Veneers Vs. Implants: Choosing the Right Replacement Option for You

Veneers Vs. Implants: Choosing the Right Replacement Option for You

Let’s face the facts— a mouth full of perfect teeth is a lot more appealing and attractive than a mouth full of teeth that are rotting, missing, crooked, or falling out. If you have a mouth full of either imperfect teeth or if you are missing teeth, there are several options to choose from. However, as two of the most popular replacement options, both dental veneers and dental implants each have their pros and cons. Read on to learn more about the distinctions between these two options and how to decide which one is good for you.

Dental Veneers

If you have a completely missing tooth, a dental veneer won’t be a good option for you. However, if you have a tooth that is cracked, chipped, or otherwise damaged and you need to replace it, then you may want to consider getting a dental veneer. Dental veneers are glued to your existing tooth, so you need to make sure that your existing root is strong and healthy enough to handle it. One of the best things about dental veneers is that they are cosmetically perfect and can be matched to your existing teeth— no matter the shape, size, or color— so that you won’t be able to tell the difference. Additionally, dental veneers are a virtually permanent way to get your smile and ability to chew back once again.

Dental Implants

If you have a tooth that has fallen out or that you have to have completely removed, then consider getting a dental implant. As a near permanent option, dental implants will give you back your ability to chew like normal once again. By surgically implanting a metal rod into your gums and then placing a dental crown over the top, your dental implant will look and act just like your natural tooth. However, just like with your natural teeth, if you don’t take proper care of your implants, they won’t last for forever.

Perfect your smile with either dental veneers or dental implants. If you would like to learn more about each of these options or if you would like to schedule a consultation appointment, contact Centennial Dental Center today!

Ingredients to Look for In Toothpaste

Ingredients to Look for In Toothpaste

You’ve heard it since you were able to talk: one of the best— and easiest—  things that you can do for your dental health is to brush your teeth after every meal. However, as something that you’re hopefully in the habit of doing multiple times a day, the last thing you are likely thinking about is what you are putting on your toothbrush. With so many different types of toothpaste to choose from, it is hard to know what ingredients to look for and what each ingredient does. Read on to learn more.

Although you can find fluoride in most drinking water supplies, it’s still an important ingredient to look for when shopping for toothpaste. In fact, fluoride is so important for your dental health that you will have a difficult time finding an over-the-counter toothpaste that doesn’t have it in it. By strengthening your tooth’s enamel, fluoride works to prevent tooth decay. Additionally, if taken at a young age, fluoride can help to build stronger adult teeth in children.

Hydrogen Peroxide
If you are looking for toothpaste that will whiten your teeth and get rid of those nasty surface stains, then look for toothpaste that contains hydrogen peroxide. In fact, the American Dental Association says that hydrogen peroxide is one of the best ingredients to look for in a whitening toothpaste because it acts as a bleaching agent.

Baking Soda
Unlike hydrogen peroxide, baking soda is abrasive texture makes it an excellent whitening ingredient. By removing surface stains caused by things such as black tea and coffee, baking soda can help to whiten your teeth in virtually no time at all. Plus, if your toothpaste contains both baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, you will get even whiter results. When using baking soda to whiten your teeth, make sure that you either use it in small doses or not too frequently because it can weaken your enamel.

The last thing you likely think of when you are shopping for toothpaste is what ingredients are going into it. However, by learning more about what ingredients are in your toothpaste, you can feel a bit more educated the next time you go down the toothpaste aisle. If you would like to learn more about dental hygiene tips or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact the experts at Centennial Dental Center.

What Are Your Discolored Teeth Really Telling You?

What Are Your Discolored Teeth Really Telling You?

When it comes to having a movie star worthy smile, one of the first things that you need to have is a mouth full of white teeth. After all, nothing’s quite as unattractive as sitting across from someone who has a smile that is a bit more yellow than white. And although having white teeth is nice for cosmetic reasons, if you have discolored teeth, it could be an indication of other things. Read on to learn more.

