Dr. Robert Hughes and his team are able to offer the most modern dentistry available today in a rela At Dr. Robert Hughes’s office, advanced technology combines with top-notch customer service to provide patients a completely unique dental experience.
We offer a wide array of services using the most modern techniques available today to give our patients quick, efficient, and gentle care. At our practice, you will never hear the sound of a drill, have to wait for weeks for a dental crown, or be treated like just another number. We work hard to combine the best of the old and new to give you a complete experience that will make you eager to come back. Come see what modern dentistry has to offer you. Give us a call today!
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Happy New Year from Dr. Hughes and his staff!! Hello 2020
We hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas! Don't forget most insurance benefits start over again in the New Year, so come see us in 2020!!
Have a very blessed Christmas from Dr. Hughes and his staff!
Here it is again! Some more fun facts about the art of dentistry!
* 100 years ago, 50% of adults in North America were toothless
* If you don't floss, you miss cleaning 35% of your tooth surfaces
* In the days before the Tooth Fairy, children in England and Australia dropped their first baby tooth into a mouse hole in the belief it would keep them free from toothache
* The average amount of money left by the Tooth Fairy in 1900 was 12 cents, in 1950 25 cents, and in 1988 it was $1.00. According to Delta Dental's Tooth Fairy poll, in 2013 that amount was $3.51
* It isn't a compliment when someone says "you have dragon breath". It means to have extremely bad breath, often caused by eating spicy foods, onions, or garlic
* It take 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown
* Jaw muscles can contract with a force as great as 55 pounds of pressure on anterior (front) incisors and 200 pounds of pressure on back molars
* Approximately $2 billion a year is spent on dental products every year in the U.S.
Cracked Tooth Syndrome..
When a tooth is cracked, it is often best to protect the tooth by placing a crown to prevent it from breaking.
Symptoms of Cracked tooth syndrome-
Cracked tooth syndrome is a term we use to describe the recurring discomfort, sensitivity, or pain that is caused by an incomplete fracture or crack in a tooth. You may have cracked tooth syndrome if you experience any of these symptoms:
* You find yourself chewing on only one side of your mouth because it is uncomfortable to chew on the other side.
* Your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold temperatures, or sweet or sour foods.
* You feel a sharp pain when you chew
* The pain in intermittent rather than constant
Some teeth looked cracked but may not be a problem. One type of hairline crack called a "craze", occurs over time in the enamel layer of the tooth, and it may not require immediate treatment.
Why do teeth crack?
Teeth can crack for a number of reasons. One is they endure a tremendous amount of pressure from biting and chewing everyday, and as teeth age, they may lose some of their original strength. The heavy stresses of clenching and grinding can also weaken teeth.
Teeth also loose strength when tooth structure is lost, such as with large fillings and root canal therapy. Chewing on ice and other hard objects can weaken teeth, and these habits can fracture teeth that are already weak. Teeth can also fracture because of an injury or accident.
Diagnosis and Treatment
To diagnose cracked tooth syndrome, we perform a thorough examination of your mouth and teeth. Since tooth fractures are almost always invisible to the naked eye, the exam typically includes x-rays. However, it is possible the x-rays will not reveal the crack, so we may also analyze your bite to isolate the problem. We may also refer you to an endodontist.
Once we have identified the fractured portion of your tooth, the treatment depends on the location and direction of the crack, as well as the extent of the damage.
If the crack affects only the outer enamel layer of your tooth, we remove the affected portion and restore the tooth with a crown to stabilize it and protect it from further damage. If the crack affects the underlying dentin or pulp layers, however, the tooth will need root canal therapy before a crown can be placed.
In rare cases the crack extends all the way through the tooth. In theses cases there is no way to restore the tooth, and we must remove it. Should this happen we will talk with you about replacement options.
With early diagnosis and treatment, most cracked teeth can be saved and your healthy smile restored.
Take some time to care for your teeth! Call and come see us today!
Here are some more fun dental facts from your favorite dental team!
*In 1866, Lucy Hobbs was the first woman in the world to earn a D. D. S. degree from the Ohio College of Dental Surgery in Cincinnati, Ohio. Prior to that, only men were allowed to practice dentistry.
*The first nylon bristled toothbrush with a plastic handle was invented in 1938 by Dupont.
*Not too long ago, dentures were common wedding gifts in the British Isles. At that time, many people expected to lose all their teeth and had their teeth extracted at an early age.
*The most valuable tooth belonged to Sir Isaac Newton. In 1816 one of his teeth was sold in London for $3,633.00 or in today’s terms, $35,700.00. The tooth was set in a ring. In November 2011, John Lennon’s discolored tooth was sold at auction for $31,200.00 to Dr. Michael Zuk, a Canadian dentist. Lennon gave the tooth to Dorothy “Dot” Jarlett who was his housekeeper between 1964 – 1968.
*Teeth are harder than bone and are the last part of the body to be broken down. Enamel is the hardest substance in the human body.
*Regular dental cleanings can help prevent heart attacks.
*Tooth decay is the second most common disease in the U. S. after the common cold.
