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What is a tooth crown?

Getting a tooth crowned kind of sounds painful, doesn’t it? Just what exactly is a crown, what does it do, and when do you need one?

What is a tooth crown?

Basically, a crown is a tooth shaped cap designed to cover a tooth. It helps to restore the size, shape, strength, and aesthetic value of a tooth. Once the tooth is prepared, the crown covers the existing visible tooth from the gum line, and is cemented in place. Crowns come in a variety of appearances and materials ranging from stainless steel, to porcelain or ceramic. Below are a few of the purposes of crowns:

  • Tooth damage – If a tooth has been damaged by decay, cracked, or worn down, a crown can be added to help protect it. In some places, it can be added to cover a large filling where not much of the tooth remains, to help support it.
  • Bridge Support – A crown can be placed on either side of a gap, if an individual is missing a tooth or teeth, with the missing tooth or teeth in the middle.
  • Cosmetics – Crowns can be used to cover discolored or misshapen teeth. If a person has chipped front teeth from an injury, crowns can be used. They are also used to top off a dental implant.

Remember, if you have any questions regarding crowns or anything regarding dental care, contact Dr. Gray’s office to speak with someone or to schedule an appointment!

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Dentist Edmond: Beware the effects of pool water on enamal

Dentist Edmond recommends monitoring pH levels in pools

It’s starting to get hotter outside and the pools are close to opening up for the Summer. One of the best ways to cool off during a hot summers day is to relax by or in the pool! Especially if the pool is in your backyard! You may have never considered that the chlorine levels in the water might not be properly balanced. But if they’re not, they can damage the enamel of your tooth. Dentist Edmond is here to share some more information from the New York University of Dentistry about this subject.

A few years ago, Dr. Leila Jahangiri, the clinical associate professor and the chair of NYUCD’s Department of Prosthodontics, spoke about what was found when homeowners attempted to maintain pools of their own. It’s understandable that homeowners would want to save some money by avoiding having to hire professionals to help maintain their pools, it can be dangerous decision. Not having a professional help maintain your pool can often lead to improper pH levels in your water which can, according to Jahangiri, “result in irreversible damage to one’s teeth.”

She also added that “it is difficult balance to maintain home pools properly” and that “proper pool chlorine and pH levels need to be monitored and maintained on a weekly basis.”

Our dentist Edmond knows you might be wondering what a little lab work research could really prove, but rest assured it was more than an educated guess. Jahangiri observed first-hand, in a 52-year old male patient, the effects of improper pool pH levels. His teeth were extremely sensitive and had dark staining and rapid enamel loss over a short, 5 month period. This was a result of his 90 minute swimming exercise routine.

So, before you go diving into the cold, refreshing water in your backyard pool, the dentist Edmond hopes you’ll consider carefully how you plan to maintain proper pH and chlorine levels, for the sake of your pearly whites!

Should you feel the need to have a dental checkup and ensure that things are on the right track with your teeth, don’t hesitate to come and see our Edmond dentist. You may make an appointment with our Edmond dentist at Wallace Family Dentistry by calling 405-340-0411.

If you need a dental checkup, call Philip Gray, DDS, Dentist Edmond today at 405-330-5458 and schedule an appointment!

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Dentist Edmond and dental myths

Dentist Edmond talks about some common dental myths

There’s a ton of information out there on the internet. So of it’s good, some of it’s not. The dentist Edmond is here to dispel some of the more common ones.

Bad Breath=bad brusher: If you have bad breath, it must be because you don’t take care of your teeth as well as you should, right? Well, bad breath is actually caused by a number of factors. The foods you eat can play a big part in how your breath smells. Foods like garlic, for instance, can take over a mouth no matter how well you brush. Even certain sickness can cause bad breath.

Aspirin directly on a tooth will cure pain: It’s an old at-home remedy….and it doesn’t work. You should always swallow aspirin as it’s the only way it can work to relieve pain in your body. Another reason you shouldn’t put aspirin directly on an aching tooth is that it can react and cause a nasty chemical burn, giving you 2 sources of pain to deal with now!

