Month: August 2015

How Do I Know If I have Infections in My Tooth?

There are signs and symptoms associated with dental infections, which can be caused by tooth cavity or a broken tooth.

Signs are something apparent by observation and they can include:

–  The presence of darkened area on the tooth

–  The presence of breakage within the tooth

–  The gum area has a swollen pustule which may have pus coming out.

–  Tooth mobility

–  Swollen lymph node around the lower jaw.

Symptoms are sensual abnormalities and they can incude:

–  Pain on chewing

–  Pain on touching the tooth

–  Increased sensitivity to cold and the sensation last for more than 10 seconds

–  Spontaneous dental pain and often described as throbbing.

–  Pain waking you up at night

If you have any of the above signs and symptoms, please contact our dental office for evaluation.  We can take complete radiographs and thorough examinations to determine if you really have dental infections.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Family Dental Office in Tempe AZ

Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona. Practicing General Dentist

Stannous Fluoride Or Sodium Fluoride in Toothpaste.

There are two major types of fluoride molecules within the toothpaste.  More common form is the sodium fluoride and the other is stannous fluoride.  So which ingredients should you choose and why?

Sodium fluoride is the more common form of fluoirde in toothpaste.  It is known to release fluoride which help strengths the tooth enamel.  It is also better tasting and more cheaply manufactured.

The other stannous fluoride is more preferrred form of fluoride.  In the past, it is not as good tasting and may stain the teeth.  However, with the advance in chemistry, pharmaceutical company is able to make stannous fluoride better tasting and would not stain the tooth.  Stannous fluoride has the advantage to starve off the bacteria because it interferes with bacteria’s metabolic process.  It help decrease amount of bacteria on the teeth.  Bacteria are known to release acidic byproduct which erodes the tooth enamel.  If there are less bacteria, there will be less chance of acidic erosion and more chance for the fluoride to penetrate into the tooth to strengthen the tooth enamel.

But it doesn’t mean you should toss out the toothpaste containing the sodium fluoride.  It still help prevent the cavity.  And also please remember to brush after each meal everyday and floss.

Nice Looking Teeth Can Impress Your Boss At Job Interview

Everyone knows to dress up for a job interview.  However, there are more to the personal appearance than a nice suit and tie for men, or a nice business dress and heels for ladies.  An appropriate candidate should wear appropriate clothing for the job.  It shows that you respect the potential employer and that you view the job as important to you.  Also you need to convey that you are able to handle the job by first showing that you are able to take care of yourself first.  If you are not able to take care of yourself personally, then how can you persuade your potential employer who knows nothing about you that you can take care of business professionally?  What I mean by being able to take care of yourself is to show you are able to maintain good personal hygiene, like hair, fingernails, and teeth.  A lot of time when you smile, people is able to see your teeth immediately because it is front and center on your face.  Being able to convey an approachable personalities is also especially important for retail job or job that requires meeting with people.  Perfect white teeth adds points to you when you smile.

There are numerous dental procedures available to help you get better teeth and smile:

 

Teeth Whitening: Make yellowish teeth become whiter

Dental Veneers: repair broken front teeth and recreate shape of your teeth to perfect contour

Braces: Align crooked teeth, closes gap in between teeth.

Dental Crowns: repair broken teeth

Fillings: remove decayed or blacked area of teeth

Implants: Fill in Missing Teeth

These services are offered in my dental office.  If you have any broken teeth or discolored teeth, please contact my office for consultation and treatment.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Genral Dental Office in Tempe AZ — White Tooth-Colored Fillings, Porcelain Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, Onlays

Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona. Practicing General Dentist

How to Choose an Effective Toothpaste.

Toothpastes have variety of ingredients but generally it narrows to the following types:

1.  Fluoride Containing.  Generally almost all toothpaste in the market contains fluoride.  The ingredient of fluoride help prevent cavity and strengthens enamel.  Generally there are two main types of fluoride molecules within the toothpaste: stannous fluoride or sodium fluoride.  Some advocates stannous fluoride over sodium fluoride for its increased anti-bacteria properties.

2.  Desensitizing Agent.  Some special toothpaste markets as desensitizing toothpaste for people with sensitive teeth.  It contains active ingredients such as potassium nitrate which helps penetrate through the enamel and calms the nerve.

3.  Anti-gingivitis.  If you know you have reddish gum, then you might have gingivitis, which is a mild localized inflammation of the gum tissue around your teeth.  This toothpaste ingredient help to minimize the amount of gingivitis-causing bacteria within your gum and help your gum to heal.

