February 15, 2016
If the sound of the dentist drill is keeping you out of the office, call and schedule an appointment with Schaefer Dental. Schaefer Dental are the experts when it comes to Laser Dentistry and can help you overcome your fear of the dentist.
According to Colgate, millions of people all over the world suffer from some sort of dental fear ranging from mild anxiety to dental phobia.
Many people avoid the dentist because of past experiences or a loss of control in the dentist chair. Lying prone with someone standing over you can make you feel uncomfortable, even more so if you suffer from dental phobia. Some patients say that they fear the dentist because of the horror stories told by parents or other family members while others may avoid the dentist because of an indirect experience or a movie they saw.
Up to 75 percent of Americans admit to having some sort of nervousness before seeing the dentist with as many as 15 percent suffering from a genuine dental phobia.
Unfortunately, dental problems do not go away on their own and will only get worse. However, Laser dentistry can change the way you feel about the dentist helping you overcome your fear.
Laser Dentistry can be used for a variety of restorative and cosmetic dental procedures.
The advanced dental lasers used by Dr. Schaefer and his team can actually penetrate the enamel in order to clear out the decay and the bacteria. With laser dentistry, you can skip the painful drilling once and for all.
Laser dentistry can also be used for gum disease therapy as the beam cuts away the diseased gum tissue eliminating the bacteria, plaque, and tartar that resides in the pockets between your teeth and gums.
Dr. Schaefer often uses laser dentistry for cosmetic dentistry procedures including gum reshaping. Laser dentistry for gummy smiles also cuts down on the recovery time.
If you have been neglecting much needed dental care or have avoided cosmetic dental procedures out of fear, call or click and schedule an appointment with Dr. Schaefer who can determine if you are a good candidate for Laser Dentistry.
Don’t make matters worse, call or click and schedule a laser dentistry consultation today.
August 15, 2015
If you have been dealing with a nagging pain that comes and goes it’s time to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can determine what may be causing it.
One of the biggest questions that dentists often deal with is toothaches that come and go as they please. Dentists have often seen patients who had a toothache on Monday, but by the time they sat in the dental chair on Wednesday, the pain was gone.
The Mayo Clinic explains that a toothache can be dull and chronic or sharp and sudden, but there seems to be hundreds of cases that can be quite puzzling. The erratic symptoms may have something to do with your own body’s healing power, but dentists can also misdiagnose a condition that is totally unrelated. If that occurs the patient may have to deal with an unnecessary root canal or even an extraction.
If you have a toothache that seems to disappear only to reappear a month or two later, it is important that you see both your doctor and dentist. Your dentist explains that a toothache that comes and goes could be a sign that you have angina, an inner ear infection, or a sinus infection. If your doctor gives you the all clear, it could be a cracked tooth.
A cracked tooth that is on the inside is quite difficult to diagnose, as it will not always show up on your x-rays. From the onset, your cracked tooth will start with an acute and sharp pain as the cracks can irritate the pulp that is inside of your tooth. Over time your pulp will being to degenerate causing sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures. If the crack in your tooth goes untreated, it may begin to ache on its own without any stimuli such as temperature changes, biting or chewing. However, that chronic pain could suddenly disappear depending on how your pulp reacted to the crack in your tooth. The pulp may die or heal itself within a couple of months, but in most cases, the pain will usually recur. If you do not see your dentist, you may have to deal with an abscess that will most certainly result in a root canal.
Toothaches should never be ignored, and if you are dealing with the mysterious disappearing kind, schedule an appointment with your dentist today.
June 15, 2015
Pulp Disease is a serious condition that needs to be taken care of by your dentist as soon as possible. If you suffer from poor oral health, it could lead to pulp disease that may require a root canal or even tooth removal.
Web MD explains that poor oral hygiene is the number one contributor to tooth pain, tooth decay and other tooth and gum conditions. Without good oral hygiene, habits that include brushing twice and flossing once each day, plaque, that sticky film that comes from food particles and other debris, could begin to develop. Plaque will cause dental caries and gum disease.
If cavities are left untreated, the tooth decay can affect the pulp, or center of your tooth. Tooth pulp contains blood vessels, nerves and tissue and if infected will eventually result in pulp disease. If you do not schedule an appointment with your dentist for pulp disease, you could eventually suffer from tooth loss.
According to your dentist you may be suffering from pulp disease if you have any of the symptoms below, which could vary in intensity, however, if the nerves inside your tooth have already died, you may not have any symptoms at all. Symptoms include,
- Tooth or teeth pain when eating or drinking something cold, hot, or sweet
- Intense and sudden mouth pain
- Mouth infections
If you have not seen your dentist for quite some time, it is a good idea to schedule an appointment with your dentist who can give you a clean bill of health when it comes to pulp disease.
There are several types of pulp disease,
- Reversible Pulpitis
- Irreversible Pulp Disease
- Dental Pulp Calcification
- Dental Pulp Exposure
A mild inflammation, also known as reversible pulpitis can be offset with good oral hygiene; however, a filling may be necessary.
Severe inflammation is a sign of irreversible pulpitis and usually needs a root canal. If a root canal is unsuccessful, tooth removal may be necessary.
Dental nerve compression causes dental pulp calcification. Also called dental pulp stones, root canals are usually the only treatment for this type of pulp disease.
If you have damaged the external covering of your tooth because of a crack or cavity, the pulp may be exposed to bacteria and food particles. A trip to the dentist is imperative to avoid a serious infection.
Although some pulp disease is caused by trauma or injury because of a broken tooth, the majority of pulp disease is normally caused by poor oral hygiene. If you see your dentist regularly, eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and veggies and brush and floss regularly, you may be able to avoid pulp disease all together.