Happy Thanksgiving from Dr. Hughes and his staff! Have a blessed holiday and be safe!
CAD/CAM restorations in one visit
When a tooth needs a restoration, we can often use CAD/CAM technology. The letters “CAD/CAM” stand for “computer-aided design” and “computer-aided manufacturing”. We can use this technology to custom-design and fabricate tooth-colored restorations, crowns, onlays, inlays, or veneers, all in one appointment. CAD/CAM restorations are often the best choice for a healthy, beautiful, and natural-looking smile.
The benefits of CAD/CAM restorations.
CAD/CAM restorations have several advantages -
* They are very accurate.
* Only a minimal amount of tooth preparation is needed, leaving more of the healthy tooth structure intact.
* They usually require only one appointment, even when we are working on more than one tooth.
* The restorations are made of tooth-colored materials.
The first step is to numb the area to make you comfortable. Depending on the situation, we may also use a rubber dam to protect your mouth while we work.
We remove any decay and shape the tooth with the handpiece. Next a reflective powder is applied to the prepared tooth. This allows the equipment to “see” the contours of the prepared tooth. We then take a digital image, using a special optical infrared camera that records the tooth’s exact dimensions on the CAD/CAM computer. Using this image and the specialized computer software, we carefully design the restoration.
We then select the appropriate material in the matching shade for your specific tooth. This material is placed in the milling machine which shapes it into a custom-fitted restoration.
We then try in the new restoration. We add any custom coloring as needed, bond or cement the restoration in place, and polish it to a beautiful luster. Last, we check your bite and make any final adjustments.
More fun dentistry facts you may not have known!
* There is evidence that dentistry has been practiced since 7000 BC.
* Until the 18th century during the European Age of Enlightenment, cavities and other forms of tooth decay were thought to be caused by a ‘tooth worm.”
* The ancient Greeks devised pliers for extracting teeth.
* Egyptians used a form of toothpaste over 5,000 years ago.
* In ancient Egyptian times, wealthy people were more likely to suffer from toothaches, as they were the only ones who could afford sweets.
* The Chinese are credited with inventing the first toothbrushes in the late 1400s.If you lived in the Middle Ages, you would have visited a barber for shaves, haircuts, and tooth extractions. Since barbers performed both haircutting and surgery, they were called barber-surgeons.The earliest dentist known by name is Hesi-Re who lived in Egypt over 5,000 years ago. In 1840, the world’s first dental school opened in Baltimore, MD.
Dental facts and Trivia you may not have known:
* Flossing keeps teeth cleaner, thus, a nicer appearance. Americans annually purchase about three million miles of dental floss – enough to stretch the floss to the moon and back six times.
* In 1986, the winner of the National Spelling Bee won by spelling “odontalgia.” (What does it mean? Toothache!)
* An obscure law in Vermont requires women to obtain written permission from their husbands to wear dentures.
* It takes 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown.
* In 1905 dental assistant Irene Newman was trained to clean teeth. She became the first dental hygienist.
That is just a few, more to come later! Stay tuned!
As the end of 2019 approaches, its time to use up those remaining benefits before time runs out! If you are paying your dental insurance premiums every month, you should be using your benefits. Even if you don’t need any dental treatment, you should always have your regular dental cleanings to help prevent and detect any early signs of cavities, gum disease, oral cancer, and other dental problems.
Remember, your yearly maximum benefits start over again in January, so use up what is left for 2019 now!
Have a safe Halloween from Dr. Hughes and his staff!
Here are a few Halloween tips:
Avoid handing out chewy candies like caramel and taffy, which take time to eat and stick to teeth longer, giving bacteria a chance to hang around. If you or your kids do consume a piece of caramel or two, brush afterward to combat cavities.
Chocolate is one of the best options to give to trick-or-treaters. Chocolate melts fast and washes off of teeth easily, making it harder for bacteria to cling to enamel and create cavities.
If your kIds do have a piece or two of candy, be sure they brush good before going to bed to keep the cavities away!
We all need saliva to moisten our mouths and digest food. When you don't make enough saliva, your mouth gets dry and uncomfortable.
What Causes Dry Mouth?
Causes of dry mouth include:
*Side effect of certain medications. Dry mouth is a common side effect of many prescription and nonprescription drugs.
*Side effect of certain diseases and infections.
What Are the Symptoms of Dry Mouth?
Common symptoms include:
*A sticky, dry feeling in the mouth
*Problems speaking or trouble tasting, chewing, and swallowing
Why Is Dry Mouth a Problem?
Dry mouth raises your risk of gingivitis (gum disease) and tooth decay. Dry mouth can also make it hard to wear dentures.
Tips to help with dry mouth:
*Suck on sugar-free candy or chew sugar-free gum, specifically ones with xylitol. Try to avoid acidic ones like lemon that can soften teeth.
*Drink plenty of water to help keep your mouth moist.
*Brush with a fluoride toothpaste, use a fluoride rinse, and visit your dentist regularly.
*Breathe through your nose, not your mouth, as much as possible.
