• Posted on May 30, 2018 1:24 pm
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    Your smile is often one of your most important assets. And in order to have that perfect smile, you may need dental fillings. These have been around for hundreds of years and have been prescribed by dentists through the ages for a variety of dental conditions. In this article, we’ll talk about the top 6 reasons you may need a dental filling.   1. Dental Fillings for Cavities: This is the main reason why dentists prescribe fillings for their patients. If you have multiple small or large cavities, food may be trapped inside them, resulting in halitosis or foul breath. If you suffer from halitosis it’s a sign that something is wrong with your oral health. Only a dentist will be able to tell if you have cavities that require dental fillings. If you have tooth decay that causes cavity formation, your dentist will drill out the affected portion of your tooth, and apply a dental filling.   2. Dental Fillings for small holes in your teeth: In some instances, a patient may have really small holes in multiple teeth that require dental fillings. These holes may not even be cavities and may cause no discomfort or may result in no symptoms. However, these holes need to be filled, as otherwise food particles may get trapped inside them resulting in eventual tooth decay.   3. Dental Fillings for Fractured Teeth: In certain cases, a fractured tooth might require a white, composite dental filling. Some tooth fractures can be caused by inadequate protection of your mouth during contact sports. Also a slip, fall or an auto accident can also cause a tooth fracture, as can old age, or chewing on something hard like a pen or a pencil. While you should always wear a mouthguard when playing sports, if you do have a fractured tooth you may need a dental filling, which is an effective treatment.   4. Dental Fillings for Discolored Teeth: Discolored and stained teeth can result due to extensive exposure to coffee, wine, soda pop, candy, and other acidic foods and beverages. Teeth grinding, also called bruxism can also cause discolored teeth. Some dentists do apply dental fillings to discolored teeth in an attempt to restore the natural color of your teeth.   5. Dental Fillings after loss of tooth structure: If your tooth is damaged, it may not be able to retain its natural structure. In such an instance, you may need a dental filling for that tooth in order to support that tooth and ensure visual uniformity throughout the mouth.   6. Dental Fillings that replace older dental fillings: While dental fillings typically last for several years, sometimes old dental fillings may need to be replaced with newer ones. Over time, white fillings can become discolored or the bond between the filling and the tooth can break down. Silver fillings may also break down after many years. Your dentist will recommend that you replace older dental fillings with newer ones, if necessary. These are the top 6 reasons why you may need dental fillings. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we specialize in inserting dental fillings for our patients. There are many types of filling materials available, each with their advantages and disadvantages. You can consult with Dr. Lo, who will recommend the best options for restoring your damaged teeth. So, the next time you think you need a dental filling, consult with the Tacoma Dental Group for a personalized experience tailor-made for your dental condition and complaint. Here’s to restoring your very own, million-dollar smile! For more information on dental fillings, consult Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com or go to our website https://tacomadentalgroup.com for more information.

    Dental care, Dental Implants
  • Posted on March 23, 2017 10:37 am
    Dr. Ron Lo DDS
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    If you’re the type of person that regularly skips dental appointments…I am going to try and convince you that this is not a good idea! It’s imperative that you visit your dentist every six months and get a thorough check-up done to prevent problems from occurring. Your dentist will likely recommend the right treatment for you based on the condition of your teeth and mouth, not to mention you will feel better. In this article, we’ll talk about the top 6 reasons why regular dental check-ups are so important… Detection and removal of plaque, tartar, and cavities: However diligent a brusher and flosser you may be, it is unlikely that you can get to all of those hard-to-reach areas of your mouth and teeth. When plaque builds up, it becomes really difficult to remove, and it solidifies, turning into tartar, which is really difficult to remove without professional help. Also, regular dental cleanings can remove tartar, thereby preventing it from creating holes in your teeth, which is the source of many cavities. So, to prevent cavities from occurring, visit your dentist for regular cleanings, which can prevent more serious problems later. Detection and prevention of gum disease: The build-up of plaque and tartar can also cause gum disease. It can erode the mouth’s gum tissue. This takes place when tartar causes an infection where the gum is connected to the tooth. This makes the gum pull away from the tooth, and is called gingivitis. Gingivitis progresses rapidly, when the tissue that attaches the gum to the teeth breaks down. This results in gum disease, with swelling, bleeding, and soreness in the mouth. Gum disease also results in a breakdown of the bone that holds the teeth in place. To avoid all this, regular dental cleanings are very important. Checking for and treating the results of bad habits: You may drink sugary beverages, smoke, brush your teeth too hard, bite your nails, or clench your jaw. All of this may result in oral damage. Your dentist can help guide you on any ill effects of these habits. You may consider making lifestyle changes necessary to prevent further damage. Regular dental visits can also help you treat the damage that has already occurred. Also, due to these habits, you may suffer from halitosis (bad breath), which your dentist can help treat by treating the underlying problem. Detection of underlying problems with X-rays: When you visit your dentist every six months, you should get your teeth X-rayed and the surrounding bone evaluated. This can help detect underlying problems that are not visible above the surface of your gumline. This can reveal problems, such as tooth decay, gum disease, as well as, bone anomalies, cysts, or tumors. Detection of any abnormality in your head, neck, and lymph nodes: If you visit your dentist for a regular check-up, your dentist will also check your neck, jaw, and lymph nodes located just below your jawline for any swelling, lumps, and other abnormalities. If your dentist detects any abnormalities, you can then be referred to the appropriate medical professional for further diagnosis and treatment. Detection of oral cancer: This may sound like something only other people have, but be warned, about 50,000 people will be diagnosed with oropharyngeal cancer in the U.S. this year. The 5-year survival rate is only 57%, meaning early detection is crucial. Your dentist will screen for oral cancer at your regular check-up. While there are other reasons why you should visit your dentist for a regular dental check-up every six months, these are the most important. At the Tacoma Dental Group, we offer our patients several different dental services, including preventive dental care, dental fillings, dental digital X-ray, and more. You should also ensure that you visit your dentist regularly, so that any underlying problem can be detected early. After all, prevention is better than cure! For more information on how you can Schedule an Appointment for a Regular Dental Check-up, contact Dr. Ron Lo at 253-383-1551 or at tacomadentalgroup@gmail.com.

    Dental care