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Sparkling Smiles with Safe Bleaching

Sparkling Smiles with Safe Bleaching

We all desire the perfect white and bright smile. Unfortunately, the natural tooth color cannot be retained throughout our lives, and tooth bleaching is required to restore the natural tooth color. Teeth bleaching can also whiten the teeth beyond their natural color, which is perhaps why many patients are in need of it. Vita Dental Spring provides professional and safe teeth bleaching services for all its patients. However, since bleaching can also be done at home, it is important to explain the options available for our patients.

What is Tooth Bleaching?

Tooth bleaching can be defined as the use of an oxidizing chemical to remove stains and discoloration from a tooth. Bleaching techniques may vary depending on the desired results.

Why is Tooth Bleaching Necessary?

The teeth lose their white color because of several reasons. First, teeth yellowing is a normal part of aging. It is the inner part of the tooth, the dentin, that yellows. When the dentin is replaced, it appears darker, and since the enamel is getting thinner, the teeth appear yellow. Tooth yellowing is also a result of fluorosis, dental disorders, silver fillings, and genetics. The enamel can also get stained by foods and beverages. However, this does not affect the inner color of the teeth. Tooth bleaching eliminates intrinsic stains while regular tooth cleaning can be used to eliminate stains.

Want a Brighter Smile?

When it comes to tooth bleaching, you have two options- office based teeth bleaching, or at-home care tooth bleaching. Both bleaching options use peroxide-based chemicals. Home whitening chemicals contain 3% to 20% peroxide (hydrogen or carbamide peroxide). In-office chemicals have a 15% to 43% to peroxide concentration.

Generally, the longer you keep a teeth whitening solution on your teeth, the whiter they become. However, the period depends on the hydrogen peroxide concentration. If the solution is stronger, then it will be left on for a shorter time. Keeping the bleaching the solution on for too long dehydrates the teeth, and increases tooth sensitivity.

Each method has its pros and cons but before you try any at-home care bleaching kits, be sure to consult Vita Dental Spring. It is also important to know that results vary, and that tooth bleaching does not work on porcelain crowns or composite tooth-colored bondings.

In-Office Tooth Whitening

Teeth whitening done at the dentist’s office takes less time. The bleaching solution is stronger than that used in at-home kits. Also, thanks to advancements in technology, doctors can now use laser light to make the whitening effect faster. The use of light and heat on bleaching solutions intensifies the whitening process.

The dentist will whiten your teeth according to your desires, with extremely dramatic results and it take s up to two hours. The cost may vary depending on your dentist and the system to be used. Either way, professional teeth bleaching at the dentist’s office should make your teeth several shades brighter.

At-Home Tooth Bleaching

There are several choices for bleaching teeth at home. The most common ones are:

  1. Tooth whitening strips and gels: This gel is applied directly to the teeth with a brush or a thin strip. These peroxide-based bleaching products are usually applied once or twice a day to the teeth, for ten to fourteen days. The results may last for several months.
  2. Tray-based tooth bleaching: In this technique, a mouth-guard like tray is filled with a peroxide-based bleaching paste or gel and placed over the teeth for several hours daily, for up to four weeks. You can purchase the tray over-the-counter or ask your dentist to have one custom-fitted. As expected, they cost more than teeth whitening strips.
  3. Tooth Whitening Toothpaste: Toothpaste is mildly abrasive, and one of the easiest ways of whitening the teeth, since we all have to brush. Toothpaste removes stains on the teeth without the aid of a bleaching agent. This method is also inexpensive since there are many ADA approved toothpastes on the market to choose from. Toothpaste is  not strong for bleaching but is effective with teeth whitening. For better bleaching, it is advisable to visit your dentist.

Tooth Bleaching: Keeping Your Teeth White

Whether you choose to use in-office or at-home based bleaching systems, you can try and maintain the white color of your teeth. Brushing, flossing and rinsing daily is good for your teeth. You should also avoid acidic and tannin-rich foods and beverages such as:

  • Black Coffee and Tea
  • White and Red Wine
  • Sports Drinks
  • Carbonated Drinks
  • Berries or other strongly colored foods
  • Sauces e.g. soy, tomato, and curries

Why Should You Talk to Your Dentist?

