Let’s be honest, here at Broadwater Dentistry in Biloxi Mississippi we understand most people don’t want to come and see us! We are aware that the majority of people do not look forward to their dentist appointments. Thankfully, most of our patients understand how necessary it is for dental health to visit us at least once a year.
Broadwater Dentistry does everything possible to make our office warm and inviting and get you in and out as quickly as possible, while providing the best care and dental techniques available. However, some of our patients have a deep rooted fear of the dentist. For many of our older patients, this stems from memories of childhood dental appointments when dentistry was not as advanced and there could be some painful procedures.
If you have a deep fear of visiting the dentist, let us know. We recommend that you visit us beforehand and familiarize yourself with our office and staff. Let us explain the procedure you will be having and what it consists of, this way there will be no surprises the day of your appointment. If pain is your main fear, we offer different alternatives to keep you comfortable throughout the procedure.
If you would like to bring a family member for support, that is fine. Listen to some relaxing music on the way to the appointment. If at any time while you are in the dental chair, you feel a panic attack coming on, or need to take a little break, let us know and we will work through it with you. Never feel embarrassed about being scared of visiting the dentist. Your fear is understood and at Broadwater in Biloxi, we will accommodate it.
It can be a little confusing when you hear the terms bridges, crowns and fillings, what purpose do they each have? At Broadwater Dentistry in Biloxi Mississippi, we perform all three procedures. If you find you are starting to lose teeth, a bridge can be a great tool to help keep your remaining teeth functioning.
Gold and porcelain are the two most common substances to make bridges out of. The bridge will be individually created for you, attaching fake teeth to your remaining adjacent teeth. While your bridge is being made in a lab, your dentist may provide you with a temporary bridge in the interim. A crown is designed to feel and look like real teeth.
Your teeth will be shaped, and if needed, decay will be removed. Then, using ceramic or porcelain, the crown will be fitted on each tooth. Crowns are a wonderful way to give you a bright, good looking, and natural smile. Last of all, a filling is used when you have experienced a cavity. The decayed part of the tooth is removed and then filled in with a substance. It used to be common for fillings to be made out of silver and mercury.
Nowadays, a composite filling is more common. This is a filling made out of a tooth colored substance. They look more natural, and don’t pose health risks which some of the older fillings made out of metal could, nor do they expand and contract which metal fillings can do. Fillings may need to be replaced over time, just like crowns and bridges. At Broadwater we do our best to make sure you get as much life out of all three procedures as possible.
When you feel confident within your smile, it can really improve your quality of life. No one wants to feel embarrassed to smile, or believe their teeth are leaving a negative impression when they meet new people or go for a job interview. There is no need to shy away from social occasions because of your teeth when there are many ways to improve the cosmetic improvement of your smile, by both personal habits and professional procedures.
The best place to start is stepping up your daily oral hygiene habits. Brush and floss twice a day, try to floss specifically after a meal and consider incorporating mouthwash into your routine. If you are a heavy tea and coffee drinker, you may notice there is a yellow tinge to your teeth, even if you are not, people experience tooth discoloration with age. This can be taken care of by watching your diet, and using a whitening treatment to assist in bringing back a whiteness to your smile.
Veneers may be an option to help in whitening the appearance of teeth and changing the shape of individual teeth, making them appear straighter than what they are. If you are missing teeth due to dental disease, injuries or bad oral hygiene consider filling in the gap. This can be done by visiting your dentist for a bridge, crown or even dentures. There are continuous improvements in the field of teeth whitening, consider visiting your dentist to get informed on what techniques and procedures are available.
Orthodontics is the part of dentistry that works on correcting teeth and jaws that are improperly positioned. Did you know that teeth which are crooked are at a higher risk of decay because it is harder to clean between them? An orthodontist can straighten your teeth, creating a mouth that is healthier and provide you with a more pleasing appearance.
Orthodontists specialize in this type of treatment because they spend an extra two years in school after completing dental school. Normally, your dentist will let you know if you need to visit an orthodontist and see if orthodontics are needed for you. Orthodontists are trained to assist with issues such as overbites, under bites, open bites and cross bites. In all of these situations, the placement of teeth is not correct and can cause underlying problems such as jaw pain and even headaches.
