Archive for April, 2016

How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

Friday, April 29th, 2016
Silver dental fillings have a life expectancy of 12-13 years. If your dental filling has fallen out, contact us immediately!

Silver dental fillings have a life expectancy of 12-13 years. If your dental filling has fallen out, contact us immediately!

If you have ever had a cavity, you are familiar with the process of getting a dental filling. Your dentist removes the decay from the tooth in question and “fills” that portion of the tooth with a hardened material. How long your filling will effectively last all depends on what type of filling you actually have. Your dentist could have used one of several different materials including silver amalgam, porcelain, gold, plastic, and most commonly – white, tooth-colored composite resin. Let’s talk about how long these fillings last and why you might need replacement. (more…)

Pregnancy and Tooth Loss: Should You Be Concerned?

Friday, April 22nd, 2016
It is important that pregnant women do not neglect dental care throughout their pregnancy, or the result could be tooth loss.

Pregnant women are more susceptible to gingivitis, and if they neglect to seek dental treatment it could result in tooth loss.

Have you ever heard the old wives’ tale, “Gain a child, lose a tooth?” If you’re pregnant, we surely have your attention. This claim suggests that for every child a woman gives birth to, she is bound to lose a tooth. Is this true? Should you be worried? Affinity Dental is here to elaborate on pregnancy and tooth loss. (more…)

Is Wisdom Tooth Removal Necessary?

Friday, April 15th, 2016
wisdom tooth impacted

Wisdom tooth removal is always necessary if the tooth is impacted. Impacted wisdom teeth are unable to erupt from your gums, resulting in severe pain and pressure.

Having a wisdom tooth extracted is common practice for several people in their late teens and early twenties. Regardless of how frequent this procedure takes place, it is not actually necessary for everyone. The need for wisdom tooth removal depends on various factors unique to your oral health. Affinity Dental is here to share indicators with you that may signal it is time to have your wisdom teeth removed. (more…)

What is the Difference Between Plaque and Tartar?

Thursday, April 7th, 2016
tartar removal

If you let plaque harden onto your teeth, it will form tartar. Unlike plaque, formed tartar can only be removed from your teeth by a dental professional.

You are likely aware that adults and children should regularly brush and floss to maintain optimal oral health. But do you know just how critical it is to practice oral hygiene every single day, twice a day? Neglecting to clean your teeth can yield dangerous results in a matter of 48 hours. Maryland’s Best Dentists are here to help you understand the difference between plaque and tartar and why this is important. (more…)