treatment option for you will depend on the severity of your enamel hypoplasia, the location of the affected teeth, and your personal preferences.
At Dison Family Dentistry, we can take a look at what’s happening with your enamel hypoplasia and make a recommendation based on a thorough examination of your teeth and oral health. It’s important to note that enamel hypoplasia should be treated as early as possible. If left untreated, the issue can quickly lead to more severe dental issues.
Call Dison Family Dentistry to set up your first appointment today.
Dental implants are a popular and effective option for replacing missing teeth, but as with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications. Some of the problems that can occur with dental implants include infection at the time of the procedure or during the healing process, implant rejection, nerve damage, and other issues.
The good news is that there are a number of other options besides dental implants. Here are just a few to consider:
Dentures as an Alternative to Dental Implants
Dentures are a common alternative to dental implants. They are a removable prosthetic device that replaces missing teeth.
Dentures can be either partial or full and are made of acrylic, metal or a combination of both. They are designed to fit snugly over the gums and are held in place by suction or a dental adhesive.
Dentures can be easily removed for cleaning, and they should be removed at night to allow the gums to rest.
Bridges as an Option Other Than Dental Implants
Bridges are another alternative to dental implants.
A bridge is a fixed prosthetic device that is anchored to the remaining natural teeth on either side of the gap left by the missing tooth or teeth. Bridges can be made of a variety of materials, such as metal, porcelain, or a combination of both.
Bridges are custom-made and cemented in place. A bridge cannot be removed once it is in place. They are a good option for people who have only one or two missing teeth.
Resin-bonded bridges are similar to traditional bridges, but they use resin or adhesive to bond the false tooth to the remaining natural teeth. These bridges are typically used for front teeth and not as strong as traditional bridges. They are a more affordable option and not as invasive as traditional bridges.
Dental Crowns as an Alternative to Dental Implants
Dental crowns can also be used to replace missing teeth. A dental crown is a tooth-shaped cap that is placed over a damaged or decayed tooth to restore its shape and function. Crowns are made of a variety of materials, such as porcelain, metal, or a combination of both.
Of course, this will only be an effective alternative to a dental implant if it is possible for at least part of the tooth or teeth to be saved.
Which Option Other Than Dental Implants Is Right for Me?
Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on various factors, such as the number of missing teeth, the condition of your remaining natural teeth, and your overall oral health. A consultation with Dison Family Dentistry will help you determine the best option for you.
Call now to set up your first appointment and learn more about options other than dental implants that are right for your situation.
Cosmetic dentistry refers to dental and orthodontic procedures and appliances that are done primarily for the purposes of giving you a prettier smile. Though they may not be medically necessary, many people feel that they are very important ways of feeling more confident in the world.
Is cosmetic dentistry right for you?
What Is Cosmetic Dentistry?
Any dental procedure that leaves you with a more aesthetic smile falls into the category of cosmetic dentistry. Some cosmetic dental services are also medically necessary but not all of them can be described in this way.
Cosmetic dental services may include the following:
- Dental implants and dentures
- Braces, retainers, and aligners
- Periodontal plastic surgery
- Crowns and veneers
- Chipped tooth repair
- Teeth whitening
It is important to note that not all cosmetic dental procedures will be covered by insurance, so that’s something to keep in mind as you consider your options.
What Are Cosmetic Dentistry Implants?
Implants that are considered cosmetic dental procedures often serve to fill holes in your smile or otherwise improve the appearance of your smile. However, dental implants usually serve a medical purpose as well. They help to preserve the integrity of the jaw and can make it easier to eat.
Should I Choose Cosmetic Dentistry?
If you have a genetic abnormality or if you suffered an accident or injury that left your smile less than what you would like it to be, cosmetic dentistry may be the right choice for you.
Every person’s circumstance is different, so it depends on your overall goals for your mouth and your appearance. If you are missing teeth, cosmetic dentistry is recommended not only for the benefit to your smile but also for the overall benefit that it provides for your mouth and the surrounding healthy teeth. If the issue is yellowed, discolored, or chipped teeth, cosmetic dentistry is purely a personal choice as these issues have no impact on your ability to chew or function.
Not all cosmetic dental procedures are a one-and-done situation. For example, if you would like to whiten and brighten your teeth, this is a procedure that will need to be repeated a couple times per year at minimum.
Additionally, insurance will not cover the cost of teeth whitening, so if your budget is limited, this is another consideration.
Schedule Your Cosmetic Dentistry Appointment Today
Dison Family Dentistry is your local cosmetic dentistry clinic in Miami, available to provide you with both restorative and cosmetic dentistry.
Call now to set up a consultation so a cosmetic dentist can help you determine the best path forward, giving you all the options and information you need to make the best choice for your situation.
If you have questions about insurance coverage and cost, we can address those with you as well. Call Dison Family Dentistry for your first appointment today.