At Twin Cities Modern Dentistry in Eden Prairie, we are of the firm belief that a healthy smile and a beautiful smile go hand in hand. That’s why you need to visit us regularly for cleanings and checkups, so that we can identify problems that could affect your smile while they’re still in the early stages. We can provide you with general dentistry procedures like checkups and fillings, and also offer restorative and cosmetic treatments. Our goal is quite simply to help you and your family achieve the best dental health possible. We can provide restorative treatments if you need them, but we would prefer to ensure that your overall oral health is good. Then, if you want to consider cosmetic treatments, we can talk about your options.
The best way to prevent cavities and gum disease is to visit a general dentist twice a year for a checkup. That’s so that we can examine you for problems like cracks, tooth decay, gum disease and even just old fillings that are past their “best before” date. These are all issues that, if they’re caught soon enough, can be easily corrected. You would be amazed at how fast even a tiny cavity can grow, and once it takes hold, it can even spread to adjacent teeth. Gum disease is another issue that can be caught very early on, but if it is not, it can cause you to lose your teeth and can even increase your risk of strokes or heart attacks.
Regular checkups, simply stated, are essential when it comes to identifying, controlling, and treating any number of common dental concerns. See us twice a year so we can help you make sure you enjoy good dental health.
If you are of a certain age, you may remember when dental x-rays were a complicated procedure, and your dentist did not always get it right on the first try. Today, dentists use digital technology to take x-rays quickly and easily, and with a minimum of discomfort to the patient. Additionally, you do not have to wait for your x-rays to be developed, and the levels of radiation are considerably lower than they were with the older technology.
Another benefit of modern dental x-rays is that they can streamline the process when it comes to many types of restorative treatments. Just as an example, if you need dental crowns, the definition and clarity offered by modern dental x-rays can mean that you can have crowns installed in a single day. That means a lot less time in your dentist’s chair, and considerably less expense. Modern digital x-rays also make it possible for your dentist to identify decay even in its very early stages, making treatment easier and less costly.
You know how great your mouth feels, and how good your teeth look after you have had a professional cleaning, but keep in mind that it is not just a “feel good” thing. It is the most effective way of preventing gum disease. The reality is, no matter how religiously you brush and floss at home, you are never going to get at all the staining and plaque buildup that can occur on your teeth. In addition, tartar can build up under the gum line, and that is when you run the risk of gum disease, which can result in tooth loss.
Professional cleaning, also called “scaling,” is a means of using manual tools, ultrasonic scalers, or both to clean away tartar and plaque. Ideally, you should have your teeth professionally cleaned twice a year in order to maintain your beautiful smile and your overall dental health. Brushing and flossing alone simply will not get the job done properly.
Back in the day, tooth fillings were made of a compound called amalgam, which is a mix of different metals, including silver and mercury. We probably don’t have to tell you that mercury can be a health hazard, but the other problem with metal fillings is that they quite simply look awful. The only good news about metal fillings is that since tooth decay usually occurs in the back of your mouth, in the molars that are not easily accessed by brushing, they only show when you open your mouth really wide.
Today, your dentist can use composite fillings which are colored to match your natural teeth. They look considerably better than metal fillings, and they also bond more effectively to the structure of your teeth. With composite fillings, less of your natural tooth has to be removed. Composite fillings can be used for small cavities, and even for moderate restorations.
Why do you suppose root canals have such a bad reputation? You have heard the phrase – “I’d rather have root canal than [insert name of unpleasant experience].” The fact is root canal therapy really doesn’t deserve this bad reputation. It does not cause pain – it actually relieves pain! You need a root canal when the root of your tooth is so badly damaged that it is causing pain to rocket up through your jaw and your head, making you completely miserable. So your dentist extracts the bad root that is causing the pain, fills it in and seals it. The procedure is done using a local anesthetic, the same as you would have if you were just in the chair for a filling. Then, once that nasty, painful root is gone, your dentist creates an artificial tooth, or crown to replace the damaged tooth. It’s all done and the pain goes away. So there is no need to be afraid of a root canal. It is a good thing.
Healthy gums mean healthy teeth. If your gums are not healthy, they can swell, bleed, and recede, and as the condition progresses, the bone that supports your teeth can deteriorate. Then, your teeth loosen, shift, and may even fall out. Periodontal (gum) disease affects in excess of 80% of adults by the time they reach the age of 45, so if you do not want to be in that 80%, it is vital that you make sure that your gums are healthy. That means regular dental exams, and on occasion, deep cleaning.
Regular dental cleanings are important for your oral health, and they are very effective when it comes to removing plaque and tartar from your teeth and under the gum line. Sometimes, it is necessary to go deeper. Modern dental methods often include the use of lasers to get deep into the pockets under the gums where bacteria make their home, grow, and flourish. Regular checkups can help to identify the need for deep cleaning, so visit us every six months.
When it comes to your health, what single word scares you the most? Cancer. We all know about lung cancer, colo-rectal cancer, breast cancer and prostate cancer, and we’ve probably got the ribbons to prove it when we go on walks to raise awareness. But few of us think about the possibility of oral cancer. The fact is, that oral cancer is very common, and if it is left untreated, it can (best case scenario) cause pain and loss of function, and (worst-case scenario) it can kill you.
“But I don’t smoke, and I don’t drink,” you say. And that is good – avoiding bad habits is one of the best ways of protecting yourself against oral cancer. But it can still happen, and that is why regular dental checkups are so important. If oral cancer is detected in its early stages, the prognosis for recovery is good. See your dentist regularly to be checked for lumps and irregularities.
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