One of the biggest misconceptions regarding dental work that I come across is on the longevity of fillings and crowns. On average, tooth colored fillings last 5-7 years and crowns can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years. In my 25 plus years of practice as an Arlington and Southlake dentist, I have shocked many a patient with the diagnosis of needing a new crowns or fillings. The look of shock is something that I have become accustomed too, and I try my best to assuage their fears and doubts by explaining why exactly their previous dental work is now failing.
March 25, 2016
January 20, 2016
If you’re dedicated to making some changes in 2016, we invite you to include a healthier, more beautiful smile part of your plan. Your dedicated, Southlake cosmetic dentist, Ravi Doctor, DDS offers patients a variety of options to restore and enhance less than perfect smiles, but whatever your 2016 goals, we’re here to offer our support.
December 2, 2014
Has an Arlington or Southlake dentist asked about antidepressants or other medications you’re taking during a dental implants consultation? Many of you may understand the concept of drug interactions and assume that before your dentist can prescribe you anything, he may need to know what you are already taking to make sure there are no harmful side effects from the combination of both. But did you know that your medications may interfere with certain dental procedures as well?
Millions of Americans require antidepressants to function and help them with the daily grind of life, and the most commonly prescribed are a group of antidepressants known as SSRI, or selective serotonin re-uptake inhibitors. This group of drugs includes Prozac, Celexa, Luvox, Zoloft, Paxcil, and Lexapro. Recent studies have shown that those who take any SSRI have a higher chance of implant failure than those who do not. The rate of failure is 10.6%, which is more than double that of those who do not take any SSRIs, and even rivals the failure rate of lifelong smokers!
With the popularity of dental implants rising, it is important to discuss all your health concerns and medications with your dentist. Both you and your dental practitioner should be aware of any aspects that can adversely affect your treatment so that together you can devise a plan that best fits you and your needs.
Schedule an appointment with Dr. Ravi Doctor today if you are interested in dental implants in Arlington or Southlake and also regularly take any medication—he has the expertise and experience required to ensure your procedure is safe and successful.
November 5, 2014
When thinking of emergencies, most people do not consider tooth related instances to truly be a matter of significance; however, if you have ever dealt with it, you will understand how traumatizing it can be. Please keep in mind that any dental emergency can be potentially serious and ignoring it is not the solution. Make sure to see your dentist right away to avoid any complications!
So, let’s discuss some examples of dental emergencies and what you should do in the event that they occur. In the case of a toothache, thoroughly rinse your mouth with a warm salt rinse. Also, be sure to floss the area to remove any food that may be lodged between your teeth. Try placing a cold compress against the area, and if the pain has not subsided take a pain killer to ease your discomfort.
In the case of a chipped tooth, try and keep the small piece if you can and Apply pressure with a piece of gauze to stop any bleeding. Also, to prevent any swelling and to ease the accompanying pain, place a cold compress on the affected area.
If your tooth gets knocked out, there are a few precise but simple instructions you must follow. First, only hold the tooth by the crown, or the part of the tooth that you usually see when you smile. If your tooth is dirty, rinse it gently under running water and DO NOT scrub it clean. If you can, try and reinsert the tooth gently back into the socket and bite down on a piece of gauze to hold the tooth in place. If you cannot reinsert the tooth, place the tooth in milk, or if milk is not available, place the tooth between your cheek and gum area and immediately see your dentist. In the case of a knocked out tooth, the chances of saving your tooth are highest within the first hour after the incident, and decreases exponentially with the passage of time.
While there are numerous other situations in which you should immediately consult your dental care professional, these are often the most traumatic. As is the case in any situation, prevention is always better than cure. If you play any contact sports make sure you wear a sport guard. Also, avoid chewing ice and biting down on anything hard such as candy or popcorn kernels. But if you ever do find yourself in one of these situations, call your dentist immediately!
October 9, 2014
Do you ever find yourself wincing with pain when eating ice cream or when drinking a cup of coffee? If so you may be suffering from sensitive teeth. Sensitive teeth are typically the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots. This can occur due to improper brushing or even as a result of clenching your teeth. Sometimes, however, tooth discomfort is caused by other factors, such as a cavity, a cracked or chipped tooth, or it can even be a side effect of a dental procedure, such as bleaching.
If teeth sensitivity is something that concerns you, start by visiting your dentist. He or she can identify or rule out any underlying causes of your tooth pain. Depending on the circumstances, your dentist might recommend one of several options. For example, the most common method may be to use a desensitizing tooth paste. Another option may be the topical application of fluoride. Fluoride application can help to strengthen the enamel of the teeth, preventing further breakdown and thereby reducing the sensitivity. However, at times the mere topical application of fluoride or desensitizing tooth paste may not suffice. Here, your doctor may determine that you need a filling or a root canal.
As with all things, prevention is always better than cure. In order to prevent sensitivity you must perfect your oral hygiene habits. Make sure you are brushing your teeth in a circular manner without applying too much pressure. Also, use soft bristle tooth brushes as they will not abrade the surface of your teeth causing you to loose enamel, and make sure to visit your dental care provider on a regular basis to keep your pearly whites in top condition!
September 4, 2014
In an age where self-expression is everything to one’s identity, body piercings have become a means to convey one’s individuality and to stand out. Although the most common site for piercings are traditionally the earlobes, nowadays, more and more unconventional piercing sites are becoming the norm.
One such unconventional area is the mouth. You may have noticed many individuals with lip or tongue mouth piercings, or even a slit tongue. While this is definitely a unique channel of self-expression, there are many factors that should be taken into consideration before piercing or traumatizing a sensitive area such as the oral cavity. For one, keep in mind that the mouth is a moist environment teaming with bacteria. Such an environment is always ideal to encourage the onset of infection. Furthermore, a tongue piercing can swell after infection and block your airway.
Another complication that can be expected after mouth piercings is temporary or even permanent nerve damage. A damaged nerve can affect the way your tongue moves or even your taste sensations. You may even experience burning or tingling sensations in your mouth.Other complications may include allergic reactions to the metal placed in your mouth, as well as mutilation to the adjacent teeth and gums along with excessive drooling.
If however, you already have a piercing, make sure and keep the area clean and rinse with warm salt water. Also, avoid smoking, alcohol and spicy foods as these can aggravate the newly pierced area and result in infection, and finally, avoid playing with the jewelry, as this may result in it becoming loose and accidental aspiration as well as damaging the surrounding teeth and gums. If despite meticulous care, any problems arise concerning the area of your piercing, visit your dentist immediately to avoid any further complications!