Don’t brush your bleeding gums: It might make sense at first, if your gums are bleeding don’t agitate them by running a toothbrush over them. But in reality the opposite it true. Whenever your gums are bleeding, it’s a sign that plaque and other germs have gotten into your gums and are starting to cause damage. In order to get the gunk out, you need to keep brushing. If your flossing for the first time in awhile or doing pretty harshly it can also lead to your gums beginning to bleed. It might hurt a little but brushing is the best way to clean up your gums and get them to stop bleeding.

Schedule an appointment with Philip Gray, dentist Edmond, today and get your smile cleaned up!

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Edmond Dentist: Charcoal toothpaste fact or fiction?

Does brushing with charcoal really work?

You’ve probably seen it going around on nutrition blogs and on social media. Brushing your teeth with substances like activated charcoal will help make your teeth whiter and shinier. It sounds simple right? But does it really do anything for your teeth. The short answer is it can do something, but not in the way you’re hoping. The Edmond dentist is here to lay down what’s fact and what’s fiction about brushing with activated charcoal.

Activated charcoal is supposed to work by cleaning and polishing the enamel on your teeth to clear away the plaque and build-up around them. Elements within the charcoal and the abrasive texture scrub away the bad stuff and leave your teeth shining white.  That’s what it’s supposed to do anyway.

But, according to a study done by the Journal of the American Dental Association there simply isn’t any evidence that that’s the case. Furthermore, claims that brushing with charcoal was 100% safe also could not be verified. More studies are being done but at present there simply is no scientific basis that charcoal does anything for the teeth…except.

Remember when we said activated charcoal can do something? Well if the charcoal is too abrasive, and therefore not approved by the ADA, it can actually wear away the protective enamel on your teeth and expose the underlying dentin. It’s bad enough you might be brushing away your teeth’s best defense, but to add to it dentin is usually yellow meaning your teeth can actually look worse by brushing with charcoal.

So what are the best ways to keep your teeth healthy and shiny? The same ones that have always been: Brushing twice a day, not smoking, flossing, and regular dentist visits.

Schedule an appointment today with Philip Gray, Edmond dentist, and get your smile looking awesome!

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Edmond Dentist: One simple way to strengthen your teeth

Edmond Dentist: Ask about fluoride varnishes

Ice, coffee, sticky foods, and candy are the stuff of nightmares for teeth. Chomping down on these and other types of foods regularly certainly increases the chances that damage will be done to your teeth and possibly diminish your bright smile. Brushing with fluoride toothpaste and flossing are always recommended as the fluoride in the toothpaste will help to fight off decay and cavities from bacteria, but there is something even more protective that you can do. This treatment will require you to go to the dentist, but isn’t your smile worth a small dental visit?

What is this “Miracle” treatment we speak of? They’re called Fluoride varnishes. When you visit your Edmond Dentist you can request that fluoride varnish protection be used to help prevent tooth decay. Here’s how it works:

The fluoride varnish gel is typically pale yellow in color that is softly brushed on. It sets on teeth quickly and starts working immediately. Fluoride is important, because it enters the tooth enamel and makes the tooth hard. Fluoride helps prevents any new cavities from forming while stopping current decay from worsening. If the varnish is applied at the beginning stages of tooth decay, the fluoride is powerful enough to reverse the decay and repair the tooth.

If you hate going to the dentist to get some work done and then leaving hungry or thirsty but being unable to eat anything, then there’s good news! One of the best parts about fluoride varnish treatments is that you don’t have to wait to eat, though foods should be softer for the first day.

It’s important to say that some brands of fluoride varnish can cause some teeth to look even more dull than before the application, but this is temporary. In such cases, refrain from brushing or flossing the varnish away for a full day. After the full day, brush your teeth and you will reveal a brighter, healthier smile.

Are you ready to strengthen your teeth with fluoride varnish? Then call our Edmond Dentist today at 405-330-5458.

