Monday, September 26, 2016

Gentle Cleaning

Gentle Cleanings for Sensitive Patients
Drills, scalpels, polishers - dentists use many harsh tools to remove plaque and fill cavities. Because of this, many people - particularly those with sensitivity issues - refuse to go to the dentist. This becomes an issue, as bacteria continually forms on the teeth. Without regular visits to the dentist, this bacteria can develop into gum disease and cause loose teeth and other serious issues. Fortunately, by addressing your concerns with your dentist, you can opt for gentle cleanings that can help you maintain good oral health without pressure and pain. Indianapolis dentist Dr. Lina Al-Bitar offers gentle cleanings on her patients.

How to Make Your Dentist Visit Less Painful
A dental hygiene visit typically consists of three parts: exam, cleaning, and X-rays. X-rays and exams are usually the easiest and most gentle parts of the visit. The cleaning can sometimes get a little rough, especially if you have poor hygiene. The best way to get through it? Communicate with your dentist and ask about gentle cleanings. He or she will take your sensitivity into consideration and reduce pressure. Your dentist can also numb the gums to make cleanings easier.

If you have cavities, you'll need fillings. Your dentist will likely need to use a drill and other tools to do the job, but sedation is available for your comfort. Laughing gas, oral medications, and IVs are available for patients with anxiety issues.

Don't Live in Fear of the Dentist
Avoiding the dentist only does more harm than good. Ask your dentist about gentle cleanings. Learn more by calling Indianapolis dentist Dr. Lina Al-Bitar at (317) 897-5787.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Dental Crowns

Caring for Dental Crowns
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, your dentist may recommend a crown to protect it and make it look like your other teeth. Once your crown is put on, you may wonder - what happens next? You may have a lot of questions about caring for your new crown. Crown care is not too different or complicated compared to caring for natural teeth, but there are some things you should know in order to help your crown last as long as possible. Indianapolis dentist Dr. Lina Al-Bitar can help you care for your crown so that it lasts a decade or longer.

How Should I Care for My Crown?
No special care is needed. You should continue to brush and floss daily, since the tooth underneath the crown is still susceptible to decay. It's also a good idea to use an antibacterial mouthwash on a daily basis to rinse bacteria out of your teeth. Crowns do not last forever; on average, expect your crown to last 5-15 years. To prolong its life, avoid habits such as grinding your teeth, biting fingernails, opening packages with your teeth and chewing on ice and other hard items.

What Problems Should I be Aware Of?
The most common issue with crowns is sensitivity. This is normal, but if it persists for longer than a few days, let your dentist know. Sometimes the crown can be become chipped, loose or fall off altogether. If this happens, your dentist can repair or replace it.

Learn More About Crowns
Dr. Lina Al-Bitar has helped many of her Indianapolis patients care for their crowns. If you are considering crowns for your teeth, contact her office for a consultation by calling (317) 897-5787.