Dentist Blog

By Grelot Dental Group
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you need crowns from your Mobile, AL, dentist?dental crowns

Crowns are vital for your dental health. Crowns cover the whole tooth, and they improve your smile and protect your teeth. Here's some more information about dental crowns:

What are crowns?

Crowns are synthetic caps placed over teeth and usually made of porcelain. Crowns are used to cover unappealing teeth after undergoing restorative procedures, like root canals and dental implants. Unsightly teeth can also result from serious traumas like cracks or chips, or poor dental hygiene leading to yellowed teeth. Crowns help reinforce weakened teeth and hide aesthetically unflattering teeth.

Crowns are used for several procedures, such as the following:

  • Attaching bridges
  • Cover implants
  • Prevent worsening of cracked, chipped or fractured teeth
  • Supporting a loose or dislocated existing filling

What does a crown procedure entail?

Your Mobile doctor prepares your tooth so that it may fit under your crown. An impression of your tooth is taken and sent to a lab where a custom-designed crown is manufactured. Your doctor can provide you with a temporary crown until your permanent crown arrives from the lab.

How do you care for crowns?

Crowns may last up to eight years or longer if you take proper care of them. Maintaining a hygienic oral regimen to avoid plaque buildup and cavities will help crowns last. Make sure your regimen consists of brushing your teeth twice a day, and flossing at least once before bed.

Seeing your dentist twice a year for professional cleanings, and eating healthy improves chances of your crowns lasting longer.

You may need a nightguard if you suffer from bruxism, teeth grinding, as well, so make sure you discuss this with your dentist.

For more information on dental crowns, call Dr. Glenn Steen at Grelot Dental Group in Mobile, AL at (251) 343-5974 today!

By Grelot Dental Group
March 08, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if this is the right restoration you’ve been looking for to replace your missing tooth.dental implants

Whether you are missing one, several or all of your teeth it’s important that you turn to our trusted Mobile, AL, dentist Dr. James Sitz as soon as possible for care. Untreated tooth loss isn’t just embarrassing but it can also cause long-term problems for your oral health. We know that our patients want only the very best when it comes to their tooth replacement options. Find out more about dental implants and how they could benefit you.

What are dental implants?

Implants are metal restorations that take the place of your missing tooth’s roots. The restoration, most commonly made from titanium, is extremely durable and biocompatible. A single implant is used to replace one missing tooth; however, multiple implants can also be surgically placed throughout the jawbone to replace several or all of your missing teeth.

How do implants work?

For implants to take the place of your tooth roots this means that they actually need to be placed into the jawbone. This minor procedure is performed under local anesthesia, so your mouth will be completely numb.

Our Mobile, AL, general dentists will then open up the gums to reveal the jawbone. A small hole is drilled precisely into the jawbone where the implant needs to be. From there, the implant is then placed into the hole and the gums are stitched back up. Over the course of several months, the jawbone and tissue will heal around the implant.

Are you a good candidate for dental implants?

Regardless of whether you are missing one or all of your teeth, if you are an otherwise healthy adult who is looking for a long-term tooth replacement then chances are good that implants could be the right fit.

Of course, before we can place the implant we will need to make sure that you are healthy enough to go through the implant procedure. This requires an oral exam and X-rays to check the gums, remaining natural teeth and jawbone. If there is significant bone loss then bone grafting may be necessary prior to getting implants.

If you think you could be a great candidate for implants then it’s time you turned to the restorative dental experts at Grelot Dental Group in Mobile, AL. Let us help you regain a smile that you will be proud to show off.

By Grelot Dental Group
December 06, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Dental Emergency  

Preparation is the key to handling any emergency, whether you experience a flat tire or a dental problem. Our Mobile, AL, dentists, Dr. dental emergencyJames Sitz and Dr. Glenn Steen of Grelot Dental Group, discuss a few common dental emergencies and explains what you should do if they occur.

Your tooth was knocked out

Falls, blows to the mouth and other injuries can dislodge your teeth. In some cases, it may be possible to reimplant your lost tooth, as long as you receive dental treatment within about an hour of your injury. If your tooth is knocked out, rinse it in water to remove debris, then place it back in the socket. Sometimes the tooth won't fit back in the socket. If this is the case, place the tooth in a covered container and add your saliva or enough milk to completely cover the tooth. You can also hold the tooth between your teeth and gum if it won't fit in the socket.

Your tooth is loose

Loose teeth often move out of position after a blow to your face. If this occurs, gently move the tooth back to its original position without forcing it. Don't chew on a loose tooth or move it with your fingers or tongue until you receive dental treatment in our Mobile office. Over-the-counter pain medication can help you feel more comfortable after your injury.