You’re Dealing With Plaque Build Up
Have you ever scraped your teeth with your fingernail, only to find that you get residue off of them. What you are actually scraping off your teeth is plaque which can build up throughout the day, no matter how hard you brush. An excess amount of plaque can also cause your teeth to be coated a more yellow tint than white. In order to get rid of excess plaque, make sure that you are brushing at least twice a day, that you drink a lot of water, and that you are chewing sugar-free gum after meals when you otherwise cannot brush.

You’re Suffering From A Side Effect Of Medication
If you took tetracycline or doxycycline as a child, then you could easily develop yellow teeth or even teeth that resemble more of a grey color. And as an adult, if you have undergone any amount of chemotherapy, one of the side effects is yellowing teeth as well. Unfortunately, these types of dental stains are called “Intrinsic Stains” which means that they aren’t just on the enamel of the teeth but that they run deeper and are hard, if not impossible sometimes, to whiten.

You’re Drinking the Wrong Beverages
Beverages like coffee, black tea, and red wine are notorious for staining and discoloring your teeth. Luckily, these sorts of stains can easily be treated with even over-the-counter whitening products like whitening strips. Unfortunately, if any of the above listed beverages are on your list of favorites, you may want to consider changing to something less damaging to your teeth.

To learn more about dental whitening or to schedule an appointment, contact Centennial Dental Center today!

How to Mentally Deal With Dental Anxiety

How to Mentally Deal With Dental Anxiety

When it comes to dental anxiety, nothing can make a person feel quite as fearful as the prospect of having to sit in the dental chair. And although there are innovations such as sedation dentistry that help a person physically relax and feel less anxious, it’s important to know some exercises that you can use to mentally and emotionally relax before and during your dental procedure. Read on to learn more.

Deep Breathing
One of the most crucial ways that you can mentally deal with anxiety is through utilizing deep breathing techniques. When you start to feel a bit of panic arise while sitting in the dental chair, simply focus on your breathing pattern and try to slow it down. Although you may not be able to take big, deep breaths during the procedure and while your dentist’s hand is in your mouth, you can mentally focus on the act of breathing in order to stabilize your breath and distract you from thinking of anything else.

Think Worst Case
Yes, it may sounder counterintuitive to think of the worst case scenario when dealing with dental anxiety, but it actually will help. By thinking of the very worst that can happen, you can come to terms with how you would deal with that scenario and realize that you would be fine in the end. And because the worst-case scenario is likely not going to happen, then you can start to realize that you will be more than okay during and after your dental procedure.

Try Not to Fixate
If you are a naturally anxious person then you may have tendencies to fixate on certain things, like your upcoming dentist appointment. However, this type of fixation can only be detrimental to your overall mental health and cause you to become even more anxious. As a great tool to use when preparing for your next dental exam, try not to fixate on the thought of your upcoming appointment. Any time an anxious thought comes to mind, try to think of something else.

Dealing with dental anxiety can be stressful. Luckily, with the help of the experts at Centennial Dental Center and with the use of the above tips, you can calm your anxiety and feel more like yourself during your next procedure. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Centennial Dental Center today!

2016 Teeth Whitening Trends

2016 Teeth Whitening Trends

Just as in all things, there are trends that come and go in regards to the overall health and wellness of your teeth. And as something that became extremely popular in the 1990’s, teeth whitening is still a dental procedure that many patients flock to Centennial Dental Center to get done. But is whitening still as popular as it once was? Read on to learn more.

A More Natural Look
The all-natural phenomenon has taken over virtually every part of people’s lives. Not only are people searching for food that is all-natural and hormone free, but they are also looking for things such as all natural cosmetics and hair dye. By only indulging in all-natural products, people feel that they are treating their minds and their bodies better. In hopes of continuing this trend while still getting your teeth white, patients are opting for more of an all-natural look when getting their teeth whitened? What does that mean exactly? It means that days of teeth that are so white they are almost blinding are gone but that teeth ridden with surface stains or that are tinged yellow are also unappealing. Instead, all-natural teeth whitening looks like teeth that are white but not blindingly so.

