What do you think when you hear the term abscess? When it comes to dentistry, we think of the build-up of pus within the teeth or gums. These dental abscesses can cause a client pain, discomfort, and lead to more problems.
There are three types of abscesses, Gingival, periodontal. and periapical. The difference is determined by the area affected by the abscess,
Although there are three different areas of the mouth that are affected by an abscess, the symptoms and pain may be felt similarly. The symptoms include,
There are treatments for abscesses and should be performed as soon as a client is feeling any of the above symptoms. Treatments include,
If you believe you have an abscess of any kind, please notify your dentist or come to Progressive Family Dentistry in order to be seen and helped. We would love to assist you in feeling better again!
Going to the dentist can be intimidating, especially if you are unfamiliar with the tools they use on a regular basis. In the spirit of lightening the feelings of dread toward dentistry, we thought it would be good to go over the common instruments used by dentists!
The mouth is such a difficult place to see everything to ensure treatment is working. In order to see all the small spaces behind and around a client's pearly whites, a dentist will use a small mirror attached to a long holder. This mirror helps the dental hygienist see and remove plaque and other residues from your teeth. It also assists dentists during oral surgeries and procedures.
In order to view your mouth in a dry form, one will need to remove saliva and water from the mouth. This is done by using the suction device. While this device may sound intimidating, it won't harm you.
In order to remove plaque from the teeth, a hygienist or dentist must use a scaler to scrape any residue buildup on a client's teeth. This device isn't made for comfort and is sometimes the reason why clients don't like coming to the dentist. Regular brushing and flossing can prevent a hygenist's need to use the scaler excessively.
In order to effectively remove tooth decay, one must use a dental drill. As scary as it may seem, this tool is always used when necessary and is handled appropriately by the dentist. Keep in mind that we want what is best for the client, and it is only a temporary feeling of pressure and loud noise.
When becoming familiar with the tools a dentist uses, clients should always remember the tools are used to keep their oral health and hygiene optimal. At Progressive Family Dentistry, we want our clients to be as comfortable as possible during their visits and procedures. If you are in need of a dentist, please reach out to us today!
If you have had your wisdom teeth removed, perhaps you are familiar with the term, dry socket. If you have never heard of it before, then keep on reading!
Dry socket is an infection that is caused when a nerve and related tissue are left exposed after a tooth is pulled. Leaving such sensitive materials open for bacteria to penetrate is never a good idea, but the chances of dry socket is increased in those who smoke, have poor oral hygiene, and are prone to dry socket.
Only a small percentage of people get dry socket- roughly 2%- 5% of people, in fact. For those who do suffer from this condition, it can be very uncomfortable.
Dry socket is easily treatable, however, through the use of anti-inflammatories such as aspirin to lower the amount of discomfort felt. If that doesn’t work, your doctor can prescribe other medication to get rid of the infection.
In order to prevent dry socket, it is important to keep your oral hygiene optimal after having a tooth extracted. Always listen to your dentist’s care plan instructions after a procedure.
Who is ready for a fun and friendly game night?! We sure are!
On Thursday, May 9th at 6:00pm the Jennie J McMaham Library is hosting a Family Game Night and is inviting you to be a part!
This event is great for the whole family, so don’t miss out! We love taking care of your family’s teeth and oral health, but now is the time to have a little fun, too!
Play games, enjoy each other’s company, and keep on smiling!
For directions, click the link below to be directed to the Journal Scene post: https://www.journalscene.com/events/#!/details/Family-Game-Night/5807469/2019-04-11T18
Do you love food? Do you love fun? This month of March, we are in the midst of a wonderful event of the Lowcountry called the Secret Food Tours!
Book a tour with your family today and travel through history as you enjoy select meals and view historic scenery along the way! This isn’t just an eating tour, you will actually be able to go behind the scenes and meet the head chef of some restaurants!
While you enjoy this experience this fun adventure with your family and friends, remember to keep your teeth looking sharp by brushing them when you get home!
To learn more, follow this link, https://www.journalscene.com/events/#!/details/Secret-Food-Tours-Charleston/5837537/2019-03-20T11
Do you know about Dental Bridges? They are a cool and effective treatment for those who may have missing teeth!
What do they do?
What are the different types?
As the most common type of dental bridge, this selection utilizes teeth on either side of the missing tooth (or teeth).
