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    Improving Your Smile Through Cosmetic Dentistry

    Last updated 15 hours ago

    Cosmetic dentists constantly strive to improve the aesthetic appeal of your teeth while also bolstering them against infections and other complications. Cosmetic dentistry procedures include dentures, crowns, implants, and tooth extractions among many others. Here is a look at how dentists can improve your smile through cosmetic dentistry.

    Orthodontics

    Braces, otherwise known as orthodontics, have come a long way in the past few years. This treatment is useful for people who have misaligned teeth and can dramatically improve the appearance of your smile. An orthodontist can use braces to strategically reposition your teeth into a neat and aesthetically pleasing row; this will also improve their function and your bite. Modern orthodontics now provides options such as invisible braces, which allow you to retain your confidence while straightening your teeth in a discreet manner. Newer types of braces also afford you more freedom in what you eat and they tend to be substantially more comfortable and easier to clean after meals.

    Fillings

    Like orthodontics, fillings have significantly progressed in recent years. Instead of obvious metal fillings, dentists now use composite resins and porcelain to repair teeth that have been deteriorated due to tooth decay. Unlike metals, these materials can be made to match the exact color of your natural teeth so that they are virtually unnoticeable. They also bond to the enamel and dentin that remain on your tooth so that they can be returned to natural functioning. Since much of the natural tooth is preserved, you will not need as much future restoration.

    Teeth Whitening

    If your teeth are stained from fruits, wine, or cigarettes, you can restore your confidence by having them whitened. This can be done in a variety of ways, including bleaching with a whitening agent. This process is completely safe and routine.

    Southport Dental provides a wealth of dental services in the Greenwood and Indianapolis areas. Visit our website to learn about our wisdom tooth extractions, implants, dentures, and adult braces. If you would like to know more about what we can do for you, feel free to stop by and see us or call us at (317) 497-5061 today. 

    Better Flossing Techniques

    Last updated 2 days 16 hours ago

    Flossing is a critical component of oral hygiene, and it is important to make sure that you are using the proper methods. Flossing improperly will make it more difficult to remove food debris and plaque. Here are a few better flossing techniques.

    Nylon and single filament flosses are both useful when it comes to flossing properly. Pull out a generous amount of floss and wrap most of each end around each of your middle or index fingers. Leaving one or two inches of floss between your fingers, pull in opposite directions and move the floss up and down between your teeth in a gentle and deliberate motion. It is crucial to floss just under the gum line, rounding the floss around the base of your teeth. When you move from tooth to tooth, use a new area of the floss.

    If you would like to know more about flossing techniques, call Southport Dental at (317) 497-5061. Our dentistry practice is dedicated to providing the Indianapolis and Greenwood areas with high quality crowns, dentures, and more. To learn more about what we can do for you, please visit our website

    How to Choose a Toothbrush

    Last updated 6 days ago

    In order to practice proper oral hygiene, it is important to use the right kind of toothbrush. Consider the size of your toothbrush as well as the type of bristles. Keep reading to learn more about how to choose a toothbrush.

    When it comes to cleaning your teeth, it is important to be able to access all of the plaque, bacteria, and food debris; to do so, you must use a toothbrush that is appropriately sized for your mouth. Many adults choose to use a toothbrush that is one inch tall and half an inch wide in order to successfully reach every area of the teeth and gums. Most adults also choose toothbrushes that have softer bristles because they are gentler on the gums. People who brush their teeth aggressively should not choose hard bristles in the interest of avoiding damage to tooth enamel and gums.

    If you have any questions about how to choose a toothbrush, call Southport Dental at (317) 497-5061. We are happy to provide implants, tooth extractions, crowns, and other dental services in the Indianapolis and Greenwood areas. If you would like to know more about us, feel free to visit our website.

    How to Care for Your Teeth After a Root Canal

    Last updated 7 days ago

    A root canal, or endodontic treatment, is an effective way to treat an infected tooth. In order for your root canal to be successful, however, you must care for your teeth properly after the procedure. Keep reading to find out how to care for your teeth after a root canal.

    Post Treatment Symptoms

    After you complete your root canal procedure, you may experience several temporary symptoms as a result of the treatment. While your tooth heals you may feel tenderness in both the tooth and your jaw. Your tooth also may simply feel different, but this symptom will also subside. If these symptoms do not gradually dissipate or if you experience substantial pressure or pain, contact your endodontist as soon as possible. The first step in caring for your teeth after a root canal is being aware of the normal symptoms and differentiating them from abnormal symptoms that may indicate a complication.

    Eating

    You should not eat anything immediately after your root canal procedure because the numbness in your mouth may cause you to bite your tongue or accidentally chew using your newly treated tooth. You should avoid using your treated tooth in the days following the procedure; try eating smaller, softer foods or drinking nutrient-filled shakes. 

    Medication

    Many people effectively treat their post-treatment symptoms with over the counter pain medication. This helps to ease any pain or tenderness you may feel in the days after the procedure. In some cases your doctor may prescribe you with stronger pain medications.

    Maintenance

    Once your tooth is healed, keep it healthy by practicing good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice per day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing once each day as well. You should also be seeing your dentist regularly for checkups.

    For more information about how to care for your teeth after a root canal procedure, contact Southport Dental. We are a dentistry practice that proudly serves the Indianapolis and Greenwood areas. To learn more about our crowns, dentures, implants, and other services, feel free to visit our website. You can also reach us by calling (317) 497-5061 today. 

    Review for Southport Dental

    Last updated 9 days ago

    Dr Mills and his staff make visits very pleasant and enjoyable. All the staff are very knowledgeable and pleasant from the front office to Dr. Mills. I had to have extensive work done (years of neglect on my part) and my eight year old son had a chipped permanent tooth that was fixed so perfectly you can't tell which one it was. More
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