At-Home Whitening
Although many patients love coming into Centennial Dental to get their teeth whitened professionally, the biggest trend in teeth whitening is to use one of Centennial Dental Center’s at-home whitening kits. Designed to give you a stronger component to whiten your teeth, our at-home whitening kits allow you to get that whiter smile you have always wanted from the comfort of your own home.

Trends come and go but it’s nice to stay up on them. From getting a more natural look to embracing Centennial Dental Center’s at-home whitening kits, these are just a few of the trends in the dental industry right now. If you would like to schedule a consultation or appointment to get your teeth professionally whitened, contact Centennial Dental Center today!

How to Instill Good Dental Hygiene Habits In Young Kids

How to Instill Good Dental Hygiene Habits In Young Kids

Just like with anything, the sooner your child gets into a good habit, the easier and better your life will be— specifically when it comes to dental hygiene. However, sometimes things are a lot easier said than done, especially when it comes to getting your little one to take good care of their teeth. From getting them in the habit of drinking a lot of water to brushing their teeth both morning and night, this article will discuss a few ways you can instill good dental hygiene habits in your young kids.

  • Get The to Drink a Lot of Water
    Getting your child to eat a full meal— especially if they’re a toddler— can seem virtually impossible and getting them to drink a lot of water can sometimes seem that much more unattainable. However, by encouraging your child to drink more water throughout the day, their body will not only start to feel better and more energized, but their teeth will stay more clean as well. Water encourages your mouth’s natural production of saliva which helps to continuously wash away any plaque or tartar that may be building up on your teeth. But how can you get your child to drink more water? Set a timer on your phone and around every 45-60 minutes, have your child take a break from playing in order to take a drink or two of water.
  • Say No to Sweets
    This is a big challenge for parents everywhere but in a nation that consumes far more sugar than our bodies need, getting your child to say no to sweets can help protect their body against diseases like diabetes and their mouths against things like cavities.

As a good suggestion, try to limit your family’s consumption of sugar throughout the week by not putting any sugary sweets in lunches and changing after-dinner dessert to something like yogurt and berries rather than cookies or cake. Additionally, you can encourage your child to say no to candy and sweets at school and reward them with a yummy treat during the weekend when you’re together as a family.

  • Enforce Regular Brushing
    As the most important way that your kids teeth can stay healthy, brushing their teeth both morning and night is a big lifesaver. And as mentioned above, the sooner you get them into the habit, the easier it will be down the line. As part of both their morning and bedtime routine, get your child into the habit of brushing their teeth for at least one minute.

Raising children with good habits isn’t an easy feet. However, by getting started young, you can help protect your child’s teeth from dental decay. To learn more about pediatric dentistry, contact Centennial Dental Center today!

Are Pacifiers Really That Bad For Your Child’s Teeth?

Are Pacifiers Really That Bad For Your Child’s Teeth?

When it comes to parenting, it can seem like everyone has an opinion regarding how they think you should parent your child. And with the Internet filled with radical claims stating that certain things will ruin your children’s life, it can be hard to know what things to take seriously and what things are worth pushing aside. Dentists and parents alike have stated that pacifiers are bad for your child’s teeth, but is this just a wives’ tale or is it something that you should really take into consideration the next time you give your baby a pacifier in order to calm them down.

Jaw Alignment Problems
When you have a really young infant or baby and they love to suck on a pacifier, it’s nothing to worry about. However, as they get older and start to develop teeth, then you may want to worry a bit more. Prolonged sucking—whether it be a pacifier or a thumb—can cause problems with the proper growth of the mouth and the alignment of the teeth.

When to Stop the Sucking
According to the American Dental Association, most children stop sucking their thumbs or wanting a pacifier by the time that they are around two to four years old. However, if your four year old is still an avid pacifier sucker, then it may be time to take the problem into your own hands and stop it yourself with positive reinforcements.

