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Tooth sensitivity is generally the result of worn tooth enamel or exposed tooth roots due to gingival recession. Other causes of tooth sensitivity include tooth decay, a cracked or chipped tooth, a worn filling, or periodontal disease. Tooth sensitivity is a very common problem affecting more than 1 in 8 Americans. For some they are aware and neglecting the problem and for others they think it is normal and try to mask it by avoiding those teeth when it comes to certain food items. When tooth sensitivity is present it becomes difficult at times to enjoy our favorite food and drink or even brush our teeth properly.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity?

The pain or discomfort you feel when a tooth is exposed to hot or cold temperatures or even an acidic food or drink. This is the hallmark sign of tooth sensitivity. There are 3 layers of a tooth. These are called enamel, dentin, and pulp. The enamel is the harder outer shell that covers your teeth. Tooth enamel is considered the hardest mineral substance in the body. Even stronger than bone. There is one other piece to the puzzle and that is cementum. Cementum covers and protects the root surface where the enamel does not cover. When something happens to the enamel or cementum you end up with tooth sensitivity. The enamel could be damaged thru tooth decay or trauma while the cementum can be lost due to periodontal disease.

Worn Down Enamel. Enamel can be damaged in a variety of ways. These can include overly aggressive brushing, tooth trauma, tooth enamel erosion from acidic drinks, and even teeth whitening products if not used as directed. In areas where the enamel breaks down it will expose the soft underlayer, the dentin. The dentin has tubules that connect to the inner layer the pulp. The pulp is where all the nerves and blood is. This will cause you tooth sensitivity to begin to develop.

Periodontal Disease. This is a progressive disease that triggers an inflammatory response in the mouth. If left untreated it can progress from gingivitis (reversible) to periodontitis (non reversible). Periodontitis will lead to destruction of cementum, gingival tissues, and bone surrounding your teeth. Once the roots of your teeth are exposed, you will develop tooth sensitivity.

Bruxism. Also referred to as teeth grinding. When we grind our teeth we put extreme forces on our teeth. This force can lead to cracks in the enamel on your teeth. Once those cracks form, it exposes the soft dentin beneath leading to tooth sensitivity.

Tips If You Have Tooth Sensitivity

-Softer Toothbrushing. Brushing technique should include use of a soft-bristled brush and use at a 45 degree angle to your gum. this will help prevent damage to your enamel and gum tissues.

-NO! acidic foods and drinks. These will only cause you pain and discomfort if you already suffer from tooth sensitivity. But if you do choose to consume these wait about 30 minutes after bruhing to give you a chance not to feel so much pain or discomfort.

-Slow Down On Teeth Whitening. Teeth whitening can cause temporary tooth sensitivity. If you do develop tooth sensitivity while undergoing teeth whitening treatment speak to your dentist immediately.

How Is Tooth Sensitivity Treated?

Dentistry is highly personalized care. Tooth sensitivity is no different. The treatment for tooth sensitivity will depend on the cause. A proper diagnosis is necessary to develop a proper treatment plan for your tooth sensitivity. Tooth sensitivity treatment can include:

-Use Of Desensitizing Toothpaste. A common over the counter toothpaste is called Sensodyne. This toothpaste acts to seal those tubules present in the dentin. By sealing those tubules, it will remove or diminish the tooth sensitivity you may be feeling. Sensodyne contains, calcium, phosphate, as well as fluoride.

-Fluroide Treatment. This can be done at home or in office. In office, the fluoride will be applied using a tray and applied to your teeth giving adequate coverage. There are also take prescription home rinses that can be used by the patient as needed.

-Custom Fabricated Mouth Guards. This would be used to ward off damage from teeth grinding that can cause tooth sensitivity.

-Restore Broken, Chipped, or Fractured teeth. This can include dental bonding or dental crowns to restore your teeth to a healthier state and prevent tooth sensitivity.

-Periodontal Disease Treatment. This can include bone grafting as well as gum grafts to cover the root surfaces of your teeth that have been exposed.

Root Canal Therapy (RCT). In some cases tooth sensitivity is caused by a dental infection present inside a tooth.

What Causes Tooth Sensitivity? Conclusion

Now you know the causes of tooth sensitivity it is important to address these issues if you have them with your dentist. Be proactive and treat tooth sensitivity before it gets out of control.

Comprehensive dental care is when a dentist provides a full range of dental health services for diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, and rehabilitation of a patients smile. This will include thinking about not only a person’s smile as a singular item. It will include a person’s functional health as well as facial esthetics.

