Sunday, September 30, 2018

Toothache: Home Remedies, Causes, Relief for Sore Teeth

Below is an excerpt from an article found on Crest.com

Common Toothache Causes
Are you wondering why your teeth hurt? If you have aching teeth, it may be due to a dental problem such as cavities, gum disease, bruxism, TMJ or a non-dental problem, such as a sinus infection or even stress.

  1. Sensitive Teeth: Some types of toothache pain occur if you are using dental care products like peroxide-based whitening agents that penetrate into your teeth causing tooth sensitivity.
  2. Bruxism: If you have aching teeth with no signs of tooth decay or gum disease, you may be experiencing bruxism. Bruxism is the technical term for grinding your teeth. Bruxism is a common cause of aching teeth that affects millions of people of all ages in the United States. If you experience aching teeth and other symptoms of bruxism, see a dental professional as soon as possible. If left untreated, chronic tooth grinding can damage crowns and fillings, and wear away tooth enamel, putting your teeth at increased risk for infection or decay. Causes of bruxism that lead to aching teeth include crooked teeth, poor jaw alignment, and stress or anxiety. If bruxism is due to misaligned teeth, straightening your bite with orthodontia could help solve the problem. But if bruxism is due to chronic stress, stress management techniques may be needed to help relieve your aching teeth. Your dental professional may recommend a mouth guard to wear at night to help prevent tooth pain associated with bruxism.
  3. Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Dysfunction: If you're stressed to the point of clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth, you can develop tooth pain associated with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). The TMJ is the joint that hinges the lower jaw to the skull, enabling you to eat and talk. Clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth put additional stress on the muscles of the jaw, which can cause tooth pain. If your tooth pain is caused by TMJ syndrome, your dentist may recommend a TMJ dental splint to reposition the lower jaw. But in less serious cases, warm compresses applied to the jaw, eating soft foods, and taking measures to reduce stress can help.
  4. Damaged Teeth: Your toothache pain could be caused by a cracked or broken tooth. If this is the cause of your pain, see your dentist as soon as possible. A broken tooth can contribute to tooth decay.
  5. Decayed Teeth: Tooth decay is one of the most common causes of toothache pain. Tooth decay occurs when acids from plaque bacteria penetrate into the tooth enamel causing a loss of tooth mineral which, if it progresses, can ultimately cause pain in the tooth’s inner layer, the pulp.

To read the entire article visit Crest.com.

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Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP  
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605  
Washington, DC 20037  
(202) 466-4530  
SiranliDental.com

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Dental Digital Imaging

Three-Dimensional Dental X-rays

We are excited as one of the first dental practices in our area to utilize 3-D cone beam CT digital imaging. Imagine a three-dimensional X-ray that is more accurate than traditional X-rays, is much faster, and does all this with much reduced radiation exposure.

A primary advantage of ultra cone beam images when diagnosing and evaluating treatment options is the dentist’s ability to see the patient’s anatomy in 3-D, instead of flat, two-dimensional images. This allows for much greater accuracy for any dental treatment, especially dental implant placement and oral surgeries. The process takes only a few minutes, and images are captured in multiple cross sections, which allow us to make accurate bone measurements.

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP 
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605 
Washington, DC 20037 
(202) 466-4530 
SiranliDental.com

Monday, September 24, 2018

Dentist: Doctors of Oral Health

Learn more about what the American Dental Association has to say about the role played by Dentists!


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP  
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605  
Washington, DC 20037  
(202) 466-4530  
SiranliDental.com

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Full Mouth Dental Rehabilitation

Custom Smile Design and Preview

Prior to starting each veneer, full-mouth rehabilitation, or other case, we start with smile analyses together with facial analyses to determine what steps are necessary to achieve the smile you desire. We also create a diagnostic mock-up with the new smile design that will allow you to “try on” veneers or crowns to see if the final result is what you are looking for. This helps you understand and see how the new look will improve your smile and facial appearance prior to doing any tooth preparation. There’s no better way to have peace of mind before you begin treatment!

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP 
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605 
Washington, DC 20037 
(202) 466-4530 
SiranliDental.com

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Choosing Wisely: 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Dental Health (Part 3 of 3)

Don’t replace fillings just because they’re old 












When you have a cavity, the dentist removes it and puts in a filling. These fillings can last for many years, but some people get silver fillings removed because they don’t like the color. However, the process of removing a filling can weaken the tooth. Additionally, insurance may not cover the removal. 

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP  
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605  
Washington, DC 20037  
(202) 466-4530  
SiranliDental.com

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Choosing Wisely: 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Dental Health (Part 2 of 3)

Ask about all the options for calming your child during dental procedures 












Dental work can be scary for some kids. Talk with your dentist about ways to help your child stay calm. Tips for a successful dental visit can include making sure your child is not hungry before their dental appointment and scheduling an appointment at the proper time of day.

For jaw pain, try conservative treatments first 












Jaw pain can be caused by stress, arthritis or an injury. A treatment plan for jaw pain should first consist of actions like exercises and anti-inflammatory drugs.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP  
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605  
Washington, DC 20037  
(202) 466-4530  
SiranliDental.com

Friday, September 7, 2018

Diet & Your Teeth

Learn more about the connection between your teeth and what you eat.


The above video is found on the American Dental Association YouTube Channel.

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP  
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605  
Washington, DC 20037  
(202) 466-4530  
SiranliDental.com

Monday, September 3, 2018

Children's Dental Care

Children Love Visits to Our Office

Our doctors work hard to make children of all ages feel comfortable and enjoy themselves, so bring your entire family along! You can rest assured your child will receive the latest advances in children’s dentistry, delivered with kindness, thoughtfulness, and compassion. We encourage good dental care habits in children and love teaching them how to keep their teeth healthy. We look forward to meeting them for their first routine visit (when they are two years old) and watching them grow each year. We also offer sealants for back teeth for both children and adolescents. These are an easy-to-apply preventive measure that can prevent decay!

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP 
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605 
Washington, DC 20037 
(202) 466-4530 
SiranliDental.com

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Choosing Wisely: 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Dental Health (Part 1 of 3)

Use toothpaste with fluoride for infants and children 












For children younger than 3 years, you should begin brushing a child’s teeth with fluoride toothpaste in an amount no larger than a grain of rice. For children 3 to 6 years of age, use a pea-sized amount of fluoride toothpaste.

Consider sealants to prevent decay or treat beginning cavities on the back teeth 












Dental sealants act as a barrier to prevent cavities. They are a plastic material applied by a dentist to the chewing surfaces of the back teeth where decay occurs most often.

To read the entire article visit MouthHealthy.org.

Siranli Dental  
Samantha Siranli, DMD, PhD, FACP  
2112 F St. NW, Suite 605  
Washington, DC 20037  
(202) 466-4530  
SiranliDental.com