Dentist Blog

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
May 16, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: orthodontics  

Orthodontic treatment is an important facet of dentistry aimed at correcting misaligned teeth and orthodonticscorrecting issues with the mouth’s bite. However, in the past, options for orthodontics boiled down to traditional metal braces and cumbersome brackets and wires. Modern dentistry has allowed for many more orthodontic options and subtle solutions. Learn more about orthodontics and if wearing braces could help you with Dr. Suhair Shamoon at Dentistry With A Smile in Fall River, MA.

What are my options for orthodontic treatment? 
Orthodontics have come a long way in the last few years. What began as metal brackets, wires and even headgear with traditional braces has evolved into several other, more subtle options. While traditional braces are still usually the most affordable option, patients can also choose for tooth-colored ceramic braces. Orthodontic aligner trays like Invisalign are another option. The trays are virtually invisible to others and totally removable, unlike other treatment options.

How can orthodontic treatment help me? 
Orthodontic treatment can do wonders for a person’s self-confidence. Straightening your teeth and correcting your bite issues to achieve a smile you love can make you feel great about the way you look. Straightening the teeth is also practical functionally. Eliminating overlapping teeth also eliminates tiny, tight spaces where toothbrush bristles or floss cannot reach. These areas are breeding grounds for bacteria and plaque, which cause tooth decay. Additionally, correcting bite issues aligns the biting surface of the teeth, allowing you to speak, eat and chew with ease and, in some cases, treating instances of certain conditions like temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Orthodontic Treatment in Fall River, MA
Dentists usually recommend orthodontic treatment for children over the age of 12 and adults who are in good dental health and free of tooth decay and gum disease. Children younger than 12 may have still-growing mouths which could hinder treatment times or results. On the other hand, some cases use children’s still-growing mouths to benefit treatment, guiding the growth as it occurs. Your orthodontist can help you determine which treatment plan is best for you and your teeth.

For more information on orthodontic treatment, please contact Dr. Suhair Shamoon at Dentistry With A Smile in Fall River, MA. Call (508) 672-6471 to schedule your consultation for orthodontic treatment with Dr. Shamoon today!

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
February 21, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Root Canals  

Don’t let the thought of needing a root canal make you nervous.root canal

Has our Fall River, MA, dentist Dr. Suhair Shamoon recently told you that you need root canal therapy? If so, the thought of getting a root canal may make you a bit nervous and it’s no wonder with all the TV shows humorously displaying the torture and perils of dental procedures; however, we are here to tell you why you really shouldn’t be nervous about your upcoming root canal.

Root Canals Actually Eliminate Pain

That’s right! The purpose of any dental procedure isn’t to cause pain. A root canal is actually meant to remove the source of dental pain. Most people that require a root canal have come in to visit our Fall River, MA, general dentist because they were suffering from a pretty miserable toothache that didn’t seem to go away. Your toothache is caused by none other than the dental pulp, an internal structure that can become a literal pain if it faces trauma, infection or severe decay. By removing the dental pulp you will quickly say goodbye to your pesky toothache once and for all.

Your Tooth Will Be Numb

While root canals certainly have a bad reputation, these scary images harken to a time before modern dentistry. Between the amazing tools and techniques we offer, getting a root canal in this day and age is really no more invasive than treating a cavity. Plus, we will administer local anesthetic around the tooth so you won’t actually experience any discomfort. In fact, if you’ve been suffering from a pretty nasty toothache, this numbing action will provide you with the soothing relief you’ve needed.

You’ll Save Your Tooth

The purpose of a root canal is to save as much of the healthy tooth as possible, even if infection or decay has taken over. Nothing is as strong or as reliable as natural teeth, so it is always our goal to save a tooth whenever possible. By performing a root canal you could save your smile a lot of issues in the future. Once the root canal is complete, we will also place a dental crown over the tooth to ensure that the tooth is strong and functional.

Do you have questions about root canal therapy? Do you need to schedule an appointment with us? Here at Dentistry With A Smile in Fall River, MA, we are dedicated to your oral health. Call us for all of your dental concerns and needs.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
January 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedure
Tags: Braces   orthodontics  

Getting braces shouldn’t be confusing. We can help make it easier by answering your most burning questions.

Are you considering getting braces but aren’t sure you are ready to take the plunge? We completely understand. It can be difficult to orthodonticsmake the commitment if you aren’t sure what you are getting into. But our Fall River, MA, dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon, is about to take the guesswork out of it by answering some of your most popular questions.

Q. What are the benefits of orthodontics?

A. As you may be able to guess, having teeth that overlap or are crooked can make it more difficult to properly clean. Even the very best brushers and flossers may miss spots, which can increase your chances of decay and gum disease. Furthermore, braces can also improve your bite, which can take pressure off certain teeth to prevent damage.

Q. Am I too old for braces?

A. We never put an age limit on our patients when it comes to whether they can get braces or not. While children and teens tend to be our biggest demographic, we are also finding that more and more adults are getting braces later in life. It’s never too late to talk to our Fall River general dentist about braces.

