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Tips for Easily Managing Root Canal Cost

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Dental Treatment Costs | Tips for Easily Managing Root Canal Cost

Dental treatments are not cheap. This is one of the reasons why so many try to do without going to the dentist; most would actually only go when they are already suffering from severe toothaches and require a root canal or extraction. Do you find yourself worried about the root canal cost?

Root Canal is one treatment that can definitely cost you. It’s not only the procedure that’s costly; the x-ray necessary for the procedure is also rather pricey. But if you need to have this procedure done to finally relieve you of the pain and other discomforts you have due to the infected pulp of your tooth, here are tips that will help you easily manage root canal cost.

 

Brave up and let dental students that need practice to do the work on you.

They won’t charge as much as a real dentist would, and you don’t have to worry about risks because dental students perform the procedure under the supervision of their professional dentist teacher. The procedure will not be carried out with great panache to ensure your comfort, but you can be sure that it will get done.

 

Inquire about cash-pay discounts.

Most dental clinics actually provide clients with discounts for cash payments. Likewise, inquire about a cash payment plan that you can use, especially if there are a few other procedures that need to be done in line with your root canal. Dental clinics are very helpful to patients who are looking for flexible payment options, so just ask.

 

Use a credit card.

This will allow you to save up since you won’t have to pay on the day that you have the procedure done.

 

Look for online deals.

There are e-commerce sites that have special deals for dental treatments. You can actually save up to 60% of the original cost of dental treatments. Among the dental treatments that are usually presented in these online deals are oral prophylaxis, tooth whitening, extraction, and root canals. Of course, you’ll have to find the dental clinic closest to you that provides these deals; this can be a hassle, but compare the difference between the original cost of the procedure at your local dental clinic and the discounted cost of the deal and the cost of transportation to really see if the deal’s worth picking up and you’ll be able to save some money.

 

There you go — some of the best tips to help you easily manage the cost of a root canal. So, if you need this procedure, don’t worry about the cost too much; instead, study the options that will allow you to get the treatment done for a cheaper price. Call the friendly professionals at Horizon Dental Group to discuss pricing and root canal cost. 

 


Correcting Overlapping Teeth With Clear Braces

overlapping teethHow Clear Braces Could Help Overlapping Teeth 

Overlapping teeth may be caused by a few factors. For one, some people are predisposed to this condition, inheriting it from relatives. Some have overlapping teeth due to their bad habits as a toddler, like sucking on their thumbs or a pacifier for too long. Others have overlapping teeth after losing a tooth which caused their other teeth to shift.

Whatever the cause of your overlapping teeth may be, there are plenty of reasons why you should have that condition fixed. Chief of these is the marked improvement in your self-confidence that you can achieve.

In fixing overlapping teeth, your dentist may offer you four options, including braces, Invisalign, sculpting and veneers.

Invisalign

Invisalign uses plastic aligners to fix overlapping teeth. These plastic aligners are practically invisible to other people, except when seen up close, and they are removable, unlike conventional braces. This means that you can remove these while eating or while cleaning your teeth. Plus, you can avoid some of the hassles associated with wearing conventional braces like awkwardness, difficulty in eating and cleaning, and the length of the treatment time.

 

Invisalign Process 

Here’s a glimpse of the process involved in correcting overlapping teeth with clear braces according to a dentist specializing in Invisalign in Chino Valley, AZ:

First, your dentist will evaluate the condition of your teeth. At this stage, he or she may use X-rays, photos, digital scans or dental impressions to help him or her create a tailored treatment plan for your unique condition.

Next, your clear aligners will be fabricated using the images, records and prescription given by your dentist. Once the clear aligners have been fabricated, these will be sent over to your dentist’s office.

You will be given three to four sets of clear aligners at a time which you need to wear every day except when you are eating or brushing and flossing your teeth. You will need to replace each set of aligners every two weeks.

You will also need to visit your dentist every six to eight weeks, allowing him or her to monitor the progress of the treatment.

Once the desired result has been achieved, you may need to wear retainers in order to ensure that the position of your teeth is maintained. Your dental professional will advise you on how long you will need to wear a retainer in order to achieve the best possible results. 

 

It should be noted that Invisalign may not be your best option if you have severely overlapping teeth. In such a case, your dentist may recommend other treatment options like conventional braces, sculpting or dental veneers. As always, the best first step to take is to schedule an appointment with your Prescott Valley Dentist and discuss your options with the dental professionals. 


TMJ Syndrome Symptoms and Relief

TMJ Syndrome SymptomsTMJ Syndrome Symptoms and the Treatments Your Dentist Can Provide for Relief

Your jaw is an important area of the body because it plays a major part in your ability to speak and eat. And while it’s not a body part that you would commonly associate with aches or pains, there are instances when your jaw may not be functioning as properly as it should, resulting in discomfort and inconvenience.