“We believe in a comprehensive dental care approach to restorative and cosmetic dentistry, that fully integrates health, comfort, and beauty.” – Marielaina Perrone DDS

The human body acts as a complex group of systems and never acts in isolation. In comprehensive dental care, it is very similar in how we look at the patient and their smile. The teeth may be the focus of our smiles but they do not work in isolation either. In comprehensive dental care, we look at the soft tissues as well as the hard tissues to create a treatment plan that is personalized for you. This can and will include the TMJ joint, the muscles of the face, and how the teeth fit together (also called occlusion). Often times, a deeper dental examination Comprehensive Dental Care Las Vegas Marielaina Perrone DDSwill reveal issues with the occlusion or over active muscles. This can show as uneven wear of the teeth which can be due to genetic issues or stress. A comprehensive dental care examination will reveal these deeper functional flaws that can affect the cosmetics of your smile.

Comprehensive Dental Care Personalized

A well trained dentist with comprehensive dental care experience will know to look beyond the issue at hand and ask why did that happen? If we examine the smile in a comprehensive dental care way of looking at things, we realize a tooth extraction is not a singular event. Once that tooth is removed, there will be changes to our occlusion as well as our esthetics. This can have long term implications to a person’s overall dental health. Treating “just one tooth” is often not the best interest for your long term dental health. Below are some dental procedures that are included in comprehensive dental care to treat function and cosmetics as one:

Porcelain Crowns. This type of dental crown combines strength and beauty into one package. Porcelain crowns have the esthetics patients desire for their smile but the strength demanded by patients and dentists for function. When porcelain crowns are used properly, a patient will begin to see an immediate improvement in their occlusion and in the cosmetic appearance in the skin around the face as wrinkles will lessen. The wrinkles will lessen because the occlusion will be “raised” forcing the skin around the mouth to stretch slightly. Using dental crowns for this purpose is called bite reclamation.

Porcelain Veneers. Known as part of the Hollywood smile. Porcelain veneers are sometimes referred to as “instant orthodontics” because they have the ability to realign teeth vs wearing orthodontic braces. Porcelain veneers are more conservative than porcelain crowns and are purely cosmetic in nature and cannot be used to reclaim lost occlusion height.

Dental Implants. Dental implants are highly successful for replacing one or more teeth. These would be an integral part of comprehensive dental care especially for larger scale smile restorations.

Orthodontic Braces Or Invisalign. Many people see orthodontics or invisalign as a purely cosmetic treatment for adults. However, in comprehensive dental care your dentist will see that re aligning the bite will result in straighter teeth but it will also bring those teeth into harmony with one another. This will place less stress on the teeth thru their daily functions as well.

Tooth Bonding. can be used to repair a tooth damaged by trauma or tooth decay. These tooth colored restorations can make an immediate improvement to your smile.

Facial Asymmetry. In comprehensive dental care, your well trained dentist will evaluate not just the smile but also the entire face. By looking beyond the smile, they may be able to see certain asymmetry’s in the alignment of your face. The use of botox can be used to balance the facial muscles and bring them into harmony with your smile. An eyebrow lift or aComprehensive Dental Care Marielaina Perrone DDS depression of the brow can also be enhanced using botox applications.

Gummy SmileThis occurs when too much gum tissue is exposed upon smiling. This usually is the result of the lip rising too high when smiling. Injecting Botox into the upper lip weakens the retractor muscles of the upper lip so that it won’t raise as high and your smile will appear better balanced. In comprehensive dental care, your dentist will see this immediately and factor this into your treatment plan.

Crown Lengthening. This is a comprehensive dental care surgical process whereby your dentist will remove bone around a tooth to expose more of the tooth into the mouth. This is often needed in patients with a severe grinding issues to reclaim lost occlusal height.

Gum and Bone Grafting and Recontouring. Both gum tissues and bone tissues can be grafted in to replace lost tissues in comprehensive dental care. These have both functional and esthetic concerns. Functionally, adding more bone will aid in support of teeth and adding gingival tissues can cover exposed roots alleviating tooth sensitivity and stop tooth decay from forming on the roots of your teeth. Cosmetically, these grafts can restore your smile to its youthful glory.

Teeth Whitening. Many of our worn teeth are also dark and discolored. The color you desire to reach may require a dental whitening process, or simply a whiter color bonding restoration or a whiter colored porcelain restoration. Teeth whitening is included in comprehensive dental care because it will be usually a priority for most patients when trying to rejuvenate their smiles.

Juvederm Dermal Fillers. These fillers can be used to turn back the clock and fill in areas that time has changed. Again bringing about a balance between function and smile is a hallmark of comprehensive dental care.

Comprehensive Dental Care Conclusion

A dentist who is well trained in comprehensive dental care will be able to spot problem areas quite easily. Some areas are hidden but a deeper look during a dental examination and they will be revealed. Some issues will not have longer term implications while others may. It is important to recognize the difference between the two so the proper recommendations can be made to the patient.