Q. Can crooked teeth correct themselves?

A. Unfortunately, this is rarely ever the case. Usually by the age of six or seven, when the first set of permanent molars have grown in, there is even less room for teeth. This can lead to crowding and other issues that will often worsen if left untreated.

Q. I’m an adult. Is there a subtle way to straighten my teeth?

A. In fact, there is! While you’ve probably already heard of Invisalign, we are so happy to offer it to our teens and adults who don’t want to stress about wearing metal braces on their teeth. These clear, custom-fitted aligners fit completely around your teeth to shift them into place and they are accommodating to your lifestyle.

Q. Do braces hurt?

A. Braces don’t typically hurt. Of course, when you first get them or if traditional braces need to be tightened, there can be some temporary discomfort. Sometimes metal wires can irritate tissue. In most cases, we can handle these minor discomforts with over-the-counter pain relievers and analgesics.

Q. How long does orthodontic treatment last?

A. There are many factors that play into the length of your treatment. One major factor is the severity of your symptoms. For adults, Invisalign treatment usually takes about one year (often longer for teens). For traditional braces, the length of treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 30 months (and an average of 20 to 22 months).

Q. Will I need to wear a retainer?

A. Even once your braces are off, we want to make sure that your teeth don’t shift right back into their original place. To do this, you will need to wear retainers for a certain amount of time. Over time, you will only have to wear them when you go to bed. This will help to maintain your new beautifully aligned smile.

Dentistry With A Smile in Fall River, MA, prides itself on providing the very best dental care and treatments possible so that you have a smile you are proud of.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
November 07, 2016
Category: Dental Procedure

Want a dazzling smile? Professional teeth whitening removes years of stains and the process is safe and hassle free. Dr. Suhair teeth whiteningShamoon at Dentistry With a Smile, LLC in Fall River, MA offers professional solutions for patients who are interested in whitening their smiles. If you are considering teeth whitening, here's what you need to know.

Teeth Whitening Consultation

Professional teeth whitening is suitable for most adults, and may be suitable for teenagers, with their parents’ permission. Before deciding whether professional teeth whitening is right for you, your Fall River dentist will conduct an examination of your gums and teeth to ensure proper health. Individuals with teeth with worn enamel or gum disease are generally discouraged from undergoing a teeth whitening procedure.

In-Office Teeth Whitening

If you are looking for a dramatic, fast solution, consider in-office teeth whitening. First, a protective rubber guard is placed over your gums to help avoid sensitivity to the hydrogen peroxide. Then the teeth are coated with a bleaching gel and a light is aimed at them to speed up the whitening process. The procedure takes about 60 minutes and it will make your teeth a dozen of shades whiter. 

Take-Home Teeth Whitening

Your Fall River dentist can custom-fit you with dental trays, which you fill with a hydrogen peroxide gel and wear at home. Take-home teeth whitening kits contain a professional strength hydrogen peroxide and provide fantastic results in 1 to 2 weeks of use. 

Want a Beautiful Smile? Call Us Today!

Get a beautiful smile right now. Call Dentistry With a Smile, LLC in Fall River, MA at (508) 672-6471 today to book an appointment for a teeth whitening session with Dr. Shamoon. Professional teeth whitening will give you the smile of your dreams.

By Dentistry With A Smile, LLC
August 24, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: TMJ  

Find out if your jaw pain and stiffness could be the result of a TMJ disorder.

Do you find that you wake up with an aching, throbbing or painful jaw? Do you notice a surprisingly audible popping sound when you yawn or open your mouth wide? Does eating certain chewy or large foods cause you jaw discomfort? If so, then you might be dealing TMJwith a TMJ disorder. Learn more about this condition, its symptoms and how our Fall River, MA dentist, Dr. Suhair Shamoon, can help.

What are TMJ disorders?

TMJ stands for the temporomandibular joint, and TMJ disorders affect how these jaw joints or muscles work. The TMJ is responsible for chewing, speaking and swallowing, as well as other lower jaw movements.

What causes TMJ disorders?

While it isn’t always possible to determine the root cause of this issue common causes include:

  • Trauma or injury to the jaw
  • Dislocation
  • Jaw misalignment
  • Teeth grinding
  • Stress on the jaw
  • Arthritis

How is it treated?

Fortunately, our Fall River general dentist offers multiple ways to ease and eliminate symptoms related to TMJ disorders. For some sufferers, this condition will go away on its own. But if the problem persists, here are some ways to reduce TMJ-related symptoms:

  • Maintain a softer food diet and cut food into small, chewable pieces
  • Avoid nail biting, gum chewing and other habits that require wide jaw movements
  • Apply an ice pack to the jaw for several minutes at a time to alleviate pain and swelling
  • Try meditation or other relaxation techniques to reduce teeth grinding and jaw clenching
  • Practice jaw-strengthening exercises (We would be happy to show you some when you visit our office. Just ask!)
  • Try wearing a night guard or splint while you sleep to prevent grinding and clenching

Dentistry With A Smile, LLC is here to provide you with the dental care you deserve in the Fall River, MA area. Whether you’re dealing with painful jaw problems or just need to schedule your routine dental cleaning, give us a call today.

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