New Year, New Smile

Teeth Whitening Lakeland, FL Nothing makes you feel as good as a bright, beautiful smile. With our teeth whitening services at Agnini Dental, we can help you achieve your best and whitest smile for the New Year. Teeth whitening can do wonders for your smile and even subtract years from your appearance. Let’s discuss what teeth whitening can do for you and address some questions about the process.

The benefits of teeth whitening

Teeth whitening, also known as teeth bleaching, is one of the simplest and least invasive ways to improve and brighten your smile. Studies show that a brighter whiter smile can make you appear (and feel) more confident, more attractive, and more likely to get a job offer. The same research also demonstrates that those with stained teeth or bad hygiene look much older than they are. Teeth whitening can last for several years, but you can extend your results with proper dental care. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, flossing, rinsing, and visiting your dentist for regular cleanings.

The risks of teeth whitening

Many at home teeth whitening kits have a high amount of hydrogen peroxide. High amounts of peroxide in addition to long application times will contribute to tooth sensitivity. If you suffer from tooth sensitivity, opt for a brand with a lower peroxide level (between 5%-6%) and institute a shorter application time.

How many dental visits do I need to achieve a whiter smile?

Most of-office treatments require only one visit. If you choose to use an at-home kit, you may need to apply the product regularly over a specified period.

How can I avoid getting discolored teeth in the first place?

Tooth discoloration can be due to aging, trauma to the teeth, metal fillings that are visible through the tooth, tobacco use, high fluoride use, drinking red wine, black tea or other beverages and foods that can cause stains. With the help of regular dental cleanings, your dentist can remove some of this discoloration.

Schedule a consultation

If you want a brighter whiter smile this New Year, contact Agnini Family Dental in Lakeland, Florida. You can reach our office at 863-682-1500. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Beginner’s Guide to Root Canal Surgery

Root Canal Treatment Lakeland, FLA root canal is needed when tooth decay has killed the tooth or caused damage to it. During a root canal procedure, your dentist removes the tooth pulp and replaces it with a special filling. Root canals prevent further damage and infection in the pulp that can spread to surrounding teeth. A root canal procedure is also used to treat an abscessed tooth (a tooth that has pus in the tissues beneath or around it). A root canal can stop the infection from spreading, alleviate a toothache, and encourage healing.

What happens during a root canal

  1. The first part of a root canal procedure involves numbing the area that needs to be treated with jelly like substance. After that, a pain killer will be injected to completely numb the gums, tongue, teeth, and skin in the surrounding area.
  2. The dentist will use a drill and other dental tools to extract the pulp from the tooth, fill it with temporary filling materials, then a final filling.
  3. A permanent filling or crown may be needed. You might be fitted for a temporary crown until the permanent crown is created then cemented into place.

What happens after a root canal

After your root canal surgery, your lips and gums might still be numb for a few hours. This is due to the anesthetic that was injected. As the anesthetic diminishes, you will begin to feel a throbbing pain, which can be alleviated by taking ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or prescription painkillers.

Overtime, the crown used to seal off the tooth might become loose. If this happens, you may need a repair in the future.

What are the risks of a root canal

If your tooth is infected, bacteria from the tooth can be released into the blood stream and cause bodily infection. For those who have problems fighting off infections, they may need to take an antibiotic before and after their root canal procedure.

Schedule a consultation

To determine if you require a root canal, schedule an appointment with Agnini Family Dental. You can contact our team at 863-682-1500. We look forward to assisting you.

Do you have Dental Anxiety? Sedation Dentistry is here to Help.

Sedation Dentistry Lakeland, FLDoes the idea of sitting in a dentist chair make your stomach churn, or tempt you to simply avoid dental exams altogether? If so, sedation dentistry might be the way to go. Sedation dentistry uses medication to help patients feel calm and relaxed during anything from a simple dental cleaning to dental surgery. It is occasionally referred to as sleep dentistry. But your ability to sleep will depend on the level of sedation you choose.

There are four levels of sedation

  • Inhaled minimal sedation: This type of sedation uses nitrous oxide (also known as laughing gas) combined with oxygen to help you feel relaxed.  A mask that releases the gas is placed over your nose during your dental procedure. Your dentist will monitor the amount of gas you inhale throughout the treatment. This basic type of sedation will easily wear off, and in some cases, you’ll be able to drive yourself home when your procedure is complete.
  • Oral sedation: This is the more common form of dental sedation because it is quite simple to do. One hour before your dental treatment your dentist will have you take a pill, like Halcion (similar to Valium), to induce drowsiness. Some patients become groggy enough to fall asleep while others remain slightly aware throughout the procedure. Regardless, any sedation is always accompanied by a local anesthetic so you will not feel any pain.
  • IV moderate sedation: This form of sedation works very quickly since it is administered through a vein. This form allows your dentist to continually adjust how sedated the patient is.
  • Deep sedation and general anesthesia: This type of sedation involves giving you certain medications that will make you either almost or completely unconscious. This form of sedation is difficult to be awakened from until the anesthesia begins to wear off.

Schedule your next dental exam

The best form of dental care is prevention. Be sure you have regular appointments to see your dentist to ensure your teeth are properly cleaned and cared for. Schedule your next visit today by calling 863-682-1500. At Agnini Family Dental, we look forward to answering your questions and addressing your concerns.

Dental Care Advice for a Healthy Halloween

Comprehensive Dentistry services Lakeland, FLOctober marks the beginning of the sweet treat triad of holidays: Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. This month, kick the season off right with a healthy Halloween. Here are some practical tips for how to keep your teeth healthy.

  • Be picky about the candy you eat

Candies that stay in the mouth for an extended period, like suckers, should be avoided. The amount of time a sugary sweet is in your mouth contributes to tooth decay.

  • Say no to sticky sweets

Sticky candy like taffy or gummy candies will stick to your teeth and take longer to wash away. The remnants will enhance your risk of tooth decay.

  • Eat healthy

If you are eating a diet rich in whole foods, fiber, and protein you will feel more satiated and less hungry. This is particularly important during Halloween when there’s candy at every corner vying for your attention. If you are eating the right vitamins and nutrients, your body is less likely to crave sweets and candies that only provide empty calories. Consider partnering with a friend this season to help each other stay on track and eat the right foods. If you are eating right most of the time, don’t completely ban yourself from sweets and candies. Let your self-take the occasional splurge and enjoy it.  As you eat less sugar overtime, you may find your desire to eat it lessens considerably.

  • Make a plan

If you are the type to collect candy throughout October leading up to Halloween, consider only keeping your absolute favorites. Donate or give away the rest. Some communities have local organizations that gift candy to troops overseas.

  • Drink water

Drinking more water, particularly fluoridated water, will help shield your mouth against tooth decay.

  • Keep a daily dental regimen

Brushing twice a day, followed by flossing and rinsing will do wonders to maintain a healthy smile. Opt for a soft-bristled toothbrush and consciously clean all surfaces of your teeth for a total of 2 minutes.

Visit your dentist

One of the best ways to guard against tooth decay this Halloween is to make sure you see your dentist twice a year for a dental cleaning. Call Agnini Family Dental to schedule your appointment today. You can reach our North Lakeland office at 863-682-1500. We wish you a Happy and Healthy Halloween!

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