Wednesday, September 30, 2015

White Fillings in Bensalem, PA

When a cavity needs to be filled, sometimes we worry that the filling will create an unsightly blemish in our smile. In the past, this may have been true. But here at Bensalem Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, we provide white fillings for our patients who are in need of a filling but are worried about the aesthetic looks of one.

White fillings use a composite resin that is colored to match the shade of your tooth. When applied, it blends right in with the rest of your tooth, so there are noticeable silver marks. The silver amalgam fillings of the past can even be replaced by white fillings to improve the look of old dental work.

White fillings are placed just like any other type of fillings. A dental drill is used to remove the decayed tissue. Any leftover debris is then cleaned out so the filling can be placed. The composite resin will harden, and then it is polished to shine like the rest of your tooth.

Taking care of a filling requires no more special care than a normal tooth. It is recommended to brush twice daily and floss once daily. It is also important to see your dentist for regular checkups.

White fillings restore your teeth without compromising your smile. To learn more, contact Bensalem Dentistry of Bensalem, PA at (215) 638-9952 or by visiting our website, www.bensalemdentistry.com

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

How to Avoid Staining Teeth

Keeping our teeth white is a top priority on many of our cosmetic to-do lists. In addition to our professional teeth whitening system, at Bensalem Dentistry of Bensalem, PA, we also want to offer advice to our patients for keeping teeth white!

At Bensalem Dentistry, we have a professional teeth whitening system that is great for kick-starting whiter teeth. But there are tips for keeping teeth white after a whitening procedure, or even for whitening before a procedure!

Rinsing the mouth after consuming dark liquids and foods will help avoid debris from staining teeth. Avoiding dark foods and liquids is best, but that is not always possible. Using a straw to drink dark liquids can help. Also, make sure to brush and floss your teeth three times per day to remove plaque that can trap stain causing debris close to the enamel.

When choosing toothpaste, make sure to choose one that is not too abrasive. In addition, do not bear down on the teeth too harshly when brushing. Using abrasive toothpaste and brushing techniques will actually wear down enamel, allowing darker colored dentin to show through. This also makes teeth prone to cavities.

Keeping teeth white and bright is not as hard as it seems with some minor changes throughout your day. To learn about our professional whitening system or to schedule an appointment in our Bensalem, PA office, call Bensalem Dentistry at (215) 638-9952 or visit our website, www.bensalemdentistry.com

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Post-Extraction Care

Caring for and monitoring your mouth after an extraction facilitates a safe and healthy healing. Here at Bensalem Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, we take post-extraction very seriously. We want our patients to be aware of how to properly take care of the extraction site for a smooth and quick recovery.

Depending on the complexity of the extraction, there may or may not be stitches at the extraction site. Either way, it is important to minimize bleeding. This will help the area heal faster. There are several things that should be avoided in order to slow down bleeding. Do not drink through a straw or lie flat as both of these activities could promote the un-clotting of blood. Also be careful when brushing around the extraction site; avoid the site altogether until it is healed.

Make sure to drink plenty of water and avoid smoking or using tobacco otherwise. Tobacco can slow down the healing process and promote an infection. Soft foods will also be needed for the day after the extraction. After that, solid foods may be added as it is comfortable.

For pain relief, a saltwater rinse may help, as well as taking painkillers as directed by your doctor. Take any antibiotics prescribed as directed to prevent infection.

Taking care of the extraction site is vital for a smooth healing process. For more information about post-extraction or post-op care, contact Bensalem Dentistry of Bensalem, PA by calling us at (215) 638-9952 or visiting our website, www.bensalemdentistry.com