Four Reasons Why a Patient May Require Tooth Extraction

The team of Agnini Family Dental is pleased to offer a variety of dental services for the entire household. Our four dentists, including Drs. Michael Agnini, Andrew Agnini, Ahmad Bhatti, and Donald Van, are committed to ensuring adults and children have access to necessary procedures, which may include dental extractions.

What are dental extractions?

Dental extraction is an oral surgery procedure performed if a tooth needs to be removed from the dental alveolus or socket. Most dentists will provide simple extractions, while specialized oral surgeons will often perform the surgical extractions. Simple extractions are the removal of a tooth that has erupted through the gum line and is accessible, while surgical extractions pull teeth that may be underneath the gum line.

When might I need a dental extraction?

Dental extractions may be required in a variety of situations. Below are four common reasons why a permanent, adult tooth may be removed by the team at Agnini Family Dental:

  • Irreparable damage to the tooth from severe caries – dental caries, or “cavities,” may form when patients do not maintain the health of their smile. These holes in the teeth may reach the dental pulp in the center of the tooth and infect a tooth. If root canal procedures are unable to fix the problem, patients may be faced with the need for extraction to keep the infection from spreading.
  • Loose teeth due to late-stage periodontal disease – periodontal disease is an infection that can cause the shrinking of tissues and bone, causing adult teeth to become loose. If these teeth cannot be reattached to the alveolar bone, they may need to be permanently extracted.
  • Impaction – teeth such as the wisdom teeth have a tendency to become impacted, which means they are “stuck” underneath the gum line. Impacted teeth will need to be removed during surgical extractions.
  • Prepare for orthodontic treatment – when patients experience overcrowding of the teeth in the mouth, an orthodontist may send the patient to a dentist for preparations. By removing extra teeth, the orthodontist can ensure that the smile can be realigned using the remaining teeth for a beautiful smile.
  • Learn more about dental extractions

At Agnini Family Dental, our professionals believe in providing top-notch, quality care, especially when it comes to providing comfortable extractions. If you may need to have one or more teeth pulled from the smile, we encourage you to book an appointment at our office. Call (863) 682-1500 and visit us at one of our two convenient locations in Lakeland, FL.

Are Fancy Toothbrushes Worth The Money?

Brushing your teeth two times a day for every day is important for good oral health and prevention of gum disease. But are you ever curious if you could be doing more for your teeth and their health? Maybe you’re considering upgrading to an electric toothbrush, but aren’t quite sure yet. Don’t run out to buy an expensive toothbrush set-up just yet. That’s because, according to the American Dental Association (ADA), both electric and manual toothbrushes are effective at removing the oral plaque which causes decay and eventual disease. Keep reading to learn more about electric toothbrushes and if you want to get one.

Electric toothbrushes are toothbrushes that have vibrating or rotating features to help remove plaque from teeth and gums. The vibration allows more micro-movements that clean your teeth every time you move your toothbrush. These can be useful, but are they necessary?

Effective at Removing Plaque

Many studies provide statistics that support the idea that electric toothbrushes do decrease the amount of plaque and gingivitis more than manual toothbrushes do. Consistency with brushing is key, and it may take a few months to really be able to tell your own results if you make the switch.

Easier to Use

Electric toothbrushes may be easier to use for some people, especially those who have mobility issues that impact their hands. If you are someone or you know someone who has mobility issues (including carpal tunnel, arthritis, developmental disabilities, or even multiple sclerosis) an electric toothbrush could be completely worth the price tag for you.

Timers

An electric toothbrush with a built-in timer can help you time your brushing and get the most out of your nighttime routine. If you brush your teeth long enough you can sufficiently remove plaque from your teeth and gums. If you rush through it, you may risk missing spots and leave plaque to gather.

Give us a call today at (863) 682-1500 to learn more about how to keep your teeth healthy and beautiful. We can give you more information about toothbrushes, and help you make a good decision for your oral health.

What Should I Expect at a Dental Cleaning?

Anxiety can keep you from seeing your dentist on a regular basis, but that can have unintended consequences. If you have a dental issue like a cavity, having it treated now can prevent further treatments or procedures that may end up being more invasive than you would like. We are gentle and will give you the best care imaginable (and we offer sedation dentistry). Keep reading to learn all about what happens at a dental cleaning, and why it’s nothing to fret about.

Before the Cleaning

Before the cleaning begins, the hygienist will ask you about any issues or sensitivity you may be currently experiencing. This ensures that we deliver the best, most comfortable experience possible for you and your teeth. If we know about issues beforehand, we can make sure to avoid causing pain that can come with a cavity, for example.