*Use a room vaporizer to add moisture to the bedroom air.
*Use an oral rinse to restore mouth moisture.
*If you think your dry mouth is caused by certain medication you're taking, talk to your doctor.
For many people, soft drinks are the beverage of choice. But if you drink them all day long, you may not realize the damage you can be doing to your teeth. The damage is two-fold.
First, soft drinks can contain 10 to 12 teaspoons of sugar per serving.
So, when you drink a soda, you are essentially bathing your teeth in liquid sugar.
The bacteria that naturally live on your teeth feed on that sugar and produce acid. Without proper care, the acid dissolves the surface of your teeth and creates a cavity.
The acids wash over your teeth, affecting the entire tooth structure. Over time, they erode the hard, protective enamel, causing your teeth to get thinner and expose the sensitive dentin layer inside your tooth.
When the dentin layer is exposed, you may become sensitive to hot, cold, and sweet foods. And your teeth can appear yellow.
As your teeth continue to get thinner, the edges can crumble and lose their natural shape. When the enamel is worn away, it exposes the dentin layer to both decay and pain.
This is not a problem only for adults. Children and teens can have frequent access to soft drinks. Because their teeth are still forming, the damage to them can be great.
Colas (regular and diet), sports drinks, energy drinks, vitamin waters, fruit juices, teas, blended coffee drinks and wine all contain the sugars that can damage your teeth. A 16-ounce blended coffee drink can contain 500 calories and 69 grams of sugar.
Your best choices for a beverage are milk, and of course, fluoridated water. If you must drink soft drinks—
Use a straw.
Do not drink for extended periods of time.
Do not hold the liquid in your mouth before swallowing.
Cut down on the amount you consume.
After you drink, rinse your mouth with fluoridated water.
Wait at least 20 minutes before brushing.
With smarter choices and regular check-ups, you can protect the health of your teeth for years to come.
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Bitewing x-rays are the most common x-rays taken in dentistry. They show the upper and lower teeth. We especially use the x-rays to examine the in-between surfaces of your teeth.
Bitewing x-rays are a necessary part of regular dental checkups. They give us vital information that we cannot get from any other source.
Benefits of bitewing x-rays-
These x-rays give us valuable information about a variety of oral conditions, including -
cavities between the teeth.
tartar on the tooth roots.
worn-out or broken fillings or crowns.
receding bone levels resulting from periodontal disease.
Procedure for taking digital bitewing x-rays-
First we cover you with a lead apron to protect your body while we take x-rays of your mouth. Then we place a small sensor inside your mouth so that it lines up properly to get a picture of your upper and lower teeth at the same time.
Safety of digital bitewing x-rays-
Digital x-ray sensors are quite sensitive, so the amount of radiation exposure is very low. In fact, compared to conventional x-rays, digital x-ray systems can reduce the amount of radiation up to 80 percent.
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When you are missing teeth, you have several choices for replacing them. Depending on your situation, you could choose: a bridge, implant-supported crowns or a partial denture.
A dental bridge is an artificial tooth that is attached to the teeth next to the space, and those teeth hold the bridge in place and provide support. A bridge is fixed in the mouth, so it’s stable and secure. A bridge is treated like natural teeth, so it can be brushed and flossed.
However, getting a bridge requires us to reduce the size of the supporting teeth. If these teeth have not had extensive restorative work, natural tooth structure will be lost. Reducing teeth can sometimes lead to decay and the need for root canal therapy.
A dental implant is a small titanium post that replaces the root of a missing tooth. The post holds crowns and bridges securely in the mouth. Because an implant replaces the tooth root, the implant helps maintain the health and shape of the jawbone. You can brush and floss an implant as if it was your natural tooth.
However, an implant requires surgery, and it can take months to heal completely. Not all patients are candidates for implants. Your dentist will discuss whether this is an option for you.
A partial denture is held in place by clasps or special attachments, requiring only minimal preparation, and the partial is removable for sleeping and cleaning. Dependent on where and how many teeth are missing, this may or may not be a viable option.
If you’re thinking of delaying treatment, you should know that when missing teeth are not replaced, the surrounding teeth can shift, causing a variety of dental problems. In addition, the jawbone will continue to shrink, making future treatment more complex and changing your appearance. Without treatment, speaking and eating properly can become increasingly difficult.
It is necessary to discuss with your dentist what options are best for you. For all these reasons, we recommend treatment now to keep your mouth healthy and preserve your beautiful smile.
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A bridge maintains proper alignment
When teeth are missing, a fixed bridge is a good choice for replacing them. A dental bridge is a great way to maintain a stable bite and restore your beautiful smile. It can also prevent a chain reaction of problems, including-
difficulty keeping teeth free of plaque and bacteria.
loss of bone in the jaw.
grinding and clenching.
pain in the jaw joint, the TMJ.
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The dental team at Family Dental Care, the office of Dr.Les Ledbetter, is a group of trained professionals who will treat you with tenderness and compassion. Our desire is to help you achieve a healthy mouth and a beautiful smile!
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