Regular check-ups are important because they help you catch dental issues early on. For instance, oral cancer takes someone’s life every hour. However, many cancers are curable if they are caught within the beginning stage. Check-ups are also important for those who have had dental work done in the past. Your dentist will check on any existing fillings to ensure that they are not cracked. Cracked fillings create spaces in the teeth where bacteria can fester and cause infection and tooth decay. If your dentist is able to catch dental issues early on, then you have more time to discuss financial arrangements to cover the procedures that are necessary. Here at our practice, we offer in-house payment plans.
If you are concerned about having yellow, dingy teeth, you may want to consider getting your teeth cleaned regularly. During a professional dental cleaning, a hygienist will be able to remove most of the stains and discoloration from your teeth. While there is the aesthetic value of teeth cleaning, there are also a multitude of health benefits as well. Having your teeth cleaned can help prevent gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss. Gum disease has also been linked to cardiovascular disease. Getting your teeth cleaned regularly can reduce the chances of having a stroke or a heart attack. We specialize in cosmetic dentistry, so if you want more than just a teeth cleaning, you can take advantage of our teeth whitening promotion. Get a whitening service for $250. Or, if you need a little more than that, you can try Invisalign for $500.
If you are interested in hearing more about our services, promotions, or in-house financing plans, then call and speak to one of our staff members today. At Mayfair Family Dentistry we are interested in providing quality service to your whole family—children, teens, adults, and elderly patients are all welcome.
At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we use a whitening system called ZOOM! This system is a chairside whitening procedure that uses a low-intensity light to activate the gel. Using this system, we can give you teeth that are 6-10 shades lighter. While at home teeth whitening systems are available, they are not recommended because of safety concerns. Getting your teeth whitened at a dental clinic is going to give you faster and whiter results with the smallest amount of damage possible. If you are prone to sensitive teeth, you should know that teeth whitening will make your teeth and gums more sensitive. This is why professional teeth whitening is recommended. Talk with your dentist if you are having concerns about teeth whitening and tooth sensitivity.
After getting your teeth whitened, you may be wondering what you can do to preserve the initial results. The best thing that you can do is to maintain a regular teeth cleaning routine. You should brush your teeth at least twice daily, but for the best results, you should brush your teeth after meals as well. You should also avoid drinking coffee, tea, and red wines if you are concerned about your teeth becoming stained again. Or, you should at least brush your teeth afterward. Smoking can also cause yellowing of the teeth, and you should consider trying to cut back if you are concerned about your teeth becoming discolored.
If you have any more questions or concerns about ZOOM! teeth whitening, contact us at Mayfair Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment today.
The root canal procedure is the removal of a damaged pulp in the tooth where the nerves, blood vessels, and connective tissues are. These three things help grow the root of your tooth when your mouth is still developing. A fully-grown tooth can actually survive just fine without the pulp intact because the developmental phase has already passed. The surrounding tissues will aid in supplying nourishment to that tooth.
When the pulp chamber of a tooth has become infected, damaged or has begun to decay, root canal treatment may become necessary. Root canal treatment is a procedure that is performed to help relieve pain within the chamber of a tooth. You will most likely have your procedure done by an endodontist, who is a dentist specializing in treatments that involve the careful removal of the pulp inside the tooth. The endodontist will also clean, disinfect, and shape the tooth where the pulp once was. Finally, the procedure is finished by applying a filling to seal the space. A normal root canal treatment uses anesthetic and is normally no more painful than a typical filling.
Unfortunately, in some cases, even after the diseased pulp has been removed, an apicoectomy may be needed if the infection recurs or won’t completely dissipate. Sometimes, after a root canal treatment has been performed, small pieces of infected debris remain. If this happens, a surgical procedure called an apicoectomy will take place to remove the very tips of the tooth’s roots. In most cases, however, a traditional root canal treatment is sufficient in treating the infection.
If you have any questions or concerns about needing a root canal treatment, contact us today at Mayfair Family Dentistry, located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA.
Adult teeth are meant to last a lifetime, but sometimes one or more teeth must be removed in order to preserve the health of other teeth and the oral cavity. One reason a person may need to have a tooth extracted is that the tooth has become badly damaged and is beyond repair. This can be caused by trauma or tooth decay. Another reason teeth are extracted is that they may be crowded. Crowding can cause serious misalignment as teeth come in. To provide enough room for teeth to come in straight, it may be necessary to extract a tooth. Infection is also another serious dental issue that sometimes requires extraction. If tooth decay has extended to affect the pulp of the tooth, bacteria can enter and infect the blood vessels and nerves located there. Teeth may also be extracted if they have become loose due to the effects of periodontal disease.
First, your dentist will inject you with a local anesthetic. However, in some cases, a general anesthetic may be used. A local anesthetic only numbs the area where applied, while a general anesthetic will prevent pain throughout the entire body and will make a person sleep through the procedure. Sometimes teeth are impacted. If your tooth is impacted, the dentist will cut away surrounding gum and bone tissues that are covering the tooth. Then, the tooth will be rocked back and forth until it has loosened up enough to be pulled. Sometimes teeth must be removed in pieces if they are difficult to remove.
One of our goals at Mayfair Family dentistry is to be accessible to everyone. We offer bilingual service, in both Spanish and English. We are also designed to provide dental care to patients of all ages. Children, teens, adults, and elderly patients are all welcome. In addition to this, we accept all major PPO’s and offer in-house payment plans.