Weigh the Pros and Cons
When you have a screaming baby or a fussing toddler, sometimes you will do just about anything you can in order to calm them down, and as a great way to give your child the comfort that they need, a pacifier isn’t the worst thing. If a pacifier is the only thing that your child will take to help them calm down, it’s worth the try.

To learn more about pediatric dental health or if you would like to schedule an appointment with Centennial dental, contact our office today!

The Art Behind Fluoride

The Art Behind Fluoride

Strong tooth enamel equates to strong teeth overall. As your teeth’s protection against things like acid erosion, cavities, and decay, strong tooth enamel is your mouth’s number one defense mechanism. But how can you ensure that both yourself and your family’s enamel stays strong enough to protect your teeth? With fluoride. Read on to learn more about the art behind fluoride.

What is fluoride?
In order to fully understand how beneficial fluoride is to your dental health, you will need to know what fluoride is and how it works to protect your teeth. Made from a substance called hydroxyapatite, which is mostly made of calcium and phosphate, fluoride works to coat your teeth with these minerals in order to protect your teeth from enamel erosion and cavities.

What if I don’t use fluoride?
If you’re skeptical about you and your family using fluoride to help keep your teeth clean, then your teeth will likely become weakened and will be more susceptible to dental problems. Luckily, fluoride is 100% safe for you and your family to use, so unless you are allergic to it, there really is no reason to avoid it.

How can I get fluoride?
There are several ways that you and your family can get fluoride including the following:

  • Your tap water: Check your city’s water site to see if it has fluoride in it as most public waterways now carry fluoride in it.
  • Sealant: Another way to get fluoride is to come into Centennial Dental Center and get a fluoride sealant placed on top of your teeth to add a barrier to protect them from cavities and enamel erosion.
  • Pills: If you would prefer to orally ingest your fluoride, you can ask Centennial Dental Center about getting fluoride pills that you can take once a day to help strengthen your enamel.
  • Toothpaste: Did you know that your over-the-counter toothpaste likely carries an amount of fluoride in it? Simply look at the packaging to make sure that your toothpaste has fluoride in it .

To learn more about the benefits of fluoride or to schedule an appointment with Centennial Dental Center in order to get a fluoride treatment, contact our office today and one of our dental professionals will gladly assist you!

When to Start a Dental Routine

When to Start a Dental Routine

As a parent you know that getting into a routine is a lifesaver. Not only do kids flourish when they have a consistent routine in place, but routines also give you the time that you need to gather your sanity. As a good rule of thumb for parents everywhere, children should have a set morning and night time routine. However, although things like reading before bed and taking a bath can start as a newborn, how can you know when it’s time to get your child into a strong dental routine? Read on to learn more.

When They Start to Sprout Teeth
If your child is teething and they haven’t started to sprout teeth yet, then there is absolutely no need to start on a dental routine. However, once they start to get teeth, then it is a good idea to not only schedule an appointment with one of the dentists at Centennial Dental Center but to also get them into the habit of brushing their teeth as well.

Visit the Dentist
As a good rule of thumb, schedule your child’s first pediatric dental visit with Centennial Dental Center when they have about three or four teeth. During their first visit, the dentist will look not only at how your child’s teeth are coming in but also at their jaw structure as well. Additionally, your dentist may ask you questions such as “What type of food are they eating?” “Are they eating a lot of sugar?” and “Are they a thumb sucker?” By asking these types of questions, your dentist will be able to give you recommendations based on your child’s habits. For instance, if they enjoy eating a lot of fruit, then your dentist may recommend you brush their teeth more frequently so that they don’t get cavities.

Start Brushing
When your child starts to sprout teeth, purchase an infant toothbrush that they can start to chew and suck on. The more that your child familiarizes himself with their toothbrush, the easier it will be to get them to brush their teeth. When brushing their teeth, either just use a little bit of water, or with the approval of your dentist, use a smile amount of toothpaste on their toothbrush— just make sure that they don’t swallow the toothpaste. Add toothbrushing to their morning routine after breakfast and their nighttime routine after their bath.

