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    How to Tell If You Have a Cavity

    Last updated 4 months ago

    The primary purpose of your tooth enamel is to protect the inner pulp, nerve, and roots nestled deep inside of your teeth. Unfortunately, if plaque builds up on your teeth, it can lead to permanent damage in the form of small holes in the tooth enamel. Left untreated, a cavity will continue to grow, possibly exposing the deeper layers of your teeth.

    Sings and symptoms of a cavity depend on its size and location. For example, when a cavity is in its initial stages, it might not cause any symptoms at all. However, a dentist can still see the initial decay and begin treatment before the cavity grows. If you wait too long to schedule a general dental checkup, the decay might get larger, which will lead to more painful symptoms. For example, you may experience tooth sensitivity, toothache, or sharp pain while eating or drinking something sweet. Cavities can also grow so large that you can eventually see the physical hole in the surface of your tooth. 

    If you experience sharp pain when you bite down or eat, contact West Chester Dental Arts at (484) 881-3501. We offer sedation dentistry in West Chester, PA.

    How Dental Sealants Work

    Last updated 4 months ago

    According to studies by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, only 40 percent of children who come from higher income homes and only 20 percent of kids who come from homes at the poverty level get the recommended dental sealants, as reported by NBC News. The reason that dentists recommend sealants, especially on the back teeth, is because dental sealants help prevent tooth decay. Specifically, a sealant helps prevent food particles and plaque from getting into the tiny nooks in the back surfaces of teeth.

    Applying sealants
    Sealants are recommended for children and teenager’s molars and premolars as well as for adults who don’t have decay or filings in their molars. Dentists recommend that children get sealants on their permanent molars as soon as the teeth grow into place. This helps prevent tooth decay during a child’s cavity prone years, between the ages of six and 14. To apply a sealant, a dentist will thoroughly clean each tooth before painting the sealant onto the tooth enamel. This allows the sealant to bond directly to the tooth before hardening.

    Preventing decay
    Dental sealants are made of a thin, plastic coating. This material is able to quickly bond into the grooves and ridges of teeth, creating a protective shield in these hard to reach places. Even though brushing and flossing helps remove food particles and plaque from most teeth surfaces, it can’t always target these hard to reach spots. The sealants help protect these areas by keeping out the plaque and food particles in the first place.

    Replacing sealant
    Typically, a sealant can protect against tooth decay for up to 10 years, however patients still need to schedule regular dental checkups to check for chips and cracks. If there is any damage to the bonding, then the dentist can replace the sealant whenever necessary.

    To learn more about dental sealants in West Chester, PA, contact West Chester Dental Arts at (484) 881-3501. Our staff maintains the highest level of accreditation to help us stay current on the latest dental trends. We offer a range of dental services, including sedation dentistry and dental implants.

    Toothaches: Causes and Complications

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Toothache may be a common complaint among dental patients, but it can have a variety of different causes. One of the most common causes of toothache is cavity, a hole in the tooth enamel that can expose the inner tooth layers and nerve. This exposure can cause extreme sensitivity to hot, cold, sweet, and sour foods.

    If tooth sensitivity occurs in an area with a filling, then the toothache is likely a sign that the filling has fallen out or become damaged. As this video explains, gum disease can also lead to toothache and can eventually cause bone rotting and tooth loss. Luckily, if caught early enough, a dentist can clean out the infection that causes tooth pain or fix the damaged filling.

    Call (484) 881-3501 to schedule an appointment with West Chester Dental Arts. Our office specializes in sedation dentistry in the West Chester, PA area.

    Why Is Flossing So Important?

    Last updated 5 months ago

    When visiting the dentist’s office, almost any dental patient has been questioned about his or her flossing habits. While most people make a point of brushing their teeth twice a day, not everyone follows the recommendation to floss at least once a day. Even though a toothbrush effectively removes bacteria from the tops and outer surfaces of teeth, it doesn’t target the small spaces in between teeth.

    Floss is considered an interdental cleaner because it can reach the tight spaces in between teeth. It can also reach the small gap between the base of the teeth and gums. While it’s true that mouthwash can reach the bacteria in these areas, mouthwash doesn’t remove tartar or lodged food particles. The only way to effectively remove physical food debris from these small spaces is by manually flossing each day. In addition, flossing can help make brushing more effective. By removing the food particles in between teeth before brushing, flossing helps the fluoride in toothpaste reach more surfaces of the tooth enamel.

    West Chester Dental Arts offers general dentistry checkups as well as cosmetic procedures like dental implants. To schedule an appointment in our West Chester, PA office, call (484) 881-3501.  

    An Introduction to Tooth Bonding

    Last updated 5 months ago

    Thanks to advances in dental technology, people with cracked or chipped teeth can now restore the natural beauty of their smiles. One of the most popular ways for dental patients to enhance the shape of their teeth is through tooth bonding. This procedure utilizes a composite material similar to the patient’s natural tooth color to shape and contour a damaged tooth.

    As this video explains, tooth bonding is an affordable and effective way to help patients get the smile they have always wanted. During a tooth bonding appointment, a dentist will use an etching solution to prepare the tooth for the composite material. Next, he or she will use a curing light to harden and bond the material in place.

    For more information on tooth bonding in West Chester, PA, schedule a meeting with West Chester Dental Arts. You can reach our office by calling (484) 881-3501. 

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