Tooth sensitivity is a common side effect of tooth bleaching. It is uncomfortable, especially for people who already have sensitive teeth. While home kits might be cheaper, there is also the chance of burning and temporarily bleaching the gums. Also, with many products flooding the market, it is possible to purchase the wrong or fake product, which is dangerous for your teeth. For the best results, contact  Vita Dental Spring and find the right tooth bleaching technique for you.

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How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

How Much Do You Know About Gum Disease?

Gum disease or periodontal disease is a condition that arises due to the inflammation and swelling of gums, tissues and other supporting structures of the teeth. The inflammation causes bacteria to build up around these areas, and when the bacteria are not removed regularly, the inflammation spreads to adjacent bones and ligaments that hold the tooth in place.

Gum disease is among the biggest concern in dentistry as it affects very many people without any warning. However, are you aware of the types and causes of this disease, the symptoms and what to do about it? Vita Dental Spring has compiled for you what you need to know about this condition.

What Are the Types of Gum Disease

Gum diseases are mainly of two types; Gingivitis and periodontitis.

Gingivitis is the inflammation of gums that arises from an excess plaque on the teeth. Red and swollen gums characterize the condition. The gums bleed when brushing your teeth. When the infections get worse, the gums starting looking puffy and more inflamed. Acute gingivitis is associated with certain infections and microorganisms while   chronic gingivitis is associated with a bacteria film that covers the gums and teeth.

Another type is called periodontitis. The condition arises from worsened gingivitis that was never treated. It is characterized by the pulling away of gum tissues from teeth. These create a room where new bacteria build up leading to infections.

Periodontitis is mainly characterized by the formation of pockets between teeth, red, swollen and bleeding gums. Other characteristics include poor tooth alignment, pain when chewing, receding gums, lose or sensitive teeth and even swollen sores along the gum line.

Aggressive periodontitis occurs in children who are mainly below three years of age. Necrotizing periodontitis, on the other hand, destroys tissues, bones, and ligaments in the mouth. This condition is common in people who smoke or those with weaker immunity.

What Are the Common Causes of Gum Disease?

The core cause of gum disease is a certain group of bacteria that inhabit the mouth. Other possible causes of the disease are:

Poor Oral Hygiene

Plaque is a substance that forms on teeth after brushing them. This gives room for bacteria to build up along the gumline and on the teeth. During this time, the body immunity releases substances that cause inflammation, bleeding, and swelling of gums. These bacteria produce toxic acids that injure gums and the tissues that support the teeth. When plaque is not removed within two days, the layer hardens into a rough coating called tartar.

Prolonged Exposure to Medications

Certain diseases increase one’s susceptibility to these gum diseases. People who have diabetes, for instance, have a high risk for periodontal infections. This may be due to poorly controlled blood sugar levels that lead to slow healing of gums.

Other diseases like leukemia and inflammatory bowel increase the risk of having periodontal diseases.

Genetical Transfer of The Condition

Having family members with this condition are proof of genetical influence. People with a genetic susceptibility to this disease can, however, observe oral health as a way of controlling the disease. Parents with a history of gum disease might give birth to children who may have the condition. Nevertheless, early treatment of such children can help reduce the risk of contracting the disease genetically.

Chewing and Smoking Tobacco

Tobacco contains a black substance known as tar which accumulates on the teeth. Tar is responsible for the development of pockets which may be hiding place for bacteria. These bacteria ultimately end up affecting the gums leading to gum diseases.

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Gum Diseases?

Gum diseases can strike without any warning. However, when one is infected with the disease, he or she will experience the following signs and symptoms according to Vita Dental Spring.

  • Bleeding and Swelling of Gums

When bacteria infect the gums, they begin to swell thereby forming pockets that start bleeding with time. Bleeding gums will always make the teeth become weak and lose stability.

  • Pain When Eating and Chewing

Since the bacteria affects the roots of the teeth, the tooth becomes weaker hence unable to bear the pressure of chewing and eating. This results in pain when eating food that requires heavy chewing and biting.

  • Bad Breath

The bacteria in the mouth break down food particles hence releasing multiple gases in the mouth. The gases emitted combine to produce a bad smell.

  • Loose Teeth

Teeth begin to loosen due to the bacteria that weaken the roots.

