4. Severe Bruxism (grinding of teeth),Worn down upper front teeth restored with Porcelain Crowns
WHAT TO DO WHEN YOU'RE GRINDING
When you think you're grinding your teeth always remember: Lips Sealed,Teeth Apart. Your teeth should be touching only when your chewing. Lips close, slightly drop jaw, and maintain that feeling.
Stop The Grinding: Bruxing & Clenching Does your jaw feel stiff or do you have difficulty opening your mouth wide? Are your teeth sensitive to cold drinks? Do your jaw muscles feel tired in the morning? You may be grinding your teeth at night (a medical condition called bruxism) or you may be clenching your teeth, which can be just as harmful. People with nightime grinding habits may wear away their tooth enamel ten times more than those without abusive chewing habits. Eventually your teeth maybe worn down and destroyed. Treating bruxism and clenching is cost effective compared to ignoring the condition and exposing teeth to continued grinding. Without treatment, crowns (caps), bridges,implants and dentures are often needed to repair or replace worn and damaged teeth. Ask your dentist if night guard can help to provide temporary relief from grinding, bruxing or clenching.
We do white fillings -metal and mercury free white fillings. Amalgam (silver) or composite (white) restorations (fillings) After Care 1. Biting and Chewing: Do not bite hard or chew on new amalgam fillings the same day they are placed because it take 24 hours for the amalgam to fully set. Composite fillings are already set, and chewing is permissible. Composite filling are hardened by the use of the light cure (blue light). 2. Soreness: The gum tissue, along with the site of the anesthetic injection maybe sore for several days. A warm salt-water rinse will relieve the discomfort. 3. Children Observe your child until the anesthetic wears off. The concern is that he or she may chew on the tongue or the inside of the cheeks or lips because this areas are numb. Anesthetic on the upper wears off in a shorter period about 15-30 minutes but the lower takes an hour or more before the area wakes up. 4. Sensitivity to Cold up to 24 hours following restoration, you may experience sensitivity to cold. This is normal and should subside within 2-3 days or for some maybe even a week but if sensitivity persists, call your dentist's office.
Crowns and Bridges
Crowns - for broken and Root Canal Treated teeth. Bridge - is another treatment option to replace missing teeth. Missing teeth can have serious effect on your smile and alignment. Bridges help prevent shifting, drifting, preserve the structure of the remaining teeth and existing bite. Our crowns and bridges are designed to help our patients eat with comfort & smile with confidence. So call our office today and find out your options.
Crown and Bridge Treatment AfterCare 1. Temporary Crown During your first visit for crown or bridge treatment, a temporary form is placed on your tooth for protection. The final restoration maybe shape to match and complement your other teeth. In rare instances, the temporary crown may come off. If it does, Apply denture adhesive to the inside of the temporary crown and place it back on the tooth. Call your dentist's office for an appointment. 2. Soreness and Sensitivity You may experience soreness around the gum line which can be relieved with a warm salt-water rinse. You may also experience sensitivity to extreme temperatures and/or pressures. 3. Permanent Restoration (crown/bridge) Once the permanent restoration has been place, you bite maybe slightly different. This is normal. However, if your bite feels uneven, call your dentist's office for an appointment. 4. Chewing Chew on the side of your mouth opposite the restoration until the following day. Avoid eating sticky foods, chewing gums and ice. 5. Brushing and flossing Continue your normal routine of brushing and flossing