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By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
May 30, 2017
Category: Oral Appliances
Tags: Invisalign  

Are you ready to find out more about getting Invisalign in Williamsburg?

Not everyone revels in the idea of having to wear metal brackets and wires all over their teeth just to fix gaps or crowding. Of course, if you want a straight smile you will have to undergo orthodontic treatment in order to get your dream smile. Fortunately, our Williamsburg, VA, family dentists, Dr. Ricky Rubin and Dr. Brett Dunnill, make it possible to get the smile you want with an almost invisible treatment option called Invisalign.

How Invisalign Works

Each aligner that is created for you is designed to fit your smile and your smile alone. Made from a nearly invisible thermoplastic, these Invisalign aligners will help to slowly shift your teeth into the ideal position to fix everything from spacing and crowding issues to overbites and underbites. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks at a time and then replaced with the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.

In order for these aligners to do their job, this means that you will need to wear them as often as possible. While you can remove them prior to eating or drinking, as well as before your oral care routine, you will want to wear them the rest of the time to ensure that you get the results you want within a reasonable length of time. When you come in for a consultation, our Williamsburg dentist will be able to provide you with information about how long it will possibly take to get your straighter smile.

Good Candidates for Invisalign

If you are an older teen or adult who is looking to straighten your smile without having to wear metal braces, then chances are pretty good that Invisalign could be the right treatment for you. It’s time to schedule a consultation with us if you are looking to fix any of these issues:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding or minor overlapping
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

Keep in mind, children and early teens aren’t ideal candidates for this orthodontic treatment because their teeth are still growing, which can affect how the aligners will fit over their teeth. We will want to ensure that your teen’s smile has finished growing before we can recommend getting Invisalign.

Does Invisalign sound like the right treatment option for you? Want to find out if you are the perfect candidate? Then it’s time you called Williamsburg Family Dentistry in Williamsburg, VA, to book your initial consultation with us. Let’s talk about Invisalign!


By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
May 22, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: tooth pain  
OnlyaDentalExamcanIdentifytheRootCauseofYourToothPain

A toothache means you have tooth decay, right? Not necessarily — your pain could be signaling a number of potential causes. Determining where, how much and how often it hurts will help us find out the cause and apply the appropriate treatment.

A single symptom, for example, can mean many things. A twinge of tooth pain as you consume hot or cold foods might indicate localized tooth decay easily repaired by a filling. But it could also mean the tooth's root surface has been exposed as a result of periodontal (gum) disease — aggressive plaque removal and maybe even gum surgery might be necessary. Or it could be a sign of inner pulp decay: in this case you'll likely need a root canal treatment to save the tooth.

Pulp decay can also announce itself with a very sharp and constant pain radiating from one or more teeth. You shouldn't hesitate to see us for an examination — even if the pain goes away. Pain cessation most likely means the nerves in the pulp have died. The infection, however, still exists, so you'll still probably need a root canal treatment.

If you notice severe, continuous pain and pressure around a tooth, particularly about the gums, you may have a localized, inflamed area of infection called an abscess. An abscess can be the result of gum disease, but it might also stem from a foreign body like a popcorn husk, getting stuck below the gums. We'll need to conduct a complete dental examination to determine the cause and how to treat it.

Finally, a sharp pain when you bite down could mean many things such as a loose filling or a fractured (cracked) tooth. The latter especially requires immediate attention to save the tooth.

These are just a few of the possible causes behind mouth or facial pain. Although all of them are serious, a few are true dental emergencies and can't wait if we're going to save a tooth. The sooner you see us, the sooner we can help relieve the pain, minimize any damage and avert disaster.

If you would like more information on treating tooth pain, 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 “Tooth Pain? Don't Wait!


By Williamsburg Family Dentistry
May 14, 2017
Category: Oral Health
NoahGallowaysDentallyDangerousDancing

For anyone else, having a tooth accidentally knocked out while practicing a dance routine would be a very big deal. But not for Dancing With The Stars contestant Noah Galloway. Galloway, an Iraq War veteran and a double amputee, took a kick to the face from his partner during a recent practice session, which knocked out a front tooth. As his horrified partner looked on, Galloway picked the missing tooth up from the floor, rinsed out his mouth, and quickly assessed his injury. “No big deal,” he told a cameraman capturing the scene.

Of course, not everyone would have the training — or the presence of mind — to do what Galloway did in that situation. But if you’re facing a serious dental trauma, such as a knocked out tooth, minutes count. Would you know what to do under those circumstances? Here’s a basic guide.

If a permanent tooth is completely knocked out of its socket, you need to act quickly. Once the injured person is stable, recover the tooth and gently clean it with water — but avoid grasping it by its roots! Next, if possible, place the tooth back in its socket in the jaw, making sure it is facing the correct way. Hold it in place with a damp cloth or gauze, and rush to the dental office, or to the emergency room if it’s after hours or if there appear to be other injuries.

If it isn’t possible to put the tooth back, you can place it between the cheek and gum, or in a plastic bag with the patient’s saliva, or in the special tooth-preserving liquid found in some first-aid kits. Either way, the sooner medical attention is received, the better the chances that the tooth can be saved.

When a tooth is loosened or displaced but not knocked out, you should receive dental attention within six hours of the accident. In the meantime, you can rinse the mouth with water and take over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication (such as ibuprofen) to ease pain. A cold pack temporarily applied to the outside of the face can also help relieve discomfort.

When teeth are broken or chipped, you have up to 12 hours to get dental treatment. Follow the guidelines above for pain relief, but don’t forget to come in to the office even if the pain isn’t severe. Of course, if you experience bleeding that can’t be controlled after five minutes, dizziness, loss of consciousness or intense pain, seek emergency medical help right away.

And as for Noah Galloway:  In an interview a few days later, he showed off his new smile, with the temporary bridge his dentist provided… and he even continued to dance with the same partner!

If you would like more information about dental trauma, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can learn more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Trauma & Nerve Damage to Teeth” and “The Field-Side Guide to Dental Injuries.”