Last updated 5 days ago
Do you suffer from tooth sensitivity? This problem can be highly uncomfortable for those who have it. Sensitivity may also be an indication of more pressing dental issues, like tooth decay. Unfortunately, some people may resign themselves to the pain that tooth sensitivity brings, thinking that nothing can be done about it. However, dentists can eliminate tooth sensitivity for many of their patients. The following questions will help you start a conversation with your dentist about your tooth sensitivity concerns.
How do I know if I have sensitive teeth?
Tooth sensitivity can present in several ways. You may experience discomfort when pressure is put on your teeth while eating a meal. You might also suffer from tooth sensitivity when you brush your teeth. Extremely hot or cold foods and drinks can contribute to this problem as well. A glass of ice water or steaming bowl of soup may trigger tooth sensitivity. In some cases, even acidic or sweet foods can cause discomfort.
Why do I have sensitive teeth?
Too little tooth enamel typically is the cause of tooth sensitivity problems. Individuals who grind their teeth often suffer from this problem, as they inadvertently wear away the enamel that protects the integrity of their teeth. So if you have been diagnosed with bruxism, talk to you dentist. An undetected cavity, tooth fracture, or damaged filling may produce sensitivity as well.
What type of treatment can alleviate tooth sensitivity?
Before your dentist can fix your tooth sensitivity, he must first find out why it is happening. To determine the cause of your tooth sensitivity, your dentist may administer a thorough oral examination. If your sensitive teeth stem from bruxism problems, your dentist may fit you with a mouth guard to prevent further enamel erosion. If you have a broken tooth, old filling, or new cavity, he can provide treatment to fix the underlying problem and consequentially eliminate your sensitivity.
Don’t resign yourself to having to live with tooth sensitivity. Call Comfort Dental today at (408) 458-8643 to speak with an associate about your problem. Our San Jose office can attend to your concerns and help you enjoy a pain-free future as soon as possible.
Last updated 15 days ago
Are you living with tooth loss? You’re not alone. In the 35-44 age group alone, as many as 70 percent of people have lost at least one tooth due to injury, tooth decay, or gum disease. The good news is that your dentist can offer more options than ever to help you cope with lost teeth and restore your smile. Dentures and dental implants can both be used to replace lost teeth, so which is the right option for you? Your dentist can help you make the best choice, but here are some factors to consider:
Gum and Jaw Health
To get dental implants, it is necessary to have a healthy jaw and healthy gums. This is because the implants must be placed into the jaw and allowed to fuse with the jawbone. If your jaw or gums are unhealthy, the dental implant won’t take hold properly. If you lack the jawbone and gum density to support implants, dentures are a better choice.
Number of Teeth Missing
Generally, if you are only missing one or two teeth, and your jaw and gums are healthy, dental implants are the right choice. If you’re missing a significant number of teeth, dentures are a more immediate treatment options. It is still possible to select dental implants if you’re missing several teeth. In this case, implants may be used to support partial dentures.
Dentures require special maintenance to stay in good condition. They need to be cleaned regularly and may need to be periodically refitted. Dental implants are treated like regular teeth. They can be brushed, flossed, and cleaned by your dentist during regular dental checkups.
The best way to find out if dentures or dental implants are right for you is to schedule a consultation at Comfort Dental. Our dentists will help you weigh all of the considerations so you can find the right treatment option. Start feeling confident about your smile again today. Learn more about our general and cosmetic dentistry services by calling our San Jose office at (408) 458-8643.
Last updated 20 days ago
The toothbrush is a fundamental piece of oral hygiene equipment, which is why you should choose yours carefully. Manual toothbrushes were once the only option, but now you can choose from among a wide array of electric toothbrushes as well. Electric toothbrushes can capably clean your teeth when used as recommended. Their constant rotation can also ensure that you are brushing with the proper methods. However, you can enjoy equally good dental health if you decide to purchase a manual toothbrush. Many dentists advise their patients to buy soft-bristled toothbrushes, as they are safer for tooth enamel and gums. The size of the toothbrush is important, too. Make sure the toothbrush head is small enough to easily reach the back portions of your mouth for complete cleaning care.
Are you practicing proper oral hygiene techniques at home? Comfort Dental can help you learn the right brushing and flossing methods for optimal dental health. Call (408) 458-8643 to set up a consultation with a dentist at our San Jose office.
Last updated 26 days ago
Have you lost a tooth due to disease or injury? If so, you don’t have to live with a less than perfect smile. In a matter of weeks, a cosmetic dentist can give you a dental implant that replaces your natural tooth. Though the dental implant process requires more than one trip to the dentist, the procedure can be completed with minimal discomfort and inconvenience to patients. This type of treatment can be broken down into three main steps:
Inserting the Implant
A dental implant imitates a natural tooth. Therefore, the first stage of the dental implant process is the insertion of a titanium implant that mimics the natural tooth’s root. Once placed in the jawbone, the implant will bond with the surrounding bone tissue over the course of several weeks. This allows the implant to be just as stable as a natural tooth root. When the implant is integrated enough to secure a crown, the dentist can move on to the next step of the process.
Adding the Abutment
The abutment is the part of the dental implant that joins together the metal root and the porcelain crown. The dentist can apply this part of the implant and immediately add the crown, or he might wait a few more weeks to finish the implant after placing the abutment. His decision rests upon how sensitive the patient’s gum tissue might be at the time that the abutment is added to the implant base.
Capping the Crown
The addition of the porcelain crown is the final step of the dental implant process. This part of the implant mimics the look and function of a natural tooth. In the vast majority of cases, no one but the patient and dentist will ever be able to tell that the crown is not a real tooth. Made of durable porcelain and designed to perfectly match the color of the surrounding teeth, the crown is the part of the implant that can finally restore the patient’s smile for good.
Let Comfort Dental help you achieve the beautiful smile you want. To find out more about this restorative treatment option, call (408) 458-8643. We offer a wide range of general and cosmetic dentistry services for San Jose residents.