You may also be asked to have X-rays taken of your teeth. Seeing inside the teeth allows your dentist to determine the overall health of your mouth, and allows us to see changes  of your health as time goes on. Taking x-rays is a painless, easy procedure.

The Cleaning

Depending on how your dentist office works, your hygienist may use handheld tools or electronic tools to gently remove tartar and plaque buildup from your teeth. Though it may sound louder in your head, our hygienists are very gentle to avoid causing any harm or discomfort.

Examination

Your dentist will come in to examine your teeth. This is usually fairly quick, but if you have an issue they will discuss options to treat it with you. Cavities can be filled with minimal discomfort (if any) if they are caught early enough. If you need a root canal or other work, then we will discuss your next steps at that point.

If it’s been a while since you’ve had a cleaning (or you don’t remember when you had one last), then call us today to schedule a consultation at 863-682-1500. We can help you assess the health of your teeth and encourage the best dental health possible.

How Do I Check for Oral Cancer?

Dental Health Lakeland, FLUsing chewing tobacco or smoking cigarettes on a regular basis has been linked to oral cancer, and those types of cancer are often found on the interior of the mouth. If you use tobacco products often, we recommend that you perform an oral cancer check regularly, even as often as once a month. A thorough examination should be performed by your dentist during every check-up, as well. Let your dentist know if you smoke or chew tobacco, too. Keep reading to learn about oral cancer and what to look for when checking for signs.

Who is at risk for oral cancer?

Though some people have more risk factors of developing oral cancer, anyone can be at risk. It’s important to receive regular cancer screenings whether you regularly use tobacco or not.

Granted, if you are a male the chances of you developing oral cancer are much higher than if you are female. Also, like other cancers, the chances of getting oral cancer increase as you get older. For instance, if you are above the age of 55, then you are also at an increased risk of developing oral cancer. If you smoke cigarettes, use chewing tobacco, or even drink alcoholic beverages a lot, your chances of you getting oral cancer go up dramatically.

Signs of Oral Cancer

Cancer can look very different in the mouth, so don’t expect it to look like skin cancer. Make sure to keep track of any physiological changes in your mouth, such as:

  • A lump in your cheek
  • Increased difficulty eating, swallowing, or chewing
  • Loose teeth
  • Difficulty moving your jaw or tongue
  • Changes in your voice
  • Weight loss
  • Consistent bad breath
  • Sores in your mouth that do not heal
  • Pain in the mouth
  • Difficulty eating

If you are especially at risk for oral cancer, we recommend performing monthly checks to stay on top of any changes in your mouth. If you do notice changes, please call us right away at (863) 682-1500 to schedule a consultation.

Sedation Dentistry for Anxiety

There’s so much we can do to help keep your smile healthy and more beautiful, but some people let fear get in the way. Some people don’t take advantage of all we can offer, because they’re nervous about going to the dentist. But, did you know that we can offer an experience that’s free of anxiety and pain?
We offer local anesthetics to block your pain-receptors or medication that can help you relax while you’re seeing us. If you’re still not sure, understand that we may offer some people both, to help them relax and better enjoy their experience, especially if injections can cause anxiety.
Strangely, fear heightens your awareness, leading you to experience every little movement more strongly than if you were relaxed. Your pain threshold goes down when you’re nervous. If you find yourself so nervous that you avoid seeing the dentist, sedatives can help bring much-needed comfort.
Understand that we will need to ask some questions before we can recommend any particular sedative. You will be asked to provide your complete health history, including all the medications you are taking. We will also ask if you smoke or drink.
How can we help?
 Oral sedation (given by mouth) is a popular option for many people precisely because it does not require the use of needles. Oral sedatives are either swallowed whole in pill form or can be dissolved under the tongue. Both methods work in a matter of minutes. A variety of oral sedative medications have been developed through extensive research and testing to make your experience of dental treatment as comfortable and relaxing as possible. All have long safety records after decades of use, and several even have “amnesia” properties, meaning you will remember little to nothing, even though you are conscious throughout the treatment.
● Inhalation Conscious Sedation
Nitrous oxide has been used in dental offices for almost 100 years, and it is great for helping calm anxiety. This is a very safe option to help calm your nerves.
● IV Conscious Sedation
Sedatives delivered directly into the bloodstream intravenously (into the vein) are more potent than when taken orally. You must be monitored throughout your IV sedation treatment to maintain your safety.
If you want to learn more, give us a call at (863) 682-1500 today.

What Your Oral Health Plan Should Include

Dental Health lakeland, FLMaintaining a white and bright smile requires making a plan. This plan should include daily dental hygiene measures, regular dentist office visits, and more. Here are the basics of how to create the best oral health plan for you.

