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Woods Family Dentistry August 2018 Newsletter
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Is Crown Lengthening a Cosmetic Procedure or Is it More?
If you are considering whether you should have one or more of your crowns lengthened, one thing you may be wondering is whether the procedure has any practical value beyond aesthetics. Simply put, it does. Crown lengthening does play a large role in the cosmetic appearance of your smile, to be sure. But many people choose to undergo this process for restorative purposes.

Crown Lengthening as a Restorative Procedure

When your teeth first came in during your childhood, they were a certain size and shape. Most teeth - at least in properly developed mouths - fit together like a key fits into a matching lock. However, as time passes, this can change.

Whether it's due to trauma, normal wear and tear, or some other factor, sometimes the shape and size of your teeth can change. This can present a problem with your smile, and having your crowns lengthened is an ideal way to address this. Using the latest dental technologies and procedures, we can lengthen your crown to its original size. In addition, the process affords us the opportunity to do things like correct slight irregularities in the spacing and positioning of your teeth.

Do You Have Questions About Crown Lengthening?

If you have been considering this process and would like more information, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are happy to take the time to sit down and answer your questions. We can walk you through the process and help you understand what can (and cannot) be accomplished with the crown lengthening procedure.

Ways of Managing Teeth That Are Sensitive to Cold
Do your teeth hurt when you eat or drink something that is cold? Or when you breathe in through your mouth and the air moves across the surface of the tooth? If your answer is yes, there is good news: there are things you can to do help minimize the discomfort you are experiencing.

For one thing, sometimes a sensitivity to temperature can be the result of weakened enamel. The good news is that you can address this by regularly using a fluoride rinse to help remineralize your enamel.
Another common cause of cold sensitivity is overly vigorous brushing. If you brush too hard, it can cause your gum tissue to pull back, exposing sensitive tooth surfaces. So use a brush with soft (not firm) bristles, and you may be able to prevent the condition from worsening.

How Long Should Flossing Take Each Day?
Most people are aware of the need for flossing every day, even if they may not take it seriously. One reason that some people don't floss as often as they should is that they think it will take too long. This is not the case: proper dental hygiene does not take nearly as long as you may think, and you will find that the benefits are well worth the additional time.

Proper Flossing: 5 Minutes to Better Health

Brushing your teeth should take two minutes. After that, flossing properly will take somewhere between 3-5 minutes. At first, it may take longer, but as you get better, you will also become faster at it.
So, take 5 minutes a day, and invest in your future smile.

Dr. Woods and his highly trained team would love to hear from you and answer your questions. Simply click the "submit question" link below this message. Referrals are appreciated.



Woods Family Dentistry | www.woodsfamilydentistry.com | (541) 926-8611
1044 29th Ave SW, Albany, OR 97321



 

 

 
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