5 Symptoms That Should Make You Run to Your San Diego Dentist

When was the last time you have been to the dentist?

The recommended frequency of dental visits should be once every six months, but this is hard to achieve for many of us.

Sometimes, we get too busy and preoccupied with day-to-day life and a visit to our San Diego dentist takes a backseat, all too often forgotten.

For some of us, a visit to the dentist is as scary today as when we first went as kids.

But there just are some dental issues that absolutely can’t be avoided and that require immediate attention from your dentist.

Normally it’s a nasty toothache, but did you know that there are a lot of other symptoms that should be a cause of concern?

You’ll be surprised at how normal these ‘little symptoms’ seem and at how important it is to have them checked by our San Diego dentist.

When to Visit Your San Diego Dentist:

Bad Breath and Unusual Taste in The Mouth:

There are two kinds of bad breath: the normal kind and the recurring kind, the latter of which should be a cause of concern.

If you have a sudden change in the smell and taste of your mouth, and it has nothing to do with what you ate (or drank, or smoked), then you must visit your dentist. It could be a sign of gum disease, cavities, or even GERD.

Mouth Sores That Do Not Seem to Heal:

Mouth sores are common. They come and go, especially when your body is trying to adjust to natural changes in chemical composition or even changes in the weather.

Normally, mouth sores should heal within two weeks; if they linger longer than that, you should definitely go see your San Diego dentist.

Mouth sores are one of the first signs of mouth cancer, but it should appear along with other symptoms.

Visiting the dentist is only a safety barrier, just to rule out anything serious.

Pain, Swelling, and Bleeding in the Gums:

Any form of pain or swelling is an indication that something is wrong.

It could mean a gum infection, cavities, or gum disease.

The first sign of tenderness or swelling, accompanied by some discoloration in that specific gum area, should send you to your dentist right away. Gum problems, when neglected, could cause tooth loss.

Teeth Sensitivity:

Teeth sensitivity is characterized by a sudden jolt of pain when eating/drinking hot, cold, or sour food/drinks.

It is always an indication of nerve damage and should be seen by your dentist immediately.

Chronic Dryness of Mouth:

The saliva in the mouth is there for a reason, one being that it contains a lot of antiseptic properties that help maintain the mouth’s bacterial and chemical equilibrium.

If you experience dry mouth too frequently and too long at a time, you should visit your San Diego dentist >ASAP. It could be a sign of an underlying condition.

For your San Diego dentist needs, there’s always Irresistible Smiles. Contact us today at (858) 755-8993 to set up an appointment!

Understanding Teeth Whitening In a Better Way

All of your favorite stars have done it.

You can be pretty sure that at least 10 moms from your kid’s class have had it. And the teeth whitening ads that you see everywhere are very tempting.

The only thing that’s holding you back is the fact that you’re not sure if you need it or that you understand what whitening entails.

To help you make the right decision, we’ve created a list of everything you need to understand about teeth whitening.

What is Teeth Whitening and What is it For?

As its name entails, it is the process of making the teeth white.

There are basically two ways to whiten teeth, broken down in the industry as:

(a) In office whitening, and
(b) At home whitening.

With proper professional guidance, both treatments are equally effective. They only vary in the duration of time it takes for them to take effect.

Regular, home teeth whitening kits come in different forms: gels, toothpastes, and sometimes even strips.

Most of these bleaching agents are peroxide-based.

Toothpastes, of course, are over-the-counter (except for the specialty kind that you can get from your dental care professional) and take the longest time to show results.

Weak brands also have minimal results. Aside from toothpastes, tray-based whiteners are another common method. Trays are custom-tailored by your dentist.

A mold is set to create a mouth-guard like tray that shall hold the whitening gel in place. It should be worn for several hours.

Depending on the severity of the teeth discoloration as well as the efficacy of the bleaching agent, the results can be seen after about 4 weeks.

In-office teeth whitening, on the other hand, means going into the dentist’s office for the actual treatment.

Unlike home kits, treatments done at the dentist’s office are often done in one session. That is, of course, depending on the degree of teeth discoloration.

The whitening bleach is applied directly to the surface of the teeth and subjected to some degree of heat (from a lamp or laser device). In about half an hour to an hour into the treatment, results can already be seen.

What are the risks and side effects?

When done with dentist’s supervision, teeth whitening both in the office and at home is generally safe.

The main and perhaps only side effect of teeth whitening is a certain degree of sensitivity immediately after treatment.

Both treatments are not recommended for people who are:

  • Pregnant
  • Have irreversible teeth staining
  • Have permanently damaged teeth
  • Have severe teeth sensitivity

How long does teeth whitening treatment last?

Like anything else, teeth whitening is not permanent.

People who frequently drink coffee, tea, red wine, and smoke often experience discoloration again.

Poor maintenance and infrequent dental checkups can also affect the color of the teeth. It is also not something that you can do again and again.

At best, it will make your teeth look unrealistically white, worst, it can thin out the enamel of the teeth which can lead to brittleness.

For high quality teeth whitening in San Diego and Chula Vista, head on over to Irresistible Smiles! Our Zoom Teeth Whitening system is as effective as it is quick. Contact us today at (858) 755-8993 in San Diego or (619) 656-6785 in Chula Vista to set up an appointment!


Everything You Need to Know About Porcelain Veneers

There are many uses for porcelain veneers. Sometimes, they are quicker, less painful, and probably much less expensive than a teeth whitening procedure.

Other times, they are a perfect way to hide imperfections like a mismatched color filling in the front teeth.

