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If you’ve always dreamed of a that bright, flashing Hollywood smile in Hampton, NH, it may be a good time to contact Dr. Neelima Ravi cosmetic dentistry at Oceanside Family Dental clinic. Dr. Ravi will show you that getting your perfect smile isn’t impossible. In fact, it’s probably much easier than you think.

Oceanside Family Dental offers a variety of cosmetic dentistry services that can help you get the smile of your dreams. Cosmetic dentistry refers to procedures meant to improve the appearance of teeth rather than restoration, repair or treatment of tooth decay. People who have chipped teeth, misshapen teeth, stained teeth or other such appearance issues can consider any of a number of options ranging from simple whitening procedures to veneers and even implants.

Your Hampton dentists offer a number of these services, including but not limited to:

Whitening – a procedure during which the dentist applies a bleaching or whitening agent directly to the teeth. This is a non-invasive procedure that can be done in office or at home. Prescription whiteners will be more effective than over-the-counter whiteners.

Bonding – in a bonding procedure, your dentist will use a resin type tooth colored material to fill minor gaps and/or repair minor flaws such as chips. This is done in office and is not invasive.

Contouring or reshaping – in this procedure your dentist will fix chipped or flawed teeth by carefully removing a tiny bit of tooth enamel from a tooth or several teeth. This can be done to even up teeth or remove small flaws to improve your smile.

Veneers – Veneers are ultra-thin tooth colored covers that your dentist designs specifically for your needs. The dentist will remove a very thin layer of enamel, then apply each veneer permanently to the front of each tooth. Veneers can last for many years before they need to be replaced.

If you are seeking that perfect smile or are looking for a qualified, caring dentist in the Hampton, NH area, call Oceanside Family Dental at (603) 926-1551.

By Oceanside Family Dental
July 15, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: brushing  

A large majority of people brush their teeth at least once a day. This, however, is only a small part of a proper at-home oral care routine brushingto keep your teeth healthy and clean. Do you know how often you should be brushing? Learn more about the right way to care for your teeth with Dr. Neelima Ravi at Oceanside Family Dental in Hampton, NH.

How often should I be brushing? 
You should brush your teeth at least two, if not three, times daily. Use a soft-bristled brush and brush for at least two minutes. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show signs of wear, usually after about a month. Brush all areas of the mouth, including your tongue and oral tissues like the cheeks and gums. Brushing your teeth does not take the place of flossing your teeth. Floss between each tooth at least once daily to remove bacteria and plaque from areas which your toothbrush cannot reach.

How often should I visit my dentist? 
As a rule of thumb, regular dental examinations and cleanings should take place every six months. However, since everyone is different, some people who are more at risk for tooth decay or gum disease than others may need to see their dentist more often than twice a year. Your dentist can help you determine how often you should have examinations and cleanings.

Regular Dental Examinations and Cleanings in Hampton, NH
Seeing your dentist twice yearly gives you the opportunity to correct any pressing dental issues, such as cavities, early, preventing further complications. Biannual cleanings also allow your hygienist to remove all of the plaque and tartar from the teeth, preventing tooth decay and gum disease. These preventative measures help keep your teeth healthy and clean and allow you to avoid painful toothaches by repairing an issue before it becomes painful.

For more information on keeping your teeth healthy, please contact Dr. Ravi at Oceanside Family Dental in Hampton, NH. Call (603) 926-1551 to schedule your appointment for a regular dental examination and cleaning.

By Oceanside Family Dental
April 18, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Gum Disease  

Gum disease is extremely common in the United States, with half of adults 30 and older dealing with some form of it. However common it may be, this disease is very treatable and preventable if you have the proper understanding. Dr. Neelima RaviGums, dentists at Oceanside Family Dental in Hampton, NH, want to educate their patients about gum disease and the best ways to treat it.

What is gum disease?

Your teeth aren't the only structures in your mouth affected by bacteria. Your gums are also subject to problems associated with the buildup of bacterial colonies, which form a clear and sticky film called plaque. If plaque is left to harden - a process that only takes about 24 hours - it becomes tartar. This bacteria-filled material adheres itself to the teeth and begins wearing away the gum tissue. Gum disease is progressive; in its milder form, it's known as gingivitis. The more advanced gum disease seen by your Hampton dentist is called periodontitis.

How do I know if I have gum disease?

Gum disease, whether mild or severe, can only be officially diagnosed by your Hampton dentist. However, there are some telltale signs and symptoms that might give you some indication about the presence of early gum disease. Often the first sign happens when you brush your teeth; one or more areas of your gums may bleed during your regular brushing or flossing routine. Your gums may or may not be tender and swollen as well. Some people also notice they've developed persistent bad breath; this is due to bacteria collecting under the gum line. 

More advanced gum disease (periodontitis) brings with it gum recession, spaces developing between the teeth, discoloration of the gums and tooth loss.

How can gum disease be treated?

There are a variety of ways your Hampton dentist can treat gum disease. Many patients with gingivitis see results with a change in brushing, flossing and rinsing habits. Medicated mouthwashes are particularly helpful at introducing oxygen to the area and fighting the bacterial buildup. You may also receive a treatment called scaling and root planing at Oceanside Family Dental that involves one of our dental hygienists removing the tartar using specialized handheld tools. Medications to fight the bacteria or suppress its development may also be used.

