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Root-Canal-Therapy

Root Canal Therapy:

Does the thought ‘get on your nerves?’  (Pun intended) 🙂

 

You may feel pretty apprehensive about your first treatment, or perhaps you want a bit more information before you decide to schedule an appointment. Either way, knowing what to expect is half the battle, and you may realize it’s not too much to stress over.

 

During this treatment, the pulp chamber nerve is removed. The pulp chamber is considered the space from inside the tooth to the root tip. These root tips are also referred to as canals.  Human teeth can have anywhere from one to four canals, depending on the anatomy of the tooth.

 

Molars: two to four canals
Premolars: one to two canals
Cupids: one to two canals
Incisors: generally one canal

*The extra canals that branch out from the main canal are referred to as accessory canals.

 

How Is RCT Performed?

Therapy can be performed in one or more visits depending on the extent of the individual procedure. The dentist will advise you of the number of appointments, and whether a patient will need a prescription of antibiotics. Antibiotics are used in order to reduce inflammation and help remove the bad bacteria causing the infection. Sometimes the antibiotic is prescribed prior to the treatment.

 

1. Anesthetic is used to numb the tooth.

2. A digital x-ray is taken which helps the dentist gather information for the restoration.
3. A rubber dam is placed over the mouth of the patient. This protects the patient from the disinfectant solution used to clean the canal(s). The rubber dam also prevents the patient from swallowing other materials used during the process.

4. A small hole will be drilled in the tooth. This will be the access to the chamber to which the dentist will remove the decay. Antiseptic cleaning solution will be used to sterilize the existing tooth.

5. Tiny files will be used to remove the nerve and infected tissue. Another digital x-ray may be taken in order to see the progression of treatment. At this point it is crucial that all of the decay is removed. The dentist will spend most of the treatment time on this step.
6. Once the tooth has been cleaned, it will then be dried with tiny paper points.

7. When the tooth is completely dried, the dentist will place gutta percha into the tooth. Gutta percha is a rubber material designed to seal the inside of the tooth.
8. Any remaining decay will be removed from the tooth. Either a temporary of permeant filling will be used to close the tooth.
9. There’s a good chance that the dentist will recommend placing a crown on the tooth. During a root canal treatment, the nerve and blood supply have been taken away which will cause the tooth to eventually become brittle. In order to prevent cracks from occurring, a crown is used in most cases.

 

Root canal therapy can be treatment in situations, such as:

Tooth Decay: When decay invades the tooth and penetrates the enamel, dentin, and then into the pulp.

An Abscessed Tooth: A situation where a tooth is infected because of decay.

Trauma: If there is exposed nerve from trauma, such as a chipped or broken tooth.

Dying Tooth: When a tooth is dying or dead, it’s usually due to past trauma or aging.

 

 

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Recovery

Once the anesthetic has worn off, the patient may experience soreness from the procedure. Most of the time, a simple over-the-counter pain reliever is enough to relieve the discomfort. Antibiotics are sometimes prescribed to clear up any remaining infection. It generally takes just a few days to heal from root canal therapy. All in all, most patients find root canal therapy a very simple procedure with very little recovery time.

 

 

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Dental Implants

Dental Implants

 

 

 

Dental Implants are changing people’s lives.

Dental Implants are just one of the many services offered at Off Island Dental. With state-of the-art technology & advanced training, our office is the top choice for dental implant procedures in Bluffton, SC. Our comfortable and caring environment allows patients a relaxed experience while creating a natural and beautiful smile. So far, dental implants are the most effective and enduring solution to missing teeth.

Usually composed of titanium, dental implants offer a long-term solution for patients looking to restore the function of their teeth and enhance their smile.

This procedure lasts over a course of several weeks. These tiny titanium posts, dental implants, are surgically placed in the jawbone by a qualified expert dentist. Only highly skilled professionals have the capability to perform this specialized oral surgery.We pride ourselves in staying abreast of dental education and advanced technology. Eventually a bond between the post and natural bone occurs. This creates a strong foundation for the artificial teeth. These posts provide incredible stability for replacement teeth.