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Edmond Dentists: Protecting you teeth from treats

Edmond Dentist: How to help protect your teeth from baked treats

The holidays are winding down but there’s still plenty of time for lots of tasty, sugary treats. Every year, we’re bombarded at this time of year with cookies, cakes, and candies. It can be very difficult to say no to these sweet, tasty treats and we’re not going to tell you not to enjoy them, absolutely do it’s the holidays after all! What are Edmond dentist will do, though, is give you some tips for protecting your teeth from becoming the victims to these holiday treats.

The reason sugar is so bad for your teeth is that it creates plaque that sits on your teeth. The more sugar you eat, the more plaque that grows. So, the less you sugar you eat the less plaque you’ll have! So, cutting back on the amount of sugar is important for your teeth, but that doesn’t mean you have to give up holiday treats all together.

The easiest way to approach holiday sweets is like this: Use half the amount of white, cane sugar to your recipes when baking. Vanilla, Nutmeg, and cinnamon can all serve as alternatives for your baked goods to help add some sweetness to your treats without relying on sugar.

Of course, our Edmond dentist also recommends that you brush your teeth as often as possible after consuming any sugary foods. Brushing your teeth will wipe away the sugar before it can form plaque and eat away at your teeth. If you’re going to be traveling, consider taking a travel toothbrush to help maintain your dental health.

On behalf of our Edmond Dentist, we wish you a Happy New Year. May you open the new year with your favorite foods and merry cheer! By following these tips, we hope you can have your cake and eat it too, without worrying about it eating into your teeth!

If you need to book an appointment with our Edmond Dentist, give us a call at 405-330-5458!

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The Possible Causes Of Bad Breath: Part 2

Do You Have Bad Breath?

Do you have bad breath? Are you uncertain what could be causing it? If you brush your teeth often and you still have it, there could be some other underlying issue. In part one of this series, our Edmond dentist mentioned 3 possible causes for an odorous smell in your mouth. Perhaps, none of those 3 reasons fit the bill for your lifestyle. Today, we’re going to go over 3 more possibilities.

Here are 3 more possible causes of that funky breath:

Your Diet: Have you ever heard the saying “you are what you eat”? In this case, your bad breath could be caused by what you are or are not consuming. Low carb diets might be all the rage for weight loss purposes, but did you know this diet causes the fat stored in your body to be burned which can in turn cause stinky ketones.

Mouth Breathing: According to professionals, nose breathing is the most optimal way to breathe. This is true for more than one reason, but today we’re focusing on the bad breath aspect. If you’re constantly breathing in and out of your mouth your saliva will dry out, allowing bacteria to linger rather than being washed away.

Ongoing Illness: Respiratory infections aren’t the only illnesses that can cause bad breath. Surprisingly enough, Kidney and Liver diseases can yield a smell similar to fish. Additionally, acid reflux has been known to produce odorous breath.

It may be possible that you don’t know if you fall into the category of someone with bad breath. If you’re uncertain, try asking a friend to smell your breath. A more low key option would be to sniff your used dental floss. If it smells or if there is blood on the floss, then you just might have a bad breath issue.

If you need help determining the cause of your bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help. To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.

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The Possible Causes Of Bad Breath: Part 1

Do You Have Bad Breath?

Have you brushed your teeth repeatedly only to have bad breath a little while later? When bad breath plagues you it is easy to think that it’s all caused by dental issues, but the truth is there are many things that could be causing your case of Halitosis or bad breath. Perhaps it’s time to examine a few things going on in your life to see if one of them could be causing your ongoing mouth odor problem.

In part one of this series we’ll be listing 3 possible causes of that funky breath:

Lack Of Flossing: Ok, so we said not all issues were dental issues, but it is worth mentioning that brushing your teeth isn’t always enough. You may have some stringy bits stuck between your teeth so it’s important to remember to floss, folks!

Your Medications: Many people are unaware that the medications they take can actually contributed to their bad breath. The reason for this is due to the fact that some medications could be drying out your mouth.

Respiratory Infections: Sinus infections, sore throats, bronchitis, or other upper respiratory infections can cause mucus backup. Then, the mucus coming from your lungs, bronchial tubes, or tonsils can feed the bacteria in your mouth which leads to bad breath.