If you would like to learn more about pediatric dental care or if you would like to schedule an appointment, contact Centennial Dental Center today1

Dispelling 3 Myths Associated with Dental Bonding

Dispelling 3 Myths Associated with Dental Bonding

Dental bonding is a dental procedure used to help cover up and aid in the appearance and functionality of discolored or chipped teeth. By applying resin to your natural tooth, patients can get back their tooth’s natural appearance without having to undergo any sort of extreme surgery. As one of the cheapest and easiest ways to restore your tooth’s natural look and feel, dental bonding is a procedure that many patients like to undergo. However, as with many medical and dental procedures, there are several myths surrounding dental bonding including the following. Read on to learn more.

Myth 1: Anybody Can Get Dental Bonding

If you have a cracked or chipped tooth you might automatically assume that you are a viable candidate for dental bonding, however, in order to be deemed a suitable candidate, one of the dentists at Centennial Dental Center will need to properly examine your teeth in order to ensure that you aren’t suffering from any sort of underlying decay that would cause the bonding adhesive not to properly adhere.

Myth 2: Dental Bonding Is Purely Cosmetic

Although patients who get dental bonding get this procedure done primarily for cosmetic reasons, dental bonding can also be used to help protect your teeth from things like cavities. When your teeth are chipped or cracked, it is easy for bacteria to form and tartar to build up— leaving you with a cavity that needs to be filled. However, by covering up your cracked tooth with dental bonding, you can help to prevent against tooth decay and tartar buildup.

Myth 3: Dental Bonding Doesn’t Last

There is a common myth associated with dental bonding which states that it doesn’t last very long. And although dental bonding doesn’t hold up as well as other dental procedures like dental veneers, it should still last for at least a decade. Just remember that the better you take care of your oral health, the longer your dental bonds will last.

If you have a chipped, broken, or discolored tooth that you would like to have repaired, it might be time to consider getting dental bonding. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact Centennial Dental Center today!

3 All-Natural Ways to Treat Periodontal Disease

3 All-Natural Ways to Treat Periodontal Disease

All-natural health and dental remedies have taken the world by storm. With more and more people not wanting to add harmful substances to their body’s, people are looking to all-natural methods to help aid in things like periodontal disease. What is periodontal disease exactly? Periodontal disease causes both inflammation and bleeding gums. Affecting nearly half of Americans, periodontal disease can cause you to feel uncomfortable while doing everyday activities like chewing food and drinking water. If you have periodontal disease and would like to find some relief in an all-natural way, read on to learn more.


Grapes aren’t just for good to eat when you want good luck. In fact, grapes are full of a natural substance called tannic acid. Tannic acid works to fight the bacteria that grows on your mouth which ultimately contributes to periodontal disease. Simply biting into grapes and chewing on them will release the tannic acid without you having to go to the store and buy something filled with otherwise harmful substances.

Cucumber Slices

Cucumbers are most notorious for helping to aid in inflammation around the eyes and restore the moisture in your skin. But cucumbers can also help to reduce the inflammation and swelling in your gums caused by periodontitis. Simply take a cucumber cut it into thin slices and place the thin slices in between your cheek and your gums. By sitting on your gums for about 5-10 minutes, the cucumbers will help to calm that irritation and inflammation that you may be experiencing.


Garlic isn’t just good to add to your favorite Italian recipe in order to spice it up. In fact, garlic is filled with healing properties that can help to fight off infections due to its natural antibacterial properties. Simply place a clove of garlic in a garlic press and place the mixture directly onto your gums. Let the mixture sit on your gums for about 5-10 minutes.

If you have periodontal disease, the first step should be to contact Centennial Dental Center. However, if you are experiencing a flare-up and can’t make it into our office for a few days, try one of the above all-natural treatment options.