They also are a great way to mask chips and massive gaps in the front teeth. Compared to getting crowns, veneers are less invasive.

If you’re considering getting porcelain veneers, but you are not quite certain about whether to get them or not, here’s a quick porcelain veneers guide:

What Are Veneers?

Veneers are basically teeth cover-ups, custom-fitted to your teeth.

They are thin shells of special materials bonded to your teeth using special dental cement. Veneers are made of either of these materials:

a) Composite resin material
b) Porcelain

How Are Veneers Placed?

Before the doctor decides that you are a good candidate for dental veneers, he/she checks mainly two things:

1) Your dental problem that needs veneers, and
2) The overall condition of your teeth,

If you have any of the following conditions or in any of these situations, veneers may not be good for you:

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease.

Teeth weakened by decay and gum disease could make you ineligible for veneers.

If your gum problems and tooth decay are mild and curable, the dentist will provide treatment for these problems before proceeding with the veneer procedure.

In other cases where there is not much enamel left in the teeth or much of the teeth’s structure is compromised by too many fillers, veneers are definitely out of the question.

Severely Crooked or Misaligned Teeth.

Unless the tooth position is corrected, it is virtually impossible to attach the ceramic or porcelain veneers to the teeth.

Habitual Clenching and Grinding.

People who have a problem with grinding and/or clenching their teeth need to have this problem fixed or relieved (with mouth guards, like Irresistible Smiles’ Battleguard) before veneers are placed. Otherwise, the clenching may cause cracks and damage to the veneers.

When these problems are corrected or solved and are completely out of the way, the veneer placement process may commence.

Composite resin veneers can be created and attached all in a single session, but porcelain veneers may need about two or three sessions to be completed.

The dentist will remove about a one-half of a millimeter from the tooth by buffing, local anesthesia will also be administered.

With composite veneers, the resin will be fitted right after buffing. With the ceramic (porcelain) kind, the dentist will have to make a mold from the teeth.

This mold will then be sent to the laboratory for fitting. This usually takes one to two days before the veneers get back to the dentist’s clinic.

At Irresistible Smiles, our in-house laboratory ensures that the whole process is completed more quickly.

It should not take more than two visits to complete; in some cases, it may even be sooner than that.

After fitting, shade matching will have to be done to make sure that the veneer does not look too artificial.

It is essential to achieve the right shade of composite or porcelain veneer as it is irreversible.

When the right shade is achieved, the teeth are chemically treated to prepare them for bonding. The right bonding cement shade will be picked and then the veneers are attached.

How Much Do Veneers Cost?

Porcelain and composite veneers vary in cost. To learn more about how much they cost, and for more information about veneers and other options, visit Irresistible Smiles in Chula Vista and San Diego today! Book a consultation here.

Periodontal Gum Disease and Why You Should Take It Seriously

When it comes to oral health, the gums always take a backseat to teeth.

What many people do not know is that periodontal gum disease is a real threat.

If left untreated, gum disease could cause serious oral infections and tooth loss. When the disease gets that bad, it becomes irreversible.

But what is gum disease? How does it build? How is it treated? What can you do to prevent it? Read on to learn more.

What is Gum Disease?

Periodontal gum disease or simply gum disease can be two things: gingivitis and periodontitis.

Both diseases start with bacteria buildup on the teeth or plaque.

Without regular, proper brushing as well as treatment from your dental hygienist, the bacteria ends up infecting the gums.

Gingivitis is inflammation of the gums.

This is characterized by redness, swollenness, and bleeding of the gums. It can also be characterized by unusual darkening of the gums along with the symptoms mentioned earlier.

Gingivitis is the mild form of gum disease. Your gum disease specialist will only tell you to use special toothpaste, brush regularly, and set an appointment with your hygienist.

With proper care, the gums should return to normal and the bones and teeth are not affected.

Periodontitis takes place when gingivitis is not treated.

The infection goes further into damaging the gums and pulls it away from the teeth.

This creates pockets between the gums and teeth that open up the tissue to more bacteria and therefore more damage; when the infection gets this far, the body’s natural reaction is to fight it.

In the course of fighting the infection, the bone and tissue that hold the teeth to the gums start to break. This leads to tooth loss.

What Causes Periodontal Gum Disease?

According to our resident gum disease specialist, gum disease is caused by many things including hormonal changes, excessive smoking, illness, certain medication, and most commonly poor oral hygiene.

Smoking during gum disease treatment makes it harder for the medication to take effect.

Why You Should Not Neglect Gum Disease?

Gum disease left untreated can lead to the following:

Tooth loss:

When the tooth falls out due to gum disease, tooth implants are basically out of the question because the bone would also be damaged and the gum distorted.

Dentures and crowns would also be a little challenging to apply.

Bad breath:

The infection, oral enzymes, and the bacteria that cause gingivitis and periodontitis cause bad breath.

This is unsettling for the person/people you speak with and embarrassing for you.

Worse, this is the kind of bad breath that does not go away with breath mints and oral washes.

Unattractive appearance due to discoloration of gums:

Gum disease causes the gums to look dark and sometimes almost black.

On top of bad breath, dark and discolored gums could cause you to feel less confident about your appearance.

Connection to gum disease:

While gum disease specialists and researchers have yet to find evidence, there have been recent observations linking gum disease with other conditions.

It has been observed that gum disease increases the likelihood of developing heart disease in males and pre-term birth and low-birth weight in their offspring of women.

Don’t wait too long to treat your gum disease! Give your gums a lot of love – visit your periodontist at Irresistible Smiles today!