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Posts for: May, 2016

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 20, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Fillings  

Fillings offer an excellent way to preserve a tooth affected by tooth decay, but they're not all the same. Dr. Susan M. Silvestri and Dr. Ronnie Deniger, your Slidell, LA dentists at Silvestri & Deniger, LLC, share information on several types of fillings.

Amalgam fillingsFillings

These silver-colored fillings have been used for years to fill teeth and used to be the only filling option. They're inexpensive and very durable, although they're also more noticeable than other types of fillings. Silver fillings are actually made of a combination of silver, mercury, tin and copper.

Composite fillings

Composite fillings are made of resin and are tinted to match the color of your teeth. They're often used to fill cavities on front teeth, but your dentist can use them on any tooth. Because these fillings require less drilling, more healthy tooth structure is retained when your Slidell dentist uses them. Although composite fillings were once weaker than amalgam fillings, today they're almost as strong.

Porcelain fillings

Porcelain fillings are also tooth-colored, but because these fillings are created in a laboratory or with computer-generated software, they can be expensive. Amalgam fillings expand and contract when they're exposed to temperature variations. Over time, expansion and contraction can weaken your teeth. Because porcelain fillings don't react to temperature changes, your filled teeth remain strong.

Gold fillings

Gold is one of the strongest types of filling materials available, but it's not used as often as other filling types because it's the costliest option. In addition to the expense, some people don't like the way gold looks in their mouths.

Ionomer fillings

Ionomer fillings are made from acrylic acids and glass powders. These tooth-colored fillings are often used to treat tooth decay on your roots. Ionomer fillings release small amounts of fluoride into the tooth, helping prevent further decay, but they may need to be replaced more often than other types of fillings.

Not sure which type of filling is right for you? Drs. Silvestri and Deniger, your Slidell, LA, dentists at Silvestri & Deniger, LLC, can help. Call them at (985) 641-7200 to make an appointment. Restore your teeth with fillings!

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 16, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Via a recent Instagram post, pop diva Ariana Grande became the latest young celebrity to publicly acknowledge a dental milestone: having her wisdom teeth removed. The singer of hits such as “Break Free” and “Problem” posted an after-surgery picture of herself (wearing her signature cat-eye eyeliner), with a caption addressed to her teeth: “Peace out, final three wisdom teeth. It’s been real.”

With the post, Grande joined several other celebs (including Lily Allen, Paris Hilton and Emile Hirsch) who have shared their dental surgery experience with fans. Will "wisdom teeth removal" become a new trending topic on social media? We aren’t sure — but we can explain a bit about the procedure, and why many younger adults may need it.

Technically called the “third molars,” wisdom teeth usually begin to emerge from the gums between the ages of 17 and 25 — presumably, around the same time that a certain amount of wisdom emerges. Most people have four of these big molars, which are located all the way in the back of the mouth, on the left and right sides of the upper and lower jaws.

But when wisdom teeth begin to appear, there’s often a problem: Many people don’t have enough space in their jaws to accommodate them. When these molars lack sufficient space to fully erupt (emerge), they are said to be “impacted.” Impacted teeth can cause a number of serious problems: These may include pain, an increased potential for bacterial infections, periodontal disease, and even the formation of cysts (pockets of infection below the gum line), which can eventually lead to tooth and bone loss.

In most cases, the best treatment for impacted wisdom teeth is extraction (removal) of the problem teeth. Wisdom tooth extraction is a routine, in-office procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia or “conscious sedation,” a type of anesthesia where the patient remains conscious (able to breathe normally and respond to stimuli), but is free from any pain or distress. Anti-anxiety medications may also be given, especially for those who are apprehensive about dental procedures.

So if you find you need your wisdom teeth extracted, don’t be afraid to “Break Free” like Ariana Grande did; whether you post the results on social media is entirely up to you. If you would like more information about wisdom tooth extraction, please call our office to schedule a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Wisdom Teeth” and “Removing Wisdom Teeth.”

By Silvestri & Deniger Dentistry
May 08, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: oral health  

If you have limited financial resources, learning what it will cost to restore your teeth and gums to good health could be a shock. Dental care can be expensive, especially for treating advanced dental disease.

Properly managing your ongoing dental care can greatly reduce the chances for higher expenses in the future. Here are 3 tips for staying ahead of problems that might cost you dearly tomorrow.

Practice prevention now. Dental disease doesn’t come out of nowhere — it’s the product of a bacteria-rich environment and neglect. You can help eliminate that environment by removing plaque — a thin film of bacteria and food particles built up on tooth surfaces — with daily brushing and flossing. Twice-a-year dental cleanings remove plaque and calculus (hardened plaque deposits) you can’t reach with daily brushing. Reducing sugar (which bacteria feed on) in your diet and treating low saliva flow (which can increase decay-causing acid in the mouth) will round out your prevention practices.

Take care of emerging problems as soon as possible. Dental disease typically doesn’t go away by itself: more likely, it will get worse — and more costly — with time. Don’t wait to see us if you encounter tooth pain or bleeding, tender or swollen gums. In some cases, we can take temporary measures like resin-based fillings in decayed areas that can buy a little time while you prepare for the expense of a more permanent restoration.

Adopt a long-term care strategy. Our goal is for you to have as healthy a mouth as possible.  To that end, we’ll work with you on strategy and payment plans that address your individual needs. A good strategy puts a priority on treating emergencies or advanced disease first, followed by treating less affected teeth as you’re able to afford it. We may also be able to address your tooth and gum problems with fewer but longer sessions that can help ease pressure on your costs.

Adopting solid hygiene and dietary habits now, visiting us at least twice a year and following a plan to treat problems as they emerge is your best approach for keeping dental care from making a huge impact on your wallet.

If you would like more information on managing your dental health, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Cost-Saving Treatment Alternatives.”

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