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Keeping our patients informed about the benefits of excellent oral health is the cornerstone of our Metairie practice. We think you’re more likely to take steps to protect your oral health when you know the impact that healthy teeth can have on your life.
We don’t expect you to be an expert about dentistry, and we’re here to answer any and all of your questions. The more information you have, the better prepared you are to make important decisions when the time comes.
If you don’t see your question listed here, please don’t hesitate to give us a call or fill out our convenient online contact form.
Yes! Braces are not just for kids anymore! Adults tend to get braces for numerous reasons besides just to make their teeth straight. A lot of adults feel that they can improve their professional lives with a straighter smile and regain their confidence.
In adults, braces can make teeth straight to make them easier to brush and clean, adjust and correct issues in the bite, avoid excessive wear and fractures. New technology in orthodontics has helped shorten the time in braces and has made them look better. Age is not a reason to not do braces!
Invisalign Clear Braces
We also offer Invisalign clear braces here in our office. Invisalign works by using a set of clear aligners that push your teeth into place without the need for metal braces.
At Oak Family Dental we stress preventive dentistry. That means we try to prevent problems such as disease, decay, and tooth loss. For most people, two visits a year is sufficient, however, more visits may be required if problems are detected.
Regular Dental Cleanings
At these periodic visits, patients receive a professional cleaning, necessary radiographs, and the dentist will review your dental and medical history, perform an overall examination of the mouth including an oral cancer screening and will address any questions or concerns you may have.
A cracked tooth is simply what it sounds like, a crack in the tooth. Teeth are made up of three layers, the hard outer layer the enamel, an inner layer the dentin, and the nerve of the tooth lies below the dentin. Cracks typically start in the outer layer of the tooth and can progress into the underlying layers if no treatment is rendered. Early detection is key because as cracks progress in the tooth, they can lead to an infection and loss of the tooth.
Make Your Emergency Dental Appointment
For more information on cracked teeth, or for more information on our dental services, give us a call here at Oak Family Dental today, located in Metairie, LA.
A full mouth debridement may be necessary if you have thick or dense deposits of plaque and tartar on your teeth. Debridement is necessary when the deposits are too heavy to allow proper visualization of teeth and gums for a dentist to do a proper examination and diagnosis.
Following the debridement, a comprehensive examination by the dentist can be completed. Findings on this examination may include additional treatment such as a deep periodontal cleaning or regular dental prophylaxis to polish the teeth.
So, if you think you may be in need of a full mouth debridement then please, don't hesitate to contact our Metairie, LA dental office today!
Dental bonding is the use of tooth-colored filling material for minor repairs or minor flaws in your teeth. Dental bonding can be used to close minor spaces between teeth, fix chips, small cracks, gaps, or discoloration. A benefit of bonding is the tooth (or teeth) being bonded do not have to be cut down, as they do with crowns and veneers. Bonding and crowns are not interchangeable treatment options. If a tooth is severely broken down or is a tooth that absorbs a lot of force, a crown is typically indicated.
Scheduling Your Appointment
If you're interested in dental bonding or have more questions about dental bonding, please don't hesitate to pick up the phone and call our Metairie, LA dental office today at (504) 834-6410.
Tooth wear starts when the outer layer of teeth, enamel, starts to wear down prematurely. Many factors including the way we chew, our diet and medical problems, such as acid reflux can cause teeth to wear. Clenching and grinding during sleep even cause tooth wear.
To prevent wear, we recommend regular removal of bacterial and acids from the mouth through brushing and mouth rinses. It is also a good idea to reduce the amount of acid in our diet, such as sodas. If you are clenching and grinding at night, a nightguard may be recommended. The treatment of tooth wear depends on the underlying cause of the wear so the first step is to diagnose the cause of the tooth wear. This may require visiting a physician for a physical.
Fixing Tooth Wear
There are many ways to build teeth back up to prevent wear or to at least slow the damage. We can build your teeth back up through the use of tooth-colored dental bonding. Bonding acts as part of your natural tooth and is completely unnoticeable.
Pain occurs in teeth when the inner layers of the tooth are exposed. The white enamel portion of teeth is a strong protective layer. When enamel is damaged, hot, cold, and sweets can cause pain. Tooth decay, erosion, grinding and clenching, as well as bite problems, can damage the enamel.
Treating Tooth Sensitivity
To treat sensitivity, the dentist must first diagnose the cause of the problem. Next, the doctors and staff at Oak Family Dental will work with you to suggest several effective treatments that may include changing oral hygiene habits, diet, fluoride, desensitizing toothpaste, restoring a damaged tooth or correcting the bite. Sensitivity can be a sign of a serious dental problem down the line; you should see the dentists at Oak Family Dental right away if you suffer from tooth pain.
For more information on sensitive teeth, and our other dental services give us a call at Oak Family Dental today.
Cracks in teeth typically start in the outer layer of the tooth. Cracks can occur from factors that weaken teeth such as cavities and existing large fillings. Even biting on hard foods and objects can crack teeth.
Preventing Cracked Teeth
To prevent cracks, we recommend regular brushing to prevent the build-up bacteria which cause cavities, and not chewing hard objects such as ice and popcorn kernels.
For more information on broken teeth or any of our dental services, give us a call here today at Oak Family Dental in Metairie, LA.
Most insurance plans do not cover all dental procedures. Dental insurance does not take into consideration your needs or what the dentist deems necessary based on your needs. Your coverage is based on how much you pay into the plan. Dental plans are a contract between you and your insurance company. You and your insurer agree on an amount your plan pays and what procedures are covered. Although we can often give you an idea of what your insurance company will pay, they make the final determination of benefits and eligibility.