What Do You Know About a Cracked Tooth?

When many people think of a cracked tooth, they don’t worry too much. When our dentist, Dr. Gonzalez, and dental team think of a cracked tooth, we cringe at the thought of the potential consequences. If you’re not careful, a cracked tooth can cause more damage than you realize.

Oftentimes, a cracked tooth results from small actions, like using your teeth as tools and chewing on pens and pencils. The unnatural pressure threatens the tooth enamel until the enamel isn’t strong enough. This creates a small fracture. As you continue to do these small things, the crack can get bigger and bigger.

It’s important to get a cracked tooth fixed. The sooner you get it fixed, the less invasive the treatment can be and the better off your smile will be. If you don’t get the crack treated soon enough, it could get worse and affect the pulp and nerve of the tooth. When this happens, you might experience severe pain.

The process involved in treating a cracked tooth varies depending on the severity of the crack. Your dentist will typically use a dental filling, a dental crown, root canal therapy, or tooth extraction to restore the tooth’s health and function. To know if you need treatment, you need to look for the signs and symptoms. The most common symptoms include a sharp pain when chewing or biting with the tooth or tooth sensitivity when consuming hot or cold products.

Call Alamogordo Dental Group today at 575.437.7473 if you have any questions or if you would like to know more about a cracked tooth in Alamogordo, New Mexico. Our dental team is more than happy to assist you, and we look forward to giving you the answers and information you need!

Dental Sealants Can Be an Effective Option for Cavity Prevention on Your Back Teeth

The molars and premolars in the back of your child’s mouth play an important role in helping them chew, and grind the foods they consume. They are especially helpful for breaking down tough foods like beef jerky and crunching into hard foods like seeds and nuts.

To help them be better prepared for their intended task, many people have deep textures, pits, and fissures in the biting surface of the tooth enamel. Unfortunately, some of these deep recesses can also trap bacterial deposits that encourage cavities.

Should Dr. Gonzalez find a problem like this during your son or daughter’s regular dental checkup, he might recommend applying dental sealants to the biting surfaces of their molars and premolars.

Once the dental sealants have been painted onto the biting surface cured by a special ultraviolet light they will fully bond with the tooth enamel. This will effectively create a barrier blocking bacteria from direct access to the tooth enamel.

If you live in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area and you are concerned about preserving the health of your son or daughter’s back teeth, you should call 575.437.7473 to schedule a checkup at Alamogordo Dental Group.

Restoring Your Smile with Cosmetic Dentistry

Did you know that there are numerous cosmetic dentistry options available to enhance and improve your smile either by restoring the natural look of your teeth, repairing any damage that may have occurred on the surface of your teeth, and even replacing teeth entirely? Depending on your oral health care needs and the health, condition, and the style of your smile, your dentist can help you decide which cosmetic dentistry treatment will be best for you.

If you are missing any teeth, it is important to have them restored as soon as possible. If left unchecked, the gaps between teeth can become havens for bacteria and can cause the gums to destabilize, which will lead to tooth slippage. Dental implants and dental bridges are permanent options that can be customized for the look you desire. As a removable option, dentures can also be created.

If you’re only looking to repair or correct damage teeth, or simply enhance them beyond their current levels, restoration treatments can be used. For surface damage, dental bonding treatments are ideal. If you wish to cover up a tooth, dental veneers can cover up the fronts whereas dental crowns can completely conceal a tooth on all sides. For stains and discolorations, and to enhance the color of your teeth, tooth whitening treatments are your best option.

Consider a cosmetic dentistry treatment to vastly enhance your smile. Schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning at Alamogordo Dental Group with Dr. Gonzalez and our team at our dentist office in Alamogordo, New Mexico. We can be reached at 575.437.7473. Come on in to learn more about your options to get the bright and healthy smile you’ve always wanted!

Sleep Apnea 101

Have you ever heard of sleep apnea? Sleep apnea is a common disorder that is characterized by abnormal breathing patterns while you sleep. This can be caused by lack of oxygen in your airways or even an interruption of the signals from your brain telling your body to breathe while you sleep. Some of the potential dangers from sleep apnea include high blood pressure, stroke, and even death. For more information about sleep apnea, see below:

– If you are a male over the age of 40, you are at a higher risk for sleep apnea.
– Sleep apnea is more commonly seen in individuals with oversized tonsils, tongues, or undersized jaws.
– If you have a family history of sleep apnea, you may suffer from it as well.
– Allergies and sinus problems increase the potential for sleep apnea.
– A deviated septum can lead to sleep apnea.
– Nasal blockages and obstructions can increase your risk for sleep apnea.