Come to a Grinding Halt

Come to a Grinding Halt

Bruxism is not a condition with which most people are familiar. However, millions of  men and women clench their jaw or grind their teeth on a daily (or nightly) basis. This habit often occurs without our knowledge, while we sleep. During dental exams, the evidence may become clear in the form of tooth wear or physical complaints such as jaw pain or popping sounds in the jaw. If you experience these symptoms, or know that you grind your teeth or clench your jaw, the secondary problem is that you may not know how to stop.

First, know that there are solutions to what ails your teeth and jaw. But first, it is necessary to understand what may be behind the problem of bruxism. Some of the common triggers include:

  • Stress. Who isn’t without some degree of stress? It doesn’t have to be an extraordinary load of worries that leads to clenching and grinding, or another stress-induced habit such as nail biting; the persistent, daily stresses we experience can be enough to cause this response.
  • Sleep disorders. When restful sleep is disrupted, one of the subsequent issues is often grinding or clenching. One of the symptoms of sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder, is tooth wear due to grinding.
  • Medication. How interesting is this? . . . Some anti-depressant medications have been shown to cause bruxism! Additionally, the mere existence of a health condition can cause a person to clench or grind.
  • Bite problems. One of the common reasons that people grind is because the upper and lower teeth don’t come together when they bite or chew. In an attempt to compensate, the jaw moves in an awkward position which causes grinding.

Combating the Clenching Problems

When the underlying reason for bruxism is identified, there is hope for better management of oral health and function.

  • Reduce stress using healthy, proven methods such as a warm shower, a warm glass of milk before bed, or a walk in nature. Daily stressors can be minimized when you recognize them quickly, and develop ways to cope with them that do not include clenching your jaw.
  • The over-worked jaw muscles would probably love a nice massage, which can be done easily at home or at work. When necessary, a warm compress may also be applied to relieve tension.
  • Schedule a dental exam! We can help you alleviate the chronic stress of nighttime bruxism with a custom-fit mouth guard.

Don’t suffer unnecessarily from the strain of bruxism. Get the friendly care you need at Centennial Dental Center.

Are you Smiling Every Day? Here’s why you Should be!

Are you Smiling Every Day? Here’s why you Should be!

A bright smile may seem like a natural expression of joy. According to research, it is much more.

At Centennial Dental Center, we love nothing more than seeing our patients’ smiling faces! When smiles are shared, there are far more to go around. Additionally, research indicates that there are hidden benefits to smiling that we should all know.

Smiling can Open Doors

Numerous studies related to smiling and cosmetic dentistry demonstrate a clear advantage to sharing smiles in a professional setting. Employers are not shy about reporting their tendency to hire applicants partly on the basis of their attractive smile. Many even report that they are more willing to hire a “smiler” than someone equally qualified who does not share their inner vibrancy.

The fact that smiling opens the door to opportunity should come as no surprise. We have all heard it said that a smile is contagious, and this is true. Additionally, research has indicated that people who smile seem more approachable and trustworthy, more sincere and friendly. Who doesn’t want to be around someone like that!

Smiling Decreases Stress

A significant study performed by two researchers at the University of Kansas and published in Psychological Science revealed that study participants who smiled bigger after performing a rather rigorous task (holding chopsticks in their mouth) recovered from their stress faster, and experienced a more dramatic drop in heart rate from smiling.

Smiling Boosts Mood

Perhaps one of the reasons that stress recovery occurs more quickly when we smile is related to the biochemical reaction in the brain that stems from this expression. Research has uncovered that smiling provokes the release of serotonin, dopamine, and endorphins in the brain. These neuropeptides are responsible for lowering blood pressure, heart rate, and generalized stress.

Are you smiling yet?

Here’s the thing about smiling . . . If you are self-conscious about the appearance of your teeth, chances are you subconsciously hide them. One of the quickest ways to restore your natural desire to share a smile is to attend to your dental needs. This may mean that you visit us for a routine exam and cleaning, or that we discuss brightening your smile with professional whitening. Whatever it is that you need, don’t wait to find more reasons to smile!

