An abscessed tooth can be quite undesirable as it can lead to infection, swelling of the face, and severe pain that can prevent you from completing normal, everyday tasks. Below, we take a look at what abscessed teeth really are, how you can identify them and what can be done to prevent or alleviate pain.
Defining an Abscessed Tooth
A dental abscess is an accumulation of pus that forms a pocket within the mouth. This pus stems from an infection and occurs as a result of the immune system’s response to combat this occurrence. An abscess can become too large or significant for the body’s immune system to handle.
Two distinct types of abscesses occur within the mouth. The periodontal… Read Full Post
There are two main types of gum disease: gingivitis and periodontal disease (bone loss). Both of these diseases are caused by plaque, which is a collection of bacteria that lives in the mouth. When plaque is left on teeth around the gum tissue, it can cause inflammation to the gums, which causes them to bleed or appear swollen. When the plaque is left to sit for longer periods of time (i.e. when someone isn’t flossing), the plaque can harden into tarter (also known as calculus) and cause bone loss around the teeth. This bone loss is irreversible and is better known as periodontal disease, or periodontitis. More than half of people over age 30 have some form of periodontal disease.… Read Full Post
In this day and age, teeth are always in style. Whether it is a job interview, first date, wedding pictures, or a smile to a stranger on the street, people notice our smiles every day and that is a powerful force in the world. Let’s face it unless you have had braces at a young age and have worn your retainers religiously, teeth present with imperfections and spacing issues that can make our smile appear "off." When people don’t feel good about their teeth, they tend not to smile. Although some people will put up with this for years and hid their smiles, some people will turn to their dentist for help. We understand how hard it is to set your valuable time aside in order to make dentist… Read Full Post
There are many reasons a dental crown may be necessary for your teeth. Whether you are needing to restore an already broken tooth or create an aesthetic smile, dental crowns are an excellent solution for an array of reasons. There are various restorative materials for dental crowns these days and it can be confusing to know which material is best for you.
Restore your smile with an effective solution
A dental crown is a fitted “cap” that covers the entirety of the tooth. There are temporary and permanent dental crowns, depending on how long the crown needs to last in your mouth. A temporary crown is used when waiting for a permanent crown to be cemented or giving an implant time to heal.… Read Full Post
When looking to find a dentist, we recommend that you visit our office and have your teeth checked for signs of bruxism. If you have not heard of this technical term, it is when people grind or clench their teeth at night or throughout the day when they are not eating. This condition, while seemingly minor, can lead to a cracked or chipped natural or replacement tooth along with enamel erosion, causing sensitive teeth.
Signs of bruxism
Those with bruxism typically have teeth that appear flat on the bottom. Naturally, teeth tend to have points where bruxism causes the enamel to wear down. Those with a severe degree of bruxism may start to see their teeth erode upwards as more of the tooth… Read Full Post
As a dental office, we treat patients who are in need of emergency care, routine dental treatments, and preventative care. Regardless of why you come to our office, if you are experiencing discomfort, we will identify what the issue is, treat it, and discuss ways that you can prevent it from occurring again. Very often, this involves refuting common oral health care myths. Things like “milk is good for the teeth” has led parents to send their babies and children to bed with a bottle or cup of milk.
Since there is a lot of sugar in milk, this leads to baby bottle tooth decay in countless toddlers. Common myths, while seemingly harmless, can significantly impact your oral health. For this… Read Full Post
In our cosmetic dentist office, we use dental crowns to solve a variety of oral health issues. Whether you are looking to correct a damaged tooth or to improve the appearance of your teeth, dental crowns can do so in a variety of natural-looking ways. In the past, crowns were typically created out of silver amalgam. Now, Highpoint Dental Care can have a ceramic-on-metal or all-ceramic crown created so that it can be used on front teeth without appearing like a restoration was ever completed.
Perhaps one of the most common reasons for needing to use a crown is to restore a tooth that has become damaged. For example, a tooth that has been chipped, cracked or severely worn down… Read Full Post
As an implant dentist, we specialize in replacing teeth using a permanent solution, dental implants. We feel that this is the best option for replacing missing teeth, however, we understand that it can be confusing to understand all of the options since both dentures and dental bridges are also used to replace teeth. While they all provide a viable option, there are clear pros and cons to each treatment. With that in mind, here is what you need to know.
Pros and Cons of Missing Teeth Solutions
This method of replacing teeth has been common for hundreds of years with even our Founding Fathers wore dentures, consisting of animal bone and human teeth. These dentures were smelly and… Read Full Post
Having gum recession can be frustrating, aesthetically unpleasant, and detrimental to your oral health. If you have started noticing signs of gum recession, or you just want to ensure that it never develops, we have some tips that might be helpful for you to begin utilizing.
Visit the dentist.
It may sound like an obvious solution, but many people avoid visiting the dentist on a regular basis. This prevents them from realizing when they may be at risk for gum recession. When one visits a dentist for an appointment, we can notify the individual if we notice any signs of recession or gum disease. We can also direct the individual to changes that he or she needs to make to improve oral… Read Full Post
Oral surgery is surgery intended to treat many different types of injuries, defects, and diseases in the head, neck, face, and jaw regions. Oral surgical procedures are performed to treat impacted teeth, difficult tooth extractions, TMJ disorders, implants, dentures, or other dental prostheses, root canals, corrective jaw surgery, etc. If you or a loved one is planning on undergoing any of type of oral surgery, you may want to prepare yourself and your house prior to the procedure. Some of the tips below can also significantly decrease the recovery period.
Step 1. Talk To Your Dentist Before The Surgery
Patients need to consult with a dentist and oral surgeon before the surgery so they… Read Full Post
Disclaimer: The information throughout this dentistry website is not intended to be taken as medical advice. The information provided by Highpoint Dental Care - Dr. Merril Rowe & Dr. Justin Baltz is intended to provide general information regarding dental implants, cosmetic dentistry, porcelain veneers, dental crowns and bridges, Lumineers, smile makeovers, teeth whitening, dentures, family and general dentistry, emergency dentistry, root canals, and more for residents of Aurora, Centennial, Parker, Green Valley Ranch, and nearby areas of Colorado. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact our dental office today for a personal consultation. Read our ADA compliance disclosure.