Last updated 19 days 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.
Last updated 25 days 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.
Last updated 26 days 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.
Last updated 1 month ago
Temporomandibular joint and muscle disorder, or TMJ, affects more than 10 million people in the U.S., according to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research. Although this condition can affect anyone, TMJ disorders are most common in women. It is important to make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible if you think you could have a TMJ disorder. Here are the symptoms you should look out for:
For people with TMJ, facial pain is common. Pain can radiate across the face and spread into the jaw and neck. As with all TMJ symptoms, pain may sometimes be severe or it may suddenly disappear for a stretch of time. The pain may be most prominent when you are chewing.
Limited Jaw Movement
If you have a TMJ disorder, your jaw may become stiff and movement may be limited. Your jaw may also lock up when you open your mouth to chew or eat. This kind of jaw stiffness is one of the most common symptoms of TMJ. Note that, contrary to popular belief, clicking noises in the jaw do not actually indicate a TMJ disorder. Jaw clicking is only associated with TMJ when other symptoms are present.
Change in How Teeth Fit Together
TMJ problems can change how your upper and lower teeth fit together. A bite change can be minor or significant enough to interfere with chewing and speaking. These changes can have a major impact on your oral health.
If you suspect you have a TMJ disorder, schedule a consultation at West Chester Dental Arts. Our team will get to the bottom of your symptoms and help you find relief. Several TMJ treatment options are available for most patients, from mouth guards to surgery. In addition to TMJ care, we offer dental implants, teeth whitening, general dentistry, and much more. Book your appointment by calling (484) 881-3501.
Last updated 1 month ago
Brushing your teeth twice daily is the foundation of good dental health, but you can’t brush effectively if your toothbrush is battered and full of bacteria. Failing to replace your toothbrush regularly will cause the bristles to be too worn to clean your teeth well. It could also make you sick, thanks to the inevitable build-up of bacteria.
For most people, replacing a toothbrush every two to three months is fine. However, some people need to replace theirs more often. If you brush very aggressively or have a habit of chewing on your toothbrush, yours will wear our more quickly. If the bristles no longer stand up straight and firm, then it is time for a new brush. You should also swap out your toothbrush after you’ve been sick to avoid re-infecting yourself.
For great oral hygiene tips, talk to the team at West Chester Dental Arts. We offer a comprehensive range of cosmetic and general dental care, and we also provide sedation dentistry for anxious patients. Call (484) 881-3501 for an appointment.