Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder (TMD) is a condition that affects more than 10 million Americans. The most common causes of TMD — including teeth grinding, teeth clenching and chronic stress — are well known. But there are also a few causes that may surprise you. In this blog post, North Dallas dentist Dr. Darian Hampton of the Hamptons Dental shares surprising causes and habits that may trigger or worsen TMD. Continue reading
There are many different types of toothbrushes available in the dental health aisle in your supermarket or pharmacy. With so many styles to choose from, how does one know which one to choose? In this post, Dr. Darian Hampton of The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry discusses which style of toothbrush is the best choice to ensure optimal dental health. Read on to learn more. Continue reading
Tooth sensitivity may have many different causes. Worn tooth enamel, tooth decay, receding gums, teeth grinding and restorations like fillings, bridges and crowns may all cause one to experience hypersensitivity. One other very common factor is tooth erosion due to highly acidic foods. The foods and beverages one chooses to consume can also aggravate sensitivity caused by the factors listed above. In this post, Dr. Darian Hampton of The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry discusses the types of food someone suffering from tooth sensitivity should avoid. Read on to learn more. Continue reading
Although a cavity is usually the culprit when it comes to a toothache, there are other potential causes, some of which may not even originate in the teeth or mouth. At The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Darian Hampton can assess the source of your pain, and help you get comfortable and performing at your best again. Continue reading
Maintaining healthy teeth with preventive dentistry strategies is a lifetime practice. Preventive strategies help achieve three primary dental health objectives: hygiene, appearance and comfort. Dr. Darian Hampton and his staff at The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry can provide the care and expert guidance needed to keep your teeth and mouth healthy and looking its best from childhood through late adulthood. Continue reading
The dangers of smoking are well known to many people, but the particular dangers of smoking that affect dental health are somewhat less familiar. At The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Darian Hampton and his staff are committed to helping you learn about the risks smoking and other forms of tobacco can have on your teeth. Continue reading
Up to 5 million teeth are knocked out every year, in children, teens, adults and seniors. If the right action is taken after a tooth has been knocked out (in dental terms, “avulsed”), it can be successfully replanted and last for years. Having the proper insight and taking quick action increases your chances of saving an original tooth. An avulsed tooth is one of the most serious dental emergencies for permanent teeth, and while there are other options, saving and replanting it restores your original smile. Dr. Darian Hampton at The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry explains how to properly save and care for a knocked out tooth. Continue reading
While a trip to the dentist’s office is a tolerable experience for some, it is a heavy-winded, anxiety-ridden one for others. Some patients fear going to any type of doctor, experiencing stress and anxiety for days, sometimes even weeks, prior to their visit. In certain cases, it’s the very tools that are meant to provide comfort — anti-anxiety medication, needles for local anesthesia, and nitrous oxide (laughing gas) — that heighten patients’ apprehension. Continue reading
Here at The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we listen carefully and consider each patient’s unique needs while suggesting tooth replacement options. One of these options is dental implants, which are metal posts or screws that are surgically positioned into the jawbone to support an artificial tooth.
If you have been advised that you need dental implants — or if you already have them — it is very important that you understand how to keep them in good condition. In this post, Dr. Darian Hampton discusses how to care for your dental implants to ensure you get the most out of your new teeth.
When Are Dental Implants Needed?
Dental implants are a perfect option for patients who have lost a tooth due to physical trauma, periodontal disease or any other reason. They can restore normal speech and chewing function and keep the jawbone stimulated, among other long-lasting oral health benefits.
Unique Care for Dental Implants
Not every dental implant situation is the same, and that’s what makes us at The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry passionate about providing custom care for our patients. There are two types of dental implants: endosteal (in the jawbone) and subperiosteal (on the jawbone), and each may require Dr. Hampton to suggest different home care, special instructions and uniquely recommended cleansing products and tools.
Daily Cleansing Routine for a Lasting, Bright Smile
Taking care of your dental implants is vital for longevity. Treat your dental implants as you would your natural teeth. Dr. Hampton will give you the right insight and recommendations regarding proper home care and how to practice good oral hygiene daily — like brushing twice daily with low-abrasive toothpaste, flossing with the proper dental tape, using a water flosser or interdental brush, rinsing with our dentist-recommended mouthwash, and visiting The Hamptons Family & Cosmetic Dentistry for regular dental exams and cleanings. Taking these simple steps will ensure your dental implants last a lifetime.
To learn more about dental implants or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Hampton, please contact us today.
Gum disease is detrimental not only to oral health but also to overall health and well-being. The dental condition is caused by bacterial growth in the mouth which, over time, eats away at the connective tissue of the teeth and bone. Severe cases of gum disease can lead to tooth loss as well as other potentially devastating effects on the body. Continue reading