Know your dental needs

Depending on your overall health and any temporary health conditions you may be dealing with, your dental needs will be different. For instance, cancer treatments, pregnancy, diabetes, or wearing a dental appliance can alter the health of your teeth and gums. Make sure you inform your dentist if you have experienced a significant change in your general health, as this may change the type of dental care you receive.

Create a regular oral hygiene routine

Spend time to develop an oral health regimen that you can stick to. Your daily dental regimen should include brushing in the morning and evening, flossing, and rinsing. If you have a particular health issue, you may require additional tasks to ensure you maintain healthy teeth and gums.

Use fluoride

Fluoride use is valuable for both adults and children. Fluoride not only strengthens developing teeth but can also stop tooth decay. Some tap water includes fluoride, but the level of the substance in your area may not be high enough to provide adequate dental protection. To learn how much fluoride is in your local water, contact your water utility.

Eat right

A balanced diet combined with limited snacking can help stave off cavities and gum disease. Foods that produce a lot of acids (which contribute to cavity development) include pies, cakes, dried fruits, soda, and potato chips and should be eaten sparingly.

Stop smoking

Using tobacco products exponentially increases your chance of getting oral cancers of the esophagus, pharynx, or larynx. This habit also contributes to tooth discoloration and bad breath.

Arrange a consultation

For optimal dental health, make sure that your personal dental plan includes all of the aforementioned elements. Also, regular dental office visits will allow your dentist to apprehend any potential problems. To arrange your next dental cleaning, call Agnini Family dental today. You can reach our office at (863) 682-1500. We look forward to hearing from you!

Understanding Jaw Pain

temporomandibular disorder, Lakeland, FLTemporomandibular disorders (TMD or also known as TMJ) are due to issues with the jaw and the muscles in your face that are connected to it. Dentists believe that symptoms connected to TMJ are sometimes due to trauma to the jaw joint, the jaw, or muscles in the neck and head. For instance, if you were in a car crash and experienced a whiplash, you can get TMJ. Let’s review other causes of this disorder.

What is causing my jaw pain?

Clenching and/or grinding the teeth. This grinding motion can place an intense amount of pressure on the jaw. TMJ could also be due to stress. When we experience stress the facial muscles and jaw can tighten or clench up, creating additional pressure on the jaw. Joint arthritis or movement of the soft cushion disc between the ball and socket of the joint can also lend to jaw pain.

Some of the symptoms connected to TMJ include tenderness or pain in the neck, shoulders, jaw joint, or face. In some cases you could feel pain around the ears or when you talk or eat food. Some individuals even experience pain when they try to open their mouth wide.

Other symptoms include the jaw getting “locked” into an open position, clicking or popping sounds when you eat, a tired feeling around the face, problems chewing, not feeling like your bite is correct, or swelling on the side of the face. Dizziness, earaches, hearing issues, shoulder pain, tinnitus, and headaches can also be indications of TMJ.

How to feel better

After your TMJ has been diagnosed, the dentist may discuss some of the following at home treatments for you to use: apply a moist heat or cold pack to the area of the jaw where you feel pain. Do this a few times a day for the full effect. Eat softer foods like fish, cooked produce, beans, and yogurt.

Arrange a consultation

For more information on how to address your TMJ pain, call Agnini Family Dental today. You can reach our front desk to schedule your appointment by calling

Braces: They’re Not Just For Kids

Orthodontics Lakeland, FLHaving straight and aligned teeth is not only a cosmetic preference but a healthy choice as well. A straight smile diminishes the chance of developing TMJ or other tooth and gum problems throughout one’s life. For adults who did not have braces as children and feel like they need them now, there are some great options available. In fact, the amount of adults opting for orthodontic care continues to increase. Here we will discuss what your options are and what to expect to help you achieve a straight smile!

Damon Braces

Damon braces are also called “fast braces” because they are more efficient at moving the teeth into the proper position. This gentle and effective system uses wires that require less force to move the teeth than traditional steel wire. Children, as well as adults, are great candidates for Damon braces if they have moderate to severely crowded teeth. Damon braces are effective because the brackets slide on soft wires that create nearly zero friction. This allows the teeth to slide into place more easily and comfortably.

Invisalign

For those adults who want to make their orthodontic care less obvious, Invisalign may be the right choice. Invisalign stands as an excellent alternative to traditional braces. At Agnini Family Dental, we use state of art equipment and imaging to create “invisible” plastic aligners that you switch out every few weeks. These aligners are produced to fit the exact mold of your mouth while gently moving your teeth in the direction they need to go for a straight smile.