This type of bridge is used when there is a tooth available on only one side of the missing tooth. This type isn’t widely used, and not recommended for the back of the mouth.
This type of bridge uses metal or porcelain wings in order to bond to the surrounding teeth
If you, or someone you know, has a couple of missing teeth and are in need of a bridge or individual replacement teeth, send them on in to Progressive Family Dentistry!
Most parts of the body are complex, but one of the most complex is your temporomandibular joint, the two joints that connect your jaw to your skull. Often times these joints cause some pain and clicking for those with TMJ disorders. These are both signs that the joint and muscles are not working properly, and should be seen by a professional to ensure no further medical disorders arise.
Causes for TMJ pain and discomfort range from any of the following:
These cause the cartilage between the bones of your joint to become worn down or out of alignment. This is what causes the clicking sound, the pain, and even the lack of ability to open your mouth completely.
Do I have TMJ?
How many did you answer ‘yes’ to? If it is the majority, the likelihood that you have TMJ is rather high.
Luckily, the research has gotten better over the years and there are more treatments for TMJ disorders today than there were in the past.
To alleviate the pain in the muscles, often one is instructed to take an anti-inflammatory medication in order to calm the muscles in the jaw. This will reduce the pain and inflammation.
Mindfulness and self care can assist the treatment of TMJ by having the person become aware of when their jaw is clenched in order to rest it, making sure they keep their teeth apart unless necessary, eating soft foods, using ice and heat, and exercising their jaw.
Stress management also plays a large role in the treatment for TMJ. It’s known that stress can cause TMJ, therefore, it is important for someone to learn how to manage that stress.
Dental mouth guards are provided to those who come into their dentist’s office wanting alleviation from the pain caused by TMJ.
If you or someone you know is suffering from TMJ, lead them to our door. At Progressive Family Dentistry, we would love to take care of your teeth and jaw problems!
Perhaps your dentist has discussed the need for sealants on your teeth, or perhaps you are just curious to see what a sealant is and what it does. Either way, continue reading to find out!
A dental sealant is a thin coating applied to the top (chewing) surfaces of your teeth. Mostly seen and used for the back molars, a sealant is used for the purpose of preventing tooth decay.
The cool part of a dental sealant is that, when applied, the sealant molds and bonds to the individual grooves of the tooth, protecting the enamel. Since brushing and flossing can only do so much to prevent plaque build up, the use of sealants assist in the combat of plaque by getting into the small crevices of the teeth.
Who needs Sealants?
Everyone! Each one of us is prone to tooth decay and have our very own tooth grooves. When a child is between the ages of 6-14, a dentist will usually suggest applying sealants. If you are an adult and do not have sealants, we would suggest you receive them as well.
So, How Are Sealants Applied?
A super cool aspect of sealants is they last up to 10 years! That means those grooves and teeth are protected from decay for that long! This doesn’t mean you stop brushing and flossing, though!
If you know someone who hasn’t had sealants yet, point them in Progressive Family Dentistry’s direction! We will take wonderful care of them!
After having braces for months, all you want is for your teeth to be free, we know. Even though you have graduated from braces, you still need to keep your teeth straight by wearing your retainer! Today we are going to remind you of why wearing your retainer is important to your dental health!
Keep Those Teeth Straight
Seriously! If you don’t wear your retainer after you have your braces removed, stubborn teeth have a tendency to move back to their original position. Wear your retainer in order to keep that beautiful smile you worked so hard to have!
Once you have paid to get braces, why let that money go to waste and let your teeth revert back to being out of line? If you keep wearing your retainer, you don’t have to spend the money later to fix it again!
At Progressive Family Dentistry we know that life can get a little hectic, but we encourage you to keep wearing those retainers and keep coming in for appointments! We love seeing those happy, bright, and amazing smiles!
When enjoying your favorite salty snack, the last thing you expect is to have it stuck in your gums. What will you do if this happens to you? Here are a few tips,
Use Water to Soften the Debris
When getting food stuck in your gums, it can become very painful. Help soften rough edges by drinking water in hopes the debris will soak and soften.
If the food is stuck between your teeth, use some floss! Floss is a wonderful tool to clean between your teeth and help dislodge stubborn foods!
See your Dentist
Sometimes when something is stuck in your gum, you need a professional’s assistance and opinion. Feel free to call and make an appointment to see your dentist.
If you have dental problems like something being lodged in your gums, Progressive Family Dentistry is always here to help!
The Progressive Team