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Sensitive Teeth

Posted on Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016 at 10:23 pm.

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth. This periodic feeling affects people when they eat, drink or touch their teeth. Fortunately, dentistry can offer several simple and effective treatments for this uncomfortable condition.

Tooth sensitivity is caused by the gradual exposure of the tooth dentin. Dentin is the softer part and second layer of your tooth that lies under the tooth enamel. Dentin contain nerve endings that can react in response to hot, cold, or sweet triggering a twinge of discomfort or sharp pain.

Some of the causes of sensitive teeth include receding gums, cavities, cracked restorations, cracked teeth, grinding, gum disease and even brushing too hard. Periodontal disease can cause the gums to recede exposing the tooth’s dentin. Poorly positioned teeth can cause undue forces on teeth causing recession. Brushing too vigorously or with a hard bristled tooth brush can injure gums causing recession. Also, grinding and clenching your teeth can wear down teeth exposing the dentin to sensitivity. When dentin loses its protective covering due to cavities, broken fillings and crowns, or cracked teeth, the canals within the dentin are exposed to hot, cold, sticky or acidic foods. This stimulates the nerves inside the tooth and cause hypersensitivity or discomfort.

Sensitive teeth can be treated. The first thing we need to do is rule out other possible dental problems. It’s important to treat cavities, cracked restorations or cracked teeth as soon as possible if that is the main cause of sensitivity. Depending on the cause, a desensitizing paste, gel or varnish may be recommended which contain compounds that block sensation travelling from the tooth surface to the nerve. Proper oral hygiene and routine check ups from your Dentist are keys to preventing gums from receding and causing sensitive-tooth pain. If gum has been lost, a gum graft may be necessary to reduce discomfort. Braces are an option to correct the position on teeth so that proper forces are placed on them. A night guard may also be recommended for grinders and clenchers to prevent continued wear of their natural teeth.

If you have sensitive teeth, please give our office a call to discuss your options and put an end to this annoying problem.

For more information, to schedule an appointment and meet Dr. May and her staff, please call the office at 661-505-2926 or visit our website www.maycontedds.com. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl, Valencia Ca. 91355

Cosmetic Dentistry

Posted on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at 10:16 pm.

No doubt you have heard about cosmetic dentistry and wondered about improving your smile. Your smile conveys happiness and confidence, and can also affect how you look and feel about yourself. Here are some dental procedures geared towards beautifying your smile.

You may be dissatisfied with the color of your teeth which can make you feel self-conscious. Teeth can be discolored for many reasons. They may be stained by tobacco; certain foods and drinks; tartar; even taking the antibiotic tetracycline during early childhood. Teeth whitening procedures can help reduce most discoloration and improve appearance.

Bonding is another procedure that can quickly and comfortably improve your appearance. It can be used for cosmetic purposes or to repair or protect the tooth. The technique uses tooth-colored materials to close gaps, repair chips and cracks, protect exposed tooth roots and restore decayed teeth. This is often completed in one visit and may not require anesthesia or drilling. The process involves etching the tooth surface that allows the composite resins to adhere. To match your teeth, various color resins are carefully blended. The end result is an attractive, natural-looking smile.

Ceramic Veneers are custom-made, durable shells prepared to make your teeth look natural. They are affixed directly to the tooth, often without the need for an anesthetic. The dentist removes a small amount of enamel from the front and sides of the tooth. This makes room for the veneer and prevents the restored tooth from feeling or looking bulky or unnatural. Impressions are taken and sent to a dental lab that makes the ceramic veneers. The final veneers are bonded to teeth producing a natural pleasing smile.

Orthodontics can enhance your smile and self-confidence. Many of today’s braces are less noticeable and more comfortable than those of the past. It can improve your health by correcting bad bites, crooked teeth and some jaw abnormalities. This is because it’s easier to keep teeth and gums clean and thereby prevent tooth decay and gum disease, when your teeth are straight. A poor bite can also cause extra stress on the chewing muscles, which may cause pain or problems with the jaw joints. Also, protruding, misaligned teeth are more easily chipped or fractured.

So if you want to improve your appearance, why not invest in a new smile. Being self-assured about your appearance will also encourage you to put your best “look” forward in both professional and social situations. You can’t put a price tag on confidence. Your smile is what you greet the world with, and it’s the first thing people notice about you. With proper maintenance and care, your beautiful new smile will be on display for years to come.

Please call 661-505-2926 or visit us at www.maycontedds.com. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia 91355. We pride ourselves on our skill at enhancing the beauty of your smile, and we’re committed to providing comfortable and caring treatment.

How our Teeth Come Together.

Posted on Friday, October 7th, 2016 at 10:21 pm.

The contact between the upper and lower teeth, in dental terms, is called occlusion. More specifically it’s the relationship of how the top and bottom teeth approach each other in order to chew or rest.

In dentistry there are many branches or relationships of occlusion as it relates to the teeth, jaw, and movements. The functions of chewing, swallowing, and speaking are largely dependent on the way the upper and lower teeth come together.

Malocclusion is simply known as a “bad bite”. It is the misalignment of teeth and jaws and can cause a number of health and dental problems.

Malocclusion is the result of the body trying to function effectively in a an environment that is not optimal. It can be associated with a number of problems, including crooked teeth, gum problems, TMJ disease, and jaw muscles. Teeth, fillings, and crowns may wear, break, or loosen changing the way the teeth come together and with this they can become tender and painful. Crowns and fillings may not contact properly which can result malocclusion. A faulty bite can cause receding gums as the bone as well as tender teeth and gums. Jaw muscles may have to work harder, which can lead to fatigue and or muscle spasms if they are not in the right position. Many of these associations can lead to difficulty chewing and functioning properly, headaches or migraines, eye or sinus pain, and pain in the neck, shoulder, or even back. Malocclusion can be a contributing factor to sleep disordered breathing which may include snoring, upper airway resistance syndrome, and / or sleep apnea. Stress, sleep disorders, an abnormal bite, or crooked or missing teeth may cause teeth grinding or clenching. This habit can not only cause aching muscles, but can wear down your teeth and damage dental work. Untreated malocclusion can lead to trauma and damage the teeth.