If you are interested in the services that we offer, give us a call today. We would love to give you some information about our $500 Invisalign promotion, whitening for $250, free second opinions, and free consults.
Oral Cancer takes the lives of approximately 8,000 people in the United States each year, approximately 30,000 people are diagnosed with Oral Cancer each year, and the 5-year survival rate is only 50%. Those are some fairly startling statistics. However, with early detection, the 5-year survival rate increases to 80%. Your chances of surviving are drastically increased when the cancer is detected within the early stages. Thanks to oral cancer screenings, this is now a possibility.
Oral Cancer can be detected by a dentist by one or both of these methods. Visual exams can help dentists detect Oral Cancer. That is why going to your routine dental check-ups is so important. Dental check-ups can help prevent dental issues that cause harmful, and sometimes permanent or life-threatening, damage to your body. For example, Oral Cancer is one of those harmful things that can be life-threatening. Newer technology is now available to dentists which allows for the second detection method, Velscope technology. Velscope technology uses a blue excitation light to find abnormal epithelial tissues and underlying stromal disruptions.
It is important to stay on top of your oral health, so you can catch diseases such as cancer early on. If you smoke, use tobacco products, or drink alcohol, you are at a higher risk of getting oral cancer. Oral cancer takes as many lives as skin cancer and more than cervical cancer, so if you have access to oral cancer screenings, we strongly recommend that you take advantage of that. At Mayfair Family Dentistry, your oral health is important to us, and we are ready to do whatever it may take to help you with your dental needs. Schedule an appointment at our clinic, located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, today!
Mouth guards are necessary for protecting the mouth during many sports. Football is the obvious one, but mouth guards are also recommended to those who participate in hockey, basketball, racquetball, squash, wrestling, soccer, volleyball, karate, and skateboarding. Pretty much every sport could be made significantly safer by using a mouth guard. If your child has braces and participates in sports, it is especially important that they wear a mouth guard.
Mouth guards are used to protect your entire head. It is a common misconception that mouth guards are used only to protect your teeth, but that is not the case, although protecting your teeth is very important. Mouth guards are used to distribute force evenly throughout the head. This can provide protection against concussions or other serious injuries when someone has received a strong blow to the head. Mouth guards also aid in protecting your tongue and cheeks from being bitten or cut by the teeth when a blow to the head occurs.
No, there are three different types of mouth guards. You can purchase pre-made mouth guards, which are cheaper but provide the lowest level of protection. “Boil-and-bite” fitted mouth guards are the next best option. Then, the best option is a custom-made mouth guard. When choosing a mouth guard, it is important that you choose one that is resistant to tearing, well-fitting, and easy to clean. Make sure that your child can still breathe easily with it in.
At Mayfair Family Dentistry, we want to provide your children with the best care possible and would be happy to answer any questions that you may have about mouth guards.
Sleep apnea is caused when the tongue and bottom jaw fall to the back of the throat while someone is sleeping. This causes the passageway for air to become too small in order for the person to be able to breathe properly. This is why people with sleep apnea snore. The constricted space for airflow causes vibrations in the soft palate of the mouth, which causes the sound that we call snoring. Snoring in a person with sleep apnea is an indicator that that person is significantly struggling to breathe. Sometimes the constricted passageway becomes completely obstructed. This means that the person affected quits breathing altogether. This occurrence can be extremely dangerous and should be treated immediately.
You can help reduce the effects of sleep apnea at home by exercising, quitting smoking, avoiding alcohol close to bedtime, losing weight, and sleeping on your side. However, these lifestyle adjustments can only do so much to treat the effects of sleep apnea. Luckily, at Mayfair Family Dentistry located on Frankford Avenue in Philadelphia, PA, we specialize in providing treatment for sleep apnea. We offer an appliance that can be worn to keep the airway open while sleeping. This eliminates the need to always sleep on one’s side or to make any major lifestyle changes. Sleep apnea is a cause for serious concern. If you suspect that you may have sleep apnea, you should speak with a dentist or doctor immediately. Schedule an appointment online today at Mayfair Family Dentistry to discuss your questions and concerns regarding sleep apnea.
Occlusal adjustments are used to correct the alignment of the bite. If you wake in the morning with sore jaws or feel like your jaw is lopsided when you bite, you may need an occlusal adjustment. Loose, crowded, shifting, or missing teeth can all create irregular pressure on one side of the mouth or the other. Occlusal adjustments realign the jaw so that this pressure is evenly distributed throughout the mouth.
Occlusal adjustments are a fairly low-pain procedure. Occlusal adjustments require the use of a dental drill armed with a fine filing stone. With the use of new technology, dentists are able to locate the areas that are in need of adjustment accurately. Computer scans study the bite and determine which areas are causing irregularities, even minor irregularities. This ensures that only parts of the mouth that are absolutely necessary are affected during this procedure. Removal mouthpieces may also be used after the procedure to help relax the jaw muscles and protect the surface of your teeth.
If you feel like your jaw is lopsided, contact us today at Mayfair Family Dentistry to schedule an appointment. You and your family are very important to us, and we want to provide you with high-quality dental services that are convenient for you. Having a misaligned jaw can be painful, but occlusal adjustments can be performed with minimal discomfort and low pain levels. If you would like to discuss issues with your jaw, our staff would be happy to assist you.