Time for a Quick Change? Consider Porcelain Veneers!

Time for a Quick Change? Consider Porcelain Veneers!

Dental veneers are not new. This treatment has, however, experienced a new surge of interest after significant advances in protocol. Many of the early veneers that were placed ended up looking more like Chicklets than chic. The point of cosmetic dentistry is to elevate the natural appeal of the smile, not to wipe it out altogether. To do this, the discriminating dentist will incorporate materials that mimic natural enamel, and technique that enhances the overall result. Patients of Centennial Dental Center can get the quick-change they want with porcelain veneers.

What Does YOUR Best Smile Look Like?

  • Many people struggle with discoloration. In many cases, teeth whitening can bleach stains that have settled in to enamel, but not always. Some stains occur deep within the tooth. Your dentist can discern the difference, and recommend porcelain veneers for a brighter smile when staining is an internal problem.
  • One of the concerns for which porcelain veneers is appropriate is the size of teeth. Some adult teeth seem to have remained stuck in the adolescent phase of development. When teeth are very small, the facial esthetic suffers. Gums may appear too prominent, and the overall vibe you send out is not one of professionalism or sophistication. Resizing teeth to the proper proportion elevates your appearance to match your age.
  • Porcelain veneers may be used, in some instances, to give the illusion of alignment. It is important to understand that alignment is not just about the position of individual teeth, but also about how opposing teeth fit together. Porcelain veneers cannot fix every problem associated with a bad bite. However, slight turning or crookedness may be addressed with this versatile treatment.
  • Of course the whole point of undergoing any cosmetic dental treatment is to bring your smile into alignment with the rest of your face. Porcelain veneers can mask a number of imperfections, including gaps, chips, cracks, and varying lengths or sizes.

The overall success of porcelain veneers lies not only in the material we use to change the appearance of a tooth or teeth. It also involves meticulous technique that only a highly trained dentist will have. Dr.  Wright is currently completing the rigorous accreditation process with the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. His extensive training and eye for detail achieve the precise result that fits your personal esthetic.

Learn more about porcelain veneers and other cosmetic treatments at (208) 322-1112.

How to Differentiate From Different Types of Dental Pain

How to Differentiate From Different Types of Dental Pain

Nothing can seem quite as bad as suffering from dental pain— it can keep you up at night, deter you from eating, and can make even things like touching your face hurt. If you are experiencing tooth pain, it’s important to understand what the different types of tooth pain are and if you need to seek emergency dental care or if it can simply wait a day or two.


Tooth sensitivity typically causes a shooting sensation of pain in your mouth after you eat or drink either hot or cold foods. Typically caused by your enamel eroding, tooth sensitivity can usually be treated with over the counter toothpastes like Sensodyne. However, by getting a proper exam from your dentist, you can determine just how bad the sensitivity is and what treatment route to take.

Dull and Persistent Tooth Pain

This kind of tooth pain is typically a clear indication that you have some sort of oral infection like a cavity. Look inside your mouth and see if you can see any small holes in your teeth or any sort of corrosion, if you can’t, it is still likely there and you need to see a dentist as soon as possible. Depending on the severity of the infection, you may have to have your cavity filled or you may even have to have a root canal procedure done.

Painful Gums

Painful gums are usually indicative that you have gingivitis or most commonly known as gum disease. Causing your gums to become sore, swollen, and even bleed, gum disease can make simple things like chewing or brushing your teeth to be painful. However, by visiting your dentist as soon as possible, they can help put you on a plan towards recovery from gum disease that will make you feel like your normal self once again.


Sharp, Shooting Pain

This type of pain typically presents itself when you chew or bite down on something. This sort of pain is typically indicative of a problem with your tooth’s root or even a cracked tooth as well. If your dentist is unable to treat this problem, they will refer you to an endodontist.

To learn more about the different types of dental pain or to schedule an appointment, contact our office today!


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12349 W McMillan Rd
Boise, ID 83713

Phone: 208-322-1112

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