The most important things you can do to keep your mouth healthy are to use dental floss and a toothbrush daily. These two things alone are sufficient for most people.
Mouthwash is not necessary for most people. If we determine that a mouthwash would be helpful for you, we will prescribe a mouthwash regimen.
Hygiene appointment frequency will be determined by the condition of your oral health. Although most patients are seen every six months, your recommended schedule may be more or less frequent depending on your personal health.
Flossing, when done correctly, removes bacteria from between the teeth above and below the gumline. This is the most effective way for you to prevent decay and gum disease. Research shows that bacteria must be removed from all surfaces of the teeth on a daily basis to maintain the health of the mouth. Using dental floss will clean areas of the tooth that you cannot reach with a toothbrush.
Gum infection usually does not hurt. A complete periodontal evaluation is the only way to accurately determine the health of your gums. This is part of your initial examination and each hygiene appointment.
Bleeding gums indicate the presence of gum disease. Poor fitting crowns or restorations will also contribute to this condition.
Yes, studies show certain electric toothbrushes to be superior to manual brushing. However, if your manual brushing is adequate, we will not advise you to change.
In most cases, bad breath is caused by bacteria trapped around the teeth. This may be the result of decay, bad dental restorations or other conditions. We will evaluate and treat the causes of halitosis (bad breath).
Pain & Discomfort
After restorative treatment your tooth may be sensitive from the work and some sensitivity of the gums adjacent to the tooth may be present as well. In most cases, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen will relieve any discomfort. If the discomfort persists, please contact us to schedule an appointment for evaluation.
Persistent pain and throbbing could indicate an infection and the need for root canal treatment. If you have an infection, the tooth will normally be painful to pressure and a toothache will wake you at night. If this happens, please contact us for an appointment.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) could be the reason. Many people are not aware they clench or grind their teeth at night. Please contact us for an evaluation for signs of bruxism and your treatment options.
Cosmetic & Restorative Treatment
When using restorations such as veneers or crowns to make cosmetic changes, two sets of restorations will be fabricated. The first provisional restorations are created to match the changes we have determined to be best for you. These can be modified in shape, position and color over time. We will work with these and with you to verify the optimal result in these restorations prior to creation of the final porcelain restorations.
When the gum tissue is healthy, the procedure will be accomplished most easily and efficiently. A prescription mouth rinse may be prescribed to be used for several days in advance to eliminate any inflammation or irritation of the gums. Taking a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication such as ibuprofen prior to the appointment will reduce any tendency for postoperative discomfort.
Nitrous-oxide inhalation is a safe form of sedation that may be used at your request during an appointment. In many cases, an oral sedative can be prescribed to be taken prior to your appointment. This will require you to arrange for transportation to the office and home following the appointment. Dr. Seal will be happy to discuss your options with you.
Crowns & Bridges
Since a temporary crown is cemented with weak cement, it is possible for the crown to come off. If this happens after office hours, you can normally use a very small amount of denture adhesive (Polygrip, etc.) to place the temporary back in position. Once our office is open, please call so that we can appropriately cement the temporary crown.
If your crown comes off after office hours, you may use a small amount of denture adhesive (Polygrip, etc.) to place the crown back in position. Often, loss of your permanent crown indicates a potential need for further treatment. Please call our office to schedule an appointment time to evaluate and cement your crown.
Dr. Seal & Staff
Dr. Seal is accepting new patients and while many of our patients are referred by other doctors, we always appreciate referrals from our patients.
A prosthodontist is a dentist that specializes in the restoration or replacement of natural teeth. After completing four years of dental school, a dentist is required to attend an additional multi-year residency to become a prosthodontist.
We will provide you with the necessary documentation you need to submit a claim to your insurance company for your reimbursement.