However, people can observe some precautionary measures to protect themselves safe from gum disease.

Preventive Measures People Can Adapt to Prevent Gum Diseases.

  • Practice Oral Health

Brush and floss teeth at least twice a day. Remember to use fluoridated toothpaste.

  • Minimize the Use of Tobacco

People who chew and smoke tobacco should stop. Tobacco causes damage and receding of gums.

  • Dental Checkups

Always visit your dentist to rule out any other conditions that may be damaging your teeth.

At Vita Dental Spring, we offer dental checkups for this and many other dental conditions.

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Live Better in Spring Texas with Dental Implants

Live Better in Spring Texas with Dental Implants

The self-consciousness of missing teeth affects our confidence, our smiles, and consequently our interactions with others. Fortunately, it is possible to replace missing teeth and restore your beautiful smile. Dental implants provide an efficient and effective solution for people with missing teeth.

What is a Dental Implant?

A dental implant is perhaps one of the best replacements for a missing tooth. It comes as close to mimicking a tooth because even the root is replaced. A dental implant has three parts: the implant screw, abutment, and the crown.

The implant screw is the root of the dental implant. This part is what sets dental imparts apart from other tooth replacements such as dentures and dental bridges. When you lose a tooth, the bone begins to shrink, and this causes a shrunken jaw appearance. With dental implants, the presence of a root keeps the jaw healthy and maintains the smooth jawline.

The abutment is the part that connects the root to the crown. Just like the root, it can be made of titanium or porcelain. It is peg-shaped and is attached to the screw before the crown is placed. The crown is the last piece of the dental implant. The crown is the part that shows in a smile and gives you back your confidence. Depending on the number of teeth being replaced, a crown may be a single tooth or come as a dental bridge.

Are You a Dental Implant Candidate?

The only way to know if you are a suitable candidate for dental implants is by visiting an experienced dentist at Vita Dental Spring . The dentist will assess if:

  • You are missing one or more teeth
  • You have general oral health
  • You would like a permanent tooth replacement
  • You are willing to undertake costs of treatment
  • You are willing to endure the period of treatment
  • You are willing to quit smoking if you smoke
  • Your jawbone can support an implant

Unlike other techniques, dental implants require sufficient bone before the procedure is conducted. If the dentist conducts tests and determines that your jawbone is insufficient, then you will have to undergo corrective procedures before an implant is installed. The procedure is known as a bone graft, and it augments the bone in a targeted region. Almost all patients are good candidates for bone grafting, which means that getting an implant is possible for you.

What is the Dental Implant Procedure?

The first step is to visit the dentist for a consultation. You will have to undergo several tests and also x-rays. The purpose of the consultation is to plan for the dental implant procedure. Once your oral health and jawbone are restored to its optimum, then the installation process can begin.

The dentist will install the screw into the jawbone. Thanks to advanced technology, the dentist will have mapped out the exact point for the installation of the screw. Once the screw is placed, time for a process known as “osseointegration” is allowed. This is the fusion of the titanium screw and the bone, to create a durable bond. The healing and fusion may take several weeks, and even months, but is essential for the long-term performance of your dental implant. During this period, the dentist will install a temporary tooth.

Once the screw is secure, the abutment will be put in place. The dentists will scan your teeth to ensure that your new crown(s) are matched to your natural teeth color. This will ensure that the replacements blend in. This is the final stage of the dental implant procedure; after which you will be free to enjoy your teeth.

What are the Advantages of Dental Implants?

  • They look like and feel like real teeth
  • Provide optimal chewing surface
  • They are a secure fit
  • Have the potential to last a lifetime
  • Restore the jawbone, maintaining the facial appearance

Mini Dental Implants

Some people are suitable candidates for mini implants. These implants are smaller in size than normal ones and are suitable for some patients with an insufficient bone to support conventional implants. Because of their reduced size, the implantation surgery, and healing period are shorter. The procedure is sometimes completed in one session. To find out if you are a candidate for mini dental implants, visit Vita Dental Spring.

Dental Implants for Dentures

If you want dentures with improved stability, then you should consider getting implant-supported dentures. The denture will remain the same, customized to fit your mouth. In this case, however, the dentures will be supported by implants. This will prevent the dentures from becoming loose over time, and move in your mouth. The dentures can be removable or fixed in place depending on your situation.

