Archive: March 30, 2015

Is It Safe To Go The Dentist If You’re Pregnant?

is-it-safe-to-go-to-the-dentist-when-im-pregnant-roseville-ca Taking care of your body while you are pregnant is important, and that includes taking care of your teeth. The hormonal changes your body undergoes during pregnancy can cause irritation to your gums, such as bleeding and swelling. Increased hormone levels combined with a lack of oral care can cause gum disease. Oral infections, such as gum disease, can affect your health as well as the health of your growing baby. These infections have even been linked to premature birth. That is why it is important to take care of your teeth and gums, particularly when you are expecting. Going to the dentist while you are pregnant is not unsafe, and it is recommended that expectant mothers receive annual cleanings. The second trimester is the ideal time to have routine dental cleanings performed. Many of the baby's organs are being developed during the first trimester, so it is best to avoid any dental procedures that may pose a risk to your developing baby. During the third trimester, dental work is usually delayed until after birth to avoid premature labor and back pain from lying down for a long period of time. Additionally, it is wise to avoid optional dental procedures and oral X-rays during pregnancy. If you must receive an oral X-ray, be sure to tell your dentist that you are pregnant. This way they will be sure to use extra caution when performing your X-ray. Today, X-rays are much safer than they were in previous years, so don't feel hesitant if you must receive an X-ray while you are pregnant. 

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Crowns or Fillings: Which One is Better?

crowns-or-fillings-which-one-is-better Restorative dentistry offers patients a way to repair their smile both aesthetically and functionally. It can mean the difference between a tooth that hurts to use and one that exists free from pain while looking just like a natural tooth would. The problem is that patients are routinely given a choice between fillings and crowns. Before you choose one or the other, it's important to understand which of the two is best to use. The short answer is that crowns and fillings have certain uses where they perform better. This is why both are still utilized in modern dentistry. When Do Fillings Work Better? The first and foremost difference between fillings and crowns concerns cost. Fillings are generally cheaper, as they can range between $50 to $300 for silver amalgam fillings and $90 to $450 for composite resin fillings. Fillings also typically require significantly less healthy tooth tissue to be removed. Composite resin fillings require the least tissue to be removed, as they are chemically bonded to the teeth by UV light. Silver amalgam and similar types of fillings require the dentist to create a shape for the filling to sit. This makes fillings ideal for fixing small spots on the teeth where decay has occurred, which in turn can prevent decay from spreading and eventually killing the tissue inside of the tooth.

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