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Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Enamel Erosion

If you’ve ever examined your smile in the mirror, you’re taking a good look at your enamel. Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth and has been deemed the hardest tissue in the human body. Enamel is strong, but it’s not invincible. Once enamel is destroyed by acidic foods and beverages, or by constant grinding of the teeth, it won’t return. Allow our doctors at Evans Dental Care to give you a lesson in enamel erosion.


When enamel on the teeth wears down, teeth may become hypersensitive. This means that you may find it more difficult to consume hot or cold foods and beverages because the dentin, which protects the teeth from these temperatures, has been reduced. Tooth sensitivity may occur both on the inner and outer surfaces of the teeth, so if you notice these changes, schedule an oral exam so that treatment options can be discussed.  


If you have questions or concerns regarding preventive dental care or enamel erosion, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.evansdentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at Evans Dental Care in Williamsburg, VA, call 757-349-8877.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Veneers

Patients of Evans Dental Care are always asking our doctors about the latest cosmetic solutions for their teeth.  Some fixes are recommended just to repair damage or just to whiten, but veneers are the best way to give your smile a total makeover. Veneers are thin ceramic shells that bond directly to the surface of your teeth.  This gives you the opportunity to completely change the appearance of your smile and still look natural.


Patients with cosmetic issues like staining, cracked or chipped teeth, and even crooked teeth and small gaps can achieve a dazzling smile with veneers. We can make this happen in as little as two visits!  First, your dentist will discuss the shape and look you want for your new smile.  Then an impression of your teeth is taken in order to custom-fit the final product to the surfaces of your teeth.  The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where your custom veneers will be fabricated, which may take up to two weeks.  On your final visit, the veneers are bonded to your teeth for you to wear and enjoy!


To learn more about veneers and all the services we offer, visit www.evansdentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at Evans Dental Care in Williamsburg, VA, call 757-349-8877.

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Mouth Guards for Sports

If you and your family are getting active in sports this season, Evans Dental Care can provide you with an important piece of safety equipment.  Athletes participating in any contact sport should wear some kind of mouth protection. A mouth guard helps prevent damage to the teeth and jaw, and also helps prevent injuries to the cheeks, tongue, and lips.


Sporting goods stores carry mouth guards, but they are generic in form and size.  These mouth guards often end up feeling bulky and uncomfortable, leading to child and teenage athletes in particular not wearing the protection at all.  A very ill-fitting mouth guard can even interrupt breathing and speaking. Custom mouth guards can be fit over braces and won’t interrupt normal activity, so visit Hallmark Dental for a custom mouth guard fitting.  Get a mouth guard made of thin, hard plastic that protects your teeth and still fits comfortably.  This is an easy precaution to take to protect your mouth, and you can go right back to playing your best!


To learn more about custom mouth guards and all the services we offer, visit www.evansdentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at Evans Dental Care in Williamsburg, VA, call 757-349-8877.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

How to Care for Dentures

We provide patients with comfortable, safe prosthetic teeth at Evans Dental Care in Williamsburg. Our philosophy of personalized care ensures each patient’s dentures will be a good fit and will be supported as needed. But in order to prevent infection and further oral problems, patients need to understand how caring for dentures differs from normal oral hygiene.


Dentures need to be kept wet. When the patient removes them at night, the dentures should be placed in room temperature water. While there is nothing wrong with using a dissolvable product to clean them, the dentures should still be brushed each morning and night. This should be done by scrubbing them all over with a soft-bristled toothbrush. If patients have some remaining natural teeth, they may use separate toothbrushes, because dentures cannot be cleaned with ordinary toothpaste. Minerals in toothpaste which are beneficial to enamel can scratch plastic dentures. Patients should also brush their gums in the morning in order to restore blood flow and to clean in between any abutments of mini-implants they may have.


It is important to not put a denture in hot water, or else the plastic may bend and warp. If a denture does become misshapen, it should be only be repaired by professionals.


Dr. Peter Evans operates Evans Dental Care at 103 Bulifants Blvd., Suite B, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188. To schedule an appointment, visit Evans Dental Care or call 757-349-8877.


 

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Inlays and Onlays

At Evans Dental Care in Williamsburg, we try to preserve as much of our patients’ natural teeth as possible. When teeth are badly decayed, it may be necessary to drill away and replace infected material. But instead of replacing an entire crown, we may be able to provide a partial crown, such as an inlay or onlay.


The molars and premolars have raised bits, called cusps, and indentations between them. Although sealants can flatten out indentations somewhat, it is still easy for people to skip over them while brushing. If the decay is not very severe but requires more than a filling, an inlay can be nestled in between cusps. If one or more cusps are broken or decayed, an onlay can be used to replace them as well.


After the decay has been removed, an impression will be made of the patient’s mouth. From this, the partial crown can be designed and milled. When it is ready, the patient will return to the dentist’s office, and the partial crown will be cemented in. This will restore their bite function and the aesthetics of their smile.


Dr. Peter Evans operates Evans Dental Care at 103 Bulifants Blvd., Suite B, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188. To schedule an appointment, visit Evans Dental Care or call 757-349-8877.


 

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Prevent Periodontitis

Healthy gums are firm, pale, and pink in color. When comes become inflamed, they may appear red or purple in color, depending on the severity of the inflammation. If your oral care routine isn’t up to par, or if you aren’t brushing or flossing properly, these poor habits can lead to gingivitis. When gingivitis is left untreated, it will advance into a condition called periodontitis, which our doctors at Evans Dental Care will work hard to help you treat.


Periodontitis is caused by bacterial plaque that hasn’t been removed through proper brushing and flossing. When plaque builds up on the teeth and isn’t brushed away, it will turn into tartar which only a dental professional is able to remove. If periodontitis isn’t treated, the gums will recede and the tooth (or teeth) may become loose. Other problems that patients may experience are dental abscesses, exposure of tooth roots, and difficulty chewing. If you experience gum inflammation of any kind, schedule a dental appointment to get the situation under control.


If you have questions or concerns regarding preventive dental care or periodontal disease, please give us a call. To learn about services we provide at our practice, visit www.evansdentalcare.com for more information. To schedule an appointment at Evans Dental Care in Williamsburg, VA, call 757-349-8877.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Preventing Dry Sockets

When a tooth extraction becomes necessary, we at Evans Dental Care in Williamsburg do everything within our power to make it go as quickly and painlessly as possible. There is one major issue which we need the patient’s cooperation to prevent, and that’s a dry socket.


Teeth extractions are typically done by wiggling a tooth while pushing it upwards or pulling it, although incisions into the gum are sometimes necessary for complex cases. After the tooth is out, there will be an empty socket left behind with a bit of blood in it. The socket is vulnerable to infection, particularly if it dries out, but the blood will form a scab, sealing it off. We want to prevent the clot from being dislodged until the socket closes, which in simple cases, takes about a week.


Patients undergoing extractions are warned not to sip from a straw following the procedure, or else the suction may dislodge the clot. They should also avoid smoking, eating sticky foods, or brushing too hard near the extraction site. If the patient is in pain more than two days after the extraction, they should request an emergency appointment. We can provide medication to heal a dry socket and monitor its progress more closely.


Dr. Peter Evans operates Evans Dental Care at 103 Bulifants Blvd., Suite B, Williamsburg, Virginia, 23188. To schedule an appointment, visit Evans Dental Care or call 757-349-8877.


 

Enamel Erosion

If you’ve ever examined your smile in the mirror, you’re taking a good look at your enamel. Enamel is the thin outer covering of the tooth a...