Choosing A Dentist for Your Implants

Dental implants require invasive procedures and as such, your dentist of choice should be qualified, experienced, and have the requisite capacity to carry out all the procedures to the end. Vita Dental Spring provides all necessary dental procedure required for your dental implants. Visit us today for a consultation.

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Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

Unexpected Stress? Don’t Forget Your Smile

Do you suddenly have more on your plate? Is it a little too much to handle? Perhaps you are going through a breakup or a divorce. Perhaps a loved one has passed away, or you just lost your job. Although all stress is not negative, good situations can also be overwhelming. Sometimes, you could be parenting for the first time, settling into a new job, learning a new language, or settling into marriage.

When life is getting extra challenging, it is easy to relax and ignore your oral health. This should not be the case, because having good oral health will ensure that you have one less stressor. Neglecting your oral health could take away your smile, that you need to feel confident when facing challenges.  Vita Dental Spring wants to explore some of the results of forgetting your smile.

Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is a common oral issue, that occurs when the layers of the tooth begin to get eroded. The extent of tooth decay you will experience depends on how long you decide to hold out on proper brushing, flossing, and booking an appointment with Vita Dental Spring. While it is easy to remember to brush your teeth, it is possible to postpone all your dental appointments. This is dangerous because you will give plaque a chance to grow and cause tooth decay.

Gum Disease

Unfortunately, gum disease is a prevalent oral condition among children and adults. It is easy to ignore the signs because gum disease is painless. Have your gums been swollen lately? Are you spitting blood when you are brushing? These are the early stages of gum disease known as gingivitis, that should be treated before moving to an advanced stage.

Tooth and Gum Pain

When cavities and gum disease is left untreated, then you will begin to experience pain. The pain could occur whenever you take anything hot or cold, or could also be continuous depending on the extent of damage in your mouth. Pain in the mouth is extremely uncomfortable because talking, eating and even sleeping will become a challenge. To avoid pain, ensure that you brush and floss regularly and visit your dentist for an extensive cleaning.

Bad Breath

Imagine not being able to talk to anyone comfortably, and have people avoiding you? Imagine not being able to kiss your spouse, or even have people calling you names because you have bad breath. It is important to know that bad breath is not necessarily a result of not brushing the teeth or perhaps taking too much alcohol. Sometimes, having foul breath is a result of an oral illness. It could be an infection, or also an indication of gum disease. Unfortunately, toothpaste and home-made solutions will not resolve your problems. You should visit the dentist if the bad breath does not stop.

Tooth Yellowing

As we grow older, the dentin, the inner layer of the teeth, replaces itself and gets darker with time. The exposed enamel also thins because of friction, and over time, the teeth appear discolored. The enamel can also get stained, especially due to consumption of staining foods, fluorosis, or tobacco smoke. Discolored teeth take away the brilliant white of your smile. To keep your smile healthy, you should visit the dentist and find a suitable tooth bleaching technique.

Loose Crowns or Dentures

If you have had any extensive oral work done, especially to replace a tooth, extra caution is necessary. Dentures or crowns put in place to replace missing teeth could become loose and fall off. Make time to visit the dentist to ensure that you do not lose your replacements, especially after paying for them. Keeping that perfect smile includes taking care of any fixtures, whether temporary or permanent.

Tooth Loss

Extensive cavities, and gum disease eventually lead to tooth loss. Tooth loss is painful, and efforts to get a replacement are costly. It is advisable to take care of your natural teeth to avoid future costs. Sometimes, replacements will have a shade different from your natural white, which will distort your smile.

How Can You Take Care of Your Smile?

Keeping the perfect smile is possible, as long as you maintain the routine, even when you are stressed. Brush and floss daily, and ensure you visit the dentist at least once in a year. Even if your teeth look perfectly healthy, visiting the dentist will ensure that your teeth are cleaned, not only to prevent dental caries but also prevent gum disease, tooth discoloration, and bad breath. It is also important to avoid sugary foods and using your teeth to bite on very hard objects.

