Why Are My Teeth Discolored? I Brush! | Riverside Dentist

close-up-smile-red-lipstickIf 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. In order to keep discoloration at bay, make sure you keep up with your daily dental routine, use toothpaste with whitening agents, make sure to rinse with water after eating anything and visit your dentist regularly. Here is a quick list of ways your teeth can become discolored:

  • 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

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.

While there are many way products on the market to whiten your teeth, 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. And while they’re working some magic on your smile, you are just sitting back relaxing with your favorite movie or playlist. The gel is applied for three 15 minute sessions for a total of 45 minutes to 1 hour. One hour to a whiter, brighter smile!

For more information about ZOOM! Whitening Technique, 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.

Anxious About Your Dental Procedure? Relax. | Riverside Dentist

dental fearDoes the thought of having your teeth worked on make you anxious or uncomfortable? Do the sight of needles and the sound of dental drills make you cringe? Dental phobia is actually a lot more common than you may think. It is estimated that about 15% of Americans avoid going to the dentist because of this reason. Now imagine if you could have everything done while you nap comfortably, waking with zero recollection of the procedure. Would that be a dream come true or what? By the use of oral sedation, we can do this for you.

But first, who does dental anxiety affect? What kinds of symptoms should one look out for? It can actually affect a wide range of patients, including people with:

  • High dental anxiety and fear
  • A severe gag reflex
  • Difficulty getting numb
  • Extensive treatment needs
  • A desire to have dentistry done comfortably while they are in a relaxed state

To break it down simply, sedation dentistry your dentist’s way to relax you enough to handle the dental procedure and it’s done through the use of medication. There are various levels that you can be sedated, from minimal sedation to the completely unconscious general anesthesia. What you receive will depend on your fear and the recommendation made by your dentist. A numbing agent will be administered to the area as well. This will alleviate any pain you may have from the procedure. The idea is to make you as comfortable as possible as they do their job and to make recovery time minimal. Thankfully, there are many ways this “relaxation” can be administered.

If you aren’t in need of a lot to relax you, chances are you will be receiving nitrous oxide, or laughing gas. It is given to you as you breathe through a mask, so zero pain is involved. Because it is not a long-lasting option, you will not be under long and will have the option to drive home afterwards. If you need to be calmed with a bit more than a mask full of laughing gas, the next option would be an oral sedative, or via an IV. While the pill can be taken beforehand, the IV version takes affect a lot quicker but also has the ability to be adjusted as needed. For the more invasive procedures, a deeper sedation will be required. This deep sedation method renders you unconscious and unable to awaken easily, unlike the other lighter versions.

It is important to discuss all of your options with your dental professional before any procedure. They will know which method is best for both you and your fears while in their care. Mention your medical history or any other vital information that will help them to decide the appropriate method. Find out the risks and exactly how much experience your dental professional has had with your procedure. Make sure you are in good hands. The more you know, the calmer you will feel when it’s time to get things done.

For more information about sedation 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.