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    Types of Mouth Guards

    Last updated 13 hours ago

    Contact sports leave you very vulnerable to injuries that can affect your teeth and gums. If you are an athlete, you should wear a mouth guard to keep this area protected. Keep reading to learn about the types of mouth guards to find the best option for your needs:

    A stock mouth guard is a cheap option that comes pre-formed. Although they are the most affordable option, they often fit poorly and make it difficult to breathe and talk. Boil and bite mouth guards can somewhat shape to your teeth and gums after you soften them in water. It is important to follow the instructions exactly, however, or the mouth guard might not fit well. A custom-fitted mouth guard is the best option because your dentist makes it specifically for you. This kind of mouth guard offers the best fit, which means it keeps your teeth more protected than the other options.

    Come to West Chester Dental Arts to get fitted for a custom mouth guard so you can protect your teeth while you play sports. We also specialize in sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening. To learn more, call (484) 881-3501. 

    Spotlight on Flap Surgery

    Last updated 4 days ago

    Periodontal disease is a serious condition that can destroy the tissue and bone that support your teeth. Once this destruction starts to occur, you will be left with large pockets around the teeth that create the ideal environment for more bacteria to fester and lead to larger oral health issues. If your periodontal disease has already progressed to this point, flap surgery could help. Keep reading to find out how:

    Removing Deep-Seated Tartar
    Your dentist uses flap surgery to reach beneath the gums and remove tartar deposits that have developed deeply into these pockets. Without this surgery, it is almost impossible to reach the bacteria that have made their way all the way into the pockets and prevent the gum disease from getting worse. Luckily, the dentist can gently remove it to reduce your risk for further periodontal issues.

    Reducing Periodontal Pockets
    Another benefit of this surgery is it allows the dentist to actually decrease the size of the periodontal pockets, which prevents further bacteria from finding their way inside. This also makes it easier for you to reach these areas with your toothbrush and floss to get your teeth and gums clean, which reduces your risk for more severe periodontal disease.

    Reshaping the Gum
    Once the procedure is complete, the dentist can use sutures to ensure that the gums are back in their original location. Flap surgery can shift your damaged gums back up to the teeth so the tissue fits the way it should. As long as you maintain a thorough oral hygiene routine and visit the dentist regularly after the surgery, this procedure should clear up your gum disease.

    If you have periodontal disease, schedule an appointment with the dentists at West Chester Dental Arts to get the care you need. Whether you have gingivitis or periodontitis, we can find the best treatment option for you. To learn more about our dental services like sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening, visit us online or call (484) 881-3501.

    Dental Infection Control

    Last updated 6 days ago

    Your dentist and dental hygienists care about your safety, which is why they are diligent about infection control in the office. When you go in for a dental appointment, you should see a clean office and staff members who wear gloves, protective clothing, masks, and eyewear.

    In between each appointment, oral health professionals remove the gloves, wash their hands, and put on new gloves. They also clean and disinfect surfaces, sterilize instruments, and properly dispose of infectious waste. Learn more in this video.

    At West Chester Dental Arts, your safety is our primary concern. Our office is sterile and clean so we can provide you with the best dental services in Pennsylvania. To learn more about our sedation dentistry, dental implants, and teeth whitening services, call (484) 881-3501.

    Common Causes of Mouth Pain

    Last updated 11 days ago

    Mouth pain is almost always a sign of a larger issue. If you are experiencing discomfort in your mouth, you should visit your dentist to see if you are suffering from one of the following:

    Cavities
    When plaque and bacteria are left to develop on the teeth, they eventually cause acid, which can break down enamel and lead to tooth decay. Without the proper treatment, this decay will form holes in the teeth, or cavities. If you have one or more cavities, you might experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods or pain when you bite down.

    TMD
    TMD, or temporomandibular joint dysfunction, are issues resulting from problems in the muscles and joints of the jaw. You might experience pain from TMD if you grind your teeth, if the soft cushion of the jaw is not in the right position, if you have osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis in the jaw joint, or if you are very stressed. TMD often leads to pain in the face, jaw, neck, and shoulders.

    Wisdom Teeth
    The wisdom teeth do not usually emerge until the late teens or early twenties. If someone does not have enough room in their mouth for these extra molars or if the teeth start to grow in sideways, it can cause a lot of pain at the back of the mouth. Your dentist will tell you whether or not you should have these teeth extracted to avoid this kind of mouth pain.

    Infections
    If you have consistent pain as well as swelling in your gums that makes your teeth extremely sensitive, you might have an infection. You should see your dentist as soon as possible to get the treatment you need to get rid of this infection.

    Whether you have pain in your mouth or just need a checkup, West Chester Dental Arts is here for you. Our dental office provides some of the best oral health services in West Chester, Pennsylvania so you can find relief for your symptoms. To learn more, call (484) 881-3501.

    What Is TMJ?

    Last updated 12 days ago

    The temporomandibular joint is the jaw joint. Like the elbow or the knee, it is a hinge joint that has cartilage. If you grind or clench your teeth at night, you might wear down the cartilage, which can lead to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).

    People suffering from TMJ experience a lot of pain that can cause headaches. They might even have a fullness or pressure in the ear. Check out this video to learn more about TMJ and how it affects your oral health.

    At West Chester Dental Arts, we can help you find relief for TMJ, cavities, and cosmetic issues. We offer some of the best general and sedation dentistry services in West Chester, Pennsylvania. For more information on our services, visit us online or call (484) 881-3501.

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