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For most dental procedures you’re usually back to your regular routine in no more than a day or two (or even hours) afterward. For the most part, the mouth heals rather quickly.

But there may still be a short period of discomfort after tooth extraction, gum surgery or similar invasive procedures. The good news is you will most likely have no need for strong narcotic painkillers — milder, over-the-counter pain relievers are usually sufficient to manage your discomfort.

The most common of these are known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). This group of pain relievers — which include aspirin and ibuprofen — block the release of substances in the body known as prostaglandins that stimulate inflammation that increases pain in damaged tissues. They’re much preferred for mild to moderate pain because they don’t have the side effects of steroids or narcotics like morphine or codeine. They also tend to be less costly than these other prescription drugs.

But while they’re reasonably safe, they can cause problems if you exceed the recommended dosage or use them for prolonged periods. Their blockage of certain chemicals reduces the clotting mechanism in blood leading to a blood-thinning effect. Not only will this increase bleeding, it can also damage the stomach lining and cause ulcers if used over a period of weeks. Improper dosage of NSAIDs has also been linked to miscarriages and repeat heart attacks, which is why they’re not recommended for use during pregnancy or with patients with a history of heart or intestinal problems.

But if taken as directed by your physician or dentist — usually no more than 2,400 milligrams a day and only for a few days — such side effects are quite rare. The benefit is much more common: about five hours of pain relief from a single dose for most people. With the help of ibuprofen or similar drugs, you’ll be on your feet after your dental work in no time. 

If you would like more information on managing pain after a procedure, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Treating Pain with Ibuprofen.”

By Oceanside Family Dental
June 18, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
5WaystoaBeautifulWeddingDaySmile

Since the early Roman times, couples have prized the month of June as the most favorable time to exchange their marriage vows. If you and your betrothed are planning a June wedding this season, you no doubt want everything to be beautiful. That would include your smile—and with the appropriate techniques we can help you make it as bright and attractive as possible.

Here are 5 ways to a more attractive wedding day smile.

Dental Cleaning and Teeth Whitening. A routine dental cleaning right before the ceremony can remove stains and dental plaque that dull your teeth's appearance. For an added level of brightness, we can also whiten your teeth in time for your big day.

Repairing defects with bonding. Do you have a chipped tooth, or a broken or discolored filling? We may be able to repair minor defects like these in a single visit by bonding lifelike dental materials directly to the tooth. We color-match and sculpt these materials so that they blend seamlessly with your natural teeth.

Advanced enhancements. In whatever ways your teeth may be flawed, there are dental solutions to transform your smile. We can correct minor to moderate chips, stains or slight gaps with porcelain veneers that cover the teeth's visible surface. We can cap a viable but unsightly tooth with a life-like crown. Missing teeth? A fixed bridge or dental implants could restore them like new.

Plastic gum surgery. Teeth may be the stars of your smile, but your gums are the supporting cast. Smiles with too much of the gums showing can be corrected through various techniques, including periodontal plastic surgery that reshapes the gums and can help the teeth appear more prominent.

Orthodontics. The original "smile transformer," braces and other orthodontic methods move misaligned teeth to better positions. Not only can orthodontic treatment result in a more attractive appearance, it can improve overall dental health.

You have an array of options for enhancing your wedding day smile, and we're more than happy to help you develop an individualized treatment plan. One caveat, though: some of these techniques could take weeks or months to complete, so don't delay!

If you would like more information about what you can do to have the most attractive smile for your wedding day, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. To learn more, read the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Beautiful Smiles by Design” and “Planning Your Wedding Day Smile.”

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Mayim Bialik has spent a good part of her life in front of TV cameras: first as the child star of the hit comedy series Blossom, and more recently as Sheldon Cooper’s love interest — a nerdy neuroscientist — on The Big Bang Theory. (In between, she actually earned a PhD in neuroscience from UCLA…but that’s another story.) As a child, Bialik had a serious overbite — but with all her time on camera, braces were just not an option.

“I never had braces,” she recently told Dear Doctor – Dentistry & Oral Health magazine. “I was on TV at the time, and there weren’t a lot of creative solutions for kids who were on TV.” Instead, her orthodontist managed to straighten her teeth using retainers and headgear worn only at night.

Today, there are several virtually invisible options available to fix orthodontic issues — and you don’t have to be a child star to take advantage of them. In fact, both children and adults can benefit from these unobtrusive appliances.

Tooth colored braces are just like traditional metal braces, with one big difference: The brackets attached to teeth are made from a ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of teeth. All that’s visible is the thin archwire that runs horizontally across the teeth — and from a distance it’s hard to notice. Celebs like Tom Cruise and Faith Hill opted for this type of appliance.

Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that fit over the teeth. Each one, worn for about two weeks, moves the teeth just a bit; after several months, you’ll see a big change for the better in your smile. Best of all, clear aligners are virtually impossible to notice while you’re wearing them — which you’ll need to do for 22 hours each day. But you can remove them to eat, or for special occasions. Zac Efron and Katherine Heigl, among others, chose to wear clear aligners.

Lingual braces really are invisible. That’s because they go behind your teeth (on the tongue side), where they can’t be seen; otherwise they are similar to traditional metal braces. Lingual braces are placed on teeth differently, and wearing them often takes some getting used to at first. But those trade-offs are worth it for plenty of people. Which celebs wore lingual braces? Rumor has it that the list includes some top models, a well-known pop singer, and at least one British royal.

So what’s the best way to straighten your teeth and keep the orthodontic appliances unnoticeable? Just ask us! We’d be happy to help you choose the option that’s just right for you. You’ll get an individualized evaluation, a solution that fits your lifestyle — and a great-looking smile!

For more information about hard-to-see (or truly invisible) orthodontics, please contact our office or schedule a consultation. You can read more in the Dear Doctor magazine articles “Orthodontics for the Older Adult” and “Clear Aligners for Teenagers.”

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
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.



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