After this healing phase is the abutment stage. This happens after the bond is formed. The dentist will then examine the progression of healing.
Then a placement will be made of an even smaller post. It will eventually protrude through the gums and act as an anchor for the artificial tooth. This anchor will not be visible once the artificial tooth is has been placed on the post.
This entire process usually takes 3 to 6 months. Most patients experience very minimal disruption in their daily life. It is important to note that a temporary tooth can be added for aesthetic purposes during the healing process.

 

Why Dental Implants?

They look and feel like natural teeth. Most dental implants have a history of lasting a lifetime.

 

Are You A Candidate?

The dentist will examine your mouth thoroughly and will review your medical history. He will then know if you are a good candidate. One way of improving a less than optimal case is to recommend bone graphing. This can only be done in qualifying dental offices.

 

Do Implants Need Special Care?

Implants are known to last a lifetime with proper care. It is important to always practice good hygiene habits and regularly visit the dentist. The dental implants can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.

 

Using the most advanced technology, Off Island Dental is the leading expert in dental implants.
After many successful implants, we are confident in helping enhance your smile!!!

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Bluffton, SC: Why Stars (Like Justin Bieber) Visit Us

Bluffton: What Makes Hollywood Stars Want to Visit?

 

Bluffton used to be known as being a  “single stop sign town”- a stepping stone to Hilton Head Island. Well, a lot has changed over the years. And this is all thanks to destinations like Palmetto Bluff and the exclusive Berkely Hall, our town has gained a lot of popularity. It’s the local living and the lowcountry cuisine that keeps ’em coming back. dental emergency

Dinner menus in Bluffton can be comparable to elegant city dining and are highly sought after by The Stars.

 

The Best Restaurants in Bluffton

 

Pour Richards: This ‘Urban Bistro’ has developed a strong following among patrons. The food here is described as French Southern. The menu highlights the owner/chef’s local and homemade quality. Artesian cheese is made in house. The ever-changing menu may include anything from a delicious Angus burger to Lamb Shank and Veal. Reservations are required.

The Bluffton Room: A place where simple American cuisine is prepared with the finest ingredients. The atmosphere is intimate and vibrant. With well-crafted cocktails and table-side preparations, this restaurant allows guest the same feeling as attending a classic dinner party. The menu include oysters, Ribeye, & salmon. It’s a beautiful place to drop-in for a drink anytime.

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Red Fish: This restaurant is a local favorite. The ambiance is trendy and inviting. The menu has Hawaiian flare from the chef, making it one of the most interesting cuisine options in the area. Patrons can always choose something Southern, including She Crab Soup. What’s most popular on the menu? It’s the lobster mac ‘n cheese. Visit this restaurant for a dining experience unlike any other restaurant.

May River Grill: One of the greatest attractions about this restaurant is the beautiful open kitchen. Chef Charlie has been recognized as one of Hilton Head’s finest chefs. The Wall Street Journal has even complimented this chef owner. The menu selections of crispy duck, scored flounder, and the seafood pasta are just some of the local favorites. This restaurant honors an Early Bird Dining price for the locals looking to dine and watch the wallet. Reservations are required.

 

Bluffton has become one of the most popular destinations for travelers, retirees, and the rich & famous. Visit a restaurant & tell us how you liked it! 

        

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Dentist 29910 Speaks About Squid Ink

 

Squid Ink at the Dentist 29910

Wondering what is trending at the Dentist 29910? Well, it’s just not out on the market, but happens to be something that comes from the ocean: Squid Ink. While squid ink has been used to color restaurant quality pasta, it’s now being used as a tool in diagnosing gum disease.

 

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Did You Know? Gum health is usually checked during dental cleanings by a dental hygienist.

 

 

 

 

Dentist 29910During the exam an instrument called a periodontal probe is traditionally used. This tool looks similar to a hook-like metal stick. This measures the space between the tooth and gums, often referred to as ‘pockets.’ A healthy pocket is 1-2mm whereas as deeper pockets suggest compromised gums. The deeper the pockets, the more likely there is disease. If you suspect you have deep pockets, let us know at Off Island Dental.

Dentist 29910 & Probing: It’s a necessary evil for oral health check-ups. 

The conventional method of probing is sometimes uncomfortable for a patient. When gum disease is present the process can even be painful. Sometimes this can lead to patients not making dental appointments, causing a delay in health which leads to greater disease. Every good dentist wants their patients to be as comfortable as possible at all times in the dental office.

 

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Can you believe it?