 

Dry socket (also called medically as alveolar osteitis) is a very painful dental condition that can sometimes happen following removal of a permanent adult tooth. Dry socket occurs when the blood clot at the area of tooth removal fails to develop, or it dislodges or dissolves before the wound has fully healed. Having a tooth removed by your dentist comes with certain expectations. This includes discomfort following the tooth removal. However, this discomfort should last a day or 2 at the most and be fairly mild. Dry socket pain can become very intense quickly and last for almost a week in some cases. Dry socket is actually the most common complication of a tooth extraction. Even with that fact it still only occurs a little less than 2% of the time (about 200,000 cases in US each year) and most often following removal of wisdom teeth. It is also prevalent in those with poor blood flow, smokers, and diabetics. Dry socket generally occurs 2-3 days following tooth removal procedure.

When a tooth is removed, a blood clot forms to protect the opening in your gums as it heals. If the blood clot does not form properly or becomes dislodged, it can create a dry socket. A dry socket leaves the nerves and underlying bones exposed, so it is important to see your dentist immediately. If left untreated, this can lead to dental infection and other complications. Dry socket most often occurs in those  who smoke, are on oral contraceptives (estrogen can interfere with clotting mechanisms), or do not follow post care instructions properly.  Interesting for women, the oral contraceptives also tend to lower pain tolerance which will lead to increased pain sensation if dry socket occurs.

What Is A Dry Socket? Symptoms

Dry Socket Las Vegas Marielaina Perrone DDSSigns and symptoms of dry socket may include:

-Sharp, aching pain usually starting 2-3 days after removal of a tooth or teeth

-Blood Clot Missing. If you peek into your mouth you would see an opening where tooth was and if there is no blood clot present then you probably have a dry socket. In a normal situation a blood clot forms and covers the exposed opening.

-Visible Bone Present. Bone that can be seen upon visual examination in the socket.

-Radiating Pain. Radiating from the tooth socket to your ear, eye, temple or neck on the same side of your face as the tooth removal.

-Abnormally bad breath or a foul odor emanating from your mouth. This will include having a bad taste in your mouth as well.

-Swollen Lymph Nodes. If you have swollen lymph nodes around your jaw or neck, this is a sign of dental infection and you need to be seen by your dentist immediately as this can be a serious medical emergency if untreated. Signs of a dental infection can include fever, swelling, redness, and pus discharge from extraction site.

-Over The Counter Pain Medications Do Not Work. Generally, tylenol, aleve and advil will not be strong enough of a pain reliever to be able to control dry socket pain.

How Can A Dry Socket Be Treated?

Your dentist will relieve the area of pain using a local anesthetic. If the infection has spread this may not relieve all pain and discomfort at this time but it will help. Your dentist will need to inspect the tooth removal site and clean it of any debris or food particles. Once the area is cleaned sufficiently, your dentist will probably place a medicated dressing over the area to promote healing and soothe the dry socket symptoms. These medicated dressings usually need to be changed daily until dry socket symptoms subside. Use of a warm cloth on outside of face can also aid in healing by promoting increased blood flow to the area. If there is infection present or your dentist suspects one is forming an antibiotic may be prescribed. You will also be given detailed instructions on at home care. Usually includes rinsing with warm, salt water and just being careful with area while it heals. Healing of a dry socket at this point will take between 1 and 2 weeks.

Possible Home Help Remedies For Dry Socket

Home remedies to help with dry socket pain can include:
-Rinsing with Warm salt water. Rinsing can help eliminate bacteria and reduce or prevent further infection.
-Cold and heat therapy. This can promote blood flow to area of dry socket. For the first 24 hours or so following a tooth extraction, use cold against your face for 15 minutes at a time to reduce swelling. After 1st day you can use heat in the form of warm cloth to help manage pain.
-Clove oil. This contains eugenol (this is traditional dental office smell), which has anesthetic, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties. It can help to soothe pain and help prevent infections. Some people have reactions to clove oil so speak to your dentist before using. You can place clove oil on a sterile gauze and place it over dry socket area for 15 minutes or so to help relieve dry socket symptoms.
-Honey. Honey has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Clinical studies have found that honey when used for dry socket applications resulted in a significant reduction in inflammation, swelling, pain, and discomfort. There was also evidence honey possibly prevents further dental infection. Honey can be applied similar to the clove oil. Place a small amount of honey on a sterile gauze and place over dry socket wound.
-Black tea. Contains tannic acid. Tannic acid can act as a natural antibacterial agent while also having the ability to reduce both swelling and pain.
-Tea tree oil. Also has antiseptic, antibacterial, and analgesic properties.
-Oregano oil.  Has antibacterial benefits and studies have shown it may even be effective against some drug-resistant strains of bacteria.
-Chamomile tea. Chamomile has anti oxidant properties. This can promote wound healing.