Dr. Gonzalez and our team are located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. If you would like to schedule an appointment with Alamogordo Dental Group for sleep apnea treatment, please call our office at 575.437.7473. Let us help you achieve a healthy smile!

Dental Fracture Treatment Can Vary Depending on the Severity of the Damage to the Tooth

There are several things that can increase your chances of suffering a dental fracture on one or more of your teeth. This could be the result of unprotected night grinding, sports injuries, or bad oral habits.

The location and severity of the dental fracture will influence the treatment and restoration method Dr. Gonzalez advocates.

A minor dental fracture in a non-essential location might not cause immediate distress. However, it can still come to harbor tooth decay. So, it’s wise to have Dr. Gonzalez diagnose and repair it to prevent undue complications. Sometimes, this can be as simple as applying an amalgam or composite dental filling.

If a dental fracture is large or it compromises a critical surface of the tooth, Dr. Gonzalez might recommend restoring the tooth enamel layer with a dental crown.  

If the fracture causes significant discomfort it might also call for Dr. Gonzalez to perform a root canal. This will restore sufficient structural integrity to anchor the dental crown in place.

If the damage is severe and the socket structure of the tooth has also been badly compromised the tooth might need to be extracted. Once your gums have healed Dr. Gonzalez can help to restore the tooth by either installing a dental bridge or a dental implant.

If you live in the Alamogordo, New Mexico, area and you’ve recently suffered a dental fracture, you should call 575.437.7473 to seek timely treatment at Alamogordo Dental Group.    

Why Is It Important to Floss Daily?

Do you ever wonder why flossing is important? If so, you have selected the right blog! Flossing is strongly recommended because it benefits your smile in many ways. To elaborate, Dr. Gonzalez would be happy to list those benefits.

First, flossing can remove plaque from the crevices of your smile. This is important because plaque is a dangerous substance that can harm your smile by causing gum disease and tooth decay. To prevent these major and serious dental issues, you need to floss once a day.

Second, flossing can help you have a pristine breath. Sometimes odorous food pieces can get stuck between your pearly whites. When this happens, those pieces can release an odor and result in bad breath. Flossing can remove those pieces and give you a fresher breath. This is even more possible if you use flavored floss, especially mint.

Third, flossing can help you avoid embarrassing times in your life. Oftentimes when you eat, food can get stuck in your smile—and most of the time you don’t even know! This can be embarrassing when you talk with friends, family members, or even someone you have feelings for. However, if you floss after you’re done eating, you can avoid these awkward moments.

Now that you know the benefits of flossing, we hope you continue caring for your smile by flossing at least once a day. If you have any questions about flossing in Alamogordo, New Mexico, feel free to call Alamogordo Dental Group at 575.437.7473. Our dental team will be thrilled to talk with you and give you the answers you need to successfully care for your smile!

Trouble Sleeping? Consider a CPAP Device

Sleeping disorders are a common cause for people not getting a restful night’s sleep. This can be due to an obstruction in the airway or not getting enough air while sleeping. Our dental professionals here at Alamogordo Dental Group want to assist you with any complications you’ve been having.

An oral appliance or a CPAP (Continuous Positive Airway Pressure) device may be the best option for you and your breathing while you sleep. This machine controls the recommended amount of air you are getting during the night, regulating through a tube and mask. There are multiple mask options including nasal, nasal prong, full face, or a nasal pillow. This can be decided by what your dentist recommends or what is most comfortable for you.

CPAP machines may cause your dental arches or incisors to shift which may lead to a reduction in the projection of the jaw. Not every option will do this, it depends on your facial specifications.

Some other simple treatments include positional therapy, where you lay on one of your sides to clear your airway; getting an oral appliance customized to your mouth that is comfortable, portable, and doesn’t make any noise; or having surgery to remodel or remove a part of throat tissue disrupting your breathing.