4.  Tartar control.  If the toothpaste contains this type of ingredient, then it can help to slow down the buildup of plaque around your teeth.  The plaque will become hardened over time if not removed immediately.  This hardening process is called calcification in which the calcium from saliva will accumulate into the food plaque and hardens it over time.  The ingredient of the toothpaste help slow down this calcification process and help you to remove them with brushing.

5.  Whitening.  Toothpaste may help to remove the surface staining caused by the coffee and other food.  But intrinsic staining requires other dental cosmetic procedures to properly address.

In addition to the above type of ingredients, some toothpaste might be advertised to have natural ingredients such as golgi and other herbs but keep in mind that the effectiveness of these natural ingredients are not readily proven in research studies.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Genral Dental Office in Tempe AZ — White Tooth-Colored Fillings, Porcelain Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, Onlays

Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona. Practicing General Dentist

 

Types of Dental Cleaning

The purpose of dental cleaning is to remove the food debris on the tooth.  However, there are situation in which the teeth may need a deeper cleaning and many patients might not understand the difference between the regular dental cleaning and this “deeper” dental cleaning.  So let me explain here types of dental cleaning.

There are many levels of dental cleaning depending on the clinical findings which indicates the underlying dental disease process.  The clinical findings can be multitude of measurements such as depth measurement of the periodontal pockets around the tooth, the amount and location of the dental calculus and the radiographic finding of bone loss.

The followings are different level of dental disease process and types of cleaning needed to help control the disease progression:

–  Healthy Gum within pocket 0-3 mm –  This is the healthy gum with periodontal disease. The pocket measurement is from 0 to 3 mm.  Absence or almost no bleeding upon probing.  Minimal plaque and no bone loss.  The patient would need regular basic dental cleaning.

–  Mild to Moderate Periodontal Disease with pocket from 3-4 mm – This is a person with mild to moderate periodontal disease process.  The clinical finding shows pocket measurement from 3-5mm.  There is usually accompanied by bleeding upon probing.  Plaque and calculus can be detected below the gum line.  Radiograph can show calculus and some bone loss.  The patient would need a “deeper” cleaning called the Scaling and Root Planing procedure.  It is indicated for complete removal the disease-causing calculus from within the gum pockets on the teeth.  This procedure is usually performed at the general dentist’s office.

–  Severe Periodontal Disease with pockets greater than 5mm.  This indicates a more severe periodontal disease status and it requires more extensive treatment and surgery.  Patient might be referred to the Periodontist for periodontal surgery and special antibiotics to help control the disease progress.

So “deeper” cleaning is really just a lay-man term for a special treatment to treat the periodontal disease.  It should be better understood as periodontal treatment.  I often would tell patient that this is not just a cleaning but rather to cure a specific dental disease.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Genral Dental Office in Tempe AZ — White Tooth-Colored Fillings, Porcelain Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, Onlays

Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona. Practicing General Dentist

Please Don’t Wait to See Your Dentist.

Today I have a patient coming in for a broken tooth.  He has biten into a piece of chicken and part of the tooth cracked off.  He said as soon as this happen, he felt a sharp pain and this is what brought him to see the dentist today.

Upon examination, the tooth has a big defect.  I ask him about the history of the tooth and he said he noticed a small piece of the tooth came off three years ago.  He said he went to the dentist at that time and the dentist gave him some antibiotics and painkiller for emergency measures but he never returns for followup treatment because he didn’t have any major discomfort and he said he just let it slipped off his mind.

The tooth exhibits the sign and symptoms of crack tooth syndrome and it might need some extensive work.  I sincerely felt sorry for the guy because if he had fixed the small problem three years ago, the tooth might not develop this severe crack.  The small defect in the tooth might cause food impaction and bacteria can cause cavity to further weaken the tooth.  As the result of three years of non-treatment, the tooth has become cavitated from within and it only takes a small piece of soft chicken meat to cause the crumbling of the tooth structure.

The tooth is now needing a core buildup and a crown to prevent it from breakage.

 

Written by Daniel Tee, DDS, MS

Genral Dental Office in Tempe AZ — White Tooth-Colored Fillings, Porcelain Crowns, Veneers, Inlays, Onlays

Serving the city of Tempe, Chandler, Phoenix, Gilbert, and Mesa in Arizona. Practicing General Dentist