Your tooth broke

Broken teeth may occur as a result of an accident or can happen when you bite with a fragile or cracked tooth. A broken tooth can be very painful, especially if the break exposes your tooth pulp. You can reduce the pain by covering the broken edges with dental cement, taking an over-the-counter pain medication and applying ice to your cheek. A coating of dental cement can also prevent your broken tooth from cutting your cheek, tongue or lips.

You've developed an abscess

Treating dental abscesses promptly prevents the bacterial infection responsible for your pain from spreading. In addition to severe or throbbing pain in your tooth, you might also notice swollen gums or a small pimple on your gums and may develop a fever or swollen lymph nodes.

Emergency dental treatment is essential if you experience any of these problems. Call our Mobile, AL, dentists, Dr. Sitz and Dr. Steen of Grelot Dental Group, at (251) 343-5974 to schedule your emergency appointment.

By Grelot Dental Group
October 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Root Canal  

Has a change in your tooth left you wondering if you may need a root canal? Our Mobile, AL, dentist, Dr. Glenn Steen of Grelot Dental root canalGroup, share a few symptoms that can indicate a serious problem with your tooth.

Pain

It's not always easy to tell if tooth pain is caused by a cavity or an inflammation or infection in the pulp. No matter what the cause, it's important to visit our Mobile office if you experience chronic pain in your tooth, whether it occurs constantly or occasionally. If your pulp is inflamed or infected, the pain might be mild at first. Unfortunately, if you overlook your symptoms, the pain may steadily worsen until you can no longer ignore it.

Does your tooth hurt more when you chew on it or after you eat or drink anything hot or cold? These signs may indicate that your pain is caused by a problem with your tooth's pulp.

Swelling

Inflammations and infections, no matter where they are in your body, tend to cause redness and swelling. If you need a root canal, you may notice that the gum around your tooth is red and swollen. Does one side of your lower face look puffy? Swelling caused by inflammation and infection can also spread to the face.

Discoloration

Has your tooth become darker? Discoloration is another potential sign that you'll need a root canal.

Abscesses

An abscess is a painful bacterial infection in the center of your tooth. In addition to severe pain, you may also notice a pimple or pus on the gum near the tooth, swollen gums and lymph nodes, and a fever. Antibiotics will prevent the infection from spreading, but the pulp of your tooth must be removed to save it.

How are root canals performed in Mobile?

If you've ever had a filling, you already understand the basics of root canal therapy. Prior to your root canal procedure, you'll be given local anesthetics to ensure that the procedure is pain free. We'll use a dental drill to expose the pulp, then remove it. Cleaning and shaping the interior of your tooth and the root canals is one of the most important steps. An antibiotic may also be added to the tooth to reduce the chance of infection. After the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, it will be filled with a temporary filling. In about two weeks, the tooth will be permanently filled with a flexible rubber-based material.

Worried about a tooth? Call our Mobile, AL, dentist, Dr. Steen of Grelot Dental Group, at (251) 343-5974 to schedule an appointment.

By Grelot Dental Group
August 08, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: wisdom teeth  

The wisdom teeth are four teeth located at the back of the four quadrants of your mouth. They emerge when a patient becomes an adultwisdom teeth (around 18-20 years old). While some people are able to keep these teeth for life, others need to have them extracted to ensure good oral health. Here are a few reasons why your wisdom teeth may need to be removed by Dr. James Sitz at Grelot Dental Group in Mobile, AL.

Growing in Crooked (Impacted)
Wisdom teeth can grow in crooked, sideways, or at an angle, which will eventually become a problem for the other teeth in your mouth. This situation is sometimes called an impacted wisdom tooth. The impacted tooth pushes up against the molars and can cause the entire row of teeth to shift out of place. In this unfortunate case, the tooth must be removed before it causes a secondary dental issue, like crowding, misalignment, or cracking of the enamel.

Partially Erupted Tooth
In some cases, a wisdom tooth doesn’t fully erupt, meaning that it doesn’t come out of the gumline as it should. Part of it is stuck beneath the gums at the back of the mouth. When this happens, the tooth and gums could become infected because you can’t clean it properly. This can be a very painful issue if the problem tooth isn’t properly extracted.

Orthodontic Reasons
If you go to your Mobile dentist for an orthodontic consultation, there’s a possibility that the wisdom teeth may have to be removed. The purpose of an orthodontic treatment is to move the teeth into an ideal position so that they’re properly spaced and aligned. If a wisdom tooth is interfering with that process, your dentist may have to remove it.

General Pain
Sometimes even a wisdom tooth that has grown in properly will shift or move, causing pain in the back of the mouth that sometimes spreads to other teeth. Sometimes the pain is minor and goes away after about a day, but in other cases the situation is chronic and needs to be treated.

Have Your Wisdom Teeth Examined
Not everyone needs to have their wisdom teeth pulled, but if you do, your dentist can tell you at your next appointment. Call 251-343-5974 to schedule a visit with Dr. James Sitz at Grelot Dental Group in Mobile, AL.





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