Call us at 575.437.7473 to schedule a consultation or appointment today if you are suffering any type of sleep apnea or breathing problem while you sleep. Alamogordo Dental Group here in Alamogordo, New Mexico, wants to give you the comfort you deserve so you can have a restful sleep.

Treat Your Smile Right with Tooth Replacement Treatments

If you wish to resume your oral health functions as normal after tooth loss, then quality replacements will be necessary. Treat your smile right with tooth replacement treatments. If you have suffered tooth loss, you can fix your smile with one these helpful procedures:

– A dental implant is a highly effective tooth replacement system that permanently installs material directly in your jawbone. If your jaw is strong enough, a dental implant can be installed that can last a lifetime. Should a dental implant ever break due to an oral accident or injury, they can be replaced.
– A dental bridge is a highly effective tooth replacement system that can conceal gaps between teeth and fill out your smile and is held in place by directly linking to neighboring teeth or implants.

– Dentures are used to replace lost or missing teeth with alternative replacements that link directly to your gums. They are easily removable at night and can be stored in a denture cleaning solution while you sleep for further comfort.

No matter the needs you require from your smile, our team at Alamogordo Dental Group can help. Dr. Gonzalez and our team can give you a comprehensive oral examination to determine which dental replacement treatments are best for you and your oral health care needs. To schedule a visit to our dentist office in Alamogordo, New Mexico, call us at 575.437.7473. Come see us, and let us show you the benefits of a complete smile today!

A Tooth Severely Fractured by Decay Might Require a Bridge Restoration

If you have a bad habit of skipping your routine dental exam at Dr. Gonzalez‘s Alamogordo New Mexico clinic, you are at heightened risk of tooth decay and gum disease problems. If a cavity goes untreated it will gradually grow in size. Sometimes the bacterial presence compromises so much of the tooth’s structure that the tooth can severely fracture.

When this happens Dr. Gonzalez may be able to treat the tooth with a root canal. If there are other complications, such as an infection in the root, or an abscess in the gums, the tooth might not be salvaged by endodontic therapies. In an extreme case like this he might recommend extracting all remnants of the tooth from your mouth and suturing the gums over the socket.

Once all the tissues have knit together and any concerns about infection have passed Dr. Gonzalez can replace the missing tooth’s presence in your mouth with a bridge restoration.

This is a solid piece of dental work with a replicate tooth fused on each end by hollow crowns. It is mounted onto abutments formed from the healthy dentin and internal structures of the two closest neighboring teeth.

Once Dr. Gonzalez cements the bridge in place, it will restore the tooth’s presence and function in your mouth for many years to come.

If you live in Alamogordo, New Mexico and you have a badly decayed or damaged tooth, you should not delay in calling 575.437.7473 to have it treated and restored by Dr. Gonzalez.

Why Are Dental Implants So Beneficial?

If you’re missing a tooth, you’ve probably already heard your many tooth-replacement options, which usually include complete dentures, partial dentures, dental bridges, and dental implants. But what sets dental implants apart from all the other treatments? Well, Dr. Gonzalez and our dental team are happy to help you find the answer to that question by telling you all about the benefits of dental implants.

First, a dental implant can enhance your appearance. Having an incomplete smile can hinder your self-confidence and self-esteem. But, once you close the space with a dental implant, you can have the stunning and attractive smile of your dreams. This should dramatically improve your appearance and help you feel better about yourself.

Second, a dental implant can make eating easier. If you fill the gap in your smile with this dental restoration, you will be able to chew with every section of your mouth. You will also be able to chew, eat, and enjoy your favorite meals, treats, and dessert without any discomfort or inconvenience.

Third, a dental implant can improve your oral health. Oftentimes, a missing tooth can severely alter your oral health, especially because the surrounding teeth tend move and close the gap. This results in a misaligned smile that is vulnerable to cavities. However, once you replace your missing tooth, your surrounding chompers will remain in place and your jawbone will stay in tip-top shape, which can help prevent bone degeneration as well.

As you can see, dental implants can help you, your smile, and your oral health in a myriad of ways. So, if you’ve decided to replace your missing tooth with a dental implant in Alamogordo, New Mexico, don’t be afraid to call Alamogordo Dental Group and schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience. All you need to do is dial 575.437.7473 and our dental team will be more than happy to help you!