These are just a few of the causes of bad breath. Sometimes, it may be possible for you to have an issue and not even know it! It would be pretty embarrassing to walk around with smelly breath and not know it! If you’d like to learn about some other possible causes for bad breath, come back to read part two of this series!

If you need help determining the cause of your bad breath, our Edmond dentist would be happy to help. To get in touch or schedule an appointment call our Edmond dentist at 405-330-5458 or click here.

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Amalgam Fillings Vs. Composite Resin Fillings

Differences Between Two Types Of Fillings

There are several different materials that can be used by a dentist to fill your cavities. The severity of your problem can be a factor in how your cavities are addressed. The style of dentistry may also be what determined which material was used to fill your cavities in the past. Today, we’re going to talk about the differences between amalgam fillings and composite resin fillings.

Amalgam fillings are made of a mixture of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury. The benefits to having amalgam fillings is that they are strong, they last for many years, and they are one of the least expensive types of restorative material used. The downside to these is that they can become corroded over time. This can cause gaps between the teeth and the fillings and discoloration of the surrounding area. Additionally, cosmetically speaking, the metallic look may be a turn-off for some people.

If your amalgams have, in fact, corroded then they can be removed and replaced quickly, at our Edmond dentist office. If you have fillings on both sides of your mouth, it is recommended to allow amalgam fillings to be removed and replaced on one side at a time, but the option is yours. If you want your amalgam fillings removed and replaced with something else, composite resin is a commonly chosen option.

Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles. Direct fillings can be placed in and hardened right away using a bright blue light. Within minutes you’ll be ready to go with a brand new filling. The benefits to this option are that the filling will match the color of your tooth (unlike the metal color of amalgam fillings) and they can bond to the tooth making it stronger than it would be with an amalgam filling. Furthermore, there is much less drilling involved as the dentist doesn’t need to shape the space as much to hold the filling securely.

Want your amalgam fillings removed? Have new cavities that you need filled? Our staff is up to date with the latest advances in dental technology, procedures, and guidelines. If you have any questions or would like to visit our Edmond dentist, make an appointment by calling us at 405-330-5458 or click here.

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Is Sedation Dentistry Right For You?

What Is Sedation Dentistry And Why Have It?

One of the fears ingrained into the minds of most people is that of visiting the dentist. It seems to be a common misconception that dentists just love to cause others horrific amounts of pain, but let our Edmond dentist be the first to say that he couldn’t feel more strongly about making patients feel as comfortable as possible. When the pain may be more than someone can handle or when the fear is just taking over, that’s when sedation dentistry is offered.

Sedation dentistry is one method our Edmond dentist can utilize to provide patients with an easier, less nerve-racking experience. Should this be something you desire, a calming medication will be administered for you to take either prior to your arrival or during the appointment. As you may have guessed from the previous statement, different types of sedation dentistry are available. Here are 3 types of sedation dentistry that our Edmond dentist can offer:

1.) Nitrous Oxide: This is what people most commonly refer to as laughing gas. A strap is placed over your nose that allows you to breathe the gas in. It only takes a few moments to give you a light, calming feeling. The great part is that it starts wears off within seconds of removal so it’s perfectly safe to drive right after your appointment!
2.) Oral Sedation: If laughing gas just isn’t strong enough for you, oral medication might be a better choice. This is a prescription of calming medication to be taken 1 hour before arriving. Since oral sedation can cause extreme drowsiness, it does require someone else to drive you to and from your appointment.
3.) IV Sedation: The most intense sedation dentistry, IV sedation, offered at our Edmond dentist office actually requires that a board-certified anesthesiologist come in to administer the medication properly. A consultation with our dentist may be necessary to determine if this type of sedation is really necessary. This method, too, may very well require a designated driver.

Our Edmond dentist cares about the comfort level of every patient that walks in the door. We never want anyone to be afraid to visit the dentist. Call our office and schedule a consultation appointment with Dr. Gray to talk about any questions or concerns you may have.

To contact our Edmond dentist, please call 405-330-5458 or click here.