With the arrival of autumn, our foods start to become sweeter – flavored with cinnamon, candy, pumpkin spice, sugar, creams and more. As fun as they are to make, buy, and consume, it’s important to maintain good oral health in the meantime. Even though it’s often thought that children are the most prone to tooth decay or cavities around Halloween, it’s very true that adults can be just as guilty without proper oral care.
All those pumpkin spice lattes, office pastries, and rejected candy from trick-or-treating can do a number on your pearly whites. If you’ve noticed that your sweet tooth has started causing adverse effects on your teeth, we’ve listed a few options from Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry in Issaquah, WA that have helped our sweet-toothed patients get their brilliant smiles back.
Teeth Whitening & Porcelain Veneers
For our Issaquah, WA patients who have discolored teeth from one too many cups of that delicious pumpkin spice latte, teeth whitening and porcelain veneers are an excellent treatment to turn back the clock to when your teeth were shining bright.
With teeth whitening, we utilize a bleaching product to safely shine up those teeth in a procedure that requires only one visit, lasting from 30 to 60 minutes. Porcelain veneers are slightly more complicated – they are essentially porcelain shells that encapsulate the affected tooth and cover any flaws such as cracks or discoloration. The first step is to identify which teeth need the porcelain veneers, construct the veneers, and then apply them on the next visit.
Tooth Decay Treatments
We have seen some patients who’ve sat down in the chair and been afraid to show us the damage to their sweet teeth. In most cases, the damage is not as extensive as they’ve feared. Small cracks and crevices can be filled with porcelain fillings or a root canal. In cases where the tooth has been rotted away and cannot be saved, it may be recommended that the tooth be removed to avoid further damage.
After a tooth is removed, it’s important to fill the space in order to prevent bone loss in the jaw. For that instance, at Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry we recommend dental implants to fill the void. Dental implants are growing in popularity thanks to their many benefits including oral health improvement, longevity, and being the most natural-looking tooth replacement option out there. These implants are embedded in the jawbone, where they fuse with the bone to create a solid foundation for the prosthetic tooth that’s capped on top. This improves the health of the affected area, retains the same bite strength, and ensures the longevity of the tooth for a lifetime.
Contact Us for Your Oral Health Needs
Fall is a popular season for delicious food and trick-or-treating with friends and family. While the candy is dandy, your teeth are essential to your overall bodily health. If your sweet tooth is plaguing you with problems, contact us at Eastside Comprehensive Dentistry in Issaquah, WA, to discover what treatments are available for you. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher and she’ll walk you through the steps for each treatment, examine your teeth, and advise you on what treatment fits your condition. Contact us today for a consultation!