Making an appointment with your dentist is easy. You can call, send an email, chat online, or even visit the dentist’s office. If you are looking for a well-equipped and reliable dentist, visit contact Vita Dental Spring today. We will keep your smile straight, white and bright for all to see.

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All About Saliva: General Dentistry in Spring Texas

All About Saliva: General Dentistry in Spring Texas

Saliva might not be a polite topic but spit is important. The digestive juices in saliva are the first step in the breaking down of food. Saliva also has many other functions that we at Vita Dental Spring  would like you to know. Thus, if you are not producing enough saliva, that should be enough for you to call us. Here are the interesting facts about saliva we believe you need to know.

It Plays an Important Role in Oral Health and Your Immunity

Saliva is one of the key ingredients in good oral health and better immunity. According to a recent study, it was found that over 90% of adults experience tooth decay or gum disease. It was also found that about 65% of kids would experience gum disease. However, saliva can help to keep some of the infections at bay since it contains antibacterial effects.

Saliva Can Re-Mineralize Teeth

Just as moisturizers helps to restore the skin, saliva mineralizes teeth. As it washes through the teeth, it adds nutrients not just to the teeth but also to the oral mucosa. However, for this process to be effective there must be enough nutrients in your food, which the saliva can use to re-mineralize teeth.

It Prevents Tooth Decay

Where there is a huge production of saliva, it helps to prevent tooth decay. The tooth decay occurs because there is leaching of the minerals in the enamel. The saliva helps to dilute and also get rid of plaque acids that leach the mineral from the enamel. This results in stronger enamel, which is less prone to tooth decay.

Saliva Helps to Balance the Ph Of Your Oral Cavity

The oral ecology is important and has to be kept in balance at all times. If your mouth is too acidic or too basic, the ecology will be destroyed, causing bacteria of the bad kind to thrive. Thus, you need to fuel your saliva with the right nutrients if you want to ensure that you have a good oral ecology.

Saliva Gets Rid of Bad Bacteria

There is an established relationship between the drop in saliva production and the growth of gum disease. However, this shift is often visible when people age. The saliva is a natural substance that ensures your mouth has a great immunity.

It contains substances such as lactoferrin, which prevent bad bacteria from thriving. Besides that, it contains natural enzymes, which are essential to a stable ecology in your mouth. One of the enzymes is lysozyme, which destabilizes the bacterial walls, which cause gum disease.

The Quality of Saliva Can Change

The secret to good saliva is the nutrition and the amount of water that you take. Besides that, medication may affect the quality of your saliva, which could cause bad breath. Having the right kind of saliva is important in the prevention of gum disease. However, it also ensures that the digestive system works in the right manner.

Saliva Is Made Of 9% Water

The saliva is made up of 99% water. The other one percent is a complex mix of minerals, vitamins, hormones, and other compounds. Thus, the amount of water you consume will directly affect how much saliva you can produce.

Hundreds of Glands in The Mouth Produce Saliva

Saliva is not produced by a few glands but by hundreds of them. Each day, they produce about a quart of saliva per day. You produce enough saliva in a year to fill a pair of medium sized bathtubs in a year. However, saliva production varies from person to person, the time of day, and the circumstance. Typically, you produce less saliva as you age, when asleep and when you are dehydrated.

Saliva Contains Natural Ball Bearings

The saliva contains mucins, which are protein molecules that act like microscopic ball bearings. They play an important role in lubricating your mouth. As a result, you are able to chew, swallow, and speak. They also stick to the teeth and shield them from acids and bacteria that cause cavities.

Saliva Helps Speed Up the Healing Process

Another fact that we at Vita Dental Spring find interesting is that saliva has antibodies, which fight germs, promote the growth of new cells, and help to clot blood. This is the reason wounds in your mouth heal and stops bleeding faster than wounds in other parts.

Saliva Can Be Used to Diagnose Various Things in Your Body

Saliva is often used to monitor for various things such as alcohol intake, drug abuse, and smoking. The saliva is often used to diagnose various diseases. For instance, the FDA has an approved test, which relies on saliva to test for certain antibodies, which could be used to detect the presence of HIV or hepatitis C. In future, it is expected that saliva will replace most of the current blood tests. If you are experiencing low saliva production, please ensure you contact Vita Dental Spring  We can help to find out the cause.

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