Some of the treatments for different occlusal problems include braces, tooth adjustments, replacement of teeth, medication (usually temporary), a diet of softer foods, techniques to relax tensed muscles, relaxation therapy for stress-related clenching or protecting the teeth with dental splints/night guard to prevent the teeth from touching while you sleep.
If you think you might have malocclusion, schedule an appointment to talk with Dr. May and her staff about your symptoms and concerns. Please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. We’ll help you develop a treatment plan that is right for you. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding dental care!

Don’t ruin my smile, Mary Jane

Posted on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 10:17 pm.

While Cannabis, commonly known as marijuana, won’t have as dramatic, serious effects on your teeth as a drug like methamphetamines, it can still mean bad news for your oral health. Marijuana’s harmful effects on the mouth include bad breath, dry mouth, decay, and the risk of mouth cancer. It contains the main psychoactive constituent delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). Cannabis is most commonly smoked, however it can be added to foods. THC from cannabis enters the bloodstream and exerts its effects on the almost every system of the body, chiefly the cardiovascular, respiratory and immune systems.

Marijuana usually is smoked through a cigarette rolled with thin papers or through a pipe. The immediate effects include dry mouth and throat. Continued dry mouth increases the likelihood of gum disease. Proper saliva flow is important particularly to lubricate, cleanse, diminish bacteria build up and buffer the mouth. Gum disease has been linked to medical problems like cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Habitual marijuana users are also more likely become lax on personal care and proper oral hygiene and consume large quantities of sugary or fatty foods. Also, the smoke from marijuana causes bad breath. All this can lead to cavities and periodontal/gum disease.

THC interferes with the transfer of calcium through the body, a vital ingredient to healthy teeth and bones. Since it interferes with the process of calcium absorption, continued use of marijuana can lead to tooth decay and potential tooth loss.

Research have shown that Cannabis smoke acts as a carcinogen and is associated with abnormal changes and lesions within the oral environment. Users are also prone to oral infections, possibly due to associations related to decreased immune system from long term use.

Dental treatment on patients intoxicated on cannabis can result in the patient experiencing anxiety, intense emotional and mental discomfort and psychotic-like paranoiac thoughts. A dose of marijuana causes the heart rate to rise initially and the use of local anesthetic containing epinephrine may seriously prolong the increased heart rate.

The risks on your health are simply not worth the temporary high. It’s encouraged to seek help and discuss use with your medical, dental, and related experienced professionals. Your overall health and well being is highly important to us. Repairing the damage done to your teeth is also an important component of your recovery. Coming in for regular dental checkups help to catch early signs of erosion, decay and other oral symptoms from drug use or history of drug use. Early diagnosis and repair along with recovery is important to prevent larger, long-term oral damage. For more info, please call the office at 661-505-2926. Our address is 25385 Wayne Mills Pl. Valencia, Ca. 91355 in the plaza on the corner of Magic Mountain Pkwy and Tourney Rd. As always, we look forward to providing you with outstanding health and dental care!

Sensitive Teeth: Do hot, cold, sweets and chewing bother you?

Posted on Wednesday, September 21st, 2016 at 10:10 pm.

Many people suffer from sensitive teeth. This periodic feeling is common and affects people when they eat, drink or touch their teeth. Fortunately, dentistry can offer several simple and effective treatments for this uncomfortable condition.

Tooth sensitivity is caused by the gradual exposure of the tooth dentin. Dentin is the softer part and second layer of your tooth that lies under the tooth enamel. Dentin contain nerve endings that can react in response to hot, cold, or sweet triggering a twinge of discomfort or sharp pain.

Sensitive teeth can be treated and managed with a few simple steps:

The first thing we need to do is rule out other possible dental problems. It’s important to treat cavities, cracked restorations or cracked teeth as soon as possible if that is the main cause of sensitivity. Routine check ups from your Dentist are keys to preventing these other dental issues. When dentin loses its protective covering due to cavities, broken fillings and crowns, or cracked teeth, the canals within the dentin are exposed to hot, cold, sticky or acidic foods. This stimulates the nerves inside the tooth and cause hypersensitivity or discomfort. If left untreated , it can lead to a root canal or even loss of the tooth.

Proper oral hygiene is important to prevent decay and gum recession that can lead to causing sensitive-tooth pain. Periodontal disease can cause the gums to recede exposing the tooth’s dentin. Brushing too vigorously or with a hard bristled tooth brush can injure gums causing recession

Depending on the cause, a desensitizing paste, gel or varnish may be recommended which contain compounds that block sensation travelling from the tooth surface to the nerve. Take home products may be prescribed to help reduce sensitivity further.

Braces are an option to correct the position on teeth so that proper forces are placed on them. Poorly positioned teeth can cause undue forces on teeth causing recession.

A night guard may also be recommended for grinders and clenchers to prevent continued wear of their natural teeth which can expose the dentin leading to sensitivity.

If you have sensitive teeth, please give our office a call to discuss your options and put an end to this annoying problem.

For more information, to schedule an appointment and meet Dr. May and her staff, please call the office at 661-505-2926 or visit our website www.maycontedds.com. We are located at 25385 Wayne Mills Pl, Valencia Ca. 91355