If you think your gums may need some treatment, don't delay - contact Oceanside Family Dental in Hampton, NH today to set up an appointment!

By Oceanside Family Dental
January 28, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out which cosmetic procedure in Hampton, NH can improve your smile.

When you are dealing with tooth loss, the first thing you want to do is seek treatment. Let your Hampton, NH dentists at Oceanside Family Dental take the guesswork out of what tooth replacement option is the best for you. Find out what makes dental implants and dental implantsbridges different, and which one might be best for your smile.

About Dental Implants

Dental implants are small titanium screws that your Hampton cosmetic dentist will place into a drilled hole in the jawbone to act like a tooth root. The implant consists of three different parts: the metal post, an abutment (which connects the implant to the artificial tooth), and the dental crown.

What tends to make dental implants so popular is they function and look just like a real tooth. Furthermore, because the implant is embedded into the jawbone where the bone and tissue fuse with the implant over time, the metal post becomes a permanent part of your mouth.

Implants also prevent bone loss by providing the stimulation your jaw needs to stay healthy. This also prevents changes to the density and volume of your jawbone that can result in sunken, sagging cheeks.

However, dental implants aren’t the fastest option or the least expensive. Since implants are designed to last a lifetime, they will cost more than dental bridges or dentures. Treatment will take several months to complete. You must also be in good health, free of chronic illnesses, and have good oral hygiene.

About Dental Bridges

Dental bridges are made up of two dental crowns (which fit over a tooth on either side of the gap where the missing tooth once was) with an artificial tooth in between them. They are designed to replace one or more missing teeth.

Dental bridges tend to be a faster and more economical approach to replace one or more missing teeth. Getting a dental bridge only requires two visits to your Hampton dentist. Healthy neighboring teeth will be shaved down so the dental crowns can be placed over them. These teeth will serve as anchors to hold your bridge in place. Since the same extensive treatment doesn’t go into preparing and applying your bridge, you won’t spend as much money as you would with implants.

However, dental bridges aren’t designed to last forever. On average, they may last anywhere from five to 15 years. How long they last will depend on how well you care for your teeth, but you may have to see your Hampton dentist more often for adjustments or repairs to your restoration.

Dealing with tooth loss? Interested in finding out more about these cosmetic procedures? Then pick up the phone and call the Hampton, NH dentists at Oceanside Family Dental today.

By Oceanside Family Dental
November 10, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cosmetic Dentist  

Do you cover your mouth in public when you smile or laugh? Are the teeth in your "smile zone" cracked, chipped or discolored from food, drink or smoking? Wouldn't you like your smile aesthetics to match your good oral health and your personality?Cosmetic Dentist

Hampton cosmetic dentistry specialists, Dr. Neelima Ravi , understand that you desire the self-confidence a beautiful smile brings. So, they offer a range of cosmetic dental services to deliver a bright, even smile that will shine for years.

Smile Makeovers

Changing how your teeth and gums appear can be a simple or complex process. It all depends on what you and your Hampton cosmetic dentist decide to do. As part of an oral exam, x-rays and other imaging, your consultation will give you a good idea of how your smile can really improve.

You will choose from a list of appropriate services--ones that fit your budget, that are appropriate for your mouth and that can achieve the smile goal you and your dentist envision. However, rest assured that no matter the treatment, your Hampton cosmetic dentistry will be comfortable and effective. You'll be pleased to show off your new smile.

Cosmetic Dental Services

Dr. Neelima Ravi is a member of the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Both dentists are experts in the latest cosmetic dental services. The doctors and their professional team offer the following treatments in their comfortable dental office.

Cosmetic Bonding. Using a composite resin made of acrylic and glass, your Hampton cosmetic dentist seamlessly fills small chips, gaps and cracks and also smooths teeth that are uneven in size and shape. Artfully applied and hardened with special curing light, cosmetic bonding materials match tooth color and texture for a wonderfully refurbished smile.

Teeth Whitening. Oceanside Family Dental offers both in-office and take-home versions of Zoom! teeth whitening. Using professional strength hydrogen peroxide gel, Zoom! safely whitens tooth enamel stained by food, beverages and smoking. Color is improved by several shades.

Cosmetic Fillings. Instead of dark, metal fillings, the dentists offer tooth-colored fillings for cavity restoration that looks natural and is super strong. After removing decay, the dentist fills the tooth with a lifelike resin that bonds right to existing tooth structure.

Porcelain Veneers. Also called laminates, veneers are tooth-shaped covers of fine dental ceramic. Custom-made for shape and color that is appropriate to facial appearance, permanent veneers require minimal enamel preparation and are securely bonded to the front side of one or more teeth marred by imperfections.

Explore Your Options

Take advantage of one or more the wonderful cosmetic dentistry services in Hampton's Oceanside Family Dental. The staff will work with you to improve the look, feel and function of your smile so you'll be proud to show it off. Call today for a consultation: (603) 926-1551.

 

 

 





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