Oral crowding, spacing and a misplaced midline are other issues an orthodontist can assist with. Orthodontists use different types of appliances to assist in gently moving teeth, affect jaw growth and retrain muscles. The methods used can be removable or fixed. Depending what the oral problem is will determine the approach which is used. Braces and fixed space maintainers are an example of a fixed appliance, while an aligner or headgear are examples of removable appliances. If you think you or a family member may need the services of an orthodontist, ask your dentist for a recommendation.
Most health insurance plans come with limited dental coverage. It is common for your employer to offer separate dental plans or dental benefits at an additional cost. The question is, do you need it? Some cynics would say the moment you don’t have insurance is when you will discover you need it! However, some common sense can come into play with dental insurance.
If you are young and only visit the dentist once or twice a year for a cleaning, it may be cheaper to pay out of pocket for the cleanings instead of paying on a policy that hardly gets used. If you are older and experiencing more and more dental problems, insurance could be more cost effective. Individual procedures are expensive. A crown can be over $1000.00, and a root canal can be anywhere from $500.00 to $1000.00.
Parents of teenagers who are worried about the cost of braces should look for a policy that covers that particular procedure. In fact, if you decide to purchase dental insurance read the small print and see what it covers exactly. You don’t want to be surprised when the bill arrives to find you have to pay out of pocket for a procedure and pay your insurance premium as well because it didn’t cover it. For advice on dental insurance, stop by your dentist’s office and see what plans they accept and what plans they recommend.
Dental care doesn’t start and end with good daily habits that promote healthy teeth. It is equally important to find a qualified dentist who suits the personality of your family and their specific dental needs. With increasing new dental practices and prices that are different from office to office, finding the right dentist with the qualifications you want can be daunting or even intimidating.
You want a dentist that makes you and your family feel at ease, offers competitive pricing, is close by and with opening hours that are convenient to fit your schedule. The best way to find a good dentist for your family is to ask friends and family who they would recommend. If you have moved to a new town and have limited resources for referrals, be sure to go online and read reviews, or, your old dentist may be able to recommend another dentist through their personal networking. Read reviews from an unbiased source such as Google reviews or Yelp.
Reviews made on a business website have the tendency to be a bit biased! Before you choose a dentist, don’t hesitate to stop by and visit the office and chat with the staff. Do they make you feel comfortable? Did you find the office to be welcoming and clean? Were you able to ask questions and get an informative response? If you can answer yes to these questions, you may have found a dentist that will best suit your family.
You may practice good dental habits daily. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day, flossing, rinsing, using a water pick and making wise decisions when it comes to the food you eat. However, there are a couple of bad habits that can undermine your healthy habits and compromise your dental health. It is easy for the bad habits to overrule the right. Here are some bad habits that do exactly that!
Crunching ice is a big no no. The cold temperature of ice and its brittleness can, in some cases fracture teeth. The ice can make microscopic cracks on tooth enamel which may lead to larger problems. Crushed ice a better alternative, but not a total solution. Popcorn kernels can place stress on teeth along with fruit pits. Most people spit out or throw away the pits, but some consumers enjoy chewing on them which in turn causes tooth damage. Sweet soda is another tooth enemy if you must drink it be sure to use a straw and position it towards the back of your mouth and do not let it rest against your teeth.
Never use your teeth as a tool. Opening items with them from something as light as a bag of crackers to something more complicated such as opening a nail polish bottle can traumatize your teeth. A weakened tooth may chip off when used in this scenario. Seriously think about what you use your teeth for! If you are aware, you grind your teeth tackle the problem and get fitted for a mouth guard. Grinding can be caused by stress, or caused my missing, crooked teeth and having an abnormal bite. Your dentist will be able to help you with this issue.
Last, of all, make sure the toothbrush you use daily is not hard bristled. If the bristles are too hard, it can lead to gum irritation and cause sensitive teeth. With age, gums can get pushed back exposing roots of the teeth. A firm toothbrush can wear away the cementum on the root.