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Tips for a Lifelong Smile

Did you know that beyond basic dental hygiene, there are things that you should be doing to preserve the health of your smile? Drs. Paul Stanovick, Brant Stanovick, and our team are happy to offer advice on things you can do for your smile.

Lifestyle Habits
If you want to have your smile for more than just a while, avoid bad oral habits. Chewing on pens and your nails can wear down your teeth, or even crack, chip, or break them. Chewing on ice can also cause issues like chipped teeth or injured gums. Another oral habit that can damage the teeth is opening things with your teeth.

Visit Our Dentist
For the health of your smile, visit Paul R. Stanovick, DDS at least twice a year for your regular dental cleaning and exam. During this appointment, our hygienist will remove all plaque and tartar from your teeth and gums. During this appointment, our dentist will examine all of your teeth and your gums for any problems and potential problems. This exam allows for any dental problems to be treated early on.

Complete Your Dental Treatment
You should not leave dental treatment unfinished. Any procrastinated dental work could mean a worse dental issue developing.

We encourage you to contact our office at 804-781-1919 today if you would like to learn more about keeping your smile for life and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Mechanicsville, Virginia.

A Tooth with an Untreated Cavity Might Need to Be Restored with a Dental Crown

Your routine dental checkup with Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick are designed to detect any signs of gum disease, cavities, and oral cancer. If he finds an area of concern, he will recommend the most appropriate treatment method.

Sometimes a cavity can go undetected between your dental checkups. If the area of tooth decay is large or the tooth was previously repaired with a dental filling, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick might recommend treating the problem with a dental crown.

This will effectively treat the tooth decay by replacing the entire tooth enamel layer with an alternative material such as gold, porcelain, or a basic metallic alloy.

At your first appointment, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick will use a special dental drill to remove the tooth enamel layer and create an abutment. This a healthy pillar of dentin will eventually anchor the dental crown in your mouth.

Once this is done Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick will prepare an impression of the area. It will be sent to a dental lab to serve as a guide for the technicians as they create your dental crown.

A member of Paul R. Stanovick, DDS staff will call you to schedule a short follow up appointment when the new dental crown is ready. Once it has been cemented onto the abutment the fully restored tooth will last for many years.

If you live in Mechanicsville, Virginia, and you suspect a cavity has formed on one of your teeth, you should call 804-781-1919 to seek treatment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.

An Amalgam Filling Might Be Needed to Repair a Chip on a Back Tooth

The molars and premolars in the back of your mouth do a significant amount of work chewing and grinding the foods you eat. When a chip forms on one of these teeth, it can pose future problems. As time goes by, stray food material and bacterial residue could become trapped in the minute textures of the damaged tooth enamel. This could cause a new cavity on an already altered tooth.

In some cases where the chip or dental fracture is small, Drs. Paul and Brant Stanovick might be able to repair the tooth with a dental filling.

The specific material he advocates for your filling will depend on the tooth’s primary function and visibility in your smile. Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of inert metals. They are durable, making them a good choice for repairing a small cavity on a molar or premolar.

Once it is cured and hardened by a dental-grade ultraviolet light, the filling should effectively repair the tooth for many years.

If you live in the Mechanicsville, Virginia, area and you have suffered a chip or other dental fracture on one of your teeth, you should not delay in calling 804-781-1919 to seek treatment at Paul R. Stanovick, DDS.