What Is A Dry Socket? Conclusion

It is important to follow your dentist’s instructions especially following a tooth removal. Communicate concerns and questions immediately so they can be addressed immediately to avoid unforeseen complications. A dry socket can be quite painful and can have serious consequences if ignored. See your dentist regularly to maintain a healthy smile for a lifetime.



A dental overbite is when your upper front teeth overlap with your lower front teeth. Most patients have at least a small dental overbite. Orthodontic braces can fix many issues including a dental overbite. An overbite can have a negative impact on our cosmetic smile.

Causes Of A Dental Overbite?

The term occlusion is a dental term that refers to how our teeth align with each other. A dental overbite is a type of malocclusion (a deviation form normal occlusion). A malocclusion is a misalignment or incorrect relation between the teeth of the two dental arches when they approach each other as the jaws close. A dental overbite is when a patient’s upper teeth sticks out fart beyond the lower teeth. Dental overbites are usually a genetic trait passed on down from parents. It can also be caused by a behavioral habit leading to malformed jaw development. These can include thumb sucking, prolonged use of a pacifier, teeth grinding, tongue thrust issues, biting our nails, or chewing on objects. TMJ disorder can also cause a malocclusion as well as loss of teeth as the our teeth shift.

Dental Overbite Henderson NV Marielaina Perrone DDSDental malocclusions can fall into 1 of 3 categories:

Class One Malocclusion. This type of malocclusion indicates when a normal dental bite is with a slight overlap of the upper teeth. This is the most common malocclusion.

Class Two Malocclusion. This type of malocclusion is diagnosed when the dental overbite is severe. Another term for this is retrognathic.

Class Three Maloccluison. This is a severe dental underbite (when the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth). Another term for this is prognathic.

2 Types of Dental Overbites

-Vertical Overbite. This occurs when the top teeth significantly overlap the lower teeth.

-Horizontal Overbite. This happens when the top teeth protrude over the lower teeth.

Dental overbites can also be classified as either dental or skeletal. A dental overbite means that the teeth are the root cause of the dental overbite. A skeletal overbite identifies the jaw as the root cause of the dental overbite.

Treatments Of A Dental Overbite

Orthodontic braces are the #1 treatment for a dental overbite. A dental overbite can be diagnosed by a dentist or orthodontist. There is not an age limit on overbite treatment. It will just be easier on still growing children vs adults. It is usually very easy to see visually so parents can understand easily. In some cases, radiographs and dental impressions will be needed to fully assess the dental overbite. Orthodontic braces along with dental elastic bands . These bands along with orthodontic braces will slowly and methodically place forces on the jaw and teeth to bring things into a more cosmetic alignment thus eliminating the dental overbite.

In a severe dental overbite, removal of teeth (usually premolars) may be necessary or even dental surgery to re position the lower jaw.

A dental overbite can create issues in dental hygiene which can lead to an increased incidence of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

Possible Dental Overbite Treatment For Children and Young Adults

-Early removal of baby teeth. This will give permanent teeth extra room for eruption into the mouth.

-Growth modification appliance. This will be used during growth periods to help better position the jaw

-Orthodontic Braces. Use of braces will apply forces in a direct way slowly moving the teeth to correct the overbite along with the jaw.

-Orthodontic Retainers. These orthodontic devices are used following orthodontic treatment to help to keep the teeth in place after completion of treatment.

Possible Dental Overbite Treatment For Adults

– Orthodontic Braces. This allows movement of the teeth to correct a dental overbite.

-Teeth removal. Both dentists and orthodontists try to avoid removing permanent teeth but this will become necessary in very severe dental overbite cases. This is to allow the teeth more freedom to move.

-Dental Surgery. This may be needed for skeletal dental overbites that can only be corrected with surgery.

Untreated Dental Overbite?

If a dental overbite is left untreated there can be significant issues both dentally and for our health. The following are possible complications that can arise from not treating a dental overbite:

-TMJ Disorders including jaw pain.

-Increased risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease.

-Headaches.

-Pain upon eating and chewing.

Sleep Apnea.

Speech issues like lisps.

Dental Overbite Conclusion

Your dentist or orthodontist will be able to easily diagnose your dental overbite and offer you options to correct it. We all want a perfect smile but a dental overbite can cause other dental issues beyond cosmetics. Remember to see your dentist regularly for dental examinations and professional cleanings to keep your smile healthy and happy for a lifetime!