 

When you feel that there’s something wrong with your jaw, it’s best to have your trusted dentist look at your temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This joint connects the jaw to your skull’s temporal bones and is responsible for making the lower jaw move forward, backward, and from one side to another — essentially, it lets the jaw operate as a “hinge” with the help of a system of ligaments, muscles, bones and discs. When you experience signs of problems with the muscles of your face and jaw, then TMJ syndrome or disorder could be a possibility.

What Causes TMJ Syndrome?

The exact cause of TMJ disorder is difficult to pinpoint because the symptoms can be present in other conditions. According to a seasoned dentist (Chino Valley), the disorder may be brought about by damage to the joint’s cartilage from a strong blow or impact, from arthritis, or from the erosion or misalignment of the shock-absorbing disc in the joint (the disc helps keep the jaw’s movements smooth).

 

The following are the common TMJ syndrome symptoms:

  • A popping or clicking sound each time you open or close your mouth
  • Pain when you yawn, chew or open the mouth widely
  • Tender jaw muscles
  • Jaws that lock or get stuck together
  • A noticeable change in the way your upper and lower teeth fit together
  • Facial swelling
  • Facial pain
  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Pain or pressure behind the eyes

 

It’s best to seek the attention of your dentist if the pain or tenderness is persistent or if you are having difficulty completely opening or closing your jaw. There is no single treatment, cure or home remedy that can entirely address TMJ disorder, so one or more of the following options may be recommended:

 

  • Applying ice or moist heat to eliminate muscle pains and spasms.
  • Wearing a dental appliance such as a splint or bite plate. Customized to fit your mouth, this appliance will keep the upper and lower from grinding together and can reduce the harmful effects of clenching.
  • Taking over-the-counter pain relievers (like aspirin and muscle relaxants) or anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Eating foods that are soft or have been cut up into small pieces, and avoiding foods that are chewy and sticky.
  • Trying relaxation techniques, counseling or training to eliminate stress and reduce tension in the jaw.
  • Performing massage and stretching exercises that can help stretch and strengthen the jaw muscles.
  • Undergoing jaw joint surgery (as a last resort, if the joints of the jaw are involved and all other treatment options prove unsuccessful).

 

If you suspect you are suffering from TMJ syndrome symptoms, don’t allow it to get any worse. Contact your Prescott Valley dentist today!

 


An Overview of the Dental Veneer Process

dental veneerA Chino Valley Dentist Provides an Overview of Dental Veneer Process

Typically, it takes about two appointments for a dentist to finish the dental veneer process. Why does it take that long? Here’s a breakdown of the whole process from Dr. Mark Costes in Chino Valley, AZ.

 

Prepping the tooth

Before installing the veneer shells, your dentist will need to trim enamel off the front portion of your tooth. The amount to be trimmed is equivalent to the thickness of the veneer. That can vary from one patient to another, but typically, that can range between 0.5 to 0.7 millimeters. In some instances, your dentist may need to trim off more if a thicker veneer is to be used.

In some cases, the use of an anesthetic is not necessary. However, you may ask for one if you have teeth and surrounding tissues which are sensitive to cold sensations or if the veneer will extend below the gum line.

 

Choosing a color for the veneer

After trimming the enamel off your tooth, your dentist will use a shade guide to find the color of porcelain which matches the color of your tooth. In some cases, your dentist may choose and use different colors for the different areas of the veneer.

 

Taking an impression

After selecting the right color for your veneer, your dentist will take an impression of your mouth. This impression is important in the veneer fabrication process.

Typically, dentists take impressions using a putty or thick paste that is loaded on a dental tray. Afterwards, you will need to bite on this tray for a few minutes. The resulting impression will then be sent to a dental laboratory which will fabricate the veneer.

Another way that dentists take an impression is through the use of a dental milling machine which is fitted with a camera. This camera takes an image of your mouth while the machine grinds veneer from a block of synthetic porcelain.

 

Evaluation

Once your veneer has been fabricated, your dentist will need to check a few important things first before bonding the veneer permanently.

First, he has to check whether the veneer fits properly on your tooth. In some cases, he may need to trim portions off it until he is satisfied. He may also modify the shape of the veneer until it looks right.

Finally, your dentist will use a trial paste to temporarily attach the dental veneer onto your tooth. This allows him to evaluate if the color of the veneer matches your other teeth and helps him find the right color of cement to use.

 

Bonding

Once you and your dentist have agreed that the shape and color of the dental veneer is right, the veneer can be permanently bonded onto your teeth.

First, your dentist will clean your tooth by washing and polishing its surface. After that, he will etch the surface of your tooth using an acid etching gel. This creates a texture which allows the cement to bond to your tooth.

After this, the gel will be washed from your tooth. Once your tooth is dried, the dentist will apply a layer of bonding agent on your tooth and cement on the veneer. The veneer will then be attached to your tooth and will be cured into place using a special lamp.