With Invisalign, you can still eat food with ease, but make sure you avoid particularly sticky foods like caramel. Invisalign also allows for better at home care because they can be removed to allow you to floss and clean all sides and areas of the teeth. It is important to make sure that you wear your aligners on your teeth at least 20-22 hours per day.

Arrange your consultation

If you are an adult who wants to straighten your smile, call Agnini Family Dental today. We look forward to discussing your options with you and creating an orthodontic care plan specifically formulated to fit your goals and needs. You can reach our office in Lakeland, Florida at (863) 682-1500.

Terrible Foods for your Teeth

Comprehensive Dentistry Lakeland, FLAll good things take effort, including a healthy white smile. In addition to your daily dental routine of flossing, brushing, and rinsing, it’s important to avoid specific foods that pose a threat to your dental health. If you regularly consume any of the following foods, it may be time to reconsider your eating habits for the sake of your teeth!

Sour candies

Of course candy is terrible for your mouth, but sour candies are some of the absolute worst. Sour candy includes specific acids that are even tougher on your teeth. Also, these chewy sour candies will remain on the teeth for a longer period of time. This can result in greater tooth decay. If you do decide to eat these particular kinds of candies, make sure to brush and floss soon after so you can get rid of any sticky build up and acid.

Bread

Who would’ve thought that bread can be bad for your teeth? Well, it is and here’s why: when you chew bread, it breaks down into a pasty substance that can get lodged between your teeth and cause cavities. Those spaces between your teeth can also be unreachable by your toothbrush. The solution? Floss and brush after you eat!

Alcohol

No surprise here. It is common knowledge that drinking alcohol isn’t a particularly healthy habit—in part because it will dry out your mouth. A dry mouth is the perfect breeding ground for bacteria to grow. Without sufficient saliva, food particles can’t be washed away from your teeth. Overtime, cavities, oral infections, and gum disease can form.

Potato chips

That delightfully salty and crunchy sensation in your mouth isn’t doing you any favors. Potato chips rank pretty high in the world of starch. Starch forms into sugar as it breaks down and can get stuck between the crevices of the teeth. The sugar will then act as food for the bacteria in plaque to grow.

Arrange a consultation

As you’ve noticed, the solution to most of these “terrible for your teeth” foods (other than avoiding them altogether) is to floss and brush right after eating them. To help stave off cavities, schedule your next dental cleaning today by calling Agnini Family Dental at (863) 682-1500.

Straighten Your Teeth Without Braces

Orthodontics Lakeland, FLStudies show that people with straighter teeth are more likely to get a job promotion and are perceived as more capable and confident. Maintaining a straight smile will also help guard against other dental issues that can form due to crooked teeth, like a bad bite or chipped tooth. With the help of Invisalign, you can straighten your teeth without metal braces.

What Invisalign Can Do For You

At Agnini Family Dental, we pride ourselves in using state of the art 3D computer imaging technology to create the invisible plastic aligners that will give you a straight smile. With Invisalign, you switch out your aligners about every two weeks. Every aligner you use is fabricated using unique specifications according to the size, shape, and needs of your teeth. These aligners will carefully and gradually move your teeth into their correct position. Of course, when we say “invisible” aligners we are referring to the fact that they are nearly imperceptible, but strong and effective enough to straighten out your teeth. You can remove your Invisalign inserts from your mouth when you eat or brush your teeth.

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign is an excellent option for those with moderate or mild teeth alignment issues. Invisalign is often worn by patients who have previously had braces, but have had subsequent problems maintaining a straight smile. If you value aesthetics and comfort, Invisalign is for you.

The benefits of Invisalign

The benefits of Invisalign are extensive. With Invisalign, you can eat whatever type of foods you want! You can simply remove your Invisalign inserts before eating. Invisalign aligners are basically invisible and are more aesthetic than other teeth straightening options. It is also far easier to clean your teeth with Invisalign. All’s you have to do is remove the aligners, brush, floss, rinse, then put the aligners back in. Last of all, Invisalign inserts require no tightening! Instead, you will change out your aligners every two weeks.

Arrange a consultation

To find out if Invisalign is right for you, call Agnini Family Dental today. You can schedule your appointment by calling our office in Lakeland, Florida at (863) 682-1500.

What our Patients are Saying

" My first appointments with Agnini Family Dental were with Dr. Mike for treatment for TMJ. Through realignment of my jaw Dr. Agnini was able to ease all of the pain. It has been almost 10 years since I started with them and I have continued with them for cleanings, crowns, extractions and even an implant. I have received care from almost every Agnini and all of the work has been excellent. I would not even consider going to anyone else."

- Lea Carole C.

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