Tooth Fillings: What to Expect | Riverside Dentist

494183909As summer changes to autumn and our diets change from cold to hot, we need to be aware of the effects it has on our teeth. If you are experiencing sensitivity to certain foods, having sharp toothaches, or having difficulty eating due to an excessive amount of pain, it may be time to make a dental appointment because you may need fillings. The following symptoms indicate that dental fillings are needed to treat your teeth effectively:

  • A visible gap or hole in your teeth
  • A filling that needs to be replaced because it is broken
  • Food getting stuck between your teeth

Fillings are absolutely necessary in order to prevent further tooth decay from occurring. The consequences of not receiving dental fillings can result in permanent tooth decay and the loss of teeth. With the help of fillings, you can be sure that each tooth is healthy and less prone to infections. In order to guarantee your teeth are in top shape, regular dental appointments are necessary in order to avoid any dental issues that can arise in your future.

After your dentist finds a cavity at your dental appointment, you will probably undergo a filling treatment to prevent any further damage to your teeth as well as to fix up the space in which that cavity already damaged your teeth. Your dental filling treatment is done under a local anesthetic, and once that anesthesia wears off, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive for the time being. Here are some food tips to follow after your filling.

  • Avoid hot and cold foods. I know what you’re thinking, well if you can’t eat it hot and you can’t eat it cold, then what exactly are you eating? Well, the days after your procedure, your teeth will be incredibly sensitive to extreme temperatures. It will be easier, less painful, and more comfortable for you to eat your food at a “middle of the way” temperature.
  • Avoid gum and sticky foods. In fact, this tip applies for any form of dental procedure. It is safer for your teeth to just avoid sticky foods altogether. These foods include sticky candies, like caramel or taffy. After your filling, the material used to fill in the tooth will still be somewhat malleable. In that case, you want to avoid chewing excessively for the sole purpose of making sure your filling stays right.
  • Try warm (NOT hot) soft foods the first couple of days after your procedure. Pureed vegetable soup and fruit smoothies make up for a great after procedure meal. As time passes by, you’ll be able to eat your normal foods again.

For more information about dental fillings or other aspects of general dentistry call Dr. Middleton in Riverside, CA at 951-688-3442 or visit www.gmdental.com.

Dr. Middleton proudly accepts patients from Riverside, Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore and all surrounding areas.

ZOOM Teeth Whitening: Pearly Whites in an Hour

186932212If you’re tired of having yellow, stained teeth, you are not alone. Teeth whitening restores natural tooth color and bleaching whitens beyond the natural color. There are many methods available, such as brushing, bleaching strips, bleaching pen, bleaching gel, and laser bleaching. Teeth whitening has become the most requested procedure in cosmetic dentistry today. More than 100 million Americans whiten their teeth one way or another.

So if you brush, floss and visit your dentist regularly, why are your teeth still discolored? This happens because the outer layers of your teeth get stained over the years by consumption of beverages with caffeine, soda, wine and smoking.

When these outside sources of staining are left to sit on the teeth all day until your next brushing, the dentin on your teeth becomes yellowish or darkened. The best way to help your stained discolored teeth is with one of the easiest cosmetic dentistry procedures, professional tooth whitening.

Contributing factors to yellowing, stained teeth:

  • Tetracycline based antibiotics used before the age of 8 years old
  • Excessive exposure to fluoride as a child
  • Internal bleeding due to trauma
  • Discoloration due to a health condition
  • Natural aging- as time goes by enamel gets thinner and thinner and will get a yellowish hue
  • Soda
  • Wine
  • Smoking
  • Caffeine

 Simple rules to live by to try and stop the yellowing process:

  • Visit your dentist regularly for teeth cleanings
  • Rinse your mouth out with water several times throughout the day
  • Use toothpaste with whitening agents

 

The most popular and convenient method is with the Zoom whitening technique. This procedure is done in our office in about an hour. Our trained clinicians first place a protective barrier on the cheeks and gums. The Zoom whitening gel is then applied to the teeth. This gel is used with the Zoom light which together gently penetrates the surface of the teeth to break up stains and discolorations. During this time you can relax, watch a DVD or listen to music. The gel is applied for three 15 minute sessions for a total of 45 minutes to 1 hour. And there you have it – a whiter, brighter smile.

To find out more about ZOOM teeth whitening, contact Dr. Gerald Middleton and make an appointment to get that beautiful smile you have always dreamed of at (951) 688-3442) or visit our website.

Dr. Gerald Middleton also proudly serves Corona, San Bernardino, Redlands, Moreno Valley, Lake Elsinore, and surrounding areas.