A team of engineers from the University of California San Diego have developed a new method to examine a patient’s gums. The method is non-invasive, more comprehensive, and more accurate than any other method on the dental market. The team of engineers designed a process that includes ultra sound and squid ink to measure the depth between the gums and teeth.

 

 

A patient will rinse their mouth with a paste that contains squid ink, cornstarch, and water. The squid ink is food grade quality, just like the ones used to make pasta and other gourmet provisions. This squid-ink-based rinse serves as a contrasting agent with the ultrasound. The technical term for this imaging technique is photo-acoustic ultrasound. A short laser, usually a shining light signal, pulses onto a sample. It then heats up and expands, creating an acoustic signal that can be analyzed by researchers. This diagnostic testing is set to help the hygienist and dentist determine health of gums. It will eventually make probing more comfortable for the patient and more consistent for the dental office.

 

This nemergencydentist29910ew method has not yet been tested in humans, only pigs so far.

Moving forward researchers will collaborate with dentists and their teams. The future work will also consist of a better taste, decreasing the amount of squid ink which is very bitter tasting. In addition, the light used to detect the pockets will become more portable, like LED systems. The final goal is to create a technology that is less invasive for patients and creates a better rapport at dental offices.

 

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To Fluoride or Not to Fluoride?

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One of the most controversial topics in dentistry: Fluoride

Aren’t you wondering why this naturally occurring mineral is so important to your oral health???

                                                   We at Off Island Dental want you to know!!!

 

Plenty of people out there avoid the naturally occurring mineral. We urge you to consider the importance of  your tooth enamel when making the decision to add a little extra at your next teeth cleaning.

Occurring naturally in foods and water, fluoride helps prevent tooth decay. Every day, minerals are added (re-mineralization) and lost (demineralization) from a tooth’s enamel layer. In order to promote healthy teeth, it’s important to have fluoride as a component in our daily diet.

Re-mineralization occurs when minerals such as fluoride, calcium, and phosphate are re-deposited to the enamel layer from the foods & water you consume. Fluoride helps prevent tooth decay by making teeth more resistant to acid attacks caused from bad bacteria and sugar. In addition, fluoride disrupts acid production in already erupted primary and permanent teeth.

 

 

When More Fluoride Is Recommended  

Frequent Cavities: When cavities occur frequently, one or more a year, fluoride treatments are recommended.

Dry Mouth: The lack of saliva makes it harder for food particles to be washed away and acids to be neutralized. Some medications such as anti-anxiety, high blood pressure, and allergy medications can cause dry mouth.

Gum Disease: Gum disease is also called Periodontitis. When disease is present, it can expose more of your tooth and root to bacteria, causing a greater chance of tooth decay.

Dental Restorations: Dental bridges, braces, and dental crown treatments can put teeth at risk for decay. The point where the tooth crown meets the underlying tooth structure on a dental crown is more likely to harbor bacteria and cause cavities. For orthodontic treatments, the area around the brackets are more likely to develop cavities.

 

 

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How Can I Get More Fluoride???
Fluoride is found in foods and water. In addition, it can be applied directly to teeth using toothpastes and mouth rinses. For a stronger strength of fluoride, a doctor’s prescription will be needed.

            

 

 

Fluoride Rich Foods

Cucumbers 491mcg

Grape Juice 460mcg

Spinach 329mcg

Apple Juice 170mcg

 

*Fluoride is safe and highly effective when used as directed but can hazardous at high levels. An individual’s weight is a factor when determining the toxic dosage level. This is why it is especially important for children to be supervised when using fluoride-containing products. Also, excessive fluoride can cause tooth defects. These defects can range from barely noticeable to cosmetically challenged discoloration. Our dentist may be able to lighten or remove these stains professionally.

 

 

 

 

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Bluffton’s Best Dental Treatment & Tips

A Healthy Smile Trumps a “Perfect” Smile

Healthy is beautiful. Our smiles are part of what makes us unique individuals. Who better to define what beauty means to you, than YOU? If everyone had the same exact teeth, life would be dull. To us at Off Island Dental, the most important thing about your smile is that it’s healthy enough to last a lifetime, and that YOU feel wonderful about it.
This is why you’ll often hear us ask: Do you love your smile? What would you change? Do you like the color and shape of your teeth? In order to be able to smile more confidently, the team at Off Island Dental wants to know what you desire to enhance your unique smile. We are focused on first creating the healthiest smile and best oral health for all of our patients. Off Island Dental is here for you every step of the way.