The dentist will then clean off the excess cement and evaluate the veneer.

 

If your wondering if dental veneers are right for you, contact the dental professionals at Horizon Dental Group. With plenty of knowledge and experience, you are surely in good hands.


Should You Be Concerned About White Marks On Your Teeth? | Calcium Deposits

Calcium DepositsWhy Do I Have White Marks on My Teeth? | More About Calcium Deposits 

You wake up one morning, go about your normal routine, and check your reflection on the mirror. You immediately notice a few distinct white marks on your front teeth and the first thing that goes through your mind is: “Why do I have white marks on my teeth?”

Do you need to be alarmed? Should you schedule a visit to your dentist ASAP?

It is likely that those white spots have developed over time so whether it seems you just woke up one day with white marks on your teeth,  it is highly likely that those calcium deposits on your teeth developed over time.

“Calcium deposits on my teeth? How did I get these?”

Calcium Deposits 

Those calcium deposits are simply signs that you are dehydrated and are no cause for alarm; you do not have to visit your dentist immediately. Unlike other body parts that take days or even weeks to show signs of dehydration, your teeth can show signs of dehydration overnight. Often, these marks appear when you sleep with your mouth agape.

The chalky marks on the surface of the teeth may also appear in runners who run hard and with their mouths wide open.

Typically, these white marks disappear later in the day. However, take note that in order to rehydrate your teeth and eliminate these white marks, you do not necessarily have to drink more water. Your teeth will be rehydrated when the level of saliva in your mouth returns to normal.

Teeth Whitening

You should not bother thinking about whitening your teeth to eliminate these marks because these are not caused by staining.

But what if these white marks do not disappear after a day?

Sometimes white marks on teeth may be caused by overexposure to fluoride. Eventually, these white marks progress to mottling of the teeth and eventually, to tooth decay. Left unchecked, overexposure to fluoride can lead to the teeth becoming more porous.

Loss of Minerals

In some cases, white marks appear due to the loss of minerals in the teeth, a condition also known as hypocalcification. People who wear braces and practice poor oral hygiene may also have white marks after the braces have been removed.

Among the recommended treatments for these conditions are topical remineralization therapy, resin infiltration system, prescription pastes, microabrasion, composite bonding and porcelain veneer.

If you are unsure what caused the white marks on your teeth, wait up to one day and allow your teeth to be rehydrated. At the end of the day or the following day, check if you can still see the white marks. If they are still there, visit your Prescott Valley Dentist to identify the true cause of these white marks. 

 


Are Repetitive Motions Affecting Your Oral Health?

Oral HealthHow Do Repetitive Motions, Such As Chewing Gum or Grinding Teeth, Affect Your Oral Health?

Maintaining good oral health requires various deliberate efforts and practices. Creating a routine is best in preventing oral problems such as gum disease and the development of cavities.

However, everybody has both deliberate and unconscious actions that impact teeth. For example, repetitive motions such as chewing gum or grinding teeth both have effects on oral health.

 

Chewing Gum

In the case of gum chewing, clinical studies show that this is greatly helpful especially if the gum is ADA-approved. Chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes or so after eating has been proven to be effective in helping prevent tooth decay. This is because the chewing action increases the production and flow of saliva, which helps dislodge food particles trapped between teeth. In addition to that, more saliva means better acid neutralization to inhibit bacteria action. And lastly, healthy saliva flow carries with it more calcium and phosphate, both of which are crucial to the strength of teeth.

It’s important to mention as well that there are chewing gums that are formulated to boost oral health. They have xylitol and breath-freshening ingredients. Xylitol strengthens teeth and breath-freshening ingredients like menthol and spearmint temporarily arrest bad breath-causing bacteria. So chewing gum? It’s a resounding yes for oral health.

 

Teeth Grinding

Meanwhile, grinding teeth is a big no-no. However, people tend to do this unconsciously. Health experts say this habit is often due to stress.

Teeth grinding or bruxism is harmful to the enamel of the teeth. The constant friction can wear away the protective enamel of teeth. When the enamel thins, teeth can become very sensitive to all kinds of elements and highly prone to the formation of cavities because of the “scarring” on the tooth’s surface. It’s not only teeth that get affected by bruxism; gums can feel sore as well because of it — some people even experience swelling of the gums due to severe teeth grinding.

Dr. Costes, owner of Horizon Dental Group, recommends wearing a mouth guard to prevent tooth-on-tooth contact while sleeping. A mouth guard is effective enough in preventing the effects of bruxism on oral health. Another popular recommendation is the treatment of stress because clinical studies reveal that people who grind their teeth but take active steps in managing their stress actually sleep more soundly and do not grind their teeth as much.

 

These only go to show that repetitive motions do have a great impact on oral health. There are those that are helpful and those that are harmful, so maintain the former and learn to do away with the latter if you want to preserve your pearly whites and have fresh breath.