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    A Look at Sensitive Teeth

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Do your teeth hurt when you brush, floss, or eat hot and cold foods? If so, you may be one of the many people who suffers from sensitive teeth. Watch this video to learn more about sensitive teeth.

    The enamel on your teeth protects the sensitive inner parts of your teeth. If your enamel is worn down or your gums are receding, it could result in tooth sensitivity. Talk to your dentist if your teeth are sensitive, as it could also be an indication of a crack or a cavity. Your dentist may recommend toothpaste designed for sensitive teeth to help minimize your pain.

    West Chester Dental Arts provides expert, compassionate dental care for all of our patients in the West Chester area. Give us a call at (610) 696-3371 to inquire about booking an appointment at our dental office. We are currently accepting new patients, so don’t delay when your oral health is on the line.

    What Are the Causes and Treatments for Sensitive Teeth?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    It’s easy to take the health of your teeth for granted, until something goes wrong or you start experiencing pain. Sensitivity can cause you to feel pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods, and when brushing and flossing your teeth. Sensitive teeth can be an indication of a more serious problem such as cavities or chipped teeth, or could be the result of worn tooth enamel. Either way, sensitive teeth can be treated by your dentist. Read on to learn more about the causes of and treatments for sensitive teeth.

    Oral Hygiene Habits
    It’s important to brush and floss your teeth on a daily basis, but sometimes, overly aggressive at-home dental care can result in sensitive teeth. Brushing your teeth incorrectly or with too much force can injure your gums and cause them to recede, exposing the sensitive roots of your teeth. If you have poor oral hygiene habits, you may develop sensitivity due to periodontal disease, which can cause your gums to separate from your teeth. Pay attention to your regular dental care routine, and always use a toothbrush with soft bristles that’s gentler on your teeth and gums.

    Dietary Choices
    Because a loss of enamel is often the culprit in the case of sensitive teeth, it’s a good idea to look at your diet to see if you might be contributing to your own pain. Acidic foods and drinks like citrus fruits, soda, wine, and coffee can all wear away at your tooth enamel and eventually lead to sensitivity. If you are starting to experience the symptoms of sensitive teeth, consider reducing your intake of acidic items.

    Treatment Options
    If your sensitive teeth are a concern, ask your dentist what you can do about it. He may recommend toothpaste designed especially for sensitive teeth, or apply fluoride to the most sensitive spots to help strengthen your tooth enamel. If these treatments don’t work or your pain is severe, a root canal may be indicated.

    Don’t let sensitive teeth cause you any more pain. Call West Chester Dental Arts at (610) 696-3371 with any questions or concerns you have about your oral health. Our office is comfortable and convenient, and we offer evening appointments to accommodate your busy schedule.

    Get to Know Dr. Margaret Lee

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Your oral health is a very important part of your general wellbeing, and it’s essential to have a skilled dentist you can trust. Dr. Margaret Lee, who has been a private dentist for over 20 years, is proud to provide high-quality dental care to her West Chester patients.

    Dr. Lee got her undergraduate degree from Drew University and received her Doctorate in Medical Dentistry from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine. Dr. Lee completed her General Practice Residency at the Hospital of Veteran Affairs in West Philadelphia, and soon thereafter began her own private practice. Today, she and her husband, Dr. Eric Shelley, own and run West Chester Dental Arts. Dr. Lee spends much of her free time learning about advanced dental techniques and taking care of dogs transitioning to new homes.

    To set up an appointment with Dr. Lee, call West Chester Dental Arts at (610) 696-3371. Dr. Lee and her colleagues are excellent with sedation dentistry, dental implants, and a range of other dental services that help keep West Chester smiles bright.     

    The Truth About Root Canals

    Last updated 6 months ago

    If you are suffering from a severe toothache, you may need to undergo a root canal. When most people hear the words “root canal,” they imagine long dental visits and terrible pain. While this view may have been accurate at one time, advances is dental medical science allow modern dentists to perform root canals much more effectively and efficiently. Read on to learn the truth behind modern root canals

    Root Canals Are Not Painful
    If a severe toothache and dental x-ray reveal that the inside of your tooth is inflamed, you may need to undergo a root canal, during which a dentist will clean the inside of your tooth. Since a root canal involves direct contact with the tooth nerves, many people assume that it’s a painful procedure. However, modern techniques and anesthetics make the process painless; in fact, root canals are designed to relieve pain.

    Saving Your Tooth Is Ideal
    Some people are so terrified of root canals that they would prefer to have their offending tooth completely removed. If keeping a natural tooth is a viable option, dentists almost always recommend it instead of extraction. If you have your natural tooth replaced with an implant or bridge, it may limit the kinds of food you can eat. In terms of saving natural teeth, root canals have a very high success rate.

    Root Canals Do Not Cause Illness
    For nearly 100 years, millions of people have believed the myth that root canals cause illness in the body. This rumor came from a man who advocated tooth extraction, and who used very poorly designed research to support his claim. There is no evidence that root canals cause illness; besides, tooth extraction is a much more traumatic procedure.

    If you have any more questions about root canals, set up an appointment at West Chester Dental Arts. We use sophisticated technology and techniques for all our dental procedures, including root canals and dental implants. Visit our website or call our West Chester office at (610) 696-3371 to learn more.  

    Understanding How the Temporomandibular Joint Works

    Last updated 6 months ago

    Your temporomandibular joints (TMJs) are among the most important joints in your body. The TMJ connects your jaw (mandible) with your temporal bone, which is the bone on the side of your skull. Your TMJ moves every time you speak, eat, laugh, or do anything else with your mouth; if there’s a problem with your TMJ, you’ll know about it very quickly. Here’s a brief look at how the temporomandibular joint works:

    Normal Function
    If you put your finger just in front of your ear and open your jaw, you can feel your TMJ in action. You can also feel how your TMJ interacts with your ear canal every time you open and close it. Your jaw is essentially a lever, and your TMJ is the fulcrum. There are several muscles that help with jaw movement, and the cartilage in your TMJ allows smooth, painless movement.

    Causes of Pain
    As with other joint disorders, pain in the TMJ is usually caused by damage to the joint cartilage. A damaged or displaced cartilage disc can cause pain as it puts pressure on the nearby nerves. Most people complain of jaw pain after experiencing trauma to the jaw, excessive gum chewing, or sustained teeth grinding. An improperly positioned bite may also cause pain if it isn’t corrected. 

    Professional Treatment
    There are several ways that dentists can address TMJ pain. If your pain is caused by teeth grinding at night, a dentist can create a special tooth guard. If you have an uneven bite, a dentist can correct it with Invisalign. In severe cases, jaw surgery may be necessary. If you’re suffering from jaw pain, you should have a dentist evaluate your pain and help you explore your treatment options.

    If you’re struggling with jaw pain, let one of the dentists at West Chester Dental Arts have a look. We have years of experience providing West Chester residents with high-quality dental services. Visit our website or call (610) 696-3371 to learn more about jaw pain treatment, sedation dentistry, dental implants, and other dentistry services.

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