At-Home Care: The Most Important Treatment

Believe us, we know what a joy it is to hear “looks great, see you in 6 months!” It feels just as great for us to say it, too. Of course, we know that cavities and other treatment is necessary sometimes. However, we want you to have a clean bill of health as often as possible. Brushing and flossing twice a day is the best dental tip for any patient. If you want a healthy and bright smile, follow a daily hygiene routine.
The most common risk factor for developing cavities is lack of proper home care. One of the most preventable diseases in the world is dental decay, which is prevented with regular brushing and flossing.
Remember to invest wisely!
Think about your regular dental checkup visits and your daily brushing and flossing routine as daily deposits into your “smile retirement fund.”

Properly Aligned Teeth Better Than “Perfectly Straight” Teeth

Yes, we said that. While braces and other orthodontic treatment often result in nice, straight, evenly spaced teeth, the most important result is that your bite is properly aligned. Sometimes shifting teeth can also be a sign of periodontal or gum disease. What’s most important here is the best possible alignment.


We Poke at Your Gums Because We Really Care About You, We Really Do

Our hygienist and dentist may poke around your gum line during your checkup. Yes, sometimes you may experience tenderness or some bleeding. And yes, we may ask you about your flossing habits, or anything going on in your history. No, it’s not because we had a bad day – it’s because we’re trying to do right by you.
Nearly half of adults over the age of 30 in the United States have gum disease.
Your gums are the foundation for your teeth. Here is a short list of some other dental procedures that absolutely require healthy gums:
Dental Implants
Teeth Whitening
Bridges and Partials
Veneers
Clear Braces, Traditional Braces, and Orthodontic Treatment

Risk factors for gum disease include certain medical conditions, medications, and a history of smoking, genetics, and age. However, the most common risk factor is that patients don’t floss often enough. That may not be what you want to hear, but it’s the truth. Need inspiration? Put a container of floss in the shower and use it as part of your daily routine.

Friends Don’t Let Friends Over-Whiten

It’s always a pleasure to notice bright white teeth. Using a professional teeth whitening solution is a common way for people to transform and feel more confident about their smile. But, it is possible to have too much of a good thing. However, both in-store and professional whitening can actually do more harm than good if it is used too frequently.
Over-whitening can result in gum irritation, soft-tissue chemical burns, and extreme sensitivity. Protective enamel can also be damaged, making teeth more susceptible to decay. Make sure to use good judgement & remember that healthy is most important.
Even professional teeth whitening won’t last forever, so touch up treatments and repeat sessions are fairly common. You can also discuss ways to keep your teeth as white and bright as possible, without over-doing things. Our team is always here to make sure you understand the risks and benefits of all dental treatment.

 

 

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Dental Implants: It’s What’s Trending in Bluffton and Hilton Head Island

Dental Implants:

         The Solution For A Natural Smile!

Do you want to smile more confidently? Well, it’s likely that a dental implant is the solution! Implants are an attractive and effective way to enhance your smile. In fact, it’s a secure way to preserve existing healthy teeth. Off Island Dental is the ultimate practice if you are a candidate for a dental implant.

 

An effective way to replace missing teeth are dental implants. Sometimes teeth are lost because of disease or accident and dental implants may be a good option. These are reasons many people are interested in dental implants:

– To keep other teeth healthy and intact.
– Dentures are uncomfortable and/or lack appearance.
– To enhance a smile that is void of teeth.

A single tooth or several teeth can be replaced with a post.

Dental implants  are sometimes used to replace existing partials or a full set of dentures. These posts are placed surgically into the upper or lower jawbones. They are made of materials that are highly acceptable to the body, usually titanium.

 

Did You Know? Dentists in the United States place more than 5 million dental implants each year. Dr. Langehans is an award-winning expert.

 

Benefits of the Posts

-They offer firm support. Other dental solutions such as dentures and bridges are less stable.

 -They are significantly more comfortable when eating and speaking.

-They feel more natural and fit more securely than dentures and dental bridges.

-The jaw is less likely to shrink when using dental bridges.

-They can last a lifetime with good care.

The Single Tooth Solution

The single tooth implant replaces the natural tooth root; It is a stand-alone unit and does not involve treating the teeth next to it.

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We Are Bananas For Digital X Rays

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Digital X-Rays

Would you ever get your hair done with your stylists’ eyes closed?
Well, my friend, that’s an analogy for dental work Without Digital Dental X-Rays.

 

Off Island Dental uses the latest digital technology, capturing information that cannot be seen with the naked eye. These Digital Dental X-Rays make it possible for us to see if there is decay in-between teeth, evaluate bone health and  infections.

Patients ask us if Digital Dental X-Rays are really necessary. The answer is yes, absolutely. Not only are X Rays essential to oral health , they are & whole health. In fact, unhealthy gums and infections harbor bacteria that flow through your bloodstream that has been directly linked to heart attacks. In fact, gum disease has been  linked a host of illnesses including heart disease, diabetes, respiratory disease, osteoporosis, and rheumatoid arthritis.

Now, if that isn’t enough to convince you that X Rays are important,
check out these interesting tidbits knowing that Digital Dental X Rays produce 2-3 MREMS (the scientific measurement of radiation):

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Digital Dental X Rays on Plane   Flying from New York to LA gives you 5 MREMS, One Way – Will you stop traveling?

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Sleeping next to your spouse gives off 2 mrems each year- Are you going to start sleeping by yourself?

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Even eating one banana has more mrems than a Digital X Ray!!!

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Digital X-Rays are Important! We at Off Island Dental understand your concerns and we do everything that we can to protect you. Dental x-rays are necessary at least once a year and with any toothache. Our practice continues using a lead apron for your body and neck even though it is no longer mandated by the American Dental Association. Should you have Digital Dental X Rays any additional concerns, please let us know. We always want you to be comfortable and have peace of mind.

 

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The Epic Piece: Chewing Gum

Hilton Head Island The Epic Piece: Sugarless Chewing Gum 

Almost everyone enjoys chewing gum, Sugarless Chewing Gum, and the team at Off Island Dental is no exception. You’ll find us sharing sugar-free sticks in the morning, after lunch, and mid-afternoon. There’s never a shortage of our favorite peppermint and spearmint brands in the office. Not only does gum help freshen our breath, it’s got a tremendous reputation for some surprising health benefits.

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If you are used to thinking about gum as a candy, don’t worry: The American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes chewing gum can scientifically protect teeth Sugarless Chewing Gum . Research indicates some other surprising health benefits including improved memory, reduced stress, and even weight management.

 

Scientists and researchers alike have agreed that chewing gum: Sugarless Chewing Gum in Hilton head Island, Bluffton

Improves Memory: The chewing motion gets blood flowing to the head, the researchers suggest, where it improves memory, according to how quickly a test-taker can recall information in the lab. The effect only lasted a few minutes, but researchers think chewing gum before a test could give students an advantage Sugarless Chewing Gum in some ways.

Reduces Stress: Results showed that the more gum the students chewed, the lower the levels of stress they reported. Also, the gum groups reported being able to accomplish more schoolwork. Only the group that chewed less than 40 pieces over the two weeks reported significantly lower levels of depression compared to the non-chewing group.

Manages Weight: Research suggests that people who chew gum burn 5% more calories than non-chewers. An additional study proved gum to control the appetite: Sugarless Chewing Gum  the participants’ calorie intake decreased by 40 calories. In addition, snack cravings were highly reduced.

 

Are you surprised that the average person chews 300 sticks of gum a year Sugarless Chewing Gum?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Sugarless Chewing Gum Healthy

The ADA confirms that “chewing Sugarless Chewing Gum for 20 minutes following meals can prevent tooth decay” and recommends looking for gum with its ADA-approved seal. So, it’s about choosing the right type of gum. There are hundreds of brands and flavors to choose from; Listen to the American Dental Association (ADA) and pick a piece that’s sugar free. Your mind, body, and teeth may thank you later. And remember, when you’re in the area, stop in and see us at Off Island Dental-We are sure to have a few sticks of sugarless gum to share with you!

 

 

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Paperless At Off Island

Off Island Dental Care Doesn’t  Use Trees Anymore  !

Hopefully you, like most of our patients, will embrace the Paperless change. In this day and age, it’s a necessity to use technology, like it or not.

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